Jane and Lance live part time in Budapest. I know little of Hungary. I knew a Hungarian man once. He lived in Melbourne, and although he was a poor immigrant, he met a private school girl on a tram and married her and decades later they are still married.
Ok, I do know a little. The Danube River divides the capital of Hungary, with Buda, what was the German populated area on the western side, and Pest on the eastern side of the Danube.
Some people like to pronounce Budapest as Budapescht. In my opinion, as a rule we English speakers should stick to English pronunciations unless perhaps we are in a country that pronounces places differently to the English.
Now Victor was in Budapest earlier this year. I remember he posted some photos of trams plying the streets of Budapest.
Ah, I see that Budapest, like Melbourne and Amsterdam, also has German made Combino trams. Yuk. But good to see they also have bought some Combino Plus trams, which are far better.
Anyway, the authority on Budapest trams is a chap who uses the name Hamster. If he doesn't know everything about Budapest's trams, then I doubt anyone does. His excellent amateur site goes by the title of Ham Page: Tram Hikers Guide to Budapest. The Budapest tram network was much reduced after the collapse of the Soviet Empire, but it is still quite extensive and well patronised. Hmm, tram routes 4 and 6 service the busiest tram line in Europe. It runs along the Grand Boulevard, and by some photos I have just looked at, it is a very grand boulevard indeed.
All very interesting, to some. Well, I am not writing a travel guide to Budapest. What interests me? Oh, a cog railway. It takes you up into the hills to the west (it only took me an hour to establish where the cog railway actually runs). It looks like great fun. I just watched one You Tube video of the the train curving and climbing up the hills in what appears to be summer. It's a very pretty trip among the greenery. Ah, here is one of it operating in winter, which answers my question as to whether it snows in Budapest. Quite pretty with fresh snow and laden tree branches.
Did I just see mention of a funicular somewhere? More fun. It travels up to a place called Castle Hill. I suppose there is a castle atop the hill. As the video proves, everything that goes up, must come down again.
Ok, here is a photo of le grand boulevard de Budapest. Looks pretty ok hey. While world is an extraordinarily interesting place, I find it good to focus on one small part of a city.