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Tue May 06, 2008 5:16 pm
I'm off for a few days holiday to Budapest in July and was wondering if anyone here had been there. Whats worth seeing and whats not? and equally important, whats worth eating? I'll be staying at the InterContinental Hotel.
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Wed May 07, 2008 4:06 am
I lived there in the 90s and I loved it. Mostly everyone speaks English (thanks to me )so it's easy to get on. You should do all the touristy things like see Parliament, Fisherman's bastion, museums, opera house, etc., because they're all worth seeing. But check the English language papers for out of the way folk concerts and things like that. They're small affairs and always interesting, sometimes with food and drink you won't find anywhere else.
People seem to love the Turkish baths, and there's a big one at the Gellert Hotel, but I went once and it smelled like sulfur and everyone was 80 years old. So if you like geriatric soup, jump right in.
You should also find a cafe called Gerbaud which is expensive by Hungarian standards but worth it for the grand surroundings and yummy pastries. And bring me back some beigli while you're there.
Otherwise just walking around the city you'll find plenty to gawk at. You won't be bored.
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Wed May 07, 2008 4:12 am
I went there on pass when I was on duty in Bosnia. It was a beautiful place, and everyone was very friendly. The train museum was pretty neat, there is also a very nice art museum there. The town square with all the statues was very cool, and you need to visit the castle on the other side of town (over the bridge with the lions).
There are many good restaurants, and an Irish Pub ran by ex-pats.
The architecture on the older buildings is just very neat.
You'll have a good time.
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Wed May 07, 2008 12:32 pm
GEE everyone seems to travel to such cool places.. ive bearly have ever got over the border to canada... and they wont let me in there anymore.. but on the plus side I have seen 46 on our 50 states. I think there was a ad campain once that sead explore america first... and that I have.
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Wed May 07, 2008 6:48 pm
My elder daughter visited Budapest last year when she was backpacking around Europe.
She really liked it.
The weather was hot when she visited at the end of July so she enjoyed visiting Buda Castle and the labyrinth
So something different she suggested was the telephone museum, not many visitors so the attendant was thrilled when she walked in
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