I was here in 1986 and this was still solidly behind the Iron Curtain. My group had already been through Yugoslavia and we didn’t expect things like good tasting beer and shops with FOOD in them. In fact they had great beer and the shops had wonderful sausages, cheeses and breads. We kept worrying the Communists might put a stop to this! On a trip that included (over 6+ week) the sights of the Soviet Union and East Germany – Hungary came completely out on top for food.
The only other vague memories I have of Budapest was that the only shops they did have were food shops, most building were derelict and the city tour guide kept pointing out bullet holes of from the 1956 uprising.
I still think Hungry was ahead of the curve on the collapse of Communism just a couple of years later.
By the way the photos were taken by my Mum in 2010.
Favorite thing Luxurious Art Nouveau Hotel in Gresham palace is one of the most beautiful hotels in Budapest.
The building was built in an Art Nouveau style during the early 1900s.
The site was designed by a local architect called Zsigmond Quittner for Gresham Life Assurance Company (a company from London that decided to open an office here).
This is one of the most luxurious hotels in Budapest , located just in the middle , close to the chain bridge (on Roosvelt square) and with a splendid view over Buda castle and the Danube.
There are 179 rooms in this hotel, the Price is most expensive!
Fondest memory Great view , Very luxurious
Favorite thing "The whole city in your pocket" is the motto of the Budapest Card, introduced by our office in 1997. The Card offers its holder more than a hundred services:
unlimited travel on public transport
free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to several sights
sightseeing tour for half price
reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes
discounts in restaurants and spas
discount for car rental, sports facilities and in many other places
travel accident insurance
The services of the card are detailed in a 100-paged, coloured publication in Hungarian, English, German and Italian languages. This publication introduces the use of the Budapest Card and the servicing enterprises. (with photo, address, opening hours, entrance fees and discounts). Click on the picture to download the brochure in PDF format (6.9 MB).
for 48 or 72 hours
Price in 2008:
HUF 6 5000 for 48 hours
HUF 8 000 for 72 hours
Each Card is valid for one adult and one child up to 14 years of age.
More than 250 places in Budapest: main metro ticket offices, tourist information bureaus, travel agencies, hotels and the airport, and abroad at major tour operators.
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICIAL TOURISTICAL WEBSITE OF BUDAPEST.
Favorite thing There are many exchange booths througout the city and I would recommend that if you do need to exchange money to use the exchange booths in the city rather than the ones in the airport. The exchange rate is so much better.
This exchange booth is conveniently located at Mihaly Vorosmarty Square.
Favorite thing When you buy a boat tour with the Duna Legenda or Duna Bella boats, the ticket entitles you to a 20% discount on the next tour that you book with them, although not the same day and time printed on the ticket. I think this is good for those who want to enjoy Budapest by boat at day and at night.
Fondest memory One Euro a pint :)
I'll have two more please!
Beer is incredibly good value in Budapest and we spent a good deal of the weekend trying out the local brew. One of my fondest memories was drinking beer and eating Langos at a festival in City Park. We had just spent a relaxing few hours in the Szechenyi Baths (also in the park) and afterwards we saw a festival in the park so we went for a quick visit - and ended up spending the evening there.
Favorite thing We loved Budapest, it was such good value. Our 5 * hotel was a bargain ( Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal ) Every visit to a restaurant was a real treat and surprisingly cheap. Wine is very reasonably priced too. Every meal we had was delicious. My favourite was goose livers with mashed potatoes and peaches. Yum ! ! ! We can't wait to go back.
Fondest memory We loved the relaxing river trip on the Danube and wandering around the castle district.