If you want to find a good restaurant, bar, shop, or pretty much anything in Budapest or Hungary, then this is a great site for you. It has a very up to date directory of almost everything, along with user ratings and reviews. The great thing is that it's written by expats, so it's all in English.
A sister site to the above, focussing exclusively on food. Its Top 33 restaurant list is well regarded as a benchmark.
An insider's guide to Budapest. The nightlife guide is particularly good.
Favorite thing: Budapest is really the result of three towns merging; Buda, Óbuda and Pest. In 106 AD, the Romans occupied the Celtic city of Aquincum in the north-east corner of the Danube, the Romans remained until the 5th century, after which the city changed hands various times. The next major influx was at the end of the ninth century when the Magyars arrived. They were descended from a Finnish-Ugrian tribe with roots in Siberia. The Magyar city, with its palace and ring-wall resulted in Buda, Aquincum was later renamed Óbuda. On the other side of the river was a settlement that later came to be called Pest. In 1867 Hungary was elevated to an equal partner in the Austro-Hungarian double monarchy and Budapest became one of the most important ports on the Danube and soon also an industrial centre.
It was great having my own personal guide for a very short (between bars) tour of this district and believe it or not Tim I took in every word.
Budapaest VII is the city's historic Jewish enclave and from the late 1800's until the early 1930's the area was a prosperous residential and industrious one. During this period the neighbourhood took on its present-day appearance with its five-storey apartment blocks built around central courtyards, along with a trio of major synagogues including the Dohany Schul.
On the run-up to World War II, as the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross party came to prominence and Hungary joined the German Axis alliance, anti-Semitism reared its ugly head and the 1938 Nuremberg Laws officially defined Jews as second-class humans.
Ironically in the early days of World Was II Hungarian Jews fared much better than most of their European fellows. Despite the fact that they were severly restricted, and many of the men conscripted into forced labour battalions, the Government refused to allow their deportation.
As well as the Hungarian Government's refusal to deal forcibly with its Jews (apart from the 20,000 plus who died in forced labour camps) the Government had entered armistice negotiations with the Americans and British. In March 1944 the German Army invaded the country, installing their own choice of Prime Minister and taking control of the Hungarian Armed Forces.
Adolf Eichmann was sent by Hitler to organise the deportation and control of the Jewish population, a task he seems to have taken to with relish: within three months of his appointment almost half-a-million Hungarian Jews had been sent to be executed in the concentration camps, mostly to Auschwitz.
Of the Jews remaining in the city, those not deported, and who didn't have some kind of diplomatic protection, were later rounded up and forced to move into the walled ghetto in the area around the Great Synagogue where conditions of overcrowding and lack of food and medicines resulted in further tens of thousands of fatalities.
A sizeable minority managed to evade both deportation and ghettoization due to efforts of the Swedish and Swiss Diplomatic Legations: in particular the individual efforts of Raoul Wallenberg and Carl Lutz who issued safe conduct passes and set up houses under the protection of their respective Embassies.
The Russian Army liberated the ghetto and its estimated (by then) 70,000 inhabitants in Jan 1945. With the 20,000 or so Jews who emerged from their various safe houses and other refugees brought the city's immediate post-war Jewish population to about 100,000, about half of what it had been in 1941.
Fondest memory: The modern Budapest VII is no longer solely a Jewish area but still has its three synagogues, several Kosher restaurants and some interesting little shops. Most of its buildings are survivors from its pre-war heyday and whilst some are a little down-at-heel many have recently been given serious makeovers and others are in the process.
There are several trendy-looking bars, restaurants and some upmarket shops but these are balanced by just as many little characterful places such as Kak Rosa where Tim and I enjoyed a very pleasant, and extremely reasonably-priced, lunch and the little camera shop which Tim pointed out where nothing was newer than maybe the original Polaroid.
Dohany utca, where the synagogue is, is a street of bars which tempt a serious mini-pub crawl and where the price of a "korso" (large beer) starts from 290 Forints and doesn't look as if it ever exceeds 400.
Yep definitely a place which needs a serious revisit next time I'm in town.
The Budapest air Calvin Reformed Church Reformed Church in the first and most famous church in the capital. The church building is now a listed monument.
The church in classical style, from 1816 until 1830 was built. Architectural curiosity that was originally designed with two towers. The never-built two towers are actually two separate base is ready, and the tower in the middle of these two special fund based on the internal edges.
I was here in 1986 and this was still solidly behind the Iron Curtain. My group had already been through Yugoslavia and we didn’t expect things like good tasting beer and shops with food in them. In fact they had great beer and the shops had wonderful sausages, cheeses and breads. We kept worrying the Communists might put a stop to this! On a trip that included (over 6+ week) the sights of the Soviet Union and East Germany – Hungary came out completely on top for food.
The only other vague memories I have of Budapest was that the only shops they did have were food shops, most building were derelict and the city tour guide kept pointing out bullet holes of from the 1956 uprising.
I still think Hungry was ahead of the curve on the collapse of Communism just a couple of years later.
By the way the photos were taken by my Mum in 2010.
Favorite thing: Oktagon is one of the beating hearts of Pest. It's in a strategic position on the Metro 1 line, and the tram 4/6 line, which is a major artery of the city. It's also on glamorous Andrassy Ut. It's the focal point for a number of classy bars and restaurants, but it's not so touristy as some places. So if you get off the tram or metro here, you'll quickly find yourself somewhere nice to eat or drink. A good place to start hunting is grassy little Jokai Ter, hidden around the corner from Oktagon about 10 meters away.
The Smithsonian Magazine January 2008 came up with an exclusive list of 28 places in 7 categories, the Smithsonian reader might wish to visit before ...it's too late.
I have been to 7 of the 28 places of Smithsonian's Life List:
Feats of Engineering : – Pyramids of Giza near Cairo
A Matter of Timing: – Iguazu Falls by the light of a full moon in Argentina and Brazil
Triumphs of Vision: – The Louvre in Paris and – Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Scale New Heights: – Grand Canyon in Arizona
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?: – Venice in Italy
In the Presence of Gods: – Parthenon in Greece
Unfortunately, in 1 categorie, Portals into the Past, Mesa Verde – Pompeii – Tikal – Petra.
do not have any experiences, but I never forget, that experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
Favorite thing: After years of delay and controversy, reconstruction at the World Trade Center site is now well underway. Both One and Four World Trade Center are on track for completion and occupancy by 2013. The 9/11 memorial is complete, with the museum set to open in 2012. Two and Three World Trade Center, as well as the Transportation Hub, are also making progress, set to be finished before 2015.
Favorite thing: Have you ever heard that New York City has ten historic sister cities? If yes then you surely know, the Sister City Program of the City of New York was restructured and renamed New York City Global Partners, Inc. in 2006 with the aim of expanding the City’s interaction with foreign cities while maintaining its historic ten sister city relationships.
This is the official site of Budapest Tourism. It belongs to the non-profit organisation of Budapest Tourist Office, so you won't find less crappy ads on it, like on other city websites.
General information about traveling in and around, weather, sights and news about current events. You basically find almost everything you want to know.
It was built 1875-79 by Miklós Ybl. Originally this is a waterworks building 1881-1905. From 1905 it was cafe. From 1913 it was bandstand. After the II. World War it had more ovnership change. From 1992-2007 it was elegant casino (Várkert Casino). Today it is venues of events.
Address: 1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós square 9.
Moskva Ter was one of the few communist flavoured place names to survive the transition to democracy, but will now change its name to the incredibly forgettable Szell Kalman Ter. It's the big concrete centre of Buda, and not a pretty sight. Most of the square is made up of the metro and tram station. The station is usually filled with beggars and sorry looking drunks, but is so busy that you'll rarely get any trouble. Around Moscow Square you'll find a few decent restaurants, like Marxim the communist themed pizza place. There's also the huge Mammut shopping centre, which is one of the best and most easily accessed of Budapest's malls.
It's not the nicest part of Budapest, but if you want to get to the castle, or see any of the other sights in Buda, you'll probably have to pass through here at some point.
All roads lead to Deak Ferenc Ter. This is about as central as it gets in the twin city of Buda and Pest. Every one of the three metro lines runs through here, and the old bus depot used to sit here under Erzsebet Ter next door. Deak Ter and Erzsebet Ter are twins, with Deak being the big, bustly underground and Erzsebet being the pleasant, green park.
It's one of the most expensive parts of Budapest, and the classy Korvin Hotel is nearby, overlooking Erzsebet. But it's also a bit bohemian: the excellent Godor club has overtaken the old bus depot and turned into a top music venue. Every night in the summer crowds of young people hang out in Erszebet drinking and having fun. It's very chilled. The nearby Match supermarket can't cope with the amount of alcohol being bought.
Everything important fans out from Deak Ter: North is Nyugati Station, North East is Andrassy Ut and Heroes Square, East is Keleti Station and the National Museum, West is the Chain Bridge and Buda, and south is the heart of District V, the most expensive and most central of Budapest's districts.
If you believe the locals, Blaha Lujza Ter is possibly the most dangerous square in all of Budapest. It is grim, and there are some dodgy characters about, but I've wandered around here at all hours. It's not so bad, but you should be careful. Just as an idea of the characters that hang out here, Blaha Lujza ter was made famous recently by a you tube video of the antics of a Romanian gypsy orphan who robbed and stabbed people while laughing all the time. The news reported he'd been sent home, but people think he will come back.
But Blaha Lujza is the most happening square in District 8, the infamous ghetto. You probably won't want to come here as a tourist, except maybe to see the grand New York Hotel. But if you want to catch a glimpse of Budapest's best bohemian bars, you'll find yourself drawn here like a magnet. Bars like the excellent Corvin Tetto, the roof top summer bar on the old communist department store, are directly on Blaha Lujza, but other great places, like the jazzy, Serbian Jelen, and the ever popular Szimpla are both nearby.
Favorite thing: Hungary and both capital Budapest becomes higher and higher in economy and lot of business class buildings are appearing. The biggest impression for me is that some of these buildings are with unique architecture, as building shown in my picture.
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Was booked in here as part of Insight tours, would recommend to the non-budget travellermore
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