Budapest Travel Guide

  • Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest, Hungary
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    Chain Bridge, Budapest
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Budapest Highlights

  • Pro
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    Raimix says…

     Great architecture, river Danube, miraculous, especially at night time. 

  • Con
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    MedioLatino says…

     Just the same things as in every big city 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's a good mixture of East and West, North and South of Europe 

Budapest Things to Do

  • Buda Castle - Budavar

    It was noon when we came across the changing of the Guards in front of the Hungarian Presidential Palace. The crowd watching wasn't that big, although I imagine the crowds would swell in high season. The palace is called Sandor Palota (Alexander Palace), and is located by the Funicular. The display was quite small compared to displays I had seen...

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  • Fisherman Bastion - Halaszbastya

    A Bastion that looks like a fairy-tale Castle, certainly different to other Bastions I have seen. It turns out, the castle-like Fisherman's Bastion was built in 1905, mainly for decorative purposes. The Bastion was built on the site of an old rampart. In the Middle Ages, this rampart was defended by the guild of fishermen who lived nearby in...

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  • Szechenyi Bath - Szechenyi furdo

    All the buildings of Szechenyi Baths are impressive! One group (Francsek-wing), is painted quite a deep yellow, where-as the main building of the Baths has been left unpainted. This is known as the Czigler-wing. The front façade with its three large domed pavilions made me first think it was Palace and not a bathhouse. The roof of the central hall...

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Budapest Restaurants

  • Gerbeaud House

    Gerbaud is a famous place in Budapest - great coffee , excellent cakes and chocolate. The place is very beautiful , the service is excellent and of course the food is very good. This place , of course , is not cheap as other places in Budapest but still it is worth the money just for the experience. I ordered coffee with cream and whiskey and it...

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  • Fatal Restaurant

    This restaurant is recommended in several travel websites and books, and that is why we chose it. It is centrally located, in a lane off Vaci utca. After entering you go down to the basement level, and the main part of the restaurant is located in a long cavernous space with an arched ceiling. Unfortunately that area of the restaurant was already...

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  • Sir Lancelot Lovagi Etterem - Sir...

    Eating at Sir Lancelot restaurant is definitely an interesting experience. You can sit on some old, wooden picnic benches in what looks like a medieval castle while eating oversized plates of food. Dishes such as grilled vegetables, glazed ribs, and roast duck await you. The food is served on large platters and in true medieval style, only spoons...

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Budapest Nightlife

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  • Budapest Nightclubs

    This was a purely impulse find. It had been raining torrentially all evening and so I hadn't strayed too far from my hotel. Having been out for a meal and cruised a few bars I returned to the hotel about 11.30 pm to freshen up with the intention of finding one of the late night venues recommended by "Time Out" (actually am I allowed to mention...

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  • Budapest at night

    It was open in 1922. Supported the construction of the cinema's first loans of the banking system, and all along was interested in directing, demonstrating the potential for this business. One of the largest cinema, a separate building that serves as a cinema since its founding. Almost all major political change left its mark on history.

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  • Budapest Pubs

    I was in the Szimpla Kert, and it was really fantastic :) beautiful girls and nice people and many alcohol :D I tried a famous hungarian spirit, the palinka, is made by fruit and very very strong. the place is designed by old furniture and a Trabant car. I found this place in the old jewish quarter. The most important word is egeshegedre, it means...

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Budapest Transportation

  • NYUGATI PALYAUDVAR TRAIN STATION

    Budapest has three main railway stations, the one I saw was Nyugati Pályaudvar (West Station).We weren't catching a Train but were in the area and l liked what I saw of the buildings. This Station was completed in 1877. Interesting the name of each of the Train stations do not indicate their location in Budapest, but instead refer to the direction...

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  • CHOOSING A CRUISE

    As the Danube River runs through the centre of Budapest, a cruise along the river is a great way to see the sights.We happened to see a cruise that was departing in a few minutes time, so chose that one for convenience, not a really good idea because of the sickening diesel fumes!Other points to remember, especially if you enjoy taking a photo or...

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  • RIDE IN A HISTORIC LIMOUSINE

    An historic Limousine, what a way to see the sights of Budapest! It happened to be a lovely sunny day when I saw several of these old cars taking tourists around the city. The roof was down, the car was polished and looked fantastic and of course there was a chauffer to drive them.I didn't do this myself - I just saw the cars and liked themI...

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Budapest Shopping

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  • ALLSORTS!

    Tárnok Street is in the Castle district and is the street that leads to the Fisherman's Bastion.I am still in the pedestrian area, which is good, as the street is long and narrowish with plenty of old buildings and quaint shops. In the Middle Ages, it was a busy trading area for German merchants, today it is busy with tourists! Back then, it was...

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  • SOUVENIRS

    If your looking for a souvenir, then you can buy one from one of the many souvenir stalls at Buda Castle. There is a whole row of stalls sellilng many traditional items. I didn't buy any, but I did browse and found they sold different to stalls I had seen earlier. They say it is cheaper to buy from a stall than a souvenir shop.

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  • HUNGARIAN CRYSTAL

    Ajka Crystal is Hungarian crystal. The firm is one of the biggest companies in Central Europe producing unique, handmade pieces of glass art. I only looked in the window as I was interested to see what it was like. There was quite a range of coloured pieces to choose from, including crystal bowls & vases, candle holders, glasses and much more.Ajka...

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Budapest Local Customs

  • HUNGARIAN EMBROIDERY

    Embroidered Table-cloths, Doilies, Napkins, Bed covers and Folk costumes are just one type of many souvenirs your sure to find in Budapest and other Hungarian towns. Hungary's tradition of embroidery dates back to the Middle Ages when mothers taught their daughters how to embroider. A family's wealth was often measured by the number of embroidered...

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  • ART NOUVEAU IN BUDAPEST

    If you love Art Nouveau architecture, then you will love Budapest!In 1896, the Millenium of the settlement of the Hungarians in the area was celebrated, thus giving the green light for large building projects to go ahead. It was around this time that Art Nouveau was beginning to take off as an art and architectural style. This was a creative art...

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  • July - Nándorfehérvár Victory...

    In 1456 the Christian Hungarian troops defending Nándorfehérvár, led by János Hunyadi, inflicted a crushing defeat on the army of Turkish Sultan Mehmet II after a battle that ensued for more than two weeks, and thereby stopped the continued expansion of the Turks in Europe for some 70 years. The anniversary was celebrated in Budapest this year...

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Budapest Warnings and Dangers

  • Budapest Metro Scam!

    We have just had a really horrible experience with a nasty ticket inspector on the Metro in Budapest, which has ruined an otherwise amazing time in this beautiful city. We went to the Metro station, purchased tickets from the ticket booth at the station, saw no signs anywhere saying you should validate your ticket, WALKED PAST AN INSPECTOR at the...

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  • DIRTY BRICKWORK ON BUILDINGS

    Budapest, being a big and busy city with quite a bit of traffic in the centre, has found that its historic old buildings are now very dirty from all the fumes, etc coming from cars, buses and other types of transport. If you look at my photo of a building in Budapest, you will see what I mean, as the ground floor has been cleaned and the rest has...

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  • budapest rip off

    I've just been to budapest for business for 2 nights. Waling down city center right in front of the burger king I was approached by a blond women. A quick analyse got me thinking that she was not a working girl since she was dressed casual with a big scarf and sneakers. She asked me if i knew a famous underground pub since she had " lost her...

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Budapest Tourist Traps

  • Free only for EU, EEA and Swiss Seniors...

    Public transport on metro, trams and busses (except the funicular and chair-lift) is free of charge for citizens of the EU, EEA Member States or Switzerland over 65 years old as you can read on the FAQ questions on the www.bkv.huShowing an identity card is enough to get the allowance.Knowing the severity of the inspectors on the Budapest public...

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  • FINES at 16000 HUF on public transport.

    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...

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  • Don't change at InterChange

    It seems like an obsolete advise, but always look at the exchange rates before exchanging currency. There are several orange exchange shops called InterChange that look serious, but are not. It's incredible how criminally low their exchange rates are. Nevertheless they seem to make quite good business with it, so I guess there are a lot of tourists...

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Budapest What to Pack

  • My guide book in Hungary

    Here it is my guide book that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Hungary.Hungary. Polyglott Verlag GmbH, Munchen, 1999, 96 pages.

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  • The best guide book!

    I spent a lot of time with preparations for my Budapest trip. Of course I used the internet, the pages here on VT but also other travel forums, but the most helpful ressource was a guide book that I found in my State und University Library: Andras Török's "Budapest - ein kritischer Reisefüher". It must be available in English, too. Both the New...

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  • Pack for a Hungarian Winter

    Budapest in January was absolutely FREEZING! It was the coldest place we encountered in the trip across the continent, the temperatures were consistently below zero. If you're going to be there during winter, take jumpers, a warm coat, scarf, hat, gloves, the works!

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Budapest Off The Beaten Path

  • Molnár János

    There are three publicly accessible caves belonging to the largest cave system in Hungary. They are all situated in Budapest's 2nd district, called Rózsadomb, which is located in the north-western part of the city (on the Buda side). They can be reached by public bus line no. 65. The "main" one is called Szemlö-hegyi-barlang ("Freckle hill cave")....

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  • MAUTHAUSEN MARTYRS MONUMENT

    Mauthausen Martyrs Monument is located on the outskirts of the Pest side of Budapest.The easiest way to see it is from the Boat when cruising on the River Danube. It is located where the boat does a turn around to head back to the starting point.The monument was made in 1960 in memory of the martyrs.

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  • Bakelit Multi Art Center

    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...

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Budapest Sports & Outdoors

  • The National Stadium

    "Ria! Ria! Hungaria!"Hungary's dirty little secret is out. Behind closed doors, at national games when they think no foreigners are watching, they chant the real name of the country "Hungaria!" Not the confusing Magyarorsag they insist that foreigners learn as the true name, but the simple, universally understood "Hungaria!"Of course they also...

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  • Biking alongside the river Danube

    Budapest is a pretty city. the Gellert hill was a little hard work, but the other parts of the town was absolutelly ok. We had no much time, so decided to rent a bici, and one day was more or less enough to see what we wanted. we found a low budget new place in the center, its called hibike or hi-bike. their sign is a big blue-white hand, you know,...

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  • Canoeing on Danube river

    A great way to explore nature around Budapest is canoeing. In the north part of the city, where the river enters Budapest some islands divides the Danube. It is known Roman coast, where boating is very popular. The water is pretty clear here, so people swim in the river.Budapest Bike Breeze organizes canoe tours with professional guide. So if you...

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  • Budapest churches

    When you take a break from Budapest history and architecture you would enjoy meeting the international community at www.DanubeChurch.org on Sunday morning at 10:30. I enjoy the people I meet. Listen to the Bible teaching online and see why this is such a popular fellowship. How does one get there? www.DanubeChurch.org/directions

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  • Budapest streets and views

    This is one of the many things I liked about Budapest - Plenty of places to rest. Scattered around the city are many big and small parks, then there are places like in my photo, where seats are supplied. These just pop up "out of the blue" as we walked the city. I thought it was really nice to be able to sit and relax or eat your lunch beside the...

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  • Castle District (Varhegy)

    It was a legendary nightclub in 60s and 70s, later important place for hungarian rock culture. It was open from 1961 to 1984. The building is situated under Buda Castle in the bazaar line. Today closed and need reconstruction.

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Comments (1)

  • DorottyaF's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    First of all: sorry for my english, i cannot speak this language well.
    Unfortunatelly i see a lot of negative comments about our mother tongue, and that we cannot speak english.
    But what whould you to if you were us?
    We live in a coutry, where our education is bad, specially in languages. If somebody want to learn a language, must go abroad to study, but if you don't have money it is impossible to learn.
    So please think it again

 
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