Europe iPhoneography: Budapest

May 6, 2013 by     2 Comments     Posted under: Destinations

This is the second post in a new series called Europe iPhoneography… on my recent three-week tramp around Europe, my new iPod Touch was never far from my side. This is the result of my best iPhoneography photographs from the second of four countries. You can check out the first post, Europe iPhoneography: Austria here.

Europe iPhoneography: Budapest 

Budapest Castle

Buda Castle is located on the Buda side of the Danube River , this historical castle and palace was the home of the Hungarian kings and was built in 1265. Built on the southern tip of Castle Hill and bounded by what is known as Castle District to the north, Buda Castle is famous for its distinctive medieval baroque style. Linked to Clark Adam Square in Pest by the iconic Szechnyi Chain Bridge, the site was given World Heritage status in 1987.

Shoes of the Danube

The Shoes of the Danube is one of the most sobering memorials I have seen. Created by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer on the banks of the Danube, it honours the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. The condemned were ordered to take off their shoes before being shot at the edge of the water. Their bodies fell into the Danube and were swept away. The shoes represent the shoes left behind on the bank.

River Danube

The cold and dreary morning did nothing to dampen our photography exploits and this is one of my favourite photographs from Budapest. The River Danube is one of the largest rivers in Europe and passes through four capital cities, including Budapest. In the distance you can see the Hungarian Parliament, one of the oldest legislative building in Europe and the largest building in Hungary.

Buda Castle

The stately and domineering Buda Castle, standing at 48 metres, which overlooks the River Danube and the city of Budapest. It manages to symbolise the tumultuous history of Hungary, from World War II to communist to the present-day. Today, the castle is now referred to as the Royal Palace. It is home to the National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and a number of other cultural institutions.

The Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge, also known as the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, connects Buda and Pest. Crossing the River Danube, the chain bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Budapest. This photo, taken from the Buda side of the city, shows the Chain Bridge stretching out towards Pest.

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About The Author: Mike Cotton

Mike is a writer and wannabe mountain man, if he could grow a big bushy beard he would. Lives in Fernie, BC.

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  • Another great set of photos! The Shoes of the Danube took my breath away. Very sobering indeed, especially in the context of the anti-Semitic rally in Hungary last week.

    Budapest is very high on the list of places I want to visit! Your photos make it more so.

  • These are all great shots, especially the shoe memorial. I visited Budapest last year and found it was very kind to the camera. It’s hard to take a bad photograph.

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