This is a very interesting place to visit ,after reading about this place ,I’d like to see it so much and the visit didn’t make me disappointed at all. “The Hospital in the Rock” . This underground area was literally a military hospital and was built during, and specifically for, World War II and its victims and was extensively used when Budapest was under siege from 1944-45.First opened was on February 1944 to treat injured soldiers. The hospital was only built to treat 60 to 200 patients, but they actually treated more like 600 at their peak, civilians as well as soldiers. You’ll see beds that built for one but were ultimately shared between three people!!, with the least injured in the middle. Short on proper supplies,staff and patients have to eat horsemeat,proper food was supposed to have come from the nearby Saint John’s Janos Hospital, but this facility had already been occupied by the Soviets.It was shut down in 1945 but opened again in the 1950s. Eight children were even born here,you can see their pictures too. Eventually classified as top secret, the hospital closed down in December of 1956, but expanded in the following years to include the bunker in case of nuclear attack during the cold war. Cases of gas masks are still stacked at the entrance to the museum. We can see the barber chairs,shower stalls that would have been used to treat anyone exposed to nuclear weaponry,machinery and communication devices that were stored there and are still on display. In hospital part we’ll seet ER section and associated machinery,x-ray room ,surgery room,water supply center,heating system.The exhibition is displaying with the wax figures.They made it really interesting,you’ll even see a helicopter under ground!! Let s go and see how and why it was there..
The tour was about 1 hour and ticket prices include the fee for the tour guide (can only be visited with a guide) Tours depart every hour . A guide in Hungarian and English is always available.My guide was a beautiful lady who can speak English fluently.No photo allowed inside but the guide will take a group picture in the last room which is the room that has an air-raid siren that the guide will ask some of us to try it,I did,and it was really loud in such a room.My group was 8 persons ,we were lucky that we arrived just in time for the English tour.
We can pay ticket in Forinth ,euro and credit card.Ticket price is 3,600 Forinth.If with Budapest card =2,400Ft.Some discount for person age 6 – 25 year-old EU citizens,6 – 25 year-old with international student identity card, and 62-70 year-old EU citizens.Free for : Under 6 years of age, and EU citizens above 70 years old.You can see full details from their website www.sziklakorhaz.eu/en/jegyek which we can see our picture taken by them (about 1 week afterwards). You’ll see the map and how to get there.It’s about 2 blocks south-west from Matthias church,when reach T-junction ,walk down small stairway ,you’ll see it.If anyone are claustrophobia ,I think you can do this ,yes,it’s under ground and we have to walk inside around 2 km. ,but the bright light inside all the route will help you feel ok.There’s no path that make you feel going deep down and down at all,it ‘s just slightly slope down and you won’t feel it.And that 2km I felt like it’s only 500 meter.Just enjoy what the guide telling the story.They’ll keep you busy listening until you forget about the phobia.
It’s open everyday from 10.00 to 20.00.There’s gift shop selling postcard about hospital in the rock and associated stuffs like.. original metal syringes,original red cross armand,hungarian 1967 M gas mask set,combat helmet,syringe pen and something amuse like..box of “last breath of communism” and plush viruses doll.
The lions at each of the abutments were carved in stone by the sculptor, Marschalko János and guard either side of the bridge. Although the bridge was opened in 1849 the lions only took their allotted places in 1852.
Count István Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék (21 September 1791 – 8 April 1860) was a Hungarian politician, theorist and writer, one of the greatest statesmen of Hungarian history. After joining the Austrian army and taking part in the Napoleonic Wars he left as a first lieutenant in 1826 and went into politics. It was Széchenyi who had the idea of the chain bridge, the bronze statue was unveiled on May 23, 1880 and has him atop an octagonal stepped pillar, at the base on a raised step are Poseidon statues..
This Mobile Tourist Information Point is probably only used during the height of the tourist season although there are two Tourist Information Offices within the city centre.
The Information Point stocks a comprehensive range of free leaflets, maps and listings magazines, shows, concerts and sightseeing tickets can be bought here along with the Budapest Card.
8.00 am to 8.00 pm
The Millennium Monument was designed in 1894 by Albert Schickedanz as a national memorial for the country's heroes and was inaugurated during the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest in 895, although not completed until 35 years later. In the centre is Millennium Column which is topped with a statue of the archangel Gabriel. At the base of the column are seven mounted warriors depicting the Magyar chieftains who settled in the area now known as Hungary, the many statues within the quadrant colonnades represent important figures of Hungarian history were designed by György Zala.
The monument is dedicated "To the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of our people and our national independence."
Set in the grounds of the newly minted Millennium City, out in the scruffier part of District IX, the National Theater is a marvelous piece of architecture that is worth a visit in its own right, even if you don't want to see a play. They're almost all in Hungarian anyway. The theater is a shocking mix of styles, that seems to suggest an ancient theater sailing through blue Mediterranean waters of a ruined Greek city. It kind of looks more like an astronomical observatory sat on a trireme. I half expect a giant telescope to come out of the roof.
It looks a bit odd, and quite ugly around the back, but it makes for some great photographs. I've heard the plays are quite good too, and the occasional English language plays they run often sell out very quickly.
"Of everything we've seen in Budapest, this is the most amazing," said a tourist as I crested the top stair of Erzsébet Kilátó, the tower that sits on top of Janos Hegy. It's hard to argue with that.
Erzsébet Kilátó is a spiral stepped look-out tower on top of Budapest's tallest hill. It offers views the likes of which you will see nowhere else. At over 500m, but only a few kilometers from the centre, you can see everything: the Parliament, the castle, Gellert Hill, the Danube, and of course the rolling green hills that cover most of the Buda side of the river.
The look-out tower should look familiar to anyone who's already visited Buda Castle, as it was designed by the same architect, Frigyes Schulek, who created the Fisherman's Bastion. I also spotted a similar looking viewing platform on Szechenyi hill nearby.
This was originally the favourite spot of one of the last Hungarian royals, Queen Elizabeth, after whom the tower is named. In communist times the local junta took it over and planted a gigantic red communist star on the top, the weight of which damaged the building considerably.
It's not a famous tourist site, but it's very popular with the locals, who come up here in their droves on sunny days. It's beautiful, peaceful, and surprisingly easy to reach. See the Chair Lift for info on the easiest way of getting to the top.
After the war there were plans to build a network of chair lifts into the Buda Hills, but only this one got built. It's a beautiful, peaceful way of escaping the noise of the big city. In less than 30 minutes you can be at the base station, and being whisked away at a very sedate pace up to the summit of Budapest's highest hill, Janos Hegy (527m).
Important: you do need some preparation before getting on the chair lift. They warn you not to get on until you are familiar with the procedures. I ignored this advice and survived, but I was taken by surprise by the speed of the chair as it dumped me into the seat, and was shouted at in Hungarian for not following procedure.
Basically do this: stand facing up hill on the two yellow spots marked on the floor. The chair lift will come from behind, and you just sit down as it moves under your legs. Then immediately pull down the safety bracket above your head. Simple. Then enjoy the ride.
Going up is pleasant, going down can be exhilarating, breath-taking, and maybe a little nerve shredding for those who don't like heights. But you never go more than a few meters above the ground, so don't worry. Just enjoy the incredible views of Budapest.
Tickets cost 700 ft one-way, and 1300 return. The last one down is at about 5pm, so don't hang around on long summer evenings.
A little out of town in the Buda suburbs is a part of Hungary's vast Duna-Ipoly national park. From the top of Sas Hill you can see for miles, across the rolling Buda hills, all along the Danube, and the entire Castle District, Gellert Hill, Parliament building, and most of the major sites on the Pest side of the river. When not being spoiled by inconsiderate expats drinking, singing and shouting (as it was the last time I went up), it's a beautiful spot for a bit of sightseeing, picnicking and photography.
It's a bit of an adventure to get up there. I live right below it, and it took me a couple of trips up to figure it out. You can use my experience to save you the hassle! The easiest route would be to take the number 8 bus to Korompai Utca, and walk up the hill from there. From that point, simply walking upwards will take you there. Alternatively take tram 61 to Csorcz Utca. Take a right after the huge Novetel and walk up Hegyalja Utca until you reach Korompai Utca and follow the same advice from there.
The hill has a long history. After the Ottoman occupation, legend tells of the victorious Christian armies marching to the summit, raising their flags and releasing eagles that flew to nearby Buda Castle. The hill became a famous vineyard, with the Sashegy Kardarka being drunk all over Europe. Today it has turned into an upper middle-class suburb.
The viewing area of the hill is open during the warmer months, from March 1st to October 31st. Opening days are Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 6pm. I think they stop people coming in around 5pm. The entrance fee is 700 forints.
For the best views of Budapest's most stunning building, the Parliament, head over to the almost unpronounceable Batthyány tér. Popular with bums and tourists alike, the square hosts a number of restaurants, although the best views are to be had from the street tables along the noisy river front. If they cleaned up Batthyány tér (I've seen drunks staggering around the square with blood pouring out of their arm) it would be one of the best squares in Europe. But don't mind the homeless, they are harmless and just looking for a quiet place to get drunk and fall asleep.
If you go to Budapest from time of middle of November to christmas, you must visit the christmas market. Unless you hate christmas. I love it, and I love christmas markets. This one was one of my favourites around the Europe. Lots of different things sold here, different hot drinks (even if I hate cider, I liked their "hot cider", more like spicey hot apple juice) and the delicius "rolled bun". We have no idea what it is called for real, but we loved it. Especailly the one with coconut flakes on the top. We called it "rolled bun" and part of fun was to say it in Finnish: Rulla-pulla. It sounds funny.
There should have been another market also (red at internet), but we didn´t find it. Maybe it opens at december.
Ferencz Deák (17 October 1803 – 28 January 1876) was a Hungarian statesman and Minister of Justice, who was known as "The Wise Man of the Nation". Deák was the man who facilitated and organised the compromise between Austria and Hungary in 1867. The Bronze statue is atop a granite pedestal that is flanked by four statues that represents Deák’s work. The monument was started by Huszár Adolf, but unfortunately due to his death the work was completed by Stróbl Alajos.
1052 Budapest, Széchenyi István Tér
The statue is located on the large green traffic island to the south of the square.
We visited here at 2006, and when I now read the tips and reviews from internet, it lookes like it has changed a lot! We did get an empty glass, when we bought the ticket (i think it was 13e back then) and we could walk freely around the cellars, and taste from each bottle witch was opened at the tables. When I read the new reviews, it looks like there is not this kind of ticket anymore. Now you need to choose "a menu" and the staff will bring the tasting samples to you. And when it comes to that, it looks like it isn´t as cheap anymore. We had 2 hours to taste what ever we liked, but now you get only some samples for the same money. And allways the same 5cl, you cant take just a zip, and then decide if you want more.
So it´s not our kind of thing anymore. Especially when we are more into beer than wines.
But if you like wines more, and "understand" them a little better, this might be your thing anyway. We liked it when it was the old way, so can´t give a bad rating!
Old buildings revived to fulfill a new mission
Ruin Pubs ('rom kocsma' in Hungarian, literally: pub in a ruin) are located in formerly abandoned buildings in the city and are very popular hot spots. Most are open year-round, some are temporary outdoor pubs, open from May to September and some are located in the cellars of old houses. Live music with the best Hungarian bands, charming retro décor, unique atmosphere and late opening hours make these places perfect for party.
The recipe is simple: search for an old building in downtown Pest, rent the cellar and the ground floor, do not renovate anything, invite some contemporary artists and designers, recreate the atmosphere of the 70’s, build a bar and serve some drinks, invite a band and be open until the morning comes. Ruin Pubs certainly represent a new wave of entertainment in Budapest. The trend started about 10 years ago and although some places come and go or change ownership; you will always find a Ruin Pub that’s popular. Want to plan your nights out? Here are some of the most popular Ruin Pubs:
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If you have never tried a supermarket elevator run by a lift boy with spirits and beer served in it, or haven’t been on the original steps (full of decals and graffiti) of the former „social realist” Corvin supermarket, or you are simply curious, how the logo of Kaisers and the Statue of Liberty look like next to each other, Corvin Terrace is for you.
From the huge roof terrace - open in Summer until morning - you can have a unique view to the roofs, the neon ads, the huge cranes working, and the hills of Buda, as well. From Autumn till Spring you have to go one floor down to an indoor area bathed in red light reminding you of the colours and shapes of the 1980’s. And then we haven’t mentioned the wide selection of electronic music, which is one of the strong points of Corvin Terrace.
On Tuesdays Irie Maffia, a refreshing example of Hungarian reagge-dancehall is on stage, the now already classic Rewind series (together with the Palotai and the Cadik duo known from Trafo and West Balkán, among others) but let’s not forget to mention Naga and Beta, the prominent representatives of Hungarian minimal techno.
For people crazy about retro, and looking for unique things we recommend the shop in Társalgó cocktail bar, where you can buy clothes of Hungarian fashion designers and Corvin Terrace souvenirs. Fanatics of sustainable development and rummaging can get new things by way of barter (you can take as much as you bring). You can also have private parties here.
for more info and more bar www.ruinpubs.com
Saint Anne Parish Church is a Servite Church built in the baroque style by János György Pavor, its first stone laid on September 8, 1725 the day of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the church is in honour of St. Anne. The facade and bell tower were rebuilt in 1871 and bears a relief of an angel cradling a dying horseman, in memory of the Seventh Kaiser Wilhelm Hussars who was killed in World War I.
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