Budapest Tourist Traps

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Best Rated Tourist Traps in Budapest

  • Gellert baths

    by Jeroenspeak Written Oct 28, 2010

    although it's a wonderful piece of architecture and a cultural land mark, please steer well away from the Gellert baths, it's overpriced for what you get, the mens side offers two Luke-warm baths, they don't give you a towel, and it's like being in a posh prison. Not much fun, couldn't wait to 'escape'. Save your money, perhaps buy a nice meal instead?

    Unique Suggestions: Bring a towel and lots of money!

    Fun Alternatives: Try szesenyi baths in the main park, it actually costs more, but at least you won't feel ripped off.

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    • Architecture
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Spa and Resort

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    castle hill funicular

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

    Although a popular way to reach Castle Hill we thought this was a typical tourist trap. You can catch the funicular at Clark Adam ter opposite Chain Bridge (on Buda side of course) that will take you up to Szent Gyorgy ter. The usual problem is that there will be a long queues of people waiting to catch the slow funicular + the fact that you have to pay a ticket (no matter what card you have in Budapest it doesn’t include the funicular). We preferred the alternative way, just walked the path on the left and we got up much faster.

    The funicular operated for the first time back in 1870 with steam engines! It was damaged during WWII but restored and opened again in 1986 with replicas of old carriages.

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  • Harassment in Budapest by Metro conductors

    by Aruba71 Written Jun 16, 2014

    My 12 year and 15 years old daughters and I were traveling Back from secheny bath on June3rd 2014 night around 10:30 and got off blah luzia train station as we are staying at courtyard marriott. As we got off we were stopped by extremely rude 2 female and one male people and we're ask to show our ticket. Upon showing they told us we have to pay 24000 huf fine as our tickets are not validate. I told them we did not see any machine or a person or a sign to tell us what we are suppose to do. At first they thought we are Indian because of our skin color, upon showing my driver lichen they told us, oh American now pay the fine. I politely tried to explain them and told them that I did not know what to do. They told me they will put me and my daughter in a room if I don't come up with the money. They took me to ATM and machine did not accept my pin. I told them let's go to my hotel it is right across the street, they refuse and told me we will keep increasing your fine if you don't pay us cash now. Then they took me to other machine, by now they we're join by one more man, now I was really scared for the safety of my daughters and I. They told me they will keep me at the station until I come up with money, I wished to speak to higher authority or police and they told me, if request more they will do bad to me and they kept smoking and blowing smoke on my daughters face.They took us to different ATM and card worked here and I gave them 24000 huf. I got the badge number for these scary people it is 5219, 5217, 5765. Is their any justice for their behavior. Next morning I went to BKK head office for complain and filed a complain but I have heard nothing, I strongly believe that it is a tourist scam and the whole organization is involve in cashing on these fine as there was no sign and no person to instruct us to how to use these metro tickets. I will never ever go back to this country and would not recommend it to my fellow travelers.

    Fun Alternatives: Just walk every where with the crowed because they are looking for tourists.

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    Don't get sucked in by the...

    by John_Kaye Written Aug 26, 2002

    Don't get sucked in by the hustlers at the Train Station offering you lodgings. Some are really good but a lot are also miles out of the city and really basic. You will also miss out on meeting loads of people.

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    More dodgy currency exchange!!

    by deeper_blue Updated Mar 19, 2005

    It seems quite common in Eastern Europe, that people approach tourists trying to exchange your foreign currency. Steer well clear, you can be given forged notes.
    There are 350 forints to GBP and 250 to the euro.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to a recognised currency exchange or use your credit /debit card.

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    Casinos

    by budapest8 Written May 3, 2006

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    There are more than 50 casinos in Budapest!
    In fact more casinos than petrol stations or Macdonalds???
    The most upscale one is caled Vigado
    and the building was designed Hungarian Miklos Ybl.

    Vigado Casino

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    Margaret island

    by ophiro Written Jul 11, 2008

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    Although Margaret is very nice and i think it is a nice place see and walk in , it is a little bit tourist trap , quite boring with not too many attractions.

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    Vigado Casino

    by budapest8 Written May 4, 2006

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    Well outside the casino
    entrance the arched entry has
    beauttiful arches,
    just look at the ceiling

    Vigado Casino entrance
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    This are Forints, edition...

    by croisbeauty Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This are Forints, edition 1998-2000, take a good look of it ecpecially if you are traveling here for the first time. I hope it might help you not to be traped.

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    RELAX :-)

    by Duffelgirl Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    Just being a tourist is sometimes enough of a trap in itself! Try not to squeeze too much in a short space of time....you can always come back!

    Greg being attacked by Guide books!!
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    The statue at the gate of the...

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The statue at the gate of the palace garden represents the Turul, the mythic bird of the ancient Magyars.

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    The Church of Our Lady is...

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Church of Our Lady is generally called the Matthias Church , because its southern tower bears the coat of arms with the raven (in Latin: Corvus) of Matthias (Corvinus) Hunyadi (1458-1490).

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    Szentendre, a town at the end...

    by bonio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Szentendre, a town at the end of the HEV railway. Heavily advertised and quite pretty but full of overpriced shops and restraunts. OK for a short visit but.......

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    It still happens that taxi...

    by princesss Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    It still happens that taxi drivers, waiters etc. try to make you pay more if they notice you're a foreigner. Like in every big city; be aware of pickpockets.

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    Margaret island in winter

    by Carino Written Mar 19, 2005

    There is really nothing to see in Winter on Margaret Island. Everything is closed...

    Unique Suggestions: Maybe you can spot the hot water going from the island into the danube.

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