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SEXY BUDAPEST Whenever I walk around downtown Budapest, or sit down for a while on a bench at one of my favourite places, Március 15. Square, it always occurs to me what a fantastic city I am in – and not only fantastic, but sexy, too! Budapest is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe but the world. Its history goes way back to ancient times and with that amount of years come amazing buildings, bridges and other monuments – against all historical odds, many of them are still standing to dazzle us every day. Budapest is a city of leisurely elegance where you can enjoy historical treasures during the day accompanied by delicious meals both from Hungarian and international cuisines, while in the evening, the coolest bars await you and your friends. Budapest is a city where I never get bored. There is always some kind of festival and a variety of other programmes to choose from. When it comes to entertainment, you can’t leave without going to a gay party to get acquainted with a few handsome and charming Hungarian guys. Budapest is everyone’s city! Discover the Hungarian capital with the help of the gay guide of Budapest, Pink Budapest Guide! For more information, please visit our website at pinkbudapest.com where you can find even more tips in English, Spanish, German and French. Enjoy your stay in Budapest! Zsolt Erdei Managing director Humen Media Hungary
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Budapest is definitely not one of those cities which you can fully explore in one day. However, if you’re staying only for one or two days, you still have an opportunity to discover the most important sights, some local entertainment spots and perhaps some hidden treasures too. Let’s see what Budapest has to offer to serious cityhoppers who have no time to waste!
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Although Budapest is a big city sprawling over more than 500 km2 and with a population of 1.7 million, most of the sights are located in the city centre and all of them are easy to reach. If you only spend one day in our beloved capital, we suggest that you start your tour from Deák Ferenc tér. When you’re finished taking photos of the stunning buildings, you may enter Deák Ferenc utca, aka Fashion Street where you are more than likely to do some shopping. This street takes you almost directly to the Danube and the River Promenade which was a favourite spot for socialites in the 20th century. After enjoying the view from the riverbank, you can cross the Danube on the Chain Bridge, which takes you
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directly to the station of the Castle Hill funicular (Budavári Sikló) which is the easiest way to get to the top of the hill while you can also enjoy the view. Inside Buda Castle, you can find the beautiful Matthias Fountain, statues of the mythical Turul bird and the lions of the courtyard; the National Széchényi Library, the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Don’t miss the Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) and the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) which are next to the castle. The former has a magnificent white façade paired with an ornately coloured tiled roof, while the latter offers panoramic views of the entire city from one of the highest points in Buda. Budatower, aka Mária Magdolna Torony also gives you a
unique view of the city, particularly of the Pest side of Budapest. After that, you can go back to the Pest side on the Chain Bridge and head north towards the magnificent building of the Parliament. If you are not so keen on actually taking a guided tour to visit the building, you may indulge in something sweet in the Szamos Chocolate Museum on the corner of Kossuth tér, which is owned by of one of the oldest and most famous chocolate manufacture of Hungary. History buffs will be more than happy to take a walk past the statue of Ronald Reagan on the nearby Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) where you can still find a Soviet war memorial. From there, through the quieter streets of the financial district, you can reach
Saint Stephen’s basilica Fisherman’s Bastion
Parliament Szabadság tér
Saint Stephen’s basilica (named in honor of Stephen I, the first king of Hungary). The dome of the basilica offers one of the most spectacular views of the buzzing city below. You can reach the top by walking up 364 steps or by taking the elevators. Continuing your way behind the Basilica, you will find a road full of luxury shops, a nod to Paris’s avenues, called Andrássy út. If you feel your legs giving out, the metro M1 (the first subway line ever built in continental Europe) runs directly underneath this avenue and takes you all the way to Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square) and Városliget (City Park). Metro line M1 takes you back to Deák Ferenc tér, but you can decide to get off earlier and take a look at the State Opera and the theatres of the
‘Broadway of Pest’ on the way back. In recent years, the areas of Gozsdu Udvar (Gozsdu Courtyard) and Király utca towards the city centre have cropped up as very trendy, fashionable places to eat, drink and party. Churches may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but missing the Great Synagogue in Dohány utca would be quite sad, so your next stop should really be this amazing house of worship – the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. The historical streets of the surrounding Jewish Quarter are full of popular cafés, bars and ruin pubs, including Szimpla Bar, an absolute favourite for tourists and locals alike. Besides the never-ending parties, they also host a farmer’s market every Sunday morning.
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Talking about farmer’s markets, OR Budapest has quite a few 19th century market halls. The largest and most prominent of them is the one on Fővám tér. If you feel like tasting some local specialties or just want to buy some fresh product, this is the place to go. Continuing from our one-day tour, you can walk or take the tram to the Great Market Hall from Astoria station on Károly körút. Just a few steps from Fővám tér, you can find
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a lovely gay-friendly café called Why Not? overlooking the Danube. If you haven’t found any food items to your liking in the Market Hall, you can always try local specialties in the neighbouring Why Not? Bistro. Although the Chain Bridge is the oldest and most well-known bridge of Budapest, the intricate ironwork of Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge) may be an even more astonishing sight. This bridge connects Fővám tér and Szent Gellért tér, the latter being the home to the beautiful Gellért Hotel and Spa at the base of Gellért Hill, named after a Christian martyr whose statue stands on the hill. With a little hike, you can reach the top of Gellért
Gellért Hill Statue of Liberty
Hill where the Hungarian Statue of Liberty welcomes you. If you want to gain some more experiences in greener environments, visiting Margit-sziget (Margaret Island) is a must. The island’s rich flora will surely amaze you, no matter which season you choose to visit it. Besides a music fountain, a couple of medieval ruins and a mini zoo, the island also boasts a running track around its perimeters. If you have more time on your hands, you can always revisit the already mentioned sites for some more discoveries. For example, after taking the obligatory photos in Heroes’ Square, take a long and relaxing walk
in the City Park, or recharge your batteries at the nearby Széchenyi Bath – we can guarantee that you won’t regret it, especially in winter. Another attraction of the City Park is the stunning architecture: discover Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára) which was built in 1896 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the conquest of the area by the Hungarians. Similarly, if you are into the arts, take time to visit the National Gallery inside Buda Castle besides walking around outside the buildings: the permanent exhibition shows a concise history of Hungarian fine arts from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
BUDATOWER THE NEW CULTURAL VENUE OF THE CASTLE DISTRICT
A new chapter begins in the history of Budatower this spring: after a long time, visitors of the castle can now see a new exhibition. Budatower, aka the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is a new and extraordinary attraction on the Buda side of Budapest as it is the only authentic medieval Gothic monument in the Castle District. The tower has remained primarily intact through its 600 years, although the castle of Buda was under siege several times. The building is going to play host to a historical exhibition in the tower as well as the famous noon bell which commemorates the brave Hungarian soldiers who fought in the siege of Belgrade. A 24-piece chime structure built in the windows plays a Hungarian piece every hour and visitors can also admire the bronze copy of the 1000-year-old Hungarian coronation robe, which is adorned with portraits of saints, prophets and apostles. Climb up the 172 stairs and enjoy a fantastic view with the most important buildings of Budapest as well as the sight of the green hills of Buda.
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TRAFÓ HOUSE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS Trafó is an institution dedicated to contemporary arts. Visitors can view the performances of groundbreaking Hungarian and international independent theatre groups, contemporary circus performances, dancers working with elemental forces, interdisciplinary artistic shows, smart technologies in the hands of artists, musicians you won’t hear on the radio, and exhibitions in a contemporary art gallery. Leave your comfort zone and check out
the things you’ve been missing out on (and that everyone else has been talking about), that you promised yourself you wouldn’t miss out on again this year. International, innovative, contemporary – right here in Budapest. Trafó turns you on. No matter what you are into (contemporary music, theatre, circus) you are bound to have a ball in Trafó, where ‘quality’ is a key word. The building itself is a fine example of industrial Art Nouveau.
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SPAS OF BUDAPEST Budapest has always been well-known for its thermal springs ever since the Romans colonized the area to take advantage of the location and the enormous network of healing waters below. During the Turkish occupation of the area, even more baths were built (some of which are still standing today). Thankfully, this tradition has not died in recent times. Budapest has a wide array of spas to offer and we’re going to show you the best:
SZÉCHENYI BATHS Széchenyi boasts 18 pools and it is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The building itself is arguably one of the most beautiful in all of Budapest, built in 1913 within the City Park (Városliget) in Neo-Baroque style. There are large outdoor and indoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, massage areas and more. This bath complex is well-recognised for the chess boards found in the outdoor pools - where old and young can relax in the water and unwind for hours on end. 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11. szechenyifurdo.hu 16
GELLÉRT BATHS The second largest spa in Budapest is part of the Hotel Gellért in Buda near the Freedom Bridge (Szabadság híd). Built between 1912 and 1918 in Art Nouveau style, the bath complex contains 13 pools, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, saunas and medicinal water baths. Massages are also available upon advance booking. 1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4. gellertfurdo.hu
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RUDAS BATHS Rudas Baths is open only to men every weekday apart from Tuesday. It was built in 1550 at the foot of the Gellért Hill in Buda under the reign of the Ottoman Empire and houses a typically gorgeous, Turkish bath with a central dome and other smaller rooms. The attached swimming pool is, however, always open for men and women.
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LUKÁCS BATHS The spring water at Lukács is probably the best known of all the spas in Budapest. The building itself is a spa hotel and a former Ottoman powder mill completed in the 1880s and has space for 5 pools in total. Many people swear by the healing powers of the water at this spa, ranging from curing stomach and 18
Király is the smallest of our top spas in Budapest with four pools and the typical Turkish bath style. With one well-known octagonal bath and several other smaller pools and rooms, this is a quaint bath which is well hidden and therefore not so well-known by tourists coming to Budapest. 1027 Budapest, Fő u. 84. kiralyfurdo.hu
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EXPLORE NATURE ven though you probably think about historic buildings, spas, museums and the nine breathtaking bridges spanning the river Danube when you think about Budapest, the city has a lot more to offer. If you’re a nature lover or you just want to spend a nice afternoon listening to birds chirping, roaming among ancient tress or having a coffee in a small traditional bar, Budapest and the surrounding area is the best place you can visit.
Easily reachable by train or car, Visegrád, this authentic little town with an ancient culture, is sure to amaze you. Whether you want to add a touch of history to your holiday or simply want to have a look at the breathtaking Danube Bend, Visegrád is the place to visit!
Home to the Szamos Marzipan Museum and the Hungarian Open Air Museum among others, Szentendre offers you a walk on a promenade by the Danube while soaking in the atmosphere of the little town. The small souvenir shops in the heart of the town and the authentic cafés are musts!
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Kopaszi Dam, a neat park with lots of trees, gives you a unique view of the city where you can stroll around and have a drink at one of the small cafés or enjoy a delicious meal at a restaurant while admiring the Danube.
BUDA HILLS (BUDAI-HEGYSÉG)
If you really want to get lost in a beautiful forest, we would suggest discovering the Buda Hills. Due to the hilly terrain, this part of the city offers a variety of unique means of transport. Our suggested route would be taking the fogaskerekű (cogwheel railway) to Széchenyihegy and then changing for the Children’s Railway, a charming legacy of the Socialist era. From there you have various choices: you can either travel to the end of the line (Hűvösvölgy) or you can get off at János-hegy or Virágvölgy and change for the libegő (chairlift) to take you down to the foot of the hills. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
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DISCOVER THE MAGIC Sziget Festival is one of the largest annual music festivals in the world, bringing the inhabitants of Budapest and people from all around the globe to the island. It is also by far the largest cultural event in the city’s calendar and has been voted Europe’s Best Major Festival several times. With countless stages hosting a large array of bands, you can find everything from mainstream pop & gypsy folk to industrial techno and even Kylie Minogue. Over the past 25 years, the festival has evolved into the wonderful creation it is 22
today, bringing together people from all around the world to celebrate life, music, art and to experience the wondrous glory of sleeping in a tent surrounded by thousands of other people. To name but a few, previous headliners at Sziget included Rihanna, Muse, Kings of Leon as well as Sum 41, Blur and Chase & Status, but 2018’s lineup is set to be the biggest and best ever. We don’t want to sound biased, but the most magical party, however, does not take place at the main stage, rather in the Magic Mirror
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tent, Sziget’s straight-friendly queer venue, normally found in the middle of the island. The stage hosts daily film screenings followed by LGBTQrelated talks, where a wide range of topics are discussed, for example films revolving around gay travel as well as the limitations of our sexual fantasies. Besides these, visitors can also see vaudeville shows and acrobatics. Magic Mirror turns into a giant party hosting a wide selection of international DJs at night. Come and join the fun! Some of this year’s stars are not actual singers but rather performers:
British Liz Aggiss’s one-woman show combines music with irony and humour. Internationally renowned Hungarian Péter Holoda who combines ballet and pole dancing in a unique way will also perform at the festival. Magic Mirror is a stage that epitomizes the motto ‘Island of Freedom’. Alongside Budapest’s ever-changing gay nightlife scene this is a very very very good place to be to enjoy the best of Hungarian LGBTQ life in a welcoming, friendly and culturally diverse setting. 23
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SWEET CULTURE AT KOSSUTH TÉR The recently opened Szamos Café on Kossuth tér has a chocolate museum on its second floor where you can not only view, but also taste their products during their interactive guided tours. The result of more than 30 years of passionate research from the Szamos family, the exhibition at Kossuth tér boasts a unique collection of 4500 objects evoking different moments from the history of chocolate production. The boxes, china sets, chocolate molds and a variety of 26
related items were organized into a chronological series of thematic units by museologist Anikó S. Nagy. Besides taking a journey among the devices used in the production of sweet treats, you can also get to know the process of how today’s chocolate bars came around.
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The actual novelty of the museum is in the interactive guided tours that showcase different stages of the history of chocolate production, during which visitors are able to taste dark, milk and white chocolate, as well as actual cocoa beans. They can also discover the deliciousness of marzipan dipped in dark chocolate, followed by a short film about the journey of cocoa from the equatorial plantations to the Belgian factories. An unmissable part of the tour is the 1940s sweets shop where you can taste different pralinés. However, probably the most amazing part of the whole exhibition is the manufacture where chocolate bars are created with the help of antique machines. Here, visitors can decorate their own personal bars with nuts, dried fruits, cinnamon or lyophilized raspberries among many others.
After the fresh chocolate bar comes out of the freezer, it is packaged right away so it can be taken home by the visitors. Besides antique items, the exhibition also showcases the creations of the Szamos marzipan manufacture, including the lifesized statue of the Chocolate Girl, inspired by Jean-Étienne Liotard’s famous painting; the model of the Hungarian Parliament, made of 36 kgs of marzipan and a copy of the Hungarian crown jewels. Guided tours are available on several days of the week, but registration for them is required on the website www.szamos.hu. The admission fee is 3500 for adults and it is 2990 HUF for children and pensioners. The exhibition can be visited individually, without a guided tour and the chocolate tasting. 27
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RESTAURANTS 07 8Trend Fine Bistro & Wine Bar Krúdy Gyula utca 6. 08 Abszolút Pho Vietnamese & Thai Food Kazinczy utca 52. 09 Antré Modern Hungarian kitchen Király utca 8. (Passzázs house) 10 Impostor Eatery Vitkovics Mihály utca 8. 11 Rudas Restaurant & Bar Döbrentei tér 9. 12 Why Not Bistro Belgrád rakpart 18. 13 Club 93 Pizzéria Vas utca 2.
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If you ask a random Budapester where to do shopping, the answer will probably be Váci utca, which is arguably the most popular shopping street in the city. It offers a wide range of fancy restaurants and all of the well-known fast fashion shops. The long street is transformed into a winter wonderland around Christmas. In the festive season, you can stroll along a beautifully decorated street from the City Market Hall to Vörösmarty tér, which hosts one of the most beautiful christmas fairs in Central Europe. It is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit!
The nearby Fashion Street Budapest (officially named Deák Ferenc utca) is often called the most prestigious shopping street in Central Europe. You will find highstreet footwear, apparel, accessories, beauty products and restaurants all in one place. If you are willing to spend more on luxury goods, you might want to check out Andrássy út, which is home to a number of designer shops. Connecting the City Park and the heart of the city, Deák Ferenc tér, the street is often called ’the Hungarian Champs-Élysées’ due to its unique charm and exquisite shops in impressive old buildings. Besides world-renowned brands, it is also worth to check out some Hungarian designers. On Andrássy út, you will find the showroom of Nubu and Zigi, and Robert Maar in the nearby Székely Mihály utca. There are also a few shops in the inner city that offer a variety of different brands, MONO Art & Design in Kossuth Lajos utca and wonderLAB in Veres Pálné utca being the largest ones. If you are into designer items for your apartment as well, definitely pay a visit to Rododendron Art & Design Shop in Veres Pálné utca.
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Szputnyik Shop is a fashion concept born from the combination of old and new, romantic vintage and provocative modern styles – a stunning and unusual player of the Hungarian fashion scene where everyone can find items that fit their personality and lifestyle. They offer hand selected, unique vintage clothes and accessories, popular global brands like Fjallraven, Dr. Martens, TOMS and PAEZ, reworked vintage items and limited edition designer pieces. The shops are an essential part of the Budapest lifestyle and the life of a stylish and bold 21st century person irrespective of their age. The visitor
of these stores that represent the „revolution” of freedom and unlimited creativity, can browse various vintage and contemporary pieces. The selection ranges from extravagant gowns, through sequined tuxedos, stylish shades, fashionable bags and accessories to elegant hats. Fans of contemporary fashion are greeted with a varied, fresh and youthful range that renews multiple times every season, ensuring the presence of up-to-date streetwear. Time travellers and treasure hunters, it’s time for an adventure, get to know Szputnyik’s world, visit their stores or shop online!
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As soon as you arrive in Budapest after a long and tiring journey, the first question you may ask is what you can eat here. There is a wide range of dishes you can choose from and we can assure you that you’ll find something to your liking. Here’s a list of Hungarian must-try dishes you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Budapest:
ENTRÉE Goulash soup (gulyásleves) This is a tasty soup and you should definitely give it a try. Although its consistency is a bit thicker than a simple soup, it’s not a ragout. Goulash soup is made of meat, vegetables, lovely little dumplings, some (actually, a lot of) spices and the most essential Hungarian ingredient: paprika powder. This red powder is basically a kind of ground pepper and it gives a unique taste to many dishes.
MAIN DISHES Chicken paprika (Csirkepaprikás) This chicken stew made with lots of onions, tomatoes, peppers, paprika, and some spoonfuls of sour cream in the end to give it a creamy texture. This dish has everything you desire: nicely cooked meat in a creamy sauce served with dumplings. 37
TOP TABLES Bisected by the Danube River, Budapest is a city with two dramatically different personalities. While many visitors to the Hungarian capital spend most of their time exploring lively Pest, Buda isn’t without its own happening hotspots. In fact, cross the Chain Bridge and you’ll find some of the city’s best restaurants amid the elegant streets surrounding Buda Castle.
PIERROT Set in a traditional bakery house dating back to the 13th century, this family-run restaurant serves up classic Hungarian dishes with a contemporary spin. Be sure to dine al fresco in its courtyard during the warmer months.
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21 HUNGARIAN KITCHEN Tuck into quintessential Hungarian cuisine, such as chicken paprikash, at this laid-back bistro. There are more unusual options on the menu too, such as catfish and chips – a modern interpretation of the classic dish.
PEST-BUDA BISTRO Situated in the city’s oldest hotel (which opened over 300 years ago in 1696), this eatery dishes up affordable home-style fare, such as beef goulash and Wiener schnitzel. Plus, its pastas and sausages are all made by hand. Our alfresco café-bistro are open at Hess András Square.
JAMIE’S ITALIAN BUDA CASTLE If you’ve a hankering for some Italian fare, head to this outpost of the popular casual dining chain. Take your pick from a wide array of pastas, pizzas and more; there’s a kids’ menu, too.
BALTAZÁR GRILL Taking pride of place in this restaurant is a Josper charcoal grill, which is used to prepare various meats – everything from free-range chicken to dry-aged beef. It’s every carnivore’s idea of paradise.
Dobos cake (Dobos torta) This layer cake is really popular in Hungary. You can’t take a walk without seeing these palatable creations in the windows of cake shops. Besides being delicious, Dobos cake is also addictive, so watch out! The soft sponge cake layers are glued to each other with cocoa cream and there is a layer of caramelized sugar on top. If you have a sweet tooth, this cake is right up your street!
STREET FOOD Lángos I have seen so many translations of ‘lángos’ that it’s hard to give a proper translation. Anyway, this specialty is a deep fried flatbread made of only flour, water, salt and yeast. Simple, yet amazing! After deep-frying it, they usually put some garlic oil, a LOT of sour cream and EVEN MORE grated cheese on top just to make it heart-friendly. I absolutely love ‘lángos’ because it is easy to make, and if you’re lazy, you can get it literally anywhere in Hungary.
WHAT TO DRINK? Hungary has amazing wine regions therefore trying at least 3-4 different wines is a must. I would go for a glass of wine from Tokaj, but let’s not forget Hungary’s famous lake, Balaton, where we have excellent wineries in the hills surrounding it. If you are about to start a nice meal or just hanging out with a friend and preparing for a party in downtown you might want to try pálinka. This is basically a fruit brandy, drunk in shots, made of plums, apricots or cherries but there are a lot of other versions of it. Due to the high alcohol content it might come in handy for digestion but also helpful to raise the mood!
ANTRÉ RESTAURANT IN LOVE WITH FOOD IN THE HEART OF BUDAPEST Friendly and professional service, carefully selected, quality ingredients and true Hungarian flavors are the main characteristics of Antré. Located in the very heart of Budapest, Antré is only a few minutes’ walk from St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament, the Opera House and several other important sights of the city center. Due to its 40
optimal location, it is suitable for any occasion, let it be a rich breakfast to start the day, a business meeting, or a romantic dinner with a special someone. They are serving traditional Hungarian dishes with „farm to table” ingredients in a modern but cozy environment, with not only a comfortable and appealing interior but a rain-proof terrace that can
be enjoyed in any weather, all year around. The restaurant is open every day from early morning to late night. Other than the traditional but modern dishes, you can find a large selection of local wines and quality drinks on the menu that you might enjoy the best while listening to live music which they also play every evening from 7pm. From the Guitar Live Acts on Mondays, Jazz & Wine Nights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Guitar Sounds Nights on Thursdays and Fridays to Passage Lounge Nights on Saturdays and Sundays, everyone can find their preferred type of music which can make their dining experience even more memorable. The restaurant is also awaiting you if you are around at lunchtime, namely with a very special weekly
lunch menu. Guests love it so much for its great value, its flavors and presentation that in January Antré was chosen to be among the TOP 10 best restaurants offering a daily lunch menu in Budapest by the Hungarian gastro magazine Magyar Konyha. All in all, the team of Antré is happy to welcome you any day of the week with care and passion for gastronomy, friendly service and with the same modern and open-minded way of thinking that they also practice in the kitchen. OPENING HOURS: every day from
7am to midnight ADDRESS: 1061 Budapest, Király utca 8. (Central Passage building) RESERVATION:
GAY LIFE LGBT IN BP Budapest has a very lively gay scene. The past decades have brought a great deal of general tolerance as well as possibilities for gay people. As a result, the city now has arguably the best gay scene in Central Europe. Budapest is becoming a more and more popular destination for tourists, including gay people, straight people or anybody in-between. Besides its thermal spas, abundant historical monuments and exquisite architecture, Budapest is now also famous for its animated gay party scene. There is, however, way more to Budapest than partying. One of the main stages of SZIGET FESTIVAL, the two-time winner at the European Festivals Awards in the category 42
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BEST MAJOR EUROPEAN FESTIVAL, hosts a wide array of cabaret, dance and theatrical productions as well as workshops, which give you an excellent opportunity to find out what it means to be gay in Hungary. BUDAPEST PRIDE is celebrated every year, in which more and more gay and gay-friendly people both from Hungary and abroad participates. Even though Budapest is not Berlin, Tel-Aviv or San Francisco, the city has everything to offer you if you’re willing to go and find it. Budapest has a constantly increasing array of clubs, bars, gay-friendly restaurants, saunas, cruising areas, drag shows, as well as underground and mainstream parties. Whether you’re here to do some sightseeing or party hard and leave the city tipsy, we are excited to have you here in Budapest.
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A LITTLE PARTY NEVER HURT NOBODY ALTEREGO The heart of Budapest’s gay scene, this trendy bar allows you to have a drink at a relaxed place and dance into the early hours. Don’t miss the drag shows on Friday and Saturday night with brilliant performances by Lady Dömper and her troupe of fabulous drag artists, followed by a late night chart hits party with two dancefloors and two DJs. Programmes are available on their website in advance. Address: 1066 Dessewffy utca 33. near Oktogon M1 metro station or 4/6 tram station.
THE MOST IMPORTANT REGULAR PARTIES AND CLUB NIGHTS IN BUDAPEST ARE THE FOLLOWING GARÇONS Often billed as “underground as well as glamorous”,
Garçons has now become synonymous with “a new era in chic clubbing”. We agree. Appealing mostly to a younger crowd, these parties attract famous guest DJs and lots of people looking to have a good time. garconsbudapest HELLO One of the coolest parties in town. A chic, young and fun-loving audience comes together to party and dance. Mostly pop music and chart hits. Keep an eye open for the club photographer and get yourself immortalized on their Facebook page. hellopartybp OMOH The Hungarian replica of Berlin’s gay nightlife merged into a long party which runs till 8am. This monthly gay club night can be found in the smaller hall of Corvin Club. OMOHbp
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LÄRM A gay-friendly straight club focusing on techno music and house music located in Fogasház complex. Entry from Akácfa Street. Hint: you should know the name of the club or the event otherwise the doorman can dismiss you. larmbudapest CORVIN CLUB the only real underground venue in Budapest on the 4th floor of an old mall on Blaha Lujza Square. corvinclub VIBEPop Up Club – Don’t be basic, feel the VIBE! New party in downtown Budapest for gays, lesbians, urban queers and their friends with a fresh approach. Join us! vibebudapest OOOPS A popular queer party that fails to disappoint. Organized every Friday at Anker’t with the hits of the
80’s, 90’s, 00’s and Europop, Disco, Italodisco, Eurovision, House, Techno and many more genres. ooopsevents WANNABE XL 100% glam from the 90s. Pop, glitter and freedom. A new, ear-catching romance in remembrance of the old love. wannabehungary WOW! Lesbian party at various locations which markets itself as the right place for lipstick lesbians, but all beautiful ladies and their friends are welcome – straight, gay, male, female and everybody in-between. wmnonwmn YONCÉ - THE ULTIMATE BEYONCÉ PARTY It’s your time to shine! A glamorous party held at an exquisite location where you can be yourself. yoncebudapest
I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO A GAY BAR HABROLÓ The oldest bar with a mixed clientele, reasonable prices and a cheerful, friendly atmosphere. Habrolo WHY NOT? CAFÉ AND BAR A legend in Budapest, this café and bar boast a great view of the Danube. Regular karaoke and quiz nights are organized in a relaxed atmosphere to meet your friends for a drink or two. A mainstay of
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CRUISING, SAUNAS AND SEX SHOPS IN BUDAPEST COXX A major player in the gay scene of Budapest and definitely worth a visit. A cruising bar (including a car, a sling and a prison room) where you can make your wildest fantasies come true. There are two saunas specifically designed for gay people: MAGNUM (Csepreghy utca 2.) and SZAUNA 69 (Angyal utca 2). Both are very well equipped with everything you need to
relax and do some cruising. There are all kinds of people at both places and they offer discounted entry fees on certain nights. MAGNUM is the largest sauna in Budapest and offers the following services on two floors: jacuzzi, steam room, four kinds of saunas, a plunge pool, videos, cabins, slings, glory hole cabins, a cruising labyrinth, a gym, massages and free wifi. Sauna
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aufguss at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00PM on Thursdays. Dark and naked party from 10:00PM on Fridays and at 5:00PM on Sundays. Open nonstop from 1:00PM on Saturdays to Sunday midnight. Tickets are valid for ten hours and they include a towel, slippers and a condom. SZAUNA 69 is a more conventional sauna. There is a Finnish/infra sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi, massage, sunbeds and private rooms. Café and internet access available. Towel and slippers are included in the entry fee. In addition to the above-mentioned places, we also have Budapest’s only
gay sex shop, Black Dream (Mária utca 9). Whether you’re a hardcore fetish guy or just want to try some kinky stuff, this is the right place for you to go and have a look. Budapest has two specifically gay-friendly restaurants: CLUB 93 PIZZERIA (Vas utca 2.) and WHY NOT BISTRO BUDAPEST (Belgrád rakpart, close to Why Not? Cafe & Bar). Both offer delicious dishes and excellent service. Why Not Bistro is a gay friendly restaurant directly on the bank of the Danube, and its terrace offers an amazing view of Gellért Hill. The city’s only gay gym TEMPELFIT
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(Paulay Ede utca 25-27) is right in the heart of the city. Expect great service, a wide array of machines and equipment as well as a Finnish sauna for members.
Finally, ANONYM AIDS TANÁCSADÓ SZOLGÁLAT is the city’s point of contact for STD check-ups, consultations and anonymous, free HIV testing for everybody (Karolina út 35/B). If you need professional and discreet health service during your stay in Budapest, do not hesitate to get in touch with Downtown Medical Center (BOC) (Ferenciek tere 7-8). Now that you have all the necessary information about Budapest, it is time to book a ticket, or get out of your room if you are already here and explore this beautiful city for yourself.
MAGNUM SAUNA – THE PLACE TO RELAX IN BUDAPEST Magnum provides all the amenities for you to wind down and recharge after a day of sightseeing: a large jacuzzi, professional massage services, a steam room with a light and a dark area, a wellness floor and a cruising labyrinth on two floors, covering 700 m2. The wellness floor has six different areas for you to relax in: a 16-men Finnish sauna, a bio sauna, a salt room, an infra sauna, a shower area (regular, rain and bucket shower) and an outdoor plunge pool. You’ll also find a small TV lounge to relax in after sweating it out. The cruising labyrinth offers several different sized rooms, sling rooms, gyno stool room, video rooms, a dark room and a glory hole area with a raised floor. Magnum is busy weekday evenings and all weekend long.
Special events and parties are regularly held, such as Code Red, Sweat, Super Sweat, Pizza Night, UV Night and Bear Night. Check our web page and Facebook page for more info and exact dates. But the most popular Magnum event is definitely our Dark and Naked Parties on Friday from 10pm and Sunday from 5pm. As lockers are often full during these parties, it is recommended to arrive before the start of the respective event. You’ll find everything you need at our reception including poppers and alcoholic drinks. Finally, Magnum is the only gay club open non-stop from Saturday 1pm to Sunday midnight and our Sunday mornings are always very exciting. MORE INFO:
ALTEREGO – THE GAY CLUB OF BUDAPEST With its 9-year-history, AlterEgo is one of Budapest’s most popular and most renowned gay clubs. Located in the heart of the 6th district among many other party venues, the club is open from 10pm to 5am every Friday and Saturday. To get the party started, there is a Drag Show at midnight on both days. You can also enjoy a different drink promotion every week at one of the four bars. At AlterEgo, everybody can find the tunes that make them shake it like a polaroid picture: whether you like pop, r’n’b, dance or electro, you will have a chance to show off your skills on the two separate dancefloors. 52
But what would a decent party be without awesome company? You have nothing to worry about, because the sexiest guys of Budapest will definitely spend their nights at AlterEgo. If you have the chance, you should definitely visit AlterEgo more than once during your stay in Budapest to discover the continually renewed interiors, the newest parties and the ever-changing Drag Show that all guarantee a great experience.
ALTEREGO CLUB BUDAPEST Budapest, 7th District, Dessewffy utca 33. facebook.com/AlterEgoBudapest www.alteregoclub.hu Info: +36 70 565 1111 OPEN: FRI-SAT: 10 PM TO 5 AM
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– DARE TO DREAM BIG! What’s your dream? Who do you share it with? Are you ready to do something together with us to achieve it? Let’s prove on July 7 that we don’t give up no matter what difficulties we face. We believe in the power of community and that we can make our dreams come true together. LGBTQ people in Hungary first marched in September 1997. The two hundred proud participants were quite a surprise to the citizens of Budapest. Over the past couple of years, more than 20,000 people have marched together each year. We’re getting more and more visible, stronger and braver by the year. The Budapest Pride Festival, for the first time in its history, is going to last a whole month, with numerous community events including workshops, parties, sports events, theatre plays, film screenings, in order to express ourselves and strengthen our community in every possible way. 54
Many LGBTQ people still can’t express their true selves, can’t make the decision whether to come out or not, or share their feelings, relationships and themselves with the people around them. For many of them, coming out is risky or even dangerous. Let’s show the world that we are brave, we are many, and we believe that we can make the world around us change if we unite. This year we meet at 2:00 PM on July 7 at the City Park (Városliget) and march and dance our way to the Parliament of Hungary on Kossuth tér. Join us and see a happier, more free and more colourful capital. We can assure you that you’ve never seen Budapest this way! Participate in our programs between June 8 and July 8. Find the program schedule on our website (www.budapestpride.com) or check the events on facebook.com/budapestpride.
Budapest Pride March â€™18.07.07 Official Closing Rainbow Party CONCHITA WURST LIVE WITH BAND
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PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN BUDAPEST
Running throughout all of the major tourist areas of the city, the public transport in Budapest is one of the most efficient and inexpensive systems of Europe. It is definitely the best internal travel option you can choose for your visit.
FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER
The city center can be easily accessed by various means from Budapest Airport Terminal. The most common route is to take bus 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest metro station from where Metro line 3 takes you directly to the city center. Another alternative is bus 100E which arrives in Deák Ferenc tér, so you can reach the city center directly from the airport, although it is subject to special fare. At night, you can board night bus 900 at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út near Deák Ferenc tér to get to the airport.
TICKETS, TRAVEL CARDS AND PASSES One of the most important things about tickets (except for suburban railway, boat and ferry tickets) is that they need to be validated by stamping or punching prior to the start of travel on metro lines M1, M2, M3 and M4, on other vehicles immediately after boarding or departure. Boat and ferry tickets are validated by the crew while suburban railway extension tickets require no validation after purchase; the same goes for travel cards and passes which allow unlimited trips within the indicated validity period. 56
The validating machines located at the entrance of metro stations stamp the starting time of your trip onto your ticket. Trams, trolleybuses, buses and suburban railway trains have two types of validators: 1. Red, manual validators Please insert your ticket into the opening on top and punch it by pulling the black frame of the slot towards you. 2. The orange- or yellowcoloured electric devices Please insert your ticket into the opening on the front for automatic validation. A light indicates on the front of the machine if it is operational. Single tickets entitle passengers to one uninterrupted trip on the whole length of the line, but on the suburban railways only within the city boundaries. With the exception of travelling on the metro network, single tickets do not allow changes between lines. Tickets are valid for 80 minutes (120 minutes on night services) after stamping. You can purchase tickets, travel cards and passes at BKK customer service centers, ticket offices and ticket vending machines. TVMs are easy to use as they feature touchscreens and multilingual menu systems. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, GO TO bkk.hu/en Source: Budapesti Közlekedési Központ • www.bkk.hu
GETTING AROUND IN BUDAPEST
If you decide to take a taxi from the airport or you just want to get around a bit more comfortably, be careful to only use the services of licensed Budapest taxies. They are always yellow with a chequered stripe on the side and a “Licensed Budapest taxi” statement. Their unified prices are written both on the outside and the inside of the car. They accept all major credit and debit cards.
GETTING OUT OF THE CITY
There are three main railway stations (terminals) in Budapest: Keleti (Eastern) and Nyugati (Western) Railway Stations in Pest and Déli (Southern) Railway Station in Buda. All of them can be easily reached by Metro lines. If you prefer to travel by bus, Népliget (a station of Metro line 3) is the main thoroughfare for both domestic and international bus lines. Domestic tickets can be purchased from TVMs or ticket offices and also directly from bus drivers. International tickets need to be booked in advance. 57
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Daytime transport services
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Márton Áron tér
Búsuló Juhász (Citadella)
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Móricz Zsigmond körtér
Repülőtéri közvetlen járat Gazdagréti tér (egyedi díjszabás) Airport shuttle bus (special fare) Gazdagrét Vasútállomás Nagyszeben tér Railway station Távolsági autóbusz-pályaudvar Station of long-distance buses
Buda Döbrentei tér
Apor Vilmos tér 105
Clark Ádám tér
Hévvonalak Suburban railway lines
Kiemelt autóbuszvonal Key bus line
17 61 Krisztina tér
Metrópótló járatok Metro replacement services
Villamosvonal Tram line
Kossut Lajos té
Szent Orbán tér
Hajójáratok Boat services
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Metróvonalak Metro lines
Széll Kálmán tér
Szent János Kórház
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Gyermekvasút Children´s railway Normafa 21A
Margit híd, budai hídfő
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Hétköznap esténként és hétvégén az M3-as metró helyett a teljes vonalon pótlóbuszok közlekednek. Metro line M3 is replaced by buses on its entire route on workday evenings and at weekends.
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Járataink közlekedése módosulhat. Kérjük, figyelje kihelyezett tájékoztatóinkat vagy látogasson el a www.bkk.hu weboldalra! The transport services can be affected by service changes. Please check the information boards displayed at the stops or visit our website at www.bkk.hu.
Bikás park Etele út / Fehérvári út 1
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Megyer, Szondi utca Káposztásmegyer, Aquaworld
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Rákospalota, Kossuth utca 5
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Gyöngyösi utca M
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Lehel utca / Róbert Károly körút
Dózsa György út M
Széchenyi fürdő 10 5
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Wesselényi utca / Reiner Frigyes park Erzsébet körút 28 28A 37 37A 62
Blaha Lujza tér
Puskás Ferenc Stadion
Corvin-negyed 51 51A
Izraelita temető 28 Új köztemető 28A 37
Haller utca / Mester utca
Ferencváros vasútáll. – Málenkij Robot Emlékhely 51A
Hengermalom út Hengermalom út / zerémi út
Nagysándor József utca 51
Gubacsi út / Határ út 3
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Savoya Park maraerdei Ifjúsági Park Városház tér
Müpa – Nemzeti Színház
Kopaszi-gát – BudaPart
Kőbánya alsó vasútállomás
Kőbányai út / Könyves Kálmán krt.
Budafoki út / Szerémi sor
3 M E 0 10
Petőfi híd, budai hídfő udafoki út / arinthy F. út
Szent Gellért tér
Hidegkuti Nándor Kőbánya felső Stadion vasútállomás
Mester utca /
Boráros Ferenc körút tér
3 62 62A
II. János Pál pápa tér Rákóczi tér
Örs vezér tere
Pillangó utca HUNGEXPO
Király utca / Erzsébet körút
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Arany János utca
Bosnyák tér 3
Terézváros Nyugati pályaudvar
Újpalota, Erdőkerülő utca
Nagy Lajos király útja / Czobor utca
Mexikói út 3
Újpalota, Nyírpalota út
Árpád híd M
Jászai Mari tér 2
12M Rákospalota, Kossuth utca 14M Káposztásmegyer, Megyeri út
Újpest, Árpád út
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Hungarian (magyar) English and German are the most frequently used second languages Hungary has been a member of the European Union since 2004 OFFICIAL CURRENCY: Hungarian forint (Ft or HUF) Prices in shops are gross (VAT is included). TIME ZONE: UTC +1 hour; Summer time (March-October): UTC +2 hours PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: 1 January, 15 March, Easter Friday and Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 20 August, 23 October, 1 November, 25–26 December CLIMATE: four seasons, with July and August being the hottest months (+25/+40°C) and December and January the coldest (–4/ –15°C). ELECTRICITY:
AC: 230V/50Hz (European standard) Sockets: Type F – (European standard 2 pin) If necessary, you can buy a travel adaptor in an electrical store in any mall.
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REGULATIONS ON SMOKING AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION:
Tobacco products can only be purchased at licensed tobacconists called Nemzeti Dohánybolt. Smoking is forbidden in indoor public spaces such as bars, restaurants and pubs, and outdoors in the following: at public transport stops, and within five meters from the entrances of shops and public buildings. Elsewhere smoking is allowed at designated places only. Depending on district regulations, buying alcoholic drinks in shops is not allowed after 10 or 11 p.m. 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. IN RESTAURANTS AND BARS:
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