Thanks for all the great information and the links. Of course you can
post this. It might help someone else. Too bad about the Danube Bend
boat trip! I suspect you'll be hearing from me again, but this will
certainly help me get started.
That Danube Bend boat trip is exactly the kind of thing we love. We'll
be in Budapest at the end of our trip (Oct. 20-26) so hopefully it
will still be running then.
Unfortunately the river taxi stops running at the end of September. There are still some river sightseeing and dinner cruises that run through the winter. Seeing the lights of the city from the water is worth the effort. Here are some to choose from: http://www.budapest.com/things_to_do/sightseeing_tours/boat_tours_in_budapest.en.html The food on the dinner cruise is pretty “okay” as such things go. The cruises with shows are pretty “okay” for tourist shows. What really matters is that you do it after sunset.
We also enjoy good food and wine, and visiting wineries, and brewery
tours, and cheese tastings ... that sort of thing.
Budapest has more good food per square meter than most cities do, so that’s not an issue. With some idea of budget and tastes I can make some recommendations. For wine and cheese there are a number of very nice wine bars: and a couple more have opened since this list was put together: http://visitbudapest.travel/articles/budapests-best-wine-bars/
We've taken cooking classes on some of our trips and love those.
We also have taken cooking classes. The added advantage here is you meet Hungarians, get inside their homes and learn more about the people in general and Agnes is just a fun lady: http://budapestcookingclass.com/
Our last trip, to Belgium, included a day trip to Flanders Field which
we enjoyed. We also saw an amazing WWII museum in Diekirch, Luxembourg
which we found fascinating. So we do enjoy history, although Holocaust
history is too difficult for me -- I couldn't even go into the Anne
Frank museum in Amsterdam.
We are of a similar generation so I understand the Holocaust pain. In Budapest you can look at it this way. Yes, I can show you the line that was once the walls of the deportation ghetto and to walk across it is, at least for me, emotionally disturbing. But once inside the old Jewish district I can show you great Hungarian/Jewish food, Jewish music (Klezmer) concerts, wonderful majestic synagogues and a living working Jewish community. It’s one of my favorite aspects of Budapest.
We have a limited tolerance for art museums and churches. We're not
into biking or hiking but do love wandering. We much prefer meandering
through the streets of a city to using public transportation (unless
the distance requires it). We love sitting in cafes and people
watching. So that's a brief picture of us.
Good, because there are better churches in Rome and better biking and hiking in Switzerland. But Budapest has great streets and neighborhoods to wander and a coffee house tradition that puts Vienna to shame. Sit outside and look out across the Danube and watch the people all day (we do this a lot) http://www.budapestbylocals.com/historic-budapest-coffee-houses.html As for public transportation, that is part of the charm and ease of the city. The surface trams are the best tour busses imaginable and easy and cheap. The underground is also very easy but in most cases you would only benefit from one line, the M1 line which is also the oldest metro on the continent of Europe. The M1 is directly under Andrassy ut and connects the river, all of the sights on Andrassy and the City Park and Bath House. https://ppcdn.500px.org/38421898/09c1e715e8e774959ae8db42bd02e110f3eb458a/5.jpg