Budapest Journals

BUD - Buda grows thru Pest

An April 2003 trip to Budapest by panda2

Quote: My initial reaction after arriving at the train station was to turn around and go back to the Czech Republic. The station looked really dirty and dingy. This will be the theme. After the initial shock of arriving and touts go away, it's a place of rich history.

BUD - Buda grows thru Pest

Overview

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The Royal Palace Museum is a definite must-see, and the entrance fee is covered with the purchase of the Budapest Kartya transit card. Hungarian is the language used, and English isn't common outside of hotels. Communication is accomplished through a combination of verbal and visual interactions.Quick Tips: Make sure you have your hotel card with you. I thought I checked before leaving the hotel that I had the hotel card with me. I got separated from my partner and spent the night riding buses and trolleys, not knowing how to get back to the hotel until the morning, when I found the card in my pocket. I was then able to figure out which route to take to return to the hotel in the morning. Res...Read More

Baross Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Baross Panzio"

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A tout boarded the train one stop prior to ours and talked with my partner extensively about the hotel. The brochure looked good, but we didn't trust him since we didn't know him. They provided a free shuttle from the railroad station, but we declined the free ride because you could be taken for a ride someplace to be robbed. A voucher was provided for a discounted rate of HUF 15,000 instead of HUF 20,000 if you simply walked off the street. They give you an apartment instead of a studio for the same price if you stay a minimum of 2 nights, which we did. The apartment came with finished wood floors in the bedroom and tiled kitchen/bath floors--non-slip, high quality. The apartment has a shar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Baross Hotel
BAROSS TER 15
Budapest, Hungary
36-1-461-3010

Pasta Dost

Restaurant

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All-you-can-eat buffet. Select your uncooked meat, and the staff will grill your meat selection. There's also salad, pre-cooked foods, two soups, and desserts (drinks are included). Food is plentiful and adequate. Some dessert items are not worth eating, but the best dessert items are the rum balls. A good value for the money. My partner noticed the customer in the next table ate some food, but kept ordering drinks for a long while. My partner ordered two coffees, which came as espressos, but when the bill came, it wasn't added on. We came to the conclusion that it's not just soft drinks that are included in their price, but all drinks, including alcoholic drinks, and that it wasn't just tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Pasta Dost
Rákoczi út 57
Budapest, Hungary
06 1 333 1342

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KaisersSzupermarket is where you can shop for groceries, but you need to bring your own strong bags or purchase theirs, a choice of two types: the lightweight, easy-to-tear kind, or the industrial-strength, fiber-reinforced ones. I found an interesting item on the shelves--turkey liver pâté with pineapple bits, which intrigued me enough to want to buy some, but I couldn’t find crackers to put the stuff on.There’s a really good pastry shop immediately exiting the rear of the supermarket, which closes at 7pm.Open: Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm, Saturday 7am to 3pmMetro: M2 Blaha Lujza tér/Trams no...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Kaiser's Szupermarket
Blaha Lujza tér 1,
Budapest, Hungary

Corvin Aruhaz

Attraction | "Corvin Áruház"

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Home furnishings, clothing, underwear, toys, and other goods (such as towels and kitchen accessories) dominate this centrally located store. Credit cards are accepted. Located above Kaiser's supermarket, it's where locals can afford to shop and where you get a flavor of the local shopping budget. Macy's it's not, actually it looks kind of dismal and grungy--efficient, but unattractive fluorescent lighting seems to be the norm. There is a shopping mall next to the train station that Americans would feel right at home with. But the locals wouldn’t be able to afford to shop there, not even the employees of these shops can. I would guess they feel resentful about this.Telephone: 338 ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Corvin Aruhaz
Blaha Lujza ter, 1-2
Budapest, Hungary 1085
+36 1 338 4160

Funicular

Attraction | "Funicular (Sikló)"

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This is a short 2-minute tram ride up or down the side of the hill, between the foot of Chain Bridge, and to the entrance of the Royal Palace. There's three sections in the tram--top, middle, and bottom--to enter and ride. I suggest riding it up the hill and walking down from the Royal Palace.

Hours: 7:30am to 10pm, closed every even Monday
Budapest card invalid for any discount.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Funicular
Buda Royal Castle
Budapest, Hungary 1013

Top Clean

Attraction

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This is a laundry wash-and-fold service right near Kaiser's Szupermarket. They charge by the weight of your laundry. Normal turnaround is next-day service. If you need it sooner, ask if they will get it back by end of day, which they did for us when we brought the load in around 10am. Inquire if they will do your laundry within an hour.

Open: Monday to Friday 7am to 6:30om, Saturday 8am to 1pm, Sunday closed
Telephone: 36-1 338 29 24; Metro: M2 Blaha Lujza tér/Trams nos. 4 or 6

There's another location at XI.
Telephone: 36-1 385 22 22, ext. 356

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2003

Top Clean
VIII. Blaha Lujza ter 1-3
Budapest, Hungary

Capella

Attraction | "Café Capella"

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We went to Café Capella (tele: 06 30 545 3039) at midnight for a drag and transvestite cabaret show. We were each handed a drink card and warned not to lose it because we would have to pay a hefty fine.   There are three levels in this narrow and tall building, but we just stayed on the bottom level. I was sleepy, and our view was blocked by other people standing in front of us. From the little I could see, the quality of the performances varied and lay in the eye of the beholder. The locals enjoyed the performances, but I was only mildly impressed. Most of the men in drag didn't look appealing as women. We were approached by a young, pushy man who introduced himself, sat d...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 17, 2003

Capella
Belgrad rakpart
Budapest, Hungary 1056
+36 1 318 6231

Darling Bar

Attraction

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This is a small gay bar with two levels that is open daily from 7pm to 4am. My partner ordered coffee and began browsing through guidebooks. I wasn't in the mood to do anything except return back to the hotel, so I left the bar alone. I got lost, crossed two bridges, rode the no. 6 bus back and forth a few times, rode a drafty tram, and passed a railway station. By this time I was wondering if I'd be able to find my own way back to the hotel before the next morning, when we were supposed to return to Prague. Eventually I found the map and my hotel card. The metro had started running, so I got off the tram at the railway station, caught the metro, and transferred to another train. Then I got ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 17, 2003

Darling Bar
1053 Budapest, Szép utca 1
Budapest, Hungary

Kiraly Baths (Gyogyfurdo)

Attraction | "Király Bath (Király fürdö)"

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Király Bath is a municipal Turkish-style bath that dates back to the 15th century is not a gay bath. Massage service is available for a fee, and you decide when paying your fee at the entrance. You're issued proof of payment and exchange this for your closet key and towels with another person. An attendant motions you to a vacant closet to go in, disrobe, and lock up your street clothes and whatever valuables you brought with you. Shower first to wash the dirt, grease, and oils off your body before entering the pools of cold, warm, or hot water. There's a major beautiful chamber with a large warm pool where one can relax. After relaxing in the pools, if you paid for a massage, go into the queue to wai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 8, 2005

Kiraly Baths (Gyogyfurdo)
Fo utca, 82-84
Budapest, Hungary 1027
+36 1 201 4392

Rac Kert

Attraction | "Rác Bath (Rác fürdö)"

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Rác Bath is not a gay bath, though most of the clients happen to be gay. There's activity in the saunas and octagonal pool. It's especially busy with gay action on Saturday afternoon, but also be aware that a lot of hustlers frequent this establishment.

Open 0630-1900. Monday, Wednesday, Friday for women; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for men

Transportation: Tram 18, 19; Bus 7, 7A, 8, 78, 86

Phone: 356 1322

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 8, 2005

Rac Kert
Hadnagy utca, 8-10
Budapest, Hungary 1013

Pólus Center

Attraction

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Pólus Center is a large shopping center with lots of different stores accessible by a complimentary shuttle bus from from M2 Keleti pu. The shuttle bus dropped us off short of the shopping center, or else we got off too soon. It took about 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking to reach the shopping center. Check when the last shuttle bus returns and where the stop is if you can manage. We found out that the shuttle bus had stopped running by asking at one of the stores. Another customer behind us fluent in English overhead us and offered us a lift back to our hotel. That was very nice of him, and we conversed while riding back. Though th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

Pólus Center
Szentmihályi út 131 (Tesco Way 100)
Budapest, Hungary

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TESCO is a large British supermarket chain offering one-stop shopping. It has top-notch meat and cheese counters with lots of expat-friendly goodies. There is high quality and fresh produce, electronics, and clothing available.

Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am-7pm

Tel: 36 1 419-4003

Complimentary shuttle bus from M2 Keleti pu

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2005

TESCO Budapest, Pólus Center
Szentmihályi út 131
Budapest, Hungary