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The following are selected photos submitted to the Budapest Panorama photo competition: (1) p.19, P. Tkalcec; (2) p. 20, (7) p. 31, U. Ishay; (3) p. 26, R. Vasilev; (4), (5) p. 26, J. Bunston; (6) p. 26, D. Saunders; (8) p. 33, J. Müller. A1 Map coordinate
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Publisher: Tourism Office of Budapest the official tourism marketing organization of Budapest Publication manager: László Paszternák (c) All rights reserved Edited by Turizmus Kft. · Editor: Brigitta Vajk · Design: András Nász
Translation: CHFI Bt. Cover: Future Card Stúdió · Maps: TOPOGRÁF Photos: Laya Gelencsér, József Hajdú, Hungarian National Tourist Office and Turizmus Kft. The publisher does not accept responsibility for damages arising from any changes in information contained in this publication. Publication closed: November 2004 Printing: Szikra Printing House Co.
I would like to welcome you to Budapest, a city which not only greets its guests with a rich history and unique cultural heritage, but also where we, the residents, can witness day by day its resurgence. That tourism is one of the most important economic branches of Budapest is evident in the rise in the number of tourists visiting the capital, and the growth of the quantity and quality of tourism services. Year on year several dozen new hotels spring up in Budapest, numerous old buildings are reconstructed, and new cultural and tourism establishments are born. The capital is made all the more attractive for being renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites, and only Budapest can say of itself that it has Europe’s largest Parliament, largest functioning synagogue and the continent’s first underground railway. The visitor will find side by side the remains of fortresses and buildings from Roman times, still operating Turkish baths, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and the incredibly rich Art Nouveau architectural heritage. Not only is Budapest worthy holder of the title “Queen of the Danube”, but in fact there is not one other capital city in the world with close on 100 thermal springs and 12 medicinal baths within its boundaries, where 19 million gallons of thermal water rise to the surface each day. Despite the spectacular development, Budapest has preserved its old charm and magic. It is a city where the pleasing harmony of different architectural styles and superb structures, the cafés, baths, the gastronomy and culture, combined with legendary hospitality blend into an unforgettable experience for visitors. Besides popular programmes and festivals staged each year the capital’s tourism selection is further enriched by new, high standard events each season. Tourists can stroll down the “Pest Broadway”, now taking on a new lease of life, and enjoy a programme in one of the atmospheric, unique repositories of music calling to all ages, since there is a choice ranging from live music in the pubs to the repertoires of the Opera House and the recently rebuilt, magnificent Operetta Theatre. So I warmly commend this publication to you, and trust you will find yourself using it frequently. After careful preparation we compiled it with great pleasure in the hope that it will allow you to discover what is best in Budapest.
László Fekete Director BTH Budapesti Turisztikai Szolgáltató Kht. (Tourism Office of Budapest)
BTH Budapesti Turisztikai Szolgáltató Kht. (Tourism Office of Budapest) µ H–1364 Budapest Pf. 215 • ≥ (+36-1)266-0479 • ¥ (+36-1)266-7477 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.budapestinfo.hu
guide services. Spain. Brazil.hu www. ó 15 June–15 Sept Mon–Fri: 9 am–7 pm. 1 Nov–31 March Mon–Fri: 10 am–7 pm.. provided the purpose of their visit is not to take up work or to conduct business-related activities: Austria. guide services.hu 5 . Slovenia. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm. Switzerland. Ecuador. general information ó 15 June–15 Sept 9 am–7 pm. Sat–Sun: 9 am–3 pm Budaörs H–2040 Budaörs – AGIP Complex – South ≥/¥ (+36-1)302-8580 Accommodation.kum. general information ó 15 June–15 Sept Mon–Fri: 9 am–7 pm. special programmes. newspapers.H A N D Y information Turista információ • Tourist information INFORMATION OFFICES Tourinform Main office – Police-info Office V. tickets for cultural and sports events. sightseeing. Turkey and the Ukraine) do not require a visa to travel to Hungary. Szentháromság tér ≥ (+36-1)488-0475. Sun: closed Budapest. car rentals ó 15 June–15 Sept 9 am–8 pm. Serbia-Montenegro. Italy. World Heritage views. 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.hungarytourism. Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm Western (Nyugati) Railway Station ≥/¥ (+36-1)302-8580 Left wing of the main station • Accommodation. Canada. maps. Sun: closed Liszt Ferenc tér ≥ (+36-1)322-4098. Mexico.hu ¥ (+36-1)488-8661 E-mail: hungary@tourinform. ¥ (+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. ¥ (+36-1)342-9390 H–1061 Budapest. maps. World Heritage views.hu PASSPORT.budapestinfo. New Zealand. Entry with passport but no visa Citizens of European countries (with the exception of Albania. Uruguay. USA. Ferihegy – terminal 2A. Sat: 10 am–4 pm. Sat–Sun: 9 am–6 pm. Sat–Sun: 9 am–6 pm. Japan. Costa Rica. Panama. car rentals. 2B ≥ (+36-1)438-8080. Chile. Venezuela. Sat: 9 am–3 pm. maps. Croatia. Liechtenstein. ¥ (+36-1)488-0474 Excursions. excursions. general information. sightseeing. Germany. South Korea. Nicaragua. Malaysia. 16 Sept–14 June 10 am–7 pm. Citizens of the following countries outside Europe similarly do not require a visa: Argentina. Luxembourg. Belgium. France. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 9 am–6 pm. Russia. 16 Sept–14 June Mon–Fri: 9 am–5 pm. For more detailed information please check the following site: www. souvenirs. Seychelles. Deák tér/Sütô utca 2 (H3) ≥ (36-1)438-8080 ó 8 am–8 pm Buda Castle H–1016 Budapest. Singapore. (06-80)630-800 from Hungary Internet: www. Israel. general information. maps. Liszt Ferenc tér 11 Accommodation.
hungarywelcomesbritain.visithungary. New York.com Ireland Hungarian National Tourist Office Hungarian Embassy.ie www. Dublin 2 ≥ (353 1)6612-879 ¥ (353 1)6612-889 E-mail: email@example.com www.budapestinfo. continental climate. August (temperatures can reach 28–35°C) Coldest months: December. Time zone Budapest is on Central European time (CET).gotohungary. 33rd floor.ie USA Hungarian National Tourist Office 150 East 58th Street. N. GMT +1 hour Summer time (March to the Low-cost airlines flying to Budapest (as at November 2004) BUDAPEST IN EUROPE 6 www. 2 Fitzwilliam Place.Y. four seasons. January (temperatures can fall as low as –15°C) Budapest has a relatively high number of hours of sunshine per annum.hu . It exceeds 8 hours per day between April and September.com BUDAPEST BASICS Climate Temperate zone. Hottest months: July.hu www. 10155-3398 ≥ (1-212)355-0240 ¥ (1-212)207-4103 E-mail: htnewyork@hungarytourism.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: htlondon@hungarytourism.
‘Nyugati pu. 23 October) and 1 May (May Day) plus Christian holidays: 1 January. ≥ (+36-1)349-8503 Southern Railway Station (Déli HUF 2100 it will drop passengers anywhere within the city limits. ≥ (+36-1)375-6593 Information on international rail links: (+36-1)461-5500. with a travel time of less than two and a half hours... ≥ (+36-1)413-4610 Western Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar) VI.middle of October): GMT +2 hours Holidays Non-working days: national holidays (15 March. Árpád Bridge ≥ (+36-1)412-2597 and Etele Square in Buda www. www. east-west approx. Whit Mon.’ stops on Metro line 2.. Budapest facts and figures Area: 525 square kilometres (in a northsouth direction approx.. opening: Summer 2005 Ferihegy 2A – terminal for all MALÉV Hungarian Airlines flights Ferihegy 2B – arrival and departure terminal for foreign airlines. A return ticket (HUF 3600) is valid for six months. All Saint’s Day (1 November). but MÁV Hungarian Railways also operates a Railbus – information: (+36-1)353-2722. Nyugati tér.budapestinfo. 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. Christmas and Boxing Day (25–26 December). By coach Domestic coach services arrive at and depart from Népliget ≥ (+36-1)219-8000. 25 km. (+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. 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. INTERCITY links running between the capital and the major towns around Hungary are extremely popular and comfortable.hu 7 .’.. day. ‘Déli pu. Ferihegy 1 – Undergoing renovation. Trains depart every three hours between Budapest–Vienna.elvira.’ stop on Metro line 3). 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. 20 August. Margaret Island. left bank of the Danube Islands (from north to south): Óbuda Island. Krisztina krt. (+36-1)296-7217 • Ferihegy 2B: (+36-1)295-3480. Baross tér. right bank of the Danube Pest: comprising two-thirds of the area of the city on the flat. 37/A.hu All rail stations can be accessed by the metro (‘Keleti pu. Csepel Island Bridges: nine bridges. Stadionok ≥ (+36-1)220-6227. There are more than 50 international connections each pályaudvar) VIII. Easter Mon.
Drivers are obliged to purchase a motorway sticker for the motorways M1. Slovakia. Romania. and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. 8 www. Please keep your exchange receipt in a safe place until you depart the country.000 (USD 130). However. Banks and travel agencies can set (and modify) their own exchange rates. France. Greece. Italy. Great Britain. only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker and microphone may be used in cars. designated places. unfortunately. and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area. Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason). the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kph. taking the bank of issue’s rate as the basis. 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. Sweden. There are three large international quays on the Danube between Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Liberty (Szabadság) Bridge. Volánbusz Rt. use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which. M5 and M7 (obtainable at border crossing points and major petrol stations). The Hungarian National Bank gives official daily foreign exchange and currency rates on 23 currencies. Denmark.≥ (+36-1)382-4910. Portugal. 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. The international coach station is at Népliget. and the airport and hotel exchange rates are not so competitive. Poland. Czech Republic. Germany. drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving. on main roads 110 kph and on motorways 130 kph. Most banks have 24-hour banknote exchange ATMs. and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 30. Broadly speaking. seven depart from Budapest (motorway No. Exchanging money Exchanging money is only permitted in licensed. has scheduled passenger coach services to and from the following countries: Austria. Norway. Turkey. Do not take the risk of changing money on the street. 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. Switzerland.budapestinfo. 8 is the exception). Banks generally give a middle rate. Yugoslavia. You are likely to find yourself with counterfeit money. Bulgaria. Belgium. besides which such transactions are illegal. Any bureau de change has to have the current exchange rates clearly displayed. Besides this there are many credit card and cash card ATMs in operation day and night.hu . M3. the best exchange rates are to be found close to the rail stations and in the city centre (Petôfi Sándor Street). Holland. 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.
. 30 or 70. depending on the telephone company. Free copies of Accommodation in Budapest can be picked up from information offices and hotel receptions in town. Petôfi Sándor utca 17–19 ≥ 485-6612 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–8 pm. Teréz körút 51. VIII. Rákóczi út 58 ≥ 413-1538 Westel-Enternet V. Sun: 8 am–8 pm)..budapestinfo. The latter can be purchased in tobacconists. Mobile telephone numbers are 9-digit. town code and continue with the telephone number. Kecskeméti utca 5 ≥ 328-0292 ó 10 am–10 pm Internet Studio VI. restaurants and shops. first dial 00. Váci utca 1 ≥ 238-7570 ó 10 am–9 pm Business centres in the major hotels also offer Internet access facilities. wait for the tone. ≥ Telephone Hungary code: 36. VISA – can be used to obtain cash from ATMs in banks and on the streets as well as to pay bills in hotels.hu 9 . Baross tér 11/C (open: Mon–Sat: 7 am–9 pm). Postal money services: credit cards (VISA. If you wish to phone abroad from Hungary. Post offices also exchange Eurocheques. 8 am–noon on Sat. Other useful information on accommodation can be found on the homepage of the Tourism Office of Budapest: www. EnRoute. Emblems on the door of the establishment detail which credit cards are accepted. post offices.. The following list details just some of the most popular locations offering Internet access: AMI V.hu. VISA Electron. Credit cards The most commonly used credit cards – AMEX.. Váci utca 40 ≥ 267-1644 ó 9 am–2 am CEU NetPont V. JCB. Accommodation The capital has every category of accommodation from luxury hotel to paying guest rooms. the first two numbers are 20.. dialling code for inland calls: 06. 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. utca 14 ≥ 328-3506 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–11pm.. Október 6. Maestro) can be used to make cash withdrawals at all post offices in the capital. on public holidays and in the evening. Euro/Mastercard. Postal services Post offices are generally open from 8 am–6 pm Mon–Fri. countryside numbers (including the trunk code) 8 digits. and in information offices (for addresses and telephone numbers see page 5). after dialling 06. Budapest: 1. Sat–Sun: 9 am–11 pm Internet Café V. Sat: 10 am–3 pm Netcorner Business Center VII. (open: Mon–Sat: 7 am–9 pm. EuroCard/Mastercard. Budapest telephone numbers are 7 digits.. 50 and 100 forint coins and telephone cards. Cirrus. petrol stations and newsagents.. American Express traveller’s cheques and postal orders. and then dial the country code.Dessewffy utca 45 ≥ 20/481-8688 ó 10 am–1 am Matáv Belváros V. It is cheaper to phone at the weekend.. Diners Club. Public phones operate with 20.GENERAL INFORMATION INTERNET Internet cafés are highly fashionable in Budapest.budapestinfo. There are two post offices close to the rail stations in Pest with longer opening hours: VI.
see Postal services section) Banks: Mon–Thur: 8 am–3 pm. General opening times Shops: food shops are open from 7 am–6 pm. inner pocket.Electricity Hungary’s electricity network operates at 230 Volts. ≥ 311-4439. Pharmacies operating around the clock: Teréz Patika: VI. Alkotás utca 1/B..) Always ask for a menu showing all the prices before choosing which restaurant to eat at. Carry documents. purses and bags. at shopping centres. seven days a week.budapestinfo. There are two non-stop left luggage counters at both the Eastern (Keleti) and the Southern (Déli) Railway Stations. you must report the loss to the local district police headquarters. Teréz körút 41. Most shopping centres are also open on Sun. and lockers available 24 hours a day. A notice on the door of pharmacies indicates the address of the closest 24-hour pharmacy. This way you can rule out any unpleasantness caused by overcharging. Tourinform telephone enquiries – Tourist Police: 438-8080 Left luggage In Budapest left luggage counters and coinoperated lockers are to be found at the rail stations. and pharmacists may be able to suggest a medication for certain complaints. Budafoki út 60 ≥ 463-9165. and so it is advisable when using public transport. and still it is better if tourists are prepared for certain situations so that they do not end up feeling cheated. 463-9181 Open: 24 hours If your passport is stolen. and don’t carry a lot of cash around town. Sat: 8 am–1 pm (for details. Déli Gyógyszertár: XII. ≥ 355-4691 10 www. Taxis are best pre-booked by phone. Health matters. 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.. clothes shops between 10 am–6 pm Mon. Office hours: generally from 8 am–4 pm Mon. see the Taxi section p. (For phone numbers of reputable companies. Plugs are the regulation continental type. Never get mixed up in changing money or gambling on the street. they are cheaper and there is no chance that you will pick up the one or two ‘private taxis’ who charge outrageous fares. while the Western (Nyugati) Railway Station has a left luggage counter open from 5 am-midnight. 11.hu . 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. Emergency services: ≥ 107 or 112. money and credit cards in a closed. Post offices: Mon–Fri: 8 am–6 pm. to Fri. Never leave valuables in your car. Tesco is open 24 hours a day. In general the tourist’s wallet is in greatest danger. 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. markets or any other busy area where people are jostling around to pay extra attention to wallets. to Sat.
cogwheel railway for the entire length of the journey. and the waiting charge. Citytaxi: 211-1111. either before you enter the metro or on the platforms) before the trip starts. The Budapest Transport Authority (BKV) has published a free brochure in English and German entitled Information (available from hotel receptions. as well as the suburban railway within the administrative limits of Budapest.bkv.budapestinfo. Metros run at 2-15 minute intervals from 4. tram. The larger taxi companies work with rates far lower than the maximum charges listed above.hu 11 . It is perhaps best to buy your tickets at a metro station because there you have a choice of several types of ticket and various passes. It is worth finding out about the different ticket types available (transfer ticket.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 local suburban train (HÉV) can be used to travel out to Csepel Island in the south of the city. Single ticket (2004: 145 Ft): valid for bus. but this naturally depends on how satisfied the passenger is with the service. 14 trolleybus.30 am and 11 pm.CITY transport TRANSPORT IN THE CAPITAL Public transport Budapest has an efficient public transport network made up of more than 180 bus. and to nearby Szentendre. Rádiótaxi: 377-7777. ticket machines. Budataxi: 233-3333. The three metro lines intersect at Deák Square in the centre of town. metro section transfer ticket. maximum HUF 336 at night). trams and trolleybuses operate between 4. trolleybus. day ticket. tobacconists and newsagents. Tipping: in general 10% of the fare is acceptable. a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey (maximum HUF 240 per kilometre during the day.10 pm. metro.) 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. and validated in the ticket stampers found on the public transport (on the metro. Tickets May be purchased at metro stations. 29 tram. Tourinform offices). All cars must have a taximeter installed. and these also print out a receipt. The ticket has to be purchased beforehand. Information can also be found on the following Internet site: www. metro transfer ticket etc. maximum HUF 420 at night). Expo Taxi: 205-5555. Taxi 2000: 200-0000. and then calling them because a taxi ordered by phone is cheaper than one called on the street. Budapest Taxi: 433-3333. www. Conditions of travel are also included. metro section ticket. Central Hotel Taxi: 322-3344. Gödöllô and Ráckeve. in German and English. and which gives detailed information about the types of tickets and costs. (Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally. Tele 5: 355-5555. Fôtaxi: 222-2222. It is well worth noting down their telephone numbers. In general the buses.) as these can save you money. 3-day tourist ticket.30 am to 11. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request. 6x6 taxi: 266-6666. Maps sited at the entrances to metro stations give a comprehensive overview of the entire public transport network in Budapest. and three metro lines.
has had at least one year’s driving experience.) On parking. For longer periods. In general.). but there may be 4-5 inspectors on the metro). For this reason. a ticket must be purchased from the nearest ticket machine for the entire period the car is to be left. Minimum parking time: 15 minutes.BUDAPEST CARD — Launched in 1997.. Népliget etc. www. Some of the larger car parks: Krisztina Garage behind the Hotel Mercure Buda (I. 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.. 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.. Fines: if you travel without a valid ticket or pass or if you contravene the conditions of travel. Szervita tér 8. V. Corvin Multi-storey Car Park (VIII. Mester utca). 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. caves in Buda. fine for payment by money transfer after 30 days: HUF 11 000. this city card is the tourist’s “best friend” for 2. P+Rs are generally found at metro stations and bus termini (Pest side of Árpád Bridge. hotels. to Fri. travel agencies. LRI Airport Rent-a-car. it is recommended that you leave your car in a P+R car park. Hertz-Mercure. All the major rent-a-car companies have an office at the airport. most larger hotels also have an underground garage.) public transport • free admission to 60 museums and other important sites (Zoo. The Budapest Card provides the following services: • free travel on Budapest Transport Company (BKV Rt. main metro stations). (2004 prices!) Parking The capital is sectioned into several parking zones. Children under 14 travelling with the card holder are also entitled to the benefits the card offers. Avis. from where travellers can then easily access public transport for the onward journey. Nagyvárad Square. Budget. Parking must be paid for between the hours of 8 am6 pm Mon. Futó utca 52)..budapestinfo. beyond which the ticket machine gives a ticket for the amount of time equivalent to the sum of money inserted. Páva Multi-storey Car Park (IX.. shops. V. restaurants.hu 13 . tourist information offices. has a valid driving licence and passport. all companies require that the person renting a vehicle is at least 21 years old. VII. and different parking fees are charged according to the zone (between HUF 120 and 400 per hour). airport minibus. Nyár utca 20. Cars parked illegally will be clamped by the Municipal Public Roads Department. and in travel agencies abroad.. payment by money transfer within 30 days: HUF 5500. (Parking is free on Sun. and 8 am-noon on Sat. Maximum waiting time: 2-3 hours.. This ticket should be displayed behind the windscreen. On-the-spot fine: HUF 2000. and brochures on rent-a-car options are available from hotel reception desks and Tourinform offices.or 3-day (48 or 72 hours) city sightseeing tours. Car parks and garages Multi-storey car parks are generally open 24 hours a day. Kosciuszko Tádé utca). Örs vezér Square. 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. Matthias Church) • discounted city sightseeing tours by bus and boat • discounted tickets for folklore and other cultural programmes • discounts offered in spa baths. Rent-a-car A selection of the larger car rental companies: Americana. Aranykéz utca 4–6. Cards may be purchased in around 250 locations across the capital (airport.
Admission charges show the lowest and highest rates. weapons. — Collection of archaeological finds in Budapest.000 coins. Churches Most museums are closed on Monday. Memories of pilots who emigrated after the Second World War. 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. Szent György tér 2 ≥ 225-7815 ó 10 am–6 pm (10 am–4 pm between 1 November and 28 February). from student tickets to group rates.budapestinfo. Gothic sculpture from the royal palace. sculpture of Fortuna Nemesis. closed Tue. Prices valid to the end of 2004..000 art objects. There may be several variations between these two extremes. collection of frescoes. flags. (Closed between 1 Nov. Roman remains. — Budapest Card holders can visit over 60 museums free of charge or at a discounted rate. about the 1956 Revolution”. 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. è Castle bus % free Hopp Ferenc East Asian Art Museum 4 C2 VI. Budapest in the Middle Ages: development of settlements from the Roman age to the 13th century.       M U S E U M S . Hercules and Diana mosaics. The exhibition “Thirteen Days. 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.. seals.. and primarily Japanese and Chinese. admission charges are likely to increase in 2005. and 14 April) — Budapest History Museum – B3 Castle Museum 2 I. The medieval Buda royal palace: collection of original objects. maps. è Castle bus % HUF 250–800 G G Museum of Military History 3 A3 I. glassware. Aquincum Museum and Ruins  1 E1 III. objects today has around 19. « from Batthyány Square towards Szentendre % HUF 200–700 14 www. Szentendrei út 139 ≥ 250-1650 ó Tue–Sun: 9 am–5 pm.. Collection of uniforms. tombstones. Budapest in modern times: historical moments in the life of a metropolis. reconstructed organ from Antiquity.hu . is well worth viewing. ammunition and 28.
74 % free B3 Hungarian National Gallery  10 I. Augsburg Baroque goldsmith’s work. Late Gothic winged altars. Today it is one of the museums of Budapest in perhaps the most picturesque of locations. and the number of art objects now exceeds one million. 3 Ferenc krt « 4. Renaissance and Baroque art. 72. Zsolnay ceramics. Viktor Madarász. Its model railway material is world famous. Esterházy treasury. History of Motoring. Miklós Izsó). a neoClassical building designed by Mihály Pollack.. Habsburg palatine crypt. wing A ≥ 375-9175 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The Hungarian contemporary art collection of G B3 . è Castle bus % 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. Ferenc Medgyessy). « 17 ç 60. Permanent exhibitions over 8.000 art objects sited in wings B. Buda Castle Palace. 86 « 1 « Árpád híd % HUF 100–150 Kiscell Museum 7 A1 III.. temporary exhibition: HUF 300–600 Kassák Lajos Memorial Museum 6 B1 III. Fô tér 1 ≥ 368-7021 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — Exhibition in the former Zichy Mansion on the art of Lajos Kassák. wall hangings.. History of steam locomotion. 20th century painting (József RipplRónai. Dísz tér 17 ≥ 375-8584 ó Tue–Sun. The museum’s new permanent exhibition: 20th century Hungarian art. painting and literary editor. 17th century aristocratic costumes. Its exhibitions embrace two major areas of collections from the Budapest History Museum: modern urban history.. A century of Hungarian state shipping. Art Nouveau glassware.. 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 square metres include: 100 years and today. è Castle bus % HUF 300–600 Transport Museum 9 D2 XIV. « 1 ë 70. C and D of Buda Castle Palace covers the period from the foundation of the state to the present day. Permanent exhibitions: Medieval and Renaissance lapidarium. 1 Bajza utca ç 4 ë 70. temporary exhibition: HUF 300–600 Hungarian National Museum 11 C3 VIII. from the legacies of Hungarian authors.. Mihály Munkácsy. 19th century painting (Gyula Benczúr. 165 % HUF 200–600 G Cologne art collector couple Irene and Peter Ludwig. A visit provides an overview of the past 50 years of universal art. French furniture. 78 % 150–300 HUF Museum of Applied Art  5 C4 IX. since G G G G G Museum of Contemporary Arts – Ludwig Museum Budapest 8 I. Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka. book and document collections of Count Ferenc Széchényi. while it was later transformed into a Baroque mansion and even served as a hospital. ç 6. Major collections and art objects: Oriental rug collection. poetry. Sat–Sun: 10 am–6 pm (closes one hour earlier from October to May) — One of Europe’s oldest transport history collections. surrounded by woods at the foot of the Óbuda Hills. 6 % Permanent exhibition: free. History of urban transport.are important Japanese medieval art items and Chinese bronzes and porcelain-ware. and contemporary Hungarian art from the last 10 years. 100 years of Hungarian motoring. leading artist of Hungarian avant-garde. Pál Szinyei Merse) and sculpture (István Ferenczy. and the fine art collection of the Municipal Gallery. Városligeti körút 11 ≥ 273-3840 ó Tue–Fri: 10 am–5 pm.. Italian majolica.: 10 am–6 pm — The collection of 10. Béla Czóbel) and sculpture (Béni Ferenczy. 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. The huge national collection has occupied its present site.
. 78 % Permanent exhibition: free. temporary exhibition: HUF 400–800 Hungarian Natural History Museum 12 D4 VIII. 79 % HUF 300–600 Nagytétény Mansion Museum 14 E2 XXII. Ludovika tér 6 ≥ 210-1085 ó 10 am–6 pm. The exhibition material encompassing the entire oeuvre of the artist is selected from 400 works bequeathed to the Museum of Fine Arts.hu . Dózsa György út 37. and among 19–20th century masterworks French painting is most comprehensively represented. is very rich. which gives a comprehensive overview of Italian schools of painting from the 13th to the 18th century..30 pm The collection in the Zichy Mansion includes historical documents and relics of the industrial history of Óbuda and surroundings. Permanent exhibitions: Traditional culture of the Hungarian people. 3 Kálvin tér « 47. Engels. ç 14. Dohány utca 2 ≥ 342-8949 ó Mon–Thur: 10 G G G G G G G G 16 www. « Árpád híd « 1 % free Jewish Museum 20 C3 VII. Marx. Time track-rock park in front of the museum. Balatoni út (road No.000 art works) since 1906. 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. 3 Klinikák % Permanent exhibition: free.30 pm — The core of the museum material derived from the superb collection of paintings formed by the Esterházys and donated in the 1870s.. Fô tér 1 ≥ 250-1020 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–7. 114. Soviet soldiers etc. temporary exhibition: HUF 250–700 G Óbuda Museum 16 B1 III. Treasures from the mineral collection.. took on its present form in 1766..000 Hungarian and 53. — This imposing neo-Classical building together with the courtyard has hosted the museum’s mineral and rock collection since 1995. The mansion. Baroque and neo-Classical elements. a defining neo-Classical structure in Heroes’ Square. but indeed one of the country’s finest Baroque-age palaces. monumental representations of the period of socialism in Hungary (Lenin. temporary exhibition: HUF 400–800 Statue Park  18 E2 XXII. closed Tue. One can view Art Nouveau interiors and toy and game collections in its permanent exhibitions. and the works of artistic groups. Today the mansion forms a part of the Museum of Applied Art. 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.. running from Roman times to the 20th century. The museum has a broad collection of foreign art from Antiquity to the present day.budapestinfo.000 international art objects. geometric forms and optical illusions. built on 15th century Gothic foundations. 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 75. but its regular temporary exhibitions feature mainly the contemporary arts.. the Italian collection. Permanent exhibitions: Man and nature in Hungary. In addition to the Egyptian. ç 3 % Permanent exhibition: free.). Dózsa György út 41 (Heroes’ Square) ≥ 469-7100 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5. and who as Victor Vasarely gained world fame as the founder of the op-art movement.1846. His pictures use sharp colours.. temporary exhibition: HUF 600–1200 C2 Palace of Arts  13 XIV. 50 % HUF 200–600 Vasarely Museum 19 B1 III. It does not have its own collection. 79 % Permanent exhibition: free.. Lapidarium-Roman stone finds. From primitive societies to civilization. a magnificent building sited opposite Parliament. (Heroes’ Square) ≥ 363-2671 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — The largest exhibition gallery in the country. temporary exhibition: HUF 200–400 Museum of Ethnography 15 B2 V. Kossuth tér 12 ≥ 473-2400 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — One of Europe’s largest specialist museums with around 139. The former royal court. 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 75. Szentlélek tér 6 ≥ 388-7551 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–7. The grandiose neo-Classical building in Heroes’ Square has housed the collection (now around 100. 9 % Permanent exhibition: free. single items and suites) dating from the 15th to the 19th century. 49 ç 15. « 2 2 Kossuth Lajos tér ë 70. and its rooms have a magnificent collection of European furniture (around 300 pieces.30 pm — The museum is named after Hungarianborn painter Gyôzô Vásárhelyi who moved to Paris in 1930 to work. combines Renaissance. as well as wrought-iron decorative work from old Óbuda houses. The jewels of the Spanish collection are seven El Greco works. « Árpád híd « 1 % HUF 200–300 Museum of Fine Arts  17 C2 XIV. Permanent exhibitions: History of Hungary from the foundation of the state to 1990. Greek and Roman collections.
30 am–5. “Waxworks 1944. Vörösmarty utca 35 ≥ 322-9804 ó Mon–Fri: 10 am–6 pm. 72.am–5 pm (10 am–3 pm between 1 November and 14 April). József Attila utca 4–6 ≥ 272-0876 ó Tue–Thur. 3 Újpest–Városkapu % HUF 200–600 G Dorottya Gallery B3 V. 7 3 Ferenciek tere % HUF 150–300 Citadel B4 XI. Gellért Memorial Park”. 19. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — The museum. 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 . “St. Lajos utca 158 ≥ 388-6771 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « Árpád híd « 1 % HUF 100–200 Ernst Museum B3 VI. Sat–Sun: 11 am–6 pm. Sun. Tárnok utca 18 ≥ 375-9772 ó Tue–Sun: 10. History of the Hungarian Holocaust. Dorottya utca 8 ≥ 266-0877 ó 1 Sept–30 April: Mon–Thur: 1–7 pm. Martinovics tér 12 ≥ 261-3586 ó Tue–Sat: 9 am–4 pm Sun: 9 am–1 pm — ç 9.: 11 am–6 pm — « 4.: 9 am–1 pm — 3 Nyugati tér « 4. 118 % HUF 0–1200 E1 MEO Contemporary Art Collection 21 IV. Szabadsajtó utca 5 ≥ 318-8097 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « 2 ç 5. 28 % free Flag Museum VIII.budapestinfo.. Nagymezô utca 8 ≥ 413-1310 ó Tue–Sun: 11 am–7 pm — « 4. 49 % HUF 400–1000 (The price of admission includes entry to the museum and synagogue) Bible Museum IX.. Ráday utca 28 ≥ 217-6321 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 3 Kálvin tér ç 15 % free C4 Budapest Exhibition Hall B3 V. Fri: 11 am–10 pm — MEO Contemporary Art Collection plays a unique role in presenting Hungarian contemporary fine art. bunker and exhibition” ç 27 « 18. Everyday objects. Sat. These displays provide the art-loving visitor with a memorable and lasting experience. 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. 32. Markó utca 22 ≥ 350-3737/4188 ó Mon–Sun.30 pm between 1 November and 28 February) — ç 16 è Castle bus % free Béla Bartók Memorial House E1 II. Citadella sétány ≥ 466-5794 ó 9 am–9 pm Interior courtyard: “Past and Present of Gellért Hill”. has an unparalleled collection of Judaica.. 8. Fri.. József körút 68 ≥ 334-0159 ó Tue–Sun..: 10 am–5 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ç 4 ë 70. 62 « 3. 49. 78 % HUF 250–500 Ferenc Liszt Memorial Museum and Research Centre VI... 6 % free www. 47.. GALLERIES Agricultural Museum C2 XVI. Gellérthegy. 79 % HUF 200–500 Ambulance Service Museum V. 41.. EXHIBITION HALLS. Permanent exhibitions: Devotional objects for Jewish celebrations.hu B1 OTHER MUSEUMS..: 10 am–6 pm. Vajdahunyad Castle ≥ 363-1973 ó Tue–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. Fri–Sat: 11 am–7 pm — 1 Vörösmarty tér 2 3 Deák tér « 2 % free Budapest Gallery Exhibition House III. 6 % HUF 50–100 B2 C3 Arany Sas (Golden Eagle) Pharmacy Museum A3 I.. Sat: 9 am–5 pm — 1 Vörösmarty utca ç 4 % HUF 180–370 Fire Service Museum X.. 2 Astoria ë 74 « 47.30 pm (10 am–3. 6 (Oktogon) 1 Opera ë 70. built in fitting style and attached to the uniquely beautiful Dohány Street Synagogue...
.hu . Saturday–Sunday: 10 am–8 pm — 1 Oktogon « 4. Saturday: 10 am–2 pm 1 2 3 Deák tér ç 15. Thursday: 2–6 pm. Sun and holidays: 11 am–7 pm — ë 70. 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 (Oktogon) % HUF 200–400 House of Terror Museum C3 VI. 16. 86 « 4. 30. 30A 3 Ferenc körút % free C4 Hungarian Electrical Engineering Museum B3 VII..budapestinfo.. Sat–Sun: 10 am–6 pm ç 102 « 59 % Groups welcome: HUF 1000–2000 Holocaust Memorial Centre IX. 455-3333 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm « 4. Andrássy út 60 ≥ 374-2600 ó Tuesday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm. Nagymezô utca 20 ≥ 473-2666 ó Mon–Fri: 2–7 pm.Foundry Museum E1 II. 78 1 Opera « 4. 105 % free KOGArt House  (Kovács Gábor Art Foundation) C2 VI. Október 6. Páva utca 39 ≥ 455-3320. Andrássy út 112 ≥ 354-3820 ó 10 am–6 pm % HUF 400–800 Magyar House of Photographers (Mai Manó Ház) B3 VI..: 2–6 pm « Árpád híd % HUF 100 Gizi Bajor Museum of Actors and Actresses B1 XII. Sat. 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.. utca 9 ≥ 269-2265 ó Tuesday: 10 am–2 pm.. 60. 6 ç 4 % HUF 600–1200 (1) Medieval Jewish Prayer House A3 I. Kiskorona utca 7 ≥ 250-0288 ó Tue–Sun. 19. 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... 6. 41 % free Gallery of the Óbuda Society Circle B1 III. Stromfeld Aurél utca 16 ≥ 356-4294 ó Thur–Fri: 2–6 pm..
. 6 ë 74 % HUF 50–100 Telephone Museum I. 105 % cost of a tram ticket (HUF 145) Varga Imre Collection E1 III.30 pm — ç 5. Hársfa utca 47 ≥ 341-5526 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « 4.. Kodály körönd 1 ≥ 352-7106 ó Wed: 10 am–4 pm.. 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. 79 % HUF 200–400 Semmelweis Museum of Medical History I.hu B2 A3 C2 C2 19 . Sat–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — 2 Stadionok « 1 ë 75. 78. Lajos utca 136–138 ≥ 367-5910 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — « Tímár utca ç 6. 173. Dózsa György út 1–3 ≥ 252-1696 ó Mon–Thur.. Stefánia út 14 ≥ 267-1427 ó 8 Jan–21 Dec: Thur.. Thur–Sat: 10 am–6 pm... Laktanya utca 7 ≥ 250-0274 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — « Árpád híd % HUF 200-400 Zoltán Kodály Memorial Museum and Archives VI. 49 ç 9.. Nefelejcs utca 26 ≥ 341-6789 ó Tue–Sun: 2–6 pm ç 7. Úri utca 49 ≥ 201-8188 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — è Castle bus % HUF 50–100 Textile Museum III. Mosonyi utca 7 ≥ 477-2183 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 2 Keleti pályaudvar ç 7. 86 « 18. 78..30 am–5. Ménesi út 65 ≥ 385-3637 May be visited by prior arrangement ç 27 « 61 % free Petôfi Literary B3 Museum V. Studio A4 Museum XI.. Városligeti fasor 12 ≥ 342-3916 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm — 1 Bajza utca ç 4 ë 70. Apród utca 1–3 ≥ 201-1577 ó Tue–Sun: 10. 77 % HUF 150–250 Pál Molnár-C.budapestinfo. 86 % HUF 250–300 A3 B1 Tomb of Gül Baba E1 II. Sun: 10 am–2 pm — 1 Kodály körönd % HUF 100–200. Fortuna utca 4 ≥ 375-6249 ó Wed–Fri: 10 am–5 pm. 78 « 24 ë 80 % free Museum of Hungarian Commerce and A3 Catering I..Miksa Róth Memorial House C3 VII. Deák Square-pedestrian underpass ≥ 461-6500 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–5 pm — 1 2 3 Deák tér « 47. 77 % free C2 Stamp Museum C3 VII. Sat... 16.. 6 3 Ferenc körút % free Underground Railway Museum V. 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.. 19 % free Sport Museum XIV. Sun: 10 am–6 pm — ç 16 è Castle bus % free National Geological Museum D3 XIV... Sun: 10 am–4 pm — 2 Népstadion ç 7 ë 75. free on Sunday www. 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. 78 2 Keleti pályaudvar % HUF 60–150 Museum of Crime C3 VIII.. 7. Liliom utca 41 ≥ 456-2040 ó Mon–Sun: 4–7 pm « 4.
≥ 483-2150 ó daily 8 am–6 pm National Lutheran Museum: Tue–Sun: 10 am–6 pm ç 4.. Deák tér. over the centuries it took on Gothic features. 9 « 47.. Main sights: Gothic chapel.. The organ loft and pulpit were also built to his designs. while its current decorative Baroque form was given in the 18th century. 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. It was built by Viennese architect Ludwig Förster in the middle of the 19th century. The Baroque main altar and the statues decorating the altar are particularly attractive. Ferenciek tere Open to visitors every day In the 13th century a monastery and church stood on the site of the present-day church..hu . One of Budapest’s most imposing historical monuments. 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. ECCLESIASTICAL COLLECTIONS Inner City Franciscan Church B3 V. 49 % HUF 400–1000 (The price of admission includes entry to the museum and synagogue)  CHURCHES. 49 1 2 3 Deák tér In line with the Puritanism of Protestant churches 20 www. Inner City Calvinist Church B4 IX. but the interior has neo-Classical features too. 49 3 Kálvin tér ç 9. The frescoes speak of the talent of Károly Lotz and Vilmos Tardos Krenner.. built in the 12th century in Romanesque style on the site of the grave of martyr Bishop Gellért. Nothing remains of the original church. Lutheran Church B3 V. Dohány Street Synagogue  B3 VII. its fourcolumn portico at the main entrance was built by József Hild. Kálvin tér Open to visitors every day « 47. it is faced in white and red brick. 15 ë 83 Built in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. and during the 17th century it was used by the Turks as a mosque.Róth. neo-Gothic carved pulpit. tér 2 ≥ 318-3108 Open to visitors every day during church services 3 Ferenciek tere « 2 The oldest church in Pest. The church treasury preserves 17–18th century liturgical objects. 15th century Italian frescoes and 20th century main altar. Following a fire in 1723 it was rebuilt in Baroque style.budapestinfo. Március 15. with a wealth of ceramic decorative elements and two onion-dome towers. 3 Ferenciek tere Inner City Parish Church B3 V. Fri. Dohány utca 2 ≥ 342-8949 ó Mon–Thur: 10 am–5 pm (10 am–3 pm between 1 November and 14 April).
. after whom the basilica is named. St. Mihály Zichy. Bertalan Székely). Among the church’s famous works of art are sculptures by Alajos Stróbl. and a painting by Gyula Benczúr: St. ecclesiastical history exhibition. the greatest architect of the day. The marvellous collection of the church includes the lapidarium. daily: 9.30 am–5. a striking feature in Deák Square. www. The royal cathedral. and then in 1867 the work was taken over by Miklós Ybl. Stephen dedicating the country to the Virgin Mary.hu 21 . is characterized by the typical simplicity of early neoClassicism. Pictures in the iconostasis (1850) show Italian Renaissance influences. Matthias Church A3 I.30 pm — è Castle bus % HUF 270–550 Budapest’s most attractive and most famous Catholic church. the Church of Our Lady.budapestinfo. its final facade with tympanum supported by Doric columns was completed only in 1856. Stephen. Today’s neo-Gothic form was given by major reconstruction work directed by Frigyes Schulek in 1896. coronation relics and the treasury with goldsmith masterpieces and church textiles. The adjacent National Lutheran Museum has an interesting exhibition revealing the history of the Hungarian Reformation. Its superb acoustics make it a popular location for evening organ concerts. Szent István tér ≥ 317-2859 ó daily 9 am–5 pm (in winter: 10 am–4 pm) 1 Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 2 3 Deák tér The largest church in Budapest.. Its 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. reliquary. Frescoes and stained glass windows in the church were made by some of the age’s finest artists (Károly Lotz. Serbian Church B4 V.the building. and finally concluded in 1905 by József Kauser. Szerb utca 2–4 Open to visitors every day 3 Kálvin tér Built by Serbian settlers in Baroque style in 1698.. Its 96-metre-high dome affords a view over virtually the entire city. Stephen’s Basilica  B3 V. Although the church was built between 1797–1808. was built in several stages between the 13th and 15th centuries. The neo-Classical building holds the greatest reliquary of the Hungarian people: the mummified arm. which due to its unique siting largely defines the view of the Castle quarter as seen from the Pest side. Building started in 1851. Szentháromság tér ≥ 355-3657 ó daily 6 am-8 pm. the Holy Right. of King St.
Select from whatever interests you most! The Cultural Avenue runs right through the centre of Budapest between the World Heritage Buda Castle district and City Park. Synagogue. Basilica. Concentrated along this axis are most of the capital’s prominent sights.budapestinfo. the State Opera House. People of all ages will find something to enjoy on the Cultural Avenue. a host of theatres running different shows. theatres and confectioneries.hu . No fewer than 18 museums. Discover another – unique – side to Budapest! 12 G 22 www. not to speak of the entertainment quarter in City Park. 17 G cultural institutions.CULTURAL avenue Welcome to Europe’s most diverse Cultural Avenue! You are invited to a remarkable walking tour in Budapest. cafés. Funfair and Zoo are located along Budapest’s Cultural Avenue.
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.hu 23 .budapestinfo.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.
important building Park. 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. footpath Pedestrian zone. steps Hotel Sports ground Airport Boat station Coach station Market Botanical garden Parking Multi-storey car park Underground garage Church Synagogue Information Office World Heritage site . swimming pool Vacant area. business area. statue Theatre Medicinal bath.
Once the church where royalty was crowned. ONLY ONE DAY? WHAT YOU MUSTN’T MISS. Further information on city sightseeing programmes is available on the web page of the Tourism Office of Budapest (www. Danube embankment and Andrássy Avenue. historical Pest. It successfully combines a centuries-old architectural and cultural heritage with the latest features of modern life. for instance the Castle Museum. Close by is the Hilton Hotel. Despite being rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. boat or on foot.budapestinfo. Visitors have a choice of sightseeing by bus. Budapest by night. It would be a pity to miss the Buda Castle. sightseeing SIGHTSEEING PROGRAMMES Leaflets published by travel agencies specializing in city sightseeing tours around Budapest are available from hotel reception desks and information offices. In addition to the traditional 12-16language bus sightseeing tours the following special programmes can also be recommended: trips around Parliament. Budapest holds a front-ranking position among the most attractive cities of the world. The pale masonry of Fishermen’s Bastion serves as a fine backdrop to Matthias Church. Ludwig Museum displaying contemporary art.hu . is packed with museums. Anyone who has just one day to spend on sightseeing around the capital needs a well-planned programme..(3) (4) (5) (6) SIGHTS. cherished historical memorials are steadily regaining their original forms (in line with available resources). and the Red Star tour (features from communist times).hu). Boat sightseeing trips titled “Danube Bella” and “Danube Legend” are organized by Legenda Kft.budapestinfo. The view from the Royal Palace across the Danube is breathtaking. Matthias Church has managed to preserve its interior layout first shaped 700 years ago. and the Hungarian National Gallery. today its excellent acoustics make it an ideal venue for organ concerts. (≥ 266-4190). all World Heritage sites.. the Opera House and Ethnographical Museum. Museum of Military History. Jewish memories in Budapest. a walk in the Buda Castle. Its collection of ecclesiastical vestments is famous. and there is also a replica of the Hungarian Holy Crown preserved in the treasury. The Castle district 26 www.
and then the marvellous old Gellért Hotel and Spa Bath hove into view at the foot of Liberty Bridge on the Buda side.hu 27 .budapestinfo. Leaving Elizabeth Bridge behind. 2 travels the entire length of the embankment. In summertime the Hilton café and terrace are popular places to relax. Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace unfolds across the river. 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. behind which is the remarkable Central Market Hall. the most important lookout point in the city. Gellért Hill dominates the Buda scene. today a museum). www. The Citadel (formerly a fortress. The Gresham Palace. or the contemporary exhibitions staged in the Palace of Arts on the opposite side of the square. and the neoRenaissance building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. An early underground railway (in fact the very first on the continent) still runs the length of the Avenue. The tram rattles past one bridge after another. Tram No. the oldest in Budapest. 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. Further back into town we pass a series of top class hotels and the Vigadó. and small exhibitions at each station detail the most interesting buildings of the age. The most attractive parts of the Danube embankment can also be observed while on the move. On the return trip (on the right-hand side) we have the dignified University of Economics. stand on Roosevelt Square. stations on the line have preserved their original designs created 130 years ago. 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. which has been transformed into a luxury hotel (Four Seasons). and then a little further down the view of Matthias Church. Andrássy Avenue is a key element in the Budapest city plan. whose concert hall and lobby are as dramatic as the external view. including Chain Bridge.awarded the Hotel of the Year prize at the time it was built. At the end of our tram ride stands the new National Theatre on the Pest side close to Lágymányos Bridge.
and beside it the Art Nouveau Gresham Palace which has been completely renewed to function as a Four Seasons luxury hotel. One of the defining buildings of Budapest. The several historical sections. siege and world war – its beauty continues to shine through and its medieval monuments are a delight. including the outstanding Opera House and many beautiful tenement blocks with intimate inner courtyards. have over the intervening years found new functions. which diverts a considerable amount of traffic away from the inner city. The near 2. Budapest being – in their eyes – one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. and the newest bridge on the scene is Lágymányos. and it originally had a separate lane reserved for gentlemen out riding. where the gateways of Baroque houses reveal Roman-age stones and finely carved sedilia from the age of chivalry. the oldest is Chain Bridge built in 1849. The Royal Palace and its fine buildings form a single entity with the rows of Danube embankment houses under Castle Hill.budapestinfo. the most graceful is Elizabeth Bridge. The marvellous panorama is rounded off by the line of hotels on the embankment and the grand old Vigadó. (continued on page 30) 28 www. one of the earliest suspension bridges. Over the course of centuries the church was the scene for many coronations.5-km-long Avenue was inspired by the boulevards of France. Sándor Palace. Inside. The century-old building of Parliament. Aggtelek. Not far from this stands the dignified edifice of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the Pest end of Chain Bridge. despite which there are still clearly defined sections to it. it affords a superb viewpoint over the city. and happily alloying the old with the new. statues and fountains. It was named after the former prime minister who had done much to make Budapest a true metropolis. stands in Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square. calmer age. then it served as a Turkish mosque from 1541 before being reconsecrated. Lake Fertô). inside which are the remains of an ancient church. Andrássy Avenue and environs make up a unified architectural form dating from the late 19th century. Stephen’s Basilica.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 over 700-yearold Matthias Church. And although in the 800 years since its foundation it has been hit by virtually every disaster imaginable – earthquake. The hotel courtyard encompasses the cloister of a medieval monastery. Pécs. Budapest. The former Royal Palace and its attendant buildings represent an organic. fire. the Avenue’s environs boast a huge variety of architectural styles and interesting sights. Among the latter. Tokaj.000 German soldiers during the Second World War. stands the luxury Hilton Hotel built over 25 years ago. and yet at the same time a separate part of the Castle quarter. But it is not only these buildings which are worthy of attention. which served as a military station for 20. Most wings of the palace have been turned into museums. built by Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style. St. Underneath the feet lies a vast labyrinth of caves. theatrical performances are held here each summer.hu . The cream of Eclectic architecture is to be seen along the Avenue. 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. although it is true to say that local residents and visitors consider the award fully deserved. The Castle quarter represents the core of the ancient town and an area guarding some of the most important historical monuments in the country. as well as the cliffs of Gellért Hill and the bridges spanning the Danube. once the residence of the prime minister. Right alongside. and the National Széchényi Library is also here. Behind this one can see the dome of Budapest’s largest ecclesiastical building. On entering the quarter visitors generally get the impression they have travelled back in time to a completely different. which were severely damaged during the Second World War. Its Gothic tower and the backdrop of Fishermen’s Bastion make this one of the most commonly photographed monuments. The rich collection of ecclesiastical art attracts many visitors each year. built in 1566 by Pasha Sokoli Mustafa and once a cultic centre due to its proximity to a nearby Dervish monastery. Fishermen’s Bastion was raised in neoRomanesque style on the foundations of the medieval castle walls. defines the view on the opposite side of the Danube. Hortobágy. 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. with Rudas Baths. Pannonhalma.
Hungary’s first king. designed by Alfréd Hajós. the interior is breathtaking. There is a stop at the Opera House. and opposite the Palace of Arts. is preserved in the Hungarian National Museum. amphitheatres and military encampment. Orb and Sceptre. are on display in the Hungarian Railway History Park (indeed. one of the greatest Hungarian composers of the 20th century. 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. Today it guards the Hungarian Holy Crown. at the foot of which are sculptures of the seven tribal chieftains. Inside is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the many victims of fascism and communism in Hungary. Buy tickets for an evening of entertainment there. Life-size. Continental Europe’s first sub-surface railway was built under the road. The town was the seat of the province. This is where you’ll find the East Asian Art Museum. generals and great historical figures. The embassies have residences in equally imposing villas. displays a whole variety of items from veteran cars to a space module. Hungarian swimming champion at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games. Vajdahunyad Castle built on a mini island. and its excavated ruins allow one to conjure up in the mind an image of the once thriving centre complete with baths. Stephen’s Basilica. the museums of agriculture and transport as well as Petôfi Hall) are the capital’s favourite tourist destinations. Most visiting heads of state and government pay their respects at this monument. Biedermeier and neo-Classical furniture. can be accessed from Kodály Circus. Millions 30 www. Municipal Grand Circus. should the history of transport. The only give-away is the occasional wrought iron balustrade leading underground. the creation of Miklós Ybl in Italian Renaissance style. Stephen. working locomotives. established in the former home of Ferenc Hopp who collected most of the works on display. The building’s exterior is imposing. lies not far from Nagytétény. The neo-Renaissance Hungarian College of Fine Art also stands on Andrássy Avenue. The entertainment and cultural centres in City Park (Zoo. the real thing. An extensive furniture exhibition in the Nagytétény Mansion Museum covers periods which came long after the Romans had left: superb Renaissance. It is well worth visiting not only for its brilliant performances but also for the magnificent grand stair and lavish interior design. carriages and ships – is spoken of around the world. and you have the chance of staying in our capital for at least three days. and then bequeathed them to the nation. this is the recently renovated Hotel Andrássy. another part of the coronation regalia richly embroidered with gold thread. Andrássy Avenue terminates at the Millennium Monument erected to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest. But if you’ve already seen the Castle district. dancers and conductors from all over the world. Széchenyi Spa. a memorial museum established in the former flat of Zoltán Kodály. then we can recommend the Transport Museum. However. In the foreground is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. The collection. Baroque.. The museum’s model collection – incredibly detailed scale models of locomotives. City Park Lake behind Heroes’ Square tempts the visitor to take out a boat in summer and skate in winter.hu . home to temporary exhibitions. The Park boasts around 100 fully functioning locomotives from the early days of steam up to more modern times. Each year the legendary Orient Express also makes several stops here. The Basilica’s dome affords a superb all-round view of the city.budapestinfo. The semi-circular pantheon surrounding this ensemble has depictions of famous kings. famed for its wine-making. Whether we are talking of its external neo-Gothic appearance or its interior. Funfair. Aquincum is packed with memories of the Roman period. OR WHERE YOU SHOULD GO IN BUDAPEST We hope that Budapest will captivate you. A fine Bauhaus building stands at the corner of Munkácsy Mihály Street. the largest ecclesiastical building in Budapest and repository for the relic the Holy Right Hand of St. and the more than 125-year-old underground is still carrying passengers today along a line only slightly longer than the original. Budafok. while the 1004-year-old mantle. SIGHTSEEING OVER 3 DAYS.. After Oktogon the museum visitor comes across a vast grey edifice. One of the finest historical monuments in the capital. Not far from Parliament is St. Archangel Gabriel stands atop the huge column. the Opera House. stands on Andrássy Avenue.(continued from page 28) One of the special features of Andrássy Avenue is barely visible on the surface. 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. there is but one word to describe it: stunning. Villas along the Avenue are named after their onetime owners or designers. and its rich decoration and superb acoustics attract the greatest singers. On one side of the square stands the Museum of Fine Arts with a Spanish collection unrivalled outside Spain. set up in a museum in City Park. Danube embankment and Andrássy Avenue. the House of Terror Museum set up in the former headquarters of the dreaded state police. you can even try your hand at driving one). It will be a memory you’ll always treasure. rare vehicles and the like. be more to your taste.
of litres of the very finest sparkling wines and select reds and whites lie maturing in the cavernous cellar system hereabouts. 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. Due to its excellent features it was settled as early as the 13th century. monuments. as did the (7) town. 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. or coffee and cakes in an equally outstanding confectionery. streets and squares. district (Buda) – è Castle bus ç 16 Funicular Part of the World Heritage. In fact the Alabárdos. Their furnishings and style are delightful. Breathtaking panoramas open from the Fishermen’s Bastion and the promenade in front of the National Gallery. the palace has witnessed wars and occupation from the 13th to the 20th century. It boasts three churches. Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Square and the Zsolnay confectionery in the Béke Hotel are elegant and old world. Royal Palace B3 I. which actually is well past the magical century. six museums. the once renowned Hauer has reopened on Rákóczi Road. Of course one’s tour. thermal pools and medical services to very high standards. A tour of the cellars combined with wine tasting takes at least half a day. A trip out to the Statue Park will prove an unforgettable experience. One of the Turkish baths built around that time is the Rudas. and he chose this spot as the seat of royal rule. with delicacies served on fine Hungarian porcelain.hu 31 . a theatre. numerous atmospheric restaurants. Among the confectioneries. and each serves traditional Hungarian cuisine made to order. Travellers were writing about its remarkable medicinal waters in the 1500s.5 km long and in places it is 500 metres wide. Funicular One of the symbols of the nation. galleries and gift shops.budapestinfo. and Mozart on Erzsébet Boulevard serves the creme de la creme in cakes and desserts. Aranyszarvas (Golden Hind) and Kárpátia are also getting on in age. cafés. It is around 1. many historical buildings. district Castle quarter – è Castle bus. Gellért Spa is the most elegant in King Béla IV built a castle here after the Tartar invasion. just as is the case in the famed Matthias Cellar (Mátyás pince). www. 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. offering a bubble bath. four hotels. open-air wave pool. The Castle quarter on Castle Hill stands 180 m above sea level. and it still employs some of the original fittings today. Budapest is proud of the Százéves (100-year-old) Restaurant. Castle quarter and Castle Hill A-B3 I. Budapest is a spa city. The Turks occupied it.
There is a rock and mineral exhibition in the Institute. knowledge. Liberty Statue B4 XI. The neo-Gothic building is the work of architect Imre Steindl. 19. and the most B4 32 www. Stephen’s Crown. Allegorical sculptures in the imposing foyer and on the façade are the work of Miklós Izsó and Emil Wolf.. founder of the London stock exchange. and was constructed between 1884–1902. opened here in 2004.budapestinfo. The neoRomanesque bastion has only ever had a decorative role: it is a popular place to look out over Pest. welfare. Fishermen’s Bastion A3 I. whence the name. It was designed by Ödön Lechner and built in 1899. 1–3 – ç 15 « 2. and a valuable scientific library. Roosevelt tér 9 – « 2 ç 16 The oldest and most significant building on Roosevelt Square. the sceptre. Gresham Palace B3 V. Roosevelt tér 5–6 – « 2 ç 4. The Four Seasons. The painting The Conquest by Mihály Munkácsy. the permanent site of the national assembly. Quarter-circular colonnades extend to both left and right of the column. and built in 1907 on the basis of designs by the brothers József and László Vágó and Zsigmond Quittner. Since 2000 the general public has been able to view the Hungarian coronation regalia here: St. Three figures can be observed on the middle roof crest holding a globe. It was sited on the place of the medieval fish market and the walls protected by the guild of fishermen. sited at the entrance to City Park. the other the fight against evil. The grand gala hall decorated with pictures by Károly Lotz is also used for staging concerts. Building started in 1895 on the designs of Frigyes Schulek. it was destroyed three times and then rebuilt. London. 47. City Park – 1 Hôsök tere ç 4 ë 79 The most spectacular square in the capital. There are lecture and session rooms.. Central Market IX. 105 This Art Nouveau building was commissioned by the Gresham Assurance Company. And even though the post-war period also marked the start of Soviet rule. 86 « 18. while the butt piers are embellished with emblematic sculptural ensembles (work. Today’s neo-Classical style was taken on after the Second World War. Its perfect neo-Renaissance design came from the studio of Berlin architect Stüler. 16. is 268 m long and its cupola rises 96 m into the air.. the capital’s most exclusive luxury hotel. the statue on Gellért Hill was not removed even after the change of regime since it had become an indelible part of the cityscape.. the greatest Hungarian painter. It has 691 rooms. one of which (at the top of the facade) is a bust of Sir Thomas Gresham. Between the pillars of the colonnade are figures of the ‘greats’ from Hungarian history. The Palace features several statues. the work of outstanding architect Zsigmond Kisfaludy Strobl. Parliament sits on the Danube embankment with its entrance looking out over Kossuth Square. Budapest History Museum. Stefánia út 14 – 2 Stadionok ç 7 One of the capital’s finest Art Nouveau buildings. hangs in the congress chamber. Hungarian Academy of Sciences B3 V. The building hosts several distinguished institutions: the Hungarian National Gallery.. Gellérthegy – ç 27.Habsburgs. Kossuth Lajos tér ≥ 317-9800 – Visits by guided tour only.. There are two other sculptures at the foot of the female figure holding aloft the palm of victory: one is an allegory of progress. Fôvám krt. 47. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is positioned in front of the monument. was raised in 1947 in memory of the country’s liberation. orb and Renaissance sword. 41. National Széchényi Library and the Ludwig Museum.. – 2 Kossuth tér ç 15 « 2 ë 70. on top of which is a statue of the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown and apostolic double cross. Hungarian State Geological Institute D2 XIV. Heroes’ Square C2 XIV.hu . Its light blue ceramic roof and blue Zsolnay ceramic decoration harmonize with the yellow-brown façade. 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. Szentháromság tér – è Castle bus A relatively youthful structure next to Matthias Church. The staircase is embellished with fine frescoes by Károly Lotz and sculptures by György Kiss. 118 The 14-m-high statue. The most modern luxury apartments and offices of the day were established in the building. 49. each time in the architectural style of the age. and it was built between 1862–64. Parliament B2 V. 49 The largest market in the capital. Anyone coming up Andrássy Boulevard sees from afar the 36-m-high column in the centre of the Millennium memorial. 78 The largest building in the country. honour and peace).
It was built in 1890. 118 In the year of its construction (1903) it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. 7/A.. Gellérthegy – ç 7 « 18. Count István Széchenyi commissioned William Tierney Clark to design the bridge and engineer Adam Clark (no relation) to build it. 7. 19. is integrated in the mega-complex on a site looking onto Váci Road. 18. 47. The bridge was named after the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. designed by Gustave Eiffel and ranked as one of the most outstanding historical monuments of the capital. 86. Chain Bridge B3 ç 4. sealed in a barrel. Statue of St. 91 At the end of 1999 the Western Railway Station. designed by Samu Pecz. The imposing building of the University of Economics stands close by. who died a martyr in the 11th century. Construction lasted from 1839–1849.budapestinfo. thus anyone sitting in the buffet is witness to the everyday comings and goings of a typical Budapest apartment block.. 19. Elizabeth Bridge B3 ç 5. 118 French Institute B4 I. 26. 33 . royal coat of arms etc. details of the building are radically modern. offices and 60. The bridge did not escape the destruction of the Second World War. saw a new “neighbour” move in next door: the stunning modern complex called the Westend City Center. a record it held until 1926. However. the latest Budapest hotel in the Hilton chain. Alkotás utca – ç 8. ç 6. 86 Originally called Franz Joseph Bridge. has attracted many tourists to Budapest: photographs or film (8) of it illuminated at night. 105 « 2. stands opposite Elizabeth Bridge on the south side of Gellért Hill. 8.. down into the Danube. 41.000 square metre shopping centre (with waterfall in the vestibule). 18. 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. 19. According to legend this is the spot from where pagans pushed the missionary bishop. 86. 118 ç 7. « 2. Gellért B4 XI. at the Pest foot of Liberty Bridge. 7. The new bridge was designed by Pál Sávoly and built in 1964. and is built according to the best traditions of classical modern Hungarian architecture. a historical monument. One interesting feature is that the Institute is adjoined to the inner courtyard of the neighbouring house with a glass wall. 6 3 Nyugati pu. and which can be seen standing on the corner of Csörsz Street. and which turns into a waterfall below the statue. 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. 41 The capital’s first bridge. Westend City Center B2 XIII. on its 100th anniversary. Fô utca 17 ç 86 « 19. 49. 139 « 61 This large residential estate. 19. Váci út – « 4. 15. 173. with the imposing Buda Castle rising in the background. www. During rebuilding all its decorative motifs were retained: the mythical Turul birds. 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. Following its complete restoration in 1994 it has become one of the most popular and visited shopping sites among tourist circles. The park is the work of architects Antal Puhl and Tamás Noll. 16. 49. unique in Europe. The 200-room Hilton Budapest Westend. The complex (which has had a decisive impact on shaping the cityscape) has a 14-screen cinema..hu The statue of Bishop Gellért. it was constructed in 1899. Liberty Bridge B4 « 2. Although designed to fit the form of other blocks along the Danube embankment. 47. MOM Park A3 XII. 41. 78. and it was rebuilt in 1949.attractive. 41. make for a breathtaking sight. 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. Hungary’s beloved Queen Elizabeth. The striking statue is enhanced by the semicircular colonnade behind and the natural spring which rises to the surface at this point. German troops blew up the original bridge in 1945.
sculptures and other outstanding art objects. The association sparked memories of bygone days.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. 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. Then there are others who just enjoy trawling through the shops. Most prop their doors open to entice in the curious. pharmacy jars.) 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”. by the way. before their eye is taken by something else. politician and publicist Miksa Falk has gone down in history books as the person who taught Queen Elizabeth. the Kieselbach Gallery gives a comprehensive overview of modern Hungarian painting from 1919 to 1964. others are three-storey emporiums. curios and objets d’art. 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. Some are just 20 square metres of shop floor. Pakistani or Afghan 34 www. the thick green glass of soda siphons. and many hold auctions of museumquality pictures. Collectors pop their heads around the doors to check out the ever changing displays. thereby spreading the word and bringing to the attention of the general public the oeuvre of artists who have sunken into obscurity. In fact. learning about the styles and periods. squat swivel barber’s chair upholstered in leather. Lace-like delicate porcelain. today has a new function as a plant-holder). Among the 21 shops and galleries on Falk Miksa Street.. This is truly the place for a “made-tomeasure” gift! However. silken carpets. ancient colanders. it’s always pleasurable to mull over where such and such a piece would go in the house. the choice can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. 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. even slow days in Falk Miksa Street are interesting. to speak Hungarian. all are handcrafted masterworks. which finally grew into a novel and then a popular stage play. (As an interesting aside. perhaps in the hope of finding that object that will complete a missing gap in the collection. wife of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph. 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. carved or inlaid furniture. Murano chandeliers. some specialize in certain areas and some sell a kaleidoscope of antiques. or even the superbly worked wardrobes and tables. 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. It is as though each piece has its own story to tell and is just waiting to be discovered. A stroll down just two blocks of Falk Miksa Street reveals more than 20 shops and galleries stuffed with bric-a-brac.budapestinfo.. 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.hu . getting simple pleasure from handling old peasant faience kitchenware. For example.
the superb and the showy. piece of porcelain or some other antique which would look really good at home and be a pleasurable souvenir of Budapest. – in one place. decide the maximum price you’ll pay and stick to it. porcelain.hand-knotted wool or silk rugs. cheese and other toppings) is the best in town. air-conditioned shopping malls of today. Nagykôrösi út 156 ≥ 282-9563 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–4 pm. Upper Hungary and the Vajdaság. 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. while tourists can also enjoy the programmes. the Ecseri has it all. gramophones. rugs and carpets. and violins with strings worn thin by generations of youthful Menuhin wannabes. sorting the 24-carat gold from fool’s gold requires not only a good eye but some considerable luck too. may be located some distance from the centre of town and yet most tourists find the journey out there well worth the time. After all..budapestinfo. lead soldiers and military honours speak of bygone ages. This is a cavalcade of old and new. 4000-square-metre market. The Ecseri takes shopping to a different level where passion is part of the story. And more! Antiques. No wonder then that the visitor sometimes feels as though time has stood still for a few decades. books. don’t leave empty handed! They do say the local lángos (fried dough smothered in sour cream. It represents a remarkable hub for antiques in the capital. 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. Transylvania. „Ecseri” Flea Market 1194 Budapest. So whether you come to buy or to browse. friendly and pleasant environment where buyers can browse the stalls for the antique piece of their dreams.. TREASURE. lace. And perhaps this very fact gives the market its remarkable and sometimes mystical air. prices etc. old fashioned irons. However. exhibitions and auctions regularly organized at the Budapest Antique Market. The visitor can also claim that this is not merely a shopping expedition but culture too. Old bronze pestles and mortars. But don’t forget to bargain. Sat: 8 am–3 pm Access: tram 4 or 6 from Blaha Lujza Square to Boráros Square. After all. from an early camera to paintings of all schools and qualities. 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”.hu 35 . dinner services into which the Sunday soup was ladled year after year. but mixed among the stalls are Africans too selling antique silver. Moving further afield. militaria. Every one of the items on sale has its own story. Around 90 shops and 40 stands are located on the two floors of the recently renovated. 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. violins. And if you find you really don’t need anything today. the flea market on Nagykôrösi Road. The ramshackle market with absolutely no “extras” is a world away from the modern. You should never forget that most dealers make their living selling to tourists. pens. armchairs and oil paintings. copper watering cans and 100-year-old furniture on display can be likened to a trip around an open-air ethnographical museum! Gramophones. there are some valuable rarities out there too. medals. bottles with marble stoppers. dinner services. TRASH AND TRINKETS AT ECSERI FLEA MARKET The largest second-hand market in Budapest. There is plenty of jewellery of the sort that grandmother probably wore for large family get-togethers. some traders travel all the way from Belgium and France. all the creations of skilled hands from bygone days. Known by the locals simply as the “Ecseri”. A trip to the flea market will almost certainly mean you’ll come across a painting. www. extolling – at length – the virtues of their wares and spicing up bargaining with raised voice and argument.. the glorious and the kitsch. glitzy. because this is all part of the game! Tip: before getting down to negotiations. quality. offering a secure. you’ll not be disappointed by what you find here. Although most items won’t set you back more than a few thousand forints at most. the variety of ancient wooden troughs. 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. Sellers are often eager to strike up a conversation with potential buyers. glorious Herend porcelain and old horological timepieces. It permits specialist collectors to establish an accurate picture of the market for antiques in Hungary – styles. porcelain dolls and teddy bears are jammed in between chests of drawers. old soda siphons. from black and white greetings card to a silver fob watch.. 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.
Andrássy út 22 ≥ 353-0170 1 Opera ç 4 % HUF 300–6300 Academy of Music VI. MAJOR BUDAPEST THEATRES AND CONCERT HALLS Hungarian State Opera House  VI. 103 « Csepeli HÉV « Ráckevei HÉV % HUF 1000–2500 C3 B3 Arts Palace C4 (National Concert Hall) IX. the programme is also spiced with popular musicals (Funny Girl.hu . 78 % Charges vary National Theatre  C4 IX. Sound of Music). and the audience can experience classical works of music in their original tongue. Aside from the successful operettas of Imre Kálmán. theatre. Pál Ábrahám and Ferenc Lehár (Countess Marica. Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk bán. THEATRES. The concert halls of the capital attract not only the best Hungarian artists. 54. Rajkó Ensemble etc. The most famous Hungarian opera.. Jagelló út 1–3 ≥ 372-5700 ç 139 « 61 % Charges vary A4 36 www. and Béla Bartók’s beautiful ballet The Miraculous Mandarin feature on programmes virtually all year round. 6 ë 70. Vigadó tér 2 ≥ 318-9167 « 2 1Vörösmarty tér % Charges vary B3 Erkel Theatre C3 VIII.) regularly take to the stage of the Buda Vigadó and Duna Palace. Csárdás Queen. events Hungarian classical and folk music is world-renowned. High standard opera and ballet performances of the Hungarian State Opera House and the Erkel Theatre consistently play to full houses. Several other theatres also feature Hungarian and foreign musicals on their repertoires. 24 ç 23. The Merlin Theatre and IBS International Buda Stage most frequently perform works in English or in other languages featuring Hungarian and foreign artists. 2. The names and works of Béla Bartók. Globetrotting Hungarian folklore ensembles (State Folk Ensemble. Köztársaság tér 30 ≥ 333-0540 ç 7 % HUF 400–2600 Budapest Convention Centre XII. but also the greatest performers from every corner of the world.. film and fine arts. The world famous musical Phantom of the Opera can be seen in the Madách Theatre all year round. Bajor Gizi park 1 ≥ 476-6868 « 2 ç 23.    MUSIC.budapestinfo. 54. Liszt Ferenc tér 8 ≥ 342-0179 « 4.. Duna Artists Ensemble.. 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. 103 « Csepeli HÉV « Ráckevei HÉV % Charges vary Pest Vigadó  V.. Zoltán Kodály and Ferenc Liszt have won Hungarian culture a considerable reputation. Land of Smiles) playing in the renewed Budapest Operetta Theatre.. Komor Marcell sétány 1 « 1. Complimentary copies of Budapest Panorama can be found in hotels and information offices.. Each year the Budapest Spring Festival and its counterpart the Budapest Autumn Festival host the very best of Hungarian and international music.
hu. Deák Ferenc utca 19 (Book and music store) ó Mon–Sat: 10 am–7 pm II. 78 % HUF 850–5500 Duna Palace V.hu Information: jegy@tex.. www. Szent István körút 14 ≥ 329-2340 « 4.hu..musicmix.hu 37 .. 91 % HUF 300–2400 Merlin Theatre V. Lövôház utca 39 ≥ 438-5312 « 4.30 am–6.–24 Dec..eventim. Lövôház utca 2–6 (Mammut 1 Shopping Centre) ó Mon–Thu: 10 am–6 pm.. Liliom utca 41 ≥ 456-2051 « 4.... www. 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. Andrássy út 18 ó Mon–Thu: 9.budapestinfo... 6 3 Ferenc körút % HUF 500–2000 Buda Vigadó B3 I.30 pm V. 6 ç 6.Millenary Park II. 49 1 2 3 Deák tér % HUF 600–1800 Trafó House of C4 Contemporary Arts IX. www. Nagymezô utca 22–24 ≥ 312-4230 ë 70.. 78 % HUF 850–5500 Madách Theatre VII. Gerlóczy utca 4 ≥ 317-9338 — « 47. Erzsébet körút 29–33 ≥ 478-2041 « 4. Corvin tér 8 ≥ 201-3766 « 19.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.hu. 26. Sat: 10 am–1 pm Central customer service: 312-0000 Phone ticketing: (06-30)30-30-999 Internet booking: www.tex. 6 % HUF 400–8500 Comedy Theatre XIII. Budapest Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square TICKET ORDER: Ticket Express V. Nagymezô utca 19 ≥ 353-2172 ë 70. ‘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.ticketexpress.budapestinfo. Zrínyi utca 5 ≥ 235-5500 ç 15 « 2 % Charges vary Thália Theatre  VI.–2 Oct. 6 % Charges vary Budapest Operetta Theatre VI.hu www..
the Basilica. Visegrád  is a synthesis of the past. Today the tower is a museum with a display of archaeological treasures. former royal town. you can still see the ruins of Roman watchtowers along the Danube. Hungary’s largest church. strong man competition and medieval crafts fair are organized in Visegrád. where the pagan rebel Koppány was cruelly executed and his quartered remains hung on the city walls. there is always something of interest to discover beyond the border of Budapest. Today the castle is a museum. rebuilt in Renaissance style has a fountain which ran not with water but with wine during VIP meetings. More than 100 tumuli preserve the remains of Iron Age dwellers who lived hereabouts. Each summer a knight’s tournament. during the reign of King Matthias. seat of kings and archbishops for centuries – attracts around 1 million visitors. established a stewardship here and raised the archdeacon’s church. St. Not far away is the imposing citadel and the huge keep which takes its name. The towering Royal Palace originally raised in Gothic style and later. several thousand years! Visitors to Százhalombatta come upon Iron Age relics of the so-called Hallstadt culture..budapestinfo. Let’s return to Budapest and then set off in a south-westerly direction.    BEYOND Budapest JUST OUTSIDE BUDAPEST Whatever point of the compass we choose to follow. There is a statue of St. the limes. Exhibitions have been set up in some of the halls of the restored palace. This too is a museum. gobelins. and the recently rebuilt Mária Valéria Bridge also contributes to the delightful view of the surroundings. The Christian Museum in the Primate’s Palace has a valuable collection of medieval Italian paintings. the foundations of which still stand on Castle Hill. The most decorative part of the castle is the frescoed Royal Chapel. It is a fact however that during the Middle Ages the royal crown was kept under lock and key here. and its reconstructed grand hall the location for scientific conferences and conventions. ran past the settlement. one of the main features of which is a reconstruction (supported by the British) of the masterpiece red marble Hercules fountain. A further 20 km north and the traveller comes to Esztergom . Stephen not far away. Its red marble chapel. site for the baptism into the Christian Church of our first king. Stephen. faience and porcelains.hu . period replica furniture can be seen in the one-time prince’s suite. encompassing the incomparable Danube Bend. present and future. travel north and the nearest places of note are Szentendre (see separate article). stands atop Castle Hill. The view from here is superb. built on the commission of Archbishop of Esztergom Tamás Bakócz. We are in for a trip back in time. is ranked as one of the finest works of art to have survived in Hungary from the Renaissance. The first king of Hungary. For instance. Huge pyres were set ablaze on the Danube embankment in honour of those recently 38 www. Solomon’s Tower. from the myth that once King Solomon was held captive here. At one time the border of the Roman Empire. The Cathedral Treasury with its remarkable collection of ecclesiastical masterworks always attracts crowds. Each year this more than 1000-year-old settlement (founded 973) – the first capital of the country. The palace gardens have been replanted with flora identified from excavated fountains. Visegrád and Esztergom..
emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.budapestinfo. Seven or eight galleries deal with the marketing of art. www. and their ashes were then hidden away in the mounds made to carefully planned designs. and the very meals eaten in millennia past. 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. allowing archaeologists to reconstruct accurately the burial customs of yore. sculptors and artists who lived and still live today in Szentendre. 1 Vastagh György Street preserves ceramics by Margit Kovács whose works have enjoyed international acclaim for many decades. Most of the houses which once belonged to wealthy merchants are now museums. No. the pantries have original containers for foods. the kitchens display fireplaces and pots and pans. originally the Grassalkovich Mansion. while the stables are full of all the essential equipment for animal husbandry. as does the Rococo iconostasis. and yet there is still another important place to see. If anyone becomes particularly interested in any one of the artists. Indeed. if we leave the capital heading northeast. The third Sunday in every month from May to September is given over to a Family Day when groups and individual visitors will find the archaeological park offering special family-oriented programmes. This truly imposing palace lovingly restored to its original glory has a fascinating exhibition and regularly hosts cultural events and festivals. sacks and wickerwork baskets. All the listed houses in the centre have found new functions: a restaurant famed throughout Hungary operates from the attic of one. Today Martonvásár remains a centre for the Beethoven cult: a museum set up in the mansion preserves items related to the great composer. wife of Franz Joseph. the Szentendre skanzen.hu 39 . the very air seems to stimulate the creative juices! The town warmly welcomes the visitor. 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. while each summer outdoor concerts are staged in the delightful grounds. 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. exhibition centres and museums just come one after the other. Szentendre is home to the first (and still the largest) skanzen or open-air museum in Hungary. Endre Bálint and Piroska Szántó is set up in the Hunyadi Street old merchant’s house. There are gourmet delicacies for the body and enchanting exhibitions for the mind. workshops. This tiny  settlement became famed throughout Europe thanks to the hospitality and love of music of the resident Brunswick family. a studio visit can be arranged. Szentendre has preserved its 18–19th century compact and unified layout. brought here by Serb communities fleeing a Turkish onslaught in the late 17th century. and in another the visitor is served fine cakes and coffee specialities in a cosy café. Indeed. These works of art stay locked up in the display cases. Not far from here.] deceased. and there is a particularly strong Serbian culture all around. 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). linens and beautiful needlework characteristic of the region in question. an unusual museum shows just how far a skilled artisan can extend the boundaries of his trade. furnishings and clothing. SZENTENDRE. familiarly known by the Hungarians as Sissy. An exhibition of works by Lajos Vajda. after 30 km we arrive in the town of Gödöllô. The restored Baroque palace. while the art of Jenô Barcsay is displayed in Dumtsa Jenô Street. but many more can be sampled at the confectionery next door. renowned for its association with Queen Elizabeth. 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. taking lunch and perhaps an afternoon coffee and cake. Martonvásár  lies close to the M7 motorway 30 km from Budapest. Museum experts revive the everyday life and holidays of the old peasant way of living. indulging them with its multitude of spectacular sights and a fascinating artistic presence. Longobard cemeteries and Avar memorials are to be found here. its architecture and historical monuments all contributed to the formation over the years of colonies of painters. One such grave has survived in pristine condition. Dezsô Korniss. Finally. and it has gained a solid reputation as a popular tourist excursion spot. was the favourite residence of the queen. What’s more. In fact the galleries. deep in the tumulus visitors can trace (aided by sound and light effects) the course of a burial ceremony as performed 4000 years ago. It would be easy to spend a whole day strolling about the town and along the Danube embankment. The rooms come fully furnished with period furniture. it has been possible to reconstruct not only the burial ceremonies but the everyday life of Iron Age society too: house reconstructions. Its picturesque setting on the Danube.
Császár). Rudas Medicinal Baths and swimming pool 5 B4 I. although the interior of the hotel built alongside has lost many of these fittings over the years. The open-air sections with their pleasantly warm waters are equally popular in winter. stained glass windows and sculptures. Estimated opening in 2005. Kelenhegyi út 4–6 ≥ 466-6166 ó Mon–Sat: 6 am–7 pm. 25–29 ≥ 326-1695 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. they are the deepest and hottest (74–75° C) thermal wells in the capital. Hadnagy utca 8–10 Under reconstruction. artistic mosaics. Fri: 7 am–6 pm. Its thermal springs were discovered in 1879.. Sat: 9 am–8 pm It is believed that a start was made on building the bath by Pasha of Buda Arslan in 1565.. 47. Fô utca 82–84 ≥ 201-4392 ó Women: Mon. Men: Tue. weekdays: 7 am–10 pm Located in a pleasant environment by the Danube.. Estimated opening in 2005. caves Budapest is a city of medicinal baths. Sat–Sun: 6 am–5 pm In addition to the medicinal bath section of the bathing complex built in the 19th century. each one a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. Prices valid to the end of 2004. many of which are centuries old. « 17 % HUF 1400 G Gellért Spa Baths 1 B4 XI. 19. attracting writers and artists among its regular clients. steam bath. The 1800-square-metre park with trees. is an ideal place for relaxing. jacuzzi and Scottish shower. 41.hu . There may be several variations between these two extremes. the true bathing culture was initiated during the period of Turkish occupation in the 16th and 17th centuries. The medicinal spring here was already famed in the 13th century. admission charges are likely to increase in 2005. Árpád Fejedelem útja 94 ≥ 436-4130 ó all year round.. Döbrentei tér 9 Under reconstruction. It is one of the few remaining monuments from the Turkish times. 86 % HUF 1000 G Rác Medicinal Baths 4 B3-4 I. 118 % HUF 2400–2900 Király Medicinal Baths 2 B2 II. 86 « 18.. III. Sat–Sun: 6 am–5 pm — One of the most popular baths for tourists coming to Budapest. swimming pool: daily 6 am–7 pm (October–April: 6 am–5 pm) One of the largest bathing complexes in Europe. Thur. this elegant spa hotel offers guests swimming and thermal pools. sauna. Wed. Admission charges show the lowest and highest rates. ç 7. receiving the visitor in all the original magnificence of a period Ottoman palace of bathing. Széchenyi Spa Baths 6 C2 XIV.. Although baths from Roman times (2nd century) have been uncovered in Budapest. Állatkerti út 11 ≥ 363-3210 ó Men’s and women’s thermal baths.budapestinfo. the swimming pool in 1927. Lukács Medicinal Baths and A-B2 Swimming Pool 3 II. The spa is decorated with a wealth of original Art Nouveau furnishings. 2 Batthyány tér ç 60.   MEDICINAL BATHS. 49. Frankel Leó u. Rác. Király.. Even today there are four Turkish baths in the capital (Rudas. 7/A. « 1 ç 106 % HUF 2000–4200 G G G G G 40 www. the swimming pool is also very popular. 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 % HUF 1300–2200 Aquincum Corinthia Hotel 7 B1 Budapest. the premier medicinal bath of Pest. The neo-Baroque baths were built in 1913.
30 pm — Hidden to a depth of several storeys under the Buda Castle district. Sat–Sun: 6 am–1 pm ç 20. è Castle bus departing from Moszkva Square % HUF 2400–2900 G Hajós Alfréd Sport Swimming Pool 15 B2 XIII. a labyrinthine network of chambers was eroded half a million years ago. 208-4026 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–8 pm. they offer guests every comfort and service (including a swimming pool and four medicinal pools).30 pm The old and modern buildings of these two hotels positioned on picturesque Margaret Island. Far from the noise of town.: 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. 82 % HUF 800–1000 Pünkösdfürdô Strand 21 E1 III. 25A. from trials of courage to labyrinth ring dancing. are the ideal places for those seeking rest and relaxation.. Its remarkable formations (peastone) were created in areas where thermal water permeated the limestone...30 am–7. 60. Egressy u. and yet within easy reach of the downtown. ç 65 % HUF 350–450 Szemlôhegy Cave 25 A1 II. 120. 1–15 Sept: 10 am–7 pm ë 77. 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.. Margaret Island ≥ 450-4200 ó open-air pool: 6 am–1. 104 % HUF 800–900 G G G G G G G www. Sun: 6 am–5 pm « 1 – Árpád híd ç 133 % HUF 1200–1400 G G G G B1 Pálvölgy Stalactite Cave 24 A1 II. Pusztaszeri út 35 ≥ 325-6001 ó 10 am–4 pm. 86 % HUF 500–800 Csillaghegy Strand-Swimming Pool 12 E1 III. steam bath. Árpád fejedelem útja 8 ≥ 326-1478 ó Mon–Sat: 6 am–1. workout room and sunbathing terrace.. The popular fitness centre has four pools. and its separate parts were linked up over past centuries. Sat–Sun: 7 am–4. Kitérô % HUF 370–660 G G G Palatinus Strand Baths 18 B4 XIII. Pusztakúti út 3 ≥ 250-1533 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–6 pm. Országház utca 16 This natural formation comprising a cave network under the Castle Hill plateau enjoys protected status.. ç 26 % HUF 4800–5800 G OTHER BATHS. Rozgonyi P. formed as a result of natural tectonic movements. sauna.. Királyok útja 272 ≥ 388-6665 ó May 15–August 31: 9 am–7 pm « Pükösdfürdô % HUF 900–1100 Római Strand Baths 22 E1 III.. Margaret Island ≥ 889-4700 ó 6. the most attractive park in Budapest. Strand Baths 13 XIII.. is the other cave in the Buda Hills accessible to tourist groups. Szépvölgyi út 162 ≥ 325-9505 ó Tue–Sun: 10 am–4 pm — A superb cave in the Buda Hills open to tourists.budapestinfo.30 pm.hu 41 . Its cool. Úri utca 9 ≥ 212-0207 ó 9. moist air has a curative effect for those suffering from respiratory problems.: 8 am-–7 pm.Danubius Thermal Hotel Helia 8 B1-2 XIII. Tuesday closed — The cave. Programmes are staged day and night..30 pm. Sat.30 am–9. indoor pool: 6 am–3 pm ç 26 % HUF 2400–2900 Nyéki Imre E1 Swimming Pool 17 XI. Its air is recognized as having a medicinal effect. It has interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations (some resembling an elephant and crocodile). utca 2 ≥ 388-9740 ó May–Aug. 176/C–G ≥ 252-6944 ó May– August: 8 am–7 pm... Sat–Sun: 6 am–7 pm ç 6. 96.. B1 Danubius Margitsziget 9 XIII. Árpád út 114–120 ≥ 369-3194 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm. ç 29 % HUF 400–600 Castle Cave 26 A3 I. Népfürdô utca 36 ≥ 452-4500 ó May–September: 6 am–7 pm October–April: Mon–Fri: 6 am–7 pm.. SWIMMING POOLS Császár–Komjádi Swimming Pool 10 A2 II.45 pm « Csillaghegy % HUF 800–1000 Dagály Medicinal Baths. Closed for renovation è Castle bus departing from Moszkva tér Buda Castle Labyrinth 27 A3 I. ë 79 % HUF 3000–4800 Danubius Thermal Hotel Margitsziget. Swimming Pool. Visits will find sections with cave paintings. Sat–Sun: 6 am–7 pm ç 7A « 47 Albertfalva. 1–12 Sept: 10 am–6 pm — ç 26 % HUF 1300–1500 Paskál Strand Baths 19 E1 XIV. Kondorosi út 14 ≥ 208-4025... Margaret Island ≥ 340-4505 ó May–Aug. It has a unique standing among the caves of Hungary since it is the largest travertine cave system in the country.
19. HILLS. opened in 1926 and built on the Lourdes pattern. the most important lookout point in the city. Greek and Roma refugees lived in its small streets. Today open-air festivals and concerts are regularly staged in Tabán. was reopened in 1989. 118 Tabán B3 The hilly area between Gellért Hill and Castle Hill is steeped in history. The Citadel.budapestinfo. 118 City Park C-D2 The largest green belt expanse on the Pest side. The sights on the hill recall individual periods in history: the statue of Bishop St. Today its extensive park and a few old buildings bear witness to the life this onetime centre enjoyed. weekend entertainment and those looking for the tranquillity of nature. The arcaded terraces of Castle Garden (Várkert) standing at the foot of Tabán and looking out onto the Danube were designed by Miklós Ybl. From the 17th century Serb. foremost Hungarian architect of the 19th century. Celts and Romans settled here. swimming pool. two hotels and a variety of restaurants and buffets. musical well. 112 « 18. Michael) and ruins several centuries old (nunnery where Margaret. 78. The capital’s most beautiful park is on the island. a favoured place for family outings. 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. lived. ç 5. Church of St. And there is still more: a strand. Open-air Stage. Gellért that of pagan times. 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. Towards the end of the century magnificent buildings and monuments (Museum of 42 www. 49. daughter of King Béla IV. 7A. 41. After draining and planting trees across this marshy area (centuries early a royal hunting domain). and visitors strolling around come across a variety of interesting structures (the UNESCO-protected Water Tower. The Cave Church (south side of the hill). and the Liberty Monument towering over the city the period after the Second World War. 86 « 18.hu . 47. 41. – 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. an English-style park was established here in the 19th century. 19. and its thermal springs prompted the Turks to establish baths here (the Rudas and Rác thermal baths of today). the Citadel that of Habsburg oppression after the 1848–49 War of Independence.    LEISURE PARKS. ç 7. and the remains of two churches belonging to religious orders).
boating lake and skating rink. The city is networked by many cycle paths. Károly körút 4 ≥ 317-0452 ó Mon–Fri: 6. Fri–Sat: 10 am–3 am % HUF 400–700 FITNESS CLUBS Astoria Fitness Studio V...30 am–11 pm. Tas vezér utca 7 ≥ 889-5761ó Mon–Thur: 7 am–12 pm.45 pm. 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. Visitors can learn more about the wonders of astronomy. « 1.. and then Cogwheel railway or Chair-lift Sas Hill nature protected area A4 XI. and represents an unparalleled. 78 Buda Hills E1 (Széchenyi Hill. Fri–Sat.. Stephen wild pink and the common horsetail. 2 Moszkva tér. Vajdahunyad Castle) were erected for celebrations marking the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest. Sat–Sun: 8 am–7. 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). or enjoy laser programmes projected on to the dome (diameter: 23 m) with pop or classical music accompaniment. Visitors are permitted to enter in spring and autumn. the narrow-gauge railway which (apart from the locomotive) is operated by children (from Széchenyi Hill via János Hill to Hûvösvölgy). Széchenyi fürdô ë 70. Palace of Arts. 72. Among the local fauna it is worth highlighting the Pál Kitaibel Pannonia lizard. Mon. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8300 ó Sun–Thur: 10 am–1 am. ç 4 1 Hôsök tere. 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. museums. Fri–Sat: 10 am–3 am % HUF 450–750 Strike Bowling Club XI.. which when the weather is fine offers a breathtaking panorama of the city.30 am–11 pm % HUF 900 Hotel Stadion (Danubius Premier) XIV. swimming pools or medicinal baths in the capital. the St. 75. the Hungarian meadow saxifrage..30 am–11 pm % HUF 1900–2900 Moveland-Mammut 2 Shopping Center II. Zoo. Budafoki út 111–113 ≥ 206-2754 ó Mon–Thur: 2 pm–1 am. nature protected formation in the centre of this metropolis of 2 million. 8A Népliget D4 The largest park on the Pest side. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8544/45/46 ó Mon–Fri: 6. It is often to be seen basking in the warmth of the sun on bare rocks.: 2 pm–3 am % HUF 450–750 Westend Bowling Club VI. which despite its tiny feet moves in snake-like fashion. spa bath. Grand Circus. Váci út 1–3 (Westend City Center) ≥ 238-7040 ó Sun–Thur: 10 am–1 am. the most popular pool on Margaret Island. Millennium memorial.. János Hill. The following is a list of just a few of the near countless fashionable sport offers around town. and the chair-lift running up and down János Hill. the Buda hare’s tail grass. founded in the 1860s. and with luck may glimpse the yellow and lilac flowers of the protected iris. Besides the Hajós Alfréd National Sports Swimming Pool. Sat–Sun: 8. Hármashatár Hill) A mecca for nature lovers and excursionists. City Park offers entertainment of all kinds and for all generations: Funfair. the 5-km-long. 1/A ç 103 3 Népliget SPORT Entertainment and health sports are becoming every more popular in Budapest. young and old. The Buda Hills are generally suitable for skiing and sledging between December and February. Located to the southeast of the city centre.45 pm % HUF 2000 Park Hotel Flamenco XI. are to be seen in the capital’s parks (and primarily on Margaret Island) from morning to evening. the most popular means of getting around for tourists include the cogwheel railway (from Szilágyi Erzsébet Avenue to Széchenyi Hill). there are more than 25 other strands. ] BOWLING Mammut Bowling Club II.. Sat–Sun: 9 am–9 pm % HUF 2400–4300 . Dozens of joggers.Fine Arts. and the “bull spider” (the only place in the world this arachnid can be found!) which is instantly recognizable with its four black spots on a red abdomen. The ‘Centenarium’ park-established to mark the 100th anniversary of the unification of Pest and Buda-forms a part of Népliget. In addition to walking and cycling. an establishment of national significance. flowers and grass is a pleasant place to stroll. is also sited here. Ifjúság útja 1–3 ≥ 889-5282 ó 6.45 am–10. Statues and memorials line the paths. Sváb Hill. ç 8. The Planetarium. 112-hectare park filled with trees.
Csömöri út 21/A ≥ 363-6800 ó Daily. closed Mon. Virág B. Bécsi út 154 ≥ (06-30)206-4206 ó Mon–Fri: 2 pm–11 pm. Sat–Sun: HUF 300 Municipal Zoo and Botanical Garden  XIV.Római Fit-Forma Studio III.. ROLLER SKATING Görzenál III.. Sat: 7 am–7 pm. April. Fri–Sun: 9 am–7 pm — 1 Széchenyi fürdô ë 72 ç 4 % HUF 900–1300 C2 44 www. Sept. % Charges vary SKATEBOARD. weekends too.hu . Pálya utca 9 ≥ 356-9530 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–11 pm. Állatkerti körút 6–12 ≥ 363-3797 ó Jan.30 pm. Sun: 8 am–7 pm % HUF 2700–4400 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMES SQUASH A & TSH I. inside or out. get about and enjoy themselves will find Budapest has plenty to offer. Tábornok utca 7 ≥ 251-3322 ó daily: 7 am–11 pm % HUF 2900–3900 Aréna Fitness XIII.. Budaörsi út (at the Floracoop flower market) ≥ (06-30)311-9856 ó 11 am–11 pm % HUF 1500–2000 Eurocenter Go-Cart III. Mókus utca 23 ≥ (06-30)966-9992 ó Tue–Fri: 2–6 pm.. Oct: 9 am–5 pm.... Sat–Sun: 12 am–11 pm % HUF 1500–1800 RIDING Petneházy Horse-Riding School II. Sat–Sun: 8 am–10 pm % HUF 2000–4000 Top Squash-Mammut Shopping Center II. utca 39–41 ≥ 388-1591 ó 7 am–10 pm % HUF 4600–5300 Városmajor Tennis Academy XII.. Stefánia út 2 ≥ 251-1222 ó daily: 6 am–10 pm GO-CART Budaring Go-Cart XI. Monostori út 31 ≥ 453-2901 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–10 pm. Feb. 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.. Városmajor utca 63–69 ≥ 202-5337 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–10 pm... from 7 am until dusk % HUF 2100–3200 Római Tennis Academy III. Sat–Sun: 9 am–9 pm % HUF 2400–3500 Aktív Squash Club XIV.. Budapest’s leisure opportunities – from the Funfair to puppet theatres – are broad and exciting. Árpád fejedelem útja 46 ≥ 250-4800 ó March–November: daily 9 am–6 pm TENNIS Mini Garros Tennis Club XIV.budapestinfo. Sat–Sun: 8 am–10 pm % HUF 2400–3200 Arnold Gym III.. The following are just a few ideas from the great programmes available for kids: Funfair  C2 XIV. 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. Királyok útja 105 ≥ 240-8616 ó 9 am–10 pm % HUF 2200–3800 Szépvölgy Tennis Centre III.. March. Feketefej utca 2 ≥ 397-5048 ó Fri–Sun: 9 am–4 pm % Charges vary Favorit Riding Club XVI. Lupa Szigeti út 4 ≥ (06-30)944-1185 ó daily: 9 am–9 pm % Charges vary FOOTBALL Round Hall XIV.. Sat–Sun: 9 am–4. irrespective of whether it is raining or sunny.. Lövôház utca 2–6 ≥ 345-8193 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–11 pm.. winter or summer. May–Aug: Mon–Thur: 9 am–6 pm. Sat–Sun: 8 am–9 pm % HUF 2300–4500 Children who want to play. Váci út 178 (Duna Plaza) ≥ 239-4356 ó Mon–Fri: 6 am–11 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.. Nov. Dec: 9 am–4 pm. Marcibányi tér 13 ≥ 325-0082 ó Mon–Fri: 7 am–midnight.
86 « 19. chance to operate a model railway. 118 % HUF 0–145 F E1 ó 1 May–30 Sept: Mon–Sun: 9 am–7 pm 1.. and then a 5 minute walk % HUF 650–700 Stroll-bikes XIII.. Andrássy út 69 ≥ 341-2166 ç 41 Vörösmarty utca % Charges vary Kolibri Theatre VI. 26 slides. see p.B.budapestinfo. acrobat pool... see p. Daily locomotive and carriage display. Sun: 9 am–6 pm — This unique interactive playhouse proves to young and old alike that the world is a fascinating place. 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.. Városligeti körút 11 (For details. 3 Lehel tér. Jókai tér 10 ≥ 312-0622 « 4. Sat. 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. Váci út 1–3 ≥ 238-7623 ó Mon–Fri: 10 am–10 pm. 114 (from Kosztolányi Dezsô Square).30 pm. 6 ç 4 1 Oktogon stop % Charges vary www. and to gain an appreciation of the world around them through scientific games. Vízipark út 1 (next to Hungaroring racetrack) F1 b3 Hungarian Railway History Park D1 XIV.000 Tropicárium-Oceanarium.. 8 pools covering a total 3500 square metres. Tatai út 95 ≥ 428-0180 — ó 10 am–6 pm. steam locomotives and rail carriages. holidays: 9 am–dusk — ç 26 % HUF 820–3480 PUPPET THEATRES Budapest Puppet Theatre VI.5-km over.. Sat–Sun: 10 am–12 pm — 3 Nyugati tér « 4. jacuzzi % HUF 3400–13. Children are invited to watch “Palace of Wonders” experiments. slow river. 41 % HUF 500-600 Cogwheel Railway II. % HUF 900–1500 Transport Museum D2 XIV. velocipede line-inspection car. 14. 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. Exhibition of railway locomotives.. Úri utca 9 ≥ 212-0207 (for details... No service on even Mon ç 4. Campona E2 XXII. closed Mon. 6 % HUF 2000–3300 Buda Castle Labyrinth I. Margaret Island. 41) — B2 Municipal Grand Circus C2 XIV. regular children’s programmes. Nagytétényi út 37–45 ≥ 424-3053 ó daily: 10 am–8 pm — Anyone interested in the world of water and rainforests will want to see Hungary’s only fantastic indoor “fauna paradise” covering an area of 3000 square metres. Váci út 19 ≥ 350-6131 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–5 pm. Also: drive a steam locomotive (under supervision. 15) — Planetarium X.hu 45 .and underground chute.. These are the kids’ favourites! ç 3 (from Móricz Zsigmond Circus). — ç 158 % HUF 200–400 Buda Castle Funicular Railway B2 Operating between Clark Ádám Square and Buda Castle ó daily 7. Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor 47 ≥ 355-4167 Trains run from 5 am–11 pm « 56. cave.30 am–10. 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..Budapest Panorama Balloon (Roof garden of the West End City Center) XIII. 18. N. Gaze in awe at the seven sharks each a metre-and-a-half-long as they glide around the giant aquarium. 16.
Over the years Herend hand-painted vases. a Persian motif is named after Sissy. 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.SHOPPING   Just as in any metropolis anywhere in the world so too in Budapest there are thousands of temptations to get out and shop. with its delicious teas. boutiques and bijouteries. Famous Szamos marzipan is available in Párizsi Street. quite rightly.budapestinfo. among them there are several outstanding examples. on entering Vörösmarty Square we are faced with a choice: do we drop in to Gerbeaud. you’ll find them here too. coffees and cakes. and a remarkable bird pattern is linked to the Rothschilds. At Elizabeth Bridge an underpass takes us on to the continuation of Váci Street. but if you are interested in antiques. while dining sets are characterized by an attractive ivory hue to the porcelain. plates and dinner services have won several gold medals at world expos. Kígyó (Snake) Street is gradually turning into a street of porcelain: two shops selling the finest Hungarian porcelain face each other across the street. 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. perfumeries. 46 www. But leave time for the foreign language bookshop selling translated works by several Hungarian authors. A stroll down “Váci utca” takes one past jewellers. Then again. and the confectionery’s ice cream is outstanding too. porcelain and kid’s clothing. and in the middle of Váci Street others trade in antique furniture. Passing the Downtown Auction House (Belvárosi Aukciósház). sets and statues patterned on classics created by the old factory established 176 years ago. you won’t be disappointed! ALONG VÁCI STREET Váci Street linking Vörösmarty Square with Fôvám Square represents the main artery of the inner city. greens and (more uncommonly) blues covers Zsolnay statues. The Csók Gallery on the corner of Pesti Barnabás Street displays and retails works by modern Hungarian artists. The speciality of the Zsolnay porcelain factory is its eosin glaze. one of the industries Hungary is most proud of. plates and ash trays. 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. This iridescent glaze with its golds. Visit the Folkart Centrum at Váci Street 58 for just the right gift to remind you of your stay in Hungary. a C&A store. The Herend shop sells single pieces. One pattern is named after Queen Victoria because the nowfamous butterfly design was first made for her. brand name clothes shops from Marks and Spencer to Cottonfield. Replacement pieces can also be ordered.hu . In a similarly fashion. 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. Herend porcelain is. enterprising Hungarians have moved underground: three shopping centres have been created out of old cellars. the most distinguished café in the capital. Just a block away. One shop in Fehérhajó Street sells healing minerals. a technique rarely employed in Europe. And since the number of shops that can be squeezed onto the street level is finite. 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. it’s fascinating to scan the regularly changing collection of shopwindow “treasures” small and large. empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
embroidery. wood carvings. The remarkable bouquet of the “Wine of Kings. King of Wines” is given by the grapes being left on the vine to shrivel in the sun. whether this be a waterfall Tropicarium. The most successful malls tempt the buyer in with some special feature. enticing one to wander around. vegetables. Váci Road. L www. the shops are open. The number of puttony (panniers) which go into a barrel gives the Aszú’s puttony number. Encompassed within a building more than 100 years old. Over the past few years malls have been springing up all over the capital.. traditional painted Easter eggs and other gifts from every ethnographical region in Hungary. is to be found in the market. Tokaj Szamorodni and Furmint come in sweet and dry versions. Whether marketed tinned or in an earthenware pot. feel the quality of materials. the fruits. hand-woven fabrics. the sweeter (and more expensive) the wine is.hu Folkart Centrum V. Typical Hungarian merchandise. strings of garlic. try on clothes and so on. Virtually everything can be found in one place. sights. Hungarian goose liver is excellent. Wine tasting of 55 fine wines. Its absolutely unique flavour derives from a secret blend of aromatic herbs. pottery.). for instance the world famous Tokaj Aszú. House of Hungarian Wines I. we finally reach the everbuzzing Budapest Central Market Hall  with its incredible variety of quality foods. most at major intersections and metro stations (Western Railway Station. and on the first floor the flower-sellers and snack bars offering true tastes of Hungary create a kaleidoscope of colours.. ideal served with cakes and sweet dishes.budapestinfo. It’s important to note that it is a dessert wine. 47 .hu Hungary’s largest folk handicrafts shop selling a huge range of authentic hand-made items. Szentháromság tér ≥ 212-1031 ó midday–8 pm 700 different types of wine from 22 Hungarian wine regions. Margit Boulevard etc. and the more puttony. Unicum is one of the top bitters spirits in the world.CENTRAL MARKET HALL Continuing up Váci Street. try out the scents. Apricot and plum brandies faithfully preserve the scent and flavour of the fruits they are distilled from. generally open throughout the weekend too. giving passengers an unforgettable view of the city and surroundings. flasks. porcelain. Könyves Kálmán Boulevard. Bécsi Road. aromas. and Herz and Pick salamis are similarly “hungaricum” products! SHOPPING MALLS The plaza  opens up a different sort of entertainment and shopping experience. One of the malls actually has a tethered balloon on the roof. Váci utca 58 ≥ 318-5840 ó 10 am–7 pm www. have become the favoured haunt of the young. the market with its paprika garlands. or Westernstyle setup. costumes. during which process they sweeten and wither. Plazas. sounds.folkartcentrum.
RESTAURANTS    THE BUDAPEST GUIDE RECOMMENDS: Cost of average two-course meal per person.. singing waiters – Buffet breakfast and lunch Biedermeier *** VI.. Ferenciek tere 7–8 ≥ 317-3596 ó 11 am–11 pm Traditional and modern gastronomy in a Renaissance milieu Kéményseprô (Chimneysweep) Restaurant** VI. Országház utca 2 ≥ 356-0851 ó midday–4 pm.. European. homely surroundings Virtuoso cuisine full of ideas and with real home-made flavours 48 www. fish. 6–10 pm • Nearly 100 Hungarian and international specialities Képíró*** V. closed Sun Varied and gourmet French and international cuisine Kisbuda Gyöngye*** III. 6 pm–midnight.30 am–midnight Healthy eating: poultry. utca 9 ≥ 266-2110 ó 8 am–midnight Take early morning breakfast or late evening supper in a refined milieu Columbus Pub** V. Fortuna utca 14 ≥ 375-6971 ó 11 am–1 am Intimate atmosphere.. closed Sunday • Hungarian cuisine Aranybárány** V. Szarvas tér 1 ≥ 375-6451 ó midday–11 pm Game dishes a speciality Bagolyvár ** XIV. 7 pm–midnight Hungarian and international specialities Fuji Japanese Restaurant*** II. Károlyi M.. Dózsa György út 106 (Hotel Liget) ≥ 269-5316 ó April–Oct: 11 am–11 pm. corner of Zöldlomb Street and Zöldkert Street ≥ 325-7111 ó midday–11 pm • Sushi open kitchen Fülemüle*** VIII. Kinizsi utca 30–36 ≥ 215-9792 ó midday–midnight Snacks. piano music in the evening Choice of international dishes Cascade *** XII. Harmincad utca 4 ≥ 267-0213 ó midday–midnight Hungarian and international dishes • Lamb dishes a speciality Arany Kaviár **** I... Belgrád rakpart 30 ≥ 318-0723 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian cuisine • Sited on the Duna embankment Alabárdos**** I. *** = HUF 4000-6000. Mozsár utca 12 ≥ 331-8942 ó midday–3 pm. including service but without drinks: * = less than HUF 2000. Dohány utca 5 ≥ 269-6806 ó midday–3 pm. fish. Sat: 6 pm–midnight.. ** = HUF 2000-4000.. Dalszínház utca 8 ≥ 269-3101 ó midday–3 pm. Nov–March: midday–3 pm. CAFÉS Admirál ** V. Váci utca 20 (Hotel Taverna) ≥ 485-3100 ó 7 am–midnight • Royal Menus Gundel****  XIV... 6. 7–11 pm.30 pm–midnight • Cuisine famed throughout Europe served in historical surroundings Kaltenberg Bavarian Royal Brasserie and Restaurant** IX. Kôfaragó utca 5 ≥ 266-7947 ó Monday–Friday: midday–10 pm • Hungarian. Kenyeres utca 34 ≥ 368-6402 ó Monday–Saturday: midday–midnight Comfortable. **** = over HUF 6000 RESTAURANTS...budapestinfo. Hungarian dishes. Ostrom utca 19 ≥ 201-6737 ó 6 pm–midnight Russian cuisine Aranyszarvas** I.. Hess András tér 4 ≥ 375-6857 ó daily midday–4 pm.. 7–11 pm. plenty of vegetables.. Állatkerti körút 2 ≥ 468-4040 ó midday–4 pm.. Állatkerti út 2 ≥ 468-3110 ó midday–11 pm Home-made cooking. Jewish cuisine Gambrinus*** V. 6 pm–2 am • Famous singers. closed Sunday and holidays • Italian cuisine Fortuna*** I. Kristóf tér 7–8 ≥ 266-3096 ó 11. steaks and Hungarian dishes Fausto’s **** VII. Hungarian dishes Belcanto**** VI. Képíró utca 3 ≥ 266-0430 ó Mon–Fri: midday–3 pm....... 6 pm–midnight • Traditional international cuisine Café Pierrot*** I.. Szarvas Gábor út 8/D ≥ 275-1039 ó midday– midnight • Mediterranean and Hungarian cuisine Centrál Café and Restaurant** V. in front of the Hotel InterContinental on the embankment ≥ 266-9013 ó midday–1 am • International cuisine Cyrano**** V.hu . substantial Bavarian cooking Kárpátia**** V.
Hungarian fish dishes Remiz*** II... Pilvax köz 1–3 ≥ 266-7660 ó midday–midnight Delicious Hungarian dishes. Csatárka út 58 ≥ 325-9967 ó midday–midnight International cuisine Matthias Cellar**** V. Fortuna utca 3 ≥ 212-5880 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian and international cuisine Pilvax** V. Szépvölgyi út 50 ≥ 335-2253 ó 9 am–7 pm Gerbeaud Confectionery  V..30 pm Modern European. Ördögárok utca 80 ≥ 397-2742 ó midday–11 pm Family-style restaurant with a large garden Lion Well Restaurant – Gerbeaud House V. Andrássy út 70 ≥ 302-8747 ó weekdays: 9 am–8 pm. 6–11 pm • Classically elegant. Váci utca 20 ≥ 485-3100 ó Mon–Fri: 9 am–10 pm.. Hungarian and international flavours Náncsi Néni Vendéglôje** II. Lajos utca 46 ≥ 368-6480 ó midday–midnight Family-style inn. Andrássy út 101 ≥ 342-1768 ó midday–11 pm International cuisine Régi Sípos Halászkert**  III. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9000 ó 9 am–9 pm Hauer Confectionery VIII. international cuisine Robinson*** XIV. grilled specialities Spoon Café & Lounge*** V. ≥ 354-3830 ó 10 am–1 am Elegant milieu.. excellent Hungarian wine cellar Mágnáskert *** II..30 am–11.... Március 15.. Szentháromság tér 7 ≥ 375-5284 ó Monday– Friday: 8 am–7 pm. 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. Mosonyi utca 3 ≥ 313-3492 ó Mon–Sat midday– 11 pm • Home-made cooking. Dishes cooked on lava Rivalda*** I. 6 pm–midnight • International. barbeque CONFECTIONERIES Daubner Confectionery II. Színház utca 5–9 ≥ 489-0236 ó 11. Andrássy út 112. Remetehegyi út 91.. high-standard service.. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9022 ó midday–11 pm Rustic furnishings • Snacks...30 pm www.. historical wines Premier Restaurant & Terrace** VI. International and dietary dishes. City Park Lake ≥ 422-0222 ó midday–4 pm. ≥ 250-3437 ¥ 368-4248 Private functions. Mediterranean cuisine Rosenstein*** VIII. Budakeszi út 8 ≥ 200-3843 ó 9 am–1 am Close to the tram depot. 7 pm–midnight Small Baroque villa offering a romantic dinner setting Remete Rstaurant (Hotel Remete) III. Akácfa utca 38 ≥ 342-2587 ó Monday–Saturday: midday–1 pm • Hungarian and international dishes Kogart Restaurant & Café*** VI... Andrássy út 29 ≥ 352-1337 ó 9 am–midnight Ruszwurm I. goulash party.. Rákóczi út 47–49 ≥ 323-1476 ó 8 am–11 pm Lukács Confectionery VI. Múzeum körút 12 ≥ 267-0375 ó Mon–Sat: midday– midnight • Elegant milieu.Kispipa*** VII. Pentelei Molnár utca 15 ≥ 326-5817 ó midday–3 pm.... international cuisine Pest-Buda*** I.... 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.. Saturday–Sunday: 8 am–8 pm Taverna-Zsolnay Café V. Sunday: 10 am–8 pm Mûvész Café VI..hu 49 . international flavours Vadrózsa**** II.. Fô tér 6 ≥ 388-8745 ó midday–11 pm Hungarian. Vörösmarty tér 7 ≥ 429-9023 ó midday–3 pm. Teréz körút 43 (Radisson SAS Béke Hotel) ≥ 889-3900 ó 10 am–9. family-style catering.budapestinfo. Saturday. traditional Jewish dishes Sörházpince – Gerbeaud House** V.. Sat–Sun: 10 am–10 pm Zsolnay Café VI. tér 7 ≥ 318-1693 ó 11 am–1 am Hungarian cuisine Múzeum Café and Restaurant*** VIII.
Vigadó utca 2 ≥ 266-3062 ó 11 am–6 am E mail: info@tropicanacasino..MUSIC AND DANCING Alcatraz** VII.hu Website: www. cafés and a youthful clientele.. Thur–Fri: midday–4 am. Both places are packed with cosy restaurants.hu Tropicana Casino V. you’ll find every kind of restaurant here serving everything from traditional Hungarian to Chinese and even Argentinean cuisine.. Sat–Sun:10 am–1 am 5 Pesti Est Café Liszt Ferenc tér 5 ≥ 344-4381 ó 11 am–2 am 6 Birdland Liszt Ferenc tér 7 ≥ 413-7983 ó 11 am–midnight 7 Café Miro Grande Liszt Ferenc tér 9 ≥ 321-8666 ó 9 am–1 am 8 Café Vian Liszt Ferenc tér 9 ≥ 2681154 ó 9 am–midnight 9 Passion Liszt Ferenc tér 10 ≥ 268-0199 ó 11 am–midnight 10 Mediterrán Café Liszt F. Lovag utca 5 ≥ 268-0802 ó Tue. Roosevelt tér 2 ≥ 317-6022 ó nonstop E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nagymezô utca 17 ≥ 373-0577 ó daily from 9 am–4 am New Orleans** VI. here are two recently redeveloped and “cool” locations which come fully recommended: one is Liszt Ferenc Square off Andrássy Avenue not far from Oktogon.lasvegascasino. Liszt Ferenc tér 4–5 ó Mon–Fri: 8 am–1 am. the other is Ráday Street which starts from Kálvin Square. Thur–Sat: 4 pm–4 am Cotton Club*** VI. From a single star to 4-star. Sun: 6 pm–2 am Janis’ Pub** V. Sat: 6 pm–4 am. Veres Pálné utca 44/A ≥ 266-7364 ó Mon–Fri: midday–1 am. Akácfa utca 13 ≥ 322-7645 ó 3 pm–4 am CASINO Las Vegas Casino V. Fri–Sun: 2 pm–2 am G G G 50 www..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. Thur–Sat: 3–12 pm Old Man’s*** VII. Sat–Sun: 1 pm–1 am Moulin Rouge*** Revue – Cabaret – Restaurant – Cafe VI... Királyi Pál utca 8 ≥ 266-2619 ó Mon–Thur: 4 pm–2 am. Nyári Pál utca 11 ≥ 267-3199 ó Mon–Tue: midday–2 am. Wednesday: midday–3 am.budapestinfo. Sun: 6 pm–2 am Jazz Garden** V. tér 10 ≥ 344-4615 ó 11... Nyár utca 1 ≥ 478-6010 ó Sun–Wed: 4 pm–2 am. Fri–Sat: 4 pm–3 am. Jókai utca 26 ≥ 354-0886 ó midday–1 am Fat Mo’s** V.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.hu Website: www.hu ... bars.
Sat: 1 pm–2 am.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.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. 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 . 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.
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