Budapest

As motor sport fans, we wanted to combine a visit to a Formula 1 race with a citybreak, so we came to Budapest. A city that surprised us absolutely positively.

First, the Castle district is in our plan. From there you have a wonderful view of the city and the Danube, which divides Budapest into the younger Buda and the historical Pest. The Royal Palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987 and is - just like the Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion - definitely worth a closer look.

During the evening stroll through the city, we discover many small restaurants and cosy bars. It’s a difficult decision because all of them look very inviting. So we try different places every day and never get disappointed. As usual, the Hard Rock Café is on our list, which is perhaps not the most beautiful one that we have seen so far, but it has the usual mix of styles from the music scene. Whether in a simple inn or a more noble restaurant, all dishes taste delicious and the service is friendly everywhere.

The Hungaro-Ring is located just outside of Budapest. We have travelled by car and are surprised how perfectly organized everything is. Each seating section has a certain parking area, so there is hardly any traffic jam. Everything is well signposted. On Friday afternoon we watch the free practice, later also the race of Porsche cup and Formula 3. Even if the engines are not quite as loud this year, it is an incredible experience to be so close to the action. We follow the qualifying the next day and of course the race on Sunday. It is simply a giant spectacle, not only on the circuit but also the side events. Only the extreme heat (38 degrees) bothers us, and wherever one find a shady spot, it is used during the breaks.

Since we do not leave on the race day, we take the time to watch how the pit lane empties and finally we are the only car still standing in the parking lot. The next day we have just time in the morning to discover a few more sides of Budapest. For this wonderful, surprisingly modern city, 4 days are really too little. We have to return.

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