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    Budapest by night

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Budapest is in my opinion one of the most beautiful illumintated cities in Europe. So don't miss a walk along the Danube and over the famous Chain Bridge by night. Other well lit sights are the Parliament building, the Buda Castle and the Heroes Square (Hosok tere).

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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.

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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.

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    Tourist Information Center

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    Favorite thing: There are a few tourist information centers in Budapest where you can find some great maps, walking tours, information and suggestions on your trip.

    I had all the information I needed but I ran in to grab a map of the city.

    Fondest memory: Tourist Information Offices: Near Oktogon · Buda Várinfo in the Buda Castle · Downtown, V. Sütõ u. 2. (Deák square) · Ferihegy Airport 1 · Ferihegy Airport, Terminal 2A · Ferihegy Airport, Terminal 2B

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    Money Exchange

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    Favorite thing: There are many exchange booths througout the city and I would recommend that if you do need to exchange money to use the exchange booths in the city rather than the ones in the airport. The exchange rate is so much better.

    This exchange booth is conveniently located at Mihaly Vorosmarty Square.

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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...

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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...

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    Buda

    by diocletianvs Updated Mar 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Danube was named by Romans after their god Danubius, and this fact shows their respect for this great European river. Historically, the river was the border-line that wasn’t easy to cross and it is no surprise that the Buda and Pest lived their separate lives throughout history and were united only recently.

    Ever since the 13th Century the dramatic hill that rises above the right bank of Danube had the Royal Palace and was the seat of Hungarian kings. On the northern part of the Castle Hill a Royal town was formed overlooking the slow flow of Danube. Trinity Square with St. Matthias church was the center of this part of the town.

    In the Middle Ages town was fortified – today the Water Gate and Vienna Gate are the remainders of old town gates, and the Castle Promenade runs on the place where once city walls stood.

    Most of the 19th and 20th Century developments happenned in the plains of the Pest side, so the Castle Hill has kept the charm of the old times with its tiny medieval streets and houses and pompous Royal castle side by side.

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    Pest

    by diocletianvs Updated Mar 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: On the left bank of the Danube a merchant town of Pest was formed, that received its Charter of the free town from the King Bela IV. The first ring road – consisting of Vámház körút, Múzeum körút, Károly körút and Déak Ferenc street – was built on the place of former city walls.

    Pest saw the largest development in the 19th century. It was the century of rapid development of the town that was the capital of large kingdom was three times larger than today’s Hungary.

    Many large and important buildings were built in the second part of the 19th Century: the Opera, National Ballet Institute, National Museum, the New Town Hall, Hungarian Academy of Science, St. Stephen’s Basilica and of course, the famous Országház - Houses of Parliament. It was also the time when numerous palaces of rich people were built, side-by-side with the renting appartment blocks for the new urban society of Budapest.

    The Millennium celebration and exhibition held in Budapest in 1896 was the occasion for building some of the most famous boulevards, parks and buildings in Budapest, including the Andrássy Street, Nagykörkút and the City Park (Varosliget). It was also the time Budapest got its first metro line.

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    Tram ride

    by diocletianvs Updated Mar 23, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Great way to explore Budapest and enjoy its street scenery is to ride its yellow trams. They are historic, and not only that they bring the nostalgic old mood of urban transport but some lines offer nice views as well while others connect the most important buildings.

    Fondest memory: Tram lines no. 2 and 2A are usually cosidered the best if you want nice views of the Danube, the Castle hill and the Gellert hill as they pass along the eastern embankments of the river.

    Tram lines #4 and #6 ride along the second ring road (the Nagykörút) and connect the Moszkva ter via the Margaret bridge with the Nyugati station, Oktogon, Blaha Lujza ter and further southwards along the Ferenc Jozsef street.

    There are also trams running along the third ring road (Hungaria krt.) that cross the northern bridge of the Margaret Island and connect some old parks (Varosliget, Népliget), old buildings like the impressive Népstadion as well as some areas of recently built office and commercial buildings in Budapest.

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    Budapest is a great city for walking

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: What better way to spend a day than walking around a new city. I love taking my time stopping to look at interesting buildings, people going about their day, children playing, pets running in the park and doing some shopping at the intesting shops along the way.

    Budapest is a great city to walk in. By city standards it is quite compact and easy to navigate.

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  • Trams R Us

    by blint Updated Aug 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: It's such a shame many countries have done away with trams they are such a fantastic mode of transport. They seem way more elegant and economical than motor buses.

    They are high on my list of my favourite things in Budapest; I love seeing the lovely yellow and white ones that glide around Budapest city though the older ones are a little bumpy. The newer ones are comfortable and VERY regular. Budapest has a public transport system.

    Take a number 4 or 6 over the river and you'll get a great view of the Danube and the parliament.

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    In Your Pocket

    by HORSCHECK Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A great resource for information about travels to Eastern or Central Europe is "In Your Pocket". It provides information of more than 50 cities at the travel portal www.inyourpocket.com.
    About 20 printed full city guides are available locally at various places including kiosks. The guides are most comprehensive, up to date and honest.

    Please have a look at the webpage when planning a trip to Eastern or Central Europe:
    In Your Pocket

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    it is my Karma...

    by shirez Updated May 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A popular spot, Karma is something between an elegant restaurant and a busy wine bar. With stretched brown string trellis walls, mosaics and Buddhas watching over, it is clear that no expense has been spared to create the feeling of a Asian millionaire’s mansion. The menu offers a wide selection of non-Hungarian dishes which are not spicy, despite the theme. Live music.

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    Local Food

    by cjg1 Written Jan 3, 2009

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    Favorite thing: We mostly ate in our hotel. We ventured out for a couple of meals; my Birthday Brunch at the Gellert Hotel and a meal with our friend Istvan. It was easier to order food when with someone who spoke the language but we managed fine at the Gellert by ourselves. The food was interesting and better than we had anticipated.

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