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Good bye East, Hello West

Since the collapse of communism the former eastern block has open its arms and its tills to the west and have embraced capitalism and our wallets. Budapest is no different; however its worth a look before the hordes of young and horny men takeover the place and turns it into another Amsterdam or Hamburg. The signs are already there with western style fast food outlets on most street corners and girlie bars on every other.
In saying that its a place that you visit as least once in your life as its quite pretty with a fair mix of modern and remnants of the soviet past.

The city is devided into two halves by the river Danube, these areas are known as Buda and the latter isknown as Pest. The two areas are very different and you should choose your location carefully.

The city was formed as we now know it in 1873 when the Chain bridge was built to cross the Danube River.


This is most ornate part of the city offfering comanding views of Pest as it sits on higher ground. This quite a hilly area and you'll find more expensive hotels loacted here such as Hilton and Congress Park Hotel Flamenco. In saying that its a great place to visit and a swim in the famous spa at Danubius Hotel Gellert is well worth the stay.


This area is more industrial than Buda, however it has more going on this side of town. When comes to accomodation the choice is higher and can be cheaper. You'll find hotels such Sofitel and my hotel the Radisson Beke.
There are spas and shops and lots of bars to keep you entertained as well having the best links to the airport and ishome to the main rail station. However what it has facilities it looses in beauty.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Still cheap as they have yet to convert to the Euro.
  • Cons:There is a language Barrier
  • In a nutshell:Not what you expected!
  • Last visit to Budapest: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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