Welcome to Marco Polo Top Ho(s)tel, located in the center of Budapest with very good public transport facilities, day and night. This building was built to be a hostel: open 24-hours, 365 days a year you will always find someone at the reception to be there for you!
Hostel does not only mean a place to stay but to meet others, share experiences, stories, to have fun and adventure! Forget apartment “hostels” where you just cannot find the HOSTEL FEELING! With a little Hungarian touch, staying with us, you will feel in Budapest, not in an Africa or Asia or in a place that could be anywhere in the world.
Marco Polo Top Ho(s)tel is not only located right in the center of Budapest (near the Blaha Lujza tér) but also in the middle of the bar district of the city, nowadays world famous for its ruin pubs, pubs and restaurants!
from Keleti pályaudvar / Eastern railway station
Take Metro 2 (red line) direction “Déli pályaudvar” and go to station “Blaha Lujza tér” (1 stop). Exit the metro onto Rákóczi út (direction Burger King) and walk as you were going to the Burger King. Pass it, and keep going ahead. Take the 3rd street called “Nyár utca” on the right. The hostel is directly ahead.
It takes around: 8 minutes
from Nyugati pályaudvar / Western railway station
Leave the station and cross the main road to get to the tram station (to the one which is going to the left – when you come out from the train station). Take either tram number 4 or 6. You will have to get off at “Blaha Lujza tér”, the 4th stop. Look for the Burger King – it will be on the other side of the big square (no, not the Mc Donald’s, the Burger King! ). Pass the fast food restaurant on Rákóczi út, and keep going ahead. Take the 3rd street called “Nyár utca” on the right. The hostel is directly ahead.
It takes around: 8 minutes
from Déli pályaudvar / Southern railway station
Go to the metro line 2 (red line). Take the metro direction Örs Vezér and go to station “Blaha Lujza tér” (6th stop). Exit the metro onto Rákóczi út (direction Burger King) and walk as you were going to the Burger King. Pass it, and keep going ahead. Take the 3rd street called “Nyár utca” on the right. The hostel is directly ahead.
It takes around: 10 minutes
from the Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér / Liszt Ferenc Airport
Take the bus nr.200 or 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest. From here you need to catch the Metro, you get off at “Ferenciek tere”. Exit the metro to the left and take the bus 7, 5 or 173 (away from the river) to „Urania”. Walk on to the crosswalk and turn down Nyár utca. The hostel is directly ahead on the left.
It takes around: 50 minutes
We also can organize airport shuttle service, if needed. Please, contact us by e-mail!
Coming by car?
- Secure parking houses near to the hostel. During the day from 08:00 – 20:00 you need to pay for the parking on the street.
- Parking is FREE from 20:00 – 08:00 at night, during the weekends and on the public holidays.
Budapest’s seventh district has emerged as one of the best bar-hopping neighborhoods on the busy Pest side of the Danube. Places – called ruin pubs - were opened one after the other in tenement houses and factory buildings doomed to destruction. These pubs were equipped with rejected furniture of old community centers, cinemas, and grandmothers’ flats, bringing a retro feeling into these places. Theses Ruinpubs can be not only places to drink and have a party but also function as cultural community areas with film clubs, theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, and creative workshops, too. Every place has a unique style and atmosphere: socialist beer-garden feeling from the 80’s or a labyrinth of the tenement house or …
Marco Polo is the best choice to explore theses ruin pubs easy!
Top reasons to stay at the Marco Polo Top Hostel
- “I want to be in downtown Budapest, somewhere I can explore on foot, but in safety.”
- “I'd like to stay in a place where I can meet other backpacker travelers, like me.”
- “I would book on-line but need direct contact as well with prompt reply”
- “I need recommendation & information about the city, programs, special offers,exchange rate, weather etc....”
- “We are a group and would like to book ahead for programs like paintball, shooting, caving and private party facilities organized specially for our group! Marco Polo does all that for us free of charge!”
St Martin’s Day Festival
Type: Food & Drink
Event Dates: Nov 8, 2014 – from 10 am to 8 pm
Venue: Vajdahunyad Castle
Entry Fee: 1 300 HUF on the spot (children: 4 to 14 years old: 700 HUF)
The annual goose & wine themed cultural festival at Vajdahunyad Castle is always held on or around November 11th, St. Martin's Day (Márton nap). The festival features a variety of goose dishes accompanied by the season's first new wines. Live music, folk dance shows and kids programs are also on the 'menu'. Homemade products can be purchased at the St. Martin’s Day Artisan Fair, located in the courtyard of Vajdahunyad Castle.
Tennis Classics Budapest
Event Dates: Nov 18, 2014
Venue: Papp László Budapest Sportaréna
Entry Fee: 4 000 HUF
Fans flock to see tennis stars of past and present at this annual tennis gala held at the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena. This year, Tennis Classics Budapest is dedicated to the “classics of the future”. The 2014 players are: Milos Raonic, Ernests Gulbis, Fabio Fognini, Dominic Thiem and Mansour Bahrami.
Budapest Christmas Market
Type: Festivals, Arts & Music
Event Dates: Nov 28, 2014 – Jan 1, 2015
Venue: Vörösmarty tér
Each year, from the end of November to the end of December, Vörösmarty Square is transformed into the annual Budapest Christmas Market. Visitors can browse over 100 stands offering unique Christmas-themed arts and crafts. Exhibitions, live entertainment and food & wine are also part of the festivities.
The scent of traditional Hungarian foods like lángos (fry bread with a variety of toppings), kürtöskalács (a cone-shaped sweet hollow pastry), roasted meats, fried sausages and other delicacies like home-made strudels, töki pompos (oven-baked dough) and roasted chestnuts wafting in the air is sure to whet your appetite.
Soak up the holiday atmosphere and keep yourself warm while strolling among the wooden stalls of the market with a cup of mulled wine. The magical atmosphere of the Budapest Christmas market is a truly unforgettable experience.
Good to know: The Christmas market is a great place to pick up some unique hand-made gifts as all products on sale are checked for quality and certified by the Association of the Hungarian Folk Artists.
Monday - Thursday: 10 am to 10 pm, Friday - Sunday: 10 am to 11 pm
(Dec. 24 - open until 2 pm, Dec. 25 & 26 - closed)
Christmas Fair by the Basilica
Type: Food & Drink
Event Dates: Nov 28, 2014 – Jan 1, 2015
Venue: Szent István tér
From Advent to New Year the square in front of the Basilica gives home to a charming Christmas fair. There's an ice-rink in the middle surrounded by a number of vendors selling Christmas-themed arts and crafts, mulled wine, pálinka, fried sausages and other tasty fares. Advent candles are lit each Sunday. The ice-rink is small, but if you feel like hitting the ice during the holiday season, it's the perfect place to be.
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
Friday: 10:30 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm
(Exceptions: Dec 24: 10 am to 2 pm, Dec 25 & 26: closed, Dec 31: 10 am to 4 pm)
New Wine & Cheese Festival
Type: Food & Drink, Festivals
Event Dates: Nov 29-30, 2014
Venue: Vajda Hunyad Castle
Entry Fee: 2 000 HUF – including a tasting glass and free admission to the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture
It's time to taste the season's first new wines! Winemakers from all over Hungary proudly show off their new wines, paired with artisanal cheese at the annual New Wine and Cheese Festival.
10 am to 6 pm, daily
Design to Go – Creative Arts Christmas Fair
Type: Arts & Music
Event Dates: Dec 6 - 8, 2014
Venue: Museum of Applied Arts
Entry Fee: 800 HUF, entrance is free for kids under 14
Design to Go is the annual Christmas fair organized by the Museum of Applied Arts. Clothes, accessories, jewelry, home décor, toys, Christmas decorations and much more by 150 contemporary Hungarian artists are for sale during the 2-day event. Design to Go is a great place to find Christmas gifts and some unique Christmas-themed arts and crafts.
Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
WAMP Christmas Design & Gastro Fair
Type: Arts & Music, Food & Drink
Event Dates: Dec 7, 14 & 21, 2014
Venue: Millenáris, building B
WAMP, Budapest's monthly design market is a great place to find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts or just browse around and surprise yourself with some uniquely designed clothes and accessories.
This year's WAMP is spiced up with a 'gastro' fair featuring a selection of chocolates, truffles, cookies, jams, wines, spirits and more. WAMP also offers interactive handicraft workshops for kids.
10 am to 6 pm
Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gipsy Band
Type: Arts & Music, Concerts
Event Dates: Dec 30, 2014
Venue: Budapest Congress and World Trade Center
It has become a holiday-season tradition for the 100-Member Gipsy Band to perform a gala concert on December 30th of every year. Famous melodies by Liszt, Brahms, Strauss and Khachaturian are always part of the repertoire.
New Year’s Eve in Budapest
Type: Arts & Music, Food & Drink
Event Dates: Dec 31, 2014
Venue: Multiple locations
New Year’s Eve (Szilveszter) celebrations in Budapest include big festivities, street concerts, fireworks and plenty of partying: Street Parties, Live Concerts & DJ Gigs all over the city and the famous: New Year's Eve Horse Race! It's been a local tradition since 1999 to start the New Year's Eve celebrations at the races. This big year-end event starts at 2 pm and it includes several horse races, local celebrities, live music, fireworks and lots of mulled wine. Venue: Kincsem Park, Albertirsai út 2-4, Pest, District 10 (there is an entry fee to pay on the spot)
New Year’s Concert in Budapest
Type: Arts & Music
Event Dates: Jan 1, 2015
Venue: Multiple venues
It has long been a tradition to start the New Year with classical concerts around the world. If you plan to spend New Year's day in Budapest, here's a list of concerts to start 2014 on a musical note:
Haydn: The Seasons - New Year's Concert
Conductor: René Jacobs
Venue: Palace of Arts
Date: Jan 1, 7pm
New Year's Concert in Budapest
Featuring: Zoltán Mága, violin virtuoso
Venue: Papp László Sport Arena
Date: Jan 1, 7 pm
New Year's Concert at the Opera
Venue: Budapest Opera House
Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg
Date: Jan 1, 8 pm
Budapest Klezmer Band New Year's Day Concert
Venue: Budapest Congress Center
Date: Jan 1, 8pm
Farsang, Carnival Season in Hungary
Type: Arts & Music
Event Dates: Jan 6 – Mar 5, 15
Venue: Multiple venues
In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent, starts on Epiphany (January 6th) and it ends on Ash Wednesday (which is March 5th in 2014). Farsang is marked by many fun festivities, masquerades, balls and noisy parades that aim to scare off winter and welcome spring. There are many celebrations held throughout Hungary with the Busójárás in Mohács being the most popular. The Busójárás follows old folk traditions and is acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
TO-DO FOR FREE
Budapest is a great city to explore. To help you get started we’ve put together a tour for you. All you’ll need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a 1-day travel cared and a camera to record the wonderful sights you will see.
Our first stop is Deák tér (tér means square) which is a great meeting place in the heart of the transport system where the 3 metro lines meet. From here, we visit anywhere.
For example, to the North, the inspiring St. Stephen’s Basilica and chic Andrassy avenue are a stone’s throw away, to the South, the Synagogue. But on this trip, we’re going to resist these temptations and take tram 47 or 49 to go to Gellért tér, Buda side of the Szabadság bridge.
Step off the tram opposite the Art Nouveau Gellért Hotel behind which you’ll see the hill. Convenient lanes lead up and around the hill to the summit. You can also take a bus 27 from Villányi road to the top of the hill, though you will mess a nice walk and some gorgeous sights of Pest through the trees. On your way up, you’ll pass the Gellért Monument, an 11m high bronze statue erected in memory to an 11th Century Benedictine Abbot who was rolled down the hill in a barrel by pagans for his beliefs. Standing tall on the top of the hill is the striking Liberation Monument – nicknamed „God’s crown-cork bottle opener” due to its special shape by the locals. Take some time to wander round the Citadel – a fortress built by the Austrians in the 19th century before wandering back down the hill towards the Gellért Hotel through the trees. From Gellért tér take tram 19 to Clark Ádám tér.
The oldest and most magnificent bridge in Budapest, especially by night when it is floodlit. Anglophiles will note a resemblance to the Hammersmith Bridge in London, which was designed by the same English engineer, William Tierney Clark. But the man who took the blue prints and made the first bridge in Budapest a reality was another Clark, the Scottish engineer Adam Clark. Clark was so taken with Hungary he stayed here as a naturalized Hungarian until his death. The Hungarian’s, for their part, named the square on the Buda side of the bridge after the great Scot. On Clark Ádám tér runs the funicular railway, which gives you a short but breathtaking ride up to the Castle District.
The Castle District
The original castle built in the 13th century lies deep under the Royal Palace. The remains can be seen in the lower floors of the Budapest History Museum which shares the former palace of Queen Maria Teresa with the Hungarian National Gallery. Taking a walk in the Castle District offers you a snapshot of how Buda must have looked around the 18th century. Be sure not to miss Szentháromság tér, with one of the most magnificent churches in Hungary, the Matthias Church. Right on the other side of the square lies the Fishermen’s Bastion offering a great view over the Danube and the Parliament. This district has it’s own bus line, the Várbusz ( castle bus). It takes you down to Moszkva tér. From there, take the subway 2 (M2, the red line) to Kossuth tér.
Home to Hungary’s Parliament, this splendid building can only be visited by guided tours in different languages. It’s well worth the visit. After the tour, head south along the Pest bank of the Danube which offers a shady promenade with coffee houses on the way. If you are feeling tired of walking, no problem, trams 2 and 2A go the same way. Get off on Március 15. tér, on the east side of Erzsébet bridge. Walk about 100 meters away from the bridge, and you’ll find Váci street on you left.
This is Budapest’s traditional shopping promenade, the place to be for true shopaholics. This buzzing pedestrianized street links to the beautiful Vörösmarty tér, the favourite hangout of street musicians and artists. Along the way you can browse some smart shops bearing all the famous names, take a look at some of Budapest’s most beautifully renovated architecture or just sit in one of the elegant coffee houses soaking in the atmosphere. At Vörösmarty tér, take the chance to ride on the Millennium Underground (M1, the yellow line) to Heroes’ square.
Marking the end of Andrássy Avenue, the Millennary Monument dominates the square. From here is it the short walk to the Budapest Zoo, the Pleasure Park and the City Park, which is the largest park in Budapest.
- - exchanging cash at the arrival location (airport, railway station) is usually more expensive in most countries
- - railway stations are some of the most expensive places to exchange money in Budapest
- - be aware of the official exchange rate of the Hungarian Forint (HUF)
- - NEVER exchange money on the street
- - be careful when you arrive at the Keleti or Nyugati railway stations. Call a taxi in advance to meet you at your arrival while still on the train
- - during your stay, it is always safer and cheaper to call for a taxi of one of the reputable local companies than to get into one random off the street (known locally as „Hyena” taxis). The safer way to order a taxi to ask the hostel receptionist to order a taxi for you
- - some taxi drivers may recommend certain bars, clubs or restaurants – they receive a commission for doing so. If a driver offers to take you to one, please ignore any such advice. Please ask for a recommendation from the receptionist at your hostel
- - validate your ticket before starting your journey and keep your ticket until the end of your travel
- - you have to validate a new ticket every time you change lines except on direct metro to metro transfer
- - Tourists in Budapest are often confused by the ticket system and are targeted and fined by ticket controllers. The controllers do not have the right to detain you, but they usually accompanied by security officials who have the right to ask for identification and to detain you until the police arrive
- - once you have left the bus, tram, trolley or the metro area, you cannot be held liable
- - take sensible precaution when making „new friends” especially in small bars
- - some visitors are targeted under false pretenses. These scams of friendship are built on a false sense of security, resulting in missing wallets, passports and possibly robbed hotel room after a night of drink
- - or your new – and mostly beautiful – friends takes you to a place where you will be charged exorbitant prices
Restaurants, bars, clubs
- - near some large hotels in the district V, you may be charged exorbitant prices in certain bars, clubs or restaurants
- - you should avoid all establishments where menus do not properly display prices
- - even when prices appear, if you have any doubts about the bar, restaurant or club – do NOT go in
False police officers
- - in a foreign country, it is practically impossible to validate who is and who is not a police officer
- - you should know that police officers are NOT allowed to collect cash as a fine in Hungary
- - you should know that police officers are NOT allowed to check how much money you have on you
- - smoking is prohibited in Hungary in common and enclosed public areas, bars, restaurants and clubs
- - take special care of your valuables when leaving for a „smoke-break”
CITY OF FESTIVALS
Festivals belong to Budapest like the Parliament or the Goulash Soup. Budapest offers all year round entertainment in the form of festivals, cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, sporting events, and national celebrations. Starting from the well known Sziget Festival over the very popular Wine Festival to the Mangalica Festival you can find a festival for nearly everything.
Budapest is also called “Festival City” and Hungarians also love to enjoy their free days on festivals: listen to music from national and international musicians, eat and drink local specialties and simply to enjoy time with others.
We would like to offer you some program, which will make your stay a memorable holiday in Hungary!
Hop on & Hop off bus + Cruise
See every spectacular buildings and statues in the city within only 2 days! Take the Hop on-Hop off bus with a live english guide (it’s also available in 23 other languages). The ticket is valid for 48 hours, and includes a Danube cruise! You can also visit the city by night.
Visiting Budapest could not be complete without bathing in one of our world-famous thermal springs. We offer entrance tickets for the two most elegant thermal baths: Széchenyi and Gellért Bath. By booking your tickets in advance, you can avoid the queue in front of the bath. Would you like to have a party in a thermal bath? During summer time every Saturday night you have the opportunity to enjoy thermal-water spa parties, special dj-sets in the Lukács bath.
Discover Budapest’s night life: one night, 5 different bars, clubs and party places; visiting Budapest’s famous ruin bars; free shots, welcome drinks, bar games, special offers; ending up in a popular local club.
Caving under budapest
Come to climb and crawl with us in the labyrinth of a cave in Budapest (not open for public). It is a real multi-level labyrinth-system with most of its chambers reaching under the elegant residential districts of city! Join our 2,5-3 hours long tour, which are guided by qualified cavers!
Enjoy a tipical Hungarian lunch or dinner at Bajor Sarok! It’s 5 minutes walk from the hostel, and you are welcome to drink a tipical Hungarian shot, called ‘unicum’ (for free!). Don’t miss it ;)
Dinner &Cruise with live music
Budapest calms down a little bit at nights, lights are lit up, and a new city comes out from the twilight. Enjoy the wonderful view in a romantic candlelight atmosphere, and have a delicious dinner on a boat with live music.
The hungarian folklore is known worldwide. You have the opportunity to watch a performance which based on authentic dances, consists of 30 artists in traditional costume.
Danube Symphony Orchestra
If you like classical music, you will like the organ concert or the concert of the Danube Symphony Orchestra.
Please feel free to ask the reception, we will help you 0/24!
|How are you?||Hodge vahj?||Hogy vagy?|
|Good morning!||Yo rehg-gehlt!||Jó reggelt!|
|Good afternoon!||Yo nah-poht!||Jó napot!|
|Good evening!||Yo esh-tate!||Jó estét!|
|Good night!||Yo az-sah-kat!||Jó éjszakát!|