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               Budapest Virtual Tour and Travel Guide

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by Ed Prifogle

     
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VIRTUAL TOUR

To start our tour, view this wonderful TV video. Virtually walk about Budapest by using this interactive city map.Then Learn some basic Hungarian Language Expressions.Read the Budapest Post Newspaper (in English) to learn what's going on tn Hungary today.See these wonderful pictures of Budapest by Virtourist.com
.Listen to this audio description of a trip to Budapest, Watch these real time web cam view of BudapestSee these video clips, about Budapest and the countryside.View these marvelous full page QTVRs. and these panoramic views and videos of this elegant and interesting city. Read this BBC Travel Review of the city and these visitor's reviews of this lovely city.

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Introduction

bu5Budapest is historically two cities (Buda and Pest) which are intersected by the Danube river. Its roots are ancient, and historically tumultuous. They had the misfortune of being on the wrong side during World War I and II, and then became a communist country until 1989. Today it is a thriving democracy. Budapest's Ferihegy airport is a shiny new terminal serviced by over three dozen international airlines. The national carrier Malev Airlines operates nonstop flights between Budapest and North America, the Middle East and most European centers. There is no schedule for domestic flights. It is suggested to take the airport minibus (cost $5.00) to your hotel as taxis are very priciy.

The best advice for anyone arriving in Budapest for the first time is to expect a surprise. When people hear 'Budapest,' they often think of decrepit post-communist high-rises and empty storefronts. In reality, this description couldn't be farther from the truth.

Budapest is a thriving city with over two million people. With the fact that Budapest and Vienna were twin capitals of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, it is much easier to imagine the positively beautiful architecture that embodies the city.

Train service is available from many European destinations including Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Munich. The local transportation system includes buses, trolleys and a subway system that is a bit antiquated but reliable. Tickets are readily available at kiosks, and ticket agencies about the city.

buda1Hungary has recently joined NATO and soon will be part of the European Union. Its transition from Communism to a democracy has invigorated the city and it's reference as the "the Paris of Central Europe" is truly descriptive of what's happening now. The restaurants are again world class, although the hotels tend to be expensive.

The nightlife party scene is vibrant and innovative, and the classical tradition of concerts, opera, and ballet performances are flourishing establishing Budapest again as one of the most interesting cities in all of Europe. Read the train schedule from Budapest to all over Europe. View this page for a list of lodgings and travel information about Hungary.

TRAVEL GUIDE LINKS
AIRLINES AIRPORT AMUSEMENT
ATM LOCATIONS AUTO
BOATS/CRUISES CITY GUIDE  SEARCH CLASSIFIED ADS CURRENCY
CUSTOMS CYBER CAFES DINING DISCOUNTS/TRAVEL DRIVING/
DRUG STORES ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS FAST FACTS FOOD
FROMMERS HOSTELS HOTELS
LIMO RENTAL MAPS
MEDICAL
MONUMENTS/PARKS MUSEUMS NEWSPAPERS NIGHTLIFE
CITY SITE PHONE NUMBERS PHOTOS POLICE, FIRE SHOPPING
SPAS/MASSAGE SPORTS TAXIS TOURS
TOURIST
PUBLIC TRANS
TRAVEL MAGAZINE US CONSULATE VIRTUAL TOUR
WEATHER
WEB CAMS and VIDEOS ZOOS