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Anna Sebestyen, founder of Budapest travel guide

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We are glad to learn from You, to answer your questions, to read your reviews, discoveries, corrections, complaints, warnings, happy or sad stories you have had in (or in connection with) Budapest Hungary – regardless where you are from, how long you have stayed in Budapest, or how low or high budget stay it was, You have had insight into the capital city of Hungary, and we would appreciate to add your viewpoints and angle to our Budapest descriptions in order to provide excellent, reliable and up-to-date info on Budapest. As our site is continuously improving, we wish to cater for more and more customized information on Budapest Hungary to rightly deserve the name ‘Top Budapest’.

Cross-Cultural Tips on Top Budapest

Although this is a great challenge, we will try to provide specific Budapest information for different travellers from different countries. We would greatly appreciate any help from You (what tips you would give to fellow travellers from your country), especially if you are from an exotic land.

For instance, for an American traveller it might be interesting to know that one can not expect to have a cupful of ice in restaurants, buffets or bistros, or that coffee-to-go versions do not exist in traditional cafes (espresso is more preferred, but international cafe chains provide long coffees & take away cups). Also, for that matter, Budapest is a relatively safe big city with two million people and no or very very few guns (pickpockets are A-OK though).

For the French, it might be interesting to see why Budapest is called the Paris of the East/ Eastern Europe or that the French Institute in Budapest is pretty busy and offers ongoing cultural programs all year round. It is not so difficult to find English speaking people, but French is a rarity to a certain extent. What’s more, as the Hungarian language does not belong to the Neo-Latin language family (but to the Finno-Ugric) most Hungarians won’t be able to transform Hungarian words into French ones – unlike Romanian or Portuguese people. So if you come to Budapest, do not expect many people to understand French.

The Italians, Portuguese or Spanish visitors may expect to have ‘butter and bread’ starters coming automatically on the table before they choose from the menu in a restaurant. However, unfortunately, Hungarian restaurants have not taken to this wonderfully welcoming dining tradition yet. Who knows why not.

In a similar vain, the Dutch may think that Budapest is not only a good place for Critical Mass, but it’s also offering excellent urban biking routes, or that car drivers respect bikers. While Critical Mass gatherings truly attract thousands of bikers, Budapest is far from being the paradise of cyclists: you need to stay focused and be very very preventive in Budapest traffic if you want to ride your bike in this city.

English visitors, or rather, typically visitors from the UK, are so much accustomed to coffee and tea makers in their rooms, that they think of it as a default piece of any accommodation, let alone a four or five star hotel. Now, it turns out, Budapest hotels do not necessarily equip hotel rooms with electric kettles. Yes, even despite repeated complaints from visitors.

So as you can see, there may be a lot of expectations we carry with ourselves as travellers, which may turn into disillusion or even bitter dissatisfaction if we are not well-informed. Before making Budapest your destination and embarking on your journey, cross-cultural descriptions may help you to dispel unfounded expectations and to make Budapest stays more memorable.