Exploring Budapest

Another day to explore Budapest led us to a grand train station, the Metro Museum, a famous coffeehouse and the Vasarely Museum. Many impressions of this fascinating town.

Keleti Pályaudvar – train station
Not all parts of the train station have been renovated yet
When the rain started we went under ground and visited the museum of the first underground line of the European continent built from 1894 to 1896 – only the one in London was built earlier.
Metro tickets from the turn of the century
Traditional coffeehouse

When the rain started again, we were near one of the famous coffeehouses of Budapest: Gerbeaud – nothing better than to enjoy lunch instead of getting soaked.

Sweet seductions
Lángos de luxe
Cafe Gerbeaud
Passing the parliament on the tram

As the weather wasn’t perfect, we decided to visit one of the many museums of Budapest. Our choice fell on the Vasarely museum. On the way there, we discovered the remains of the 2nd-3rd century Aquincum Legionary Fortress, now nearly forgotten under the streets of Budapest.

At the Vasarely museum a special exhibition on the effect of the moon landing on art and design showed some interesting works.

First women on the moon
Hungary was there too!
Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian artist, who is widely accepted as a leader of the optical art movement, a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Vasarely became a graphic designer and a poster artist during the 1930s combining patterns and organic images with each other. Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930. He developed his style of geometric abstract art, working with various materials but using a minimal number of forms and colours.

It had stopped raining, and we could walk through town before we took the metro home to the campsite.


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