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18 Oct – Budapest

A sleep in, off to the train to make a reservation that wasn’t required then onto a tram and a bus out to Szobor Park. After the change of political system from communism to democracy in 1989, the statues of the communist past, which used to bully Budapest’s open spaces with their sheer size and message of oppression, were the last sight Budapesters wanted to see saved from oblivion, these oversized images were gathered together in a statues’ graveyard that later opened as a museum, featuring 42 of the relics.

After statue park, which I might add was a lot more interesting than it sounds we headed back towards Gellért Hill for a lovely uphill hike to the liberation monument, the Citadel a former Habsburg military base and bunker.

From Gellért Hill we walked to the famous Castle Hill district, famous for its beauty and complete lack of any castle at all. There is however a royal palace, now the national gallery, served as a royal palace from the 15th century, was demolished and rebuilt 31 times.

After wandering the palace grounds and watching the sun start to set we wandered back over the chain bridge and into town to the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest in the world behind New York. We then walked down the shopping mile Vaci Ut to a lovely little café for dinner.

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