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    The City Park

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    At the pedestal of the column, the equestrian group of the seven chiefs of the Hungarian tribes who conquered the country with Prince Arpad place in the middle, is the work of Gyorgy Zala.

    The Millenary Monument
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    The City Park

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The Millenary Monument is an enormous parade ground called Hosok tere (Heroe's Square). In its center stads an 85 m semicircular open colonade divided into two parts. This was built for the thousandth anniversary of Hungary's existence.
    At its center is a 36 m column with a winged Archangel Gabriel on the top, holding the Cross of Lorraine in one hand and the crown of Hungary in the other.

    The Millenary Monument
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    The Vigado of Pest

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The Vigado of Pest (Concert Hall) was built between 1859 and 1864 on the site of the old concert hall, and the architect was Frigyes Feszl. Richly proportioned and symmetric, its facade overlooks the Dunakorzo (the Danube promenade) and is an excellent example of the Hungarian Romantic style.

    Vigado The Vigado of Pest
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    Academy of Sciences

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the large oval Roosevelt square. It was built in 1862-1865 to M. Ybl's neo-Renaissance plans, then the fashionable style.
    In front of the building and in the square park there are numerous statuetes of famous Hungarians.

    Academy of Sciences
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    The Opera House

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    The Budapest Opera House, situated in Andrassy utca 22, designed by Miklos Ybl was opened in 1884. The hydraulic stage machinery was installated here for the first time in the world, as a measure of fire control.
    The interior space of this eclectic building is imaginatively arranged. The three tiers of boxes, with two decked roxal box in the center, are arranged in a horseshoe.

    The Opera House
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  • Baths

    by grkboiler Written Nov 9, 2004

    Budapest has some of the finest thermal baths in all of Europe due to an abundance of natural hot springs. Baths have existed in the Budapest region since Roman times, but the Ottoman Turks who ruled Budapest for over 150 years made them what they are today and left many baths behind which are still in use.

    The picture is of the Szechenyi Baths in Varosliget. This bath is the hottest and deepest in Budapest.

    Szechenyi Baths

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    General meeting place - Deak square

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 25, 2004

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    Another general meeting place for people in Budapest is the Deak square. We usually just say let's meet at the Porsche, because at the entrance of the underground (see picture) on the other side there was a Porsche Hungaria salon before (clothing shop nowdays).

    It is a very logical meeting place, since the 3 underground lines meet just under the square, so no matter from which direction you are coming, it's easy to access.

    Deak square - underground entrance

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    Money and tipping

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    Hungary doesn't have the EURO; the official currency is the Forint (1 Forint = 100 Filler). There are many warnings to not exchange money in the street. In fact during my 6 days in the city noone offered me to exchange money in the street.
    In the tourist areas restaurant prices often include a service charge, in other places it is recommended to give a tip of 10-20 %.

    200 Forint note
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    Bier measures

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 4, 2004

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    In Hungary there are usually 2 sizes of beer in the pubs:
    - Pohar (glass) usually means half of a pint
    - Korso ("mug") is a pint (half liter)

    There might be some extra sizes, but this is the standard. 1 liter mugs (called on some places "Krigli") are not that common over here.

    Taken on a nice summer afternoon

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    Last names first please! :)

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 4, 2004

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    The hungarian language is not an easy one itself, so why not make it a little more confusing with the names? :)

    In hungary we put the last name (the family name) first. However if a hungarian speaks english, he/she usually changes the order back to "normal".

    To be sure, just ask for the names before you start calling someone by his/her family name...it can also happen that someone has a "last name sounding" first name, so be aware! :)

    Lots of names on the Island Festival :)

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    General meeting place - Nyugati clock

    by MedioLatino Written Sep 20, 2004

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    One of the most popular meeting places of the people in Budapest is the so called "Nyugati clock".

    People come and go all the time at that spot, just spend a good half an hour there and you will see lovers on a date, friends before a party, someone giving back a book to a schoolmate, mother waiting for his son before shopping...

    So don't worry if someone says to you, let's meet at the Nyugati station at the clock, just go there look for the turning lights showing the time or the temperature (see picture!) and enjoy waiting while watching people go by! :)

    ps: the place is on Nyugati square, at the Nyugati metro/railway/tram/bus station just in face of the Nyugati railways station's building.

    Nyugati square with the

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    Tipping

    by MedioLatino Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Tipping is easy in Hungary. In restaurants and bars we usually give about 10% tip. It's notting really strict, just round up the bill and tell the waiter to give you back from the amount you decide on (if the bill is 1235, say 1400, and so).

    As you see, we don't leave the tip after paying the bill, but together with the payment.

    We don't give tip in shops elsewhere. That's about it :)

    Picture taken from http://www.accentfurniture.com

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    Go to the Bath!

    by melissa_bel Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Budapest is known for its thermal bath and the Gellért is one of the oldest in town. This lovely Art Nouveau hotel will put you in the mood for some serious relaxation! When we went there, it was the "men's day" so we couldn't use the steam room (the pool is coed - mixed bathing (May–Sept daily 6am–7pm, July & Aug Fri & Sat also 8pm–midnight; Oct–April Mon–Fri 6am–7pm, Sat & Sun 6am–5pm), so an employee gave us some direction to another bath where us ladies could use the steam room and it was a blast. A short tram ride away, the little bath we went to was really where ordinary Hungarians go take care of themselves. I wish I remembered the name.
    First, we had to get undressed and the employee gave us those pieces of cloth that really don't hide anything. After the first moment of embarrassment, we got rid of them. Being embarrassed was... well... embarrassing. The dark main room topped with a dome had a hot mineral bath and cold pool. Next to it, the steam room (which was in fact a little room with the heater set at maximum temperatures). The locals, instead of sitting quietly like I did, have little instruments to scrape their dead skin. That grossed out some of my friends. I thought it kinda made sense. Anyway, after several dips in the hot pool then in the cold, I felt all my body in a state of relaxation hard to describe. I wished we had had more time there because the massages were very cheap. But we only had a few hours in Budapest and we had to make them count.

    The address for the hotel is : Gellért Hotel, Gellért tér 1, Budapest

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    Artists at Vorosmarty Ter

    by edvin_br Written Jul 13, 2004

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    Vorosmarty is the most calssical square of Pest and one of the most elegant in Europe. In addition its also lacated at the end of the famous Vaci street. All off this bring here many tourists. Around the statues and the fountains you can find painter that will be happy to make your draw, there will be also street musicians and more... another man that i noticed in the square is an old person who is going around the square at the evenings and sell some special balloons fo 100 Forint....
    All that things make the square a very colorful and pleasent place.

    Vorosmarty Ter by night The famous Caf�� Gerbeaud Taking a rest from the trevels
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    Magyar Roots

    by deeper_blue Written Jul 5, 2004

    Hungarians are unique to Europe in their Asian roots and strange language. When in Budapest you will find many people who can speak at least some English, but if you are unfortunate enough to be stranded .. GOOD LUCK you will need it.

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