Budapest 2nd

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This comprehensively revised second edition is the essential travel companion on trips to romantic Budapest, now firmly established as one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Popular with visitors on short breaks it’s also a meeting point for international business. Board a cog-wheel railway into Buda’s leafy hills; take a stroll through the cobbled Castle District or a soak in a thermal spa.  Seek out the vibrant shops and restaurants of Pest, go boating in City Park or ...

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Overview

This comprehensively revised second edition is the essential travel companion on trips to romantic Budapest, now firmly established as one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Popular with visitors on short breaks it’s also a meeting point for international business. Board a cog-wheel railway into Buda’s leafy hills; take a stroll through the cobbled Castle District or a soak in a thermal spa.  Seek out the vibrant shops and restaurants of Pest, go boating in City Park or spend an evening at the opera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841621852
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Bradt Mini Guide
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Phillips is Bradt’s Editorial Director and author of several guidebooks.

 

Jo Scotchmer combines a job in public relations with work as a freelance journalist.

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At smelly source

Mineral-water aficionados or those with health problems should head for drinking halls (ivócsarnok), where they can taste the water at its warm and sulphurous source. It’s an acquired taste, like drinking a stink bomb; pinch your nose and toss it quickly down your throat. Some find that chilling the water makes it more bearable.

The Rudas ivócsarnok (beneath Erzsébet híd, on the Buda side) sells glasses for 25Ft; the marble-lined hall is filled with pensioners supping korsós (half-litre mugs) and chatting as if they were down at the pub. The Rudas offers three of the mildly radioactive waters: Hungária is good for stomach and kidney problems, water from the Attila spring helps those with bronchial, stomach, intestinal, gall-bladder and liver ailments, while Juventus is good for high blood pressure, rheumatism and even premature ageing!

The Lukács Baths have a drinking market set in a stylish stone structure near the entrance. The water is effective for treating stomach and kidney problems. At the southern side of the Széchenyi Baths you’ll find an ivócsarnok in an elegant pavilion (built in 2003) called the ‘Szent István forrás’ (spring). A korsó costs just 18Ft, and reputedly assists with nervous stomach problems, chronic gall-bladder disorders and inflammation of the kidneys.

A new addition to the family of curative waters gushes outside the Dagály Baths from the mouth of a gargoyle named ‘Well of Peace’. A group of elderly men surrounds the fountain, one by one filling plastic bottles from the steaming pipe. ‘My wife drinks this water every day,’ says one, ‘and the best thing is it’s free.’

 

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Table of Contents

Contents

(1) Contexts; (2) Planning; (3) Practicalities; (4) Local Transport; (5) Accommodation; (6) Eating and drinking; (7) Entertainment and nightlife; (8) Shopping; (9) Baths and sport; (10) Discovering Buda; (11) Discovering Pest and the Islands; (12) Museums and More; (13) Natural Budapest; (14) Beyond the city; (15) Language; (16) Further information; (17)  Index

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