Hungary Journals

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A travel journal to Hungary by Niiko

Quote: A shortish break in Hungary, with three days in Budapest and three on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, taking in some extremities of water-temperature, mouth-moisteningly marvellous meats and a range of fantastically grumpy hotelliers.

Anita Panzio Guest House

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Hotel | "The Rough and the Smooth"

Quote:
There's so much good about this guesthouse - in the popular north-shore Lake Balaton resort of Gyenesdias - that it's a shame to be negative about it. Unfortunately, though, you leave with some decidedly mixed impressions.One of Europe's largest lakes within a landlocked country, Balaton attracts hordes of visitors in the summer months, and Gyenesdias is pretty typical of the kind of small, bustling town-resort that lines the northern shores (the south is brasher and busier). It's got an easy-going, kind of quaint small-village feel to it, with thatch-roofed houses, extensive cycle paths and expanses of woodland co-existing to create a pretty discrete kind of holiday resort. This is rather...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2010

Anita Panzio Guest House
Madach Imre Utca 19
Gyenesdias, Hungary
06 83 316-532

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

Attraction | "Put Your Hands Up For Budapest"

Quote:
St Stephen's Basilica has a lot going for it. Mostly, these are fairly prototypical churchy-type-things - it's got an impressively ornate interior, grandiose architecture, a lofty lookout-point with far-flung views over the city. But wait - it's also got ... a mummified hand! Has your local place of worship got a mummified hand? Probably not. Mine hasn't. If so, you could probably skip the Basilica; after all, once you've seen one sacred disembodied extremity ... you know.Even better than this, it's housed in a kind of travelling-circus set-up - insert a 100 Forint coin (30p or so) into the slot and the box in which the "Holy Right" (the right hand of Hungary's first king, after whom the s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2010

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

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall

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Attraction | "Palace of Paprika"

Quote:
There's much to be said for the virtues of markets as hubs in which to experience something of the real flavour of a city, and Budapest's Great Market Hall is this in part at least, with something of a touristy lean to it. Wander amid piles of paprika and seas of sausages before gobbling goulash and drinking something suitably alliterative at one of the food stalls upstairs, surrounded by the impressive architecture of the Hall, built over a hundred years ago and given a mid-nineties makeover. The paprika's a celebrated Hungarian speciality, and you'll find a hundred variations on dried peppers throughout the market, with some stalls given over to just about nothing but the stuff.The Marke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2010

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

Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal

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Hotel | "Po-Faced Luxury"

Quote:
Even from behind the shabby swathes of netting that currently conceal the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal's impressive facade from the street, there's little disputing the extent to which the hotel lives up to its promise: "the grandeur of the old ... the luxury of the new". Marketing itself as a luxury spa hotel, this pleasant offsetting of old and new works well in helping the Corinthia stand apart from its competitors in Budapest, a city with plenty of spas on offer, and growingly, plenty of luxury.The hotel's facade looks on onto busy Erzsébet körút, but behind the imposing original exterior, the Corinthia boasts a vast, quiet lobby with towering glass ceilings and acres of space. Staff ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2010

Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal
ERZSEBET KRT 43 49
Budapest, Hungary
36-1-4794000

Szechenyi Medicinal Bath (Szechenyi-gyogyfurdo)

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Attraction | "In Hot (and Cold) Water"

Quote:
With an average winter temperature that spends plenty of time shivering in the minuses, Budapestians and visitors need somewhere to warm up, and Hungary’s capital boasts half a dozen popular thermal baths, of which the Széchenyi baths (three years off their hundredth birthday) are perhaps the most appealing. Housed in an elegant baroque building within Budapest’s World-Heritage City Park, and situated at the northern end of the city’s likewise-accoladed yellow Metro line*, the baths are both visually impressive and more convenient, in some aspects, than other options, allowing male and female visitors to use the same facilities at the same time (the Kiraly baths, for example, have separate days for ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2010

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