Budapest Travel Guide

  • Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest, Hungary
    by TrendsetterME
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    Chain Bridge, Budapest
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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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  • Synagogue - Dohány Street Central...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We are still at the Great Synagogue, now making my way to the back where the Raoul Wallenberg Memory Park is located. Here, I found some interesting pieces, the stand-out being the "TREE OF LIFE." The Tree is a large metal sculpture, made from stainless steel and silver- It was really sparkling in the bright sunshine. It resembles a weeping...

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  • Fisherman Bastion - Halaszbastya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I love equestrian statues and here in Budapest I found many beauties! One I found that really impressed me, was located between Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion. Standing atop a massive white ornate pedestal, is the bronze statue of the first christian king of Hungary, St. Stephen. He is shown mounted on a beautifully sculpted horse,...

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Budapest Restaurants

  • Gerbeaud House

    4 out of 5 stars

    This place is gorgeous. Quite expensive. But for western european tourists...quite a steal. Just imagine this place in Paris or Vienna. Because of a lack of time...I went in and asked for takeaway. People recommend the Foie Gras pate here. And I have to second that. Simply sublime. Because I was taking it out...I was charged 2200ft for about...

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  • Fatal Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Nagyi Palacsintazoja - Granny's Pancake...

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This nice little pancake restaurant (or let's say, cafe) is situated right by the Batthyány Square market hall, opposite the Parliament (on the Buda side). This place is extremely popular, therefore its little terrace is open even in wintertime! Though there are crowds of people inside, the view still reminds of a family meeting, thanks to the...

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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

  • The Easiest Way - Public Transportation...

    The major train operator in the Budapest area is MAV-Start.Budapest is served by about 30 railway stations and stops, the major ones areNyugati palyaudvar (Western Station) for N Budapest, N-E-SE Hungary, AirportKeleti palyaudvar (Eastern Station) for E-S Pest, E-NW Hungary and most international trainsDeli palyaudvar (Southern Station) for S-W...

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  • The Easiest Way - Public Transport -...

    Pest County suburban buses and a bunch of inland and international coaches are operated by Volanbusz Rt. The company color is yellow, therefore their buses are easy to recognise, although their newer long-distance buses are mostly white. Actually, they work in cooperation with other Volan-companies.Major coach/suburban bus terminals are Nepliget...

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  • The Easiest Way - Public Transportation...

    'HEV' stands for 'railway serving local interests'- that is, suburban railway.The HEV system of Budapest and Pest County (Region of Central Hungary) consists of 5 lines, numbered H5-H9.The H5 line links Szentendre, a nice Baroque town (just north to Budapest) with the capital. Budapest tickets are valid as far as 'Bekasmegyer' station. Some trains...

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Budapest Shopping

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  • The new Balna shopping concourse

    Not many useful shops inside: just one concourse albeit on different levels. But the building, apparently designed by Dutch architect Kim Oosterhuis, is exciting, especially at night.

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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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Budapest Local Customs

  • MONUMENTS - STATUES - FOUNTAINS

    BUDAPEST - I NAME - "THE CITY OF MONUMENTS."I have never seen so many in any city that I have visited in the world. Budapest is filled with statues comprising of Saint Stephen, the first King of Hungary to composers, notable Hungarian artists, architects and political figures. Statues can be seen in almost every district in the city!I actually...

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  • 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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Budapest Warnings and Dangers

  • Budapest: the Truth

    I live in Budapest for my work some months per year since 2010. I am a EU citizen from Biarritz (Basque).Budapest is very nice. The Austria-Hungarian Era buildings, the big river landscape... Beautiful girls...But this city is designed to fight against the tourists. Don't think that you are in a "normal" country. The Goverment is against the...

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  • Metro Tickets Budapest

    Beware of the new BKK ticket machines. In the old days you used to go to a small Tabac shop to get your little orange ticket booklets for a few pennies to get you going on the bus or metro.Now the tickets cost a Euro a piece and are mainly provided by BKK ticket machines in the Metro. It all looks modern, but beware. We tried to buy ten tickets...

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  • RENOVATION OF OLD BUILDINGS

    Budapest is a city that is in the process of renovating their old buildings, so don't be surprised to see scaffolding and high fences around some important ones, like the Houses of Parliament. Sometimes, it is the outside of the building, and other times, it is the inside. Disappointing I know, but the work needs to be done for future generations...

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Budapest Tourist Traps

  • Taking a Taxi

    In Eastern Europe it is often kind of difficult to assess what a reasonable price for a taxi ride might be. Generally speaking, most taxi drivers are cheaters and try to drive you for a higher trourist rate. When we came out of the airport on my trip in 2004, we took a taxi that offered the 25 km to the city centre for a fixed price of 5200 HUF,...

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  • Harassment in Budapest by Metro...

    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...

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  • 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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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 Favorites

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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 Spas

    One of the best, if not the best, massage I have ever received. The rooms are clean and spacious and have a warm feel to them. They have many massages to choose from like chocolate, Tibetan, magic honey, scented oil and many more. I chose the scented oil massage and got to choose the scented oil that I wanted. Prices for the oil massage are...

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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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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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