On our first day in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, we got a pretty good view of the Buda-part of the city with lots of walking along the Danube river. Our first stop for this day was the memorial "Shoes on the Danube bank". This monument attracted us due its straightforward approach. By only looking at the shoes by the river you'll understand what kind of atrocities it's reminds us about. You'll find the memorial near the parliament building.
A short bus ride away from the river the Szemlő-Hegyi-Barlang cave is found. The tour took us about 30 minutes and the guide told the story of the cave in both Hungarian and English. There are several caves in the Budapest area, but we settled with this one. It is a "young" cave where the thermal water has dug its way through the limestone, creating popcorn-like formations. The air in the cave is said to be good for the lungs, so we hope that the extra deep breaths will cure the last remains of our colds. Even though we only visited this cave, the authorities offers a discount when visiting both the Szemlő-Hegyi-Barlang cave and the Pálvölgy cave.
Since we like deserted places we got interested in the abandoned mental institution Lipótmezei. However, we didn't succeed in our efforts to get in. The security guard wasn't the most polite man in town, and the parts of the fence we walked along was sadly not easy enough to cross. Here's the coordinates if you dare to try: 47.531864,18.973394
Slightly disappointed after this setback and very wet due to a rain shower, we made our way to the Sziklakórház Atombunker Muzeum (Hospital in the Rock Nuclear bunker museum). We can highly recommend this museum! All the staff were very polite and knowledgeable. The hour in this cave system (made to a hospital) just flew by. Unfortunately photographing in the museum was prohibited so we can't show you anything from the inside, but the history and the (for its time) hightech of this place was very interesting, witnessing about the political history of the 20th century Europe. Read more about the museum at http://www.sziklakorhaz.eu/en
Now it's time to prepare for tomorrow's short trip to the Slovakian capital Bratislava, then continuing to explore Budapest on Saturday!