Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of BudaPest. WTR's Budapest map show you the location of the Castle Hill and The Central Market Hall.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Bock Bistro Buda and what to order at the First Strudel House of Pest Restaurant.
Welge Travel Report Notables in Budapest
Getting around BudaPest
Public transportation in BudaPest
WTR's Tony Transit says the best site for information on public transportation in BudaPest is https://www.budapestbylocals.com/budapest-public-transport.html
Budapest Public Transportation Tip # 1:
Budapest is a city where you will walk a lot. WTR's Tommy Transit says if you get tired get on Tram 2, which is among the top ten most scenic tram routes in the world (National Geographic), and voted as the best in Europe. Tram 2 runs along the river Danube providing you with a free river tour on land.
Budapest PublicTransportation Tip # 2:
Next Tony Transit says the best public transit deals are: Single trips on public transport are 290HUF; day pass is 1550 HUF. You must validate your single pass in a machine at the entrance to the metro, but don’t validate a day pass, just show it.
There are attendants in the metro to make sure everyone validates their pass. They are vigilant. There are validation machines on buses and trams, but most of them don’t seem to work and no one checks, i.e., you pay for the metro and not the trams and buses!
Budapest Public Transportation Tip # 3:
Taxis in BudaPest are unregulated it seems. Tommy says do not hail a taxi on the street. Tommy says use caution with your hotel. On our first night we had the hotel call a taxi, and the desk clerk appeared to call but miraculously the taxi was parked in front of the hotel.
After dinner the restaurant called a taxi and there was no problem. The second instance our Tour Leader said she would call a taxi because it would be less expensive. She did and gave us a taxi #. The driver had our information on his cell phone and yet a 2nd taxi felt the fare should have been his.
Our lesson was the hotel clerk was in on the action, or got a kick-back from the taxi. When we had the restaurant call a taxi the same trip was always less.
Note: Looking at printed Hungarian is like an appointment at your ophthalmologist and trying to decipher the eye chart.
People Watching in Budapest
WTR's Freddie Flaneur says the best "PW" is at Vaci Utca.
Beverages in Budapest
Our Winnie Winesnob says Tokaji Aszu is the Hungarian wine star but many of their wines are excellent. Winnie's favorite is the Kardarka from the Pastor winery.
Dining in Budapest
WTR's Carlota Cuisine's best dinner selection is Fioka - L & D: Daily, Varosmajor u. 75, 061 426 5555
Specialties are: Fois gras and bone marrow, veal paprika with noodles, venison steak with blueberry sauce and blini, lamb shoulder with bulgar salad and vegetables, grilled salmon with purple potato gratin. Dessert is the sour cherry ricotta nad your wine is the kardarka.
Nightlife/Entertainment in Budapest
WTR's Shauna Showtime says the best nightlife is "Ruin Pubs" where you'll find atmosphere and live music.
Shopping in Budapest
Our Shari Shopper says the best shopping is at Vaci Utca.
U.S. Embassy (http://hungary.usembassy.gov/) - Szabadság tér 12, H-1054 Budapest Hungary, (36-1) 475-4400, After-hours emergency calls -- for American citizens only: (36-1) 475-4400
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Recognition for Budapest
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Getting around in Budapest
Lagniappe for Budapest
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums.