City Park is the largest park in Budapest. The first trees and walkways were established here in 1751. In the first decades of the 19th century a park was created and in 1896 the Millennium Celebrations took place here, leaving many attractions behind.
Vajdahunyad Castle, a replica of a Transylvanian castle of that name, was built to show the various architectural styles found in Hungary, and has Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque parts. In the courtyard is the statue of Anonymus, the nameless medieval chronicler to King Béla. His work is the main source of information on Hungarian history through the Middle Ages, however the fact that there were four kings called Béla during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries makes it hard to identify him or the monarch. His face is hidden by a hood, making him anonymous, and yet portraying an interesting and important historical figure.
The castle is surrounded by an artificial lake that's used for boating in the summer and turns into an impressive ice skating rink in the winter, which is a local favorite. The history of the City Park Ice Rink (Városligeti Műjégpálya) goes back to the 19th century, when skating was considered a favorite winter pass time by the elite. It first opened on January 29th 1870 and Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, was present for the inauguration ceremonies.
The Budapest Zoo, the Amusement Park, the Municipal Circus, the Museum of Transport, the legendary Gundel Restaurant and the famous Széchenyi Baths are also located within City Park. In addition, there are playgrounds, slides, wooden castles and monkey bars in the park to keep the small ones entertained.
Took in 1988. Scanned from negative, cropped, increased brightness, reduced saturation, applied retouches and gradual toning.
Source: City Park
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jimmj63 (2230) 2012-02-26 23:25
very good old style view, fascinating the hot colors
dkmurphys (36801) 2012-02-27 1:31
Old photo that turns to be a modern Bruegel winter scene. Great work, enjoy a fine week.
annjackman (13195) 2012-02-27 1:59
This is like a Dutch painting (a Bruegel as Daniel suggests). The scan has given an usual look but I really like it.
Kind Regards, Ann
batalay (32860) 2012-02-27 2:48
Merhaba Erdem Bey,
This image has a quality reminiscent of a Currier and Ives Print. I like it very much.
Excellent expansive view of a city I have long wanted to see.
Sevgi ve saygilarimla,
papera (13760) 2012-03-26 2:44
ciao erdem :)
as the others already pointed out, the scattered skaters and the warm yellowish overcast are very reminiscent of Bruegel... a painter I love very much and a scene, an activity I also like to photograph.
Clever PP, it gives the image a real vintage feel.
I also took some shots of the frozen canals this year but unfortunately the light was not even close to this golden hue :)
have a good day,
CLODO (24726) 2012-03-26 11:10
it looks as an old dutch painting, due maybe to the yellowish color.