Welcome to Edith's Place in Budapest serving guests over ten years now in a spacious fully equipped and comfortably furnished 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths apartment conveniently located in the centre on the Buda side, near the World Heritage site Buda Castle and its district. Attraction points are easy reached on foot or by public transport. Bus and tram stops are steps from the entrance, Metro station is 400 m. Breakfast can be provided on request for an additional fee.Guided City tours are also available (by owner - US Olympian :-) Various restaurants, shopping, unforgettable thermal baths in the city, culture and history, entertainment, spectacular views, all offer a memorable visit. The apartment is furnished in the stylish design with comfortable queen size beds and with modern conveniences; including cable TV, free Wi-Fi, kitchen, electric oven, microwave, coffee makers, washing machine and air-conditioned of course. We also specialise in horseback riding tours or Danube Rive cruises, entertainment; Hungarian Folk dance, Opera or theatre event, with prior notice, we can accommodate just about anything you can think of.
History of Budapest "the Pearl of the Danube"
Budapest – is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Gellért and Castle Hills on the bank of the Danube River, as it flows majestically through the centre of the modern city, offered natural protection against invasions with the combination of the relative ease of crossing the river, provided an ideal place to build a town. The Eravisci, a tribe of highly cultured Celts, had already settled at Gellért Hill in the third and fourth centuries B.C. Later, the Romans built a settlement at today’s Óbuda. They called it Aquincum (City of water) and it was an important provincial capital heated by the now famous thermal waters.
The advantages of staying here were equally obvious at the time of the Magyars’ settlement. The Magyars (Ancient name of Hungarians) built a centre on both sides of the River, first Buda then later Pest. Interestingly, both parts came collectively to be known as Pest. The Royal Charter dating from 1232 appears to confirm this. Buda became the royal seat during the reign of King Béla IV., when Hungary was invaded with tragic results by the Mongols (1241-1242).
Around the turn of the fifteenth century under the rule of Zsigmond (also elected Holy Roman Emperor), the Royal Palace grew ever larger until its zenith was reached under King Matyas (ruled 1458-1490). Pest also prospered at this time, and Matyas raised it to equal rank with Buda. Between the two towns, records show that Margit Island was home to a castle built by the crusaders and also several monasteries. Following the Turkish (Ottoman Empire) invasion and Hungarian defeat at the Battle of Mohács (1526), the Turks sacked and burned Buda. The city suffered dreadfully by the century-and-a-half Turkish occupation. The Ottomans however, built baths fed by the abundant hot springs. Their legacy, some of them are still operating today – the most visible monuments of that period.
Buda was freed from Turkish yoke on September 2nd, 1686, and so began the Hapsburg period. Outside the capital markets were held in many places and social development blossomed. A printing press was established at Buda by 1724 and in 1777 Empress Maria Theresa had the country’s only scientific university moved from Northern Hungary, Nagyszombat (today Trnava in Slovakia), bringing with it an influx of professors and open-minded students. Emperor Joseph II later moved it again from Buda to Pest, which promoted growth in Hungarian-language literature and the theatre, in contrast to the Hapsburg policy of German as the only official language. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Kisfaludy Társaság (association), and the National Theatre together played a pivotal role in the social development of the city. This was also the age when newspapers began to be published, among them the groundbreaking Pesti Hírlap founded by Lajos Kossuth.
The next daring undertaking was the building of the first permanent bridge across the Danube – the Chain Bridge, today still the most recognizable symbol of the city – and the logical conclusion of that was the legislative unification in 1873 of Buda, Pest and Óbuda into one city – Budapest. Council of Public Works was formed; whose direction determined both the future shape and the enduring beauty of the city. The great avenues were laid down – most notably Andrássy Boulevard and the “körútak” or ring roads – and the transformation of Budapest into a modern world-class city took on a new meaning. There was an even greater motivation at the end of the nineteenth century as Hungary celebrated the millenary anniversary of the Magyars establishing their home in the Carpathian Basin. The first underground railway was built on the continent, the streets were paved, streetlights were introduced, the waterworks at Káposztásmegyer was constructed (it is still in operation today), and a public sewerage system was developed. The first street trams began service.
The political Compromise between Hungary and the Hapsburgs in 1867 led to the beginning of the industrialization of Budapest. Agricultural industries, milling and food industries all moved into the capital, and engineering industries grew. The railway system was built, and as with the major roads, made Budapest as the hub. The city did not suffer particularly, unlike the nation loosing half its population and two-thirds of its territories, in the First World War, so after a brief period of conflict, the process of development resumed. As the city continued to grow, neighboring suburbs were absorbed into four new administrative districts. The Second World War, however, had a catastrophic effect. Apart from the horrifying cost in terms of human casualties, the architectural splendor of the city was brought to ruin. The retreating German forces while the Soviets were bombarding everything from the East blew up every one of the bridges over the Danube River. By 1950 as more suburbs were absorbed; the city comprised of 22 districts (more recently this increased to 23, as boundaries have been redrawn). The city’s buildings and transport network suffered again in the 1956 Freedom Fight against communist oppression, but once again the industrious population tried to restore the damage. Large-scale construction of low-cost flats (whole city blocks and neighborhoods) took place in the 1960’s, followed by construction of two new underground lines. The Lágymányosi Bridge, the new National Theatre and the National Concert Hall have all appeared since the fall of Socialist era. There are further developments, current constructions or planned projects, including the fourth Metro line.
Budapest possesses a rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage. Recognizing the unique value of its traditions it has managed to maintain its magic and charm, and is rightly known as the Pearl of the Danube. It has also been called the City of Spas, as there are over a dozen thermal bath complexes served by over a hundred natural thermal springs. The Hungarian gastronomy and wines are first rate and have been enjoyed by millions of visitors throughout the centuries.
- Floor 3
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- 100 m²
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning
- Towels Provided
- Living Room
- Linens Provided
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- Seating for 5 People
- Bathroom 1 - Combination Tub/Shower
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets not Allowed
- Recreation Center
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
- Ice Skating
- Equestrian Events
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Additional information about rental rates
- Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
Owner's cancellation policy:
- 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
- 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Our Guest Reviews
Die Wohnung ließ nichts zu wünschen übrig: zentral gelegen und gut mit der U-Bahn, Bus oder Bahn zu erreichen, sehr sauber und ordentlich, bestens ausgestattet, auch mit touristischen Informationen, freundliche Vermieter
Barb & Family
This apartment was our favourite that we stayed in during our 2-week vacation through Eastern Europe (Sorry Edith - we enjoyed Vienna as well). The apartment is large, the beds are comfy, the breakfast (prepared by the owner) was delicious. But the best part of the stay was the owner, Laszlo. He made us feel so welcome. His city tour was informative without being touristy, all of his recommendations were fantastic. He knows the city so well and made sure we were comfortable with our surroundings during our stay. The apartment is in a great location, in a residential apartment area so it is quiet, yet close to everything by walking, bus or subway. My 2 teenage boys are already asking when they can go back to Budapest and especially they want to see Laszlo. We will definitely be back and feel as though we have made a friend for life!!!
Dear Laszlo / Edith B.M.,
Hello Edith, I just wanted to thank you so much for everything. I and my friend recently stayed in your apartment in Budpest, and wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. Laszlo was such a great host to us. He treated us so nicely, and made the most wonderful breakfasts for us. Now I know why he is famous for making delicious coffee!! :-) I wrote a review, and I hope it did justice to your great apartment. We had a wonderful experience there. I will be coming back to Budapest to have some dental work done, and hope to rent your apartment again, when I return. I will be in touch.
Thanks again ~ Jenny C
We had a wonderful stay at this bed and breakfast this Summer. Lazlo, our host, could not have been any nicer. With his vast knowledge of Hungarian history, we hired him as a tour guide one day, which was fabulous. We have a large family and the place suited us nicely. It's located on the Buda side, but is within walking distance of many places, and very close to a bus stop. We spent over a month travelling throughout Europe, and I must say this was one of our favourite stops.
We stayed in Budapest for several days in Sept. The accommodations were great and the location was excellent. Llazso greeted us at the airport and gave us a tour of the city the next day. He was very helpful in learning how to use the local transportation system, location of money exchange and even booked a lovely evening cruise for us. My only complaint was that we did not stay longer in this enchanting city. Staying in the Buda side allowed us a flavor of being a local but yet good access to the tourist areas. Will definitely return with more friends and family to visit. Where will we stay...no question...at this bed and breakfast.
We spent a week at this apartment in Budapest with our three young children. It was just what we needed: Three bedrooms and two bathrooms gave us space to spread out and not be on top of one another. The kitchen, while quite small, was more than functional; we cooked at ate most meals there, from the food we got at the convenience store (next door), bakery (also next door), or supermarket (a 5-8 minute walk). Bus and tram service are very close and very frequent, taking very little time to get into town (on the Pest side), to the metro, or anywhere else. Our only complaints were that the wifi was a bit flaky, and the air conditioning could have been a bit stronger, but I believe that Laszlo is working to improve these, and we were in Budapest for an unusually hot period. Bottom line: If you're a family looking to stay in Budapest, then we strongly recommend this apartment as a great base for your travels.
Our family of 2 adults and 2 teens stayed here for 5 nights. Everything about our time in Budapest was amazing! To start with, Laszlo met us at the train station and taught us how to navigate the public transportation system back to the appt. We hired him for a city tour on our first day there and that was the best decision ever! He took us to many of the major attractions, all the while teaching us how to get around. By the end of that day, we were in love with Budapest! We spent the next several days on foot and using all means of public transportation exploring this amazing city. Of course, Laszlo played a large role in making our time so memorable: what a friendly, knowledgeable, and interesting man! (And none of us had ever met an Olympian before!) His morning breakfasts were healthy, tasty and filling for the long days of sight-seeing. We enjoyed staying in a residential neighbourhood with the market and bakeries nearby. The pictures and descriptions are accurate and the appt was clean and spacious. Appreciated having the small kitchen and washing machine. The AC was a godsend (and plenty cool), as it was a blistering hot week during our stay. Some of our favourite activities in Budapest: Czech I baths, Labyrinth, Central Market, Fisherman's Bastian, Hungarian Folk Dancing Show, Heroes Square, Gellert Hills.....When we return to Budapest, which I hope is sooner than later, we definitely want to stay here again! Laszlo: thank you so much for your warm hospitality and wealth of information. Our tour of Budapest would have been lacking without it.
My family and I stayed here for 4 days during our visit to Budapest. The location for us was ideal because it was far enough from the city to get away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to either walk (about 30 min) or take a bus into the city. There was a city bus stop about 2 min from the apartment that took a direct line to the city centre in about 5 min. The apartment was well furnished, the beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of room for all 6 of us (4 adults and 2 children). Laszlo would come over each morning and fix breakfast for us and tell us stories about the city as well as offer great advice on what to do and/or see as well as answer any questions we may have had in regards to transportation, markets, etc. He was very friendly and his knowledge was invaluable. There are a few grocery markets in the area as well as some restaurants. However, we never had a chance to try the restaurants by the apartment but the markets had an ample selection albeit small in comparison to what we were used to. All in all, it was a nice apartment in a quiet location that offered the comforts of home with the helpful addition of having someone you could get expert advice from without feeling 'like a tourist'. Many thanks for a very enjoyable holiday stay.
Besides being very close to the Castle District, staying on the Buda side of the river affords you the ability to get a true feeling of a wonderful neighbourhood. There are markets, restaurants, shopping and historic areas within an easy walk. As others have said, the transportation to the Pest side is easy and affordable when you want to explore the sites in that part of this beautiful city. One of our favourites in all of Europe.
We highly recommend hiring Laszlo as a guide for a day - he is a wealth of information and truly knows Budapest. His friendly, interesting dialogue of all the sites is well worth his reasonable fee. We loved that he came and fixed breakfast every morning - he was always interested in what we had seen and what we were doing next. He definitely went above and beyond every day for us -- but taking us to the airport at 4am was really the best.
The apartment itself is comfortable, fully stocked and provided everything we needed during our stay. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen well stocked, and the bathrooms provided all the comforts of home. The washer was an added bonus for weary travellers.
We would highly recommend this unit for the complete Budapest experience. Oh, and don't miss an afternoon at the baths. What a treat...
We could not have been more impressed by this huge apartment or our host Laszlo. The accommodation is spacious, well equipped and decorated with numerous curios, of great interest in themselves. Laszlo’s introduction to the culture, history and geography of Budapest was invaluable. He took us on a fascinating orientation tour, where he encouraged us to walk and to utilize Budapest’s very accessible public transport system.
Set on the Buda side of Budapest, within a short walking distance to the castle, the area, in our opinion, is the best from which to explore this enchanting city. The more commercial Pest side of the Danube is a relatively short and very interesting walk, or you can easily catch a bus, train or tram, which we did on most days. Yet, on our return to the quieter Buda side we were able to enjoy shopping for groceries, eating out at very authentic restaurants and mingling with locals. We loved our week in Budapest and can’t imagine a better host than Laszlo.