Ride the 'siklo' or inclined...
Ride the 'siklo' or inclined funicular up to Castle Hill. You 'catch' the 'siklo' at Clark Adam Ter, just across the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the Danube. [This picture was taken by a student of ours. Thanks Linda!]
Navigating Budapest: Nyugati Ter
Even though it's north of the centre, Nyugati Ter means "West Square". The confusion lies in the naming of the train stations which the square serves. Like most of Budapest's squares, there's little walking space available, but it does have an enormous underground square. It's like nothing else in Budapest: it has shops, restaurants, and lots of small market stalls. But it's also grim, littered with drunks and prostitutes, and best avoided late at night.
What you will find here is the fantastic looking Nyugati station, designed by Eiffel himself. It's useful mostly for destinations inside Hungary. There's also the excellent West End shopping centre. There's nothing much touristic beyond Nyugati, so if you've come this far, jump on the metro and head back into the city.
The name looks difficult, but the pronunciation is somewhat like "new-gatti".
Vters in action
When walking through the streets at night, don't care of local vt-ers or vt-tourists strolling around with big trash cans in their hands!!
Here you see my travel partner Win (rhineroll) and famous local tourist guide Attila (mediolatino) in action, catching the perfect nightshot with a little help from a trash can found on the way to Heroe's Square ;-)
Summer in Budapest
We visited in August and experienced a severe change in the weather. The first two days it was extremely hot and the 3rd day it was cold and rainy. So even in the summer it's a good idea to pack a rain coat, sweater and an umbrella. If you plan on visiting the baths, pack a swim cap if you have one or else you'll have to wear the shower caps they sell
ING bank headquarter's main facade
The ING bank headquarter's main facade disintegrates into three parts intentionally, which let it not to be monotonous, but let it lead on into the world of the villa-like buildings. The distorted, narrow standing windowed, many ruled stone-glass-metals composition is tied up into one by chromium-plated bands being run into irregular directions. The hidden lamps behind the bands attract the look with mysterious lights in the evening.
The office block was designed by Eric van Egeraat dutch architect in 2004.
Direction: Located on Dózsa György street, opposite the Wheel of time, not far from Hero square.