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Peter's Guidebook for Budapest

Peter

Peter's Guidebook for Budapest

Food Scene
Why does everybody think that the downtown ends by the Small Boulevard? There are other cards up to the sleeve of Budapest! There is the wide Andrássy Avenue, the up-and-coming Újlipótváros, and the relatively untapped areas of the city, the Városliget. This charming little pavilion - memorable already for its design and the curved roof - stands on the edge of the park at the corner of Hermina út. The red wooden chairs, metal tables, checkered tablecloths, lanterns, the uniform tiles from the Kádár era and the broken-up pavement around the place give it a unique and special atmosphere you will definitely remember. It is retro and decadent at the same time, but the whole picture is something nice and intimate. If you take a walk in Városliget, sit down here for a bottle of ‘Traubiszóda’ (fizzy grape juice) and a hamburger.
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Pántlika Bistro
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Why does everybody think that the downtown ends by the Small Boulevard? There are other cards up to the sleeve of Budapest! There is the wide Andrássy Avenue, the up-and-coming Újlipótváros, and the relatively untapped areas of the city, the Városliget. This charming little pavilion - memorable already for its design and the curved roof - stands on the edge of the park at the corner of Hermina út. The red wooden chairs, metal tables, checkered tablecloths, lanterns, the uniform tiles from the Kádár era and the broken-up pavement around the place give it a unique and special atmosphere you will definitely remember. It is retro and decadent at the same time, but the whole picture is something nice and intimate. If you take a walk in Városliget, sit down here for a bottle of ‘Traubiszóda’ (fizzy grape juice) and a hamburger.
The name GUNDEL could rightly stand for the history of modern Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality. The founder, Károly Gundel blended Hungarian cuisine with international influences. He had a great sense of using modern gastronomical technology. His pioneering work placed Hungary on the world map of gastronomy. The secrets of the popularity of Gundel are unmatched hospitality, the milieu that surrounds the guests, the tradition that imbues the building and a constantly evolving kitchen working with the finest ingredients.
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Gundel
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The name GUNDEL could rightly stand for the history of modern Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality. The founder, Károly Gundel blended Hungarian cuisine with international influences. He had a great sense of using modern gastronomical technology. His pioneering work placed Hungary on the world map of gastronomy. The secrets of the popularity of Gundel are unmatched hospitality, the milieu that surrounds the guests, the tradition that imbues the building and a constantly evolving kitchen working with the finest ingredients.
The Trófea Grill in Zugló is the first Trófea restaurant - it was already serving guests at the turn of the century. The brick walls, piles of wood, wine bottle lights, and the hunting trophies create an air of a hunting lodge with a bit of Middle Ages and a bit of modernity. You can enjoy over 100 dishes from antipasti to desserts from the buffet table for a fixed price. The pre-marinated meat is cooked in the open-view kitchen. They have home delivery as well.
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Trófea Grill Restaurant
5 Erzsébet királyné útja
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The Trófea Grill in Zugló is the first Trófea restaurant - it was already serving guests at the turn of the century. The brick walls, piles of wood, wine bottle lights, and the hunting trophies create an air of a hunting lodge with a bit of Middle Ages and a bit of modernity. You can enjoy over 100 dishes from antipasti to desserts from the buffet table for a fixed price. The pre-marinated meat is cooked in the open-view kitchen. They have home delivery as well.
The first BRGR opened near the Budapest Zoo in City Park. The place is open from 10 AM to 7 PM, and you can order delicious burgers like the Chicken Onion, Special BRGR, Chicken & Chili, Chicken BRGR and Double BRGR until 6:30 PM. Portions are plentiful and can include optional double toppings or side dishes. We recommend it mainly for local hikers, City Park sunbathers and tourists leaving the Museum of Fine Arts.
BRGR
3 Állatkerti krt.
The first BRGR opened near the Budapest Zoo in City Park. The place is open from 10 AM to 7 PM, and you can order delicious burgers like the Chicken Onion, Special BRGR, Chicken & Chili, Chicken BRGR and Double BRGR until 6:30 PM. Portions are plentiful and can include optional double toppings or side dishes. We recommend it mainly for local hikers, City Park sunbathers and tourists leaving the Museum of Fine Arts.
Great food, Hungarian cuisine, friendly service. Good wines and spirits! It's highly recommended to make a reservation before and then try everything with "paprika".
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Paprika Vendéglő
72 Dózsa György út
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Great food, Hungarian cuisine, friendly service. Good wines and spirits! It's highly recommended to make a reservation before and then try everything with "paprika".
Városliget Café & Bar is a restaurant and café in a historic building that was thoroughly renovated in 2013, surrounded by a fabulous environment in front of a beautiful lake. As its name indicates, it is in one of the most loveable parks of the city, Városliget (City Park), in an urban palace, giving the place both a nostalgic and a modern atmosphere. Its speciality is “tányérhús”, one of the finest dishes of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. For the coffees, the coffee beans are grounded and roasted on the spot, somewhat reminiscent of the Nyugat generation’s era. And best of all, the background for our lunch or dinner is the Vajdahunyad Castle, complete with residents ice skating in the winter, and boating in the summer.
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Városliget Café
6 Olof Palme stny.
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Városliget Café & Bar is a restaurant and café in a historic building that was thoroughly renovated in 2013, surrounded by a fabulous environment in front of a beautiful lake. As its name indicates, it is in one of the most loveable parks of the city, Városliget (City Park), in an urban palace, giving the place both a nostalgic and a modern atmosphere. Its speciality is “tányérhús”, one of the finest dishes of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. For the coffees, the coffee beans are grounded and roasted on the spot, somewhat reminiscent of the Nyugat generation’s era. And best of all, the background for our lunch or dinner is the Vajdahunyad Castle, complete with residents ice skating in the winter, and boating in the summer.
Robinson restaurant opened its gates on a small island in the City Park's lake back in 1989. It's just a few steps away from Heroes' Square. Robinson restaurant offers a wide variety of menus and wines. You can both find well-known (french onion soup, and of course, goulash) soups and the main courses of several nations, like spaghetti with chilli and shrimp, salmon with red curry sauce and Angus tenderloin roast. Floating island, chocolate cake with vanilla sauce and/or dried peach is a perfect choice for dessert. Robinson also offers a fine selection of Hungarian pálinkas, wines and other (non-)alcoholic beverages. The Mediterranean surroundings, the welcoming atmosphere and the fantastic Latin music guarantee that you will spend a memorable night here.
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Robinson Étterem
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Robinson restaurant opened its gates on a small island in the City Park's lake back in 1989. It's just a few steps away from Heroes' Square. Robinson restaurant offers a wide variety of menus and wines. You can both find well-known (french onion soup, and of course, goulash) soups and the main courses of several nations, like spaghetti with chilli and shrimp, salmon with red curry sauce and Angus tenderloin roast. Floating island, chocolate cake with vanilla sauce and/or dried peach is a perfect choice for dessert. Robinson also offers a fine selection of Hungarian pálinkas, wines and other (non-)alcoholic beverages. The Mediterranean surroundings, the welcoming atmosphere and the fantastic Latin music guarantee that you will spend a memorable night here.
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McDonald's
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The Nyereg, az Itató is a memory from the past of Városliget with a cosy terrace and a child-friendly garden that you can enjoy from early spring until late autumn. The heritage building of Artézi Bath now gives a home to a spot which pulls off the feat of being respectful of traditions, while also remaining true to the requirements of the present. Nyereg offers a colourful array of programs and welcomes all Városliget-roamers whether it be a family, a jogger yearning for a rest, or a cyclist. A wide assortment of food and beverage boosted with a garden party-vibe await everyone at Nyereg.
Nyereg
The Nyereg, az Itató is a memory from the past of Városliget with a cosy terrace and a child-friendly garden that you can enjoy from early spring until late autumn. The heritage building of Artézi Bath now gives a home to a spot which pulls off the feat of being respectful of traditions, while also remaining true to the requirements of the present. Nyereg offers a colourful array of programs and welcomes all Városliget-roamers whether it be a family, a jogger yearning for a rest, or a cyclist. A wide assortment of food and beverage boosted with a garden party-vibe await everyone at Nyereg.
Extraordinary location for such amazing coffee. Obviously very popular.
Memories Cafe
70 Mexikói út
Extraordinary location for such amazing coffee. Obviously very popular.
Drinks & Nightlife
If you are looking for good concerts, Dürer Kert is one of the best spots in Budapest with a special atmosphere. Local indie and alternative bands play here regularly.
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Dürer Kert
19-21 Ajtósi Dürer sor
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If you are looking for good concerts, Dürer Kert is one of the best spots in Budapest with a special atmosphere. Local indie and alternative bands play here regularly.
Szimpla Kert is the pearl of the Szimpla ruin pub-chain since it was among the first pubs of this kind. The only rule is that there are no rules. The most popular pub of the Kazinczy Street hosts private feature films in its open-air cinema, but they also hold concerts and exhibitions. Besides the secret corners and spiral staircases, you will find detailed furnishing. There is an old phone receiver functioning as a bathroom-door handle, we find glass cupboards in grandma’ style, or you can sit in a bathtub reincarnated as a sofa. The regular customers are mainly exchange students or hostel guests but locals are frequent as well. Football-lovers can have a great time, and you find an excellent kitchen if you are hungry. Its disadvantages are that it is always crowded, there are many loud foreign student groups, and there is no flush toilet on the top floor.
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Szimpla Kert
14 Kazinczy u.
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Szimpla Kert is the pearl of the Szimpla ruin pub-chain since it was among the first pubs of this kind. The only rule is that there are no rules. The most popular pub of the Kazinczy Street hosts private feature films in its open-air cinema, but they also hold concerts and exhibitions. Besides the secret corners and spiral staircases, you will find detailed furnishing. There is an old phone receiver functioning as a bathroom-door handle, we find glass cupboards in grandma’ style, or you can sit in a bathtub reincarnated as a sofa. The regular customers are mainly exchange students or hostel guests but locals are frequent as well. Football-lovers can have a great time, and you find an excellent kitchen if you are hungry. Its disadvantages are that it is always crowded, there are many loud foreign student groups, and there is no flush toilet on the top floor.
We can experience the same excitement in Ellátó Kert ruin pub during summertime or in Kőleves Kert pub in Kazinczy Street as well. The Ellátó Kert is a perfect place for having a table tennis game or a taco dinner. If you are not looking for the wildest pub, you definitely need to visit this place. The lavatory is the highest standards of the area.
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Ellato Kert & Taqueria
48 Kazinczy u.
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We can experience the same excitement in Ellátó Kert ruin pub during summertime or in Kőleves Kert pub in Kazinczy Street as well. The Ellátó Kert is a perfect place for having a table tennis game or a taco dinner. If you are not looking for the wildest pub, you definitely need to visit this place. The lavatory is the highest standards of the area.
Kőleves restaurant is only a few steps away from Ellátó. It has a small summer garden, which looks more like a playground than a bar. This funny garden creates an intimate atmosphere with its swings and colourful chairs. Unfortunately, the barbecue dishes you can have here are a little expensive. Regular customers are students of the Hungarian Dance Academy or young people with their dogs and bikes. The bathrooms are not perfect here either, and balancing on the pebbles is not very easy after some cocktails, but you definitely find the most extraordinary ambience here.
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Kőleves kert
37 Kazinczy u.
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Kőleves restaurant is only a few steps away from Ellátó. It has a small summer garden, which looks more like a playground than a bar. This funny garden creates an intimate atmosphere with its swings and colourful chairs. Unfortunately, the barbecue dishes you can have here are a little expensive. Regular customers are students of the Hungarian Dance Academy or young people with their dogs and bikes. The bathrooms are not perfect here either, and balancing on the pebbles is not very easy after some cocktails, but you definitely find the most extraordinary ambience here.
Grandio party hostel and ruin pub is another important stop at summer nights. This place is perfect for a little jungle feeling in the concrete surroundings of the 7th district. The courtyard is totally green and with its cleverly shaped tables this place is No. 1. By the way, the upper floors function as a hostel. The main reason why the bar is a so popular destination is its nature-friendliness. Everybody wishing for some relax is here and with their bathrobes, they absolutely fit in.
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Grandio
8 Nagy Diófa u.
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Grandio party hostel and ruin pub is another important stop at summer nights. This place is perfect for a little jungle feeling in the concrete surroundings of the 7th district. The courtyard is totally green and with its cleverly shaped tables this place is No. 1. By the way, the upper floors function as a hostel. The main reason why the bar is a so popular destination is its nature-friendliness. Everybody wishing for some relax is here and with their bathrobes, they absolutely fit in.
If you feel like going to a louder place, do not stop until you find Kuplung in Király Street. The bar has been operating since 2004 and it aims to strengthen the artistic aspects of Király Street. It is a real workshop during the days and it transforms to a loud party place for the nights. We can listen to and watch hundreds of interesting programs, though the bar itself seems a little depressing and dark.
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Kuplung
46 Király u.
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If you feel like going to a louder place, do not stop until you find Kuplung in Király Street. The bar has been operating since 2004 and it aims to strengthen the artistic aspects of Király Street. It is a real workshop during the days and it transforms to a loud party place for the nights. We can listen to and watch hundreds of interesting programs, though the bar itself seems a little depressing and dark.
Another hotspot of the downtown is Instant offering different choices in the busy Nagymező Street. The dance floor, the fooseball and the artistic lifestyle are quite common in all ruin pubs, but Instant has a special, trendy atmosphere, that it outstands from other places. The interior and furnishing are similarly deliberate and nonsense like in other bars, it is full of treasures and labyrinths. Their service is also exceptional not to mention that the cutest girls of the city are found here.
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Instant
51 Akácfa u.
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Another hotspot of the downtown is Instant offering different choices in the busy Nagymező Street. The dance floor, the fooseball and the artistic lifestyle are quite common in all ruin pubs, but Instant has a special, trendy atmosphere, that it outstands from other places. The interior and furnishing are similarly deliberate and nonsense like in other bars, it is full of treasures and labyrinths. Their service is also exceptional not to mention that the cutest girls of the city are found here.
Besides courtyards and parks, we can find an exciting place, which is Corvintető. The roof terrace was planned on the top of the socialist Skála ‘superstore’ in 1926, which became a first-class place of the city by now. You can dance to world music, electroclash, jazz, reggae, drum and bass concerts on the indoor dance floors while admiring the panorama of the downtown from the top. Corvin-tető can be very exciting with its red lights, but it is very crowded and the inside is confusing. You must not miss two things. First is the sunrise at summer dawns and the second is buying spirits in the elevator.
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Corvin Club & Roof Terrace
1-2 Blaha Lujza tér
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Besides courtyards and parks, we can find an exciting place, which is Corvintető. The roof terrace was planned on the top of the socialist Skála ‘superstore’ in 1926, which became a first-class place of the city by now. You can dance to world music, electroclash, jazz, reggae, drum and bass concerts on the indoor dance floors while admiring the panorama of the downtown from the top. Corvin-tető can be very exciting with its red lights, but it is very crowded and the inside is confusing. You must not miss two things. First is the sunrise at summer dawns and the second is buying spirits in the elevator.
Situated on Zrínyi Street, the club Ötkert stands just a few minutes away from the Basilica and the Danube Promenade. There is usually no entrance fee, the prices are reasonable, and the menu and programs are varied. It hosts exhibitions, concerts, acoustic evenings, conferences and DJ sets - so everyone can find the event best suited to their preference. The guests are awaited under a temporary roof in the winter and under the sky in summer - and they often fill the dance floor and the restaurant to the brim.
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Ötkert
4/A Zrínyi u.
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Situated on Zrínyi Street, the club Ötkert stands just a few minutes away from the Basilica and the Danube Promenade. There is usually no entrance fee, the prices are reasonable, and the menu and programs are varied. It hosts exhibitions, concerts, acoustic evenings, conferences and DJ sets - so everyone can find the event best suited to their preference. The guests are awaited under a temporary roof in the winter and under the sky in summer - and they often fill the dance floor and the restaurant to the brim.
Akvárium Klub, the surrounding Erzsébet Square, and the adjacent Deák Square together constitute the largest and perhaps best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. Thousands of youngsters gather here night after night to chill out in the park or on the steps of the club. Akvárium Klub is more than a simple bar: it is a cultural centre with a wide musical repertoire from mainstream to underground. There is always a good concert and a smashing exhibition, performance, or other event happening here, in a friendly scene, situated right in the city centre.
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Akvárium Klub
12 Erzsébet tér
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Akvárium Klub, the surrounding Erzsébet Square, and the adjacent Deák Square together constitute the largest and perhaps best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. Thousands of youngsters gather here night after night to chill out in the park or on the steps of the club. Akvárium Klub is more than a simple bar: it is a cultural centre with a wide musical repertoire from mainstream to underground. There is always a good concert and a smashing exhibition, performance, or other event happening here, in a friendly scene, situated right in the city centre.
Entertainment & Activities
Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world-famous symbol of Budapest. The bath in Városliget was built in neo-Baroque style at the beginning of the 20th century. The Széchenyi is the most popular bath among locals thanks to its size and wide range of services. Numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal and a wellness department (steam room, sauna etc.), medical care, therapies. fitness and miscellaneous services guarantee the perfect visit. The open-air pool is open in the winter as well, so you can enjoy its hot water even if its -10°C outside. The bath is increasingly popular among foreigners as well - a visit here is a solid point on your Budapest schedule both in summer and winter.
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Széchenyi termalbad
9-11 Állatkerti krt.
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world-famous symbol of Budapest. The bath in Városliget was built in neo-Baroque style at the beginning of the 20th century. The Széchenyi is the most popular bath among locals thanks to its size and wide range of services. Numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal and a wellness department (steam room, sauna etc.), medical care, therapies. fitness and miscellaneous services guarantee the perfect visit. The open-air pool is open in the winter as well, so you can enjoy its hot water even if its -10°C outside. The bath is increasingly popular among foreigners as well - a visit here is a solid point on your Budapest schedule both in summer and winter.
Skate on the Ice Rink and admire the beauty of the City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle and other historic monuments. Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink awaits winter-lovers and those who love to skate in a monumental environment, with Heroes’ Square at our fingertips. The ice rink’s history dates back to 1869 and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with our friends. Today’s building was built in 1895 in a Neo-Baroque style and the rink offers skaters 15,000 square meters of artificial ice. In 2011, the building underwent a thorough renovation, during which the main building was restored to its pre-World War II state.
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City Park Ice Rink and Boating
5 Olof Palme stny.
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Skate on the Ice Rink and admire the beauty of the City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle and other historic monuments. Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink awaits winter-lovers and those who love to skate in a monumental environment, with Heroes’ Square at our fingertips. The ice rink’s history dates back to 1869 and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with our friends. Today’s building was built in 1895 in a Neo-Baroque style and the rink offers skaters 15,000 square meters of artificial ice. In 2011, the building underwent a thorough renovation, during which the main building was restored to its pre-World War II state.
The Gellért is the best known (and most expensive) historical bath of Budapest. The magnificent Art Noveau building between the Gellért Hill and the Liberty Bridge opened its gates in 1918. The bath is part of the Gellért Hotel, which was the icon of Budapest hotels for nearly 100 years; although it has lost some of its glory since it is still a symbol of welfare and comfort. Most of its old shine was restored in the frame of a comprehensive renovation in 2008. Gellért Bath has several indoor thermal pools and swimming pools, a large outdoor adventure pool and an outdoor wave pool. In addition to recreational bathing, the complex also offers medial treatments, beauty treatments, massage, and other services, and has a sauna, a steam room, a sunbathing terrace, and a dentist's office. You can choose from a range of packages, from 1-day to 2-week all-round treatments.
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Gellertbadet
4 Kelenhegyi út
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The Gellért is the best known (and most expensive) historical bath of Budapest. The magnificent Art Noveau building between the Gellért Hill and the Liberty Bridge opened its gates in 1918. The bath is part of the Gellért Hotel, which was the icon of Budapest hotels for nearly 100 years; although it has lost some of its glory since it is still a symbol of welfare and comfort. Most of its old shine was restored in the frame of a comprehensive renovation in 2008. Gellért Bath has several indoor thermal pools and swimming pools, a large outdoor adventure pool and an outdoor wave pool. In addition to recreational bathing, the complex also offers medial treatments, beauty treatments, massage, and other services, and has a sauna, a steam room, a sunbathing terrace, and a dentist's office. You can choose from a range of packages, from 1-day to 2-week all-round treatments.
The Chairlift ("Libegő" in Hungarian) is a popular alternative means of transport in the Buda Hills. The nearly 1-km-long, cable-suspended conveyance is found in District XII and takes riders up the side of János Hill in about 15 minutes. Near the upper station stands the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, providing an amazing view of Budapest. After almost 10 years in private hands, the Libegő is operated by the BKV (Budapest Transport Privately Held Corporation) today. It is a perfect choice for a date or an excursion.
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Zugliget Chairlift
97 Zugligeti út
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The Chairlift ("Libegő" in Hungarian) is a popular alternative means of transport in the Buda Hills. The nearly 1-km-long, cable-suspended conveyance is found in District XII and takes riders up the side of János Hill in about 15 minutes. Near the upper station stands the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, providing an amazing view of Budapest. After almost 10 years in private hands, the Libegő is operated by the BKV (Budapest Transport Privately Held Corporation) today. It is a perfect choice for a date or an excursion.
Cinema City Arena is the largest megaplex of Hungary and Eastern Europe with its 23 halls. In the 400-seat IMAX hall, movie-goers can enjoy educational short films and the freshest movie premiers with perfect 3D visuals and surround sound, on a 24x18 metre screen. Our 32-seat and 40-seat VIP-halls come with an unlimited, free buffet before the screening and the comfort of leather armchairs. The 17 multiplex halls can seat 82 to 378 persons. The halls are perfect for private screenings and demonstrations as well.
Cinema City Simple IMAX Arena
9 Kerepesi út
Cinema City Arena is the largest megaplex of Hungary and Eastern Europe with its 23 halls. In the 400-seat IMAX hall, movie-goers can enjoy educational short films and the freshest movie premiers with perfect 3D visuals and surround sound, on a 24x18 metre screen. Our 32-seat and 40-seat VIP-halls come with an unlimited, free buffet before the screening and the comfort of leather armchairs. The 17 multiplex halls can seat 82 to 378 persons. The halls are perfect for private screenings and demonstrations as well.
Sightseeing
Hősök tere (Heroes Square) is one of the major squares in Budapest, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders.
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Hősök tere
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Hősök tere (Heroes Square) is one of the major squares in Budapest, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders.
The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert) is one of the eldest zoos of the world. It was opened in 1866 and draws over a million visitors each year. There are 773 animal species on display in this park of diversified rocks, ponds and time-honoured buildings, like the Palm House or the Elephant House. The majority of the buildings were designed by the noted Hungarian art-nouveau architect, Károly Kós. It is ideal entertainment for the entire family.
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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
6-12 Állatkerti krt.
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The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert) is one of the eldest zoos of the world. It was opened in 1866 and draws over a million visitors each year. There are 773 animal species on display in this park of diversified rocks, ponds and time-honoured buildings, like the Palm House or the Elephant House. The majority of the buildings were designed by the noted Hungarian art-nouveau architect, Károly Kós. It is ideal entertainment for the entire family.
Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára) was built in Városliget in 1908. Based on a Transylvanian gothic castle, the building was designed by Ignác Alpár for the millennial celebrations of 1896 with the goal of embodying the first 1000 years of Hungarian architecture. Thus, Vajdahunyad Castle blends a variety of styles from Roman, through gothic and renaissance to baroque. Originally, it was a temporary construction of wood, but it was so popular that it was rebuilt of stone and brick by 1908. The castle today is home to the Museum of Agriculture. This is perhaps the most eminent piece of romantic historicism in Hungary and it was placed under protection in 1991. The building stands on an artificial island in Városligeti-tó and is accessible through four bridges.
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Vajdahunyad Castle
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Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára) was built in Városliget in 1908. Based on a Transylvanian gothic castle, the building was designed by Ignác Alpár for the millennial celebrations of 1896 with the goal of embodying the first 1000 years of Hungarian architecture. Thus, Vajdahunyad Castle blends a variety of styles from Roman, through gothic and renaissance to baroque. Originally, it was a temporary construction of wood, but it was so popular that it was rebuilt of stone and brick by 1908. The castle today is home to the Museum of Agriculture. This is perhaps the most eminent piece of romantic historicism in Hungary and it was placed under protection in 1991. The building stands on an artificial island in Városligeti-tó and is accessible through four bridges.
The landmark building of the Parliament building might be familiar even if you've never set foot in Budapest. This architectural masterpiece in Kossuth Square was designed by Imre Steindl in splendid neo-Gothic style. Today, it is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament building in Europe. The idea of a new parliament building popped up after the unification of Óbuda, Buda and Pest in 1873; it finished and inaugurated in 1896, on the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary. Thanks to the use of the finest materials, the entire building is a piece of art. The Parliament is home to the Holy Crown, the royal sceptre, and the globus cruciger of the first kings of Hungary. The Parliament is open to visits, for which tickets must be purchased at the on-site Visitor Centre.
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Ungarns parlamentsbygning
1-3 Kossuth Lajos tér
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The landmark building of the Parliament building might be familiar even if you've never set foot in Budapest. This architectural masterpiece in Kossuth Square was designed by Imre Steindl in splendid neo-Gothic style. Today, it is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament building in Europe. The idea of a new parliament building popped up after the unification of Óbuda, Buda and Pest in 1873; it finished and inaugurated in 1896, on the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary. Thanks to the use of the finest materials, the entire building is a piece of art. The Parliament is home to the Holy Crown, the royal sceptre, and the globus cruciger of the first kings of Hungary. The Parliament is open to visits, for which tickets must be purchased at the on-site Visitor Centre.
Szabadság tér is one of the most stately squares downtown, easily accessible also from the direction of the Parliament, through Kossuth tér. Dominated by a huge park, the square is a popular place to hang out. Although the Hungarian Television, once housed in the Exchange Palace, left in 2009, Szabadság tér is still home to several bank HQs and the Embassy of the United States. The monument of the Soviet Forces that liberated (later: occupied) Hungary in WW2 still stands here - in a bit of a contradiction with the name of the place, which translates to Liberty Square. After the systems change, there were speculations to tear the monument down, but in the end, it stayed as a memento of the war and the communist era. Thanks to its reconstruction in 2003, Szabadság tér is now a well-kept park with playgrounds.
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Liberty Square
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Szabadság tér is one of the most stately squares downtown, easily accessible also from the direction of the Parliament, through Kossuth tér. Dominated by a huge park, the square is a popular place to hang out. Although the Hungarian Television, once housed in the Exchange Palace, left in 2009, Szabadság tér is still home to several bank HQs and the Embassy of the United States. The monument of the Soviet Forces that liberated (later: occupied) Hungary in WW2 still stands here - in a bit of a contradiction with the name of the place, which translates to Liberty Square. After the systems change, there were speculations to tear the monument down, but in the end, it stayed as a memento of the war and the communist era. Thanks to its reconstruction in 2003, Szabadság tér is now a well-kept park with playgrounds.
One of Budapest's best known and by tourists, most visited Halászbástya, designed by Frigyes Schulek in a Neo-Romanesque style. The view embracing the Pest side and the elegant arches are almost begging us to eat here - from the tiny upstairs balcony that we approached through a narrow spiral staircase, we could see the lively Pest side of the city and all its prominent buildings, some of which are much more beautiful in the evening.
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Fiskerbastionen
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One of Budapest's best known and by tourists, most visited Halászbástya, designed by Frigyes Schulek in a Neo-Romanesque style. The view embracing the Pest side and the elegant arches are almost begging us to eat here - from the tiny upstairs balcony that we approached through a narrow spiral staircase, we could see the lively Pest side of the city and all its prominent buildings, some of which are much more beautiful in the evening.
The Church of Our Lady, better known as Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) looks back on an exceptionally long history and is the second best-known church of Budapest after St. Stephen's Basilica. It was built in 1015, shortly after the country's conversion to the Christian faith. It was rebuilt in gothic style in the 14th century and was yet again renewed in the 19th century in harmony with the designs by Frigyes Schulek. Thanks to its latest reconstruction between 2006-2013, it now stands in its old glory again. The building is a great example of the Central-European gothic style. Its facade is adorned with rich ornamentation, sculptures and reliefs. The interior is dominated by wood, gold and painted walls. Tourists must buy a ticket to enter.
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Matthias Church
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The Church of Our Lady, better known as Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) looks back on an exceptionally long history and is the second best-known church of Budapest after St. Stephen's Basilica. It was built in 1015, shortly after the country's conversion to the Christian faith. It was rebuilt in gothic style in the 14th century and was yet again renewed in the 19th century in harmony with the designs by Frigyes Schulek. Thanks to its latest reconstruction between 2006-2013, it now stands in its old glory again. The building is a great example of the Central-European gothic style. Its facade is adorned with rich ornamentation, sculptures and reliefs. The interior is dominated by wood, gold and painted walls. Tourists must buy a ticket to enter.
Spread atop the Castle Hill is the Castle District, one of Budapest's landmarks and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Entering through the gate called Bécsi kapu it's as if you were immediately thrown back to the past. The time-honoured walls embrace treasures like the 7 bastions of the Fishermen's Bastion, Mathias' Church with its colourful roof tiles, the Hungarian National Archives or the Hungarian President's residence, the Sándor Palace.
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Castle District
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Spread atop the Castle Hill is the Castle District, one of Budapest's landmarks and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Entering through the gate called Bécsi kapu it's as if you were immediately thrown back to the past. The time-honoured walls embrace treasures like the 7 bastions of the Fishermen's Bastion, Mathias' Church with its colourful roof tiles, the Hungarian National Archives or the Hungarian President's residence, the Sándor Palace.
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) is the largest church of Budapest. The building was finished in Neo-classicist style in 1905, following 54 years of planning. Similarly to the Parliament, it is 96 meters high, which makes it the highest building of Budapest. Its capacity is 8,000 persons. The interior is characterized by rich ornamentation; the huge windows radiate dignity. This place of Catholic worship was named after St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft. His intactly preserved right hand, the Holy Dexter, is kept as a relic in the Basilica's chapel. The Basilica is also a significant musical venue, where various concerts are held. If you are not moved by classical music, you should still visit the dome for a marvellous view of the city.
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Sankt Stefans basilika
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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) is the largest church of Budapest. The building was finished in Neo-classicist style in 1905, following 54 years of planning. Similarly to the Parliament, it is 96 meters high, which makes it the highest building of Budapest. Its capacity is 8,000 persons. The interior is characterized by rich ornamentation; the huge windows radiate dignity. This place of Catholic worship was named after St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft. His intactly preserved right hand, the Holy Dexter, is kept as a relic in the Basilica's chapel. The Basilica is also a significant musical venue, where various concerts are held. If you are not moved by classical music, you should still visit the dome for a marvellous view of the city.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the world-famous landmark of Budapest and Hungary. It was named after one of the major supporters and facilitators of its construction. Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest and also the first one across the Danube. It was built between 1839 and 1849, in the period when Budapest started to evolve from a dusty Central-European town to a vibrant metropolis and has symbolized the connection between East and West, progress and development. Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge with three bays and stone abutments designed by the Englishman William Tierney Clark. Its construction was supervised by Adam Clark. The chief investor was Baron György Sina, a Viennese banker. In the beginning, everyone - including noblemen - had to pay a toll for crossing; the toll was lifted in 1918.
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Chain Bridge
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Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the world-famous landmark of Budapest and Hungary. It was named after one of the major supporters and facilitators of its construction. Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest and also the first one across the Danube. It was built between 1839 and 1849, in the period when Budapest started to evolve from a dusty Central-European town to a vibrant metropolis and has symbolized the connection between East and West, progress and development. Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge with three bays and stone abutments designed by the Englishman William Tierney Clark. Its construction was supervised by Adam Clark. The chief investor was Baron György Sina, a Viennese banker. In the beginning, everyone - including noblemen - had to pay a toll for crossing; the toll was lifted in 1918.
Connecting the banks of River Danube and the Castle Hill, the Buda Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) has been in service since 1870. Its construction was initiated by Ödön Széchenyi, son of the statesman Count István Széchenyi. Back then, this was the second of its kind in Europe. It was admitted to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1987 as a distinctive element of the Danube bank of Budapest. It runs on a 95-meter route of 50 meters elevation between Clark Ádám Square and the Sándor Palace. Although the Funicular is operated by the Budapest Transport Privately Held Corporation, the ordinary public-transport single tickets and passes are not valid for riding. The two cars (Margit and Gellért) are connected like counterbalancing pendulums: while one car runs uphill, the other goes downhill. It is a highly popular attraction, so be prepared for queues.
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Budapest Castle Hill Funicular
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Connecting the banks of River Danube and the Castle Hill, the Buda Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) has been in service since 1870. Its construction was initiated by Ödön Széchenyi, son of the statesman Count István Széchenyi. Back then, this was the second of its kind in Europe. It was admitted to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1987 as a distinctive element of the Danube bank of Budapest. It runs on a 95-meter route of 50 meters elevation between Clark Ádám Square and the Sándor Palace. Although the Funicular is operated by the Budapest Transport Privately Held Corporation, the ordinary public-transport single tickets and passes are not valid for riding. The two cars (Margit and Gellért) are connected like counterbalancing pendulums: while one car runs uphill, the other goes downhill. It is a highly popular attraction, so be prepared for queues.
The Sándor Palace (Sándor-palota) was built in 1803 in neo-classical style, by the well-known architect, Mihály Pollack. During the Second World War, it was seriously damaged but after the fall of communism, it was restored to its original state. Today the Palace is home to the President of the Republic of Hungary and his Office, but occasionally on summer weekends, the palace opens its gates for tourists to introduce the history of the building and Hungarian Presidents.
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Sándor Palace, Budapest
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The Sándor Palace (Sándor-palota) was built in 1803 in neo-classical style, by the well-known architect, Mihály Pollack. During the Second World War, it was seriously damaged but after the fall of communism, it was restored to its original state. Today the Palace is home to the President of the Republic of Hungary and his Office, but occasionally on summer weekends, the palace opens its gates for tourists to introduce the history of the building and Hungarian Presidents.
The Royal Palace in Szent György tér is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape, and the building easiest to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. The Castle was home to the kings of Hungary from the 13th century. Medieval walls and a few buildings have survived from that period, but the district underwent a major transformation according to designs by Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann in the 19th century. The rooms and halls of the Royal Palace were not reconstructed, and the building today functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum. The annual Buda Castle Wine Festival is also held here, in addition to several other events of culture and gastronomy.
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Buda slott
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The Royal Palace in Szent György tér is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape, and the building easiest to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. The Castle was home to the kings of Hungary from the 13th century. Medieval walls and a few buildings have survived from that period, but the district underwent a major transformation according to designs by Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann in the 19th century. The rooms and halls of the Royal Palace were not reconstructed, and the building today functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum. The annual Buda Castle Wine Festival is also held here, in addition to several other events of culture and gastronomy.
Vörösmarty Square is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. It lies at the northern end of Váci Street and above the western end of the Millennium Underground (Metro line 1). Its architecture is quite varied. On the north side of the square stands the eclectic Gerbeaud House, home to the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. On the east side, a grandiose Art-Nouveau building stands, facing a masterpiece of modern architecture, a glass bubble with luxury apartments and stores. In the south corner of the square stands Váci1, the former Budapest Stock Exchange building transformed into a high-end department store, where you'll find the Hard Rock Café Budapest and the Szamos Gourmet Ház. From the middle of the square, the statue of the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty surveys its surroundings. Similarly to Váci Street, the square today is used mostly for commercial functions. In December every year, you can find the Budapest Christmas Fair here with the delicious specialities of the winter season and artisanal goods.
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Vörösmarty tér
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Vörösmarty Square is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. It lies at the northern end of Váci Street and above the western end of the Millennium Underground (Metro line 1). Its architecture is quite varied. On the north side of the square stands the eclectic Gerbeaud House, home to the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. On the east side, a grandiose Art-Nouveau building stands, facing a masterpiece of modern architecture, a glass bubble with luxury apartments and stores. In the south corner of the square stands Váci1, the former Budapest Stock Exchange building transformed into a high-end department store, where you'll find the Hard Rock Café Budapest and the Szamos Gourmet Ház. From the middle of the square, the statue of the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty surveys its surroundings. Similarly to Váci Street, the square today is used mostly for commercial functions. In December every year, you can find the Budapest Christmas Fair here with the delicious specialities of the winter season and artisanal goods.
Budapest has always been a hub of Jewish culture, so it comes as no surprise that the second largest synagogue of the world is found here. The Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány utcai Zsinagóga) was built in 1859 in Moorish Revival Style. This complex is not only a place of worship but also hosts the Hungarian Jewish Museum. It lies in Dohány street, right off the Small Boulevard, as an entrance to the Jewish district. Dohány street carries serious Holocaust connotations, it was the border of the Budapest Ghetto during WWII and even today still remains the centre of the Jewish community in Hungary. A three-year reconstruction, funded largely by the world-famous Estée Lauder, who has Hungarian and Jewish ancestors) was completed in 1996.
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Dohány Street Synagogue
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Budapest has always been a hub of Jewish culture, so it comes as no surprise that the second largest synagogue of the world is found here. The Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány utcai Zsinagóga) was built in 1859 in Moorish Revival Style. This complex is not only a place of worship but also hosts the Hungarian Jewish Museum. It lies in Dohány street, right off the Small Boulevard, as an entrance to the Jewish district. Dohány street carries serious Holocaust connotations, it was the border of the Budapest Ghetto during WWII and even today still remains the centre of the Jewish community in Hungary. A three-year reconstruction, funded largely by the world-famous Estée Lauder, who has Hungarian and Jewish ancestors) was completed in 1996.
Várkert Bazaar is a newly restored neo-Renaissance building complex on the side of the hill that goes from the Buda riverfront up to the Royal Palace. It was built between 1875 and 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl. It has a magnificent flower garden with fountains, grottoes, and guardhouses. The former Youth Park used to operate on the site between 1961 and 1984, but after this period, the area became neglected and was later marked for demolition. In fact, until 2014, Várkert Bazaar was considered one of the most endangered monuments of the world. Now, after recent renovations, this series of promenades houses a new cultural space with exhibition areas, a Neo-Renaissance flower garden, a park, and catering facilities. In addition, an escalator helps to connect it to the Royal Palace grounds.
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Várkert Bazár
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Várkert Bazaar is a newly restored neo-Renaissance building complex on the side of the hill that goes from the Buda riverfront up to the Royal Palace. It was built between 1875 and 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl. It has a magnificent flower garden with fountains, grottoes, and guardhouses. The former Youth Park used to operate on the site between 1961 and 1984, but after this period, the area became neglected and was later marked for demolition. In fact, until 2014, Várkert Bazaar was considered one of the most endangered monuments of the world. Now, after recent renovations, this series of promenades houses a new cultural space with exhibition areas, a Neo-Renaissance flower garden, a park, and catering facilities. In addition, an escalator helps to connect it to the Royal Palace grounds.
The Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) was opened for the Millennial celebrations of 1896; the last silver rivet on the Pest abutment was inserted into the iron structure by Emperor Franz Joseph himself. This is commemorated by a plaque at the abutment in question. The bridge was built between 1894 and1896 and spans 333.6 metres. It connects the two banks of the Danube between the Corvinus University of Budapest in Pest and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Buda. It would remain standing even with the middle section removed. Szabadság Bridge was the first bridge rebuilt after WW2, it was reopened to traffic in 1946.
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Liberty Bridge
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The Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) was opened for the Millennial celebrations of 1896; the last silver rivet on the Pest abutment was inserted into the iron structure by Emperor Franz Joseph himself. This is commemorated by a plaque at the abutment in question. The bridge was built between 1894 and1896 and spans 333.6 metres. It connects the two banks of the Danube between the Corvinus University of Budapest in Pest and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Buda. It would remain standing even with the middle section removed. Szabadság Bridge was the first bridge rebuilt after WW2, it was reopened to traffic in 1946.
The Citadel is a fortress atop Gellért Hill in the 11th District of Budapest. It was constructed by the Hapsburg Empire in 1854, following the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The Citadel offers a beautiful view of the city, including the Buda Castle, the Parliament, the bridges over the Danube, all of Pest, and the Buda Hills. No wonder in 1987, the UNESCO named Gellért Hill a World Heritage site, together with Castle Hill and the panorama of both banks of the Danube. The Citadel and its Liberation Monument have become icons of Budapest.
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Citadella
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The Citadel is a fortress atop Gellért Hill in the 11th District of Budapest. It was constructed by the Hapsburg Empire in 1854, following the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The Citadel offers a beautiful view of the city, including the Buda Castle, the Parliament, the bridges over the Danube, all of Pest, and the Buda Hills. No wonder in 1987, the UNESCO named Gellért Hill a World Heritage site, together with Castle Hill and the panorama of both banks of the Danube. The Citadel and its Liberation Monument have become icons of Budapest.
Thanks to its height of 526 meters, the top of János Hill (János-hegy) is the highest point of Budapest. It is a popular destination among hikers, mountain bikers, runners, Nordic walkers, and families. On top of János Hill stands the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, built-in 1910, whence you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city. In clear weather, you can see as far as 80 kilometres away, and locals claim that in certain atmospheric conditions even the peaks of the High Tatra Mountains are visible in the distance. Take bus 291 from the Nyugati Railway Station, and when reaching the last stop, change for the Chairlift, which will take you up the hill, to the vicinity of the Lookout Tower.
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Erzsébet kilátó Way
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Thanks to its height of 526 meters, the top of János Hill (János-hegy) is the highest point of Budapest. It is a popular destination among hikers, mountain bikers, runners, Nordic walkers, and families. On top of János Hill stands the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, built-in 1910, whence you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city. In clear weather, you can see as far as 80 kilometres away, and locals claim that in certain atmospheric conditions even the peaks of the High Tatra Mountains are visible in the distance. Take bus 291 from the Nyugati Railway Station, and when reaching the last stop, change for the Chairlift, which will take you up the hill, to the vicinity of the Lookout Tower.
Arts & Culture
Europe's oldest continually operating big top welcomes children and the young at heart to enjoy classic circus performances of world-class quality, all happening in Pest's City Park. Hungarian artists and international stars share the centre ring to perform classic death-defying stunts like tightrope walking and balancing acts, while astounding contemporary-circus acts add modern flair to many shows.
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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Europe's oldest continually operating big top welcomes children and the young at heart to enjoy classic circus performances of world-class quality, all happening in Pest's City Park. Hungarian artists and international stars share the centre ring to perform classic death-defying stunts like tightrope walking and balancing acts, while astounding contemporary-circus acts add modern flair to many shows.
Because of renovation to the original condition, the museum is not operating until 2018! The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport offers 8 different sites of the exhibition across the country. Our exhibitions embrace the whole history of transport and technology in Hungary.
Közlekedési Múzeum
Because of renovation to the original condition, the museum is not operating until 2018! The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport offers 8 different sites of the exhibition across the country. Our exhibitions embrace the whole history of transport and technology in Hungary.
The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) was built in eclectic neoclassical style on the basis of plans by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog, on the northwestern side of Heroes' Square, opposite to the Art Gallery, between 1900 and 1906.
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Szépművészeti Múzeum
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The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) was built in eclectic neoclassical style on the basis of plans by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog, on the northwestern side of Heroes' Square, opposite to the Art Gallery, between 1900 and 1906.
The Kunsthalle (Műcsarnok) by Heroes' Square is the definitive exhibition gallery of contemporary visual arts in Hungary. Conceived on the model of German Kunsthalles, this neo-Renaissance building was erected in 1896 for the country’s Millennial celebrations. Its mission is to introduce and promote Hungarian and international visual arts trends and phenomena, being at the same time a source of inspiration to artists. At five to six major exhibitions annually, it showcases exhibitions of renowned Hungarian and foreign contemporary artists. – including works of art that are considered groundbreaking in East-Central Europe.
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Kunsthalle
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The Kunsthalle (Műcsarnok) by Heroes' Square is the definitive exhibition gallery of contemporary visual arts in Hungary. Conceived on the model of German Kunsthalles, this neo-Renaissance building was erected in 1896 for the country’s Millennial celebrations. Its mission is to introduce and promote Hungarian and international visual arts trends and phenomena, being at the same time a source of inspiration to artists. At five to six major exhibitions annually, it showcases exhibitions of renowned Hungarian and foreign contemporary artists. – including works of art that are considered groundbreaking in East-Central Europe.
The Hungarian State Opera (Magyar Állami Operaház) is the masterpiece of Miklós Ybl, one of the greatest Hungarian architects of all time. The Opera was opened in 1884. The building is a splendid example of the neo-Renaissance style, while its rich ornaments also show a few baroque elements. The auditorium can seat 1300 persons, and although it is not the largest opera, it has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris. Its most widely noted piece is The Nutcracker, which has enjoyed unfaltering popularity for years - despite being on show all December, it is almost impossible to get tickets for this Tschaikovsky ballet. There are two guided tours of the house every day, at 3 PM and 4 PM.
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Opera
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The Hungarian State Opera (Magyar Állami Operaház) is the masterpiece of Miklós Ybl, one of the greatest Hungarian architects of all time. The Opera was opened in 1884. The building is a splendid example of the neo-Renaissance style, while its rich ornaments also show a few baroque elements. The auditorium can seat 1300 persons, and although it is not the largest opera, it has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris. Its most widely noted piece is The Nutcracker, which has enjoyed unfaltering popularity for years - despite being on show all December, it is almost impossible to get tickets for this Tschaikovsky ballet. There are two guided tours of the house every day, at 3 PM and 4 PM.
Vigadó, built by the plans of Frigyes Feszl, was handed over in 1865. Within a short time, the most famous composers performed in the beautiful, multi-purpose building, including Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Dohnányi and Bartók. Meanwhile, the building also housed a variety of balls, representative social events and conferences, and this is where Budapest was born, as well. It was seriously damaged in the Second World War and re-opened in 1980, and in 2004, reconstruction began with the goal of restoring the building to its original state. As a result, Vigadó – located next to the Danube Promenade – became one of the must-see attractions of Budapest again, providing a location for exhibitions, concerts, theatrical events and films. The VI. floor Panorama terrace – which provides a truly unique view of the Buda Castle and the Citadel – is a must-see.
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Vigadó Concert Hall
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Vigadó, built by the plans of Frigyes Feszl, was handed over in 1865. Within a short time, the most famous composers performed in the beautiful, multi-purpose building, including Liszt, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Dohnányi and Bartók. Meanwhile, the building also housed a variety of balls, representative social events and conferences, and this is where Budapest was born, as well. It was seriously damaged in the Second World War and re-opened in 1980, and in 2004, reconstruction began with the goal of restoring the building to its original state. As a result, Vigadó – located next to the Danube Promenade – became one of the must-see attractions of Budapest again, providing a location for exhibitions, concerts, theatrical events and films. The VI. floor Panorama terrace – which provides a truly unique view of the Buda Castle and the Citadel – is a must-see.
The Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) standing in Kiskörút is the largest museum of Hungary. It is a building of unique beauty, which introduces Hungarian culture and history in approx. 8000 square metres. Throughout the 200+ years since its foundation, the museum has collected a huge amount of artefacts, archaeological, historical, and ethnical relics, which bring closer the history of the people of the Carpathian Basin. The museum has also hosted temporary exhibitions, like the Robert Capa or the press photo exhibition. The museum paints a realistic picture of Hungarian history, with all its grief and joy, thus it is an important and educational point of interest. The Hungarian National Museum is a must-see for both locals and foreigners.
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Hungarian National Museum
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The Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) standing in Kiskörút is the largest museum of Hungary. It is a building of unique beauty, which introduces Hungarian culture and history in approx. 8000 square metres. Throughout the 200+ years since its foundation, the museum has collected a huge amount of artefacts, archaeological, historical, and ethnical relics, which bring closer the history of the people of the Carpathian Basin. The museum has also hosted temporary exhibitions, like the Robert Capa or the press photo exhibition. The museum paints a realistic picture of Hungarian history, with all its grief and joy, thus it is an important and educational point of interest. The Hungarian National Museum is a must-see for both locals and foreigners.
Following a long process of redesigns and delays, the new National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) finally opened its gate in 2002 by the Danube, at the Pest Pest-side bridgehead of Rákóczi Bridge. According to the original plans, it was supposed to stand in a more central location (by Erzsébet Square), but in the understanding of a later decision, it was realized as a part of a culture district named Millennial Culture Centre in the South Pest. The National Theatre was the first element of this project, followed by the Palace of Arts (a.k.a MüPa) in 2005. The theatre is divided into three sections. The building stands in a huge park and sculpture garden, which evoke the history of Hungarian theatre. The park is shaped like a riverboat and hosts a wide range of open-air events in the summer. The building and its open-air stage together exceed the size of 21 000 square metres, making the complex the largest theatre of the capital.
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National Theatre
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Following a long process of redesigns and delays, the new National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) finally opened its gate in 2002 by the Danube, at the Pest Pest-side bridgehead of Rákóczi Bridge. According to the original plans, it was supposed to stand in a more central location (by Erzsébet Square), but in the understanding of a later decision, it was realized as a part of a culture district named Millennial Culture Centre in the South Pest. The National Theatre was the first element of this project, followed by the Palace of Arts (a.k.a MüPa) in 2005. The theatre is divided into three sections. The building stands in a huge park and sculpture garden, which evoke the history of Hungarian theatre. The park is shaped like a riverboat and hosts a wide range of open-air events in the summer. The building and its open-air stage together exceed the size of 21 000 square metres, making the complex the largest theatre of the capital.
The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája) is the most important building of the Millennial Culture Centre of Budapest. It opened in 2005 and won several international architectural recognitions. The building is characterized by cutting-edge design with amazing interior features and a simple, timeless exterior. The complex is home to the 1525-seat Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, the ultra-modern Festival Theatre and the Ludwig Museum, a sanctuary to contemporary art. The concert hall is regarded as one of the best in Europe and is booked for years to come for the biggest world stars and orchestras. The building filled the gap of a 21st-century cultural institution in Budapest and has been a success story since the beginnings. If you have time, check out one of its concerts or events - you can find exciting programmes here almost every day!
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Müpa Budapest
1 Komor Marcell u.
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The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája) is the most important building of the Millennial Culture Centre of Budapest. It opened in 2005 and won several international architectural recognitions. The building is characterized by cutting-edge design with amazing interior features and a simple, timeless exterior. The complex is home to the 1525-seat Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, the ultra-modern Festival Theatre and the Ludwig Museum, a sanctuary to contemporary art. The concert hall is regarded as one of the best in Europe and is booked for years to come for the biggest world stars and orchestras. The building filled the gap of a 21st-century cultural institution in Budapest and has been a success story since the beginnings. If you have time, check out one of its concerts or events - you can find exciting programmes here almost every day!
The House of Terror (Terror Háza) is a museum and a monument at 60 Andrássy Avenue, at the former headquarters of the communist secret police (ÁVH). Its exhibitions commemorate the victims of the fascist and communist regimes of Hungary in the 20th century, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. The permanent exhibition portrays the country’s relationship with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during the years of occupation and suppression by those powers. It also introduces Hungarian organizations, such as the fascist Arrow Cross Party and the ÁVH, communist secret police similar to KGB. This shocking exhibition helps to understand these periods of Hungarian history better.
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Terrorens hus
60 Andrássy út
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The House of Terror (Terror Háza) is a museum and a monument at 60 Andrássy Avenue, at the former headquarters of the communist secret police (ÁVH). Its exhibitions commemorate the victims of the fascist and communist regimes of Hungary in the 20th century, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. The permanent exhibition portrays the country’s relationship with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during the years of occupation and suppression by those powers. It also introduces Hungarian organizations, such as the fascist Arrow Cross Party and the ÁVH, communist secret police similar to KGB. This shocking exhibition helps to understand these periods of Hungarian history better.
Parks & Nature
City Park. It offers great terrain for folks that are into the ’70s and ’80s vibes; who like to go for long walks or just to roam around the park. The PeCsa or the Museum of Transportation is like travelling back in time. The only thing confirming that you are still in 2011 is the ticket price - adults pay 1000 HUF, students and pensioners 500 HUF. The signs that read: “Everything for the eyes, nothing for the hands”, and the lack of games that encourage a child to participate and gain experience, take us back 30 years before our time. Unfortunately, during our visit, the plotting boards were out of order and parts of the exhibition were closed off due to a private event. Nevertheless, it is clear that families with boys love the museum. There are numerous machines with impressive technical parameters – this can be especially fun if you are an enthusiastic parent who likes takes the time to read or explain to your kid what he/she is looking at.
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City Park
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City Park. It offers great terrain for folks that are into the ’70s and ’80s vibes; who like to go for long walks or just to roam around the park. The PeCsa or the Museum of Transportation is like travelling back in time. The only thing confirming that you are still in 2011 is the ticket price - adults pay 1000 HUF, students and pensioners 500 HUF. The signs that read: “Everything for the eyes, nothing for the hands”, and the lack of games that encourage a child to participate and gain experience, take us back 30 years before our time. Unfortunately, during our visit, the plotting boards were out of order and parts of the exhibition were closed off due to a private event. Nevertheless, it is clear that families with boys love the museum. There are numerous machines with impressive technical parameters – this can be especially fun if you are an enthusiastic parent who likes takes the time to read or explain to your kid what he/she is looking at.
Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is the green heart of Budapest. It lies in the middle of the Danube between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. Apart from a couple of hotels and sport facilities, there are no buildings on the island - it is a huge green park with promenades and benches, great for a date or a picnic. Everyone can find their own cup of tea here: there is the Hajós Alfréd National Sports Swimming Pool, the Palatinus water park and the running track for the sporty, the petting zoo, the music fountain, and the Water Tower for families, and we'd recommend the Japanese Garden or a ride on a four-wheel bike for couples. If you're hungry for culture, check out the open-air stages and the medieval ruins of the island.
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Margaretøya
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Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is the green heart of Budapest. It lies in the middle of the Danube between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. Apart from a couple of hotels and sport facilities, there are no buildings on the island - it is a huge green park with promenades and benches, great for a date or a picnic. Everyone can find their own cup of tea here: there is the Hajós Alfréd National Sports Swimming Pool, the Palatinus water park and the running track for the sporty, the petting zoo, the music fountain, and the Water Tower for families, and we'd recommend the Japanese Garden or a ride on a four-wheel bike for couples. If you're hungry for culture, check out the open-air stages and the medieval ruins of the island.
Shopping
Great selection on nearly 13 thousand square meters, primary producer stands on weekends. Address: 1147 Budapest, Csömöri Street 9-11.
Bosnyák téri piac
Great selection on nearly 13 thousand square meters, primary producer stands on weekends. Address: 1147 Budapest, Csömöri Street 9-11.
The Great Market Hall is a concept in itself and when talking about markets it's what everyone thinks of first. It's building at Fővám Square was rightly chosen as the most beautiful market in Europe and got a place on CNN's latest Budapest top list as well. The view is also beautiful from the hall's balcony. This place is a favourite for tourists, old ladies pulling their shopping carts, young housewives, students and even professional chefs. The selection is simply huge and we're having trouble thinking of fresh produce you couldn't find here. It's meat and fish are almost unbeatable: the fish stand in the basement is definitely worth a visit and at some of the butchers there's meat that's not available anywhere else, like fresh sheep and goat meat. The top floor has lots of useless junk but if you want good fried sausages you can find it amongst the top floor jungle. As part of the the upcoming Budapest Essentials Festival, the Gorillaz Sound System will hold a concert in the Market Hall - do not miss this unusual party!
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Great Market Hall
1-3 Vámház krt.
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The Great Market Hall is a concept in itself and when talking about markets it's what everyone thinks of first. It's building at Fővám Square was rightly chosen as the most beautiful market in Europe and got a place on CNN's latest Budapest top list as well. The view is also beautiful from the hall's balcony. This place is a favourite for tourists, old ladies pulling their shopping carts, young housewives, students and even professional chefs. The selection is simply huge and we're having trouble thinking of fresh produce you couldn't find here. It's meat and fish are almost unbeatable: the fish stand in the basement is definitely worth a visit and at some of the butchers there's meat that's not available anywhere else, like fresh sheep and goat meat. The top floor has lots of useless junk but if you want good fried sausages you can find it amongst the top floor jungle. As part of the the upcoming Budapest Essentials Festival, the Gorillaz Sound System will hold a concert in the Market Hall - do not miss this unusual party!
Récsei Center (shopping mall) is only a few minutes walk from Városliget, so it is easily accessible.
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Récsei Center
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Récsei Center (shopping mall) is only a few minutes walk from Városliget, so it is easily accessible.
Aréna Pláza is one of the city's youngest and largest malls. It was built on a former horse-racing track next to Keleti Railway Station, and even though it takes a little walking to get there from the stops of metro lines M2 and M4, it’s worth paying a visit. Beside the popular Spanish brands many other famous ones are available, and there is also a wide selection of cafés and restaurants. The first IMAX cinema of the city opened here but it’s not the only source of entertainment. During the winter months the space in front of the mall becomes an ice-skating rink and when the weather gets better the terrace upstairs fills up with shoppers.
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Arena Mall
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Aréna Pláza is one of the city's youngest and largest malls. It was built on a former horse-racing track next to Keleti Railway Station, and even though it takes a little walking to get there from the stops of metro lines M2 and M4, it’s worth paying a visit. Beside the popular Spanish brands many other famous ones are available, and there is also a wide selection of cafés and restaurants. The first IMAX cinema of the city opened here but it’s not the only source of entertainment. During the winter months the space in front of the mall becomes an ice-skating rink and when the weather gets better the terrace upstairs fills up with shoppers.
WestEnd City Center is the busiest and most popular mall in downtown Budapest. The shopping centre is found in one of the major traffic hubs of Budapest, between Lehel Square and Nyugati Square, right by Nyugati railway station. It has more than 400 shops on 3 floors. The underground level alone has 40 restaurants and cafés, including Vapiano, TGI Friday's, Leroy, Starbucks, KFC, Nordsee ad a row of other fast food restaurants, confectioneries, ice cream parlours and cafés. There is also a 14-hall Cinema City complex, showing the latest films from Hollywood super-productions to Hungarian blockbusters. You can also take a rest on the pleasant roof terrace of the mall. At the end of the day, we can relax and take a stroll in the charming roof terrace.
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WestEnd City Center
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WestEnd City Center is the busiest and most popular mall in downtown Budapest. The shopping centre is found in one of the major traffic hubs of Budapest, between Lehel Square and Nyugati Square, right by Nyugati railway station. It has more than 400 shops on 3 floors. The underground level alone has 40 restaurants and cafés, including Vapiano, TGI Friday's, Leroy, Starbucks, KFC, Nordsee ad a row of other fast food restaurants, confectioneries, ice cream parlours and cafés. There is also a 14-hall Cinema City complex, showing the latest films from Hollywood super-productions to Hungarian blockbusters. You can also take a rest on the pleasant roof terrace of the mall. At the end of the day, we can relax and take a stroll in the charming roof terrace.