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The Red Bus Hostel Budapest is a long standing hostel in the heart of downtown central Budapest and is a budget, backpacker travellers heaven. We offer a quality, clean safe and cheap accomodation in Budapest at an affordable price for all with free internet and wifi. The hostel is easily reachable from the Airport and the train stations, close to all main attractions, clubs, restaurant streets. We like to think that we run our hostel properly for those travellers who wish to learn about and discover all about Budapest and Hungary, we are not just a business. Hostel reviews say: we are the best hostel in Budapest! We are NOT a party hostel, if it is non stop partying you are after then there are plenty of other hostels in the city who will allow you to do so. For example we do not accept groups of guys and do not tolerate stupid drunken behaviour. We believe that it is not fair on the other guests and the staff. This doesn't mean however that we are against you enjoying yourselves! We wish for you to have a great time in Budapest and make new friends in our hostel and enjoy what our capital City can offer!
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Valentine’s Day

The most romantic venues of Budapest

Valentine’s Day is inevitably approaching us by the minute, pleasing all in love. Many times one just drops by a shop to buy the first heart-patterned cup, takes their significant other to a fancy restaurant or a cinema, and the big day is history.  But doesn’t love deserve more than that? A special afternoon or evening on 14 February is the least we can devote to what we’ve been making sacrifices for and who we’ve been getting so much love and tenderness from. Sometimes, though, it’s not easy to come up with the proper place to take our partner to for a romantic or stylish walk of love, so we thought we might help you a little with that. What’s more! Even those planning for a whole day will be able to fill their schedule with the venues to come.

Citadella – The tiny bus no. 27 goes to Citadella from Móricz Zsigmond körtér. Those wishing for some windy romance could easily be regulars here. The park, green in spring and summer, will not let you down even if you arrive near the end of winter, on the day of love. There are swings, benches and a beautiful view to Budapest. It’s advisable to come here in the early afternoon to make the wind that blows up on the hill more bearable. And if you want to surprise your partner with a hot soup, you can find fine dishes at two different places, too: Búsuló Juhász or Citadella Étterem.

Szent István park – It’s very easy to approach the park parallel to Margitsziget. Starting from Jászai Mari tér in Northern direction, embracing your partner it’s only a few-minute stroll to get to the garden with huge fountains and wonderful rose bushes. The rose bushes are adopted here, as is customary for some, and this is marked with little plates. After some circles done around the flowers and having memorized their names you can have a hot drink atDunapark Café.

Clark Ádám tér – It’s a special place for romance, only for the daring. Take a good-sized canteen full of hot tea and start out to Clark Ádám tér and its vicinity. You might as well try the Buda Castle Hill Funicular to recall the civil-urban ski elevators of old times or throw together a light, simple and naturally steaming dinner in the square above the Alagút. This way your afternoon with your partner will be enchanting for sure.

Király stairway, Szalag stairway (and railing), Ponty utca – If you want a walk in the city, there’s no better venue than the crooked little stairways below the castle. You can set out from Clark Ádám tér or even Batthyány-tér. Either way, you’re going to have to dress up in warm clothes because you can easily be lured to stay for longer than you would expect.

Apáthy-szikla (Apáthy-rock) – This place was created for the lovers of mountains and good weather. The long tour is guaranteed as hopping on bus no. 11 in Mechwart liget you can enjoy the sight of the charming hidden little streets of Budapest, then getting off at the end of the line, walking along Nagybányai út you’ll reach Apáthy-szikla itself. And you might want to take a rest on top after climbing all over it. Set out at about noon or in the early afternoon to surprise your partner with the view opening up before your very eyes.

Károlyi kert – If you don’t have time for a bigger trek but still want to have a romantic timeout in an atmospheric park, you don’t have to search for long as Károlyi kert is situated in the heart of the city. At the oasis only a few minutes from Astoria tiny paths and fountains (that, of course, don’t operate in this weather but still evoke romantic feelings) await couples on Valentine’s Day.

Feneketlen-tó (Bottomless lake) -  What could be more romantic in the cold weather than a walk by the lake? In addition, if the ducks and gulls gathering in great numbers at the lake to be fed by the many onlookers are still awake at a late hour, the quacks and shrieks will summon the approaching spring.

Rózsák tere – It can be considered a genuine urban place but it’s also mystic at the same time, and  if you arrive in sunny weather, you will not want to move along. At the monumental Neo-Gothic church you can enjoy a spiritual talk with the one you chose your significant other. Men! A talk like that can really impress a girl, and in such a romantic environment as little as 10 minutes is enough to get the flames of love rise.

Füvészkert – For lovers flora! If you want to amaze your partner, this place is a must to visit at least once. You don’t even need to know anything about plants to spend some delightful hours in here. It’s a fact, though, that Füvészkert abounds in special creatures, and meeting them is definitely enough for a pleasant afternoon. While winter is not a good time for watching bromeliads or orchids, a little preparation could ensure many exciting moments. And if you feel frozen enough, Füvészkert Restaurant and Café provides a perfect place for finishing off your romantic day.

József hegyi-kilátó – Now, this is a place which can only be approached with a car. Maybe few know of the round-shaped building towering above family houses but the sight that greets couples exceeds every expectation. You can come here even late in the evening to marvel at the little gems of the Danube and most of Budapest. This backdrop could be appropriate for as serious an intention as a proposal. But you have to dress up warmly as wind can blow really heavily up here. Also, buy yourselves some hot drinks along the way because there isn’t more romantic than sipping them together on the top of the city.

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Top 12 traditional Hungarian restaurants in Budapest

Let us suggest you a list of restaurants, which are famous, serving traditional Hungarian dishes, where professionals playing gipsy music as they played in the old times. Whichever you choose you will have a real Hungarian gastronomic experience!

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Gundel Restaurant
Early 1900’s elegant interior, live gipsy music, traditional and reformed Hungarian dishes, wide range of wines, wine cellars, confectionary, shop, event service, garden, private rooms, awarded by GaultMillau, Michelin Guide, Budapest Business Journal and many others
Address: 14th district, Gundel Károly street 4
Table reservation: +36-1-468-4040
Website: www.gundel.hu

Kárpátia Restaurant
Exclusive interior, live gipsy music, Hungarian and international dishes, brassiere, private rooms, event service, awarded by DiningCity
Address: 5th district, Ferenciek square 7-8
Table reservation: +36-1-317-3596
Website: www.karpatia.hu

Mátyás Pince Restaurant
Traditional Hungarian style interior, Hungarian and Transylvanian dishes, wide range of wines, live gypsy music, Hungarian folklore evenings
Address: 5th district, Március 15. square 7
Table reservation: +36-1-266-80-08
Website: eng.matyaspince.eu

100 Éves Restaurant (100 Years Old Restaurant)
Live gipsy music, 1800’s rustic interior, garden, traditional Hungarian and international dishes, private room
Address: 5th district, Pesti Barnabás street 2
Table reservation: +36-1-230-0329
Website: www.100evesetterem.hu

Vörös Postakocsi Restaurant
Live gipsy music, neoreneissance interior, terrace, beer cellar, wide range of wines, traditional Hungarian and international dishes, private room, event service, awarded by TripAdvisor
Address: 9th district, Ráday street 15
Table reservation: +36-1-217-6756
Website: www.vorospk.com

Alabárdos Restaurant
Medieval interior with comfortable exclusive furniture, traditional and reformed Hungarian dishes, soft guitar music, private services, awarded by GaultMillau and Michelin Guide
Address: Buda Castle, Országház street 2
Table reservation: +36-1-356-08-51
Website: www.alabardos.hu

Halászbástya Fine Dining Restaurant
Royal interior, spectacular panorama view, traditional and reformed Hungarian and international dishes, private rooms, terraces
Address: Fisherman’s Bastion, North Tower, Buda Castle
Table reservation: +36-1-201-6935
Website: eng.halaszbastya.eu

Rézkakas Restaurant
Modern interior, traditional and reformed Hungarian and international dishes, virtuoso live gipsy music, wide range of wines, terrace
Address: 5th district, Sas street 3
Table reservation: +36 1 318-0038
Website: www.rezkakasbistro.hu

Múzeum Café and Restaurant
Late 1800’s style elegant enterior, traditional and reformed Hungarian and international dishes, live piano music, awarded by GaultMillau, TimeOut, Best of Budapest
Address: 8th district, Múzeum boulevard 12
Table reservation: +36-1-201-9992
Website: www.muzeumkavehaz.hu

Kacsa Restaurant
Elegant late 1800′s style interior, traditional Hungarian and international dishes, duck specialities, event service, live gipsy music, wide range of wines
Address: 2nd district, Fő street 75
Table reservation: +36-1-487-3090
Website: www.kacsavendeglo.hu

Kéhli Restaurant
Traditional Hungarian style interior, traditional Hungarian dishes, wide range of pálinkas and wines, private rooms, event service, garden, live music, live gipsy music
Address: 3rd district, Mókus street 22
Table reservation: +36-1-368-06-13
Website: www.kehli.hu

Megyeri Csárda
Traditional Hungarian style interior, traditional Hungarian dishes, event service, live gipsy music, folklore evenings
Address: 4th district, Váci road 102-104
Table reservation: +36-1-230-3465
Website: www.megyeri-csarda.hu

Of course there are a lot of other good restaurants waiting for you to explore.

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Things to do in Budapest during Winter

10+ Things to do in Budapest during Winter

1. Visit a Bath in Budapest

Szenchenyi Bath Budapest during WinterBudapest is world famous for its bathing culture and facilities which all offer an inside and an outside part. As the water sources in the Budapest baths are natural many have a temperature of 23 degrees and above. That makes swimming a pleasure even though it is freezing cold and snowing outside. Actually the outside swimming pools are by far the best to visit during winter it is really a wicked feeling to swim when it is below 0 degrees outside.
Below are some of the best baths in Budapest:

2. Museum Visit

Museum of Fine Arts BudapestWith over 220 museums Budapest offers a rich choice of for travelers and tourists with a fable for history, art and paintings. A museum visit is a graet possibility to escape rain, snow and the cold weather while educating yourself and see things that you do not see every day. It is up to you what you would like to see but here are some suggestions you might like.

3. Christmas Market on Vörösmarty tér

Christmas Market Vörösmarty térIf you are in Budapest during Christmas time I recommend you to have a look at the Christmas market at Vörösmarty tér. There are many Christmas markets in Budapest but most of them are just a collection of the usual food, gift and drink booths offering sausage with bread, beer and useless little things to give away. This you can have around the year at any festival in Budapest, except for the mulled wine. The Christmas market at Vörösmarty tér is the most popular in Budapest and also the nicest in my from my point of view. So have a go and enjoy your mulled wine in the city center. Find out more about the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty tér and other Christmas markets in Budapest.

4. Sledging or Skiing at Normafa

Yes you can go skiing in Budapest even though there are no lifts or any ski resort like facilities around the city. However at Normafa, a beautiful recreation area in the West of Budapest, you have the possibility to put on your skies or sit on your sledge and have a go in case there is snow. It is not a spectacular ride but it is fairly popular to practice skiing here and on weekends it is quite crowded. There are little shops where you can warm up yourself with a hot tea or a mulled wine when having a break.

5. Playhouse

If you are around with your kids and need some entertainment than pop into one of the many playhouses in Budapest. You can find them in nearly every larger shopping center in the city. Another one is next to the Zoo in Budapest or near Western Train station called MiniCity Playhouse. Kids love the toys, slides, trampolines and all the other things to do. For the parents that might not be as exciting but if the kids are happy most parents are as well.

6. Visit famous sights from inside

St. Stephen Basilica BudapestNext to the many museums and galleries in Budapest of course there are a lot of historical buildings and churches you might want to visit. These places are beautiful from outside but well worth to have a look inside. Many of them are free of charge and most others are accessible for a small fee. There are many of them but here are some suggestions:

7. See Andrássy út during Christmas time at night

It is magical! The trees along the Andrássy avenue are decorated with lights and when the sun is going down the Christmas lights light up the street. This is without a doubt one of the most romantic views you can have in Budapest. Especially if there is snow on the streets and not too many cars are passing by it is amazingly beautiful to just have a walk in the cold winter landscape of the most famous road in Budapest.

8. Enjoy a historical Coffee houses

The coffee house culture in Budapest, which came from Austria during the Hungarian-Austrian empire, is well developed and you can find a lot of small coffee houses that are full of history. In many coffee houses you can hear stories about writers and other artists who came by, spend their day in the Café and wrote a book, a poem or a song. Coffee still has a large tradition in Hungary and will exist longer than quick coffee-to-go chains such as Starbucks or Costa Coffee.
A good coffee paired with one of the cakes Hungary is famous for a special moment at any time but especially during winter. It will raise your mood immediately. Check out some coffee house suggestions:

9. Shopping in one of the Budapest shopping centers

Allée BudapestIf you want to escape from sightseeing, culture and relaxing for a while one good opportunity to spend some time (and money) is to visit one of the many oversize Shopping Centers in Budapest that exist on nearly every second crossroads. In Buda, in Pest, wherever you are you will not have a long distance to walk into a shopping center that offers everything from clothing over electronics to food. Usually stuffed with big brand shops the shopping centers do not really differentiate from each other so it does not matter which one you chose however due to the cannibalization some are a bit empty in terms of stores as well as visitors. here are 3 shopping center where you will get everything you need.

10. Ice Skating on the Városligeti Tó

Ice Skating BudapestThe Városligeti Tó (city park lake) is located right behind the famous Heroes’ Square in Budapest and belongs to the city park, one of the largest recreation areas in the capital of Hungary. During summer the little lake is home of ducks and fishes and is very popular for having a walk or just going out with your kids. However in the winter time when the water is frozen the lake turns into a large ice rink where hundreds of people go ice skating every day until late evening. Even ice hockey matches and speed skating competitions are going on here during winter. With the picturesque background of the Vajdahunyad Castle and the statues of Heroes’ Square it makes ice skating unforgettable.

11. Enjoy a night in the cinema

Cinema BudapestLike to watch a movie? Than get your feet up and get into one of the many cinemas in Budapest. In every single shopping center in Budapest you can find a Cinema City or Palace Cinema complex. Most of the movies are dubbed however you can find nearly every movie subtitled in one of the cinemas so that it is possible to enjoy movies in original language which most of the time is English. There are small independent movie theaters where you can see more alternative and non-blockbuster movies if you are sick of typical Hollywood productions. Enjoy an evening with a good movie and some popcorn on a cold winter evening.

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10 interesting facts about Christmas:

1. In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
2. According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
3. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
4. According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.
5. The British wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.
6. Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna, and Nikolaos of Bari), who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint, and artists have portrayed him more often than any other saint except Mary. He is the patron saint of banking, pawnbroking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City.
7. Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins.
8. It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.
9. Christmas is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass,” which is derived from the Old EnglishCristes mæsse (first recorded in 1038). The letter “X” in Greek is the first letter of Christ, and “Xmas” has been used as an abbreviation for Christmas since the mid 1500s.
10. The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples. At Christmastime, medieval actors would use apples to decorate paradise trees (usually fir trees) during “Paradise Plays,” which were plays depicting Adam and Eve’s creation and fall.

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What to do in Budapest with Funzine magazin

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Budapest Cinemas, Multiplexes and Art Cinemas

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In Budapest cinemas foreign language films are subtitled (feliratos in Hungarian), so tourists can enjoy the latest blockbusters with the original soundtrack.
Some very popular films are dubbed (szinkronizált) so it’s always good to check in Exit or in Pesti Est free magazines whether the film you want to watch is subtitled before you buy the ticket.
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20th APR 2013 Hyperspace

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20 April 2013, the legend continues: HYPERSPACE presents the biggest event in its history so far. This festival is absolutely prime in all categories and it’s the biggest electronic music event in Hungary for the first half of 2013.
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Chairlift

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The Libegő is one of Budapest’s must-see special experiences. It is a two-way chairlift system that transports passengers between the Zugliget and the top of János Hill. It has been in operation for decades and still no accidents have ever happened.
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