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First impressions are always important. This statement is true not only for meeting people, but also for visiting a new city. Many cities I have visited in the past that I have loved (such as Edinburgh) have made long lasting and positive first impressions. To me, first impressions are judged by how the city looks; most importantly its architecture. I have always had an interest in appreciating different architectural styles.
At first glance in areas surrounding Budapest, buildings were gray and unattractive. As I walk around the city, I a mixture of old with modern buildings with vastly different styles. There are Gothic style cathedrals, traditional Turkish baths, Art Nouveau, as well as many others. Around the city, there were also lots of Soviet style apartment complexes.
My first impression of Vienna was that there is a pop of color on the buildings and there are palaces and extravagant buildings everywhere.
Similar to Vienna, the buildings are very colorful in Prague, but with more intense colors. Furthermore, Prague was also similar to Budapest in the sense that traces of communism could be found.
I originally I only thought of architecture purely on how pretty or unattractive it is. However, now I see architecture as a window into the city’s history. Buildings can tell you about when it was built and what type of cultural influence it had. Different land appropriations during the rise and fall of empires, wars, cultural influences, and trends all contribute to the style.