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    Look up!! :)

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 23, 2005

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    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)

    Nice mosaics in Fovam ter

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    Budapest Card - The city in your pocket!

    by MedioLatino Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    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)

    Valid:
    for 48 or 72 hours

    Price:
    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.

    Available:
    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

    The Budapest Card

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    Metro line M1

    by HORSCHECK Written Oct 28, 2004

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    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.

    Metro sign of the M1 line
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    Old neon signs and advertisements

    by MedioLatino Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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.

    Szivarvany - Rainbow store :)

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    Trash can support for nightshots :)

    by MedioLatino Written Dec 30, 2004

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    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! :)

    VT-er friend M-joy using the support :)

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    Firewalls

    by MedioLatino Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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 :)

    Firewall - Got to be better

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    Photo spot at the Chain Bridge

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    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.

    VT friend shirez using the

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    20th August - the state-foundation of Hungary

    by Gentleman75 Written Aug 24, 2004

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    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...

    Low-budget air-parade
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    Margarithe Island

    by Antji Updated Jul 24, 2004

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    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.

    musical fountain

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    Contrasts

    by MedioLatino Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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.

    The one in the right could be the same...

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    Loads of info on the net

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 8, 2004

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    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)

    Not the Info Highway this is

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    No balcony - sad walls

    by MedioLatino Written Nov 22, 2004

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    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.

    A balcony missing

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    Fee for photography in museums

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    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.

    Photo taken at the National Gallery
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    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits

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    Phoning home

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 28, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Okay, so I actually didn't use this phone booth since my cell is world wide and no need for it. However, I did find it to be useful for those inviduals who need to make a call outside of Budapest.

    The phone box seemed quite easy to use wheter you use coins or a telephone card.

    Telephone Box at Old Town
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    Banks - ATM's

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    Favorite thing: There are banks with ATM's throughout Budapest where you can easily use your ATM card to withdraw cash. The best exchange rate is given on ATM's, but be careful, many banks charge foreign exchange rates for withdrawing money from a bank that is not your own.

    I usually go on line with my branch to find out if there is a brank location in the city I am traveling to. Citibank has branches thoughout the world and most likely in the city I am traveling to, so I was happy to find the Citibank here in Budapest, makes withdrawing money so, so easy, convenient and not to mention economical.

    Citibank here at Mihaly Vorosmarty Square

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