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The Whale, Budapest’s New Cultural Center

Among all the grandiose architecture of imperial Budapest, there’s a new boy in town. A modern sleek building locally known as the Whale is Budapest’s new cultural center.

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March 19, 2015 by
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Stuck between a rock and another rock.

Underneath Budapest – Caving in the City

Kitted out in a dusty red jump suit and hard hat, I’m trudging through the mud on a small path under Mátyás Hill towards the entrance to what looks like a bunker.

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February 19, 2015 by
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Some Like it Hot: Budapest’s Best Baths

The Lukács Baths

The thermal waters coursing under Budapest have been in use as far back as the Romans, but Budapest’s bath culture is often associated with the Ottomans who occupied Hungary in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are three historic Turkish baths still in operation in Budapest.

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February 5, 2015 by
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Using the Budapest Card

Gellert Thermal Baths

Although Budapest is one of the less expensive cities in Europe, there is so much to see and do that expense soon starts to mount up. The best way doing justice to the myriad museums, galleries and sights of Hungary’s capital is to invest in a sightseer’s Budapest Card.

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January 29, 2015 by
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Private Walking Tour: Budapest Communist History Including Memento Park

Handshake

Before I took the Private Budapest Communist History Walking Tour, I knew very little about life behind the Iron Curtain. As a small child, I’d seen Soviet life depicted on television reports, but I questioned the accuracy of the black-and-white footage of people queuing up to buy bread that was so frequently showed in the west. All I really knew that Hungary’s “Goulash Communism” that dominated from the 1960s onward was more lax than what was found in other parts of the Eastern Bloc.

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January 15, 2015 by
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Private Entrance to Gellert Spa

Main Pool

I love hot springs, and make a point to visit them whenever I travel. I’ve soaked all over the world, from ancient Roman baths to rudimentary stone springs in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, but when it comes to hot springs, nowhere compares to Budapest.

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December 18, 2014 by
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