Budapest Journals

Between West and East

A November 2002 trip to Budapest by Liz-Beth

Quote: Budapest was under Austrian rule for hundreds of years before being under soviet rule for dozens of years. Somehow, everything remained strongly Hungarian.

Between West and East

Overview

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A visit to Budapest without a visit to one of its many baths is like going to the beach witout seeing water. It's a splash in local life, and it is relaxing, too. The State Opera House offers high quality concerts at incredibly cheap prices. I spent a wonderful evening listening to a Hungarian opera with no translation whatsoever. That is called experiencing local culture.Quick Tips: Arrive by train from Vienna. Workers from the tourist office give free maps of the city and help you find accomodation. Service provided in excellent English.Best Way To Get Around: Subway and bus and tram system is well developed (as in any ex-communist important city), but the system is ...Read More

Yellow Sub Club Hostel

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Hotel

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The Yellow Submarine is internationally known by backpackers. It is well located, two minutes from Nyugati train station, five minutes from the heart of the city. If you want to meet some people and party, it's the right place to be. If you want to sleep, go somewhere else. The hostel provides a kitchen and ustensils to cook yourself a dinner, cable tv, cheap internet (though not free, as the pamphlet says), private lockers. There is no lockout, no curfew; you are free as a bird. The hostel is on the last floor of a residential building. Those who changed the apartment into a hostel simply put as many bunks that could fit into a room. I stayed in a 6-bed room. With six backpackers...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 13, 2002

Yellow Sub Club Hostel
Terez Krt. 56
Budapest, Hungary
(361) 331 9896

Opera House

Attraction | "An evening at the opera"

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The State Opera House offers the best classical concerts in town. Standing tickets start at 300 ft (about 1.50$) while the cheapest seat, that still offers a really good view, costs 800 ft (about 4.00$). This is by far the best price you can find for a high quality opera in Europe. The building itself is worth a visit. I bought the cheapest seat, which gave me a good view at the beautifully painted ceiling. If possible, leave the jeans and t-shirt in the suitcase and put on the nicest suit you brought. If you don't have anything other than jeans and t-shirt, be prepared to be looked at as a disgusting alien and sent to the side door to the balcony (I speak by experience). I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2002

Opera House
Andrassy ut, 22
Budapest, Hungary 1061
+36 1 353 0170

Gellert Baths

Attraction

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Baths are to Budapest what ski is to the Alps. The Gellert Baths are the most famous of the city. Its picture makes the cover of the Lonely Planet Central Europe 2001. The hotel in which they are located is worth a visit. What are baths exactly? Well, they are pools. When you pay for the pool, you have access to the regular non-heated pool and to a much smaller heated pool. Going from the former to the latter will burn your skin while doing the opposite will almost kill you of hypothermia. That said, it is supposed to be good for health! Many other options are offered, from sauna to therapeutic massages. The Gellert Baths are the most expensive of the city. If you are on tight b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2002

Gellert Baths
Kelenhegyi ut, 4-6
Budapest, Hungary 1118
+36 1 466 6616

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There is no problem getting from point A to point B in Budapest. The subway, called metro, has three lines. Line number one is the oldest in Europe, built in 1896 to celebrate the thousand anniversary of the kingdom of Hungary. At a window, you can buy your tickets one by one, in multiple packs or buy a one or three day tourist pass. When you go in the metro, cancel one ticket. It is valid only on that line, for one way. If you have to change line, cancel a second ticket. If after that, you have to take a tram, cancel a third ticket. If you have with you a dog or a large bag, you need a half-ticket for it. And of course, if the dog or the bag changes lines with you, you need to can...Read More