Budapest Journals

2 days in Budapest

A May 2006 trip to Budapest by aahhh

Quote: Two packed days in Budapest at the start of a trip through Eastern Europe.

Imperio Max Hostel

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Hotel

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I think the best description I could give of Imperio Max is think of college style living: small, slightly messy, but with fun people. It's kind of hidden and not very well marked on the outside (only indication is the hostel name on the buzzer), but it's very near the big market where you can grab a cheap breakfast. There are two rooms with bunks in them upstairs, and they're pretty comfy beds too, and I think there was a room downstairs. Each room has a set of lockers you can borrow to lock-up your stuff. There are two bathrooms, one on each floor, both with showers. The common room has couches, TV and DVD with movies to borrow, 2 computers with Internet access you can use, and a wall of touristy in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Imperio Max Hostel
Lonyay u. 13/a
Budapest
+36 612 162-816

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall

Attraction | "Grand Market Hall"

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The second floor of the Grand Market has a bunch of dining stalls with dozens of options to choose from. The food is very tasty and pretty cheap. Mostly local cuisine, which was a lot of seasoned rice, meet, potatoes, noodles, and cheese. All very good though. And when you're done eating you can go shop through the hundreds of stalls in the market.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall
Fovam Ter, Ix Kerulet
Budapest, Hungary

Aladdin Restaurant

Restaurant

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This was a Turkish restaurant that we tried on a whim because it was near the train station. It was about half good, half bad. The food was very good but the service was a bit lacking. Our waitress spoke very little English, which wasn't a problem until we had an issue with our bill. One of my companions hadn't received the dish he ordered and we finally got fed up waiting because we needed to leave for our train, so we decided to get the bill and leave. However, our waitress still rang up the dish on the bill. So after 10 minutes of trying to get her to understand, she leaves only to return, not with an adjusted check, but with my companions sandwich. Not the desired result, but it was better than pa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Aladdin Restaurant
Bérkocsis u.23
Budapest

Buda Castle Labyrinth

Attraction | "Castle Labyrinths"

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Very cool place to checkout, but not for those afraid of the dark. Not terribly pricey, but you'll be happy to be a student. These are the Labyrinth caves on castle hill. There are several different sections to the labyrinths to wander through including a cave painting area, religious iconography, statues carved into the cave, and a humorous futuristic relics of our society section. But note, this is not for those afraid of the dark as it is very dimly lit. The strange drum music was pretty odd and occasionally made the whole thing creepier.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Buda Castle Labyrinth
Uri utca, 9 District I
Budapest, Hungary 1014
+36 (1) 375 6858

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)

Attraction | "St. Stephen's Basilica"

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This is a very beautiful church. Gorgeous interiors and magnificent from the outside. And don't miss the mummified hand of St. Stephen! I also especially liked watching the people on the plaza from the steps in front of the church

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)
St. Istvan Ter District V
Budapest, Hungary 1051
+36 1 317 2859

Citadella, Liberation Monument, Gellert Monument

Attraction | "Citadel & Liberation Monument"

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You will get the most magnificent views of the city from the top of the hill that the Citadel is on. There was a museum in the Citadel but we skipped it. Though climbing on the huge guns outside left from WWII outside the Citadel was pretty cool. You'll get more great views of the city over by the Liberation Monument. You can't really see the monument all that well as you're right at the base, so I'd recommend pictures from the bottom of the hill. If you're up for a fair bit of exercise, I also recommend getting to the top by coming up the paths that start by the river, near the Elizabeth Bridge. If you're not up for the exercise, you can always walk down that way. And don't miss checking out the wate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Citadella, Liberation Monument, Gellert Monument
Gellert Hill
Budapest, Hungary

Castle & Castle Hill

Attraction | "Castle & Castle Hill"

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We didn't have a ton of time to spend here, so we didn't go through the museums around the castle. But it was still really nice to wander around the outsides. We also walked around all the little town-ish area that is within the castle walls. Wish we had more time to wander and I'm sure we would have found more fun stuff. I do recommend taking the cool elevator car up the hill. You get a nice view of the Chain Bridge as you make your way up.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Castle & Castle Hill

Budapest, Hungary