This city, a relic of the glorious 19th century is worth every
minute and € Euro it takes to get there. One can easily fill
a week in the coffee houses alone. Hungary requires no visa for
US, Canadian or EU citizens, and neither do the Czech Republic or
Austria (countries through which one must travel to get there from
Berlin). Citizens of less privileged countries such as Australia
get hit for US$65 for a single entry Hungarian visa which you need
to get at the embassy
in Berlin before you leave.
The trip to Budapest costs under € 250 round trip by train
and takes approximately 15 hours. By plane it is only a few hours
away and can be quite inexpensive depending on current deals, but
expect to pay around € 200. The bus is the least expensive
alternative at less than € 100 and also takes around 15 hours;
the benefit being that one can leave the return date open. Reduced
fares are available for students (click
here for details) .
Upon arrival in any Hungarian city the first stop should be Tourinform.
In Pest it is on Süto utca 2, very near the international bus
depot and Metro stops. Not only do they speak English, they provide
a full range of accommodation information, city maps, cultural and
sight-seeing brochures, city and country booklets, and more. It
is all for free, all in English, and all you will need. Don't miss
the Castle District, Parliament, and one of the most splendid coffee
houses in Eastern Europe: Gerbeaud.