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Budapest, born in the remains of the Roman town of Aquincum, is a union of two small towns - Buda, on the west bank of the river Vast, on the eastern bank. In the 20th century Budapest grew into a huge city with a population of 2 million. They live on both sides of the Danube River, both on the high mountainside of Buda and in the flat Pest.

After 300 years under the Turkish Ottoman Empire, the Austrian Habsburgs and the Communist regime, under the auspices of the Soviet Union, this city knew countless architectural and cultural influences acquired in the endless encounter between East and West Europe and Asia Minor.

From an aesthetic point of view, Budapest is a real pearl of grace and justifies the title "Paris of the Eastern Bloc," which they had previously attached. There are innumerable buildings in architecture that have been drawn from the Roman, Ottoman and Gothic styles to Baroque and Art Nouveau styles. The variety of baths in the "spa town" of Europe, as it is called, is reminiscent of Roman baths and Turkish baths. There are elegant and spacious avenues here, magical European castles, spectacular bridges, socialist-style sculptures, and one Danube river.

The residents of Budapest are also free, friendly and loving. After 40 years of rigid communism, all they want is to enjoy and compensate for lost time. They sit in the great cafes that mention Vienna and have a hedonistic nightlife.


For internet at cheap prices, look for the Vodaphone chain in Budapest, and buy a local SIM card from one of the largest cellular companies in the world.

#Must-See Sites

Want to see the most popular places in the city? - Click on the tag "Must see in Budapest".


Budapest's underground train is incredible, be sure to use it. To save, buy the Budapest Card that will enable you free transportation for three or seven days.

Important - Don't forget to stamp your ticket at the start of your trip, otherwise you pay a fine. When you need to show your ticket to an inspector, give them your ID.


You better not pay with euros, because the conversion rate is particularly high. Exchange your currency for the local Forint and pay with that.

It is not recommended to stop taxis on the street here. Be sure to order a taxi with an app or through your hotel.


At Hungarian restaurants and cafes it is common to leave a 10% to 15% tip, but be sure to add when paying, and not when leaving the restaurant.

#Hungry Country Code


#Must Eat

Everyone must try in Budapest the Hungarian Goulash at a local restaurant, or different dishes with paprika, the national spice of Hungary.

On the baked goods side, make sure to taste a fresh and warm spit cake at the street stalls, look especially for those with long lines.

Also, eat from the well-known Hungarian marzipan. It is recommended to buy marzipan at the Szamos stores, where there are many different flavors and kinds and shapes.

A Short Tutorial to Hungarian Food:



The capital of Hungary is without a doubt a shopping stronghold. The main shopping street is the main avenue in Budapest, Vaci Street (Vaci Utca), active between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. The mall West End City Center is the largest in Hungary, and one of the largest shopping centers in Europe.

Outlet stores can be found in the Mammut mall in the Buda area.

Findings at funny prices can be found at the flea-market Esceri Ut Piac (click on the tag "Esceri Piac Flea Market"). In the large covered market we recommended wandering around and combining some shopping and haggling (click on the tag "The Great Market Hall").

See below the attached links to recommendations and also by clicking the tag "Shopping in Budapest".


You will find nice and designed bars in Liszt Ferenc Square.

A huge variety of clubs are in the area of the Opera House. For more great entertainment areas click on the tag "Entertainment in Budapest".

#Electric Outlets

The possible types of plugs are Types C or F (see the attached link with photos).

A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:


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Fast Run:

Gyermekvasutas Tornaterem
Gyermekvasutas Tornaterem
#About the Real Train that Kids Can Drive

In Hungary, since 1948 a train has been operating that is driven by kids between the ages of 10-14. The children's train rides along the 11-kilometer track and has passengers of all ages. The children's train was established in 1948 for a communist youth movement, as part of an educational procedure. From then and up to today, the scenic train rides along the green hills of the Buda area, the area near the capital Budapest. Actually, children do everything - operate the train, drive the train, sell tickets, and check the passenger's tickets.

Train passengers can exit at any stop and walk around the walking trails around the forests. At the last stop, at János Hill (János-Hegy), most of the passengers get off for a wonderful view of Budapest.

Some of the train carriages are open-aired, and the atmosphere in the train is special, for all the roles for operating the train are conducted by children. For worried parents - adults supervise the safety of the train, and ensure that the kids are correctly fulfilling their jobs.


Bring food with you, as there are no places to buy.

At the end of the train, there is a bus to the city center, near Margaret Bridge and Margaret Island.

A Closer Look:

Duna Palota
Danube Palace
#About the Prestigious Palace that Has Become a Concert Hall

The Danube Palace (Duna Palota) was built in 1895 in the Baroque style, used today as a concert hall and as a theater for folk shows.

Throughout the years the structure has undergone many changes, and in 1941 received its current look.

Even before that, the palace was used by the royals of the district, that arrived to see expensive shows of great artists, who were invited to perform at the palace regularly. Almost every famous artist of those times, performed here at least ones.

The palace is placed between the Basilica and the Suspension Bridge.

A Concert Inside the Palace:

Rudas Baths
Rudas Baths
#About the Turkish Bath of Budapest

The Rudas Baths, at the foot of the Buda hills, are among Europe's largest baths. If it's winter, take a moment and look up from the baths to the green slopes of Buda. In this way, you will also benefit from winter and even snowy beauty, as you move in the warm water.

The baths were established by the Turks, while they ruled Hungary. This can be learned from the Ottoman architecture, which is reminiscent of a Turkish bath, masculine and sweaty. The somewhat chauvinistic atmosphere that separates women from men also hints at the origins of these baths. By the way, it seems that time does not stop and is changing, because in the past the baths were for only men. And in recent years baths for women were opened, but still they are separate.

There are 6 thermal hot water pools and an octagonal pool surrounded by columns. The water from this pool comes from dozens of thermo-mineral springs and is used to heal muscle aches.

There are also wet and dry saunas, massage services and more.


Bring a towel with you.

A Closer Look:



Jewish Quarter in Budapest
Budapest Jewish Quarter
#About the Jewish Quarter that has Become the Center of Nightlife in Budapest

Neither the Holocaust nor the Communist rule succeeded in destroying the Jews from Budapest, certainly not from the Jewish quarter, in the city's seventh district. There are about 25 active synagogues in the city, and in the Jewish quarter itself, there are many shops that sell kosher food, with signs in Hebrew that emphasize this in their windows.

On Friday nights, you can still see in the Jewish Quarter in Budapest, those who are wearing Shtreimels, who have finished their prayers in the synagogue. On Saturdays, one can still see children wearing skullcaps and girls in long dresses.

Today the Jewish Quarter belongs to others. Since many young people moved here, mainly due to the low prices of apartments, it is considered a trendy and pleasant entertainment place, attracting a young and high-quality crowd from all over the city.

In 1900, the Jewish population in Budapest numbered 170,000 - a quarter of the city's population. Today, the city has less than half of that population, even though it is the largest Jewish community in Central Europe, the proportion to the city's population is minimal.

The Jewish quarter, Budapest's seventh district, is today not only the city's trendy entertainment center, but also has the great concentration of street art and graffiti.

A Closer Look:


Street Art in the 7th quarter:

Szenes Hanna Park
Szenes Hanna Park
#About the Park in Memory of the Brave Paratrooper and Poet

Szenes Hanna Park is located in a junction of streets Jósika and Rózsa, and was dedicated especially to Hanna Szenes. She was a Jewish fighter against the Nazis during World War II. Szenes made Aliyah to Israel in 1939 and was one of the young people that built the kibbutz Sdot Yam.

Beyond being a poet with a lot of talent, Hanna Szenes was part of a paratrooper unit who volunteered to serve in the British army during World War II. In the frame of her actions as a combat soldier against the Nazis, she jumped along with her unit over occupied Hungary. However, during the line of duty she was caught by the Hungarians who surrendered her to the Nazis. She was tortured and executed, at only 23 years old.

After her death, among Szenes's things were found the songs she wrote in secret. Some have gained a lot of popularity like Ashrei Hagafrur, A Walk to Caesarea with the famous lyrics - "My God, my God,
may it never end."

The park won't tell you about this history, which is why you have us!

May her memory be blessed!
Memento Park
Memento Park
#About the Park with the Communist Statues

One of the places far away from the center of the city is Memento Park. In the park were placed statues that in the past were located in important places around the city, and no one today wants to see around.

These statues praised the Communist rule in Hungary, and promoted socialist ideas. In the Communist Era they used to be spread around everywhere. In the Realist Socialist style, typical of the time, that did not stop reminding what so many Hungarians wanted to forget. There were large statues of Communist leaders like Lenin and Stalin, figures of Socialists Marx and Engels, soldiers of the Soviet army, who saved Hungary from the Nazis and Hitler, and working farmers from the Proletariat, which always seemed beautiful, energetic, and incredibly strong.

All these were moved far away, with the downfall of Communism, from the squares and parks around the city, many remained in pieces, ruined by the ones who suffered from the hand of the hypocrite regime. This police force cost the lives of Socialists, but itself enjoyed the perks of the large and Capitalist world.

"Far from the eye and far from the heart" some say. The statues that have survived the downfall of Communism were moved to a park on the edge of the city, to a park called "The Park in Memory of the Communist Era."

Officially, the park opened in 1993 with 42 statues. Their concentration is sure to bring back some uncertainty to people, but the truth is that the joy of people can almost be heard - to have survived the Communist rule. How good it is to be free!

A Closer Look:


How it Was Created:

Gozsdu Bazaar
Gozsdu Bazaar
#About the Bazaar in the Jewish Quarter in Budapest

Gozsdu Bazaar is a Sunday market, taking place near the Dohány Street Synagogue. This is the market of the Jewish Quarter in Budapest, and it takes place only on Sundays during summer, April-September, between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

The origin of the name Gozsdu is from the name of the building where the bazaar takes place. The initiator who led this market took his inspiration from the Nahalat Binyamin market in Tel Aviv.

This is not a simple and cheap bazaar. There are stalls for jewelry, ceramics, clothes, bags, books, and utensils - most are of high quality.

The market is not geared towards tourists, which means the prices are not too expensive. This is a great place to buy meaningful gifts, some amusing and some original for home.

A Closer Look During the Day:


At Night:

https://youtu.be/iwpyFS7LXFEDohány Street Synagogue

Frici Papa Kifozdeje
Frici Papa Kifozdeje
#About the Successful and Affordable Goulash

The popular restaurant Frici Papa Kifozdeje offers a meat soup called Goulash, the best Hungarian dish there is, at a fair price, in home-made quality. You can find goulash in other restaurants, but here the prices are fair, and the goulash is excellent and homey.

The Frici Papa Kifozdeje restaurant excels in the traditional Hungarian kitchen, and maintains the simplicity and low prices. With the atmospheres of a worker's restaurant, traditional decorations, local and loyal crowd, and fast service - Frici Papa Kifozdeje offers a local and authentic experience, in the style of past times, to goulash enthusiasts and many Hungarian and European dishes.

With the culinary and pricing advantage, Frici Papa Kifozdeje in the 7th district, is not perfect. There are no options for vegetarians, no beer on tap, and platings is simple. If any of these things are important to you, try another restaurant on this app.
Gelarto Rosa
#About the Creative Ice Cream in Budapest

Gelarto Rose is an ice cream served looking like flowers. Imagine roses and lilies made of sweet ice cream...these are exactly the sort of fantasies that Gelarto Rose makes come true. This is an elite gelato spot in Budapest, that sculpts gelato flowers in a cone for each customer.

The known flavors like chocolate, vanilla, berries or coffee are good, but that main attraction here is mostly the flower sculpting. There are of course more flavors, like cream, coconut, nuts, and chocolates, as well as dairy-free sorbets like mango, strawberries and basil. Each day new flavors are made according to the fruits available at the local market.

How Gelarto Rose is Made:

#About the Trendy and Delicious Restaurant in the Young Boulevard

Menza is a new restaurant, very popular in Budapest, with lots of great food, not expensive prices and vibrant and retro decorations.

Menzo is located in an excellent spot, right at the trendy Franz Liszt Boulevard in Budapest.

Here we recommend the fried pastries with chicken and mushroom stuffing, the delicious Hungarian soups, and the excellent meats.

#About the Cafe with the Best Napoleon Cake in Budapest

If you love Napoleon Cakes (Mille-feuille), you have reached the right place. The famous cafe Roszwurm offers the best Napoleon in Budapest. So much so, that many tourists take slices of the cakes back home in boxes on their flights home.

The cafe is located on a small street across from Matthias Church on Buda Hill.

The prices here are totally reasonable.

Bon Appetite!
Shoes on the Danube Bank
#About the Sad Monument to the Jews of Budapest During the Holocaust

With 60 pairs of shoes of all sizes and types, as if waiting for their owners to come back, the Shoes on the Danube Bank (Cipők a Duna-parton) memorial pinches the heart.

The monument on the banks of the Danube River was erected in Budapest, capital of Hungary, in 2005, marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was sculpted by the Hungarian artists Gyula Pauer and Can Togay.

The monument consists of 60 pairs of cast shoes and each pair in the monument is unique and different from the others. There are work shoes, women's shoes, children's shoes, some of them are everyday shoes and some are elegant shoes.

#The Murder of the Jews on the Danube

The frozen, abandoned shoes made of metal on the banks of the river are in memory of the Jewish victims who were forced to remove their shoes just before they were brutally shot by the Hungarian Fascists and fell alive into the stormy waters of the river.

The commemoration of "Shoes on the Danube" was not meant to mention only the Jews who were murdered during World War II, but also the terrible crimes of the Hungarians, members of the Arrow Cross Movement, then the racist leaders of Hungary.

Members of the Arrow Cross Party collaborated with the Nazis and the actions were carried out at the order of the Hungarian ruler at the time, as a demonstration of cooperation with the Nazis and their enthusiastic volunteerism to help the genocide, the result of blind hatred of Jews in Hungary of those days. This unit of murder recruited local criminals, tough and cruel thugs, who were then defined as a special unit to fight opponents to the regime.

The murders were conducted in a particularly cruel manner. It was customary to tie the Jews in a group to one another. They were tied up on the riverbank and shot in the first column. As they fell, they dragged the rest of the group, bound to together, into the raging river water, killing everyone at the price of one bullet.

A Closer Look:

Buda Castle
#About the Large Castle Built on a Hill

Buda is a city on a hill, that has maintained its look from the Middle Ages. At that time cities were built with protective walls, against invaders. Buda Castle is a beautiful and protective castle, at a height of 50 meters above the Danube River. It is located on a hill, from where Budapest was created, west to the river. The location of the castle has a good reason - protection against enemies.

The history of the castle begins in the 13th century, when Mongolian tribes conquered Hungary and destroyed Pest, that was built on the opposite side of the Danube River. At first, a dungeon was built here by King Béla, and later the rest of the castle was built.

For a wonderful lookout over the city, come to the see the complex of the castle day or night. Recommended lookout points are without a doubt the Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya), near the Matthias Church (Matyas Templom) - two must-see sites on the hill.

In the castle area there are many interesting buildings, including museums, a Military History Museum, Museum for Music History and Museum of Trade. In the King's Castle, you can see the National Gallery and the Museum for the History of the city. You can enter a system of underground tunnels, and the tomb of the Turkish slave, Rahman Ali. More interesting sites are the recreated Castle Theater, and the Eagle Statue, Turul Statue, the legendary protector of Hungary.


You can get to the castle by stairs and also by the funicular, a cable car that brings people to the top of the hill - a little spendy but a nice an experience.

If you are interested in the history of Budapest, enter the museum of history in the castle.

A Closer Look Around the Castle:

#About the Best Restaurant in Budapest

Gundel restaurant is considered the best luxury restaurant in the Hungarian capital. It opened in 1894, and since then it has been gathering praise. The food and the service here are excellent!

Thought it is a little expensive, at Gundel you will get your money's worth. With meals at about $50 per person, you will get delicious meals with many different flavors from a high-quality chef kitchen.

The goose liver pate is worth a try, or the famous pancakes of the place.

The fancy decorations will add to your experience and entertainment here, and also the gypsy band that creates a special atmosphere, without becoming another tourist restaurant.

Gundel is located near the Heroe's Square. You must reserve a table in advance, call this number: 4684040

A Closer Look at the Restuarant:

Clark Adam Square
#The Square Where Distances in Hungary are Measured

Like the Notre Dame Square in Paris is the place where distances are measured for all of France, from the Clark Adam Square (Clark Ádám tér) in Budapest distances are measured for all of Hungary.

Notice the stone in the shape of the number zero, placed in the square. This stone is used at the official location where distances are measured from - from Budapest around Hungary and Europe.

#Who was Clark Adam?

Clark Adam was a British engineer who built the Széchenyi Chain Bridge nearby, and the tunnel under the Buda hill, the Castel Hill.

From Clark Adam Square board the funicular train (Budavari Siklo) to the top of Buda Hill, or Castle Hill, where the King's Castle is located. This is an easy way to climb the 260 meters to the top of the hill, instead of taking the stairs. Don't want to use the electric train? You can catch the bus, number 26, to the top of the hill.

Not the Most Normal Visit:

#About the Citadel with the Impressive Lookout of Budapest

The Citadella is an impressive fortress, that was built in the 19th century on a hill that overlooks the city. The Citadella was built by the Austrian Emporer, after the Hungarian Independence War. It was created to strengthen the control of the Emporer and ruler of the Hapsburg house, over the residents of the city of Budapest, after they rebelled against the empire.

To tell the truth, the Citadella itself is not so interesting. This is an impressive place for panoramic photos that can be shot here - of the city, of the Danube, and the rest of what is around.

Want romance? - Get here at night, or at sunset, and you will be rewarded by a romantic and pretty view of the city at twilight and the twinkling lights.

Next to the Citadella is the famous Freedom Monument, that was established by the Communists as a memorial for Soviet soldiers, who freed Hungary from Nazi rule. Go see it yourself - it is beautiful and well lit up at night.

A Closer Look:


Photos from the Summer:


Matthias Church
#About the Beautiful Church on the Citadel Hill

Matthias Church (Matyas Templom) bears the name of King Matthias, who married the love of his life, Queen Beatrice. Previously it was called "Our Lady's Church."

The church was built in the 15th century on the ruins of an ancient church built here in the 13th century. King Charles Rover arrived here from Anjou after his official coronation at Skaschfuhrer and was crowned in another religious ceremony.

The Matthias Church was built in the 13th century, but what we see today is mostly reconstruction from the 19th century. Then the church was built in the neo-Gothic style we see today. In the magnificent church space, there are wonderful stained-glass windows. As is customary in such churches, the magnificent 19th-century stained-glass windows depict events from the lives of Christian saints.

If you look to the right of the apse, you will see steps leading to the church museum. Here are religious artifacts, Christian icons and a hint of the treasures of the past by the kings of Hungary.

There is also a reconstruction of a medieval crypt, that holds remains of ancient graves.

A Closer Look:

Andrassy Avenue
#About the Cultural Avenue of Budapest

Andrassy Avenue is one of the most beautiful and impressive avenues in Hungary. The works that turned it into such an impressive and beautiful street took place in the 19th century. Quickly this street grew into an impressive street whose length is 2.5 kilometers.

This is how Andrassy Avenue, during the days of Emperor Franz Joseph, became the most fashionable road in Budapest. With time, many cultural institutes and important museums, musical institutions and more, were built here. Many theaters were built with time, which gave the avenue its nickname, "Broadway of Pest."

In the vibrant avenue there are cafes and entertainment areas. If you are standing at the start, at Elizabeth Square, you can see at the opposite end the Heroe's Square, with the 1000 Year Monument at its center, right behind which is a large public and impressive park.

For its architectural beauty, as well as important buildings spread across, the avenue was crowned a World Heritage Site in 2002. When you wander around you can see the large and impressive Opera House. Not far away is the Music Academy, named after the composer and piano genius Franz Liszt. There are some of the more interesting museums in Budapest here, like the Museum of Terrorism.

A Closer Look:


One House on This Street:

Opera House
#About the Opera House in Budapest

Even if you don't want to dedicate an evening to one of the classical opera's creations by Hungarian composers like Franz Liszt or Zoltán Kodály, a visit to the Opera House should not be missed. The Opera House is a main and popular attraction in Budapest, and among the most beautiful Opera Houses around the world.

Except for opera, other shows both classical and modern are shown here on an international scale, and two ballet companies, the most important ones in Budapest, and Hungary in general.

It is recommended to go on a guided tour in the Opera House or buy a ticket to an opera, there are tickets are different price levels. These operas are performed nightly and be sure to spare some time for a tour.

#The History of the Opera House

The Budapest Opera House was inaugurated in 1884 as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Hungary of those days was very rich, and many funds and resources were allotted to the new building.

The results did not disappoint. The guests to the Opera House opening were astonished. The Opera House was luxurious and highly invested and immediately became one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

Somehow, this building survived World War II and was not damaged. On the surviving walls you can see the original paintings, the frescoes that were preserved without harm. Like them, hundreds of beautiful sculptures survived that are spread around the building and are a symbol of luxury in the opera hall itself.

In order to restore it to its former glory, the building was renovated in the 1980's and was cleaned up with government funds. This is how it was able to turn into such a tourist cultural attraction, among the best in Budapest.

#Archicture of the Opera House

The Opera House of Budapest opened in 1884, is considered one of the more beautiful Opera Houses in the world. This building was planned in the neo-Renaissance style, by the Hungarian architect from the 19th century Miklos Ybl. Those who love architecture should come here for a day tour.

At the exterior statues were placed of a few of the great composers in the history of Opera and classical music, including Mozart, Beethoven, Vardi, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky.

It is not only from the outside that this building is impressive. It is also impressive from the inside. On the main staircase on the building, the most famous people in Europe walked between the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Anyone belonging to the Hungarian nobility or elite came here during those days. The ladies of Budapest's high society used to present at the operas of the times, the fashion trends and the luxury jewelry they received from their rich husbands.

In the main hall of the Opera House, there are no less than 1,200 seats available. There are hundreds of sculptures, frescoes, and golden decorations that twinkle, each weighing 7 kilos. Part of the decorations on the walls are made of golden leaves covered in 24-carat gold.


The ticket prices here are affordable, but it is recommended to order them in advance on the website.

When buying tickets for the booths, buy the tickets for the first row in the box, the only row that you can see from.

The dress code is crucial here - women have to wear evening dresses, and men - only suits!

A Closer Look:


From Outside:

Gellert Hill
#About the Hill Above Budapest

Gellert Hill (Gellért Hegy) is a tall hill above the area of the castle and the city of Budapest, and has a great view of the whole city. The hill, which stands out for everyone day and night, is located in Buda, and is 235 meters tall above the river. It is named after Bishop Gellert, who spread Christianity around Hungary in the 11th century and died as a saint.

The green and lit up hill is identified thanks to the impressive freedom monument at the top of the hill, and is a wonderful viewpoint over the city. Notice how beautiful the Danube river is from here. See the bridges that connect the two sides. Look down the tree covered hill, covering the hill all the way to the bottom. The view in the evening hours is also incredible.

From the side of the city, the statue of Gellert is clearly seen at all hours of the day and night. In the statue, Gellert is seen waving a cross to the people of the city, and around him are columns in a semi-circular shape. The natural stream that comes from the mountain becomes a waterfall in front of the statue, which only makes it a much more impressive sight.

On the hill is also a citadel, a low fortress that the Austrian Habsburg emperors built to strengthen their control over the city's residents, after the Hungarian Independence War (1848-1849).

A Closer Look:

Széchenyi Chain Bridge
Hilton Budapest Hotel
Liberty Statue
The Sweet
Gellért Thermal Bath

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