The Budapest Bike (BUBI) network spreads across Budapest is handy for getting around, and costs little for short periods. Using a BUBI bike is quite straightforward once you are used to it, and the English-language user guide on the MOL Bubi webpage is detailed but there are a few quirks and tips we explain here:
As Valentine's day approaches, we take a look at great "couples" things to do and see. Find out why Hungary is THE place for a romantic getaway with your beloved.
Producers of Hungarian craft-foods, that is, traditionally-made food, drink and cooking ingredients are being invited by the Hungarian Tourist Office to join the PANTRY SHELF (Kamrapolc) project, with the aim of popularising Hungarian food by making the very highest-quality Hungarian products more easily available for tourists to buy as souvenirs.
You can enjoy the beautiful setting of the Hungarian capital not only from the level of the Danube River, but also from many high-up vantage points. Depending on how adventurous you are, and how far you are willing to go to reach that perfect lookout point, there is no shortage of great views. You can stumble across some great vistas along a hiking trail, or take a moment from a lively festival to look out over Budapest from the walls of the Buda castle, or allow a spectacular sunset to add charm to a romantic dinner.
There is plenty to do in Budapest and the nearby areas all year round. The temperatures might be low in the festive season, but a little skating is sure to focus the mind and get you warmed up and puffed out. You can get on the ice right in the city centre, at one of the advent market rinks!
A famous photo, (below) taken two years ago at the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, Hungary by a visiting Singaporean photographer was the winner of the 2014 National Geographic Photo contest in the "places" category. Hungary Tourism tracked down tour guide Nagy Gábor, who aided photographer Triston Yeo and his photography tour group and explained how it came to be taken (and among other things, why they ended up lying on an icy Lake Balaton in the small hours.)
The Budapest Fine Arts Museum is hosting another big-name exhibition, entitled "Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age." It continues the tradition of gathering famous works from museums far and wide. The Exhibition is now on, running from October 31st to February 15th 2015. It can be viewed from 10am-5pm at the museum on Heroes' Square, though separate tickets must be purchased online. It is a special opportunity in more ways than one - it will be the last exhibition before an extended closure for renovation of the museum district.
The hotels of Budapest are operating at full capacity and tourists just love the capital, recent statistics suggest. It seems that a range of different aspects of the capital appear in visitors' bucket lists for Hungary, not only the advent fairs, thermal baths and ruin pubs.
Hungary is famous for its cuisine and is resultantly full of restaurants, but where are those special places, the greats that stand out among the good? Which restaurants are accepted as excellent, and which newcomers are gaining in reputation? We look at where to be seen in the coming year.
So you would like to use a BUBI Bike to explore Budapest – where can you go and what can you see? The location of the Budapest Bike docking stations may seem a little confusing at first. There are 58 in Pest, 17 in Buda and 1 on Margaret Island. Though the scheme is first and foremost, a commuting initiative, you can connect some interesting stations to make some good short routes for sightseeing. Explore with us!