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Posted January 30th, 2007 - 12:32 am by from Aalborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi!

We are a group of 16 history students from the Danish Aalborg university, who have decided to go on an alternative study trip to Budapest from 25th February to 1st of March. This means that no teachers will be joining us, since the ones that are bothers with study trips, are in Rome on the official study trip! :)

So I wondered if anybody in here should have some great tips for us..What to see, where to eat, where to go out at night. and if there should be a history teacher inside you, just waiting to give a lesson to a group of Danish students between 21-28 years old, please do email me at maikenvictoria@gmail.com

So far we have just about nothing planned!!

Looking forward to hearing from you! :)

Sincerly, Maiken

Posted February 4th, 2007 - 11:58 pm by from Aalborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi!

So, we got our program planned now (almost)

We are still looking for great places to eat with room for 16 (Hungarian food) - If it local and cosy, just great!

We are also looking for pubs to visit, I think we are doing a pub crawl on of the days!

-Maiken

Posted February 5th, 2007 - 10:45 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Hey Maiken,

let me begin with things to see. :)

Being students of history, I'd recommend - rather counter-intuitively - the National Museum, which gives a nice overview of the Carpathian Basin's history in the past few thousand years. That, of course, includes the history of Hungary in the last 1000+ years.

I'd also visit the castle in Buda, Heroes' Square and the other tourist attractions.

You might be interested in the Terror Museum on Andrassy avenue and the Holocaust Memorial Centre on Pava street - in case you want to indulge in the mass killings, torture and repression of Hungary's last century.

You might want to see Aquincum in the northern part of Buda, especially if we consider that the rest of your group is in Rome - so you can tell them you had seen some Roman ruins as well. Aquincum was a border town of the Roma Empire and features a modest amphitheatre.

There are some nice churches as well, I'd recommend St. Stephen's Cathedral and Matthias church, some Serbian Orthodox ones in Szentendre (20 kms outside Budapest), and the Dohany Synangogue in Budapest.

I wouldn't miss one of the thermal baths either. My recommendation would be Rudas (check for co-ed days!), which was built by the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century on the ruins of a Roman bath. That's also very close to Gellert hill, which is worth climbing as you'll get the best view on the town (not to mention the Citadel, a fortress which is also home to museum).

Margaret island is a nice park, with the ruins of a 13th century monastery where daughter of king Bela the IV, St. Margaret, tortured herself for the greater glory of God (devoted Catholics, please take no offense!) and in appreciation of Hungary's survival of the Mongol invasion of 1241-1242.


OK, now to subsistence!

That's actually harder. I would advise you against the typical tourist restaurants as they are way overpriced and fake anyway. There's one I like, which is not a tourist trap (I go there with my friends), still has some Hungarian specialties and fits 16 people (might need to reserve a table for that many people, though). The place is on Kalvin ter, called Intenzo.

BTW, as a general advice, you can tell tourist traps if you see gipsy musicians. It used to be typical some 70-80 years ago, but not anymore. Still, that's the image Hngary retained abroad up until now.

Hope you'll have a good time here! :)

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Best,
Balazs

Posted February 6th, 2007 - 2:31 am by from Aalborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi!

Thanks a lot! Very helpful! Im most likely to return with more questions! :)

Do you know if any of the baths are open late? We arrive around 11pm, and thought about visiting a bath if any are open by that late hour!

Btw, we are staying at Bartók Béla út 152, so if you know great things nearby, please tell! :)








Posted February 6th, 2007 - 11:48 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Hello Invadors :),
Here you can find info about baths in Budapest.
http://www.spasbudapest.com/furdo.php?idx=14&menu=5
11pm is very late, there are sometimes night events in baths(e.g. Rudas)
Everything (public transport, markets, old city center, etc) is close to Bartók B street - if it is Bartók B in the 11th district- so you are lucky and close to every program you wish, if you talked about Bartók B in the 22nd sitrict.. well....it is much diferent.
bye Enikő Anna

Posted February 6th, 2007 - 1:01 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
WoW! I didn't even know there was a Bartok Bela in the 22nd...

Indeed, if it is the 11th district one, it is quite well connected. By the number, my guess would be it's on the farther parts of it, but there's good public transportation.

Just don't get too wasted, as it'll be a long walk back there :)

Posted February 7th, 2007 - 2:03 pm by from Aalborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi! It's in the 11th district!

We are trying to figure out whether to take a minibus or a normal bus/metro from the airport, but Im finding it a little difficult to get the prices right.. Can some of you help me on that?

If have been looking on www.bud.hu and www.bkv.hu, but guess Im not that great navigating webpages! :)


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Posted February 7th, 2007 - 2:18 pm by from Torokbalint, Hungary (Permalink)
Hi!

Depends, which terminal you arrive. From Terminal 2, there is a bus to Kőbánya-Kispest, No. 200.
http://www.bkv.hu/angol/busz/200.html

From Terminal 1, the number is 93. On weekends, the no. 200 goes there. It gets to the metro in about 15 minutes. From there, you can be at the center in about 20 minutes. It is the cheapest, the ticket cost something like 180 Ft, I think.

http://www.bkv.hu/angol/busz/93.html

Hope, I could help :-)

Have a nice journey!
Zsuzsa

Posted February 7th, 2007 - 2:28 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Sorry Zsusza, I have to disagree, 200 bus stops every day in both terminal 1 and 2. As you can see in the link you sent :-) Anyway local transport is the cheapest way but of course slower than other options.

an alternative
http://www.utazzitthon.hu/html/transfer.php
tehx say they transfer up to 8 people fo 10 000 HUF, I think this is the second cheapest way after BKV (local transport)

Posted February 7th, 2007 - 4:58 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
The Budapest Airport Minibus service, which takes you exactly to the address you want, like a taxi, costs 2300 HUF per person one way.
Since you are many people your best option might be to take taxis, because there's a fixed price which is more or less double than the minibus one, so it's actually cheaper with more than two people in each taxi. Ask for the fixed price before boarding the taxi. You may have trouble finding that many taxis, though, so you may want to call Fötaxi, the cheapest company, at +36 1 222 2222.
If you don't have too much luggage, though, you can use public transport the way the other posters suggested, but that can be a bit hard to figure out for first-time visitors of Budapest. That way it will take you about one hour and a half to get to your accomodation.

Posted February 7th, 2007 - 5:02 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Ah, and I just realized that if you arrive at 11 pm. public transport is much more complicated, because if you miss the last metro at 23:30 you can only take nightbuses.

Posted February 8th, 2007 - 12:06 am by from Aalborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi!!

THANKS SOOO MUCH for your help guys!! It it much appreciated!! Makes everything a little bit easier! :)




Posted February 8th, 2007 - 8:31 am by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)

Have you asked if there is an aiport trasport service where you will stay? It must be the easiest :)) Anyway i also recomend you the taxi ask for 2 combi if you have to much luggage.

wellcome you all in Budapest soon :))
bye Enikő Anna

Posted February 8th, 2007 - 12:07 pm by from Budapest, Hungary (Permalink)
Here are some more info for invadors :)
bye Enikő Anna

Useful sites:
www.hungarycard.hu
www.budapest.hu
www.budapestinfo.hu/en/general_information
www.menetrendek.hu/ -> timetables ( sorry it is only in Hungarian)
www.bkv.hu -> about public transport


good viewof the city by night & day
Pest side
from the dome of Szent István Bazilika at Szent István tér (Saint Sthepen)
from the NAtional Theatre or the Babel tower next to the theatre
Buda side
from the baloon at Nyugati tér (near Nyugati pályaudvar/railwaystation)
from the Castle Hill by cable tram or bus No 16 from Deák square, Vár busz from Moszkva tér

from the Citadella by bus No 27 Körtér (Villányi út)

Museum

Operahouse
Parliament
Gresham Palace (Four seasons hotel)
Millenáris Park (ex industrial area rebuilt for exhibitions, concerts, etc)
Aquincum (Óbuda)http://www.aquincum.hu/
Vassarelly (Óbuda)
Bridge
Lánchíd (Chain)
Szabadság (Liberty)
etc

Exhibitions
Museum of Fine Arts
http://www.szepmuveszeti.hu/web/guest/aktualitasok/programok?p_p_id=63_INSTANCE_4ClS&p_p_action=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_order=w1&p_p_col_pos=1&p_p_col_count=2&_63_INSTANCE_4ClS_struts_action=%2Fjournal_articles%2Fview&

Parks
Margaret Island (bus No26 circling between Nyugati tér and Árpád híd)
Városliget
Botanical garden of Corvinius University (11th district, Villányi út)
Millenáris Park (ex industrial area rebuilt for exhibitions, concerts, etc)
park of the National theatre



Posted March 1st, 2007 - 11:00 pm by from Aalborg, Denmark (Permalink)

Hi!

So, just got back from a wonderful time in Budapest!

Just wanted to say thanks for your advice!

We used www.budapesttransfer.com to get to and from the airport! Very good service, and some of the cheapest we could find!

The first night we had dinner at a place near our hotel, called the rolling rock. The "very nice" woman in the recpetion had recommended it, when we asked for a place near, with hungarian food, and the food was just bad and very american!! So bad luck!

But we ate at Fatal and Intenzo the next two nights! Just great places, with great food! The portions at Fatal's were HUGE!! And the staff at Intenzo's were just really great! Especially thinking that we were a bunch of 16 drunk students, celebrating our last night in Budapest!!! A bit loud!! And the even gave us free shots (maybe because our bill had just reached 100.000 HUF!)

Among some of the things we did, we visited St. Stephens church, the whole castle area including a cave/tunnel-visit, The history Museum, The beautiful national gallery, the statue park(well, that was not much of a sight! Great statues, but the adds for the place sure knows how to sell three pads of wet grass with 30-40 statues to the tourists!!), the bath in the city park! I so envy u guys for your thermal baths and your bath tradtions! That was just sooo great! sSme visited the war museum and other sights, but all in all!! Just a simply great and wonderful visit!

-Maiken and Mikael