A day in Mezőkovesd and Eger

As part of my Hungarian culture class at university, I went on a day trip to the cities of  Mezőkovesd and Eger. I learned more about old-fashioned Hungarian crafts, the Siege of Eger (Hungarian vs. Ottoman Empire) in 1552 (unfortunately, the pictures at the dungeon didn’t turn out that well), and got to take some nice pictures I would like to share with you today.

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Five cities in nine days

I had a spring break of ten days only a while ago and decided to visit some pretty cities during those free days. My route:

Vienna – Bratislava – Prague – Budapest – Debrecen

I will let you know more about those truly wonderful destinations throughout the next weeks. For now, just enjoy some of my favorite impressions of each city:

Vienna

I visited Vienna together with Malou, a study mate from Dortmund. We stayed with a super nice couchsurfing host for three days. We cooked together and he showed us some of his favorite spots in Vienna in the evenings. During the day, Malou and I strolled through the city, took tons of pictures, and climbed up the Gloriette  to enjoy a beautiful view over Schönbrunn castle and Vienna

Vienna Wien Schönbrunn Sissi by Laura Konieczy

This picture is dedicated to my best friend Janni (I’m working on our list ;))

Bratislava

I stayed in Bratislava for one and a half day. Since my couchsurfing host was busy during the day, I mostly walked through the city, gazed at its beautiful architecture and interesting statues and tried out some vegan and eco friendly cafés before we hang out together.

Bratislava Pressburg Prešporok Slovakia Cumil Statue by Laura Konieczny

Meet Cumil (transl.: peaker), the most famous guy in town.

Prague

Prague was my last destination before heading back to Hungary. I stayed with an Indian friend’s friend (the world is a small place). During the three days I spent in Prague, I visited most of the famous tourist attractions. However, I actually found Prague too touristy – Vienna and Bratislava didn’t seem to be so obvious about being tourist destinations. That is why my favorite place turned out to be a park near the Michael’s Bridge: it’s super quiet and super pretty during sunny spring days.

Park in Prague in Czech Republic by Laura Konieczny

Parks might be my favorite place in each city.

Budapest

My friends Hendrik and Tobias came to visit me in Hungary. I played their tour guide in Budapest (and actually was surprised about all the knowledge I have acquired about Hungarian history , and Budapest by now), they drank Hungarian beer and palinka, and we simply had a great time together.

Oh, how I missed those crazy guys 

Debrecen

Of course, I also wanted to show my friends “my” city in Hungary and was proud to show them around the lovely little town of Debrecen that had SICH HERAUSGEPUTZT as spring and my visitors from Germany arrived.

Kossuth Tér in Debrecen by Laura Konieczny

Kossuth Tér in Debrecen – the city’’s pretty main square.

Szeged: Architecture and Cake

After spending a great Friday night and Saturday in Pécs, we headed down south to Szeged. My honest opinion of Hungary’s third largest city after Budapest and Debrecen? I’m not too impressed. Let’s say it’s nice to visit – but that’s about it. It offers are some pretty buildings and some nice restaurants and cake shops. One might blame that impression of mine on the cloudy weather or the fact that great parts of the town are under construction. I guess I will just check the city of my list of places to visit and move on. Next stop in two weeks: Romania.

Nachdem wir einen fantastischen Freitagabend und Samstag in Pécs verbracht haben, sind wir am Sonntag gen Süden nach Szeged aufgebrochen. Meine ehrliche Meinung zur drittgrößten Stadt Ungarns nach Budapest und Debrecen? Ich hatte mehr erwartet. Die Stadt ist… nett. Zu sehen gibt es vielen hübsche Gebäude, die sich in meinen ungebildeten Augen doch alle recht ähneln, und viele nette Restaurants. Vielleicht sollte ich diesen Eindruck auf den grauen Himmel schieben oder auf die Tatsache, dass gefühlt die halbe Stadt gerade restauriert wird. Vielleicht kann ich Szeged aber auch einfach auf der Liste von Orten, die ich besuchen möchte, abhaken – und mich der nächsten widmen. Nächster Halt in zwei Wochen: Rumänien.

However, I still do not want to withhold my impressions of Szeged from you. We went on the walking tour recommended in Lonely Planet’s Hungary Edition of 2013 but made some changes to it by adding Dóm tér and the National Pantheon as well as a nice cake shop in the end. Join us!

Nichtsdestotrotz möchte ich euch meine Eindrücke von Szeged nicht vorenthalten. Wir sind dem Stadtspaziergang des 2013er englisch-sprachigen Lonely Planet für Ungarn gefolgt. Hinzugefügt haben wir Dóm tér mit dem ungarischen Pantheon und eine schöne Konditorei. Kommt mit spazieren!

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Besides all the whining about Szeged not being too pretty, I would also like to share my favorite place of the city with you: Tiszavirág Szeged. It’s a very pretty, modern restaurant that serves very tasty and fresh food at reasonable prices.

Neben der ganzen Jammerei über Szegeds Hässlichkeit möchte ich euch auch meine wärmste Empfehlung für das Tiszavirág Szeged aussprechen, ein ganz entzückendes modern-gemütliches Restaurant, das leckeres, frisches Essen zu annehmbaren Preisen serviert.

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Pécs: a Lovely Little Town

I could not have picked a better place to visit for my birthday weekend. Not only is the city of Pécs super pretty and architecturally interesting but also did I have an amazing first Couchsurfing experience. Our host, who let us sleep in her spare room for free was super nice and even took the time to show us all of her favorite places including nice bars and the city’s highest point.

Ich hätte mir keinen besseren Ort für den Ausflug an meinem Geburtstagswochenende aussuchen können. Pécs ist nicht nur ein architektonisch interessantes und wunderschönes Städtchen, sondern ich hatte auch eine super Couchsurfing-Premiere. Unsere Gastgeberin Bernadett, bei der wir kostenlos übernachten durften, hat sich sogar die Zeit genommen, uns ihre Lieblingsorte zu zeigen – einschließlich Ruinenbars und dem höchsten Punkt der Stadt.

Couchsurfing Fun – We got to leave our hand prints on Bernadette’s wall.

Wir durften uns mit Handabdrücken auf Bernadetts Wand verewigen.

After spending one and a half great day in Pécs, we headed south to spend a day in Szeged.

Nach ein einhalb super schönen Tagen in Pécs, haben wir am Sonntag auf dem Heimweg noch einen Abstecher nach Szeged gemacht.