The currency of Hungary is the Forint. As a rough guide, there are 280 Forints to the Euro, 210 Forints to the US Dollar, and 325 Forints to the pound. The forint has been very unstable, however, since the financial crisis, falling from 250 to the euro, down to 330, before bouncing back to the 270-290 region. So don't trust my numbers!
Hungary is a relatively cheap place to visit, especially outside of Budapest. There have been some huge bargains on the hotel front since the economic collapse of 2008. Food and transport is particularly cheap, except the metro system in the capital, which charges Western European rates for a substandard service with only one ride per ticket. A main dish at a reasonable restaurant generally costing less than 10 euros.
The low prices of everything means that big notes can be difficult to dispose of, and the ATMs, which are all over the city, tend to give out the biggest notes possible. I had real problems getting anyone to accept the 10000 Forint note, worth about 40 euros, and I couldn't even spend a 5000 Forint note (about 20 euros) in a place as big and international as Burger King, so good luck spending the bigger notes in the small family run restaurants.
Perhaps the most imposing...
Perhaps the most imposing archtitecture in this capital is the Parliament building, a recognized symbol of democracy in Hungary. Its facade is elaborately Neo-Gothic with almost every corner featuring gables with pinnacles based on Gothic sculptures. Really is one magnificent masterpiece!
Go to a market. This one was...
Go to a market. This one was located just across the bridge from The Gellert Baths. It was huge and there were many nice and interesting things for sale. The bottom floor was mostly food products such as paprika,baked goods,fruits and vegetables and meats. The upper floor had many nice crafts! Beautiful embroidered linens and pretty Christmas ornaments.
Most Hungarians I met spoke...
Most Hungarians I met spoke English. It only depended on if they want to talk to you or not. It seemed the more money you spent the better thier English got. I got along well with the locals. It just took longer to befriend them then it would in other countries.
off Budapest: szobor park
Szobor Park is the Statue Park, a garden located outside Budapest where you can see all those Communist statues and monuments that were taken down in 1989.
Everyone and everything is there. Engels, Marx, Lenin - as well as the Hungarian-Soviet Friendship Memorial, the Soviet Heroic Memorial and the Workers' Movement Memorial.
To get to Szobor Park take a tram to Etele Tere, and from there a yellow Volan Bus direction Diosd-Erd