Hop on hop off in Budapest

If you’re in Budapest only for a few days and you want to make the most of it, the Hop on Hop off tours are the best way to go!

You can find tickets online or on the spot.  There are many ticket shops near Elisabeth Bridge and along Váci utca.  Or you can just hop on a bus and buy tickets from the guides. The prices vary from around 10 to 24Euros per person. And usually a tour ticket is valid for two days(48hours). read more

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Shoes on the Danube Promenade

Walking along the Danube promenade, on the Pest Side, we’ve run into one of the most touching memorials we’ve seen, the Shoes on the Danube Promenade. The monument is placed on the Danube’s embankment and it honors the Jewish victims that were shot into the Danube by the Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest, 1944-1945.

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The Bridges of Budapest

This year I visited Budapest for the fourth time, but it’s the first time I’ve learned about it’s history.

Personally, I was really impressed by the history of the bridges of Budapest. Did you know that Budapest has ten bridges that cross the Danube, linking Buda and Pest? And did you know that all of these bridges were destroyed by the German army during World War II?

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Hungaria Guesthouse Sucks

Big time.

I don’t know if this was my 5th or my 6th time I’ve stayed at Hungaria Guesthouse, but I know it was the last time.

Knowing the hostel for 6 six years, I just checked the website, called and made a reservation for three nights. On the website, the price was 23Euros/night for a double room.

This is how the staff/manager of Hungaria Guesthouse hostel treated a 6years loyal guest:

  1. On the second day, they woke us up at 9 a.m. and told us that they overbooked(by mistake) some guests for the next night and that we can’t stay stay there anymore.
  2. They made a reservation for us to another hostel/pension in Budapest not knowing the price for the new place and not even offering to cover the difference.
  3. Before paying for the two nights, they told us that the price was actually 28Euros/night, not 23Euros as listed on the website. Because their webmaster was on vacation for a few weeks, the real prices were not updated on the website yet. Of course no one bothered to mention this over those two days, or at the time I’ve made the booking.
  4. No receipt was given.
  5. They offered us 2.5 Euros to cover the gas for the transfer to the other pension.
  6. The other pension was 33Euros/night for a double room.

Overall, we’ve lost a few euros from our pockets, a few hours from our vacations and a lot of nerves.

This is why I write it in bold, Hungaria Guesthouse Sucks

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The Great Market Hall in Budapest

The Great Market Hall, built around 1896, is the biggest and most impressive indoor market in Budapest. It is located right off the Liberty Bridge, on the Pest side.

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Inside you will find fresh fruits and vegetables, all kind of meats, wines and spirits, traditional sausages, salami and a large variety of spices and pickles.
You will also find some rare spices like saffron and also truffles.

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Visit Budapest in 2 days

The first stop of my  “InterRail adventure” was Budapest, the capital of Hungary.  An amazing city.

We got off the train(  Keleti train station ), we went to the “Tourist Information” desk and booked for two nights at Hungaria GuestHouse hostel, just a few blocks from the train station.  It was the perfect hostel: clean, quiet, friendly staff and only 12.5 Euros per night.

Two days are barely enough to see Budapest.  To get the best experience here’s my Budapest Sightseeing Guide: read more

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Budapest – 2006

A few pics from my first trip to Budapest. Back in 2006:

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