Belváros or Downtown is the V. District of Budapest. It actually consists of two historic neighbourhoods with well-defined borders within the V. District - Lipótváros ("Leopold town", after Emperor Leopold II) in the north includes the Parliament and many governmental buildings, Szent István Basilica and some museums, while the southern part (Belváros proper) is mostly high class accommodations, shops and night life area.
All four of the Budapest Metro lines can be used to get to the V. District:
- Line starts in northeastern East Pest and goes southwest with stops in Central Pest district at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (near Szent Isztvan Bazilika), Deák Ferenc tér and Vörösmarty tér.
- Line links the main sights of Buda and Pest. Running through Hegyvidék along the borders of It starts in Belbuda , it starts at the Deli Station and continues to Széll Kálmán tér (at the northwestern foothills of the Belbuda hill) and to the Batthyány tér at the namesake Danube promenade and the norteastern foothill. In the V. District, it has stations at Kossuth Lajos tér (in front of the Parliament) and Deák Ferenc tér. It continues further east Blaha Lujza tér (close to many hotels in Central Pest) and then further to the Keleti station, where most international trains terminate.
- Line runs north-south, stopping in. al. at the Nyugati station (where the train from the airport arrives) and Kőbánya-Kispest in South Pest district (where the bus 250E arrives from the airport as well). Within the I. District, the stops are from north to south: Arany János utca, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (both close to the Szent Isztvan Bazilika), Deák Ferenc tér (transfer possibility to lines 1 and 2), Ferenciek tere and Kálvin tér. The northern end the line is in New Pest (Újpest Centre) which is part of our North Pest district
- Line links Belvaros with Újbuda and Tétény. It stops in. al. at Szent Gellért tér (for the Geller baths and hotel) and continues to Fővám tér (for the southern end of Vaci utca) and Kálvin tér. This line also stops at the Keleti station further east, where it actually terminates.
Coming from districts of middle Buda (Belbuda and Hegyvidék), you can cross the Danube with Metro line 2 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 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.
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.
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 ,, and
- Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd) which used bus 15, 178 going parallel 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.
You can also take one of the trams that travel across the bridges. Trams 4 and 6 cross the Danube river twice.
- 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 (outside of Belvaros and thus not covered in this guide) links the inner ring road (Nagykörút) of Pest with south Buda, Újbuda and Tétény.
Trams 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.
Take a boat from Pest side Vigado Square (Vigadó tér) to a pier at 'Batthyany Square' on Buda side (the most touristic way)
By public transport
The tram line No. 2, running along the Danube river, offers a beautiful view of Buda.
The district size makes it walkable. Almost every part can be 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. The pedestrianized Vaci utca makes for a very natural walk, with its many historic buildings, shops, cafes restaurants, starting from Vorosmarty Square ( 'Vörösmarty tér') to Fovam Square (' 'Fővám tér')
Payment parking in Budapest splitted five zone. The Belváros/Downtown entire area in zona 2 . all started hour cost HUF440 between 08:00-20:00, max. three hours. Payable cash or parking card or via mobilephone. Coach parking in the fifth district: Szechenyi Chain Bridge north side, Szechenyi Chain Bridge south side, Szent István Square.
- Underground parking (MÉLYGARÁZS), Szent István tér, Sas utca (: 'Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út'), ☎ , fax: +36 1 269-0837, e-mail: email@example.com. 24/7. Season tickets are sold at the office (V. Sas u.) Opening hours: M 13-18, W 9-16, F 8-12 .+email=BAZILIKAMELYGARAZS@GMAIL.COM . - Other service: bicycle rental. Monthly rent HUF53,300, Daily storage HUF9600, 'Terminal' every half hour 350, parking in the first hour: HUF600 and HUF250 each started half an hour. Parking chip deposit HUF5000,.
- Parliament (Országház), V. Kossuth Lajos tér ( 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.
- 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.
Along the Danube
- Danube Promenade (Duna Korzó), V. ( Ferenciek tere or : '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.
- Vigadó Concert Hall (Pesti Vigadó), V. Vigadó tér, 2 ( Ferenciek tere or Vörösmarty or tram: 2), ☎ . 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.
- Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA), V. Széchenyi István tér 9. 3rd floor (bus 16, 105 from ,,: Deák tér, or tram: 2), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Kossuth Museumship (Kossuth Múzeumhajó), V. Vígadó Square boat station, No. 2 pier (Tram 2 to Eötvös tér stop or walk from : Vörösmarty tér), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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), ☎ . 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.
- 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.
- Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd, Ferencz József híd, Fővám téri híd), V. Fővám tér (tram: 2 to 'Fővám tér', 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.
- St. Stephen (István) Basilica (Szent István Bazilika), V. Szent István tér 1 (: Arany János utca, OR ,,: Deák tér), ☎ . 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. It was built here because hundreds of people survived the great flood of 1838 on this spot. 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.
- Lajos Kossuth Square (Kossuth Lajos tér), V. Lajos Kossuth Square ( '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
- Glass House (Üvegház), V. Vadász u., 31 (: 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 (: Arany János utca), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (: 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.
- Ethnographic Museum (Néprajzi Múzeum), V. Kossuth Lajos tér 12 (: Arany János utca 500m or tram 2; bus 15 and trolley 70 and 78; Across from Parliament), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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..
- Ministry of Finance (Pénzügyminisztérium), V. József nádor tér 2-4 ( 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 ( 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 ( Kossuth tér), ☎ , fax: +36 1 475-4764, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement (Igazságügyi és Rendészeti Minisztérium), V. Kossuth Lajos tér 2-4 ( 'Kossuth Lajos tér'), ☎ , fax: +36 1 441-3711, e-mail: email@example.com. Protected architectural monument
- Prison Service Headquarters (Büntetés-végrehajtás Országos Parancsnoksága), V. Steindl Imre u. 8 ( 'Kossuth Lajos tér'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Protected architectural monument
- Budapest Metropolitan Tribunal (Curia of Hungary Kúria, Fővárosi Törvényszék), V. Markó u. 27. (,, Deák tér), ☎ . Protected architectural monument
- Budapest Business School (BGF), College Commerce, Catering Tourism (CCCT, Budapest Gazdasági Főiskola (BGF) Kereskedelmi, Vendéglátóipari és Idegenforgalmi Kar), V. Alkotmány utca 9-11 ( Deák tér), ☎ . 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. - 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).
- F4 Object (Rákosi bunker), V. Steindl Imre utca 12 (entrance) ( 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
- Deak Square Lutheran Church (Deák téri evangélikus templom), V. Deak Square, 4 ( 'Deák tér'), ☎ , fax: +36 1 483 21 51, e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
- Parisi yard (Párisi udvar, Brudern-ház), V. Ferenciek tere, 10 ( '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.
- St. Anna Church Szervita (Belvárosi Szent Anna Szervita Templom), V. Szervita tér, 6 ( 'Vörösmarty tér' or ,, '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.
- 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) ( Vörösmarty tér). This is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest. It was the first shopping street in Budapest. Back in 1690 it was called Lipot Street and it stratched into the Vaci Gate, the North exit of the city. 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.
- Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér), V. ( '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.
- 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. (: 'Ferenciek tere'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clotilde Palace (Klotild Palota), V. Ferenciek tere (: '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 (: 'Ferenciek tere'), e-mail: email@example.com. 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 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.
- Former Poor Clares monastery (Klarissza kolostor), V. Szerb utca 21–23. ( Ferenciek tere walk toward south ~300m). - Now is part of Eotvos Lorant University ('ELTE').
- Eötvös Lorand University (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, abbr.:ELTE), V, Egyetem tér 1-3 (Right next to University (Egyetemi) church. North of M3, M4 Kálvin tér station), ☎ . Here is the center of the Eötvös Lorand University which is the oldest university with the biggest history both in Budapest and the whole country. It was founded in 1635 in Trnava, and it was moved to Budapest only in 1777.
- Boat trip to Margaret Island (Margitszigeti Sétahajójárat), V. Vigadó tér (: Ferenciek tere, or tram: 2), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 eating, Zrínyi street 5 (Danube Palace), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
- Cinema Puskin (Puskin Mozi), Kossuth Lajos utca 18 (: Astoria, : Ferenciek tere), ☎ . 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.
- Basilica organ concerts (Bazika orgona koncertek), Szent István tér 1 (: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, : 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.
- ZedBike Bicycle Rental and Repair (ZedBike Kerékpárkölcsönző és Szerviz), V. Károly körút 10 (: Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 10.00 – 18.00. "Rent a Bike" service Half day: HUF 2000, one day HUF 3000, one and half days HUF4000, two days HUF 5000, two and half days HUF6000, 3 days or more: 2500 per day. Deposit: HUF 15000-25000.
- Astoria Fitness Center, V. Károly körút 4. (: Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 06:30-24:00, Sa-Su 10:00-21:00. Services:Indoor cycling, aerobic, pilates, bodybuilding, cardio, massage, sauna, solarium, personal fitness trainers, gym coach, fitness buffet. Daily ticket HUF1700.
Kayaking / canoeing
- Budapest Bike Breeze, Deak ter. 4 (,,: 'Deak ter'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Canoeing, bike riding €17, 3-4 hours, canoe tour.
- Karoly Garden (Karolyi Kert), V. Karolyi Mihaly utca 16 (It is near to the : Astoria). The Park has sandboxs, jungle gyms and seats.
- Park of Kossuth Lajos Square (Kossuth Lajos tér parkja, previously known by several names including; Országház tér ("Parliament Square") (1898–1927), Tömő tér or Stadt Schopper Platz in German ("Landfill Square")(1853–1898).), V. Kossuth Lajos tér (: Kossuth Lajos tér, tram 2, trolley 70, 78). 24/7. The area of green space is 25,000 sqm. The trees are: Silver firs, yews and large magnolias. Also here the largest flower garden of the district II. (over six hundred sqm). And there are a coüple sculptures such II. Rákóczi equestrian statue ( was a Hungarian nobleman and leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs in 1703-11 as the prince (fejedelem) of the Estates Confederated for Liberty of the Kingdom of Hungary. He was also Prince of Transylvania, an Imperial Prince, and a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Today he is considered a national hero in Hungary.) ; on the south side of the square sits the poet Attila József (accord to the legend he sat,-in nearby,-on the bank of the river and wrote his famous poem By the Danube); on the northern part of the park is the Kossuth monument (Lajos Kossuth was a Hungarian lawyer, journalist, politician and Regent-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848–49.) and a full-length statue of Count István Tisza, a renewed version of the origin made by Imre Elek. Free.
- Park of Szabadság Square (Szabadság tér parkja), V. Szabadság tér (: Arany János utca or : Kossuth Lajos tér metro stations are in walking distance). 24/7. This grove park found by Count Szechenyi, his English wife planted the fisrt sycamore with shout: Virulj! (mean: Flourish!). The green area is 25000 sqm. The memorial fountain on the square made by Ede Telcs and Andor Meszaros in 1930. Free.
- Park of Széchenyi István tér (Széchenyi István tér parkja), V. Széchenyi István tér (Tram 2). 24/7. Former named like „Rakpiac"(Loading Market), Lánchíd Square, Ferenc József Square. - Here is the first and one of the nicest Hungarian bridge the Chain Bridge. On the northern side of the square is the building of the Headquarters of the Academy of Sciences. East side is Gresham Palace, and building of the former Pest Hungarian Commercial Bank. In 1880 erected a sculpture of Count István Széchenyi, in 1887 (Count István Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék (Hungarian: [ˈiʃtvaːn ˈseːtʃeːɲi]; 1791–1860) was a Hungarian politician, theorist and writer, one of the greatest statesmen of Hungarian history) here is also another sculpture made to Ferenc Deák,who was a Hungarian statesman and Minister of Justice; he was known as "The Wise Man of the Nation". - The park area is more than one hectare with many 'park' trees and evergreen trees. There is a 220-year-old Acacia, supported by crutches. The Széchenyi sculpture is surrounded by huge sycamore Free.
- Danube Palace (Duna Palota), 1051 Zrínyi u. 5 (,,: Deák Ferenc tér, : Arany János utca), ☎ . Daily 20:00.  performances, concerts & exhibitions . 3,600-6,400 HUF, discounts available for students.
- Arany tíz Cultural Center (Aranytiz Kultúrház), Arany János utca 10. (Tram 2 to stop 'Széchenyi István tér' or : Kossuth tér metro station or M3 Arany Janos utca metro station), ☎ , fax: +36 1 354-3404, e-mail: email@example.com. Events theatrical performances, pop and classical music concerts, exhibitions, film, dance and visual arts presentations. The building was built in eclectic neo-Renaissance style in 1879-1880. - Free Wi-Fi (password ask at reception) . Cafe Oro. Hall rental.
- CIB Bank, Kálvin Square branch (CIB Bank, Kálvin téri Fiók), V. Kálvin tér 4 (,: 'Kálvin tér'), ☎ , fax: +36 1 489-6138, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M 08:30-18:00, Tu-Th 08:30-16:00, F 08:30-15:00. ATM 0-24. +phone=+36 Other unit: Szabadság square branch, (V, Szabadság tér 15. open: M, Tu, Th 08:30-16:00, W 08:30-18:00, F 08:30-15:00), Szent István Boulvard branch, (V, Szent István krt. 15, open: M, Tu, Th 08:30-16:00, W 08:30-18:00, F 08:30-15:00)
- Commercial and Credit Bank (Kereskedelmi és Hitelbank), Arany J. u. 20. (: Arany János utca), ☎ , fax: +36 1 353 4235. M 08:00-17:00, Tu-Th 08:00-16:00, F 08:00-15:00. Other units (in 5th district): József Attila utca 24. (☎ +36 1 328 2700, open: M 08:00-17:00, Tu, Th 08:00-16:00, W 08:00-18:00, F 08:00-15:00), Apáczai Csere János u. 4. ☎ +36 1 327 8080, Kálvin tér 3. ☎ +36 1 327 7530, Kossuth L. tér 18. (☎ +36 1 475 2900, open: M 08:00-17:00, Tu, Th 08:00-16:00, W 08:00-18:00, F 08:00-15:00), Nyugati tér 9. ☎ +36 1 354 2190
- Erste Bank, Kossuth Square Branch, Kossuth tér 13-15 (M2 Kossuth tér, tram 2 to stop 'Országház, látogatóközpont'), ☎ . Other units: Párisi Street Branc (Párisi utca 3.), Nyugati téri Branch ( Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 74.) open same above
- OTP Bank, V. Nádor u. 6 (Bus 15, 115 to stop 'Zrínyi utca', nearest metro station ,,: 'Deák Ferenc tér' cca. 400 m), ☎ , , fax: +36 1 3172101. M 08:45-18:00, Tu 08:45-17:00, W 08:45-18:00 Th 08:45-17:00, F 08:45-16:00. Traded currencies: BGN, EUR, HRK, PLN, RON, RSD, RUB, USD. Telecenter: ☎ +36 1/20/30/70 3 666 666, +36 40 366 666 - Other units (in 5th district): Deák Ferenc u. 7-9., Ferenciek tere 11., Nádor u. 16., Báthory u. 9., Nyugati tér 9., Szabadság tér 7-8. (Bank Center)., Szent István krt. 1., Széchenyi rkp. 19.
- MKB Bank (Magyar Külkereskedelmi Bank), V. Váci u. 38 (Bus 8, 8A, 15 to 'Március 15. tér' or : 'Ferenciek tere' 200 m), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M 08:00-17:30, Tu-Th 08:00-16:30, F 08:00-15:00. MKB headquarters + Other unit (in 5th district): Veres Pálné u. 2 (0−24 ATM ), Hercegprímás utca 10., Türr István u. 9.
- Aldi discount store - Bathory (Aldi-Báthory utca), V. Báthory u. 8. (: 'Kossuth Lajos tér'), ☎ . Daily 07.00–21.00. German supermarket chain.
- CBA Príma - Corso Gourmet, V. Váci u. 54. (: 'Fővám tér' 200 m), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- Holló Workshop Folkart furniture and gifts (Hollo Műhely), V. Vitkovics Mihály u. 12 (: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.), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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. (: 'Ferenciek tere' at 'Parisi yard'), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (: 'Astoria'), ☎ . M-Sa 10.00–18.00. Wine tasting and shopping. Free Wi-Fi. Wines from all famous Hungarian vineyards: Eger, Mór, Balatonboglár, Villány, Tokaj, Badacsony, Szekszárd, Dörgicse. +phone=+36 30 2730366
- DM - Drogerie Markt (DM - Szent István körút), V. Szent István körút 11. (: 'Nyugati pályaudvar' 200 m), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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 (: 'Arany János utca'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 09.00–18.00, Sa 09.00–14.00. Herbal products from plants of Bükk Mount (a hill on NE Hungary)
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- Downtown Auguszt Confectionery (Belvárosi Auguszt Cukrászda), Kossuth L. u. 14-16 (: 'Astoria'), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 9-19h, Sa 11-18. Also offer breakfast and lunch. Pastries, Pies, Salty pastries, Seasonal Products, Cakes, Wedding cakes, Form-cakes, Parfaits, ice-cream, Lunch menu
- Anna Cafe (Anna Café), Váci utca 5 (: Vörösmarty tér), ☎ +36 1 266-9080 (or 318-2016?). Daily 08.30–24.00. 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 - do check your bill for unjustified extra charges. 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 (: Ferenciek tere), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Gerbeaud Café-confectioneries (Gerbeaud Kávéház), Vörösmarty tér 7 (: Vörösmarty tér), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.. 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 (: Ferenciek tere, Off of Vaci, away from the river), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- McDonald's Restaurant, V. distr. RÉGIPOSTA U. 10. (: Vörösmarty, : Ferenciek tere), ☎ . 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.
- GOVINDA restaurants (Govinda Vegetáriánus Étterem), Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4 (: 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), ☎ . 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 (: Arany János utca, bus 15 to Hercegprímás utca stop), ☎ . 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.
- Bali Caffe restaurant and café (Bali caffe étterem és kávézó), Károly körút 4 (: Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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 (: Ferenciek tere or Kálvin tér), ☎ . 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), ☎ , e-mail: Iguana2@t-online.hu. 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.
- Pampas Argentine Steakhouse Restaurant, V. Vámház körút 6. (next to the Central Market Hall. ,: Kálvin tér station, tram: 2 or 2A or 47 and 49), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo-Su 12pm–2am. wines are also from Chile, Argentina and France – at reasonable prices. Steaks come in 200g, 320g and 480g portion. A paradise for beef meat lovers.
- Le Bourbon Restaurant, 1051, Erzsébet tér 9-10. (,,: Deák tér station), ☎ . Mo-Su 12:00–22:30. French Cuisine. A restaurant is within the luxury hotel Le Meridien. Sunday brunches (12 pm – 3 pm)
- The Gresham Palace: Part of the recently renovated amazing art nouveau hotel, reputed to be the most luxurious of the city - see Sleep:Splurge section for details.
- Képiró, V. Képiró utca 3 (: Kálvin tér), ☎ . 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’Oro, Arany János utca 9. (,,: Deák tér station, tram: 2, bus 105), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mo–Fr 12pm–12am, Sa–Su 4pm–11pm. It is an Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. Nice selection of Italian and Hungarian wines. Delicious coffee
- Salaam Bombay, V. Mérleg utca 6 (: Deák tér station, tram: 2, bus 105), ☎ . Mo-Su 12-15 and 18-23. Indian Restaurant. Various vegetarian plates Meals HUF3500.
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!
- Action Bar, Magyar utca 42 (: Atoria, : Kálvin tér), ☎ . 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 Pub, Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 72 (: Nyugati pályaudvar), ☎ . 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 Negro, Szent István tér 11 ( Bajcsy Zs.), ☎ . 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 Pub, Nyári Pál u. 11 (: Ferenciek tere). . Apparently has live music most nights of the week.
- Fregatt Pub, V. Molnár u. 26 (: 'Fővám tér' or ,: 'Kálvin tér'), ☎ . A British-style pub that's popular with foreigners. The interior is styled after a frigate.
- For Sale Pub, V. Vámház körút 2 (: Fővám tér). A country-style pub located at the bridgehead on Szabadság Bridge. Though small, it has two floors. They serve good food and many kinds of beers and have live music. Shelled peanuts come free with the beer and you can have fun throwing them around; as litering the place is officially allowed. This, over 10 year old pub, has bills, currencies, business cards etc. of their visitors ornamenting their walls; and don't miss to stick yours while you are there! Staff is unfriendly.
- Wine tasting on boat, V. Zrínyi street 5, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 17:00-18:00. If you would like taste some Hungarian wine and enjoy the panorama of the city, choose Wine & Cruise
- Boomerang Hostel and Apartments, Bank utca 7, Bell: 11 (M3 Arany János utca), ☎ . 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 Central, V. Muzeum korut 39. II. floor / 5 apt., Door-Bell code: 10. (m2 Astoria Metro station, m3 Kalvin Ter metro), ☎ , fax: +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 Hostel, V. Molnar u. 22-24 (tram 2 to stop Fővám tér), ☎ +36 1 266 6922 ?, e-mail: email@example.com. Cheap dorms in the winter, no bunk beds, unlimited free tea and coffee. ???.
- Origohostel, Nador utca 34 (: Kossuth tér), ☎ , fax: +36 1 700 23 80, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cosy, clean accommodation for up to 14 persons High season (Mar-Oct) Sgl/Dbl/tpl.€34/40/48/56 dorm 20.
- Acehostel Hotel Agency, Vaci utca 46 ( Vörösmarty tér, Ferenciek tere), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 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 (: Astoria), ☎ . . 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. ( Ferenciek tere), ☎ , fax: +36 1 2669-042, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Mercure Budapest City Centre, Vaci utca 20. This hotel is smack right at the Vaci utca and still exudes the charm of the chain's old Eastern European standards, including small ill-placed mirrors and paintings, and it is becoming quite a bit worn. Room and bathroom shapes can be weird and quite unfunctional, and God forbid you ask for an extra bed.
- Mercure Budapest Korona, Kecskemeti utca 14 (M3 and M4 Kalvin ter). On the outskirts of District V., but well-connected and far more modern and comfortable than the other Mercure, even featuring a swimming pool. It consists of two buildings, linked by a spectacular glazed bridge over Kecskemeti utca.
- Bohem Art Hotel, Molnár utca 35 (,: Kálvin tér), e-mail: email@example.com. . Expensive. Four star? Rates include breakfast. Champagne buffet breakfast. dbl €112-135 suites from €200 (2014).
- Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Széchenyi István tér, 5 (Bus 16, 105; Tram 2, : Vörösmarty tér), ☎ , fax: +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.
- InterContinental Budapest. The 400-room InterContinental is one of the former sombre 1980s "Forum Hotels" built as joint-ventures between InterContinental and local state-owned hotel operators in the Soviet-block countries. It is therefore one of those hotels where your main benefit from staying in it is not having to look at it. Fortunately, there is more to it, as the front-side rooms feature oversized windows with unobstructed views of the Danube and Buda across the river. The rooms are reasonably-sized, but tend to be cluttered with oversize furniture and the bathrooms are smallish, so it is worth upgrading not only for the view. Top-level rooms come with access to the hotel's "Club Intercontinental" lounge. There is a gym, spa and a restaurant with a Danube-facing terrace in the hotel.
- Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge, Széchenyi tér 2. The Sofitel began life in the 1970s as an "Atrium Hyatt", and thus exhibits many Hyattesque features of that time, like the large bay windows and the said atrium, where the breakfasts are served. Redecorated and refurbished since, it offers rooms of fairly generous size, with classic appointments. The name is not an exaggeration, as the hotel is right next to the Chain Bridge, and the best rooms offer a view thereof and across the Danube to Buda. The less expensive, however, face the very narrow street at the back of the hotel.
- Le Meridien Budapest, Erzsebet Ter 9-10 (,,: Deák ter). Ovelooking the wide and green Erzsebet Ter, the Le Meridien has over 200 plush rooms. Despite the brand's modern inclinations, there is no escaping from "classic" furniture, heavy curtains and crystal chandelier's that characterize so many Budapest hotels. The hotel's "Health Club" includes a gym, swimming pool and jacuzzi, all complimentary to hotel guests.
- Budapest Marriott Hotel. The present-day Marriott interestingly was originally built as the InterContinental Duna hotel in the 1960s. Therefore, the concrete structure is not much to look at, but the huge windows facing the Danube are a delight to look out from. The rooms are large and comfortable, but unfortunately infested by Marriott's typical eclectic "style" involving a mix of flatscreen TVs and modern office chairs with "classic" furniture and garish patterned carpets and curtains. The bathrooms are surprisingly basic for a hotel of that class. The Danube-facing restaurant with a terrace is probably the closest one to the Danube on the Pest side.
- Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8. Situated side-by-side with Le Meridien, the Kempinski tries to be a tad more than the competing chain properties, with a host of dining and bar options, a luxury spa and larger, more tasteful rooms.
- Downtown medical service (Belvárosi orvosi ügyelet), Semmelweis u. 14/B. (M2 Astoria), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24/7. The Downtown 24-hour ambulatory and medical duty, which carries out the VIP Ambulance LTD..Skype: VIPambulance. ☎+36.1.395.5565 (24/7). Paid patient transport with airconditioned ambulance vehicles.
- Fővám Square Pharmacy (Fővám téri Gyógyszertár), V. Fővám tér 4. (M4 1Fővám tér'), ☎ , fax: +36 1 2699524, e-mail: email@example.com. M-Sa 08.00–20.00, Su 08.00–16.00, After opening hours: permanent, continuous duty..
- Fifth District Police Station (V. kerületi Rendőrkapitányság), V. Szalay u. 11-13 (Bus 15, 105 to stop 'Markó utca'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24/7. Police SMS line for hearing impaired: +36 20 9000-107. EMERGENCY call ☎107 or 112.
- Post Office (Budapest #5 Posta), V. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 16 (M1 'Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út'), ☎ , e-mail: , email@example.com. M-F 08:00-20:00. More unit: #51 Posta (Dorottya utca 9, ☎+36 1-3186441, ☎+36 1 3186479, M-F 08:00-16:00), #56 Posta (Fővám tér 5, ☎+36 1 3182751, M-F 10:00-18:00)
- Post Office (Budapest #502 Posta), Szalay utca 10-14 (Bus 15, 115 to stop 'Markó utca'), ☎ , fax: +36 1-3113212, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 08:00-15:30.
- Post Office (Budapest 53 Posta), Múzeum körút 31-33. ( 'Astoria' or , 'Kálvin tér'), ☎ , fax: +36 1-3189906, e-mail: email@example.com. M 09:00-19:00, Tu-Th 09:00-17:00, F 09:00-15:00.