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Entry Requirements: Hungary is member of the EU since the 1st Mai 2004, the Schengen Agreement (right picture: monument, where the treaty was undersigned in 1985) is valid since 30th april 2008 for travelers to Hungary. EU-citizens may enter without inspection under this treaty. Most of us forget that the customs control were not changed with the Schengen treaty. While immigration controls almost completely disappeared in Hungary, despite of the EU agreement Schengen passengers are controled sharper than ever before, because of terrorist hazard, thats what they say.
   
EU citizens enjoy up to 90 days visa-free stay in Hungary, due to the Schengen Treaty. Just in case, you should have an ID-card with your photo. It could be useful, for example if you are over 65, you may travel free of charge in public transportation system. Parents may register their children in their passports.
   
  
Why to Budapest?  -  for example: VIP-Shopping
  
Pedestrian shopping walkway Váci utca in Budapest The pedestrian shopping area at Vörösmarty square and Váci Street in the Center of Downtown Budapest is well-known since long. Shortly it was expanded with the new shopping mile in Deák Ferenc street. The area was polished up to shine and shortly the Five-Star-Hotel Kempinski estalished here.
   
The Hotel Kempinsky contributed some famous boutiques to establish their business in Deák Ferenc street and so arose the pedestrian area with this new shopping mile in the very heart of Downtown Budapest. Some famous boutiques established newly around Kempinsky are for example Hugo Boss and Mexx. The picture left was taken on a particularly cold day in January 2012. More and more well-known shops open here, so Budapest is a new alternative for those, used to fly to Milan, London or New York.
Currency:  The best place to you change your money is Hungary. The best exchange rate we found on 20/03/2010 in the exchange office on Erzsébet körút 8 in Budapest, just opposite the Boscolo Hotel, once known as "New York Palace", like it became famous.
   

Currency exchange:
 http://www.goldchange.hu
   
Cash
will be best exchanged at the the Downtown-exchange offices in Budapest. At the counter of big banks you get significantly less forint for foreigh currencies, since banks are less flexible to changes on internatinal parquets. Big banks adjust the price once a week, small changers sometimes do this more than once a day.
   
Credit cards are accepted: in many stores and so-called cash machines (ATMs) in front of banks and larger shopping centers - mostly in the entrance area.
   
 Emergency call in Hungary
    
Emergency:  112 - police, ambulance, firemen
     
Special emergency phone calls:
  • 104 ambulance / vehicle
  • 105 firemen
  • 107 police 
  • 188 auto club
  • 1-438-8080 police especially for tourists (foreign language speaking / night & day)
 Healthcare in Hungary
    
   
Physicians Supply:
 The new EU insurance cards are accepted in general for EU-citizen. The best way is to ask your insurance company before the trip.
    
The addresses of some German and English speaking doctors and dentists in the vicinity of our apartments, we share our guests on request with you. We can recommend dentists who practice in Germany and treat their patients in Budapest because of cost reasons. They have no interest to take money from tourists. The training of Hungarian dentists is much more thoroughly than the Germans and the quality of the materials is at least as good, often better than in many western countries. The treatment costs are significantly lower than in Germany.
Your way to Hungarian dentist:
1. Let your dentist to create a treatment plan in your country.
2. Treatment plan be approved by your health insurance company.
3. The cost of treatment in Hungary you must take first, before your fund will be reimbursed in your country.
Examination may cost 20-30 euros. Depending on the distance from your home to the Hungarian dentist, the money you spare on one crown, you may travel twice to Hungary and if your dentist have to do more threatements, you definitely make a good business by making your teeth in Hungary.
   
Your way to ahe Hungarian Optician is also worthy - you find them everywhere in Hungary.
   
Reports from the Hungarian Department of Health (Early 2009) sais: The population of Hungary will be tested for HIV since 1985. The study is accepted by the Hungarian people for granted. Each year up to 4,000 people volunteered, but they were anonymous. By 2009, a total of 1,700 cases were registered. This makes 0.017% of the total population of Hungary. This also includes the number of infected foreigners have been registered in Hungary. About 80% of them are men - a proportion that is roughly the same in Western European countries. Among infected people the proportion of young heterosexual girls is rapidly increasing last time.  
   
Noteworthy is the situation in neighboring state Ukraine:
The proportion of those infected is extremely high in neighboring Ukraine, where the problem is ignoiert by the government. Thus, already more than 500,000 people, infected more than 1% of the 46.2 million Ukrainians. The population is largely unexplained, there is no government control, the proportion of infected people among the prostitutes is more than 90%.

   
Traffic and public transport in Hungary
 
Alcohol limit:  There is a total ban on alcohol with zero tolerance.
    
Passenger car:  Outside of housing estates lights have to be turned on.
 

General Speed ​​Limit:
in village areas 50 kmh, countraside limit is 90 kmh and on motorways 130 kmh.
   
Payments on state highways and other motorways  
You should bye vignettes for driving on these motorways and stick on your windshield. They allow you to different period of time to drive on the state motorways for 1, 4, 10 days or even with monthly or yearly sticker. You can bye the vignettes in the whole country at border crossings and filling stations.
   
Public Transport in Hungary
   
Railways
 - Hungary has a relatively dense rail network. There are three international railway stations in Budapest:
- Deli pu. (South Station) - trains to Lake Balaton,
- Keleti pu. (Eastern) - Here come the trains from western countries and / or continue in the Balkans,
- Nyugati pu. (West Station) - from here the trains mostly in the eastern and northern parts of the country, but also in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine.

   
Bus - With the governement company "Volánbusz" you can reach almost every village in Hungary.
   
EU citizens over the Age of 65 can travel for free  - nationwide in the public transport system. Your permission may be proven by governement workers, even if they are dressed civil. The ride is free in:
  • 2nd Class waggons in Hungarian trains. For trains requiring reservation before space or special tickets must be resolved if there is an office or a ticket automat at the station, where you ascend;
  • In the buses of the company Volánbusz; 
  • Public transportation in Budapest (tram, metro, railway, bus and suburban railway and tram), however tickets must be bought for the funicular (Clark Adam Squareto Buda Castle) and the chair lift (Zugliget to Jánoshegy).
Security and thieves? - you can find anywhere!
    
According to US statistics (June 2010), the airport of Dusseldorf in Germany is the most dangerous place in Europe, a lot less dangerous is Frankfurt / Main and Munich is almost the safest place in Europe.
    
Usually the big cities are the most dangerous targets of thieves. An American study showed the world's most dangerous cities: Barcelona / Spain (Las Ramblas), Rome, Italy (Colosseum), Prague, Czech Republic (Charles Bridge, Metro, restaurants and car theft), Madrid / Spain (flea market El Rastro), Paris, France, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Athens, Greece and Hani / Vietnam. Tourists in China are the safest because of extreme punishment for the robbery of tourists. In Thailand, South America and South Africa there are more and more attacks on tourist buses. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vindhok / Namibia and South Africa, armed attacks on tourists pile up, the hotel room can often be cleared, probably by the hotel staff and the police play with obviously.

- On the list of the world's most dangerous cities is Budapest not even mentioned! -
   
This is the result of a consistent police action for many years to curb the political changes in Hungary during the 1990s in the short term of the sudden opening of the border, the authorities were not prepared. Hungary now is one of the safest countries in Europe.
    
Tips for your holiday safety: You start at home, no matter which country you are visiting. Some investments may prevent many difficulties. Backpacks and bags should be worn on the body and holded with both hands if you are crowded. Under no circumstances are purses and cell phones in his pockets, where they are easy to steal. It is also a good advice not to let strangers to start conversation with - no matter how well dressed and friendly they are!   
The Hungarian mailbox is red and usually located in front of the post offices or closed to their entrance.
Lost goods - there is no office for this in Budapest. The Mayor's Office (Polgármesteri Hivatal) of the district is the right place to announce the loss of anything important. 
Dog:   You have take take the vaccination card with. The restrictions on beaches and in restaurants are noted well, as in other countries too. At Lake Balaton and many lakes dog ban is common.
Public holidays in Hungary: 
  • 1st January New Year
  • 15th March anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848
  • Easter date mobile, Good Friday is working day, Easter Sunday and Monday are everything closed. 
  • 1st Mai is Labour Day
  • Mother's Day is the first Sunday in May, not like in other countries.
  • Whit Monday is 7 weeks after Easter
  • 20th August Boxing Day, National Foundation Day in 1000 AD.
  • 23rd October Day of Republic, in memoriam of the uprising in the year 1956 
  • 1st November  All Saints
  • 25th and 26th December  Christmas
  • 31st December  New Year's Eve
2. Hungarian Cuisine
  
The globalization, commercialization and privatization  wiped out many restaurants in Budapest, offering specialized or only Hungarian food - like in other countries.
   

In the travel brochures, the Gundel Restaurant in the city park is known as the first place in town for many decades - but we have different opinion, because of many years of experience. Family owned since 1894, the restaurant of Charles Gundel junior was expropriated after the war, his heirs were never asked for the return of unlawfully expropriated properties. Gundel was and is a gastronomically oriented family of Nuremberg, the pots and pans from Gundel are still of superior quality. At Gundel they cook soo culinary, that even Hungarian cooks may hardly recognize, if they have a national specialty on their dishes. In todays emphasis on culinary garnish, there are more and more new restaurants in the city center, Gundel could not keep up with them - even if it comes on the culinary.

   
Gipsy music in inns - We do not recommend the restaurants in the Citadel at the top of Gellert Hill and Castle Hill or Mátyáspince (Matt Cellar) at the Elisabeth Bridge, and others in the highly acclaimed commercial oriented tourist brochures - restaurants with Gypsy music. We think, too much foreign exchange rip-off is underway, when the primash (prime violine player of the gypsy band) fiddles as long into your ears, that one's eardrums hurt and looses his appetite dueto stress situation, so if you do not spend timely and enough tips, the primash won´t lef you alone. If todays gypsy musician complain, why their music is not very popular today, the reason for it is their own commercially influenced intrusiveness. Another reason for their loosing popularity is the fact, that the excellent masters of this kind of music are playing the saddest grief-Hungarian love-hit from the 1920s - today only known by the oldest dying out Hungarian generation.   
  
3. Red Cargo & Big Market Hall
 
Vörös Postakocsi (Red Cargo)   http://www.vorospk.com  
   
located at "Ráday utca" Street 15, about 2 Minuten away from "Kálvin tér" Square
 (Metro station of the line 3, crossing the line 4 soon).
 Traditional Hungarian dishes and barbeque.

   
Among the many new dining establishments in this street, we can only recommend this "Voros Postakocsi" - the only restaurant and sidewalk café with an old tradition. Last time, about 150 years ago horse cargo coaches have changed their horses here. Originally a coffee house since 1970, the only restaurant with music in this street was restored in 2002, also converted for disabled people.
  
Big Market Hall
- East of the river Danube at "Szabadsághíd" bridge, just opposit to hot spa Gellert under the Mont Gellert. By coming from the North, you find this market hall at the end of pedestrian walking street "Váci utca", between river Danube and Kálvin Square.
Open: Mondays 6-17h Tue-Fri: 6-18h Saturdays: 6-14
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If Tourist-Joe want to cook Hungarian dishes out of really fresh food than we have to recommend the shop, market halls, of which there are several in Budapest. There are also better market halls, with a greater variety of food, but adjusted especially for tourists is only the Great Market Hall at the Freedom Bridge. You can get around with your German or English here, at least at places, where souvenirs will be chattering.
There is only one restaurant, called "Fakanál" above at upper floor, where the Hungarian cuisineis presented to special tourist prices, for which one could take dinner in classy restaurants and not just here on rare clean camping tables, in a hurry. What you get in this restaurant, you can easily cook at home in your country. The less the country-specific flavors, which are inadjacent stalls on the upper floor will receive:
Big Market Hall in Budapest Downstairs  you may manage your food shopping and on the first elevated floor you can get refreshment and taste Hungarian food, like

Hurka 
(well sausage), Langos (hot oatcake) and more at the snack bars or visit the only restaurant with sitting places, specialized for the fast going tourist and serving Hungarian specialities.

You may about 200 meters to the Big Market Hall from these holiday apartment BP-23-R and BP-12-M is just an other 300 meters away.   
 
 
4. Hungarian chocolate
  
with french roots - probably better than the original
  
Spezialitäten des Hauses At the end of the 19th Century there were in fact the best Budapest hotels, hired countlesschefs and pastry chefs from France, all traditional Hungarian recipes were developed a way, today you can say, the "more is not better". Konditorei-Prunkgebäude Gerbaud
   
Coffee drinking is a noble at Gerbeaud (he was the most famous pastry chef) in the own magnificent Gerbaud building (right pic) at the northern end of the pedestrian shopping street "Váci utca" at the Vörösmarty tér. Opened here in 1858 by Henry Kugler, who then was the most famous pastry chef in the country, Kugler was often copied but never reached, so much about the Budapest Kugler, called after him. Specialties of the house, go there in the original, refined setting of the 19th Century with the best delicacies to pamper original recipe. Ask here for "Dobostorta", the most famous creation of Kugler's successor, Emil Gerbaud, the best cake shop in the K and K century before World War II era. Now Gerbaud is aworld-famous pilgrimage site in the pastry sweet tooth. It is up to you to decide whether the Dobos cake at Gerbeaud in Budapest or Sacher Torte at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna tastes better. On the left picture you can see the three specialties of the house, from left: Dobos cake, Gerbeaud sections andKugler, the most famous creation of founder Henry Kugler. A comparison with the mass-produced Mozart ball would be only insultation to the Kugler, some experts say. The Gerbeaud products will be delivered by planes in over ten countries today.   
 
 
5. Sightseeing tour - commercial or alternative
  
Commercial city tour - in a sight-seeing bus with tour guide
One provides up to 4 hours long sight seeing tour with tour guide in buses from Deák tér Square, where the cities all three subway lines intersect. These buses go between Heroes' Square (left picture) and Castle Hill (next picture), while it is often in the traffic jam, for example, Andrássy út boulevard in the street in front of the Heroes' Square - an annotated with regret, however, like margin allowed revenue source for buses and tour guides.
Alternative City Tour - on your own with the tramway line 2
   
Our recommendation is not only in good weather is a non-commercial tourist attraction of Budapest - a round trip on the eastern bank of the Danube along the riverside, with the tram line 2. A trip in Pest, the eastern part of Budapest. When one begins the journey in the morning, then the mountains in the west are still illuminated by the morning sun. Afternoon, the sights are on the opposite mountain peaks a bit gray. When the sun shines, everything shines even in high summer. - This tour provides a good overview of the main attractions of Budapest and giving you some initial ideas for further explorations of the city.

This tour is suitable for active tourists and lasts, depending on your activity from two hours up to half a day. For this trip, you should bye tram tickets, preferably one day or week pass, or even the Budapest Card, as well as information on the sights of Budapest. This saves your guide, you are independent from a bus group and you watch whatever you are really interested for. Whether you start this tour at the terminal stations or, for example at the Big Market Hall, the Elisabeth or Chain Bridge, it is up to you.
   
First, it is towards the south - from the terminus at the Margaret Bridge:

From the tram you can see the following sites of eastern Budapest :
Parliament - 1-2 stops south of the Margaret Bridge you drive around the 96 m high and 296 m long Parliament building. It is one of the architectural landmarks of Budapest.

   
Chain Bridge - the first bridge over the Danube river between Regensburg in Bavaria and the Black See. The bridge architect Adam Clark came from England and this bridge is a perfect copy of two other bridges in Great Britain. The Hammersmith bridge had the grand opening in 1827. This bridge was rebuilt in 1887 and is probablay one of the most beautiful bridges on earth. The second chain bridge was built over the Themes near London at Marlow and it opened in 1832. The architect was William Clark and his brother Adam Clark was the architect in Budapest. Although all the three bridges have the same construction type, they say only in Budapest Chainbridge, because chaines are holding this bridge. They say suspension bridge in England, because the two bridges are pending on those chaines.

South of the Parliament we have a never ending panorama view, first on the Castle Hill. The sights in the western district of Buda, in order:
  • Fishermen's Bastion,
  • Matthias Church
  • Royal Palace - the building of the castle was started after the Mongol invasion in the early 13th Century. The king received his castle in Baroque style in the period of Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. The palace now houses the Hungarian National Gallery. Including walks, this visit may take you 1-2 hours, if you're already on top of the castle.
  • Gellert Hill - On top of that is the Citadel, which were removed in 1849 built by the Habsburgs against the rebellious Hungary and its military installations after the Compromise of 1867 only became redundant in 1904. In the wall systems is now a culinary operation with disco.
  • Drive to the terminus at the new cultural center with the National Theatre and Music Hall on the eastern bank of the river Danube, if you are interested in modern architecture or a ticket. for an audience.
Then the trip back to North:
Get over from Gellert Hill on the Freedom Bridge. - Up to the era, soviet ruled red power occupied Budapest from 1948, the Liberty Bridge was called Franz Josef bridge. It was a gift from the Emperor to Budapest and for the sake of his wife, Lissa, the one in Germany called falsely and jokingly Sissi. - Closed to the bridge is the Great Market Hall, a brick building built in 1896, one of the tourist attractions of Budapest. The best time to visit is the late morning. Since fruits and vegetables are fresh for the purchase and on the upper floor the only restaurant "Fakanál" (=wooden spoon) is already open. - For the active tourist we suggest you take the food stalls that offer mostly genuine local specialties of Hungarian cuisine.
   
After a meal and refreshment in the market hall, you make your the best ride away to the northern terminus at Margaret Bridge. If someone wants to go to the south again, you can memorize the Parliament and the said landmarks again. Perharps for an other refreshment in the Big Market Hall.   
  
6. purchasing ideas
  
Even though the red era is over, in Budapest you can still get a bargain... 
Pedestrian shopping walkway Deák Ferenc utca in Budapest Many western brand products are cheaper in Hungary - for example medications such as aspirin, brand underwear shooter and triumph or down-bedding Billerbeck. Note the shape of the pillow. They are rectangular in Hngary, sized 70x90 cm, slightly more practical than the German 80x80 cm inlets. Car drivers should take the pillows and the blankets from Hungary, goose down there are abundant and cheaper than in Germany. 
  
A not very long section of the street "Deák Ferenc utca" (left pic) between Vörösmarty tér and Deák tér, where the Hotel Kempinski has been since a few years now, was completely refurbished recently. Here are some brand shops, many German fly to Milan or New York to bye these products a little cheaper than in New York.
  
Products of the china manufacture Herend from Hungary
  
  
Gift classics - Traditional gifts and souvenirs from Budapest are hand painted china from Herend (upper pic), Pécs (Zsolnay company) or Hollókő. Other souvenirs include pottery, embroidery and doll in the costume look.
   
Lace and embroidery - Halas tip is always white and color from Mezőkövesd (right picture). The embroidery of Buzsák are "Veza": blue-red, "rates": blue-black or "boszorkányos": bright colorful. An attraction of Buzsák the women sit in groups as they stitch in fine weather on the road. Spitze - Tischdecke aus Mezőkövesd
   
Paprika -
 rose sharp and noble sweet are the fine countrywide typical brand products basis of the Hungarian kitchen. All other capsicum products how e.g. "Spice Paprika" are mass products and you can get them worldwide in any supermarket.
   
Inlaid vegetables - one should choose after own taste market stalls. Leaven cucumbers (= kovászos Uborka) are a countrywide typical variant of hydrochloric Dill cucumbers which one in supermarkets gets only with borage chemistry, like Spreewald cucumbers are since Reunification.
 
Pick Salami - from Szeged and Herz salami from Budapest were famous once upon a time, when they were produced from donkey and horsemeat for days burnt incense and afterwards many weeks in drafts dried. Nowadays commonly principle prepared from pigmeat and original taste more or less well imitated with spices. The Herz Broders were German original, they produced with their original German recipe until nationalization. - Some years ago Pick from Szeged bought Herz salami factory and produces more imitation than the originally Tyrolean salami with a Hungarian Nuance. Recipe and manufacture procedure were once taught by Austrian soldiers to butcher Pick of Szeged. The special these salamis are: Hungarian spice mixture, smoking after old Tiroler Montain method and long air drying can afford in Germany no company more.
   
About salami - that should be well known: 
Hungarian salami remains 1-2 years long freshly in air but you should never refrigerate them. At cold temperatures shrinks the meat by squeezing the salt out of the salami in few days and the taste is just over. That is the reason, why Hungarian butchery products disappeared from larger supermarkets in western countries. The rules were made by Brussels bigwig party bosses with a whole in their head. Todays salami products from Hungary are made new way - they do not keep very long fresh and because of this, the are only sausages, even if the written word on them is salami. 
Feeding for foie gras Foie gras - an industrial product, that suffered much after it was sold expensive for a long time. You may get them served in many country restaurants much cheaper than bye it in the can in tourist shops.
 
How healthy naturally liver and foie gras are grown and how they differ from each other, you see in the video to the right>>>
  
Barackpálinka
 (= apricot brandy) and Szilvapálinka (= plum brandy) is best bought from roadside or farmers, since they may produce their own products - forget the supermarkets.
   
Hungarian wine 
The wine is a tropical plant that needs to mature a lot of sunshine. She survives just in the southern half of Germany - that is about the Northern part of Hungary. Best known is the outbreak wine of Tokaj, from the so-called cold chamber in the north-east part of the country, where there are south-facing slopes with a sunny exposure - just like North of the Arctic Circle anywhere.
   
Even here can be produced high quality, but it requires a lot of art and a special production method. For the outbreak of the winery, wine by using dry berries in the Christmas season, so they start fermentation again. After decades of experimentation, this method was the time of the French Sun King. The scent of his famous king was persuaded that he now gets to taste liquid gold. Louis XIV was allowed to taste the Tokay outbrake wine and he promptly appointed it to the queen of all wines. Until the privatization through the political revolution of 1989, the Tokaj outbreak wine was still syrupy, honey-sweet as ice wine and produced only under exceptional circumstances as a spectacle with the wood-destroying fungus Botrytis (destroys the human cell walls). Since the new owners of the vineyard, like Axa Insurance from Germany and other investment speculants, the outbreak wine tastes slightly bitter, more and more like Wermuth, and also getting thinner and less sweet. If this is to be the result of traditional manufacturing manner, as it is written on the labels, then the Sun King would have never praised it to be the queen of all wines. Wein aus Ungarn
   
The method of manufacturing the outbreak wine is comparable to the production of sherry wine in Spain, because they also mix the new wine with the older wine. However, there is a significant difference: the Tokaj is made from high quality grapes and never with sugar in the barrels - which is strictly controlled. The Tokay result with about 16% alcohol content is comparable only with the German ice wine. In the production of sherry wine inferior grape varieties are used. So that the alcohol content in wine Sherry still rises to only 12-13% is added to brandy. It is remarkable, that the Sherry wine is made with lots of sugar, but the alcohol is still poorly grown up to 12-13%. This indicates so much lab work, it is clear that the Sherry wine is made behind the scenes in secret. - The question we have left to the sherry lovers: what kind of booze is mixed with high-proof brandy and sugar in sunny Spain, so that the alcohol content in sherry wine isn´t more, than 13% achieved if our common Germany wine often has up to 13% and more alcohol?

By nature, recommended wines from Hungary without a lot of bells and whistles - we know a lot. Highlight the Portuguese, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties popular in the southernmost wine region Villány are from the bench or make wine cellars Polgár. What leads you better, bright red or fine and mild, you should try it yourself. Except Villány we can recommend with conviction, two other also South and sunny vineyards: Szekszárd (southeast of Lake Balaton, mainly red wine) and Hajós (in the south of the Danube, in addition to red and white wine), because the quality is still made from grapes originates.
   
Natural remedies from medicinal herbs - are much cheaper in Hungary than in other western countries.

Propolis products
 are active agents of pollen and honey, and in Hungary very favorable.
  

SHOPPING MILES
  • Váci utca - in the pedestrian area of downtown Budapest, with fine diningestablishments. In many fine boutiques latest international fashion and traditional folkart is offered.
  • Deák Ferenc utca - at metro line intersection in Downtown at five star Kempinski hotel. A new shopping mile with brand articles of famous designers, like Bulgari, Mexx and more.
BOULEVARD ROADS
  • Kossuth Lajos utca is only a short part the arrow-straight path from the Eastern Railway Station to the Elizabeth Bridge over the river Danube.
  • Nagykorut or the Great Ring Road can be found under different names on the map - from the South: "Ferenc korut", "Jozsef korut", "Erzsébet korut", "Terézkorut" and "Szent István korut". The Nagykorut is a semi-circular, about 5 km long boulevard between the bridges Petőfi in the south and Margaret in the north. Really recommended for tourists are only the northern parts of the track from "Blaha Lujza tér" Square to Margaret Bridge (Margit híd). Their names are.
MARKET HALL
There are approx. 20 Market Halls in Budapest. The Big Market Hall (built 1897) at the southern end of Váci utca street, between Kalvin tér and the Danube adjusted particularly well to tourists. Here you can find all concentrated flavors of the country.
   
GROCERY STORES
the big shopping centers Tesco, Auchan, Cora, saving € Others have long opening times, some with 24/7 opening hours and are closed only on a few holidays a year. Supermarkets are larger than german supermarkets. Tourists can waste here their time really, while smaller shops may provide all travel needs at similar prices. "Csemege" and "CBA" are the survivors after the political turnover. The German REWE group is active in Hungary with many branches Penny and also Edeka with Plus on many places. Lidl is growing and spreading all over the country, recently appeared Aldi too. Small mini shops in the city center are usually specializes in food and daily necessities, and often have 24/7 non-stop openings.
   
MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS
from all genres get their goal in the Petőfi Sándor utca street, opposite "Szervita tér" Square in Downtown at "Rózsavölgyi", also called Rosenthaler. Here one can buy CDs and vinyl records from all over the world and even you may order anyone and let it send to all over the world - still at an affordable price.
   
ANTIQUES
the times for big bargains are long gone - and if your eye catches something, then you ought to think about the export permit and the custom regularies must be considered - preferably upon arrival in the country. 
    
    
7. Warning of rip-off merchants  
    
It sounds like rip-off
Look around everywhere, where the most tourists go around, confidence trickser are always there.
   
The big bird was shot by this store on the right picture >>>
   
In contrast, the score in the five-star hotels are usually well protected, better than the normal tourist anywhere, so in Budapest too. One of the most popular Hungarian souvenir is the famous bitters by Zwack at the picture on the left. As a Budapest expert, we wanted to find out, the best place to bye it - so we started to search Budapest for Unicum.
   
...in the pedestrian zone of Váci utca, house no. 48. The price for one liter bottle here is 7.850, - HUF (about 27,50 €). The southern stretch of Vaci utca, between the Market Hall and Elizabeth Bridge was built lately, this is not a really part of the traditional pedestrian shopping street. The shops here are largely run by new speculators and is well known because of their arrogant art of lure tourists into a trap. These part of the pedestrian walkway, south of Elisabeth bridge you´d better avoid.
   
In second place among the con men landed the Great Market Hall Budapest with 6.800, - (approx. € 23.80) for a liter bottle. The unit price is obviously here, where the price for paprika and goose liver much mischief, that is how tourist rip-off operates. In some country restaurants you can get foi gras cheaper on your dish, than at the Market Hall in cans. 
The price of 1 liter Unicum in Budapest varies from normal to outrageous, to our knowledge of 13 - to 27,50 € for the same size, 1 liter bottle. Here are some more price examples for a liter bottle:
- Beauty: 4800, - HUF (€ 16.85). Beauty is a delicatess grocery store, just opposit to the Hungarian National Museum, Adresse: Museum korut 37
- Lehel tér Market Hall: 3900, - HUF (13.70 €) in several stores, but in the basement area at a Chinese stand, we found the best price in whole Budapest: 3.700, - HUF (about 13, - €).

All prices subject to changes, Release 08 09. 2010
     
    
8. The most important visiting worth places in Budapest 
    
- Great Market Hall
- Parliament    
- St. Stephens Basilica    
- Váci utca Street    
- Chain Bridge    
- Matthews Church    
- Fishermens Bastillon    
- Royal Palast    
    
9. Museums and monuments  
    
Hungarian National Museum http://www.hnm.hu
Hungarian National Gallery  http://www.mng.hu
Museum of Fine Arts  http://www.szepmuveszeti.hu
Art Gallery  http://www.mucsarnok.hu
Agricultural Museum  http://www.mezogazdasagimuzeum.hu
Aquincum Museum  http://www.aquincum.hu
Commercial Art Museum http://www.imm.hu
Museum of Folk Art http://www.neprajz.hu
House of Terrors  http://www.terrorhaza.hu
St. Stephen Basilica http://www.basilica.hu
All museums of Budapest  http://www.museum.hu
    
10. Concert and event places 
    
Hungarian State Opera http://www.opera.hu
Music Academy http://www.zeneakademia.hu
Palace of Arts http://www.mupa.hu
Millennium Center, Palace of Wonders http://www.millenaris.hu
Budapest Zoo http://www.zoobudapest.com
Budapest Amusement Park http://www.vidampark.hu
Memento Parc Budapest  http://www.mementopark.hu
    
11. Public transportation in Budapest 
   
Map of the suburban and underground railway lines of Budapest - The abbreviation of the green HÉV lines means suburban railway and the underground railway in Budapest is called Metro, like in New York. The cars of each train lines are painted in the same color as the lines on the map. The existing three Metro lines are called yellow (No. 1), red (No. 2) and blue (No. 3) lines. There are different suburban train lines, but the all are green painted, like on the following map.
   
 
 
   
The metro lines of Budapest:


The yellow line 1 connects Vorsmarty Square in Downtown pedestrian area with Heroes Place and furthermore the City Parc.

The red line 2 connets Eastern Railway Station with Southern Railway Station. - At East Railway Station the trains arrive from Western countries and also from Serbia and Romania. Trains from Southern Railway Station go to Lake Balaton and surrounding area.

The blue line 3 connects South and North in Pest, on the eastern part Airportof Budapest. The last station in the South is where airport busses arrive with tourists, who want to go into the City.

The construction of a fourth line is well advanced and will soon pass. Line 4 will connect the Eastern Railwas Station with the "Kelenfoldi" Railway Station - and will probably make Easter Railway Station redundant - once upon the time.

   
Ticket prices in 2015  - for the use of public transport in Budapest. 
   
Tickets are available at the box office at the entrance of almost all subway stations,

EU citizens over 65 years are free - identity card or passport is required to check birthday.
  • Single ticket for 350 Forint (~ 1.20 €) 
  • Single ticket purchased on the bus 450 Forint (~ 1.50 €)
  • Change ticket for 530 Forint (~ 1.80 €) 
  • Day ticket for 1.650 Forint (~ 5.50 €) 
  • 10 per ticket block for 3.000 Forint (~ EUR 10 €) 
  • 3 day ticket for 4.150 Forint (~ 13.80) - no photo required 
  • Weekly Ticket for 7 calendar days for 4.950 Forint (~ 16,50 €) - no photo required 
  • 2-week ticket for 7.000 Forint (~ 23.30 €) - a photo is necessary to 
  • Monthly ticket for 10.500 Forint (~ 35 €) - a photo is necessary.
     Euro prices are approximate, we calculated with 300 Forints for 1 € and rounded.
     
The current exchange rate >>> 1 Euro = ? Forint
     

     These prices are valid in May 2015 - until next changes.
   
    
12. From the airport to our apartments in the City 
    
How to go from the airport to our apartments in Budapest

Our transfer service
  • Our airport transfer for small groups of up to 3 people per car for 24, - € fixed price for our guests. This is a good price for groups of 2 or 3 people. Please arrange the meeting with our personal by e-mail. They await you at the airport and drive you to the apartment, where you get the apartment key.
  • Our high capacity van drives for 24, - € for the first 3 persons and € 9 each additional, up to 9 people in Budapest from the airport to the apartment. Please arrange the meeting with our personal by e-mail. They await you at the airport and drive you to the apartment, where you get the apartment key.
Other companies
  • Taxi from the airport for 4 persons may cost at least 20 to 25 € upon traffic flow to the nearest apartment. - You should have enough forint with, because taxi drivers can calculate as quick as you will never follow, faster than a computer and they never make a mistake of their own. Try to arrange a fixed price to your destination before drive.
  • Airport Minibus / Large-shuttle - travels up to 10 people for about 12 € per person to the desired addresses everywhere in Budapest. But at first there is an unknown long waiting period until the bus is full, then is driven to the individual addresses, the last guest has bad luck and goes with to all addresses - and that takes ....
Public Transportation

From the baggage collection you roll your bags about 100 feet to the terminus of the airport bus line 200E. Here you must have tickets, you may bye it at a ticket automat - but only for Forint and the airport change office is a bit too expensive.
   
15 minutes drive with the airport bus to the underground station "Köbánya". 


Here you can buy all the tickets for the public transport system of Budapest, but only for forints.
    
After switched over to metro line 3 at "Kőbánya Kispest", you are going to town center. This metro line starts in the morning at 4:30 and 23:10 last. Driving time from the Metro terminus to the central metro station at "Deák tér" Square is 16 minutes.  
   
Opening hours of the ticket counter at the metro station "Kőbánya Kispest":
Monday to Saturdays 6:00 to 20:00 O´Clock.
   
Flying back from Budapest
for example you take the metro line 3 at central station "Deák tér" Square between 4:45 AM and 23:25 PM and go to the station "Kőbánya Kispest". Driving time is 16 minutes during the day and is different because of different lengths of waiting times at subway stops.

Now comes the waiting time between metro and airport bus - this can take up to 15 minutes.
In "Kőbánya Kispest" you step into the airport bus (No. 200E) and your bus stops some times, but waits a bit at Terminal 1. Driving time to Terminal 2 is approx. 30 minutes.   
 
   
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