Collected by Iain Hoare
Budapest, Petneházyrét, Hungary
We have all tossed a coin or two into a fountain. And maybe you have hopped into a fountain during one of your worldwide voyages. But have you ever just ventured in and out of a fountain without getting wet? Well in Budapest you can do just that....
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...
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, Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Hungary
Nothing's more romantic than strolling across a bridge with a beloved, but this bridge means more than just amor—Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first structure across the Danube in Hungary, built in the mid-1800s and, as a suspension...
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, 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...
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, Rezeda u. 9, 1118 Hungary
A huge dolomite rock rising up from Hotel Gellért at its base marks one of the earliest inhabited parts of Budapest. The citadel atop the hill was built by the Austrians in the mid-1800s to better control the unruly Hungarians after...
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, Pesti alsó rkp., Hungary
The 60 pairs of iron shoes lined up along the promenade on the Danube River's east bank are a part of the Shoes on the Promenade Holocaust Monument. Conceived by film director Can Togay and created in period style by sculptor Gyula Pauer, the iron...
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...
Budapest, Balassi Bálint u. 15-17, 1055 Hungary
Kino was the very first stop on my first day in Budapest. A lovely little coffee shop near my apartment not far from the Margaret Bridge (or Margit hid) connecting Buda and Pest. They were patient with my first attempts at ordering with guidebook...
Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary
This stunning 18th-century Baroque palace, a World Heritage Site perched on Castle Hill, evokes images of Hungarian kings and the mighty Hapsburg empire. Accessible via funicular or a steep walk, the castle's gardens, squares, and lavish interiors...
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, 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...
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, 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, Szabadság híd, Hungary
Most people who visit Budapest make it a point to see the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge that spans the Danube connecting both Buda and Pest. But down the river is another impressive bridge not to be missed. Liberty Bridge is the third and shortest...
Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
Fisherman's Bastion was built in the late 1800s on Buda's Castle Hill not to provide protection, but rather as a lookout point—and this fairy-tale castle site, with its seven spired towers representing the seven tribe of Magyar (Hungarians)...
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, Wekerle estate, Hungary
A short walking distance from the industrial wasteland surrounding the Határ utca metro station, the streets open up into a web of leafy avenues converging at Károly Kós Square. The angled rooftops, turrets and wooden gables conjure up the...
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, 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, Budakeszi út 5, 1021 Hungary
Rémiz is an internationally acclaimed restaurant where elite guests return frequently to enjoy the warm hospitality and high quality Hungarian food. With several dining rooms and a magnificent outdoor terrace, Remiz can provide intimate...
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, Kazinczy u. 41, 1075 Hungary
Among the many ruinpubs, tourist restaurants, and food trucks, I stumbled across Koleves. Large, open with a charming/quirky decor, it was just what I was looking for - traditional, fresh accessible food. It was filled with locals and busy for a...
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, 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, Krisztina tér 3, 1013 Hungary
Déryné creates an elegant dining experience. We were delighted with the well chosen background music only to be more enchanted when the pianist began to play. The food lives up to the atmosphere. All ingredients were fresh and the flavor was...
Budapest, Kelén u., 1138 Hungary
The highlight of our visit to Budapest was a private motorboat ride on the Danube at sunset. We boarded at the Wiking Yacht Club, passed (with ease) the river cruise ships and tourist boats and saw a good portion of the waterfront in an hour,...
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