East Europe Trip REVIEW 2014
June 24, 2014 to July 14, 2014
We took a 3 week trip over “Eastern” Europe and traveled by plane, train, van, bus & car! We spent on average 2 full days in each place with an extra ‘travel’ day. We literally lived out of our suitcases- we never unpacked. We traveled with 3 suitcases between the five of us.
• For this type of trip, you basically live out of your bags
• You don’t need more than 5 days of clothes (even including the one you are wearing)
• Stay in apartments (with washing machines) and you won’t need more than this number of clothes
• You don’t need to travel with suitcase (UNLESS you want to buy stuff, in which case you will need a suitcase, I guess)
• Next time, I plan to travel with a roller bag (one per person) for the clothes and for any liquids which may need to be checked in into a plane plus one backpack/knapsack for toiletries, medicine kit, passports, etc. I think this is the most practical and easiest way to travel on a trip like this
• STAY in city centers!
Zakopane – Budapest (Hungary) private car (12 noon)
See my review on our Stay at Gozsdu Court, Király u. 13., 07. Erzsébetváros, Budapest, 1075, Hungary.
Budapest is a lovely city- really vibrant and historic and lively. I was actually expecting Prague to be like this but unfortunately we did not get the same feeling as we get here.
Once again, YOU MUST stay in the heart of the city. IN our case, we are a 3 minute walk from Deak Ter (Ter means “square”) and that is the main heart, as far as I know. All metros and Trams basically converge here and you won’t go wrong if you are in this vicinity. We stayed off the Kiraly U. (in Gozsdu Court) and this street is filled with bars, restaurants, lively night life. Our apartment was Gozsdu Court Apartments, located within Gozsdu court (see review on this apartment) and this is a courtyard, again, filled with pubs, bars, restaurants, etc. I am glad we stayed here- it is a walk or tram ride to any major point on the Pest side of Budapest. The Metro and Tram stations are at Deak Ter, hardly 50 meters from Gozsdu Court.
We had the most delicious (and BEST!) Mojhito in a bar on Kiraly street I have ever had so far. My niece and I shared the first one, and enjoyed it so much that we ordered another one!
The night life on this street and in Gozsdu Court goes on till late into the night, so if you are a light (and early) sleeper, you may get disturbed in Gozsdu Court (but we weren’t). However, the restaurnats in this courtyard are EXPENSIVE!
The Metro is located at Deak Ter, as mentioned above and is very convenient.
If you need to call a taxi, use Budapest City Taxi (+36 12111111). They are apparently cheaper when called rather than hailing from the street.
However, if you can’t stay at this central area, you won’t go wrong if you stay anywhere between the Oktagon (circle) and Vorosmarty Ter (Square), the latter which is a few meters from the Duna river.
TIP: there’s the KIRALY street and there’s KAROLY Krt. Don’t get mistaken between the two- our driver was a little lost thinking there were two “Kiraly’s”
See my individual TA reviews on the following restaurants-
Star Kebab Torok Etterem Nyugati / Turkish Restaurant Nyugati
Restaurant Nancsi Neni Vendegloje review
Gellert Thermal Baths
Restaurant Bohemtanya Etterem review