Budapest/Pest

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Pest is the eastern side of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Main tourist places concentrated for downtown, Andrássy út & neighbohoud, and Városliget area.

The downtown northern part includes the Parliament, Szent István Basilica and some museums, the south part mostly high class accommodations, night life area and the National Museum. Andrássy út: This boulevard was built emulating Paris' Champs-Élysées. It connects the Erzsébet Square in V. District and Heroes' Square in City Park. It crosses the körút at always-busy Oktogon square, which got its name from its shape. At the end of Andrássy út the City Park (Városliget) is probably the most pleasant of Pest's districts and houses a number of interesting if low-key attractions often skipped by the package tour companies. The area is easily accessible with the yellow subway line (nearest station BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere) and entry into the park, including the castle grounds, is free. This boulevard and its surroundings is part of the World Heritage.

The Chain Bridge and a view of Pest
  • The Jewish Quarter. This area of the Hungarian capital is also known as the Jewish Quarter. It was established as such at the turn of the 19th century when the Jewish community gathered in this district along the road leading to the bridge that crossing the Danube. The center of this area became Kiraly Street. Budapest today is home to the largest Jewish community in Central Europe. This area one can find most of Budapest's site's of Jewish cultural heritage, like the „Synagogue Triangle.” (This was also where in 1944 the Pest Ghetto was built.) At Dohany Street 2. you will find the world's second largest and Europe's largest synagogue, the Dohany Street Synagogue. The site of this building is also the birthplace of Theodor Herzl, Father of Zionism. In the garden is the Martyrs' Cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Adjacent to the temple is the Jewish Museum. The second point of the Triangle is the synagogue on Rumbach Street, also known as „the little synagogue.” The third point is the Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue. This area is home to kosher shops and Budapest's only mikveh (ritual bath). This historic district, as a part of the city's rehabilitation strategy, started to look towards youth culture and tourism in recent years: from 2002 some now very popular cafes, bars and summer music venues opened in buildings that were earlier considered for demolition: the Szimpla, the Gozsdu Mano Klub, or the Koleves (Stone Soup) to name a few. Since then the area, especially Kazinczy Street is not only known for its rich history and cultural heritage, but for it's unique cultural present, with "ruin pubs," art and design shops, like the Kék Ló (Blue Horse)and Printa graphic design studio which incidentally also function as pubs/cafes. In 2002 this historic neighborhood bordered by Kiraly and Csanyi Street, Klauzal Square, Kisdiofa and Dohany Street and Karoly Boulevard was named the old Jewish Quarter of Pest and was entered into the World Heritage Conservation Zone.

Get in[edit]

Coming from Buda, 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). Trams 4, 6, 47 and 49 are also good options.

Pest has two railway stations, the aforementioned Keleti pályaudvar, and Nyugati pályaudvar, from where you can continue your journey on Metro line 3 BKV m 3 jms.svg: or tram 4/6.

Get around[edit]

Caution NOTE: As of July 2013, major road works are taking place in Pest, resulting in disruptions of traffic on tram lines 2, 4 and 6. The northern terminus of tram 2 is reported at the corner of Garibaldi utca and Széchenyi rakpart, while trams 4 and 6 are interrupted between Oktogon and Rákóczi tér. Replacement buses (2V, 4V and 6V) are operated but they are not nearly as frequent and can be quite hard to find. The whole Parliament square (Kossuth lajos tér) is also inaccessible.
  • BKV m 1 jms.svg: Millennium Subway (Millenniumi Földalatti Vasút), From downtown along under the boulevard Andrássy to Városliget. The recently renovated metro 1 line. More Budapest:Get around:By metro for background). A convenient way to reach the outer areas of City Park. Normal ticket needed, but unlike other public transport, this it is only good for thirty minutes after the ticket is validated.
  • Deák Ferenc SquareV. Deák Ferenc Square (BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg). The metro network does a pretty good job of covering the Pest side of the river, with all three lines meeting up at Deák Ferenc tér in the center of the city.
  • Tram no. 2. This tram line running along the east bank fill in a useful gap. You shouldn't miss a ride along the Danube as it touches many tourist spots in Pest (e. g. the Parliament at BKV m 2 jms.svg: Kossuth Lajos tér and the Great Market Hall at Fővám tér). This line was recently voted as one of the most beautiful tram routes in the world, so it's a sight in itself and well worth trying.
  •    'Újpest-Árpád út' Boat Station (Újpest-Árpád út hajóállomás) (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Újpest-Városkapu', bus 104, 104A, 122, 196, 204). 'D11' boat line

See[edit]

Downtown[edit]

See in Belváros

Out from Downtown[edit]

  •    Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum (Dohány utcai zsinagóga és a Zsidó Múzeum), VII. Dohány ut. 2-8 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Astoria),  +36 1 343-0420, e-mail: . Mar-October: Su-Th: 10-18, F: 10-16:30; Winter 1.5h shorter. This synagogue is unique both because of its size, and its two onion-shaped domes, which are forty-three meters high. Onion domes are typically found on Catholic churches, and Hungary is a very Catholic country. Perhaps Ludwig Förster, the architect, meant for it to blend in a bit. Adults: €8, students: €4, Budapest card: €7, for student: €3.5.
  •    CETIX. Fővám tér 11-12, e-mail: . 9:30-20:00. It is also called as BÁLNA (Whale) and the venue of exhibitions, cultural and entertainment events. It is a beautiful glass bulding near the Martket Hall. It was designed by Kas Oosterhuis.
  •    Kazinczy Street Synagogue (Sasz-Chevra ortodox nagyzsinagóga), VII. Kazinczy u. 29-31 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera). Late Art Nouveau architecture, built between 1912–13, by the Löffler brothers. The most characteristic synagogue is part of a complex including a school and communal Hall built in 1911.
  •    Holocaust Memorial Center (Holokauszt Emlékközpont), IX. 39 Páva St (Tram line 4-6: Corvin-negyed stop, BKV m 3 jms.svg: Corvin-negyed station, Tram line 51-51A – Bokréta Street stop),  +36 1 455 33 33, e-mail: . Tu-Su: 10.00-18.00. This is a former synagogue, the Pava Synagogue. That dates back to the 1920s and serves as a memorial and museum for and about Hungarian Jews that were killed in The Holocaust.
  •    Eötvös Loránd University (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), VIII. Múzeum körút (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria. Opposite Hotel Astoria, and between the National Museum and a modern office block.). It was founded in 1635 by Péter Pázmány, Cardinal Archbishop of Esztergom. The university is one of Hungary's most widely recognized institutions of higher education. The campus of the Faculty of Humanities is situated among historic walls, and is attended by nearly 8,000 students and a vibrant international student community from all over the world. The former library and study of Loránd Eötvös, the famous Hungarian physicist and eponymous founder the university, had his library and study in Building "D", but several other hidden treasures can be found at the Faculty. It is worth dropping by for a short visit. Visitors can rest in the lush Trefort Garden or have a refreshment in the popular Bölcsész Terasz, an open-air cultural garden that has musical performances as well as food.
  •    Széchenyi Spa (Széchenyi fürdö), XIV. Állatkerti út 11 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Széchenyi furdo),  +36 1 363-3210. 6.00-22.00. It is one of the largest bath complexes of its kind in Europe and was the first baths to be built in Pest side. The ticket includes a number of wellness services in addition to the traditional balneological services. These include saunas, gyms, aerobic and group exercises in the pool. See the Baths section in Budapest for more information. Daily ticket €14-16; Afternoon ticket (from 7PM) €13, on weekends + €2-3.
  •    Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára), XIV. Vajdahunyadvár (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősők tere),  +36 1 422 0765. 24/7. While loosely modelled after a Transylvanian fortress of the same name, the building is not really a castle at all: it's a full-scale model built for Hungary's 1896 millennial celebrations. The structure has three distinct wings, one Gothic, one Romanesque and one Baroque, making it quite a bizarre sight when seen from a distance. But sneak up closer and its magic will be revealed: thanks to the moat, the trees and the carefully laid footpaths, you can usually only see one section at a time. The attention to detail (all copied from real sites around the country) has been painstaking, so it's like seeing three extraordinarily pretty castles rolled into one. The structure was originally supposed to be only a temporary one, but Budapest's people liked it so much that it was rebuilt to last. Located on an island in the middle of the park's lake. Free visit for courtyard.
  •    The statue of AnonymusXIV. Next to the Vajdahunyad chapel (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősők tere). 24/7. a hooded monk representing the unknown historian who recorded the annals of the early Magyars in the time of the mighty King Béla. (He is unknown partly because the King Béla he dedicated his work to could be any of 3 or 4 during the 12 and 13th centuries, but most probably King Béla III.) Hungarian writers still trek to the statue to touch his quill for inspiration. Free.
  •    ING office building (ING Biztosító), VII. Dózsa György utca 84 b (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere, 300 metres, south-eastwards on Felvonulási tér),  +36 40 464 464. 9:00–16:00. designed by Dutch architect Eric van Egeraat. Insurance company. Free.
  •    Jak Chapel, Vajdahunyad Castle (Jáki kápolna), XIV. Vajdahunyadvár (Entrance from the Vajdahunyad Castle coutyard). Mar – Oct: Su ( services ). Free.
  •    Millennial Monument (Milleniumi emlékmű), XIV. Hosok tere (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hosok tere). 24/7. Made for the 1,000th birthday of Hungary in 1896. Dedicated to a handful of outstanding Hungarian statesmen, kings and heroes who tried to make Hungary a better place and a thriving independent country.The tall column in the middle is topped by Gabriel Archangel. Free.

Terézváros[edit]

This is traditional name of the VI. district. The postal code is H-106X.

  •    Budapest Stock Exchange (Budapesti Értéktőzsde (BÉT)), VI. Andrássy út 93 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca),  +36-1-429-6700, e-mail: . M-F 09:00-17:00. Re-opened in 1990. The key institution of Hungarian financial markets and the official trading venue for publicly offered securities.
  • Former Institue of BalletVI..
  • St. Teresa of Avila Church (Avilai Szt.Teréz templom), VI. Pethő Sándor utca 2.. Founded 1777 in a wooden farmland building. Stone church build in 1801-1809. Inside finished in 1831, by Mihály Pollack.
  • Bencur House (Bencur Ház), VI. Benczúr u. 27. +36 1 322 4240, e-mail: . Built in 1880's. This is a a three-storey mansion. Here is now on the 2nd and 3rd floor the [www.postamuzeum.hu Post Museum]
  •    Western Railway Station (Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal, Nyugati pályaudvar), at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Váci Avenue. (M3 'Nyugati pályaudvar' or tram 4, 6 or bus 9, 26, 91, 191, 226, 291). The station was planned by August de Serres and was built by the Eiffel Company. It was opened on 28 October 1877. Previously another station stood in its place, the end station of Hungary's first railway line, the Pest–Vác line (constructed in 1846). This building was pulled down in order to construct the Nagykörút - Grand Boulevard which is now smaller than the outer ringroad (Hungária körút - Hungary Boulevard) and the recently opened motorway ringroad M0 (2008). - The station gave name to the immediately adjacent Nyugati tér (Western Square), a major intersection where Teréz körút (Theresia Boulevard), Szent István körút (Saint Stephen Boulevard), Váci út (Váci Avenue), and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Avenue) converge. The square also serves as a transport hub with several bus routes, tram routes 4 and 6, and a station on M3 line of the Budapest Metro. - Since 2007 state railway MÁV has operated regular services between the station and Budapest Ferihegy International Airport Terminal 1. The trip takes approximately 25 minutes, costs 365 HUF, and runs 2-3 times per hour. - Beside the railway station and partially above its open area there is the WestEnd City Center shopping mall. - This building seems to maintain an atmosphere of bygone days, in particular the ticket hall. There is a corridor between the main station entrance and McDonald's on the right-hand side of the main entrance. Formerly the station restaurant, this McDonald's is reputed to be the most elegant in the world. Apart from the ornate lighting, ceiling mouldings and general décor of the fast-food restaurant, Nyugati station McDonald's has a McCafé on the mezzanine floor, serving coffee and cakes in a more comfortable environment than the lower floor. - Also a 'sight' here the Royal Waiting Room, built for Emperor Franz Joseph I. This can be found about 100 m on the left-hand side after entering the main station hall behind a pair of high doors.
  • Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út), Andrássy út. This is an iconic boulevard in Budapest, dating back to 1872. It links Erzsébet Square with the Városliget. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. It is also one of Budapest's main shopping streets, with fine cafes, restaurants, theatres, and luxury boutiques. - An UNESCO World Heritage Site. - Notable Spots here: Hungarian State Opera House, Drechsler House, The "Pest Broadway": a junction of Nagymező utca with four exquisite theatres at its four corners, Franz Liszt square: a square with the Academy of Music and a multitude of cafés, Oktogon: junction with Grand Boulevard, House of Terror (Terror Háza): commemorating the two main oppressing regimes in Hungary, Fascism and Communism, and their victims (website, ÁVH), Franz Liszt Memorial House and the old Academy of Music, Zoltán Kodály Memorial House, College of Fine Arts, Ferenc Hopp East-Asian Art Museum, Heroes' Square: the entrance of the City Park, with the Millennium Monument, the Palace of Art (Budapest), the Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest), Recently opened world famous luxury fashion shops like Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Gucci and more.
The State Opera
  •    State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), VI. Andrássy ut 22 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera),  +36 1 81 47 408, e-mail: . Built between 1875-1884 by the premier Hungarian architect of the day, Miklós Ybl, who also worked on nearby St Stephen's Cathedral.Cheapest Opera on the planet-a full blooded production costs E1.50 in the "gods". +phone=+36 1 81 47 225 Tour €3.3, To stage €1.5, Operaball: €30-300.
  •    Rumbach Street synagogue (Rumbach utcai zsinagóga), VI. Rumbach Sebestyén utca 10 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria). This was built in 1872 to the design of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner. The Moorish Revival synagogue has eight sides, the octagonal, balconied, domed synagogue intricately patterened and painted in Islamic style is exquisitely beautiful. It was built not as an exact replica of, but as an homage to the style of the octagonal, domed Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine in Jerusalem
  •    Ernst Museum (Ernst Múzeum Budapest), VI. Nagymező utca 8 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera),  +36 1 341 4355. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, 11:00-19:00?. Contemporary Hungarian art. Part of 'Műcsarnok'. €2.5, €1.5.
  •    Jewish MuseumVI. (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria. At the main synagogue). - Details in dowtown chapter.
  •    Kodály Museum (Kodály Zoltán Emlékmúzeum és Archívum), VI. Andrássy út 87-89. (BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Kodály körönd'),  +36 1 352-7106, e-mail: . W, Th, F 10:00-12:00, 12:00-16:30. The flat consisted of four front rooms with conveniences. The furnishing was practical rather than luxurious; its individuality and charm was given by the taste of its residents. The rooms were decorated with folk ceramics and embroideries (souvenirs from the folk song collecting trips), and with keepsakes of the long-lasting artistic career: statues, laurel wreaths, programs of prominent performances abroad, as well as pictures of the closest family members and contemporary colleagues. Adult €3, €1.5.
  •    Liszt Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlékmúzeum és Kutatóközpont), VI. Vörösmarty utca 35 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Vörösmarty utca),  +36-1 322-9804, e-mail: . M-F: 10:00-18:00, Sa:09:00-17:00. Home of Ferenc Liszt, most famous Hungarian composer. Collection of his personal objects and instruments can be visited. - Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre was opened in September, 1986 in the building of the Old Academy of Music. There are : Entrance room - Dining room, - Study bedroom, - Drawing room, - Concert hall Adult €4.4, €2, Audioguide €2.4.
  •    Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts (Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum), VI. Andrássy út 103. (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca),  +36 1 322-8476. We-Su: 10:00-18:00. The Hopp Museum of more than twenty thousand objects such as custody, which is related to the Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Islamic culture. And additionally also has two large collections of Chinese and Japanese culture. Adults: HUF 1000 Students & pensioners: HUF 500 Family: HUF 2300.
  •    György Ráth Museum (Ráth György Múzeum), VI. Városligeti fasor 12 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca),  +36 1 342-3916, e-mail: . F-Su: 10AM-6PM. Permanent exhibitions: - Hamvas őszibarack és mohamedánkék - The art of Chinese ceramics, - Oriental collecting in Hungary, - Ukiyo-e - Japanese woodcuts from the Count Péter Vay collection, - György Ráth memorial room Adults: HUF 1000, Students, pensioners: HUF 500, Family: HUF 2300.
The House of Terror
  •    Museum of Terror's House or House of Terror (Terror Háza), VI. Andrássy út 60 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Vörösmarty; Corner of Csengery Street, a few hundred metres from Oktogon). Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. The building in the block of "Andrássy út 60." was used both by Nazis and the communist-led Political Police/State Security Police as headquarters. In the basement a labyrinth of prisons was created. Many people were jailed and starved or beaten to death here. 2002, the "house of fear" was converted into a stylish but depressing museum about Nazi and communist terror which helps visitors to understand Hungary's 20th century. This museum is displayed for the enlightenment of Hungarians, so one must get an English-language audioguide at the front desk for an extra fee. Adult €6.
  •    Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Goldmuseum (Aranymúzeum), VI. Andrássy út 110 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Bajza utca'),  +36 1 482 3190, e-mail: . Tu-Su 11:00-17:00. Has the leading collection in Europe of southeast Asian gold artifacts from the 1st millennia BC Adult €12, €6, over 70 years free.

Újpest[edit]

Other Museums[edit]

Statues in Heroes Square
  •    Hungarian Railway Museum (Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park), XV. Tatai út 95 +36 1 450 1497, e-mail: . Located at a railway station of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV). The museum covers more than 70,000 square meters and it features over one hundred exhibits, including railway vehicles and equipment. Visitors can not only admire the old machines: they can also try them out.
  •    Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), XIV. Dózsa György utca, 41 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere),  +361 1429-759. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Has an incredible range of European artwork from Greek and Roman times to the present. It is best known for its Spanish collection, the largest accumulation of Spanish paintings outside Spain. There is a large Greek and Roman collection, an Egyptian collection, much Italian (also French, German and Dutch) sculpture, including a statue of a man on horseback by da Vinci, and a very large collection of 10,000 drawings and 100,000 engravings rivalled only by similar collections in Berlin. On the Heroes Square ('Hősök tere') - with the Millennium Monument in the middle and two museums on the two sides. PERMANENT EXHIBITION €6, TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS €7-11, a wide variety of discount tickets.
  •    Palace of Art or Art hall (Műcsarnok), XIV. Hősők tere (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősők tere),  +36 1 460 7000, e-mail: . Tu-Su: 10:00-18:00. An "art hall" showcasing exhibitions of modern art by Hungarian and international artists. If you're nearby it's always worth taking a look to see what's happening today. Adult €6, student €3.
  •    Hungarian Agricultural Museum (Mezőgazdasági múzeum), XIV. Vajdahunyadvár (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere),  +36 1 422-0765, e-mail: . Tu – Fr: 10:00–16:00(1 Nov–31 Mar), 10:00–17:00 (Apr.1–Oct.31), Sa–Su: 10:00–17:00. Housed in Vajdahunyad Castle's baroque wing, this is the only part open to the public and it now houses the exhibits on breathtaking topics like cattle breeding and fishing. But at 550 ft a throw for students it's worth seeing just for the architecture. +phone=+36 1 363-1117 €4 or student €2.
  •    Bible Museum (Ráday Gyűjtemény - Biblia Múzeum), IX. Ráday utca 28 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Corvin negyed),  +36 1 217-6321, e-mail: . Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Three thousand years ago the world of the Bible - The Bible and Archaeology, - The write and text-story exhibitions. Since 2013 closed for renovation!
  •    National Museum (Nemzeti Múzeum), VIII. Múzeum körút 14/16 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria Or M3: Kálvin tér),  +36 1 338-2122, e-mail: . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00 Mar-Oct, 10:00-17:00 Nov-Mar. Not to be confused with the Hungarian National Gallery (Nemzeti Galéria), located in Buda Castle. Founded in 1802 by Count Ferenc Széchenyi, whose manuscript, map, numismatic and print collections formed its initial core holdings, the Hungarian National Museum was designed and built by the popular architect Mihály Polláck between 1837-1847. When it opened, it was the fourth largest museum in Europe. However, it was far enough from the city proper that sometimes loose cattle from the weekly Kálvin tér market wandered into the museum.- Before entering, take note of the museum's exterior, a fine example of neoclassical architecture, with an exceptional portico. Eight Corinthian columns support a frieze with an ornamental cornice and a large pediment. The pediment features the allegorical figure of Pannonia (Pannonia was the Roman name for the Hungarian lands) sitting with the Hungarian coat of arms on her shield, surrounded on either side by Science and Art. The exterior of the museum is also significant for what has taken place there. According to a popular urban legend during the 1848 revolutions that swept through Central Europe, on 15 March, Sándor Petőfi (perhaps Hungary's most famous patriotic poet) recited his emotionally gripping poem called "National Song" to a large crowd from the left pillar of the National Museum's exterior staircase. This poem pleaded with the nation to liberate Hungary from the Habsburg oppression. Not everyone was impressed. The director of the museum recorded in his diary that a noisy mob had gathered outside the building that day, disturbing his work so much that he left for home.- Major acquisitions and collections donated by the Kubinyi, Pyrker, Marczibányi and Jankovich families rapidly expanded the museum's holdings. Late in the 19th century some collections were separated from the general holdings to form new specialized museums such as the Museum(s) of Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Natural Science and Ethnography. Today the museum's five major divisions (archaeology, Middle Ages, modern era, numismatics, historical paintings), two permanent exhibitions, and archaeological library (with over 100,000 volumes!) make it one of the richest museums in Central Europe. €5.5, €3, photo €2, concert €5, Budapest-card discount.
  •    Museum of Applied Arts (Iparművészeti Múzeum), IX. Üllői út 33-37 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Corvin-negyed Or Tram 4, 6),  +36 1 456 5107. Tu-Su 10.00-18.00. The museum home is a masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau, built between 1893 and 1896 to plans by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. Collections of: furnitures, ceramics, glasses, metalworks, textiles and costumes. permanent exhibitions €7, Student €3, Bigot-pavilon same, Combined: €10, Student €4.
  •    Holocaust Memorial Centre (Holokauszt Emlékközpont), IX. Páva u. 39 (Tram 4,-6: Corvin-negyed stop; BKV m 3 jms.svg: Corvin-negyed station Tram line 51-51A – Bokréta Street stop),  +36 1 455-3399, e-mail: . Tu-Su: 10:00-18:00. The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city’s panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Páva Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest. +phone=+36 1 455-3333 Adult €5, discount €2.3.
  •    Ludwig Museum of Modern Art (Ludwig Múzeum – Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum, Művészetek Palotája), IX. Komor Marcell u. 1. (Tram 2 or 1 to Lágymányos bridge),  +36 1 555 3444, e-mail: . Tu: 10.00-20.00, We-Su: 10.00-18.00. Museum of Contemporary Art collects and displays masterworks of modern and contemporary art. Focusing on Eastern and Central European art, it also puts a special emphasis on presenting the Hungarian art of the 60's to recent days in an international context. Adult €2.7, €1.4.
  •    Natural History Museum (Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum), IX. Ludovika tér 2-6 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Klinikák),  +36 1 210 1085, e-mail: . W-M:10:00-18:00. Mainly minerals at display in the historic building of the old Ludovika Military Academy. Permanent Exhibitions 1600 HUF, Dinos from Argentina (temporarly) 1950 HUF, Dinosaur Garden 400 HUF. Students about half..
  •    Museum of Transport (Magyar Műszaki és Közlekedési Múzeum), XIV. Városligeti krt. 11 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Széchenyi fürdő' than across the City Park), e-mail: . Tu-F 10:00-16:00, Sa-Su 10:00-17:00. Exhibitions: History of motorcycling, - Exhibition on the History of Automobiles, - "Hungarian Railways are 150 years old", - Hungarian Navigation, - Hall of celebrities Urban traffic , - The Bridge Garden, - The steam locomotive 424 001 Adult €5.5, €3.

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Baths[edit]

  •    Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal SpaVII. Erzsébet körút 43-49 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon further tram 4-6),  +36 1 479-4000fax: +36 1 479-4333, e-mail: . A symbol of history, culture, architecture and the tradition of hospitality opens its doors in all its original splendour. The Royal Spa has been beautifully restored to its original splendour and now offers the latest state-of-the-art spa facilities and treatments. The Royal Spa is one of the most expensive in Budapest. It is a spectacle of opulence and luxury in the amazing art deco setting. Included in the price is bath robe, towels, lockers, hydromassage, fruit juices and water. Although expensive it is a truly unforgettable experience . day pass €35.
  •    Dagály Spa (Dagály Fürdő és Uszoda), XIII. Népfürdő u. 36 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Árpad Híd, tram No1, one stop toward Danube.),  361 452-4556, e-mail: . Daily 06:00 – 20:00. There is an outdoor 50m lap pool open year round and a covered-in-winter 25m lap pool. There are 2 large outdoor hot baths. One heated to 33C and the other to 36C. In summer, several huge pools are also available and plenty of open grass and trees for sunbathing or shade. The architecture is classic modern. - One changes clothes in a small cubicle before passing through to the large unisex locker room. Be sure to bring some bath sandals to wear to the pool edge. The floors are not always clean. One sees lots of families here, elderly people and fitness swimmers. Staff do not speak English, but is helpful and patient. ~€8. full day, €6 after 16:00. An attendants lock your clothes in a locker. Tip HUF 100 on your way out..
Inside Szechenyi bath
  •    Széchenyi Spa (Széchenyi Fürdő), XIV. Állatkerti krt. 11 (right next to the Zoo; BKV m 1 jms.svg: Széchenyi fürdő),  +36 1 363 3210, e-mail: . Indoor part open daily from 6AM-7PM; outdoor 6AM-10PM in winter; summer-time hours may be different.. Built in 1909 in the present-day City Park, this is the largest spa in Europe, and probably the nicest one in Budapest. A vast bath complex amidst beautiful architecture, it contains 3 outdoor pools including a large lap pool, at least 3 sauna rooms, and several indoor pools at different temperatures.- It is recommended not to store valuables in the lockers -- use the safe boxes for 500 HUF (well worth the peace of mind) . Signs warn they are not responsible for losses except for safe boxes. - The attendant will ask you to write a "code" word on a piece of paper; this paper is placed in the box along with your valuables, and you will be given a physical key. When retrieving your items, the attendant will ask you for the "code" and check it against the paper in the box. These safe boxes can be used if the larger locker or changing room is not required. - Its recommended that you bring your own towel or bathrobe, as the towels available for rent are more like bedsheets. - Outdoors: Two hot soaking pools (30 degrees C and 38 degrees C) and one swimming pool (26-28 degrees C) are all open-air (even in winter), and form the center of the baths. All facilities are shared by men and women (except shower and toilets). There's a swimming tube (a whirling corridor): round- (outdoors) or rectangle-shaped (indoors) pool with artificial flow, a feature difficult to find elsewhere. Another specialty is a tradition to play chess while sitting in the water - even in winter. One or two cafes/juice bars are available directly from the swimming deck, near the cabins, year-round. - Indoors: Several saunas, one steam bath. Cold-water pool, hot tubs, aqua-gym pool with weights. Northern part of indoors baths is more modern and clean. There are two entry types: Cabin (weekdays: 4600 HUF, weekend: 4800 HUF) or Locker (weekdays: 4100 HUF, weekend: 4300 HUF).
  •    Halassy Olivér Swimming Pool (Halassy Olivér Uszoda, Újpest), IV.Tóth Aladár utca 16-18. (M3 Újpest-Központ further tram 14 to 'Járműtelep utca'),  +36 1 696 1641, e-mail: . Mo-Fr 6:00-20:00, Sa 8:00-20:00, Su 8:00-14:00.
  •    Halassy Olivér Sport CentrumIV.Pozsonyi utca 4/C (M3 Újpest-Központ further tram 12, 14 to 'Tél utca'),  +36 1 369-2118, e-mail: . Sports Hall: 06.00-23:30, Body room: 06:00-23:00, Bowling: 06:00-23:00, Small rooms (art movement, facing room): 06:00-23:00.

Bicycling[edit]

  • Critical Mass. Different times. Unfortunately, there are few bicycle lanes and many dangerous drivers. However with organized groups such as Critical Mass operating in the city, things are slowly becoming more bicycle friendly. Pest is very flat and excellent for bicycle riding - just make sure to keep your wits about you, as drivers can be somewhat careless. Free.

Rent bicycles[edit]

  •    TreeHugger Dans Bookstore & CafeLázár u. 16 (BKV m 1 jms.svg : Opera),  +36 70 516-2716, e-mail: . M-F: 09:30-18:30 Sa-Su:10:00-16:00. summer daily 9:30-20:00. - Used English bookstore, bicycle rental and coffee shop. Smoke free and the staff is very friendly even if the book prices are extortionate. A good place to pick up a local city map with fresh recommendations.
  •    Yellow Zebra BikesLázár utca 16 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera),  +36 1 269 384. Ap-Oct: 9AM-8:30PM Nov-Feb: 9AM-7PM. Rents bicycle and also provides bicycle tours of the city €2-6 depend of type; €10-16 more than half day (same day return).

Cinemas[edit]

  •    Cinema Művész (Művész Mozi), Teréz körút 30 (BKV m 1 jms.svg, tram 4, tram 6 station/stop Oktogon),  +36 (1) 332 6726. 11:00-23:30. This is probably the most popular “Art Mozi” theatre in Budapest. Many Hungarian movies are on show with English subtitles; ask for them at the desk. HUF 920-1050.
  •    Movie Museum Örökmozgó (Örökmozgó Filmmúzeum), Erzsébet krt. 39 (tram 4, tram 6, stop Király utca),  +36 1 342-2167, e-mail: . “Perpetual motion” (that’s what the name means) is your best choice if you’re in mood to see a movie from the times when Leonardo DiCaprio was a child. Most of the oldies speak their original language and are subtitled in Hungarian.
  •    Uránia National Movie Theatre (Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház, Rákóczi út 21, metro 2 station Blaha Lujza tér, tickets HUF 890-990), Rákóczi út. 25 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria),  +36 1 486-3400, 486-3413, e-mail: . Daily 10:30–22:30. Combines mainstream European artistic movies with new Hungarian films, the latter ones sporadically subtitled in English. €4-5.
  •    CorvinCorvin köz 1. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Ferenc körút, tram 4, tram 6 stop Üllői út). One of the oldest, although completely modernised cinema in the city—gives multiplex feeling for those tired of malls. On Corvin's wall memorial tablets and reliefs are reminiscent of the 1956 revolution’s heavy fightings around the building; the memorial itself is worth a visit. Tickets HUF 1150, before 16.00 HUF 950, on Wednesday HUF 750.
  •    Palace WestendVáci út 1-3, 4th floor (in Westend City Center. BKV m 3 jms.svg, tram 4, tram 6 station/stop Nyugati pályaudvar)),  +36 40 600 600. 9:30-22:30. The most centrally located mall cinema. 2D, 3D films €5.3-7.
  •    Cinema City Arena:Kerepesi út 9., near to the Keleti Railway Station +36 40 600 600. 9:30 - 22:30. The cinema is on the first floor of the Arena Mall. It has VIP rooms, IMAX room. Accessible with wheelchair.

Gokarting[edit]

Ice Skating[edit]

  •    Boating lake of the City Park (Városligeti csónakázótó), Olof Palme sétány 5. (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősők tere, Trolley 75, 79),  +36 1 363 2673, e-mail: . M-F 9-13, 16-20; Sa-Su 10-14, 16-20, only during winter. Winter open-air skating rink. Summer boating lake. Rink entrance: M-F morning 600ft, Fri evening-Sun. Skate rental available (look for Roces sign further from the Heroes Square); deposit 15.000ft or a photo document; rental hour is 600ft., Summer boating HUF1500 /h.
  •    WestEnd City CenterVáci út 1-3 (M3: Nyugati),  +361 238-77-77. from Oct or Nov until Mar. There is a rink on the top of WestEnd mall. It is smaller, but it usually less crowded than the rink at City Park.

Parks[edit]

  •    City Park (Városliget), Olof Palme sétány (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Széchenyi Fűrdő). 24/7. Offers boating in the summer. There're also open-air tables for ping-pong nearby. Strolling around.
  •    Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden (Budapesti Állat és Növénykert), Állatkerti krt. 6-12 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Széchenyi Fűrdő),  +36(1)273-4900, e-mail: . Feeding hippopotamus is one of the main attractions in the zoo.

Shows, festivals[edit]

  •    Syma Sport and Events Centre (SYMA Rendezvény és Kongresszusi Központ), Dózsa György út 1. (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Puskás Ferenc Stadion),  36 1 460-1100, e-mail: . SYMA is used for sports events, concerts. SYMA has 3 halls. Hall 'A', the biggest has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Concerts usually accommodate a crowd of 6,000 Vary.
  •    : HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair CenterX. Albertirsai út 10. It is open all year. This is the venue of many exhibitions, fairs and congress. For example Travel exhibition, Caravan Salon.

Theatres[edit]

  •    Petőfi Csarnok (Petőfi Hall), Városliget, Zichy Mihály út 14. (BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Széchenyi fürdő'),  +36 1 848 02 06, e-mail: . M-F 10:00-16:00. often called PeCsa, is Budapest's only youth leisure center. Placed in the Városliget, it is a famous concert spot for pop/rock music, serving as home for hundreds of cultural programs, exhibitions, and fan clubs. PeCsa holds a 930 square metre hall, and an open stage with a guest capacity of 6000 persons.
  •    Magyar Theatre (Magyar Színház), Hevesi Sándor square 4 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Vörösmarty utca', trolley 73, 74, or 76 to Izabella utca stop),  +36 1 341-3849, e-mail: . M-F 10:00-18:00. Designed by Adolf Láng, and founded by the Rákosi-Beöthy family was built in 1897 in the then-suburban Izabella (today Hevesi Sándor) square. The premiere was on 16 October 1897. The two-storied auditorium had 996 seats ~HUF3500.
  •    Budapest Operetta Theatre (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera). Budapesti Operett Színház, 1065 Nagymezõ utca 19, metro 1, tram 4, tram 6 station/stop Oktogon, tickets HUF950-15000. Grandmothers' eternal favourite, the Operetta Theatre performs old-fashioned operettas for the nostalgic hearted and tries to be Madách's main rival in musicals.
  •    Central European Dance Theater (Közép-Európa Táncszínház), Bethlen Gábor tér 3 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: station Keleti Pályaudvar, Trollley 78). CEDT's company performs renowned contemporary dance theatre. HUF1,200 senior HUF700, student HUF800.
  •    Experidance Company (RaM Colosseum), XIII. Kárpát u. 23. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Dózsa György út, BKV m 3 jms.svg: Lehel tér, bus 15 Tisza utca stop),  +36 1 222 5254, e-mail: . At 15:00, or 19:00. This popular company performs Hungarian popular dances in modern conception. Performaces mostly in RaM Colosseum. ~HUF2800.
  •    Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája), Komor Marcell utca 1 (tram 2 to Millenniumi Kulturális Központ stop),  +36 1 555 3301, e-mail: . 09:00-18:00. This modern, power plant-looking building hides an excellent modern art museum (Ludwig Múzeum), a festival theatre (Fesztivál Színház) and the marvellous Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Bartók Béla Nemzeti Hangversenyterem), which offer great concerts from classical, jazz and world music to Hungarian and international pop, special children programmes and the best opera performances in Central Europe. The annual Wagner festival in June is a must. Spectacles are held all around the year. Book your tickets at the Palace of the Arts home page without additional booking fee. HUF700-9,800 for students are available for HUF 200 one hour before every show.
  •    Theatre Madách (Madách Színház), Erzsébet körút 29-33 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér, tram 4, tram 6 stop Wesselényi utca),  +36 1 478 2000, e-mail: . 10.00-12.30 & 13.00-18.30. If you want to see the Hungarian version of blockbuster musicals like The Phantom of the Opera or Producers, this is your place. Madách is widely popular among musical fans, and some of their recent shows have been critically acclaimed, so [www.madachjegy.hu book] well in advance. €6-30.
  •    Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza), Liliom utca 41 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Ferenc körút', tram 4, tram 6 stop Üllői út). 16:00-22:00. In a renovated transformer building, Budapest's most important contemporary cultural centre presents Hungarian and international experimental dance, theatre and music performances. A disco hall in the cellar and a lively bar upstairs also serve your entertainment. HUF1,000-2,500, 25% discount for student.
  •    State Opera or Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), VI. Andrássy út, 22 (BKV m 1 jms.svg:Opera),  +36 1 814 7100, e-mail: . guided tours - every 3PM and 4PM. It is home to the Budapest Opera Ball, a society event dating back to 1886. Before the closure of "Népszínház" in Budapest, it was the second largest opera building in Budapest. Today it is the largest Opera building in Budapest and Hungary. - - But even if tickets are expensive you will enjoy the performance even if you're not an opera buff. You can get cheaper tickets during the summer when there often are opera festivals. Most operas are in Italian, but at the State Opera they subtitle the entire performance in Hungarian. The hall is beautiful and in its original state. On the balcony surrounding the hall they have put the name of every classic opera performed there into the wood. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Appropriate dress - suits or sport coats for men, dress or skirt/blouse for women (although tuxedos to backpacker wear is seen during the week). - One of Europe's architecturally most breathtaking opera house's company performs traditional opera and ballet. The quality of its huge repertoire is not always up to international standards, but if you don't expect too much, you will spend a decent night here. Cheaper tickets offering reduced visibility are a good deal if you don't want to pay HUF2,500 for the official guided tour to the building. The company also performs at Theatre Thália. Tours €3.4, just to stage €2.4 kabin or box seats: €17-27..
  •    Theatre Thália (Thália Színház), Nagymező u. 22-24 (BKV m 1 jms.svg:Oktogon, or tram 4,6 station/stop Oktogon, Trolley 70, 78),  +36 1 312-4230. M-F 10.00-21.00 Sa-Su 14.00-19.00. Play areas: Main Stage, Microscope stage, New Studio, Arizona Studio HUF2,900-4,900.
  •    Theatre Erkel (Erkel Színház), János Pál pápa tér 30 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér or/and Tram 28, 37 II. János Pál pápa tér or bus 99 Kiss József utca),  +36 1 333 010. Open 2014?. the Opera's chamber theatre is closed due to reconstruction. Being the largest public building in the city for decades, it was made part of the Hungarian State Opera House in 1951.
  •    Planetarium (Planetárium), Népliget (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Népliget or Tram No.1 to Népliget stop),  +36 (1) 263 1811, e-mail: . Two English shows: - The Hubble Universe (32 min), - Wonders of the sky (50 min) €5.
  •    People Island (Népsziget), Zsilip út (BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Újpest-Városkapu').
  •    Swimming Pool of Ujpest (Újpesti Uszoda), IV. Arpad út and Rozsa utca corner (M3 Újpest-Központ than any bus toward east 2 stops).

Buy[edit]

Paprika and more, Great Market Hall

Váci utca is Hungary's premier shopping street and consequently very expensive. In general, prices for big-name goods in Budapest tend to be at least the same as in Western Europe, but rarely cheaper. Much of this due to the relatively higher rate of purchase tax (VAT), which in Hungary is set at 25%.

Markets[edit]

  •    Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok), Vámház körút 1-3 (Tram No.2, 47, 49 to Fővám tér),  +36 1 366-3300. M 06:00-17:00, Tu-F 06:00-18:00, Sa 06:00-15:00. A grand old three-level market hall, with a modern supermarket in the basement, small stalls selling mostly gourmet food items on the ground floor (more paprika and goose liver than you can shake a stick at) and handicrafts on the second floor. It is very touristy these days but still worth a visit. Bargaining and comparison-shopping are recommended.
  •    Lehel Market Hall (Lehel téri piac, Kofahajó), Váci út, 15-19 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Lehel tér),  +36 1 288 6887. M-F 6:00-18:00, Sa 6:00-14:00, Su 6:00 -13:00. Mostly fresh food prodacts. Founded 1945, demolished 2000, rebulded 2002, for $ ~15 million. Four level building (2 of them parking). There are 349 tenant retail space, more than 80 small-scale producers, Post Office. The market itself is designed primarily housed on the ground floor and the first floor gallery. The underpass level used mainly for the landing of goods dealers, and also here operates the "small market". At the Small market, - as well as in the other end of the hall,- a supermarket works, also find here pastries and sweets shop, antique store and pub. This section opens directly to the m3 subway, and this part open longer than the 'upper' section. - The whole building is painted by a myriad of colors,- especially red, yellow and blue,- whhat are the colors of the capital.
  •    Farmers Market of of Ujpest (Újpesti Piac), IV. Szent István tér (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ 300m).

Malls and department stores[edit]

  •    Arena Plaza (Aréna Pláza), Kerepesi út 9 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Keleti pályaudvar & trolley 80, 80A),  +36 1 880 7000, e-mail: . SHOPS: M – Sa 10.00-21.00, Su 10.00-19.00, Restaurants daily 08.00-24.00, TESCO hypermarket: 6.00-24.00, Cinema: 9.30–22.30.
  •    Árkád (ÁRKÁD Örs vezér tere Bevásárlóközpont), Örs vezér tere 25/a (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Örs vezér tere),  +36 1 433-1400, e-mail: . M-Sa: 6:50AM-10PM, Su: 7:50AM-8PM, Groceries M - Th and Sa 7AM-9PM, F: 7AM-10PM, Su 8:30AM-7:30PM; SHOPS: M - Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-7PM. Mode, shoes, pharmacy, dm, restaurants.
  •    Duna Plaza (Duna Pláza), Váci út 178 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Gyöngyösi utca),  +36 1 465 1666, e-mail: . Restaurants, cafés: M-Sa 10:00-19:00 Shops: M-Sa 10:00-21:00 Su 10:00-19:00.
  •    Sugár Shopping Center (Sugár Üzletközpont), Örs vezér tere 24 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Örs vezér tere),  +36 1 469 5300, e-mail: . M-Sa:10.00-20.00 Su: 10.00-18.00. Built in 1980. With more than 100 retail and service units (ground floor and first floor). More than 20 public catering, entertainment & service units(second floor).
  •    WestEnd City CenterVI. Váci út 1-3 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati tér, At the southern end of Váci út),  +36 1 238-7777, e-mail: . shops: M-Sa: 10:00-20:00 or 21:00 Su: 10:00-18:00 or 19:00. Formerly the largest shopping mall in Central Europe with over 400 shops, and one of the newest in Budapest. Pop into the pleasant roof garden for a break. - Cinema: Cash box is open: Su-Th: 9:30-23:00, F-Sa: 9:30-0:15. -

Supermarkets[edit]

  •    CBA SupermarketIV. István utca (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ 150m).

Eat[edit]

There are two areas packed with cafés, restaurants and disco clubs:

  • Liszt Ferenc tér (next to Andrássy út, between Opera and Oktogon) has several trendy restaurants and bars popular with tourists and locals; it's a nice place to stroll around while choosing
  • Ráday utca (starting from Kálvin tér), which is filled with restaurants.
  •    Andrássy avenue (Andrássy út), VI. Andrássy út. It starts at Erzsebet Square and finishes at Heroes’ Square. You can use the Metro Yellow 1 or 105 bus. Many restaurants and coffee houses can be found.

Coffeehouses[edit]

Confectionaries[edit]

  •    Bambi Ice Cream (Bambi fagyizó), IV.Berda József utca 50-54. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ tram 14 to Tél utca),  +36 30 566-5364. Daily 10.00-20.00.
  •    Vadgesztenye Confectionary (Vadgesztenye Cukrászda), IV.Telkes utca 14 (Telkes utca 14 and Vadgesztenye utca corner. - BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ further bus 220 to 'Nádor utca' or bus 96 to 'Bucka utca'),  +36 1 233 1380. M-F 11:00-19:00, Sa,Su 10:00-19:00.
  •    Alexandra Book Café (Alexandra Könyvesbolt Kávézója), Andrássy út 39 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon),  +36 1 461 5830. Daily 10:00-22:00. In the 19th Century was a Casino and later as the city's first real acting as a large department store building now houses a huge book store. Bookcafé is located on the second floor of the former Paris Department Store, which currently houses the Alexandra bookstore. Quiet, grandiose space. The beautiful Lotz hall ideal for meetings and established. If you love books and you love the tarnished splendor, be sure to check out here! - The café is decorated with beautiful chandeliers and a fresco-style ceiling, painted by Károly Lotz. His paintings also decorate the rooms of the Parliament building. The grandiose, palace-like interior makes visitors feel like they are in the residence of an aristocrat who once used to live on Andrássy Avenue. What makes Alexandra Bookcafé particularly interesting is that both the building and its interior are fine examples of Art Nouveau, while the café is reminiscent of a renaissance-style ballroom. - The menu contains small, gourmet meals, like salmon on a bagel or cheese platter and a large selection of pastries at reasonable prices. Free WiFi. 3 courses average price (HUF): 3,500; Wine (HUF / dl): 420 (2012).
  •    SugarShop (cukorkaboltok), Paulay Ede utca 48. (m1 Opera), e-mail: . M 12:00-22:00, Tu-Su 10:30-22:00. Pastries, Cakes, Muffins, Mini Cakes, Chocolates, Candes, Lollies, Ice Cream, Milk Rice. - Other unit: Petőfi utca 35
  •    Zila Café (Zila Kávéház Krisztina Cukrászda és Étterem), Üllői út 452 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Határ út further Tram 50, bus: 93, 93A, 236, 236A to stop Szarvas csárda tér),  (1) 290 2417, e-mail: . Daily 10:00-22:00. Here made four times the 'Country cake'. Cold appetizers HUF1 690-2 890; Soups HUF890-1 290; Hot Appetizers HUF 1 490-1 890 ; Salads HUF1 990 - 2 390 Ft; Sandwiches 790-1 890; Fish dishes HUF2 990- 3 390 ; Poultry dishes HUF2 590 -3 490; Pork dishes HUF690 -2 790; Veal & Beef dishes HUF2 390- 4 390; Lamb dishes HUF 2 890-3 290; Pasta dishes HUF 1 590-2 390; Home-made pickles and fresh salads HUF500.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Dunapark Cafe & Restaurant (Dunapark Kávéház), Pozsonyi út 38 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Lehel tér),  +36 1 786 1009, e-mail: . M-F 8:00-23:00, Saturday: 10:00-23:00, Su: 10:00-22:00. A very noble café-restaurant, originally opened in 1937, for enjoying a coffee or cake, some food, and live piano music. Situated in the pleasant, though less touristy quarter of Újlipótváros quarter, District XIII. Soups €5, Sandwiches €8-11, Starters & Salads €6-11, Main Dishes €10-15.
  •    New York Café (New York Kávéház), Erzsébet körút 9-11 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér),  +36 1 322-1648, e-mail: . 9AM - Midnight. This is the complete opposite of Buda's Ruszwurm: absolutely over the top ornate, shiny, dazzling. The New York has been a writer's haven for years -- before WWII writers would often come to "work" first thing in the morning, buy some coffee and write in the café all day until it was time to go home. This café was rammed by a Russian tank in the 1956 Hungarian uprising, and the damage has still not been repaired! Obviously, the Russians knew what would sting the most -- damaging a popular coffeehouse! A lengthy renovation was completed in 2006 and it's now back in business. Snacks €11, soups €7, main course €14-18, cafes: €3-4, tea €6.

Restaurants[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

Fast food[edit]

  •    McDonald's Restaurant, West EndVI. distr. Vaci ut. 1-3. (m3 Nyugati, Tram 4, 6). Su-Th 08:00-22:00, F, Sa 08:00-24:00. All units have Wi-Fi. More than thirty units in Pest. - Other units: IV. distr. VÁCI ÚT 94-98.(Tel: +36 399 0141, Daily 07:00-23:00, McDrive, McCafé, McReggeli,Parking), IV. KER. ÁRPÁD ÚT 183-185. (Tel: +36 1 272 0105, McDrive, McReggeli, Parking), VÁCI ÚT 95. (Daily 07:00-02:00, McDrive, McReggeli), XIII. KER. SZENT ISTVÁN KRT 2. (Tel: +36 339 8641,Daily 07:00 -23:00, McReggeli)
  • McDonald's RestaurantX. KER. BORÁROS TÉR 4. Daily. - McCafé, McReggeli, Wifi
  •    Burger King (Keleti BURGER KING®), Baross tér 14 (m2 Keleti p.u.),  +36 1 413 6234. 08:00-23:00. - Other units:Oktogon Burger King, 1056, Oktogon tér 1, WiFi, 07:30-24:00; XIII. Szent István körút 10;
  •    Burger King (Astoria BURGER KING®), 1088, Rákóczi út 1-3 (m2 Astoria),  +36 1 266 0702. - Other units: Astoria BURGER KING® , 1088, Rákóczi út 1-3., 1 266 0702; Nyugati BURGER KING® (1065, Nyugati tér, 1 269 0616); Emke BURGER KING® (1107, Akácfa utca , 1 321 8147); Aréna BURGER KING® (1087, Kerepesi út 9 , +36 1 323 1732 ),
  •    Lecso Fast food Restaurant (Lecsó Gyorsétterem), XIII. Szent István körút 10 (Tram 2, 4-6, to stop Jászai Mari tér, troli 75, bus to stop Tátra u. 206, 26 or from (M3) Nyugati),  +36 1 349 3580, e-mail: . Su-Th 11.00-24.00, F-Sa 11.00-02.00.
  • McDonald's Árpád útIV. Árpád út 183-185. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ buses to east stop 'Víztorony'),  +36 1272 0105. 7:00-23:00, McDrive: 24/7. Other unit in IV. district Váci út 94-98. (Open 7:00-23:00, Tel: 06 1/399 0141, 06 30/682 0584)

Budget[edit]

  •    Central Bistro (Központ Bisztró), IV. Szent István tér 1. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ 400m),  36 20/912 7596. M-F 12:00-22:00, Sa-Su 12:00-24:00.
  • Csupa Csibe Chicken (Csupa Csibe Csirke-Falatozó), IV. Árpád út 98. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ 300m East),  70/645 8085. M-F 10-17. Delivery Frieds HUF220-350 per 100 gr..
  •    Arriba! Taqueria (Arriba Teréz krt.), Terez Krt. 25 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon. - After Aradi st., one block northwest from Octogon),  +36 1 374-0057, e-mail: . M-W: 11:00-22:00 Th-Sa: 11:00-24:00 Su: 11:00-22:00. An expat's dream, a decent taqueria in Budapest! Chips & Salsa, Guacamole, Jalapeno. More units: Széna tér 1/A.(Buda, M2: Széll Kálmán), Arriba Allee Pláza, Október huszonharmadika u. 8-10 (Buda, near to Móricz Zsigmond tér) Salads, Tortilla Soup €2-2.5, Fish Tacos with soft drink €6.3.
  •    Pozsony tavern (Pozsonyi kisvendéglő), Radnóti Miklós utca 38 (near Margaret bridge, corner of Pozsonyi út and Radnóti utca, tram 2, 4 or 6),  +36 1 787 4877. 10:00-24:00. Traditional Hungarian cuisine, cosy atmosphere - friendly staff, cheap and excellent menu. It's only a 15 minute walk from the Parliament. Only a few steps from Kiskakukk Restaurant (s. there). Beware: Large portions, only very hungry people can eat two courses here. €3-6.
  •    Stex Cafe-Restaurant (Stex Kávézó - Étterem - Söröző), Jozsef korut 55-57 (at the corner of Street Baross and Boulevard Jozsef) (Tram: 4-6, bus 9, red 17, trolley 83, M3: Corvin-negyed),  +361 318 57 16, e-mail: . M-Sa: 08:00-04:00 Su: 09:00-02:00. Pub, restaurant and casino. Try for a good-quality, mid-budget food. Menu €3.5, breakfast €2-3, Appetizers €6-8, Vegetarian food €4-8, Soups €2-3, Salads €5-8 , Cold salads -€3, fishes €6-9, Stex meat bowl (for 2 persons) €18.

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Bagolyvár (Bagolyvár Étterem), Gundel Károly út 4. (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere),  +36 (1) 468-3110fax: +36(1)363-1917, e-mail: . 12:00–23:00. Mid-range sister of famous Gundel. Claims to be the only Hungarian restaurant where women cook and serve food. Soups can be served either in a small tureen, which is better for a company to give everyone a try of several soups. Grilled сheese with caramelized walnut and fruits is a must-try, ideally with a semi-sweet Tokaji wine. Wiener schnitzel is huge-sized, be careful. Wine soup sound promising, but not everyone likes it. Creamy wild game soup with croutons is really good. Teas (Impria brand) are quite average; cocoa is really good. To buy a take-away bottle of wine you liked in Bagolyvar, head to 1894 Food & Wine Cellar to save half a price. Tourist mix: many locals, but tourists still prevail; Russians/Ukrainians and Austrians can be frequently seen there. Menus €11-30; with wine €34, meat dish €10-22, dessert €3-7, fish €17-21, soup €5-8.
  •    Berliner Pub (Berliner Sörkatakomba - Söröző - Pub - Bár), district IX, Ráday utca 5 (near BKV m 3 jms.svg 'Kalvin ter'),  361 217-6757, e-mail: . M-Sa: 11:00-24:00, Su: 11:00-23:00. Try for high-quality, medium-budget food. Excellent service, fresh beer, huge meals. Recommended (Jan 2010). Appetizer €3-8, soups €3, pasta €6-8, berliner classic €6-8, bier (more than a dozen) 0,33 l €3.3-3.6.
  •    Firkász Cafe-Restaurant (Firkász Kávéház Étterem), Tátra utca 18 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati tér),  +36 (1) 450 1118, e-mail: . Daily 12.00-23.00. Small and cosy with great atmosphere (including walls cutely decorated with objects associated with the newspaper trade) and excellent Hungarian food and wine.- entrees €5-11, Soups €3-7, Hungarian mains €11-20, menu €26, International dishes & Specialties €10-20, Firkász dish for two: €38, Garnishes €2, Salads €3-6, Desserts €4-5. All prices include sercice charge! (2014).
  •    Magdalena Merlo restaurant (Magdalena Merlo Étterem), Király u. 59/b (BKV m 1 jms.svg:Oktogon. Near Academy of Music),  +36 1 322-3278, e-mail: . 10:00-24:00. Nice interior and good-looking visitors are promising enough to give it a try. mains are under €15 (2014).
  •    Indigo Restaurant (Indigó Indiai Étterem), Jokai utca 13 (BKV m 1 jms.svg:Oktogon),  +36 1 428-2187, e-mail: . 12:00-23:00. Has excellent Indian food, with great options for vegetarians. Soups €2-3, Appetizers €3-6 Tandoori delights €6-15 Vegetarian dishes €4-6 Chicken Dishes €7-8 Lamb Dishes €10, Seafood Dishes €10-11 Rice Dishes €2-10 Indian Bread 1.5-2 Salads and Raita 2-3 Desserts 2 Soft Drinks €1.3.
  •    Múzeum (Múzeum Kávéház és Étterem), Múzeum Körút 12 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, near National Museum),  +36 1 267-0375, e-mail: . M-Sa: 18:00-24:00. Great place to try Hungarian cuisine and wines, although quite expensive. Old-style interiors, looks very much like a museum. Tourist mix: half are locals in evening dresses, another are tourists (even backpackers) driven here by travel guide books. Although service charge is already included on bill, waiters, piano player and even cloakroom attendant all expect tips and hint it heavily--at least from tourists unaccompanied by locals; possibly locals in your company can change their attitude. Mains: €12-18, wine in glass €2-3/dl.
  •    Leroy CafeVáci út 1-3 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati tér),  +36 1 238 71 09, (36) 70 333 20 74, e-mail: . Daily 11:00-24:00. The jewel piece of the chain. Often plays live music. Mid to high-priced restaurant chain that offers Hungarian classics with other Italian and European cuisine. Very fashionable interiors and popular with the well-paid white collar crowd. Reservations are recommended during traditional peak times. When eating here, always make sure that you won't be slapped on an extra 100% service charge. Read the menu before entering the restaurant carefully and insist on talking to someone who speaks english. More unit: Kerepesi út (Aréna Plaza). Soups €3-5, mains €7-18, desserts €4, salads €3, coffees €2-3.
  •    Raday Pest Restaurant (Ráday Pesti Vendéglő), Ráday utca 11 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Kálvin tér),  +36 1 219 5451, e-mail: . Snacks € 5-8,Hamburgers €8.8-12.0, Vegetarian dishes €5.0-8.0, Soups €3.5, Salads €3.5-7.0, Pickles €2.8, Classic Hungarian dishes €2.8-15.0, Poultries €7.1-14.0, Pork dishes €8.2-11.5, Beef and veal dishes €7.1-21.4, Meat dishes € 9.6-12.3, Fish 100-gr €3.6-10.3, Giant prawns €15.0, Garnish €2.0-3.5, desserts €3.5-4.3.
  •    Rákóczi Restaurant (Rákóczi Grillház), Rákóczi út 57 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér or M2: Keleti pályaudvar),  +36 1 333 1342, e-mail: . M-Su 12:00-24:00. All-you-can-eat concept. All you can eat €9-10, All you can eat and drink €15-17 plus for all a service charge.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Ristorante Il Terzo CerchioVII. Dohány utca 40, (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria station, trams: 47 or 49, bus: 7 or 78),  36-1-354-0788. Mo-Su 12.00–23:30. Italian Restaurant. Pizzas Starters/Soups/Salads/Pastas/Mains/Desserts HUF2500/1300-2500/2200/2000-3300/2200-5000/1000-1200.
  • Chez Daniel Restaurant (Chez Daniel Étterem), 1063. Szív utca 32, (BKV m 1 jms.svg Kodály körönd station or bus 105),  36-1-302-4039. Mo-Su 12-15 and 19-23. French cuisine. French and Hungarian wines
  • Haxen Restaurant (Haxen Király Étterem), 6th district, Király utca 100 (BKV m 1 jms.svg Vorosmarty utca station trolley buses: 73, 76, 78),  36-1-351-6793. Su-Th 12 pm–12 am, Fr-Sa 12 pm–1 am. A popular Bavarian beerhouse and restaurant, offering huge pork knuckles, knödels, sausages.
  • Momotaro Ramen6th dist, Széchenyi utca 16 (metro (red) Kossuth Lajos tér station, tram: 2 or 2A, bus 15),  36-1-269-3802. Mon-Sun 11am – 10 pm. Chinese restaurant, also Japanese dishes here meals 3000 HUF.
  • Taiwan Restaurant19th dist., Gyáli út 3 (metro (blue line), Nagyvárad tér station),  36-1-215-1236. Mo-Su 12pm – 12 am. one of the best Chinese restaurants available in Budapest
  • Pampas Argentine Steakhouse RestaurantVámház körút 6. (next to the Central Market Hall. metro (blue line) Kálvin tér station, tram: number 2 or 2A or 47 and 49),  36-1-411-1750. 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.
  •    GundelÁllatkerti út 2 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere),  +36(1)468-4040fax: +36(1)363-1917, e-mail: . 11:30AM-3PM. The flagship of Hungarian gastronomy for decades. Jackets are mandatory for gentlemen in evening time, and dinner clothes are recommended. On Sundays, the restaurant serves a buffet brunch, - reservations recommended. This is worth the price for the amazing dessert buffet alone. The restaurant is part of a holding including an own wine brand, and a line of delicacy products (cheese, goose liver, palinka and paprika). Brunch 6600 with drinks, 5600 without.
  • 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.
  •    KiskakukkPozsonyi út 12, next to Margaret bridge, between Katona Jozsef and Radnoti Miklos streets (Tram 4, 6 to Margaret Bridge (Pest)),  +36 1 4500-829. Traditional Hungarian cuisine, wonderful ambience - very friendly staff, excellent menu, good english spoken, wireless internet. Warm old bookshop/library feel but patrons of all ages - highly recommended. It is only 2 minute walk from the eastern end of Margaret Bridge. Stuffed cabbage excellent as were the meat dishes. Large portions HUF 7000 for 2 courses including beer and good house wine.
  •    TrofeaVisegrádi u. 50A (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Lehel tér). - reasonable buffet, - all you can eat and drink (beer, wine, champagne). More units: at the final station of Metro line 1 (Erzsébet királyné út 5); in the XIth district (Hauszmann Alajos / Szerémi út).(flagship outlet). €18 on the weekends, lower prices during the week.

Drink[edit]

There are dozens of romkocsma (literally translated: ruin-pubs) in city centre (V.-VI.-VII. districts). 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 & Clubs[edit]

  •    For Sale PubVámház körút 2 (BKV busz symbol.svg: 5, BKV trolibusz symbol.svg: 83, BKV villamos symbol.svg: 2, 47, 49 to stop 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.
  • Fregatt PubV. Molnár u. 26 (BKV m 2 jms.svg:),  318-9997. A British-style pub that's popular with foreigners. The interior is styled after a frigate.
  •    Instant Bar/ClubVI. Nagymező utca, 38 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon),  +361-3110704, e-mail: . M-F 18:00 - 02:00. An alternative backyard bar spanning across multiple houses. Good for drinks and music in the cellar but no food served besides hot dogs. - 23 rooms, 6 bar, two open-air garden, three disco
  •    Kuplung (Clutch (English translation), Király utca 46 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon). An underground bar located in an old garage, hence the name Kuplung, which means "clutch" in English. Has dancing, frequent live music, friendly bartenders, and decent drink prices. The walls are decorated with graffiti. Usually busy, especially later in the evening. Also, as with most Hungarian bars, has a few foosball (cso-cso) tables which are almost always occupied.
  •    Morrisons English PubVI. Revay utca, 25 / Andrássy út 20 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera),  +36 1 269-4060. An underground pub, with a dance floor and kareoke. Its a fun place to go with friends and they have cheap beer. You'll find a lot of travellers and local Hungarians.
  •    Szimpla Kert/MoziV. Kazinczy utca 14 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, or bus:5, 7, 7A, 8, 112, 178, 239 to stop Uránia), e-mail: . Apart from the huge ruin-like bar/club/cinema that is frequented by Hungarians and foreigners as well, "Szimpla" is also the name of a project to support alternative culture on a profit oriented basis. The place is definitely worth visiting: good atmosphere, good music, great people and a very interesting location. Hungarian pizzas from the owen: HUF600, SNACKS 780, salad 880, WARM SANDWICHES HUF850, VEGETARIAN WARM SANDWICHES 800, Hamburger (giant) 1200. Hotdog HUF600, Fried onion rings HUF600, French fries HUF650. - Ratatouille with sausage HUF850, Chicken liver HUF850, Sausage HUF850.
  •    SzódaWesselényi u. 18 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, or bus:5, 7, 7A, 8, 112, 178, 239 to stop Uránia),  +36 1 461-0007, e-mail: . Another place to go out. By day it's a cafe in the old Ghetto; close to the Shul, but by night it is a strangely unique bar for dancing and enjoying Budapest! Check out this real Hungarian place.
  •    Macska Cafe and Gallery (Macska Kávézó és Galéria), VIII., Bérkocsis u. 23? (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér),  +36 1 786 8370. Daily 16:00-01:00 (2011). Macska which means "Cat" in Hungarian is a charming, eclectic pub and vegetarian restaurant in District VIII. The neighborhood may have a bit of a bad reputation, but its really quite alright as it is close to Jozsef Ringroad. It is a ruin pub decorated with recycled, retro pieces, showing yet again that in Hungary one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure. Feature art exhibitions, dj sets and craft beer as well as delicious vegetarian snacks, meal and desserts. Wifi, friendly staff and interesting patrons.

Wine tasting[edit]

There were several huge free wine tasting facilities on Buda Hill; these are now closed though still listed on many sites. One new one is in a catacomb at the cliff at the end of the main street on the hill. You pay a fee for the tour based on how many and which wines you will taste at the end of it.

  • Gundel 1894 Food & Wine CellarÁllatkerti ú. 2 (BKV m 1 jms.svg: HŐsők tere),  +36 1 468-4044fax: +36 1 363-1917, e-mail: . M-Sa 6PM-11PM; happy hours 5PM-7PM (30% discount for wine by glasses). Preferred place for buying wines from Gundel wineries; 2 times cheaper than in Bagolyvar restaurant (and possibly more than in Gundel restaurant). Offers a series of wine-tasting courses; very serious about rare vintages. Some soups and mains are also served.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Pest has a huge number of backpacker hostels.

  •    2night HostelSzt. Istvan krt, 22, Just press ’96′ (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati pályaudvar, or Direct train access from airport Terminal 1),  +36-30-388-7116. Big rooms, no bunk beds, free breakfast, free Internet. Formerly known as 2night Home or 2night Privates hostel. Offers spacey double rooms and dorms. 4, 6 bed or dbl. (off season) €11, €10, €16; - - 4, 6 bed or dbl.: €15, €13, €22 per person.
  •    Aboriginal hostelBródy sándor utca 46 (Tram 4, 6 to stop Rákóczi tér, M2 Blaha Lujza),  +36 1 2668646. . Next to the National Museum in the city centre. Staff very helpful and speak very good English. ?.
  •    Astoria City HostelRakoczi ut 4 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, Tram 47, 49, Bus: 5, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 15 112, 133E, 178, 233E, 239),  +36 1 266-13-27, e-mail: . . Offering dormitories, private rooms and apartments. Dorm 6-8 bed EUR 14-18, Triple EUR 72/room, dbl EUR 56-64/room twin EUR 56/room (2014 aug).
  •    Bed 'n Roses (vendégház), Zichy Jenő utca, 20 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János station, BKV m 1 jms.svg,BKV m 2 jms.svg,BKV m 3 jms.svg: Deak ter BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera house; Zichy Jenő/Hajós u. corner),  +36 20 332-6322, e-mail: . Offers quality accommodation, mid prices. Dorm 5 bed €16 (only in jun-sep possible), Sgl/Dbl Su-Th & 1st night €44/50, from 2nd night €34-38/36-40 EUR,+EXTRA:10eur/room/night for all Fri, Sat..
  •    Carpe Noctem Party HostelSzobi utca 5, Doorbell 13 (m3 Nyugati station),  +36 20 365-8749. A mid priced place. Perfect for single and young, who want to be part of an interactive and lively hostel experience as well as maximising the city in the day time and seizing the night when the sight seeing has ended. min. 2 nights from HUF4500/night in 8 bed dorms weekend extra 12%!.
  •    Dominik Hotels (Central Hotel 21), 8th dist, Mária utca 10 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér, tram 4, 6 to stop Rákóczi tér),  +36 1 783 0533fax: +36 1 783 0536, e-mail: . 3 star. In a quiet, renewed area. The centre can be reached in 5 minutes walking. sgl/dbl from HUF 12,700/20,000.
  •    easyHotel Budapest OktogonEotvos utca 25/a (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon),  +36 1 411 1982. Cheap hotel, with small rooms. sgl. from €39.
  •    Friends Hostel Budapest6th district, Teréz köút 4, 2nd floor (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon square, BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza square 0.7km),  +36 20 265 05 78, e-mail: . Very well located small hostel in a walking street. Clean, well equipped, friendly staff. (2014. may) sgl/dbl/tpl from €33/38/45. Dorm 5 bed €12, one night extra €€5, off season discounted.
  •    Locomotive light hostelBaross ter 2 (BKV m 2 jms.svg Keleti p.u.), e-mail: . No curfew, no lockout, Free internet - terminal and wifi, Free breakfast drinks, Kitchen. Cycle rental available (near the hostel) Dorm 5-6 bed €13-14, Sgl/Dbl.€30/36.
  •    Mellow mood Marco Polo hostelNyár utca 6 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér). Staff not particularly welcoming or helpful. Very clean and well maintained. Easy to find. Internet access was expensive (250ft/half hour) in the portal. Breakfast for fee. Sgl/Dbl. €33-40/40-48. dorm 12 bed EUR11,5-14,0..
  •    Unity hostelKiraly utca 60. 3rd floor. (BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon),  +36 1 413-7377fax: +36 1 413-7378, e-mail: . Check-out: Late ?. Free breakfast, tiny rooftop terrace. CCramped but clean, central, cheerful, safe and cheap. Lockers and kitchen. 24 hr open. It has sister hostel on lake balaton. Dorm from EUR 12, Sgl/Dbl/tpl. 29/36/43/49. Apt from EUR 57 (2014).
  •    Tiger Tim's PlaceTeréz Körút, 58. Buzzer 64 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati),  +36 20 292-8320. Party hostel. It's a bit tough to find. ~Dorm 4-6-8 bed from HUF4,000, dbl HUF14,000-18,000, 12 bed from HUF1,800? (2014 mid season).

Mid-range[edit]

  •    Hotel ViktóriaIV. Váci út 27-29 (regular boat services (D11 line) or BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ further bus 104, 104A to 'Károlyi István utca'),  +361 785 9069fax: +361 379 7389, e-mail: . Three star. sgl standard or superior €50 or 65; dbl 70 or 75 (from Apr to Sept).
  •    Hotel KarinIV. Fóti út 75 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ further bus),  +36 1 3704731fax: +36 1 2310146, 36 1 2310147, e-mail: . Twenty a/c, dbl. rooms. Accept Budapest card sgl/dbl/tpl from €52/57/64.
  •    1 ST Hotel HostelSip utca 5 (BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria),  +36-20-915-1029, e-mail: . Check-in: 11:00-21:00, check-out: 09:30-10:00. Cheap hostel, central location, for special request large groups accepted even for 8-15 person. dorm 4, 6 and 8 bedded ? sgl./dbl. HUF18,000.
  •    Aventura Boutique Hostel1132 Visegrádi str.12; Door bell:5 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati pályaudvar),  +36 1 239-0782, e-mail: . Check-out: flexible?. Uniquely designed, intimate, cosy environment. From here most of the sites are within walking distance, otherwise metro and tram are a few minutes walk away. Very enthusiastic and helpful staff, clean and nicely decorated rooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Good breakfast and free internet. Dorm 5 bed €18, 6-8 bed €14, dbl. HUF15,000-18,000 (2014).
  •    Hotel Gloria Budapest City Center ***Blathy Otto street 22 (m3 Népliget),  +36 1 210 4120, e-mail: . . Small hotel in a very quiet green belt of the city. Rooms with breakfast. Mar–Oct sgl/dbl from €44/56 (in low season: discounts, 2014).
  •    K+K Hotel OperaRévay utca 24 (BKV m 1 jms.svg Opera),  +36-1-269 02 22fax: +36-1-269 02 30, e-mail: . “Váci utca” is just a short walk away, while the “Opera” underground station is right next door. high season dbl €128 (in low season: discounts, 2014).
  •    King's HotelNagy Diofa utca 25-27 (m2 Blaha Lujza tér and walk; or Trolley 74 to Nyár utca),  +36 1 352-7675fax: +36-1-352-7696, e-mail: . Check-in: 11.00, check-out: 15.00. , three star, in the heart of the Ghetto. Rates include breakfast. 79 rooms. high season (2014) sgl/dbl €60/70.
  •    Lion's Garden Hotel BudapestCházár András utca 4 (metro 2 Keleti pályaudvar and take bus 7. to stop Cházár A. utca; trolley 79 or 75 to stop 'Ajtósi Dürer sor'),  +36 1 273-2070fax: +36-1 221-4274, e-mail: . . The four star hotel has a large wellness area. 30 rooms From HUF18,000.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Grand Hotel Royal and SPA (Corinthia Hotel Budapest), Erzsébet körút 43 (tram 4, 6 to stop Király utca, m1 Oktogon),  +36 1 479 4000fax: +36 1 479 4333, e-mail: . A symbol of history, culture, architecture and the tradition of hospitality opens its doors in all its original splendour as Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal. First opened in 1886, the Royal Spa has been beautifully restored to its original splendour and now offers the latest state-of-the-art spa facilities and treatments. More at 'do' chapter Dbl. From €514.

Camping[edit]

Camping Haller, Budapest
  •    Bikercamp Camping & PansionBenyovszky Móric utca 40 (m3 Népliget),  +36 1 3337059fax: +36 1 3034438, e-mail: . Check-in: 12.00, check-out: 12.00. 2 double bedroom, and 1 triple bedroom. Run by a biker since 1991. Offers showers, a pub, and laundry service. Free parking. Tent space: 25 little €10/person in camp, sgl/dbl €30/40, Breakfast /6-10 o'clock/ €5; Dinner /18-21 o'clock/ €12.
  •    Camping Haller **Haller utca 27. (m3 Nagyvárad tér further Tram 24 to stop 'Balázs Béla utca'),  +36 1 476-3418, Mobil:+36 20 367 4274, e-mail: . 24/7. Each 4th night is free! €5 p.p., €9/tent, €13/van. Free car parking..

Pharmacies[edit]

  •    Arany Horgony Pharmacy (Arany Horgony GYÓGYSZERTÁR), IV. Pozsonyi u. 19. (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ and Tram 12, 14 to 'Tél utca'),  389-4079. Mo-Fr 8-20, Sa 8-13,. Újpest district signed Pharmacy for 24/7 'on duty'.

Post Offices[edit]

  •    Post Office (Posta), IV. Lörinc utca 47 (BKV m 3 jms.svg: Újpest-Központ).

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