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Delightful Budapest

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An August 2005 trip to Budapest by UK Flower Girl

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Quote: Part 1 of our first venture into Central Europe. We flew into Budapest and continued north through the Danube Bend and into Slovakia and the Czech Republic by car.

Delightful Budapest

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Overview

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Hungary is a country with a colourful, interesting history. It has been occupied by several groups in the past who have all left their mark upon Hungary and its people. Many aspects of the Hungarian people and their culture such as the food, architecture, celebrations/customs and the people, in general, are influenced by the past. Hungary was declared a Republic in 1918 but lost two-thirds of its territory in 1920 as part of a treaty. Hungary struggled through years of brutal leadership until WWII when they took the side of the Nazi Germans in ambition to reclaim some of their territory. The Germans ended up occupying Hungary and bringing the fascist Arrow Cross Party to power. They ...Read More

Cotton Club

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Hotel | "Cotton Hotel"

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Assigned to the Frank Sinatra room on the first floor, we boarded the miniscule lift and held our breath for the ride. His picture graced the outside of the door and a large painting hung in our room. All rooms reflect the style of the 20s or 30s and are named after a personality from that period. Imagine a large rectangle turned so it is taller than it is wide—that was our room. It had incredibly high ceilings, but barely enough room to walk. The decor was lovely, decorated with period furniture and antique reproductions. As far as I could tell, it used to be a single room (a picture on their website confirms this!). Two single beds pushed together were awkwardly pushed to the middle of t...Read More

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Cotton Club
Jókai u. 26
Budapest, Hungary 1066
+36 (1) 354 2600

Pomo d’Oro Trattoria

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Restaurant

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After sightseeing on the Pest side, we stumbled upon this little Italian trattoria, just a few blocks south of the Parliament buildings and a few blocks west of St Stephen’s Basilica. It was an uncomfortably warm evening and I wanted to sit outside at a table, but my husband, wanted to sit inside and apologized later for not taking my advice. We were ravenous, since breakfast and lunch were both provided gratis on KLM. We happened to be upgraded on the flight from Manchester to Amsterdam (better food), but not to Budapest. We were also really tired since we were on the road at 5:45am, U.K. time, that morning to get to the airport. Although we really enjoyed our dining experience, we were e...Read More

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Pomo d’Oro Trattoria
Arany János u., 9
Budapest, Hungary
+36 1 302 64 73

Matthias Church (Matyas Templon)

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Attraction | "Várnegyed: Mátyás templom and Halászbástya"

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Mátyás templom (Mathias Church)You can’t miss this fabulous tiled roof church, also known as Church of Our Lady, just a short stroll down from the funicular station at the top of the hill. This church, founded in 1255, lie in ruins back in 1873. Twenty years later the church had been restored to its medieval splendour with the assistance of several master crafters. The church received special attention in restoration of its polychrome tile roof, bas-reliefs, stained-glass windows and paintings. During restoration, Frigyes Schulek restored the church to its 13th-century plan but also added new motifs of his own (diamond pattern roof tiles and gargoyle-laden spire).View fr...Read More

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Matthias Church (Matyas Templon)
Szentharomsag Ter 2 Castle Hill, District I
Budapest, Hungary 1014
36 1 355 5657

Funicular

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Attraction | "Budavári Sikló: funicular"

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Located in Buda, just off of the river and the Széchenyi lánchíd (Chain Bridge,) you will find the Budavári Sikló (funicular) that will take you from Clark Ádám Tér up the steep hill to Szent György Tér near the Royal Palace in the Castle District (Várhegy) perched high above the Danube.Originally opened in 1870, it provided local workers with cheap transportation. The two little cars that ride up and down are replicas, as the originals were destroyed by the Germans in 1...Read More

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Funicular
Buda Royal Castle
Budapest, Hungary 1013

Tour of the Danube Bend

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Attraction | "Danube Bend: Esztergom"

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Between Vienna and Budapest, the Danube River cuts through the hills and makes a sharp bend in the area known as the Danube Bend. Two towns on this bend, Esztergom and Visegrád, had majestic palaces where medieval kings ruled their kingdoms.There are several little towns to visit in this area, such as Szentendre, Esztergom, and Visegrád. It is only a short distance from Budapest and can easily be done on a day trip. You can reach the Danube Bend by train, coach, boat, or car. This area is highly touristed and can be quite busy in high season. To avoid the throngs of tourists on the weekend, try to visit during the week or off season.Esztergom, located at the western end of the ...Read More

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Tour of the Danube Bend
MAV Nostalgia - Belgrad Rakpart 26
Budapest, Hungary 1056
+36 1 317 1665

Szentendre Dining: Korona

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Situated in a row of restaurants on the cobblestoned main tourist street through town, Korona seemed a good, but random, choice for an evening meal. The building was a flat orange colour and seemed a popular choice, as most tables inside were taken already. It was a pleasant evening, so we chose to sit outside under the large umbrellas.Our waiter spoke ...Read More

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Szentendre Dining: Korona
Fõ tér 18 - 19
Budapest, Hungary
+36 26 313-651