Budapest, 3rd: CITY GUIDE

Budapest, 3rd: CITY GUIDE

by Adrian Dr Phillips, Jo Scotchmer
     
 

The third edition of the acclaimed Bradt guide to Budapest, with full information on restaurants, hotels and all the sights worth seeing.See more details below

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The third edition of the acclaimed Bradt guide to Budapest, with full information on restaurants, hotels and all the sights worth seeing.

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'An insightful, eminently readable guide that gets the visitor under the skin of this city.' Kate Simon, Travel Editor, Independent on Sunday 'As informative as ever. Combining an engaging, light-hearted tone with stylish prose and layout, this guide tempts you into digesting large chunks in one sitting. Dare I say it, perfect airport reading.' - Duncan Craig, Deputy Travel Editor, Daily Express 'An insightful, eminently readable guide that gets the visitor under the skin of this city.' - Kate Simon, Travel Editor, Independent on Sunday 'Comprehensive, clear-eyed and full of subtle insights. This guide is a pleasure to read, and a fine companion to one of Eastern Europe's greatest cities.' - Dan Linstead, Editor, Wanderlust 'Bradt Travel Guides are famous for their enthusiasm for going where no other travel guides have….packed full of useful information…for somebody intending on visiting Budapest and also for those who know the city superficially and would like to go deeper.' - Where magazine 'What I read by authors Adrian Phillips and Jo Scotchmer was ever so entertaining. Bradt is very good at putting the finger on the specifics of Hungarian life that can surprise visitors…Besides providing the inevitable information …The Bradt guide is an indispensable companion for a visit to this fabulous city.' - The Budapest Sun 'Guides to Hungary are often weighed down by the serious, self-conscious and even pompous attitude to the tragic history of the Carpathian Basin. Phillips and Scotchmer bring the refreshing irreverence of an external examination yet treat the subject with affection and respect…Phillips and Scotchmer have pounded the streets of the Hungarian capital and hunted down local characters and characteristics to bring the mini guide alive. The guide is written in a smooth, informative style, packed with details yet never lecturing…A section on 'Natural Budapest' reveals information which I have never seen in a guidebook.' - The Budapest Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841623887
Publisher:
Bradt Publications UK
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,354,227
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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Our first view of Budapest was through shaking fingers, slumped greenly in the back of an airport taxi driven by a man resolute in his commitment to overtaking on blind corners. The southern approach to the city was unpretty, characterised by blurred advertising boards and blaring car horns. We stumbled out of the car and into a restaurant, playing diners' roulette with a Hungarian-language menu, and settling our stomachs with glasses of Bull's Blood and plates of what we later learned were cockerels' testicles. Almost inevitably, the tatty hotel's cheerless manager had no record of our booking, and indicated as much by shrugging his shoulders and picking his ear. But romantics know that love can blossom from unpromising first meetings. As we trudged off to find a bed for the night, a yellow tram rumbled and screeched beside us. We passed a faded 19th-century mansion, and peeked through its broad archway to a wooden-cobbled passage and a pretty garden courtyard. We turned a corner and crossed a woman taking her Hungarian puli for its evening walk, a dreadlocked dog that looked more mat than mutt. And then we reached the river, with the palace lording it on the opposite bank and illuminated bridges casting white lights upon the surface. It has been said that Hungary 'grows on you and seems to squirt a divine soda water into your blood'. In that moment by the Danube, our hearts were caught, and the city only tightened its grip as the days passed.

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