This photo trip takes us to two central European cities: Budapest and Vienna. These cities are both rich in their own unique heritage and filled with amazing sites to photograph. The photos of this trip are now available in our travel gallery.
Top Sights to Photograph in Vienna
Vienna is one of the top destinations in Europe due to its prominent heritage in music and Baroque architecture. Situated on the Danube River, the city center is easily accessible via the U-Bahn rail. The city is dominated by Baroque-styled palaces with ornate detailing, a vibrant cafe culture, and classical music.
1. Ringstrasse - aka "Ring Road" is a circular road that connects some of the most important Viennese buildings, including the Parliament and Vienna State Opera.
2. Hofburg Palace - Baroque Palace of Viennese royalty.
3. Schonbrunn Palace - This is the palace where Maria Theresa (Marie Antoinette's mother) lived. It is similar to the Palace of Versailles and has beautiful gardens that stretch onward to the horizon.
4. Vienna State Opera House - A must see in this capital of classical music where you can enjoy a first class production.
5. Lipizzaner stallions - Outside the Hofburg Palace are the stables where the famous stallions are kept. You can even watch them train for their performance.
6. Sacher Cafe - Beer is to Germany what coffee is to Austria. No trip to Vienna would be compete without a trip to a cafe. The Sacher Cafe delivers the quintessential Viennese cafe experience where you can enjoy the famous Sacher torte and coffee.
Top Sights to Photograph in Budapest
My trip to Hungary was my first time where I ventured behind the former Iron Curtain into one of the most exotic and beautiful European cities. Budapest is situated on the Danube, and is actually two cities in one: Buda (the hilly side), and Pest (the flat side). They are connected by a series of bridges that illuminate at night.
1. Chain Bridge - The famous bridge that connects Pest to Buda, offers panoramic view, and is adorned with statues of lions.
2. Matthias Church - On the Buda side of the city is the Matthias Church.This was the most unique church I had been to during my trip. I expected to see the ever-prevalent Gothic style on the inside, but was blown away by the ornate gold ceiling.
3. Szechenyi Thermal Baths - A trip to Budapest is not complete without a visit to the thermal baths. The city is nicknamed the "City of Baths" due to the prevalence of these baths. The Neo-Baroque palace-like architecture itself is photo-worthy.
4. Central Market- A unique underground market in the center of the Pest side of the city where goods of all kinda are sold. The building is done in Neo-Gothic style and is a main gathering point in the city that offers a glimpse into the local city life.
5. Buda Castle - This castle and palace was once for Hungarian royalty and is designated a World Heritage Site.
6. Fisherman's Bastion - Outside of the Matthias Church is the Fisherman's Bastion, a Neo-Gothic/Neo-Romanesque terrace that offers panoramic views of the city.
7. Parliament Building - Arguable the most recognizable building on the Budapest skyline (the largest and tallest) is the Parliament Building. The building is done in Gothic architecture, with an equally stunning interior.
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