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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: email@example.com www.budapestinfo.hu
sightseeing. tickets for cultural and sports events. Japan. maps. Uruguay. Szentháromság tér ≥ (+36-1)488-0475. Nicaragua. Costa Rica. Liechtenstein. ¥ (+36-1)342-9390 H–1061 Budapest. general information. Ferihegy – terminal 2A. Sun: closed Liszt Ferenc tér ≥ (+36-1)322-4098. guide services. maps.hu 5 . Sat–Sun: 9 am–6 pm. Liszt Ferenc tér 11 Accommodation. Sat: 9 am–3 pm. Germany. South Korea. Brazil. Luxembourg. Malaysia. general information. France. 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. Venezuela. Seychelles. ¥ (+36-1)488-0474 Excursions. excursions. Deák tér/Sütô utca 2 (H3) ≥ (36-1)438-8080 ó 8 am–8 pm Buda Castle H–1016 Budapest. For more detailed information please check the following site: www. Mexico.hu ¥ (+36-1)488-8661 E-mail: hungary@tourinform. guide services. general information ó 15 June–15 Sept Mon–Fri: 9 am–7 pm.H A N D Y information Turista információ • Tourist information INFORMATION OFFICES Tourinform Main office – Police-info Office V. New Zealand.kum.hungarytourism. Panama.budapestinfo. Sat–Sun: 9 am–6 pm. (06-80)630-800 from Hungary Internet: www. general information ó 15 June–15 Sept 9 am–7 pm. special programmes. car rentals ó 15 June–15 Sept 9 am–8 pm. Serbia-Montenegro. 1 Nov–31 March Mon–Fri: 10 am–7 pm. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm. maps.. Canada. Sat: 10 am–4 pm. Chile. Citizens of the following countries outside Europe similarly do not require a visa: Argentina. Spain. Israel. Sun: closed Budapest. newspapers. USA. World Heritage views. Sat–Sun: 9 am–3 pm Budaörs H–2040 Budaörs – AGIP Complex – South ≥/¥ (+36-1)302-8580 Accommodation. Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm Western (Nyugati) Railway Station ≥/¥ (+36-1)302-8580 Left wing of the main station • Accommodation. car rentals. Belgium. Russia. Croatia. Turkey and the Ukraine) do not require a visa to travel to Hungary. provided the purpose of their visit is not to take up work or to conduct business-related activities: Austria. Italy. Slovenia. maps. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 9 am–6 pm. 2B ≥ (+36-1)438-8080.hu PASSPORT. Singapore. World Heritage views. 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. ó 15 June–15 Sept Mon–Fri: 9 am–7 pm. souvenirs. ¥ (+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. Ecuador. sightseeing. Switzerland. 16 Sept–14 June 10 am–7 pm.hu www.
Y. January (temperatures can fall as low as –15°C) Budapest has a relatively high number of hours of sunshine per annum.hungarywelcomesbritain.gotohungary.hu www. GMT +1 hour Summer time (March to the Low-cost airlines flying to Budapest (as at November 2004) BUDAPEST IN EUROPE 6 www. N. It exceeds 8 hours per day between April and September. August (temperatures can reach 28–35°C) Coldest months: December. Dublin 2 ≥ (353 1)6612-879 ¥ (353 1)6612-889 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. New York. Hottest months: July. 33rd floor.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: email@example.com . continental climate. 10155-3398 ≥ (1-212)355-0240 ¥ (1-212)207-4103 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org BUDAPEST BASICS Climate Temperate zone.hu www. four seasons.ie www.com Ireland Hungarian National Tourist Office Hungarian Embassy. 2 Fitzwilliam Place. Time zone Budapest is on Central European time (CET).ie USA Hungarian National Tourist Office 150 East 58th Street.
Árpád Bridge ≥ (+36-1)412-2597 and Etele Square in Buda www. east-west approx. with a travel time of less than two and a half hours. ≥ (+36-1)349-8503 Southern Railway Station (Déli HUF 2100 it will drop passengers anywhere within the city limits.. Trains depart every three hours between Budapest–Vienna.elvira.middle of October): GMT +2 hours Holidays Non-working days: national holidays (15 March.. Csepel Island Bridges: nine bridges. By coach Domestic coach services arrive at and depart from Népliget ≥ (+36-1)219-8000. 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.’ stops on Metro line 2. Margaret Island. (+36-1)296-7217 • Ferihegy 2B: (+36-1)295-3480. Easter Mon..’ stop on Metro line 3). ‘Déli pu. A return ticket (HUF 3600) is valid for six months.budapestinfo. opening: Summer 2005 Ferihegy 2A – terminal for all MALÉV Hungarian Airlines flights Ferihegy 2B – arrival and departure terminal for foreign airlines. All Saint’s Day (1 November).. right bank of the Danube Pest: comprising two-thirds of the area of the city on the flat. day. 20 August.. 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. Nyugati tér. Whit Mon. Krisztina krt. There are more than 50 international connections each pályaudvar) VIII. Baross tér. ‘Nyugati pu. but MÁV Hungarian Railways also operates a Railbus – information: (+36-1)353-2722. 37/A.’.hu 7 . INTERCITY links running between the capital and the major towns around Hungary are extremely popular and comfortable. Budapest facts and figures Area: 525 square kilometres (in a northsouth direction approx. ≥ (+36-1)413-4610 Western Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar) VI. (+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. Ferihegy 1 – Undergoing renovation.hu All rail stations can be accessed by the metro (‘Keleti pu. 25 km. Stadionok ≥ (+36-1)220-6227. www. 23 October) and 1 May (May Day) plus Christian holidays: 1 January. Christmas and Boxing Day (25–26 December). ≥ (+36-1)375-6593 Information on international rail links: (+36-1)461-5500. 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. left bank of the Danube Islands (from north to south): Óbuda Island.
on main roads 110 kph and on motorways 130 kph. Turkey. France. Do not take the risk of changing money on the street. 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. drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving. and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. Belgium. Poland. Bulgaria. Greece. designated places. Please keep your exchange receipt in a safe place until you depart the country. The Hungarian National Bank gives official daily foreign exchange and currency rates on 23 currencies. Italy. 8 www. M5 and M7 (obtainable at border crossing points and major petrol stations). Switzerland. 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. Banks generally give a middle rate. Portugal. Exchanging money Exchanging money is only permitted in licensed. Sweden. 8 is the exception). Yugoslavia. the best exchange rates are to be found close to the rail stations and in the city centre (Petôfi Sándor Street). Denmark. Banks and travel agencies can set (and modify) their own exchange rates. Czech Republic. Besides this there are many credit card and cash card ATMs in operation day and night. unfortunately. Slovakia. seven depart from Budapest (motorway No. Broadly speaking.budapestinfo. Volánbusz Rt. Drivers are obliged to purchase a motorway sticker for the motorways M1. outside built-up areas 90 kph. Information on Mahart Passnave sailings: (+36-1)318-6042 By passenger car Of the four motorways and four highways in Hungary. Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason). Norway. besides which such transactions are illegal. Romania. and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area. 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. Great Britain. Most banks have 24-hour banknote exchange ATMs. the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kph. Germany. only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker and microphone may be used in cars. has scheduled passenger coach services to and from the following countries: Austria. taking the bank of issue’s rate as the basis.000 (USD 130). Any bureau de change has to have the current exchange rates clearly displayed. and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 30. There are three large international quays on the Danube between Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Liberty (Szabadság) Bridge. Holland. The international coach station is at Népliget.hu . use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which. However. You are likely to find yourself with counterfeit money. M3.≥ (+36-1)382-4910. and the airport and hotel exchange rates are not so competitive.
EuroCard/Mastercard. Sat: 10 am–3 pm Netcorner Business Center VII. Accommodation The capital has every category of accommodation from luxury hotel to paying guest rooms. Postal services Post offices are generally open from 8 am–6 pm Mon–Fri.. the first two numbers are 20. Sat–Sun: 9 am–11 pm Internet Café V. post offices. Euro/Mastercard. It is cheaper to phone at the weekend. dialling code for inland calls: 06. Budapest telephone numbers are 7 digits. Váci utca 40 ≥ 267-1644 ó 9 am–2 am CEU NetPont V.Dessewffy utca 45 ≥ 20/481-8688 ó 10 am–1 am Matáv Belváros V.. ≥ Telephone Hungary code: 36. VISA Electron.budapestinfo. Mobile telephone numbers are 9-digit. 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.. JCB. Kecskeméti utca 5 ≥ 328-0292 ó 10 am–10 pm Internet Studio VI. There are two post offices close to the rail stations in Pest with longer opening hours: VI. first dial 00. 30 or 70. Budapest: 1. 8 am–noon on Sat. depending on the telephone company. Emblems on the door of the establishment detail which credit cards are accepted. Maestro) can be used to make cash withdrawals at all post offices in the capital. wait for the tone. countryside numbers (including the trunk code) 8 digits. 50 and 100 forint coins and telephone cards. EnRoute.GENERAL INFORMATION INTERNET Internet cafés are highly fashionable in Budapest. after dialling 06. Teréz körút 51.. Post offices also exchange Eurocheques. Október 6. Public phones operate with 20. VIII. Váci utca 1 ≥ 238-7570 ó 10 am–9 pm Business centres in the major hotels also offer Internet access facilities. Sun: 8 am–8 pm). utca 14 ≥ 328-3506 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–11pm. Credit cards The most commonly used credit cards – AMEX.hu 9 . Diners Club. If you wish to phone abroad from Hungary. and in information offices (for addresses and telephone numbers see page 5). 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. Postal money services: credit cards (VISA.. restaurants and shops. The latter can be purchased in tobacconists.hu. 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. The following list details just some of the most popular locations offering Internet access: AMI V. Cirrus. Free copies of Accommodation in Budapest can be picked up from information offices and hotel receptions in town... on public holidays and in the evening.budapestinfo.. (open: Mon–Sat: 7 am–9 pm. Rákóczi út 58 ≥ 413-1538 Westel-Enternet V. town code and continue with the telephone number.. Baross tér 11/C (open: Mon–Sat: 7 am–9 pm). and then dial the country code. petrol stations and newsagents.
Carry documents. they are cheaper and there is no chance that you will pick up the one or two ‘private taxis’ who charge outrageous fares. 463-9181 Open: 24 hours If your passport is stolen. There are two non-stop left luggage counters at both the Eastern (Keleti) and the Southern (Déli) Railway Stations. Sat: 8 am–1 pm (for details. This way you can rule out any unpleasantness caused by overcharging. and pharmacists may be able to suggest a medication for certain complaints. Office hours: generally from 8 am–4 pm Mon. inner pocket. Never get mixed up in changing money or gambling on the street. seven days a week. Pharmacies operating around the clock: Teréz Patika: VI.hu . and still it is better if tourists are prepared for certain situations so that they do not end up feeling cheated. 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. Post offices: Mon–Fri: 8 am–6 pm. at shopping centres. Déli Gyógyszertár: XII. In general the tourist’s wallet is in greatest danger.. see the Taxi section p. markets or any other busy area where people are jostling around to pay extra attention to wallets. 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. Tesco is open 24 hours a day. and don’t carry a lot of cash around town. Budafoki út 60 ≥ 463-9165. General opening times Shops: food shops are open from 7 am–6 pm. Most shopping centres are also open on Sun. 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. clothes shops between 10 am–6 pm Mon. (For phone numbers of reputable companies. Alkotás utca 1/B. Plugs are the regulation continental type.) Always ask for a menu showing all the prices before choosing which restaurant to eat at.Electricity Hungary’s electricity network operates at 230 Volts. and lockers available 24 hours a day. ≥ 355-4691 10 www. Health matters. purses and bags. 11. Never leave valuables in your car. Taxis are best pre-booked by phone. A notice on the door of pharmacies indicates the address of the closest 24-hour pharmacy.. to Fri. 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. Teréz körút 41. you must report the loss to the local district police headquarters.budapestinfo. see Postal services section) Banks: Mon–Thur: 8 am–3 pm. and so it is advisable when using public transport. while the Western (Nyugati) Railway Station has a left luggage counter open from 5 am-midnight. Emergency services: ≥ 107 or 112. to Sat. money and credit cards in a closed. ≥ 311-4439.
day ticket. metro section transfer ticket.30 am to 11. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request. 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. It is worth finding out about the different ticket types available (transfer ticket. Budapest Taxi: 433-3333.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.) 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. Taxi 2000: 200-0000. Conditions of travel are also included. as well as the suburban railway within the administrative limits of Budapest. Tipping: in general 10% of the fare is acceptable. 29 tram.budapestinfo. trolleybus. metro section ticket. ticket machines. Fôtaxi: 222-2222. The local suburban train (HÉV) can be used to travel out to Csepel Island in the south of the city. In general the buses. but this naturally depends on how satisfied the passenger is with the service. Information can also be found on the following Internet site: www. maximum HUF 420 at night). in German and English. The Budapest Transport Authority (BKV) has published a free brochure in English and German entitled Information (available from hotel receptions. Metros run at 2-15 minute intervals from 4. (Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally. either before you enter the metro or on the platforms) before the trip starts. Maps sited at the entrances to metro stations give a comprehensive overview of the entire public transport network in Budapest.CITY transport TRANSPORT IN THE CAPITAL Public transport Budapest has an efficient public transport network made up of more than 180 bus. 6x6 taxi: 266-6666. and validated in the ticket stampers found on the public transport (on the metro. and three metro lines.) as these can save you money. a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum HUF 240 per kilometre during the day. The larger taxi companies work with rates far lower than the maximum charges listed above. and then calling them because a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than one called on the street. Rádiótaxi: 377-7777. and which gives detailed information about the types of tickets and costs. trams and trolleybuses operate between 4. All cars must have a taximeter installed. metro. and these also print out a receipt. metro transfer ticket etc. tram. Expo Taxi: 205-5555. Budataxi: 233-3333.10 pm. The ticket has to be purchased beforehand. Tickets May be purchased at metro stations. Single ticket (2004: 145 Ft): valid for bus. www. Gödöllô and Ráckeve. and to nearby Szentendre. and the waiting charge.30 am and 11 pm. Tele 5: 355-5555.hu 11 . tobacconists and newsagents. maximum HUF 336 at night). Citytaxi: 211-1111. Tourinform offices). Central Hotel Taxi: 322-3344. 3-day tourist ticket.bkv. The three metro lines intersect at Deák Square in the centre of town. cogwheel railway for the entire length of the journey. It is well worth noting down their telephone numbers.
P+Rs are generally found at metro stations and bus termini (Pest side of Árpád Bridge. and 8 am-noon on Sat. Páva Multi-storey Car Park (IX. www. Mester utca). Minimum parking time: 15 minutes. has had at least one year’s driving experience.or 3-day (48 or 72 hours) city sightseeing tours. hotels. a ticket must be purchased from the nearest ticket machine for the entire period the car is to be left. All the major rent-a-car companies have an office at the airport. 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. Hertz-Mercure. to Fri. Matthias Church) • discounted city sightseeing tours by bus and boat • discounted tickets for folklore and other cultural programmes • discounts offered in spa baths. shops. In general.).. Cars parked illegally will be clamped by the Municipal Public Roads Department. Maximum waiting time: 2-3 hours.. travel agencies.budapestinfo. Nyár utca 20. V. Kosciuszko Tádé utca). and different parking fees are charged according to the zone (between HUF 120 and 400 per hour). restaurants. Népliget etc.. The Budapest Card provides the following services: • free travel on Budapest Transport Company (BKV Rt. has a valid driving licence and passport. V. Children under 14 travelling with the card holder are also entitled to the benefits the card offers. and in travel agencies abroad. On-the-spot fine: HUF 2000. LRI Airport Rent-a-car. For longer periods. Aranykéz utca 4–6. but there may be 4-5 inspectors on the metro).) On parking. from where travellers can then easily access public transport for the onward journey. (2004 prices!) Parking The capital is sectioned into several parking zones. and brochures on rent-a-car options are available from hotel reception desks and Tourinform offices. all companies require that the person renting a vehicle is at least 21 years old. fine for payment by money transfer after 30 days: HUF 11 000. Car parks and garages Multi-storey car parks are generally open 24 hours a day. This ticket should be displayed behind the windscreen. caves in Buda. 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. Parking must be paid for between the hours of 8 am6 pm Mon.. Some of the larger car parks: Krisztina Garage behind the Hotel Mercure Buda (I. it is recommended that you leave your car in a P+R car park. Avis. 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. Cards may be purchased in around 250 locations across the capital (airport. main metro stations). (Parking is free on Sun. payment by money transfer within 30 days: HUF 5500. most larger hotels also have an underground garage. For this reason. VII.BUDAPEST CARD — Launched in 1997. Nagyvárad Square. you have to pay a fine.. please keep your ticket until the very end of your journey or until you have left the metro station.. beyond which the ticket machine gives a ticket for the amount of time equivalent to the sum of money inserted. this city card is the tourist’s “best friend” for 2. Örs vezér Square.. airport minibus. Corvin Multi-storey Car Park (VIII. Fines: if you travel without a valid ticket or pass or if you contravene the conditions of travel.) public transport • free admission to 60 museums and other important sites (Zoo. Szervita tér 8. Futó utca 52). Budget. tourist information offices.hu 13 . Rent-a-car A selection of the larger car rental companies: Americana.
The medieval Buda royal palace: collection of original objects. Aquincum Museum and Ruins  1 E1 III.. weapons. seals. sculpture of Fortuna Nemesis. Budapest in the Middle Ages: development of settlements from the Roman age to the 13th century. 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. glassware. from student tickets to group rates. tombstones. « from Batthyány Square towards Szentendre % HUF 200–700 14 www..       M U S E U M S . objects today has around 19. Szentendrei út 139 ≥ 250-1650 ó Tue–Sun: 9 am–5 pm. 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. is well worth viewing. Prices valid to the end of 2004.000 art objects. There may be several variations between these two extremes. admission charges are likely to increase in 2005.budapestinfo. and 14 April) — Budapest History Museum – B3 Castle Museum 2 I. Collection of uniforms.000 coins. Roman remains. è Castle bus % free Hopp Ferenc East Asian Art Museum 4 C2 VI. Hercules and Diana mosaics. ammunition and 28. collection of frescoes. Szent György tér 2 ≥ 225-7815 ó 10 am–6 pm (10 am–4 pm between 1 November and 28 February). Budapest in modern times: historical moments in the life of a metropolis. Admission charges show the lowest and highest rates. closed Tue. — Budapest Card holders can visit over 60 museums free of charge or at a discounted rate. and primarily Japanese and Chinese.. 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. Churches Most museums are closed on Monday. (Closed between 1 Nov. flags.hu . maps. — Collection of archaeological finds in Budapest. è Castle bus % HUF 250–800 G G Museum of Military History 3 A3 I.. about the 1956 Revolution”. Memories of pilots who emigrated after the Second World War. Gothic sculpture from the royal palace. reconstructed organ from Antiquity.
165 % HUF 200–600 G Cologne art collector couple Irene and Peter Ludwig. Late Gothic winged altars. 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. « 17 ç 60. a neoClassical building designed by Mihály Pollack. 19th century painting (Gyula Benczúr. Pál Szinyei Merse) and sculpture (István Ferenczy.. Italian majolica. Dísz tér 17 ≥ 375-8584 ó Tue–Sun. « 1 ë 70. Ferenc Medgyessy).. 20th century painting (József RipplRónai.. Permanent exhibitions: Medieval and Renaissance lapidarium. 72. The museum’s new permanent exhibition: 20th century Hungarian art. Buda Castle Palace. while it was later transformed into a Baroque mansion and even served as a hospital. ç 6.. temporary exhibition: HUF 300–600 Hungarian National Museum 11 C3 VIII. Its exhibitions embrace two major areas of collections from the Budapest History Museum: modern urban history. 100 years of Hungarian motoring. Today it is one of the museums of Budapest in perhaps the most picturesque of locations. Mihály Munkácsy. 74 % free B3 Hungarian National Gallery  10 I. History of steam locomotion.. 6 % Permanent exhibition: free. 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. book and document collections of Count Ferenc Széchényi. Zsolnay ceramics.. è Castle bus % Permanent exhibition: free. Major collections and art objects: Oriental rug collection. Viktor Madarász. wall hangings. poetry. surrounded by woods at the foot of the Óbuda Hills. 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. Gothic wood carvings and tableaux.000 art objects sited in wings B. French furniture. 86 « 1 « Árpád híd % HUF 100–150 Kiscell Museum 7 A1 III. and contemporary Hungarian art from the last 10 years. Renaissance and Baroque art. leading artist of Hungarian avant-garde.: 10 am–6 pm — The collection of 10. painting and literary editor. A visit provides an overview of the past 50 years of universal art. Permanent exhibitions over 8. History of Motoring. Városligeti körút 11 ≥ 273-3840 ó Tue–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. 17th century aristocratic costumes. The huge national collection has occupied its present site. Its model railway material is world famous. Augsburg Baroque goldsmith’s work. è Castle bus % HUF 300–600 Transport Museum 9 D2 XIV. 3 Ferenc krt « 4. Esterházy treasury.. Miklós Izsó). Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka. Sat–Sun: 10 am–6 pm (closes one hour earlier from October to May) — One of Europe’s oldest transport history collections. temporary exhibition: HUF 300–600 Kassák Lajos Memorial Museum 6 B1 III. History of urban transport. 1 Bajza utca ç 4 ë 70. since G G G G G Museum of Contemporary Arts – Ludwig Museum Budapest 8 I. A century of Hungarian state shipping. 78 % 150–300 HUF Museum of Applied Art  5 C4 IX.are important Japanese medieval art items and Chinese bronzes and porcelain-ware. from the legacies of Hungarian authors.000 square metres include: 100 years and today. Fô tér 1 ≥ 368-7021 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — Exhibition in the former Zichy Mansion on the art of Lajos Kassák. and the number of art objects now exceeds one million. Art Nouveau glassware. and the fine art collection of the Municipal Gallery. C and D of Buda Castle Palace covers the period from the foundation of the state to the present day. Habsburg palatine crypt. Béla Czóbel) and sculpture (Béni Ferenczy. wing A ≥ 375-9175 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The Hungarian contemporary art collection of G B3 .
and the works of artistic groups. which gives a comprehensive overview of Italian schools of painting from the 13th to the 18th century. geometric forms and optical illusions. « 2 2 Kossuth Lajos tér ë 70. 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 75.. 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. built on 15th century Gothic foundations. combines Renaissance. ç 14. Dózsa György út 41 (Heroes’ Square) ≥ 469-7100 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5.. 3 Kálvin tér « 47. Dózsa György út 37. His pictures use sharp colours. the Italian collection. a magnificent building sited opposite Parliament. Time track-rock park in front of the museum. Kossuth tér 12 ≥ 473-2400 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — One of Europe’s largest specialist museums with around 139.. Szentlélek tér 6 ≥ 388-7551 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–7. Permanent exhibitions: Traditional culture of the Hungarian people. Permanent exhibitions: Man and nature in Hungary.30 pm The collection in the Zichy Mansion includes historical documents and relics of the industrial history of Óbuda and surroundings. The former royal court. ç 3 % Permanent exhibition: free. Baroque and neo-Classical elements. The museum has a broad collection of foreign art from Antiquity to the present day.. but indeed one of the country’s finest Baroque-age palaces. 9 % Permanent exhibition: free.1846..hu .30 pm — The museum is named after Hungarianborn painter Gyôzô Vásárhelyi who moved to Paris in 1930 to work. 49 ç 15. Engels. 114... (Heroes’ Square) ≥ 363-2671 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The largest exhibition gallery in the country. took on its present form in 1766. temporary exhibition: HUF 600–1200 C2 Palace of Arts  13 XIV. It does not have its own collection. a defining neo-Classical structure in Heroes’ Square. 79 % HUF 300–600 Nagytétény Mansion Museum 14 E2 XXII. and who as Victor Vasarely gained world fame as the founder of the op-art movement.30 pm — The core of the museum material derived from the superb collection of paintings formed by the Esterházys and donated in the 1870s. monumental representations of the period of socialism in Hungary (Lenin. The exhibition material encompassing the entire oeuvre of the artist is selected from 400 works bequeathed to the Museum of Fine Arts.000 Hungarian and 53. 79 % Permanent exhibition: free. 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 75. running from Roman times to the 20th century.000 international art objects. and its rooms have a magnificent collection of European furniture (around 300 pieces. 78 % Permanent exhibition: free. but its regular temporary exhibitions feature mainly the contemporary arts. Ludovika tér 6 ≥ 210-1085 ó 10 am–6 pm. The mansion.). « Árpád híd « 1 % HUF 200–300 Museum of Fine Arts  17 C2 XIV. — This imposing neo-Classical building together with the courtyard has hosted the museum’s mineral and rock collection since 1995. In addition to the Egyptian. single items and suites) dating from the 15th to the 19th century. 50 % HUF 200–600 Vasarely Museum 19 B1 III.budapestinfo. temporary exhibition: HUF 250–700 G Óbuda Museum 16 B1 III. Balatoni út (road No. temporary exhibition: HUF 400–800 Statue Park  18 E2 XXII. temporary exhibition: HUF 400–800 Hungarian Natural History Museum 12 D4 VIII. and among 19–20th century masterworks French painting is most comprehensively represented. Greek and Roman collections. Marx. Fô tér 1 ≥ 250-1020 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–7. Soviet soldiers etc. One can view Art Nouveau interiors and toy and game collections in its permanent exhibitions. Permanent exhibitions: History of Hungary from the foundation of the state to 1990. « Árpád híd « 1 % free Jewish Museum 20 C3 VII. is very rich. Lapidarium-Roman stone finds. closed Tue. The jewels of the Spanish collection are seven El Greco works. From primitive societies to civilization. The grandiose neo-Classical building in Heroes’ Square has housed the collection (now around 100.000 art works) since 1906. temporary exhibition: HUF 200–400 Museum of Ethnography 15 B2 V. Dohány utca 2 ≥ 342-8949 ó Mon–Thur: 10 G G G G G G G G 16 www. 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. 3 Klinikák % Permanent exhibition: free... Today the mansion forms a part of the Museum of Applied Art. as well as wrought-iron decorative work from old Óbuda houses. Treasures from the mineral collection.
Nagymezô utca 8 ≥ 413-1310 ó Tue–Sun: 11 am–7 pm — « 4. Dorottya utca 8 ≥ 266-0877 ó 1 Sept–30 April: Mon–Thur: 1–7 pm.. Everyday objects. Tárnok utca 18 ≥ 375-9772 ó Tue–Sun: 10.: 11 am–6 pm — « 4.. Martinovics tér 12 ≥ 261-3586 ó Tue–Sat: 9 am–4 pm Sun: 9 am–1 pm — ç 9.. Gellérthegy... Citadella sétány ≥ 466-5794 ó 9 am–9 pm Interior courtyard: “Past and Present of Gellért Hill”. Sat. 41. “Waxworks 1944. 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 . Permanent exhibitions: Devotional objects for Jewish celebrations.30 pm between 1 November and 28 February) — ç 16 è Castle bus % free Béla Bartók Memorial House E1 II. 49. 32. 6 % free www. 2 Astoria ë 74 « 47.. 6 (Oktogon) 1 Opera ë 70.30 am–5. Fri. Markó utca 22 ≥ 350-3737/4188 ó Mon–Sun. GALLERIES Agricultural Museum C2 XVI. 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. Sat–Sun: 11 am–6 pm.budapestinfo.. These displays provide the art-loving visitor with a memorable and lasting experience. 49 % HUF 400–1000 (The price of admission includes entry to the museum and synagogue) Bible Museum IX. Szabadsajtó utca 5 ≥ 318-8097 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « 2 ç 5. Fri–Sat: 11 am–7 pm — 1 Vörösmarty tér 2 3 Deák tér « 2 % free Budapest Gallery Exhibition House III. 79 % HUF 200–500 Ambulance Service Museum V... József Attila utca 4–6 ≥ 272-0876 ó Tue–Thur. 8. Vörösmarty utca 35 ≥ 322-9804 ó Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm. 62 « 3. 78 % HUF 250–500 Ferenc Liszt Memorial Museum and Research Centre VI.. Gellért Memorial Park”. Lajos utca 158 ≥ 388-6771 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « Árpád híd « 1 % HUF 100–200 Ernst Museum B3 VI.hu B1 OTHER MUSEUMS. József körút 68 ≥ 334-0159 ó Tue–Sun. bunker and exhibition” ç 27 « 18. Ráday utca 28 ≥ 217-6321 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 3 Kálvin tér ç 15 % free C4 Budapest Exhibition Hall B3 V.. EXHIBITION HALLS. Vajdahunyad Castle ≥ 363-1973 ó Tue–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — The museum. History of the Hungarian Holocaust. 47.. Sun. Sat: 9 am–5 pm — 1 Vörösmarty utca ç 4 % HUF 180–370 Fire Service Museum X. 3 Újpest–Városkapu % HUF 200–600 G Dorottya Gallery B3 V..: 10 am–6 pm.: 10 am–5 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ç 4 ë 70. Fri: 11 am–10 pm — MEO Contemporary Art Collection plays a unique role in presenting Hungarian contemporary fine art. 72.: 9 am–1 pm — 3 Nyugati tér « 4. 6 % HUF 50–100 B2 C3 Arany Sas (Golden Eagle) Pharmacy Museum A3 I.. 19. 7 3 Ferenciek tere % HUF 150–300 Citadel B4 XI. 118 % HUF 0–1200 E1 MEO Contemporary Art Collection 21 IV. built in fitting style and attached to the uniquely beautiful Dohány Street Synagogue. has an unparalleled collection of Judaica.am–5 pm (10 am–3 pm between 1 November and 14 April). “St.30 pm (10 am–3.
Páva utca 39 ≥ 455-3320.budapestinfo.. Nagymezô utca 20 ≥ 473-2666 ó Mon–Fri: 2–7 pm.: 2–6 pm « Árpád híd % HUF 100 Gizi Bajor Museum of Actors and Actresses B1 XII.hu . 30. Október 6.. Andrássy út 60 ≥ 374-2600 ó Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm. 78 1 Opera « 4. 16. 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.. 6. 6 ç 4 % HUF 600–1200 (1) Medieval Jewish Prayer House A3 I. 105 % free KOGArt House  (Kovács Gábor Art Foundation) C2 VI. Kiskorona utca 7 ≥ 250-0288 ó Tue–Sun. Thursday: 2–6 pm.. 30A 3 Ferenc körút % free C4 Hungarian Electrical Engineering Museum B3 VII. Sun and holidays: 11 am–7 pm — ë 70.. 60. Andrássy út 112 ≥ 354-3820 ó 10 am–6 pm % HUF 400–800 Magyar House of Photographers (Mai Manó Ház) B3 VI. Stromfeld Aurél utca 16 ≥ 356-4294 ó Thur–Fri: 2–6 pm.. 41 % free Gallery of the Óbuda Society Circle B1 III. Sat–Sun: 10 am–6 pm ç 102 « 59 % Groups welcome: HUF 1000–2000 Holocaust Memorial Centre IX. Sat.. 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. Saturday–Sunday: 10 am–8 pm — 1 Oktogon « 4. 19. 455-3333 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm « 4. 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. 6 (Oktogon) % HUF 200–400 House of Terror Museum C3 VI. 6.. Saturday: 10 am–2 pm 1 2 3 Deák tér ç 15.. utca 9 ≥ 269-2265 ó Tuesday: 10 am–2 pm.. 86 « 4.Foundry Museum E1 II.
16.Miksa Róth Memorial House C3 VII.. free on Sunday www...30 pm — ç 5. Sat. Ménesi út 65 ≥ 385-3637 May be visited by prior arrangement ç 27 « 61 % free Petôfi Literary B3 Museum V. 78 2 Keleti pályaudvar % HUF 60–150 Museum of Crime C3 VIII.. 7. 78 « 24 ë 80 % free Museum of Hungarian Commerce and A3 Catering I.budapestinfo. Kodály körönd 1 ≥ 352-7106 ó Wed: 10 am–4 pm.hu B2 A3 C2 C2 19 . 105 % cost of a tram ticket (HUF 145) Varga Imre Collection E1 III. Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — 2 Stadionok « 1 ë 75. 77 % HUF 150–250 Pál Molnár-C. 78. Úri utca 49 ≥ 201-8188 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — è Castle bus % HUF 50–100 Textile Museum III.. 77 % free C2 Stamp Museum C3 VII. 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.. 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. Sat. Thur–Sat: 10 am–6 pm. Lajos utca 136–138 ≥ 367-5910 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — « Tímár utca ç 6.. Nefelejcs utca 26 ≥ 341-6789 ó Tue–Sun: 2–6 pm ç 7. Fortuna utca 4 ≥ 375-6249 ó Wed–Fri: 10 am–5 pm.. 6 3 Ferenc körút % free Underground Railway Museum V. 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. Sun: 10 am–4 pm — 2 Népstadion ç 7 ë 75.. 86 « 18. 6 ë 74 % HUF 50–100 Telephone Museum I.. 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. 173. 86 % HUF 250–300 A3 B1 Tomb of Gül Baba E1 II. Dózsa György út 1–3 ≥ 252-1696 ó Mon–Thur. Sun: 10 am–6 pm — ç 16 è Castle bus % free National Geological Museum D3 XIV. Hársfa utca 47 ≥ 341-5526 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « 4. 78. 19 % free Sport Museum XIV. Mosonyi utca 7 ≥ 477-2183 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 2 Keleti pályaudvar ç 7..30 am–5... Stefánia út 14 ≥ 267-1427 ó 8 Jan–21 Dec: Thur. Városligeti fasor 12 ≥ 342-3916 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — 1 Bajza utca ç 4 ë 70... Liliom utca 41 ≥ 456-2040 ó Mon–Sun: 4–7 pm « 4. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — 1 Kodály körönd % HUF 100–200. Studio A4 Museum XI. 49 ç 9... 79 % HUF 200–400 Semmelweis Museum of Medical History I. Deák Square-pedestrian underpass ≥ 461-6500 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 1 2 3 Deák tér « 47..
. while its current decorative Baroque form was given in the 18th century. over the centuries it took on Gothic features. with a wealth of ceramic decorative elements and two onion-dome towers. its fourcolumn portico at the main entrance was built by József Hild. 49 1 2 3 Deák tér In line with the Puritanism of Protestant churches 20 www. The organ loft and pulpit were also built to his designs. Dohány utca 2 ≥ 342-8949 ó Mon–Thur: 10 am–5 pm (10 am–3 pm between 1 November and 14 April). neo-Gothic carved pulpit. Nothing remains of the original church. Inner City Calvinist Church B4 IX. tér 2 ≥ 318-3108 Open to visitors every day during church services 3 Ferenciek tere « 2 The oldest church in Pest. ECCLESIASTICAL COLLECTIONS Inner City Franciscan Church B3 V. 49 % HUF 400–1000 (The price of admission includes entry to the museum and synagogue)  CHURCHES.. The church treasury preserves 17–18th century liturgical objects. The museum has an unequalled collection of Jewish-related items from the Roman period to the 20th century. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — 2 Astoria ë 74 « 47.. Deák tér. built in the 12th century in Romanesque style on the site of the grave of martyr Bishop Gellért.. 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. Kálvin tér Open to visitors every day « 47. One of Budapest’s most imposing historical monuments. but the interior has neo-Classical features too. Lutheran Church B3 V. It was built by Viennese architect Ludwig Förster in the middle of the 19th century.budapestinfo. The Baroque main altar and the statues decorating the altar are particularly attractive.hu . 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. The frescoes speak of the talent of Károly Lotz and Vilmos Tardos Krenner. 15 ë 83 Built in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. Dohány Street Synagogue  B3 VII. 15th century Italian frescoes and 20th century main altar. 3 Ferenciek tere Inner City Parish Church B3 V. 9 « 47. Following a fire in 1723 it was rebuilt in Baroque style. Main sights: Gothic chapel. and during the 17th century it was used by the Turks as a mosque.Róth. 49 3 Kálvin tér ç 9.. it is faced in white and red brick. Fri. ≥ 483-2150 ó daily 8 am–6 pm National Lutheran Museum: Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm ç 4.
budapestinfo. Szentháromság tér ≥ 355-3657 ó daily 6 am-8 pm. Among the church’s famous works of art are sculptures by Alajos Stróbl. of King St.30 am–5.. is characterized by the typical simplicity of early neoClassicism. and a painting by Gyula Benczúr: St. 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. Stephen dedicating the country to the Virgin Mary.. Today’s neo-Gothic form was given by major reconstruction work directed by Frigyes Schulek in 1896. Mihály Zichy. Bertalan Székely). Stephen’s Basilica  B3 V. coronation relics and the treasury with goldsmith masterpieces and church textiles. reliquary. daily: 9. The royal cathedral. www. Serbian Church B4 V.. Matthias Church A3 I. which due to its unique siting largely defines the view of the Castle quarter as seen from the Pest side. Its superb acoustics make it a popular location for evening organ concerts. 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. after whom the basilica is named. The neo-Classical building holds the greatest reliquary of the Hungarian people: the mummified arm. Stephen.hu 21 . the greatest architect of the day. its final facade with tympanum supported by Doric columns was completed only in 1856.30 pm — è Castle bus % HUF 270–550 Budapest’s most attractive and most famous Catholic church.the building. ecclesiastical history exhibition. was built in several stages between the 13th and 15th centuries. the Holy Right. St. 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. The adjacent National Lutheran Museum has an interesting exhibition revealing the history of the Hungarian Reformation. Pictures in the iconostasis (1850) show Italian Renaissance influences. The marvellous collection of the church includes the lapidarium. Although the church was built between 1797–1808. and finally concluded in 1905 by József Kauser. Building started in 1851. Frescoes and stained glass windows in the church were made by some of the age’s finest artists (Károly Lotz. and then in 1867 the work was taken over by Miklós Ybl. a striking feature in Deák Square. the Church of Our Lady.
the State Opera House. Concentrated along this axis are most of the capital’s prominent sights.budapestinfo. a host of theatres running different shows. People of all ages will find something to enjoy on the Cultural Avenue. 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. 17 G cultural institutions. Basilica. Synagogue. Funfair and Zoo are located along Budapest’s Cultural Avenue.hu . Discover another – unique – side to Budapest! 12 G 22 www. theatres and confectioneries.CULTURAL avenue Welcome to Europe’s most diverse Cultural Avenue! You are invited to a remarkable walking tour in Budapest. No fewer than 18 museums. cafés. not to speak of the entertainment quarter in City Park.
hu 23 .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. 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.
important building Park. swimming pool Vacant area. footpath Pedestrian zone. pedestrian street Museum Ruins Monument from the Turkish period Monument. road.LEGEND Motorway Main road Secondary road Railway Industrial railway Suburban train (HÉV) Metro station Built-up area. 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 . statue Theatre Medicinal bath. business area.
Budapest holds a front-ranking position among the most attractive cities of the world.budapestinfo. historical Pest. Museum of Military History. Its collection of ecclesiastical vestments is famous. boat or on foot. The Castle district 26 www. is packed with museums. for instance the Castle Museum. the Opera House and Ethnographical Museum. Close by is the Hilton Hotel. Further information on city sightseeing programmes is available on the web page of the Tourism Office of Budapest (www. cherished historical memorials are steadily regaining their original forms (in line with available resources). and the Red Star tour (features from communist times). In addition to the traditional 12-16language bus sightseeing tours the following special programmes can also be recommended: trips around Parliament. today its excellent acoustics make it an ideal venue for organ concerts..budapestinfo. Jewish memories in Budapest. Anyone who has just one day to spend on sightseeing around the capital needs a well-planned programme.. Once the church where royalty was crowned. sightseeing SIGHTSEEING PROGRAMMES Leaflets published by travel agencies specializing in city sightseeing tours around Budapest are available from hotel reception desks and information offices. Visitors have a choice of sightseeing by bus. a walk in the Buda Castle. Matthias Church has managed to preserve its interior layout first shaped 700 years ago. The view from the Royal Palace across the Danube is breathtaking. It would be a pity to miss the Buda Castle.hu . all World Heritage sites. and the Hungarian National Gallery. Ludwig Museum displaying contemporary art. (≥ 266-4190). ONLY ONE DAY? WHAT YOU MUSTN’T MISS.hu). Danube embankment and Andrássy Avenue. Budapest by night.(3) (4) (5) (6) SIGHTS. Boat sightseeing trips titled “Danube Bella” and “Danube Legend” are organized by Legenda Kft. Despite being rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. It successfully combines a centuries-old architectural and cultural heritage with the latest features of modern life. The pale masonry of Fishermen’s Bastion serves as a fine backdrop to Matthias Church. and there is also a replica of the Hungarian Holy Crown preserved in the treasury.
and the neoRenaissance building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. the oldest in Budapest. The Citadel (formerly a fortress. 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. An early underground railway (in fact the very first on the continent) still runs the length of the Avenue. The most attractive parts of the Danube embankment can also be observed while on the move.hu 27 . 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. 2 travels the entire length of the embankment. and then the marvellous old Gellért Hotel and Spa Bath hove into view at the foot of Liberty Bridge on the Buda side. the most important lookout point in the city. In summertime the Hilton café and terrace are popular places to relax. 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.budapestinfo. Gellért Hill dominates the Buda scene. which has been transformed into a luxury hotel (Four Seasons). At the end of our tram ride stands the new National Theatre on the Pest side close to Lágymányos Bridge. www. stations on the line have preserved their original designs created 130 years ago. and then a little further down the view of Matthias Church. Andrássy Avenue is a key element in the Budapest city plan. and small exhibitions at each station detail the most interesting buildings of the age. Leaving Elizabeth Bridge behind. today a museum). or the contemporary exhibitions staged in the Palace of Arts on the opposite side of the square. Tram No. whose concert hall and lobby are as dramatic as the external view. stand on Roosevelt Square. On the return trip (on the right-hand side) we have the dignified University of Economics.awarded the Hotel of the Year prize at the time it was built. behind which is the remarkable Central Market Hall. The Gresham Palace. Further back into town we pass a series of top class hotels and the Vigadó. Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace unfolds across the river.
Right alongside. Over the course of centuries the church was the scene for many coronations. Aggtelek. Andrássy Avenue and environs make up a unified architectural form dating from the late 19th century. built by Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style.hu . Not far from this stands the dignified edifice of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the Pest end of Chain Bridge. (continued on page 30) 28 www. The hotel courtyard encompasses the cloister of a medieval monastery. Pécs. which were severely damaged during the Second World War. siege and world war – its beauty continues to shine through and its medieval monuments are a delight. Budapest. Among the latter. Most wings of the palace have been turned into museums. with Rudas Baths. Behind this one can see the dome of Budapest’s largest ecclesiastical building. Lake Fertô). Fishermen’s Bastion was raised in neoRomanesque style on the foundations of the medieval castle walls.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. The several historical sections. the most graceful is Elizabeth Bridge. inside which are the remains of an ancient church. Underneath the feet lies a vast labyrinth of caves. St. which diverts a considerable amount of traffic away from the inner city. Hortobágy. one of the earliest suspension bridges. and beside it the Art Nouveau Gresham Palace which has been completely renewed to function as a Four Seasons luxury hotel. statues and fountains. On entering the quarter visitors generally get the impression they have travelled back in time to a completely different. And although in the 800 years since its foundation it has been hit by virtually every disaster imaginable – earthquake. Inside.000 German soldiers during the Second World War. and the National Széchényi Library is also here. Stephen’s Basilica. it affords a superb viewpoint over the city. 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. theatrical performances are held here each summer. Tokaj. But it is not only these buildings which are worthy of attention. the over 700-yearold Matthias Church. have over the intervening years found new functions.5-km-long Avenue was inspired by the boulevards of France. and it originally had a separate lane reserved for gentlemen out riding. which served as a military station for 20. Budapest being – in their eyes – one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The marvellous panorama is rounded off by the line of hotels on the embankment and the grand old Vigadó. The former Royal Palace and its attendant buildings represent an organic. as well as the cliffs of Gellért Hill and the bridges spanning the Danube. The century-old building of Parliament. fire. stands the luxury Hilton Hotel built over 25 years ago. although it is true to say that local residents and visitors consider the award fully deserved. where the gateways of Baroque houses reveal Roman-age stones and finely carved sedilia from the age of chivalry. despite which there are still clearly defined sections to it. the Avenue’s environs boast a huge variety of architectural styles and interesting sights. then it served as a Turkish mosque from 1541 before being reconsecrated. and happily alloying the old with the new. The near 2. It was named after the former prime minister who had done much to make Budapest a true metropolis. including the outstanding Opera House and many beautiful tenement blocks with intimate inner courtyards. The cream of Eclectic architecture is to be seen along the Avenue. One of the defining buildings of Budapest. defines the view on the opposite side of the Danube. the oldest is Chain Bridge built in 1849. Pannonhalma. and yet at the same time a separate part of the Castle quarter. 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. The Castle quarter represents the core of the ancient town and an area guarding some of the most important historical monuments in the country. Sándor Palace.budapestinfo. The Royal Palace and its fine buildings form a single entity with the rows of Danube embankment houses under Castle Hill. built in 1566 by Pasha Sokoli Mustafa and once a cultic centre due to its proximity to a nearby Dervish monastery. Its Gothic tower and the backdrop of Fishermen’s Bastion make this one of the most commonly photographed monuments. once the residence of the prime minister. The rich collection of ecclesiastical art attracts many visitors each year. calmer age. stands in Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square. and the newest bridge on the scene is Lágymányos.
Archangel Gabriel stands atop the huge column. The building’s exterior is imposing. while the 1004-year-old mantle. Funfair. 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. The neo-Renaissance Hungarian College of Fine Art also stands on Andrássy Avenue. After Oktogon the museum visitor comes across a vast grey edifice. The Basilica’s dome affords a superb all-round view of the city. The entertainment and cultural centres in City Park (Zoo.hu . one of the greatest Hungarian composers of the 20th century. can be accessed from Kodály Circus. displays a whole variety of items from veteran cars to a space module. the House of Terror Museum set up in the former headquarters of the dreaded state police.. Millions 30 www. OR WHERE YOU SHOULD GO IN BUDAPEST We hope that Budapest will captivate you. The Park boasts around 100 fully functioning locomotives from the early days of steam up to more modern times. famed for its wine-making. Inside is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the many victims of fascism and communism in Hungary. lies not far from Nagytétény. It will be a memory you’ll always treasure. It is well worth visiting not only for its brilliant performances but also for the magnificent grand stair and lavish interior design. at the foot of which are sculptures of the seven tribal chieftains. On one side of the square stands the Museum of Fine Arts with a Spanish collection unrivalled outside Spain. However. is preserved in the Hungarian National Museum. the creation of Miklós Ybl in Italian Renaissance style. A fine Bauhaus building stands at the corner of Munkácsy Mihály Street. and you have the chance of staying in our capital for at least three days. The only give-away is the occasional wrought iron balustrade leading underground. this is the recently renovated Hotel Andrássy. Danube embankment and Andrássy Avenue. established in the former home of Ferenc Hopp who collected most of the works on display. Most visiting heads of state and government pay their respects at this monument. generals and great historical figures. Andrássy Avenue terminates at the Millennium Monument erected to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest. carriages and ships – is spoken of around the world. Stephen’s Basilica. stands on Andrássy Avenue. Life-size. you can even try your hand at driving one). there is but one word to describe it: stunning. Villas along the Avenue are named after their onetime owners or designers. The semi-circular pantheon surrounding this ensemble has depictions of famous kings. and opposite the Palace of Arts. set up in a museum in City Park. Hungary’s first king. An extensive furniture exhibition in the Nagytétény Mansion Museum covers periods which came long after the Romans had left: superb Renaissance. the real thing. amphitheatres and military encampment. Stephen. The collection. Municipal Grand Circus. Baroque. One of the finest historical monuments in the capital. be more to your taste. rare vehicles and the like. Vajdahunyad Castle built on a mini island. Orb and Sceptre. There is a stop at the Opera House. The town was the seat of the province. Széchenyi Spa. Hungarian swimming champion at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games. another part of the coronation regalia richly embroidered with gold thread. are on display in the Hungarian Railway History Park (indeed. and its rich decoration and superb acoustics attract the greatest singers. and the more than 125-year-old underground is still carrying passengers today along a line only slightly longer than the original. should the history of transport. then we can recommend the Transport Museum. the museums of agriculture and transport as well as Petôfi Hall) are the capital’s favourite tourist destinations. dancers and conductors from all over the world. In the foreground is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. The museum’s model collection – incredibly detailed scale models of locomotives.. Continental Europe’s first sub-surface railway was built under the road. designed by Alfréd Hajós. home to temporary exhibitions. working locomotives. Today it guards the Hungarian Holy Crown. This is where you’ll find the East Asian Art Museum. the largest ecclesiastical building in Budapest and repository for the relic the Holy Right Hand of St. 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. and its excavated ruins allow one to conjure up in the mind an image of the once thriving centre complete with baths. Not far from Parliament is St. City Park Lake behind Heroes’ Square tempts the visitor to take out a boat in summer and skate in winter. and then bequeathed them to the nation. Whether we are talking of its external neo-Gothic appearance or its interior. SIGHTSEEING OVER 3 DAYS. But if you’ve already seen the Castle district.(continued from page 28) One of the special features of Andrássy Avenue is barely visible on the surface. Aquincum is packed with memories of the Roman period. a memorial museum established in the former flat of Zoltán Kodály. The embassies have residences in equally imposing villas. the Opera House.budapestinfo. the interior is breathtaking. Buy tickets for an evening of entertainment there. Each year the legendary Orient Express also makes several stops here. Biedermeier and neo-Classical furniture. Budafok.
of litres of the very finest sparkling wines and select reds and whites lie maturing in the cavernous cellar system hereabouts. cafés. Their furnishings and style are delightful. Of course one’s tour. open-air wave pool. A tour of the cellars combined with wine tasting takes at least half a day. Budapest is a spa city. www. Gellért Spa is the most elegant in King Béla IV built a castle here after the Tartar invasion. and he chose this spot as the seat of royal rule. 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 trip out to the Statue Park will prove an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking panoramas open from the Fishermen’s Bastion and the promenade in front of the National Gallery. six museums. The Turks occupied it. 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.budapestinfo. galleries and gift shops. a theatre. It boasts three churches. or coffee and cakes in an equally outstanding confectionery. It is around 1. In fact the Alabárdos. just as is the case in the famed Matthias Cellar (Mátyás pince). streets and squares. 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. and Mozart on Erzsébet Boulevard serves the creme de la creme in cakes and desserts. which actually is well past the magical century. thermal pools and medical services to very high standards. One of the Turkish baths built around that time is the Rudas. offering a bubble bath. Due to its excellent features it was settled as early as the 13th century. Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Square and the Zsolnay confectionery in the Béke Hotel are elegant and old world.hu 31 . the once renowned Hauer has reopened on Rákóczi Road. and it still employs some of the original fittings today. The Castle quarter on Castle Hill stands 180 m above sea level. Budapest is proud of the Százéves (100-year-old) Restaurant. with delicacies served on fine Hungarian porcelain. district (Buda) – è Castle bus ç 16 Funicular Part of the World Heritage. Travellers were writing about its remarkable medicinal waters in the 1500s. monuments. Among the confectioneries. as did the (7) town.5 km long and in places it is 500 metres wide. numerous atmospheric restaurants. district Castle quarter – è Castle bus. the palace has witnessed wars and occupation from the 13th to the 20th century. Aranyszarvas (Golden Hind) and Kárpátia are also getting on in age. and each serves traditional Hungarian cuisine made to order. Castle quarter and Castle Hill A-B3 I. four hotels. many historical buildings. Funicular One of the symbols of the nation. Royal Palace B3 I.
16. Its perfect neo-Renaissance design came from the studio of Berlin architect Stüler.. and built in 1907 on the basis of designs by the brothers József and László Vágó and Zsigmond Quittner.. founder of the London stock exchange. – 2 Kossuth tér ç 15 « 2 ë 70. Parliament B2 V. Its light blue ceramic roof and blue Zsolnay ceramic decoration harmonize with the yellow-brown façade. The painting The Conquest by Mihály Munkácsy. the capital’s most exclusive luxury hotel. The most modern luxury apartments and offices of the day were established in the building. The Palace features several statues. the sceptre. Allegorical sculptures in the imposing foyer and on the façade are the work of Miklós Izsó and Emil Wolf. There are two other sculptures at the foot of the female figure holding aloft the palm of victory: one is an allegory of progress.Habsburgs. Anyone coming up Andrássy Boulevard sees from afar the 36-m-high column in the centre of the Millennium memorial. City Park – 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 79 The most spectacular square in the capital. Central Market IX.. And even though the post-war period also marked the start of Soviet rule. Since 2000 the general public has been able to view the Hungarian coronation regalia here: St. 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. 47. is 268 m long and its cupola rises 96 m into the air. 118 The 14-m-high statue. Fishermen’s Bastion A3 I. 47. Roosevelt tér 5–6 – « 2 ç 4. knowledge. Liberty Statue B4 XI. opened here in 2004. hangs in the congress chamber. The staircase is embellished with fine frescoes by Károly Lotz and sculptures by György Kiss. the permanent site of the national assembly.. The neo-Gothic building is the work of architect Imre Steindl. whence the name. 41. The building hosts several distinguished institutions: the Hungarian National Gallery. sited at the entrance to City Park. honour and peace). Stefánia út 14 – 2 Stadionok ç 7 One of the capital’s finest Art Nouveau buildings. 86 « 18. Building started in 1895 on the designs of Frigyes Schulek. Gresham Palace B3 V. National Széchényi Library and the Ludwig Museum. Quarter-circular colonnades extend to both left and right of the column. and was constructed between 1884–1902. was raised in 1947 in memory of the country’s liberation. The grand gala hall decorated with pictures by Károly Lotz is also used for staging concerts. 49. Szentháromság tér – è Castle bus A relatively youthful structure next to Matthias Church. The neoRomanesque bastion has only ever had a decorative role: it is a popular place to look out over Pest. It has 691 rooms.budapestinfo. Today’s neo-Classical style was taken on after the Second World War.. London. Between the pillars of the colonnade are figures of the ‘greats’ from Hungarian history. while the butt piers are embellished with emblematic sculptural ensembles (work. Roosevelt tér 9 – « 2 ç 16 The oldest and most significant building on Roosevelt Square. and a valuable scientific library. There are lecture and session rooms. orb and Renaissance sword. the work of outstanding architect Zsigmond Kisfaludy Strobl. the other the fight against evil.. Stephen’s Crown. the greatest Hungarian painter. it was destroyed three times and then rebuilt. each time in the architectural style of the age. welfare. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is positioned in front of the monument. There is a rock and mineral exhibition in the Institute. The Four Seasons. 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. Fôvám krt. It was designed by Ödön Lechner and built in 1899. Kossuth Lajos tér ≥ 317-9800 – Visits by guided tour only. Parliament sits on the Danube embankment with its entrance looking out over Kossuth Square. on top of which is a statue of the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown and apostolic double cross. one of which (at the top of the facade) is a bust of Sir Thomas Gresham. 78 The largest building in the country. 49 The largest market in the capital. 1–3 – ç 15 « 2. Hungarian Academy of Sciences B3 V. Gellérthegy – ç 27. 105 This Art Nouveau building was commissioned by the Gresham Assurance Company. and it was built between 1862–64. Budapest History Museum. Heroes’ Square C2 XIV. the statue on Gellért Hill was not removed even after the change of regime since it had become an indelible part of the cityscape..hu . Three figures can be observed on the middle roof crest holding a globe. and the most B4 32 www. 19.
One interesting feature is that the Institute is adjoined to the inner courtyard of the neighbouring house with a glass wall. 49. The striking statue is enhanced by the semicircular colonnade behind and the natural spring which rises to the surface at this point. 7. Statue of St. and which turns into a waterfall below the statue. 18. 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. 118 ç 7. it was constructed in 1899. Alkotás utca – ç 8. with the imposing Buda Castle rising in the background. 19. It was built in 1890. Gellérthegy – ç 7 « 18. 18.hu The statue of Bishop Gellért. who died a martyr in the 11th century. 19. 173. 19.budapestinfo. Chain Bridge B3 ç 4. sealed in a barrel. Gellért B4 XI. During rebuilding all its decorative motifs were retained: the mythical Turul birds. 6 3 Nyugati pu. German troops blew up the original bridge in 1945.000 square metre shopping centre (with waterfall in the vestibule). unique in Europe. details of the building are radically modern. at the Pest foot of Liberty Bridge. 7/A.... www. 41. 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. Count István Széchenyi commissioned William Tierney Clark to design the bridge and engineer Adam Clark (no relation) to build it. stands opposite Elizabeth Bridge on the south side of Gellért Hill. 8. designed by Samu Pecz. 7. The park is the work of architects Antal Puhl and Tamás Noll. 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. 15. offices and 60. and is built according to the best traditions of classical modern Hungarian architecture. The imposing building of the University of Economics stands close by.attractive. royal coat of arms etc. « 2.. Although designed to fit the form of other blocks along the Danube embankment. According to legend this is the spot from where pagans pushed the missionary bishop. Construction lasted from 1839–1849. The 200-room Hilton Budapest Westend. MOM Park A3 XII. 16. 41. Westend City Center B2 XIII. The bridge was named after the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. down into the Danube. 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. 118 French Institute B4 I. 47. Fô utca 17 ç 86 « 19. ç 6. 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. make for a breathtaking sight. 78. the latest Budapest hotel in the Hilton chain. 118 In the year of its construction (1903) it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. However. Váci út – « 4. 41 The capital’s first bridge. The new bridge was designed by Pál Sávoly and built in 1964. saw a new “neighbour” move in next door: the stunning modern complex called the Westend City Center. 49. 33 . is integrated in the mega-complex on a site looking onto Váci Road. on its 100th anniversary. Elizabeth Bridge B3 ç 5. Hungary’s beloved Queen Elizabeth. 86 Originally called Franz Joseph Bridge. 19. 41. Liberty Bridge B4 « 2. The bridge did not escape the destruction of the Second World War. 139 « 61 This large residential estate. a historical monument. 26. 47. and which can be seen standing on the corner of Csörsz Street. has attracted many tourists to Budapest: photographs or film (8) of it illuminated at night. 86. designed by Gustave Eiffel and ranked as one of the most outstanding historical monuments of the capital. 86. The complex (which has had a decisive impact on shaping the cityscape) has a 14-screen cinema. 105 « 2. and it was rebuilt in 1949. a record it held until 1926. 91 At the end of 1999 the Western Railway Station.
Most prop their doors open to entice in the curious. even slow days in Falk Miksa Street are interesting. sculptures and other outstanding art objects. pharmacy jars.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. 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. which finally grew into a novel and then a popular stage play. or even the superbly worked wardrobes and tables. before their eye is taken by something else. 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.) 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”. 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. The association sparked memories of bygone days. some specialize in certain areas and some sell a kaleidoscope of antiques. politician and publicist Miksa Falk has gone down in history books as the person who taught Queen Elizabeth. 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.hu . Murano chandeliers. This is truly the place for a “made-tomeasure” gift! However. perhaps in the hope of finding that object that will complete a missing gap in the collection. the choice can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Collectors pop their heads around the doors to check out the ever changing displays. others are three-storey emporiums.. squat swivel barber’s chair upholstered in leather. Among the 21 shops and galleries on Falk Miksa Street. silken carpets. 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. today has a new function as a plant-holder). thereby spreading the word and bringing to the attention of the general public the oeuvre of artists who have sunken into obscurity. In fact. 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. Pakistani or Afghan 34 www. it’s always pleasurable to mull over where such and such a piece would go in the house. wife of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph.budapestinfo. all are handcrafted masterworks. 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. curios and objets d’art. Lace-like delicate porcelain. ancient colanders. It is as though each piece has its own story to tell and is just waiting to be discovered. Then there are others who just enjoy trawling through the shops. carved or inlaid furniture. learning about the styles and periods. the thick green glass of soda siphons. (As an interesting aside. getting simple pleasure from handling old peasant faience kitchenware.. the Kieselbach Gallery gives a comprehensive overview of modern Hungarian painting from 1919 to 1964. and many hold auctions of museumquality pictures. to speak Hungarian. For example. Some are just 20 square metres of shop floor.
while tourists can also enjoy the programmes. But don’t forget to bargain. old soda siphons. exhibitions and auctions regularly organized at the Budapest Antique Market. some traders travel all the way from Belgium and France. friendly and pleasant environment where buyers can browse the stalls for the antique piece of their dreams. prices etc. Known by the locals simply as the “Ecseri”. books.. dinner services. 4000-square-metre market. from black and white greetings card to a silver fob watch. sorting the 24-carat gold from fool’s gold requires not only a good eye but some considerable luck too. After all. from an early camera to paintings of all schools and qualities. rugs and carpets.budapestinfo. Transylvania. www. quality. all the creations of skilled hands from bygone days. The ramshackle market with absolutely no “extras” is a world away from the modern. TRASH AND TRINKETS AT ECSERI FLEA MARKET The largest second-hand market in Budapest. extolling – at length – the virtues of their wares and spicing up bargaining with raised voice and argument.. 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. However. copper watering cans and 100-year-old furniture on display can be likened to a trip around an open-air ethnographical museum! Gramophones. armchairs and oil paintings. It represents a remarkable hub for antiques in the capital. gramophones. There is plenty of jewellery of the sort that grandmother probably wore for large family get-togethers. there are some valuable rarities out there too.hand-knotted wool or silk rugs. You should never forget that most dealers make their living selling to tourists. 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”. And if you find you really don’t need anything today. but mixed among the stalls are Africans too selling antique silver. 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. don’t leave empty handed! They do say the local lángos (fried dough smothered in sour cream. cheese and other toppings) is the best in town. lead soldiers and military honours speak of bygone ages. and violins with strings worn thin by generations of youthful Menuhin wannabes. old fashioned irons. violins. Moving further afield.hu 35 . And more! Antiques. may be located some distance from the centre of town and yet most tourists find the journey out there well worth the time. 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. piece of porcelain or some other antique which would look really good at home and be a pleasurable souvenir of Budapest. pens. you’ll not be disappointed by what you find here. „Ecseri” Flea Market 1194 Budapest. porcelain dolls and teddy bears are jammed in between chests of drawers. The Ecseri takes shopping to a different level where passion is part of the story. Upper Hungary and the Vajdaság. the superb and the showy. dinner services into which the Sunday soup was ladled year after year. After all. lace. – in one place. Although most items won’t set you back more than a few thousand forints at most. the variety of ancient wooden troughs. Around 90 shops and 40 stands are located on the two floors of the recently renovated. the Ecseri has it all. decide the maximum price you’ll pay and stick to it. the flea market on Nagykôrösi Road. offering a secure. bottles with marble stoppers. Nagykôrösi út 156 ≥ 282-9563 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–4 pm. militaria. medals. Every one of the items on sale has its own story. glitzy. A trip to the flea market will almost certainly mean you’ll come across a painting. glorious Herend porcelain and old horological timepieces. 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. porcelain. 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. Old bronze pestles and mortars. Sat: 8 am–3 pm Access: tram 4 or 6 from Blaha Lujza Square to Boráros Square. TREASURE.. air-conditioned shopping malls of today. No wonder then that the visitor sometimes feels as though time has stood still for a few decades.. Sellers are often eager to strike up a conversation with potential buyers. And perhaps this very fact gives the market its remarkable and sometimes mystical air. The visitor can also claim that this is not merely a shopping expedition but culture too. It permits specialist collectors to establish an accurate picture of the market for antiques in Hungary – styles. the glorious and the kitsch. because this is all part of the game! Tip: before getting down to negotiations. So whether you come to buy or to browse. This is a cavalcade of old and new.
) regularly take to the stage of the Buda Vigadó and Duna Palace. 6 ë 70.hu . The most famous Hungarian opera. 78 % Charges vary National Theatre  C4 IX... but also the greatest performers from every corner of the world. Globetrotting Hungarian folklore ensembles (State Folk Ensemble. Each year the Budapest Spring Festival and its counterpart the Budapest Autumn Festival host the very best of Hungarian and international music. 54. 103 « Csepeli HÉV « Ráckevei HÉV % HUF 1000–2500 C3 B3 Arts Palace C4 (National Concert Hall) IX. 2. 24 ç 23. The concert halls of the capital attract not only the best Hungarian artists. Pál Ábrahám and Ferenc Lehár (Countess Marica. Vigadó tér 2 ≥ 318-9167 « 2 1Vörösmarty tér % Charges vary B3 Erkel Theatre C3 VIII. and the audience can experience classical works of music in their original tongue. Andrássy út 22 ≥ 353-0170 1 Opera ç 4 % HUF 300–6300 Academy of Music VI... The Merlin Theatre and IBS International Buda Stage most frequently perform works in English or in other languages featuring Hungarian and foreign artists. High standard opera and ballet performances of the Hungarian State Opera House and the Erkel Theatre consistently play to full houses. Rajkó Ensemble etc. Csárdás Queen. Komor Marcell sétány 1 « 1. Köztársaság tér 30 ≥ 333-0540 ç 7 % HUF 400–2600 Budapest Convention Centre XII. Duna Artists Ensemble. the programme is also spiced with popular musicals (Funny Girl. Several other theatres also feature Hungarian and foreign musicals on their repertoires. The names and works of Béla Bartók. theatre. Bajor Gizi park 1 ≥ 476-6868 « 2 ç 23..    MUSIC. Complimentary copies of Budapest Panorama can be found in hotels and information offices. 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.budapestinfo. film and fine arts. 103 « Csepeli HÉV « Ráckevei HÉV % Charges vary Pest Vigadó  V. Liszt Ferenc tér 8 ≥ 342-0179 « 4.. Sound of Music). events Hungarian classical and folk music is world-renowned. The world famous musical Phantom of the Opera can be seen in the Madách Theatre all year round. Jagelló út 1–3 ≥ 372-5700 ç 139 « 61 % Charges vary A4 36 www. MAJOR BUDAPEST THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS Hungarian State Opera House  VI. 54. Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk bán. and Béla Bartók’s beautiful ballet The Miraculous Mandarin feature on programmes virtually all year round. Land of Smiles) playing in the renewed Budapest Operetta Theatre.. Zoltán Kodály and Ferenc Liszt have won Hungarian culture a considerable reputation. THEATRES. Aside from the successful operettas of Imre Kálmán.
.musicmix. 6 % Charges vary Budapest Operetta Theatre VI. ‘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. Nagymezô utca 22–24 ≥ 312-4230 ë 70.. 78 % HUF 850–5500 Madách Theatre VII. 6 ç 6.budapestinfo.. Zrínyi utca 5 ≥ 235-5500 ç 15 « 2 % Charges vary Thália Theatre  VI. 6 % HUF 400–8500 Comedy Theatre XIII. Szent István körút 14 ≥ 329-2340 « 4. 78 % HUF 850–5500 Duna Palace V. Lövôház utca 39 ≥ 438-5312 « 4..hu 37 .Millenary Park II. 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. 6 3 Ferenc körút % HUF 500–2000 Buda Vigadó B3 I.hu.hu. Budapest Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square TICKET ORDER: Ticket Express V. Lövôház utca 2–6 (Mammut 1 Shopping Centre) ó Mon–Thu: 10 am–6 pm. 49 1 2 3 Deák tér % HUF 600–1800 Trafó House of C4 Contemporary Arts IX. 91 % HUF 300–2400 Merlin Theatre V.tex.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.budapestinfo. Sat: 10 am–1 pm Central customer service: 312-0000 Phone ticketing: (06-30)30-30-999 Internet booking: www. Liliom utca 41 ≥ 456-2051 « 4. Deák Ferenc utca 19 (Book and music store) ó Mon–Sat: 10 am–7 pm II.. Andrássy út 18 ó Mon–Thu: 9.ticketexpress.. www. www. Gerlóczy utca 4 ≥ 317-9338 — « 47.30 am–6.hu www..hu Information: jegy@tex. 26.. Nagymezô utca 19 ≥ 353-2172 ë 70....eventim..–2 Oct. www.30 pm V.–24 Dec. Corvin tér 8 ≥ 201-3766 « 19. Erzsébet körút 29–33 ≥ 478-2041 « 4.hu.
you can still see the ruins of Roman watchtowers along the Danube. It is a fact however that during the Middle Ages the royal crown was kept under lock and key here. At one time the border of the Roman Empire. the limes. is ranked as one of the finest works of art to have survived in Hungary from the Renaissance. The towering Royal Palace originally raised in Gothic style and later. rebuilt in Renaissance style has a fountain which ran not with water but with wine during VIP meetings. Let’s return to Budapest and then set off in a south-westerly direction. We are in for a trip back in time. period replica furniture can be seen in the one-time prince’s suite. Huge pyres were set ablaze on the Danube embankment in honour of those recently 38 www. Visegrád and Esztergom. Each year this more than 1000-year-old settlement (founded 973) – the first capital of the country. the Basilica. there is always something of interest to discover beyond the border of Budapest. The Cathedral Treasury with its remarkable collection of ecclesiastical masterworks always attracts crowds. Solomon’s Tower. A further 20 km north and the traveller comes to Esztergom . More than 100 tumuli preserve the remains of Iron Age dwellers who lived hereabouts. the foundations of which still stand on Castle Hill. Today the castle is a museum. faience and porcelains. and its reconstructed grand hall the location for scientific conferences and conventions. This too is a museum. Each summer a knight’s tournament. The most decorative part of the castle is the frescoed Royal Chapel. encompassing the incomparable Danube Bend. travel north and the nearest places of note are Szentendre (see separate article). former royal town. St.budapestinfo. Its red marble chapel. established a stewardship here and raised the archdeacon’s church. present and future. Not far away is the imposing citadel and the huge keep which takes its name. The view from here is superb. site for the baptism into the Christian Church of our first king. one of the main features of which is a reconstruction (supported by the British) of the masterpiece red marble Hercules fountain. stands atop Castle Hill. Visegrád  is a synthesis of the past.. The Christian Museum in the Primate’s Palace has a valuable collection of medieval Italian paintings. Stephen. during the reign of King Matthias. from the myth that once King Solomon was held captive here.    BEYOND Budapest JUST OUTSIDE BUDAPEST Whatever point of the compass we choose to follow. and the recently rebuilt Mária Valéria Bridge also contributes to the delightful view of the surroundings. Exhibitions have been set up in some of the halls of the restored palace. The first king of Hungary. where the pagan rebel Koppány was cruelly executed and his quartered remains hung on the city walls. There is a statue of St. Hungary’s largest church. For instance.. built on the commission of Archbishop of Esztergom Tamás Bakócz. strong man competition and medieval crafts fair are organized in Visegrád. several thousand years! Visitors to Százhalombatta come upon Iron Age relics of the so-called Hallstadt culture. gobelins.hu . Stephen not far away. seat of kings and archbishops for centuries – attracts around 1 million visitors. The palace gardens have been replanted with flora identified from excavated fountains. ran past the settlement. Today the tower is a museum with a display of archaeological treasures.
it has been possible to reconstruct not only the burial ceremonies but the everyday life of Iron Age society too: house reconstructions. the very air seems to stimulate the creative juices! The town warmly welcomes the visitor. after 30 km we arrive in the town of Gödöllô. renowned for its association with Queen Elizabeth. Seven or eight galleries deal with the marketing of art.hu 39 . Today Martonvásár remains a centre for the Beethoven cult: a museum set up in the mansion preserves items related to the great composer. 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. exhibition centres and museums just come one after the other. All the listed houses in the centre have found new functions: a restaurant famed throughout Hungary operates from the attic of one. Szentendre is home to the first (and still the largest) skanzen or open-air museum in Hungary. indulging them with its multitude of spectacular sights and a fascinating artistic presence. The restored Baroque palace. and it has gained a solid reputation as a popular tourist excursion spot. was the favourite residence of the queen. workshops. Longobard cemeteries and Avar memorials are to be found here. The rooms come fully furnished with period furniture. Martonvásár  lies close to the M7 motorway 30 km from Budapest. It would be easy to spend a whole day strolling about the town and along the Danube embankment. and yet there is still another important place to see. This tiny  settlement became famed throughout Europe thanks to the hospitality and love of music of the resident Brunswick family. linens and beautiful needlework characteristic of the region in question. Indeed. the kitchens display fireplaces and pots and pans. If anyone becomes particularly interested in any one of the artists. Endre Bálint and Piroska Szántó is set up in the Hunyadi Street old merchant’s house. wife of Franz Joseph. Szentendre has preserved its 18–19th century compact and unified layout. These works of art stay locked up in the display cases. and their ashes were then hidden away in the mounds made to carefully planned designs. In fact the galleries. What’s more. 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 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. if we leave the capital heading northeast. and the very meals eaten in millennia past. Finally. deep in the tumulus visitors can trace (aided by sound and light effects) the course of a burial ceremony as performed 4000 years ago. a studio visit can be arranged. allowing archaeologists to reconstruct accurately the burial customs of yore. 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. and in another the visitor is served fine cakes and coffee specialities in a cosy café. originally the Grassalkovich Mansion. Museum experts revive the everyday life and holidays of the old peasant way of living. Dezsô Korniss. as does the Rococo iconostasis. while each summer outdoor concerts are staged in the delightful grounds. An exhibition of works by Lajos Vajda. an unusual museum shows just how far a skilled artisan can extend the boundaries of his trade. There are gourmet delicacies for the body and enchanting exhibitions for the mind. This truly imposing palace lovingly restored to its original glory has a fascinating exhibition and regularly hosts cultural events and festivals. the Szentendre skanzen. familiarly known by the Hungarians as Sissy. taking lunch and perhaps an afternoon coffee and cake. Indeed. brought here by Serb communities fleeing a Turkish onslaught in the late 17th century. while the art of Jenô Barcsay is displayed in Dumtsa Jenô Street. but many more can be sampled at the confectionery next door.] deceased. One such grave has survived in pristine condition. Not far from here. SZENTENDRE. its architecture and historical monuments all contributed to the formation over the years of colonies of painters. Its picturesque setting on the Danube. the pantries have original containers for foods. www.budapestinfo. 1 Vastagh György Street preserves ceramics by Margit Kovács whose works have enjoyed international acclaim for many decades. No. sculptors and artists who lived and still live today in Szentendre. 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. 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). 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. sacks and wickerwork baskets. emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. and there is a particularly strong Serbian culture all around. furnishings and clothing.
Sat–Sun: 6 am–5 pm — One of the most popular baths for tourists coming to Budapest. Even today there are four Turkish baths in the capital (Rudas.. the swimming pool in 1927.. they are the deepest and hottest (74–75° C) thermal wells in the capital. Although baths from Roman times (2nd century) have been uncovered in Budapest.hu . 49. Kelenhegyi út 4–6 ≥ 466-6166 ó Mon–Sat: 6 am–7 pm. Rudas Medicinal Baths and swimming pool 5 B4 I. 118 % HUF 2400–2900 Király Medicinal Baths 2 B2 II. The open-air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter.. III. Sat: 9 am–8 pm It is believed that a start was made on building the bath by Pasha of Buda Arslan in 1565. stained glass windows and sculptures. It is one of the few remaining monuments from the Turkish times. the premier medicinal bath of Pest. Király.. artistic mosaics. There may be several variations between these two extremes.. Lukács Medicinal Baths and A-B2 Swimming Pool 3 II. steam bath. Estimated opening in 2005. receiving the visitor in all the original magnificence of a period Ottoman palace of bathing. the swimming pool is also very popular. « 1 ç 106 % HUF 2000–4200 G G G G G 40 www. Thur.budapestinfo. weekdays: 7 am–10 pm Located in a pleasant environment by the Danube. Frankel Leó u. Men: Tue. Estimated opening in 2005. 41. 47. Széchenyi Spa Baths 6 C2 XIV. this elegant spa hotel offers guests swimming and thermal pools. Állatkerti út 11 ≥ 363-3210 ó Men’s and women’s thermal baths. 7/A. Rác. The spa is decorated with a wealth of original Art Nouveau furnishings. attracting writers and artists among its regular clients. admission charges are likely to increase in 2005. is an ideal place for relaxing. sauna. Fri: 7 am–6 pm. ç 7.   MEDICINAL BATHS. jacuzzi and Scottish shower. The neo-Baroque baths were built in 1913. Sat–Sun: 6 am–5 pm In addition to the medicinal bath section of the bathing complex built in the 19th century. « 17 % HUF 1400 G Gellért Spa Baths 1 B4 XI. 19. Admission charges show the lowest and highest rates.. The 1800-square-metre park with trees. Árpád Fejedelem útja 94 ≥ 436-4130 ó all year round. The medicinal spring here was already famed in the 13th century. Hadnagy utca 8–10 Under reconstruction.. Császár). Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879. although the interior of the hotel built alongside has lost many of these fittings over the years. 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 % HUF 1300–2200 Aquincum Corinthia Hotel 7 B1 Budapest. swimming pool: daily 6 am–7 pm (October–April: 6 am–5 pm) One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe. Fô utca 82–84 ≥ 201-4392 ó Women: Mon. each one a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. caves Budapest is a city of medicinal baths. 86 % HUF 1000 G Rác Medicinal Baths 4 B3-4 I. Döbrentei tér 9 Under reconstruction. Prices valid to the end of 2004. the true bathing culture was initiated during the period of Turkish occupation in the 16th and 17th centuries. many of which are centuries old. Wed. 86 « 18. 25–29 ≥ 326-1695 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. 2 Batthyány tér ç 60.
Egressy u. Sat–Sun: 7 am–4. Its cool.. ç 65 % HUF 350–450 Szemlôhegy Cave 25 A1 II. Rozgonyi P. and its separate parts were linked up over past centuries.30 pm. the most attractive park in Budapest. a labyrinthine network of chambers was eroded half a million years ago. is the other cave in the Buda Hills accessible to tourist groups. SWIMMING POOLS Császár–Komjádi Swimming Pool 10 A2 II.. Programmes are staged day and night. It has a unique standing among the caves of Hungary since it is the largest travertine cave system in the country.: 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. and yet within easy reach of the downtown. Országház utca 16 This natural formation comprising a cave network under the Castle Hill plateau enjoys protected status. 104 % HUF 800–900 G G G G G G G www. 86 % HUF 500–800 Csillaghegy Strand-Swimming Pool 12 E1 III. Sat–Sun: 6 am–7 pm ç 6. 82 % HUF 800–1000 Pünkösdfürdô Strand 21 E1 III. 25A.. ç 29 % HUF 400–600 Castle Cave 26 A3 I. Szépvölgyi út 162 ≥ 325-9505 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — A superb cave in the Buda Hills open to tourists.30 pm The old and modern buildings of these two hotels positioned on picturesque Margaret Island. Sat–Sun: 6 am–7 pm ç 7A « 47 Albertfalva. Népfürdô utca 36 ≥ 452-4500 ó May–September: 6 am–7 pm October–April: Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. Tuesday closed — The cave.: 8 am-–7 pm. Árpád fejedelem útja 8 ≥ 326-1478 ó Mon–Sat: 6 am–1. 1–12 Sept: 10 am–6 pm — ç 26 % HUF 1300–1500 Paskál Strand Baths 19 E1 XIV. workout room and sunbathing terrace.30 pm. Árpád út 114–120 ≥ 369-3194 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. Királyok útja 272 ≥ 388-6665 ó May 15–August 31: 9 am–7 pm « Pükösdfürdô % HUF 900–1100 Római Strand Baths 22 E1 III. they offer guests every comfort and service (including a swimming pool and four medicinal pools). Úri utca 9 ≥ 212-0207 ó 9.. Strand Baths 13 XIII. Swimming Pool.45 pm « Csillaghegy % HUF 800–1000 Dagály Medicinal Baths. Pusztaszeri út 35 ≥ 325-6001 ó 10 am–4 pm. formed as a result of natural tectonic movements. moist air has a curative effect for those suffering from respiratory problems. utca 2 ≥ 388-9740 ó May–Aug. 176/C–G ≥ 252-6944 ó May– August: 8 am–7 pm. 1–15 Sept: 10 am–7 pm ë 77... steam bath.. 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. B1 Danubius Margitsziget 9 XIII. It has interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations (some resembling an elephant and crocodile)..hu 41 . The popular fitness centre has four pools. Sat.. ç 26 % HUF 4800–5800 G OTHER BATHS. Sat–Sun: 6 am–1 pm ç 20. Sun: 6 am–5 pm « 1 – Árpád híd ç 133 % HUF 1200–1400 G G G G B1 Pálvölgy Stalactite Cave 24 A1 II. ë 79 % HUF 3000–4800 Danubius Thermal Hotel Margitsziget..30 pm — Hidden to a depth of several storeys under the Buda Castle district. sauna. Kitérô % HUF 370–660 G G G Palatinus Strand Baths 18 B4 XIII. Closed for renovation è Castle bus departing from Moszkva tér Buda Castle Labyrinth 27 A3 I.. 208-4026 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–8 pm. from trials of courage to labyrinth ring dancing. Its remarkable formations (peastone) were created in areas where thermal water permeated the limestone. Margaret Island ≥ 889-4700 ó 6. è Castle bus departing from Moszkva Square % HUF 2400–2900 G Hajós Alfréd Sport Swimming Pool 15 B2 XIII. 96.Danubius Thermal Hotel Helia 8 B1-2 XIII. are the ideal places for those seeking rest and relaxation. Margaret Island ≥ 340-4505 ó May–Aug. Far from the noise of town. Pusztakúti út 3 ≥ 250-1533 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–6 pm..30 am–7.30 am–9.. Its air is recognized as having a medicinal effect. indoor pool: 6 am–3 pm ç 26 % HUF 2400–2900 Nyéki Imre E1 Swimming Pool 17 XI. Margaret Island ≥ 450-4200 ó open-air pool: 6 am–1.. Kondorosi út 14 ≥ 208-4025. Visits will find sections with cave paintings... 60.budapestinfo. 120.
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. lived.hu . 47. The capital’s most beautiful park is on the island. Open-air Stage. The arcaded terraces of Castle Garden (Várkert) standing at the foot of Tabán and looking out onto the Danube were designed by Miklós Ybl. And there is still more: a strand. The Citadel. Today open-air festivals and concerts are regularly staged in Tabán. daughter of King Béla IV.budapestinfo. HILLS. swimming pool. ç 5. an English-style park was established here in the 19th century. Michael) and ruins several centuries old (nunnery where Margaret. Greek and Roma refugees lived in its small streets. 49. foremost Hungarian architect of the 19th century. two hotels and a variety of restaurants and buffets. a favoured place for family outings. the Citadel that of Habsburg oppression after the 1848–49 War of Independence. the most important lookout point in the city. 7A. The sights on the hill recall individual periods in history: the statue of Bishop St. opened in 1926 and built on the Lourdes pattern. Celts and Romans settled here. Gellért that of pagan times. Towards the end of the century magnificent buildings and monuments (Museum of 42 www. 19. 19. 118 City Park C-D2 The largest green belt expanse on the Pest side. and its thermal springs prompted the Turks to establish baths here (the Rudas and Rác thermal baths of today). was reopened in 1989. – 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. 118 Tabán B3 The hilly area between Gellért Hill and Castle Hill is steeped in history. and the remains of two churches belonging to religious orders). 112 « 18. and visitors strolling around come across a variety of interesting structures (the UNESCO-protected Water Tower. weekend entertainment and those looking for the tranquillity of nature. From the 17th century Serb. 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. After draining and planting trees across this marshy area (centuries early a royal hunting domain). Church of St. 86 « 18. 41. 78.    LEISURE PARKS. ç 7. The Cave Church (south side of the hill). Today its extensive park and a few old buildings bear witness to the life this onetime centre enjoyed. musical well. 41. and the Liberty Monument towering over the city the period after the Second World War.
which despite its tiny feet moves in snake-like fashion.: 2 pm–3 am % HUF 450–750 Westend Bowling Club VI. Tas vezér utca 7 ≥ 889-5761ó Mon–Thur: 7 am–12 pm. Sat–Sun: 8 am–7. The city is networked by many cycle paths. 112-hectare park filled with trees. « 1.. The following is a list of just a few of the near countless fashionable sport offers around town. young and old.Fine Arts. 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. the most popular pool on Margaret Island. flowers and grass is a pleasant place to stroll... János Hill. Budafoki út 111–113 ≥ 206-2754 ó Mon–Thur: 2 pm–1 am. swimming pools or medicinal baths in the capital.45 pm % HUF 2000 Park Hotel Flamenco XI. the St. Széchenyi fürdô ë 70. Fri–Sat: 10 am–3 am % HUF 400–700 FITNESS CLUBS Astoria Fitness Studio V. 1/A ç 103 3 Népliget SPORT Entertainment and health sports are becoming every more popular in Budapest. Statues and memorials line the paths. an establishment of national significance. 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. Visitors can learn more about the wonders of astronomy. The Planetarium.45 am–10. which when the weather is fine offers a breathtaking panorama of the city. and represents an unparalleled.30 am–11 pm % HUF 900 Hotel Stadion (Danubius Premier) XIV. the Buda hare’s tail grass. Dozens of joggers. the Hungarian meadow saxifrage. nature protected formation in the centre of this metropolis of 2 million. The Buda Hills are generally suitable for skiing and sledging between December and February. Károly körút 4 ≥ 317-0452 ó Mon–Fri: 6. Fri–Sat. the 5-km-long. Mon. Grand Circus. Sváb Hill.. Fri–Sat: 10 am–3 am % HUF 450–750 Strike Bowling Club XI. Besides the Hajós Alfréd National Sports Swimming Pool. In addition to walking and cycling. Hármashatár Hill) A mecca for nature lovers and excursionists. or enjoy laser programmes projected on to the dome (diameter: 23 m) with pop or classical music accompaniment. Váci út 1–3 (Westend City Center) ≥ 238-7040 ó Sun–Thur: 10 am–1 am. 2 Moszkva tér. Vajdahunyad Castle) were erected for celebrations marking the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest. 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. Stephen wild pink and the common horsetail. Ifjúság útja 1–3 ≥ 889-5282 ó 6. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8544/45/46 ó Mon–Fri: 6. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8300 ó Sun–Thur: 10 am–1 am. 75.30 am–11 pm % HUF 1900–2900 Moveland-Mammut 2 Shopping Center II. ] BOWLING Mammut Bowling Club II.45 pm. Palace of Arts. City Park offers entertainment of all kinds and for all generations: Funfair. 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). and then Cogwheel railway or Chair-lift Sas Hill nature protected area A4 XI. and the chair-lift running up and down János Hill. The ‘Centenarium’ park-established to mark the 100th anniversary of the unification of Pest and Buda-forms a part of Népliget. Among the local fauna it is worth highlighting the Pál Kitaibel Pannonia lizard. the most popular means of getting around for tourists include the cogwheel railway (from Szilágyi Erzsébet Avenue to Széchenyi Hill). is also sited here. Located to the southeast of the city centre. ç 4 1 Hôsök tere. ç 8. boating lake and skating rink.. and with luck may glimpse the yellow and lilac flowers of the protected iris. Visitors are permitted to enter in spring and autumn. Zoo. there are more than 25 other strands.. are to be seen in the capital’s parks (and primarily on Margaret Island) from morning to evening. Sat–Sun: 9 am–9 pm % HUF 2400–4300 . 72. Sat–Sun: 8.30 am–11 pm. It is often to be seen basking in the warmth of the sun on bare rocks. 78 Buda Hills E1 (Széchenyi Hill. spa bath.. the narrow-gauge railway which (apart from the locomotive) is operated by children (from Széchenyi Hill via János Hill to Hûvösvölgy). founded in the 1860s. Millennium memorial. museums. 8A Népliget D4 The largest park on the Pest side..
.. irrespective of whether it is raining or sunny... weekends too. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8193 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. Feb. Sat–Sun: 8 am–10 pm % HUF 2400–3200 Arnold Gym III. Váci út 178 (Duna Plaza) ≥ 239-4356 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–11 pm. from 7 am until dusk % HUF 2100–3200 Római Tennis Academy III. April. Csömöri út 21/A ≥ 363-6800 ó Daily. Sat–Sun: 9 am–4. Fri–Sun: 9 am–7 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 ç 4 % HUF 900–1300 C2 44 www. Sat–Sun: 12 am–11 pm % HUF 1500–1800 RIDING Petneházy Horse-Riding School II. Stefánia út 2 ≥ 251-1222 ó daily: 6 am–10 pm GO-CART Budaring Go-Cart XI. winter or summer.. Feketefej utca 2 ≥ 397-5048 ó Fri–Sun: 9 am–4 pm % Charges vary Favorit Riding Club XVI. Nov. The following are just a few ideas from the great programmes available for kids: Funfair  C2 XIV. Tábornok utca 7 ≥ 251-3322 ó daily: 7 am–11 pm % HUF 2900–3900 Aréna Fitness XIII.. Sat–Sun: 9 am–9 pm % HUF 2400–3500 Aktív Squash Club XIV. Sat–Sun: HUF 300 Municipal Zoo and Botanical Garden  XIV.. Sat: 7 am–7 pm.30 pm. Sat–Sun: 8 am–9 pm % HUF 2300–4500 Children who want to play. Bécsi út 154 ≥ (06-30)206-4206 ó Mon–Fri: 2 pm–11 pm.. Lupa Szigeti út 4 ≥ (06-30)944-1185 ó daily: 9 am–9 pm % Charges vary FOOTBALL Round Hall XIV. % Charges vary SKATEBOARD.... Marcibányi tér 13 ≥ 325-0082 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–midnight. closed Mon. Mókus utca 23 ≥ (06-30)966-9992 ó Tue–Fri: 2–6 pm.. Sept. Budaörsi út (at the Floracoop flower market) ≥ (06-30)311-9856 ó 11 am–11 pm % HUF 1500–2000 Eurocenter Go-Cart III. 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..hu ..budapestinfo. March. Monostori út 31 ≥ 453-2901 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–10 pm. May–Aug: Mon–Thur: 9 am–6 pm.Római Fit-Forma Studio III.. Sat–Sun: 8 am–10 pm % HUF 2000–4000 Top Squash-Mammut Shopping Center II. inside or out. Városmajor utca 63–69 ≥ 202-5337 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–10 pm. 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. ROLLER SKATING Görzenál III.. Budapest’s leisure opportunities – from the Funfair to puppet theatres – are broad and exciting. Dec: 9 am–4 pm. Pálya utca 9 ≥ 356-9530 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–11 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. Királyok útja 105 ≥ 240-8616 ó 9 am–10 pm % HUF 2200–3800 Szépvölgy Tennis Centre III. Sun: 8 am–7 pm % HUF 2700–4400 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES SQUASH A & TSH I. Virág B. get about and enjoy themselves will find Budapest has plenty to offer. Oct: 9 am–5 pm. Állatkerti körút 6–12 ≥ 363-3797 ó Jan.
000 Tropicárium-Oceanarium.. Vízipark út 1 (next to Hungaroring racetrack) F1 b3 Hungarian Railway History Park D1 XIV. Váci út 19 ≥ 350-6131 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–5 pm.. 16. 86 « 19. see p. acrobat pool. Városligeti körút 11 (For details... Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 47 ≥ 355-4167 Trains run from 5 am–11 pm « 56. 41) — B2 Municipal Grand Circus C2 XIV.. 118 % HUF 0–145 F E1 ó 1 May–30 Sept: Mon–Sun: 9 am–7 pm 1. Andrássy út 69 ≥ 341-2166 ç 41 Vörösmarty utca % Charges vary Kolibri Theatre VI. and to gain an appreciation of the world around them through scientific games. 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. 8 pools covering a total 3500 square metres. see p. 41 % HUF 500-600 Cogwheel Railway II. — ç 158 % HUF 200–400 Buda Castle Funicular Railway B2 Operating between Clark Ádám Square and Buda Castle ó daily 7. cave. jacuzzi % HUF 3400–13. Children are invited to watch “Palace of Wonders” experiments. 6 % HUF 2000–3300 Buda Castle Labyrinth I. steam locomotives and rail carriages... 3 Lehel tér. 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.B. regular children’s programmes. 18.5-km over.and underground chute. 6 ç 4 1 Oktogon stop % Charges vary www. Jókai tér 10 ≥ 312-0622 « 4. holidays: 9 am–dusk — ç 26 % HUF 820–3480 PUPPET THEATRES Budapest Puppet Theatre VI. slow river. N. 114 (from Kosztolányi Dezsô Square). Daily locomotive and carriage display. 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.30 pm. 26 slides. velocipede line-inspection car. Gaze in awe at the seven sharks each a metre-and-a-half-long as they glide around the giant aquarium.hu 45 . Campona E2 XXII. Sun: 9 am–6 pm — This unique interactive playhouse proves to young and old alike that the world is a fascinating place.. and then a 5 minute walk % HUF 650–700 Stroll-bikes XIII. 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. Váci út 1–3 ≥ 238-7623 ó Mon–Fri: 10 am–10 pm. No service on even Mon ç 4.Budapest Panorama Balloon (Roof garden of the West End City Center) XIII. closed Mon. Úri utca 9 ≥ 212-0207 (for details.. Margaret Island.. Sat–Sun: 10 am–12 pm — 3 Nyugati tér « 4. Tatai út 95 ≥ 428-0180 — ó 10 am–6 pm. Exhibition of railway locomotives. 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. Also: drive a steam locomotive (under supervision.budapestinfo. 15) — Planetarium X. 14.. These are the kids’ favourites! ç 3 (from Móricz Zsigmond Circus). chance to operate a model railway..30 am–10. Sat. % HUF 900–1500 Transport Museum D2 XIV.
sets and statues patterned on classics created by the old factory established 176 years ago. quite rightly.SHOPPING   Just as in any metropolis anywhere in the world so too in Budapest there are thousands of temptations to get out and shop. 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. This iridescent glaze with its golds. perfumeries. you’ll find them here too. you won’t be disappointed! ALONG VÁCI STREET Váci Street linking Vörösmarty Square with Fôvám Square represents the main artery of the inner city. Visit the Folkart Centrum at Váci Street 58 for just the right gift to remind you of your stay in Hungary. empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. the most distinguished café in the capital. The speciality of the Zsolnay porcelain factory is its eosin glaze. with its delicious teas. plates and dinner services have won several gold medals at world expos. In a similarly fashion. Herend porcelain is. 46 www. brand name clothes shops from Marks and Spencer to Cottonfield. while dining sets are characterized by an attractive ivory hue to the porcelain. The Herend shop sells single pieces. a C&A store. a Persian motif is named after Sissy. One pattern is named after Queen Victoria because the nowfamous butterfly design was first made for her. Then again. and the confectionery’s ice cream is outstanding too. 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.budapestinfo. greens and (more uncommonly) blues covers Zsolnay statues. But leave time for the foreign language bookshop selling translated works by several Hungarian authors. One shop in Fehérhajó Street sells healing minerals. 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. The Csók Gallery on the corner of Pesti Barnabás Street displays and retails works by modern Hungarian artists. it’s fascinating to scan the regularly changing collection of shopwindow “treasures” small and large. And since the number of shops that can be squeezed onto the street level is finite.hu . Replacement pieces can also be ordered. Passing the Downtown Auction House (Belvárosi Aukciósház). 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. boutiques and bijouteries. Kígyó (Snake) Street is gradually turning into a street of porcelain: two shops selling the finest Hungarian porcelain face each other across the street. and a remarkable bird pattern is linked to the Rothschilds. porcelain and kid’s clothing. Over the years Herend hand-painted vases. plates and ash trays. but if you are interested in antiques. among them there are several outstanding examples. and in the middle of Váci Street others trade in antique furniture. A stroll down “Váci utca” takes one past jewellers. At Elizabeth Bridge an underpass takes us on to the continuation of Váci Street. a technique rarely employed in Europe. Just a block away. enterprising Hungarians have moved underground: three shopping centres have been created out of old cellars. on entering Vörösmarty Square we are faced with a choice: do we drop in to Gerbeaud. Famous Szamos marzipan is available in Párizsi Street. one of the industries Hungary is most proud of. coffees and cakes. 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.
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. vegetables. Bécsi Road. Hungarian goose liver is excellent. have become the favoured haunt of the young. The number of puttony (panniers) which go into a barrel gives the Aszú’s puttony number.).folkartcentrum. during which process they sweeten and wither. aromas.. try out the scents. or Westernstyle setup. try on clothes and so on. The most successful malls tempt the buyer in with some special feature. Virtually everything can be found in one place. 47 . Typical Hungarian merchandise. Whether marketed tinned or in an earthenware pot. King of Wines” is given by the grapes being left on the vine to shrivel in the sun. flasks. Apricot and plum brandies faithfully preserve the scent and flavour of the fruits they are distilled from. Wine tasting of 55 fine wines.hu Hungary’s largest folk handicrafts shop selling a huge range of authentic hand-made items. The remarkable bouquet of the “Wine of Kings. L www.hu Folkart Centrum V. embroidery. and the more puttony. strings of garlic. Encompassed within a building more than 100 years old. hand-woven fabrics. generally open throughout the weekend too. costumes. feel the quality of materials. the market with its paprika garlands. ideal served with cakes and sweet dishes. is to be found in the market. traditional painted Easter eggs and other gifts from every ethnographical region in Hungary. Over the past few years malls have been springing up all over the capital. the shops are open. whether this be a waterfall Tropicarium. Váci Road. Szentháromság tér ≥ 212-1031 ó midday–8 pm 700 different types of wine from 22 Hungarian wine regions. sights. Margit Boulevard etc. most at major intersections and metro stations (Western Railway Station. Its absolutely unique flavour derives from a secret blend of aromatic herbs. pottery. Plazas. for instance the world famous Tokaj Aszú. the fruits. porcelain. One of the malls actually has a tethered balloon on the roof. enticing one to wander around.. Unicum is one of the top bitters spirits in the world. sounds. we finally reach the everbuzzing Budapest Central Market Hall  with its incredible variety of quality foods. giving passengers an unforgettable view of the city and surroundings. wood carvings. House of Hungarian Wines I. Tokaj Szamorodni and Furmint come in sweet and dry versions. It’s important to note that it is a dessert wine.CENTRAL MARKET HALL Continuing up Váci Street. the sweeter (and more expensive) the wine is. and on the first floor the flower-sellers and snack bars offering true tastes of Hungary create a kaleidoscope of colours. Váci utca 58 ≥ 318-5840 ó 10 am–7 pm www.budapestinfo.
European. Kinizsi utca 30–36 ≥ 215-9792 ó midday–midnight Snacks. Szarvas Gábor út 8/D ≥ 275-1039 ó midday– midnight • Mediterranean and Hungarian cuisine Centrál Café and Restaurant** V. Kristóf tér 7–8 ≥ 266-3096 ó 11. Hungarian dishes Belcanto**** VI. Harmincad utca 4 ≥ 267-0213 ó midday–midnight Hungarian and international dishes • Lamb dishes a speciality Arany Kaviár **** I. 7–11 pm. substantial Bavarian cooking Kárpátia**** V... 6. utca 9 ≥ 266-2110 ó 8 am–midnight Take early morning breakfast or late evening supper in a refined milieu Columbus Pub** V. 7 pm–midnight Hungarian and international specialities Fuji Japanese Restaurant*** II.. Országház utca 2 ≥ 356-0851 ó midday–4 pm. Dohány utca 5 ≥ 269-6806 ó midday–3 pm...hu .. Fortuna utca 14 ≥ 375-6971 ó 11 am–1 am Intimate atmosphere. Ferenciek tere 7–8 ≥ 317-3596 ó 11 am–11 pm Traditional and modern gastronomy in a Renaissance milieu Kéményseprô (Chimneysweep) Restaurant** VI.. 6 pm–midnight.. Állatkerti körút 2 ≥ 468-4040 ó midday–4 pm. Dalszínház utca 8 ≥ 269-3101 ó midday–3 pm.. Hess András tér 4 ≥ 375-6857 ó daily midday–4 pm.. Károlyi M. Mozsár utca 12 ≥ 331-8942 ó midday–3 pm. Nov–March: midday–3 pm.. ** = HUF 2000-4000. Állatkerti út 2 ≥ 468-3110 ó midday–11 pm Home-made cooking.RESTAURANTS    THE BUDAPEST GUIDE RECOMMENDS: Cost of average two-course meal per person. Hungarian dishes. CAFÉS Admirál ** V. Szarvas tér 1 ≥ 375-6451 ó midday–11 pm Game dishes a speciality Bagolyvár ** XIV...30 pm–midnight • Cuisine famed throughout Europe served in historical surroundings Kaltenberg Bavarian Royal Brasserie and Restaurant** IX. 6 pm–midnight • Traditional international cuisine Café Pierrot*** I. Dózsa György út 106 (Hotel Liget) ≥ 269-5316 ó April–Oct: 11 am–11 pm.. 6–10 pm • Nearly 100 Hungarian and international specialities Képíró*** V. homely surroundings Virtuoso cuisine full of ideas and with real home-made flavours 48 www.. including service but without drinks: * = less than HUF 2000. Ostrom utca 19 ≥ 201-6737 ó 6 pm–midnight Russian cuisine Aranyszarvas** I. Kenyeres utca 34 ≥ 368-6402 ó Monday–Saturday: midday–midnight Comfortable.. Jewish cuisine Gambrinus*** V. *** = HUF 4000-6000. closed Sun Varied and gourmet French and international cuisine Kisbuda Gyöngye*** III.. plenty of vegetables.. singing waiters – Buffet breakfast and lunch Biedermeier *** VI. in front of the Hotel InterContinental on the embankment ≥ 266-9013 ó midday–1 am • International cuisine Cyrano**** V. closed Sunday and holidays • Italian cuisine Fortuna*** I. Váci utca 20 (Hotel Taverna) ≥ 485-3100 ó 7 am–midnight • Royal Menus Gundel****  XIV.. Belgrád rakpart 30 ≥ 318-0723 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian cuisine • Sited on the Duna embankment Alabárdos**** I. piano music in the evening Choice of international dishes Cascade *** XII.. closed Sunday • Hungarian cuisine Aranybárány** V. Képíró utca 3 ≥ 266-0430 ó Mon–Fri: midday–3 pm.30 am–midnight Healthy eating: poultry.. steaks and Hungarian dishes Fausto’s **** VII. **** = over HUF 6000 RESTAURANTS...budapestinfo. corner of Zöldlomb Street and Zöldkert Street ≥ 325-7111 ó midday–11 pm • Sushi open kitchen Fülemüle*** VIII. Kôfaragó utca 5 ≥ 266-7947 ó Monday–Friday: midday–10 pm • Hungarian. Sat: 6 pm–midnight. 7–11 pm.. fish. 6 pm–2 am • Famous singers. fish.
. 6 pm–midnight • International. traditional Jewish dishes Sörházpince – Gerbeaud House** V. Múzeum körút 12 ≥ 267-0375 ó Mon–Sat: midday– midnight • Elegant milieu.. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9023 ó midday–3 pm. Mosonyi utca 3 ≥ 313-3492 ó Mon–Sat midday– 11 pm • Home-made cooking..hu 49 ... Andrássy út 70 ≥ 302-8747 ó weekdays: 9 am–8 pm. ≥ 250-3437 ¥ 368-4248 Private functions. Akácfa utca 38 ≥ 342-2587 ó Monday–Saturday: midday–1 pm • Hungarian and international dishes Kogart Restaurant & Café*** VI. Váci utca 20 ≥ 485-3100 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–10 pm. Sunday: 10 am–8 pm Mûvész Café VI. international flavours Vadrózsa**** II.budapestinfo.. Ördögárok utca 80 ≥ 397-2742 ó midday–11 pm Family-style restaurant with a large garden Lion Well Restaurant – Gerbeaud House V.. grilled specialities Spoon Café & Lounge*** V. international cuisine Pest-Buda*** I. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9000 ó 9 am–9 pm Hauer Confectionery VIII. 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. Dishes cooked on lava Rivalda*** I.. Sat–Sun: 10 am–10 pm Zsolnay Café VI. Fortuna utca 3 ≥ 212-5880 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian and international cuisine Pilvax** V. Lajos utca 46 ≥ 368-6480 ó midday–midnight Family-style inn. family-style catering.... Rákóczi út 47–49 ≥ 323-1476 ó 8 am–11 pm Lukács Confectionery VI.30 pm Modern European.Kispipa*** VII... tér 7 ≥ 318-1693 ó 11 am–1 am Hungarian cuisine Múzeum Café and Restaurant*** VIII. Fô tér 6 ≥ 388-8745 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9022 ó midday–11 pm Rustic furnishings • Snacks... Szentháromság tér 7 ≥ 375-5284 ó Monday– Friday: 8 am–7 pm. City Park Lake ≥ 422-0222 ó midday–4 pm... historical wines Premier Restaurant & Terrace** VI. Pilvax köz 1–3 ≥ 266-7660 ó midday–midnight Delicious Hungarian dishes. Teréz körút 43 (Radisson SAS Béke Hotel) ≥ 889-3900 ó 10 am–9.. high-standard service. Andrássy út 112. Saturday–Sunday: 8 am–8 pm Taverna-Zsolnay Café V. International and dietary dishes. ≥ 354-3830 ó 10 am–1 am Elegant milieu. Hungarian fish dishes Remiz*** II. Remetehegyi út 91. Mediterranean cuisine Rosenstein*** VIII. Andrássy út 29 ≥ 352-1337 ó 9 am–midnight Ruszwurm I.... barbeque CONFECTIONERIES Daubner Confectionery II.30 pm www.. excellent Hungarian wine cellar Mágnáskert *** II.30 am–11. Budakeszi út 8 ≥ 200-3843 ó 9 am–1 am Close to the tram depot..... Március 15. Színház utca 5–9 ≥ 489-0236 ó 11. Saturday. Hungarian and international flavours Náncsi Néni Vendéglôje** II. 6–11 pm • Classically elegant. Pentelei Molnár utca 15 ≥ 326-5817 ó midday–3 pm. Csatárka út 58 ≥ 325-9967 ó midday–midnight International cuisine Matthias Cellar**** V.. international cuisine Robinson*** XIV.. Andrássy út 101 ≥ 342-1768 ó midday–11 pm International cuisine Régi Sípos Halászkert**  III. 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. Szépvölgyi út 50 ≥ 335-2253 ó 9 am–7 pm Gerbeaud Confectionery  V. 7 pm–midnight Small Baroque villa offering a romantic dinner setting Remete Rstaurant (Hotel Remete) III.
Fri–Sat: 4 pm–3 am. tér 10 ≥ 344-4615 ó 11.MUSIC AND DANCING Alcatraz** VII. Nagymezô utca 17 ≥ 373-0577 ó daily from 9 am–4 am New Orleans** VI.tropicanacasino. Nyár utca 1 ≥ 478-6010 ó Sun–Wed: 4 pm–2 am. Sun: 6 pm–2 am Jazz Garden** 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. Roosevelt tér 2 ≥ 317-6022 ó nonstop E-mail: info@lasvegascasino. Wednesday: midday–3 am. Lovag utca 5 ≥ 268-0802 ó Tue. the other is Ráday Street which starts from Kálvin Square.hu Website: www... Thur–Sat: 3–12 pm Old Man’s*** VII. you’ll find every kind of restaurant here serving everything from traditional Hungarian to Chinese and even Argentinean cuisine.lasvegascasino. Fri–Sun: 2 pm–2 am G G G 50 www.hu .. Both places are packed with cosy restaurants.hu Website: www.hu Tropicana Casino V. Vigadó utca 2 ≥ 266-3062 ó 11 am–6 am E mail: info@tropicanacasino. Nyári Pál utca 11 ≥ 267-3199 ó Mon–Tue: midday–2 am.. Királyi Pál utca 8 ≥ 266-2619 ó Mon–Thur: 4 pm–2 am. Sat–Sun: 1 pm–1 am Moulin Rouge*** Revue – Cabaret – Restaurant – Cafe VI.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. Thur–Sat: 4 pm–4 am Cotton Club*** VI. Sun: 6 pm–2 am Janis’ Pub** V. here are two recently redeveloped and “cool” locations which come fully recommended: one is Liszt Ferenc Square off Andrássy Avenue not far from Oktogon. Akácfa utca 13 ≥ 322-7645 ó 3 pm–4 am CASINO Las Vegas Casino V.. Veres Pálné utca 44/A ≥ 266-7364 ó Mon–Fri: midday–1 am.hu 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. From a single star to 4-star. Liszt Ferenc tér 4–5 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–1 am.budapestinfo.. Jókai utca 26 ≥ 354-0886 ó midday–1 am Fat Mo’s** V.. Thur–Fri: midday–4 am. Sat: 6 pm–4 am... bars. cafés and a youthful clientele.
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. 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. 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 .