Jozsefvaros Ferencvaros

From Blaha Lujza ter, the Big Ring road runs through district VIII, also called Jozse-fvaros (Joseph Town Map pp80-l and Map p84). The western side transforms itself from a neighbourhood of lovely 19th-century townhouses and villas around the Little Ring road to a large student quarter. East of the boulevard is the once rough-and-tumble district where much of the fighting in October 1956 took place. Today it is being developed at breakneck speed and the sound of bulldozers is constant nowadays....

Island On The Go

The Romans used mineral springs as both drinking water and therapy, and so do the modern Magyars. Kristalyviz, one of the more popular brands of mineral water in Hungary, is sourced and bottled here, and the thermal spa at the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget (p97), to the northeast, is one of the most modern spas in Budapest. You can hire a bicycle from one of several stands, including Setacikli (Map pp80-1 06 30 966 6453 3-speed per 30min hr day 400 600 1800Ft, pedal coach per hr for 3 5...

Aquincum

The most complete Roman civilian town in Hungary and now a museum, Aquincum Map pp78-9 had paved streets and fairly sumptuous single-storey houses with courtyards, fountains and mosaic floors, as well as sophisticated drainage and heating systems. Not all that is easily apparent today as you walk among the ruins, but you can see its outlines, as well as those of the big public baths, the market, an early-Christian church and a temple dedicated to the god Mithra. Across the road to the northwest...

Tomb of GI Baba

The overly reconstructed Tomb of Giil Baba GUI Baba t rbeje Map pp80-1 326 0062 II T rbe ter 1 adult child student 500 250 500Ft S 10am-6pm Mar-0ct, 10am-4pm Nov-Feb HEV station Margit hid, CS 4, 6 or 17 contains the remains of one Giil Baba, an Ottoman Dervish who took part in the capture of Buda in 1541, and is known in Hungary as the 'Father of Roses'. To reach it from T r k utca, which runs parallel to Frankel Le t, walk west along steep and cobbled Giil Baba utca to the set of steps just...

Fares travel passes

To ride the metro, trams, trolleybuses, buses and the HEV as far as the city limits, which is the Bekasmegyer stop to the north you must have a valid ticket, which you can buy at kiosks, newsstands or metro entrances. Children up to the age of six travel free when accompanied by an adult. Bicycles can only be transported on the HEV The basic fare for all forms of transport is 185Ft 1665 3145Ft for a block of 10 20 tickets , allowing you to travel as far as you like on the same metro, bus,...

Water Polo

The Hungarian Water Polo Association MVLSZ 412 0041 www.waterpolo.hu in Hungarian is based at the Alfr d Haj s swimming complex p98 on Margaret Island. Matches take place here and at two other pools the B la Komj di Swimming Pool p99 in Buda and the BVSC Map pp80-1 l 251 3888 XIV Sz nyi t 2 trolleybuses 74 or 74 a in Pest from September to May. If you want to see a match or watch the lads in training in summer, call the MVLSZ for times and dates, or get someone to check schedules for you in the...