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A perfect weekend in Budapest!

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Sometimes you really feel like taking a break from the daily routines, but you might not have a lot of spare holidays and money to spend. Don’t despair; there are always possibilities of exciting experiences within restricted time and financial limits.


Budapest with Donau seen from the Castle Hill
Budapest with Donau seen from the Castle Hill
Last week I got a tip from one of my colleagues that Budapest is the right place to go for an extended weekend trip. So after a short surf on internet I had booked both very cheap air tickets and accommodation at a reasonable price.

I have to say that my colleague’s advice was a good one. Budapest is really a nice and interesting place. We had 3 days packed with culture, good food and spa.

I also tried to get opera tickets on internet, but unfortunately they were fully booked. However the first thing we did after having checked in at the hotel and bought a three days Metro ticket was to go to the opera house and ask if they had any uncollected tickets. We got very good tickets to Wagner’s Tannhaüser the same night. The next day we had a nice time walking around the city in sunny weather, and visiting one of Budapest’s famous spa baths. The third and last day we did some more sightseeing and visited another bath. A perfect autumn weekend!

Favourite spots:
Fisherman's bastion
Fisherman's bastion
Castle hill on the Buda side of Donau is on the UNESCO's world heritage list and the perfect place to get an overwiew over the city. Here you will also find a lot of interesting arcitecture and museums, including the National Gallery and the famous Matthias Church and the Fishermans's bastion.

The Andrassy avenue where you will find the national opera and lots of shops and good restaurants is also on the UNESCO world heritage list.

What's really great:
Gellert Bath
Gellert Bath
I really liked that it was so easy to find your way in the city. The Metro system was very efficient. I also apreciated that we felt very safe and the people seemed very friendly.

And of course it's great to visit the baths, with both thermal baths and indoor and outdoor swimming pool. It's really nice to swim outdoors in temperated pools even in winter time. We went to the Gellert Bath (only indoors in winter time) and Szechnyi bath with big outdoor pools which are open all year.

Accommodations:
Hotel City Inn
Hotel City Inn
We stayed at hotel City Inn, only 5 minutes from the City Centre by Metro. The hotel was nice and so was the staff. Even if the neighbourhood seemed a little dubious, I would not hesitate to recommend the hotel (For contact details, se my travel tips)

Restaurants:
Cafe Gerbeaud
Cafe Gerbeaud
Wall Street restaurant at Andrassy Avenue was really nice with good food. Live Jazz every Wednesday and Friday.

The Cactus Juice at Jokai Ter, off Andrassy Avenue could also be recommended. Huge meals at a reasonable price!

The hungarian wine is much better than I remembered from my younger days (at least if you buy one of the best Egri Bikaver wines).

A visit to the famous (and hence crowded) Cafe Gerbaud is a must. Delicious confectionery!

Published on Friday November 11th, 2005


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Mon, Aug 06 2007 - 05:25 AM rating by adampl

Thanks for the report. I will use your tips when in Budapest in September.

Mon, Jun 05 2006 - 10:03 AM rating by marianne

Trond,
Well-written report and good practical information. I also like your photos. They give some idea of what the city is like.

Thu, Jan 19 2006 - 05:32 AM rating by ardelia

very very interesting. Would like to visit Budapest one fien day..Thanks for sharing your lovely report..

Ardelia

Tue, Nov 15 2005 - 10:48 AM rating by gloriajames

hiya Trond
thanks for a nice report!
gj

Sun, Nov 13 2005 - 04:37 PM rating by szidonia

Budapest has so many to offer, if you have the occasion, visit it again... Szidonia

Sun, Nov 13 2005 - 04:29 PM rating by doltra

Very nice, personal report.

Sun, Nov 13 2005 - 08:35 AM rating by deriek-2

your report is useful and real.

Sat, Nov 12 2005 - 07:28 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Good report!

Sat, Nov 12 2005 - 01:42 PM rating by miguelmarchi

Good info. Thanks

Sat, Nov 12 2005 - 11:36 AM rating by davidx

You confirm my wish to see Budapest; very good report.

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