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Budapest over the weekend

22 Apr 2007  Curious independent traveller
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Places to see on a second short vist

  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Flea market in City Park

    Second largest flea market in Budapest located in City Park near the Youth Center. The best day to visit is Sunday, ticket is 0,50 EUR. Has everything from antiquities, clothing, Playstation games, films on dvd's to food and old books.

  • 2. Weapons store in Musem of Minerals

    Within the Museum of Minerals across the street from St Matthias Church in Buda, you can find two stores, one selling weapons of all kinds, the other selling minerals and precious stones. The one with weapons is very interesting, since it displays real manufactured medieval weapons, ranging from swords to crossbows of various sizes, plus old pistols also in all sizes. They also have katanas and similar samurai swords, some real and some custom-made for film productions such as "The Last Samurai." Another stunner is a life-size medieval knight armour, fully equipped with stand and sword included in the price. Prices are reasonable and the reproductions very well made, not the usual kitch you can find in similar touristy stores.

  • 3. Cafe within the Fisherman's Bastion walls

    This bar runs the length of the Fisherman's Bastion walls, under the vaulted passageways, right across from the entrance to St Matthias Church. Prices are expectedly expensive, but worth the beautiful view over the rooftops of Buda and the Danube. Can be a bit chilly though as the whole area is windy. Obviously, the cafe is open only during the warmer months,

  • 4. Great little tour on a sunny day

    This is recommended primarily for sunny days in the warmer months: after you're done visiting the Old Town in Buda, return to Moscow Square on the little blue bus touring only the Old Town. On Moscow Square don't go down to the metro line, but choose tram line no. 4 or no. 6 which cross Margit Bridge. The trams stop in the middle of the bridge, givin you a chance to get a stunning look on your right of both sides of the Danube, with Parliament, the Sczecheny Bridge and the Old Town facing each other, bathing in the sun and all glittering from the reflection of the water. Then get out at the Oktogon stop and continue on foot down Andrassy Street to Hero's Square and City park. If you have time, stop at the Zoo in City park or just relax in the Park.

  • 5. Old Man's Pub

    Apparently the first pub in Budapest and something of an institution with the locals, Old Man's Pub is located on Akacfa Street just off Blaha Lujza Square, easily accessible by metro line 2 or trams no. 4 and 6. It's open until dawn during the weekends, serving food until 4 a.m. and with live bands playing almost every night until midnight, after which there is dancing. Prices are regular and they have good beer, local as well as foreign. The crowd is mixed, quite a bit of middle-aged people, and the place is obviously full on weekends, so it might be hard to get a table if you arrive after 11 p.m.