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Budapest
SMART TOURISM GUIDE

Contents
General Information

page 06

Transport

page 12

Map

page 29

Where to sleep

page 31

Where to eat

page 34

Entertainment

page 41

10 Place to go

page 51

Walking tour 1

page 67

Walking tour 2

page 87

An idea outside the city

page 93

General
information

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Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary.
Budapest is situated in the middle of Hungary.
Budapest is divided into 2 parts by the river Danube.
These 2 parts are called Buda and Pest.
Buda is on the Western side and Pest is on the
Eastern side.

Budapest

Buda and Pest were united to form Budapest in 1873.


There are almost 2 million people living in Budapest.
There are 23 districts in Budapest.
The downtown districts are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
and 6.
In Hungary, people speak Hungarian.
The currency used in Hungary is Forints.
The general emergency number in Hungary is 112.
Ambulance: 104.
Fire: 105.
Police: 107.

Plugs in Hungary
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Hungarian mini-dictionary
English:

> Hungarian:

Good morning!

> J reggelt kvnok!

(Use this early in the morning)


Have a nice day!

> J napot kvnok!

(Use this all day long until dinner-time)

Budapest

Good evening!

> J estt kvnok!

Good bye!

> Viszontltsra!

Hi!

> Szia!

What is your name?

> Hogy hvnak?

I am

> n vagyok.

What is your profession? > Mi a foglalkozsod?

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Street

> Utca

Square

> Tr

District

> Kerlet

Tram

> Villamos

Train

> Vonat

Metro

> Fldalatti

Trolley-bus

> Trolibusz

Funicular

> Sikl

Chairlift

> Libeg

Breakfast

> Reggeli

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Lunch

> Ebd

Dinner

> Vacsora

Restaurant

> tterem

Caf

> Kvz

Sweet - Shop

> Cukrszda

Bath

> Frd

Cinema

> Mozi

Theater

> Sznhz

Transport

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Public Transportation in Budapest


Before you start to use public transportation in
Budapest, buy ticket!
For more information visit one of the main offices
of BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport).
At the offices you can buy tickets or passes.
About the passes you can read below.
Here also you can get maps, you might will need.

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The offices you can find:


At the airport.
At Rumbach Sebestyn Street 19-21.
This is close to Dek Fernc tr.
Business hours:

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Monday, Tuesday

9.00 17.00

Wednesday

9.00 19.00

Thursday

9.00 17.00

Friday

9.00 15.00

Saturday-Sunday

closed

On the line of the metro line number 4, at


Keleti plyaudvar (East Railwaystation) and at
Kelenfldi plyaudvar.
Business hours:

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Monday, Tuesday

5:30-22:00

Wednesday

5:30-22:00

Thursday

5:30-22:00

Friday

5:30-22:00

Saturday-Sunday

5:30-22:00

These are different means of public transportation


Tram.

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Underground.

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Bus.

Trolley bus (electric bus).

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HV (suburban railway).

Chairlift.

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Childrens railway.

Boat.

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Rack railway.

Funicular.

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The most popular means of


transportation in Budapest
By tram
Trams number 4 and 6 go along the Nagykrt (the
grand boulevard).
They share a common terminal: Szll Klmn tr.
The terminal of tram number 4 is jbuda Kzpont.
The terminal of tram number 6 is Mricz Zsigmond
krtr.
The routes of these trams are almost identical.
Tram number 2 passes between Jszai Mari tr and
Kzvghd.
It passes along the riverbank in Pest.
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If you get on the tram at Jszai Mari tr, you will


pass the Parliament building.
This will be followed by Lnchd (Chain Bridge),
the Gresham Palota (Gresham Palace), the Budai
vr, (Buda Castle) and the Vigad. These will be
followed by the Erzsbet hd (Elizabeth Bridge),
the Gellrt hegy (Gellrt Hill), the Szabadsg hd
(Freedom Bridge), the Nemzeti Sznhz (National
Theatre) and finally the Milleniumi Vroskzpont
(Millennium City Centre).
The view from this tram is beautiful, making it a
worthwhile ride.

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By bus
Bus number 16 travels between Dek Ferenc tr
and Szll Klmn tr.
It passes through the Buda Castle District.
It will take you to Dsz tr, the Matthias Church and
the Fishermens Bastion.

By underground
Budapest has four underground lines.
The number 1 line is also referred to as Fldalatti".
It passes from Mexiki t to Vrsmarty tr.
Its sign is a yellow capital letter M.

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The number 2 line is also called the red line.


It travels from rs vezr tere to Dli Plyaudvar.
Its sign is a red capital letter M.
The number 3 line is sometimes called the blue line.
It travels from Kbnya-Kispest to jpest-Kzpont.
Its sign is a blue capital letter M.
These three lines meet in Dek Ferenc tr.
In Dek Ferenc tr you can change lines.
The number 4 line is the green line.
This line passes between Kelenfldi Plyaudvar
(Kelenfldi railway station) and Keleti Plyaudvar
(Keleti railway station).
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Buying a ticket
You need a ticket or a pass to be able to use public
transportation.
It is important that you validate your ticket as soon
as you get on board a vehicle.
There are two different ways to validate your ticket.
You can validate your tickets manually on buses
and streetcars. These machines are red.
Be sure to insert your ticket into the top slot and
pull the lever towards you.
Other ticket machines are orange.
The orange ticket machines are electric.
Insert your ticket into the slot and wait for the beep.

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The sound of the beep means your ticket has been


validated.
If you have a pass, you do not need to validate it.
You can buy a ticket or a pass in the ticket offices.
There are ticket offices at most of the stations, as
well as at the terminals.
Tickets are sold at newsstands as well.
There are special offers for tourists.
We recommend that you make use of these offers.
Tourists can choose from a number of passes.
The 24-hour ticket is valid for 24 hours, that is, for
an entire day.
The 72-hour ticket is valid for 72 hours, which is
three days.
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The Budapest Card is also available.


With this card you can get discounts in museums
and other tourist attractions.
If you use this card, transportation will be free.
For further information visit this website:
http://budapest-card.com/en/
Information
For more information visit
www.bkk.hu/en/main-page/news.
On www.bkk.hu/en/main-page/news/ you can find a
route planner which is a useful tool to help you plan
your travels around the city.

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Map

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Szentendre
Bksmegyer

Megyer, Szondi utca


Kposztsmegyer, Aquaworld
jpest,
rpd t

Rmaifrd

14 Kposztsmegyer, Megyeri t

30A
230

30

Kposztsmegyer, Mogyordi-patak

jpest-Kzpont

jpest-Vroskapu

Aquincum

105

69
3

7
7
5

Haller utca

Mester utca /
Haller utca

37A

Srgyr

Izraelita temet 28
j kztemet 28A 37

Npliget

Npliget

1A 103
1
10
3

Kzvghd
2

37 37A

1A

Nagyvrad tr

62A

Kbnya als
vastlloms

Kbnyai t /
Knyves Klmn krt.

Ferencvros
24

3
62 2
8
62 28
A A

48
7

19

49

Etele t /
Fehrvri t

24

Ecseri t

Ferencvros
vastlloms
51A

Pttys utca

Bethy utca

103

Hatr t

18 48 Savoya Park
41 Kamaraerdei Ifjsgi Park
47 Vroshz tr

Nagysndor
Jzsef utca

Kbnya-Kispest
0E
20

Klinikk

62

Szent
Gellrt
tr

Kopaszi-gt
Kelenfldi (Rkczi hd)
Erm

Hidegkuti Nndor
Stadion

A
28

Mester utca /

3
62
62A

Albertfalva vastlloms

Jzsefvros

Corvin-negyed
51 51A

Borros Ferenc krt


tr

Orczy tr

Biks
park

1
1A

51

Kelenfld
vastlloms

Harminckettesek
tere

A
37

49 103

II. Jnos Pl ppa tr


Rkczi tr

rs vezr
tere

Pillang
utca HUNGEXPO

28

Fvm
tr

jbuda-kzpont

19

10
5

t
sy
Klvin tr

27

4
6

A
51

61

jbuda

Pusks Ferenc
Stadion

24

51

27

61

Mricz Zsigmond krtr

un

Gellrthegy

Keleti
plyaudvar

37

BAH-csompont

Vasti plyaudvar
Railway station

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14

18

Snc utca

Kiemelt autbuszvonal
Key bus line

BKK Info 1403

Pest

Belvros

27

59 59A

Bsul Juhsz (Citadella)

BKK gyflcentrum
BKK customer centre

28 28A
37 37A 62

Blaha
Lujza tr

Astoria

Ferenciek tere

19
41

Buda Dbrentei tr

Hajjratok
Boat services
Villamosvonal
Tram line

Tvolsgi autbusz-plyaudvar
National and international buses

Erzsbetvros

Vrsmarty tr

Gdll
Csmr

Reiner Frigyes park

Bajcsy-Zsilinszky t

61

Apor Vilmos
tr

Mrton ron tr

16

Zugl vastlloms

Krisztina tr

49

48

10
5

Dsz tr

Sikl
Funicular

105

47

Oktogon
Opera

Dek Ferenc tr
Clark dm
tr

16

Hvvonalak
Suburban railway lines

16

16
16A

Vr

Vrsmarty utca

11

Dli plyaudvar

59
59A

Metrvonalak
Metro lines

Kossuth
Lajos tr

41

60

6
4

L
Ch ibe
ai g
rli
ft

Co Fo
gw ga
he ske
el re
60 rai k
lw
ay

19

Kodly krnd

Bosnyk tr

A
62

Batthyny tr

5
A
21

Szchenyi-hegy,
Gyermekvast

Arany
Jnos
utca

Vrosliget

62

18 59A

22A 222

Bajza utca

0
23

22

21

Svbhegy

Jszai Mari
tr 2

Zugl

Hsk tere

A
30

21A

69

30

Szll Klmn tr

21

Szchenyi frd

291

Nyugati
plyaudvar

60

21

Csillebrc,
KFKI

26

Margit hd,
budai hdf

16A

Terzvros

16

Mechwart
liget

Vrosmajor

69

59

Szent Jnos Krhz

jpalota,
Erdkerl utca

Nagy Lajos kirly tja /


Czobor utca

Mexiki t

291

291
11

Gyermekvast
Childrens railway
Normafa
21A

61

Zugliget, Libeg

Lehel tr

17

Rzsadomb

526 m
Jnos-hegy

14

Vsrcsarnok

62 62A

10
5

Kolosy tr

Budagyngye
22A 222

Dzsa
Gyrgy t

1A

Szpvlgyi t

Rkospalota,
MV-telep
1

Pusztaszeri
krnd

291

jpalota,
Nyrpalota t

Lehel utca /
Rbert Kroly krt

26

dr

17

Pasarti tr

Budakeszi

rpd hd

Tmr
utca

1A
26

Margit-sziget

Nagybnyai t
5

22

buda

69

Hvsvlgy

30

Szentllek tr

11

61

An

17

49

1A

Bcsi t /
Vrsvri t

Forgch utca

47

30A

Gyngysi utca
SZIGET

Rkospalota, Kossuth utca

230

Kaszsdl

buda,
Bogdni t Filatorigt

Nappali kzssgi kzlekeds


Daytime Transport Services

51

Csepel

Tkl
Rckeve

Gubacsi t
3

Liszt Ferenc Airport


Terminal 2

Where
to sleep

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Different types of sleeping arrangements are


available in Budapest.
There are both cheap and expensive options.
The cheapest places to sleep are the hostels.
A hostel is usually used by students or young
people.
In Budapest you can find many good hostels.
You can sleep in a hostel as a small group.
A room usually accomodates 6-8 people.
You can have a look at the hostels available in
Budapest by visiting www.hostelworld.com.

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Sleeping in a hotel is usually more comfortable.


However, hotels are more expensive.
We recommend the Danubius Hotel Flamenco in
Budapest.
http://www.danubiushotels.com/our_hotels/
hungary/budapest/danubius_hotel_flamenco
The Danubuis hotels are a chain of hotels that can
be found across the city.
Other options for accomodation can be found at:
www.booking.com/budapest.

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Where to eat

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You can choose from lots of places to eat while in


the city.
Bakeries are excellent for breakfast options or for
snacks.
Bakeries can be found at the entrance of
underground stations.
The best bakeries are Cserpes and Lipti.
For breakfast and snacks, we recommend the
following:
Cserpes you can find close to Dek tr.

Cserpes Tejiv (CserpesMilk bar).


At Cserpes you can buy caf, yoghurt, sandwiches.
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For lunch we suggest that you choose a restaurant


which serves traditional dishes.
You can try the typical Hungarian dish, "fzelk"
which is made from fresh, cooked vegetables.

Different art of fzelk":

spinach fzelk;

bean fzelk.
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"Fzelk" is eaten as a side dish with different


types of meat.
You can also eat at Chinese restaurants. The food
in Chinese restaurants is quite cheap.
You can also have a pizza, a gyros or a hamburger
at hawkers.
Near the big markets you will find diners that serve
delicious fried sausages!
In Budapest, fast-food chains can be found as well.

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There are many options to be found downtown.


For lunch, we recommend the following:
Fzelkfal telbr
5th district, Petfi Sndor street 1.
Here you will find typical home-cooked food such
as "fzelk" with different toppings!

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Anker Klub
Anker Klub is in Anker-kz.
Anker-kz is in the 6th district, close to Dek
Ferenc tr.
We recommend that you select from the daily menu.

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For dinner we recommend the following:


VakVarj Restaurant
6. kerlet, Paulay Ede utca 7.
Hagyomnyos magyar s j zekkel is
megismerkedhetsz itt.
A kenyrlngos a specialitsuk, mindenkppen
prbld ki!

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Entertainment

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Suggestions for activities during


the day
1. The Zoo
The Zoo can be found in the 14th district, in
Vrosliget.
This is the biggest Zoo in Hungary.
Sea animals as well as wild animals can be found here.
There are some really nice farm animals at the
Petting Zoo such as goats and sheep.
Recently some very cute animals were born in
the Zoo, such as meerkats, giraffes, lions and
wombats.
Its worth spending a day at the Zoo.
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Opening hours in autumn:


September
Monday, Tuesday

9.00 17.30

Friday - Sunday

9.00 18.00

October
Monday, Tuesday

9.00 17.00

Friday - Sunday

9.00 17.30

Tickets:
Adult: 2500 Ft
Child: 1800 Ft
Student: 1800 Ft
Telephone: (+36) 1 273 49 01.
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2. Szchenyi Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool


Budapest is famous for its baths.
One of the most impressive and famous baths is
that of Szchenyi.
It is also one of the biggest in Europe.
The water in every bath is heated.
There are outdoor and indoor baths.
Tickets:
4000 - 5000 HUF.

Telephone: (+36) 1 363-3210.

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3. Tropicarium Budapest
Tropicarium can be found in the 22nd district.
It can be reached from Mricz Zsigmond square
with bus no. 33.
You must stop at Lpcss utca.
The Tropicarium is a huge aquarium. Here you can
see lots of different fish, including sharks.
You can also see animals such as snakes, monkeys,
turtles and spiders. If you like animals it is worth
visiting!

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Tickets:
Adult: 2300 Ft.
Groups of 15 people: 1900 Ft.
Opening hours:
Every day from 10.00 to 19.00

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Suggestions for evening activities


1. The Circus
The Circus is in the 14th district in Vrosliget, next
to the Zoo.
Performers come from all over the world.
Here you can see acrobats, gymnasts and clowns.
For more information check out this page:
www.fnc.hu.
Telephone: (+36) 1 343 8300.

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2. Bobek Caf
The Bobek Caf is in the 7th district, in Kazinczy
Street 53.
The cafe is open both in summer and in winter.
This is a great place to have a drink or snack and a
chat with your friends!

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3. Instant
Instant is perfect for going out at night!
It is very popular with young people.
It can be found in the 6th district in Nagymez
Street 38.
If you like to have fun and dance, this is the place
to go.
There are 23 rooms in the huge house.
Lots of young people come here every night.
It is open all night!

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There are many places to go out at night around


Kazinczy Street, close to Dek Ferenc tr and
Astoria.
Some places you can go to:
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Ellt Kert
Mika Tivadar
Kleves
Mteres
Fekete Kutya
Szimpla Kert
Yellow Zebra
Kirakat
Tli kertem
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10 Places
to Visit

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1. Buda Castle (or the Castle district)


The Castle is found on the Buda side of the city.
You will find it in district 1, on Castle Hill.
The National Gallery, The National Szchenyi
Library, and the Budapest History Museum are also
in this district.
The whole castle district is known as 'The Castle'.
We recommend that you go for a walk around the
Castle.

The Castle at night.

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2. Fisherman's Bastion
The Fisherman's Bastion is in the Castle, that is, in
district 1.
The bastion was built as a reminder of the medieval
castle wall that stood there before.
It was never used to protect the castle.
It has 7 towers.
The 7 towers represent the 7 Hungarian chieftains.
You need to pay an entrance fee to go up to the
upper level of the Bastion.
Tickets:
Full price ticket: 700 HUF.
Discounted ticket: 350 HUF.
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The view from the Fisherman's Bastion is very


beautiful.
The lower level of the Bastion is wheelchair
accessible.
The Fisherman's Bastion is worth a visit!
The Fishermans Bastion and the Mathias Church.

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3. The Little Princess


The Little Princess is a very well-known bronze
statue on the Danube River Side (Duna Korz).
You can get there with tram no. 2 from Jszai Mari tr.
You have to get off the tram at Vigad station.
You can walk from Dek Ferenc tr and Vrsmarty
tr.
The statue was placed here in 1990.
It was made by Lszl Marton.
Behind the statue you can see the Buda Castle.

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4. The Parliament building


The Parliament building is in district 5, in Kossuth
square 1-3.
You can take Metro 2 (the red line) to Kossuth
Square.
It was built in 1873 in gothic revival style.
The Parliament building houses the Holy Crown.
Opening hours:
1 May - 30 September:
Monday -Friday:
8.00 am - 18.00
Saturday Sunday:
8.00 am - 16.00
1 October - April 30:
Monday -Friday:
8.00 am 6.00 pm
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You need to buy a ticket to enter the Parliament


Building.
Tickets:
Full price ticket: 3500 HUF
Discounted ticket: 1750 HUF
You can buy tickets at the Museum of Ethnography,
opposite the Parliament building.
Groups can register for visits at this site:
http://www.parlament.hu/latogatas/.
Due to construction works taking place, we suggest
that you check out the website before visiting.
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As from 2014, there will be a new visitor center in


the Parliament building.
The Parliament building is wheelchair accessible.
Phone numbers:
(+36) 1 441-4415
(+36) 1 441-4904

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5. St Stephen's Basilica
St Stephen's Basilica is in district 5, in St Stephen
square.
This is close to Dek Ferenc tr.
It is a Catholic place of worship.
The building was named after the first king of
Hungary, St Stephen.
The Holy Right is in the Basilca.
The Holy Right is the Right Hand of St Stephen.
In the Basilica you can see old and precious objects
owned by the church.

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On top of the Basilica, a watch tower offers a great


view of the city.
To go up to the tower you need to buy a ticket for
500 HUF.
Sadly, the tower is not wheelchair accessible.

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6. The Dohny Street Synagogue


The Dohny Street Synagogue is in district 7,
in Dohny Street. This is near the metro stop of
Astoria.
This is the largest synagogue in Europe.
A synagogue is a place of worship for people of the
Jewish faith.
The synagogue houses many different cultural events.
The synagogue is beautiful.
Opening Hours:
1 March 31 October:
Sunday Thursday: 10.00 18.00
Saturday: closed
Telephone: (+36) 1 462 04 77
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7. Hungarian National Museum


The Hungarian National Museum is in district 8, in
Museum Boulevard 14-16.
The Museum collects and displays the cultural
objects of Hungary.
The Museum is closed on Mondays.
On other days of the week, the Museum is open
from 10 am to 6 pm.
Wheelchair access is possible from the entrance in
Brdy Sndor Street.
The Museum has wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
Telephone: (+36)-1-338-122

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8. The Citadel
The Citadel is a fortress in district 11, on the top of
Gellrt Hill.
You can take bus number 27 from Mricz Zsigmond
square to the Citadel.
The Statue of Liberty can be found here.
The Statue of Liberty is a woman holding a palm leaf.
You can see the whole city from here!

Statue of Liberty from the Szabadsghd.

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9. Virgin Mary Cave Church


The Cave Church can be found in a cave next to
Gellrt Hill.
You can get there from Gellrt square in district 11.
The church belongs to the Paulite order.
The Paulite order is the only order of monks set up
in Hungary.
The Church is divided into two parts.
The upper part is a natural cave while the lower
part is man-made.
The church is accessible by wheel-chair.
Visitors with a disability do not need to buy a ticket
to enter.
The Cave Church offers a special experience.
The entrance of the Church.
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Inside the church.

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10. Margitsziget (Margaret Island)


Margaret Island is an island found on the river
Danube.
It is between rpd Bridge and Margit Bridge.
You can take trams number 4 or 6 and stop at
Margitsziget.
People living in Budapest like to spend their freetime on Margaret Island.
Here you can play games, like badminton or ballgames and even have a picnic.
There are several attractions on the island: a
musical fountain, a Japanese garden, a small zoo
and a beach.
Margaret Island is well worth a visit.

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Walking
tour 1

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The Castle is on the Buda side.


The Castle is a famous landmark of Budapest.
From the Castle you can enjoy the view of the River
Danube and the Parliament building.
You can also see the Chain Bridge and all the other
bridges on the Danube.
If the weather is nice, be sure to walk up to the Castle.
Another way to get to the Castle is by funicular.
The funicular fare is 1000 HUF.

The funicular station is close to the Buda side


of the Lnchd (Chain Bridge), next to the zero
kilometre stone.
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This is where distances are measured in Hungary.


You can also take the bus to the Castle.
Buses number 16, 16A and 116 will take you to the
Castle.
You can board these buses at Dek Ferenc tr or at
Szll Klmn tr.
On the opposite side of the hill, at Dzsa Gyrgy
tr, there is an elevator which will take you straight
up to the Castle.
You need to pay to use the elevator.
The elevator will take you to a corridor upstairs.
In the corridor there are old images of the Buda
Castle.
The Buda Castle was designed by Alajos Hauszmann.
When you step out of the building, you will get to
the Lion Court.
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You can see the lion statues at the gate.


This court is home to three important institutions:
The National Szchnyi Library.
It is the largest library in Hungary.
The Budapest History Museum.
In this museum you can view parts of the medieval
palace.
The National Gallery.
Here you can look at paintings by famous
Hungarian and international artists.

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Walk through the Lion Gate.


On the right hand side, you will see a beautiful
fountain.
It is called the Fountain of Matthias.
King Matthias was one of the greatest Hungarian
kings.
This fountain represents a hunt.
The statue on the very top is King Matthias.
At his feet there is a deer.
To the left hand side of the fountain there is a gate.
Walk through this gate.

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Go to the balustrade and look at the city of


Budapest.
Here you will see a magnificent view of the Pest side.
From here you can also see the River Danube.
Observe the bridges on the river.
The one closest to you is the Lnchd (Chain Bridge).

On the other bank of the river is the building of the


Parliament.
There is an island to your left.
It is Margitsziget (Margaret Island).
On the right you will see a large, white bridge,
called Elizabeth Bridge.
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At the end of this bridge is the Gellrt Hill.


On the top of the Gellrt Hill is the Statue of
Liberty.
The statue is of a female figure holding a palm
branch in her hands.
From here you can also see the Szabadsghd
(Liberty Bridge).

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Turn to the left and walk on to the ornate gate.


This is the Habsburg Gate.
When you pass through the gate you can see the
funicular station building.
The building you are facing now is the Sndor
(Alexander) Palace.
This palace is used as the office of the President of
Hungary.
The palace is guarded.
If keep walking straight, you will pass the National
Dance Theatre.
Keep walking straight.
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In a few minutes you will get to Szenthromsg tr


(Holy Trinity Square).
The Matthias Church is found here.
This church is also called the Coronation Abbey.
This is where kings used to be crowned.
Look at the beautiful, colourful tiles.
You can see the same type of tiles on other
buildings around the city.
They were all made at the Zsolnay Porcelain
Manufacturer in Pcs.
Pcs is a city in the south of Hungary.
The church is open to visitors.
Do not forget to buy a ticket first.
You need to pay 1000 Forints for a ticket.

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Now, go on to the Fishermens Bastion.


This Bastion was built in place of the medieval
castle walls.
It has never served as fortification.
It has seven towers.
The seven towers represent the Seven Chieftains of
the Magyar (Hungarian) tribes.
You can enter the lower level for free.
You need to buy a ticket to view the upper level.
The ticket costs 500 HUF.

From here, there is a magnificent view of the city.


Walk down one of the staircases and walk towards
the Chain Bridge.
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Walk down the winding road to the right. This was


called Szab Ilonka utca and later called Hunyadi
Jnos utca. You will arrive at Clark dm tr.
From here you can see the Chain Bridge.
It was constructed by the famous politician, Istvn
Szchenyi.
The bridge was designed by Adam and William Clark.
Walk across the bridge on the right side and admire
the buildings along the river.
When you arrive to the other side, stop for a
moment.
On the left hand side, you can see the Hungarian
Academy of Sciences.
Opposite the bridge is the Gresham palace.
Keep walking on the right-hand side.
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Look back to the Castle, the Fishermens Bastion


and the Matthias Church.
You are now facing two hotels.
Turn left and walk down Jzsef Attila utca to Dek tr.
You will arrive at Dek tr.
From Dek tr you can walk or take the underground,
number 1, in the direction of Hsk tere.
Jzsef Attila utca continues in Andrssy t.
From this junction you can see Hsk tere (Heroes
Square).
Andrssy t is one of the poshest streets in
Budapest.
Walk along Andrssy t.
As you walk, there will be many things to see.
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Look at the buildings.


On the left hand side you will see the Opera House.
On the right hand side, you will see the building of
the Prizsi udvar (Prizsi Department Store), which
is now a book store.
In Liszt Ferenc tr there are many nice restaurants.
Young people love to visit these places.
At Liszt Ferenc tr, you will find the Academy of
Music.
If you keep walking on Andrssy t you will soon
arrive at Oktogon, which is an octagonal square.
This means the square has eight corners.
Oktogon is the crossroads of Andrssy t and the
Nagykrt (Grand Boulevard).
Keep walking along Andrssy t.
On the left you will see a grey building. The top of
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this building is strange to look at.


This is the Terror Hza (House of Terror).
It is a museum which reminds visitors of political
crimes committed in the past.
Then, you will arrive at Kodly Krnd.
This is a circle-shaped junction.
It is named after a famous composer.
Look at the beautiful buildings and the statues.
Soon you will get to Hsk tere (Heroes Square).
You will pass by embassy palaces.
When you get to Hsk tere (Heroess Square), stop
for a minute.
Look at it from a distance.
In the centre is the Millennial Monument, which was
erected when Hungary turned 1000 years old.
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On the right side of the square you can see the


Mcsarnok (Kunsthalle), which is a museum.
On the opposite side is another museum:
Szpmvszeti Mzeum (the Museum of Fine Arts).
Go over to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Szpmvszeti Mzeum.
This is a white building with columns and stairs.
It is similar to ancient Greek buildings.
On the top, in the centre, is a pediment which is
triangular.
The pediment is decorated with relief.
Reliefs are pictures or symbols that seem to
emerge from the concrete.

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On the opposite side of the square is the


Kunsthalle.
It looks like as ancient Greek buildings, only more
lavish.
Here, the pediment is decorated with mosaic.
A mosaic is like a puzzle.
The image you can see was assembled from many
little pieces by the artists.
In the centre of the square is a huge column with
statues at its base.
These statues represent the seven chieftains of the
ancient Hungarians.
A long time ago these chieftains guided the
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wandering Hungarians to their present homeland.


On the very top of the column is an angel.
In her hands she is holding the Holy Crown and a
double cross.
The crown belonged to the first Hungarian King,
Saint Stephen.
Behind the column is a composition of statues
positioned in a half circle.
The statues are separated by columns.
On the left hand side you can see Hungarian kings.
The first statue is that of Saint Stephen.
Saint Stephen was the first king of Hungary.
On the right hand side, you will see statues of
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Transylvanian rulers as well as Lajos Kossuth.


Lajos Kossuth was a leader of the revolution on 1848.
In this revolution Hungarians fought the Austrians.
The green area behind the monument is the
Vrosliget (City Park).
It is a popular park in Budapest.
On the left side of the park is the Zoo and the Circus.
This is a special zoo because it was designed by a
famous architect.
It is worth going inside.
Opposite the Zoo is a great bath.
It is called the Szchenyi Bath and it is open in
winter as well as summer.
We recommend that you try it.
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Between the bath and the Heroes Square is the


Vajdahunyad Castle.
It is a smaller version of another castle.
The original castle is in Romania.
This castle hosts the Museum of Agriculture.
Here you can also see imitations of other famous
buildings, such as the church in Jk.

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On the edge of the City Park is an ice rink.


The citizens of Budapest love to come here in the
winter.
If you visit Budapest in the winter, you have to try it!
In the summer, there is an artificial lake in the
place of the ice rink and you can also rent a fishing
boat here.
Enjoy the nature of City Park.
This is the end of the walk.
We hope you enjoyed it.

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Walking
tour 2

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Walking tour of Margitsziget


(Margaret Island)
You can get to the island with tram no. 6 or n 4.
You can also catch bus n 26.
This bus travels across the island.
If you travel by tram, you will have to stop at the
Margitsziget (Margaret Island) station.
Margaret Island is one of the largest green spaces
in Budapest.
The island was named after a Hungarian princess,
Margaret.
St. Margaret lived here as a nun.
You can find the remains of the monastery on the
island.
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Margaret Island is a beloved place by the people of


Budapest.
You can do many different things here.
You can run on a special track around the island.

Palatinus is an open-air swimming pool.


Palatinus is a very good place to visit which is open
in the summer time.

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Bus no. 26 will take you to the main entrance.


You can also find an open-air theater on the island.
Entertainment is offered every evening during the
summer-time.
The theater is very easy to find because it is next to a
water tower. This water tower can be seen from far.
This tower was built in 1911.

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Next to the water tower is a huge park.


It is the perfect place to lie down on the grass and
chill out and enjoy nature.
This is one of the best places to relax inside the city.

If you come to the island from Margaret Bridge, you


will see a huge fountain. This fountain is switched
on from 1 of May to 31 of October.
This is Hungary's largest fountain and has a
diameter of 36 m.
Young people like to meet here.
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From here you can walk either to the right or to the


left of the fountain.
If you have enough time, walk around the whole
island!
You can rent golf cars or other kinds of vehicles to
take you around the island. We recommend that
you try Bringhint!
On the island you can find many gardens. One of
them is called the Japanese garden.
This garden is on the north end of the island.
Another garden is called the Rose garden.
You can find it in the middle of the island.
The Vadaspark is a zoo. Here you can see birds and
other wild animals which live in Hungary.
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An idea
outside
the city

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These are some places you can visit outside the city.
The Erzsbet lookout-tower is on the Jnos Hill.
This is the tallest point of the Buda Hills.
From here you will see a beautiful view of Budapest
and the surrounding towns.
You can take the following route:
Take the no.4 or no.6 tram or the underground line
2 and stop at Szll Klmn tr.
At the opposite end of the square you will find
trams no. 59 and 61.
Take either one of them and stop at Vrosmajor.
This is the second stop from Szll Klmn tr.
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The terminal of the railway can be found to the left


side of this stop.
Get on the railway and keep going until you reach the
last stop.
Once you arrive at the last stop, start walking to
the left.
You will arrive at the childrens railway.
You need to buy a ticket.
Ask for a ticket at Jnos-hegy.
Throughout the ride, look for the names of the
stations on the station buildings.
Ask the ticket inspector for help if you need to.
He will let you know when the train arrives at your
station.
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Stop at Jnos-hegy station.


On the other side of the tracks and to the right, you
will see a path leading up to the hill.
Take this path.
You will not get lost.
On the top of the hill is the Zugliget chairlift.
You can see the lookout- tower on your left.
Before continuing your walk towards the lookouttower, have a little rest.
The path to the observation-tower is steep at the
beginning.

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The lookout tower was built in 1910.


The tower is 23.5 metres tall.
There are 100 steps leading up to the top level.
In clear weather it is possible to see as far as 75-80
kilometres.
Entry to the lookout-tower is free.
The fastest way to get down from the hill is by
chairlift.
You will need to buy a ticket first.
Riding the chairlift is fun!
Be sure to try it unless you are afraid of heights.
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The chairlifts station is Lngoskert n 58.

Lngos is a Hungarian delicacy.


We recommend that you try it!

From Zugligeti t you can easily get to Nyugati


Plyaudvar by taking bus n 291.
Nyugati Plyaudvar is the terminal station.
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