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Visiting Hungary Budapest

Visiting in summer..!

Caribbean guy/Swedish Gal
post 1.Jun.2010, 09:53 AM
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Myself and sambo is planning a trip to Budapest and perhaps Lake Baloton, has anybody been there before ?

Any reviews, things we should know, experiences?

Thanks alot
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Furu
post 1.Jun.2010, 12:03 PM
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Money exchange charges a 10% spread. Use ATM card to withdraw cash.

Information on local transport.

http://www.bkv.hu/english/jegyinfo/fares.html

http://bkv.demonhost.hu/downloads/terkepek...NG_20091027.pdf

How are you travelling?
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Caribbean guy/Swedish Gal
post 1.Jun.2010, 04:42 PM
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prob WIzz Air or Malev

They are cheapest on airfare
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Furu
post 1.Jun.2010, 10:06 PM
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In Budapest, Buda Castle and Parliament house is a major attraction.

Tram 2 will take you through all the major spots in the city.

Sometimes it is cheaper to fly to Vienna and take a train to Budapest.

http://www.oebb.at/pv/en/Travel_within_Eur...ngary/index.jsp
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AndreaGerak
post 2.Jun.2010, 09:48 AM
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Hi, perhaps the right person here, I am from Hungary :-)

Maybe you want to look around in my blogs a little bit, to get a taste:

Budapest http://budapest-by-gerak.blogspot.com
Hungary http://hungary-pictures.blogspot.com

And ask :-)
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gplusa
post 2.Jun.2010, 10:02 AM
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I'm also off to Budapest. For a "studiebesök". Thanks heaps for the great links.
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Caribbean guy/Swedish Gal
post 3.Jun.2010, 08:09 PM
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Thanks alot ...love your blogs

Very Helpful smile.gif
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waterflow
post 3.Jun.2010, 11:17 PM
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Public transport system is pretty good in Budapest but very expensive. A single ticket is only valid for one journey on one vehicle and it costs around 1.2 Euros. A 24 hours long ticket that can be used for any time within the time frame costs around 5.6 Euros and a 72 hours long ticket is around 14 Euros. In the city center its worth walking around, especially on Pest side.

If you arrive to Terminal 1 (Wizzair) then the easiest and cheapest is to walk to the railway stop and take the train that takes you into the center to Nyugati railway station. It takes 20 minuntes and it costs around 1.6 Euros. You can buy tickets at the airport. From Terminal 2 (where Malev arrives) one must take a bus to the the metro station and then the metro to the center. The place where you have to change from the bus to the metro is under construction right now and therefore is very chaotic. Make sure you have bought your tickets before climbing up on the stairs (no escalator...)

If you arrive to Vienna I would recommend the Orangeways that takes you right from Vienna airport to Budapest.
http://www.orangeways.com/en

Taxi drivers try to rip off tourists sometimes so make sure that you know what would be the approximately amount for the lift. That is not the case anymore with the taxi company that operates from the airport though.

Besides from the main touristic attractions listed in travel books here there are some hints and places that I would personally recommend for those who visit Budapest. Here there is a copy of an email that I sent to a friend who just wisited Budapest some weeks ago. I thought I would share this with you too as you might be interested in some of these places.

In Buda side there is a "socrealistic" cafe, "Bambi presszo" where you can drink both coffee and beer and where local regulars play backgammon. The place hasn't change much since the 80's. http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/directories/cate...e/bambi_presszo

In 7th district there is a nice restaurant, Fészek, with a pleasant patio with huge trees in it. It dates back to 1901 and it is not so very posh place but pleasant with some old fashioned waiters. Sometimes there are free music performances too.
http://www.feszek-muveszklub.hu/main-e.htm

A very nice area that lots of tourists miss I guess is the quiet villa district (built in the beginning of the 20th century) between Városligeti Fasor - Bajza utca - Andrássy Út. When visiting the Heros' square (Hösök Tere) it's worth walking around there too. At the end of the walk one can have a beer, coffee or even a dinner for a very reasonable price in a self service restaurant at the corner of Városligeti Fasor
http://www.platanetterem.hu/english/pages/introduction/

In 6th district pretty close to Nyugati railway station there is a cool squat pub with free concerts in every second day or so: gypsy, klezmer, hungarian folk, jazz, etc. There is a patio with huge trees if it gets too smoky inside :-)
http://potkulcs.hu/

The most popular pub/club in the center is Gödör Klub with some free concerts, festivals, exhibitions, etc. It is in 5th district at Erzsébet square. There are lots of tourists there and usually very crowded...
http://www.godorklub.hu/

In 7th district there are a couple of alternative/socrealistic pubs, such as Szoda, Garzon, etc. Not so far from there there are some more cafes, pubs just opposite to the Sinagoge in Dohany utca.

I recommend a café in a beautiful art nouveau building in 5th district very close to the Parliament in Honvéd utca 3. There is a kind of private art nouveau collection that is exhibited in the café too.
http://www.magyarszecessziohaza.hu/

Maybe interested in Museum of Ethnography that is just opposite to the Parliament. It has a temporary exhibition until 20th June on Asian golden masks.
http://www.neprajz.hu/

And just five minutes walk from there there is a small family run Tokaji wine pub where one type of Tokaji wine, Furmint is served. It is a very cheap pub with top quality wine. Usually lots of regulars around. Its worth have a glass of wine there. Tokaji Borozó in Falk Miksa utca 32. The opening hours are pretty tricky, it closes quite early as I remember :-)
http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/directories/cate...e/tokaji_borozo

If interested in local markets I recommend the market hall in Hunyadi square in 6th district. That is a lively place with open air stands on Friday and Saturday mornings. Fresh vegetables, flowers, etc and some cheap greasy spoon stands serving sausages :-) Beautiful building too - not renovated for at least half of a century though... The other big market hall on Fővám tér at the Szabadság bridge on Pest side is kinda touristic place full packed with souveniers but nice though.

Following Berlin's example, squat pubs became very popular in Budapest in the last 6 years or so. Here I list some of them. Usually lots of tourists and expats are around too. There are usually modern art exhibitions, workshops, concerts, etc. too.

Szimpla kert Budapest VII. Kazincy utca 14.
http://www.szimpla.hu/index_en.htm

Fogashaz Budapest VII. Akácfa utca 51.
http://www.fogashaz.hu/

Instant Budapest, VI. Nagymezo u. 38.
http://www.instant.co.hu/en/

Tuzraktér Budapest, VI. Hegedu u. 3.
http://tuzraktar.hu/

A boat trip to the nerby town, Szentendre, a kinda artisty and pretty picturesque town can be nice in summer. The boat takes 1-1,5 hours and here is the timetable:
http://www.mahartpassnave.hu/[email protected]@@251651736

And finally here there are some Budapest based expats forums and sites where you can find some more infos etc.

http://www.caboodle.hu/

http://www.xpatloop.com/

http://www.expatshungary.com/

Please feel free to ask if you have some specific interests or any other questions.
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Caribbean guy/Swedish Gal
post 6.Jun.2010, 08:57 AM
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awesome info..we booked our tickets and will be heading there end of the month

Thanks alot
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Caribbean guy/Swedish Gal
post 18.Aug.2010, 02:34 PM
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Hungary was a blast ...it was AWESOME

and as my younger one would say it was ''off da chain''

travelled alot when we were there..between the good wines beers langos hekk and a million other things too many to describe or name..3 weeks was not enough lol
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waterflow
post 18.Aug.2010, 03:13 PM
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great to hear that!
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MorisT
post 26.Aug.2011, 01:02 PM
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Hi))) we travelled by train a couple of years ago from Budapest to Siofok on Lake Balaton and it was excellent. Very reasonably priced, even for 1st class.

You might find this link useful

www.budapesthotels.com/touristguide/train.asp
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