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James Long in Renton, WA USA 10/19/2013
Fountain and Ronald Reagan statue at "Liberty Square."
Les Leinaweaver in Alexandria, VA USA 06/30/2013
Tabani Gosser Restaurant - We came across this local gem while walking near the castle in Budapest. Our three lunches were outstanding hungarian dishes (sauerkraut soup, goulash and bone marrow in addition to a great onion soup served in a rye bread bowl. The service was excellent. The price was moderate. There is a large marble plaque, presented by the government, commemorating local citizens who met in this restaurant planning the revolution against communism. Contact information: www.tabanigosseretterem.hu email@example.com
Ken Fabrizio in Snohomish, WA USA 06/26/2013
Would certainly echo the suggestion to steer clear of Vaci utca in the downtown area for dining, and would encourage folks to go either north on Tram 2 to Jaszai Mari ter (Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo and Kiskakkuk Etterem) or Metro line 1 to Bajcsy-Zselinszky and jog over to Paulay Ede utca (VakVarju Etterem). All were amazing meals at good to really good prices.
Bret Hern in Budapest, Hungary 11/20/2012
We discovered that the "cabins" at the Szechenyi Baths are NOT big enough for two people. Please let readers know this. Also, finding your way around the baths is almost impossible without some local guidance. The baths are not very warm--lukewarm bath water would be our description.
Veronica Sullivan in Jacksonville, AL USA 11/03/2012
During St. Istvan's day, 20 Aug, the Aquinium Museum offered free admission. If you are trying to watch the fireworks from the Buda side of the Danube, be aware that tour boats will pull up alongside the river bank as dusk nears. You will still be able to see the fireworks, but it may interfere with your chance to photograph fireworks over the Parliament. The roads on both sides of the River are shut down during the festivities, and vendors are all along the bank. I would recommend getting some Langos and Froccs and showing up early so you can grab a seat on the wall. I was just upstream of the chain bridge, and the fireworks barge was just in front the Parliament; it made for some great photos.
If you are visiting Obuda, continue down the road past the Imre Varga museum to see some public workout equipment in front of the park. While it's not exactly a draw itself, I found it neat to think about the fact that Europeans have workout equipment freely available in a public park; I've never seen something like this back home in the US.
From Ferenciek Tere, cross Vaci Utca and continue towards the river. There is a square just upstream of the Elizabeth Bridge where some of the ancient city walls have been been preserved underfoot. An English description is carved into the angled box on the north side of the square.
There is a Gyro stand in the WestEnd mall food court whose Gryos remind me very much of a home-made burrito; with heaps of sour cream and taco sauce. I paid 690 Ft for just the sandwich (szendvics), which was plenty filling. Most shops in the WestEnd will have someone who speaks English.
Cheap Froccs (Wine Spritzer): Buy a bottle of Edes (Sweet) Balaton White Wine (or red if you prefer) and a bottle of carbonated water. Mix 2 parts wine and 1 part water. Very Delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day. Cheap wine will put you back about 500 Ft, and 1.5-2 Liters of water should be between 70 and 200 Ft, keeping your grand total under 1000 Ft, or ~$5.
James W. in Clyde, OH USA 08/20/2012
The Great Market Hall is a must-see. There was an information booth as we entered and a young man spoke great English and even knew of my home state of Minnesota, besides being very helpful
james Nygard in Buffalo, MN USA 08/18/2012
We just returned from a two week vacation, which took us to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Prior to our arrival in Budapest, we had arranged for a private tour with Peter Polczman on our first day in town and we couldn't have made a better choice! Walking through the city with Peter, is like hanging out with someone you've known for a long time. His friendly, easy going demeanor immediately puts you at ease, yet he is constantly providing you with all the information you need to get the most out of your trip. His highly interactive style not only provided us with the historical information and perspective that we were seeking, but he also gave us useful information on things to do on our own, going so far as to 'mark-up' a map with recommended sites, restaurants, Ruin Pubs and transportation routes. I would highly recommend that anyone planning a trip to Budapest kick off their visit by spending a few hours with Peter! (http://budapestyourself.com/index.htm)
Mike in Wildomar, CA USA 01/07/2012
We bought two 7-day Legenda City Passes, and mentioning Rick Steves saved us $7.50, I think. We then saved about $20 using our Legenda Passes at the House of Terror, Hospital in the Rock, Memento Park, and bike rental on Margaret Island. Having the transportation pass is *the* way to go--no hassles buying tickets, and you can jump on and off public transportation easily.
Madeleine in Redlands, CA USA 11/27/2011
took the Orangeway bus between Budapest and Prague and it was great, express service with a bus attendant serving coffee etc, there was even an "in-bus" movie in English. Great service, right on time and another chance to immerse in the culture
Wendy in Chatham, Ma USA 10/15/2011
Check your change! The money is confusing because it is in such huge denominations, and I definitely got ripped off at least once. Also, we stayed in the Budapest budget hostel. It's a bit away from old town but was really inexpensive, clean and the staff was the best we've encountered on our tour thus far.
Emily fink in West Chester, pa USA 07/18/2011
Allow plenty of time for the House of Terror. It will grab & hold you there.....
Larry Iversen in Bremerton, WA USA 07/07/2011
1) We found the Danube Guest House on the RS' web site by his reader's last year, and we loved it too (@ 59 Euros or @ 15,939 FT [less 5% for multiple nights & 5% more for cash], Tel/Fax: 36 1 788 2891, M: 36 20 419 3986; 1074 Budapest, Dohany u, 16-18 Fel em. 1a; firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) Romeo & Juliet Ballet at the Opera House was great!
Larry Iversen in Bremerton, WA USA 07/02/2011
Thanks for the cafe recommendation - Gerloczy - part of your Budapest city walk... As I entered the owner saw your book in my hand and said I was the second person in two weeks to come because of you. He was so thankful! Lovely lunch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbfiorillo/5680691338/in/photostream
Barbara Fiorillo in New York City, NY USA 05/03/2011