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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old June 3rd, 2008, 19:44 Thread Starter
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Budapest - A Rough Guide

Just under 2 months to go before our trip to Hungary's capital - can't wait! I've been gathering information in preparation; however, I thought it might be useful to have a separate thread with locals' and visitors' recommendations, so if you've got any - eating/drinking/clubbing/sightseeing/prices/tourist traps/etc. - please post them here. I am sure it will be helpful for anyone planning a visit.
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Just under 2 months to go before our trip to Hungary's capital - can't wait! I've been gathering information in preparation; however, I thought it might be useful to have a separate thread with locals' and visitors' recommendations, so if you've got any - eating/drinking/clubbing/sightseeing/prices/tourist traps/etc. - please post them here. I am sure it will be helpful for anyone planning a visit.
Did I send you that doc of general info with restaurants, beer, transport, money, emergencies etc etc ?

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Things to see

Pata, happy travels to Hungary, be sure you catch two of the biggest events on the calendar in all of central europe this summer.

On August 3rd, Formula-One racing hosts its annual the Grand Prix of Hungary - the only F1 grand prix race staged among ex-socialist countries that is very popular, expect a large international crowd around 150,000 -200,000 and tickets sell fast. General admission tickets are around 100 euro, and its worth it. Check for ticket information here: http://www.hungaroinfo.com/formel1/tickets_all_en.htm

I went to the 1988 edition as a kid, every since I'm Formula One-bitten. F1 really delivers a good day's worth of entertainment and the track is one of better rated ones on the circuit. If you haven't gone to a F1 race, I highly recommend the grand prix, cheap camping fares are available near the track.



Later in August from the 12th - 18, Europe's largest organized music pop festival takes place on one of Budapest's islands the Sziget Festival, expect an audience of 350,000 to 400,000 and is very popular with west Europeans. This is a must-see, its like an annual Woodstock. If you're in your 20s and you like pop music put this is the thing to see in the summer. This year, Iron Maiden will headline on center-stage on opening day. Other confirmed guests for 2008 include R.E.M., Sex Pistols, Jamiroquai, and Alanis Morissette among .. ect. Oh I wish I was 10 years younger.

the festival's site: http://www.sziget.hu/festival_englis...07203.htmlNews


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GM, finally something I have in common with you!

I too am a massive F1 fan, and I've been to every single Hungarian GP for 10 years in a row now, the first Hun GP I attended having been in 1998
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Oh, and i'll add i've also been to the Sziget Fesztival for the last 3 years
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Here is the site of the Military Museum with opening times:
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Pata, we should keep contact, I might be able to suggest you a couple of things you might like: open-air pubs around the city, music venues etc. It depends a lot on what you would like to see. If I am at home (and I guess I will), I would be glad to show you around a bot.

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Did I send you that doc of general info with restaurants, beer, transport, money, emergencies etc etc ?
Yes, thank you! It was excellent! Gonna be going over it again once I am back from Euro2008.

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Pata, happy travels to Hungary, be sure you catch two of the biggest events on the calendar in all of central europe this summer.
For this trip we decided to avoid the Grand Prix and Sziget (and the massive influx of visitors they attract) - we're going just before (24-28 July) - but I am definitely bearing these events in mind for the future.

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Here is the site of the Military Museum with opening times:
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Nice one. Thankfully, there is some information in English on that website. Unfortunately, my Hungarian is non-existent.

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Pata, we should keep contact, I might be able to suggest you a couple of things you might like: open-air pubs around the city, music venues etc. It depends a lot on what you would like to see. If I am at home (and I guess I will), I would be glad to show you around a bot.
I'm gonna be pretty much resident on this forum right up until our trip. Open-air pubs definitely sound like our kettle of fish.

Our plans so far are something like this:

Thu - arrive late afternoon, drop our stuff off, get some dinner and... errrrm... get drunk and jump around some club.

Fri - day sightseeing (maybe, take a guide to tell us everything) around Buda, go out to the Statue Park, see if we can also maybe get a walking tour around Erzsébetváros (we're staying just up the road from the Dohany Street Synagogue). Evening - drink but not too much.

Sat - early afternoon - match against MTK fans, then some combination of drinks with these chaps/a visit to some baths and a LARGE night out.

Sun - perhaps, a trip to Esztergom, or maybe a walking tour around Erzsebetvaros and then a trip to Esztergom and maybe the bath day on this day. Or just chilling out on Margitsziget. A few cheeky bevvies in the evening.

Mon - picking up the pieces. Flying back.

Is it worth even considering drinking in Belvaros/Lipotvaros or is it full of tourist traps?

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once I am back from Euro2008.
Where are you starting out? I'm at Saturday's match in Geneva.

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Is it worth even considering drinking in Belvaros/Lipotvaros or is it full of tourist traps?
That's where I live, it's fine if you stay away from the main roads and obvious touristy ones.

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Where are you starting out? I'm at Saturday's match in Geneva.

That's where I live, it's fine if you stay away from the main roads and obvious touristy ones.
I was planning to make a couple of week end trips over but now that the fans' footy tournament hasn't materialised I've knocked Russia's group games on the head so just going out to Vienna 20-23 July (we got some tickets for the second quarter-final there) now. Which games are you doing?

As for drinking in Budapest City Centre - OK, we'll just try to avoid the likes of Vaci Utca like the plague then.
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Some good pubs/clubs fairly near where youĺre staying around ErzsÚbetvßros:

Vittula http://www.vittula.hu/

Corvin rooftop bar and a couple of others in the building http://www.corvinteto.com/

Nothin But The Blues http://www.bluespub.hu/


Close to Belvßros centre:

G÷d÷r underneath ErzsÚbet tÚr http://www.godorklub.hu/


Lipˇtvßros north of ErzsÚbet tÚr, between Bajcsy Zsilinszky ˙t and the Duna most of the small side streets have decent bars/clubs. If you cross over from there towards Opera and Andrßssy ˙t it gets more touristy again.

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My PC's having a fit here, so was only able to open http://www.corvinteto.com/ - I LIKE that rooftop terrace, for shure.
We've also got Szoda Bar about 50 yards from our flats, just around the corner in Wesselenyi utca. Anyone knows if it's any good?
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I've been to corvinteto a few times, but never in summer.

When I went it was a cool little club, bit alternative, but good, although I hear in summer it's much better when they open up the roof at the top.

EDIT: out of the ones UjpestGills listed, i've also been to the Godor quite a few times. It's alright, depends on the sort of night their having there, as the music ranges from night to night based on the theme of that night, but it's also a pretty cool place.
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DOn't forget Szimpla (where you can perfectly sit at the same table with people from five continents - happened to me), Kupling, Pótkulcs... There is a rather traditional round to make of open-air pubs very near to your place: you normally start around 9 and finish at 2-3 in the morning. And new ones are operning every year.
For the sights, I can help you out. Don't limit yourselves to Buda, that's only the official touristy ones. You will be in the ghetto, funny places around everywhere. You can start at the Orthodox synagogue, around the corner, Friday morning (not later - they close for Sabbat!). And so on.

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GM, finally something I have in common with you!

I too am a massive F1 fan, and I've been to every single Hungarian GP for 10 years in a row now, the first Hun GP I attended having been in 1998
You've gone to 10 straight grand prixes in a row? . Whoa Nelly! you must be one proud member of the Hungarian bourgeoise which is a good thing and F1-bitten like me. Call it an idiosyncrasy of mine but I'm of the opinion that teens in their formative years, like I did, should go to see a F1 Grand Prix race once to become better people.

When we went in '88 the whole city was still talking about it, it was the must-see show that year, there so much electricity in the air with crowds I've never seen before. What I remember most was the high-pitched drone of the engines like an fierce nest of hornets. We camped out one of the grassy elevations next to the track to take in the show, I must say it was good carefree times and fun.

How are the crowds nowadays since our neighbors to the west no longer have a circuit, bigger, about the same or less? Its a sweet deal that the HUN GP's contract was extended to 2011 and beyond thanks to Bernie Ecclestone. I haven't been to Sziget but its something on my to do list.



Halleluja Formula-1 and Hungaroring!

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I was there at the first 3... but never became a fan.

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Here is the site of the Military Museum with opening times:
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is there any WWI Aviation dpt ?
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Nice one. Thankfully, there is some information in English on that website
haven┤t found any information in english there
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I mentioned this one before...but worth mentioning again.

When I visited Hungary/Budapest a couple of years ago, one attraction I really enjoyed was the afternoon spent at the LAzar's Lovaspark (near Godollo)

http://www.lazarteam.hu/[email protected]@[email protected]@898077188

While I was searching for the link I came across it in this Top 10 attractions of Budapest
http://www.thetravelmagazine.net/i-1...t-top-ten.html so I'm not alone in this.

We were welcomed with Palinka and Scones. Then had a carriage ride (my son and I sat up front with a Csikos! Then a great Horse show, followed by an enormous Hungarian banquet with wine and Gyspy music. After we spent time exploring the park which had a farm and Museum. The whole day for my family of 4 cost Ç82!!! Best value of the year!!! Probably gone up now...but even still, as long as the weather is fine...it's a great half day out!

btw...the Top 10 mentions Statue Park!!!! Avoid this like the plague!! (even though the flyers about the attraction make it look interesting, it must be the worst value for money in Budapest...and deadly Boring!!!)
The majority are tiny statues, busts and plaques (no huge Colossus of Rhodes or Statues of Liberty here!). You've been warned..

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