Thanks to after-Christmas offers we decided to spent a short holiday in an Eastern city: Budapest.
Few days of relax and break from everyday life despite of temperatures below zero we found, even if it was bland compared to the average value for the period.
We departed from Bergamo using ParkinGo as car service, the cheapest and most convenient solution because airport parking is really expensive.
Four days of rest and new tax (imposed for airport transit) we spent € 24, with excellent service and quick and effective communication.
We flew with Ryanair, with a direct flight offer, which often allows you to find attractive prices compared to other low cost airlines.
As read in many blogs and forums, get from the airport to the city center by public transport is very simple and with a transfer ticket (or two one way) you travel with a few euro: 200E bus outside the airport to Kobánya- Kispest terminus of blue line and subway to get downtown in about 20 minutes.
On Booking.com we found a room with private bathroom in a nice apartment (Ho-Bi Room and Apartment) Andrássy útca area, 100 meters from Opera Metro Station and 200 meters from Oktogon.
Joe, the owner, was very friendly and helpful and for a short stay in Budapest I recommend him, good quality for a right price: 3 nights in a double room with large private bathroom and shared kitchen / living room for 84 €.
This holiday, although cold and wind, was pleasant and funny. We mostly walked around the city (in 15/20 minutes you can reach all major places of interest) except for the scenic ride on historic underground line along Danube until Parliament.
I’m now collecting and organize some photos, so monuments or places we seen you’ll see in a next post, even “super” Pinball Museum 🙂
I would give you some rating about this trip:
Here we ate a really amazing mixed goulash, a taste of different types: venison, lamb, chicken and pork. Mojito S-u-p-e-r and very good starter. Prices a little higher than other but absolutely justified, about 13,900 forints including service (about 44 €).
I love them! I saw a lady in metro station that gave them to his son and I was intrigued. They’re prepared by hand and soon baked in cinnamon-vanilla-chocolate-coconut-hazelnut flavor. So cheap price of 270 forints each one (about € 0.85).
Short interesting experience: panoramic view from cable car is very beautiful, to try at least once. Both wagon where very nice, retro style. Unfortunately for higher price for a one-way ride 1,200 forints per person (approximately 3.8 €) we given a lower rating.
Similar “frittella” taste 🙂 fried and then stuff with many ingredients, as you want. Traditional version in Hungary is only with wire cheese and sour cream, for 900 forints (about 3 €).
Discovered by accident during the tour in old tram, we went back to see it. Seems to be just for tourists but nice to spend a few hours and have lunch. On the ground floor are meat, vegetables and spices while upstairs is divided between street food and souvenir stalls.
Here we ate a goulash in bread and a hot dog that we’ll remember forever for tasty (even for the price :)). Goulash with purple cabbage and spicy sauce, giant hot dog, salad with tzatziki and 2 beers for 11,400 forints (about 36 €).
Good review and recommended by friends so we had dinner here one evening. Stodgy kitchen, oil drenched and not much tasty. Ok for fish, but shin with oil in every bite is quite sickening.
Pans were very dirty and, last but not least bill was high for Budapest prices: 1 small salad as starter, 1 Shin and 1 Fish & Chips, 1 small beer and 1 medium for 14,600 forints (about 47 €).
To be a “deck” tavern with poor quality seems too much…
In a beautiful location and with audio guide even in Italian, National Gallery is surely something to see to understand Hungarian art and history (very close to that of Romania in many cases). Unfortunately there are little modern artwork and so much classical and religious, a bit repetitive.
Contemporary and modern works weren’t available in audio guide and was only possible to view.