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Frommer's Budapest and the Best of Hungary (Frommer's Complete Guides) Paperback – April 26, 2010

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  • Detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Dr. Ryan James was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco and has taught in the American Studies degree program at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest since 2002. He and his partner own BudaBaB, a bed and breakfast on the Pest side. He welcomes questions and comments about this guide, and his email address is

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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 759)
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 8 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470551267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470551264
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It took sixteen years of California living and a doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco to convince Ryan he needed a year abroad to reassess his life.

After packing it all in, traveling the country to say good-bye to family and friends along the way, preparing for a year abroad, September 11, 2001 delayed those plans. By September 24, a flight to London started the great adventure through Europe. As the weather became colder, being a full-time tourist was not so appealing. Ryan and his partner, Ron returned to Budapest where they have visited in the past and fell in love with the city.

A three month stay has turned into an eight year long stay and counting still. Dr. James and Ron have traveled to 48 countries in six continents.

Feel free to write Dr. James at

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Norcross on February 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was given numerous guidebooks to Budapest and Hungary as I prepared to move to Budapest for the 2002-2003 academic year. I never found any one of them gave me all the information I needed, but together, they helped me to get acclimated to the incredible city I still consider "home." I have returned several times since and hope to do so again this year. Although I have friends in the city, I wanted to purchase a new guide so as to have something in hand which could tell me about changes in the transportation system as well as restaurant updates and other pertinent information.

I perused a number of guides before settling on the Frommer's Budapest and the Best of Hungary 7th edition. The 4th edition was among those I'd been given in 2002, but I find this update to be far superior. Not only did I get the transportation and restaurant updates I was hoping for (and agreed with the reviews for the restaurants I'd already been to, including Alfoldi), I read about a number of smaller museums and interesting sites which I'd somehow missed during my year there. This edition also included more information than the previous edition on one of my favorite activities in Budapest: going to the movies. For the cinephile, it is an exciting city to visit.

The suggested itineraries and walking tours are all really helpful, especially if you only have limited time and want to hit some highlights, and the suggestions for trips out of the city are good, too. I've been to every place described, I think, with the exception of Eger, and they are all worth the trip, depending on your interests. Besides the wonderful sights to be seen, the marked difference between Budapest and everyplace else in Hungary is really worth experiencing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Way on August 10, 2009
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This book was a backup choice because the new edition of Lonely Planet Budapest isn't out yet. Aside from a two-page essay about the history of Jews in Budapest, there is not much historical or cultural information. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the Lonely Planet format, but I appreciate the chapters they include on a country's history and culture, as well an etiquette section in the appendix--I find it gives me much-needed context for understanding different cultures. In Frommers, there are some cultural tidbits throughout, but that's not easily searchable when you're on the go. (There were also some fairly useless sections, such as explaining to the American audience how to apply for an American passport or how to navigate an international check-in at an American airport.) I'll likely buy a different Budapest guide before I take off.
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I was in Hungary for a month and took day trips out from Budapest. This book (paired with Lonely Planet's Budapest iPhone app) because indispensable for me as a solo traveler. I read it thoroughly before I left home and still used it almost every day whilst in Hungary. I didn't even feel the need to take a guided tour because the book provided good information and history about most of the sights. There is really valuable information on transportation and the train system, which helped a lot for getting to and from Budapest/surrounding cities. The section on "Best of Hungary" is really great for those wanting to make excursions out of the capital city - and I would highly recommending you doing so, because it's a beautiful country! Some of the restaurant information is out of date, as well as the museum hours and many of the entry fees, but that's to be expected when a significant amount of time has passed since the publishing year. Just do supplementary research or use a more currently published app along with this book. Also, you should definitely get a bigger map (the ones here are good for orientation in reference to the sites listed in the book, but they're just not big enough to be comprehensive and easy to read. Many people say Frommer's is for an older, wealthier traveling audience, but I'm a college kid traveling on a tight budget and this book definitely catered to me as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SueW on July 6, 2011
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This is a very useful book for traveling through Hungary, especially if this is your first time. People who have traveled through Hungary before can still find this a useful tool.
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