Budapest Insider

The #RTCEUR conference is only three weeks away, we asked Erzsebet Szentimai – a real insider – for some useful tips and great places to explore that are within close proximity to our hotel.

The location of the Corinthia Hotel is a perfect starting point to begin your discovery of Budapest, with many places of interest within walking distance or using the tram stop directly in front of our venue (line 4 and 6).

For a leisure sightseeing tour – take tram 4 or 6 towards the stop Vigado tér where you can change to tram 2 that lets you travel along the Danube riverside with fantastic views to the Parliament Building, Castle, Academy of Sciences, Four Season Hotel (a unique Art Nouveau landmark) and step out at Erzsébet hid (híd – bridge).

Within 2 minutes walking distance you find the best and easiest way to use your credit card in the shopping street Váci utca (utca – street) , where you can spend your spare money on fashion and design.

Shops are usually open during the weekdays from 9 am until 9pm. However, please note that shops are usually closed on Sundays (even supermarkets).

Just around the corner (crossing the street) of our conference venue, on Király utca, you’ll find the stunning Art Nouveau building of the Zeneakadémia, the Academy of Music, with its beautiful frescoes and elaborate décor, stained glass and mosaics. The Academy is open to visitors every day. 

Király utca has plenty to offer as well! Main Street of the former Jewish quarter boasts of tiny café’s, variety of small and unique restaurants, design shops, bars and 2nd hand shops.

Short walking distance from our hotel on Andrássy ùt (ùt – avenue) you can visit the Terror Háza, former HQ of the communist secret police, with a permanent exhibition on Hungary’s relationship with its former suppressors. A museum dedicated to Hungary’s recent history.

 A personal highlight is the Vásárcsarnok market on the Pest side, a magnificient cast-iron indoor market hall from the turn of the century.

Fishmongers, butchers, farmers and stallholders are offering typical Hungarian produce such as salami, goose liver, pickled paprika, Palinka Schnaps, real paprika powder on 10.000 sq.m, a real afternoon delight!

Opposite to the main entrance of the market you can visit a building by architect Kas Oosterhuis, which is known as the glass whale or in hungarian “Bálna”, recently it has been renamed to Cet (…and nobody knows why). Both points of interest are directly located on the riverside.

Don’t miss out to visit the New York Café within the Boscolo Hotel, which is located on the same Boulevard as the Corinthia Hotel. The ceiling is adorned with marvelous frescoes, golden stucco and Venetian chandeliers. Step back in time and enjoy a glimpse of the Belle Époque.

Clearly, there is way too much to discover! Hamarosan találkozunk Budapesten! See you soon in Budapest!

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