Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival Reviews
Basic Info - My Experience Aug 16, 2011
Prior to visiting Budapest, Hungary for the Sziget Festival, i have encountered many negative stories, from pickpocketing to assault and everything in between.
This is based on my experience.
How long was i there - 4 days/3 nights
So to save on writing an extensive essay on the topic, here are my bullet points:
*Don't enter any restaurant or coffee shop written in cheesy English IE.Californian Coffee Club> your just asking to be ripped off.
*In addition to the above, if you see attractive girls in front of establishments or menus without prices, stay well away.
*Second addition to the above - USE COMMON SENSE, IF THE STREET YOUR ON HAS UPMARKET STORES LIKE ARMANI, GUCCI, ROLEX, HILTON OR VERY FLASHY BRIGHT STORES > THEN YOUR IN A TOURIST DESTINATION.
*depending how much time you have, city tours are great to see all the sights n sounds of Budapest, my tour charged 5000HUF valid for 24 hours inc 2 different bus tours and 1 boat tour.
*nightlife, safe in my experience. gone home at 2-5am every night/day with no issues.
*Recommend going to local nightclubs one place that i had the best time is called Rios!!! Bouncers are huge here, but really friendly! unlike where I'm from.
*Local Public - friendly, no issues whatsoever. If you respect them and their country you wont have any issues!
*try Hungarian foods, like goulash, soprani/dreher beer, pretzels, fruits (awesome taste), bakerIEs, ice-cream.
*Taxis - call for a taxi, don't wave for one. One company that are everywhere are 222-222-2. you see them in airports etc. But train, tram lines are abundant and operate 24/7.
*Train/Tram lines operate 24/7!!! bear this in mind!!!
*If your wanting to purchase Hungarian goods, the best place are the local supermarkets, they have a tescos (for those living in London) , cheap produce - i bought Hungarian salami n paprika :D.
*If your wanting a awesome view of the city then Citadel (tower of freedom) is your best bet. Again, tours will take you here.
*Surprisingly, there soo much architectural stuff around from building, doors, views etc. So pack a decent camera with good amount of memory! youll be snapping away!!
*Day passes are 45Euro or 15000HUF
*Beer > approx 550Huf for 0.4L
*Cocktail Buckets > 0.5L : 1500HUF, 1.5L : 3500HUF
*Food> prices varies, but when ordering they ask how much as they charge by weight! (something new for me)
*BUY EAR PLUGS!!!!Some tents/areas are soo loud, the DB were as high 107!
*If you haven't bought your passes online, then standing in line at the ticket queue is your only option. You will only wait like 15mins on a busy day!(on a Saturday, I just walked through as the ticket queue was empty). On your way to the festival you will see touts selling tickets or fake tickets, just ignore and walk past.
*enjoy the music! :)
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