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Budapest sightseeing by public transport

Budapest sightseeing by public transport

(Written by Julia K.)
I very often tell my guests to walk as much as they can, walking around is probably the best way to discover a new place; you have enough time to admire even the smallest details and to absorb the atmosphere of the city.
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Moslims Living Among Us

Moslims Living Among Us

(Written by Katalin D.)
"We hear about them in the media every day, but we know very little about their religion. What does one and a half milliard people believe in, all over the world? Differences and similarities with Jewish and Christian religions. How and where do Budapest muslims live and practise their religion?”...
When the Tour Guide Becomes the Guest!

When the Tour Guide Becomes the Guest!

(Written by Katalin D.)
We had an excellent Budapest Walking Tour, in the organisation of OIC (Union of Hungarian Tourist Guides), operated by Gabor Glasner, founder and leader of the Union. This walking tour was a real gem, a perfect ”Budapest Off the Beaten Track” tour. The Inner Parish Church was introduced by the...
Budapest Christmas Markets Open on 21st November 2016

Budapest Christmas Markets Open on 21st November 2016

(Written by Nikolett C.)
Christmas season is near and Budapest is already waiting visitors with Christmas markets at major downtown squares. Come and see the hundreds of wooden pavilions full of local handicraft products, gifts and try Hungarian food and drink specialities such as sausages, flat bread, chimneycake and hot...
Danube Bend Tour

Danube Bend Tour

(Written by Julia K.)
My most popular countryside tour is around the Danube Bend, probably because it’s very close to Budapest and includes the visit of three very different towns. The Bend of the Danube is to the north of Budapest, it’s a curve of the river where the Danube turns south in the direction of Budapest.
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Budapest's Old Royal Seat Returns to Christianity after 143 years of Turkish Occupation

Budapest's Old Royal Seat Returns to Christianity after 143 years of Turkish Occupation

(Written by Nikolett C.)
Feel and touch history in Budapest! Did you know that the 700-year-old Buda Castle, the royal seat of Hungary, underwent Ottoman Turkish occupation in the 16th century and only the allied armies of Emperor Leopold I, Pope Innocent XI, King Jan Sobieski of Poland and the Republic of Venice could...
Hungary's largest Roman Catholic Church turns 160 this year

Hungary's largest Roman Catholic Church turns 160 this year

(Written by Nikolett C.)
The largest Roman Catholic Church of Hungary turns 160 years old in August 2016. Consecrated in honour of the Holy Virgin and St Adalbert, the Seat of the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church of Hungary was completed in 1856. The dimensions of the 61000 square feet church are really impressive: it...
20th August - St Stephen's Day

20th August - St Stephen's Day

(Written by Nikolett C.)
The state of Hungary was founded in the year 1000 by the country’s first king, Stephen. He encouraged the spread of Christianity, established Benedictine monasteries and the official royal administration, passed the first written laws and married Gisela, the sister of the most influential European...
A year to remember. The constructions of the Berlin Wall began in 1961, exactly 55 years ago

A year to remember. The constructions of the Berlin Wall began in 1961, exactly 55 years ago

(Written by Nikolett C.)
Time flies fast! The Berlin Wall, a barrier that divided Berlin, was constructed exactly 55 years ago. It completely cut off West Berlin from East Berlin and the GDR, ensuring the USSR’s and the local Communist Party’s long-term dominance in the region. The tall concrete wall was heavily guarded...
Bocuse d'Or, Budapest

Bocuse d'Or, Budapest

(Written by Nikolett C.)
Latest news from Hungary, folks. Bocuse d'Or, the international chef championship, is one of the world's most prestigious cooking competitions. This year Budapest, the capital of Hungary is the venue of the event which is usually referred to as the “culinary Olympic Games”. The competition has...
Experience the Wonderful Hot Springs of Budapest

Experience the Wonderful Hot Springs of Budapest

(Written by Nikolett C.)
Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is renowned for a large number of hot springs right in the middle of the city. Water temperatures vary from 28 to 42°C (80 to 105°F). The thermal waters of Budapest were first utilized and enjoyed by the ancient Romans nearly 1800 years ago – the impressive...
Open-Air Concert in front of the Largest Cathedral of Budapest

Open-Air Concert in front of the Largest Cathedral of Budapest

(Written by Nikolett C.)
Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Ernő Dohnányi…. a few famous Hungarian musicians who, in addition to their great international career, made Hungarian music culture acknowledged world-wide. Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is the capital of European classical music, too. Ever...
Hungarian Pálinka and Wine Days

Hungarian Pálinka and Wine Days

(Written by Nikolett C.)
If you are in Hungary, you have to taste the country's national drinks. But beware: unlike the neighboring European countries, Hungary is not a beer-country! Hungary is a wine and pálinka country. :)
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May 1st, National Holiday in Hungary

May 1st, National Holiday in Hungary

(Written by Katalin D.)
International Workers' Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more...
Húngaro

Húngaro "O Filho de Saul" ganha Oscar de melhor filme estrangeiro.

(Written by Krisztina P.)
O húngaro "O Filho de Saul", dirigido por László Nemes, confirmou neste domingo sua condição de favorito e ganhou o Oscar de melhor filme em língua estrangeira. Também concorriam nesta categoria "O Abraço da Serpente" (Colômbia), "Cinco Graças" (França), "Theeb" (Jordânia) e "A War"...
El hijo de Saúl - ganó el domingo el Oscar

El hijo de Saúl - ganó el domingo el Oscar

(Written by Krisztina P.)
"El hijo de Saúl", la desgarradora historia sobre un comando especial en el campo de concentración de Auschwitz-Birkenau, ganó el domingo el Oscar a la mejor película en lengua extranjera.
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Oscar Winning Hungarian Film - The Son of Saul

Oscar Winning Hungarian Film - The Son of Saul

(Written by Katalin B.)
The film shot in 28 days entirely in Hungary follows a day in the life of Saul, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, member ot the Sonderkommando burning the dead, a group of mostly Jewish prisoners the Nazis forced to assist with herding people to the gas chambers, burning the bodies and...
Pinball Museum in Budapest

Pinball Museum in Budapest

(Written by Éva K.)
I admit I’ve never liked playing with a pinball machine. I regarded then a big, fancy money mounching monsters. As we recently had a proposal during a study tour to visit a Pinball Museum in Budapest, I wanted to cancel it. I am happy now I did not.
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Flippermúzeum

Flippermúzeum

(Written by Éva K.)
Sose szerettem különösképpen a flippereket, nagy csillogó-villogó pénznyelőgépnek tekintettem őket.
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Pinball Museum in Budapest

Pinball Museum in Budapest

(Written by Éva K.)
Ich war nie großer Fan von diesen lauten und farbigen Geldschlucker. Als ich neulich gehört habe, daß während unseren Study Tour in Budapest auch das Pinball Museum besichtigen werden. Ich wußte gar nicht, daß wir sowas haben!
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Easter in Hungary: Hollókő or Mezőkövesd with private local guide

Easter in Hungary: Hollókő or Mezőkövesd with private local guide

(Written by Ildikó V.)
The Easter Festival in Hollókő is probably the most famous in Hungary.Hollókő (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is known for embracing the folk traditions of the 18th century, where locals dress up in traditional costumes for the Easter festivities. There are several programs and activities during...
What to do in Budapest at Christmas?

What to do in Budapest at Christmas?

(Written by Nóra M.)
It is not easy to be a tourist at Christmas in Budapest, if you have no relatives or friends. On 24th of December most of the public transportation will stop at late afternoon. On the 25th, Friday, you can go to a spa, to the Zoo or You can visit the Jewish quarter. The synagogues, the Jewish Museum...
Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market

(Written by Katalin D.)
Enjoy great food, wine, and unique handicraft in Budapest Christmas Market! Among the 10 Best Christmas Markets of Europe, the Budapest Christmas Market invites 300 thousand visitors every year.
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The 7 Most Dangerous Tourist Traps in Budapest, and How To Avoid Them

The 7 Most Dangerous Tourist Traps in Budapest, and How To Avoid Them

(Written by Katalin D.)
The 7 Most Dangerous Tourist Traps in Budapest, and How To Avoid Them
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New Town on the Danube in Hungary (Dunaújváros)

New Town on the Danube in Hungary (Dunaújváros)

(Written by Katalin D.)
Old name: Stalin’s town. That time it had the biggest communist steel works of the country, to make Hungary the country of steel and iron! The inhabitants lived (and still live) in 10 floor communist boxes, the style is called “Stalin Baroque”. (see pictures) The Danube bank is a loess-wall...
The Story Of The Wood-Heated Tile Stove (Cserépkályha) In Hungary

The Story Of The Wood-Heated Tile Stove (Cserépkályha) In Hungary

(Written by Katalin D.)
As price of energy is an issue today, many people use wood-heated tile stoves in Hungary. And not only in the countryside! More and more people are having these tile stoves installed into their apartment or house these days. The funny thing is that these tile stoves were originally the only heating...
The 7 Most Dangerous Tourist Traps in Budapest, and How To Avoid Them

The 7 Most Dangerous Tourist Traps in Budapest, and How To Avoid Them

(Written by Katalin D.)
The 7 Most Dangerous Tourist Traps in Budapest, and How To Avoid Them
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The 3 Hungarian National Holidays

The 3 Hungarian National Holidays

(Written by Katalin D.)
The 3 Hungarian National Holidays
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Duck Race in Budapest today!

Duck Race in Budapest today!

(Written by Katalin D.)
Yellow rubber ducks swim on the river Danube in Budapest! Last year’s report: A paddling of yellow rubber ducks floated down the Danube in front of the Parliament during a rubber duck race for charity in Budapest. Thousands of rubber ducks were thrown into the Danube from Margit Bridge during a...
Klezmer Music and Jewish Cabaret

Klezmer Music and Jewish Cabaret

(Written by Katalin D.)
Jewish Cultural Festival in Budapest, Hungary
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Rolling Matchbox, or the history of Trabant

Rolling Matchbox, or the history of Trabant

(Written by Katalin D.)
From the '50s began a career that became symbol transport Eastern Europe. This is the Trabant.
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Huge statue appeared in Budapest!

Huge statue appeared in Budapest!

(Written by Katalin D.)
Last year Hervé Loránth Ervin won first prize of the MY Modern Metropolis magasine for his Street Art. This year he comes up with a new statue at the same place (see pictures). While the first huge figure last year was only there for a week, this time the gigantic Head & Hand stays from June to...
About the tour guiding profession 4

About the tour guiding profession 4

(Written by Katalin D.)
If you are a tourist guide, does your accent matter?
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10 Things You Must Visit in Budapest

10 Things You Must Visit in Budapest

(Written by Katalin D.)
1. The Castle: Matthias Church & Fishermen’s Bastion, and the Royal Palace
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About the tour guiding profession 3

About the tour guiding profession 3

(Written by Katalin D.)
The second obstacle to learning: The Misunderstood Word
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Secret Jewish Cemetery at the hart of the City

Secret Jewish Cemetery at the hart of the City

(Written by Nóra M.)
Most of the inhabitants have never heard about it. This cemetery was forgotten, perhaps this is why it could survive the years of the socialism. I also searched the opportunity to enter it for many years.
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About the tour guiding profession 2

About the tour guiding profession 2

(Written by Katalin D.)
Tour guiding = teaching. What do you think?
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La Academia de Música Liszt en Budapest ha ganado el premio EUROPA NOSTRA 2015

La Academia de Música Liszt en Budapest ha ganado el premio EUROPA NOSTRA 2015

(Written by Ramona G.)
El proyecto de la renovación de la Academia de Música Liszt en Budapest ha ganado el premio EUROPA NOSTRA a la conservación
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Budapest - March of the Living - 2015 12th of April

Budapest - March of the Living - 2015 12th of April

(Written by Katalin D.)
The March of the Living started from the Dohány Street Great Synagogue, went along Andrássy Avenue and ended at the Heroes’ Square, where speaches were held. I was there with my parents, both Holocaust survivors (my mother was 10, my father 18, surviving in Budapest Jewish Ghetto in 1944-45)....
 About the tour guiding profession 1

About the tour guiding profession 1

(Written by Katalin D.)
I have two aims with these blogs about the tourist guide profession.
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From where the famous shiny roofs of Budapest come from - Zsolnay Factory, Pecs

From where the famous shiny roofs of Budapest come from - Zsolnay Factory, Pecs

(Written by Ildikó V.)
Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacturing was established in 1853 and over the years has produced exquisite works of art. It's still operating today, although certainly not on the scale of the past. Zsolnay is headquartered in Pécs, where it also has a museum located in the Zsolnay family's former home.
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The renewed Music Academy of Budapest

The renewed Music Academy of Budapest

(Written by Katalin D.)
The Hungarian Radio's Childrens Choir has just celebrated its 60th anniversary (of course with not the same children…) Magnificent sound, great pieces. Many of the pieces were first performance, written exclusively for the Childrens Choir of the Hungarian Radio. The concert was held in the...
Cathedral of Pécs

Cathedral of Pécs

(Written by Ildikó V.)
Chatedral of Pécs is a special building, an emblem of the 1000 year continuity of Hungarians and a symbol of the continuous fight for Christianity and persistence. It was given the title “Basilica Minor” by Pope John Paul II. during his visit to Pécs.
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Wonders of the Christian Museum Hungary

Wonders of the Christian Museum Hungary

(Written by Ildikó V.)
The Christian Museum in Esztergom is the largest ecclesiastical collection in Hungary, conserving European and Hungarian works of art of several centuries. On account of its Hungarian, Italian, Netherlandish, German and Austrian paintings, it is the third most significant picture gallery in Hungary,...
Lost city of Pécs -the NECROPOLIS

Lost city of Pécs -the NECROPOLIS

(Written by Ildikó V.)
The part of modern Hungary west of the Danube, which was first settled in the Neolithic period, came into the Roman Empire in the 1st century CE. It formed part of the Roman province of Pannonia. The town of Sopianae was founded on the southern slope of the Mecsek massif in the 2nd century by...
Cogwheels of Budapest

Cogwheels of Budapest

(Written by Ildikó V.)
Starting in 1868 a horse tramway ran on schedule from the Chain Bridge to Zugliget,(Buda Hills) set in operation by the Public Railway Society of Buda. Niklaus Riggenbach, a Swiss man, was the inventor of the Riggenbach rack system, which allowed locomotives to negotiate steeper stretches of track...
Glad Påsk!

Glad Påsk!

(Written by Kata B.)
Påsk är orättvis, tycker mina döttrar...
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