Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stepping back in Hungarian Time

My parents aren't ready to give up on car trips, even when traveling in Europe. While Ian & I are full fledged fans of train travel and have a growing love for cheapo plane trips (yes- even Ryanair & EasyJet), we have to admit seeing Europe by car is an entirely different experience.

With Budapest picked as our start location and Vienna as our endpoint, the decision was -
where to tranverse between the two?

We picked to stay a night in Bratislava and stop at  Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum, an Open Air Village Museum. We visited one in the Netherlands and loved it, and hoped my parents would find it just as interesting.

We never did get completely comfortable with Hungarian money.  We were suspicious about the additional cost of the train until Ian reminded us it was only a dollar.  And what a train! A beautiful restored classic, it was roof to ceiling varnished wood, complete with conductor.

 The fancy seats were in back with vintage prints & plush seats.


Thresher for Hemp
Hives & Guide

Dad tries to win over wild little mama

Along with the amazing preserved homes, barns, and event halls, there is a place to look at photographs of families from these areas. They also have a computer set-up for you to research family in the area.

The place is enormous & we easily could have spent all day there but we had to venture on. We meandered through Northern Hungary and stopped at things that interested us like this tower. Unfortunately, parking in the middle of nowhere was charged. And going into the ruins was expensive. Booo!
BUT we did enjoy the views.

Next stop:

Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum Details:
Location: 3 km from Skanzen towards Visegrád, about 1-1.5 hour from Budapest.
Address:  Sztaravodai út 13.

Opening Hours
16th Jan-31st Mar
1st Apr-31st Oct
3rd Nov-9th Dec
Outdoor exhibitions
closed except for 15th-18th March: 10.00-15.00
Tue-Sun: 9.00-17.00
Closed on weekdays, Sat-Sun: 10.00-15.00

Admission: adults: 1000 HUF, 1200 HUF for festivals, students: 500 HUF, 600 HUF for festivals

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