Top 10 places to visit
The Huszar Restaurant is located only 5 minutes walking distance from our Hotel. The restaurant offer traditional Hungarian dishes as well as local wines. On Thursday and Sunday evenings they await their guests with pleasant live music from 6pm. Whether you come just for a quick lunch or a candle light dinner with family or friends you surely will enjoy the Hungarian hospitality. This will be something to remember your visit by.
1081 Budapest, Köztársaság tér 22.
Open: every day from 12.00 to 22.00
ASZU is set out to be: a purveyor of modern cuisine that understands its roots, while gazing out from Tokaj upon the world where the wine list offers numerous special selections exclusive to our establishment, where service means painstaking attention to courtesy in every detail, where an artistically carved gilded wood interior plays an integral part in the concept that will make your evening an unforgettable experience. Have our efforts been crowned with success? Come and see for yourselves! We’ll be expecting you.
1051 Budapest, Sas str. 4
Open: 12:00 – 24:00 (every day)
The name GUNDEL could rightly stand for the history of modern Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality. Károly Gundel refined the Hungarian cuisine and created delicious dishes of his own taste. His pioneering work placed Hungary on the world map of gastronomy. The New York Times wrote that the Gundel Restaurant did more for Hungary’s reputation than a shipload of tourist brochures.
1146 Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4
Open: every day from 12:00 to 24:00
THE FISHERMAN’S BASTION RESTAURANT
The restaurant is located in the castle district of Buda, behind the Matthias Church, so offer a view of the acclaimed Budapest panorama. The stunning views of Parliament, the rooftops and the dome of the Basilica all make for an unforgettable experience. Every afternoon, guests can sit back and relax to the tunes of a Gypsy band playing international and Hungarian favourites. Whether for a full-course meal or just for sipping a glass of wine, the Fisherman’s Bastion Restaurant is the place to be.
1014 Budapest, Budai Vár – Halászbástya
Open: every day from 12:00 to 23:30
The Paprika is a traditional Hungarian style restaurant, where giant portions are served for reasonable prices. In their offer there are approximately 70 courses including game dishes too.
1071 Budapest, Dózsa György út 72.
Open: every day from 12:00 to 23:00
The Rosenstein is a family restaurant which offers Hungarian and international cuisine with kosher dishes and wide selection of wines. It is located only 10 minutes walking distance from our Hotel. It was opened in 1996 and according to Dining Guide it was the favourite restaurant of Budapest in 2012.
1087 Budapest, Mosonyi utca 3.
Open: From Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 23:00, Sunday: closed
Rézkakas is situated only a few steps from the St. Stephen’s Basilica. For those who visit the famous Váci street, Rezkakas is a perfect choice. The restaurant provides the most typical hungarian plates and furthermore you can taste international dishes also. A virtuoso gypsy band takes care about an enjoyable atmosphere every evening. The „gourmet shop” of the restaurant offers a wide range of hand-made Hungarian products. The elegant restaurant has a nice, comfortable terrace as well.
1051 Budapest, Sas utca 3.
Open: every day from 12:00 to 24:00
The restaurant is located in the city center. Every night from 7 pm a famous bar pianist provides pleasant music for dinner. On weekdays they offer unlimited menu buffet with 9 plates. You can taste famous hungarian wines and draft beer also.
1136 Budapest, Tátra utca 18.
Open: every day from 12:00 to 23:00
Budapest, the city of the spas
Budapest is one of the biggest and most exciting cities in Central and Eastern Europe. Amongst its most popular attractions are undoubtedly its thermal baths, now renowned throughout the world. Although Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, has only officially carried the title as a Spa City for 80 years, its unique facilities were fully recognized by Roman legio-naries over 2000 years ago! According to available records, there were then 14 baths in the city at that time, some of whose remaining foundations and walls can be seen in Óbuda to this day.
Most of the baths open today were established by the Turks, examples of which, the Rudas and the Király Baths, are still in operation after five hundred years. At that period in history, our city was called the Mecca of Rheumatics due to the salutary effects of its thermal waters.
The waters are also effective in healing locomotor, circulatory diseases and womens’ health problems. Open-air baths – built mainly on the outskirts of the city to complement the thermal baths located mainly within the city center – have been popular with the inhabitants of Budapest since the 1920’s.
Unmatched even on a world scale, the daily delivery of 70 million litres of 21-78 oC thermal waters, gushing out of 123 natural hot springs and drilled wells, means that Budapest can proudly proclaim itself as the capital city of healing and thermal waters. The Széchenyi Thermal Baths, built at the beginning of the 20th century and the first healing baths in Pest, is the biggest bathing complex in both Budapest and Europe. It is also very reminiscient of the Roman, Greek and Eastern styles of bathing.
Those who seek recovery from illness by bathing in the healing waters; or prefer to bask in the hot rays of the sun; or just simply while away the time in a stunning, captivating atmosphere will find a perfect solution here in Budapest. If water sports are your thing, then you too will be completely satisfied with the facilities the city has to offer.
This Bath first opened in 1948. Later, in 1956 it, among others, was expanded with a 50-m swimming pool. Its water base at that time was provided by a well bored in 1944, which finally secured the efficient use of the thermal waters found under the bed of the Danube. In 1970, the water of the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was directed to Dagály Bath, thus raising it to the status of a thermal baths. Dagály has provided a full range of medical services to its guests ever since. The 25 m length swimming pool, with its water filter and circulation system and a tent (canvas) roof was opened in 1983. At the moment, there are 10 pools of various forms and temperatures in the facility’s pleasant, picturesque surroundings. In 2000, the 2 large-sized thermal sitting pools situated on the territory of the Bath were transformed into 4 up-to-date pools and equipped with water filtering and circulation devices, these are utilized as a children’s pool, thermal sitting pool, fancy pool and teaching pool. The fancy pool offers a wide variety of facilities to the public – e.g. a whirling corridor, an effervescent bed, a whirlpool, neck showers, geysers, splashing sunbathing. In the summer of 2002, the mushroom pool and the kidney-shaped pool were renovated, and the latter was equipped with a wave-making machine that produced individual concentric waves simulating the roar of the sea.
Address: 1138 Budapest, Népfürdő utca 36.
Phone: 00 36 1 452 4556
This bath located in an Art Nouveau building mellowed by age has been open to visitors since 1918. Beautiful interiors, elegance and the most comprehensive service offering. The original Art Nouveau furniture, colourful mosaics, marble towers, stained-glass windows and statues are an artistic experience in their own right. The Gellért Thermal Bath and Hotel, known world-wide and highly favoured by foreigners opened its gates in 1918 and was expanded in 1927 by the wave-bath and in 1934 by the effervescent bath. In the course of the modernisation accomplished in our days, the sitting-pool in the swimming complex, the outdoor sitting pool and the children’s pool were renovated; they were equipped with a state-of-the art water filtering and circulation device. At present, nearly all healing facilities may be used in the Gellért Thermal Bath. The Bath includes a department offering complex thermal bath acilities (daytime/outpatient hospital), it also has an inhalatorium.
Address: 1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4.
Phone: 00 36 1 466 6166
The construction of this Bath was begun by Arslan, the Pasha of Buda in 1565 and was completed by his successor, Sokoli Mustafa. The Király Thermal Bath had no direct hot water base, nor has it any today. The Turks built the Bath far from the springs to ensure the opportunity for bathing even in the case of an eventual siege, within the walls of the castle. Its water was supplied at that time, and is being supplied now, from the surroundings of the current Lukács Bath. Following the reoccupation of Buda, the Bath was acquired in 1796 by the König family. They rebuilt it to its current form, combining the old with the new, and preserving its monumental character, found even in the name of the Bath. Stemming from the name of the family, it translates from Hungarian (Király=King=König). In World War II, the Bath was damaged. Its complete renovation was accomplished in 1950.
One of its pools is still in the mediaeval room with its dome, which will guarantee a historical visit.
Open: Tu, Th, Sa: men’s day, Mo, Fr: women’s day, We, Su: mixed day Mo, We, Su 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tu, Th, Fr, Sa 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
Address: 1027 Budapest, Fő utca 84.
Phone: 00 36 1 202 3688
The Lukacs thermal bath has a long and exciting history. On the site of the current building was also a bath which has been founded in the late medieval ages.The first department to ensure complex thermal bath facilities (daytime hospital) was established in 1979 in Budapest, in the Lukács Thermal Bath. In 1999, the open-air pools of the swimming pool section were modernised. In the course of this, the so-called mud-pond, hardly used before, was replaced by a fancy pool, equipped with a whirling corridor, underwater effervescence, neck shower, water beam back massage hidden in the seat banks, whirlpool, geysers, effervescent bed and many other facilities unfamiliar before this time. The two swimming pools of various temperature in the other courtyard of the Bath were also rebuilt with water-filtering and circulation devices.
The Lukács is widely respected and has a select circle of guests with several well-known artists, politicians and other public figures among them. II., Frankel Leó u. 25-29., (+36 1) 326-1695, Mo-Su 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 1023 Budapest, Frankel Leó utca 25-29.
Phone: 00 36 1 326 1695
This bath, located in the narrow strap of land between Gellért Hill and the Danube, has a ritual effect on many. The hot steam, the sauna, divided into smaller units with gradually ascending temperatures, sheets warmed on preheated tiles, and pools with several different temperatures ensure the comfort and a perfect bath experience for visitors. The centerpiece of the bath today, the Turkish bath, was built during the 16th century in the period of the Turkish occupation. Below the 10 m diameter dome, sustained by 8 pillars, there is an octagonal pool. The thermal bath has been visited from 1936 on exclusively by men. The swimming pool, operating as a therapeutic swimming facility and with a sauna, was built in 1896.Rudas also gives you the opportunity to have a nap in the relaxation room, since the whole facility is about nothing else but your refreshment. The bath looks back on a history of around 500 years.
Open: Mo, We, Th, Fr: men’s day, Tu: women’s day, Sa-Su and Fr-Sa 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.: mixed. Swimming pool: Mo-We 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Th-Su 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Steam bath: Mo-Su 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
Phone: 00 36 1 356 1010
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It’s also the first thermal bath of Pest. It owes its existence to Vilmos Zsigmondy, a mining engineer. on his initiative, successful deep borings had been performed in the City Park, where later, in 1881 already an “Artesian bath” was in operation. However, this temporary type of bath was meeting the demands of the age less and less, so the Széchenyi Thermal Bath was built in 1913 on the basis of plans composed by Gyozo Czigler. Spas and bathsSzéchenyi, also known under the playful name “Szecska” offers a vivid social life. Only by sitting in the steam and listening to others, you will learn more about public life than by reading any newspaper. Following the chess party with one eye only and catching only one or two bids will get you further than chasing for sharp-sighted comments in the office tea kitchen. To top it all off, bathing is an activity that will give you a feeling of satisfaction by only the mere appearance of doing sports.
Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt 11.
Phone: 00 36 1 363 3210
BUDA CASTLE AND THE MATTHIAS CHURCH
With a vast array of sites, museums, as well as streets, squares, restaurants, cafés and stores with a unique atmosphere, Buda Castle and the whole of the Castle District are among the most well-known and frequently visited tourist attractions of Budapest. The Royal Palace, where many battles and wars took place from the 13th century, is a symbol for Hungary. In addition to three churches, including the Matthias Church (or Buda Castle Main Coronation Church), located on Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square—a monument with long history, one of the most beautiful and well-known catholic churches of the city, the Castle District also includes five museums, several buildings of historical interest as well as memorial sites and theatres. The Fisherman’s Bastion and the square in front of the National Gallery offer a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube.
With the Buda Castle in the background, the Hungarian capital’s first bridge, now a monument, is a fascinating spectacle that has attracted many tourists to Budapest. The bridge was built upon the request of Count István Széchenyi by designer William Tierney Clark and engineer Adam Clark between 1839 and 1849. Like many other Danube bridges, the Chain Bridge did not survive the ravages of the World War, so it had to be rebuilt in 1949, marking the centenary of its first opening. Visitors also have the opportunity to walk onto the top of the tunnel located on the Buda side, offering a marvellous view of the Danube, its bridges as well as the nicest parts of Pest.
The Parliament, built in Neo-Gothic style and located on the bank of the Danube, serves as the permanent seat of the National Assembly. The building complex, the biggest of its kind in Hungary, was erected between 1884 and 1904 on the plans of Imre Steindl. The building has 691 rooms, and it is 268 metres long and the dome 96 metres high. Since 2000, the Hungarian coronation symbols —St. Stephen’s crown, the sceptre, the orb and the Renaissance sword— have been on display in the Parliament.
ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA
St. Stephen’s Basilica, or Lipót City Parish Church, is one of the most significant ecclesiastical buildings of Hungary as well as a major tourist attraction of the capital. It serves as the main site of worship for St. Stephen. The Basilica is named after St. Stephen, the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, whose incorruptible right hand, known as the Holy Right, is kept here as a relic. It is the largest church in Budapest, the dome of which can be seen from all parts of the city. The Classicist Basilica was built between 1851 and 1905. Famous masterpieces in the church include statues by Alajos Stróbl as well as a painting of St. Stephen offering his country to the Virgin Mary by Gyula Benczúr. The dome of the building offers a wonderful 360° view of the Budapest.
Andrássy Avenue is a 2,310-metre boulevard lined with buildings in uniform architecture and linking the City Centre with the City Park. Andrássy Avenue, including the Millennium Underground Railway, running beneath the surface, as well as Heroes’ Square, located at is end, was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. It accommodates the crème de la crème of Eclectic-style buildings in Budapest, among them a wealth of residential houses with wonderful and intimate inner courts, statues and foundations as well as the Opera House, built on the plans of Miklós Ybl.
Located at the end of Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square is the entrance to the City Park as well as one of the most spectacular venues in Budapest. The three main sites of the square include the Hall of Art, built in 1896, the Museum of Fine Arts, inaugurated in December 1906, as well as the Millennium Monument, linking both buildings visually. The latter includes a 36-metre central column, topped by a statue of the archangel Gabriel who holds the Holy Crown as well as a two-barred apostolic cross, the same way as the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, St. Stephen did in his sleep according to a legend. The crescent-shaped monument was built in Eclectic style. The semi-circular arcades of the monument on the left and right-hand side each hold bronze statues of seven outstanding personalities of Hungarian history
DOHÁNY STREET SYNAGOUGE
Top10It is the second-largest synagogue in the world, and tied with the Amsterdam Synagogue, the largest in Europe. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in Romantic style, on the plans of Ludwig Förster in cooperation with Frigyes Feszl. The building consists of three spacious aisles and seats more than 3,000 people. Due to its strong Oriental style, the use of colourful mud bricks, as well as the wrought-iron structure in its interior, the Dohány Street Synagogue is notable as an architectural landmark. During World War 2, it served as the boundary of the Budapest Ghetto—a fact remembered by The Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs, a work of sculptor Imre Varga. The Jewish Museum, holding historical, religious and cultural relics of Hungarian Jewry, is located next to the synagogue.
Top10 ‘Green ship’ of the River Danube, the home of springs, baths and green meadows. With a length of 2.8 kilometres, Margaret Island spans the area between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge and is covered by the most beautiful park of the city with a modern skywalk. In addition, it also houses ruins of medieval sacred sites, promenades flanked by statues, a water tower classified as a heritage site by UNESCO, the famous “Music Well”, as well as a beach, a swimming pool, a running track, two hotels, restaurants, fast-food restaurants and bars.
THE SPAS OF BUDAPEST
Top10The city officially won the title of a spa city in 1934, but people could already enjoy the treasures of natural hot springs in the Roman times. Every day 70 million litres of medicinal water with a temperature of 21-78 ˚C comes to the surface from the 118 natural springs discovered so far. Ten out of fifteen baths are open all year long in Budapest. You can even taste the medicinal water from several drinking wells in Budapest.
GELLÉRT HILL AND THE CITADEL
The Gellért Hill is the capital’s popular excursion place. The Citadel can also be found here. It used to be a fortress, which was erected in 1854 by the Habsburg emperors after overcoming the Hungarian army in the revolution of 1848-49. A unique Budapest panorama, which is part of the world heritage, can be also enjoyed here. Other sights on the hill: the sculpture of the bishop St. Gellért (Gerard), the St. Gellért Cliff Church and the Liberty Statue.
SILVERLINE RIVER CRUISES
When in Budapest one cannot miss out on sailing past the architectural wonders of the Hungarian Capital. The Castle district, the Citadella or the House of Parliament are just a few of the numerous gorgeous attributes the embankment of river Danube flaunts. And whether it is sightseeing, a refreshing warm-up session before a fun night out or indulging in Hungarian cuisine while sipping at the finest local wines, Silverline Cruises got it covered. Silverline offers a vast variety of programs ranging from purse friendly activities to upscale dinner and Budapest river cruise tours which are all accompanied by live music and dance performances.
Taxis must have a fare meter that can give a receipt. The price charged depends on a flat fee plus the distance traveled and a waiting fee. Taxis are normally cheaper if you call ahead, so don’t try to take one on the street, and avoid ones that merely say TAXI on the top. These are private operators who tend to overcharge.