Yay – after almost one year and two projects in the lovely city of Vienna it’s time to travel.
I definitely want to be back again in the future to meet all the great people I had the chance to get aquainted with.
But first let’s focus on the new topics.
I. Vienna – Budapest
The Jeep is parked and waits for me to pick it up after i come back to Vienna from my first stop: Budapest.
My flat in a 1840s building right besides the house of Johann Strauss, has been given back. I went via the very speedy public transportations system via U1/U4/U6 to Bahnhof Meidling. Here, the trains to Budapest are heading off.
Small and crowded, it will be replaced by the new central station (Hauptbahnhof).
The train is an Austrian RailJet which I often used to travel between the final station Munich and Vienna. This time it’s the other final station Budapest.
Also, this time it’s second class, not first or as available in the RailJet even business class.
After arriving at Budapest Keleti, I directly went to the hotel which is conveniently located. My stomach roared like an arctic bear (which was trapped for quite a while on an ice floe). So importantly, the first trip was to counter hunger and thirst. It led me to Napfényes Étterem at Rózsa utca 39. It’s a vegan only restaurant so vegans as vegetarians can order without doubt. First the delicious homemade ginger lemonade and a bean goulash soup as a starter. The main dish was a Hungarian stuffed pickled cabbage.
But that was not the end of the day. After checking out the House of Hungarian photographers (exhibition of early Magnum work) I found myself near the St. Stephans-Basilika.
The inside is amazing, I was there during mass.
Now my target was to see the Duna/Donau/Danube river. Luckily in front of me was the world’s famous Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd / Kettenbrücke). Crossed it from Pest to Buda and back.
On the way back to the hotel Hare Krishna people crossed my path while I got a hint of the astonishing architecture of Pest.