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Five of the best thermal baths in Budapest

Five of the best thermal baths in Budapest

For over a thousand years, kings and queens from every part of Europe and Asia have enjoyed—and fought for—Budapest’s natural hot springs. Seemingly every other conqueror of the city made his mark by building a bath (or “fürdo” in Hungarian) to call his own. Each day, more than 350,000 cubic meters of hot water gushes » Read more

Budapest cheap souvenir: Rubik Squared

Budapest cheap souvenir: Rubik Squared

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, » Read more

Budapest Q&A: “Checking in” with BudaBaB

Budapest Q&A: “Checking in” with BudaBaB

Editor’s Note: In our “Checking In” series, we interview hotel and B&B proprietors about tips for visiting their city. Today we “check in” with Dr. Ryan James, who runs the BudaBaB, a bed and breakfast in Budapest, Hungary, with his partner Ron Schmitz. Dr. James is also the author of Frommer’s Budapest and the Best » Read more

Budapest: Free views at Fisherman’s Bastion

Built in 1905, the Fisherman’s Bastion is a wide, turreted monument in the neo-Romanesque style of architecture. You can reach it and the views are pretty much the same. The whole thing looks like a medieval wonderland. Hungarians refer to the Bastion in their native tongue as, “Halaszbastya”. It was originally intended for basic decorative purposes, » Read more

Budapest Night Out: Wine, goulash, dance floor

Budapest Night Out: Wine, goulash, dance floor

Get more bang for your forint with our Cheapo-tested tips for a night out in Budapest. Kari Hoerchler, who recently prowled the city’s streets hunting down hotels for us, also found out how to have fun… Start the night with a free drink. A cheapo could get a jump start on the evening with a » Read more

Budapest tip: Five favorite cafes

Back in the day, it was fairly typical to see many old Hungarian men and woman hanging out well into the night at a traditional coffee house in Budapest. Ideas were discussed and many pastries were consumed. Today, it’s hard to narrow in on some of these ancient gems (no, we’re not talking about the » Read more

Budapest: Margit Island Summer Performances

Budapest: Margit Island Summer Performances

Summer in Budapest means long, warm nights, which the city uses to best effect to host some excellent outdoor theatre performances. The most extravagant summer performances are on Margit Island, the luscious green spot in the middle of the Danube. This year, the season’s first performance on the island stage is on June 10; the » Read more

Budapest: Fiery Culture on Midsummer Night

Budapest: Fiery Culture on Midsummer Night

On June 23, 2007, Budapest will hold its third Night of Museums to celebrate St John’s Midsummer Night. Traditionally, this is the night when fires are kept burning for unmarried girls to jump over and so guarantee themselves a husband, and fruit is thrown into the fire to guarantee a good harvest. Torches and candles » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Trendsetting Budapest

Wandering Cheapo: Trendsetting Budapest

Where would you go if you wanted to sport crazy tights and ride Critical Mass? Or don a wool blanket while dining out at the latest ‘It’ restaurant? A place where ‘sör’ means ‘beer’ and ‘bor’ means wine? Budapest, babája (baby)! During a recent to trip to the Hun capital, we noticed the city under » Read more

Budapest: Karpatia Restaurant, a review

Budapest: Karpatia Restaurant, a review

After perusing the Kárpátia Restaurant Web site, we were halfway expecting a tourist trap. Between the beautifully decorated vaulted ceilings and the shameless plugs for Sarközi and his Gipsy Band (the in-house band) the restaurant appeared to be a traditional Hungarian cliché. Thankfully, it was all that and more. Our meal took off with a » Read more

Budapest: Sziv Studios

Budapest: Sziv Studios

Bored of pounding the pavement visiting museum after museum staring at priceless works of art? Looking for a novel hands-on experience during your stay in Budapest? Szív Studios in Budapest offers affordable six-week courses for children and adults. Instructors Paula Brett, Leah Kohlenberg, and Krisztina Rozanich offers classes in basic drawing as well as figure » Read more

Budapest: Commemorating Raoul Wallenberg

The Open Society Archives, on Arany János street 32 in Budapest, is hosting a moving exhibition on Raoul Wallenberg, a humanitarian champion and perhaps the first true world citizen. Born into an aristocratic Swedish family, Wallenberg deliberately risked his life in wartime Budapest to rescue thousands of Jews from deportation, providing them with Swedish passports. » Read more

Budapest: Two Routes to Free Booze

If political intrigue, embassy cocktail parties, and the world of fashion do it for you, Budapest has been delivering the goods of late. We’re talking, first off, about the Budapest Discussions, a series of expert talks sponsored by the British Embassy in Budapest in collaboration with the Dutch and Swedish Embassies and the Hungarian Ministry » Read more

Budapest: Hot Exhibit at the Kogart House

Budapest: Hot Exhibit at the Kogart House

Painting by Miklos Barabas reproduced courtesy of Kogart House “The Face of Art” at Kogart House is the latest exhibition to open to spectacular reviews in Budapest. Kogart House is situated on Andrássy Street, in a building renovated with the help of private funding from banker Gábor Kovács. Kovács acquired the building in 2003 with » Read more

Budapest Personalities: Maria Schmidt

Budapest Personalities: Maria Schmidt

photograph by Bernadett Szabó Dr. Maria Schmidt, the Director of the House of Terror, is one charismatic lady. Hers is a tough position. The House of Terror details in length Hungary’s painful modern history of social control through haunting, interactive exhibits. The museum’s basement showcases the restored prison cells and torture rooms that once held » Read more

Budapest Personalities: Julia Lengyel

Budapest Personalities: Julia Lengyel

photograph courtesy of Sean Kirkham The easiest way to acclimate yourself to Budapest is to hop on a guided tour bus navigating its way through the streets, passing historical landmarks and other points of interest at thirty-five kilometers an hour while an energetic tour guide explains the significance of this or that spot. Program Centrum » Read more

Budapest Taxi Protocol

Budapest Taxi Protocol

We fall for it more often than we care to admit. If it looks like a taxi it must be a taxi, right? Wrong. Budapest is overrun by illegal cabs that take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. A five minute ride in an unofficial taxi in Budapest can set you back a startling HUF5700 (€23; $30). » Read more

Our Favorite Budapest Baths

Our Favorite Budapest Baths

photograph courtesy of generationexpat.com One of the wonders of the world can be found in Budapest. We’re talking, of course, about soothing thermal spring baths. Exploited back in the day by both the Romans and the Turks, thermal spring baths continue to ease the stresses and strains of life for locals and visitors alike in » Read more

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