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Browse work by local Hungarian designers at WAMP, themonthly outdoor arts and crafts market. Find colorful shoes byAgnes Lukacs (pictured); women’s clothing with bright, geometricpatterns by Zagabo; and Ildikó Göntér’s accessories made from...
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Budapest, Erzsébet tér 9-10, 1051 Hungary
Just returned from a long and luxurious weekend in Budapest. I stayed at the Le Meridien hotel which was located in the best possible place: at Deák Ferenc tér in central Budapest. The 5-star hotel provides all the necessary amenities and with its...
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Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
I just loved the scene in itself.
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Tarcal, Terézia kert 9, 3915 Hungary
The hotel, housed in a converted viticulture school in northeastern Hungary, is at the center of a winery producing the region’s traditional Tokaj wines as well as more common varieties. Plan a day trip to the surrounding countryside to...
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Budapest, Olof Palme stny. 5, 1146 Hungary
During my recent visit to Hungary, it was unavoidable to not walk through the City Park or Varosliget, which not only filled with museums, thermal baths, restaurants, bars and entertainment, but also holds the largest artificial ice surface in...
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Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
So, what do you do with all of your statues when the political system crumbles? Build a park to display them, of course. After taking a public bus to the outskirts of Budapest, I spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring Szobor Park, walking among...
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Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary

If you get the chance to go you must experience at least one Medicinal bath, we  went to the Gellert Spa Baths which are the eldest ... We entered feeling a little uncomfortable as nudity is encouraged, but once you relax you really feel...

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Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5, 1051 Hungary
Enter the lobby of the Four Seasons in Budapest and get a glimpse of the past. Built in 1906, this heritage building has been restored to perfection ... If you can't afford to stay here, eat at the restaurant or have brunch there while looking out...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
A decade ago, romkocsma, or ruin bars, began popping up in the city’s sixth and seventh districts. In the courtyards of empty buildings slated for renovation, young people brought in secondhand furniture and started serving drinks. Today,...
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Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in Budapest, then hurry on over to Nagycsarnok--The Great Market Hall on Fővám Tér for lunch. Go directly upstairs and have some authentic Hungarian Goulash or Hungarian Stuffed...
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Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 2, 1114 Hungary
An Art Nouveau hotel on the western (Buda) side of the River Danube, just below Géllert Hill, Danubius Hotel Gellért first opened its doors in 1918, and quickly became one of the city’s most popular places to stay,...
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Budapest, Baross tér, Hungary
If you're an avid train traveler, you must visit this railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary. It's one of the main international and intercity terminal which was built around 1881. This image highlights the allegorical statues that are part of the...
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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...
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Budapest, Tabán, Hungary
The Rácz Hotel and Thermal Spahas its own hot spring, which supplies the extensive spa. The complex includes a 16th-century Turkish bath with a domed roof, saunas, steam rooms, and five pools. The oldest parts of the spa have no electricity, so...
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Budapest, Felvonulási tér, 1146 Hungary
For a different type of thrill in Hungary, try renting a communist era car to drive around Budapest or out to any of the fascinating cities in the small country. Their are several agencies, such as Rent A Trabant, that offer these quirky cold war...
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You can find an amazing citadel perched on the southern most hill of Budapest. I suggest starting at the bottom of the hill near the Gellért Hotel and Spa. From there you simply follow the trails and stairs that take you up toward the...
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Tokaj, 3910 Hungary
If you fancy an adventure to Gróf Degenfeld Winery, in the famous Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region of Hungary, you will be close to the bottles pictured above. These are two ancient bottles of Tokaji, which is a sweet wine made from grapes that have...
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Hungary
Cafe Gerbeaud was recommended to me by a good friend who is Hungarian and studied abroad in Budapest. They have the most delicious cakes, tartes, and pastries and my friends and I enjoyed some sweets with coffee as we sat outside on their terrace...
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Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary
There is just too much of this buildings to capture nicely in one photo, but I wanted to get a good glimpse of this ornate Gothic building.
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Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Built between 1875 and 1884, the neo-Renaissance Opera House is worth a visit for the architecture alone. Purchase a box seat in one of the gilded balconies for a closer view of the baroque chandeliers. For a more raucous experience, head three...
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Budapest, Szentháromság tér 2, 1014 Hungary
On the Buda side of Budapest, just north of the castle, there are several interesting historical sites worth visiting. You can stroll along several cobblestones streets and explore the Mattias Church, the Fisherman's Bastion, and the National...
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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...
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Budapest, Kós Károly stny., 1146 Hungary
This place is too awesome to walk no matter in the morning or during the night. The Vajdahunyad Castle, botanical gardens and Szechrni Baths are all inside the park. To get here, Just take the metro yellow line to Hosok Tere and you will see the...
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Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 2, 1051 Hungary
It's cliché to refer to a place as hauntingly beautiful, but Budapest is simply that. You can almost feel the city's turbulent past as you walk the narrow streets of Buda (the western shore) and Pest (the eastern shore). Despite its past, or more...
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Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 10, 1088 Hungary
This is the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Each bedroom is named after an artist who had designed the room. Most of the 8 rooms overlook a courtyard; the building is covered in ivy. My room, the Tinei, has a freestanding golden bathtub for a...
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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...
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Budapest, Dohány u. 2, 1074 Hungary
It may not be the Castle, Váci Street or Heroes' Square, but if you really want to get to know the city, don't miss it. Established at the turn of the 19th century when the jewish community gathered in the 7th District. The center of this...
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Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6-12, 1146 Hungary
Walking for hours to explore a city is tiring. Luckily for us we quickly discovered the beauty, and tastiness, of Hungarian Lemonade – in which lemon isn't the least of flavors! Usually a mix of fresh orange, lime, mint, strawberries and lemons,...
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Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
How I love Budapest. Both sides of the river, the Buda and the Pest, equally. At night, there is something especially lovely about the Buda side and a visit to the enchanting interior of the Matthias Church is a requirement, as well as time to...
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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...
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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...