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Budapest/Buda

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Buda is the western side of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. See the main Budapest page to understand, get in, get around, see, do, and stay safe. See below for where to eat, drink, and sleep.

Districts[edit]

Castle Hill, known as Várhegy in Hungarian, was first settled in the thirteenth century, after a Mongol attack led Buda's citizens to seek a more easily defended neighborhood. The royal Hungarian court also decided to move, to the southern end of the hill. By the fourteenth century, there were an estimated 8,000 residents in Buda. After a long (1541-1686) period of Turkish rule, a 75-day siege left Buda in ruins, and Austrian authorities counted a mere 300 people left. This would not be the last heavy attack on Castle Hill. In 1849 and 1945 the Baroquified area once more came under attack. A completely surrounded German force held out for almost a month in January 1945, in the thirty-first siege of the city.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Coffeehouses[edit]

  • Café Miró - Cozy coffeehouse in the Castle District, just 50 metres from St Matthias Church. They have typical Hungarian dishes.
  • Ruszwurm Cukraszda (Confectionery), Szentháromság utca 7 (right across the street from St. Matthias Church), (36-1) 375-5284. Open daily 10AM-7PM. This tiny coffeehouse in the Castle District is the oldest continually operating café in the city; probably one of the best pastry shops in Budapest. As a coffeehouse it dates to the 1820s, and its original furnishings are still intact. Because the furniture is original, this may be one of the only non-smoking cafés in the city. On a historical note, this location has sold sweets of some kind or another since the Middle Ages, when it was a gingerbread shop. The same family has been operating Ruszwurm since the early years of this century, and all the cakes are made on-premises.

Restaurants[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Granny's pancakes (Nagyi palacsintázója). 24/7. Sweet and salt pancakes with various fillings for a quite low price. They have two restaurants in Buda: one at Batthyány tér at the stop of Metro line 2 (red line), the other at the corner of Hattyú utca and Csalogány utca, next to Széll Kálmán tér(former Moszkva tér).  edit
  • Marxim, Kisrókus utca 23 (15 minutes walk from Széll Kálmán tér. Follow the 4/6 tram tracks and find Kisrókus utca on the left after a big ugly office building. Look for the Red Star.), 316-02-31. An athmospheric pub-like restaurant. It is rather smoky and usually packed with local youngs but the post-communist interior is a must. You can have pizzas like "Usonka" or "Lenin's favourite" (around 1000 Ft).  edit
  • Megnyilt Ildiko Konyhaja, I.Kerulet, Fo utca 8 (Use bus 16 to get to the station near Buda hill tunnel, head north approximately 500 meters.). Sunday-Friday 11:30-17:30, Sabbath 11:30-16:30, Closed on Saturdays. A lovely and cheap restaraunt where you can eat traditional Hungarian food. The menu includes Goulash and Pancakes.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Rivalda, Színház u. 5-9, +36(1)489-0236, [1]. 11.30am-11.30pm. One of the only restaurant travel guides recommend on the Castle Hill. Mains around €15. Classic-style luxury interior. Dilled Wild Boar Ragout Soup is good; Linguine with Duck Confit is very unusual (combines pasta, pumpkin, feta and ruccola); hot chocolate is quite thick cocoa drink.  edit
  • Szent Jupát Söröző & Étterem restaurant, Retek utca 16 (''near Moskva ter metro''), 212-29-23. A well-known restaurant serving tasty and authentic Hungarian food, but the service leaves a little to be desired.  edit
  • Kisrablo, Zenta u. 3 south of Gellert Hotel. While the pirate ship decor says 'pub', the Duck in Orange Rosemary Sauce says 'restaurant'. Excellent service, great creme brulee, and exceedingly reasonable 5 puttonyos Tokaji. A winner when you want something other than gulyás.  edit
  • Mongolian Barbecue, XII district; Marvany utca 19/a, 212-1859 (fax: 212-3743). All-you-can-eat format. Fantastic restaurant which is not far from the Déli Train Station; unlimited beer and wine included.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Seoul House, Fo utca 8 (Near the Chain Bridge), 201-9607. Some of the most authentic Korean food this side of Seoul, helped in no small part by the presence of the South Korean embassy right next door. On the expensive side (2.000 Ft and up), but as usual in Korea ordering a single main course also gets you a vast array of side dishes.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • House of Hungarian Wines (Magyar Borok Háza), I. Szentháromság tér 6, [2]. daily 12 PM to 8 PM. For a reasonable price (presently around 3500 ft) you get to wander around their cavern and taste selections from over 55 different kinds of wine. A great place to get a sampler before you go shopping for wine. You even get to taste a variety of the divine Tokaji dessert wines, and will get a souvenir glass at the end. Use your Budapest Card for extra discounts.  edit
  • A38 [3] boat. Turned into a music club from an old Ukranian stone-carrier ship, A38 is floating on Danube river and considered as one of Budapest's best quality party places (and one of Europe's coolest clubs). Hosts various music performances. 3 minutes walk southwards from Petőfi bridge, Buda side.
  • Belgian Brasseie Henri, Bem rakpart 12, 2-144 711, [4]. 12:00 - 24:00. A popular among locals beer house with a marvelous choice of beers.  edit
  • Dokk Beach [5] +36 20 91 999 91 (Hajógyári sziget, district III) Open-air club that's a popular hang out for locals and foreigners alike. It is an island in the middle of the Danube that has been converted into a club that makes you feel like you're in the middle of a music video. With 6 different themes including a beach club, a club on the bridge, a club with a bed theme, a club with nothing but dancers in their underwear, and a rave club below the boat themed club, attendance can reach 10,000.
  • Zöld Pardon [6] Open-air bar offering "almost-free" live concerts every night. Open: from late April until middle of September. On the northern side of Rákóczy bridge on the Buda side.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budapest Accommodation Statistics

  • Total number of hotels:
  • 3 star and below price range: $22 - $127
  • 4 star price range: $32 - $252
  • 5 star price range: $90 - $328

Price in US Dollars. Statistics aggregated from over 30 major hotel reservation databases. Updated Aug 2008.


Budget[edit]

  • BudaHome Apartments, Sánc utca 1, +39 (333) 30 333 79 (), [7]. On Gellért Hill, 2 short stops away from Vaci St. and 400m from the Citadel, this newly-opened property (2014) offers self-catering apartments with Panoramic Terrace over Buda Castle. Free Wi-Fi, LCD Satellite Tv, private parking and airport pick-up service available. Entire Apartment from €25.  edit
  • Buda Guesthouse Budapest, Budakeszi út 57, +36 (20) 262-7387 (). Opened in 2002, this hostel is in the hills of Buda and 10 minutes from center. The Rege and Europa Hotel 50m from the hostel. private rooms from €34.  edit
  • FunkNBunk Hostel Budapest, Rózsa u. 72, +36 (1) 608 4409 (), [8]. FunkNBunk Hostel Budapest offers a unique and sociable hostel experience. Comfortable beds, central location, friendly staff and the best atmosphere of any hostel in Budapest. Dorms from €8-15.  edit
  • Grand Hostel Budapest, Hüvösvölgyi út 69, +36 1 2741111 (), [9]. Opened in 2005, this hostel is located right beside the lovely hills of Buda and 10 minutes from downtown. The unique and colourful design of the Grand Hostel was created by an renowned artist. Dorms from €10, private rooms from €24 in low season.  edit
  • The Backpacker Guesthouse, Takács Menyhert Utca 33, +36 (1) 385-8946 (), [10]. This small-to-mid size hostel is laidback and friendly. Kitchen access, inexpensive beer for sale, a great lounge with lots of free movies to watch, hammocks in the backyard, a grocery store nearby, in a residential neighborhood near the 51/53 tramline. Dorm bed 2800-3800HUF, double 4500HUF in low season.  edit
  • Travelers' Hostel Schönherz, Irinyi út 42, District XI. Mainly functions as the student hostel for Budapest University of Technology and Economics, but has some rooms for travellers (off the academic period there are more rooms), most of them however are only available for larger groups. Easily accessible with tram No. 4 (stop Budafoki út), and easily noticeable, because it's an 20 story high building.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Astra Hotel, Vám u. 6, +36 (1) 214-1906 (, fax: +36 (1) 214-1907), [11]. High/low season: single €97/€84, double €112/€99, suite €139/€129, family suite €145/€165. Don't expect any views, but beyond that, standard rooms are charming. Furniture is bit old-style but quite simple and fully functional. Bathroom equipment is more or less up-to-date, but not more than that.  edit
  • Art Deco Apartment, Zápor utca 2/B, +36 (20) 426-3990 (), [12]. A self-catering, well-equipped, 78 sqm vacation rental apartment close to Margaret Island, on the 2nd floor of a Bauhaus-style building. Comfortable for 1-6 people, with a quiet garden-side balcony. The apartment is furnished in art deco style. The Lukács Bath is only 4 tram stops away.  edit
  • Buda Panzió, Kiss Áron u. 6. Quiet surroundings, guaranteed rest. Located in a residential area. Pleasant caretakers. Pricing in low season, €40 to €55. Unless you are driving, assume €7 for taxi ride into Buda or Pest.
  • Jagello Hotel, 1124 Budapest Jagello út 38. (Budapest), 003612482780, [13]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Jagelló Business Hotel*** is a three star bed and breakfast hotel in Budapest, it lies close to the Budapest Congress and World Trade Center and is easily accessible for guests travelling from Vienna and Croatia, on the M1 and M7 motorways. 26 modern, air-conditioned double rooms, private garage, 50 Eur. (47.489949,19.017484) edit
  • Kalmar Pension B&B, Kelenhegyi út 7-9. 3-star historical pension on Gellert Hill. e-mail: kalmarpension@gmail.com Web: www.kalmarpension.net
  • Luna Hotel, Vegyész utca 17, tel. 204-6868. A 3-star hotel built in 2001, the major downside to this otherwise pleasant place is the inconvenient location far to the south of town, twenty minutes from the center by tram line 47. On the plus side, rooms start at €49 including breakfast, and there's a fair selection of "real" Hungarian restaurants, bars and stores nearby with prices far below those in the city center.

Splurge[edit]

  • Danubius, Szent Gellért tér 1, +36-1-889-5500, [14]. It's one of the most traditional hotels in Budapest and Hungary. Located at the foot of the Gellért Hill, on the bank of the Danube, is ideally situated for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel has one of the most famous baths, see the Baths section in Budapest article.  edit
  • Novotel Budapest Congress, Alkotás u. 63-67, tel. 372-5400. A conference hotel close to the city centre with good transportation facilities to the spectacular places.
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