Budapest Journals

A local's guide to Budapest - work in progress!

A travel journal to Budapest by idared

Nyugati Photo, Budapest, Hungary More Photos
Quote: Budapest is the city where i was born and where i have lived ever since. I am -besides being in love with the city- also a licensed tour guide of Budapest, so i know what i am talking about...

A local's guide to Budapest - work in progress!

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Overview

Nyugati Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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To this day when I cross the Danube on one of the city's many bridges, I can't help but admire the beauty and everchanging colors of the city. Sometimes it's just a blur in the fog. Then it's all orange from the sunset. It's grey all over because it's raining. Blue everywhere because the blue sky is mirrored on the windows and on the Danube. First, walk up to the top of Gellert Hill. Do this on your first day because you will see the whole city at your feet and you can pick the parts that seem most beautiful/interesting to you. It's a breathtaking view! Walk across one of the bridges to the Pest side (more about that later...) and walk around the downtown area, preferably the less tourist o...Read More

Marcello

Restaurant

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I live very near this restaurant and it is my favorite in Budapest. It opened about 8 years ago in the basement of a beautiful art deco building. As a gesture of thanks to the residents of the building, the owner of the restaurant had the whole facade restored and repainted! It is beautiful! That should give you an idea of the friendliness of the place... The food is just simply the best! I love pizza with lots of tomato and lots of toppings and they make it just like that. I always try to order something different, but most of the time I just can't NOT order Pizza Bolognese. It's so perfectly spiced, you will never forget it! The menu has a few soups, lots of pizzas and lots o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2002

Marcello
11th district, Bartók Béla út 40
Budapest, Hungary

Weekly Flea Market

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Attraction

Weekly Flea Market Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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The flea market at Petofi Csarnok is a fun activity for visitors and residents every weekend as well as a must for pop culture collectors. I visit it about once every month and always find someone or something new. One of the most fun things about it is how it really brings back memories of my childhood that I had forgotten about. It has so many vintage toys and books and knick-knacks that everybody used to have but today they are gone. The market is a blast from the past. The majority of the vendors deal with any kind of used stuff ranging from video tapes to old chandeliers, so there are always some treasures and bargains to be found here. There are quite a few sellers specialisi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Weekly Flea Market
Petofi Csarnok, City Park (Varosliget), see below
Budapest, Hungary

Muvesz

Attraction | "Muvesz mozi"

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Hungary's movie theatre scene has undergone a major change in the last 2-3 years. Budapest used to have about 50 cinemas ranging from small 30-seat, 1-screen ones to multiple-screen larger venues. Today we have about 15 multiplexes and about 20 of the original cinemas remaining with a handful dropping out of the game every few months. It really is a sad situation, but in the last couple of months there are some positive changes. It looks like there is a revival of the vintage cinema experience going on, more and more people are turning to the remaining old cinemas. Some have actually profited from the closing of their competitors, and have successfully repositioned themselves as the fun and uniqu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Muvesz
Terez korut, 30
Budapest, Hungary 1067
+36 1 332 6726

Wekerle Estate

Attraction | "A walk back in time: the Wekerle telep district"

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Although today it is only a few underground stops from downtown, when it was built, the area was far out of the borders of the city, and that’s why it could be built this freely, this creatively: the strict architectural laws and rules of the capital didn’t reach out this far into the outskirts. The style that the Wekerle is built is similar to a lot of buildings in Budapest: art nouveau. The district was designed by the students of the greatest Hungarian art nouveau architect, Ödön Lechner. They toured the country and Transylvania, and drew and studied every motif that they encountered on the old houses and buildings. Almost every building in Wekerle has a hungarian folk art, or Trans...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Wekerle Estate
Panonia ut (near Hatar metro station)
Budapest, Hungary 1192

Margaret Island

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Attraction | "Island Festival (Sziget)"

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Every year since 1992 the Obudai sziget, a fairly large green island in the middle of the city hosts the largest rock and culture festival of Europe. For 7 days big and small bands from all over the world including Hungary, theatre groups, artists, thinkers, and most of all about 350,000 young people come to the island (sziget=island), sleep in tents and have unrestricted fun for one week.The festival started out with a very basic budget in 1992, and since then has grown into a huge company, got a new name from the main sponsor (Pepsi), and managed to sign up Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Patti Smith, Boney M, Prodigy, Faith No More and many others for a concert on the main stage. There are abou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Margaret Island
Margitsziget
Budapest, Hungary 1138

City Park

Attraction | "Varosliget - City Park"

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The largest park of the city, Varosliget is what Central Park is to New York. It's a place to get fit, to relax, to have fun. Besides being a relaxing and quiet place to hang out and have a picnic, the park provides many sights worth visiting. The Zoo, an amusement park, an open air ice rink (the largest in Europe) in the winter, which is turned into a paddling lake for the warm months, a concert hall, which also houses the weekly flea market (see separate entry), and restaurants like the world famous Gundel. You can rent a bike or a fun 4-person bike and explore the huge green area. Or for a unique experience, try the Szechenyi Bath, a very popular thermal bath. Absorbing all the sights a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2002

City Park
Hosok tere
Budapest, Hungary 1146

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Travelling is fun no matter when you go, but you will no doubt see a different Budapest if you come in January, or April or July or November. Here are a few things to keep in mind and to look for during the year: January: Pro: You can bargain hunt in the post-holiday sales, and grab yummy leftover Christmas sweets - szaloncukor as we call them. You can also visit the biggest open-air ice rink of Europe, against the backdrop of a beautifully lit castle and the Heroes' square statues. Con: The weather is not so lovely....prepare for COLD combined with ice, snow and water in the streets. February: Valentine's Day...what a place to spend it with your loved one....Read More
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I won't go into details about the importance of careful and organized packing for any trip. I just want to point out 3 things that you will need on a trip to Budapest: First of all: your camera. Maybe you've never taken a photo in your life before, but this is definitely the time to start. I can tell you from my own experience that the architecture, the people and more than anything else: the bridges will inspire you enough to shoot a couple of films... The second most important thing is a swimsuit. Considering that Budapest has several thousand years of bath culture to show you, you wouldn't want to miss it. As for clothes... If you arrive in the winter month...Read More