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A September 2003 trip to Budapest by fizzytom

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Quote: With just over 24 hours in this surprising city, just how much can you pack in? This is what we managed to cram in. Reviews from 2003 and May 2011

Heroes' Square

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Attraction | "We Could Be Heroes"

Heroes' Square Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest’s Heroes Square stands at the top end of Andrassy utca, a most fitting position for one of the city’s best known landmarks. Known in Hungarian as Hosok Ter, not only is the square worth seeing for the magnificent monument and for the elegant buildings that surround it, it’s also a good place to get a grounding in Hungarian history. I know very little about Hungarian history and what I do know is almost entirely post World War Two, with perhaps a smattering of the Habsburgs. Budapest is, in my opinion, one of those cities you can visit and have a thoroughly pleasant time, feeling like you’ve experienced the culture but without having learned anything about the history before the tw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2011

Heroes' Square
Top of Andrassy ut
Budapest, Hungary 1062

City Hotel Matyas

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Hotel | "Grab Yourself a Bargain and a Brilliant View"

City Hotel Matyas Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Matyas is in Pest, the "city" side of the Danube, where you’ll find such sights as Heroes’ Square, the Hungarian Parliament building and St. Stephen’s Basilica.We paid approximately £39 for one night in a twin room with en suite; breakfast was not included but was available at an extra cost of €7.50 per person (we didn’t take this option as we knew we could get breakfast elsewhere for two people for the price of one breakfast taken at the hotel). The hotel looked to be in a decent location just off Vaci utca, close to the Metro station Ferenciek ter and a stone’s throw from the Danube. The photographs showed pleasant, light and apparently spacious rooms and we felt that the deal appeared ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2011

City Hotel Matyas
MARCIUS 15 TER 7-8
Budapest, Hungary 1056
36 1 3384711

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Overview

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Take a bus out of town to the Statue Park - it's fantastic. Corr the Danube and take the furnicular to catch the tremendous views from Buda over the Pest skyline.

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Public transport is good, clean and cheap, but be aware that the metro shuts down a little earlier than in many major cities, so check before travelling.

Baross Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Baross Panzio"

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Hotel Baross lies behind a nondescript door, just off one of the city's busiest roads. A narrow corridor leads to a beautiful courtyard, and a glass elevator takes you to the hotel on the fourth floor. The reception is light and airy and there is a comfortable seating area as well as two computers with Internet access for the use of guests. The rooms are of a high standard and spotlessly clean. While small, the rooms lack nothing and are very comfortable. The bathrooms are lovely and have the all-important heated rail - so useful when hand-washing! Breakfast is served from 6am and is a buffet - the best hotel brekkie we had on the holiday!! Eggs, sausage, cold meats, bread, cheese, fruit, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 1, 2003

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

Marquis de Salade

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Restaurant

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The Marquis de Salade is a restaurant any city would be proud to have. It is situated in a quiet street in Pest and although it is listed on many websites and in most of the guidebooks, we were able to turn up on spec and get a table with no problems. There are a few tables upstairs but in the evenings the tables in the cellar are filled first. Down a stone staircase is a wonderful cave like room, the walls of which are covered in Azerbaijani woven rugs and blankets. In the main room there are just a few tables but there is another room further through which I believe can be hired for private parties. The food is varied but is essentially Russian in influence with dishes originating fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 13, 2004

Marquis de Salade
Hajos utca 43
Budapest, Hungary 1065
+36 1 302 4086

Museum of Contemprary Art - Ludwig Museum

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Attraction | "Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art"

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Now, I'm not an expert on modern art (but I know what I like!!), but the posters advertising one of the temporary exhibitions here grabbed my attention. Entry is around 300Ft or (for us) free if you have a Budapest Card (from tourist offices). Whilst the space is fairly big, there are not a huge number of exhibits, and although the gallery was started with the "long-term loan" of a good number of pieces by Peter Ludwig in the early '90s, there is not much in the way of a permanent collection. The nucleus of the collection consists of examples of 1960s Pop Art by Warhol, among others. You can also see Picasso's "Matador & Nude," which I liked very much, although I have read that it is not hig...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2003

Museum of Contemprary Art - Ludwig Museum
Buda Castle Royal Palace
Budapest, Hungary 1014
+36 1 375 9175

Musical statues

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Attraction

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What a terrible thing it would have been if all the statues taken off the streets when the Iron Curtain was pulled back had been melted down or dumped on rubbish tips. Luckily, someone had the great idea of exhibiting over 30 of these works in one place and so the statue park was born. From the city centre, it was a journey on two very busy buses; the park is located in South Buda and you should keep an eye out for it because it appears very suddenly and you could easily miss the stop and have to backtrack. The entranceway is a huge brick wall containing two arches, each containing a statue; one shows Lenin in classic pose. You walk through the gateway and pay at the desk. The rest...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2003

Musical statues
South Buda, Balatoni ut/Szabadkai utca
Budapest, Hungary