Visible Cities Budapest: A City Guide

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"The best guidebook yet to post-Communist Budapest."—Travel + Leisure.
In this fourth edition of Visible Cities Budapest, Annabel Barber and Emma Roper-Evans offer a comprehensive guide to a rapidly changing city. Here, Budapest's fascinating history, legends, and native character are revealed in detail, and readers are offered an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the architecture, inhabitants, food, and wine of the region. Unexpected historical details reveal what the Habsburg emperor said about Europe's ...
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Overview

"The best guidebook yet to post-Communist Budapest."—Travel + Leisure.
In this fourth edition of Visible Cities Budapest, Annabel Barber and Emma Roper-Evans offer a comprehensive guide to a rapidly changing city. Here, Budapest's fascinating history, legends, and native character are revealed in detail, and readers are offered an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the architecture, inhabitants, food, and wine of the region. Unexpected historical details reveal what the Habsburg emperor said about Europe's most beautiful opera house, why the Hungarians eat paprika, and who bowed to the ground in thanks when he first saw Buda. In full-color, with five detailed walks and excellent recommendations on what to see and do throughout the seasons, Visible Cities Budapest is an invaluable guide that does more than inform—it reveals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393330113
  • Publisher: Blue Guides Limited of London
  • Publication date: 1/27/2007
  • Series: Visible Cities Series
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,492,278
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor of the Blue Guides and coauthor of Blue Guide Rome, Annabel Barber lives in England and Hungary.

Emma Roper-Evans is the co-author of Visible Cities Krakow and Visible Cities Budapest. She lives in Budapest, Hungary.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
City layout     9
Major districts     10
Ten things to do in Budapest     12
Language     12
Part I
History     15
Mediaeval splendour     15
Reconquest, revolution, revival     17
Conflicting regimes     21
From Hitler to Stalin     22
The 1956 revolution     24
Goulash Communism     26
A handful of dates     27
Part II
Major Sights     29
The Chain Bridge & Roosevelt ter     32
Castle Hill     41
Parliament & Szabadsag ter     44
The Opera House     55
Heroes' Square     57
St Stephen's Basilica & Szent Istvan ter     60
The Dohany utca Synagogue     65
Vaci utca     69
Architecture     73
An overview of styles     75
The Secession and Odon Lechner     78
Baths     89
Ottoman-era baths     90
Belle epoque baths     91
Coffee Houses     95
Belle epoque coffee houses     96
Goulash Communism cafes     100
Cakesand pastries     100
Types of coffee     102
Museums & Galleries     103
Major collections     104
Smaller museums     116
Music & Dance     121
The Liszt Academy     122
The Opera House     124
Bartok & Kodaly     125
Modern dance     126
Folk and Roma Gypsy music     126
World music and jazz     130
Religious Monuments     133
Churches     135
Synagogues and Jewish monuments     140
A relic of Ottoman rule     145
Part III
Guided Walks     148
Castle Hill     151
Old Pest: inside the walls     163
The Magnates' Quarter     171
Andrassy ut     181
The Jewish Quarter     193
Part IV
Outside the Centre     200
Margaret Island     201
Gellert Hill     208
The Children's Railway     211
Kerepesi Cemetery     215
Obuda and Roman Budapest     218
Part V
Practicalities     224
Food & drink     225
Restaurants     231
Hotels & accommodation      240
Practical tips     245
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