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City Guide : Budapest

The Republic of Hungary is a landlocked country at the center of Europe. Hungary is composed of 19 counties and the capital city, Budapest. The country was divided into 7 regions in 1999 by Law. Budapest as the 9th most populous city in the European Union is the capital and the fundamental political, commercial, industrial and cultural center of Hungary. Rising on both low and hilly areas, Budapest is located on both sides of the River Danube. Danube passes through the center of Budapest and flows into the lowlands of the city while getting ahead of the hilly (Castle Hill, Gellert Hill) fields. The reasons for the city to be settled here in the history are to be protected from invasions (natural protection via hilly areas) and to derive benefit from the abundant water of Danube.

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    While having a longer history tracing back to the Roman town of Aquincum, 89 A.D., Budapest came into being by the unification of Buda, Pest and Obuda in 1873. Budapest is the town of baths and caves. Named as both the Paris of Central Europe and the Queen of the Danube, the city is one of the most alluring capitals in Europe with its panoramic sights, the Danube cruise, green parks, beautiful bridges, magnificent islands, sparkling architectures, thermal baths, caves, museums and substantial culture.

    The best green and beautiful place of Budapest is Margitsziget Island (Margaret Island) located in the middle of Danube River. Spanning between Margaret Bridge and Arpad Bridge, the island has 100 hectares of parkland, the largest open-air swimming complex, English/French/Japanese gardens, Aqua Park, sports facilities, Thermal Hotel Margitsziget and Grand Hotel Margitsziget. Csepel-sziget (Csepel Island) as the largest island of Danube, Hajogyari-sziget and Luppa-sziget are among the other magnificent islands of the city.

    Danube embankments, the Castle district and Adrassy ut are the city's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Castle District is one of the best sights of the city with its three churches, six museums, charming buildings, streets and squares. From the Fishermen's Bastion, you will witness a brilliant photographic view of the city. The houses, bridges, the Parliament, Greshem Palace, Basilica around Danube reflect the historic and panoramic structure of the city. Andrassy Avenue (Andrassy ut) is the most reflective road of Budapest. Andrassy Avenue is pretty attractive via its Eclectic Neo-Renaissance palace, squares and museums.

    Budapest is named as 'the City of Spas'. Budapest boasts with its natural springs rowing out of thermal waters. The 16th century Turkish baths and the thermal spas are the major treasury of the city. Gellert Bath, Kiraly Bath, Csaszar Bath, Rac Bath, Kukacs Bath, Szechenyi Bath and Ruda Bath are the fundamental benefactions of thermal waters in the city. Geller Baths at Buda located below the Gellert Hill (XI. Kelenhegyi ut) is the most favorite bathhouse of the city. It is exactly one of the most fundamental locations for visitors.

    In addition to its thermal baths, Budapest is famous for its caves. The number of known caves in the city is about 200. These caves have unique compositions and were constituted by thermal waters. Varbarleng (Castle Cave, I. Uri utca), Sziklakapolna (Chapel in the Rock, II. Szent Gellert ter), Palvolgy Cave (II. Szepvolgyi ut) and Szemlohegy Cave (II. Pustaszeri ut) are the most splendid and ample caves which you should pay a visit to.

    Innumerable museums are existed in the city. Terror Haza at Pest, Military History Museum at Buda, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art located opposite the National Theater and Budapest History Museum at I. Szent Gyorgy ter 2 are few examples.
  • Culture & Entertainment

    Budapest has a diverse and sophisticated culture. Theaters, opera houses, exhibition halls, libraries, art galleries, festivals, special events, performing arts of folk music and dance shows are all the fundamental components of the fabric of the city culture.

    Budapest is the city of festivals. A plenty of special organizations are annually held in the city. Budapest Spring Festival (annual, March – April) and Budapest Autumn Festival (annual, October) are the fundamental and the largest international cultural events in the city. Orchestral and chamber concerts, jazz, contemporary dance, theater, film, music and art organizations are held during these festivals at a great range of the venues of the city. Bridge Festival-Danube Water Carnival (annual, June), Festival of Folk Arts (annual, August), Jewish Summer Festival (annual, August – September) and Lights of Christmas Music Festival (various dates, December) are among the other cultural organizations in the city.

    Hungarian State Opera House designed in 1884 is one of the most spectacular and beautiful buildings in the city. It is an architectural miracle. If you can not join the grand concerts, ballet and opera performances the guided tours are available for you to enjoy a short musical and dance performance. This is one of the best opera houses in Europe.

    The city has a plenty of theaters which are the centers for various performing arts. National Theater, Erkel Theater, Budapest Operetta Theater, Madach Theater, Trafo House of Contemporary Arts and many more are the major spots of theatrical and cultural events in the city. Among these, Erkel Theater is the second venue of the Hungarian State Opera House. There are many libraries available in the city, too.

    From sports facilities to bars, clubs and pubs, you can find all entertainment alternatives in the city. Go charting, skateboarding, roller-skating, squash, bowling, riding, tennis and more are sports activities that you can experience in the city. Sas Hill at Tajek u, Buda Hill at the north of the city, Nepliget (People's Park) at the south east of the city, City Park at Pest, Gellert Hill and Margaret Island offer a plenty of benefactions from the nature for recreation and relaxation.

    Both Franz Liszt Square and Raday utca are the ideal places for entertainment considering the bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs located there.
  • Food & Drink

    The sophisticated identity of the city shows itself the most in its culinary culture. While you can find all the favours of Hungarian cuisine at all the restaurants of the city, the fantastic palates of international cuisine are also served at the majority of the restaurants in Budapest. The Hungarian cuisine is not composed of merely goulash and spiced paprika dishes. The city delicacies are supplied with onions, sour cream, eggs, butter and wine. Although meat and fish is more prevalent in the city, vegetarians are also lucky for being in the city. Main fish and meat dishes are Halaszle (fish soup), Almaval toltott facan (pheasant stuffed with apples), Sult libamajszelet (pan-fried goose liver), Fogasszelet bakonyi modra (fillet of pike-perch Bakony), Szarvastokany erdei gombaval (venison stew with mushrooms) and more. Most of the conventional restaurants offer fried mushrooms (rantott gomba), Trappist cheese in breadcrumbs (Trappista sajt) and egg dishes.

    American, Bavarian, Belgian, British, French, Chinese, Dutch, Greek and more foreign cuisines are at your service for your taste.

    Desserts of the city are unforgettable. The main desserts served at the city restaurants and bakeries are strudels, Gundel pancakes, somloi dumplings and gesztenyepure (cooked chestnuts mashed with whipped cream).

    The city wine is also popular and luscious. Tokaj wine is termed as the King of Wines in the city.

    The Buda side, Downtown, City Park and Budafok are among the best places of top-quality delicacies.
  • Shopping

    Budapest has a reputation of being the paradise of shoppers for antiques, art works, books, fashion, food and drink, gifts and souvenirs. Shopping malls, department stores, markets, health and beauty stores are all from the shopping world of the city. The West End City Center located between Nugati ter and Lehel ter in Pest is the biggest shopping place in the city. The city is famous for its open-air market halls. You should absolutely visit one of these halls and the Escari Flea Market. The Falk Miksa Utc (a Pest street) is one of the centers for antique shops.

    The major six market halls are Central Market Hall, Rakoczi ter Market, Hold utca Market, Hunyadi ter Market, Klauzal ter Market, Batthyany ter Market.

    You can find antiques, 2nd handbooks at the Esceri Flea Market at Nagykorosi ut 156 and Budapest Flea Market outside the Petofi Hall. Pinter, Nagyhazi Gallery and Muzeum Korut are the other main places of book and antique stores.

    Tokaj wine, Unicom (bitters), red paprika, Herend porcelain and Symphonic Poems of Frantz Liszt (records) are some of the souvenirs that you can buy before living the city.

    In addition, there are innumerable malls and department stores in the city offering all kinds of international and local goods. Mammut, Duna Plaza and Arkad are just three examples to mention among these unlimited shopping centers.
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Little Boutique Of The Balkans

Here are a few clues that will help you to benefit most profitably from this wee city.
The large stores accept credit cards. But have cash on hand for the others.
Tax rebates are available on purchases over 50,000 forints (200 euros).
If you want to see the sights, arrange a taxi. It’s fast and economical, and you can get the phone numbers on the internet.
For good books, try the art and book cafes.
Knowing a few words of Hungarian may help you.
Yes - igen - ϊgεn
No - nem - nεm
Thank you - köszönöm -køsønøm

Be sure to buy

Hand embroidery
Pillow covers
Hungarian dolls
Fine china

Ticket Sales Offices : Budapest

Sales Office
Address 1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János utca 4. HUNGARY
Phone (+36) 1 269 69 69
Fax (+36) 1 266 42 83
Telex BUDTZTK
E-Mail turkishbudsales@thy.com
Work Hours

Weekdays 08:30 - 17:30

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

THY Airport Office - Budapest
Address Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport/ Budapest Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér
Phone 36-1-296 80 79
Fax 36-1-296 80 59
Telex BUDKZTK
E-Mail budops@thy.com
Work Hours

Everyday 08:30-12:00 - 18:00-21:00

Cargo c/o Kales Airlines Services Kft.
Address H-1185 BUDAPEST HUNGARY ZEMPLEN UTCA 2-4.
Phone (00361) 291 82 32
Fax (00361) 290 30 23 – 290 18 74
Telex BUDPKXH
E-Mail info.bud@kales.com
Work Hours

Weekdays 08.00 - 17.00

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

  • Budapest : Airport Information

    Budapest Ferenc Liszt Intl. Airport

    Address : Budapest Airport, 1675, Budapest C, P.O. Box 53, Hungary
    Phone : +36 1 296 9696
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Area : 525 km²
Population : 1.750.000
Monetary Unit : Forint
Phone Code : + 36 1
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