Szent Istvan Fireworks in Budapest – August 20th, 2014

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As mentioned in my previous post, August 20th is St. Stephen’s Day, a National Holiday marking the Foundation of Hungary. The main event for the people of Budapest is the annual fireworks show, which lasts about 30 minutes.

I made my way down to the shores of the Danube river to watch the show along with thousands of Hungarians. All the bridges spanning the river were jammed with people. Fortunately, there are wide boulevards running alongside the river, which police close down for the spectacle. There was ample room to enjoy the show.

If fireworks are your thing, here’s an HD video I shot featuring the final moments of the show, with the fireworks exploding above the Erzsébet Bridge.

Budapest: Eastern Europe’s Gem

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When researching my trip, I heard nothing but good things about Budapest. Hungary’s capital delivered in a big way, living up to the hype.

Often called the Paris of Eastern Europe, the comparison is justified. Budapest offers the aesthetic beauty of the French capital, at a fraction of the cost and without the Parisian seediness I’ve previously talked about on this blog.

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For anyone with an interest in photography, Budapest offers stunning views and fantastic architecture along the Danube river. The city is particularly lovely at night. I was able to get some great shots with my DSLR, which I’ll share once I get back to Canada.

A cosmopolitan city, Budapest offers a tremendous nightlife and great food at low prices. Eating out at a place with take-out is just as cheap as cooking a meal from the grocery store. Alcohol in Hungary is also cheap.

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For those who love shopping, Andrassy street, the main drag in the city which was modelled after the Champs d’Elysees is lined with high end boutiques from the world’s most well-known brands.
Budapest’s thermal spas have been drawing tourists to the city for thousands of years. Every Saturday night, one of the city’s most well-known spas is turned into a giant night club, making for an epic water party fuelled by alcohol and house music. If you’re looking for a unique nightlife experience, check out the Spa party. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

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A great place for a weekend getaway, or maybe even more, Budapest is a playground for Europeans looking to live the good life. With cheap flight connections from across Europe, it’s an attractive destination. If I lived in Europe, I would visit regularly, it’s that good.