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Kosher/ Restaurants: First 3 are on the same block.
-The Hana -  Meat - Open for lunch and dinner  (Shabbos meals) Supervision: Orthodox Rabbinate
-Carmel - Meat - Open for lunch & dinner. Dont expect steaks but good Hungarian meat and chicken dishes. Supervision: Rabbi Oberlander - Chabad -    Menu
-Tel Aviv Cafe - Dairy - Open for breakfast & lunch and depending on the season dinner too. Cholov yisrael   English Menu     Hebrew Menu
-Kosher Butcher Shop on Dob u, behind the Kazincy shul courtyard. delicious smoked salami and turkey
-Kosher Market as well on Dohany u 36 - standard israeli and even american brands. Also sells locally baked goods with Rabbi Oberlanders hashgacha. Fresh daily.
- Fröhlich Cukrászda (cakes, coffee, pastries) Dob u 22 - try Flodni

Synagogue:
-Kazincy U.(street) Ashkenaz - minyan every morning at 7:00 and mincha maariv 15 Minutes before shkiah
-Kis Diofa u.
-Chabad, Rabbi Oberlander. Shachris: Sun. 9:00, other days at 7:00 with breakfast served after davening, except Sunday.
-Other Chabad shul is geared towards Israeli tourists
-Chevra shas during the week and in the main shul across the courtyard on shabbos. You can check with Rabbi Oberlander about his minyanim

mikveh
on Kazincy open from 6:00, the code is written on the door, towels provided, entrance fee 500 HUF

Things to Do:
Pest side of city Chain Bridge:
-Parliament
-Terror museum
- Vaci U shopping area (watch out for pickpockets and scam artist),
-Andrassy U High end shops
-Embassies
-State Opera House
-Heroes square at the end of Andrassy u.
-National Museum
-Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Buda side of city:
-Tram ride up Castle Hill
-Fishermans Bastion
-Danube river cruise
-Bronze shoe holocaust memorial on the bank of the Danube

Hotels: (Doesnt pay to use any points at any of the hotel chains)
-Gellert nice but overpriced
-Four Seasons nice but overpriced
-Kempinski (Usually very cheap $100 a night)
- Continental, on Dohany street
- Astoria

Getting Around:
-Its a beautiful city to walk around.
-They had uber until recently. Uber suspended operations in Budapest in July 2016.
-Cabs can and will rip you off...especially those parked outside hotels.
-Use app called Taxify. Its similar to Uber. Use promo code TAXIFYBP for 1000 HUF first ride
-Airport to city should be flat fee make sure you dont get scammed.
- http://www.minibud.hu/en Airport Transfer from city center, hop on hop off sightseeing tour with English and Hebrew audio
- BKK Budapest 24-hour travelcard HUF 1650 ($5.60), they also have multi-day options
- BKK Budapest 24-hour group travelcard (for 1-5 passengers traveling together) HUF 3300
- Bus 200E from the airport to Metro gets you into the city in 1 hour
- Bus 100E from the airport to the city center (stops: Kálvin tér, Astoria, Deák tér) - HUF 900

Notes:
Avoid Euronet ATMs at tourist sites. Use bank ATMs. Always decline the "exchange guarantee" the ATM operator is offering you, choose local currency, your own bank will have a better exchange rate than what the ATM is offering you. The ATM "exchange guarantee" is a scam and hidden fee that should be avoided.

Drivers
Shlome Hernadi - +36 (209) 348-917 - liszka1953@gmail.com
Alex - +36 (30) 2042998
Shlome Kurtz - +36 (30) 3556735 - slajme@gmail.com
Meir Gluck - +36 (20) 4602373
Janos Bene - +36 (20) 9342408 - rentacarhungary@gmail.com
Berish Goldmann - +36 (70) 4524900 - forma11562@gmail.com
Bence Bekassy - +36 (70) 558 5405 - ben@busrentalbudapest.hu
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #225 on: September 08, 2016, 03:17:33 PM »
that depends on what you want to see, but I would vote for Prague
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #226 on: September 08, 2016, 03:22:12 PM »
Not sure if this is the best place to ask this, but deciding between Budapest, Vienna & Prague, which place would be the best base for a few days of touring, in terms of Kosher food/hotels, pricing, things to do...
I'd vote for Budapest. I went to all three this summer and I had a great time by all of them, but I'd rank them as far as where I'd want to go back as first Budapest, then Prague then Vienna. Let me know if you have further questions about specifics etc.

ETA: Forget about among those 3 cities. Budapest may very well be the nicest city I've been to and I've been to many cities across 40 countries in the past year and a half. That, along with the fact that a gorgeous 5 star hotel can be had for under $150 a night, and there's great kosher food available, makes me not understand why Budapest is not a more talked about destination over here.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #227 on: September 08, 2016, 03:32:27 PM »
I'd vote for Budapest. I went to all three this summer and I had a great time by all of them, but I'd rank them as far as where I'd want to go back as first Budapest, then Prague then Vienna. Let me know if you have further questions about specifics etc.
I went to Budapest 2 weeks ago, what in the Gehenim did you see there that fascinated you?

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #228 on: September 08, 2016, 03:38:43 PM »
I went to Budapest 2 weeks ago, what in the Gehenim did you see there that fascinated you?
Did you check out the view across the river of Pest from the hills of Buda at night? May very well be the most beautiful/magnificent nighttime view I've seen.

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #229 on: September 08, 2016, 03:57:50 PM »
that depends on what you want to see, but I would vote for Prague
Prague is the nicest, vienna probably the most expensive and Budapest the cheapest. Food choices are pretty similar.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #230 on: September 08, 2016, 04:02:40 PM »
Prague is the nicest, vienna probably the most expensive and Budapest the cheapest. Food choices are pretty similar.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #231 on: September 08, 2016, 04:25:58 PM »
I went to Budapest 2 weeks ago, what in the Gehenim did you see there that fascinated you?
Prague is the nicest, vienna probably the most expensive and Budapest the cheapest. Food choices are pretty similar.
Great summary
I'm perfectly happy for other people to have their own opinions, but I'm honestly curious what about Prague you found that made it clearly a nicer city than Budapest (things to do, and history aside)?

I came into my Euro trip this summer with the expectation that Budapest was going to be a very nice old city and that Prague would be the most beautiful city I've been to, and I came out of my trip thinking the opposite. I think they're both beautiful old cities, but whereas I thought Budapest had a few magnificent landmarks with a big "wow" factor, I thought Prague lacked that.

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #232 on: September 08, 2016, 04:49:24 PM »
I went to Budapest 2 weeks ago, what in the Gehenim did you see there that fascinated you?

What do you mean by gehenim there?

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #233 on: September 08, 2016, 04:50:18 PM »
I'm perfectly happy for other people to have their own opinions, but I'm honestly curious what about Prague you found that made it clearly a nicer city than Budapest (things to do, and history aside)?

I came into my Euro trip this summer with the expectation that Budapest was going to be a very nice old city and that Prague would be the most beautiful city I've been to, and I came out of my trip thinking the opposite. I think they're both beautiful old cities, but whereas I thought Budapest had a few magnificent landmarks with a big "wow" factor, I thought Prague lacked that.

Well i wouldn't put  things to do, and history aside it is definitely something that impresses you in judging a city's niceness

What do you mean by gehenim there?
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #234 on: September 08, 2016, 04:54:35 PM »
I'd vote for Budapest. I went to all three this summer and I had a great time by all of them, but I'd rank them as far as where I'd want to go back as first Budapest, then Prague then Vienna. Let me know if you have further questions about specifics etc.

ETA: Forget about among those 3 cities. Budapest may very well be the nicest city I've been to and I've been to many cities across 40 countries in the past year and a half. That, along with the fact that a gorgeous 5 star hotel can be had for under $150 a night, and there's great kosher food available, makes me not understand why Budapest is not a more talked about destination over here.

I'm interested in some kevarim, some landmarks (ie. palace), and some touristy (ie boat ride). I know there is a kosher hotel in prague, any such option in vienna or budapest?

I can do basic research and find all the standard stuff to do, but do you have any recommendations for off-the-beaten-path or little-known things to do in any of these 3 cities?

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #235 on: September 08, 2016, 04:59:34 PM »
that depends on what you want to see, but I would vote for Prague

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #236 on: September 08, 2016, 04:59:36 PM »


I'm interested in some kevarim, some landmarks (ie. palace), and some touristy (ie boat ride). I know there is a kosher hotel in prague, any such option in vienna or budapest?

I can do basic research and find all the standard stuff to do, but do you have any recommendations for off-the-beaten-path or little-known things to do in any of these 3 cities?

1. The are lots of Kvorim in Prague, non in Budapest unless you drive a couple of hours.

2. There are plenty of landmarks in Prague Jewish and non Jewish

3. There are boat rides in BUD, PRG, Vienna.

4. There are no kosher hotels in BUD, or VIE, but there is one in Prague.


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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #237 on: September 08, 2016, 04:59:56 PM »
What do you mean by gehenim there?
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #238 on: September 08, 2016, 05:05:01 PM »
Kidding

Not sure I totally understand what you mean, but I gather you weren't very impressed?

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #239 on: September 08, 2016, 05:06:22 PM »
Also how long would you say is a good amount of time to "do" these 3 cities?