When I decided to start this blog, the original idea was to have a local guide for each district. Then I decided to visit at least some budapest districts alone, partly because I wanted to get started and didn’t have a guide for the first district, but mainly thinking it would actually be better to go alone, since that’s when crazy and weird things tend to happen. I wanted some interesting stories to write about, but if you read my first post, you’ll see that I was alone and had nothing unusual to report. After that sightseeing tour, I went to a concert and met an exchange student who was very interested in the idea of exploring Budapest. She joined me in this second budapest district tour, which made exploring a lot more interesting.
Much bigger than the first budapest district, Budapest’s second district is divided into many more neighborhoods. The best known of them is Rózsadomb (Rose Hill), an exclusive residential area which got its name from the legend that Gül Baba, who lived in the area, introduced roses to Budapest. His tomb, a place of pilgrimage for Muslims, is located in Rózsadomb, on Mecset utca (Mosque street).
Also behind the Mammut is the Millenáris Park, which was built on a site formerly used as a factory. It opened in 2001, celebrating the millennium of the founding of the Hungarian State, when Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen (István), was crowned. Preserving some of the original factory buildings, this unusual and modern park is now home to a theater, exhibition halls, and many interactive activities for children.
During our visit there was a crafts fair and interesting Easter craft workshops. Unfortunately we had no time to participate, because we had a cave tour waiting for us!