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Guidebook for Budapest V. Ker

Erno & Maria
Erno & Maria
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Erno & Maria

Guidebook for Budapest V. Ker

Food Scene
Gerbeaud, one of Vörösmarty tér’s (Vörösmarty Square) emblematic venues, is arguably the most famous confectionery and coffee house in Budapest, which also belongs to the cream of the crop in Europe, and has been operating a unit in Tokyo since 2009. The inmeasurable experience of a 164-year-long history determines Gerbeaud’s enviable selection, which is basically an exhibition of confectionery art. The interior is dominated by three materials – marble, gold, and wood -, and recalls the atmosphere of early 20th century Budapest, when once-in-a-generation poets and writers were café-hopping all day long.
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Café Gerbeaud
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Gerbeaud, one of Vörösmarty tér’s (Vörösmarty Square) emblematic venues, is arguably the most famous confectionery and coffee house in Budapest, which also belongs to the cream of the crop in Europe, and has been operating a unit in Tokyo since 2009. The inmeasurable experience of a 164-year-long history determines Gerbeaud’s enviable selection, which is basically an exhibition of confectionery art. The interior is dominated by three materials – marble, gold, and wood -, and recalls the atmosphere of early 20th century Budapest, when once-in-a-generation poets and writers were café-hopping all day long.
Gerlóczy Café is a home-like, Parisian-style café, restaurant, and boutique hotel only a few metres from the City Hall in Gerlóczy utca,downtown, The ambiance is intimate, the decoration is tasteful and the kitchen is open-view, so there is enough stimulations reaching guests while waiting. The menu is constantly changing, as it follows the seasons. The flavours are mostly French, but there are other Mediterranean dishes as well. At this point we have to call your attention to the fish and seafood selection, these dishes are prepared freshly on the terrace. The breakfast menu consists of classical dishes and there is a wide selection of pastries, sandwiches and bistro food, accompanied by excellent coffee and fine wines.
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Gerlóczy Cafe
1 Gerlóczy u.
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Gerlóczy Café is a home-like, Parisian-style café, restaurant, and boutique hotel only a few metres from the City Hall in Gerlóczy utca,downtown, The ambiance is intimate, the decoration is tasteful and the kitchen is open-view, so there is enough stimulations reaching guests while waiting. The menu is constantly changing, as it follows the seasons. The flavours are mostly French, but there are other Mediterranean dishes as well. At this point we have to call your attention to the fish and seafood selection, these dishes are prepared freshly on the terrace. The breakfast menu consists of classical dishes and there is a wide selection of pastries, sandwiches and bistro food, accompanied by excellent coffee and fine wines.
Centrál Kávéház (Centrál Café), located in downtown Budapest, a corner away from Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge) and Váci utca (Váci Street), was founded in 1887, and served as an intellectual citadel frequented by the sharpest literary minds and the most iconic actors and actresses of the early 1900s. After WW II had ended, misfortune descended upon Centrál, which process culminated in the 1990s, when Centrál’s premises gave home to an arcade. The revival of the original concept began in 1999: the historic interior was restored with all its paintings, chandeliers, and wooden furniture-masterpieces, although the lack of literary geniuses is hard to compensate. Regardless, Centrál is one of the best in the business, and has a tasty selection of cakes, pastries, and Hungarian cuisine.
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Central Cafe and Restaurant 1887
9 Károlyi utca
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Centrál Kávéház (Centrál Café), located in downtown Budapest, a corner away from Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge) and Váci utca (Váci Street), was founded in 1887, and served as an intellectual citadel frequented by the sharpest literary minds and the most iconic actors and actresses of the early 1900s. After WW II had ended, misfortune descended upon Centrál, which process culminated in the 1990s, when Centrál’s premises gave home to an arcade. The revival of the original concept began in 1999: the historic interior was restored with all its paintings, chandeliers, and wooden furniture-masterpieces, although the lack of literary geniuses is hard to compensate. Regardless, Centrál is one of the best in the business, and has a tasty selection of cakes, pastries, and Hungarian cuisine.
This charming little place near Astoria is a popular spot for the hungry passersby of the nearby Small Boulevard. This is no surprise, as they have really great coffee (with an option of dairy-free milks), and classic breakfast foods like scrambled eggs with varied toppings, sandwiches, and also specialties like American pancakes. Their fresh salads and smoothies are also great alternative kick-starters for an energetic day. A tip: the nearby Károlyi Garden is a lovely spot to sip on a takeaway Zoska coffee while the city slowly wakes up around you.
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Zoska Reggeliző Kávézó
28 Ferenczy István u.
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This charming little place near Astoria is a popular spot for the hungry passersby of the nearby Small Boulevard. This is no surprise, as they have really great coffee (with an option of dairy-free milks), and classic breakfast foods like scrambled eggs with varied toppings, sandwiches, and also specialties like American pancakes. Their fresh salads and smoothies are also great alternative kick-starters for an energetic day. A tip: the nearby Károlyi Garden is a lovely spot to sip on a takeaway Zoska coffee while the city slowly wakes up around you.
Le Petite Bistrot is just a few minutes walk from Szabadság (Freedom) Square and the Hungarian State Opera. The bite-sized place immediately charms us with its Parisian style and friendly atmosphere. Their pastries come straight from Misi of Jacques Liszt, while the syrups and the wines arrive to the city from Lake Balaton. Among the desserts, we would definitely recommend the panna cotta, because we've never had a creamier one in Budapest. The small terrace and tiny interior are like the inside of a small jewelry box, so it is a must-see for romantics.
Le Petit Bistro
26/b Hajós u.
Le Petite Bistrot is just a few minutes walk from Szabadság (Freedom) Square and the Hungarian State Opera. The bite-sized place immediately charms us with its Parisian style and friendly atmosphere. Their pastries come straight from Misi of Jacques Liszt, while the syrups and the wines arrive to the city from Lake Balaton. Among the desserts, we would definitely recommend the panna cotta, because we've never had a creamier one in Budapest. The small terrace and tiny interior are like the inside of a small jewelry box, so it is a must-see for romantics.
Late eaters may find a new sanctuary at the end of Karinczy Street, in the tiny Mexican buffet: El Rapido, where you can eat freshly made burrito, fajitas, quasedilla, taco and loads of other Mexican and Latin American specialities without unnecessary fuss. The style of the buffet matches that of the heart of Budapest's underground night-life: in the basement, there is a ruin pub like cave with odd flea market accessories and vibes. There is no cellular reception, for which the most impressive tequila selection in town might compensate a bit. You can also try an escape game in the basement. Timetrap has three very popular tracks so make a reservation as soon as you can.
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El Rapido mexikói étterem tequilashop
10 Kazinczy u.
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Late eaters may find a new sanctuary at the end of Karinczy Street, in the tiny Mexican buffet: El Rapido, where you can eat freshly made burrito, fajitas, quasedilla, taco and loads of other Mexican and Latin American specialities without unnecessary fuss. The style of the buffet matches that of the heart of Budapest's underground night-life: in the basement, there is a ruin pub like cave with odd flea market accessories and vibes. There is no cellular reception, for which the most impressive tequila selection in town might compensate a bit. You can also try an escape game in the basement. Timetrap has three very popular tracks so make a reservation as soon as you can.
Going to the market has always been popular but it seems to have become cool as well. We can meet the producers, the products are high quality, and we can snack on some lángos or grilled sausage in-between stalls. Lajos Bíró likes this market atmosphere, Hungarian cuisine and “on-the-go” lunches and has decided to open his own meaty deli: A séf utcája (“The Chef’s Street”), to combine these passions.
A Séf utcája
13 Hold u.
Going to the market has always been popular but it seems to have become cool as well. We can meet the producers, the products are high quality, and we can snack on some lángos or grilled sausage in-between stalls. Lajos Bíró likes this market atmosphere, Hungarian cuisine and “on-the-go” lunches and has decided to open his own meaty deli: A séf utcája (“The Chef’s Street”), to combine these passions.
Among the trendy restaurants of Liszt Ferenc Square, you can find Menza, a vintage place where the tablecloths are still striped and the chicken soup is still rich in meat. However, apart from letcho, you can find all modern options on the menu - even hamburgers. Supposedly, they invented the idea of serving all the vegetables, extra meat and dumplings in a separate bowl, and then they pour the soup on it from something that looks like a teapot. It’s definitely worth to drop by for a lunch menu, and for a nice cocktail outside on the terrace on a lovely summer day.
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Menza
2 Liszt Ferenc tér
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Among the trendy restaurants of Liszt Ferenc Square, you can find Menza, a vintage place where the tablecloths are still striped and the chicken soup is still rich in meat. However, apart from letcho, you can find all modern options on the menu - even hamburgers. Supposedly, they invented the idea of serving all the vegetables, extra meat and dumplings in a separate bowl, and then they pour the soup on it from something that looks like a teapot. It’s definitely worth to drop by for a lunch menu, and for a nice cocktail outside on the terrace on a lovely summer day.
The in-demand restaurant Onyx is found in the middle of downtown, in the Gerbeaud House in Vörösmarty Square, under the same roof with the world-famous confectionery. The furniture is ultra-elegant and stylish, the kitchen is stunningly ambitious.Onyx has a secure spot among elite, fine dining restaurants with its re-interpreted, extravagantly executed Hungarian dishes. Since 2011, it has been the second Michelin-starred restaurant of Budapest. T-season ingredients and he menu and the main courses are based on in-season ingredients and perfectionism. You can choose from the best Hungarian and international wines to have with your dinner. A successful fusion restaurant with award-winning chefs in the heart of the city.
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Onyx
7 Vörösmarty tér
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The in-demand restaurant Onyx is found in the middle of downtown, in the Gerbeaud House in Vörösmarty Square, under the same roof with the world-famous confectionery. The furniture is ultra-elegant and stylish, the kitchen is stunningly ambitious.Onyx has a secure spot among elite, fine dining restaurants with its re-interpreted, extravagantly executed Hungarian dishes. Since 2011, it has been the second Michelin-starred restaurant of Budapest. T-season ingredients and he menu and the main courses are based on in-season ingredients and perfectionism. You can choose from the best Hungarian and international wines to have with your dinner. A successful fusion restaurant with award-winning chefs in the heart of the city.
In the March of 2015, an innovative yet reliable gastronomic point opened in Október 6. Street. Faszaládé brings the authentic butcher craft to a new level and combines it with XXI. century gastronomy, as no pigsticker or chef has prepared sausages with a sous vide technique before. This method is just the beginning, as we can meet other interesting combinations on the menu as well, like the chicken sausage, which is made from chicken legs, duck liver and cracklings, and is served with pear mustard, resulting in a rather exciting and nice dish. However, the most exciting dish in our opinion is the “butcher dessert”, which we can already put on our bucket list. After all, it is not everyday that we get to taste blood sausage fried on foaming butter, served with applesauce and pine nuts. Naturally, there is no shortage of classic spicy and paprika sausages either, and Faszaládé also plans on offering breakfast and pálinka.
Faszaládé
9 Október 6. u.
In the March of 2015, an innovative yet reliable gastronomic point opened in Október 6. Street. Faszaládé brings the authentic butcher craft to a new level and combines it with XXI. century gastronomy, as no pigsticker or chef has prepared sausages with a sous vide technique before. This method is just the beginning, as we can meet other interesting combinations on the menu as well, like the chicken sausage, which is made from chicken legs, duck liver and cracklings, and is served with pear mustard, resulting in a rather exciting and nice dish. However, the most exciting dish in our opinion is the “butcher dessert”, which we can already put on our bucket list. After all, it is not everyday that we get to taste blood sausage fried on foaming butter, served with applesauce and pine nuts. Naturally, there is no shortage of classic spicy and paprika sausages either, and Faszaládé also plans on offering breakfast and pálinka.
the bigfish is the first sea bistro of Budapest. It is located on Andrássy Avenue, which perfectly valid reason enough to choose the terrace for consuming our lunch or dinner if the weather allows. They buy fish and sea food from The Fishmonger, which is a guarantee of freshness. You just choose a sea creature from the counter and they'll cook it, making you a salmon burger, paella, prawn, smoked mackerel or fish'n'chips. The wines are priced slightly higher than expected, but the fish creations come at a reasonable price. the bigfish is, unquestionably, a paradise for sea food fans.
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the bigfish seafood bistro
44 Andrássy út
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the bigfish is the first sea bistro of Budapest. It is located on Andrássy Avenue, which perfectly valid reason enough to choose the terrace for consuming our lunch or dinner if the weather allows. They buy fish and sea food from The Fishmonger, which is a guarantee of freshness. You just choose a sea creature from the counter and they'll cook it, making you a salmon burger, paella, prawn, smoked mackerel or fish'n'chips. The wines are priced slightly higher than expected, but the fish creations come at a reasonable price. the bigfish is, unquestionably, a paradise for sea food fans.
This restaurant is no shrinking violet: it advertises its "home-made" canteen style meals with great big windows and bold signage. The menu is different every day, but could include miso soup with tofu, corn cream-soup, and mediterranean risotto with tahini sauce. They always have some kind of pottage which is not the ordinary mass of flour. You can also get plant-based fried cheese, which, while not healthy, is perfect for those cheese cravings.
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Vega City
23 Múzeum krt.
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This restaurant is no shrinking violet: it advertises its "home-made" canteen style meals with great big windows and bold signage. The menu is different every day, but could include miso soup with tofu, corn cream-soup, and mediterranean risotto with tahini sauce. They always have some kind of pottage which is not the ordinary mass of flour. You can also get plant-based fried cheese, which, while not healthy, is perfect for those cheese cravings.
Szegedi Halászcsárda on Belgrád Quay is a downtown restaurant, specializing in fish dishes. Since its opening in 2010, the restaurant became rather popular due to its traditional cuisine and professional catering staff. The chef learned the profession’s tricks at Szeged, and so the fish soup is strictly made with a “base broth” (dense, blended mixture of carp and African catfish), and the fish innards are cooked in small noodle bundles alongside the fish slices, too, so that the soup will have all the goods a fish could offer. Most of the ingredients the kitchen uses are from near Szeged as well, including the onions, paprika and fish. The atmosphere of the restaurant is further improved by the live performance of a gypsy band every night, to crown a great dinner and beautiful view with some pleasant tunes.
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Szegedi Halászcsárda
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Szegedi Halászcsárda on Belgrád Quay is a downtown restaurant, specializing in fish dishes. Since its opening in 2010, the restaurant became rather popular due to its traditional cuisine and professional catering staff. The chef learned the profession’s tricks at Szeged, and so the fish soup is strictly made with a “base broth” (dense, blended mixture of carp and African catfish), and the fish innards are cooked in small noodle bundles alongside the fish slices, too, so that the soup will have all the goods a fish could offer. Most of the ingredients the kitchen uses are from near Szeged as well, including the onions, paprika and fish. The atmosphere of the restaurant is further improved by the live performance of a gypsy band every night, to crown a great dinner and beautiful view with some pleasant tunes.
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Hungarikum Bisztro
13 Steindl Imre u.
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Drinks & Nightlife
Gozsdu Udvar (meaning "Gozsdu Courtyard" in Hungarian) was named after a Romanian lawyer, Manó Gozsdu, famous for his real-estate investments. The complex bearing his name was designed by the famous architect Győző Czigler and built in 1902, almost 30 years after Gozsdu himself had passed away. The complex consists of seven buildings and a passage formed by six interconnected courtyards, which once played a very important part in the life of Budapest's Jewish community. The first Jewish prayer houses were established here alongside different stores and shops. A lot has changed since then, but Gozsdu Udvar, a small city within the city, is blooming again. You can find a whole bunch of cafés, bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs here, like Spíler, DiVino, Kolor, Blue Bird Café, or Szomszéd, and also enjoy art exhibitions, fairs, concerts, and other events all year long, so it's always worth a visit.
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Gozsdu udvar
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Gozsdu Udvar (meaning "Gozsdu Courtyard" in Hungarian) was named after a Romanian lawyer, Manó Gozsdu, famous for his real-estate investments. The complex bearing his name was designed by the famous architect Győző Czigler and built in 1902, almost 30 years after Gozsdu himself had passed away. The complex consists of seven buildings and a passage formed by six interconnected courtyards, which once played a very important part in the life of Budapest's Jewish community. The first Jewish prayer houses were established here alongside different stores and shops. A lot has changed since then, but Gozsdu Udvar, a small city within the city, is blooming again. You can find a whole bunch of cafés, bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs here, like Spíler, DiVino, Kolor, Blue Bird Café, or Szomszéd, and also enjoy art exhibitions, fairs, concerts, and other events all year long, so it's always worth a visit.
First of all, we must declare that we love this spot. 'Why?' you might ask. Perhaps because Fröccsterasz doesn't pretend to be more than a pub terrace. The prices are neither over-the-top, nor overtly cheap. This open-air fröccs bar is found right next to Deák Ferenc Square, in Erzsébet Square. The appeal of the place lies in the fact that sitting here immerses you completely into the buzz of Erzsébet Square. Unfortunately, you can't reserve a table here, so if you're planning to spend time at this place, be sure to arrive early, as Fröccsterasz is brimming in the evenings. If Akvárium is too much to deal with, the Basilica is too sparkly, and Anker't is too far, Fröccsterasz is a friendly, albeit seasonal, option.
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Fröccsterasz
11-13 Erzsébet tér
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First of all, we must declare that we love this spot. 'Why?' you might ask. Perhaps because Fröccsterasz doesn't pretend to be more than a pub terrace. The prices are neither over-the-top, nor overtly cheap. This open-air fröccs bar is found right next to Deák Ferenc Square, in Erzsébet Square. The appeal of the place lies in the fact that sitting here immerses you completely into the buzz of Erzsébet Square. Unfortunately, you can't reserve a table here, so if you're planning to spend time at this place, be sure to arrive early, as Fröccsterasz is brimming in the evenings. If Akvárium is too much to deal with, the Basilica is too sparkly, and Anker't is too far, Fröccsterasz is a friendly, albeit seasonal, option.
The Jewish Quarter's busiest and rather narrow lane bears the name Kazinczy Street since 1897, and connects Király Street and Rákóczi Street. Here, we find the Art Nouveau-style Kazinczy Street Synagogue and the Museum of Electrical Engineering, and the recent years' ruin-pub craze started off here as well in 2004 with the opening of Szimpla Kert. Since then, the street is home to street food places like El Rapido Taqueira and Soul Food, but traditional Jewish cuisine also makes its appearance in a classic restaurant environment, like in Macesz Bistro. There is also a swarm of small taverns, ruin pubs, and clubs along Kazinczy Street: Kocka, Ellátó Kert, Mika Tivadar Mulató, and of course, Szimpla Kert. Special events and street parties are also common here.
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Kazinczy Street
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The Jewish Quarter's busiest and rather narrow lane bears the name Kazinczy Street since 1897, and connects Király Street and Rákóczi Street. Here, we find the Art Nouveau-style Kazinczy Street Synagogue and the Museum of Electrical Engineering, and the recent years' ruin-pub craze started off here as well in 2004 with the opening of Szimpla Kert. Since then, the street is home to street food places like El Rapido Taqueira and Soul Food, but traditional Jewish cuisine also makes its appearance in a classic restaurant environment, like in Macesz Bistro. There is also a swarm of small taverns, ruin pubs, and clubs along Kazinczy Street: Kocka, Ellátó Kert, Mika Tivadar Mulató, and of course, Szimpla Kert. Special events and street parties are also common here.
The mile-long Király Street is flourishing and buzzing with activity. Based on atmosphere and  traffic, it is divided into two parts. The part between Lövölde tér and Nagymező Street is known for its trolley bus traffic and is busy with cars, while the stretch between Nagymező Street to Deák Square is where the heart of the city beats. This street is of historical significance and is perpendicular to Kazinczy Street. It's also one of the entrances to the passage known as Gozsdu Udvar, which feels like an entirely separate hub of the city. In addition to the shops, hostels, restaurants, bars, bistros, and teahouses, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music also help to shape the street's cultural character. In the winter months, Király Street is defined by the Christmas lights and the smell of roasted chestnuts. From spring, it's the territory of tourists and locals in search of fun spots for a day or night out.
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Király Street
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The mile-long Király Street is flourishing and buzzing with activity. Based on atmosphere and  traffic, it is divided into two parts. The part between Lövölde tér and Nagymező Street is known for its trolley bus traffic and is busy with cars, while the stretch between Nagymező Street to Deák Square is where the heart of the city beats. This street is of historical significance and is perpendicular to Kazinczy Street. It's also one of the entrances to the passage known as Gozsdu Udvar, which feels like an entirely separate hub of the city. In addition to the shops, hostels, restaurants, bars, bistros, and teahouses, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music also help to shape the street's cultural character. In the winter months, Király Street is defined by the Christmas lights and the smell of roasted chestnuts. From spring, it's the territory of tourists and locals in search of fun spots for a day or night out.
The legendary Szimpla Kert is the most complex and best-known ruin pub in Budapest. The sprawling club located at 14 Kazinczy Street offers a variety of programs every day of the week: concerts, parties, activities for the elderly, exhibitions, a farmers' market, and numerous cultural events are all held in the same spot. The place is mostly occupied by foreigners, but there is no lack of Hungarian guests either, thanks to the concerts. This is a popular, homey place for friendly get-togethers. It sports peculiar interior-design solutions, a mix of styles, and the eclectic vibe of urban life. A must-see!
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Szimpla Kert
14 Kazinczy u.
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The legendary Szimpla Kert is the most complex and best-known ruin pub in Budapest. The sprawling club located at 14 Kazinczy Street offers a variety of programs every day of the week: concerts, parties, activities for the elderly, exhibitions, a farmers' market, and numerous cultural events are all held in the same spot. The place is mostly occupied by foreigners, but there is no lack of Hungarian guests either, thanks to the concerts. This is a popular, homey place for friendly get-togethers. It sports peculiar interior-design solutions, a mix of styles, and the eclectic vibe of urban life. A must-see!
If you walk into the right wing of the Paris Department Store on Andrássy Avenue and step into the elevator, in a matter of seconds you'll be greeted by sunshine or sparkling city lights, and have Budapest at your feet. In the evening, you can enjoy excellent wines and beautiful sunsets here, while chilling to down-tempo tunes. There is no dress code to fear, you won't feel embarrassed in sneakers - 360 Bar promotes a free, urban spirit of living, which is underscored by the simple design of the highest rooftop bar of Budapest, where you can admire a 360 degree panorama of Budapest all summer long, accompanied by light drinks and an open kitchen..
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360 Bar
39 Andrássy út
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If you walk into the right wing of the Paris Department Store on Andrássy Avenue and step into the elevator, in a matter of seconds you'll be greeted by sunshine or sparkling city lights, and have Budapest at your feet. In the evening, you can enjoy excellent wines and beautiful sunsets here, while chilling to down-tempo tunes. There is no dress code to fear, you won't feel embarrassed in sneakers - 360 Bar promotes a free, urban spirit of living, which is underscored by the simple design of the highest rooftop bar of Budapest, where you can admire a 360 degree panorama of Budapest all summer long, accompanied by light drinks and an open kitchen..
Ellátó Kert, situated near Kazinczy Street, in the heart of the downtown party district, exudes authentic ruin-pub vibes. In the summer, the place attracts urban cyclists and students thirsty for a cold beer thanks to its open courtyard. No need to worry about cold weather either: a few regulars grew so fond of the place that once the crisp evenings arrived they grabbed hammers and - accompanied by the staff - built a roof atop the garden. They serve Mexican dishes and wide variety of drinks, from fröccs to the locally famous pinky (the latter being a pink grapefruit-vodka shot, a favorite of the place).
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Ellátó Kert & Taqueria
48 Kazinczy u.
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Ellátó Kert, situated near Kazinczy Street, in the heart of the downtown party district, exudes authentic ruin-pub vibes. In the summer, the place attracts urban cyclists and students thirsty for a cold beer thanks to its open courtyard. No need to worry about cold weather either: a few regulars grew so fond of the place that once the crisp evenings arrived they grabbed hammers and - accompanied by the staff - built a roof atop the garden. They serve Mexican dishes and wide variety of drinks, from fröccs to the locally famous pinky (the latter being a pink grapefruit-vodka shot, a favorite of the place).
Csendes, the favorite afternoon and early-evening bar of many, is close to Károlyi-kert, only a stone’s throw away from Astoria. The classic interior is spiced up with vintage knickknacks, which conjure a ruin pub-ish vibe, while at the same time creating an atmosphere that overshadows rival venues with its uniqueness. The pieces of contemporary art and the secondhand treasures covering the walls and the ceiling are reminiscent of a surreal movie scene, and attract artists, university students, and young couples to sip a glass of wine or steaming tea from a huge polka-dotted cups while sitting beneath century-old chandeliers.
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Csendes Vintage Bar & Café
5 Ferenczy István u.
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Csendes, the favorite afternoon and early-evening bar of many, is close to Károlyi-kert, only a stone’s throw away from Astoria. The classic interior is spiced up with vintage knickknacks, which conjure a ruin pub-ish vibe, while at the same time creating an atmosphere that overshadows rival venues with its uniqueness. The pieces of contemporary art and the secondhand treasures covering the walls and the ceiling are reminiscent of a surreal movie scene, and attract artists, university students, and young couples to sip a glass of wine or steaming tea from a huge polka-dotted cups while sitting beneath century-old chandeliers.
Situated on Zrínyi Street, the club Ötkert stands just a few minutes away from the Basilica and the Danube Promenade. There is usually no entrance fee, the prices are reasonable, and the menu and programs are varied. It hosts exhibitions, concerts, acoustic evenings, conferences and DJ sets - so everyone can find the event best suited to their preference. The guests are awaited under a temporary roof in the winter and under the sky in summer - and they often fill the dance floor and the restaurant to the brim.
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Ötkert
4/A Zrínyi u.
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Situated on Zrínyi Street, the club Ötkert stands just a few minutes away from the Basilica and the Danube Promenade. There is usually no entrance fee, the prices are reasonable, and the menu and programs are varied. It hosts exhibitions, concerts, acoustic evenings, conferences and DJ sets - so everyone can find the event best suited to their preference. The guests are awaited under a temporary roof in the winter and under the sky in summer - and they often fill the dance floor and the restaurant to the brim.
Sightseeing
The Pest-side pedestrian zone between the Chain Bridge and the Elizabeth Bridge is called Danube Promenade (Duna-korzó). The promenade is a popular spot among locals and tourists both. It is fringed with 5-star hotels (InterContinental, Marriott, Sofitel), restaurants, cafés, bars and casinos. Some say it has the best panorama of Buda with clear and gorgeous view of the Buda Castle, the Citadel, Gellért Hill and some of the bridges of Budapest - so just go on a stroll or sit down for a drink here and soak it all in. It is a great spot for enjoying the annual fireworks of 20 August. The Promenade is lined with arts masterpieces, like the "Kiskirálylány" (Princess) sitting on the railing, the building of the Vigadó and the statue of the statesman István Széchenyi.
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Danube Promenade
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The Pest-side pedestrian zone between the Chain Bridge and the Elizabeth Bridge is called Danube Promenade (Duna-korzó). The promenade is a popular spot among locals and tourists both. It is fringed with 5-star hotels (InterContinental, Marriott, Sofitel), restaurants, cafés, bars and casinos. Some say it has the best panorama of Buda with clear and gorgeous view of the Buda Castle, the Citadel, Gellért Hill and some of the bridges of Budapest - so just go on a stroll or sit down for a drink here and soak it all in. It is a great spot for enjoying the annual fireworks of 20 August. The Promenade is lined with arts masterpieces, like the "Kiskirálylány" (Princess) sitting on the railing, the building of the Vigadó and the statue of the statesman István Széchenyi.
Gracefully shaping Pest’s skyline, Europe’s second biggest Parliament building is one of Budapest’s postcard superstars with its neo-Gothic architecture, peaking high in the sky. It houses the Hungarian Holy Crown, and regular in-house guided tours are available every day in many different languages... although joining these excursions often requires waiting in long lines before entering. To unwind after the tour, opt for a peaceful pause in the Parliament’s vicinity by just strolling around the recently renovated Kossuth Square surrounding the monumental building, and enjoy the soothing scenery of its green lawns and statue complex of Lajos Kossuth – the Magyars’ brilliant leader during Hungary’s 1848 Revolution.
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Hungarian Parliament Building
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Gracefully shaping Pest’s skyline, Europe’s second biggest Parliament building is one of Budapest’s postcard superstars with its neo-Gothic architecture, peaking high in the sky. It houses the Hungarian Holy Crown, and regular in-house guided tours are available every day in many different languages... although joining these excursions often requires waiting in long lines before entering. To unwind after the tour, opt for a peaceful pause in the Parliament’s vicinity by just strolling around the recently renovated Kossuth Square surrounding the monumental building, and enjoy the soothing scenery of its green lawns and statue complex of Lajos Kossuth – the Magyars’ brilliant leader during Hungary’s 1848 Revolution.
If marveling at the statuesque lions and arches of the graceful Chain Bridge is not a calming enough experience in and of itself, take a breather in the Clark Ádám Square Park, a refurbished riverfront plaza at the Buda side of this stunning span. Here, excursionists can lounge on benches and enjoy the sounds of twittering birds in the epicenter of Budapest, while the entire parkland lies in the shadow of the Buda Castle. At the park’s eastern end, ride the Castle Hill Funicular to enjoy a gently rising vista from the vintage cars as one ascends skyward, while the other one approaches the ground downhill.
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Chain Bridge
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If marveling at the statuesque lions and arches of the graceful Chain Bridge is not a calming enough experience in and of itself, take a breather in the Clark Ádám Square Park, a refurbished riverfront plaza at the Buda side of this stunning span. Here, excursionists can lounge on benches and enjoy the sounds of twittering birds in the epicenter of Budapest, while the entire parkland lies in the shadow of the Buda Castle. At the park’s eastern end, ride the Castle Hill Funicular to enjoy a gently rising vista from the vintage cars as one ascends skyward, while the other one approaches the ground downhill.  
Towering above central Budapest, this hallowed shrine is one of the city’s most photographed sites for its twin steeples, celestial stained-glass windows, and stately central dome. Those who want to get a bird’s-eye view of the city from this central perspective can ascend to the Basilica’s circular balcony encompassing the dome, accessible via a spiral staircase or an elevator. From this engrossing height, visitors can spot major attractions like the Parliament or the Buda Castle, or just enjoy the soaring view over the crowds down below. Those who want to take a reinvigorating coffee break or a power lunch can stop by Café Kör on Sas Street, located just steps away from the Basilica’s Szent Isvtán Square. Here, guests are served high-quality Hungarian meals within an unpretentious ambience, including breakfast. Those who decide to walk to nearby Erzsébet Square will discover leisurely parkland bisected by Fröccsterasz, an alfresco hangout for wine-spritzer aficionados, operating from springtime through autumn. This unfussy outdoor bar is usually filled with a mixed crowd that comes here to enjoy Budapest’s city-center vibe – this vibrant plaza is a popular meeting point in the city, while the expansive field in front of Fröccsterasz is always packed with cheerful friends and starry-eyed couples lounging on its lawns.
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Bazilika sv. Stjepana u Budimpešti
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Towering above central Budapest, this hallowed shrine is one of the city’s most photographed sites for its twin steeples, celestial stained-glass windows, and stately central dome. Those who want to get a bird’s-eye view of the city from this central perspective can ascend to the Basilica’s circular balcony encompassing the dome, accessible via a spiral staircase or an elevator. From this engrossing height, visitors can spot major attractions like the Parliament or the Buda Castle, or just enjoy the soaring view over the crowds down below. Those who want to take a reinvigorating coffee break or a power lunch can stop by Café Kör on Sas Street, located just steps away from the Basilica’s Szent Isvtán Square. Here, guests are served high-quality Hungarian meals within an unpretentious ambience, including breakfast. Those who decide to walk to nearby Erzsébet Square will discover leisurely parkland bisected by Fröccsterasz, an alfresco hangout for wine-spritzer aficionados, operating from springtime through autumn. This unfussy outdoor bar is usually filled with a mixed crowd that comes here to enjoy Budapest’s city-center vibe – this vibrant plaza is a popular meeting point in the city, while the expansive field in front of Fröccsterasz is always packed with cheerful friends and starry-eyed couples lounging on its lawns.
Erzsébet Square is a huge green park downtown, adjacent to Deák Square. Being in the heart of the city, it is one of the favorite spots for students and young people to sit down and read or just to hang out, chat, or warm up for the evening with friends and schoolmates. The huge set of steps in front of the Akvárium Klub are the Spanish Steps of Budapest. You can also enjoy cool exhibitions, design fairs and conferences at the Design Terminal, have a glass of wine in the warmer months at Fröccsterasz, and taste the ice-cream wonders of DESSERT. Erzsébet Square is a popular venue for summer festivals too.
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Underground garage Budapest, Erzsébet tér
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Erzsébet Square is a huge green park downtown, adjacent to Deák Square. Being in the heart of the city, it is one of the favorite spots for students and young people to sit down and read or just to hang out, chat, or warm up for the evening with friends and schoolmates. The huge set of steps in front of the Akvárium Klub are the Spanish Steps of Budapest. You can also enjoy cool exhibitions, design fairs and conferences at the Design Terminal, have a glass of wine in the warmer months at Fröccsterasz, and taste the ice-cream wonders of DESSERT. Erzsébet Square is a popular venue for summer festivals too.
Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge) was named after Queen Elizabeth, the beloved empress of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy assassinated in 1898. During the time of its construction – it was opened to the public in 1903 -, the original suspension bridge was an engineering miracle that raised eyebrows all over the globe. Unfortunately, retreating Wermacht troops blew up the first version of Erzsébet híd in 1945, and deprived us of the chance to witness its impressive glory. Two decades later, between 1961 and 1964, it was rebuilt according to the plans of Pál Sávoly, and required minor tweaks throughout the following decades. The spectacular floodlights projecting the tri-colours of the Hungarian flag on Erzsébet híd’s pillars were a present from the Japanese state in 2009, and were a creation of Isii Motoko. As for the usual data, on the Pest side, it is anchored to Március 15. tér (March 15 Square), granting an easy access to Váci utca (Váci Street) and downtown Budapest. On the Buda side, it is anchored at the the winding staircases leading up to Gellért-hegy (Gellért Hill) and Citadella (The Citadel).
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Elisabeth Bridge
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Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge) was named after Queen Elizabeth, the beloved empress of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy assassinated in 1898. During the time of its construction – it was opened to the public in 1903 -, the original suspension bridge was an engineering miracle that raised eyebrows all over the globe. Unfortunately, retreating Wermacht troops blew up the first version of Erzsébet híd in 1945, and deprived us of the chance to witness its impressive glory. Two decades later, between 1961 and 1964, it was rebuilt according to the plans of Pál Sávoly, and required minor tweaks throughout the following decades. The spectacular floodlights projecting the tri-colours of the Hungarian flag on Erzsébet híd’s pillars were a present from the Japanese state in 2009, and were a creation of Isii Motoko. As for the usual data, on the Pest side, it is anchored to Március 15. tér (March 15 Square), granting an easy access to Váci utca (Váci Street) and downtown Budapest. On the Buda side, it is anchored at the the winding staircases leading up to Gellért-hegy (Gellért Hill) and Citadella (The Citadel).
Vörösmarty Square is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. It lies at the northern end of Váci Street and above the western end of the Millennium Underground (Metro line 1). Its architecture is quite varied. On the north side of the square stands the eclectic Gerbeaud House, home to the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. On the east side, a grandiose Art-Nouveau building stands, facing a masterpiece of modern architecture, a glass bubble with luxury apartments and stores. In the south corner of the square stands Váci1, the former Budapest Stock Exchange building transformed into a high-end department store, where you'll find the Hard Rock Café Budapest and the Szamos Gourmet Ház.From the middle of the square, the statue of the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty surveys its surroundings. Similarly to Váci Street, he square today is used mostly for commercial functions. In December every year, you can find the Budapest Christmas Fair here with the delicious specialities of the winter season and artisanal goods.
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Vörösmarty tér
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Vörösmarty Square is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. It lies at the northern end of Váci Street and above the western end of the Millennium Underground (Metro line 1). Its architecture is quite varied. On the north side of the square stands the eclectic Gerbeaud House, home to the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. On the east side, a grandiose Art-Nouveau building stands, facing a masterpiece of modern architecture, a glass bubble with luxury apartments and stores. In the south corner of the square stands Váci1, the former Budapest Stock Exchange building transformed into a high-end department store, where you'll find the Hard Rock Café Budapest and the Szamos Gourmet Ház.From the middle of the square, the statue of the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty surveys its surroundings. Similarly to Váci Street, he square today is used mostly for commercial functions. In December every year, you can find the Budapest Christmas Fair here with the delicious specialities of the winter season and artisanal goods.
Váci Street is a renowned pedestrian shopping street in Budapest. It stretches between Vörösmarty Square and the Great Market Hall. The northern half of the street is lined with fashion stores, while the southern half is better known for its gift shops and its bistros of slightly questionable reputation. The pedestrian street is brimming with street artists all-year-long, and is ornamented with sparkling Christmas lights in the winter.
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Váci Street
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Váci Street is a renowned pedestrian shopping street in Budapest. It stretches between Vörösmarty Square and the Great Market Hall. The northern half of the street is lined with fashion stores, while the southern half is better known for its gift shops and its bistros of slightly questionable reputation. The pedestrian street is brimming with street artists all-year-long, and is ornamented with sparkling Christmas lights in the winter.
Connecting the banks of the Danube and the Castle Hill, the Buda Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) has been in operation since 1870. Its construction was initiated by Ödön Széchenyi, son of the stateman Count István Széchenyi. Back then, this was the second of its kind in Europe. It was included on the UNSECO World Heritage list in 1987 as a distinctive element of the Danube banks of Budapest. It runs on a 95-metre route between Clark Ádám Square and the Sándor Palace up in the Buda Castle district. The two cars (Margit and Gellért) are connected like pendulums: while one car runs uphill, the other goes downhill. It is a highly popular attraction and sometimes there are queues.
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Budapest Castle Hill Funicular
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Connecting the banks of the Danube and the Castle Hill, the Buda Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) has been in operation since 1870. Its construction was initiated by Ödön Széchenyi, son of the stateman Count István Széchenyi. Back then, this was the second of its kind in Europe. It was included on the UNSECO World Heritage list in 1987 as a distinctive element of the Danube banks of Budapest. It runs on a 95-metre route between Clark Ádám Square and the Sándor Palace up in the Buda Castle district. The two cars (Margit and Gellért) are connected like pendulums: while one car runs uphill, the other goes downhill. It is a highly popular attraction and sometimes there are queues.
The Royal Palace in Szent György tér is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape, and the building easiest to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. The Castle was home to the kings of Hungary from the 13th century. Medieval walls and a few buildings have survived from that period, but the district underwent a major transformation according to deisgns by Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann in the 19th century. The rooms and halls of the Royal Palace were not reconstructed, and the building today functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum.The annual Buda Castle Wine Festival is also held here, in addition to several other events of culture and gastronomy.
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Budimski dvorac
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The Royal Palace in Szent György tér is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape, and the building easiest to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. The Castle was home to the kings of Hungary from the 13th century. Medieval walls and a few buildings have survived from that period, but the district underwent a major transformation according to deisgns by Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann in the 19th century. The rooms and halls of the Royal Palace were not reconstructed, and the building today functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum.The annual Buda Castle Wine Festival is also held here, in addition to several other events of culture and gastronomy.
This square by Oktogon was named after the world-famous Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt. It is a small green space surrounded by restaurants and cafés like Menza, Buena Vista, Hooters and Circus. Liszt Ferenc Square is popular with locals and tourists alike, especially for summer evening meals on the terraces of the various bars and restaurants. At the Király Street end stands the Eclectic-Art Noveau building of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music,while Nagymező Street and Andrássy Avenue.
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Liszt Ferenc tér
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This square by Oktogon was named after the world-famous Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt. It is a small green space surrounded by restaurants and cafés like Menza, Buena Vista, Hooters and Circus. Liszt Ferenc Square is popular with locals and tourists alike, especially for summer evening meals on the terraces of the various bars and restaurants. At the Király Street end stands the Eclectic-Art Noveau building of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music,while Nagymező Street and Andrássy Avenue.
One of the landmarks of Budapest and the "foyer" of Városliget, the Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) is found at the end of Andrássy út. The square was built for the millennial celebrations of 1896, to commmorate the first 1000 years of the Hungarian state. The two colonnades displaying 14 emblematic historical figures of Hungary form a semi-circle around an column, which is surrounded by the seven Magyar chieftains and topped by archangel Gabriel. The Heroes' Square is the most distinctive and most spacious square of Budapest. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle stand on its opposite sides. The square often gives place to large-scale public events and celebrations, while it is also an important tourist attraction. The Nemzeti Vágta (National Gallop) has also been held here since 2008.
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Trg heroja u Budimpešti
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One of the landmarks of Budapest and the "foyer" of Városliget, the Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) is found at the end of Andrássy út. The square was built for the millennial celebrations of 1896, to commmorate the first 1000 years of the Hungarian state. The two colonnades displaying 14 emblematic historical figures of Hungary form a semi-circle around an column, which is surrounded by the seven Magyar chieftains and topped by archangel Gabriel. The Heroes' Square is the most distinctive and most spacious square of Budapest. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle stand on its opposite sides. The square often gives place to large-scale public events and celebrations, while it is also an important tourist attraction. The Nemzeti Vágta (National Gallop) has also been held here since 2008.
Budapest has always been a hub of Jewish culture, so it comes as no surprise that the second largest synagogue of the world is found here. The Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány utcai Zsinagóga) was built in 1859 in Moorish Revival Style. It seats 3000. This complex is not only a place of worship, but also hosts the Hungarian Jewish Museum. It lies in Dohány street, right off the Small Boulevard, as an entrance to the Jewish district. Dohány street carries serious Holocaust connotations, it was the border of the Budapest Ghetto during WWII and even today still remains the center of the Jewish community in Hungary. A three-year reconstruction, funded largely by the world famous Estée Lauder, who had Hungarian and Jewish ancestors, was completed in 1996.
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Dohány Street Synagogue
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Budapest has always been a hub of Jewish culture, so it comes as no surprise that the second largest synagogue of the world is found here. The Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány utcai Zsinagóga) was built in 1859 in Moorish Revival Style. It seats 3000. This complex is not only a place of worship, but also hosts the Hungarian Jewish Museum. It lies in Dohány street, right off the Small Boulevard, as an entrance to the Jewish district. Dohány street carries serious Holocaust connotations, it was the border of the Budapest Ghetto during WWII and even today still remains the center of the Jewish community in Hungary. A three-year reconstruction, funded largely by the world famous Estée Lauder, who had Hungarian and Jewish ancestors, was completed in 1996.
Ferenciek tere (transl.: Franciscans’ Square) is situated in front of the Elizabeth Bridge, and features numerous notable examples of the fin-de-siècle architecture. The square is cut into halves by one of the busiest roads of Budapest, Szabad sajtó útja. Its important sights include the twin buildings of the Klotild Palace, one on each side of the road, and the Paris Court with its dazzling decorations. The Court under the building - once a shopping passage - boasts of a hall with a gorgeous mosaic-glass dome for a roof. The Franciscan Church, the Nereids’ Well, and the University Library are also worth your attention.
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Ferenciek tere
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Ferenciek tere (transl.: Franciscans’ Square) is situated in front of the Elizabeth Bridge, and features numerous notable examples of the fin-de-siècle architecture. The square is cut into halves by one of the busiest roads of Budapest, Szabad sajtó útja. Its important sights include the twin buildings of the Klotild Palace, one on each side of the road, and the Paris Court with its dazzling decorations. The Court under the building - once a shopping passage - boasts of a hall with a gorgeous mosaic-glass dome for a roof. The Franciscan Church, the Nereids’ Well, and the University Library are also worth your attention.
Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya) in the 1st District is one of the best known landmarks of Budapest. Thanks to the unparalleled panorama from its neo-Roman lookout terraces, it is one of the most notable tourist attractions. Its main facade, parallel to River Danube, is about 140 metres long, so you can enjoy the view in the frame of the small stroll. Its cone-topped stone towers symbolize the 7 Magyar chieftains who once led the invasion of the Carpathian Basin and settled down the nation here. The name of the building dates from the Middle Ages, when this section of the castle wall was defended by the fishers' guild. Since 1987, Fishermen's Bastion has been one of the World Heritage sites in Budapest.
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Fisherman's Bastion
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Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya) in the 1st District is one of the best known landmarks of Budapest. Thanks to the unparalleled panorama from its neo-Roman lookout terraces, it is one of the most notable tourist attractions. Its main facade, parallel to River Danube, is about 140 metres long, so you can enjoy the view in the frame of the small stroll. Its cone-topped stone towers symbolize the 7 Magyar chieftains who once led the invasion of the Carpathian Basin and settled down the nation here. The name of the building dates from the Middle Ages, when this section of the castle wall was defended by the fishers' guild. Since 1987, Fishermen's Bastion has been one of the World Heritage sites in Budapest.
The northern Klotild Palace was built in a British neo-baroque, eclectic style in the 5th district of Budapest, at Ferenciek Square. Viewed from Rákóczi Road, it forms the symbolic gate of Elizabeth Bridge with its southern “sibling”, Matild. Princess Marie Clotilde, the wife of Archduke Joseph Karl had the palaces built in the 1880s, and commissioned Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl. The building’s glass windows were made in the workshop of Miksa Róth, while the 48-meter-high towers are adorned with an enlarged replica of the archduke’s crown. It is the first building in Budapest fitted with an elevator, and its furnaces were supplied by the Pécs-based Zsolnay Manufacture. The northern palace has housed the antique shop of BÁV for years; today, it gives place to Buddha-Bar Hotel.
Klotild palota
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The northern Klotild Palace was built in a British neo-baroque, eclectic style in the 5th district of Budapest, at Ferenciek Square. Viewed from Rákóczi Road, it forms the symbolic gate of Elizabeth Bridge with its southern “sibling”, Matild. Princess Marie Clotilde, the wife of Archduke Joseph Karl had the palaces built in the 1880s, and commissioned Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl. The building’s glass windows were made in the workshop of Miksa Róth, while the 48-meter-high towers are adorned with an enlarged replica of the archduke’s crown. It is the first building in Budapest fitted with an elevator, and its furnaces were supplied by the Pécs-based Zsolnay Manufacture. The northern palace has housed the antique shop of BÁV for years; today, it gives place to Buddha-Bar Hotel.
The Church of Our Lady, better known as Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) looks back on an exceptionally long history and is the second best known church of Budapest after St. Stephen's Basilica. It was built in 1015, shortly after the country's conversion to the Christian faith. It was rebuilt in gothic style in the 14th century, and was yet again renewed in the 19th century in harmony with the designs by Frigyes Schulek. Thanks to its latest reconstruction between 2006-2013, it now stands in its old glory again. The building is a great example of Central-European gothic style. Its facade is adorned with rich ornamentation, sculptures and reliefs. The interior is dominated by wood, gold and painted walls. Tourists must buy a ticket to enter.
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Crkva Svetog Mateja
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The Church of Our Lady, better known as Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) looks back on an exceptionally long history and is the second best known church of Budapest after St. Stephen's Basilica. It was built in 1015, shortly after the country's conversion to the Christian faith. It was rebuilt in gothic style in the 14th century, and was yet again renewed in the 19th century in harmony with the designs by Frigyes Schulek. Thanks to its latest reconstruction between 2006-2013, it now stands in its old glory again. The building is a great example of Central-European gothic style. Its facade is adorned with rich ornamentation, sculptures and reliefs. The interior is dominated by wood, gold and painted walls. Tourists must buy a ticket to enter.
Várkert Bazaar is a newly restored neo-Renaissance building complex on the side of the hill that goes from the Buda riverfront up to the Royal Palace. It was built between 1875 and 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl. It has a magnificent flower garden with fountains, grottoes, and guard houses. The former Youth Park used to operate on the site between 1961 and 1984, but after this period, the area became neglected and was later marked for demolition. In fact, until 2014, Várkert Bazaar was considered one of the most endangered monuments of the world. Now, after recent renovations, this series of promenades houses a new cultural space with exhibition areas, a Neo-Renaissance flower garden, a park, and catering facilities. In addition, an escalator helps to connect it to the Royal Palace grounds.
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Castle Garden Bazaar
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Várkert Bazaar is a newly restored neo-Renaissance building complex on the side of the hill that goes from the Buda riverfront up to the Royal Palace. It was built between 1875 and 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl. It has a magnificent flower garden with fountains, grottoes, and guard houses. The former Youth Park used to operate on the site between 1961 and 1984, but after this period, the area became neglected and was later marked for demolition. In fact, until 2014, Várkert Bazaar was considered one of the most endangered monuments of the world. Now, after recent renovations, this series of promenades houses a new cultural space with exhibition areas, a Neo-Renaissance flower garden, a park, and catering facilities. In addition, an escalator helps to connect it to the Royal Palace grounds.
Parks & Nature
This expansive island in the middle of the Danube is a forested retreat in downtown Budapest, and a favored recreation ground for locals and travelers alike. Several sites serve as tranquil destinations across this vast parkland, like the stunning Japanese Garden, a cavernous Oriental space with its harmonious flora and burbling fountains; this silent hideaway is especially impressive during the blooming months of spring, when the fine blend of scented flowers stimulates the senses. The Margaret Island’s small petting zoo is a classic stopover for families with children, who want to slow down amid the island’s fauna that includes deer, peacocks, and several other species, and it’s open for visitors during the warmer months. Many people come to the island for various sports activities, and those who are fond of yoga classes can join alfresco sessions starting from April on the island’s Nagytér, stretching across a vast meadow between the Danubius Health Spa Resort and the Margaret Island Water Tower and amphitheater – and best of all, anyone can join in on a donation basis (held from 11am and 1:30pm on Sundays and from 6pm on weekdays, depending on the weather). The soothing vibe of Margaret Island wouldn’t be complete without a supreme splash zone: the Danubius Health Spa Resort houses numerous thermal pools and wellness facilities, hidden amid this sylvan slice of Budapest.
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Margitin otok
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This expansive island in the middle of the Danube is a forested retreat in downtown Budapest, and a favored recreation ground for locals and travelers alike. Several sites serve as tranquil destinations across this vast parkland, like the stunning Japanese Garden, a cavernous Oriental space with its harmonious flora and burbling fountains; this silent hideaway is especially impressive during the blooming months of spring, when the fine blend of scented flowers stimulates the senses. The Margaret Island’s small petting zoo is a classic stopover for families with children, who want to slow down amid the island’s fauna that includes deer, peacocks, and several other species, and it’s open for visitors during the warmer months. Many people come to the island for various sports activities, and those who are fond of yoga classes can join alfresco sessions starting from April on the island’s Nagytér, stretching across a vast meadow between the Danubius Health Spa Resort and the Margaret Island Water Tower and amphitheater – and best of all, anyone can join in on a donation basis (held from 11am and 1:30pm on Sundays and from 6pm on weekdays, depending on the weather). The soothing vibe of Margaret Island wouldn’t be complete without a supreme splash zone: the Danubius Health Spa Resort houses numerous thermal pools and wellness facilities, hidden amid this sylvan slice of Budapest.
Everything Else
The biggest market hall of the city, Great Market Hall, stands right next to Pest-end of Liberty Bridge. The building, that has Zsolnay tiles, was opened in 1897, and back then the fresh products arrived through the canal in the middle. There’s no canal today, but they still have fresh local delicacies, vegetables, fruits, salamis, and quality meet products. The hall is a must-see for tourists, so no surprise it has plenty of souvenir shops. Upstairs, numerous buffets offer their Hungaricums: if someone wants to have real a Hungarian (sometimes overpriced) töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage), goulash, Hortobágyi palacsinta (meat filled pancake), or lángos.
480
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Velika tržnica
1-3 Vámház krt.
480
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The biggest market hall of the city, Great Market Hall, stands right next to Pest-end of Liberty Bridge. The building, that has Zsolnay tiles, was opened in 1897, and back then the fresh products arrived through the canal in the middle. There’s no canal today, but they still have fresh local delicacies, vegetables, fruits, salamis, and quality meet products. The hall is a must-see for tourists, so no surprise it has plenty of souvenir shops. Upstairs, numerous buffets offer their Hungaricums: if someone wants to have real a Hungarian (sometimes overpriced) töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage), goulash, Hortobágyi palacsinta (meat filled pancake), or lángos.
Entertainment & Activities
The Gellért is the best known (and most expensive) historical bath of Budapest. The magnificent Art Noveau buillding between the Gellért Hill and the Liberty Bridge opened its gates in 1918. The bath is part of the Gellért Hotel, which was the icon of Budapest hotels for nearly 100 years; although it has lost some of its glory since, it is still a symbol of welfare and comfort. Most of its old shine was restored in the frame of a comprehensive renovation in 2008. Gellért Bath has several indoor thermal pools and swimming pools, a large outdoor adventure pool and an outdoor wave pool. In addition to recreational bathing, the complex also offers medial treatments, beauty treatments, massage, and other services, and has a sauna, a steam room, a sunbathing terrace, and a dentist's office. You can choose from a range of packages, from 1-day to 2-week all-round treatments.
336
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Terme Gellert
4 Kelenhegyi út
336
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The Gellért is the best known (and most expensive) historical bath of Budapest. The magnificent Art Noveau buillding between the Gellért Hill and the Liberty Bridge opened its gates in 1918. The bath is part of the Gellért Hotel, which was the icon of Budapest hotels for nearly 100 years; although it has lost some of its glory since, it is still a symbol of welfare and comfort. Most of its old shine was restored in the frame of a comprehensive renovation in 2008. Gellért Bath has several indoor thermal pools and swimming pools, a large outdoor adventure pool and an outdoor wave pool. In addition to recreational bathing, the complex also offers medial treatments, beauty treatments, massage, and other services, and has a sauna, a steam room, a sunbathing terrace, and a dentist's office. You can choose from a range of packages, from 1-day to 2-week all-round treatments.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world famous symbol of Budapest. The bath in Városliget was built in neo-Baroque style at the beginning of the 20th century. The Széchenyi is the most popular bath among locals thanks it its size and wide range of services. Numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal and a wellness department (steam room, sauna etc.), medical care, therapies. fitness and miscellaneous services guarantee the perfect visit. The open-air pool is open in the winter as well, so you can enjoy its hot water even if its -10°C outside. The bath is increasingly popular among foreigners as well - a visit here is a solid point on your Budapest schedule both in summer and winter.
500
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Ljekovito kupalište Széchenyi
9-11 Állatkerti krt.
500
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world famous symbol of Budapest. The bath in Városliget was built in neo-Baroque style at the beginning of the 20th century. The Széchenyi is the most popular bath among locals thanks it its size and wide range of services. Numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal and a wellness department (steam room, sauna etc.), medical care, therapies. fitness and miscellaneous services guarantee the perfect visit. The open-air pool is open in the winter as well, so you can enjoy its hot water even if its -10°C outside. The bath is increasingly popular among foreigners as well - a visit here is a solid point on your Budapest schedule both in summer and winter.
Gasztronómia
Retek Bisztro
10 Mérleg u.
16
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BESTIA
9 Szent István tér
16
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9
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Stand25 Bisztró
13 Hold u.
9
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Magyar Qtr
18 Belgrád rkp.
21
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Börze
23 Nádor u.
21
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