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Budapest in 1 day

A June 2002 trip to Budapest by gjr

Quote: A 2-day business meeting left me with 24 hours to see the fascinating Magyar capitol. Budapest did not disappoint.

Budapest in 1 day

Overview

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A fabulous walker's city, most of Budapest's classic tourist attractions can be seen from the outside in a single day. Museum-goers will want to plan at least 2 days as a wide variety of art and history museums are available. Don't miss a trip to one of the city's famous Turkish baths, such as the traditional Kiraly or Beaux-Arts Gellert baths!Quick Tips: Buda and Pest are on opposite sides of the Danube river, joined by many bridges. Walk over the historic Chain Bridge for its view of Castle Hill directly above. If you have time, an oasis from the city is Margaret Island, accessed from the bridge just past Parliament, and a great spot for a jog, bike ride, or visit to the outdoor pool co...Read More
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This is a large, modern business hotel - in fact, from the outside it is a Soviet-era eyesore. Being a "cute, historic, B&B" type, I was disappointed when I first saw this hotel. However, the Marriott completely won me over by day 2 of my stay. It is built in such a way that every room has a view and balcony overlooking the Danube, and the conference rooms have glass walls - one can see the prime sites of Budapest without ever leaving the hotel! Rooms are large and comfortable, with superb beds and bedding, and the service was exemplary. Compared to other business-class hotels I felt it had more personality and warmth, perhaps because of the way it brings the city right into the hotel - a real tr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Budapest Marriott
Apaczai Csere Janos u.4
Budapest, Hungary

Vigado Restaurant

Restaurant

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This is a beautiful old wooden building with a traditional wooden interior - including very private little booths - quite romantic. A group of Hungarian musicians was entertaining while we were there, coming by the tables hoping for tips. They were polite though and did not disrupt our meal. Although the menu is long, the food is mostly traditional Hungarian ie. rather heavy and with few vegetarian or fish dishes. However everything was tasty, and all for a very affordable price.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Vigado Restaurant
Vigado ter 2
Budapest, Hungary

Buda Hills

Attraction | "Castle Hill"

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Castle Hill is one of the first "sights" you will notice when staying in Budapest - it is the steep, flat hilltop seen across the Danube from downtown Pest, topped by the magnificent palace and Stephen's church. The walk over the Chain bridge from Pest provides great views, and the climb up the hill (by a series of steps and paths, climbing through a sort of "hanging garden") or a short trip on the funicular, feel like a trip back in time. At the top of the hill you will notice dust and disorder due to some archaelogical excavations which are exposing early relics of Budapest, including some from the Turkish occupation in the 15th century. You can enjoy Castle Hill all in a morning, with a walking ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Buda Hills
Districts II and XII
Budapest, Hungary 1125

Vaci utca

Attraction | "Shopping on the Vaci Utca"

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Vaci utca, a long pedestrian street just behind the string of luxury hotels along the Danube in Pest, is a delightful place to spend an hour or two. Mixed in with international designer and perfume shops you will find many smaller shops offering Hungarian handicrafts, particularly the hand-embroidered table cloths available everywhere. Small carved wooden chess sets and leather work are also available, and there seem to be many (affordable) shoe stores. At the north end of the street is Vorosmaty Square, the fashionable place to sit at a cafe and watch the world go by. The ultimate cafe is Gerbeaud's, with glorious pastries and delicious cheap icecream that you can take out, if you prefer. Be awar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Vaci utca
Vaci utca (from Vamhaz korut to Vorosmarty ter)
Budapest, Hungary 1052

Gellert Eszpresszo

Attraction | "Gellert Hill and the Citadella"

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An enjoyable walk of 1-2 hours proceeds south along the Danube from the Chain Bridge to the Elizabeth bridge and to the Gellert hotel on the Buda side. After a peek into the luxurious hotel (and a stop in the baths, if you have time to spend), you can hike up Gellert hill to the Citadella and Freedom monument at the top. It is a steep walk but the trail winds its way up gradually, with a children's playground and lots of benches along the way. The view from the top is spectacular and you can see 360 degrees around the city. The view is not actually much better from within the Citadella and there is not much to see there, so skip the $1 entrance fee unless you really have to be at the very top of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Gellert Eszpresszo
Hotel Gellert
Budapest, Hungary 1111
+36 1 385 2200

Kiraly baths

Story/Tip

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Budapest, much to my surprise, is a hotbed of hotsprings - and famous for its spas. Despite the rapid modernization/westernization of this magnificent city, this remains a great bargain for spa-goers. North Americans need to remember first that spas are considered medicinal in Europe, so not all treatments are available for the asking - you may need a doctor's prescription for mudbaths, etc. Secondly, this is Europe and nudity is much more routine than what you may be used to - if you visit the more traditional baths you have to pick a "men only" or "women only" day, and should fully expect people of your own gender to be bathing nude. No one minded when I preferred to wear my swimsuit in the Turk...Read More