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Migrant crisis: The long walk out of Hungary

Thousands of migrants have crossed into Austria and Germany, following a long journey that has brought many from conflict zones like Syria into the heart of Europe.

BBC correspondents have been reporting from Hungary, Austria and Germany after travel restrictions were eased late on Friday.

In Hungary, many people waiting for trains had set up temporary camp in the underpasses underneath the city's Keleti station.

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Media captionThe BBC's Matthew Price filmed thousands of migrants sleeping at the railway station in Budapest

Fed up after days of waiting to be allowed to board trains, a group of 1,000 people decided to start walking to Austria.

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Media captionDrone footage filmed on Friday and Saturday shows the number of migrants prepared to walk to Austria
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Media captionMatthew Price travelled with some of the families and shared video on social media

In the early hours of Saturday morning, they crossed the border by foot.

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Media captionThere were broad smiles on many of the migrants' faces, says Bethany Bell in Austria

They then boarded trains for Germany. Jenny Hill was in Munich to see them arrive.

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Media captionThere were cheers from the many Germans who had gathered at the station

Meanwhile, a second wave of migrants decided to begin the journey from Budapest on foot.

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Media captionLocal people handed out packed lunches for those walking to the border

And across the border in Austria, many people turned out to offer help.

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Media captionNickelsdorf locals distributed food and drink to migrants arriving by bus

The Hungarian side of the border is now littered with the things people couldn't carry, or didn't want.

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Media captionThe border area is strewn with discarded belongings, as the migrants move into Austria

A convoy of cars driven by activists set out to collect migrants from the border area. One woman explained why she was moved to help.

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Media captionAustrian activist Angelika: "Politics has failed so we have to do something"

The BBC spent the weekend at Munich station. Timelapse video captured the many thousands who arrived over 48 hours.

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Media captionA look back at 48 hours in Munich's railway station

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