Mandragora Hostel

Krody Gyula u 12, Budapest, 1088, Hungary
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Apartment Cafe New York, Dohany ut, dicastrict 7, Erzsebetvaros

by indigoblue

Has anyone stayed at this apartment? Also seeking advice on the location, they say "Centrally located in the real heart of Pest's historical city just beside the famous ==> Cafe House New-York and the fancy ==>Budapest Boulevards." Is this a correct description and a safe area to stay?

Re: Apartment Cafe New York, Dohany ut, dicastrict 7, Erzsebetvaros

by fischert

The apartman house is not far from Blaha Lujza tér and Erzsébet boulevard. The area is safe enough and has a good public transport connection. This is not a "fancy" area but has a feeling to walk on this boulevard. However there are few fancy hotels on this way. From this aspect it seems a good choice.
I hope there are some tourist who tried this apartment and can give you reflect.


Re: Apartment Cafe New York, Dohany ut, dicastrict 7, Erzsebetvaros

by indigoblue

Thanks very much, your comments have been very helpful

Travel Tips for Budapest

20th August - the state-foundation of Hungary

by Gentleman75

It's the day of the state-foundation of Hungary. This day is a national holiday, when there are a lot of happening all day: air- and water-parade, exhibitions, saint-right procession and firework.

I thought before this day I will make lot of photos, share my experiences and offer You to visit Hungary on this day.
Unfortunately in this year it was a low-budget celebration and there were only a few things worth to make a photo about.

I cannot offer You to visit Hungary on this day by this day! It's a shame... Low-budget...


by cobrioc

Built by the Hasburgs in the middle of the 19th-century , the Citadella's hill top position used to strengthen their hold over Buda's inhabitants after War of Independence between 1848-1849. Since then , the building has been used as a prison camp and an anti-aircraft battery by German forces during WW II. Still scarred by bullet holes , the building today houses a restaurant , cafe and a youth hostel / the most inexpensive accomandation in town/ while the area around the Citadella command some of the most breathtaking view of the city.

Just a sort walk away is the statue of St. Gellert and the Liberation Monument.


by blint

The Hungarians love to feel sorry for themselves as a nation. They love to dwell on failed heroes who they still celebrate as if they had succeeded in their quests. In fact one of their most important national holidays celebrates the unsuccessful revolution of 1956 against the Soviets.

The street names celebrate those who have suffered most in Hungarian history instead of those who have conquered.

They seem to feel wronged by history and disillusioned which their current political state. I am told that Hungarians love to talk politics and to complain.

This patriotic sorrow spills over into everyday life. Coming from Spain I see that the Hungarians are more serious and laugh less, though this doesn't mean to say that they don't have fun. I suppose it is just less obvious IN GENERAL. The loudest people in a bar are always Italians, Spaniards and Americans.

I am happy to find that although you see many very butch looking Hungarian men they don't seem to be looking for a fight. I have seen minor signs of aggression but normally directed towards inanimate objects rather than people.

Hungarians get drunk, stagger and often end up walking in the middle of the road. They are therefore quiet drunks compared to Brits who get drunk and end up doing stupid dares or getting into fights.

Supermarket shop assistants are the rudest breed of Hungarian working in the service industry. If you have a bad experience with them don't misjudge the Hungarians in general who are on the whole polite people who will always say sorry to you if they bump into you by accident or the such like. Remember, if you are paid badly then why smile about it?

Are Hungarians friendly? They are but they are also difficult to get to know in general. However they seem to be the type that once you get to know them they will be a true friend. That is to say they seem pretty genuine.

They are very interested in foreigners and to know what their language sounds like to those who can't speak it.

They are known to be homophobic and a little racist especially towards gypsies. AGAIN I AM GENERALISING.

They like hearing Hungarian spoken by foreigners.
They don't use their hands to speak, so if you do you will stand out!

How to spot a Hungarian. You can't. They all look very different from each other due to their mixed cultural background.

They hate it when you tell them Hungarian sounds like Russian or Polish. Furthermore, it doesn't.

They love to put paprika in EVERYTHING!

They love to go to tanning centres and you can spot solariums on every street corner.

They dream to live in Spain or Italy but most want to come home to Hungary again.

All in all they are proud to be Hungarians, respect those who have suffered and don't like to feel embarrassed i.e they are pretty reserved. I only have experience in Budapest;I am sure those from the countryside are different in many ways...

If you are Hungarian and read this I hope you do not feel offended in any way and feel free to send me an EMAIL to contest anything I have said.

Running - Here is your chance

by MedioLatino

Budapest is great for running! The Margaret Island (an island on the Danube between the Margaret and the Arpad Bridges) is one of the most popular running scenes (with a partly soft surface covered running road of around 4,5 km or 3 miles).

Besides that Budapest hosts lots of running events, running days, Maratons, etc.

Ask for current events, there is one like every week in the season! You might be able to find some info on the Budapest Portal as well. shorts, t-shirt, shoes...that will do :)

Uri Utca

by barryg23

Uri Utca (Lord's Street) is one of the most interesting streets on Castle Hill. It's name comed from the aristocrats who lived here before the 16th Century Turkish invasion. It lies at the northern end of Castle Hill, in a relatively quiet area away from the crowds around Fisherman's Bastion.


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