1: The transportation passes also cover the public river ferry!
2: Margaret Island: a whole, relaxing day can be spent here, for cheap: ride a bike (you can rent one at the entrance of the island) or try Palatinus water park. Be sure to visit the Japanese garden at the back of the island, and the (free) mini zoo about its middle.
7: Visit the Castle Hill at sunset and stay until dark: the view of the illuminated city under you is unforgettable. Also, the Castle area is very unique with its lights on and without the huge tourist groups.
10: Visit Gül Baba’s tomb and Mansfeld Péter park behind it.
13: Do not use the funicular. Climb up instead. Take photos from those cute bridges you see across the route of the funicular. Wave your hands to the people in the funiculars, they wave back, every time.
15: Visit the interior of the Hilton Hotel and have a look at how the medieval remains are incorporated in the modern hotel.
Once you start peeking into courtyards, you will not be able to stop as you’ll want to go inside every open doorway you come across. Some will hide stores, some will hide coffee shops and some will hide old ladies chatting or sweeping the yard while glaring at you with suspicion.
As Forrest Gump would say: Courtyards are “like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gonna get”.
Recommended areas: Károly körút (Károly Boulevard), Kossuth Lajos street, near Astoria
19. Visit the Great Market Hall and fill your belly with fresh veggies 🍅 🌶 🥒, fruits , “lángos” and strudels.
21. Learn to use your camera properly while taking photos of the Parliament, Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion at night!
Tip: for the best night views of the Parliament, walk exactly opposite it on the Buda side. From Batthyány square it is just a few minutes walking.
22. Visit the Shoes on the Danube Promenade memorial that was erected to the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944-45.
23. Take bus no. 21/21 to Normafa and hike up to Elisabeth Lookout Tower. Use the Chairlift to descend from the hill.
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