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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 #240 on: September 08, 2016, 05:08:44 PM »
Each?

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #241 on: September 08, 2016, 05:10:19 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...

Prague for sure


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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #242 on: September 08, 2016, 05:14:31 PM »
1. The are lots of Kvorim in Prague, non in Budapest unless you drive a couple of hours.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #243 on: September 08, 2016, 05:15:19 PM »

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #244 on: September 08, 2016, 06:14:35 PM »
I love Budapest. I spent weeks at a time there over the last 15 years including half a summer in 2002.

You cannot find a 5 star hotel like the Kempinski or the former Le Meridian that are priced at less than $100 a night in the winter and not much more in the high season. The only time i ever paid more was during Formula One Racing (late July first week in August) and Hungarian Independence week (August 20).

The Kings hotel was a dump but the kosher option was there. It is no longer kosher so thats that. The restaurants dont have spectacular ambiance but the food is great, portions big, price extremely affordable. Two people can eat a nice dinner in either restaurant for less than $40 total.

The Dollar is very strong against the HUF, a big plus over Euro denominated Vienna or Prague. 9 Uber trips this past March cost me less than $30 total.

Its an old city, a bit dirty. The JEwish neigborhood is one of the hottest if not the hottest area in town. New construction, nightlife, restaurants (non-kosher).

Anti-semitism is a bit more pronounced than in Vianna and Prague, so baseball caps were in order.

There are regular minyanim.     

No kvarim besides R' Oppenheimer in the City. Most kvarim are in eastern Hungary 2-3 hours east of the city by car. The Drivers are reasonably priced. $250 for 12 hours.

In Vienna you have some rebbes in the old cemetery and the Chasam Sofer and Ksav Sofer are in nearby Bratislava (45 minute bus ride from airport). Prague has Altneu Shul, and the Maharal and others in the old cemetery.

So I guess it depends on what you're looking to do.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #245 on: September 08, 2016, 06:53:41 PM »


The Dollar is very strong against the HUF, a big plus over Euro denominated Vienna or Prague.
Czech Republic has their own currency, the Czech Koruna. 

Roughly 30 CZK to 1 USD!!

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #246 on: September 08, 2016, 07:38:34 PM »
Czech Republic has their own currency, the Czech Koruna. 

Roughly 30 CZK to 1 USD!!
And what does that tell me? >:( :o Is that historically high? Low? Average? What does that get me? If you want to talk absolute numbers 273.94 HUF to 1 USD!!!! See, my number is bigger than yours.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #247 on: September 08, 2016, 11:09:31 PM »
273.94 HUF to 1 USD!!!! See, my number is bigger than yours.

Does higher numbers count? 665 CLP = 1 USD.
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #248 on: September 08, 2016, 11:16:35 PM »
Does higher numbers count? 665 CLP = 1 USD.
Once you're going there, 1 USD = 13,075 IDR. I took out 1 million at the ATM when I was there. Never felt like a bigger legend :P

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #249 on: September 09, 2016, 03:47:26 AM »
Once you're going there, 1 USD = 13,075 IDR. I took out 1 million at the ATM when I was there. Never felt like a bigger legend :P

Wow! Anything more than that?
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #250 on: September 09, 2016, 07:18:48 AM »
Wow! Anything more than that?
Iranian rial
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #251 on: September 09, 2016, 07:23:37 AM »
And what does that tell me? >:( :o Is that historically high? Low? Average? What does that get me? If you want to talk absolute numbers 273.94 HUF to 1 USD!!!! See, my number is bigger than yours.
I was just responding to the misinformation you posted, that Prague is dominated by the Euro. That's all.

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« Reply #252 on: September 09, 2016, 07:33:16 AM »
I was just responding to the misinformation you posted, that Prague is dominated by the Euro. That's all.
And i was just pointing out that in a vacuum those figures mean nothing unless they are placed in context.   
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« Reply #253 on: September 09, 2016, 07:35:04 AM »
And i was just pointing out that in a vacuum those figures mean nothing unless they are placed in context.
Okay, but that was not the point of my post.

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Re: Budapest Master Thread
« Reply #254 on: September 09, 2016, 10:13:41 AM »



Anti-semitism is a bit more pronounced than in Vianna and Prague, so baseball caps were in order.

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