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- Four Seasons Budapest – this one is amazing
- Kempinski Hotel Corvinus (grand old style luxury)
- Meridien Budapest
- Art-Otel – The service was friendly and the hotel is OK, but it’s really not as nice as it looks in the photos
- Continental Hotel Budapest – near the Great Synogogue
- Zara Boutique Hotel – small hotel, close to the river
- Budapest.com – the travel site of the city
- Visit Budapest – online guide
- Royal Castle and Fishermen’s Bastion
- Central Market has the been strudel in all of Europe
- A stroll along Vaci Street
- The Baths – the water is perfect for therapeutic baths.
- St Stephens Basilica (and the mumified hand)
- The Great Synogogue
- Matthias Church
- Parliament House
- National Museum
- Margaret Island
- Chain Bridge
- Terror Museum
FOOD AND RESTAURANTS
Excellent strudel (baked fresh all day long) and local favorites at the Central Market. Goulash in Budapest is more a soup than the meat, potato and gravy version, but it’s still tasty. Porkolt (ragout of pork, beef, lamb or chicken with onions and paprika). Paprikash (similar to Porkolt but also has sour cream). The stuffed cabbage (is made with rice and meat in a sweet tomato sauce), the sausages are fatty and flavorful and the crispy skin duck with noodles is amazing.
Hungarian wines are remembered mostly for Bikaver (Bull’s Blood) red and the Tokaji white wines, but the wine industry has come a long way and they now produce very good quality Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot and a local very interesting variety known as Kekfrankos. The whites, aside from the very popular Tokaji, include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat and a lot of sweet desert wines
- Kacsa Vendeglo is a small white tablecloth restaurant on the Buda side that specializes in reall delicious Duck. Just make sure you get a table away from the gypsy violinist.
- At the Central Market – on the ground floor is the strudel booth. You’ll go back for more.