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PLENTY OF REST AREAS
Favorite thing: This is one of the many things I liked about Budapest - Plenty of places to rest.
Scattered around the city are many big and small parks, then there are places like in my photo, where seats are supplied. These just pop up "out of the blue" as we walked the city. I thought it was really nice to be able to sit and relax or eat your lunch beside the running water of the waterfall. Such a relaxing sound!
Another nice place to rest those weary legs, is at one of the garden seats that line the esplanade beside the Danube river, quite a popular area with locals and tourists alike.
- Women's Travel
CROSSING THE BUSY STREETS OF BUDAPEST
Favorite thing: Budapest is a big and busy city, so crossing the street is best done at the traffic lights rather than elsewhere, where you have to look out for Trams too!
If you happen to be at the traffic lights and notice NO pedestrian traffic light, then look for a PEDESTRIAN UNDERPASS close to the lights.
I think these are a great idea, making getting to the other side of the street quick and safe! Good too is that all streets at that intersection have an underpass which meets in the centre of the underpass, and you just follow the sign to what street you wish to alight.
No need to be frightened if you a woman alone, as the under passes are well lit, and I never saw any problems. I didn't pass through them at night, so can't comment.
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Favorite thing: This street is located in city Center. It's maybe not the most glorious or the beautiful in Budapest, but for me its a very special street because it was the final stop of my bus from the hotel. Most of my travels in the city started in this street.
The street is full of shops, restaurants and even some stands in the corners that selling many silly stuff...
I dont know about too special buildings in this street but the architecture is nice. Many good hotels (Novotel, Mercure, Best Western, Astoria) are located in Rakoczi. Some classical buildings and churches that I really liked are also located there. Almost everything is renovated.
This street is located close to Vaci utca and leads also to the Keleti train station.
Fondest memory: In my visit to Budapest (summer, 2003) it was my first stop when i went down from the bus which i came with from the hotel.
This was a very nice evening and i had luck to see the sunset over Erszebeth bridge.
1956 Memorial/Parliament Building
Favorite thing: These two sites are right near each other and in the same square. So if you are thinking of visiting these sites on different days, you should consider seeing them on the same day.
The 1956 Memorial commemmorates those killed in the 1956 uprising when Soviet tanks moved in to quell the uprising. 2500 Hungarians were killed and over 10,000 wounded. The Hungarian flag that flies here has a hole in it, a symbol of the rebellion.
The Parliament building was build in a gothic style. At 96 metres it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest along with St. Stephen's Basilica. 96 is also symbolic of the nation's millenium, 1896, and the conquest of the Kingdom of Hungary in 896. On the façade, statues of Hungarian rulers, Transylvanian leaders and famous military people are to be seen. I enjoyed seeing it at night because it looks creepy, imo.
The square is easily accessible with line 2 of the Budapest metro, Lajos Kossuth Ter.
- Historical Travel
The Alkotmány (Constitution) street
Favorite thing: As you can see in these General tips, the streets and churches in Budapest are really fantastic. Let`s start with the Alkotmány (Constitution) street, wich you find right next to the Parliament.
However the streets nearby we can see loads of secessionist buildings (see other tips), this one was constructed some years earlier compared to them, in eclectic style. It is surely one of the most elegant and expensive streets in Budapest It begins at the Bajcsy Zsilinszky street and ends at the Kossuth square-it runs into the Parliament Building.
But before presenting these streets, in the following tips I`m going to write about the fabulous churches of Budapest.
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The Zrinyi street
Favorite thing: I start my Budapest street tips with this lovely street with begins at the Roosevelt square (Pest bridgehead of the Chain bridge) and goes straight into the Szent István square (the basilica).
This was the first street that has been completely pedestrianized recently as part of the project whose purpose is trasforming the city centre a liveable place with more green, more pedestrian areas and less cars. This project`s name is Budapest`s heart project and we are only at the beginning: within c.ca 10 years hopefully we can see a completely different city centre.
Since it`s transformation and since the car traffic was banned (still I see some cars parking there, dunno why) the Zrínyi street is one of the nicest places in Budapest and I think it is a very positive sign for the future.
Architecture and peple of Budapest
Favorite thing: Visit regularly http://budapestdailyreview.com/dailyphotos for pictures of Budapest, so you'll have an idea by the time you'd get there. These will show you different images from what most site do: trying to avoid cliches and tourist traps. After your visit, it'll give you a good opportunity to remember too.
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- Historical Travel
Grafitti everywhere I looked
Favorite thing: You would think that living in NYC all my life and seeing grafitti before that this wouldn't have surprised me, but on the contrary. Throughout the many years of my travels and the many countries I have visited, I have never seen so much grafetti.
There was grafetti everywhere and at one point I couldn't but help wonder why the City of Budapest has not taken action to clean up the many buildings that are defaced by this grafetti.
Favorite thing: While I was walking around one evening on Vaci I heard some wonderful music from the distance. The music had a wonderful melody with flutes and chimes so I followed the music and was pleasantly surprised.
The musicians where dressed in Indian attire. From what I could gather, it was more like Native South American wear. The music was so lovely and there was a large crowd gathered around them. Apparently they also have their music recorded for sale.
Favorite thing: The historic center of Pest used to be situated between Lánchíd and Szabadság-híd. This is what we call the city center even today, officially it is the southern part of the 5th district. The main street in the city is the pedestrian street Váci utca. The center is surrounded by the “Small Boulevard” Kiskörút, which consits of Károly körút, Múzeum körút and Vámház körút. Liberty Bridge
From the Pest end of the Margit-híd runs a semicircular avenue, built after Parisian pattern. This is called the “Nagykörút” meaning Grand Boulevard. It reaches the Danube at both ends joining Margit-híd on the north and Petőfi-híd on the south. Grand Boulevard is the overall name of Szt. István-, Teréz-, Erzsébet-, Teréz- anf József-körút.
Souvenirs from Budapest
Favorite thing: Budapest has a lot to offer to visitors, historical sites and monuments, beautiful architecture, famous baths, east european society changing to western lifestyle and friendly people.
Fondest memory: - Gellert bath
- Parliament building
- Budapest castle
Favorite thing: Vorosmarty Ter is one of the central meeting points in Budapest and is situated at the northern end of Vaci street. With Deak Ferenc metro station, St Stephen's Basilica, Quayside restaurants and the Pest concert hall and all the Vaci Street shops just a few minutes walk away, it is a great place to wait for friends, or sit and watch the world go by.
Favorite thing: In my opinion one of the most attractive avenues in the city ...full of precious buildings with St stephan Basilica in one end and Heroe's square in the other passing by Oktogon square a real hub in the city and the Opera neoclassician building..besides this is the best way to get the lively area of Lizt F Ter
k?roly kotur and garden deak ter
Favorite thing: beautifull square in the edge of Deak ter that open up vorosmarty area and vaci utca..pedestrian and shooping street ...its a beautiful street full of buildings without balconies so weird for a catalonian like me
Lizt Ferenc Ter
Favorite thing: Closer (just 5 minutes walking) from Oktongon square and yellow subway stop there is this superb street full of restaurants and bars so lively at evening. you can choose among 13 restaurants in less than 100 meters...mostly are bars and terraces but its easy taste local food and local and inexpensive wine
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