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Publisher: Tourism Office of Budapest the official tourism marketing organization of Budapest Publication manager: László Paszternák (c) All rights reserved Edited by Turizmus Kft. · Editor: Brigitta Vajk · Design: András Nász
Translation: CHFI Bt. Cover: Future Card Stúdió · Maps: TOPOGRÁF Photos: Laya Gelencsér, József Hajdú, Hungarian National Tourist Office and Turizmus Kft. The publisher does not accept responsibility for damages arising from any changes in information contained in this publication. Publication closed: November 2004 Printing: Szikra Printing House Co.
I would like to welcome you to Budapest, a city which not only greets its guests with a rich history and unique cultural heritage, but also where we, the residents, can witness day by day its resurgence. That tourism is one of the most important economic branches of Budapest is evident in the rise in the number of tourists visiting the capital, and the growth of the quantity and quality of tourism services. Year on year several dozen new hotels spring up in Budapest, numerous old buildings are reconstructed, and new cultural and tourism establishments are born. The capital is made all the more attractive for being renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites, and only Budapest can say of itself that it has Europe’s largest Parliament, largest functioning synagogue and the continent’s first underground railway. The visitor will find side by side the remains of fortresses and buildings from Roman times, still operating Turkish baths, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and the incredibly rich Art Nouveau architectural heritage. Not only is Budapest worthy holder of the title “Queen of the Danube”, but in fact there is not one other capital city in the world with close on 100 thermal springs and 12 medicinal baths within its boundaries, where 19 million gallons of thermal water rise to the surface each day. Despite the spectacular development, Budapest has preserved its old charm and magic. It is a city where the pleasing harmony of different architectural styles and superb structures, the cafés, baths, the gastronomy and culture, combined with legendary hospitality blend into an unforgettable experience for visitors. Besides popular programmes and festivals staged each year the capital’s tourism selection is further enriched by new, high standard events each season. Tourists can stroll down the “Pest Broadway”, now taking on a new lease of life, and enjoy a programme in one of the atmospheric, unique repositories of music calling to all ages, since there is a choice ranging from live music in the pubs to the repertoires of the Opera House and the recently rebuilt, magnificent Operetta Theatre. So I warmly commend this publication to you, and trust you will find yourself using it frequently. After careful preparation we compiled it with great pleasure in the hope that it will allow you to discover what is best in Budapest.
László Fekete Director BTH Budapesti Turisztikai Szolgáltató Kht. (Tourism Office of Budapest)
BTH Budapesti Turisztikai Szolgáltató Kht. (Tourism Office of Budapest) µ H–1364 Budapest Pf. 215 • ≥ (+36-1)266-0479 • ¥ (+36-1)266-7477 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.budapestinfo.hu
Russia. World Heritage views. Turkey and the Ukraine) do not require a visa to travel to Hungary. Ferihegy – terminal 2A. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm.hu 5 . Croatia. Belgium. tickets for cultural and sports events. car rentals ó 15 June–15 Sept 9 am–8 pm. ¥ (+36-1)488-0474 Excursions. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 9 am–5 pm. Entry with passport but no visa Citizens of European countries (with the exception of Albania. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 9 am–6 pm. maps. ó 15 June–15 Sept Mon–Fri: 9 am–7 pm. Sat–Sun: 9 am–6 pm. Liechtenstein. Sat: 9 am–3 pm. Canada. maps. Citizens of the following countries outside Europe similarly do not require a visa: Argentina. Luxembourg. France. For more detailed information please check the following site: www. 16 Sept–14 June 10 am–7 pm. Germany. ¥ (+36-1)342-9390 H–1061 Budapest. maps. Szentháromság tér ≥ (+36-1)488-0475. Panama. Switzerland. car rentals. Japan. Nicaragua.budapestinfo.hu www. Sun: closed Liszt Ferenc tér ≥ (+36-1)322-4098. sightseeing. New Zealand.kum. maps. Chile. Uruguay. USA. Deák tér/Sütô utca 2 (H3) ≥ (36-1)438-8080 ó 8 am–8 pm Buda Castle H–1016 Budapest. special programmes. Singapore. Sun: closed Budapest. (06-80)630-800 from Hungary Internet: www. World Heritage views. guide services. 1 Nov–31 March Mon–Fri: 10 am–7 pm. Israel. sightseeing. Malaysia. general information. general information ó 15 June–15 Sept Mon–Fri: 9 am–7 pm. newspapers. Slovenia. Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm Western (Nyugati) Railway Station ≥/¥ (+36-1)302-8580 Left wing of the main station • Accommodation. Sat–Sun: 9 am–3 pm Budaörs H–2040 Budaörs – AGIP Complex – South ≥/¥ (+36-1)302-8580 Accommodation.hu PASSPORT.hungarytourism. Spain. Brazil. Serbia-Montenegro.. Sat–Sun: 9 am–6 pm.H A N D Y information Turista információ • Tourist information INFORMATION OFFICES Tourinform Main office – Police-info Office V. 2B ≥ (+36-1)438-8080. Seychelles. general information. Ecuador. souvenirs. general information ó 15 June–15 Sept 9 am–7 pm. excursions.hu ¥ (+36-1)488-8661 E-mail: hungary@tourinform. Venezuela. South Korea. ¥ (+36-1)488-8661 ó 8 am–11 pm Nonstop information: Tourinform call centre (24 hours): (+36-1)438-8080 Tourinform hotline (24 hours): (+36-30)30-30-600 from abroad. guide services. Mexico. provided the purpose of their visit is not to take up work or to conduct business-related activities: Austria. Costa Rica. Italy. Sat: 10 am–4 pm. Liszt Ferenc tér 11 Accommodation. VISA Entry with a personal ID card Citizens of the following countries may enter the territory of Hungary with a personal identification card for a stay of maximum 90 days.
It exceeds 8 hours per day between April and September.com Ireland Hungarian National Tourist Office Hungarian Embassy. Hottest months: July.hu www. January (temperatures can fall as low as –15°C) Budapest has a relatively high number of hours of sunshine per annum.ie USA Hungarian National Tourist Office 150 East 58th Street. Dublin 2 ≥ (353 1)6612-879 ¥ (353 1)6612-889 E-mail: email@example.com www. August (temperatures can reach 28–35°C) Coldest months: December. N.hu www. 2 Fitzwilliam Place.hu . 33rd floor.hungarywelcomesbritain.visithungary. 10155-3398 ≥ (1-212)355-0240 ¥ (1-212)207-4103 E-mail: htnewyork@hungarytourism. four seasons. Time zone Budapest is on Central European time (CET). New York.com BUDAPEST BASICS Climate Temperate zone. continental climate. GMT +1 hour Summer time (March to the Low-cost airlines flying to Budapest (as at November 2004) BUDAPEST IN EUROPE 6 www.HUNGARY’S FOREIGN REPRESENTATIONS Great Britain Hungarian National Tourist Office 46 Eaton Place London SW1X 8AL ≥ (44-20)7823-1032 (general public) ≥ (44-20)7823-1055 (profession) ¥ (44-20)7235-9840 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.Y.budapestinfo.
opening: Summer 2005 Ferihegy 2A – terminal for all MALÉV Hungarian Airlines flights Ferihegy 2B – arrival and departure terminal for foreign airlines. east-west approx.’ stops on Metro line 2. Christmas and Boxing Day (25–26 December). with a travel time of less than two and a half hours. A return ticket (HUF 3600) is valid for six months.budapestinfo. of which two are rail bridges ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST By air The Airport minibus service is popular and relatively cheap: for Luggage search service: • Ferihegy 2A: (+36-1)296-8108.. Budapest facts and figures Area: 525 square kilometres (in a northsouth direction approx... left bank of the Danube Islands (from north to south): Óbuda Island. day. 25 km. Easter Mon. ≥ (+36-1)375-6593 Information on international rail links: (+36-1)461-5500.’. Nyugati tér. Whit Mon. Ferihegy 1 – Undergoing renovation. (+36-1)296-7948 Telephone reservations for MALÉV flights: (+36-1)235-3888 Airport minibus service: (+36-1)296-8555 By train Budapest has direct rail links to 25 capitals. Margaret Island. 37/A. ≥ (+36-1)349-8503 Southern Railway Station (Déli HUF 2100 it will drop passengers anywhere within the city limits. Csepel Island Bridges: nine bridges.hu All rail stations can be accessed by the metro (‘Keleti pu. Baross tér. 20 August. Trains depart every three hours between Budapest–Vienna.elvira. (+36-1)296-7217 • Ferihegy 2B: (+36-1)295-3480. By coach Domestic coach services arrive at and depart from Népliget ≥ (+36-1)219-8000. Krisztina krt.middle of October): GMT +2 hours Holidays Non-working days: national holidays (15 March.’ stop on Metro line 3). Stadionok ≥ (+36-1)220-6227.. www. 29 km) Population: 1 815 000 Population density: 3456 persons/square kilometre Administrative structure: 23 districts Buda: comprising one-third of the area of the city on the hilly.hu 7 . All Saint’s Day (1 November). Árpád Bridge ≥ (+36-1)412-2597 and Etele Square in Buda www. ≥ (+36-1)413-4610 Western Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar) VI. 23 October) and 1 May (May Day) plus Christian holidays: 1 January.. terminal for budget airlines Airport information: Central number: (+36-1)296-9696 Flight information: (+36-1)296-7000 By rail There are three major international railway stations in Budapest: Eastern Railway Station (Keleti pályaudvar) I. There are more than 50 international connections each pályaudvar) VIII. ‘Nyugati pu. right bank of the Danube Pest: comprising two-thirds of the area of the city on the flat. but MÁV Hungarian Railways also operates a Railbus – information: (+36-1)353-2722. INTERCITY links running between the capital and the major towns around Hungary are extremely popular and comfortable. ‘Déli pu.
Romania. Czech Republic. Denmark. Exchanging money Exchanging money is only permitted in licensed. There are three large international quays on the Danube between Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Liberty (Szabadság) Bridge. Please keep your exchange receipt in a safe place until you depart the country. 8 www. it is important to highlight a few key traffic regulations that tourists visiting Hungary must observe at all times: use of seatbelts in the front and rear seats is compulsory. M5 and M7 (obtainable at border crossing points and major petrol stations). Belgium. and the airport and hotel exchange rates are not so competitive. besides which such transactions are illegal.hu . 8 is the exception). Bulgaria. Slovakia. Besides this there are many credit card and cash card ATMs in operation day and night.≥ (+36-1)382-4910. unfortunately. Yugoslavia. Switzerland. Most banks have 24-hour banknote exchange ATMs. Great Britain. Do not take the risk of changing money on the street. Volánbusz Rt.budapestinfo. Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason). outside built-up areas 90 kph. M3. Sweden. Any bureau de change has to have the current exchange rates clearly displayed. and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area. However. You are likely to find yourself with counterfeit money. the best exchange rates are to be found close to the rail stations and in the city centre (Petôfi Sándor Street). Italy. Information on domestic and international routes: (+36-1)382-0888 By boat The Hungarian Highway Code (KRESZ) is based on the Vienna and Geneva Convention. Drivers are obliged to purchase a motorway sticker for the motorways M1. Norway. France. The Hungarian National Bank gives official daily foreign exchange and currency rates on 23 currencies. Banks and travel agencies can set (and modify) their own exchange rates. Portugal. Banks generally give a middle rate. the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kph. Greece. Holland. Information on Mahart Passnave sailings: (+36-1)318-6042 By passenger car Of the four motorways and four highways in Hungary. Broadly speaking. taking the bank of issue’s rate as the basis. designated places. has scheduled passenger coach services to and from the following countries: Austria. and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving. seven depart from Budapest (motorway No. The international coach station is at Népliget. on main roads 110 kph and on motorways 130 kph. and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 30.000 (USD 130). Poland. only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker and microphone may be used in cars. Germany. Hungarian Automobile Club (Magyar Autóklub) 24 hour helpline: (+36-1)345-1755 Roadside breakdown service: 188 CURRENCY Coins 100 Forint (Ft or HUF) 50 20 10 5 2 1 Banknotes: 200 500 1000 2000 5000 10 000 20 000 Hydrofoils run scheduled services from Vienna and Bratislava to the heart of Budapest between April and October. Turkey. use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which.
Cirrus. Sun: 8 am–8 pm). JCB. IMPORTANT NUMBERS Ambulance: 104 Police: 107 Fire service: 105 Universal enquiries: 197 Inland enquiries: 198 International enquiries: 199 Auto club help number: 188 Speaking clock: 180 www.. 8 am–noon on Sat.budapestinfo. Budapest telephone numbers are 7 digits... depending on the telephone company. The following list details just some of the most popular locations offering Internet access: AMI V. after dialling 06. Sat–Sun: 9 am–11 pm Internet Café V. Emblems on the door of the establishment detail which credit cards are accepted. restaurants and shops. VISA – can be used to obtain cash from ATMs in banks and on the streets as well as to pay bills in hotels. American Express traveller’s cheques and postal orders. Post offices also exchange Eurocheques. Mobile telephone numbers are 9-digit. Kecskeméti utca 5 ≥ 328-0292 ó 10 am–10 pm Internet Studio VI.Dessewffy utca 45 ≥ 20/481-8688 ó 10 am–1 am Matáv Belváros V. on public holidays and in the evening. Maestro) can be used to make cash withdrawals at all post offices in the capital. Free copies of Accommodation in Budapest can be picked up from information offices and hotel receptions in town. There are two post offices close to the rail stations in Pest with longer opening hours: VI. Accommodation The capital has every category of accommodation from luxury hotel to paying guest rooms. Public phones operate with 20. Baross tér 11/C (open: Mon–Sat: 7 am–9 pm).. town code and continue with the telephone number. the first two numbers are 20. Other useful information on accommodation can be found on the homepage of the Tourism Office of Budapest: www. Petôfi Sándor utca 17–19 ≥ 485-6612 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–8 pm. post offices. and then dial the country code. It is cheaper to phone at the weekend.. petrol stations and newsagents. EnRoute. Sat: 10 am–3 pm Netcorner Business Center VII. utca 14 ≥ 328-3506 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–11pm. wait for the tone. The latter can be purchased in tobacconists. Teréz körút 51. and in information offices (for addresses and telephone numbers see page 5).. VISA Electron. Diners Club..hu 9 . Váci utca 1 ≥ 238-7570 ó 10 am–9 pm Business centres in the major hotels also offer Internet access facilities.hu. If you wish to phone abroad from Hungary. Október 6.budapestinfo.GENERAL INFORMATION INTERNET Internet cafés are highly fashionable in Budapest. Euro/Mastercard. Postal money services: credit cards (VISA. ≥ Telephone Hungary code: 36. Postal services Post offices are generally open from 8 am–6 pm Mon–Fri. countryside numbers (including the trunk code) 8 digits. Rákóczi út 58 ≥ 413-1538 Westel-Enternet V. Credit cards The most commonly used credit cards – AMEX. (open: Mon–Sat: 7 am–9 pm. Váci utca 40 ≥ 267-1644 ó 9 am–2 am CEU NetPont V.. Budapest: 1. 30 or 70. EuroCard/Mastercard.. VIII. dialling code for inland calls: 06. first dial 00. 50 and 100 forint coins and telephone cards.
There are two non-stop left luggage counters at both the Eastern (Keleti) and the Southern (Déli) Railway Stations. Tourinform telephone enquiries – Tourist Police: 438-8080 Left luggage In Budapest left luggage counters and coinoperated lockers are to be found at the rail stations. and so it is advisable when using public transport. Alkotás utca 1/B.Electricity Hungary’s electricity network operates at 230 Volts. Sat: 8 am–1 pm (for details. Déli Gyógyszertár: XII. 11.. and don’t carry a lot of cash around town. purses and bags. A notice on the door of pharmacies indicates the address of the closest 24-hour pharmacy. and lockers available 24 hours a day. Budafoki út 60 ≥ 463-9165. see Postal services section) Banks: Mon–Thur: 8 am–3 pm. Post offices: Mon–Fri: 8 am–6 pm. see the Taxi section p. In general the tourist’s wallet is in greatest danger. Emergency services: ≥ 107 or 112. Plugs are the regulation continental type. This way you can rule out any unpleasantness caused by overcharging. money and credit cards in a closed. Pharmacies operating around the clock: Teréz Patika: VI. Health matters. seven days a week. inner pocket. markets or any other busy area where people are jostling around to pay extra attention to wallets. at shopping centres. medical assistance Non-stop medical assistance: Falck SOS Hungary ≥ 200-0100 Non-stop dental service: SOS Dental Service ≥ 267-9602 Pharmacies in the capital are well stocked. Office hours: generally from 8 am–4 pm Mon. Lost your passport? You should report the loss of your passport to the following authority: Budapest and Pest County Directorate of the Office for Immigration and Citizenship Address: H–1117 Budapest. ≥ 311-4439. Never get mixed up in changing money or gambling on the street. General opening times Shops: food shops are open from 7 am–6 pm. 463-9181 Open: 24 hours If your passport is stolen. ≥ 355-4691 10 www. Teréz körút 41.) Always ask for a menu showing all the prices before choosing which restaurant to eat at.budapestinfo.. Carry documents. (For phone numbers of reputable companies.hu . and pharmacists may be able to suggest a medication for certain complaints. Most shopping centres are also open on Sun. and still it is better if tourists are prepared for certain situations so that they do not end up feeling cheated. to Sat. Taxis are best pre-booked by phone. while the Western (Nyugati) Railway Station has a left luggage counter open from 5 am-midnight. to Fri. clothes shops between 10 am–6 pm Mon. they are cheaper and there is no chance that you will pick up the one or two ‘private taxis’ who charge outrageous fares. Never leave valuables in your car. you must report the loss to the local district police headquarters. Fri: 8 am–1 pm STAYING STREET-WISE Security in Budapest The general public security situation in the capital can be said to be good on an international average. Tesco is open 24 hours a day.
Budataxi: 233-3333.) The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of three separate parts: the basic charge which is irrespective of how far the journey is (maximum HUF 300 during the day. 14 trolleybus. Single ticket (2004: 145 Ft): valid for bus. The Budapest Transport Authority (BKV) has published a free brochure in English and German entitled Information (available from hotel receptions. Tourinform offices).bkv. It is worth finding out about the different ticket types available (transfer ticket. Gödöllô and Ráckeve. but this naturally depends on how satisfied the passenger is with the service. and these also print out a receipt. All cars must have a taximeter installed. tobacconists and newsagents. Tipping: in general 10% of the fare is acceptable. cogwheel railway for the entire length of the journey. ticket machines. metro section transfer ticket. in German and English. trolleybus. metro section ticket. Information can also be found on the following Internet site: www. Conditions of travel are also included. The local suburban train (HÉV) can be used to travel out to Csepel Island in the south of the city. metro.budapestinfo. tram. The ticket has to be purchased beforehand.hu 11 . Maps sited at the entrances to metro stations give a comprehensive overview of the entire public transport network in Budapest. and which gives detailed information about the types of tickets and costs. and then calling them because a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than one called on the street.30 am and 11 pm. (Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally. Fôtaxi: 222-2222. It is well worth noting down their telephone numbers. Rádiótaxi: 377-7777. www. Tickets May be purchased at metro stations. Metros run at 2-15 minute intervals from 4. Tele 5: 355-5555.hu Information on public transport: 06-80/406-611 Ticket controls: you may be requested to show your ticket on all public transport or at exit points of the metro by ticket TAXIS Budapest taxis have yellow number plates and a taxi sign in yellow. as well as the suburban railway within the administrative limits of Budapest. Citytaxi: 211-1111. Budapest Taxi: 433-3333. 6x6 taxi: 266-6666. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request. and validated in the ticket stampers found on the public transport (on the metro. day ticket. a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum HUF 240 per kilometre during the day. maximum HUF 420 at night). and the waiting charge. Central Hotel Taxi: 322-3344. The larger taxi companies work with rates far lower than the maximum charges listed above. and to nearby Szentendre. Taxi 2000: 200-0000. In general the buses. either before you enter the metro or on the platforms) before the trip starts. trams and trolleybuses operate between 4. and three metro lines. 3-day tourist ticket.30 am to 11. It is perhaps best to buy your tickets at a metro station because there you have a choice of several types of ticket and various passes.10 pm. Expo Taxi: 205-5555. 29 tram. metro transfer ticket etc. The three metro lines intersect at Deák Square in the centre of town. maximum HUF 336 at night).) as these can save you money.CITY transport TRANSPORT IN THE CAPITAL Public transport Budapest has an efficient public transport network made up of more than 180 bus.
Örs vezér Square. Mester utca).. you have to pay a fine... and brochures on rent-a-car options are available from hotel reception desks and Tourinform offices. Avis. beyond which the ticket machine gives a ticket for the amount of time equivalent to the sum of money inserted. Children under 14 travelling with the card holder are also entitled to the benefits the card offers. Any car fitted with a wheel clamp will also have an information sheet in several languages stuck to the windscreen to inform the driver how to go about having the clamp removed. a ticket must be purchased from the nearest ticket machine for the entire period the car is to be left. Nagyvárad Square.). travel agencies..) public transport • free admission to 60 museums and other important sites (Zoo. Corvin Multi-storey Car Park (VIII. All the major rent-a-car companies have an office at the airport. www. from where travellers can then easily access public transport for the onward journey. has a valid driving licence and passport. P+Rs are generally found at metro stations and bus termini (Pest side of Árpád Bridge. caves in Buda. and in travel agencies abroad. (Parking is free on Sun. hotels. Maximum waiting time: 2-3 hours. Népliget etc. Fines: if you travel without a valid ticket or pass or if you contravene the conditions of travel. car rental and numerous other places Price: HUF 4700 (48 hours) HUF 5900 (72 hours) inspectors who wear armbands and have a badge with photograph (they generally operate in pairs.) On parking. For longer periods. V. VII. The Budapest Card provides the following services: • free travel on Budapest Transport Company (BKV Rt.budapestinfo. all companies require that the person renting a vehicle is at least 21 years old. The card includes a colour prospectus (over 100 pages) in four languages with details of how to use the card and all the services and benefits that are available. Some of the larger car parks: Krisztina Garage behind the Hotel Mercure Buda (I. but there may be 4-5 inspectors on the metro). most larger hotels also have an underground garage. (2004 prices!) Parking The capital is sectioned into several parking zones. to Fri. main metro stations). tourist information offices. LRI Airport Rent-a-car... Szervita tér 8. and 8 am-noon on Sat. has had at least one year’s driving experience. In general. payment by money transfer within 30 days: HUF 5500. fine for payment by money transfer after 30 days: HUF 11 000. it is recommended that you leave your car in a P+R car park. airport minibus. Rent-a-car A selection of the larger car rental companies: Americana. Hertz-Mercure. This ticket should be displayed behind the windscreen. Matthias Church) • discounted city sightseeing tours by bus and boat • discounted tickets for folklore and other cultural programmes • discounts offered in spa baths. this city card is the tourist’s “best friend” for 2. restaurants. please keep your ticket until the very end of your journey or until you have left the metro station. Minimum parking time: 15 minutes. On-the-spot fine: HUF 2000. V. Cars parked illegally will be clamped by the Municipal Public Roads Department. Car parks and garages Multi-storey car parks are generally open 24 hours a day. Cards may be purchased in around 250 locations across the capital (airport.. For this reason.BUDAPEST CARD — Launched in 1997. Budget. and different parking fees are charged according to the zone (between HUF 120 and 400 per hour).hu 13 . Páva Multi-storey Car Park (IX.or 3-day (48 or 72 hours) city sightseeing tours. Kosciuszko Tádé utca). Aranykéz utca 4–6. Parking must be paid for between the hours of 8 am6 pm Mon. Nyár utca 20. shops. Futó utca 52).
è Castle bus % HUF 250–800 G G Museum of Military History 3 A3 I. and 14 April) — Budapest History Museum – B3 Castle Museum 2 I. tombstones. Among the pieces on display in the art collector’s former house G G Relics of the civilian town of Aquincum dating back 2000 years. Budapest in the Middle Ages: development of settlements from the Roman age to the 13th century. Budapest in modern times: historical moments in the life of a metropolis. flags.hu . Tóth Árpád sétány 40 ≥ 356-9522 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm (10 am–4 pm between 1 October and 31 March) — A rich collection of weapons from the days before the Turkish wars to the 20th century. Gothic sculpture from the royal palace.budapestinfo. Roman remains. reconstructed organ from Antiquity. glassware. — Collection of archaeological finds in Budapest. Hercules and Diana mosaics. — Budapest Card holders can visit over 60 museums free of charge or at a discounted rate. Szentendrei út 139 ≥ 250-1650 ó Tue–Sun: 9 am–5 pm.000 art objects. sculpture of Fortuna Nemesis. Admission charges show the lowest and highest rates. Churches Most museums are closed on Monday. and primarily Japanese and Chinese. objects today has around 19. closed Tue. « from Batthyány Square towards Szentendre % HUF 200–700 14 www. There may be several variations between these two extremes. (Closed between 1 Nov. Prices valid to the end of 2004. Szent György tér 2 ≥ 225-7815 ó 10 am–6 pm (10 am–4 pm between 1 November and 28 February).. admission charges are likely to increase in 2005.000 coins. is well worth viewing. seals.. è Castle bus % free Hopp Ferenc East Asian Art Museum 4 C2 VI. about the 1956 Revolution”. weapons. maps. collection of frescoes. Memories of pilots who emigrated after the Second World War.. The medieval Buda royal palace: collection of original objects. Andrássy út 103 ≥ 322-8476 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The collection based on 19th century art collector Ferenc Hopp’s collection of 4000 items of East Asian. The exhibition “Thirteen Days.       M U S E U M S . Collection of uniforms. ammunition and 28. from student tickets to group rates. Aquincum Museum and Ruins  1 E1 III..
74 % free B3 Hungarian National Gallery  10 I. 17th century aristocratic costumes. 72. The museum’s new permanent exhibition: 20th century Hungarian art. Italian majolica. Múzeum körút 14–16 ≥ 338-2122 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm (10 am–5 pm from November to May) — The museum (founded in 1802) was based on the numismatic.. poetry. History of Motoring. Buda Castle Palace. « 1 ë 70.. Its exhibitions embrace two major areas of collections from the Budapest History Museum: modern urban history. Today it is one of the museums of Budapest in perhaps the most picturesque of locations. 86 « 1 « Árpád híd % HUF 100–150 Kiscell Museum 7 A1 III. and the fine art collection of the Municipal Gallery. 78 % 150–300 HUF Museum of Applied Art  5 C4 IX. Béla Czóbel) and sculpture (Béni Ferenczy. ç 6. leading artist of Hungarian avant-garde. and the number of art objects now exceeds one million. Kiscelli utca 108 ≥ 388-7817 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — The museum building was constructed for the Trinitarian order in the 18th century. from the legacies of Hungarian authors. Major collections and art objects: Oriental rug collection.. Sat–Sun: 10 am–6 pm (closes one hour earlier from October to May) — One of Europe’s oldest transport history collections. Dísz tér 17 ≥ 375-8584 ó Tue–Sun. book and document collections of Count Ferenc Széchényi. 100 years of Hungarian motoring... temporary exhibition: HUF 300–600 Kassák Lajos Memorial Museum 6 B1 III.000 square metres include: 100 years and today. Augsburg Baroque goldsmith’s work.000 art objects sited in wings B. Városligeti körút 11 ≥ 273-3840 ó Tue–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. a neoClassical building designed by Mihály Pollack. Permanent exhibitions over 8. Pál Szinyei Merse) and sculpture (István Ferenczy. 6 % Permanent exhibition: free. Art Nouveau glassware. è Castle bus % Permanent exhibition: free. 165 % HUF 200–600 G Cologne art collector couple Irene and Peter Ludwig. History of steam locomotion. Ferenc Medgyessy). Viktor Madarász. C and D of Buda Castle Palace covers the period from the foundation of the state to the present day. Permanent exhibitions: Medieval and Renaissance lapidarium. Renaissance and Baroque art. A century of Hungarian state shipping. History of urban transport. painting and literary editor. and contemporary Hungarian art from the last 10 years. wall hangings. The huge national collection has occupied its present site. 20th century painting (József RipplRónai. wing A ≥ 375-9175 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The Hungarian contemporary art collection of G B3 . 3 Ferenc krt « 4. Esterházy treasury. Habsburg palatine crypt. è Castle bus % HUF 300–600 Transport Museum 9 D2 XIV. since G G G G G Museum of Contemporary Arts – Ludwig Museum Budapest 8 I.are important Japanese medieval art items and Chinese bronzes and porcelain-ware. « 17 ç 60. A visit provides an overview of the past 50 years of universal art. Gothic wood carvings and tableaux. Zsolnay ceramics. Üllôi út 33–37 ≥ 456-5100 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The beautiful Art Nouveau building (with Zsolnay ceramics on the roof) designed by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos is one of the most attractive sights in the capital. Its model railway material is world famous. while it was later transformed into a Baroque mansion and even served as a hospital. surrounded by woods at the foot of the Óbuda Hills. French furniture. Mihály Munkácsy.: 10 am–6 pm — The collection of 10.. Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka. 19th century painting (Gyula Benczúr. Miklós Izsó). 1 Bajza utca ç 4 ë 70.. Late Gothic winged altars. Fô tér 1 ≥ 368-7021 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — Exhibition in the former Zichy Mansion on the art of Lajos Kassák. temporary exhibition: HUF 300–600 Hungarian National Museum 11 C3 VIII.
000 art works) since 1906. One can view Art Nouveau interiors and toy and game collections in its permanent exhibitions. The former royal court. (Heroes’ Square) ≥ 363-2671 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The largest exhibition gallery in the country. a magnificent building sited opposite Parliament. The jewels of the Spanish collection are seven El Greco works. the Italian collection. combines Renaissance. temporary exhibition: HUF 200–400 Museum of Ethnography 15 B2 V. Baroque and neo-Classical elements. single items and suites) dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Treasures from the mineral collection. as well as wrought-iron decorative work from old Óbuda houses. 78 % Permanent exhibition: free.. geometric forms and optical illusions. Soviet soldiers etc. Fô tér 1 ≥ 250-1020 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–7.000 Hungarian and 53. closed Tue. temporary exhibition: HUF 250–700 G Óbuda Museum 16 B1 III. Ludovika tér 6 ≥ 210-1085 ó 10 am–6 pm. a defining neo-Classical structure in Heroes’ Square. 3 Klinikák % Permanent exhibition: free. It does not have its own collection. 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 75. and the works of artistic groups. The museum has a broad collection of foreign art from Antiquity to the present day. « Árpád híd « 1 % free Jewish Museum 20 C3 VII. Kossuth tér 12 ≥ 473-2400 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — One of Europe’s largest specialist museums with around 139. ç 14.. Greek and Roman collections. and who as Victor Vasarely gained world fame as the founder of the op-art movement. built on 15th century Gothic foundations. Dózsa György út 37. but indeed one of the country’s finest Baroque-age palaces.. The exhibition material encompassing the entire oeuvre of the artist is selected from 400 works bequeathed to the Museum of Fine Arts. Marx. Dohány utca 2 ≥ 342-8949 ó Mon–Thur: 10 G G G G G G G G 16 www. 9 % Permanent exhibition: free.. which gives a comprehensive overview of Italian schools of painting from the 13th to the 18th century. Today the mansion forms a part of the Museum of Applied Art. Szentlélek tér 6 ≥ 388-7551 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–7.hu . ç 3 % Permanent exhibition: free. 114. Time track-rock park in front of the museum. Balatoni út (road No.).budapestinfo. In addition to the Egyptian.. Permanent exhibitions: Man and nature in Hungary.30 pm — The museum is named after Hungarianborn painter Gyôzô Vásárhelyi who moved to Paris in 1930 to work. His pictures use sharp colours. 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 75. but its regular temporary exhibitions feature mainly the contemporary arts. temporary exhibition: HUF 600–1200 C2 Palace of Arts  13 XIV.30 pm The collection in the Zichy Mansion includes historical documents and relics of the industrial history of Óbuda and surroundings. and among 19–20th century masterworks French painting is most comprehensively represented. Permanent exhibitions: Traditional culture of the Hungarian people. 79 % HUF 300–600 Nagytétény Mansion Museum 14 E2 XXII. monumental representations of the period of socialism in Hungary (Lenin.30 pm — The core of the museum material derived from the superb collection of paintings formed by the Esterházys and donated in the 1870s. « Árpád híd « 1 % HUF 200–300 Museum of Fine Arts  17 C2 XIV.. 79 % Permanent exhibition: free. The grandiose neo-Classical building in Heroes’ Square has housed the collection (now around 100. Dózsa György út 41 (Heroes’ Square) ≥ 469-7100 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5. Engels. 3 Kálvin tér « 47. temporary exhibition: HUF 400–800 Statue Park  18 E2 XXII. The mansion.000 international art objects. temporary exhibition: HUF 400–800 Hungarian Natural History Museum 12 D4 VIII. is very rich. running from Roman times to the 20th century.. 70)-corner of Szabadkai út ≥ 424-7500 ó daily: from 10 am–dusk — Multi-ton socialism: mega-statues removed from public parks and streets around the capital. Lapidarium-Roman stone finds. — This imposing neo-Classical building together with the courtyard has hosted the museum’s mineral and rock collection since 1995. From primitive societies to civilization.1846. « 2 2 Kossuth Lajos tér ë 70... 49 ç 15. Kastélypark utca 9–1 ≥ 207-5462 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm (10 am–4 pm between 1 November and 14 March) — Not only Budapest’s. and its rooms have a magnificent collection of European furniture (around 300 pieces. Permanent exhibitions: History of Hungary from the foundation of the state to 1990. 50 % HUF 200–600 Vasarely Museum 19 B1 III. took on its present form in 1766.
Everyday objects. EXHIBITION HALLS. Sat–Sun: 11 am–6 pm. 6 (Oktogon) 1 Opera ë 70. 49. Gellérthegy. 3 Újpest–Városkapu % HUF 200–600 G Dorottya Gallery B3 V. Vajdahunyad Castle ≥ 363-1973 ó Tue–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. Citadella sétány ≥ 466-5794 ó 9 am–9 pm Interior courtyard: “Past and Present of Gellért Hill”. 6 % free www. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — The museum.: 11 am–6 pm — « 4.. 72. GALLERIES Agricultural Museum C2 XVI. 49 % HUF 400–1000 (The price of admission includes entry to the museum and synagogue) Bible Museum IX.. Gellért Memorial Park”. History of the Hungarian Holocaust. Sat..budapestinfo. Lajos utca 158 ≥ 388-6771 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « Árpád híd « 1 % HUF 100–200 Ernst Museum B3 VI. Sun. Csalán út 29 ≥ 394-4472 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — ç 5 (to the Pasaréti Square terminus) % HUF 150–400 F1 C3 17 .. Tárnok utca 18 ≥ 375-9772 ó Tue–Sun: 10... has an unparalleled collection of Judaica.am–5 pm (10 am–3 pm between 1 November and 14 April). 19. Martinovics tér 12 ≥ 261-3586 ó Tue–Sat: 9 am–4 pm Sun: 9 am–1 pm — ç 9.. Sat: 9 am–5 pm — 1 Vörösmarty utca ç 4 % HUF 180–370 Fire Service Museum X. built in fitting style and attached to the uniquely beautiful Dohány Street Synagogue. Vörösmarty utca 35 ≥ 322-9804 ó Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm. Szabadsajtó utca 5 ≥ 318-8097 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « 2 ç 5. 2 Astoria ë 74 « 47. Dorottya utca 8 ≥ 266-0877 ó 1 Sept–30 April: Mon–Thur: 1–7 pm.30 pm between 1 November and 28 February) — ç 16 è Castle bus % free Béla Bartók Memorial House E1 II. “St.: 9 am–1 pm — 3 Nyugati tér « 4... These displays provide the art-loving visitor with a memorable and lasting experience. Markó utca 22 ≥ 350-3737/4188 ó Mon–Sun. 62 « 3. 118 % HUF 0–1200 E1 MEO Contemporary Art Collection 21 IV. József körút 68 ≥ 334-0159 ó Tue–Sun. 6 % HUF 50–100 B2 C3 Arany Sas (Golden Eagle) Pharmacy Museum A3 I.30 pm (10 am–3.. Fri–Sat: 11 am–7 pm — 1 Vörösmarty tér 2 3 Deák tér « 2 % free Budapest Gallery Exhibition House III.. 47. 7 3 Ferenciek tere % HUF 150–300 Citadel B4 XI.. Nagymezô utca 8 ≥ 413-1310 ó Tue–Sun: 11 am–7 pm — « 4.30 am–5.: 10 am–6 pm. 41. 79 % HUF 200–500 Ambulance Service Museum V.. Fri.: 10 am–5 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ç 4 ë 70.hu B1 OTHER MUSEUMS. 78 % HUF 250–500 Ferenc Liszt Memorial Museum and Research Centre VI. József Attila utca 4–6 ≥ 272-0876 ó Tue–Thur. Permanent exhibitions: Devotional objects for Jewish celebrations. 32. “Waxworks 1944. 28 % free Flag Museum VIII. Hungarian contemporary artists and outstanding figures from the world of international fine art regularly stage exhibitions in the galleries (over 2600 square metres of floorspace) of the MEO’s extravagant complex. Fri: 11 am–10 pm — MEO Contemporary Art Collection plays a unique role in presenting Hungarian contemporary fine art. bunker and exhibition” ç 27 « 18. 8.. Ráday utca 28 ≥ 217-6321 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 3 Kálvin tér ç 15 % free C4 Budapest Exhibition Hall B3 V.
Saturday–Sunday: 10 am–8 pm — 1 Oktogon « 4. Sat.: 2–6 pm « Árpád híd % HUF 100 Gizi Bajor Museum of Actors and Actresses B1 XII. Kazinczy utca 21 ≥ 322-0472 ó Tue–Sat: 11 am–5 pm — 2 Blaha Lujza tér ë 74 % free Hungarian National Television B3 Museum of the Technical and Programming TV V... 30. 6 (Oktogon) % HUF 200–400 House of Terror Museum C3 VI.. Nagymezô utca 20 ≥ 473-2666 ó Mon–Fri: 2–7 pm. 41 % free Gallery of the Óbuda Society Circle B1 III. 6 ç 4 % HUF 600–1200 (1) Medieval Jewish Prayer House A3 I... 78 1 Opera « 4.. 16. Sun and holidays: 11 am–7 pm — ë 70. Andrássy út 112 ≥ 354-3820 ó 10 am–6 pm % HUF 400–800 Magyar House of Photographers (Mai Manó Ház) B3 VI. Sat–Sun: 10 am–6 pm ç 102 « 59 % Groups welcome: HUF 1000–2000 Holocaust Memorial Centre IX. Páva utca 39 ≥ 455-3320. Táncsics Mihály utca 26 ≥ 225-7815 ó 1 May–31 October: Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — ç 16 è Castle bus % HUF 150–400 18 www. 105 % free KOGArt House  (Kovács Gábor Art Foundation) C2 VI.. Október 6. 60.Foundry Museum E1 II. 19. Stromfeld Aurél utca 16 ≥ 356-4294 ó Thur–Fri: 2–6 pm.hu . 6. 30A 3 Ferenc körút % free C4 Hungarian Electrical Engineering Museum B3 VII.. utca 9 ≥ 269-2265 ó Tuesday: 10 am–2 pm. Kiskorona utca 7 ≥ 250-0288 ó Tue–Sun.. Bem József utca 20 ≥ 202-5327 ó 1 March–31 October: Tue–Sun: 9 am–4 pm 1 November–28 February: Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 2 Batthyány tér ç 11. Thursday: 2–6 pm.. 455-3333 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm « 4. 86 « 4. 6. Andrássy út 60 ≥ 374-2600 ó Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm. Saturday: 10 am–2 pm 1 2 3 Deák tér ç 15.budapestinfo.
Mosonyi utca 7 ≥ 477-2183 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 2 Keleti pályaudvar ç 7. 105 % cost of a tram ticket (HUF 145) Varga Imre Collection E1 III.hu B2 A3 C2 C2 19 . Nefelejcs utca 26 ≥ 341-6789 ó Tue–Sun: 2–6 pm ç 7.. Ménesi út 65 ≥ 385-3637 May be visited by prior arrangement ç 27 « 61 % free Petôfi Literary B3 Museum V. 6 3 Ferenc körút % free Underground Railway Museum V..Miksa Róth Memorial House C3 VII. Liliom utca 41 ≥ 456-2040 ó Mon–Sun: 4–7 pm « 4. Sun: 10 am–4 pm — 2 Népstadion ç 7 ë 75. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — 1 Kodály körönd % HUF 100–200..30 am–5. Hársfa utca 47 ≥ 341-5526 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « 4. 173. Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — 2 Stadionok « 1 ë 75.. 79 % HUF 200–400 Semmelweis Museum of Medical History I. 78. 7. 86 « 18. 19 % free Sport Museum XIV. 78. Városligeti fasor 12 ≥ 342-3916 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — 1 Bajza utca ç 4 ë 70. Laktanya utca 7 ≥ 250-0274 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « Árpád híd % HUF 200-400 Zoltán Kodály Memorial Museum and Archives VI.. Apród utca 1–3 ≥ 201-1577 ó Tue–Sun: 10.. 77 % free C2 Stamp Museum C3 VII.. 6 ë 74 % HUF 50–100 Telephone Museum I.. Studio A4 Museum XI. Sat.30 pm — ç 5.. Stefánia út 14 ≥ 267-1427 ó 8 Jan–21 Dec: Thur..budapestinfo. Thur–Sat: 10 am–6 pm. Andrássy út 3 ≥ 269-6838 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — ç 4 1 Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 2 3 Deák tér % HUF 50–100 Ráth György Museum VI.. 49 ç 9. 16.. 86 % HUF 250–300 A3 B1 Tomb of Gül Baba E1 II. Károlyi Mihály utca 16 ≥ 317-3611 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm 3 Ferenciek tere ç 15 % HUF 110–280 Postal Museum B3 VI. 78 2 Keleti pályaudvar % HUF 60–150 Museum of Crime C3 VIII. 78 « 24 ë 80 % free Museum of Hungarian Commerce and A3 Catering I.. Úri utca 49 ≥ 201-8188 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — è Castle bus % HUF 50–100 Textile Museum III. Mecset utca 14 ó 1 May–30 Sept: Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm 1–31 Oct: Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm ç 91 Trafó Gallery House of Contemporary Arts C4 IX.. Deák Square-pedestrian underpass ≥ 461-6500 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 1 2 3 Deák tér « 47. 77 % HUF 150–250 Pál Molnár-C... free on Sunday www.. Fortuna utca 4 ≥ 375-6249 ó Wed–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. Lajos utca 136–138 ≥ 367-5910 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — « Tímár utca ç 6. Sat. Kodály körönd 1 ≥ 352-7106 ó Wed: 10 am–4 pm. Sun: 10 am–6 pm — ç 16 è Castle bus % free National Geological Museum D3 XIV.. Dózsa György út 1–3 ≥ 252-1696 ó Mon–Thur.
Fri. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — 2 Astoria ë 74 « 47.. but the interior has neo-Classical features too. over the centuries it took on Gothic features. and during the 17th century it was used by the Turks as a mosque. The organ loft and pulpit were also built to his designs. Dohány Street Synagogue  B3 VII. The museum has an unequalled collection of Jewish-related items from the Roman period to the 20th century. The Baroque main altar and the statues decorating the altar are particularly attractive. One of Budapest’s most imposing historical monuments.. ECCLESIASTICAL COLLECTIONS Inner City Franciscan Church B3 V. its fourcolumn portico at the main entrance was built by József Hild. Lutheran Church B3 V.hu .. 3 Ferenciek tere Inner City Parish Church B3 V. The church has renowned stained glass windows designed by the master artist Miksa (2) The glorious building in Byzantine-Moorish style is Europe’s largest synagogue.Róth. It was built by Viennese architect Ludwig Förster in the middle of the 19th century. with a wealth of ceramic decorative elements and two onion-dome towers. Inner City Calvinist Church B4 IX. 15 ë 83 Built in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. 49 1 2 3 Deák tér In line with the Puritanism of Protestant churches 20 www. 49 % HUF 400–1000 (The price of admission includes entry to the museum and synagogue)  CHURCHES.budapestinfo. Ferenciek tere Open to visitors every day In the 13th century a monastery and church stood on the site of the present-day church. Március 15. 49 3 Kálvin tér ç 9.. while its current decorative Baroque form was given in the 18th century. Following a fire in 1723 it was rebuilt in Baroque style. tér 2 ≥ 318-3108 Open to visitors every day during church services 3 Ferenciek tere « 2 The oldest church in Pest. 9 « 47. Nothing remains of the original church.. Deák tér. ≥ 483-2150 ó daily 8 am–6 pm National Lutheran Museum: Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm ç 4. The church treasury preserves 17–18th century liturgical objects. Kálvin tér Open to visitors every day « 47. The frescoes speak of the talent of Károly Lotz and Vilmos Tardos Krenner. Main sights: Gothic chapel. it is faced in white and red brick. built in the 12th century in Romanesque style on the site of the grave of martyr Bishop Gellért. neo-Gothic carved pulpit. 15th century Italian frescoes and 20th century main altar. Dohány utca 2 ≥ 342-8949 ó Mon–Thur: 10 am–5 pm (10 am–3 pm between 1 November and 14 April).
coronation relics and the treasury with goldsmith masterpieces and church textiles. Serbian Church B4 V. was built in several stages between the 13th and 15th centuries. The adjacent National Lutheran Museum has an interesting exhibition revealing the history of the Hungarian Reformation. daily: 9.. a striking feature in Deák Square. St. www. The royal cathedral. Stephen dedicating the country to the Virgin Mary. Bertalan Székely). Pictures in the iconostasis (1850) show Italian Renaissance influences. the Holy Right. and a painting by Gyula Benczúr: St. and then in 1867 the work was taken over by Miklós Ybl. reliquary. the Church of Our Lady. Mihály Zichy. Matthias Church A3 I.the building. The neo-Classical building holds the greatest reliquary of the Hungarian people: the mummified arm.. Its interior is patterned on the plan of Greek Catholic churches: a wooden railing separates the women’s church from the church for men built one step lower down. the greatest architect of the day. its final facade with tympanum supported by Doric columns was completed only in 1856. Stephen. Building started in 1851. Today’s neo-Gothic form was given by major reconstruction work directed by Frigyes Schulek in 1896. is characterized by the typical simplicity of early neoClassicism.budapestinfo. Frescoes and stained glass windows in the church were made by some of the age’s finest artists (Károly Lotz. Szent István tér ≥ 317-2859 ó daily 9 am–5 pm (in winter: 10 am–4 pm) 1 Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 2 3 Deák tér The largest church in Budapest. Its 96-metre-high dome affords a view over virtually the entire city. Szerb utca 2–4 Open to visitors every day 3 Kálvin tér Built by Serbian settlers in Baroque style in 1698. after whom the basilica is named. The marvellous collection of the church includes the lapidarium. and finally concluded in 1905 by József Kauser.30 am–5. Szentháromság tér ≥ 355-3657 ó daily 6 am-8 pm. Although the church was built between 1797–1808. ecclesiastical history exhibition. which due to its unique siting largely defines the view of the Castle quarter as seen from the Pest side.hu 21 . Among the church’s famous works of art are sculptures by Alajos Stróbl.. Its superb acoustics make it a popular location for evening organ concerts. Stephen’s Basilica  B3 V.30 pm — è Castle bus % HUF 270–550 Budapest’s most attractive and most famous Catholic church. of King St.
CULTURAL avenue Welcome to Europe’s most diverse Cultural Avenue! You are invited to a remarkable walking tour in Budapest. Select from whatever interests you most! The Cultural Avenue runs right through the centre of Budapest between the World Heritage Buda Castle district and City Park. Synagogue.hu . Funfair and Zoo are located along Budapest’s Cultural Avenue. Concentrated along this axis are most of the capital’s prominent sights. Basilica. not to speak of the entertainment quarter in City Park. the State Opera House.budapestinfo. theatres and confectioneries. cafés. a host of theatres running different shows. People of all ages will find something to enjoy on the Cultural Avenue. No fewer than 18 museums. Discover another – unique – side to Budapest! 12 G 22 www. 17 G cultural institutions.
20 G 26 G 1 G Museum of Military History 2 G Hungarian Museum of Commerce and Catering 3 G Museum of Music History 4 G Buda Castle Labyrinth 5 G House of Hungarian Wines 6 G Telephone Museum 7 G Matthias Church 8 G Ruszwurm Confectionery 9 G Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum 10 G House of Traditions 11 G Funicular Railway 12 G Hungarian National Gallery 13 G Budapest History Museum 14 G Semmelweis Museum of Medical History 15 G Chain Bridge 16 G Gerbeaud Café 17 G Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel 18 G Millennium Underground Museum 19 G Erzsébet Square Cultural Centre 20 G Synagogue 21 G Merlin Theatre 22 G St.budapestinfo.hu 23 . Stephen’s Basilica 23 G Postal Museum 24 G Czech Cultural Institute 25 G Austrian Cultural Institute 26 G Hungarian State Opera House 27 G Mûvész Café 28 G Goethe Institute 29 G Hungarian House of Photography 30 G Ernst Museum 31 G Budapest Operetta Theatre 32 G Moulin Rouge 33 G Jókai Square and Liszt Ferenc Square 34 G Academy of Music 35 G House of Terror Museum 36 G Ferenc Liszt Memorial Museum 37 G Lukács Confectionery 38 G Puppet Theatre 39 G Kodály Memorial Room 40 G KOGArt House 41 G Hopp Ferenc Museum 42 G Museum of Fine Arts 43 G Palace of Arts (Mûcsarnok) 44 G Skating Rink and Boating Lake 45 G Gundel Restaurant 46 G Hungarian Agricultural Museum 47 G Municipal Zoological and Botanical Gardens 48 G Széchenyi Thermal Baths 49 G Grand Circus 50 G Funfair 51 G Museum of Transport www.
business area. important building Park. road.LEGEND Motorway Main road Secondary road Railway Industrial railway Suburban train (HÉV) Metro station Built-up area. swimming pool Vacant area. statue Theatre Medicinal bath. pedestrian street Museum Ruins Monument from the Turkish period Monument. footpath Pedestrian zone. steps Hotel Sports ground Airport Boat station Coach station Market Botanical garden Parking Multi-storey car park Underground garage Church Synagogue Information Office World Heritage site .
boat or on foot. The view from the Royal Palace across the Danube is breathtaking.budapestinfo. Visitors have a choice of sightseeing by bus.. sightseeing SIGHTSEEING PROGRAMMES Leaflets published by travel agencies specializing in city sightseeing tours around Budapest are available from hotel reception desks and information offices. all World Heritage sites. for instance the Castle Museum.budapestinfo. Museum of Military History.hu). It would be a pity to miss the Buda Castle. Once the church where royalty was crowned. and the Hungarian National Gallery. a walk in the Buda Castle. cherished historical memorials are steadily regaining their original forms (in line with available resources). and the Red Star tour (features from communist times). Further information on city sightseeing programmes is available on the web page of the Tourism Office of Budapest (www.hu . is packed with museums. Boat sightseeing trips titled “Danube Bella” and “Danube Legend” are organized by Legenda Kft. Budapest holds a front-ranking position among the most attractive cities of the world. Ludwig Museum displaying contemporary art. historical Pest. and there is also a replica of the Hungarian Holy Crown preserved in the treasury. Despite being rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. It successfully combines a centuries-old architectural and cultural heritage with the latest features of modern life. Anyone who has just one day to spend on sightseeing around the capital needs a well-planned programme. The Castle district 26 www. Budapest by night. Close by is the Hilton Hotel. Matthias Church has managed to preserve its interior layout first shaped 700 years ago.. Jewish memories in Budapest.(3) (4) (5) (6) SIGHTS. today its excellent acoustics make it an ideal venue for organ concerts. The pale masonry of Fishermen’s Bastion serves as a fine backdrop to Matthias Church. ONLY ONE DAY? WHAT YOU MUSTN’T MISS. In addition to the traditional 12-16language bus sightseeing tours the following special programmes can also be recommended: trips around Parliament. Its collection of ecclesiastical vestments is famous. the Opera House and Ethnographical Museum. Danube embankment and Andrássy Avenue. (≥ 266-4190).
stand on Roosevelt Square. In summertime the Hilton café and terrace are popular places to relax. The Citadel (formerly a fortress. On the return trip (on the right-hand side) we have the dignified University of Economics. and the neoRenaissance building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The most attractive parts of the Danube embankment can also be observed while on the move. behind which is the remarkable Central Market Hall. which has been transformed into a luxury hotel (Four Seasons). The Gresham Palace. 2 travels the entire length of the embankment.awarded the Hotel of the Year prize at the time it was built. and then a little further down the view of Matthias Church.hu 27 . stations on the line have preserved their original designs created 130 years ago.budapestinfo. An early underground railway (in fact the very first on the continent) still runs the length of the Avenue. or the contemporary exhibitions staged in the Palace of Arts on the opposite side of the square. today a museum). Our tour concludes at Heroes’ Square where it is worth devoting time to the world-famous collection of Spanish masters and other treasures in the Museum of Fine Arts. The tram rattles past one bridge after another. www. Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace unfolds across the river. Gellért Hill dominates the Buda scene. Andrássy Avenue is a key element in the Budapest city plan. whose concert hall and lobby are as dramatic as the external view. sits atop Gellért Hill and offers an unrivalled panorama of World Heritage Budapest including the Buda Castle district and both sides of the Danube embankment. Tram No. and then the marvellous old Gellért Hotel and Spa Bath hove into view at the foot of Liberty Bridge on the Buda side. the oldest in Budapest. Leaving Elizabeth Bridge behind. At the end of our tram ride stands the new National Theatre on the Pest side close to Lágymányos Bridge. the most important lookout point in the city. and small exhibitions at each station detail the most interesting buildings of the age. and a return trip affords an excellent platform from where we can pick out the most important buildings: departing from Jászai Mari Square we soon arrive at Parliament. including Chain Bridge. Further back into town we pass a series of top class hotels and the Vigadó.
which diverts a considerable amount of traffic away from the inner city. although it is true to say that local residents and visitors consider the award fully deserved. On entering the quarter visitors generally get the impression they have travelled back in time to a completely different. The several historical sections.OUR WORLD HERITAGE In 2002 the UNESCO World Heritage committee enhanced the capital’s standing among the already existing eight World Heritage locations in Hungary (Hollókô. Its Gothic tower and the backdrop of Fishermen’s Bastion make this one of the most commonly photographed monuments. Budapest. The hotel courtyard encompasses the cloister of a medieval monastery. Budapest being – in their eyes – one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The cream of Eclectic architecture is to be seen along the Avenue.000 German soldiers during the Second World War. St. which served as a military station for 20. have over the intervening years found new functions. Tokaj. The rich collection of ecclesiastical art attracts many visitors each year. despite which there are still clearly defined sections to it. and it originally had a separate lane reserved for gentlemen out riding. Not far from this stands the dignified edifice of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the Pest end of Chain Bridge. But it is not only these buildings which are worthy of attention. where the gateways of Baroque houses reveal Roman-age stones and finely carved sedilia from the age of chivalry. Right alongside. and the newest bridge on the scene is Lágymányos. the over 700-yearold Matthias Church. the oldest is Chain Bridge built in 1849. built by Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style. theatrical performances are held here each summer. is now the office and residence of the president of the republic. the earthly remains of King Béla III and his wife lie in a carved sarcophagus. Fishermen’s Bastion was raised in neoRomanesque style on the foundations of the medieval castle walls. The near 2. Underneath the feet lies a vast labyrinth of caves. with Rudas Baths. Aggtelek. Pannonhalma. (continued on page 30) 28 www. defines the view on the opposite side of the Danube. The marvellous panorama is rounded off by the line of hotels on the embankment and the grand old Vigadó. one of the earliest suspension bridges.budapestinfo. calmer age. stands in Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square. Among the latter. Inside. Hortobágy. statues and fountains. The century-old building of Parliament. built in 1566 by Pasha Sokoli Mustafa and once a cultic centre due to its proximity to a nearby Dervish monastery. which were severely damaged during the Second World War. Sándor Palace. and happily alloying the old with the new. The former Royal Palace and its attendant buildings represent an organic. The Royal Palace and its fine buildings form a single entity with the rows of Danube embankment houses under Castle Hill. and beside it the Art Nouveau Gresham Palace which has been completely renewed to function as a Four Seasons luxury hotel. siege and world war – its beauty continues to shine through and its medieval monuments are a delight.5-km-long Avenue was inspired by the boulevards of France. it affords a superb viewpoint over the city. as well as the cliffs of Gellért Hill and the bridges spanning the Danube. the most graceful is Elizabeth Bridge. It was named after the former prime minister who had done much to make Budapest a true metropolis. and yet at the same time a separate part of the Castle quarter. then it served as a Turkish mosque from 1541 before being reconsecrated. Andrássy Avenue and environs make up a unified architectural form dating from the late 19th century. including the outstanding Opera House and many beautiful tenement blocks with intimate inner courtyards. Over the course of centuries the church was the scene for many coronations. Most wings of the palace have been turned into museums. One of the defining buildings of Budapest. Pécs. stands the luxury Hilton Hotel built over 25 years ago. Stephen’s Basilica. inside which are the remains of an ancient church. and the National Széchényi Library is also here. fire. Behind this one can see the dome of Budapest’s largest ecclesiastical building. the Avenue’s environs boast a huge variety of architectural styles and interesting sights. The Castle quarter represents the core of the ancient town and an area guarding some of the most important historical monuments in the country.hu . once the residence of the prime minister. And although in the 800 years since its foundation it has been hit by virtually every disaster imaginable – earthquake. This means that now Andrássy Avenue and its historical environs join the Castle district and Danube embankment as holders of the prestigious World Heritage award. Lake Fertô).
However. this is the recently renovated Hotel Andrássy. You’ll be able to enjoy the classics or contemporary music in the form of opera or ballet performed nearly every day of the week.. Continental Europe’s first sub-surface railway was built under the road. Orb and Sceptre. amphitheatres and military encampment. another part of the coronation regalia richly embroidered with gold thread. The collection. dancers and conductors from all over the world. home to temporary exhibitions. It is well worth visiting not only for its brilliant performances but also for the magnificent grand stair and lavish interior design. Most visiting heads of state and government pay their respects at this monument. the real thing.. After Oktogon the museum visitor comes across a vast grey edifice. the Opera House. An extensive furniture exhibition in the Nagytétény Mansion Museum covers periods which came long after the Romans had left: superb Renaissance. is preserved in the Hungarian National Museum. designed by Alfréd Hajós.budapestinfo. you can even try your hand at driving one). Stephen. The entertainment and cultural centres in City Park (Zoo. displays a whole variety of items from veteran cars to a space module. There is a stop at the Opera House. and the more than 125-year-old underground is still carrying passengers today along a line only slightly longer than the original. One of the finest historical monuments in the capital. one of the greatest Hungarian composers of the 20th century. lies not far from Nagytétény. the museums of agriculture and transport as well as Petôfi Hall) are the capital’s favourite tourist destinations. Vajdahunyad Castle built on a mini island. Not far from Parliament is St. and opposite the Palace of Arts. The museum’s model collection – incredibly detailed scale models of locomotives. A fine Bauhaus building stands at the corner of Munkácsy Mihály Street. It will be a memory you’ll always treasure. stands on Andrássy Avenue. The town was the seat of the province. at the foot of which are sculptures of the seven tribal chieftains. Whether we are talking of its external neo-Gothic appearance or its interior. SIGHTSEEING OVER 3 DAYS. In the foreground is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. The only give-away is the occasional wrought iron balustrade leading underground. Stephen’s Basilica. are on display in the Hungarian Railway History Park (indeed. then we can recommend the Transport Museum. famed for its wine-making. Each year the legendary Orient Express also makes several stops here. OR WHERE YOU SHOULD GO IN BUDAPEST We hope that Budapest will captivate you. Funfair. and its excavated ruins allow one to conjure up in the mind an image of the once thriving centre complete with baths. Inside is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the many victims of fascism and communism in Hungary. the House of Terror Museum set up in the former headquarters of the dreaded state police. there is but one word to describe it: stunning.(continued from page 28) One of the special features of Andrássy Avenue is barely visible on the surface. should the history of transport. The neo-Renaissance Hungarian College of Fine Art also stands on Andrássy Avenue. and its rich decoration and superb acoustics attract the greatest singers. Biedermeier and neo-Classical furniture. a memorial museum established in the former flat of Zoltán Kodály. and then bequeathed them to the nation. Villas along the Avenue are named after their onetime owners or designers. Municipal Grand Circus. Buy tickets for an evening of entertainment there. don’t despair: there are plenty of other things to see and do! Parliament stands head and shoulders above its neighbours on the Pest side of the river. while the 1004-year-old mantle. the interior is breathtaking. Andrássy Avenue terminates at the Millennium Monument erected to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest. Széchenyi Spa. Danube embankment and Andrássy Avenue. Archangel Gabriel stands atop the huge column. The embassies have residences in equally imposing villas. City Park Lake behind Heroes’ Square tempts the visitor to take out a boat in summer and skate in winter. But if you’ve already seen the Castle district. Life-size. the largest ecclesiastical building in Budapest and repository for the relic the Holy Right Hand of St. set up in a museum in City Park. Budafok. Millions 30 www. rare vehicles and the like. The building’s exterior is imposing. working locomotives. Baroque. established in the former home of Ferenc Hopp who collected most of the works on display. Aquincum is packed with memories of the Roman period.hu . This is where you’ll find the East Asian Art Museum. The Basilica’s dome affords a superb all-round view of the city. carriages and ships – is spoken of around the world. the creation of Miklós Ybl in Italian Renaissance style. be more to your taste. The Park boasts around 100 fully functioning locomotives from the early days of steam up to more modern times. The semi-circular pantheon surrounding this ensemble has depictions of famous kings. Hungarian swimming champion at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games. generals and great historical figures. Hungary’s first king. Today it guards the Hungarian Holy Crown. can be accessed from Kodály Circus. On one side of the square stands the Museum of Fine Arts with a Spanish collection unrivalled outside Spain. and you have the chance of staying in our capital for at least three days.
5 km long and in places it is 500 metres wide. Castle quarter and Castle Hill A-B3 I. Due to its excellent features it was settled as early as the 13th century. the palace has witnessed wars and occupation from the 13th to the 20th century. galleries and gift shops. Funicular One of the symbols of the nation. or coffee and cakes in an equally outstanding confectionery. just as is the case in the famed Matthias Cellar (Mátyás pince). trip to a museum or spa wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a fine meal in one of the many excellent restaurants of the capital. the once renowned Hauer has reopened on Rákóczi Road. Gigantic statues and memorials erected during Communist times and collected from all parts of the country (although largely from around the squares and streets of the capital) after the change of regime have been brought together to make a stunning collection probably unique in the world. A tour of the cellars combined with wine tasting takes at least half a day. A trip out to the Statue Park will prove an unforgettable experience. Gellért Spa is the most elegant in King Béla IV built a castle here after the Tartar invasion. The Castle quarter on Castle Hill stands 180 m above sea level. Royal Palace B3 I. thermal pools and medical services to very high standards. and he chose this spot as the seat of royal rule. Breathtaking panoramas open from the Fishermen’s Bastion and the promenade in front of the National Gallery. cafés. The Turks occupied it. and each serves traditional Hungarian cuisine made to order. a theatre. www. Of course one’s tour. Their furnishings and style are delightful. offering a bubble bath. and it still employs some of the original fittings today. as did the (7) town.hu 31 . open-air wave pool. numerous atmospheric restaurants. Travellers were writing about its remarkable medicinal waters in the 1500s. Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Square and the Zsolnay confectionery in the Béke Hotel are elegant and old world. Aranyszarvas (Golden Hind) and Kárpátia are also getting on in age. It boasts three churches. streets and squares. In fact the Alabárdos. district Castle quarter – è Castle bus. It is around 1. One of the Turkish baths built around that time is the Rudas. Budapest is a spa city. and Mozart on Erzsébet Boulevard serves the creme de la creme in cakes and desserts. which actually is well past the magical century. Among the confectioneries. four hotels. many historical buildings. Budapest is proud of the Százéves (100-year-old) Restaurant.of litres of the very finest sparkling wines and select reds and whites lie maturing in the cavernous cellar system hereabouts.budapestinfo. district (Buda) – è Castle bus ç 16 Funicular Part of the World Heritage. six museums. monuments. We hope that in the course of getting to know Budapest you’ll discover for yourself: you just can’t help falling in love with this city. with delicacies served on fine Hungarian porcelain.
1–3 – ç 15 « 2. There are lecture and session rooms. Heroes’ Square C2 XIV. Fishermen’s Bastion A3 I. Quarter-circular colonnades extend to both left and right of the column. Since 2000 the general public has been able to view the Hungarian coronation regalia here: St. welfare.hu .. 86 « 18. it was destroyed three times and then rebuilt. Roosevelt tér 9 – « 2 ç 16 The oldest and most significant building on Roosevelt Square. 49 The largest market in the capital. opened here in 2004. – 2 Kossuth tér ç 15 « 2 ë 70. Parliament B2 V. 105 This Art Nouveau building was commissioned by the Gresham Assurance Company. the statue on Gellért Hill was not removed even after the change of regime since it had become an indelible part of the cityscape. There are two other sculptures at the foot of the female figure holding aloft the palm of victory: one is an allegory of progress. is 268 m long and its cupola rises 96 m into the air.. Between the pillars of the colonnade are figures of the ‘greats’ from Hungarian history. 78 The largest building in the country. Gresham Palace B3 V. Szentháromság tér – è Castle bus A relatively youthful structure next to Matthias Church. The building hosts several distinguished institutions: the Hungarian National Gallery. The magnificent buildings of the Palace of Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts to the right and left of the monument enhance the fine architectural entity of Heroes’ Square.. and the most B4 32 www. Allegorical sculptures in the imposing foyer and on the façade are the work of Miklós Izsó and Emil Wolf. while the butt piers are embellished with emblematic sculptural ensembles (work. Stephen’s Crown. the permanent site of the national assembly. and a valuable scientific library.budapestinfo. Its perfect neo-Renaissance design came from the studio of Berlin architect Stüler.Habsburgs. The Four Seasons.. the capital’s most exclusive luxury hotel. Three figures can be observed on the middle roof crest holding a globe. the other the fight against evil. and was constructed between 1884–1902. There is a rock and mineral exhibition in the Institute. 19. Anyone coming up Andrássy Boulevard sees from afar the 36-m-high column in the centre of the Millennium memorial. and it was built between 1862–64. Kossuth Lajos tér ≥ 317-9800 – Visits by guided tour only. and built in 1907 on the basis of designs by the brothers József and László Vágó and Zsigmond Quittner. Gellérthegy – ç 27. each time in the architectural style of the age. It was sited on the place of the medieval fish market and the walls protected by the guild of fishermen. Hungarian State Geological Institute D2 XIV. orb and Renaissance sword. London. Today’s neo-Classical style was taken on after the Second World War. 47. the sceptre. Parliament sits on the Danube embankment with its entrance looking out over Kossuth Square. Its light blue ceramic roof and blue Zsolnay ceramic decoration harmonize with the yellow-brown façade. Hungarian Academy of Sciences B3 V. 16. Fôvám krt. knowledge. 47. The grand gala hall decorated with pictures by Károly Lotz is also used for staging concerts. The most modern luxury apartments and offices of the day were established in the building. whence the name. 118 The 14-m-high statue. Central Market IX. Liberty Statue B4 XI. honour and peace). It was designed by Ödön Lechner and built in 1899. on top of which is a statue of the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown and apostolic double cross. Stefánia út 14 – 2 Stadionok ç 7 One of the capital’s finest Art Nouveau buildings. the work of outstanding architect Zsigmond Kisfaludy Strobl. 41.. the greatest Hungarian painter. The neo-Gothic building is the work of architect Imre Steindl. founder of the London stock exchange. hangs in the congress chamber. The Palace features several statues. Building started in 1895 on the designs of Frigyes Schulek. City Park – 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 79 The most spectacular square in the capital. sited at the entrance to City Park. The neoRomanesque bastion has only ever had a decorative role: it is a popular place to look out over Pest. The staircase is embellished with fine frescoes by Károly Lotz and sculptures by György Kiss. The painting The Conquest by Mihály Munkácsy. It has 691 rooms. And even though the post-war period also marked the start of Soviet rule. one of which (at the top of the facade) is a bust of Sir Thomas Gresham. National Széchényi Library and the Ludwig Museum. 49. Roosevelt tér 5–6 – « 2 ç 4.. was raised in 1947 in memory of the country’s liberation. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is positioned in front of the monument.. Budapest History Museum.
.budapestinfo. 41 The capital’s first bridge. 19. Chain Bridge B3 ç 4. Gellérthegy – ç 7 « 18. at the Pest foot of Liberty Bridge. 49. 118 French Institute B4 I. 47. on its 100th anniversary. The 200-room Hilton Budapest Westend. 78. Westend City Center B2 XIII. 41 Of the contemporary buildings in Budapest this centre of French culture built to the plans of George Maurios in 1992 takes a leading position.. Although designed to fit the form of other blocks along the Danube embankment. is integrated in the mega-complex on a site looking onto Váci Road. One interesting feature is that the Institute is adjoined to the inner courtyard of the neighbouring house with a glass wall. 8. However. a record it held until 1926. The imposing building of the University of Economics stands close by. royal coat of arms etc.. 19. Statue of St. The new bridge was designed by Pál Sávoly and built in 1964. 86. 19. and is built according to the best traditions of classical modern Hungarian architecture. Construction lasted from 1839–1849. Liberty Bridge B4 « 2. 41. with the imposing Buda Castle rising in the background. Alkotás utca – ç 8. and which can be seen standing on the corner of Csörsz Street. Count István Széchenyi commissioned William Tierney Clark to design the bridge and engineer Adam Clark (no relation) to build it. 173. Váci út – « 4. offices and 60. During rebuilding all its decorative motifs were retained: the mythical Turul birds. 7/A. a historical monument. make for a breathtaking sight. 86 Originally called Franz Joseph Bridge. 18. saw a new “neighbour” move in next door: the stunning modern complex called the Westend City Center. www. 6 3 Nyugati pu. The complex (which has had a decisive impact on shaping the cityscape) has a 14-screen cinema. MOM Park A3 XII. 41. stands opposite Elizabeth Bridge on the south side of Gellért Hill. 41. today the only memory of the works is the former MOM House of Culture built in socialist realism style on the plans of Károly Dávid Jnr. 26. details of the building are radically modern. and following the destruction of all the Budapest bridges in 1945 this was the first one to be rebuilt (1946) since it had suffered the least damage.000 square metre shopping centre (with waterfall in the vestibule).hu The statue of Bishop Gellért. 105 « 2. 118 ç 7. sealed in a barrel. 7. Following its complete restoration in 1994 it has become one of the most popular and visited shopping sites among tourist circles. thus anyone sitting in the buffet is witness to the everyday comings and goings of a typical Budapest apartment block. 91 At the end of 1999 the Western Railway Station. Hungary’s beloved Queen Elizabeth. down into the Danube. it was constructed in 1899. 47. has attracted many tourists to Budapest: photographs or film (8) of it illuminated at night. 118 In the year of its construction (1903) it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. The park is the work of architects Antal Puhl and Tamás Noll. 7. « 2. 19. 49. According to legend this is the spot from where pagans pushed the missionary bishop. 18. ç 6.attractive. 16. The bridge did not escape the destruction of the Second World War. 15. Gellért B4 XI. shopping and entertainment centre (inaugurated September 2001) takes its name from the Hungarian Optical Works (Magyar Optikai Mûvek – MOM) factory which once occupied the site. designed by Samu Pecz. Elizabeth Bridge B3 ç 5. The striking statue is enhanced by the semicircular colonnade behind and the natural spring which rises to the surface at this point.. who died a martyr in the 11th century. and which turns into a waterfall below the statue. Fô utca 17 ç 86 « 19. It was built in 1890. German troops blew up the original bridge in 1945. unique in Europe. designed by Gustave Eiffel and ranked as one of the most outstanding historical monuments of the capital. 139 « 61 This large residential estate. The bridge was named after the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. and it was rebuilt in 1949. 86. the latest Budapest hotel in the Hilton chain. 33 .
hu .ANTIQUES road show  ANTIQUES STREET PACKED WITH TREASURES Budapest’s street of galleries first began to coalesce just off Margaret Bridge around 10 years ago. carved or inlaid furniture. or even the superbly worked wardrobes and tables. Among the 21 shops and galleries on Falk Miksa Street. pharmacy jars. which finally grew into a novel and then a popular stage play. In fact.. ancient colanders. the Kieselbach Gallery gives a comprehensive overview of modern Hungarian painting from 1919 to 1964. Lace-like delicate porcelain. Pakistani or Afghan 34 www. Who was the beauty captured so vividly by this deft-handed painter? Where could this charming landscape be that calls to us so evocatively? What convoluted route did this silver candlestick take finally to end up in this shop? Then again. Collectors pop their heads around the doors to check out the ever changing displays. perhaps in the hope of finding that object that will complete a missing gap in the collection. The street is often busy (and all the more so before the major holidays) with shoppers looking for something really special for a loved one: perhaps an Art Nouveau brooch or a cast iron wall-mounted sink (which. wife of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph.. all are handcrafted masterworks. It is as though each piece has its own story to tell and is just waiting to be discovered. The association sparked memories of bygone days. One may be able to conjure up in the mind images of the artists who created the old crochet-work curtains and filigree-lace tablecloths. the choice can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. For example. Then there are others who just enjoy trawling through the shops. A famous Hungarian writer once glimpsed a sugar bowl in one of the shops and bought it because it was the same as the one her family had when she was young. curios and objets d’art. even slow days in Falk Miksa Street are interesting. politician and publicist Miksa Falk has gone down in history books as the person who taught Queen Elizabeth. it’s always pleasurable to mull over where such and such a piece would go in the house. sculptures and other outstanding art objects. getting simple pleasure from handling old peasant faience kitchenware. to speak Hungarian.) The items on display (and the prices) are so tempting that not many have managed to walk from one end of the street to the other without at least seriously considering making an “investment”. thereby spreading the word and bringing to the attention of the general public the oeuvre of artists who have sunken into obscurity. Murano chandeliers. Some are just 20 square metres of shop floor. Among the bigger companies there are a couple who specialize in the works of a chosen artist or stage temporary exhibitions of the finest paintings by a particular school. before their eye is taken by something else. today has a new function as a plant-holder). and many hold auctions of museumquality pictures. silken carpets. This is truly the place for a “made-tomeasure” gift! However. some specialize in certain areas and some sell a kaleidoscope of antiques. (As an interesting aside. the thick green glass of soda siphons. But who was the little girl who played with the delightfully costumed doll over a century ago? How many sat in this turn-of-the-century.budapestinfo. others are three-storey emporiums. squat swivel barber’s chair upholstered in leather. learning about the styles and periods. Most prop their doors open to entice in the curious. A stroll down just two blocks of Falk Miksa Street reveals more than 20 shops and galleries stuffed with bric-a-brac. by the way.
A trip to the flea market will almost certainly mean you’ll come across a painting. air-conditioned shopping malls of today. the superb and the showy. sorting the 24-carat gold from fool’s gold requires not only a good eye but some considerable luck too. TREASURE. decide the maximum price you’ll pay and stick to it. the variety of ancient wooden troughs. It permits specialist collectors to establish an accurate picture of the market for antiques in Hungary – styles.. Old bronze pestles and mortars. old fashioned irons. from an early camera to paintings of all schools and qualities. lead soldiers and military honours speak of bygone ages. Transylvania. rugs and carpets. copper watering cans and 100-year-old furniture on display can be likened to a trip around an open-air ethnographical museum! Gramophones. It represents a remarkable hub for antiques in the capital. „Ecseri” Flea Market 1194 Budapest. You should never forget that most dealers make their living selling to tourists. from black and white greetings card to a silver fob watch. books. and then bus 54 to the market Budapest Antique Market  Corner of Dévai utca and Kassák Lajos utca in Budapest’s XIII district (close to the Western (Nyugati) Railway Station and Lehel Market) ó every day of the week from morning to late evening “A Town within the Town – Past in the Present!” The Budapest Antique Market preserves not only the past of Hungary but that of Central Europe too. The ramshackle market with absolutely no “extras” is a world away from the modern. may be located some distance from the centre of town and yet most tourists find the journey out there well worth the time. there are some valuable rarities out there too. dinner services. And if you find you really don’t need anything today. glorious Herend porcelain and old horological timepieces. After all. the Ecseri has it all. Sellers are often eager to strike up a conversation with potential buyers. bottles with marble stoppers. the bustling market is an experience not only for those with a fixed aim but also for those who just want to do some “stall shopping”. don’t leave empty handed! They do say the local lángos (fried dough smothered in sour cream. lace. prices etc. And more! Antiques. 4000-square-metre market. quality. glitzy.budapestinfo. Although most items won’t set you back more than a few thousand forints at most. pens. the glorious and the kitsch. – in one place. militaria. old soda siphons. Around 90 shops and 40 stands are located on the two floors of the recently renovated. The visitor can also claim that this is not merely a shopping expedition but culture too. extolling – at length – the virtues of their wares and spicing up bargaining with raised voice and argument. exhibitions and auctions regularly organized at the Budapest Antique Market. This is a cavalcade of old and new. friendly and pleasant environment where buyers can browse the stalls for the antique piece of their dreams. No wonder then that the visitor sometimes feels as though time has stood still for a few decades. But don’t forget to bargain. but mixed among the stalls are Africans too selling antique silver. offering a secure.. However. violins. Stands packed cheek by jowl with each other and overflowing with knick-knacks of every conceivable kind give one the sense of wandering an oriental bazaar. dinner services into which the Sunday soup was ladled year after year. gramophones.hu 35 . www. TRASH AND TRINKETS AT ECSERI FLEA MARKET The largest second-hand market in Budapest. Known by the locals simply as the “Ecseri”. you’ll not be disappointed by what you find here. The Ecseri is a treasure trove of objects for serious collectors and browsers alike because it is a gathering point for items from all over the Carpathian Basin including sub-Carpathia. some traders travel all the way from Belgium and France. armchairs and oil paintings. porcelain. and violins with strings worn thin by generations of youthful Menuhin wannabes. cheese and other toppings) is the best in town. Nagykôrösi út 156 ≥ 282-9563 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–4 pm. medals. So whether you come to buy or to browse. After all. Upper Hungary and the Vajdaság. Every one of the items on sale has its own story. The Ecseri takes shopping to a different level where passion is part of the story. while tourists can also enjoy the programmes. But Ecseri is not only about antiques because there are also stallholders selling leather jackets and jeans at prices that put the downtown shops to shame. piece of porcelain or some other antique which would look really good at home and be a pleasurable souvenir of Budapest.. porcelain dolls and teddy bears are jammed in between chests of drawers. And perhaps this very fact gives the market its remarkable and sometimes mystical air. the flea market on Nagykôrösi Road. Moving further afield.hand-knotted wool or silk rugs. it is great fun to browse through so many bits and pieces in the hope of turning up the occasional gem: from trinkets to Art Nouveau furniture. There is plenty of jewellery of the sort that grandmother probably wore for large family get-togethers. because this is all part of the game! Tip: before getting down to negotiations.. all the creations of skilled hands from bygone days. Sat: 8 am–3 pm Access: tram 4 or 6 from Blaha Lujza Square to Boráros Square.
54.    MUSIC.hu . Köztársaság tér 30 ≥ 333-0540 ç 7 % HUF 400–2600 Budapest Convention Centre XII. Complimentary copies of Budapest Panorama can be found in hotels and information offices. 6 ë 70. 54. The Merlin Theatre and IBS International Buda Stage most frequently perform works in English or in other languages featuring Hungarian and foreign artists. Vigadó tér 2 ≥ 318-9167 « 2 1Vörösmarty tér % Charges vary B3 Erkel Theatre C3 VIII. The five-language monthly programme guide Budapest Panorama with detailed information on all the capital’s cultural events and leisure opportunities is well worth scanning if you have just arrived in Budapest. Bajor Gizi park 1 ≥ 476-6868 « 2 ç 23. Several other theatres also feature Hungarian and foreign musicals on their repertoires. Globetrotting Hungarian folklore ensembles (State Folk Ensemble.budapestinfo. events Hungarian classical and folk music is world-renowned. Land of Smiles) playing in the renewed Budapest Operetta Theatre. the programme is also spiced with popular musicals (Funny Girl. Sound of Music).. The names and works of Béla Bartók.. Liszt Ferenc tér 8 ≥ 342-0179 « 4.. Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk bán. 24 ç 23. Pál Ábrahám and Ferenc Lehár (Countess Marica. The concert halls of the capital attract not only the best Hungarian artists. and Béla Bartók’s beautiful ballet The Miraculous Mandarin feature on programmes virtually all year round... Aside from the successful operettas of Imre Kálmán. 103 « Csepeli HÉV « Ráckevei HÉV % Charges vary Pest Vigadó  V. 2. 78 % Charges vary National Theatre  C4 IX. Rajkó Ensemble etc.) regularly take to the stage of the Buda Vigadó and Duna Palace. The most famous Hungarian opera. THEATRES. Duna Artists Ensemble. High standard opera and ballet performances of the Hungarian State Opera House and the Erkel Theatre consistently play to full houses. The world famous musical Phantom of the Opera can be seen in the Madách Theatre all year round. and the audience can experience classical works of music in their original tongue. theatre. Jagelló út 1–3 ≥ 372-5700 ç 139 « 61 % Charges vary A4 36 www. Andrássy út 22 ≥ 353-0170 1 Opera ç 4 % HUF 300–6300 Academy of Music VI. Each year the Budapest Spring Festival and its counterpart the Budapest Autumn Festival host the very best of Hungarian and international music.. but also the greatest performers from every corner of the world. Zoltán Kodály and Ferenc Liszt have won Hungarian culture a considerable reputation. MAJOR BUDAPEST THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS Hungarian State Opera House  VI. Komor Marcell sétány 1 « 1. 103 « Csepeli HÉV « Ráckevei HÉV % HUF 1000–2500 C3 B3 Arts Palace C4 (National Concert Hall) IX.. film and fine arts. Csárdás Queen.
6 % HUF 400–8500 Comedy Theatre XIII.... 6 % Charges vary Budapest Operetta Theatre VI.eventim.30 am–6. www. Zrínyi utca 5 ≥ 235-5500 ç 15 « 2 % Charges vary Thália Theatre  VI.budapestinfo. Corvin tér 8 ≥ 201-3766 « 19.. Lövôház utca 39 ≥ 438-5312 « 4.musicmix.hu 37 .hu. 78 % HUF 850–5500 Duna Palace V. 91 % HUF 300–2400 Merlin Theatre V. 6 ç 6..hu 2 October 14–23 October 19–23 October 30 December Seasonal concert by the 100-member Gypsy Orchestra 30–31 December New Year’s Eve – in the main squares of the capital 31 December European New Year’s Eve – Gala and ball in the Opera House Further information: www. Nagymezô utca 22–24 ≥ 312-4230 ë 70. 26. Sat: 10 am–1 pm Central customer service: 312-0000 Phone ticketing: (06-30)30-30-999 Internet booking: www. Deák Ferenc utca 19 (Book and music store) ó Mon–Sat: 10 am–7 pm II. Nagymezô utca 19 ≥ 353-2172 ë 70.hu. 6 3 Ferenc körút % HUF 500–2000 Buda Vigadó B3 I.ticketexpress...Millenary Park II. Szent István körút 14 ≥ 329-2340 « 4. Liliom utca 41 ≥ 456-2051 « 4.–24 Dec.hu.budapestinfo. Erzsébet körút 29–33 ≥ 478-2041 « 4..tex. www.. ‘Budafest’ – Summer Symphonic Concerts at the Basilica Formula–1 Hungarian Grand Prix 14th ‘Budafest’ Opera and Ballet Festival Sziget (Island) Festival Crafts Festival Budapest Parade Danube Embankment Festivities Jewish Summer Cultural Festival 19th Nike Budapest International Half-marathon 14th Budapest International Wine and Sparkling Wine Festival Wine exhibition and fair in Buda Castle Men’s and women’s Graeco-Roman and Free-Style Wrestling World Championship 20th Kaiser’s-Plus Budapest International Marathon and Race Festival Budapest Autumn Festival Vienna–Budapest Supermarathon 26 Nov.hu Information: jegy@tex..–2 Oct.30 pm V. 41 2 Batthány tér % Charges vary A2 BUDAPEST EVENTS – 2005 (Preliminary programme) 1 Jan 18 March–3 April 20–29 April 10–19 June 18 June 25–26 June 25–26 June 2–27 July New Year’s Day Gala Concerts Budapest Spring Festival Dance World Festival 10th International Danube Carnival Bridge Festival and Danube Water Carnival 6th Budapest Equestrian Festival Budapest Farewell (Búcsú) ‘Budafest’ – Buda Castle summer evening performances from opera to jazz Summer on Chain Bridge B3 B3 B3 C3 2 July–14 August (Sat–Sun) B2 B3 10–23 July 29–31 July 3–19 August 10–17 August 18–21 August end of August 19–21 August end of August – early September 4 September 4–14 September 8–11 September 6 Sept.. Lövôház utca 2–6 (Mammut 1 Shopping Centre) ó Mon–Thu: 10 am–6 pm.. 78 % HUF 850–5500 Madách Theatre VII.hu www. 49 1 2 3 Deák tér % HUF 600–1800 Trafó House of C4 Contemporary Arts IX. www. Gerlóczy utca 4 ≥ 317-9338 — « 47. Budapest Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square TICKET ORDER: Ticket Express V. Andrássy út 18 ó Mon–Thu: 9.
where the pagan rebel Koppány was cruelly executed and his quartered remains hung on the city walls.    BEYOND Budapest JUST OUTSIDE BUDAPEST Whatever point of the compass we choose to follow. the Basilica. is ranked as one of the finest works of art to have survived in Hungary from the Renaissance. one of the main features of which is a reconstruction (supported by the British) of the masterpiece red marble Hercules fountain. strong man competition and medieval crafts fair are organized in Visegrád. site for the baptism into the Christian Church of our first king. Let’s return to Budapest and then set off in a south-westerly direction. Visegrád  is a synthesis of the past. Stephen. rebuilt in Renaissance style has a fountain which ran not with water but with wine during VIP meetings. We are in for a trip back in time. several thousand years! Visitors to Százhalombatta come upon Iron Age relics of the so-called Hallstadt culture. ran past the settlement. Visegrád and Esztergom. present and future. This too is a museum. travel north and the nearest places of note are Szentendre (see separate article). the foundations of which still stand on Castle Hill. The Cathedral Treasury with its remarkable collection of ecclesiastical masterworks always attracts crowds. you can still see the ruins of Roman watchtowers along the Danube.. stands atop Castle Hill. The palace gardens have been replanted with flora identified from excavated fountains. Today the castle is a museum. Each summer a knight’s tournament. The most decorative part of the castle is the frescoed Royal Chapel.. established a stewardship here and raised the archdeacon’s church. encompassing the incomparable Danube Bend. built on the commission of Archbishop of Esztergom Tamás Bakócz. Stephen not far away. The Christian Museum in the Primate’s Palace has a valuable collection of medieval Italian paintings. gobelins. Huge pyres were set ablaze on the Danube embankment in honour of those recently 38 www. seat of kings and archbishops for centuries – attracts around 1 million visitors. It is a fact however that during the Middle Ages the royal crown was kept under lock and key here. the limes. and the recently rebuilt Mária Valéria Bridge also contributes to the delightful view of the surroundings. Solomon’s Tower. there is always something of interest to discover beyond the border of Budapest. Exhibitions have been set up in some of the halls of the restored palace. Its red marble chapel. former royal town. The view from here is superb. Each year this more than 1000-year-old settlement (founded 973) – the first capital of the country. For instance. The first king of Hungary. and its reconstructed grand hall the location for scientific conferences and conventions. At one time the border of the Roman Empire. There is a statue of St. from the myth that once King Solomon was held captive here. during the reign of King Matthias. faience and porcelains. A further 20 km north and the traveller comes to Esztergom .hu . The towering Royal Palace originally raised in Gothic style and later. Today the tower is a museum with a display of archaeological treasures. Not far away is the imposing citadel and the huge keep which takes its name. More than 100 tumuli preserve the remains of Iron Age dwellers who lived hereabouts. St. Hungary’s largest church. period replica furniture can be seen in the one-time prince’s suite.budapestinfo.
] deceased. All the listed houses in the centre have found new functions: a restaurant famed throughout Hungary operates from the attic of one. the Szentendre skanzen. Today Martonvásár remains a centre for the Beethoven cult: a museum set up in the mansion preserves items related to the great composer. familiarly known by the Hungarians as Sissy. Not far from here. while the art of Jenô Barcsay is displayed in Dumtsa Jenô Street. It would be easy to spend a whole day strolling about the town and along the Danube embankment. Seven or eight galleries deal with the marketing of art. but many more can be sampled at the confectionery next door. if we leave the capital heading northeast. its architecture and historical monuments all contributed to the formation over the years of colonies of painters. taking lunch and perhaps an afternoon coffee and cake. An exhibition of works by Lajos Vajda. What’s more. and there is a particularly strong Serbian culture all around. Its picturesque setting on the Danube. it has been possible to reconstruct not only the burial ceremonies but the everyday life of Iron Age society too: house reconstructions. One such grave has survived in pristine condition. These works of art stay locked up in the display cases. a studio visit can be arranged. Longobard cemeteries and Avar memorials are to be found here. This truly imposing palace lovingly restored to its original glory has a fascinating exhibition and regularly hosts cultural events and festivals. The Marzipan Museum displays how far the plasticity and colouring of this marvellous and delicious sweetmeat can – in the right hands – be moulded into just about any shape one could imagine. Szentendre has preserved its 18–19th century compact and unified layout. www. Most of the houses which once belonged to wealthy merchants are now museums. while the stables are full of all the essential equipment for animal husbandry. as does the Rococo iconostasis. exhibition centres and museums just come one after the other. Szentendre is home to the first (and still the largest) skanzen or open-air museum in Hungary. There are gourmet delicacies for the body and enchanting exhibitions for the mind. Indeed. In fact the galleries. Martonvásár  lies close to the M7 motorway 30 km from Budapest. sacks and wickerwork baskets. linens and beautiful needlework characteristic of the region in question. an unusual museum shows just how far a skilled artisan can extend the boundaries of his trade. and yet there is still another important place to see.hu 39 . renowned for its association with Queen Elizabeth. Endre Bálint and Piroska Szántó is set up in the Hunyadi Street old merchant’s house. allowing archaeologists to reconstruct accurately the burial customs of yore. Finally. wife of Franz Joseph. workshops. The rooms come fully furnished with period furniture. If anyone becomes particularly interested in any one of the artists. the very air seems to stimulate the creative juices! The town warmly welcomes the visitor. was the favourite residence of the queen. and in another the visitor is served fine cakes and coffee specialities in a cosy café. deep in the tumulus visitors can trace (aided by sound and light effects) the course of a burial ceremony as performed 4000 years ago.budapestinfo. Indeed. emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. after 30 km we arrive in the town of Gödöllô. sculptors and artists who lived and still live today in Szentendre. while each summer outdoor concerts are staged in the delightful grounds. indulging them with its multitude of spectacular sights and a fascinating artistic presence. This park displays the continual development of vernacular architecture from all the regions of Hungary in the form of original buildings typical of their area carefully dismantled and rebuilt in their new home. the pantries have original containers for foods. furnishings and clothing. TOWN OF ARTISTS AND SKANZEN  This neat town with a decidedly Mediterranean feel to it lies barely 20 km from Budapest (suburban trains departing from Batthyány Square every 20 minutes reach it in 30-40 minutes). 1 Vastagh György Street preserves ceramics by Margit Kovács whose works have enjoyed international acclaim for many decades. The restored Baroque palace. and the very meals eaten in millennia past. The third Sunday in every month from May to September is given over to a Family Day when groups and individual visitors will find the archaeological park offering special family-oriented programmes. This tiny  settlement became famed throughout Europe thanks to the hospitality and love of music of the resident Brunswick family. originally the Grassalkovich Mansion. Museum experts revive the everyday life and holidays of the old peasant way of living. Ludwig van Beethoven was a regular guest and music teacher at the attractive Brunswick mansion built originally in Baroque and later rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. the kitchens display fireplaces and pots and pans. and it has gained a solid reputation as a popular tourist excursion spot. SZENTENDRE. Dezsô Korniss. brought here by Serb communities fleeing a Turkish onslaught in the late 17th century. but the Greek Orthodox churches still function and visiting hours are fixed for times between masses which dazzle the onlooker in all their Baroque pomp. No. and their ashes were then hidden away in the mounds made to carefully planned designs.
Even today there are four Turkish baths in the capital (Rudas. artistic mosaics. caves Budapest is a city of medicinal baths. many of which are centuries old.. Hadnagy utca 8–10 Under reconstruction. Thur. Sat: 9 am–8 pm It is believed that a start was made on building the bath by Pasha of Buda Arslan in 1565. 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 % HUF 1300–2200 Aquincum Corinthia Hotel 7 B1 Budapest. 47. 2 Batthyány tér ç 60. Admission charges show the lowest and highest rates. Rác.. Although baths from Roman times (2nd century) have been uncovered in Budapest.hu . Sat–Sun: 6 am–5 pm In addition to the medicinal bath section of the bathing complex built in the 19th century. weekdays: 7 am–10 pm Located in a pleasant environment by the Danube. is an ideal place for relaxing.. Széchenyi Spa Baths 6 C2 XIV. admission charges are likely to increase in 2005. Lukács Medicinal Baths and A-B2 Swimming Pool 3 II. 86 % HUF 1000 G Rác Medicinal Baths 4 B3-4 I. Döbrentei tér 9 Under reconstruction. although the interior of the hotel built alongside has lost many of these fittings over the years. 49. 7/A. sauna. Men: Tue.   MEDICINAL BATHS. Sat–Sun: 6 am–5 pm — One of the most popular baths for tourists coming to Budapest. Frankel Leó u. 86 « 18. There may be several variations between these two extremes. jacuzzi and Scottish shower. stained glass windows and sculptures.. Fri: 7 am–6 pm. Wed. 25–29 ≥ 326-1695 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. the true bathing culture was initiated during the period of Turkish occupation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Estimated opening in 2005. « 17 % HUF 1400 G Gellért Spa Baths 1 B4 XI. The 1800-square-metre park with trees. The medicinal spring here was already famed in the 13th century. Fô utca 82–84 ≥ 201-4392 ó Women: Mon. Estimated opening in 2005. 19. the swimming pool is also very popular. The open-air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter. 41. each one a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. Árpád Fejedelem útja 94 ≥ 436-4130 ó all year round. III. steam bath. 118 % HUF 2400–2900 Király Medicinal Baths 2 B2 II. receiving the visitor in all the original magnificence of a period Ottoman palace of bathing. attracting writers and artists among its regular clients. Rudas Medicinal Baths and swimming pool 5 B4 I.budapestinfo. they are the deepest and hottest (74–75° C) thermal wells in the capital. Császár).. Állatkerti út 11 ≥ 363-3210 ó Men’s and women’s thermal baths. « 1 ç 106 % HUF 2000–4200 G G G G G 40 www. Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879. the swimming pool in 1927.. Kelenhegyi út 4–6 ≥ 466-6166 ó Mon–Sat: 6 am–7 pm.. The neo-Baroque baths were built in 1913. Prices valid to the end of 2004. swimming pool: daily 6 am–7 pm (October–April: 6 am–5 pm) One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe. ç 7. It is one of the few remaining monuments from the Turkish times. this elegant spa hotel offers guests swimming and thermal pools. the premier medicinal bath of Pest. Király. The spa is decorated with a wealth of original Art Nouveau furnishings.
.30 am–7. Programmes are staged day and night. Árpád fejedelem útja 8 ≥ 326-1478 ó Mon–Sat: 6 am–1. Its air is recognized as having a medicinal effect.. 1–12 Sept: 10 am–6 pm — ç 26 % HUF 1300–1500 Paskál Strand Baths 19 E1 XIV.30 am–9.: 8 am-–7 pm. è Castle bus departing from Moszkva Square % HUF 2400–2900 G Hajós Alfréd Sport Swimming Pool 15 B2 XIII. ç 29 % HUF 400–600 Castle Cave 26 A3 I. Its remarkable formations (peastone) were created in areas where thermal water permeated the limestone. Kitérô % HUF 370–660 G G G Palatinus Strand Baths 18 B4 XIII. 104 % HUF 800–900 G G G G G G G www.. Margaret Island ≥ 340-4505 ó May–Aug. Országház utca 16 This natural formation comprising a cave network under the Castle Hill plateau enjoys protected status. Margaret Island ≥ 450-4200 ó open-air pool: 6 am–1. from trials of courage to labyrinth ring dancing. Pusztakúti út 3 ≥ 250-1533 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–6 pm. It has a unique standing among the caves of Hungary since it is the largest travertine cave system in the country. are the ideal places for those seeking rest and relaxation.. workout room and sunbathing terrace. the most attractive park in Budapest..budapestinfo. and yet within easy reach of the downtown. Árpád út 114–120 ≥ 369-3194 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. 25A. 86 % HUF 500–800 Csillaghegy Strand-Swimming Pool 12 E1 III. Far from the noise of town. Margaret Island ≥ 889-4700 ó 6. Királyok útja 272 ≥ 388-6665 ó May 15–August 31: 9 am–7 pm « Pükösdfürdô % HUF 900–1100 Római Strand Baths 22 E1 III. Closed for renovation è Castle bus departing from Moszkva tér Buda Castle Labyrinth 27 A3 I. 96.... moist air has a curative effect for those suffering from respiratory problems. Népfürdô utca 36 ≥ 452-4500 ó May–September: 6 am–7 pm October–April: Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. SWIMMING POOLS Császár–Komjádi Swimming Pool 10 A2 II. 1–15 Sept: 10 am–7 pm ë 77. steam bath. Sat. Visits will find sections with cave paintings..30 pm The old and modern buildings of these two hotels positioned on picturesque Margaret Island. Kondorosi út 14 ≥ 208-4025. It has interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations (some resembling an elephant and crocodile). Sun: 6 am–5 pm « 1 – Árpád híd ç 133 % HUF 1200–1400 G G G G B1 Pálvölgy Stalactite Cave 24 A1 II. Sat–Sun: 7 am–4. ç 65 % HUF 350–450 Szemlôhegy Cave 25 A1 II.30 pm.. The popular fitness centre has four pools.. 120. 60. Tuesday closed — The cave. they offer guests every comfort and service (including a swimming pool and four medicinal pools). and its separate parts were linked up over past centuries. Kárpát utca 62–64 ≥ 889-5800 ó 7 am–10 pm The Scandinavian-style 4-star spa hotel on the Pest side of the Danube embankment offers guests a fantastic panorama of Margaret Island and the Buda Hills.30 pm — Hidden to a depth of several storeys under the Buda Castle district. indoor pool: 6 am–3 pm ç 26 % HUF 2400–2900 Nyéki Imre E1 Swimming Pool 17 XI..hu 41 .. Strand Baths 13 XIII. 82 % HUF 800–1000 Pünkösdfürdô Strand 21 E1 III.45 pm « Csillaghegy % HUF 800–1000 Dagály Medicinal Baths.. Pusztaszeri út 35 ≥ 325-6001 ó 10 am–4 pm. Sat–Sun: 6 am–7 pm ç 7A « 47 Albertfalva.30 pm. ç 26 % HUF 4800–5800 G OTHER BATHS. Sat–Sun: 6 am–1 pm ç 20.Danubius Thermal Hotel Helia 8 B1-2 XIII. is the other cave in the Buda Hills accessible to tourist groups.. 208-4026 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–8 pm. Egressy u. Rozgonyi P. Szépvölgyi út 162 ≥ 325-9505 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — A superb cave in the Buda Hills open to tourists.. sauna. Úri utca 9 ≥ 212-0207 ó 9. formed as a result of natural tectonic movements. Sat–Sun: 6 am–7 pm ç 6.: 8 am–7 pm 1–15 Sept: 10 am–6 pm « Római fürdô ç 34 % HUF 1300–1500 Újpest Medicinal Baths and E1 Swimming Pool 23 IV. utca 2 ≥ 388-9740 ó May–Aug. Its cool. ë 79 % HUF 3000–4800 Danubius Thermal Hotel Margitsziget. B1 Danubius Margitsziget 9 XIII. Swimming Pool. 176/C–G ≥ 252-6944 ó May– August: 8 am–7 pm. a labyrinthine network of chambers was eroded half a million years ago.
41. Open-air Stage. Greek and Roma refugees lived in its small streets. Church of St. 118 City Park C-D2 The largest green belt expanse on the Pest side. a favoured place for family outings. foremost Hungarian architect of the 19th century. and the Liberty Monument towering over the city the period after the Second World War. The Cave Church (south side of the hill).hu . 118 Tabán B3 The hilly area between Gellért Hill and Castle Hill is steeped in history. Towards the end of the century magnificent buildings and monuments (Museum of 42 www. and its thermal springs prompted the Turks to establish baths here (the Rudas and Rác thermal baths of today). After draining and planting trees across this marshy area (centuries early a royal hunting domain). two hotels and a variety of restaurants and buffets. The arcaded terraces of Castle Garden (Várkert) standing at the foot of Tabán and looking out onto the Danube were designed by Miklós Ybl. 41. 19. Michael) and ruins several centuries old (nunnery where Margaret. From the 17th century Serb. – ç 26 Gellért Hill B4 A popular excursion destination for Budapesters and tourists due to its attractive park and superb panoramas from the viewing terraces. was reopened in 1989. musical well. Gellért that of pagan times. daughter of King Béla IV. lived. Celts and Romans settled here. 47. and visitors strolling around come across a variety of interesting structures (the UNESCO-protected Water Tower. And there is still more: a strand. 19. the most important lookout point in the city. ç 7. weekend entertainment and those looking for the tranquillity of nature. opened in 1926 and built on the Lourdes pattern. ç 5. an English-style park was established here in the 19th century. 86 « 18. The capital’s most beautiful park is on the island.    LEISURE PARKS. 7A. NATURE PROTECTED AREAS Margaret Island   B1-2 The historical monuments on this slender island running between Árpád Bridge and Margaret Bridge date back to the 11th century. sits atop Gellért Hill and offers an unrivalled panorama of World Heritage Budapest including the Buda Castle district and both sides of the Danube embankment. 112 « 18. Today open-air festivals and concerts are regularly staged in Tabán. the Citadel that of Habsburg oppression after the 1848–49 War of Independence. HILLS. The Citadel. Today its extensive park and a few old buildings bear witness to the life this onetime centre enjoyed. 78.budapestinfo. and the remains of two churches belonging to religious orders). The sights on the hill recall individual periods in history: the statue of Bishop St. 49. swimming pool.
. Sat–Sun: 9 am–9 pm % HUF 2400–4300 . Visitors are permitted to enter in spring and autumn. nature protected formation in the centre of this metropolis of 2 million. founded in the 1860s... Hármashatár Hill) A mecca for nature lovers and excursionists.. Fri–Sat: 10 am–3 am % HUF 400–700 FITNESS CLUBS Astoria Fitness Studio V. the most popular means of getting around for tourists include the cogwheel railway (from Szilágyi Erzsébet Avenue to Széchenyi Hill). or enjoy laser programmes projected on to the dome (diameter: 23 m) with pop or classical music accompaniment. 78 Buda Hills E1 (Széchenyi Hill.. swimming pools or medicinal baths in the capital. The Buda Hills are generally suitable for skiing and sledging between December and February. János Hill.30 am–11 pm % HUF 900 Hotel Stadion (Danubius Premier) XIV. The ‘Centenarium’ park-established to mark the 100th anniversary of the unification of Pest and Buda-forms a part of Népliget. Mon. 75. The following is a list of just a few of the near countless fashionable sport offers around town. the narrow-gauge railway which (apart from the locomotive) is operated by children (from Széchenyi Hill via János Hill to Hûvösvölgy). Palace of Arts. The Planetarium. Széchenyi fürdô ë 70. It is often to be seen basking in the warmth of the sun on bare rocks. ç 4 1 Hôsök tere. Fri–Sat. spa bath. and the chair-lift running up and down János Hill. flowers and grass is a pleasant place to stroll. and then Cogwheel railway or Chair-lift Sas Hill nature protected area A4 XI. young and old. 112-hectare park filled with trees. Sat–Sun: 8 am–7. 1/A ç 103 3 Népliget SPORT Entertainment and health sports are becoming every more popular in Budapest. Budafoki út 111–113 ≥ 206-2754 ó Mon–Thur: 2 pm–1 am. Sváb Hill.30 am–11 pm % HUF 1900–2900 Moveland-Mammut 2 Shopping Center II. the Hungarian meadow saxifrage. ] BOWLING Mammut Bowling Club II. the most popular pool on Margaret Island. the 5-km-long. are to be seen in the capital’s parks (and primarily on Margaret Island) from morning to evening. Zoo. which when the weather is fine offers a breathtaking panorama of the city. « 1. the St. the Buda Hills (400-500 m) lie to the northwest of the city centre and offer visitors excellent air and endless forests with well marked tourist trails. Ifjúság útja 1–3 ≥ 889-5282 ó 6. ç 8. 72. Váci út 1–3 (Westend City Center) ≥ 238-7040 ó Sun–Thur: 10 am–1 am. and in winter (between December and March) the City Park lake is transformed into Central Europe’s largest open-air skating rink (in summer it functions as a boating lake). Among the local fauna it is worth highlighting the Pál Kitaibel Pannonia lizard..45 am–10. 2 Moszkva tér.45 pm.. Tas vezér utca 7 ≥ 889-5761ó Mon–Thur: 7 am–12 pm. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8544/45/46 ó Mon–Fri: 6.: 2 pm–3 am % HUF 450–750 Westend Bowling Club VI. Tájék utca 26 ≥ 319-6789 ó 15 March–15 June and 1 September–15 October: Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm Visits with guide only! This 266-m-high dolomite rocky block set in the heart of the Buda side is home to a variety of rare and unique flora and fauna. an establishment of national significance. boating lake and skating rink. which despite its tiny feet moves in snake-like fashion. Fri–Sat: 10 am–3 am % HUF 450–750 Strike Bowling Club XI. the Buda hare’s tail grass. museums. In addition to walking and cycling. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8300 ó Sun–Thur: 10 am–1 am.45 pm % HUF 2000 Park Hotel Flamenco XI. Visitors can learn more about the wonders of astronomy. and represents an unparalleled. and with luck may glimpse the yellow and lilac flowers of the protected iris. Stephen wild pink and the common horsetail. Statues and memorials line the paths. Sat–Sun: 8. City Park offers entertainment of all kinds and for all generations: Funfair. is also sited here. Grand Circus. The city is networked by many cycle paths. Besides the Hajós Alfréd National Sports Swimming Pool. Károly körút 4 ≥ 317-0452 ó Mon–Fri: 6. Located to the southeast of the city centre. there are more than 25 other strands. Dozens of joggers.Fine Arts. and the “bull spider” (the only place in the world this arachnid can be found!) which is instantly recognizable with its four black spots on a red abdomen.30 am–11 pm. Vajdahunyad Castle) were erected for celebrations marking the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest. Millennium memorial. 8A Népliget D4 The largest park on the Pest side..
The following are just a few ideas from the great programmes available for kids: Funfair  C2 XIV... winter or summer... Sat–Sun: 8 am–9 pm % HUF 2300–4500 Children who want to play. Tábornok utca 7 ≥ 251-3322 ó daily: 7 am–11 pm % HUF 2900–3900 Aréna Fitness XIII.Római Fit-Forma Studio III.. Monostori út 31 ≥ 453-2901 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–10 pm. Sat: 7 am–7 pm. Sat–Sun: 9 am–9 pm % HUF 2400–3500 Aktív Squash Club XIV. from 7 am until dusk % HUF 2100–3200 Római Tennis Academy III. Csömöri út 21/A ≥ 363-6800 ó Daily.. Sept. Sun: 8 am–7 pm % HUF 2700–4400 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES SQUASH A & TSH I. Nov. Sat–Sun: 8 am–10 pm % HUF 2000–4000 Top Squash-Mammut Shopping Center II. Dec: 9 am–4 pm. irrespective of whether it is raining or sunny.. Királyok útja 105 ≥ 240-8616 ó 9 am–10 pm % HUF 2200–3800 Szépvölgy Tennis Centre III. Mókus utca 23 ≥ (06-30)966-9992 ó Tue–Fri: 2–6 pm. Sat–Sun: 8 am–10 pm % HUF 2400–3200 Arnold Gym III.. March. Budaörsi út (at the Floracoop flower market) ≥ (06-30)311-9856 ó 11 am–11 pm % HUF 1500–2000 Eurocenter Go-Cart III. Lupa Szigeti út 4 ≥ (06-30)944-1185 ó daily: 9 am–9 pm % Charges vary FOOTBALL Round Hall XIV.. Szépvölgyi út 15 ≥ 250-4259 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–11 pm Sat–Sun: 9 am–10 pm % HUF 1900–2900 City Squash & Fitness II. weekends too.. Virág B... April.. Városmajor utca 63–69 ≥ 202-5337 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–10 pm. Marcibányi tér 13 ≥ 325-0082 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–midnight. Sat–Sun: 12 am–11 pm % HUF 1500–1800 RIDING Petneházy Horse-Riding School II. Budapest’s leisure opportunities – from the Funfair to puppet theatres – are broad and exciting. Feb.. Váci út 178 (Duna Plaza) ≥ 239-4356 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–11 pm. Sat–Sun: 9 am–4. Pálya utca 9 ≥ 356-9530 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–11 pm. Árpád fejedelem útja 46 ≥ 250-4800 ó March–November: daily 9 am–6 pm TENNIS Mini Garros Tennis Club XIV. get about and enjoy themselves will find Budapest has plenty to offer. Feketefej utca 2 ≥ 397-5048 ó Fri–Sun: 9 am–4 pm % Charges vary Favorit Riding Club XVI... inside or out. Állatkerti körút 6–12 ≥ 363-3797 ó Jan. Bécsi út 154 ≥ (06-30)206-4206 ó Mon–Fri: 2 pm–11 pm. ROLLER SKATING Görzenál III. Fri–Sun: 9 am–7 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 ç 4 % HUF 900–1300 C2 44 www.30 pm. Sat–Sun: HUF 300 Municipal Zoo and Botanical Garden  XIV. Stefánia út 2 ≥ 251-1222 ó daily: 6 am–10 pm GO-CART Budaring Go-Cart XI. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8193 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–11 pm. Sat–Sun: 8 am–4 pm % HUF 1100 GOLF Old Lake Golf Club Tata (40 km west of Budapest) ≥/¥: (06-34)587-620 ó March–10 November 8 am–dusk % HUF 8000–13 000 Academy Golf Club-Driving Range Budakalász.. utca 39–41 ≥ 388-1591 ó 7 am–10 pm % HUF 4600–5300 Városmajor Tennis Academy XII.. May–Aug: Mon–Thur: 9 am–6 pm. % Charges vary SKATEBOARD. closed Mon..budapestinfo.hu . Oct: 9 am–5 pm. Állatkerti körút 14–16 ≥ 363-2660 ó Apr–Sept: 10 am–8 pm Oct–March: only Sat and Sun: 10 am–7 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 ç 4 % free.
chance to operate a model railway. Vízipark út 1 (next to Hungaroring racetrack) F1 b3 Hungarian Railway History Park D1 XIV. N.. Palatínus strand ≥ 966-6453 ó 10 am to dusk (weekends only between 1 Nov–31 March) ç 26 % HUF 800–1200 Brigóhintó family pedal ‘bikes’ Japanese Garden ≥ 329-2746 ó 8 am–dusk. 8 pools covering a total 3500 square metres. These are the kids’ favourites! ç 3 (from Móricz Zsigmond Circus). cave. jacuzzi % HUF 3400–13.. Népliget ≥ 263-1811 ó daily except Mon: 9 am–4 pm — 3 Népliget % HUF 940 D4 Children’s Railway E1 Széchenyi Hill and Hûvösvölgy ≥ 395-5420 ó daily between May–August — the railway operates on Tue and Sun in September ç 56 « 56 % HUF 80–150 Palace of Wonders B2 XIII. 3 Lehel tér. Jókai tér 10 ≥ 312-0622 « 4.budapestinfo.. velocipede line-inspection car. closed Mon. 6 ç 4 1 Oktogon stop % Charges vary www. holidays: 9 am–dusk — ç 26 % HUF 820–3480 PUPPET THEATRES Budapest Puppet Theatre VI. Campona E2 XXII.. Exhibition of railway locomotives. Children are invited to watch “Palace of Wonders” experiments.. Állatkerti körút 12 ≥ 344-6008 ó please make enquiries on the above number ç 4 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 % HUF 900–1900 Aquaréna Mogyoród aquapark Mogyoród. 6 % HUF 2000–3300 Buda Castle Labyrinth I. 114 (from Kosztolányi Dezsô Square). 26 slides. acrobat pool. Sat–Sun: 10 am–12 pm — 3 Nyugati tér « 4. of course!) ç 30 % HUF 300–900 Chair-lift E1 Zugliget–János Hill ≥ 394-3764 ó Apr–Sep: daily 9 am–5 pm Oct–March 10 am–4 pm Closed every odd Mon. 41) — B2 Municipal Grand Circus C2 XIV. regular children’s programmes. slow river. Also: drive a steam locomotive (under supervision.. 86 « 19.. Váci út 1–3 ≥ 238-7623 ó Mon–Fri: 10 am–10 pm. 18. 118 % HUF 0–145 F E1 ó 1 May–30 Sept: Mon–Sun: 9 am–7 pm 1. 41 % HUF 500-600 Cogwheel Railway II. Városligeti körút 11 (For details. Margaret Island. and then a 5 minute walk % HUF 650–700 Stroll-bikes XIII.5-km over. Úri utca 9 ≥ 212-0207 (for details..and underground chute.B. Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 47 ≥ 355-4167 Trains run from 5 am–11 pm « 56. Andrássy út 69 ≥ 341-2166 ç 41 Vörösmarty utca % Charges vary Kolibri Theatre VI. Gaze in awe at the seven sharks each a metre-and-a-half-long as they glide around the giant aquarium. Sat. Tatai út 95 ≥ 428-0180 — ó 10 am–6 pm. Daily locomotive and carriage display.Budapest Panorama Balloon (Roof garden of the West End City Center) XIII.hu 45 . 15) — Planetarium X. steam locomotives and rail carriages. and to gain an appreciation of the world around them through scientific games. 16. — ç 158 % HUF 200–400 Buda Castle Funicular Railway B2 Operating between Clark Ádám Square and Buda Castle ó daily 7. No service on even Mon ç 4.. Nagytétényi út 37–45 ≥ 424-3053 ó daily: 10 am–8 pm — Anyone interested in the world of water and rainforests will want to see Hungary’s only fantastic indoor “fauna paradise” covering an area of 3000 square metres. Váci út 19 ≥ 350-6131 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–5 pm. % HUF 900–1500 Transport Museum D2 XIV.. see p.30 am–10.000 Tropicárium-Oceanarium.. Sun: 9 am–6 pm — This unique interactive playhouse proves to young and old alike that the world is a fascinating place.30 pm. 14. see p..
The Herend shop sells single pieces. empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 46 www. with its delicious teas. or head to the other side of the square and the Luxus department store selling global brand name clothing as well as Hungarian gifts and perfumes? Whichever you choose. but if you are interested in antiques. At Elizabeth Bridge an underpass takes us on to the continuation of Váci Street. Passing the Downtown Auction House (Belvárosi Aukciósház). a Persian motif is named after Sissy. perfumeries. A stroll down “Váci utca” takes one past jewellers.hu . quite rightly. while dining sets are characterized by an attractive ivory hue to the porcelain. the most distinguished café in the capital. greens and (more uncommonly) blues covers Zsolnay statues. Replacement pieces can also be ordered. plates and ash trays. on entering Vörösmarty Square we are faced with a choice: do we drop in to Gerbeaud. it’s fascinating to scan the regularly changing collection of shopwindow “treasures” small and large. Herend porcelain is.budapestinfo. don’t forget to slide off down one or two of the side streets: you’ll discover boutiques and wine shops marketing the very finest quality Hungarian reds and whites. One shop in Fehérhajó Street sells healing minerals. The speciality of the Zsolnay porcelain factory is its eosin glaze. The Csók Gallery on the corner of Pesti Barnabás Street displays and retails works by modern Hungarian artists. and the confectionery’s ice cream is outstanding too. Just a block away. one of the industries Hungary is most proud of. sets and statues patterned on classics created by the old factory established 176 years ago. brand name clothes shops from Marks and Spencer to Cottonfield. One pattern is named after Queen Victoria because the nowfamous butterfly design was first made for her. Then again. In the meantime don’t forget to direct your eyes upwards occasionally: most of the buildings in the heart of town were raised in the late 1800s. although it’s not a bad idea to know beforehand what is especially worth taking home as a souvenir and which are the best quality Hungarian products. you’ll find them here too. among them there are several outstanding examples. But leave time for the foreign language bookshop selling translated works by several Hungarian authors. This iridescent glaze with its golds. and a remarkable bird pattern is linked to the Rothschilds. And since the number of shops that can be squeezed onto the street level is finite. enterprising Hungarians have moved underground: three shopping centres have been created out of old cellars. porcelain and kid’s clothing. you won’t be disappointed! ALONG VÁCI STREET Váci Street linking Vörösmarty Square with Fôvám Square represents the main artery of the inner city. a C&A store. Visit the Folkart Centrum at Váci Street 58 for just the right gift to remind you of your stay in Hungary. Our shopping expedition starts in József nádor Square where a visit to the Herend shop is like stepping into an exhibition of the finest applied arts. plates and dinner services have won several gold medals at world expos. Over the years Herend hand-painted vases. Kígyó (Snake) Street is gradually turning into a street of porcelain: two shops selling the finest Hungarian porcelain face each other across the street. boutiques and bijouteries. and in the middle of Váci Street others trade in antique furniture. Famous Szamos marzipan is available in Párizsi Street.SHOPPING   Just as in any metropolis anywhere in the world so too in Budapest there are thousands of temptations to get out and shop. a technique rarely employed in Europe. In a similarly fashion. coffees and cakes.
traditional painted Easter eggs and other gifts from every ethnographical region in Hungary. strings of garlic. or Westernstyle setup. One of the malls actually has a tethered balloon on the roof. try on clothes and so on. flasks. Szentháromság tér ≥ 212-1031 ó midday–8 pm 700 different types of wine from 22 Hungarian wine regions. The most successful malls tempt the buyer in with some special feature. 47 . Plazas. Typical Hungarian merchandise. have become the favoured haunt of the young. King of Wines” is given by the grapes being left on the vine to shrivel in the sun. Virtually everything can be found in one place.. Margit Boulevard etc..hu Hungary’s largest folk handicrafts shop selling a huge range of authentic hand-made items. L www. during which process they sweeten and wither.). the shops are open. generally open throughout the weekend too. giving passengers an unforgettable view of the city and surroundings. try out the scents. The number of puttony (panniers) which go into a barrel gives the Aszú’s puttony number. hand-woven fabrics. Unicum is one of the top bitters spirits in the world. Whether marketed tinned or in an earthenware pot. sights.CENTRAL MARKET HALL Continuing up Váci Street. The remarkable bouquet of the “Wine of Kings. vegetables. House of Hungarian Wines I. feel the quality of materials. Wine tasting of 55 fine wines. the fruits. sounds. Váci Road. Apricot and plum brandies faithfully preserve the scent and flavour of the fruits they are distilled from. we finally reach the everbuzzing Budapest Central Market Hall  with its incredible variety of quality foods. ideal served with cakes and sweet dishes. aromas. wood carvings. Váci utca 58 ≥ 318-5840 ó 10 am–7 pm www.hu Folkart Centrum V. Its absolutely unique flavour derives from a secret blend of aromatic herbs. whether this be a waterfall Tropicarium. and on the first floor the flower-sellers and snack bars offering true tastes of Hungary create a kaleidoscope of colours. Bécsi Road. embroidery.folkartcentrum. Encompassed within a building more than 100 years old. most at major intersections and metro stations (Western Railway Station. porcelain. pottery. is to be found in the market. the sweeter (and more expensive) the wine is. and Herz and Pick salamis are similarly “hungaricum” products! SHOPPING MALLS The plaza  opens up a different sort of entertainment and shopping experience. Könyves Kálmán Boulevard. Over the past few years malls have been springing up all over the capital. costumes. and the more puttony. enticing one to wander around. Tokaj Szamorodni and Furmint come in sweet and dry versions. Hungarian goose liver is excellent. for instance the world famous Tokaj Aszú. It’s important to note that it is a dessert wine. the market with its paprika garlands.budapestinfo.
Dohány utca 5 ≥ 269-6806 ó midday–3 pm... 7–11 pm.. 6 pm–2 am • Famous singers. European. fish. Fortuna utca 14 ≥ 375-6971 ó 11 am–1 am Intimate atmosphere. Állatkerti út 2 ≥ 468-3110 ó midday–11 pm Home-made cooking. Kristóf tér 7–8 ≥ 266-3096 ó 11....30 pm–midnight • Cuisine famed throughout Europe served in historical surroundings Kaltenberg Bavarian Royal Brasserie and Restaurant** IX.hu ... Kôfaragó utca 5 ≥ 266-7947 ó Monday–Friday: midday–10 pm • Hungarian. 6.. fish. Országház utca 2 ≥ 356-0851 ó midday–4 pm.. Dalszínház utca 8 ≥ 269-3101 ó midday–3 pm. steaks and Hungarian dishes Fausto’s **** VII. Jewish cuisine Gambrinus*** V.30 am–midnight Healthy eating: poultry. Szarvas Gábor út 8/D ≥ 275-1039 ó midday– midnight • Mediterranean and Hungarian cuisine Centrál Café and Restaurant** V. **** = over HUF 6000 RESTAURANTS. Sat: 6 pm–midnight. utca 9 ≥ 266-2110 ó 8 am–midnight Take early morning breakfast or late evening supper in a refined milieu Columbus Pub** V.... Dózsa György út 106 (Hotel Liget) ≥ 269-5316 ó April–Oct: 11 am–11 pm. Képíró utca 3 ≥ 266-0430 ó Mon–Fri: midday–3 pm. singing waiters – Buffet breakfast and lunch Biedermeier *** VI. Hess András tér 4 ≥ 375-6857 ó daily midday–4 pm.budapestinfo. plenty of vegetables. Nov–March: midday–3 pm. closed Sunday and holidays • Italian cuisine Fortuna*** I. substantial Bavarian cooking Kárpátia**** V.. 6 pm–midnight. ** = HUF 2000-4000. closed Sunday • Hungarian cuisine Aranybárány** V. Váci utca 20 (Hotel Taverna) ≥ 485-3100 ó 7 am–midnight • Royal Menus Gundel****  XIV. Hungarian dishes. in front of the Hotel InterContinental on the embankment ≥ 266-9013 ó midday–1 am • International cuisine Cyrano**** V. CAFÉS Admirál ** V.... 6–10 pm • Nearly 100 Hungarian and international specialities Képíró*** V. corner of Zöldlomb Street and Zöldkert Street ≥ 325-7111 ó midday–11 pm • Sushi open kitchen Fülemüle*** VIII. Kinizsi utca 30–36 ≥ 215-9792 ó midday–midnight Snacks. Hungarian dishes Belcanto**** VI. 6 pm–midnight • Traditional international cuisine Café Pierrot*** I.. piano music in the evening Choice of international dishes Cascade *** XII.. Ferenciek tere 7–8 ≥ 317-3596 ó 11 am–11 pm Traditional and modern gastronomy in a Renaissance milieu Kéményseprô (Chimneysweep) Restaurant** VI. closed Sun Varied and gourmet French and international cuisine Kisbuda Gyöngye*** III. Kenyeres utca 34 ≥ 368-6402 ó Monday–Saturday: midday–midnight Comfortable.RESTAURANTS    THE BUDAPEST GUIDE RECOMMENDS: Cost of average two-course meal per person. Belgrád rakpart 30 ≥ 318-0723 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian cuisine • Sited on the Duna embankment Alabárdos**** I. *** = HUF 4000-6000. Mozsár utca 12 ≥ 331-8942 ó midday–3 pm.. including service but without drinks: * = less than HUF 2000... 7–11 pm.. 7 pm–midnight Hungarian and international specialities Fuji Japanese Restaurant*** II. Károlyi M. Ostrom utca 19 ≥ 201-6737 ó 6 pm–midnight Russian cuisine Aranyszarvas** I. Harmincad utca 4 ≥ 267-0213 ó midday–midnight Hungarian and international dishes • Lamb dishes a speciality Arany Kaviár **** I. Szarvas tér 1 ≥ 375-6451 ó midday–11 pm Game dishes a speciality Bagolyvár ** XIV.. Állatkerti körút 2 ≥ 468-4040 ó midday–4 pm. homely surroundings Virtuoso cuisine full of ideas and with real home-made flavours 48 www.
Március 15. Fortuna utca 3 ≥ 212-5880 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian and international cuisine Pilvax** V. Teréz körút 43 (Radisson SAS Béke Hotel) ≥ 889-3900 ó 10 am–9. City Park Lake ≥ 422-0222 ó midday–4 pm.. family-style catering. Múzeum körút 12 ≥ 267-0375 ó Mon–Sat: midday– midnight • Elegant milieu. Andrássy út 112. high-standard service.. ≥ 250-3437 ¥ 368-4248 Private functions. Sunday: 10 am–8 pm Mûvész Café VI. Csatárka út 58 ≥ 325-9967 ó midday–midnight International cuisine Matthias Cellar**** V. Szépvölgyi út 50 ≥ 335-2253 ó 9 am–7 pm Gerbeaud Confectionery  V.. Színház utca 5–9 ≥ 489-0236 ó 11. International and dietary dishes.. Mosonyi utca 3 ≥ 313-3492 ó Mon–Sat midday– 11 pm • Home-made cooking..30 pm Modern European.. Hungarian and international flavours Náncsi Néni Vendéglôje** II. Sat–Sun: 10 am–10 pm Zsolnay Café VI. Budakeszi út 8 ≥ 200-3843 ó 9 am–1 am Close to the tram depot. Mediterranean cuisine Rosenstein*** VIII. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9023 ó midday–3 pm. Saturday. Akácfa utca 38 ≥ 342-2587 ó Monday–Saturday: midday–1 pm • Hungarian and international dishes Kogart Restaurant & Café*** VI. Dishes cooked on lava Rivalda*** I. Szentháromság tér 7 ≥ 375-5284 ó Monday– Friday: 8 am–7 pm.. 7 pm–midnight Small Baroque villa offering a romantic dinner setting Remete Rstaurant (Hotel Remete) III. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9022 ó midday–11 pm Rustic furnishings • Snacks.. excellent Hungarian wine cellar Mágnáskert *** II. barbeque CONFECTIONERIES Daubner Confectionery II. Fô tér 6 ≥ 388-8745 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian. in front of the Hotel InterContinental on the embankment ≥ 411-0933 ó midday–midnight A spoonful of pleasure on the elegant “ship restaurant” Százéves (100-Year-Old)*** V. goulash party.. Pesti Barnabás utca 2 ≥ 318-3608 ó midday– midnight • The oldest continually operating restaurant in town • Traditional Hungarian cuisine to the very highest standards Új Sipos Restaurant** III. Lajos utca 46 ≥ 368-6480 ó midday–midnight Family-style inn....hu 49 ...... Remetehegyi út 91. Andrássy út 29 ≥ 352-1337 ó 9 am–midnight Ruszwurm I. Andrássy út 101 ≥ 342-1768 ó midday–11 pm International cuisine Régi Sípos Halászkert**  III.. Hungarian fish dishes Remiz*** II. Pilvax köz 1–3 ≥ 266-7660 ó midday–midnight Delicious Hungarian dishes.. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9000 ó 9 am–9 pm Hauer Confectionery VIII. historical wines Premier Restaurant & Terrace** VI. Pentelei Molnár utca 15 ≥ 326-5817 ó midday–3 pm. Ördögárok utca 80 ≥ 397-2742 ó midday–11 pm Family-style restaurant with a large garden Lion Well Restaurant – Gerbeaud House V. international cuisine Pest-Buda*** I... Váci utca 20 ≥ 485-3100 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–10 pm. ≥ 354-3830 ó 10 am–1 am Elegant milieu.. 6–11 pm • Classically elegant. Saturday–Sunday: 8 am–8 pm Taverna-Zsolnay Café V... 6 pm–midnight • International..30 pm www. tér 7 ≥ 318-1693 ó 11 am–1 am Hungarian cuisine Múzeum Café and Restaurant*** VIII.30 am–11.budapestinfo.. Rákóczi út 47–49 ≥ 323-1476 ó 8 am–11 pm Lukács Confectionery VI. grilled specialities Spoon Café & Lounge*** V. international flavours Vadrózsa**** II. traditional Jewish dishes Sörházpince – Gerbeaud House** V.Kispipa*** VII. international cuisine Robinson*** XIV.. Andrássy út 70 ≥ 302-8747 ó weekdays: 9 am–8 pm..
Veres Pálné utca 44/A ≥ 266-7364 ó Mon–Fri: midday–1 am.. here are two recently redeveloped and “cool” locations which come fully recommended: one is Liszt Ferenc Square off Andrássy Avenue not far from Oktogon. Thur–Sat: 4 pm–4 am Cotton Club*** VI.budapestinfo. cafés and a youthful clientele... Fri–Sun: 2 pm–2 am G G G 50 www. Királyi Pál utca 8 ≥ 266-2619 ó Mon–Thur: 4 pm–2 am. Wednesday: midday–3 am. Nagymezô utca 17 ≥ 373-0577 ó daily from 9 am–4 am New Orleans** VI.. Vigadó utca 2 ≥ 266-3062 ó 11 am–6 am E mail: info@tropicanacasino. Jókai utca 26 ≥ 354-0886 ó midday–1 am Fat Mo’s** V. Akácfa utca 13 ≥ 322-7645 ó 3 pm–4 am CASINO Las Vegas Casino V. bars. Sat–Sun: 1 pm–1 am Moulin Rouge*** Revue – Cabaret – Restaurant – Cafe VI.. Nyári Pál utca 11 ≥ 267-3199 ó Mon–Tue: midday–2 am. Thur–Fri: midday–4 am. Nyár utca 1 ≥ 478-6010 ó Sun–Wed: 4 pm–2 am. Roosevelt tér 2 ≥ 317-6022 ó nonstop E-mail: email@example.com RESTAURANTS IN RÁDAY STREET AND LISZT FERENC SQUARE (please see the two maps) For those looking for a quick lunch or a brief coffee and chat in between excursions or sightseeing. Thur–Sat: 3–12 pm Old Man’s*** VII. tér 10 ≥ 344-4615 ó 11. Sun: 6 pm–2 am Janis’ Pub** V. Sat–Sun:10 am–1 am 5 Pesti Est Café Liszt Ferenc tér 5 ≥ 344-4381 ó 11 am–2 am 6 Birdland Liszt Ferenc tér 7 ≥ 413-7983 ó 11 am–midnight 7 Café Miro Grande Liszt Ferenc tér 9 ≥ 321-8666 ó 9 am–1 am 8 Café Vian Liszt Ferenc tér 9 ≥ 2681154 ó 9 am–midnight 9 Passion Liszt Ferenc tér 10 ≥ 268-0199 ó 11 am–midnight 10 Mediterrán Café Liszt F. Lovag utca 5 ≥ 268-0802 ó Tue. Sun: 6 pm–2 am Jazz Garden** V. Both places are packed with cosy restaurants.... Liszt Ferenc tér 4–5 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–1 am.hu .hu Tropicana Casino V.lasvegascasino. Fri–Sat: 4 pm–3 am.30 am–midnight 11 Le Roy Café Liszt Ferenc tér 10 ≥ 411-0915 ó midday–midnight 12 Karma Liszt Ferenc tér 11 ≥ 413-6764 ó 9 am–2 am 13 Vörös Oroszlán Teaház Jókai tér 8 ≥ 269-0579 ó 11 am–11 pm 4 G Buena Vista G G G G G LISZT FERENC SQUARE: 1 G Menza Liszt Ferenc tér 2 ≥ 413-1482 ó 10 am–midnight 2 G Pompeí Liszt Ferenc tér 3 ≥ 351-8738 ó 12 am–1 am 3 G Incognito G Liszt Ferenc tér 3 ≥ 342-1471 ó Mon–Thur: midday–midnight.tropicanacasino. you’ll find every kind of restaurant here serving everything from traditional Hungarian to Chinese and even Argentinean cuisine.hu Website: www.hu Website: www.. Sat: 6 pm–4 am.MUSIC AND DANCING Alcatraz** VII. From a single star to 4-star.. the other is Ráday Street which starts from Kálvin Square.
Sun: 4 pm–midnight 20 Calvin Kálvin tér 8 ≥ 215-1215 ó 10 am–midnight 21 Pata Negra Kálvin tér 8 ≥ 215-5616 ó 10 am–midnight 22 Café Intenzo Kálvin tér 9 ≥ 219-5243 ó 10 am–midnight G G G G G G G G G G G G G Ráday utca 11–13 ≥ 219-5452 ó midday–midnight 6 Red Café Ráday utca 14 ≥ 216-5628 ó midday–midnight 7 Vörös Postakocsi Ráday utca 15 ≥ 217-6756 ó 11. Texas Ráday utca 22 ≥ 218-0570 ó 10 am–3 am 13 Pink-Cadillac Ráday utca 22 ≥ 216-1412 ó 11 am–1 am 14 Time Café Ráday utca 23 ≥ 476-0433ó 11 am–1 am 15 Togana Ráday utca 29 ≥ 217-6625 ó 11 am–midnight 16 Coramia Ráday utca 31 ≥ 219-5233 ó 11 am–midnight 17 Star Café/Restaurant/Internet Ráday utca 34 ≥ 215-2738 ó 10 am–midnight 18 Castro Bistro Ráday utca 35 ≥ 215-0184 ó 9 am–midnight . Sat: 1 pm–2 am.30 am–midnight 8 Fotocella Gallery & Café Ráday utca 17 ≥ 215-3248 ó 10 am–midnight 9 Chinese Restaurant Ráday utca 18 ≥ 218-9546 ó 10 am––10 pm 10 Prince of Persia Ráday utca 21 ≥ 216-0566 ó 11 am–midnight 11 Shiraz Persian Restaurant Mátyás utca 22 ≥ 218-0881 ó midday–midnight 12 Paris.RÁDAY STREET: 1 G Memoár Café Ráday utca 1–3 ≥ 218-8698 ó 10 am–11 pm 2 G Costes Restobár Ráday utca 4 ≥ 219-0696 ó midday–midnight 3 G Vörös Oroszlán Teaház Ráday utca 9 ≥ 215-2101 ó 11 am–11 pm 4 G Soul Café & Restaurant Ráday utca 11–13 ≥ 217-6986 ó midday–1 am 5 G Ráday Drive 911 19 G Jaffa Café G G G Ráday utca 39 ó Mon–Fri:10 am–1 am.
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