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:
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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.
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.
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.
The advent season is with us once again. This is actually a great time of year for experiencing a taste of what Christmas is like in another culture. From November until early January, the Christmas markets are great places to spend a chilly winter evening, perhaps tasting some traditional festive food and a little mulled wine to keep warm.
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!
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.
Did you know that the ball-point pen, commonly known as a biro, was invented by a Hungarian? A journalist from Budapest named László Bíró. Even if you have heard this before, you may be surprised to read some of the details of the background and development of this everyday icon.
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!