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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well outside the casino
entrance the arched entry has
just look at the ceiling
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.
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!
The statue at the gate of the palace garden represents the Turul, the mythic bird of the ancient Magyars.
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).
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.......
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.
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.