Quick City Guide | Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

The basics

Entry Requirements: A valid passport is required upon entry. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond expected departure date. Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.
Security: Petty theft such as pickpocketing is not uncommon. Theft of passports also can occur on overnight trains. Make sure all passports and government documentation is locked in a safe place. Do not carry more cash than you need. Do not flaunt any expensive belongings or purchases. Some restaurants/clubs do not list prices. Ask to see a menu where the prices are listed.

If in need of emergency services dial 112.

Currency: Forint (HUF).Cash based economy – Although most stores in Budapest will accept major credit cards they much prefer cash.
When To Go: July – August are the warmest months (32C +). November – March are colder temperatures and snow is common. Spring and fall are pleasant times as the weather is mild and not overly humid.
Time: +6 hours (EST)

Don’t Miss!

Buda castle – Completed in 1265, this is the historical castle of the Hungarian kings.

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Chain Bridge – suspension bridge which spans over the River Banube. It was the first permanent bridge which went across the river; it opened in 1849.

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Shoes on Danube – It is a memorial which honors the Jewish people who were killed by Arrow Cross during WW2. They were ordered to take their shoes off and were shot at the edge of the water (so their bodies would fall into the river and get carried away). It represents their shoes left being on the bank.

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City Park – What Central Park is to New York City, City Park is to Budapest

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Heroes’ Square – Ones of the major squares in all of Budapest. It has the iconic statue of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Central Market Hall – Largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. It consists of 3 floors covering 10,000 square meters.

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Gellért Hill – 235 meter hill overlooking the Danube. The famous Citadel is found on the top of the hill.

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Váci Street – Arguably one of the most famous streets in central Budapest. It is one of the largest pedestrian thoroughfares. It consists of a large number of shops and restaurants mainly catering to tourists.

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