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Hits and Misses -- Budapest guide

As usual, the Rick Steves guide to Budapest was fabulous. Two great examples: (1) the Hilton Hotel in Buda incorporates the remains of a 13th century monastery, portions of which can be seen in front of, behind, and in the hotel; and (2) the Parliament building square contains the erected runner up and second runner up designs. Hilarious. What happened to simply handing out participation ribbons? Hits: There are so many similar examples of small finds that make use of the guide essential.

Miss: Buda. The visit to that hilly half of the city is played down in the guide as worth no more than a half-day. Respectfully, we disagree. It is a cobble-stoned charm and there are sights missed by the guide which are worth the traveler's time. Example: near to the last stop on the Buda walk and around the corner from the Vienna gate is a former medieval Jewish synagogue. It is now a small apartment building. Amazingly, the lobby, which is accessible through an unlocked front door, contains a collection of ancient Jewish gravestones able to be dated to the 15th and 16th centuries, and largely read, by the visitor through a handy plaque. They are kept behind an iron gate in the lobby but the gate is unlocked and allows closer inspection. I can't speak to what it means to be a tenant in such a building but to a Jewish traveler able through such sights to also travel back in time it was an amazing find. And it should be in the guidebook.

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marlenez you might want to submit your comments through the "Guidebook Feedback Form" link from the Travel Forum home page (the menu on the far right). Different people, that is the guidebook writers, may see it there and might not here in the forum.