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What is the best and (most lightweight) guidebook to Budapest?

Or do you think it is a city you can tour without a guidebook.

I am planning a relaxing one week visit and looking to see two sights a day. Maybe take a day trip somewhere, who knows.

Also, on a totally unrelated subject.......the fried flatbread, I think it is called langos. What type of cheese do they put on top? I like most cheeses except goat. Are there other toppings they use or is it only cheese?

Thanks. I am soooooo looking forward to my trip and enjoying beautiful Budapest.

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11. Re: Guide books

Some things in Budapest -- traffic patterns, the opening hours of the baths, the newest restaurants and clubs (or the older ones that have closed) -- are constantly changing and no guidebook will be perfect. Online sources will inevitably be better. http://funzine.com is a good resource as is http://spasbudapest.com

Not sure how current http://ruinpubs.com/index.php (ruin pubs website) is...

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Choose Andras Torok's Budapest: A Critical Guide

budapest-criticalguide.hu/the-man-behind-the…

to learn more about the tourist cliches!!!

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If you want an alternative guide, you can chose the new book:

"Europe in Budapest. A Guide to its Many Cultures"

This 'alternative' tourist guide invites readers and users to discover and explore the various ways different national or other groups, from Germans and Jews to Serbs and Roma, have arrayed the Hungarian capital and contributed to the magnificence of this city. It offers whole walks around its quarters where particular groups have or have had a marked presence, and calls attention to sights worth visiting whille doing other 'usual' tours. Selecting from the almost infinite variety, it is the first tourist guide to present the cultural diversity of Budapest.

'It has been a rather unusual discovery of Budapest, indeed a new exercise in national selfknowledge, that we embarked on when preparing this book.' (the authors)

'I have been living in Budapest for over 25 years, and this publication is without doubt the most interesting one I have ever read on the city...

REALLY' (Paul Merrick, the proof-reader)

You can order:

http://europeinbudapest.blog.hu/

http://www.kibic.hu/st.php?id=7

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14. Re: Guide books

Returned from Budapest in April. Used Frommer's "Budapest and the Best of Hungary". Found it clear and helpful. I also like the Rick Steves' books and used his "Best of Eastern Europe". However, only a small part of that book was devoted to Hungary and Budapest - he is still spot on. Maybe you can buy it used (and cheap) on Amazon.

Can't help you about Langos! Sorry that I missed it!

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15. Re: Guide books

Torok, mentioned above, has the best insider's introduction to the city; really a piece of travel writing not simply a guidebook, a gem.

Duncan Smith's Only in Budapest for stuff the other guidebooks leave out.

TimeOut for restaurants and shopping.

For standard intro to the city, you know which of the various series work best for you ... they likely have a Budapest/Hungary volume, and it will likely be fine.

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