Matthias Church

Legend has it that the Church of Mary, as this church was originally known, was founded by St Stephen in 1015, though the earliest material evidence for a church on this site dates from 1247. The church was given its current name following the reconstruction of the...

Vajdahunyad Castle

  Located in the City Park, Budapest, this castle, built in 1896, is a fantasy. Designed to show the evolution of Hungarian architectural styles through the centuries, this eclectic collection of buildings now houses festivals, concerts and the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. The castle also provides an impressive backdrop for the ice rink in winter. http://www.vajdahunyadcastle.com/

  Located in the City Park, Budapest, this castle, built in 1896, is a fantasy. Designed to show the evolution of Hungarian architectural styles through the centuries, this eclectic collection of buildings now houses festivals, concerts and the Hungarian...

The Jewish Cemetery

At the back of its larger, better-known and much better preserved neighbour, the Kerepesi Cemetery, the Jewish Cemetery is arguably more evocative and atmospheric. To reach it, you need to follow the wall of the Kerepesi Cemetery along Fiumei Ut, turning left to continue following the wall and the tram lines along Salgótarjáni utca till […]

At the back of its larger, better-known and much better preserved neighbour, the Kerepesi Cemetery, the Jewish Cemetery is arguably more evocative and atmospheric. To reach it, you need to follow the wall of the Kerepesi Cemetery along Fiumei Ut, turning left to...

The Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fisherman’s Bastion, or Halaszbastya, is basically a folly on a rather grand scale. Designed by Frigyes Schulek (who also restored and redesigned the Matthias church), the Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 as part of a number of developments celebrating the 1000th birthday of the Hungarian state. The first Hungarian king started his […]

The Fisherman’s Bastion, or Halaszbastya, is basically a folly on a rather grand scale. Designed by Frigyes Schulek (who also restored and redesigned the Matthias church), the Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 as part of a number of developments...

Spas

With more thermal and medicinal water springs (118 in total) than any other capital city, Budapest can lay claim to being the ‘city of spas’. Dating back to Roman times, the city has a long history of bathing in the thermal springs but the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th and 17th centuries was […]

With more thermal and medicinal water springs (118 in total) than any other capital city, Budapest can lay claim to being the ‘city of spas’. Dating back to Roman times, the city has a long history of bathing in the thermal springs but the Turkish...

The Alexandra bookshop, Budapest

Andrassy ut 39, Budapest Formerly the Paris Department Store and also known as the Lotz Hall, this is one of our favourite places to pitch up for coffee and cakes and an easy stroll from either apartment. The building itself is a classic example of Art Nouveau and currently houses the Alexandra book store (which […]

Andrassy ut 39, Budapest Formerly the Paris Department Store and also known as the Lotz Hall, this is one of our favourite places to pitch up for coffee and cakes and an easy stroll from either apartment. The building itself is a classic example of Art Nouveau and...

Six Budapest markets

Most first-time visitors to Budapest will have the Central Market Hall on Vámház krt. on their sightseeing list, and so they should. Opened in 1897, the building uses coloured ceramics from the famous Zsolnay factory. Inside, the huge hall is brimming with all manner of foods Hungarian, from paprika and dried meats to breads, biscuits […]

Most first-time visitors to Budapest will have the Central Market Hall on Vámház krt. on their sightseeing list, and so they should. Opened in 1897, the building uses coloured ceramics from the famous Zsolnay factory. Inside, the huge hall is brimming with all manner...

Eating out

It is safe to say that there are restaurants in Budapest to cater to most tastes and budgets. As in many places, restaurants also come and go relatively often and this has in the past made me a little wary of recommending too many to guests who stay in our apartments. Tripadvisor does such a […]

It is safe to say that there are restaurants in Budapest to cater to most tastes and budgets. As in many places, restaurants also come and go relatively often and this has in the past made me a little wary of recommending too many to guests who stay in our apartments....

Only in Budapest

It is true that we often find ourselves saying that while visiting Budapest. However, in this instance the title refers to a book – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Only-Budapest-Corners-Little-known-Unusual/dp/9638709014 . This isn’t really a tourist guide as such. You will find some of the must-see sights in the book but that is not the point. This is a book […]

It is true that we often find ourselves saying that while visiting Budapest. However, in this instance the title refers to a book – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Only-Budapest-Corners-Little-known-Unusual/dp/9638709014 . This isn’t really a tourist guide as...

On film

We’ve just caught up with the new BBC production of The Lady Vanishes. Towards the end, we realised that we recognised the train station – yes, Nyugati, Budapest! A quick check showed that in fact, the whole film was shot in Hungary, with shooting based at the Stern Film Studio just outside Budapest. Budapest appears […]

We’ve just caught up with the new BBC production of The Lady Vanishes. Towards the end, we realised that we recognised the train station – yes, Nyugati, Budapest! A quick check showed that in fact, the whole film was shot in Hungary, with shooting based at...

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