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Districts VI. and VII., named Terézváros and Erzsébetváros respectively, form the Central Pest around the core Belváros district of V. Much like Belváros, they are full of ornate historic buildings from the 19th century, as well as many of the most famous attractions. The area also includes two major railway stations - Keleti, where most of the international and intercity trains arrive, and Nyugati, which in. al. connects the city with Liszt Ferenc Airport.

The main feature of Central Pest is Andrássy út, the avenue built to emulate the Champs-Élysées of Paris. It connects the Erzsébet Square in V. District and Heroes' Square in City Park. It crosses the körút (boulevard ringroad) at the 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 metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere) and entry into the park, including the castle grounds, is free. This boulevard and its surroundings, include the Jewish Quarter. All this area, including the Underground Railway is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Understand[edit]

Jewish quarter[edit]

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 crosses 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, has looked towards youth culture and tourism. Since 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 its 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 UNESCO World Heritage Conservation Zone.

Get in[edit]

Budapest-Keleti

Getting into Central Pest is very easy; if you are arriving to Budapest by plane or by train this is where you will probably start your visit or at least you will need to pass by. Budapest's two main railway stations, Keleti and Nyugati, are in Central Pest.

  • 1 Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), Baross tér (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 4 jms.svg: Keleti pályaudvar; bus: 5, 7, 7E, 8, 8A, 20E, 30, 30A, 107, 112, 133, 178, 230, 233, 239; tram: 24, trolley: 73, 76, 78, 79, 80, 80A; night bus: 907, 908, 931, 956, 973, 990). Station open daily 03:45-24:00, International cash desk in Business Waiting Room: Daily 6:00–21:15, Luggage storage Mo-Su: 03:30-23:30, Customer Service Office located beside track #9, open daily 04:00-23:30. Keleti, or "Eastern" railway station, grew to became Budapest's main railway terminal, handling the vast majority of international train, mostly coming actually from the west. A number of domestic trains also arrive at Keleti, again, mostly from the west. The station is served by both lines M2 and M4 of the Budapest metro. To navigate the rather vast station, you may want to take a look at the station map in PDF.
Budapest-Nyugati
  • 2 Nyugati pályaudvar (Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal, Western Railway Station), at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Váci Avenue. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Nyugati pályaudvar' or tram: 4, 6 or bus 9, 26, 91, 191, 226, 291). Nyugati (Hungarian for "western") is actually in the east of the city, but its name is due to that it used to serve western-oriented railway lines, which is no more the case, as the station is limited to handling domestic traffic, including this coming from the east like from Debrecen or Szeged. You may also end up there when coming from abroad, as the trains stopping at Ferihegy arrive here. You can use those trains to connect to bus 200E from Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. The bus-train combination is the quickest way to get to the city centre from the airport. The square in front of the station (predictably named Nyugati ter) 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.
  • From downtown take M1 or M2 metros.

Get around[edit]

Map of Budapest/Central Pest

  • All area is walkable.
  • Tram 4, 6 crossing the all district.

Parking[edit]

  • On Weekdays almost all part of the area is covered by paid street parking scheme.

See[edit]

Erzsébetváros[edit]

Erzsébetváros (lit. "Elizabethtown") is traditional name of the VII. district. The name refers to Empress Elizabeth of Austria and Hungary, popularly known as Sissi. This is the smallest of Budapest's 23 districts, covering only 2 km².

Holy places[edit]

Dohány Street Synagogue in Elizabethtown
  • 1 Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum (Dohány utcai zsinagóga és a Zsidó Múzeum), VII. Dohány ut. 2-8 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Astoria), +36 1 343-0420, . Mar-Oct, Su-Th: 10:00-18:00, F: 10:00-16:30; Winter 1.5h shorter. This synagogue is unique 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.
  • 2 Kazinczy Street Synagogue (Sasz-Chevra ortodox nagyzsinagóga, Kazinczy utcai zsinagóga), VII. Kazinczy u. 29-31 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: 'Astoria ' or BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera). The city’s Orthodox Jewish congregation decided to build its own independent synagogue in 1909. 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. The façade of the synagogue which fronts onto Kazinczy Street is considered to be one of the outstanding works of Hungarian Late-Secessionist architecture. The interior of the house of worship also designed by the Loffler brothers. From all four corners staircases lead to the two-story female chorus. At the east (right) wall can be found the Ark of the Covenant with battlements. Also there are two artificial marble columns, the rabbi 's table and the reading desk for preprayer. Above this find you the symbol of kohanits the blessing hand and the Star of David. Also there the two tables of stone can be seen (Rákos Mano works). Middle of the room after five steps is the Torah reading platform. Fine pieces there the wrought iron grids by József Hochmann, the Ark of the Covenant and the carved benches age are originals made by Valkai István. The lights served with the hemispherical rosettes central chandelier and lamps on pillars of Wrought iron grid choirs, these lasts are in the shape of menorah.
Inside the Rumbach Street Synagogue
  • 3 Rumbach Street Synagogue (Rumbach utcai zsinagóga), VII. Rumbach Sebestyén utca 11-13 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Deák Ferenc tér'), +36 1 343 0420. The same yellow-orange motif found in it, as the Dohány Street great Synagogue is. This is the house of worship built for the 'status quo ante ' Jews who have Neolog's building did not pass. The 'status-quo' synagogue in Rumbach Street was built in 1872, to the design of the Viennese architect, Otto Wagner; it is the only building in Hungary to be designed by him. Built in the Romantic style, the synagogue evidences a strong eastern influence; its two towers remind one of the minarets so characteristic of Islamic architecture. The interior of the synagogue, intricately patterened and painted in Islamic style, is defined by the octagonal, spacious, high, decorative dome which holds eight slender iron columns. 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 The column capitals are decorated with Alhambra Moorish character. Gold, blue and red coloured reliefs can be found on the walls.
Parish Church of St Elizabeth
  • 4 Parish Church of St. Elizabeth (Árpád-házi Szent Erzsébet-plébániatemplom), VII. Rózsák tere, 8 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 4 jms.svg 'Keleti pályaudvar' or Bus Nr. 7 (Rákóczi út - Hotel Hungária).), +36 1 3224 117. masses: - M-Sa 7:30; 18:00 , Su 7:30; 9:00; 11:00; 18:00 Confessional system: Fri 16:00-17:30 , Su 9:00- 9:40; 11:00-11:40; 1800-18:40. Office hours: M, W 15:00-18:00 Th 9:00-12:00 ,15:00-18:00.. The two south tower of the church height of 76 m, the building width is 21.6 m, length of 62 m, floor area of ​​1,800 m². Nearly 2,600 people were able to receive. The largest church in the VII. district The building features of the French Gothic style combines with the modern age technology solutions. This is a three- cross-shaped naves church with two towers on the northwest main facade. the temple's main gate and two side entrances lies between the two towers. Above the gate is a statue of St Elizabeth and a Gothic rose window framed with ceramics. The facade are decorated with Statue Figures: St Ladislaus, St Stephen and Mary.
  • 5 Fasori Reformed Church (Fasori református templom), VII. Városligeti fasor 7., +36 1 3427 311, +36 1 3224 499, . Designed by Árkay Aladár. He used English and Finnish architectural effects. The front wall-face is covered by ceramic slabs decorated with motives of folk-art. This is repeated internally, under the organ, on the solid parapet which includes the pulpit. The four vaulted archways framing the interior carry a reinforced concrete structured dome. Musical events.
  • 6 Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary (Magyarok Nagyasszony Kápolna), Damjanich utca 50 (Bus 30, 30A, trolley 75, 79 to 'Damjanich utca / Dózsa György út').
  • 7 Fasori Lutheran Church (Fasori Evangélikus Egyházközség), VII. Damjanich u. 28/b (Bus 30, 30A, trolley 75, 79 to 'Damjanich utca / Dózsa György út'), +36 1 3222806, +36 6-20 7703700 (Mobil), .

Other monuments[edit]

  • 8 Recreation Centre of Almássy Square (Almássy téri Szabadidőközpont , Almássy téri Úttörő és Ifjúsági Ház, Szabadidőközpont), VII. Almássy tér, 6. Closed. Visit only outside. A modern building designed by Eva Straub and Zoltán Jakab, the interior architect was Paul Somogyi. The five-storey building total floor area is ​​5,200 m². This has got a 470-person capacity grand hall, a chamber hall for 120 persons, a dance hall, smaller auditoriums, clubs and study circles rooms. There is a 25-m swimming pool on the basement. Within the walls of the leisure center vibrant community life going, but often moved to their programs to the square. Various courses, study groups, recreation programs, sports educations are organized. In addition, art exhibitions, classical music and theater performances, film screenings, dance evenings, pop music concerts are also held. Since 2007 planned rebuild for a hotel.
New York Palace, District VII., Elizabethtown
  • 9 Gozsdu Yard Complex (Gozsdu-udvar), VII. Király utca 13. and Dob utca 16. and Holló utca 10 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg 'Deak tér'). Include seven four-storey building (4,800 m²) and consists of six courtyards plus a four-storey building at Holló Street, 10. The building was built in 1901 by Gozsdu Foundation, designed by Czigler Gyõzõ.
  • 10 Hungaria bath (Hungária fürdő), VII.Dohány utca 44 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: 'Blaha Lujza tér'). Once it was a traditional public bath. This was known as a Pest's third major bathhouse. Active since 1820s. Today could be see just the Dohány utca 44, heritage-listed Art Nouveau building, was erected in 1910, facade and part of its galleries. A significant part of the bath buildings were destroyed.
Klauzál Square market hall, Elizabethtown
  • 11 Klauzál Square market hall (Klauzál téri vásárcsarnok), VII. Akácfa u. 42-48. (tram: 4, 6 to 'Király utca'). M-F 07.00–20.00, Sa 07.00–15.00. Opened in 1897. Designed by Kommer József and Klunzinger Pál. Fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products, flowers and food houses and stalls
  • 12 New York Palace (New York-palota), VII. Erzsébet körút 9 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria), +36 1 886 6111. Formerly known as the New York Café, it is now a hotel.
  • 13 Roth Miksa Memorial House (Róth Miksa Emlékház), VII. Nefelejcs utca 26 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 4 jms.svg: 'Keleti pályaudvar'), +36 1 341 6789.
  • 14 ING office building (ING Biztosító), VII. Dózsa György utca 84 b (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Hősök tere, 300 metres, south-eastwards on Felvonulási tér), +36 40 464464. 9:00–16:00. designed by Dutch architect Eric van Egeraat. Insurance company. Free.
  • 15 Veterinary History Collection (Állatorvosi Gyűjtemény), VII. István utca (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 4 jms.svg: Keleti pályaudvar three blocks away), +361 4784228, fax: +36 1 478-4227, . W 13-16 (no login), other weekdays 8-16 (by appointment only), the University open: 30 Jun– 25 Jul and 25 Aug–1 Sept:M-Th 08.30-16.00, F 09.00-13.00, 1 Sept- 31 Oct. - the Library Building: M-W 08.00-18.00, Th 8.30-20.00, F 09.00-17.00, - the Reading Room M-W 08.30-18.00, Th 08.30-20.00, F 09.00-17.00. A part of the University Library of Faculty of Veterinary Science of the Szent István University.
Drexler Palace, the former Institute of Ballet

Terézváros[edit]

This is traditional name of the VI. district. "Teréz" refers to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Hungary.

  • 16 Budapest Stock Exchange (Budapesti Értéktőzsde (BÉT)), VI. Andrássy út 93 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca), +36 1 429-6700, . 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.
  • 17 Former Institute of Ballet (Balettintézet), VI. Andrássy út 27 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera). This was the former Drechsler Palace.
St. Teresa of Avila Church
  • 18 St. Teresa of Avila Church (Avilai Szt.Teréz templom), VI. Pethő Sándor utca 2. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera), +36 1 342 0534. Founded 1777 in a wooden farmland building. Stone church build in 1801-1809. Inside finished in 1831, by Mihály Pollack.
  • 19 Bencur House (Bencur Ház), VI. Benczúr u. 27. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca), +36 1 322 4240, . Built in the 1880s. This is a three-storey mansion. Here is now on the 2nd and 3rd floor the Post Museum, also here is the Bencur Cafe and Restaurant (Tel.(20) 928 5037)
Peek behind the Nyugati terminal building to find this charming little gem of a courtyard
  • 20 Nyugati pályaudvar (Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal, Western Railway Station), at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Váci Avenue. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Nyugati pályaudvar' or tram: 4, 6 or bus 9, 26, 91, 191, 226, 291). Designed planned by August de Serres and was built by the Eiffel Company, the station opened on 28 October 1877, replacing the previous one razed to make place for the Nagykörút (Grand Boulevard). The station building retains the 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 worth mentioning is 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. Beside the railway station and partially above its open area there is the WestEnd City Center shopping mall.
Anker Palace
  • 21 Anker Palace (Anker Palota), Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 1-3 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Deák tér').
  • Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út), Andrássy út (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: various stations). 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. A 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.
  • 22 State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), VI. Andrássy ut 22 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera), +36 1 8147408, . 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 €1.50 in the upper rows. +phone=+36 1 8147225 Tour €3.3, To stage €1.5, Operaball: €30-300.
  • 23 Kodály Museum (Kodály Zoltán Emlékmúzeum és Archívum), VI. Andrássy út 87-89. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Kodály körönd'), +36 1 352-7106, . 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.
  • 24 Liszt Museum (Liszt Ferenc Emlékmúzeum és Kutatóközpont), VI. Vörösmarty utca 35 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Vörösmarty utca), +36 1 322-9804, . 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.
  • 25 Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts (Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum), VI. Andrássy út 103. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca), +36 1 322-8476. Tu-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 Ft1200, students & pensioners Ft600.
  • 26 György Ráth Museum (Ráth György Múzeum), VI. Városligeti fasor 12 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Bajza utca), +36 1 342-3916, . 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 Ft1000, students and pensioners Ft500, family Ft2300.
The House of Terror
  • 27 Museum of Terror's House or House of Terror (Terror Háza), VI. Andrássy út 60 (BKV metro.svg 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. Each room has a paper flyer in English or Hungarian. You can also rent an audioguide at the front desk for an extra fee. Adult Ft3000, Reduced 1500 HUF.
  • 28 Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Goldmuseum (Aranymúzeum), VI. Andrássy út 110 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Bajza utca'), +36 1 482 3190, . 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.

Do[edit]

Baths[edit]

  • 1 Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Spa, VII. Erzsébet körút 43-49 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon further tram: 4-6), +36 1 479-4000, fax: +36 1 479-4333, . 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.

Rent bicycles[edit]

  • 2 TreeHugger Dans Bookstore & Cafe, Lázár u. 16 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera), +36 70 5162716, . 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.
  • 3 Yellow Zebra Bikes, Lázár utca 16 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera), +36 1 269384. 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]

  • 4 Cinema Művész (Művész Mozi), Teréz körút 30 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg, tram: 4, 6 station/stop Oktogon), +36 1 3326726. 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. Ft920-1050.
  • 5 Movie Museum Örökmozgó (Örökmozgó Filmmúzeum), Erzsébet krt. 39 (tram: 4, tram 6, stop Király utca), +36 1 342-2167, . “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.

Ice skating[edit]

  • 6 WestEnd City Center, Váci út 1-3 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati), +36 1 2387777. 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.

Theatres[edit]

Budapest Operetta Theatre
  • 7 Belvárosi Theatre (Belvárosi Színház), VII. Károly krt. 3/A. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria), +36 1 266-7130, . Operetta performances start at 20.30 o'clock. is qualified for performances, chamber- concerts, shows, award and graduation ceremonies, press conferences, professional presentations, seminars, conferences, ordinary meetings, fashion shows, auctions, associate meetings and conferences.
  • 8 Budapest Operetta Theatre (Budapesti Operett Színház), VI. Nagymezõ utca 19 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera or tram: 4, 6 station/stop Oktogon). The Operetta Theatre performs old-fashioned operettas for the nostalgic hearted and tries to be Madách's main rival in musicals. tickets Ft950-15000.
  • 9 Central European Dance Theatre (Bethlen Square Theatre, Közép-Európa Táncszínház, Bethlen Téri Színház), VII. Bethlen Gábor tér 3 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: station Keleti Pályaudvar, Trollley 78), +36 1 3427163, . The Bethlen Gallery holds photo exhibition. CEDT's company performs renowned contemporary dance theatre. Ft1,200; senior Ft700; student Ft800.
  • 10 Theatre Madách (Madách Színház), VII. Erzsébet körút 29-33 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér, tram: 4, 6 stop Wesselényi utca), +36 1 478 2000, . 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 book well in advance. €6-30.
  • 11 Magyar Theatre (Magyar Színház,Hungarian Theatre (former National Theatre, volt Nemzeti Színház)), VII. Hevesi Sándor square 4 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Vörösmarty utca', trolley 73, 74, or 76 to Izabella utca stop or BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: 'Blaha Lujza tér'), +36 1 341-3849, . 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. In 1914, the theater was rebuilt by architect Laszlo Editor, at time a new hall was built. The last big remodelling happened in 1964-66, when it was rebuilt according to the plans of architect Alexander Azbej. The new building was built Žilina's (Slovakia) pyrogranite. The facades are decorated with a relief consisting of 757 elements which is Gyula Illes sculptor's work. In the foyer is located a large mosaic image, its showing a woman Greek chorus. The actor's lounge inlaid decorative wall picture made by Szinte Gabor painter, stage designer. The auditorium capacity 665 people today. Ft4000-12,000 (2014) discount with Hungary Card.
  • 12 Örkény Theater (Örkény István Színház), VII. Madách I. tér 6. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Deák Ferenc tér'), +36 1 267-3770.
  • 13 R.S.9. theater (R.S.9. Színház), VII. Rumbach S. u. 9. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: 'Deák Ferenc tér' or M2 Astoria), +36 1 269-6609.
  • 14 Spinoza Restaurant-Theatre-Gallery-Café-Winter Garden, VII. Dob u. 15. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria), +36 1 4137489, fax: +36 1 4137488, . Klezmer concert every Fridays (Sabbathsong) from 19:00 3 course dinner for Ft7,500 p.p.(2014).
Hungarian State Opera House
  • 15 State Opera or Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), VI. Andrássy út, 22 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Opera'), +36 1 814 7100, . 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. However formal wear 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. Cheaper tickets offering reduced visibility are a good deal if you don't want to pay Ft2,500 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..
  • 16 Theatre Thália (Thália Színház), VI. Nagymező u. 22-24 (BKV metro.svg 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 Ft2,900-4,900.

Buy[edit]

Banks[edit]

  • 1 CIB Bank, VI. Bajcsy−Zsilinszky út 5−7 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: 'Bajcsy−Zsilinszky út'), +36 1 4231000, fax: +36 1 4896201. M-Th 08:30-16:00, F 08:30-15:00. ATM 0-24: yes. +phone=+36 40 242242 Other units: # VI. Teréz körút 21. # VI. Váci út 1−3., WestEnd Shopping Mall−Pollack Mihály sétány 19. # VII. Baross tér 17. # VII. Erzsébet krt. 2. # VII. Károly krt. 3/b. # VIII. Kerepesi út 9. (Aréna Plaza üzletház) # VIII., József körút. 34.
  • 2 Commercial and Credit Bank (Kereskedelmi és Hitelbank), VI. Andrássy út 49 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon; tram 4, 6; bus 105), +36 1 4112740. M,Tu 08:00-17:00, W 08:00-18:00, Th 08:00-16:00, F 08:00-15:00. ATM 24/7. Other units: # VI. Teréz krt. 1. (+36 1 4133240), # VII. Károly krt. 17-19. (+36 1 3278030),
  • 3 Erste Bank, VI. Váci út 1-3 (In the Westend City Center), +36 40 222222. Other units: all other branch open M 08:00-18:00 Tu-Th 08:00-16:00 F 08:00-15:00, # VI. Teréz körút 24., # VII. Erzsébet körút 8., # VII. Károly körút 7., # VII. Baross Gábor tér 15., # VIII. Baross utca 1-3., # VIII. József körút 30-32., # VIII. József körút 86.
  • 4 MKB Bank (Magyar Külkereskedelmi Bank), VI. Nyugati tér 5 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati tér station, tram 4, 6), +36 40 333666, . M-Th 10:00-18:00, F 10:00-17:00. +Other units: VI. Andrássy út 17, VI. Váci út 1−3.(Westend City Center, 2nd floor Lechner Ödön krt. 29)
  • 5 OTP Bank, VIII. Erzsébet krt 41. (Tram 4, 6 to stop 'Király utca'), +36 1 3666-388, fax: +36 1 479-2059. M 07:45-17:00, Tu-F 07:45-16:00. +Other units in districts 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th: VI. Andrássy út 6. VI. Andrássy út 83., VI. Váci út 1-3. (Westend City Center), VI. Oktogon tér 3., VII. Dohány u. 65., VII. Rákóczi út 84., VII. Károly krt. 1., VII. Károly körút 25., VII. Király utca 49., VIII. Népszínház u. 3-5. (Europeum Shopping Mall) - entree from Blaha Lujza tér), VIII. József krt. 33., VIII. József krt., 53; VIII. József krt. 80, VIII. Kálvin tér 12-13.VIII. Kerepesi út 9. (Aréna Plaza), VIII. Könyves Kálmán Krt. 76.
Inside the WestEnd City Center

Malls and department stores[edit]

  • 6 Garay Shopping Center and Marketplace (Garay Üzletközpont és Piac), VII., Garay tér 20. (Erzsébetváros, BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Keleti pályaudvar and trolley 79 to 'Cserhát utca' or walk cca. 800 m - Also stop nearby the buses: 7, 7E, 105, 173, 178, 178A, 173E, 273E, and trolley busses: 73, 76, 78, 79), +36 1 8724189, fax: +36 1 9500084, . Daily 06:00-21.00, stores: M-F 09:00-18: 00, Sa 09:00-15:00, Su Varies per store, - Restaurants: Kemco's Kitchen M-Sa 06:00-18:00, Su 06:00-14:00, - Asia Buffet M-Sa 09:00-20:00, Su 09:00-18:00, -Penny Market M-Sa 07:00-20:00, Su 07:00-18:00, Garay market M 7:00-17: 00, Tu-F 06:00-18:00, Sa 06:00-14:00, Su: Closed. The Garay market located on level A-1. First hour parking free, after Ft150 every hour. Storages rental from three sq m (24/7), Pothanszky Flower, DM-Drogerie Markt, MiMi General store, 5aSec Dry Cleaning, Caesar pet store, Papír-írószer shop (paper - stationery), Penny Market (food discount), Azsia Buffet (Eastern tastes), Prima Bakery, Bormegálló (wine tasting, wine shop), Talpallak - sarkallak (shoe repair, key cutting, engraving, stamp making), Hírlap és Lottózó (magazines and gambling), Török Óra- és Ékszer (watch repair, battery replacement, repair silver jewelry, belt repair and buckle replacement), Ázsia Divat Áruház (fashion store), Autómosó (car wash), Kaucsuk (tyre service, repair, sales), Gombóc Artúr Gombócdája (artisan ice cream and crushed ice, entrance from the Garay street), Spectrum Optika (eyeglass frames and sunglasses), Házi Diszkont (household and chemical goods), Gyereksarok Toy Store.
  • 7 WestEnd City Center, VI. Váci út 1-3 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati tér, At the southern end of Váci út), +36 1 238-7777, . shops: M-Sa: 10:00-20:00 or 21:00 Su: 10:00-18:00 or 19:00. One of the largest shopping malls 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]

  • 8 CBA supermarket (CBA szupermarket), VI.kerület, Andrássy út 86. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Kodály körönd), +36 1 4750400. M-F 06.30–21.00, Sa 07.00–16.00, Su closed. Supermarket chain. + units in district 6th: Andrássy út 30.(daily 09.00–22.00), Anker köz 1.(Su-W 06.00–22.00, Th-Sa 06.00–23.00), units in district 7th: Damjanich utca 23., Dózsa Gy. út 54., Rákóczi utca 48-50., Károly körút. 9., Rumbach S. utca 3., Thököly út 24., Erzsébet körút. 58.
  • 9 Coop supermarket (Coop szupermarket 'abc'), VI. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 19 / B (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: Arany János utca), +36 1 3317546, . Supermarket chain. + units in district 6th: COOP Minis: - VI. , BAJZA utca 58. (Tel: 30 / 619-8861, 26/329460), Podmaniczky utca 53. (Tel: +36 70 6053532,, Dessewffy utca 24. (Tel: +36 30 9322246), Benczur utca 39 / B (Tel: +36 1 4137366, +36 30 6638293), COOP szuper Vörösmarty utca 63. (Tel: +36 30 6769143)
  • 10 Coop supermarket (Coop szupermarket ABC), VII. Damjanich u. 40 (Trolley 70 to stop Nefelejcs utca / Damjanich utca), +36 1 3224697, +36 30 6706518, . Supermarket chain with three categories mini, szuper and abc. + units in district 7th: COOP ABC's:. Rottenbiller u. 12.. (Tel: +36 30 9128756), Bethlen Gábor u 5. (Tel: +36 1 3426361), COOP minis: Wesselényi U. 61. (T: +36 20 463-8362), Nagydiófa U. 3. (Tel: +36 30 4716311), Akácfa U. 27. (Tel:+36 30 372715), Wesselényi u . 63. (Tel: 30 9337459), Sajó u. 2. (Tel: 9.509.580), István u. 5. (Tel: +36 20 577-8556). COOP szuper: Rákóczi út 78.
  • 11 Real (Reál élelmiszer), VI. Szondi u. 56. (M1 Kodály körönd 400 m), +36 1 339-5030, . Discount store chain. More unit in district 6th, 7th, 8th: VI. Király u. 94.(T: +36 1 3426470), VI. Nagymező u. 25. (+36 70 6358365), VI. Szondi u. 96. (T:+36 1 473-0162). VII. Rákóczi út 80. (T: +36 1 3226265), VII. Dohány u. 71. (T: +36 30 4075142). VIII. Baross u. 88-90. (T: 2195768), VIII. Krúdy Gy. u. 20. (T: 2674879, +36 1 4290225), G'Roby: VIII. Teleki tér 1-3. T:+36 1 4550180).
Andrássy Avenue, from Octogon Square to Heroes Square

Other[edit]

  • Artushka, Budapest, Klauzál u. 4, 1072 Hungary, +36 30 310 5459. Hip locally-designed and locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs from Budapest

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Liszt Ferenc tér (next to Andrássy út, between Opera and Oktogon). has several trendy restaurants and bars popular with tourists and locals; it is a nice place to stroll around while choosing
  • 2 Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út), VI. Andrássy út (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg). 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]

Hauer Confectionery
  • 3 SugarShop (Cukorkaboltok), Paulay Ede utca 48. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Opera), . 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
  • 4 New York Café (New York Kávéház), Erzsébet körút 9-11 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Blaha Lujza tér), +36 1 322-1648, . 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 World War II 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! he 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.
Octogon Square

Restaurants[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under Ft2000
Mid-range Ft2000-3500
Splurge Above Ft3500
  • 5 Biang Bisztró (Chinese Restaurant), Teréz körút 20. 11:30-21:30. Chinese Restaurant

Budget[edit]

  • 6 Arriba! Taqueria (Arriba Teréz krt.), Terez Krt. 25 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon. - After Aradi st., one block northwest from Octogon), +36 1 374-0057, . 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, BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: 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.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 7 Meatology, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 15c, +36 30 891 2250. 10AM-10PM. Fantastic burgers and other meat dishes. Also great soups of the day. Lively ambiance, good for families. The space is tight and they book up quickly, so reserve in advance online or via telephone.
  • 8 Magdalena Merlo restaurant (Magdalena Merlo Étterem), Király u. 59/b (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon. Near Academy of Music), +36 1 322-3278, . Daily 10:00-24:00. Nice interior and good-looking visitors are promising enough to give it a try. mains are under €15 (2014).
  • 9 Indigo Restaurant (Indigó Indiai Étterem), Jokai utca 13 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg:Oktogon), +36 1 428-2187, . Daily 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..
  • 10 Leroy Cafe, VI. Váci út 1-3 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: Nyugati tér), +36 1 2387109, . 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) +phone=+36 70 3332074. Soups €3-5, mains €7-18, desserts €4, salads €3, coffees €2-3.
  • 11 Like Étterem, Andrássy út (Terézváros) 53. 7AM-11PM. Traditional Hungarian dishes

Splurge[edit]

  • 12 Bistro Fine, Andrássy Avenue 8 (at the Momento hotel), +36 1 6117090. Mo-Su 11:00-01:00, kitchen to 23:00. Hungarian specialties with great wines to match. Relaxed but sleek atmosphere. Try to get a table at the window and watch the life on Andrassy with a glass of good Hungarian wine. Ft4000 mains..
  • 13 St Andrea, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut 78 (at Nyugati Station), +36 1 269 0130. 11:00-23:00; Sa 18:00-23:00; Su off. Stylish restaurant and wine bar with modern hungarian cuisine. Ft4000 main course, The Ft3200 lunch menu with wine is a great deal..
  • 14 Chez Daniel Restaurant (Chez Daniel Étterem), 6th district, Szív utca 32, (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Kodály körönd station or bus 105), +36 1 302-4039, . Daily 12:00-15:00 and 19:00-23:00. French cuisine. French and Hungarian wines
  • 15 Haxen Restaurant (Haxen Király Étterem), 6th district, Király utca 100 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg Vorosmarty utca station trolley buses: 73, 76, 78), +36 1 351-6793, . Su-Th 12:00–24:00, Fr-Sa 12:00–01:00. A popular Bavarian beerhouse and restaurant, offering huge pork knuckles, knödels, sausages. +phone=+36 1 342-8193.
  • 16 Ristorante Il Terzo Cerchio, VII. Dohány utca 40, (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria station, tram: 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 Ft2500/1300-2500/2200/2000-3300/2200-5000/1000-1200.

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!

  • 1 Instant Bar/Club, VI. Nagymező utca, 38 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 1 jms.svg: Oktogon), +36 1 3110704, . 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
  • 2 Kuplung, Király utca 46 (BKV metro.svg 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.
  • 3 Morrisons English Pub, VI. Revay utca, 25 / Andrássy út 20 (BKV metro.svg 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.
  • 4 Szimpla Kert/Mozi, VII. Kazinczy utca 14 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, or bus:5, 7, 7A, 8, 112, 178, 239 to stop Uránia), . Apart from the huge ruin-like bar/club/cinema that is frequented by Hungarians and foreigners, "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 oven: Ft600, snacks Ft780, salad Ft880, warm sandwiches Ft850, vegetarian warm sandwiches Ft800, hamburger (giant) Ft1200. Hotdog Ft600, fried onion rings Ft600, French fries Ft650. - Ratatouille with sausage Ft850, Chicken liver Ft850, sausage Ft850.
  • 5 [dead link] Szóda, Wesselényi u. 18 (BKV metro.svg BKV m 2 jms.svg: Astoria, or bus:5, 7, 7A, 8, 112, 178, 239 to stop Uránia), +36 1 461-0007, . 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.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Carpe Noctem Hostel, VI., Szobi utca 5, Doorbell 13 (150 m SE of Nyugati station), +36 70 670 0384. 30 beds, party atmosphere, ideal for single and young. 8-bed dorm from Ft4500 ppn.
The tree-lined Andrassy Avenue
  • 2 easyHotel Budapest Oktogon, Eötvös utca 25a (150 m N of Oktogon metro), +36 1 411 1982. 2-star hotel with small rooms. from €45.
  • 3 Friends Hostel, 6th district, Teréz körút 4, 2nd floor (Just S of Oktogon metro), +36 20 808 1605, . Very well located small hostel in a walking street. Clean, well equipped, friendly staff. Rooms from €40, Dorm 5 bed €12.
  • 4 Marco Polo Hostel, VII. Nyár utca 6 (Off Rakoczi ut, 300 m from Blaha Lujza tér metro), +36 1 413 2555. Very clean and well maintained. Sgl/Dbl. €33-40/40-48. Dorm 12 bed €12-14..
  • 5 Tiger Tim's Place, VI. Teréz Körút, 58. Buzzer 64 (100 m S of Nyugati metro, just before intersection with Podmaniczky ut), +36 20 883 1433. Party hostel, fun place. Dorm 4-6-8 bed from Ft4,000, dbl Ft14,000-18,000, 12 bed from Ft1,800.
  • 6 Unity Hostel, VI. Kiraly utca 60. 3rd floor. (200 m S of Oktogon metro), +36 1 413 7377, fax: +36 1 413 7378, . Free breakfast, tiny rooftop terrace. Cramped but clean, central, cheerful, safe and cheap. Lockers and kitchen. Dorm from €12, Sgl/Dbl/tpl. 29/36/43/49. Apt from €57 (2014).

Mid-range[edit]

  • Ibis Budapest Heroes Square, Dózsa György út 106 (100 m N of Hosok ter metro), +36 1 269 5300. The usual 3-star Ibis packed into an unusual postmodernist pink building, resulting in surprising layouts in some rooms and the common areas lit in creative ways. Otherwise, just what you may expect of a slightly dated Ibis. Doubles 90€.
  • 7 Ibis Budapest City, Akacfa u. 1-3 (near Blaha Lujza metro), +36 1 478 3650. Slabby facade, standard 3-star Ibis accommodation within. Doubles 80€.
  • 8 First Hostel, VII. Sip utca 5 (Central, 200 m from Astoria metro), +36 20 915 1029, . Check-in: 11:00-21:00, check-out: 09:30-10:00. Cheap hostel, central location. Room for two 60€, for four 90€.
  • 9 K+K Hotel Opera, VI. Révay utca 24 (Close to Metro Opera), +36 1 269 0222, fax: +36 1 269 0230, . 4-star close to the Opera House dbl €160.
  • 10 King's Hotel, VII. Nagy Diofa utca 25-27 (300 m NW of Blaha Lujza tér metro), +36 1 352 7675, fax: +36 1 352 7696, . Check-in: 11.00, check-out: 15.00. Three star with 79 rooms in the heart of the Ghetto. Doubles with breakfast €60/70.
  • 11 Lion's Garden Hotel, VI. Cházár András utca 4 (500 m NE of Keleti mainline & metro stations), +36 1 273 2070, fax: +36 1 221 4274, . This four star hotel has restaurant, pool and spa.
    Beware Google map also shows "Lions Garden Hotel" further E on Hungaria krt, but this is just a parking lot.
    From Ft22,000.

Splurge[edit]

Devilish fauns leer down at you in the ornate New York Café, within Boscolo Hotel.
  • 12 Corinthia Hotel (formerly Grand Hotel Royal), Erzsébet körút 43 (200 m SE of Oktogon metro), +36 1 479 4000, fax: +36 1 479 4333, . This 19th C 5-star has reverted to its old name of "Corinthia". Inside, the Royal Spa has been beautifully restored to its original splendour - see also 'do' chapter Dbl. from €200. Corinthia Hotel Budapest (Q16972971) on Wikidata Corinthia Hotel Budapest on Wikipedia
  • 13 Hilton Budapest City, Váci út 1-3 (On N side of Nyugati station - note this is NOT the Vaci utca in the very centre), +36 1 288 5500, fax: +36 1 288 5588. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Boxy 5-star glued to the West End shopping centre, the Hilton is a fairly predictable affair, but delivering solid value. Doubles from €161, Superior rooms from €188, Deluxe from €192, Executive from €215, Junior suite from €242, Executive suite from €287.
  • 14 Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Terez Körut 43 (300 m SE of Nyugati / West mainline & metro stations), +36 1 889 3900, fax: +36 1 889 3915, . Four-star in ornate 1913 building. With restaurant & fitness centre. Standard/Superior/Business Class Room Ft29,000/35,200/44,400, One Bedroom Suite Ft58,000 (2015), off season 20-30 percent discount.
  • 15 Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection (New York Café, New York Palota), Erzsebet Körút 9-11 (150 m N of Blaha Lujza ter metro), +36 1 886 6111, +36 1 886 6145, toll-free: +800 8099 8099, fax: +36 1 886 6192, . The Boscolo, a part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, occupies the building of the historic New York Hotel - and is just as opulent on the inside as it is on the outside. One of Budapest's highest-end hotels, it is luxurious and tasteful - and has prices to match that standard. Classic/Superior/Exclusive Room €136/180/200; Junior Suite/Executive Suite/Presidential Suite €383/595/3000. New York Palace Budapest (Q717739) on Wikidata Boscolo Budapest Hotel on Wikipedia

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  • 4 Erzsébetváros Pharmacy (Erzsébetvárosi Gyógyszertár), VII. Király u. 47. (M1 Opera and ten min walk or trolley 70, 78 to stop Akácfa utca), +36 1 342-0112. M-F 08.00–22.00, Sa 08.00–12.00.

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Post offices[edit]

  • 7 Post Office (Magyar Posta), VI. Teréz körút 51. (BKV metro.svg BKV m 3 jms.svg: At Nyugati Railway Station), +36 1 3120436, . M-F 07:00-20:00, Sa 08:00-18:00, Su closed. +Call centre phone=+36 1 3121200. - More units in district 6th: Hegedű / (KIRÁLY) utca 1 / A. (M-F 08:00-16:00), Szondy utca 54. (M-F 08:00-16:00), Andrássy út 53. (M-F 09:00-17:00)
  • 8 Post Office (Magyar Posta), VII.Hársfa utca 47. (Tram 4, 6 to stop Király utca), +36 1 3422592, fax: +36 1 4131202, . M-F 08:00-18:00. Located at Stamp Museum - More units in district 7th: Városligeti fasor 1. (M-F 08:00-15:30), Damjanich utca 58., at City Park (M-F 08: 00-15:30)
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