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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...
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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
Dominating the intriguing Jewish quarter on the Pest side of the city, the Great Synagogue is a must-see for lovers of culture in general and Europe's Jewish history in particular. This is Europe's largest operating synagogue (the largest, in...
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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...
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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, 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...
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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, Vörösmarty tér 7-8, 1051 Hungary
One of Budapest’s best known and most ornately decorated coffeehouses—as well as one of Europe’s oldest—Café Gerbeaud has been satisfying the city’s sweets cravings since it opened in 1858. The decor in the...
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Budapest, Klauzál tér 9, 1072 Hungary
Stick-to-the-ribs staples such as kaposztas kocka (a dish of cabbage and pasta) and solet (smoked pork and baked beans) are served at this no-frills, plastic-tablecloth joint in the old Jewish Quarter. Autographed photos of celebrities who have...
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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...
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Budapest, József nádor tér 8, 1051 Hungary
I wandered into this place after walking around Budapest all day. My feet needed some TLC and I decided to try the fish pedicure (these little fish love to eat dead skin, and they will clean it all of your feet!) and foot massage combination. It...
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Budapest, Váci u., Hungary
Locals and tourists alike converge on busy Váci utca, a boulevard full of shops, restaurants, and some bigger name retail stores. The street also leads to Vörösmarty Square. Day or night, Váci utca is definitely a street worth exploring.
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Budapest, Páva u. 13, 1094 Hungary
Such a wonderful way to spend half a day in Budapest. You learn how to cook an entire three-course menu of Hungarian cuisine, while also learning the customs and culture of Hungary. It is well worth it, and an unusual international travel...
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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,...
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Budapest, Múzeum krt. 14-16, 1088 Hungary
An exhibit devoted to Franz Liszt, perhaps the most famous Hungarian (the airport is named after him), at the National Museum. I prided myself that I could come up with two other famous Hungarians: Hercule Poirot and Keyser Soze, neither of whom...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073 Hungary
The New York Café was reputed to be ‘the most beautiful cafe in the world’ at one point and well worth a visit. The interior is incredibly opulent with gorgeous crystal chandeliers and magnificent frescos.
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At the the north end of Vaci Utca in Budapest is a wonderful outdoor area filled with shops, local food stands and live music. On a nice afternoon you could spend hours sampling all the local delicacies and enjoying some domestic beer. It by far...
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Budapest, Károlyi utca 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...
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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.
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Budapest, Lánchíd u. 13, 1013 Hungary
Start with breakfast at the pastel-colored Marvelosa Kávézó near the foot of the Chain Bridge. Getting up to the Castle from here is a short trip on the funicular or an uphill hike.
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Budapest, Szentháromság u. 7, 1014 Hungary
This is a tiny place with a Habsburg-era atmosphere. If you can get a table, order a slice of Eszterházy torta (walnut layer cake) served on delicate china.
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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...