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Not only is the “Rubik’s Cube,” invented by Hungarian Ern Rubik, a global sensation, but it’s also a colorful and cheap souvenir. When in Budapest, we recommend picking up a couple cubes for the folks back home.
Solving the low-cost souvenir puzzle
Patented in Hungary in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube became a world-wide obsession within a few years. Today, puzzle aficionados can choose between numerous variations of the classic 3x3x3 cube, including a 2x2x2 Mini Cube, the 4x4x4 Rubik’s Revenge, and the 5x5x5 Professor’s Cube.
Not only do these puzzles makes great souvenirs, but they can also help pass untold hours on the metro, bus or tram rides while still visiting Budapest or during the long flight back home. All items sell locally for HUF 850 to HUF 3,300 (about €3.50 to €14).
Rubik’s inventions (and the knock-off key chains, pens and other trinkets) can be found in souvenir shops all over Budapest. We don’t recommend purchasing anything on the expensive Váci U. pedestrian street, where souvenirs can be up to five times more expensive than on nearby Rákóczi Út.
While you’re at it…
Tourists visiting Budapest already have a cheapo souvenir jingling in their pockets: the forint currency itself. Due to be replaced and unavoidable—souvenir.