Look up!! :)
Favorite thing: Budapest has plenty of murals, mosaics and other beauties on the building facades...so work your neck and look up! :)
Fondest memory: This one is a mosaic on the house of Fovam ter 4, in front of the Main Market Hall of Fovam ter (you can get there by tram No. 2, 47 and 49 or just by walking down to the Danubeside (Szabadsag Híd - Liberty Bridge) from Kalvin ter (M3 underground station)
Budapest Card - The city in your pocket!
Favorite thing: The Budapest Card's motto (The whole city in your pocket) says it all! It offers unlimited travel on public transport and free or dicounted entry to 60 museums and to some sights.
It also enables you to do some sightseeing tours for half price and get reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes, discounts in restaurants and spas, for car rental, sports facilities and in many other places.
The services of the card are detailed in a 100-paged, coloured publication in Hungarian, English, German and Italian languages.
This publication introduces the use of the Budapest Card and the servicing enterprices.
(with photo, adress, opening hours, entrance fees and discounts)
for 48 or 72 hours
HUF 6450 for 48 hours
HUF 7950 for 72 hours
Each Card is valid for one adult and one child up to 14 years of age.
More than 250 places in Budapest: main metro ticket offices, tourist information bureaus, travel agencies, hotels and the airport, and abroad at major tour operators, and several representations of Malév Hungarian Airlines.
Infos from: http://www.budapestinfo.hu/en/index.html
Old neon signs and advertisements
Favorite thing: Walking on the sreets of Budapest you will be bale to spot some old (mostly dating from the 1930's to the 1980's) neon signs and advertisements.
Not that I'm a nostalgic type, but I just love them :)
This one pictured here is on Szent Istvan korut, near Nyugati railway station. It says "Szivarvany" (Rainbow) which was (and actually still is!) a company selling drapery.
Metro line M1
Favorite thing: The yellow Metro line M1 was the first electric Metro line on the European mainland. The part between Vorosmarty ter and Szechenyi furdo was inaugurated in 1896; about 80 years later it was extended to Mexikoi ut. The historic stations were restored for its 100 years anniversairy and are well worth seeing with its tiled walls and wooden control booths.Related to:
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Trash can support for nightshots :)
Favorite thing: Nightshots are not easy to take, but with some help, you can get a nice result.
If you don't have a camera, nor any kind of support availabel at your close reach, use your imagination and grab a big trash can! This can be a great support! :)
Ideal on Heroes Square where you won't find any other support in the middle of the square! :)
Favorite thing: Budapest has lots of firewalls and I'm not talking about IT security :)
Due to some building-demolitions (there was just no way to rebuild them, or at least that's what the new owner of the land is saying) you can see empty pieces of land even in the central districts of the city (less and less, that's true...new buildings are growing out from nowhere).
But even on a firewall you can see how though and life-loving is the Hungarian nation :)
Photo spot at the Chain Bridge
Favorite thing: To take decent pictures of the Chain Bridge and the Gresham Palace at night is not easy witout a tripod, but it can be done with some help :)
On the Budapest end of the Bridge just make it carefully to the little "island" dividing the 2 lanes and use this traffic sign to halp you.
Favorite thing: This little Island is in the river Donau in Budapest.
There is this beautiful fountain with music from Beethoven (I think). You can relaxe on the green with this music in the background.
On the Island is also a monstery of the princess Margarithe. But it´s just a ruine.
And I can recommend to bring your bathclothes with you because there is a beautiful thermes bath on the Island. It´s outside but it´s very big and lot´s of pools with different temperatures.
20th August - the state-foundation of Hungary
Favorite thing: 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...
Fondest memory: Low-budget...Related to:
Favorite thing: The local currency is the Hungarian Forint. The notes come in denominations of 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000. The coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 forints.
At the time of my visit the exchange rate was about 170 HUF to $1 (US).
Hungary was a fantastic deal for my money, especially since the US dollar is taking a beating from the Euro and the British Pound.
Favorite thing: Budapest has quite a lot of nice old buildings, but unfortunately a large number of them is in a bad shape, since no attention/money has been given to their renovation lately.
That is why you will see this kind of contrast in some streets of Budapest.
Loads of info on the net
Favorite thing: There are loads on infoamation to find on this homepages:
http://www.budapestinfo.hu/en/index.html (Also in English, German, Spanish and Italian - you can book hotels, fing programs and get info about transportation as well)
http://english.budapest.hu/ (Budapest Portal with news and program infos, etc.)
http://www.panoramas.hu/index.htm (Great panorama pictures not only from Budapest)
No balcony - sad walls
Favorite thing: No money for reconstruction...
Houses previously maintained (not very well though...) by the state now are privately owned, but the owners (mostly families with children or retired people) just don't have the money to do the reconstruction works.
There is support from the state, but that's not enough for much...but one day all this buildings will be in good shape...it's just going slowly right now.
Favorite thing: "The whole city in your pocket" is the motto of the Budapest Card, introduced by our office in 1997. The Card offers its holder more than a hundred services:
unlimited travel on public transport
free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to several sights
sightseeing tour for half price
reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes
discounts in restaurants and spas
discount for car rental, sports facilities and in many other places
travel accident insurance
The services of the card are detailed in a 100-paged, coloured publication in Hungarian, English, German and Italian languages. This publication introduces the use of the Budapest Card and the servicing enterprises. (with photo, address, opening hours, entrance fees and discounts). Click on the picture to download the brochure in PDF format (6.9 MB).
for 48 or 72 hours
Price in 2008:
HUF 6 5000 for 48 hours
HUF 8 000 for 72 hours
Each Card is valid for one adult and one child up to 14 years of age.
More than 250 places in Budapest: main metro ticket offices, tourist information bureaus, travel agencies, hotels and the airport, and abroad at major tour operators.
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICIAL TOURISTICAL WEBSITE OF BUDAPEST.
Fee for photography in museums
Favorite thing: Most of the museums in Budapest charge a nominal fee for taking photographs of the works of art, so please make sure to purchase the photo ticket. There are guards checking to make sure you actually paid this fee, and if you didn't, they will not allow you to take any photos.
I purchased the photo ticket fee subsequently after not being allowed to take photos at the Museum of Art....what a shame, but at least I got to see all those beautiful works of art.
If you can afford it, the Gresham Palace, a 5 star luxury hotel owned by the Four Seasons group has...more
Was booked in here as part of Insight tours, would recommend to the non-budget travellermore
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