Official Web Site of Budapest Tourism
This is the official site of Budapest Tourism. It belongs to the non-profit organisation of Budapest Tourist Office, so you won't find crappy ads on it, like on other city websites.
General information about traveling in and around, weather, sights and newsletter about current events. On-line search engine is connected to www.travelport.hu for hotel, restaurant and entertaintment search.
Inside the fabulous Roses square church II-windows
For me the windows of this church represent the highest artistic value. The biggest part of these stained glass windows come from Miksa Róth`s workshop. The others were created by Gida Walther és József Palka.
They represent saints, for example Saint Stephen, Saint Margareth, Saint John, among others. On the nether part of the windows appear the names of those who financiated their creation.
CAFE IN BUDAPEST
A special and unique place of hospitality is the café. Glittering cafés as hubs of intellectual, artistic and social life became fashionable after the 1850s. From the second half of the 19th c. to the 1940s, Budapest used to be called the "city of cafés". What is (was) a café? To call it a café restaurant is simplification. They were open throughout the day and night. Literary groups, politicians and artists had their regular cafés. One could buy all the daily papers, including the foreign ones. The idea, the hope of civil liberty and equality, free press and bourgeois Hungary was born in the Pilvax Café. A café was the editorial office of the first Central European cinema weekly, which started off Sir Alexander Korda, a prominent figure of the English film industry towards world fame.
One of the most important, the New York Café (VII., Erzsébet krt. 9-11 ), opened in 1894, was considered the world’s most beautiful and largest café. Cinema owners, advertising agents, actors and journalists stayed from early morning to noon, a posh audience spent the evening here, and finally gamblers, female acrobats and musicians turned up during the small hours. It was certainly a varied clientele but not without interest. The bustling café life began to wither after 1945: the miracle has faded by today. Still, when you enter the New York, you might imagine what it was like back in the glorious days.
The atmosphere of old cafés can still be felt in Hotel Astoria’s Café (V., Kossuth Lajos u. 19.), the Gerbeaud, the Múzeum Café (VIII., Múzeum krt. 12.)and the tiny M?vész Café (VI., Andrássy út 29.).
Hungary has a tasty national cuisine all its own. Many dishes are seasoned with paprika (a spice made from certain varieties of red pepper), which appears on restaurant tables as a condiment beside the salt and pepper. Although paprika originated in Central America, the peasants of Szeged have been growing it since the early 18th century and it’s now as important to Hungarian cuisine as the tomato is to Italian cooking.
Get Your Laundry Done
Traveling light always involves getting laundry done on the road. The best (an one of the few) coin laundromats in Budapest is not far from the Gellert Hotel. From the entrance of the hotel proceed down the driveway to the right. Cross the street to where the bank is and go past the ATM/Bankomat toward the water. Turn the corner to the right staying on the right side of the street. Go about 4 blocks and look to the right for the sign. The place does have a web site as well and touts theuse fo American machines.
It is pretty reasonable and there is an attendant to assist. The dryers are very low heat so expect to take a long time and extra money or let some things hang out later.
Palais New York
Originally built after plans by Alajosz Hauszmann 1891-95 for the American insurance company "New York" this splendid neo-Baroque palais was turned into a luxury hotel a few years ago by the Italian-based hotel group "Boscolo hotels". It looks quite fancy, a bit stiff and snobby, but since I didn't stay there I cannot really comment.
What's to note about this place is the cafe at the left corner (main facade). The "Cafe New York" was *the* place for writers, artists, poets in Budapest until the 1930s. The legend goes that writer Ferenc Molnar threw the key into the Danube right on the opening day so that it should never close. I only had a quick look inside. A waiter welcomes you right behind the door and asks for your wishes. Normally I am not opposed to having coffee and cake in upscale coffeehouses or restaurants but in this case ... The interior of the cafe is VERY opulent. Too much for my taste. And total lack of patina. It's polished. With the renovation they also wiped the history out it seemed to me. But to each their own ...
Location: on the Grand Ring, close to Blaha Lujza ter.