I got this Official Postcrossing card from Hungary! Shown is Budapest, the capital of and most populous city in this country, located kind of in the northern-center part. As you can see, we’ve gotten seven buildings to talk about… so let’s get right to it! From left to right, top to bottom, we’ll start with the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, which was opened in the mid-1800s. The Danube River runs through the center of Budapest, so this bridge is what runs across to connect the two sides. As you can see, there are stone lions that sit on either side of the bridge (okay you can only see one of them, but trust me, there’s one on the other side too!) A fun fact about them: the sculptor, János Marschalkó, was suspected of having forgotten to sculpt the tongues for them. A very trivial thing in my opinion… but apparently it became the talk of the town. The sculptor responded by basically saying that one would not be able to see the tongue when passing by (and went as far as validating the claim by pointing that out on a real lion!) Next we have a view across the Danube at a few buildings, one of which (in the very back) is Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic church that sits near Buda Castle (more on that later). This is a pretty old church, said to have origins back to the 1000s (though of course, it couldn’t make it this far without being destroyed a few times). Next is the National Theatre, a performing arts theatre that was opened in the 1837 and then moved a few times before getting to its current location in 2002. There’s also a park nearby with a lookout point and a circular hedge maze (hedge mazes are so cool XD). Right in the middle here we have Buda Castle, which was originally created in the mid-1200s and rebuilt in the baroque style in the mid-1700s. It serves as kind of a historical center point (at least that’s how I see it) for the city, as it features a wealth of knowledge with its museums and national gallery. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you can see other landmarks near it (e.g. Matthias Church). Fifth is where I would be hanging out the most – the Great Market Hall! As the oldest and largest indoor market in the city, this place is where you can go to buy a diverse assortment of produce and indulge in delicious Hungarian cuisine. I’d also like to note that while you can’t really see here, the exterior is very intricately designed and looks cool as heck. Next is the Hungarian Parliament Building, a lovely landmark to both visit and pass by on a cruise of the Danube. This was opened in the early 1900s in the neo-gothic style (which is the same style as the Great Market Hall – would talk more about this but I’m running outta room!) Finally, there’s the Fisherman’s Bastion, one of the most visited attractions of the city. Normally, bastions serve the purpose of fortification, however this was built more so for romantic effect as it looks out at the rest of the city (and well looks like a fairytale castle). Okay I’m so sorry but this is way too long of a post! My next ones better be short! Thank you lots for sending me this awesome postcard!