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Welcome to Budapest! I can proudly say that the Hungarian capital continues to be one of the salient destinations of international tourism: Budapest is visited by two and a half million tourists yearly, and the number of nights spent here by visitors exceeds six and a half million, with two thirds of the guests arriving to Hungary also visiting the capital city. Budapest is one of the ten most frequently visited European cities, and, according to a recent survey, one of the ten most photographed cities in the world by tourists. Budapest has a distinct identity that is being reaffirmed, and its cultural life is characterised by a diversity drawing on many traditions. The Hungarian capital is a confident as well as an accepting city. Its natural beauty, its architectural heritage, its unique atmosphere, and its rich cultural palette have always been a cherished treasure, and always will be. The city management is determined to create a city that is proud of its assets and history, and at the same time highly livable and comfortable in the present. The development of a pedestrian-fr iendly downtown, the creation of att ractive public spaces and buildings, the reconstruction of the landmarks and main sights of the city, the progressive renovation of its historic baths, or the development of the city’s most popular recreational park, Margaret Island all serve this purpose – just to name a few. Budapest Guide presents the att ractions of Budapest, its cultural establishments, and other places of interest for visitors. This information guide contains maps, descriptions, and useful information for tourists, and features photos and recommendations to promote Budapest’s highly diverse tourist sights, events, and att ractions. Enjoy this colorful publication, have a wonderful time in Budapest, and we hope to see you again! István Tarlós Mayor of Budapest


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BUDAPESTINFO POINTS Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 2A. Opening hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Terminal 2B. Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Deák Ferenc Square 1052 Budapest, Sütő u. 2. Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Ice rink building 1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5. Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Bank cards are accepted. Budavár (Holy Trinity square pavilion) 1014 Budapest, Tárnok u. 15. Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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BUDAPESTINFO POINT PARTNERS Market Hall 1093 Budapest, Vámház körút 1–3. Opening hours: Mon 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tue-Fri 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Railway Station (Keleti), Information Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre Official organisation of the Municipality of Budapest Welcome to Budapest! The Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre wishes to help you with the BUDAPEST GUIDE brochure during your stay in Budapest. Our goal is to provide a useful companion with the most extensive information possible for getting around in the city. The BUDAPEST GUIDE helps in discovering the city’s famous buildings and places, offers a wide array of entertainment and relaxation opportunities, and provides guidance on local transport while sightseeing. As a partner of BUDAPEST GUIDE, the BUDAPEST CARD – the “key to the city” – is an essential and practical companion in Budapest with its unique offers, such as free entrance to museums and baths, free city tours, free public transport on every line and around 100 different discount services. You can purchase the BUDAPEST CARD while planning the trip online at www. budapest-card.com or www.budapestinfo.hu, or you can contact our colleagues at our Budapestinfo Point offices after arriving in Budapest.

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t is imp possible to be bored in Budapest—though it is diffi fficult to choose from the wealth of events and att ra actions. If you fi nd yourself in the Hungarian ca apital in late summer, be sure to check out the Nightt of the Museums, when you can visit all participa ating institutions with the same ticket, even outsside Budapest. In the autumn, playhouses throw th heir doors open on Theatre Night. Lovers of classsical music should expect memorable experien nces at the Hungarian State Opera, Erkel Theatre and the Academy of Music, while fi lm buffs should visit Uránia Cinema, a very att ractiv ve building. Interested in contemporary art and design? Trafó – House of Contemporary a Art offers dance, contemporary circus and A theatre productions, Ludwig Museum presents exhibitions of contemporary art, while A38 Boat and Aquarium host concerts of popular music. Dozens of fashion shows are put on during Central European Fashion Days in October, while the Hungarian Film Week sho owcases the cream of local cinema.

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Matthias Church Work on the Gothic Buda Castle Church of the Virgin Mary began under Béla IV. It owes its popular name to King Matthias, under whom the distinctive tower was added. The 250,000 coloured roof tiles were manufactured at the Zsolnay Works in Pécs. Thanks to its splendid acoustics, it often hosts concerts of classical music.

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Fisherman’s Bastion In the Middle Ages, the part of the town under what is now the bastion was inhabited by fishermen, who sold their catch on the square by Matthias Church. Their guild was responsible for the defence of the castle wall overlooking the Danube. Later, a system of covered passageways and stairs was built with lookout towers that symbolise the chieftains of the conquering Magyars. The terraces offer a breathtaking panorama of the city. 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér +36 (1) 458-3000 www.fishermansbastion.com

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Liberty Statue and Citadel The fortress on top of Gellért Hill was built by the Habsburgs in 1854, after the crushing of the 1848–49 War of Independence. It is now a broadcasting point for several radio stations, while there are restaurants and hotels inside the building, as well as exhibitions of photography and military history. Standing by the south-eastern bastion of the Citadel, the Liberty Statue is one of the symbols of Budapest. 18, 19, 41, 47, 48, 49

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Danube Symphony Concert From 8:00 PM on Saturdays, the most famous classic works will be performed with cymbal accompaniment at the Danube Palace by the Danube Symphony Orchestra. Participate in an unforgettable á la hongroise musical journey through the most timeless melodies of classical music. The permanent conductor of the concerts is András Deák.

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1051 Budapest, Zrínyi utca 5., Duna Palota +36 (1) 317-1377 info@hungariakoncert.hu www.hungariakoncert.hu

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Organ Concert World famous arias will be sung on Thursday evenings in the excellent acoustics of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The programme of the organ concerts, featuring Kossuth Prize winning singer Kolos Kováts and flute player Eleonóra Krusic, has been compiled by Miklós Teleki. The concerts begin at 8:00 PM.

1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1., Szent István-bazilika +36 (1) 317-1377 info@hungariakoncert.hu www.hungariakoncert.hu

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Castle Hill Funicular Until 1928, the world’s second funicular was the only means of public transport to the Palace in Buda Castle. The special railway has a 95-metre-long track and carries 24 passengers in each of its carriages. Trains leave every 5 to 10 minutes, daily, from the Buda end of Chain (Széchenyi) Bridge. Take the first carriage for the best view.

1013 Budapest, Clark Ádám tér, Szt. György tér (Vár) www.bkk.hu/menetrendek

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Buda Castle The Castle District is home to countless medieval monuments, residential and public buildings constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its three main sections are the Palace, Szent György Square and the historical residential quarter. Thanks to its spacious squares and romantic atmosphere, it hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Festival of Folk Arts, the Wine Festival and the Palace Concerts. 16, 16A, 116

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Budapest History Museum The Castle Museum occupies the wing of the former Royal Palace that is closest to Gellért Hill. The halls of the Royal Palace are open to visitors. The exhibitions offer an insight into events and persons key to the history of the city.

1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2., Budavári Palota E épület +36 (1) 487-8800 16, 16A, 116 btm@mail.btm.hu www.btm.hu

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Museum of Military History The Institute and Museum of Military History is located in a Classicist building in Buda Castle, the former Nándor Barracks. Its mission is to collect and display the relics of Hungarian and related international military history. In addition to the weapon collection there is an abundance of uniforms and flags, and the library, the map and document archives are also increasingly popular.

1014 Budapest, Kapisztrán tér 2–4. +36 (1) 325-1600 www.militaria.hu

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The Neoclassicist structure was built in 1806 after the plans of Mihály Pollack and Viennese architect Johann Aman. The reliefs of the facade, the work of Bavarian sculptor Anton Kirchmayer, represent the gods of Olympus, the knighting of the Sándor counts and the dance of the muses. The palace serves as the official residence of Hungary’s president and is open to visitors on selected summer weekends. 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 1–2. +36 (1) 224-5000 sajto@keh.hu www.keh.hu

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Castle Garden Bazaar This Renaissance Revival building of unparalleled beauty was reopened in 2014, and will shortly host a cultural event centre. The former residences will be converted into exhibition spaces, those of the House of Tradition and the House of Contemporary Creativity. Further new functions include an event hall, an underground car park, an information point, a garden, restaurants, a café and a stage. 5, 17, 86, 178

1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér +36 (1) 225-0554 info@varkertbazar.hu www.varkertbazar.hu

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Zero Milestone In 20 BC, Emperor Augustus had a vast marble column erected on the Forum in Rome, with the distances of major Italian cities from Rome carved in it. The Roman example has been copied by the cities of Europe ever since. Miklós Borsos’s sculpture marks the starting point of main roads that begin in Budapest. The three-metre limestone statue represents the figure zero. 16, 105 19, 41

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Chain Bridge The first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest was the dream of Count István Széchenyi, “the greatest Hungarian”, who did not live to see it open in November 1849, following his strenuous campaign and ten years of construction work. On certain public holidays and summer weekends it is transformed into a pedestrian-only bridge.

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Rock Church There are caves inside Gellért Hill where, according to legend, a hermit healed patients with the water of the spring. In 1925–26, new passages were created and the cave was converted into a church after the plans of Kálmán Lux, for the Pauline Order. The thermal springs ensure a pleasant temperature of 21 °C throughout the year.

1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér +36 (20) 775-2472 info@sziklatemplom.hu www.sziklatemplom.hu

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House Of Traditions In the national institutions created for the purpose of nurturing and preserving the folk traditions of the Carpathian Basin, you can learn experientially about numerous forms of folk culture, whether they be a dance performance, concert, exhibition or arts-and-crafts class.

1011 Budapest, Corvin tér 8. +36 (1) 225-6049 +36 (1) 225-5056 hhinfo@hagyomanyokhaza.hu www.hagyomanyokhaza.hu

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National Dance Theater The National Dance Theater is the guardian of the rich cultural heritage of Hungarian dance, and the home of its many genres from folk dance and classical ballet to contemporary dance and ballroom dancing. Our programmes offer a high quality cultural experience in the universal language of dance surpassing all barriers. Our audiences can see our performances at alternative performance halls and theaters. 23, 54, 55

1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1. +36 (1) 201-4407, +36 (1) 201-8779 www.tancszinhaz.hu

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Millenáris Park A multicultural space with entertainment for all generations. Every building in Millenáris Park offers a different topography and facilities, the whole making up a unique complex of a concert hall, an audio-visual exhibition space, conference rooms and exhibition halls.

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1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus utca 16-20. +36 (1) 336-4000 millenaris@millenaris.hu www.millenaris.hu

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Hungarian National Gallery The largest public collection to represent the birth and development of visual art in Hungary. Its permanent exhibitions offer a comprehensive overview of the history of Hungarian art from the beginnings to the present, from the earliest relics to contemporary works.

1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2., Budavári Palota A, B, C, D épület +36 (1) 201-9082 info@mng.hu 16, 16A, 116 www.mng.hu


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AQUINCUM MUSEUM & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK 1031 Budapest, Szentendrei út 135., Tel.: +36 1 250-1650, www.aquincum.hu Opening hours: April 1 – October 31: 10.00-18.00 November 1 – March 31: 10.00-16.00

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Tomb of Gül Baba The tomb of Gül Baba, a mysterious Dervish poet, is one of the gems of Buda. Built by Buda’s third pasha in 1543, the domed, octagonal building is a unique memento of Hungary’s 150-year-long Turkish occupation. A destination for both Islamic pilgrims and those seeking a romantic walk, the site is also a perfect platform for views of the 20 August fireworks display.

1023 Budapest, Mecset utca 14. +36 (1) 237-4400 info@mnv.hu www.museum.hu/budapest/gulbabaturbe

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Aquincum Museum The museum introduces the ancient town and finds from the Roman period including the water organ and objects from the governor’s palace. The museum also presents objects from prehistoric times and the period of migration. There is also a virtual reality room, a mythological playground, and a residential building with period furniture.

1031 Budapest, Szentendrei út 135. +36 (1) 250-1650 aquincum@aquincum.hu www.aquincum.hu

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Kiscelli Museum Formerly a Baroque church and monastery, Kiscelli Museum welcomes visitors with exhibitions on the modern history of the capital, as well as displays of modern and contemporary Hungarian applied and visual art.

1037 Budapest, Kiscelli utca 108. +36 (1) 250-0304 kiscell@kiscellimuzeum.hu www.kiscellimuzeum.hu

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Palace Of Arts Müpa, the Palace of Arts, is a modern, award winning structure on the Pest bank of the Danube. It is home to the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, famed for its organ and modifiable acoustic qualities, the Festival Theatre, which also hosts dance performances, concerts of jazz, world and pop music, and the Ludwig Museum.

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1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1. +36 (1) 555-3000 info@mupa.hu www.mupa.hu

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Ludwig Museum The museum boasts the largest collection of Hungarian and international contemporary art in Hungary. In addition to a permanent exhibit that presents part of the collection, compelling temporary exhibits are staged throughout the year, and various events in the sister arts and museum learning programmes are held as well. There is also a Museum Shop and a café. 23, 54, 55

1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1. +36 (1) 555-3444 info@ludwigmuseum.hu www.ludwigmuseum.hu

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Tropicarium - the “shark zoo” This tropical zoo features giant sharks, rays you can pet, lazy alligators soaking in the tropical rain, exotic reptiles and birds that are free to fly around, tiny monkeys, and thousands upon thousands of colourful fish. It’s spectacular feeding time for the sharks at 3 pm on Thursdays, and diving is also among the many programmes.

1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 37–43. Campona Bevásárlóközpont +36 (1) 424-3053 info@tropicarium.hu www.tropicarium.hu

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MEMENTO PARK • STATUE PARK Gigantic ghosts of communism The forgotten statues of the Cold War. The realm of secrets behind the Iron Curtain. Giant creations by Soviet pattern. Stalin’s Boots, Lenin without a Cap, the Cubist Sculpture of Marx and Engels, Soldiers of the Red Army, Soviet Comrades, Icons of the Communist Regime. You can sit in a real Trabant at Memento Park and are treated to a screening of the educational films of the Kádár era secret police. You can purchase fun souvenirs at the retro gift shop: posters, mugs, original Russian postcards, badges, and propaganda music. Entrance fees: 1,500 HUF, students: 1,000 HUF Directions: Take Metro (subway) Line 4 to the Kelenföld Railway Station terminal, then take Bus No. 101 or No. 150 (leaves every 15-30 minutes) toward Budatétény Railway Station (Campona). Get off at the Memento Park stop. Memento Park is open every day from 10:00 AM till sunset. 1223 Budapest, Balatoni út – Szabadkai utca sarok +36 (1) 424-7500, +36 (30) 500-0925 www.mementopark.hu

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Direct bus service to Memento Park: Return ticket including entrance fee to the park: 4,900 HUF, students: 3,500 HUF. The bus arrives back downtown at 1:30 PM. You can purchase your ticket on the bus. Departures: May-Oct and Dec 26-Jan 4: 11:00 AM every day; Mar-Apr 11:00 AM on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays; Jan-Feb and Nov 11:00 AM on Saturdays and Mondays. Departure: 1051 Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér, from the sightseeing coach stop. 9, 15, 16

1051 Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér +36 (1) 424-7500, +36 (30) 500-0925 www.mementopark.hu

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Parliament Opened in 1904, Parliament on Kossuth Lajos Square was designed to represent the thousand-year-old history of the nation with its vast size. On average, 1000 builders were working on the 268-metre-long structure at any one time during the 19 years of its construction. Its central element is the 96-metre-high Dome, beneath which is a display of the Holy Crown, the orb and sceptre. 15, 115

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Shoes by the Danube The sixty pairs of bronze shoes modelled on footwear from the 1940s commemorate those who were shot into the Danube by the Hungarian Nazis. Gyula Pauer and Can Togay’s composition was unveiled in 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust, and it has been a reminder ever since of the fact that Budapest will always remember. 15, 16, 105, 115 2

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St Stephen’s Basilica Budapest’s largest Roman Catholic church is the home of a national relic, the Holy Right, the mummified hand of the first Hungarian king, St Stephen. A great tourist and artistic attraction, the Basilica also hosts concerts. Its treasury is open to the public, and its 65-metre-high lookout offers a splendid panorama of the city. 9, 15, 105, 115 2, 47, 49

1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1. +36 (1) 311-0839, +36 (1) 703-6599 turizmus@basilica.hu www.bazilika.biz

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Dinner & Cruise With Live Music The programme has been created for those who wish to view the lights of Budapest’s panorama, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, from the Danube, while partaking of a gourmet buffet dinner accompanied by live music. You can enjoy the 1.5 hour programme starting at 7:00 PM without the dinner also. Meeting: at 6:30 PM at the Danube Palace, 1051 Budapest, Zrínyi utca 5. 9, 15, 16, 115

1051 Budapest, Zrínyi utca 5., Duna Palota +36 (1) 317-1377 info@hungariakoncert.hu www.hungariakoncert.hu

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Folk Performances The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, the Danube Folk Ensemble and the Hungary Orchestra and Ensemble are the most notable representatives of the world of Hungarian folk music. The folk performances begin at 8:00 PM at the Danube Palace or the Budai Vigadó. 9, 15, 16, 115

1051 Budapest, Zrínyi utca 5., Duna Palota 1011 Budapest, Corvin tér 8., Budai Vigadó +36 (1) 317-1377 info@hungariakoncert.hu www.hungariakoncert.hu

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Choir & Organ Concerts Choir & Organ Concerts on the historic organs of St. Stephen’s Basilica (District 5, Szent István tér) and the Downtown St. Michael’s Church (District 5, Váci utca 47.) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Program: Mozart Requiem, Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Albinoni Adagio. 9, 15, 16, 115

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Visit the Postal Museum for a fascinating journey through time as well as the answers to many interesting questions. Open: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday–Sunday 1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 27. Tel.: +36 (1) 269-6838 www.postamuzeum.hu

Visitors will discover the Room of Secrets, jewellery stamp, 3D, silk thread, lace and even chocolate scented stamps. Open: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday–Sunday 1074 Budapest, Hársfa u. 47. Tel.: +36 (1) 342-3757 www.belyegmuzeum.hu


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New Budapest Gallery The New Budapest Gallery, which can be found on the first floor of the Whale, is part of the BTM Budapest Gallery, one of the city’s largest not-for-profit galleries. It concentrates on contemporary art, though it also presents exhibitions of 20 th century art from Hungary and abroad, as well as thematic exhibits.

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Madách Theatre The modern building of the theatre was Oscar Kaufmann’s last design. The company also represents modern theatre and is extremely popular for its lavish musical productions. The repertoire is rich and diverse; all performances can be enjoyed with English subtitles. Last year, Madách Theatre was the first in the world to stage a non-replica production of Mamma Mia!, to huge acclaim. 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 31. +36 (1) 478-2041 szervezes@madachszinhaz.hu www.madachszinhaz.hu

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Béla Bartók Memorial House The former Budapest home (1932-1940) of the world famous composer functions today as a museum where a permanent exhibit of Bartók’s carved wood country furniture, his personal belongings and unique folk art collections can be seen. The concert hall of the memorial house is, at the same time, a venue for prestigious piano and chamber orchestra concerts.

1025 Budapest, Csalán út 29. +36 (1) 394-2100 bartok-1981@t-online.hu www.bartokmuseum.hu

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City Park Boating Lake and Ice Rink The 15,000-square-metre ice rink, which is just off Heroes’ Square, was opened in 1870 on a section of the boating lake. The structure that now houses the ticket office and the changing rooms was only built a few years later, after the plans of Ödön Lechner. The ice rink is filled with water in the summer and used as a boating lake. 30, 30A, 105, 230

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Visegrád Visegrád’s Citadel used to guard the road running through the pass. Devastated during the Turkish occupation, its restoration is still ongoing. Having immersed yourself in the past, have some fun at the summer bobsleigh run by the Nagyvillám Lookout Tower, made all the more exciting by eleven serpentine turns. After that, make sure to try the period dishes at the local medieval restaurant.

Vác The historic centre of Vác abounds in monuments and protected buildings. Don’t miss Hungary’s only triumphal arch, the Baroque bridge still in service or the finds associated with the ‘mummies of Vác’, now preserved in the Tragor Ignác Museum. Take a rest from sightseeing in the Dessert Salon on Main Square, one of the country’s finest confectioneries.

Gödöllő A mere 30 km from Budapest, Gödöllő is home to a royal mansion, which in the 19th century was the holiday residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elizabeth. View the exhibits and have yourself photographed in historical costumes. Nearby, take a walk around the 350-hectare Arboretum of the Gödöllő Forestry.

Szentendre Lying at the gate of the Danube Bend, this small town with a Mediterranean atmosphere owes its colourful character to the different quarters of the ethnic groups that settled here over the centuries. Devote an afternoon to the OpenAir Museum (skansen), which represents rural Hungary with original houses and furnishings from the regions.


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Festivals and events

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hroughout the year, Budapest’s event calendar is crammed with festivals. There is always a stir in the city thanks to some event dedicated to gastronomy, music, theatre or the visual arts. A broad spectrum of the arts can be enjoyed at such prestigious events as the Budapest Spring Festival, which presents more than 200 concerts and performances, the three-month Summer Festival, and the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival in the autumn. In the winter, get in a festive mood at the arts and craft s and gastronomic fairs on Vörösmarty Square, Szent István Square outside the Basilica, or in Városháza Park. We have not forgotten about the litt le ones either! Ancient spring welcoming folk customs come alive during the three days of the Hollókő Easter Festival, when the villagers don their colorful costumes. Young people from Budapest who enjoy lying on the lakeside boardwalk while listening to live concerts of underground bands bike to the Bánkitó Festival. Ördögkatlan Festival is the best choice for fans of theater who want to carry their obsession into the summer. We have a prestigious book fair also, where the most acknowledged guest authors and poets are featured to introduce their work during meet-the-author events, readings, book-signings, and roundtable discussions.


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In the spring, as nature is reborn, the city also offers a number of fresh events, of which the Budapest Spring Festival is one of the most prestigious. Featuring 150 to 200 events, this celebration of spring and culture has awaited the lovers of the arts for 35 years. In addition to the concerts, exhibitions and art events, the programme also includes themed walks in the city, and open-air cultural festivities. www.btf.hu


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Gourmet Festival Foodies are awaited at one of Hungary’s most prestigious gastro fairs, the Gourmet Festival. Representatives of the best Hungarian restaurants, wineries, pastry shops and other gastro establishments are arrayed at the Millennium Park. Every year a Hungarian dish is featured in the centre of the event; this year it is paprika chicken.

www.gourmetfesztival.hu

Stylewalker Day&Night The goal of the Hungarian design platform located in District 5, which is supported by the Belváros-Lipótváros Municipality, is to promote the designer shops and showrooms operating in the district, and to facilitate the introduction of the values represented by Hungarian design to as wide an audience as possible. Twice a year (in May and October) shops await visitor with exciting programmes and promotions.

www.stylewalker.hu

Titanic International Film Festival The Titanic International Film Festival Hungary is the most original international film event taking place in Hungary. The event featuring full length films has been able to maintain its independence and unique image since its inception 20 years ago. Its purpose is to demonstrate the diversity of the art form. It is held in the spring, usually in the first half of April.

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Festival of Folk Arts Arts and crafts, music, dance – everything that is traditional, August 20-23, held for the 29 th time. Over 800 craftsmen demonstrate the ropes of traditional folk skills in well-designed workshops set up in the historic vicinity of Buda Castle. Shepherd culture in the spotlight.

www.mestersegekunnepe.hu www.nesz.hu

Sziget Festival In the second week of August, visitors are expected at the Sziget Festival this year also, where, in addition to top-notch musical programmes, the Sziget – as the “best major festival” – places great emphasis on the visual experience and the diversity of cultural programmes. This year’s performers thus far announced include Robbie Williams, Florence and the Machine, alt-J and Martin Garrix. www.sziget.hu

Downtown Festival It is one of the biggest free-admission musical events in Hungary, which takes place in June. At the summer-launch festival organised by the Downtown Municipality the most prominent Hungarian performers are featured, who fill downtown Budapest with cheer. The various programmes attract not only thousands of young people downtown but also guarantee great fun for children and the elderly alike. Find further information on the BelFeszt Facebook page and in the booklets.

Budapest Essentials Urban Festival The Budapest Essentials Urban Festival awaits visitors on the last weekend of June with over 100 programmes. You can party to the music of various performers at special venues in Budapest during the four days, but you can also enjoy numerous other kinds of discounts and free programmes, such as downtown sightseeing tours, hop-on/hop-off trips, admission to the Zoo and restaurant discounts, among many others. budapestessentials.com, facebook.com/budapestessentials


CAFe Budapest is one of Hungary’s most important contemporary art festival, held every October, with about 250 events at almost 50 venues. The latter include concert halls and theatres that seat hundreds, as well as small galleries and popular ruin pubs. CAFe Budapest makes those weeks the most colourful in October with contemporary concerts, exhibitions, arts and experimental projects. www.cafebudapestfest.hu


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Jewish Summer Festival The event series based on the elements of traditional Jewish culture, in which virtually all art forms are represented, takes place through the course of ten days starting on the last Sunday of August. In addition to the most prominent Hungarian performing artists, numerous foreign guest performers will also take the stage. With the diversity of its programmes, the Festival promotes the peaceful coexistence of different cultures.

www.zsidonyarifesztival.hu www.jewishfestival.hu

Budapest International Wine Festival In the second week of September, you are welcomed with 5,000 different kinds of wine from 200 featured Hungarian producers. A colourful array of cultural and musical programmes, such as the Harvest Parade folk music and dance gala, will provide great entertainment. The wine festival is made memorable by its special gastronomic selection and its splendid atmosphere.

www.winefestival.hu

Picnic in Etyek Etyek, a town famous for its vineyards, lies a mere 26 kilometers from Budapest. You can enjoy the increasingly popular, locally produced Chardonnay or Saugnon Blanc sitting by the vineyards, accompanied by live music and artisan hams, at the Etyek Picnic. Rent a picnic basket, select from the delicacies offered at the Gastro Promenade, and enjoy the fall sunshine on September 5 and 6.

www.etyekipiknik.hu


The Christmas fair on Vörösmarty Square is regularly cited by leading travel publications as one of Europe’s favourite winter attractions. Artisans and folklore performers conjure up a truly festive atmosphere in the City Centre. Freshly prepared traditional Hungarian dishes are available throughout the day, late into the evening. www.budapestinfo.hu


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Budapest Fish Festival The largest fish festival of Europe will be held for the fourth time in Budapest. In addition to the traditional Hungarian fish dishes, specialties of other international cuisines will also be given featured roles. Cooking contest, handicraft fair, and concerts await lovers of fish and seafood.

www.budapestihalfesztival.hu

Mangalica Festival The Mangalica Festival is one of Budapest’s greatest gastro events. The event supported by the Ministry of Rural Development aspires to connect Hungarian mangalica breeders directly with the customers. This festival has been attracting thousands of visitors to Budapest for over two decades.

www.mangalicafesztival.hu

SPAR Marathon 30 th Anniversary The SPAR Budapest Marathon begins at Heroes’ Square on October 11. Last year, 23,450 people joined Hungary’s largest running event, and even more people are expected to participate and arrive at the finish line at 56-osok tere. Organise a group and run the race in relay, or root for the contestants from Bátor Tábor and Suhanj! Foundation!

www.futanet.hu


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Sports, active leisure

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udapest offers countless sporting opportunities, whether out of doors, in indoor sports centres, swimming pools or riding arenas. Test your courage in the adventure park at Rómaifürdő, go hiking in the Buda Hills along marked routes, and if you prefer to exercise while exploring the city, pick up a bicycle at one of the 76 docking stations of MOL Bubi, the public bike-sharing network. The year 2015 offers even more excitement, if possible, to lovers of an active lifestyle than previous years. Budapest lends a home to one of the courses of the IRONMAN for the second time, enabling the best triathlon athletes to seek the limits of their physical performance in the most picturesque Hungarian countryside. The Telekom Vivicitt á City Preservation Half Marathon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the organisers are preparing an all-weekend event to mark the occasion, with the old motto: Long live the City, love the City! After its long absence, the Red Bull Air Race world championship is returning to the Hungarian capital in 2015, so once again we can admire the air show of the best of aerial acrobatics and sport aviation, among them the Hungarian champion Péter Besenyei, from the bank of the Danube.


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Margaret Island One of the islands of the Danube in Budapest, it was named after St Margaret, a princess of the House of Árpád, who lived there in the 13th century, in the convent of the Dominicans. It is now probably the most popular public park in Budapest, attracting visitors with its musical fountain, the old water tower, the Open-Air Stage, the ruins of the convent, a small zoo, a Japanese garden, a swimming pool and a 5.35-km running track. 26, 34, 106

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Margaret Island Open-Air Stage Set in an exceptional environment and seating a large number of visitors, the programme of the stage has always included the most popular operas, ballets and operettas. Its repertoire now also includes such well-liked genres as the rock opera and the musical. One of the most popular venues of the Budapest Summer Festival, it is visited by tens of thousands annually.

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Water Tower on Margaret Island The country’s oldest water tower stands in the courtyard of the Open-Air Stage, with a lookout deck that offers a 360° panorama of Budapest. The tower now functions as an exhibition space, with a display of Hungary’s national parks on the ground floor and the Kilátó Gallery on the upper storeys featuring exhibits of contemporary art. A regular boat service stops at the island’s landing stage five times a day.

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Botanical Garden Hungary’s first botanical garden was set up to serve medical training and the study of the country’s flora, but it is of great interest to anyone thanks to the ginkgoes that are more than 150 years old as well as the collection of orchids and cacti. Join a guided tour to see some of the 8000 plant varieties and 150 protected species.

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Kopaszi Dam Transformed into a stylish public park only a few years ago, this ten-hectare area by Rákóczi Bridge has become a favourite resting place with urbanites. Enjoy the waterfront from the terrace of a restaurant, walk barefoot on the sandy bank with a cold spritzer in hand, or enjoy a picnic in the shade of a tree.

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Iharos Sándor Athletics Centre Rebuilt after the Second World War, the sports centre on Margaret Island is a key junior training centre, the alma mater of many a successful sportsperson. It has football pitches, handball and tennis courts, as well as running tracks, and hosts family sports days from spring till autumn.

1007 Budapest, Margitsziget +36 (1) 329-2788, +36 (1) 329-3406 info@margitsziget.com www.margitsziget.com

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Oxygen Wellness The exclusive Oxygen Wellness Naphegy Centre in Buda boasts a beautiful view of the city, a 1000-sqm fitness, and an 800-sqm wellness facility, and is staffed with qualified trainers and masseurs. There is also a health centre, a beauty salon and a restaurant.

1016 Budapest, Naphegy utca 67. +36 (1) 799-0404, +36 (20) 393-4219 salesnaphegy@oxygenwellness.hu www.oxygenwellness.hu

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Cross Terrain Segway Tours On Normafa A bird’s eye view of one of the most exciting capitals in the world, without ever leaving the ground. Discover Budapest’s breathtaking panorama while gliding over the rocks of Normafa on an x2 Cross Terrain Segway. It’s an incomparable sense of discovery! Advance booking is recommended.

1121 Budapest, Eötvös utca 59/A, Normafa Síház +36 (20) 804-4444 info@hsb.hu www.hsb.hu

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Szemlő-hegy Cave This cave inside the Buda Hills can be visited throughout the year, with guided tours starting every hour. A film is screened about the origins of the hill and the history of the cave, and there is an interactive exhibition for children. Its climate and clean air are particularly efficacious for the treatment of respiratory diseases; cave therapies have been available since 1990. 1025 Budapest, Pusztaszeri út 35. +36 (1) 325-6001 szemlohegy@dinpig.hu www.dunaipoly.hu/hu/bemutatohelyek/szemlohegyi-barlang

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Pál-völgy Cave Hungary’s longest cave was discovered in 1904, in a quarry off Szépvölgyi Road. It is famed for its lofty passageways, great level differences and dripstones with unique shapes. During the 500-metre-long tour, which leads through labyrinthine passages, you get to know the Theatre Hall, which boasts astonishing acoustics and the dripstones of Fairy Land, including Snow White and the seven dwarves. 1025 Budapest, Szépvölgyi út 162. +36 (1) 325-5722 palvolgy@dinpig.hu www.dunaipoly.hu/hu/bemutatohelyek/palvolgyi-barlang

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Vajdahunyad Castle Comprising 21 sections in Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance-Baroque styles, the complex was built for the 1896 millennial celebrations to represent the thousand years of Hungarian architecture. It gained the current name after its most distinctive part, the main facade that is modelled on the Gothic castle of Vajdahunyad, Transylvania. Next to the castle is a 2-metre statue of Anonymous, the author of Gesta Hungarorum. 1146 Budapest, Városliget +36 (1) 422-0765 info@mmgm.hu www.mezogazdasagimuzeum.hu

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Budapest, the City of Spas Pannonia was already famed for its thermal springs during the Roman Empire. With 120 springs and wells, Budapest continues to be unique in the world. Be reborn in its baths! Gellért, an Art Nouveau spa, has separate thermal sections for men and women, Széchenyi is famed for its aquatic chess games, while Rudas, which was founded in the 16th century, is open into the small hours on weekends.

Aquaworld Resort Budapest The realm of unforgettable memories. One of Europe’s largest indoor water parks offers unforgettable fun for all ages. The water world located on the north side of Budapest awaits adrenaline dependent visitors with 11 water slides, surf and wave pools, and a sauna world and thermal baths for those seeking to recharge their batteries.

1044 Budapest, Íves út 16. +36 (1) 231-3600 / 760 reservation@aquaworldresort.hu www.aquaworldresort.hu

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Magnolia Day Spa The perfect place to wind down in the heart of the city. Exclusive, therapy and health massage, body peeling and body wrap, beauty salon, Hamam and Kneipp pools, aroma baths, jacuzzi, Finnish, aroma and infrared saunas. There is also a teahouse and a relax room with a special atmosphere.

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Király Bath The construction of the bath was begun under Arslan, Pasha of Buda, in 1565. The historical building has been restored to its original splendour, and reveals much about early Turkish bathing culture. In addition to four pools of different temperatures, a steam bath and a sauna are also available. Mixed bathing on all days of the week.

1027 Budapest, Fő utca 84. +36 (1) 202-3688 kiraly@spabudapest.hu www.kiralyfurdo.hu

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Lukács Bath And Swimming Pool The waters of the Lukács are considered to be among the most potent in Budapest. Thermal, swimming and fun pools are all available at the spa, which also offers a wellness section, saunas and a variety of services. The open-air pool features a lazy river ride, bubbly spots, neck showers, massage jets, a whirlpool, and bubble beds.

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1023 Budapest, Frankel Leó út 25–29. +36 (1) 326-1695 lukacs@spabudapest.hu www.lukacsfurdo.hu

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Rudas Bath The Rudas Bath was built during the period of the Turkish rule, which means the building is more than 500 years old. The core of its building is the octagonal pool and eight-pillared pool hall of the Turkish bath with its unique design. Its special characteristic is that men and women traditionally use it separately on weekdays. Weekends are for both genders, and there is also a mixed gender night bathing on Friday and Saturday nights. 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9. +36 (1) 356-1010 rudas@spabudapest.hu www.rudasfurdo.hu

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LIFE UNDER COMMUNISM

MINIVERSE – One Of The Biggest Miniature Exhibits In The World The landmarks of Budapest and Hungary are represented in the MINIVERSE, on a continuously moving giant table controlled by interactive panels. The “Life Under Communism” exhibit is a nostalgic evocation of the era before 1990, demonstrating the typical scenes and events of the times. 9, 16, 105 47, 49

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1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 12. info@miniversum.hu www.miniversum.hu

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Budapest ZOO Opened in 1866, Budapest’s Zoo is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. It boasts one of the richest collections in Europe, with more than 10,000 animals of over 1000 species, as well as 2000 plant species. A unique oasis in the heart of Budapest.

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1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6–12. +36 (1) 273-4900 info@zoobudapest.com www.zoobudapest.com

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Capital Circus Of Budapest The Capital Circus of Budapest, Central Europe’s first and only permanent circus building, welcomes those looking for quality entertainment all around the year. Come and enjoy spectacular productions where language is no barrier.

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1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 12/a. +36 (1) 343-8300 info@fnc.hu www.fnc.hu

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Hungarian Natural History Museum The first object visitors see on entering the former military academy is a two-ton whale skeleton. With one of the most comprehensive geological collections in the world, the museum is particularly recommended for families. The interactive exhibits provide a fun introduction to flora and fauna, rock types and prehistoric animals, and the development of man.

1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2–6. +36 (1) 210-1085 mtminfo@mttm.hu www.mttm.hu

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Hungarian Railway Museum From steam engines from the 1870s to high-performance electric locomotives, the railway theme park presents more than a hundred vehicles. Try the draisine, drive a model train, operate a railway turntable, hop on the garden train or the railcar, and if it’s a weekend, the big locomotive is also available for a ride.

1142 Budapest, Tatai út 95. +36 (1) 450-1497 info@vasuttortenetipark.hu www.vasuttortenetipark.hu

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Palace Of Wonders Scientific playroom for kids and adults. The Palace of Wonders is a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit that offers the opportunity for learning by playing for all ages. Over 100 thrilling installations and a mind-blowing show every two hours in the wonderful world of physical phenomena. 4D screening, Extraterrestrial Adventures (exhibit), a birthday room, Csopa Café, and a gift shop.

1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 37–43. +36 (1) 814-8050 info@csopa.hu www.csopa.hu

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Széchenyi Hill Children’s Railway There is no other railway like this in the world! Uniquely, the services are provided by children (trained and supervised by adults). The 11.2-km track connects Széchenyi Hill and Hűvösvölgy, with stops at the Budakeszi Safari Park, Makovecz lookout tower and Nagyrét near Hűvösvölgy.

1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgy +36 (1) 397-5392 info@gyermekvasut.hu www.gyermekvasut.hu

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he power of Budapest’s gastro revolution is unbroken! No better evidence is offered than the fact that the fourth restaurant in Budapest was awarded the Michelin Star, making the entire country very proud. After Costes, Onyx, and Borkonyha, the Tanti located in Buda earned the recognition of the Michelin Guide reviewers with its innovative recreation of classic Hungarian dishes. By now, it is impossible to eat through all that Budapest has to offer—though it is certainly worth trying. If you have familiarised yourself with traditional Hungarian cuisine, from goulash through stuffed cabbage to pancakes, it is time to get to know a city full of fi ne dining places, trendy street food stands, bio markets, soup bistros, fi sh restaurants and wine bars. Budapest is sure to offer a great gastronomic experience for all ages and tastes, even in the most unexpected places. If you care to know what locals consider hot, be advised that following the artisan hamburger craze of 2013, last year artisan coffee shops threw down the gauntlet for traditional cafés. Since locals like to eat out on all days of the week, it’s a good idea to reserve a table for dinner.

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Kino Family style, personable, and a cosy atmosphere describe this art house cinema café. The location has been realised in a way that evokes feelings of returning “home” for a conversation with friends, a coffee, some wine, or a lovely piece of cake. Tasty breakfasts, unique and special homemade pastries, salads, sandwiches, coffees and shakes are offered to guests every morning from 9:00 AM. 15, 115 4, 6

1137 Budapest, Szent István körút 16. +36 (1) 781-9453 www.kinocafe.hu

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Átrium This establishment is a global art space in the centre of Buda. In addition to theatre performances, there is contemporary dance, classical and popular music, film screenings, and (on the weekends) children’s programmes are featured among the programmes. Foreign guests can enjoy performances in English. In addition, the café lobby, designed in the Art Deco style, welcomes guests from morning till evening. 11, 111

1068 Budapest, Margit körút 55. +36 (1) 317-9338 www.atriumfilmszinhaz.hu

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Hadik Café Hadik Café was once one of the legendary “Lágymányos Pampas” coffee houses. Great artists - writers, editors, intellectuals - from Hungary’s literary and cultural world patronized it in the 1920’s. A veritable global kitchen is represented on its menu offering a repertoire from BBQ ribs to Italian penne and Hungarian bean soup.

1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 36. +36 (1) 279-0290 www.hadikkavehaz.blog.hu

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Szamos Gourmet Palace A sweet shop, a café and a chocolate manufactory in one, it allows visitors to see how handmade bonbons are made. The Chocolate School offers courses for those who want to learn the art. Hot meals are also served, with a new menu every day.

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1052 Budapest, Váci utca 1. +36 (30) 570-5973 www.csokoladeiskola.hu www.szamosmarcipan.hu

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Cserpes Milk Bar The Cserpes Milk Bars offer fresh pastries, cold and hot sandwiches, salads, milk shakes and sweets throughout the day. Made in Hungary, Cserpes’s milk, yoghurt and other dairy products are free from preservatives and artificial additives.

1052 Budapest, Sütő utca 2. www.cserpestejivo.hu

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Espresso Embassy Good coffee, a high-quality coffee machine, and dedicated baristas guarantee an unforgettable experience at a place with a clean design that is on top of the new wave of Hungarian coffee culture. The offer is made complete with teas, hot chocolate and great cakes.

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1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 15. +36 (30) 864-9530 www.espressoembassy.hu

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Pesti Disznó The first Hungarian bistro, the “bite bar” is located at the edge of the ruin pub area near the Opera House, on the Pest Broadway. Atypical for Nagymező utca, it strives to reimagine Hungarian gastronomy by using traditional Hungarian flavours and ingredients and offering mainly dishes made from pork and delicate organ meats – bean soup, stew, stuffed cabbage, and sausage – but in a new format, and in small portions. 70, 78

1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 19. +36 (1) 951-4061 www.pestidiszno.hu

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Laci! Konyha! A refined boutique restaurant based on Hungarian traditions. Set-course lunches at noon, and a five-course degustation is available in the evening. It earned 16 Gault&Millau points in 2013, and did well at other prestigious tests as well. Chef: Gábor Mogyorósi.

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1133 Budapest, Hegedűs Gyula utca 56. +36 (70) 370-7474 www.lacikonyha.com

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Kárpátia Established over 130 years ago, Kárpátia Restaurant and Brasserie offers traditional, home-style and modern Hungarian cuisine, and spirited live Gypsy music in the evenings. With hand-painted, gilded walls and historical paintings, the interior exudes a romantic mood.

1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 7–8. +36 (1) 317-3596 www.karpatia.hu

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Pest-Buda Grandma’s Hungarian cuisine from the best ingredients, done with a lot of heart and soul. All the wines are Hungarian, and there are some special “behind-the-counter” items as well. Pest-Buda is one of the country’s oldest restaurants. Originally built as an inn, the structure still has its baroque roof, and housed taverns for centuries.

1014 Budapest, Fortuna utca 3. +36 (1) 225-0377 www.pestbudabistro.hu

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Púder Bar Theatre and Gallery Púder Bar Theater, opening at the beginning of Ráday utca, offers sophisticated catering, and at the same time functions as an open cultural event space where music, art, dance theatre, studio theatre, and literature all find their homes. World cuisine and authentic flavours in a unique, special-atmosphere interior located two blocks from the Hungarian National Museum on Kálvin tér. 9, 15, 115 47, 49

1092 Budapest, Ráday utca 8. +36 (1) 210-7168 www.puderbar.blogspot.hu

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Onyx Where tradition meets evolution. Opened in 2007, Onyx boasts a Michelin star, and 17 points in Gault&Millau. The Hungarian-owned restaurant employs mostly professionals of its own training, and the emphasis is on high-quality domestic ingredients, and a matching selection of Hungarian wines. The chefs, Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll, invite you on a gastronomic journey that covers both international tastes and a revitalised Hungarian cuisine.

1051 Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 7–8. +36 (30) 508-0622 www.onyxrestaurant.hu

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Csalogány 26 A bistro-type restaurant by the Castle wall, with all the feel of a family-run business. In addition to à la carte items, the passionate team of Balázs Pethő & Son offer two different four- and eight-course degustations, which change from day to day. Rich in tastes and modern in style, the kitchen uses lots of domestic ingredients, and the service is helpful and competent. 11, 39, 111 4, 6

1015 Budapest, Csalogány utca 26. +36 (1) 201-7892 www.csalogany26.hu

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Zona A true gem in Hungarian gastronomy: haute cuisine with a twist and a fascinating view of the Danube. Your satisfaction is guaranteed: Gault&Millau, the international restaurant guide, awarded 17 points to Zona in October 2013, making it officially one of the three best restaurants in Hungary.

1013 Budapest, Lánchíd utca 7–9. +36 (30) 422-5981 www.zonabudapest.com

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Liebling Liebling is simultaneously a salon and a café, a wine bar and a night club, or anything else you wish. The newest role player on Akácfa utca is an enchanting, quiet bistro during the day that turns in a heartbeat into one of the coolest party venues. You’ll find special décor, unique interior design, a cosy atmosphere, a satisfactory drink selection, and amazing and familiar characters behind the DJ table. Moreover, behind the staircase one can find the small room called the closet or pantry for private parties. 6

1073 Budapest, Akácfa utca 51. +36 (70) 638-5040 facebook.com/lieblingbar

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Nobu Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, shrimp tempura with spicy cream sauce, or the famous grilled Alaskan black cod with miso: just a few of the famous dishes of the Nobu restaurant empire. The top gastronomy restaurant is located in the Hotel Kempinski in the heart of Budapest. It is one of the preferred destinations of stars arriving in Budapest.

1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7–8. +36 (1) 429-4242 reservation@noburestaurant.hu www.noburestaurants.com

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Anker Anker Klub is one of downtown Budapest’s most unique and simplest bistros and bars, about a block from the busy hub of Deák Square. This very urban restaurant, set up in the facilities of a former bank, features an iconic minimalist design matching its image, and entertains its guests with lounge DJ’s and special world cuisine.

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1062 Budapest, Anker köz 1–3. +36 (70) 621-0741 www.ankerklub.hu

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Da Mario The Da Mario restaurant located downtown Budapest is specifically recommended to lovers of Italian cuisine, where pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven. The charming restaurant is the perfect choice for a breakfast or a pleasant lunch as well as an intimate, candle light dinner, but we also recommend it for meeting with friends, birthdays, and as the venue for business meetings. 15, 115

1054 Budapest, Vécsey utca 3. +36 (1) 301-0967 info@damario.hu www.damario.hu

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Macesz Huszár Budapest’s first Jewish bistro. Its traditional and revamped dishes are based on the gastronomic research of the host, Dávid Popovits, and the recipes of his grandmothers. The environment has the warm feel of an upper middle class home. In addition to the à la carte items, chef Ákos Tasnádi also prepares seasonal specialities.

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1073 Budapest, Dob utca 26. +36 (1) 787-6164 www.maceszhuszar.hu

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Il Terzo Cerchio A real Italian place in the Hungarian capital, with Italian staff and authentic dishes. A favourite with Italian tourists and the local Italian community, it is perfect for a rendezvous or a dinner with friends. It has a vaulted interior, an open kitchen and a friendly atmosphere.

1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 40. +36 (1) 354-0788 www.ilterzocerchio.hu

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Trattoria Gusto Italy never goes out of fashion: Authentic flavours, homemade pastas, and pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven on Liszt Ferenc Tér. Trattoria Gusto is no less than a little of Italy in the heart of Budapest, with live music, an Italian chef and cheerful service. It awaits its guests with fine wines, and a lunchtime menu on weekdays. And if you are in the mood for some Italian bustle, it is the perfect venue to launch or even finish the evening. 1062 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 11. +36 (1) 336-4701 www.trattoriagustobudapest.com

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Mazel Tov The cultural club of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter operates in the spirit of diversity and tolerance, where guests are treated to an open kitchen, great drinks and various cultural programmes. All of this in a laid-back setting, reminiscent of a private garden party, albeit set in the middle of the city’s party area.

1072 Budapest, Akácfa utca 47. +36 (70) 626-4280 www.mazeltovbudapest.tumblr.com

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Bordó Bisztró The Bordó Bisztró, located on Nagymező utca, is characterised by its very special atmosphere, as the more than 100-year-old building once operated as a printing house. An á la carte menu, a sizeable wine selection, an occasional concert and DJ’s ensure a great time. The place has an open kitchen where international classics and Thai and Vietnamese dishes are served in an authentic manner, in addition to noteworthy, energy-boosting breakfasts. 1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 3. +36 (70) 359-8777 facebook.com/bordobisztro?_rdr

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Akvárium – Aqua Bistro In the lobby of the Akvárium Klub, the Aqua Bistro, located under the artificial, glass-bottomed pond, welcomes its guests with diverse, always fresh bistro fare. The highest quality Hungarian and international wine selection is typical of the popular terrace and the entire Klub.

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1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 12. +36 (30) 506-2632 www.akvariumklub.hu/aquabistro

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Mini Bar The first bar created in the style and atmosphere of its namesake (the car model) on the whole globe can be found by St. Stephen’s Basilica . It has a first-class bar & grill restaurant with truly global cuisine. From fresh naan bread to bruschetta, risotto to tenderloin steak, from fried bread to vegetable stew, everything can be found on its menu, all served in a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind setting.

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1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 11. +36 (30) 440-0444 www.minibar-budapest.com

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Szatyor Bár Szatyor Bar and Gallery, located next door to Hadik, offers exciting visual design, top-notch catering services and rich cultural and artistic programmes. A wide selection of Hungarian and international dishes, exciting fusions, and a menu continually changing according to the season. It is a piece of Central Europe, with a stunning interior design.

1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 36. +36 (1) 279-0290 www.szatyorbar.com

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Pasta Bar A pasta shop built on an Italian foundation but exuding a New York atmosphere, where guests can assemble their own lunch or dinner. The eatery offers gluten-free pasta, a choice of 5 sauces, and 10 toppings – and those who want more for a complete gastro experience can select from a range of extras, such as ham, olives or mozzarella balls.

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Sonka Arcok Sonka Arcok, a bar-kitchen created from the fusion of a bistro, a delicatessen and a bar, is one of the most exciting points on the gastronomy map of Budapest. From traditional Hungarian specialities through daily set courses to the best Mediterranean delicacies, you can find everything in this culinary jewel box.

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1053 Budapest, Kecskeméti utca 2. +36 (1) 794-6137 www.sonkaarcok.hu

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Borkonyha Boasting two Gault&Millau toques, Winekitchen /Borkonyha/ fuses a French bistro with a contemporary Hungarian family-run restaurant. Its reputation rests on a broad selection of wines, delicious meals and friendly service. The kitchen uses fresh ingredients and presents a new menu every other week. Chef: Ákos Sárközi. 9, 15, 16, 105, 115 47, 49

1051 Budapest, Sas utca 3. +36 (1) 266-0835 www.borkonyha.hu

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Burger Market The best of the burger places on Király utca, where you can assemble your own burger. A slightly sweet, brioche type bun, a pleasant texture, high quality beef and chicken, potato logs, and exciting home-made sauces are favourites with the patrons. Accentuated, unique flavours and sauces characterise the Burger Market, which builds on a classic foundation and strives for perfection.

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1061 Budapest, Király utca 8. +36 (20) 423-8253 facebook.com/BurgerMarketBP?ref=br_tf

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Leves. Hungry shoppers and employees out for a quick lunch are happy to queue for a cup of soup at this modern little eatery near Kálvin Square. The place features a no-frills design and offers four to six soups a day (and sandwiches to make a two-course meal), with home-style and thrilling recipes. Simple and great, you can eat your soup on the spot or take it away.

1053 Budapest, Vámház körút 14. +36 (30) 241-7760 hu-hu.facebook.com/levespont

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The Bigfish Seafood Bistro Budapest’s first seafood bistro in the heart of the city. Fish, crabs, prawns and mussels straight from the sea, prepared in a variety of manners. Choose your fish, have it roasted, and enjoy it with a glass of wine or champagne. Bigfish is not about the proper use of the fish knife.

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1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 44. +36 (1) 269-0693 www.thebigfish.hu

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Hummus Bar The Hummus Bar was a small eatery when it opened seven year ago, offering its visitors an experience of the Middle East. It became more and more popular over time, and it is now a chain of eight restaurants. Both in 2011 and 2012, Time Out magazine named Hummus Bar the best cheap exotic restaurant in the city.

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1051 Budapest, Október 6. utca 19. +36 (1) 354-0108 www.hummusbar.hu

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or a few years now, Budapest has ranked in the top league of European party destinations. Though the city owes this reputation to its ruin pubs and the success of stag parties, the scene is changing from day to day. New bars, clubs and hangouts keep opening, and almost every year sees the birth of another ‘party district’. You’re sure to fi nd something whether you’re in the mood for an open-air venue with live music, a trendy disco, a bohemian ruin pub or a stylish wine bar. Alternatively, you might want to take it all in as you drift with the crowd down Király or Kazinczy Street, mill around on Madách Square or in the Gozsdu Courty ard. Why, indeed, sett le in a single place when entrance fees are almost unknown and spirits start to run high after 10 pm? As you discover Hungarian beers and wines, be prepared for a game of ping-pong or table soccer—or an encounter with a world star at the bar. Nor are romantic places hard to come by; you might consider an unforgett able dinner aboard a cruise boat on the Danube, complete with live music and the nighttime splendour of Budapest.

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Budapest Jazz Club The heart of the Budapest jazz scene, the place where you can unwind and enjoy quality entertainment. There is an original atmosphere, a top-notch sound system, a friendly café, and a restaurant offering exciting bistro food. The evening concerts feature world stars rarely seen in club settings, as well as the best Hungarian performers.

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1136 Budapest, Hollán Ernő utca 7. +36 (70) 413-9837 www.bjc.hu

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Akvárium – VOLT Music Club VOLT Music Bar is an exclusive cocktail bar as well as a music club offering classic electronic music. The bar, which can accommodate 200 people, was renewed in 2014 and is now truly the centre of a big city, as a meeting place, concert venue, bistro restaurant, and night club.

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1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 12. +36 (30) 860-3368 www.akvariumklub.hu/volt-music-bar

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Hello Baby Bar Palace façade, a row of balconies, stone balustrades and monumental spheres. Near Oktogon, among the walls of a mansion on Andrássy út, Hello Baby Bar awaits with its mysterious atmosphere and two dance rooms, a professional staff, international performers, and a diverse musical selection. A wide range of drinks is offered from all regions, with a continuously changing cocktail menu at one of the most prestigious clubs in the city, with limousines and a red carpet lining the road and sidewalk before it. 4, 6

1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 52. +36 (20) 776-0767 www.hellobabybar.hu

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Fogaskert One of the largest and richest programme venues and bars in Budapest. There is a theatre play, a new exhibit, a fashion show, a concert, a pageant, or a party every day. The lush garden in the summer and the maze-like house in the winter enchant visitors. With guests, drinks and love from around the world, this venue is a unique member of the pub culture. Grinning walls mark the place – just follow the music and grill aroma! 6

1073 Budapest, Akácfa utca 51. +36 (1) 783-8820 www.fogashaz.hu

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A38 Ship “The best club in the world” according to Lonely Planet and Electronic Beats. One of Budapest’s most spectacular concert venues, clubs and restaurants floats on the Danube. It features a world-class sound system, amazing views and concerts and parties almost every night.

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Petőfi híd, budai hídfő +36 (1) 464-3940 www.a38.hu/en

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Instant Instant consists of two tenement buildings magically transformed into a forest, where you can find a space suitable to you any time of day. You can party to techno music or dnb in the basement, play fussball or pinball on the ground floor, or get down to some funky music. Even a myriad of hallways and bigger or smaller rooms await the guests.

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1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 38. +36 (1) 311-0704 www.instant.co.hu

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360 Bar If we walk in from Andrássy út into the right side wing of the Parisian Department Store, built in 1885 in the Neo-Renaissance style, and step into the elevator, the entire city of Budapest will be soon at our feet. The highest-set loft bar in the capital city awaits its guests in the summer with a 360 degree panorama. It is the top of Budapest!

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1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 39. +36 (70) 259-5153 www.360bar.hu

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Holdudvar Set on Margaret Island, this venue awaits its guests with a high-class restaurant, and a grill kitchen during the night hours. A different DJ each night entertains those wishing to dance; in addition, live jazz concerts, various cultural events, and an outdoor movie theatre opens its doors to its guests from September through June.

Margitsziget +36 (1) 236-0155 www.holdudvar.net

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WNDRLND Imagine a place where you can return any time and never recognize it. WNDRLND, this pop-up bar decidedly will give you that impression. From week to week a new graphic designer/designer/artist rethinks the party venue. Naturally, in addition to the visuals and the great drinks, fine food is also available from the grill counter.

Margitsziget +36 (70) 605-2000 www.wndrlnd.hu

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Trafiq Trafiq is a bar located at the corner of Hercegprímás utca and Arany János utca, and is a club in the British sense, with the primary purpose of representing something new in Budapest’s night life via its continuously expanding drink selection, its service – meaning, emphasis placed on personal service – and its gastronomical fare. They demonstrate high quality in their interior design, their unique cocktails, and their cultural presence. 15, 115 47, 49

1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás utca 18. +36 (30) 464-0646 www.trafiq.hu

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Raqpart Enjoy the unique feeling of a riverside atmosphere at the foot of Chain Bridge, on the bank of the Danube, with a fruit smoothie or an ice cold rosé wine spritzer, and a classic fish&chips in hand. Enjoy the sunshine on the terrace or cool off on the ground floor. Life does not stop at night: soft, deep vocals and happy nu-disco beats fill the air. 15, 16, 105, 115 2

1051 Budapest, Jane Haining rkp. +36 (30) 464-0646 www.raqpart.hu

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Szimpla Opened in 2001, Szimpla was Budapest’s first ruin pub. It is a special point in the city, a place marked by style, feeling and dedication. It is a bike-friendly place, a concert venue, an information point and a studio, where fashion and talent shows are held. The 1400-sqm premises also accommodate a theatre. In short, it is more than a place of entertainment. 5, 7, 8, 110, 112, 178, 239 74

1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 14. +36 (20) 261-8669 www.szimpla.hu

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wonderLAB wonderLAB is a store and community of more than thirty young designers, where Hungarian goods can be bought at very competitive prices, straight from their makers. The purpose of the community is to introduce the work of designers who are at the start of their career, whether they make clothes, bags, accessories or even graphics. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00-20:00.

1053 Budapest, Veres Pálné utca 3. +36 (20) 314-2058 www.facebook.com/wonderLABconcept

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Whale: Budapest Bio – Budapest Anno Domini Budapest’s latest cultural centre, the Whale, offers musical and children’s programmes at the weekends. The shops are open all week, selling bio and health food, artisan products and antiques.

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1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11–12., Bálna www.balnabudapest.hu

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Central Market Hall Europe’s most beautiful indoor market was built in 1896. Restored in 1994, it has become a hugely popular place for grocery shopping. The freshest foodstuffs and a variety of souvenirs are on sale in this deservedly famous structure, whose gallery houses bars and bistros.

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1093 Budapest, Vámház körút 1–3. +36 (1) 366-3300 www.piaconline.hu

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Memories of Hungary Gift hunters should check out the Souvenir Shop by Szent István Square, near the Basilica. Find the red sign of the 300-sqm shop at Hercegprímás utca 8, and browse the rich stock of 6000 items: Hungary-related, original, creative, quality gifts.

1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás utca 8.  +36 (1) 780-5844 www.memoriesofhungary.hu/

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Gozsdu Courtyard The most popular entertainment centre of downtown Budapest is visited by a million people annually. The Gozsdu links gastronomy with entertainment and culture, with more than 25 restaurants, bars, cafés, gyms and a children’s play centre all in the same location.

1075 Budapest, Király utca 13., 1075 Budapest, Dob utca 16. www.gozsduudvar.hu www.facebook.com/GozsduUdvar

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Margitutcakilenc Margitutcakilenc is an attempt to revive an old house. There is a shop, a buffet and a beer garden in the courtyard, where the best Hungarian artisan products can bought, eaten and drunk. It is also a venue for thematic fairs, small concerts, dance clubs, events and workshops, and there is even a bike rental service.

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1026 Budapest, Margit utca 9. www.margitutcakilenc.hu www.facebook.com/margit9

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Contemporary design inspired by the unique patterns of Roma culture, handmade with passion by Roma women. Available in the FIAN KONCEPT design shops in the Buda Castle: H-1014 Budapest, Ăšri str. 26-28. and Fortuna str. 18. Open: 10am-6pm every day


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Public Transport (BKK) With 268 bus, 32 tram, 15 trolleybus, and 4 underground lines, Budapest has one of the most comprehensive public transport systems among the capitals of Europe. It also includes cogwheel and commuter train, funicular, boat and chairlift services. Daytime services are available between 4.30 am and 11.30 pm, while at night you can get around with night buses or Tram No. 6, which runs round the clock. Further information: +36 (1) 325-5255 www.bkk.hu Taxi While several companies operate taxis in the capital, all licenced cabs are yellow, have yellow licence plates, and are marked ‘Licenced Budapest taxi’ on the driver’s door. You have taken a licenced Budapest taxi if you can see the driver’s photo ID and the table of fares on the dashboard and the insides of the passenger doors. All fares are licenced: the minimum fare is HUF 450, the standard fare is HUF 280 per kilometre and there is a waiting charge of HUF 70 per minute. Cash and bank cards are both accepted. Make sure to get the receipt printed by the taximeter at the end of your journey so that you can check whether the licenced fares have been applied, and to ensure a swift remedy in the event of a complaint. Reaching the city and its centre Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport By public transport: take Bus 200E to KÖKI Terminal – Kőbánya-Kispest Terminus of M3 underground, and then take the underground towards Deák Square. Főtaxi: The official transport partner of Budapest Airport. Buy your ticket in advance from their kiosk at the airport. Airport shuttle van service. Buy your ticket in advance from their kiosk at the airport. Car rental: Sixt Rent-a-Car www.sixt.hu, Avis www.avis.hu, Buchbinder www.buchbinder.co.hu, Europcar www.europcar.hu, Hertz www.hertz.hu Railway terminals Nyugati Station +36 (1) 349-0115 (M3 Pest – City Centre) Keleti Station +36 (1) 313-6835 (M2 Pest) Déli Station +36 (1) 355-8657 (M2 Buda) Non-stop information: +36 (1) 371-9449 (MÁV); www.mav.hu, www.elvira.hu Coach terminals Népliget +36 (1) 219-8040 (M3 Pest) Stadionok +36 (1) 220-6227 (M2 Pest) Árpád Bridge +36 (1) 412-2597 (M3 Pest) Information: +36 (1) 382-0888 (VOLÁN); www.volanbusz.hu


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International boat landing +36 (1) 484-4013 www.mahartpassnave.hu Motorways You have to pre-pay to use motorways in the country (M1, M3, M5, M6, M7) or certain roads within a county. Both types of number plate-based vignette can be bought at larger filling stations. The local traffic rules are called KRESZ and are based on the Vienna and Geneva Conventions, like those of other European countries. Further information: +36 (36) 587-500; www.nemzetiutdij.hu; motorway emergency line: 188; automobile club emergency line: +36 (1) 345-1800 Tourist information: www.budapestinfo.hu | +36 (1) 438-8080 Deák Square 5th District, 2 Sütő utca Opening hours: 8 am – 8 pm every day Buda Castle 1st District, 15 Tárnok utca Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm every day City Park Ice Rink 14th District, 5 Olof Palme sétány Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm every day Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Terminal 2A | Opening hours: 8 am – 11 pm every day Terminal 2B | Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm every day Important phone numbers: Police: 107 Ambulance service: 104 Fire brigade: 105 General emergency line: 112 Inquiries: 199 Emergency medical services: Pharmacy: 6th District, 41 Teréz körút (Tram 4/6, Oktogon stop in Pest) | +36 (1) 311-4439 12th District (Buda) 1/B Alkotás u. (M2 Déli pályaudvar stop) | +36 (1) 355-4691 Physician: Főnix Med | 9th District (Pest), 29/A Haller utca (M3 Nagyvárad tér stop) +36 (1) 215-1644 or 215-6983 Főnix Med | 11th District (Buda), 12–16 Tétényi út (Bus 7A, Szent Imre Kórház stop) +36 (1) 203-3615 Dentist: 8th District (Pest), 40 Szentkirályi utca (Bus 9 Szentkirályi utca stop) | +36 (1) 317-6600


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Looking after your valuables: Never leave your luggage and valuables unattended. If you cannot immediately move into your room upon arrival, use a left luggage office or a similar service at your hotel. At lidos or spas use the changing cubicles and safe deposits. Be particularly mindful of your valuables in the street, in busy locations, shopping precincts, at the stops and on vehicles of public transport. Avoid calling others’ attention to the valuables on your person, such as your telephone, camera, cash and jewellery. Should persons in uniform in a public area demand you identify yourself and present your papers, make sure you are indeed talking to a law enforcement officer and ask them to show you their photo ID and badge. Your personal data should be verified over the radio, so you need not, and should not, lose sight of your documents. In case of a theft or robbery, contact the nearest crime prevention centre of the police in the Castle or on Heroes’ Square. If you become a victim, call the toll-free emergency numbers 112 or 107, or visit the website of the Budapest Police Headquarters: www.police.hu/brfk. Further help is available at http://safetyinhungary.info. Regulations on smoking and alcohol consumption: Tobacco products can only be purchased at licenced tobacconists called Nemzeti Dohánybolt. Smoking is forbidden in indoor public spaces such as bars, restaurants and pubs, and out of doors in the following cases: at public transport stops, and within five metres from the entrance of businesses and workplaces. Elsewhere smoking is allowed at designated places only. Alcohol consumption is forbidden in public spaces. Persons under 18 years of age cannot be served with alcohol, nor can they enter tobacconists. Certain places of entertainment may also bar them from entering. Restaurants, bars: Before you order, make sure you are familiar with the prices and service charges, which you can usually find on the menu and wine list. Tips are not obligatory, but if you choose to tip, the customary rate is 10 per cent of the bill. Be wary of overfamiliar strangers or attractive women in the street who accost you and suggest a “good place,” where you are expected to pay for their drinks—at extortionate prices.


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Budapest in figures: 525 sq km 1.8 million inhabitants, 23 administrative districts Buda is hilly, Pest is flat, and the two are separated by the River Danube. 9 bridges, 3 islands General information: Official language: Hungarian; English and German are the most frequently used second languages. Hungary has been a member of the European Union since 2004, and forms a boundary of the Schengen Area. Official currency: forint (Ft or HUF) Currency exchange tip Do not agree to change you currency to forints with strangers in the street. Use licenced bureaux de change instead and make sure you get a receipt. For current mean exchange rates, visit the homepage of the central bank: www.mnb.hu Telephone prefixes: +36 (Hungary) 1 (Budapest) Budapest landline and mobile phone numbers have seven digits (plus area code, e.g. Budapest: +36 (1) 111-1111, mobile: +36 20/30/70 111-1111), other landline numbers have six digits (plus area code, e.g. +36 (34) 111-111). Climate: four seasons, with July and August the hottest months (+25/+40 °C) and December and January the coldest (–4/–15 °C). Time zone: UTC + 1 hour; summer time (March – October): UTC + 2 hours Bank holidays: all Sundays, and public holidays (1 January, 15 March, Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 20 August, 23 October, 1 November, 25–26 December). Customary opening hours: offices: 8 am – 4 pm, Mon–Fri; banks: 8 am – 5 pm Mon– Thu, 8 am – 2 pm Fri; central post office: 6th District (Pest), 51 Teréz körút (Tram No 4/6), 7 am – 8 pm Mon–Fri, 7 am – 6 pm Sat; shops: 10 am – 6 pm Mon–Fri, 10 am – 2 pm Sat–Sun Shopping tip Boutiques and shopping precincts stay open until the evening hours on Saturdays, but close in the early afternoon or do not even open on Sundays. Shopping on Sundays is most convenient at shopping centres, which tend to be open 10 am – 9 pm Mon–Sat, and 10 am – 6 pm Sun. Parking tip Budapest is divided into parking zones, and fees vary from one zone to the next. Find the parking meter closest to your car and insert the necessary amount using coins that are marked as accepted. Display the slip behind the windshield. You may also purchase parking time by sending an SMS to the number displayed on the meter, but only Hungarian phone numbers can be used for the transaction. The paid parking hours can also vary over zones, though generally the 8 am – 8 pm period is paying, while weekends are free (with the exception of special zones e.g. Buda Castle). For short-term stops, coaches are recommended to use the car park behind Műcsarnok or one of the P+R car parks near the major sights.


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