Olimpia Hotel

XII. Eotvos ut, 40, Budapest, 1121, Hungary

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restaurant tips please!

by janey77

Right, the hotel is booked and it's only 3 weeks until we arrive. I have spent ages trawling through forums and reviews to choose the best restaruants but have decided you are the people that may be able to help?
We are a fairly young couple(30) and we are spending the weekend in Budapest without our 3 year old son, first time in 2 years!
We like to eat good food, interested in tasting local dishes and then also like to spend the night having a few drinks and generally enjoying ourselves.
We are staying in the Corinthia and would appreciate some ideas close by.
Thanks all so much and a happy new year to you all!!!!

Re: restaurant tips please!

by Andrew_W_K

One of the best meals I ever ate was at the Soul Cafe in Raday Utca - very easy to find.

Here's the website


Re: restaurant tips please!

by nicolaitan

i have several upscale restaurants on my budapest page but draw your attention to robinson's on the lake in the park. throw bread over the railing, all the ducks come by. when we were there, the kids were really enjoying this. of course, outside, so if you are going in winter, maybe not such a good idea.

Re: restaurant tips please!

by hb_capri

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely Hungarian Pancake meal at the Nagyi Palacsintazoja(?) - Granny's Pancake Restaurant. The best part abt this place, apart from the food, is the breathtaking view of the parliament. Its really cheap and they have some preset menus which offers some good deals. I remember it was very close to the Betthany Ter metro station. Please check the Budapest tips by VTers fore more details.

Happy Travels!

Travel Tips for Budapest

Buda Castle

by F.Lade

The obvious place to start for us were Buda Castle , as it is seen from almost everywhere in the city. The construction of Buda Castle began in the 13 th cent. during the reign of King Bela IV and witnessed its Golden Age under King Matthias Corvinus , the great ruler of The Renaisance.

Go ice skating here in winter

by chancay

Heroes’ Square is without doubt one of the most beautiful squares in the Hungarian capital, and probably the best known by tourists. Behind the square lies the Városliget, or City Park, which, as summer visitors know, features a popular boating lake. This has long been a favourite summertime leisure spot among the citizens of Budapest, so it is not surprising that, during the last decade of the nineteenth century, it was decided that the popular venue should be made use of in the winter months as well. The frozen lake offered an ideal opportunity for skating — only a clubhouse was needed to provide facilities for changing, warming up and resting. The ornate building that was constructed at the edge of the lake was designed by one of the foremost Hungarian architects of the day, Ödön Lechner, who also designed the Museum of Applied Arts more info here:


by muratkorman

Palinka is a spirit with high volume alcohol which varies from 40 to 70 percent. There are many different flavours of Palinka from different fruits. It is usually drunk with shot glasses and one would be enough to shake you. In dinners and parties, you can expect to be served some palinka. If you are not a heavy drinker, Palinka will effect you immediately.

Charles Simonyi

by cobrioc

Hungarian computer software executive who, as head of Microsoft's application software group, oversaw the creation of Microsoft's flagship office applications. Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming the first private explorer to complete a second mission to space. He previously flew to the ISS in spring 2007 as Space Adventures' fifth orbital space client. The launch is scheduled for March 26, 2009.

Leo Szilardleo szilard (Leo Szilárd; last name means “solid” in Hungarian) - the most famous Hungarian physicist: who conceived the nuclear chain reaction, Co-developed the Atomic Bomb and was directly responsible for the Manhattan Project. Szilard was the co-holder of the patent for the nuclear reactor alongside with Enrico Fermi who will reappear at the end of this post (yes that was a cliffhanger)
in 1962 when Szilard was diagnosed with bladder cancer but when he designed his own radiation therapy the cancer went into remission and never returned!

George Cukor (György Cukor) The Hungarian director of Gaslight and My Fair Lady
“It is not enough to be Hungarian - you need talent, too!” and
“Being a Hungarian does not necessarily make you a genius!”
These quotations were posted on the walls of a Hollywood studio and above the entrance of MGM respectively.
George Cukor was a key figure in the great generation of Hollywood film-makers.
He received his first Oscar for Wizard of Oz and the second for My Fair Lady.

William Fox - Hungarian founder of Fox Studios

Paul Newman - Oscar Winning Actor and philanthropist R.I.P.

Drew Barrymore - Actress

Jamie Lee Curtis - Actor/Actress

Goldie Hawn - Actress

Johnny Weissmuller - Actor, his most famous role: Tarzan - most Hungarians do look that great in loin cloth!

Crime Museum

by Heniko

An interesting, if slightly bizarre alternative to the many art galleries and exhibitions in Budapest, the Museum of Criminology caught the headlines when first opened in 1999. With a large collection of police uniforms, badges and other items from the realm of Hungarian law enforcement, the museum makes for a worthwhile detour if you're in the vicinity of Keleti pu. (Eastern Station). Also on display are photos and other material forms of evidence from famous Hungarian crimes. No items on the famous 'Whiskey robber' as yet, although locals would doubtless be thrilled. Free admission.


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