Budapest/Belváros

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Belváros or Downtown is in Budapest. Officially this is the V.district.

The downtown northern part includes the Parliament, Szent István Basilica and some museums, the south part mostly high class accommodations, night life area.

Get in[edit]

District 5, Downtown of Budapest (Belváros)

From/To Buda[edit]

Underground[edit]

Coming from districts of middle Buda ( Belbuda and Hegyvidék), you can cross the Danube with Metro line 2 BKV m 2 jms.svg Important stops are Kossuth Lajos Square (get off here to see the Parliament), Deák Ferenc Square (major transport hub), and Keleti pályaudvar (railway station). Also the brand new (2014.Apr) Metro line 4 BKV m 4 jms.svg links south Downtown with Újbuda and Tétény. Catch it at Fovam Square ('Fővám tér') or Kalvin Square (Kálvin tér). - These are maybe the fastest way.

Surface[edit]

The Downtown linked to Buda with five bridges. If you have time and the weather allows it, walk across one (or more) of these bridges. Trams tram: 4, 6 crossing twice the Danube river at north, via Margaret Bridge (Margit híd), made connection with Óbuda (Old Buda) district and by 'Széll Kálmán Square' connected with Hegyvidék (The Mount area of Buda) district, the south Danube crossing via Petőfi Bridge links the inner ring road (Nagykörút) of Pest with south Buda, Újbuda and Tétény. tram: 47 and 49 are also good options exploring this area and also made connection, via Liberty Bridge Újbuda and Tétény (New Buda) which is the southern part of Buda. The links between the Downtown and Belbuda served with two bidges: Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) using bus 16 going to the Castle and bus 105 stops both side at foot of Castle Hill (west and east) take you mid part of Inner Buda, then terminated at the lower part of Hegyvidék, both of them could catch at Deak Square BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg and Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd) which used bus 15, 178 going paralel with Danube at Castle Hill western side, bus 8 used also this bidge and take you to Gellért Hill a couple blocks from Citadell and bus 7, 107 made links with Danube side of Gellert Hill and further Moricz Zsigmond Square.

Water[edit]

Take a boat from Pest side Vigado Square (Vigadó tér) to a pier at 'Batthyany Square' on Buda side (the most turistic way)

Get around[edit]

Chain Bridge, the oldest, arguably most beautiful of Budapest's bridges

By public transport[edit]

A tram line running along the Danube river (No. 2) is considered a part of the cityscape. This offer beautiful view of Buda.

By walk[edit]

The district size made it walkable. Almost every part suggested for a sightseeing walk, except the noisy Kossuth Lajos street. The best of these walks the Promenad (or Corso) extending from the northern Margaret Bridge (Margit híd) toward south to Liberty Bridge. Also the Vaci (spell Vatsy) Street buildings give a reason for a walk here, starting from Vorosmarty Square (BKV m 1 jms.svg 'Vörösmarty tér') to Fovam Square ('BKV m 4 jms.svg 'Fővám tér')

See[edit]

The Hungarian Parlament with the Danube River
  •    F4 Object (Rákosi bunker), V. Steindl Imre utca 12 (entrance) (BKV m 2 jms.svg Kossuth tér). By appointment. It is a formerly secret nuclear shelter under the downtown of Budapest. It is located 45-50 metres below the surface, several kilometres long approximately in a "H" shape between Kossuth tér and Szabadság tér. It has a direct connection to the Line 2 of the Budapest Metro and a closed tunnel to the Hungarian Parliament Building. According to other sources, the bunker has a connection with the former headquarters of the Hungarian Working People's Party
  •    The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA), V. Széchenyi István tér 9. 3rd floor (bus 16, 105 from BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg: Deák tér, or tram: 2),  36 1 411-6100, e-mail: . M & F 11.00-16.00. This is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary. Its seat is at the bank of the Danube in Budapest. Visit MTA's Collection of Art (Művészeti Gyűjtemény) In the exhibition rooms of the former Esterházy Gallery on the third floor of the Academy, contains portraits, landscapes, historical genre paintings, archaeological drawings, as well as the noted 19th-century gynaecologist Gyula Elischer's Goethe Collection, and the fine art objects of the Széchenyi Museum. The richest donation to this collection was made by Count István Széchenyi.
  •    Glass House (Üvegház), V. Vadász u., 31 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca). During the Holocaust, the Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz helped Jews in Budapest in many ways, including protection at here.
  •    Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank), V. Szabadság tér 8/9 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca),  +36 1 428-2600, e-mail: . Coin Shop of the Hungarian Mint Ltd. (MNB Visitors Centre) M-F 09:00-15:30, Th 09:00-17:30. The Visitors Centre temporarily closed since 2013 okt.
  •    Kossuth Memorial (Kossuth Emlékmű), V. Lajos Kossuth Square (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Kossuth Lajos tér). 24/7. A public monument dedicated to former Hungarian Regent-President Lajos Kossuth in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building. The memorial is an important Hungarian national symbol and scene of official celebrations. The group depicted the members of the first Hungarian parliamentary government: Lajos Kossuth (in the middle), Pál Eszterházy, Gábor Klauzál, József Eötvös, István Széchenyi, Prime Minister Lajos Batthyány, Bertalan Szemere, Ferenc Deák and Lázár Mészáros. Horvay’s composition was criticised because Kossuth played only a minor constitutional role in the first cabinet. Art critics condemned the melancholic atmosphere of the memorial and the sculpture remained somewhat unpopular.
  •    Parliament (Országház), V. Kossuth Lajos tér (BKV m 2 jms.svg Kossuth tér or tram: 2 to 'Kossuth tér'). On specific times during the day, and you have to get your ticket in advance for a timed slot, you have to use the ticket the day you get it. Tickets are sold out by about 11AM.. The Hungarian National Parliament building is the largest in Europe, designed by architect Imre Steindl for the 1896 millennial celebrations, and built 1880-1902. It is based on England's Parliament building, and supposedly is one meter wider and longer than that august building, just a little bit of architectural conceit. The building is so immense, the weak alluvial soil along the Danube had to be reinforced with a 7-foot-deep concrete foundation. Not surprising, as the building is 300 yards long and 140 yards wide, with 691 rooms and 12.5 miles of corridors. The lacy white neo-Gothic froth covering the building is actually educational: 88 statues representing Hungarian rulers, princes and military commanders. These statues are small and cannot be readily distinguished from the ground, but they are there. For EU citizen: free, non EU: HUF 800 adults, HUF 300 children.
Hungarian crown jewels in the Parliament
Under the Parliament's cupola the Hungarian crown jewels are exhibited. After World War II, the medieval crown (last used in 1916) was taken out of the country by escaping Hungarian fascists, ending up in the United States. President Carter returned the crown to the Hungarian state in 1978, accompanied by a large American delegation. It was exhibited in the National Museum until 2000 when it was moved to its present location.
Tours lasts ~30 minutes. Getting to the ticket office is bizarrely confusing and time consuming. Queue up by the security fence where you see the "buy ticket" sign, this is by the front of the Parliament at gate X (the opposite side to the river). There will be no sign of a ticket office or anyone selling tickets. It will seem like you are queueing up in front of a fence. Do not panic - this is OK. There may be people in a separate queue, these may be Hungarians who can visit more frequently, or indeed tourists in the wrong queue - you won't be told where to go or what to do, so it is common for people to wander about. The security guard will open the security fence (there is no gate) and you should walk towards the doorway with an X above it, inside is the cash office and you can get your ticket here. Be warned, there are no signs or explanations anywhere of what to do. They only let 2 people at a time in the cash office, and it can take 2-3 minutes per person to get a ticket. Come back at the specified time on your ticket and join the "with tickets" queue to the right, where, again, you will be left with no one to greet you or explain what's going on, until 1 minute before your tour time, when a guide will appear (not in a uniform)and you can go through the fence and get security screened before starting. The tourist information gives tour times for the various languages (e.g. English is 10AM, 12PM and 2PM), your ticket may have a different time on it, like 10:15AM, this is because there is more than 1 tour around the times listed, so you will not join the 10AM tour, but the 10.15 tour. The end result of this system is that at first glance, there are people standing in a very slow moving queue, with occasional tourists wandering into an unmarked door in the corner of the building. Suddenly, a large group of people will appear and jump the queue and wander through the security fence (this is a timed tour starting), the guards are not tour advisors and will not tell you if they are sold out of tickets, or if a tour is starting, or that you are in the wrong queue. Parliament is in session Monday and Tuesday, but tours still operate. For the time of your language tour get the slip of paper from a tourist information office.
  •    St. Stephen (István) Basilica (Szent István Bazilika), V. Szent István tér 1 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca, OR BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg: Deák tér),  +36 1 311-0839. 9.00-19.00. Though often called "the Basilica" for short due to its clerical rank as a basilica minor, it actually is shaped like a Greek cross, with two steeples and a dome on top. Designed by Miklós Ybl and József Hild, and built 1851-1905, it is as high as the Parliament building (96m). -- it's the highest church in Budapest. Walking in the main entrance, after climbing a series of stairs, the viewer is first greeted with a relief of St Stephen, then a mosaic of Christ's resurrection. There are many notable mosaics in this church, especially those within the dome designed by Károly Lotz, best known for his ceiling frescoes in the State Opera and Ethnographic Museum. While designed here, the mosaics were made in Venice. The foremost Hungarian artists of the day designed the artworks within St Stephen's, among them Bertalan Székely, Gyula Benczúr and two men also known for their work in the Opera, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. Here Stróbl contributed the central statue of St Stephen on the main altar. In the left hand chapel is the "Chapel of the sacred right hand" this is pretty surreal as St Stephen's surviving hand in a glass box, lovely. Organ Concerts in the Basilica see to do chapter Free entry. For a fee visit the very top of the Basilica to get a wonderful view.
  •    Ethnographic Museum (Néprajzi Múzeum), V. Kossuth Lajos tér 12 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca 500m or tram 2; bus 15 and trolley 70 and 78; Across from Parliament),  +36 1 473-2440, e-mail: . Tu-Su 10.00-18.00. Sometimes said to resemble the Reichstag (parliament) building in Berlin, the white neo-Renaissance façade complements the neo-Gothic Parliament building just across the square. Do not miss the richly decorated interior, including the ceiling frescoes by Károly Lotz (who also frescoed the State Opera's ceiling). The building was originally used to house the Supreme Court and chief public prosecutor's office, explaining some of the motifs used in the frescoes. Normal fee:€3.4, with temporary exhibitions: €5, discounted:half price both..
  •    Kossuth Museumship (Kossuth Múzeumhajó), V. Vígadó Square boat station, No. 2 pier (Tram 2 to Eötvös tér stop or walk from BKV m 1 jms.svg: Vörösmarty tér),  +36 1 411-0942, e-mail: . M-Su 12:00-24:00. Built in 1913, the Újpest Shipyard (northpest district) and was given the name Duke Ferencz Ferdinand . The capacity of vessel: 800-1200 person. The length 62.38 m, maximum width of 16.5 m. Initially, coal, and later oil-heated boilers produced steam for the 580-horsepower steam engine. During the Soviet Republic named the Rigó (Blackbird), from 1930 known as Leányfalu (village on Danube Bend) traveled. The present name was given in 1953. 1979 traveled to the Danube. Since 1984, the property of the Museum of Transport. Rented for restaurant 'Vénhajo'
  •    Little Princess statue (Kis Herceg szobor, 'Kiskirálylány'), V. Pesti alsó rakpart (near Vigado ter) (tram: 2 to Vigado ter stop). 24/7. A bronze statue created by László Morton, a child sitting on the fence of the tram, on bank of Danube Free.
  •    Shoes on the Danube memorial (Cipők a Duna-parton), On the Danube Promenade near corner Zoltán utca (tram: 2 to Széchenyi rakpart stop). 24/7. The shoes are placed there in memory of the Jews who were shot into the Danube during World War II. Free.
  •    Gresham Palace (Gresham-palota Four Seasons Hotel), V. Széchenyi István tér 5-6 (Bus 16, 105 to Széchenyi István tér),  +36 1 268-6000. The site was once occupied by Nákó House, a neo-classical palace built in 1827. In 1880, the London-based Gresham Life Assurance Company bought the property. Originally, the palace served as an office building as well as a home for wealthy British aristocrats associated with the Gresham company. Original details restored by the Irish Investment company Quinlan Private include a large staircase, stained glass, mosaics, ironwork and wintergardens.
  •    Vigadó Concert Hall (Pesti Vigadó), V. Vigadó tér, 2 (BKV m 3 jms.svg Ferenciek tere or BKV m 1 jms.svg Vörösmarty or tram: 2),  +36 20 429 4124. Usually translated as "Place for Merriment" is Budapest's second largest concert hall, located on the Eastern bank of the Danube. Although the acoustics are lacking, the building itself, designed by Frigyes Feszl in 1859, makes a bold impression along the Pest embankment. Built in romantic style with eastern (Moorish) elements. Inaugurated in January 1865, at ceremonial ball. The interior is decorated with frescoes by Károly Lotz and Mór Than. The majority of statues by sculptor Alexy Károly. - The Budai Vigadó is the home stage of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (The House of Traditions) The group having started in 1951 with Hungarian traditional dance and music. The group consists of 30 dancers, a Gypsy band of 14, and a 5-member folk band.
  •    Ministry of Finance (Pénzügyminisztérium), V. József nádor tér 2-4 (BKV m 1 jms.svg Vörösmarty tér). It is a former bank building. Built between 1909-1913, by Alpár Ignác, in late eclectic Art Nouveau style. A five-story stone covered brick building with Patio.
  •    Former Hungarian Royal Post Office Savings Bank (Magyar Királyi Postatakarékpénztár, Postatakarékpénztár), V. Hold u., 4 (BKV m 3 jms.svg Arany János utca). Built in 1901, by Arch. Lechner Odon in Art Nouveau style. The Lechner's Art Nouveau features the Hungarian floral motifs and colorful ceramic tiles and majolica. The gables are decorated with golden beehives, as the gathering and saving symbols.
  •    U.S. Embassy (Amerikai Nagykövetség, Amerikai Egyesült Államok budapesti nagykövetsége), V. Szabadság tér 12 (BKV m 2 jms.svg Kossuth tér),  +36 1 475-4400fax: +36 1 475-4764, e-mail: . M-F 8:00-17:00. The building designed by Kármán Aladár and Ullman Gyula architect and built in 1900. Initially, the Chamber of Commerce owned the building, and then the Hungarian Royal Post Office Savings Bank.
  •    Deak Square Lutheran Church (Deák téri evangélikus templom), V. Deak Square, 4 (BKV m 2 jms.svg 'Deák tér'),  +36 1 483 21 50fax: +36 1 483 21 51, e-mail: . The parish office is open weekdays 9.00-13.00. Budapest's oldest and the best-known evangelical church built in Classical style room-church without a tower. The church facade is decorated with four Doric pilasters, overhead with Triglyph decoration and with triangular gable. The building is covered a huge, domed metal roof structure. The interior is a compact, rectangular hall with double choir. The altar painted by Michael Pollack, a version of Raphael's transfiguration. The red marble pulpit and baptismal font made by Dunaiszky Lawrence.
  •    Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement (Igazságügyi és Rendészeti Minisztérium), V. Kossuth Lajos tér 2-4 (BKV m 2 jms.svg 'Kossuth Lajos tér'),  +36 1 795 1000fax: +36 1 441-3711, e-mail: . Protected architectural monument
  •    Prison Service Headquarters (Büntetés-végrehajtás Országos Parancsnoksága), V. Steindl Imre u. 8 (BKV m 2 jms.svg 'Kossuth Lajos tér'),  +36 1 301-8100, e-mail: . Protected architectural monument
  •    Parisi yard (Párisi udvar, Brudern-ház), V. Ferenciek tere, 10 (BKV m 2 jms.svg 'Ferenciek tere'). This is a residential and office building what built in eclectic style, in 1912. Originally it was the headquarters of the Metropolitan Savings Bank (Belvárosi Takarékpénztár). A part of its is the Paris court. Budapest is only one still remaining shopping yard from 1900's. Inner height is 29m, building height is 40m.
  •    Budapest Metropolitan Tribunal (Curia of Hungary Kúria, Fővárosi Törvényszék), V. Markó u. 27. (BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg Deák tér),  +36 1 354 6000. Protected architectural monument
  •    St. Anna Church Szervita (Belvárosi Szent Anna Szervita Templom), V. Szervita tér, 6 (BKV m 1 jms.svg 'Vörösmarty tér' or BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg 'Deák tér'). By the end of World War II, worked in the management of Servite Order, mow belongs to the Assumption parish of Downtown. Built between 1725-1732. This is a single nave church. The main facade decorated with stoneslab and plaster in Neo-Renaissance style. It has got a square-shaped tower in middle. On the other side, the facade shows Baroque elements, with lyre-shaped windows. The main facade of the church is four-storey, the tower is two-storey. The main sill with balustrade's Attica crowned. In the middle part of the top is a tympanum. A Statue of St. Florian can find at the Apse of the church.
  •    Budapest Business School (BGF), College Commerce, Catering Tourism (CCCT, Budapest Gazdasági Főiskola (BGF) Kereskedelmi, Vendéglátóipari és Idegenforgalmi Kar), V. Alkotmány utca 9-11 (BKV m 2 jms.svg Deák tér),  +36 1 374 6200. Two statues located in front of the building. A Hermes statue with approx. 200cm rectangular stone pedestal. The Hermes statue stay on a sphere top of a Ionic pillar. Hermes left hand holds a purse, on Legs are little wings.(Dealers patron). The other statue is a bronze, 2m high winged female figure with a torch.
  •    Batthyány candle (Batthyány-örökmécses), V.Báthory utca (Báthory Street and Hold Street corner. - BKV m 2 jms.svg Kossuth tér). A historical monument. At this point was executed on 6th October 1849, Count Lajos Batthyány. He was the first prime minister of Hungary (between 1807 and 1849).
  •    Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) (V.). Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈseːt͡ʃeːɲi ˈlaːntshiːd]). This is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849. (It is a larger scale version of William Tierney Clark's earlier Marlow Bridge, across the River Thames in Marlow, England.) It is also the oldest permanent bridge on the Danube. It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle. The bridge has the name of István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction, attached to it, but is most commonly known as the Chain Bridge. At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders. It has asserted an enormous significance in the country's economic, social and cultural life, much as the Brooklyn Bridge has in New York and United States of America. Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, have elevated the Chain Bridge to a high stature in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West. - The bridge was opened in 1849, and thus became the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. At the time, its center span of 202 m was one of the largest in the world. The lions at each of the abutments were carved in stone in 1852, by the sculptor, János Marschalkó. They are visibly similar in design to the famous bronze lions of Trafalgar Square by Edwin Henry Landseer with Marochetti, installed 1867. They are also smaller (and appear from below to lack tongues). The bridge was given its current name in 1898.
  •    Margaret Bridge (Margit híd), V. Szent István körút (tram: 4, 6 to stop 'Jászai Mari tér'). This is a three-way bridge, connecting Buda and Pest across the Danube. It is the second oldest public bridge in Budapest. It was designed by French engineer Ernest Goüin and built between 1872–1876. This bridge leads up to Margaret Island, its two parts enclosing 165 degrees with each other at the embranchment towards the island. The reason for this unusual geometry is the fact the small extension to connect to Margaret Island was hastily inserted into the original design but not built until two decades later due to lack of funds. It is 637.5 m in length and 25 m in width.
  •    Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd), V. (Between March 15 Square (in Pest) and Döbrentei Square (in Buda)). This bridge situated at the narrowest part of the Danube in the Budapest area, spanning only 290 m. It is named after Elisabeth of Bavaria, her large bronze statue sits by the bridge's Buda side connection in the middle of a small garden.
  •    Vaci utca (Váci utca, Bécsi utca mahallé, Nagy utca mahallé), V. Vaci utca (North End at Vörösmarty tér 2., the South is Fővám tér 5) (BKV m 1 jms.svg Vörösmarty tér). This is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market. - No. 4 Ferenc Bene House: built in 1840 was designed by József Hild is a three-storey neoclassical house with seven windows. - No. 9 Seven elector-house, former Nako House, built (this edition) in 1840, former a hotel was here (German) 'Zu den sieben Kurfürsten-Gastgeber' (lit. Seven Elector-hotel). Three-storey house with 15 windows and each floor with Doric colonnade. - No.10 Three-storey, classicist house with ten windows. The arched doorways with 'Czech cap'. There is a semicircular staircase with wood balustrade.
  •    Vigado Square (Vigadó tér), V. Vigadó tér (tram: 2). The girl with a dog sculpture by Raffay Dávid, Fountain of With Water playing children.
  •    Danube Promenade (Duna Korzó), V. (BKV m 3 jms.svg Ferenciek tere or BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Vörösmarty tér'). On the bank of the Danube, this promenade extends from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Erzsébet Bridge. - In the midst of boxes of glass hotels is the eccentric Neo-Byzantine Vigadó Concert Hall, which survived the building boom of the late 1960s. Behind the Vigadó is the local hub of the city, Vörösmarty tér (a square), named after the 19th-century poet Mihály Vörösmarty. The traditional Gerbeaud coffeehouse has long been a great people watching spot. Váci utca and environs is the area for chic clothing, used books, folk art and sidewalk cafés. Further along the promenade is Március 15 tér, where the remains of a Roman bastion, Contra-Aquincum, were discovered, The Inner City Parish Church’s simple exterior conceals a colorful past: it began as a Romanesque basilica, was used as a mosque and was finally reconceived in the Baroque style in the 18th century. The following sculptures are along or around the promenade: István Széchenyi - near to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; József Eötvös - 1879 sculptor Huszár Adolf; Hungarian Seaman Memorial - the anchor of "Ungvár" (copy) - Szende Pál utca; József Nádor Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary; Little Princess - near to Vigadó Concert Hall; Attila József - famous poet of "At the Danube" also by László Marton (sculptor) at Hungarian Parliament Building; Mihály Vörösmarty; William Shakespeare; Petőfi Sándor; Shoes on the Danube Promenade Gyula Pauer and Can Togay - April 16. 2005.
  •    Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér), V. (BKV m 1 jms.svg 'Vörösmarty tér'). - Sights: Fountain with Lions, Vörösmarty Mihály (hungarian poet) sculpture, Gerbeaud House, ING-Office Building. - Formerly known as: from 1812 Theatrom piatcza, from 1830s Harmincad tere (German: Dreysigstplatz), from 1833 Játékszín square, since 1840's Séta square (German: Spazierenplatz), from 1846 Német Színház square (German: Deutsche Theaterplatz), from 1850 Színház square (German: Theaterplatz), from 1866-tól Régi Színház square (German: Alte Theaterplatz), from 1874 Gizella square, from 1918 Károlyi Mihály tér finnally in 1926 got the name what use until today Vörösmarty square.
  •    Lajos Kossuth Square (Kossuth Lajos tér), V. Lajos Kossuth Square (BKV m 2 jms.svg 'Kossuth Lajos tér' or bus 15, 115 or tram: 2 or trolleybus 70 and 78). This square is situated in the Lipótváros neighbourhood of Budapest, District V, on the bank of the Danube. Its most notable landmark is the Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház). There is a station of the M2 (East-West) line of the Budapest Metro on the square. The square, renamed in 1927 in honor of Lajos Kossuth was previously known by several names including; Országház tér ("Parliament Square") (1898–1927), Tömő tér or Stadt Schopper Platz in German ("Landfill Square")(1853–1898). In the second half of the 19th century, great public buildings were erected on the square and it became the symbolic centre of the Hungarian state. The Hungarian Parliament Building is located on the square. Facing the Parliament, the Museum of Ethnography (originally the Palace of Justice) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development can be found. In front of the Parliament building are the Kossuth Memorial and an equestrian statue of Francis II Rákóczi, as well as a memorial for the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. A modern statue of Attila József is nearby, south of the Parliament, sitting on the bank of the river (actually he is sitting on a grassy mound quite far from the water) as described in his poem By the Danube. There is also a monument for Imre Nagy located on the square
  •    Theotokos had died Assumption Hungarian Orthodox Cathedral (Orthodox Church, Istenszülő elhunyta Nagyboldogasszony magyar ortodox székesegyház, Ortodox templom, Greek: ΟΥΓΓΡΙΚΗΣ ΕΝΟΡΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΙΜΗΣΕΩΣ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ, Russian: Венгерский православный собор Успения Пресвятой Богородицы), V. Petőfi tér 2. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Ferenciek tere'),  +36 1 266 5988, e-mail: .
  •    Clotilde Palace (Klotild Palota), V. Ferenciek tere (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Ferenciek tere'). This is a typical eclectic building. It ts look like the Gate of Elisabeth Bridge from the Rákóczi road. Built in 1899–1902. The twin Towers are steel structure buildings. They were covered in carved stone cladding. The towers are 48m high, and the tops of them adorned with a replica of the crown of the prince. On the ground floor were or are cafes, shops, galleries, above these are offices and apartments. Now there is the five star Buddha Bar Hotel and a Casino. - The south Tower nickname is Mathilde, the northern is Klotild.
  •    Inner City Parish Church (Belvárosi plébániatemplom, Nagyboldogasszony Főplébánia), V. Március 15. tér, 2 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Ferenciek tere'), e-mail: . Daily 10.00-19.00 (Mar-Dec). Built in the base of Contra-Aquincum fortification walls. The church earliest parts built in Romanesque style. Here is buried in 1046, Bishop Gellert. It was rebuilt in the Gothic style, with King Sigismund support in 14th century. During the reign of King Matthias (1470's), with two more aisles widened. During the Turkish rule was used as a mosque. You can see a mihrab (prayer niche), - from Turkish period, - in the south-east wall of the sanctuary. After a fire in 1723 it was rebuilt in Baroque style, between 1725-1739.
  •    Remnants of Contra-Aquincum (Pesszion (Πέσσιον)), March 15 tér (Square), north from Erzsébet Bridge. (tram: 2 or BKV m 3 jms.svg Ferenciek tere and walk 300m). 24/7. It is called Contra-Aquincum because it is opposite the Roman town on the western side which is known as Aquincum. It was a Roman fort, an important station in the Pannonian limes. It is built around in 100, rebuilt in 290. Its significance is: unusually thick walls, control of the eravisk (a Celtic local folk group) "capital" and control of crossing an ancient trading port. Contra-Aquincum ancient name was presumably Pesszion (Πέσσιον). You can see here some plaque on the floor, about Roman forts in/around Budapest and Pannonia (this last one was an ancient province of the Roman Empire and located over the territory of the present-day western Hungary). Free.
  •    Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd, Ferencz József híd, Fővám téri híd), V. Fővám tér (tram: 2 to 'Fővám tér', BKV m 3 jms.svg Kálvin tér + tram: 47, 49 to stop 'Fővám tér'). 24/7. The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896 to the plans of János Feketeházy. Although radically different in structure, the bridge imitates the general outline of a chain-type bridge, this is a Gerber truss structure bridge. The bridge was opened in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph; the last silver rivet on the Pest abutment was inserted into the iron structure by the Emperor himself, and the bridge was originally named after him. - It is 333.6m in length and 20.1m in width the maximum span 170.75m, number of 'openings' 3, the Number of lanes 2×1+tram. The top of the four masts are decorated with large bronze statues of the Turul, a falcon-like bird, prominent in ancient Hungarian mythology. Free.
  •    Former Poor Clares monastery (Klarissza kolostor), V. Szerb utca 21–23. (BKV m 3 jms.svg Ferenciek tere walk toward south ~300m). - Now is part of Eotvos Lorant University ('ELTE')

Do[edit]

Boating[edit]

  •    Boat trip to Margaret Island (MARGITSZIGETI SÉTAHAJÓJÁRAT), V. Vigadó tér (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Ferenciek tere, or tram: 2),  36/1-318-1223, e-mail: . 1. May - 1. Sep, four a daily ; off season only weekends. You don't want to miss a boat trip on River Danube! Then you can enjoy both riverbanks and the bridges at the very same time. It is especially spectacular at night. '. This boat has guiding in 11 languages, and makes a non-stop round trip in about 1 hour. There is a cheaper boat line operated by BKV, which leave from Boráros tér, and makes a stop at other places too, such as Batthyány tér, Jászai Mari tér or Margitsziget. Of course you can take the boat the opposite direction too, however a round trip is not recommended, because the route is really long, and you'll have to buy two tickets. This line does not have any kind of tour guiding. crossing €2, RW ticket €4.
  •    Cruising and eatingZrínyi street 5 (Danube Palace) +36 1 3171377, e-mail: . 9:00-19:00. If you would like see the attraction of Danube and eat something you can book tickets for Lunch & Cruise, Dinner & Cruise with live music. These cruising includes 3 drinks, warm buffet meals. 10800HUF.

Cinemas[edit]

  •    Cinema Puskin (Puskin Mozi), Kossuth Lajos utca 18 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, M3:3 Ferenciek tere),  +36 1 429 6080. 10:00-23:00. “Pushkin” is the most mainstream among the art house movie theatres in Budapest, an elegant, decorated multiplex offering quality, but generally easy-to-watch Hungarian and foreign films. Its café is recommended. HUF 800-1050.

Concert[edit]

  •    Basilica organ concerts (Bazika orgona koncertek), Szent István tér 1 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca). 11 Apr-30 Nov: Thu. - - the hosts organ concerts by Miklós Teleki, one of Hungary's most highly regarded organists. During his performance he is accompanied by renowned flutist, Eleonora Krusic and oratorio singer, Kolos Kováts.

Kayaking / canoeing[edit]

Parks[edit]

  •    Karoly Garden (Karolyi Kert), V. Karolyi Mihaly utca 16. It is near to the Astoria, in the Downtown. The Park has sandboxs, jungle gyms and seats.

Theatre[edit]

  •    Danube Palace (Duna Palota), 1051 Zrínyi u. 5 (BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg: Deák Ferenc tér, BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca),  +36 1 235 5500. Daily 20:00. [1] performances, concerts & exhibitions . 3,600-6,400 HUF, discounts available for students.

Buy[edit]

  •    Holló Workshop Folkart furniture and gifts (Hollo Műhely), V. Vitkovics Mihály u. 12 (BKV m 3 jms.svg:Ferenciek tere. From Gerloczy Cafe next to Váci út, walk down a side street and you'll find this small shop. Be intentional about looking for it because it's easy to pass by.),  +36 1 3178103, e-mail: . M-F 10:00-18:00 lunch:13:00-13:30, Sa 10:00-14:00. There are nice painted eggs, wooden boxes and candlesticks, and even furniture there. If you are in town for a while, have the man there personalize eggs or jewelry box with your name--it's free.
  •    Mlinar Bakery - Petofi (Mlinar Pékség - Petőfi), V. Petőfi Sándor u. 10. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Ferenciek tere' at 'Parisi yard'), e-mail: . M-F 07.00–20.00, Sa 08.00–15.00. A Croatian bakery chain. Croatian pastries, burek, sandwiches, croissants, pizza. - Also: V. Károly krt. 4
  •    VinoPiano Artisan Wine Shop (VinoPiano Kézműves Borkereskedés), V. Vármegye u. 15 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: 'Astoria'),  +36 30 9216286. M-Sa 10.00–18.00. Wine tasting and shopping. Free Wi-Fi. Wines from all famous Hungarian wineyards: Eger, Mór, Balatonboglár, Villány, Tokaj, Badacsony, Szekszárd, Dörgicse. +phone=+36 30 2730366
  •    Aldi discount store - Bathory (Aldi-Báthory utca), V. Báthory u. 8. (BKV m 2 jms.svg: 'Kossuth Lajos tér'),  +36 23 533500. Daily 07.00–21.00. German supermarket chain
  •    Market Hall (Vásárcsarnok), V. Hold utca 11 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Arany János utca').
  •    CBA Príma - Corso GourmetV. Váci u. 54. (BKV m 4 jms.svg: 'Fővám tér' 200 m),  +36 30 9253619, e-mail: . M-F 08.00–22.00, Sa, Su shorter. Hungarian supermarket chain. Delicatessen, hungaricums, fruits and vegetables, meat, wine shop, holding consumer goods, snack bar. - Other CBA's in 'Belváros': V. Falk Miksa u. 28, V. Veres Pálné u. 12, V. Apáczai Csere János u. 1., V. Ferenciek tere 2
  •    DM - Drogerie Markt (DM - Szent István körút), V. Szent István körút 11. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Nyugati pályaudvar' 200 m),  +36-1 3540232, e-mail: . M-F 08:00-20:00, Sa 09:00-15:00. Cosmetics, Perfumes, glasses, medication, beauty care, baby care, health, household goods, online photo development. More units: V. Bajcsy Zs. út 59, V. Arany János utca 30, V. Sütő u. 2. (open also Su until 14:00), V. Károly körút 26, V. Királyi Pál utca 20.
  •    George's tea (Györgytea), V. Bank u. 4 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Arany János utca'),  +36 46 390278, e-mail: . M-F 09.00–18.00, Sa 09.00–14.00. Herbal products from plants of Bükk Mount (a hill on NE Hungary)

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under HUF2000
Mid-range HUF2000-3500
Splurge Above HUF3500

Cafes[edit]

Budget[edit]

  •    Downtown Auguszt Confectionery (Belvárosi Auguszt Cukrászda), Kossuth L. u. 14-16 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: 'Astoria'),  +36 1 3376379, e-mail: . M-F 9-19h, Sa 11-18h. Also offer breakfast and lunch. Pastries, Pies, Salty pastries, Seasonal Products, Cakes, Wedding cakes, Form-cakes, Parfaits, ice-cream, Lunch menu

Mid range[edit]

  •    Anna Cafe (Anna Café), Váci utca 5 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Vörösmarty tér),  +36 1 266-9080 (or 318-2016?). Daily 8.30–24.00. Decent place for coffee and cake with mid-range prices, much like Starbucks. Anna is a chain of at least two cafes there are more one at Fővám tér. The one near Vörösmarty tér is always full of visitors even in winter time, however once a waiter was caught adding extra meal to a bill (Jan 2007)--just check your bill carefully. Latte is bit smaller than usual; by default there's little milk. Good selection of leaf teas; served in kettles about 2 cups in size. Free wifi internet access. Complett breakfast €8-12, Cakes,Coffees €2.5-3,.
  •    Central Café (Centrál Kávéház), Károlyi Mihály utca 9 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Ferenciek tere),  +36 1 266-2110, e-mail: . 08.00-23.00. Centrál Kávéház is a very famous high-end coffeehouse. Recently renovated. Founded in 1999. Breakfast €4-10, desserts, cakes, biscuits €2.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Gerbeaud Café-confectioneries (Gerbeaud Kávéház), Vörösmarty tér 7 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Vörösmarty tér),  +36 1 429-9000, e-mail: . 09:00-21:00. Budapest's most famous cafe, an incredibly ornate Rococo confection dating to 1858 and lavishly restored in 1997. It's also priced to match, but still reasonable value as the pastries, cakes, desserts and ice cream remain excellent. Hot chocolate is well worth a try. Cake slices: €6.5, breakfast €7-10.
  •    Gerloczy Cafe (Gerlóczy Kávéház), Gerlóczy utca 1 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Ferenciek tere, Off of Vaci, away from the river),  +36 1 235-0953, e-mail: . Daily: 07:00-23:00. A small cafe, which is a nice place for coffee. During the warmer weather, have a meal at one of the outside tables.You can select your own two or three course menu from the daily specials; from appetizers, soups, main courses and desserts - available M-Th noon-3PM. menus. On Fridays the Chef presents his seafood specialty while on other days of the week and weekends the Chef prepares a variety of daily selections. Live guest musicians, harp and accordion in the night time. In the daytime: fine jazz music, old and new school Latin and Mediterranean themes, a hint of bossa nova and samba. Free WiFi access. menu €6 no drinks, 3 courses a la carte with drinks €20-24.

Fast food[edit]

  •    McDonald's RestaurantV. distr. RÉGIPOSTA U. 10. (M1 Vörösmarty, M3 Ferenciek tere),  +36 1 318 5201. Daily 07:00-24:00. - The first unit in Hungary. McCafé, McReggeli, Wifi, ATM. - Other units in Downtown: V. distr. MÚZEUM KRT. 1/B (Tel: +36 1 317 32 47, Daily 07:00-24:00), V. distr. SÜTŐ U. 2.

Restaurants[edit]

Budget[edit]

  •    GOVINDA restaurants (Govinda Vegetáriánus Étterem), Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca, or bus 105, or tram 2 from the Chain Bridge exit into Pest, turn left into Apáczai u. then take the second right),  +36 1 473-1310. Mo-Fr: 11.00-21.00, Sa: 12.00–21.00. Aaah, Hare Krisna, the saviour of vegetarians and budget-conscious travellers across Eastern Europe. Get your fill of tasty and very reasonably priced Indian and Italian dishes, ranging from soups to lasagna or sample a bit of everything with the set menu. The staff are helpful and some speak English. Highly recommended. - More units: Govinda Vega Corner restaurant in the 5th district (Pest), in Papnövelde Street, Govinda-Buda (2nd.district . Árpád fejedelem u. 33. and Lukács utca 1. corner) Govinda Eger, Govinda Debrecen Soups €1.5, lasagna €2, set menu €4.5.
  •    Hummus Bar (Hummus Bár), V. Október 6. utca 19 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca, bus 15 to Hercegprímás utca stop),  +36 1 354 0108. M-F: 11:30-20:00., Sa-Su: 12:00-22:00. Best Falafel in Budapest, Vegan Friendly, English menu and staff. They also have a second location at V. Alkotmany Ut. 20 , a 3rd at V. ker. Kecskeméti utca 1., a 4th at VII. ker. Wesselényi-Síp utca sarok, a 5th at IX. ker. Tompa utca 30-34., a 6th at XIII. ker. Hollán Ernő utca 6. - Buda's unit: XI. ker. Bartók Béla út 6. falafel €3, hummus plates €3-6.

Mid range[edit]

  •    Bali Caffe restaurant and café (Bali caffe étterem és kávézó), Károly körút 4 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria),  +36 70 389 3642, e-mail: . Daily 8.00-24.00. Small but stylish and laid-back restaurant and café. Great Hungarian specialities like Lètcho, Paprikás and Beef stew. They also serve Pasta and a variety of meat dishes. Check their website for the menu. Very friendly professional staff. Coffee €1.5-3.5, Tourist menu: €8 without drink Soup €3, Mains €6-16, dessert €4.
  •    Fatál restaurant (Fatál étterem), Váci utca 67 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Ferenciek tere or Kálvin tér),  +36 1 2662607. Daily 12:00-24:00. Possibly the one place worth going to on Váci utca. Popular with tourists and locals alike, although advanced travellers report it's too touristy. Located in an atmospheric cellar, the foreboding name means "wooden platter" in Hungarian, and refers to the plates that the ridiculously huge portions are served on — an order of goose with dumplings, for example, will lead to an entire goose being deposited on your plate. Takeaway bags are provided on request if you can't finish it all. In solidly meat-eating Hungary, this is also one of the few places where you can sample vegetarian versions of dishes like goulash. Reservations are essential for lunch- or dinner-time visits. beef dish €12-34, specials in pots & pans €10-18, aperitifs €3-5, soup €3-5, main course €5-8.
  •    Iguana Bar & Grill (Iguana Mexikói Étterem), Zoltán utca 16 (Between Parliament and the American Embassy, off of Szabadsag ter),  +36 1 331 4352, e-mail: . 11:30–01:00. Mexican food, pretty decent, but don't look for Southern California standards. Recommended that you reserve a table in advance. - Appetizer €2-6, burritos, enchiladas €7-8, soups €3-4, quesadillas €6-12, chilis €5-8, main courses €6-15, fajitas €8-12.

Splurge[edit]

  •    KépiróV. Képiró utca 3 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Kálvin tér),  +36 1 266-0430. M-F 12AM-3PM, 6PM - midnight, Sa 6PM-12PM. Very modern Hungarian haute cuisine with some exotic influences. Excellent wine list, exclusively with Hungarian wines. The staff are very helpful, friendly and speak excellent English. Be aware that if asked for advice, they will unashamedly recommend their most expensive. Highly recommended, the food is delicious.
  •    Taverna Pomo d’OroArany János utca 9. (metro (1,2,3) Deák tér station, tram: 2, bus 105),  36-1 312-1405, e-mail: . Mo–Fr 12pm–12am, Sa–Su 4pm–11pm. Tis is an Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. Nice selection of Italian and Hungarian wines. Delicious coffee
  •    Salaam BombayV. Mérleg utca 6 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Deák tér station, tram: 2, bus 105),  36-1-411-1252. Mo-Su 12-15 and 18-23. Indian Restaurant. Various vegetarian plates Meals HUF3500.
  •    Le Bourbon Restaurant1051, Erzsébet tér 9-10. (BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg: Deák tér station),  36-1-429-5770. Mo-Su 12:00–22:30. French Cuisine. A restaurant is within the luxury hotel Le Meridien. Sunday brunches (12 pm – 3 pm)

Drink[edit]

There are dozens of romkocsma (literally translated: ruin-pubs) in city centre. These inhabit ruined courts of old houses, therefore they are hard to be found. Ask locals for hints and go for the unique post-socialist atmosphere!

Bars, Pubs[edit]

  •    Action BarMagyar utca 42 (m2 Atoria, m3 Kálvin tér),  +36 1 266 9148. One of Budapest's gay bars. Located in basement bar. Shows Friday nights. Not easy to find: There is a separate door to the cellar with an A on the door. You'll get a consumption card after you've entered the place. Pay at the bar before you leave.
  •    Beckett's Irish PubBajcsy Zsilinszky út 72 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati pályaudvar),  +36 1 311-1035. Noon to 1AM weekdays, to 2AM weekends; closed on Sundays. Claims to be Budapest's only authentic Irish bar and restaurant. This place is renowned for its pricey but potent drinks.
  •    Cafe NegroSzent István tér 11 (BKV m 1 jms.svg Bajcsy Zs.),  +36 1 302-0136. A popular and trendy hang out for ex-pats and locals; also a restaurant. Unprecedented view to a square with St. Stephen's Basilica, especially in the night time. Great drinks, DJ with energetic carefully-chosen music, and beautiful women make this one of the major stops for anyone looking to fall in love with the city. For mass-hangout holidays, reservation is essential. Paid WiFi internet access operated by T-Com (see Budapest#Connect for prices).
  •    Fat Mo's Music PubNyári Pál u. 11 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Ferenciek tere). . Apparently has live music most nights of the week.

Wine tasting[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  •    Boomerang Hostel and ApartmentsBank utca 7, Bell: 11 (M3 Arany János utca),  +36 30 479 2971. Prime quality services, moderate prices. The manager is very helpful with giving information about points of interest. May-Aug Dorm 4 bed €15, Trpl €55, dbl. €45 (discounts for low season, lat minute etc.).
  •    Budapest Museum CentralV. Muzeum korut 39. II. floor / 5 apt., Door-Bell code: 10. (m2 Astoria Metro station, m3 Kalvin Ter metro),  +36 1 266-7868fax: +36 1 700 4606. Mid prices, all rooms with private bathroom. Some rooms with jacuzzi. MIN 2 nights! Sgl/Dbl.€ 49/59 per night.
  •    Green Bridge HostelV. Molnar u. 22-24 (tram 2 to stop Fővám tér),  +36 1 266 6922 ?, e-mail: . Cheap dorms in the winter, no bunk beds, unlimited free tea and coffee. ???.
  •    OrigohostelNador utca 34 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Kossuth tér),  +36 20 265-0578fax: +36 1 700 23 80, e-mail: . Cosy, clean accommodation for up to 14 persons High season (Mar-Oct) Sgl/Dbl/tpl.€34/40/48/56 dorm 20.

Mid range[edit]

  •    Acehostel Hotel AgencyVaci utca 46 (BKV m 1 jms.svg Vörösmarty tér,BKV m 3 jms.svg Ferenciek tere),  +36 20 565-8794, e-mail: . Check-in: 11.30-22.00, check-out: 10.00. . Private rooms, one corner from the walking street and second block from Danube. Small hostel and apartments surrounded by pubs and restaurants. No Luggage Storage! sgl from HUF10.858.
  •    Astoria hostel (Károly Apartments), Karoly korut 16 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria),  +36 20 588-5556. . Also near the metro station astoria and the Danube river Hostel and separated apartments with bathroom and kitchen. sgl./dbl. 11,000/13.340.
  •    Leo Boutique Hotel (Leo Panzió), Kossuth Lajos u. 2/A. (BKV m 3 jms.svg Ferenciek tere),  +36 1 2669-041fax: 36 1 2669-042, e-mail: . Near Váci utca, small, friendly and modern three-star hotel. It has air conditioning essential in summer. Take time to savour the ancient and ornate lift. Rooms (04.01.2014- 10.31.2014) €76/87.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Bohem Art HotelMolnár utca 35 (BKV m 3 jms.svg Kálvin tér), e-mail: . . Expensive. Four star? Rates include breakfast. Champagne buffet breakfast. dbl €112-135 suites from €200 (2014).
  •    Four Seasons Hotel Gresham PalaceSzéchenyi István tér, 5 (Bus 16, 105; Tram 2, BKV m 1 jms.svg: Vörösmarty tér),  +36 1 268 6000fax: +36 1 268 5000. is a stunning reconstruction of this Art Nouveau masterpiece. Located in central Pest, it faces the beautiful Chain Bridge, the Danube and the Castle Hill. Its restaurant and cafe are amongst Budapest's finest, and well worth visiting in their own right. More at 'see' chapter Dbl. €345-555, suites From €345-4,600.

Connect[edit]

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