May 29, 2006

Balaton Card - Balaton Kartya

Balaton is the biggest lake in Hungary about 110 Km far from Budapest. Balaton is about 77 Km long. You can reach it from Budapest on the M7 high way or by train or by bus. If you plan to go there Balaton Card could be beneficial for you. The Standard Card advantages:
  • 10-15% off accommodation
  • 10-15% off in many restaurants
  • 20% off scheduled and pleasure boats (not on ferries!)
  • 10-20% off sport equipment rental fees like: surf boards, bikes
The four day Balaton Card advantages:
  • Free local public transport at the four cities Balatonfured, Fonyod, Keszthely and Siofok.
  • Free Balaton Mix ticket, available at railway stations and ship booking offices and valid 72 hours for an unlimited number of trips by ship or railway.
  • 50% off a coach ticket on long-distance coaches to any destination situated in the Balaton region.
  • 33% off a 2nd class return railway ticket to any destination around Lake Balaton.
  • 50% off 4-day motorway toll.
  • 2 x 50% off a bus ticket on any Volan bus service to any location within the Balaton region.
  • Free or half the price admission to events, plays and concerts
  • Free or half the price admission to museums
  • 3 x free day ticket for lidos
  • Free day tickets for spas and baths listed
  • 1 free bottle of quality wine courtesy of Soma Cellars
  • Free 3-day fishing licence.
For more information about Balaton Card please visit the official site at:

May 23, 2006

Hungary Card

Hungary Card With this card you can get discounts in restaurants, hotels, car rental, museums and a lot of places. For more info visit: The price of the Hungary Card is HUF 5.520,- (about EUR 22,-)

May 21, 2006

Budapest Basics

I'd like to provide some basic information about Budapest. Climate: Temperature zone, continental climate, four seasons. Hottest months: July, August (temperatures can reach 28-35°C) Coldest months: December, January (temperatures can fall as low as -15°C) Budapest has relatively high number of hours of sunshine per annum. It exceeds 8 hours per day between April and September. Time zone: Budapest is on Central European time (CET) GMT + 1 hour Summer time (March to the middle of October): GMT + 2 hours Holidaysys: Non-working days: national holidays (15 March, 20 August, 23 October) and 1 May plus Christmas holidays: 1 January, All Saint's Day (1 November), Easter Monday. Budapest Facts and figures: 525 square kilometers (in a north-south direction approx. 25 km, east-west approx. 29 km) Population: 1.815.000 Administrative structure: 23 districts. Buda: comprising one-third of the area of the city on the hilly, right bank of the Danube river. Pest: comprising twe-third on the flat, left bank of the Danube river. Islands (from North to South): Obuda Island, Margaret Island, Csepel Island. Bridges: nine bridges, of which two are rail bridges.

May 17, 2006

Gundel Budapest Restaurant

Hungary's most famous and beautiful restaurant, founded in 1894, Gundel is a byword for Hungarian haute cusine and the haunt of royalty and elites. Palatial and bathed in oil paintings, it features international as well as Hungarian gourmet delights, such as fogas (pike perch). Be sure to save room for the famous Gundel palacsinta (dessert pancake). Reservations and jackets required. Gundel Budapest restaurant Allatkerti ut 2. Open daily for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch.

May 03, 2006

Visit Budapest - Arrival by train

If you come to Budapest by train you'll find three main International Railway Stations. Budapest has direct rail links to 25 capitals. There are more than 50 international connections each day. Trains depart every three hours between Budapest-Vienna (Wien or Becs in Hungarian), with a travel time less than two and a half hours. INTERCITY links running between the capital and the major towns around Hungary are extremely popular and comfortable. The three major international railway stations in Budapest:
  • Eastern Railway Station (Keleti Palyaudvar) Baross ter district VIII. Tel: +36 1 413-4610
  • Western Railway Station (Nyugati Palyaudvar) Nyugati ter district VI. Tel: +36 1 349-8503
  • Southern Railway Station (Deli Palyaudvar) Krisztina korut 37/A District I. Tel: +36 1 375-6593
Information on International rail links from Budapest Hungary Tel: +36 1 461-5500 or visit the website.