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EYEWITNESS TRAVEL

BUDAPEST

EYEWITNESS TRAVEL

BUDAPEST MAIN CONTRIBUTORS: BARBARA OLSZAŃSKA, TADEUSZ OLSZAŃSKI

CONTENTS HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE 6 PRODUCED BY Wydawnictwo Wiedza i Życie, Warsaw SERIES EDITOR Ewa Szwagrzyk CONSULTANTS András Hadik, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Katalin Szokolay EDITORS Joanna Egert, Anna Kożurno-Królikowska, Bożena Leszkowicz DESIGNER Paweł Pasternak Dorling Kindersley Ltd PROJECT EDITOR Jane Oliver EDITORS Felicity Crowe, Nancy Jones TRANSLATORS Magda Hannay, Anna Johnson, Ian Wisniewski PHOTOGRAPHERS Gábor Barka, Dorota and Mariusz Jarymowiczowie ILLUSTRATORS Paweł Mistewicz, Piotr Zubrzycki REPRODUCED BY Colourscan, Singapore Printed and bound by South China Printing Co. Ltd., China

Pallas Athene on the Old Town Hall

First published in Great Britain in 1999 11 12 13 14 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Reprinted with revisions 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011

INTRODUCING BUDAPEST

Published in the United States by DK Publishing, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014

FOUR GREAT DAYS IN BUDAPEST 10

Copyright 1999, 2011 © Dorling Kindersley Limited, London ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

PUTTING BUDAPEST ON THE MAP 12

WITHOUT LIMITING THE RIGHTS UNDER COPYRIGHT RESERVED ABOVE, NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE REPRODUCED, STORED IN OR INTRODUCED INTO A RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, OR TRANSMITTED, IN ANY FORM, OR BY ANY MEANS (ELECTRONIC, MECHANICAL, PHOTOCOPYING, RECORDING, OR OTHERWISE), WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION OF BOTH THE COPYRIGHT OWNER AND THE ABOVE PUBLISHER OF THIS BOOK.

THE HISTORY OF BUDAPEST 16

ISSN 1542-1554 ISBN: 978-0-75666-934-8

BUDAPEST AT A GLANCE 36

FLOORS ARE REFERRED TO THROUGHOUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH EUROPEAN USAGE; IE THE “FIRST FLOOR” IS THE FLOOR ABOVE GROUND LEVEL.

Front cover main image: Parliament Building, Budapest

BUDAPEST THROUGH THE YEAR 58

The information in this Dorling Kindersley Travel Guide is checked regularly.

Every effort has been made to ensure that this book is as up-to-date as possible at the time of going to press. Some details, however, such as telephone numbers, opening hours, prices, gallery hanging arrangements and travel information are liable to change. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of this book, nor for any material on third party websites, and cannot guarantee that any website address in this book will be a suitable source of travel information. We value the views and suggestions of our readers very highly. Please write to: Publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL, Great Britain, or email: [email protected] The Parliament building (see pp108–9), standing on the Danube

Hungarian crest adorning a wall close to the Tunnel (see p100)

A RIVER VIEW OF BUDAPEST 62

BUDAPEST AREA BY AREA CASTLE DISTRICT 68 GELLÉRT HILL AND TABÁN 86 NORTH OF THE CASTLE 96 AROUND PARLIAMENT 104

The Hungarian National Gallery (see pp74–7), in the former Royal Palace

FURTHER AFIELD INCLUDING EXCURSIONS 152

GETTING AROUND BUDAPEST 236 STREET FINDER 242

THREE GUIDED WALKS 168

TRAVELLERS’ NEEDS WHERE TO STAY 178 RESTAURANTS, CAFÉS AND BARS 190 SHOPS AND MARKETS 210 ENTERTAINMENT IN BUDAPEST 214 Barrel-organ player in the historic Castle District (see pp68–85)

SURVIVAL GUIDE

CENTRAL PEST 120

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 222

AROUND VÁROSLIGET 140

GETTING TO BUDAPEST 232

View across the Danube towards St Stephen’s Basilica (see p116–17)

GENERAL INDEX 258 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 269 PHRASE BOOK 271

Porcelain in the Museum of Applied Arts (see pp136–7)

The landmark domes and towers of four of Budapest’s most striking places of worship

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section, which covers all of the his Eyewitness Travel Guide important sights, with photohelps you get the most from graphs, maps and illustrations. your stay in Budapest with It also includes day trips from the minimum of difficulty. The Budapest and three walks around opening section, Introducing the city. Information about hotels, Budapest, locates the city georestaurants, shops and markets, graphically, sets modern Budapest entertainment and sports is found in its historical context and dein Travellers’ Needs. The Survival scribes events through the entire year. Budapest at a Glance is an Plotting the Guide has advice on everything route from using the postal service and overview of the city’s main attractions. Budapest Area by Area starts on telephones to Budapest’s public transpage 66. This is the main sightseeing port system and medical services. FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND THE SIGHTSEEING SECTION Each of six sightseeing areas in Budapest is colour-coded for easy reference. Every chapter opens with an introduction to the area of the city it covers, describing its history and character, and has one or two Street-by-Street maps

         

illustrating typical parts of that area. Finding your way around the chapter is made simple by the numbering system used throughout. The most important sights are covered in detail in two or more full pages.

  



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