© 2012; 2005 Connecting: Solo Travel Network & Melody Moser. Information
NOTE: This article is posted for inspirational value alone and, normally, will not be updated.
Therefore, all facts, figures, and author's opinions are subject to change as time goes on.

If You Go to Budapest

Tourist Information

Hungarian National Tourist Office, 150 E 58 St, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10155-3398. Tel. 1-212-355-0240; Fax 1-212-207-4103.

Tourism Office of Budapest, Deak Square/Sütõ utca 2, H-1051Budapest. Tel. +361-438-8080.

Money

Hungarian Forint (HUF) (2005). 1 US$ = 212 HUF; 1 C$ = 181 HUF;
1 EUR = 254 HUF; 1 £ = 375 HUF.

Getting Around

Budapest Public Transport. www.bkv.hu.

Hotels

Hotel Liget, H-1068 Budapest, Dózsa György út 106. Tel. +361-269-5300, +361-269-5318; Rates including buffet breakfast: Single: Euro 75-250; US$92-308; C$105-352).

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Notes on Pest

Gundel Étterem, Állatkerti körút 3, Budapest XIV. Tel. +361-468-4040. Open: noon to 4pm; 7pm to midnight.

Gerbeaud Cukrászda, V, Vörösmarty tér 7, Vörösmarty tér. Tel. +361-429-9000. Layer cakes US$2.75 (C$3.44) homemade ice cream 50 cents. Open: daily 9am to 9pm.

Jewish Museum (Zsidó Múzeum) and Great Synagogue, VII, Dohány u. 2-8, Astoria. Tel. +361- 342-8949. Admission: US$3.25 (C$3.95). Open: 10am- 3pm, Mon-Fri (1pm Sun), closed Sat.

Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) Múzeum Körút 14 -16. Tel. +361- 338- 2122. Open: Apr-Sep, 10am-6pm,Tue-Sun, Oct-Mar, 10am-5pm, Tue-Sun.

Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház), Andrassy ut 22, Budapest Vi. Tel. +361-331-2550. Tickets: Tel. +361-353-0170.

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Notes on Buda

Funicular to Castle District (Budavári Sikló). Clark Ádám tér (lower terminus), Szent György tér (upper terminus), Budapest 1. Open: 7:30am-10pm, closed every other Monday.

Castle Labyrinths (Budavári Labirintus), 1014 Budapest, Varnegyed, Uri utca 9. Tel. +361- 212-0207; +361-375-6858. Open: 9:30am-7:30pm.

Buda Castle Royal Palace (Budavári palota), 1250 Budapest. Open: daily 10am-6pm. For a special tour of the Habsburg Palantine Crypt in the Hungarian National Gallery Building C, sign up at the information desk.

Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér 2, Budapest 1, Tel. +361-155-5657. Open: 7am-7pm.

Alabárdos Étterem, Orszaghaz utca 2. Tel. +361- 356-0851. Open 7am-11pm, Mon-Sat.

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Spa City – Take a Bath in Budapest

Budapest is renowned for its wealth of spa facilities. Here are the few that I came across in my rambles:

Széchenyi Spa Baths (Széchenyi furdo), H-1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 11. Tel. +361- 321-0310. One of Europe's largest complexes, the hot spring – both the city's hottest and deepest – was discovered in 1879.

Saint Gellért Spa, H-1111 Budapest, Szt. Gellért tér 1. Tel. +361-889-5500. Famous, classically Hungarian architecture with therapeutic bath and 4-star hotel built on the right bank of the river Danube.

Rudas Baths, Döbrentei tér 9, Budapest. Tel. +361- 375-8373. Built during the Turkish occupation, an octagonal pool under a 10m-span dome is supported by eight columns surrounded by a barrel-vaulted corridor.

Margaret Island (Margitsziget)

Originally a royal game reserve, this green oasis in the middle of the Danube became a retreat for religious contemplation during the 11th century. Car-free and covered with gardens, trees, grass, hotels, swimming and sport facilities, the island gives today's Budapesters and visitors a place to relax. Reach it via Margaret Bridge, or take Bus 26 or 106.

Two 4-star spa hotels are located adjacent one another on Margaret Island. Both offer numerous, all-inclusive health, fitness, and beauty programs, and single supplement charges may be lowered or waived during off season – September through April.

Built in 1873, the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget reflects its turn-of-century atmosphere. The hotel is connected to the modern-styled Danubius Thermal Hotel Margitsziget by a heated underground corridor so that guests may use the services of both hotels.

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