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Budapest

 Budapest is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Both historical turbulence and a plethora of influences can be seen in the amazing mix of architecture, cuisine and culture. Close to the west, it is a realistic destination for short weekend breaks. It is also the ideal place for honeymoons or romantic getaways; the city is small enough to walk most of the sights and completely safe. Although Many tourist attraction have fees, there is a lot to be seen and absorbed just walking the streets, parks, markets and the peaceful Buda Hills.

currency

Hungarian Forint

phone

112 International Emergency Line
Medical service 24 hours: +36 1 200 01 00 (Falck SOS Hungary)

newspaper

Budapest Sun (Eng)
Magyar Hírlap
Magyar Nemzet
Népszabadság

hours

Office Hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
High street shops and boutiques are open Monday-Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm
Department stores and Malls are open Monday-Friday 10 am - 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm.
Sunday shopping restrictions: From March 2015, Hungary's regulations change and large shops (>200 SqM) cannot open on Sundays. Only select small shops and family businesses will be exempt (and allowed to open 10am-10pm maximum)

population

1.7 million

info

Budapest’s Main Tourist Office
Március 15. tér 7
+36 1 266 04 79

Deák Ferenc tér, 1052 Budapest, Sütő u. 2. Open: 8 am – 8 pm
Liszt Ferenc tér, 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 47. Open: 10 am – 8 pm
Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 1 Open: 8 am – 10 pm, Terminal 2A Open: 8 am – 10 pm, Terminal 2B Open: 10 am – 8 pm
Budai Vár (Buda Castle), 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 6. Open: 9 am – 7 pm

website

www.gotoHungary.com

Budapest Panorama Night

Explore Budapest

The River Danube flows right through the heart of Budapest and thus creates a point of reference for visitors who are either on the old cobbled streets on the Buda side, or in the 19th century boulevards on the Pest side. Your interests will decide on which side of the Danube you will spend most of your time. Anyone interested in history will find it difficult to tear oneself away from Buda, where the Palace summit creates an atmosphere of medieval Budapest. Shopaholics will very soon be enticed by the other side of the river where the shops and nightlife compete for everyone’s attention.

Budapest is really the fusion of three towns, Buda, Óbuda and Pest. Back in 106 AD, the Romans founded the city of Aquincum in the north-east corner of the Danube. Several changes of population later, at the end of the 9th century, the Magyars arrived. They were descended from a Finnish-Ugrian tribe with roots in Siberia. The Magyar city, with its palace and ring-wall, came to be called Buda, and Aquincum was later called Óbuda. The other side of the river was also settled, in the area which would later be called Pest.

Having been invaded by the Turks - and later by the Austrian army - in 1867 Hungary was elevated to an equal partner in the Austro-Hungarian double monarchy. Budapest became one of the most important ports on the Danube and soon also an industrial centre.

Events

Budapest Wine Festival

Festival in Buda Castle

Do & See

Budapest will keep you busy in all weather. There are great parks, walks and outdoor baths for the good weather and a plethora of museums, lovely restaurants and outdoor baths, across a range of very different city quarters. There is no problem finding things to do in Budapest, on the contrary- you will struggle to find the time to do them all!

The Széchenyi Baths

The Great Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga)

Castle of Buda

Hungarian State Opera

Buda Hills

Memento Park (Szoborpark Múzeum)

St Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika)

The Parliament Building

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

City Park (Városliget)

Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)

Margaret Island (Margitsziget)

Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)

House of Terror (Terror Háza)

Great Market Hall (Vásárcsárnok)

Big Bus Sightseeing Tour

Costes Downtown

Dining

Hungarian food is honest and despite today’s influences from all over the world, the Hungarians are still preserving their traditions. Modern Hungarian cuisine is among the best in Europe and also very inexpensive. You will find most restaurants, and the best ones, on the Pest side.

Menza

Baraka

Fakanál

Onyx restaurant

Borkonyha Winekitchen

Bock Bisztró

Borssó Bistro

Klassz

Gerlóczy Café

Spinoza Café and Restaurant

Tanti Restaurant

Costes Downtown

Gundel Restaurant

Cafés in Budapest

Cafes

Budapest has many lovely cafés, ranging from breakfast bars and stylish eateries to the most delicious confectionaries, (a sort of a cross between a café and a bakery, with just a few seats). You are sure to find just the perfect type to fit your mood. Simply choose a cream cake and a coffee and relax!

Gerbeaud

Ruszwurm

California Coffee Company

Gerlóczy Café

Spinoza Café and Restaurant

Művész Cávéház (Artists' Café)

New York Café

Callas Café

Hadik Café

Szamos Gourmet House

Cat Café Budapest

Fruska picnic & bistro

Café Frei

Auguszt Confectionery

Centrál Café

Budapest Nightlife

Bars & Nightlife

Budapest has all kinds of nightlife, from smoky beer halls to Bohemian artists’ clubs and expensive champagne bars. Recent years have seen the rise of the ruin bars, a curious phenomenon where derelict buildings are given a new lease of life as bars, nightclubs and restaurants, complete with quirky decor and a very laid-back atmosphere.

Spoon

A38

Alcatraz

Szoda Bar Budapest

Szimpla Kert

Ellátó Kert

Grandio Bar

Kuplung

Shopping Street in Budapest

Shopping

Budapest is famous for its moderately priced antiques which you can find in places such as the Falk Miksa utca quarter. One of the most popular Hungarian souvenirs is handmade Herend porcelain, which has been in production since 1828. The beautiful, hand-painted vases, dishes and porcelain have won many gold medals at various world exhibitions. The factory’s own shop is on József Nádor square.

Around the corner lies Vörösmarty Square, where you can either gather energy with a cup of coffee and a cream cake at the city’s most famous patisserie, Café Gerbeaud, or carry on to the former Luxus department store with the international fashion houses’ most famous stores.

The Váci utca pedestrian street between Vörösmarty square and the Market Square is Budapest’s largest shopping centre. This is where you will find the international fashion houses’ own stores, souvenir shops, wine shops and several galleries. Do not miss the small cross-streets with their sweet little shops and upscale wine merchants. Many Budapest residents think that the prices in this area are too high and instead do their shopping in Pest’s gigantic Westend or in the shops in the Great Ring, which is what they call the boulevard around the city centre.

The new, young shops are scattered around the centre on the Pest side. Király Street is being transformed into a design centre. Do not miss Nagycsarnok on Vámház street, Budapest’s great market hall built in 1896, which has everything that Hungary can offer in the way of food. Here you can buy Hungarian specialities such as, for example, the world-renowned Tokay wine Tokaji Aszú. “The wine of kings, the king of wines” – its special flavour is of sweet, overly ripe and shrivelled grapes. A dessert wine which complements cakes and desserts perfectly. On the first floor, they sell high quality Hungarian souvenirs such as cloth, garments etc.
Link: http://budapest.gotohungary.com/shopping-for-gifts-and-souvenirs

Great Market Hall (Vásárcsárnok)

Downtown Market on Hold Street

Fashion Street

Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)

Váci Street (Váci utca)

Spas and Thermals Baths

Spas and Thermal Baths

Gellért Thermal Baths

Veli bej Bath

Király Thermal Bath

Palatinus

Csillaghegyi Baths

Dandár Baths

Paskál Beach

Pünkösdfürdői Beach

Római Beach

Aquaworld

Corinthia Hotel Royal Spa

Mandala Day Spa

Magnolia Day Spa

Masculin Gentlemen's Salon & Day Spa

Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Sparties / Cinetrip Sparties

Rudas Thermal Baths

Lukács Baths

Accommodation

You are either on route to – or have just arrived in – a city which is not only beautiful and full of historical monuments and dramatic memories, it is also excellent for both walking around in or on exciting expeditions.

Lion’s Garden Hotel

Soho Boutique Hotel

InterContinental Budapest

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Bohem Art Hotel

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel

Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments

Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest

St. George Residence

Hotel Regnum Residence Budapest

Hilton Budapest Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Aria Hotel Budapest

Boscolo Hotel Budapest

Buddha Bar Hotel

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

Starlight Suiten Hotel

Lánchíd 19 Hotel

Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget

Brody House

Marco Polo Ho(s)tel

Mercure Budapest Duna

Ibis Budapest City

Cosmo Fashion Hotel

Hotel Moments Budapest

Continental Hotel Budapest

Prestige Hotel Budapest

Hotel Nemzeti Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

Danubius Hotel Astoria

Novotel Budapest Centrum

Carpe Noctem Hostel

Budapest Essentials

Essential Information

Airport

Budapest’s airport, Liszt Ferenc International Airport, lies 16 km south-east of the city. The airport minibus service is very convenient and has a fixed price for transport into the city. The cheapest way is to take bus 200 E from the airport to the Köbánya-Kispest underground railway station, which takes approx. 20 minutes. You can purchase a metro ticket there and travel in to the city centre for a small amount, though it will take another 20 minutes or so.

Address: www.gotohungary.com/about-hungary/-/article/plan-your-trip-getting-there-and-around-air-transport

Public Transport

Budapest has an excellent public transport system. The same ticket is good for a single journey on any of the main types of transport: of underground railway, buses and trams. The Budapest card includes admission to over 60 museums and discounts for sightseeing, swimming, etc.

Budapest has three railway stations: Keleti, Nyugati and Deli, which are linked by the underground railway. The MAV railway company operates between the stations.

65+ EU citizens can get free transport with ID.

Taxi

It is better to ask your hotel or restaurant to telephone for a taxi than to hail one on the street. Only use licensed cars with yellow registration plates. The following companies are reliable:

City Taxi (English-speaking)
+36 1 211 11 11

Fö Taxi
+36 1 222 22 22

Rádió Taxi
+36 1 377 77 77

Website: www.budapest.gotohungary.com/budapest-en/-/article/arriving-to-budapest-getting-around-budapest

More Information: www.gotohungary.com/how-to-travel-to-hungary/-/article/plan-your-trip-getting-there-and-around-driving

Post

Post offices in Budapest are open Monday to Friday from 8 am until 6 pm.

The post office at Nyugati railway station has additional opening hours: Mon to Sat 7 am until 9 pm.

Mammut posta
Lövőház utca 2-6.
1024
+36 1 802 62 64

József krt. 37-39
1428
+36 1 318 26 66

Gönczy Pál u. 2
1455
+36 1 217 68 86

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +36 1 421 72 96

Website: www.posta.hu/international

More Information: www.google.hu/maps/place/Budapest+8+posta/@47.5008151,19.0279126,13z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sposta+budapest!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xe149a09c008d591a

Pharmacy

Several pharmacies have 24-hour service numbers you can phone at any time, such as at Frankel Leo u. 22.
+36 1 212 43 11

Mária Gyógyszertár
1139, Béke tér 11.
+36 1 320 80 06

Royal Gyógyszertár
1073, Erzsébet krt. 58.
+36 1 235 01 37

Uránia Gyógyszertár
1088, Rákóczi út 23.
+36 1 338 4036

Széna-tér Patika-Fitotéka-Homeopátia
1015, Széna tér 1.
+36 1 225 78 30

More Information: www.google.hu/maps/search/budapest+gy%C3%B3gyszert%C3%A1r/@47.4969975,19.0554775,14z/data=!3m1!4b1

Dentist

SOS Dental Service
1061 Király u. 14.
+36 1 322 96 02

Prime Dental Clinic
1027, Margit krt. 2
+36 1 786 77 28

Dental Center Relaxációs Klinika
1052, Párizsi u. 1
+36 1 266 16 11

Budapest Dental Esztétikai Fogászati Centrum
1137, Szent István krt. 10.
+361 315 45 45

Address: 1061 Király u. 14.

Phone: +36 1 322 96 02

More Information: www.google.hu/maps/search/budapest+dental/@47.5022272,19.0500522,14z

Telephone

Country code: +36

Area code: 1

Within Hungary: 06 + area code

Electricity

230V / 50Hz

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