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    Statue Park? More like Suck Park!

    by Poznick Updated Jan 1, 2008

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    The Statue Park sounds like its going to be really cool, with lots of Great remnants of the Communist era (like that scene in 007 Goldeneye when Pierce goes to meet up with Janus, only to realize that Janus is actually his old double-0 partner, and they are in this big maze of Stalin statues and giant hammer & sickles and old tank parts, and its all scary and there fog blowing around and omminous music in the background), but its nothing like that. It looks like someone built the twenty or so "statues" out of play-doh while wearing a blindfold.

    Unique Suggestions: Drink heavily or take some illegal drugs along.

    Fun Alternatives: If you absolutely NEED to see some cool communist sh*t (like if its a school project, and you will get an F in communist studies otherwise), I suggest checking out the Terror Museum. Its much less expensive, within walking distance, and very cool! It gives a very detailed overview of both communist and Nazi involvement in Hungary, with lots of authentic artifacts, and creatively presented. Not your average museum, very well done, but lots of reading is required, so be well rested and ready to do some heavy reading, or splurge on the headset audio guide.

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    Exchange Money

    by metallemon Written Dec 13, 2006

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    It's preferrable to exchange money from the city centre either from the exchange shops or from banks but don't try to exchnage money at stations (Keleti Station for example). They really want to steal you.

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to exchange money at stations at least try to exchange only a small sum.

    Fun Alternatives: I found the best offers at Vaci utca

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    Tourist prices in the city centre

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    Postcard of Budapest

    Be prepared to pay high tourist prices in cafes, restaurants and shops in the city centre around Vorosmarty ter. The prices for drinks or postcards are often twice as expensive as in other places.
    In a cafe at Vorosmarty ter I realised that the waiters directly charged a tip of more than 10 % to the bill without asking. Nevertheless, these places are sometimes just nice for people watching ...

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    No translations anywhere

    by leostarico Written Oct 19, 2003

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    Hungarian is a very difficult language to learn or understand. You cannot even try to guess what is written anywhere or what people say . Unfortunately such a nice place to visit and with so many interesting things to see sometimes is an obstacle to the turist who may not speak the language. All of the interesting sites or highlights have signs which apparently explain what you are looking at or visiting but none of them is translated into any other language so you definitely have to guess or study a lot before you get to visit the country.

    Unique Suggestions: I would suggest to buy a good travel guide on Budapest or maybe do some research so that when you are there you do not have to deal with the language problem.

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    Lights out!

    by stevehallam Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    11.59pm

    if by chance you are stood by the river just before midnight hoping to take a picture of the castle, the chain bridge, and the other monuments all beautifuly lit up with your shiney new digital camera - be quick - they switch all the lights off at midnight and it all just vanishes before you can even say - "who switched the lights out" ;-)

    Unique Suggestions: get their early and don't take your time showing off your new camera to your mates while they are taking quite adequate photos with their less expensive cameras

    Fun Alternatives: what's the use of 6 megapixels in the dark!

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  • don't buy the dancer a drink!

    by kittylover500 Written Jun 8, 2004

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    if you go into an erotic club do not buy the dancers a drink. the owners have them seduce you into buying them a cognac or 2 and the bill comes with a bouncer attatched because it is about $ 120 american dollars for each one and they know you don't have enough. when trying to talk yourself out of it with ignorance or any other tactic they just escort you to the money machine and hold one of your friends as collateral. don't be fooled! they aren't even that good looking! Go to Prague the beautiful women!

    Unique Suggestions: just go in and leave quickly and bring lots of money if you plan to have an extra good time!

    Fun Alternatives: not sure

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    "PAPRIKA" shops

    by flevente Updated Dec 30, 2006

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    RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS = TOURIST TRAP!

    For some reasons Hungarian tourism criminals beleive that people associate their country with dried chilli peppers, an image definately coming from the days of goulash-communism-tourism. As a result in every tourist area little paprika shops open up selling crap paprika and other unbeleivable knic-knacks for astronomical prices, including eg postcards that you can buy for 1/10th of the price on the other corner, 50 yards away from the tourist place.
    The most notorious is the Main Market (Vamhaz Korut) where actually real people shop for daily groceries right next to the most ridiculous tourist trap shops.

    Fun Alternatives: A good rule of thumb is to stay away from shops that have tons of dry chilli peppers in the door or shopwindows, in Hungary putting out the paprika means "my fellow countrymen, don't come here, I am not selling anything, I just want to rip off some dumb tourists!" see picture.
    Douh! Who the hell would dry their paprika in the middle of Buda Castle where renting a sq meter costs as much as renting an entire village in the Alfold!

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  • metro mafia

    by olivegroves Written Jun 1, 2008

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    beware of the vulture ticket inspectors in Budapest who prey on tourists I bought a metro ticket from a kiosk and kept the receipt ,then I went two stops and changed lines to get to keleti staion. there were 3 ticket validating machines two didnt work and one I thought did because it made all the sounds when i stuck my ticket in.( This was the first time I as a tourist used the metro) when I arrived at keleti the woman stopped me and said ticket no good no stamp' I showed her the receipt but she demanded "6ooo fine you pay now! I protested I had paid for my journey.but she demanded my passport and said she would call the police and I would then pay double fine. I gave her what I thought was a 5ööö and a 1ööö note and she snatched it kept my ticket and gave me no receipt. later I found i was 15ooo short so i must have given her a ten. (she knew it) I cant beleive these people have now been accepted into the european union. I have experienced rudness and stealing in my short time here'

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    City bus tours

    by ophiro Written Jul 11, 2008

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    Tram 2

    To my opinion taking the touristic bus for a 1-2 hours trip is a big trap.
    Although it can be a perfect option for a tourist that have limited time in Budapest and wants to see as much as he can.

    Ths bus ride will cost more than 3000 forints most of the time


    Unique Suggestions: If you are on the bus try to enjoy as much as you can , see a lot of things and attractions , take a lot of pictures.

    Fun Alternatives: The best way to my opinion is to walk to each attraction and see it for yourself but if you are a limited time tourist , try take tram number 2 and you will get an almost free sightseeing tour.
    A tram ride will cost you something like 200 forint , while the real city tour bus will cost more than 3000 forint !

    The ride is less than 30 minutes and you will see - the danube , the parliament , museum of ethnography , lajos kossuth square , chain bridge , vigado square , a view to gellert hill , central market hall and more.

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    Danube cruises

    by ophiro Written Jul 11, 2008

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    Many hotels or the tourist office that you booked your filght with , offer you a Danube cruise - to the Danube bend or only in Budapest.

    The problem is that they want a lot of moey for this cruise - we got an offor for 16000 Forint (100 usd) for a Danube bend cruise.


    Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the cruise and take a lot of pictures.

    Fun Alternatives: The best thing is to ask a local tourist information about such crusies.
    There is a cheap cruise from Vigado square called mahart passnave - check their link :



    It cost me 2000 Forint only - 8 times cheaper than the tourist company's offer.

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    Budapest card

    by ophiro Written Jul 11, 2008

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    budapest from above

    The Budapest card is a touristic card that allows you to drive in the public transportaion for free and enter attractions with discount or free.

    Sounds great - isn't it ?

    The problem is that it is more expensive than what you should pay and also some of the places are not worth visiting , while other places will take money although you have the card.

    Fun Alternatives: Use the metro (check if the daily card is worth buying) and avoid not interesting places.

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    FINES at 16000 HUF on public transport.

    by breughel Written Jun 19, 2013

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    The fines are not 8000 HUF but 16000 HUF now (June 2013) that is ± 55 € !!!

    I saw a couple of seniors on bus 16 being fined by a controller at 16000 HUF. They thought that being over 65 years public transport was free of charge for them. But they were Canadians, not citizens of the EU, EEA Member States or Switzerland.
    So be careful believing that it is free for all seniors; bad advice did cost them 110 € for going down from the Buda castle to the Pest centre!

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    avoid no-name taxis

    by Mariannka Written Oct 14, 2005

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    Avoid taxi cars that have no company name printed on them (either on the car or on the taxi light on top)

    Unique Suggestions: if you need to use a taxi use a taxi company called 6x6 (phone: 2 666 666) as they have fixed tarifs so you won't get nasty surprises.

    Fun Alternatives: use public transport, it's cheap and gets you everywhere.

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    Statue Park

    by brancolini Written Jul 17, 2003

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    Absolutely avoidable...
    It's far from the city centre, and there are only a few comunist era statues, not worthwhile.
    You have to get on a bus that will leave you there for hours, or take a cab that has to wait on you, with the meter running.
    And all that to see a dozen statues that, sure, are amazing, but too few.
    I also didn't understand why they put away references to historical situations that are not supported only by communist regimes, like the Spanish Civil War, or the Russian liberation...

    Unique Suggestions: don't take a cab...
    take food and water with you...

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    Budapest Card 2011.

    by breughel Written Apr 24, 2011

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    Budapest Card is available in two versions:
    - 48 hours Budapest Card price 6300 HUF (24 €)
    - 72 hours Budapest Card price 7500 HUF (29 €)
    The card gives free use of the BKV public transport system and discounts on 150 sites.

    You have to compare with the Budapest Travel Card:
    One-day travel card HUF 1500
    Three-day travel card HUF 3700
    Seven-day travel card HUF 4400

    And consider that since 1st January 2008 visitors have to pay an entrance fee to visit the permanent exhibitions of state owned Hungarian museums (before 2008 they had to pay admission only to temporary exhibitions) but that tickets to most Budapest museums are cheap, varying between 800-1500 HUF/adult and that there are discounts for students and seniors ( 62 - 70 yr 50% discount; > 70 free).

    Hereafter a few examples:
    Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) Admission: permanent exhibitions are free.
    Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmûvészeti Múzeum)
    Admission: permanent exhibitions: 1600 HUF/adult.
    800 HUF for students (6-26 years old) and pensioners (62-70 years old) 10% discount with Budapest card.
    Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria)
    Admission: permanent exhibitions: 900 HUF; with Budapest Card: permanent exhibitions: 700 HUF.

    The Budapest card is of no interest if you are a student or pensioner and even for museums the discount is small. I bought a travel card.

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