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Budapest: The Taste Of Europe

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In the video we see sleepy Budapest trams crossing the Széchenyi chain bridge.. dawn over the Danube River.. the majestic layout of the city from a bird’s eye view… the glittering lights of Budapest by night… and the sunset over St Stephen’s Basilica… and all this juxtaposed with the astounding music of Havasi.

Videographers Andrew Efimov’s and Andrey Rodin’s video for the Russian TIMELAB team, with music by the Hungarian Havasi, is poetry in motion. 

IT IS BEST SEEN FULL SCREEN AND SOUND UP.

The quality is reminiscent of famed Hungarian photographer KRENN IMRE‘s stunning renditions. 

You are seeing the central core of a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE city.

WINNER: BUDAPEST IS BEST OF EUROPE: DESTINATIONS/FORBES

Budapest’s unique light is reflected back off the sky by the spectacular Zsolnai tiles of its roofs (also seen HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE). 

The city’s own micro climate and low-flying cloud formations possibly add to the shimmering glare and pale hues during different times of the day.

The short video begins at dawn with two vintage trams criss-crossing each other over Budapest’s iconic Erzsébet bridge. The cognoscenti might favor the far more famous Chain Bridge (also called “Széchany Lánchid” by Hungarians; and to foreigners, the Lion’s Bridge also seen in the video.) The bridge was designed by Eiffel, of Paris’ tower fame – as was the Nyugati railroad station near the end of the 2 minute video. That beautiful facility was just renovated. For variations on the bridge view, see THISandTHIS

Best yet, join the author’s friend, the father of the world’s fastest sport, the AIR RACE, and the most challenging sport, Aerobatics, Peter Besenyei. If you have a strong stomach that is.

The Chain Bridge is the model for suspension bridges of similar configuration now seen all over the world. It is the central bridge connecting the city’s core and two of Budapest’s smallest and best districts: the Inner City District V on the flat Pest side and the Castle District I on the hilly Buda side. These are the only two districts you will see in the HAVASI video – and not all of their neighborhoods. Imagine how much more there is to see in arguably the world’s most beautiful city, for so long unknown to many in the West! 

BUDAPEST DISTRICT MAP

Dawn rises at the Basilica as the street lights get snuffed out. The bells chime.

The camera takes you on sweeping panoramas of Buda, the palace grounds, and the old city, both overlooking Pest on the east side of the Danube.

The Romans invaded Budapest in the first and second centuries. So did Cesar’s Jewish soldiers, some say Imperial Rome’s best warriors, many of whom stayed and settled the region. Rome’s architects built homes and fortresses in the area of the Hapsburg Palace (the ruins are still visible on the palace grounds, and to the north is the entire city of Aquincum!) Later invasions by the Ottomans left plenty of artifacts too, some of the hot spring baths in this city of pools are still operational. 

Budapest’s buildings are aging. But many spectacular buildings have been renewed. Built in the neo-classic, art nouveau, and gothic styles, Budapest’s life and art do not stand still, and mixes the traditional stunning architecture with the astonishing modernist. Classical outside, innovative and ultramodern inside, is the Budapest style, and makes Budapest unforgettable. These palace-style buildings were built first for the landed gentry and noblemen. The communist overlords neglected the nation for a half century, and left Hungary’s cities memorable ruins: a nation laid to waste in rubble and bullet holes.

The city under PM Viktor Orbán rose like the veritable Phoenix, from Rubble to Remarkable!

W​ith ​​sound up, hear ​the bells toll from the Basilica. In this heavily Christian nation, the church is the very epicenter of the city, the tallest structure matching in height the Parliament on the Danube banks just a few blocks to the north. Both buildings denote the Separation of Church and State – powers meant to be equally shared – by their 96 meter height. Their 314 feet vertical height (about 35 stories in American terms) tower over the city and dominate its skyline.

Buda, as you can see, is another city altogether, older, with a different architectural gestalt. 

Both cities are astonishing, as attested by the votes of a half million tourists at DESTINATIONS.

A city that can arguably called one of the world’s wonders.

AGB

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1 comment

William Gillin July 22, 2022 at 1:25 pm

Spectacular footage of Budapest! Such a beautiful city. But I don’t believe that the opening scene of “sleepy trams” is on the chain bridge.

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