This place is as "off the beaten path" as it gets, if you don't mind actually traveling a beaten path to get there. It's a really unique, beautiful building, especially if you are looking for somewhere to visit that isn't in the middle of the city. It is part of a relatively new post-industrial movement that makes use of abandoned structures and repurposes them (e.g., for use as bars/pubs, which I would definitely recommend looking into as well).
The building is in the industrial district (in Budapest's District IX). Essentially, they host all kinds of art forms, with a recording studio and dance studios. There are wonderful spots for photography and filming opportunities as well. More than that, though (this is the part you'll probably be more interested in), they put on shows, concerts, performances, exhibitions of art, dance, music, theater etc. These may seem synonymous, but I've experienced a huge variety of events that happen here. And, it's not all in Hungarian - a large amount of the events are in English or other languages, especially since Bakelit is trying to go international. They had a band called Skampida (from Colombia) put on a show at the end of June to mark the closing of the performances "season." They emphasize the expression and sharing of all cultures through art, but they offer spaces for other events such as weddings, parties, business meetings, workshops, and apparently a ton more. Their different rooms/spaces do really seem to offer much room for "recycling" or using in ways I can't even imagine.
There's a hostel that's located in the building. It has a kitchen, bathrooms, beds - you get it - and even though it seems a bit run-down from the exterior (that's the point!), it's a very nice place to visit. My favorite part was climbing onto the roof directly next to the living room area and looking at a massive abandoned factory that was right there.
Tickets are sold at extremely reasonable prices and the bar is open before each performance, offering really well-priced drinks.
Specific price list:
Concerts - 800 Huf in advance, 1600 on the spot
Performances - 2000 Huf for adults, 1200 Huf for students and pensioners
Drinks - 400 Huf
What I like most is that the location of the Castle at the Danube Bend, on which u can see the bridge combining two countries, Hungary and Slovakia ...
Almost the whole length of the castle walls remain persist on Castle Hill (Várhegy). The walls of the thousand-year old royal castle, as well as later buildings from the Arpadian Age significant from an artistic point of view, were discovered here.
Various parts of the former castle can still be seen today on Castle Hill: several bastions, gates, round bastions, and the 12th-century, late Romanesque remains of the connecting walls with their Gothic and Renaissance details, and Baroque modifications.
Esztergom was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century when King Béla IV of Hungary moved the royal seat to Buda.
Its very worth to make a day trip to Esztergom and enjoy the history of the town and the castle ... :)
The top of the Gellért Hill is a strategical point from where u can have an overview of both Buda and Pest and shoot perfect photos ... From the panorama terraces there is a stunning view of the city and by a short walk Liberation Monument is reachable.
Though it was equipped with 60 cannons, it was used as threat rather than a working fortification. After the reconciliation with the Habsburgs the Hungarians wanted to demolish the buildings, but after all it did not happen. In the mid 20th century it was converted to a tourist center.
The Gellért hill received its name after St. Gellért who came to Hungary as a missionary bishop upon the invitation of King St. Stephen I. around 1000 a.d. The statue was erected in 1947 after the second world war. The main figure is a woman, holding an olive branch, the symbol of peace in her hands.
If u dont want to use a cab, The Citadel can be reached by bus 27 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér.
Very recommendable point to have an amazing view of the city and also to dine w that view ... :)
Gül Baba (died 1541), also known as Cafer, was an Ottoman Bektashi dervish poet and companion of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent who took part in a number of campaigns in Europe from the reign of Mehmed II onwards.
A native of Merzifon (Marsiwān, in the vilāyet of Sivas, Anatolia), he was the son of Kutb’ül Arifin Veli’üddin İbn Yalınkılıç. In Hungary, Gül Baba is known as the "Father of Roses," indeed, that is what his names means in Turkish, and is said to have introduced the flower to the country. However, this is likely a misunderstanding of the metaphorical use of the term which referred to the dervish's status derived from his deep mystical knowledge of Allah. Roses, wild and domesticated, were already in Hungary by the time of the Ottoman invasion. The name could also be a corruption of Kel Baba, meaning "Bald Father".
Gül Baba is thought to have died in Buda during the first Muslim religious ceremony held after the Ottoman victory of 1541, or alternatively to have been killed during fighting below the walls of the city on August 21, 1541. Suleiman, who was also Caliph, declared him patron saint of the city and is reputed to have been one of the coffin bearers. Gül Baba's descendants are the Marzioglu family, some of whom were the pashas of the Trebizond Vilayet.
Gül Baba's octagonal tomb (türbe) is located on Mecset (mosque) Street, Budapest, a short but steep walk from the Margaret Bridge in the district of Rózsadomb. It was built by Ottoman authorities in Hungary between 1543 and 1548, on the orders of the third pasha of Buda, and has a shallow dome covered with lead plates and wooden tiles. It was left undamaged when the Habsburg armies captured the area during the Second Battle of Buda in 1686, but was converted into a Roman Catholic chapel by the Jesuits, who renamed it "St Joseph's Chapel".
The land later came under the ownership of János Wagner, who maintained the site and allowed access to Muslim pilgrims coming from the Ottoman Empire.
In 1885, the Ottoman government commissioned a Hungarian engineer to restore the tomb and, when work was completed in 1914, it was declared a national monument. The site was restored again in the 1960s and ultimately in the 1990s and is now the property of the Republic of Turkey.
This watertower was built in the early 20th century to provide running water for the large northern suburb of Budapest, Ujpest, and is now a symbol of District IV.
Stop 'Víztorony' of buses #104, 104A or 204 from 'Ujpest-Kozpont' M3 station (in direction 'Rakospalota, Kossuth utca'.)
Quite a few tourists think about watching a movie one evening instead of discovering as much as possible while wandering around.
But it's a wrong way of thinking - you miss a lot if you simply walk past the Urania. It's 113-years-old building was restored in its original Venetian Gothic and Eastern Moor style in 2002. If the Hungarian State Opera House is the queen of theaters - then the Urania National Movie Theater is the queen of cinemas.
Take any of buses 5,7,8,112,173,178 or 233E to 'Urania', buses stop in front of the cinema.
Walk in, choose a film (there are Hungarian, German and English-speaking art movies on screen), buy your ticket (tickets 790-1350 HUF), leave your jacket at the free cloakroom (unusual in Hungarian movie theaters!), enjoy a coffee in Urania Cafe upstairs - but watch your clock! Don't miss your film!
This beautiful Catholic church stands in the centre of Kobanya (Stone MIne) district of Budapest. No wonder the church is not visited by crowds of tourists: the neighborhood - far away from the main tourist area - holds no other real tourist attractions, except for the Jewish Cemetery - even further from the Downtown.
An American friend of mine - a New Yorker - saw the Empire State Buliding in Budapest. And I saw that too. What happened was that we got off the M2 train at the Ors vezer tere terminal, and walked to Ors vezer tere-Kobanya bus terminal, just south to the metro terminal. From that distance view, the church tower looks really similar to the ESB. :)
Take tram #3 (direction Gubacsi ut), 62 (Blaha Lujza ter M) or 62A (Kobanya also vasutallomas) from Ors vezer tere (M2 terminal) to Szent Laszlo ter.
On one of the main streets of the Castle District in Buda, in a small apartment building, a Medieval synagogue was discovered during excavation works in 1964.
This is a Sephardic synagogue from 1364, from the period when Jews were allowed to live in the Castle District and established a community in New Zsido Street (now called Táncsics Street).
Today this is a museum, called "The Medieval Synagogue" (Kozépkori Zsidó Imaház).
At the entrance there are some Jewish tombstones found in the area. Inside the synagogue is made of two rooms, and the main attraction here are Biblical inscriptions in Hebrew letters, with the symbols of the Star of David and a bow pointing to heaven. One of the inscriptions contains Aaron's blessing.
The synagogue is located on Táncsics Mihály utca 26. It isopen only beween May and October, 10:00-17:00. Entrance fee: HUF 600.
The Museum of Natural Science preserves one of the most special anthropology find of our age, the mummies of Vác. During the renovation mummies were found in the church of The Whites of the city Vác quite accidentally. The crypt lying under the church tower was full with rich decorated coffins. In the coffins being almost 200 years old, 265 mummified residues of people have been found, dressed in mortuary dresses. The special microclimate of the crypt and the manner of the burial made the natural mummifying possible.
The mummies are no longer infectious because the possibly pathogens were destroyed with high energy X-ray radiation. Sight of the mummies is not recommended for children under 12 years .
There is no constant exhibition.
Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum - Hungarian Natural History Museum
1083 - Budapest, Ludovika tér 2-6.
It was opened in 1870. It is 95 meter long and it has 48% raise. Its lower station is on Ádám Clark square, its upper station is between in Sándor-palota (Alexander palace) and Buda Castle. The Sikló is an important vehicle for the local people to reach fast their jobs in the area of Buda Castle. The bus transport started in the Várnegyed (Castle hill) only from 1928.
I really enjoyed our trip to Godillo Castle near Budapest in March 2008. The guided tour of the building was interesting , but a bit overlong in duration after so many rooms etc to see, along with noisy parties of school kids in groups. However we did have a very good Torte and Cappucino in the cafe for free (courtesy of the tour company), and bought some interesting, but pricy momentoes from the Castle shop. In summer, the gardens host music concerts etc, but sadly the Riding School was not open, and the restoration work will take a few more years at a big cost in Florints/Euros.
If You are lazy or simply too tired to climb the Gellért hill to enjoy the views from the Citadel, you-as recomended by most of the travel guides- certainly go to the Móricz Zsigmond Sqare and take the bus number 27.
Yes, it doesen`t come too frequently, so while you`re waiting for it, just take a look of this beauitiful building. Yes, this is "just" a highschool, but the nicest in Budapest, for sure.
It`s measures are imposing and this cute bell tower gives to it a very special grace.
On our 1st visit to Budapest we were staying over near the circus and found it an enjoyable thing to do in the evening so we went back again on this trip in August 2005.
We were able to get tickets on the same day of the circus, there were plenty of empty seats available. Tickets for adults range from 1200-1900 ft (900-1500 for kids) but there are really no bad seats in the stadium. We opted for the 1900ft seats since the price difference isn't that great.
The show lasted for about 2 hours, the current show is a cross between the Ice Capades and Cirque du Soleil, the entire circus is set on ice skates.
I was just thinking how nice it was to have a circus free of animal acts when out came the trained doves (one of which tried to escape into the audience), followed by the trained housecats which actually impressed me quite a bit having lived with untrainable cats all my life. That was all fine until they brought out the trained polar bears, I really hate seeing such majestic animals doing silly circus acts although they didn't appear to be mistreated.
The website below is only in Hungarian but you can get an idea of the schedule by clicking on "informaciok" and the prices by clicking on "jegyrendeles".
It's an easy walk from the metro station to the circus. Other things to visit in the area are the Szechenyi Baths and the Budapest zoo. It's also close to the famous Gundel Restaurant, the prices were a bit too high for me so we passed on eating there.
In the park of the new National Theatre there are some statues of Hungarian actor giants of the past.
There is a statue about Hilda Gobbi, Kalman Latabar, Manyi Kiss, Eva Ruttkai and others.
The one on my picture is Jozsef Timar. The statue is showing him playing in Arthur Millers "Death of a Salesman", one of his most remarkable roles on stage.
If you are in Budapest for a short time but would like to get out of the city for just a morning or afternoon then nip off to Vac. Only about half an hour by non stop train for just a few pounds.
First impression is that its like any other small town and it would be easy to simply move on. If you walk through the main shopping street you will eventually come to an area where there's an archeological dig. Cross over the main road and look down one of the side roads and at the end you will see water. The Danube. From here on it's a jewel!
There is a great sweep at the river at this point with a quiet roadside path which extends to a peacefull green area. Interestingly there's a little car ferry which crosses the river here.
Just back from the river is an open air swimming pool, some quality tennis courts (not sure whether they are private) and a few cafes for refreshment. Behind is the old part of the town which is mainly residential with fine old cottages and a large church. All well kept but with a natural feel and quite sufficient to loose an hour or so.
I was there on a warm September day and saw no tourists at all so it could be a great "get away from it all".
Trains run from Nyugati palyaudvar (palyaudvar = station) which was designed by Gustav Eiffel and is alongside Nyugati metro station on line 3. Also here is the large Westend City Center shopping mall so you can get back into the swing of things after your day out!
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