Collected by k stephenson
Budapest, 1117 Hungary
Among the towering chimneys and red-brick construction work, the numbers pasted in big bright blue on the site of the power station spell out 1914. The Kelenföld Power Station in the XI District in Buda celebrates its 100th birthday. Once the most...
Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...
Budapest, Andrássy út, Hungary
The main road Andrássy avenue is closed over the weekend for markets. Many food stands, wine shops and craft shops are setup along the street. You can stroll down the street, taste different food, and burn the calories by walk more. It's miles...
Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9, 1073 Hungary
A glass-roofed atrium welcomes guests to a majestic hotel in the heart of the city. The common areas are decked out in marble and brocade, and chandeliers and bronze sculptures grace the 185 rooms. The historic New York Cafe, opened in 1894 and...
Budapest, Gerlóczy u. 1, 1052 Hungary
A corkscrew staircase rises to a stained glass ceiling and leads to 19 rooms, some of which have clawfoot tubs. The adjoining cafe, where guidebook writer Andras Torok can frequently be found sipping espresso, serves breakfast, and treats in the...
Budapest, Országház u. 2, 1014 Hungary
Wandering around the Castle District in Buda is a delight. I came across so many picturesque moments that had me reaching for my camera. Once I finished admiring the breathtaking views from the top, I wandered deeper into the district and came...
Budapest, 1051 Hungary
There's no better way to connect with a culture than through food. It's a universal language, tangible and immediate. Street/market food is particularly insightful. I recently spent time in eastern Europe and was pleasantly surprised by the...
Budapest, Zrínyi u. 5, 1051 Hungary
In Hungary, folk dancing is truly an art form, with a college specializing in fostering young talent. The country's folk dance and music ensembles aim to preserve traditional dance, music and costume culture while giving the public the opportunity...
Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Hungary
Heroes Square is one of the major square in Budapest, Hungary. The real part of the square are statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century and other outstanding figures of Hungarian history. The statues are...
Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...
Budapest, Szabadság tér 9, 1054 Hungary
Barcelona has Gaudí, and Budapest has Ödön Lechner. One of Hungary’s most influential architects, Lechner (1845–1914) created the country’s distinctive National Style. His work blended art nouveau with folk motifs and Asian elements, such as...
Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
Statues of Communist ideologues once dotted every city behind the Iron Curtain, but in the world's rush to forget the Cold War, such monuments are hard to find these days. Not in Budapest—once East and West came together in the early 1990s,...
Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary
Throughout Budapest are a whopping 123 therapeutic hot springs, but these, in the stately, slightly dusty Hotel Gellért (built in 1918) might be the most famous. The communal bath in the center of the hotel spa is for everyone, but the most...
Budapest, 1052, Piarista köz 1, 1052 Hungary
In researching where to eat in Budapest, I struggled with finding something to appeal to both the foodie and design-fiend in me - and one that wouldn't break the budget. Luckily, one blog mentioned Monk's Bistro, tucked next to the Elizabeth...
Budapest, Madách Imre út 8, 1075 Hungary
In researching where to get my coffee in Budapest, I learned that many of the hip coffee shops are located in the same streets as the hippest food and bars. A perfect example? Konyha. Konyha is the sister breakfast/cafe to the established and...
Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
It's an unforgettable experience: Getting up at the crack of dawn in mid-winter, walking through the large municipal park on the Pest side of town, checking in to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (mostly with Hungarian pensioners because tourists...
Budapest, Dob u. 15, 1074 Hungary
This very attractive sidewalk café in the Jewish district is a popular destination for dining as well as for relaxing during the day. The venue includes both an art gallery and theater, where events take place from September to May, along...
Budapest, Blaha Lujza tér 1, 1085 Hungary
This counter-culture community and arts space holds exhibitions of recycled materials, plus houses artist studios and NGO offices. Head here for theater performances and concerts, or to join a Sunday board game club, all in a 2800-square-meter...
Budapest, Horánszky u. 5, 1085 Hungary
Located on Mikszáth Square (a lovely place to sit outside in the summer) the Lumen Gallery was established in 2002 to help promote experimental photography in the city. The gallery hosts both Hungarian and international photographers, as well as...
Budapest, Károlyi Mihály u. 9, 1053 Hungary
Long ago, in a time in which there was no internet, the coffeehouse was the center of debate, thought, and social life in Central Europe. Once one of Budapest's traditional intellectual centers, the ornate Cafe Central (Centrál...
Budapest, Kossuth Lajos u. 14-16., 1053 Hungary
There are pastry shops on nearly every block in Budapest, but if you're looking for one of the best, go to family-run Auguszt Cukrászda (V. Kossuth Lajos utca 14-16) for homegrown favorites Dobos torta and luscious krémes.
Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 10, 1075 Hungary
Though it's not exactly a café, Printa Akadémia (VII. Rumbach Sebestyén utca 10) serves some of Budapest's best coffee. While you sip your espresso, check out the shop, which stocks clothing, prints, and other design-minded accessories by...
Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Hungary
One of Budapest's most history-laden spots, the enormous Heroes' Square is framed by art museums near the City Park. But the main focal point here is Millennium Memorial, a tall column and colonnade structure completed in 1900 that commemorates...
Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Budapest, Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. If you don't have the time or money to take in a concert in this...
Budapest, Bárczy István u. 10, 1052 Hungary
I stopped into fekete last week on my way somewhere else because it was just THERE and my veins were whining for a refill of energy that only a double espresso could quell. I've gone back every day since. The espresso is good, yes. Some of the...
Budapest, 1085, Baross u. 4, 1085 Hungary
I was informed by a fellow traveler (in a charming Australian twang, no less) that the best bagel in the world was right here in the capital city of Budapest, mere steps from the café in which we were conversing over a beer and a ginger-mint tea...
Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary
The splendor of this neo-Gothic parliament building—the third-largest parliament building in the world—is obvious from the outside, but consider these facts: This place has 691 interior rooms, 10 courtyards, 88 statues of Hungarian...
Budapest, Király u. 13, 1075 Hungary
It's a challenge to really nail down the type of place that Printa actually is: coffee shop? Design store? Creativity cultivator? General all-around cool place to be? I chose the latter after sitting in the shop for a while, enjoying the...
Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand...
1030 Vienna, Austria
Stadtpark is one of the best and most central parks in Vienna. Tourists love to visit the golden Johann Strauss statue there. Locals either hang out on the lawn or go to the yummy dairy bar and cafe Meierei im Stadtpark, next to the Wien river....
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