Budapest and Prague Tourist Tips
Don't get caught in the subway scam!"Scam" may not be quite the right word, but I can guarantee that you'll be plenty mad if you get caught like I did. In the US, you enter most subway systems via a turnstile - you have to insert your ticket in order to enter.
In Budapest and Prague (and I assume other European cities), you just walk right in, there is no turnstile to pass through. It is very easy to miss the ticket punch machine off to the side - and unless someone's told you about it, you probably will.
Then - at least in Prague - when you get off at your stop and exit the station, you may be stopped by an inspector who will fine you about $50 because you didn't get your ticket punched! I consider this outrageous. They should either install turnstiles or put up enormous STOP HERE - PUNCH TICKET signs. Otherwise, naive tourists like me are sitting ducks!
Budapest Hotel and Restaurants
Prague Hotel and Restaurants