Start your day by discovering colourful food and craft stalls at the imposing, neo-Gothic Great Market Hall, a 20-minute stroll from the hotel along the Danube Promenade. Then take a metro ride to Andrássy Avenue. This grand boulevard is lined with chic boutiques and handsome townhouses and buildings, including the elegant Hungarian State Opera House. At the far end past Heroes' Square, lies the extensive Városliget park, where you can revitalise in style at the famous Széchenyi thermal baths.
In the afternoon, cross to the Buda side of the city over the iconic Chain Bridge. Take the funicular up to the Castle Hill district to enjoy panoramic views and a Hungarian gourmet lunch at Alabárdos restaurant, near the Royal Palace complex. Close by are the 14th-century Matthias Church and the imposing Fisherman's Bastion fortress with seven towers offering panoramic views. Up at the palace itself, you can explore the Hungarian National Gallery and the Castle Museum.
Let the river be your guide for the evening. The hotel's concierge can help you book tickets for a Danube cruise with dinner and live entertainment, against the magical backdrop of the city's sights. Afterwards take a walk past the State Opera House to the bars and restaurants of leafy Liszt Ferenc Square. For a unique experience, try a 'ruin pub' like the nearby Szimpla Kert, packed with curios, art and graffiti. Head back to the hotel's Corso Bar to enjoy a nightcap and Castle District views.
Model T Ford
József Galamb, as the employee of the Ford Company, designed the famous Model-T car. He invented the planetary gearbox and the electrical ignition system. At the same time, he designed the mass production of cars. The small Ford Company became a huge factory. In 19 years, they made 15.5 million Model-T cars. One of them is currently exhibited in the Museum of Transportation.
Rubik's Cube is a mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by the Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik. Originally called the Magic Cube by its inventor, this puzzle was renamed Rubik's Cube by Ideal Toys in 1980 and also won the 1980 German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle. It is said to be the world's best-selling toy, with some 300,000,000 Rubik's Cubes and imitations sold worldwide.
In 1878, Tivadar Puskas built the first telephone exchange in Boston, and then he built one in Paris and Budapest. On Bell's telephone one person could talk to one other person only. Tivadar Puskas invented the multiple switch box, which made any number of phone users' connection or disconnection possible. To learn about the history of telecommunication, visit the Telephone Museum in the Castle District.
Kalman Kando’s most marvelous invention is the phase-changing electric locomotive, which was named Kandó-locomotive after him. The Kando-locomotives are used in many countries of the world. This revolutionary invention transforms standard public utility (single-phase) current into three-phase alternating current in the locomotive and therefore makes it capable of hauling. A visit to the National Railway Museum is a must if you are in Budapest.
Jozsef Laszlo Biro's most famous invention was the ballpoint pen. By 1938, he had patented it in over 100 countries. Finally in 1948 the Parker Company bought his patent. In the USA it became known as the BIRO PEN. Buying a ballpoint pen in Budapest is a truly Hungarian souvenir to friends and family.