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Buda+Pest+Me=Love

A June 2001 trip to Budapest by Koljan

Quote: Budapest is really one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe. I hope i'll prove it to you with the help of my travel impressions.

Buda+Pest+Me=Love

Overview

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We came here to see a city with (*sigh*) communist past and poor future. But we were mistaken. Hungary is very well prepared for tourist crowds in any season and Budapest seems to be the example of this. Hundreds of hotels, cafes, restaurants, museums, baths and sights await you on each metre of your way. Budapest isn't a place to be seen from a bus window, it's a city to be explored!Quick Tips: The most exciting things about Hungary are, in my opinion, - Thermal Baths and Cathedrals. First ones are very refreshing in summer (it's hot there - av.35C) and very fun to visit as an exotic activity. Some of them really have some healing qualities, but some are just heated with hot water from spr...Read More

Rozalia

Hotel

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Nice hotel and I think it reaches its 3 stars. A freezer and a TV in the room, large windows and air conditioner. Of course, shower and WC are inside the room. The only bad thing about this hotel is that it''s situated not-so-close to the city centre, as we wanted it to be. It took us ~30 minutes to reach the Castle Hill and ~40 min for the downtown. So, if you want to stay not far from the centre, don''t stay there.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Rozalia
HEV Station Romaifurdo
Budapest, Hungary

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Small restaurant in Szentendre, a tourist-suburb of Budapest. Very good cuisine and good prices - a good dinner for two costs here ~4000 Ft. It's VERY cheap when compared with Budapest restaurants and even with our Russian ones. In fact, you can await such prices in almost all resturants and street cafes in Szentendre. Enjoy your dinner!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Happy Monks Eatinghouse
SZENENDRE, Bogdanyi utca, 3-5
Budapest, Hungary
(06-26)310-544

DOM cafe

Restaurant

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Wow! That's a sight! It's the only cafe (or even restaurant) i've ever seen with such a spectacular view and affordable prices! Great! Situated right inside the Fishermen's Bastion, it's the best place to relax after a long walk on the Castle Hill St.Matias Cathedral, which is situated right nearby. We usually came here at 7-8pm, took a wine or a beer bottle and relaxed, talked or just gazed at the Danube's panorama. Unforgettable!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

DOM cafe
Szentharomsag ter
Budapest, Hungary

Aquincum Museum

Attraction

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In this open-air museum you'll see the ruins and lapidarium of a 2000-year old Roman town Aquincum: relics, archaeological funds and the famous water-organ. During your way there look for a Roman aquaduct in the middle of the road and ruins of a Roman bath under the Arpad bridge.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Aquincum Museum
Szentendrei ut, 139
Budapest, Hungary 1035
+36 1 368 8241

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A joy for those who don't have enough force to climb the Castle Hill when coming from Szechenyi bridge (when going up) and for those lazy people who are always tired of walking (when going down). But it's always interesting to see a 1870 working machine. In the upper hall you can also wander the wheel of the jet. ;-)

Prices; 400Ft - up; 300Ft - down.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Castle Hill Funiculaire
Clark Adam tér
Budapest, Hungary

Vaci utca

Attraction

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So, that's the centre of Budapest - there is the main day - and nightlife. A walk along it is recommended to see street musicians, expensive shops or streetlife.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Vaci utca
Vaci utca (from Vamhaz korut to Vorosmarty ter)
Budapest, Hungary 1052

Museum of Fine Arts

Attraction | "Museum of the Fine Arts"

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Situated right on the Heroes' Sq., the Museum of the Fine Arts is very popular among tourists and we've even met a group of Finnish tourisits there. The museum itself has a small collection, but there are many rare masterpieces that you won't see in any other museum. The collection consists of: Egyptian Founds, Greek and Roman antiquities, the Old Master's Gallery, 19th century French art and a 20th century collection. It's worth a visit for people fond of culture and painting.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Museum of Fine Arts
Hosok tere
Budapest, Hungary 1146
+36 1 343 9759

Rendezvous with Buda and Pest

Attraction | ""Rendezvous with Buda and Pest""

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A pleasant sightseeing tour covering all the sights of Buda and Pest that can be seen from boat + an hour of walk on Margit island - the largest park in Budapest.

You will have a wide selection of 20 languages, wine, beer, juice or Cola and a special Legenda cocktail. Drinks are included in price. And, yes, of course there will be a tombola on every boat - lots of fun! Catch the "Legenda" sightseeing boat at pier No 5, 6 and 7 between the Chain and Elisabeth bridge.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Rendezvous with Buda and Pest
Piers 5, 6, and 7 on the Danube
Budapest, Hungary

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Climb up the 65 m of the bazilika and observe the panorama view of the city. Very interesting if you have already seen all the main sights - the bazilika provides an interesting look and a resource for excellent photos!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

The St.Istvan's Bazilika's Panorama view
St.Istvan ter
Budapest, Hungary

Szechenyi Medicinal Bath (Szechenyi-gyogyfurdo)

Attraction | "Szechenyi Furdo (Szechenyi Bath)"

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One of the most famous baths in the city. Very popular among tourists and citizens. A good place to spend your free time (if you have nothing to visit) or to refresh yourselves. Also remarkable for its building and thermal pools, where the temperature is ~38C. Children can find a lot of fun in the artificial whirlpool, while parents are relaxing in jacuzzi.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Szechenyi Medicinal Bath (Szechenyi-gyogyfurdo)
Allatkerti Korut, 11
Budapest, Hungary 1146
36 1 321 0310

Buda Castle Labyrinth

Attraction | "Budavari labirintus (Castle Labirynth)"

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Make sure you visit it, 'cause these are the largest caves in Budapest, right under the Castle Hill. They are 16 m deep and filled with mysterious exhibitions, dark passages and surprises! 1200 m long labyrinth full of scary statues and wonderful lighthing. You can also watch a film or explore The Other World there. Be sure to request your cup of hot tea, which is included in the ticket price. Great place during hot & chilly days of summer, but also a great place for winter!

P.S. NB! Remember my tip: bring a plastic bottle with you (or even two!) You won't regret it! ;-)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

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

Budapest Card

Story/Tip

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If you plan to visit Budapest actively ("actively" means visitng museums often, walking in the city and eating out in restaurants) you might want to find a way of economising your money. The best idea is to buy a Budapest card in one of Budapest tourist offices, in hotels, museums and ticket transportation offices. The bearer of this card can use the public transportation and visit the most museums for free and also have discounts in restaurants, bars, theatres and shops. Very convenient! You just present the card when paying or ordering and enjoy paying less!

Price: 48hours - 3400ft; 72hours - 4000ft