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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY


We spent 3 nights in Budapest in April 2006 and found it to be a nice city, although it would probably be better visiting in the summer when it's a bit warmer!
There were some nice little outdoor cafes which you couldn't really appreciate, especially in the evenings when it was very cold. We found most things in Budapest to be very good value for money.

The Airport minibus was very efficient and cost 3900 HUFs each return* . It drops you right at your hotel and picks you up there on the return. Visit this website for more information.


Hotel Marriot Millenium Apartments, Budapest


Got a great deal on this hotel (cost €85 + tax including breakfast*) and got a huge room, more like a suite with a large lounge/kitchen leading into the bedroom with a king size bed, then through to the bathroom. Spotlessly clean and amazing value for money. It's in a good location too, on the Pest side at the end of the pedestrian street Vaci Utca and just up from the river. Breakfast was standard buffet with cereal, rolls, croissants etc but no fruit, ham, etc. OK but nothing great. We'd stay here again without hesitation. Visit Marriot Millenium Apartments website. Click here to book a room at Marriot Millenium Apartments, view photographs and read reviews by other travellers.

 

Bars and Restaurants in Budapest

 

Unfortunately our experiences of Hungarian food wasn't too great but maybe we were just unlucky. We tried the local fare but weren't impressed with the goulash and Spicy Hungarian chicken that we tried. We did find a couple of nice Italian restaurants (wherever you are in the world there are always Italian restaurants that rarely let you down!). See below photos for more information.

 

 

 



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Parliament Building view from Fishermen's Bastion

View from Fishermans Bastion of Parliament Building
Room at Marriot Millenium Apartments
Room at Marriot Millenium Apartments
Parliament Building view from Fishermen's Bastion
Room at Marriot Millenium Apartments
Room at Marriot Millenium Apartments
Room at Marriot Millenium Apartments
Budapest Grand Market
View of River Danube from Liberty Bridge looking towards Royal Palace on left
Room at Marriot Millenium Apartments
Budapest Grand Market
View of Danube from Liberty Bridge looking towards Royal Palace
Fishermans Bastion
Fishermen's Bastion
Street in Buda close to Fishermen's Bastion
Fishermen's Bastion
Fishermen's Bastion
Street in Buda close to Fishermen's Bastion
Colourful mural in Szendendre
Szentendre
Szentendre
Colourful mural in Szentendre
Szentendre
Szentendre

 

We had a nice meal at Bonnie & Clyde Italian Restaurant. Had bruschetta to start, then a very spicy pizza with hot paprika and a creamy tortellini. Quite tasty and a nice white Hungarian wine called Cserszegi Fuszeres to go with it at just 380 HUFs* for a large glass.

The best meal we had in Budapest was when we got the metro to Octogon station and headed to Franz Liszt where there is a pedestrianised street with bars and restaurants on both sides. Worth heading to this area as we thought there was a better selection of nice places to eat and drink than in the town centre. We found an Italian Restaurant called Fresco, a modern place with a nice ambiance where we had a very nice meal, reasonably priced. The lasagne was delicious.

 

Things to see and do in Budapest

It's a very walkable city. From our hotel we visited the Grand Market just down the road (food downstairs and mostly lace upstairs) then crossed the Liberty Bridge over to Buda and walked all the way to the Royal Palace. There's a venicular railway that will take you up to the Palace Matthias Church if you don't fancy the walk, but it was out of order the day we were there. From there we walked to Matthias Church and through to Fishermen's Bastian which is lovely with great views of the city. The area up there beside the Hilton Hotel was really nice, with some quaint little streets.

We walked down to the river again and over the bridge to Margaret Island (Margit Island), a popular recreational area where we hired bikes (1000 HUFs* each for an hour). It was nice to cycle round the island, although there's not that much to see there - a few cafes, a Japanese garden, a park and a couple of hotels.

 

Shoes on the Danube

Walking back down the other side of the river we passed the Parliament Building and the Shoes on the Danube memorial, a chilling reminder of the people who fell into the river after having been shot during World War II and their shoes left behind on the bank.

At night we went on the Legenda Danube Night Cruise which lasted an hour and cost 4200 HUFs each*. This included a glass of champagne when you arrive and then either wine, beer or a soft drink. Budapest is really beautiful at night with the impressive buildings along each side of the river lit up. The boat goes up one side of the river and comes back the other side, and you get commentary on headphones, mostly about the history of the city. Worth doing anyway. Visit Legenda Danube's website.

 

We got the busy train to Szendendre (435 HUFs* each), a cute little place about half an hour's journey from Budapest. The centre has narrow winding streets and lots of cafes and shops. It's possible to return to Budapest by boat but you have to time it just right as the boats are very infrequent.

 

We didn't go to one, but Budapest is famous for its thermal baths. There are several to choose from and this website might be useful to help you decide which one to visit.

 

Some useful sites about Budapest:

Budapest Tourist Office's official website
Budapest Travel & Tourist Guide

The Guardian - Budapest - Some useful articles from The Guardian on Budapest
Telegraph Travel Guide - The Telegraph's guide to Budapest
Visit Budapest - Forums, articles and useful information
We Love Budapest - Accommodation, restaurants, bars, things to do, etc
Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum


*Note: Prices quoted above were accurate in 2006