Budnews.hu http://budnews.hu/ Budnews en-us Adminium CMS gabor.breznyanszky@brilantic.hu Budapest Beer Week arrives with special beers and unique concept http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1369/budapest-beer-week-arrives-with-special-beers-and-unique-concept 11 breweries joined together to create this specialty. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:26:23 GMT Budnews
Budapest Beer Week arrives with special beers and unique concept

Budapest Beer Week arrives with special beers and unique concept

11 breweries joined together to create this specialty.

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After last year's great success, Budapest Beer Week will be held again this year! The concept of beer week, which will take place between May 20-26, is special: the main events are the tasting sessions / tasting days, where you can consume unlimited amount of beer for six hours. At this year's festival, we can taste 200 types of beer from 50 breweries, including such unique brands that have never been on tap in Hungary.

Hungarian breweries also show their best: this year's official drink is something more than unique. To create this beer, 11 breweries joined together, and made the official New England IPA of the festival, but with an exciting twist. Instead of the mango flavor of the usual fruity IPAs, this beer is made with peach and buckthorn, making a truly unique flavor. In addition, it contains several type of hops: one from New Zealand, two Americans and a modern European kind.

We can find breweries such as New Zealand's 8 Wired Brewing, Swedish All In Brewing, Russian Bakunin, or the Spanish Basqueland Brewing on the almost one-week long beer week. But of course, the best Hungarian craft beers and the most famous foreign breweries will also be represented.

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International success of Hungarian craft beer http://budnews.hu/news/News/1368/international-success-of-hungarian-craft-beer Let us tell you two recent success stories of Hungarian craft beers. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:34:53 GMT Mia Balogh
International success of Hungarian craft beer

International success of Hungarian craft beer

Let us tell you two recent success stories of Hungarian craft beers.

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We, Hungarians can consider ourselves lucky, concerning our gastronomy, because we have nice food (okay, not quite that super healthy type), good wine, great beers and craft beers, too. The latter achieved some serious international success recently, let us tell you shortly about that.

First, it’s about the achievement of FIRST Craft Beer, a Hungarian company founded in 2017 in Budapest. They took part in this year’s Berlin International Beer Competition and came away with three prizes. They were chosen as ‘Hungarian Brewery of the Year’ while their craft beers, FIRST Pilsner and FIRST IPA, both won silver medals.

And some other awesome news: Budapest was listed among the best cities in the world to drink craft beer. The guys at the Dutch Moving platform ScanMovers.com tried to identify The 100 Best Cities in the World to Drink Craft Beer and we are happy to announce that Budapest is 25th in their compilation.

Like and share our article if you like Hungarian craft beer and/or you want to come (again) to Budapest to enjoy a couple of pints from it. ;)

Source: DailyNewsHungary.com, turizmusonline.hu

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Luis Fonsi returns to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1367/luis-fonsi-returns-to-budapest After two years, Luis Fonsi will be back in town this summer – will you be there? Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:11:41 GMT Mia Balogh
Luis Fonsi returns to Budapest

Luis Fonsi returns to Budapest

After two years, Luis Fonsi will be back in town this summer – will you be there?

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If you hear the song Despacito or just read the title of it, we are sure that you start to sing it already. Are we right? ;) Some of us have already heard it live in 2017, when Luis Fonsi performed it in Hungary, but we can soon hear it again, because on 17 August, Luis Fonsi will perform in Budapest again – this time at the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena.

He is world famous thanks to Despacito but we must note that this is not his only hit song. The Puerto-Rican singer, songwriter, is one of the world's leading Latin music ambassadors. From his more than 20 years of experience he achieved the highest levels in the music industry: gold and platinum records all over the world / Mexico, Spain, United States, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Central America. Also he got one of the most prestigious awards of the music industry, the Latin GRAMMY®.

Despacito is his most famous and most successful song, that’s for sure. In 2017, Luis Fonsi wrote himself into music history with this song - featuring Daddy Yankee. Since then, it has become the „Most watched Video” on YouTube with more than 6 billion views.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk

So if you don’t want to miss a great concert and you want to dance and sing with the King of Latin music his songs like Échame la Culpa, Imposible, Sola and of course Despacito remember to be at Papp László Sport Arena, on 17 August 2019 at 8 pm.

Source: Eventim.hu

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3+1 Easter programs in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1366/3+1-easter-programs-in-budapest If you spend Easter in Budapest, and still wondering what to do, let us help you with a short compilation of the best programs in the city (and around). Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:09:12 GMT Mia Balogh
3+1 Easter programs in Budapest

3+1 Easter programs in Budapest

If you spend Easter in Budapest, and still wondering what to do, let us help you with a short compilation of the best programs in the city (and around).

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1, Easter in Várkert Bazaar and in the Castle District

From 20 to 22 April, the neo-Renaissance palaces of the Várkert will host a great festival with lots of concerts and family programs. We are sure that you won’t feel like leaving – maybe only for the possibility of a nice walk up to Buda Castle. ;) The Castle District is beautiful at this time of the year and the panorama is always awesome. If the weather is nice, it’s absolutely a must-see.

2, Spring Fairs

Vörösmarty Square is currently getting some refurbishment, so this year, the Spring Fair takes place at the nearby Vigadó Square and on the Danube Promenade. Smaller fairs will be located at Fővám Square, Deák Square and Városháza Park. Check out at least one of these for some traditional egg painting, shoeing, art and craft workshops and of course to taste some Hungarian Easter specialties like cooked smoked ham with hard-boiled eggs.

3, Easter Cruise

What about some water fun? This time it’s not about sprinkling girls and women with water or perfume, but a 1.5-hour boat tour on the Danube. You can see Budapest from the water and also enjoy a nice dinner or a tasting of 7 local wines. Live music will be provided by the Hungaria Orchestra.

The program is available for 19, 20, 21 and 22 April for 54 EUR. There is a student discount available (for them tickets cost 50 EUR) and the cruise is free for children under 6 years.

+1 Szentendre

If you would like to know more about Hungary’s old-time Easter traditions, visit Szentendre and the Skanzen. This is a huge Open Air Ethnographic Museum, which awaits the families with exciting and authentic Easter programs. You can get acquainted with the traditions of the different Hungarian regions, how they paint the eggs, try sprinkling (tradition mentioned above), and of course, they also have a petting zoo with adorable bunnies. If you prefer something less crowded and calm, visit the Danube Bend or any of the small towns up there – we highly recommend Esztergom, or a hike in Zebegény or to the castle of Visegrád.

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Historical success of Hungarian women's national hockey team http://budnews.hu/news/News/1365/historical-success-of-hungarian-womens-national-hockey-team After beating Austria, they will head to the World Championship next year. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:06:03 GMT Mia Balogh
Historical success of Hungarian women's national hockey team

Historical success of Hungarian women's national hockey team

After beating Austria, they will head to the World Championship next year.

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If you think of ice hockey, we are sure that Hungary is not among the best hockey player nations you think of at first. Well, it might change from now on, because the Hungarian women’s national ice hockey team beat Austria in the last match of the Division 1/A World Championships, held in Budapest recently. So for the first time in history, the girls will head to the World Championships next year. Amazing results, isn’t it? ;)

As nemzetisport.hu reported, Hungary started well against Austria, but Austria equalised in the first third of the match. In the second third, Hungary continued to dominate, but they didn’t manage to score again – just like Austria. We have to mention the fantastic work of the Austrian keeper, who had 31 saves throughout the match.

Hungary continued to direct proceedings in the final third, they wanted to do everything to win in front of the crowd of the sold-out Vasas Jégcentrum. Then in the final third, 10 minutes before the end of the match, Hungary scored via Bernadett Németh, and won the match.

This historical success means that Hungary is promoted to the 2020 World Championships for the first time, alongside Denmark.

Source: Nemzetisport.hu

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Renewal of metro line M3 continues with the southern section http://budnews.hu/news/News/1364/renewal-of-metro-line-m3-continues-with-the-southern-section The second phase of the renovation of metro line M3 has started. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:33:03 GMT Budnews
Renewal of metro line M3 continues with the southern section

Renewal of metro line M3 continues with the southern section

The second phase of the renovation of metro line M3 has started.

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If you have been to Budapest in the past few months and used the public transport, you have probably experienced that the busiest metro line M3 is under reconstruction. As a part of the complex reconstruction of the line, modern tracks are built, there will be a complete electrical reconstruction, the safety equipment will be replaced, just as the train control system, conductor system, the passenger areas and even the stations will also be renovated.

Now the first section, the northern part between Újpest Központ and Lehet tér is ready: in the first phase of the reconstruction, affected stations were transformed to their new image. Clean, bright spaces, new furniture, and passenger information, as well as revived artworks await the passengers of metro line M3. The modern interior design and the visual image are both trying to meet the memory of the old times and the challenges of the present.

Since 6 April the reconstruction of metro line M3 continues with the southern part: the complete track shutdown came into effect between Népliget and Kőbánya-Kispest metro stations. Renovation of the 4.8 km long south section planned to end in Q4 2020, and cost approximately 42 billion forints.

Similarly to the reconstruction of the northern section, complex modernization and architectural transformation of all the systems will take place, passenger spaces will be renewed, a new unified passenger information system will be built, and a CCTV system will be installed to enhance passenger safety. At the stations there will be a fire protection system conforming to the latest regulations and a modern ventilation, heat and smoke extraction system will be installed as well. The service areas also will be renewed in addition to the passenger areas. As part of the reconstruction, the whole track is being completely rebuilt, including rails and detours.

During this period, passengers can travel by metro replacement buses and further surface services that help ensure smooth traffic. This section affects the approach of the airport and indirectly the availability of the city center, so stay informed before traveling about the ongoing works, metro replacement services, and the possible changes on the official website of the reconstruction.

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Dairy and gluten-free restaurant opened in the heart of downtown http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1363/dairy-and-gluten-free-restaurant-opened-in-the-heart-of-downtown- Even those people will love this place who has no problem with any of the ingredients. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:41:32 GMT Budnews
Dairy and gluten-free restaurant opened in the heart of downtown

Dairy and gluten-free restaurant opened in the heart of downtown

Even those people will love this place who has no problem with any of the ingredients.

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Although the number of vegetarian / vegan places in Budapest has risen sharply in recent years, gluten-sensitive people are still not in an easy position. There are plenty of good restaurants, but they usually don't think about lactose and gluten-sensitive people, so it's understandable, that the opening of a place exactly for them is a big deal. The concept of Kata restaurant has grown out of this thought so the owners made it's menu directly for dairy and lactose intolerant people.

This lactose and gluten-free restaurants in the neighborhood of Opera awaits with breakfast menu and weekly lunch menu, and many delicious courses, of course without lactose or gluten. They have seasonal fruit soup with roasted almond, traditional gray cattle goulash soup and

guinea fowl consomme with ginger to start with. As main course you can taste grilled salmon fillet in Dijon crust, vegetarian burger, of course in gluten free bun, smoked salmon slices with spicy cheese cream on a salad bed with green lemon, or tenderloin matured for three months with goose liver, green peas and rosemary potatoes – just to mention a few of them. As dessert, we can chose the classic somlói dumplings or chocolate fondant with vanilla and roasted pecans.

Must try place, even if you're lucky enough and don't have problem with milk and traditional flour.

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Night of Coffee Houses 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1362/night-of-coffee-houses-2019 It's all about coffee on 17 May! Mon, 15 Apr 2019 08:47:07 GMT Budnews
Night of Coffee Houses 2019

Night of Coffee Houses 2019

It's all about coffee on 17 May!

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Municipality of Budapest organized the first Night of Coffee Houses in 2018 with that in mind that many tourists don't even know about the rich coffee tradition of Budapest. The truth is that the cafés of the capital have always played a prominent role in the history of Budapest, in the 19th century they became the main venue of culture, and were important centers of literary life. That's why they want to show the city's most memorable coffee houses this evening and revive their vibrant cultural life with historical, musical, theatrical and literary events. Along with the history of the cafes, we can hear a lot of interesting things about coffee itself this evening.

This year thirty venues and nearly one hundred cultural programs await the lovers of coffee on 17 May. Besides getting to know the coffee culture, literary programs and jazz concerts will make the night special. Organizers offer unique programs for coffee lovers: barista instructors and coffee experts will introduce us to the mystery of coffee culture and we can even participate in cupping coffee tasting programs. There will be several coffee house and city history tours that show these wonderful places and their surroundings on different routes and themes.

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Budapest among top 20 European travel destinations http://budnews.hu/news/News/1361/budapest-among-top-20-european-travel-destinations- After European Best Destinations placed Budapest first, here is a new compilation with our capital also featured – not first, but definitely in the top 10. Fri, 12 Apr 2019 07:17:29 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest among top 20 European travel destinations

Budapest among top 20 European travel destinations

After European Best Destinations placed Budapest first, here is a new compilation with our capital also featured – not first, but definitely in the top 10.

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Budapest was recently ranked as 17th on Tripadvisor’s top European destinations list. They highlight the ‘sparkling treasures’ of our capital but also note that history, culture and natural beauty can also be seen here.

“Budapest’s 118 springs and boreholes. The city of spas offers an astounding array of baths, from the sparkling Gellért Baths to the vast 1913 neo-baroque Széchenyi Spa to Rudas Spa, a dramatic 16th-century Turkish pool with original Ottoman architecture. The “Queen of the Danube” is also steeped in history, culture and natural beauty. Get your camera ready for the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum, Heroes’ Square and Statue Park, and the 300-foot dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica” – they write.

Let’s check out together the top 20 best European travel destinations according to Tripadvisor:

1. London, UK

2. Paris, France

3. Rome, Italy

4. Crete, Greece

5. Barcelona, Spain

6. Istanbul, Turkey

7. Prague, Czech Republic

8. Lisbon, Portugal

9. Mallorca, Spain

10. Tenerife, Spain

11. Santorini, Greece

12. Florence, Italy

13. Rhodes, Greece

14. Amsterdam, Netherlands

15. Venice, Italy

16. Corsica, Italy

17. Budapest, Hungary

18. Madeira, Madeira Islands

19. Malta, Malta

20. Berlin, Germany

We hope that it’s still not boring for you to see these compilations and our joy when Budapest can be found on a prestigious list. ;)

Source: Tripadvisor.com

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3+1 beautiful places to see in Hungary this spring http://budnews.hu/news/News/1360/3+1-beautiful-places-to-see-in-hungary-this-spring- If you are lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Hungary this spring, and you really feel like seeing something more than the wonders of Budapest, then let yourself be inspired by the following list. Which one of these wonderful places will you visit? Thu, 11 Apr 2019 06:56:37 GMT Mia Balogh
3+1 beautiful places to see in Hungary this spring

3+1 beautiful places to see in Hungary this spring

If you are lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Hungary this spring, and you really feel like seeing something more than the wonders of Budapest, then let yourself be inspired by the following list. Which one of these wonderful places will you visit?

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1, The salt hill of Egerszalók

Egerszalók lies 5 km away from Eger, must-see town for the fans of history and good wines. Egerszalók is famous for its thermal spring, coming from a depth of 40m, but also for a special salt hill formed here. It is truly amazing, we highly recommend you a visit. ;)

2, ‘Floating houses’ on the lake of Bokod

You might have seen some Hungarian wedding pictures made right at some colourful tiny houses built on wooden poles – well, this is the floating village of Bokod, a fantastic, unmissable place approximately 50 miles from Budapest.

3, Hiking at the Balaton

Lake Balaton can be a great destination in every season. For example this spring, a lot of spring programs are organized all around the lake. Or do you prefer a hike? Then we recommend you to visit the Szabadság-kilátó (Freedom lookout tower) in Csere hill, Alsóörs.

+1. Big Hárs Hill in Buda Hills

If you don’t want to leave the city, or you won’t have enough time to go further, just enjoy a nice afternoon on Big Hárs Hill in Buda Hills. Take a bus 22, 22A or 222 on Széll Kálmán Square and in 15 minutes, you can enjoy the beauties of the nature and a nice hike to Kaán Károly lookout tower. The place is also highly recommended for joggers, just saying. ;)

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Leonardo exhibition opens in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1359/leonardo-exhibition-opens-in-budapest The interactive exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Artist – Inventor – Genius’ opened its gates in Budapest in the middle of March, and will be available to visit until September. Wed, 10 Apr 2019 07:20:22 GMT Mia Balogh
Leonardo exhibition opens in Budapest

Leonardo exhibition opens in Budapest

The interactive exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Artist – Inventor – Genius’ opened its gates in Budapest in the middle of March, and will be available to visit until September.

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Reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings and also interactive mock-ups of nearly 60 of Leonardo’s technical inventions can be seen at an interactive exhibition that’s called ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Artist – Inventor – Genius’ in Budapest, reported turizmus.com. The exhibition opened in the middle of March and will be available to visit until the beginning of September.

The exhibition does not limit itself to introduce us ‘the painter of Mona Lisa’, we can know a multi-talented scientist, a true legend with a million faces, who has preceded his age by hundreds of years. Leonardo (1452 – 1519) felt himself quite close to art and music, but also to different sciences like physics, anatomy, architecture and he also has designed military weapons.

So the exhibition depicts the genius of Leonardo and takes us back to the past, but offers us also a big adventure using the technical possibilities of the present and maybe some of the future. Thanks to virtual reality, we can also ‘step into’ some paintings with VR glasses, where we receive video and audio guidance. These virtual reality experiences will show us which of our everyday objects do we use on the basis of da Vinci’s inventions from hundreds of years ago.

The exhibition has been a great success in 23 countries so far, and the Hungarian organizers are expecting around 100 000 visitors in six months.

If you visit Budapest in the following weeks or months, don’t hesitate to check out this exciting exhibition. ;)

Location: 8-10 Király Street, Budapest

More info and tickets (we suggest you to book online): https://www.davincikiallitas.hu/en/

Source: Turizmus.com

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The first electric scooter-sharing system is here http://budnews.hu/news/News/1358/the-first-electric-scooter-sharing-system-is-here Soon we can rent e-scooters based on the well-known community sharing system. The test period is on! Tue, 9 Apr 2019 08:08:34 GMT Budnews
The first electric scooter-sharing system is here

The first electric scooter-sharing system is here

Soon we can rent e-scooters based on the well-known community sharing system. The test period is on!

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Bike sharing system is not a big deal these days, every bigger city has one of those. Budapest has such companies for bikes (Mol Bubi), motorbikes (Blinkee) and cars (Mol Limo, Greengo), and now here is the newest thing: the scooter sharing system. Lime is launching an electric roller, or scooter service in the capital of Hungary, with the aim of making life easier for the capital city.

Lime is present in more than 100 cities around the world with bikes and e-scooters. Their scooters are equipped with a built-in GPS system and an automatic break system. You can download the Lime application to your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play to find the closest free e-roller that you can use with your mobile. One of the advantages of the e-scooter sharing service is that it works without docking stations, so you can pick up and drop rollers almost anywhere: This way it only takes few minutes to reach the City Park on Andrássy Avenue, starting from Elisabeth Square.

For the time being, the test period is on, and it seems to be a great opportunity. With these vehicles you don't have to look for a parking space as you can pick it up and can left your devices wherever you want. Prior to implementation, Lime cooperated with the relevant local authorities and talked to local decision makers. The scooters are capable of a maximum speed of 25 km/h, with a rechargeable battery. We have nothing to do with the scooters, except enjoying the ride: Lime team maintains the vehicles, they collect the rollers during the nigh, recharge them at filing stations, thus they can be used again in perfect condition in the morning.

“We believe that there is a big need for micromobility in Budapest. Like many other European cities, traffic jams, air pollution and parking difficulties are also a problem here. In collaboration with the capital and the local people, we want to develop solutions that make our urban environment more livable. I hope that in a year we will see many people on the streets of Budapest to travel with Lime e-scooters and our service will be an integral part of this dynamically developing city” - said Paloma Castro Martinez, Director of Lime.

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Monopoly introduces: the special Budapest-edition http://budnews.hu/news/News/1357/monopoly-introduces:-the-special-budapest-edition- The world's most popular board game now devotes a special edition to the Hungarian capital. Mon, 8 Apr 2019 08:40:06 GMT Budnews
Monopoly introduces: the special Budapest-edition

Monopoly introduces: the special Budapest-edition

The world's most popular board game now devotes a special edition to the Hungarian capital.

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If there is a game that has been part of all of our lives for a shorter or longer period of time, it is undoubtedly Monopoly. Generations grow up with this real estate game, that has dozens of special editions through the decades. There are, for example Friends, Walking dead, Lord of the rings, Transformers, FC Barcelona, and Hungary edition. The newest version of this classic game is about Budapest, so soon we can fight for the Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, Margaret Island and the Citadel.

This sounds more than awesome, but to be fair, we have to admit: it's not a special honor for our capital: 200 other cities had their own edition before, for example New York, Edinburgh, Sydney, Rome and Dublin. The Budapest-themed board game will, of course, be published in Hungarian, and soon we can own the most beautiful and famous sights of the city.

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The most beautiful building of City Park is ready: Olof Palme House opens this fall http://budnews.hu/news/News/1356/the-most-beautiful-building-of-city-park-is-ready:-olof-palme-house-opens-this-fall Here comes the first video of the mesmerizing Neo-renaissance building. Fri, 5 Apr 2019 09:18:49 GMT Budnews
The most beautiful building of City Park is ready: Olof Palme House opens this fall

The most beautiful building of City Park is ready: Olof Palme House opens this fall

Here comes the first video of the mesmerizing Neo-renaissance building.

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If you've ever been to the City Park in Budapest, you've probably noticed a beautiful, but rundown building in the heart of the park: this is Olof Palme House, a gorgeous Neo-renaissance building, which is finally brought to a worthy state. The reconstruction of the House is ready, and it will open its doors this fall as “House of Millenium”, a new cultural venue of the city.

The building, with a basic area of more than 1,100 square meters, was originally constructed for the 1885 National General Exhibition as an exhibition venue of fine art, and as recorded by contemporaneous reviews, it was one of the most impressive structures of the complex. At the time of its building, it was praised mainly for its colorfulness, thanks to the unique Zsolnay porcelain decorations of the facade.

Unfortunately, the building proved to be too small for the planned exhibition, therefore another, far larger and more suitable building was constructed in Városliget by 1896: the present building of Műcsarnok. After the establishment of the Fine Arts Foundation, the building was used as a sculptors’ workshop in the 1950s, and then as the central office of the Fine Arts Implementation Company. In this period, the structure significantly deteriorated, and nothing was done to preserve its original beauty.

The current, overall reconstruction started in autumn 2017 according to the design of Ferenc Pfaff: during the works the building's subsequent build-ups have been removed, the entire interior building structure has been demolished and rebuilt, the new roof is covered with huge glass surfaces, and the special Zsolnay ceramics that decorate the facade of the building also have been restored.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuvvSZ0fu_c

The main entrance is also restored to its original place, where in the second phase of the park's landscape renewal, a new beautiful rose garden will be created. The building also got a new name: from now on it's called the “House of Millenium”. The new 1250 square meter building is a cultural community place, with an interactive exhibition space, a millennium-style restaurant-café, a small lecture and conference room on the ground floor with, and a museum pedagogical area.

After the renovation, the House opens with a temporary exhibition about the golden age of the City Park, then a permanent, interactive exhibition also opens, that recalls the most successful period of Hungary's modern history, the turn of 19th and 20th century.

Can't wait to see!

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3 good reasons why Budapest Art Week is a ‘must see’ http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1355/3-good-reasons-why-budapest-art-week-is-a-‘must-see’ As we all know, Budapest is offering a wide range of cultural and art programs – in April, also the exhibitions of Budapest Art Week included. These are unmissable programs, here’s why. Thu, 4 Apr 2019 10:39:53 GMT Mia Balogh
3 good reasons why Budapest Art Week is a ‘must see’

3 good reasons why Budapest Art Week is a ‘must see’

As we all know, Budapest is offering a wide range of cultural and art programs – in April, also the exhibitions of Budapest Art Week included. These are unmissable programs, here’s why.

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1, The fourth Budapest Art Week offers you nearly 100 exhibitions at 74 venues for 6 days, so everybody can find a program they like.

2, It will be organized this spring – from 9 to 14 April – so if the weather turns cloudy or windy outside, or a light rain arrives, you’ll have the opportunity to stop in sightseeing and to see and interesting exhibition. ;) New venues include the Hopp Ferenc Asia Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, it was told on a press conference in March, so you’ll have some more interesting cultural hotspots to choose from.

3, The main exhibition of the festival will be shown in the Mikve Gallery and focus on connections between contemporary Russian and Hungarian art, in parallel with the Budapest Spring Festival in which Russia is a guest of honour. The exhibition will feature work by acclaimed artists such as the Blue Noses Group, Oleg Kulik, Chto Delat and the AES+F collective.

If you know the artworks of all these artists, we recommend you to see the main exhibition of Budapest Art Week, but if you don’t know these yet, well, it’s high time to learn something, right? ;)

For more information, check out their website:

https://www.bpartweek.hu/en/

Source: MTI

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Iggy Pop returns to Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1354/iggy-pop-returns-to-hungary- The 71-year-old Michigan legend is set to perform at Budapest Park this summer – supposedly some of his best songs and a spectacular show are to be expected. Wed, 3 Apr 2019 12:49:09 GMT Mia Balogh
Iggy Pop returns to Hungary

Iggy Pop returns to Hungary

The 71-year-old Michigan legend is set to perform at Budapest Park this summer – supposedly some of his best songs and a spectacular show are to be expected.

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25 years after his first gig in Budapest, Iggy Pop returns to our capital to perform at Budapest Park: he is set to perform on 24 July, and will supposedly bring a couple of his best songs and also a spectacular show.

The godfather of punk had his last solo performance in our capital in 1994 (at the now-demolished Petőfi Csarnok), then, two years later, he was one of the headliners of Sziget Festival. He returned to the Island of Freedom in 2006 and in 2012, too.

Iggy Pop released his last album, Post Pop Depression in 2016. With his latest songs, he showed to the world that he has remained innovative – even 50 years after his debut in the music industry. Produced with the help of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the disc was nominated for the best alternative music album at the Grammy Awards.

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The genius experimenter: László Moholy-Nagy exhibition opened http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1353/the-genius-experimenter:-laszlo-moholy-nagy-exhibition-opened The exhibition is just as special as his oeuvre. Tue, 2 Apr 2019 12:46:36 GMT Budnews
The genius experimenter: László Moholy-Nagy exhibition opened

The genius experimenter: László Moholy-Nagy exhibition opened

The exhibition is just as special as his oeuvre.

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László Moholy-Nagy is undoubtedly one on the biggest Hungarian photographers. Acknowledged figure of twentieth-century avantgarde art, and also one of the most distinguished teacher personalities of Bauhaus. As a versatile artist he had a radically experimental practice in the field of painting, sculpture, photography and film as well as commercial and industrial design and scenography. His visual art together with his theoretical and educational work, his photographs, films and photograms were of such significance that they have transformed our thinking about art.

This new exhibition, The genius experimenter is realized in the framework of Bauhaus 100 event and shows perfectly his genius. The exhibited photographs provide detailed and thorough insight into the work of Moholy-Nagy in the field of photography. The exhibition presents his work in three thematic sections: photogram experiments, photoplastics, and other experiments and abstractions supplemented by Moholy-Nagy’s more personal photographs.

With the exhibition of this collection, Mai Manó House celebrates the centennial of Bauhaus as well as the photographic oeuvre of László Moholy-Nagy, the institution’s ‘youngest professor’.

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Budapest has 2 new Michelin star restaurants http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1352/budapest-has-2-new-michelin-star-restaurants The total number of Michelin-star restaurants in Budapest has risen to six! Mon, 1 Apr 2019 08:16:30 GMT Budnews
Budapest has 2 new Michelin star restaurants

Budapest has 2 new Michelin star restaurants

The total number of Michelin-star restaurants in Budapest has risen to six!

Gastronomy

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Michelin season is here, and we have two reasons to be happy: the Main Cities of Europe Guide lists the best restaurants of 38 European cities, and we have many eateries on the list!

This year Zagreb and Dubrovnik got its first star, but the greatest pleasure for us is that at the same time two Budapest restaurants also received 'the' star: Stand and Babel are now officially among the best.

In addition to the new recognition, our former Michelin star restaurants have been able to preserve their stars, so Costes, Costes Downtown and Borkonyha have still the one-star rating and Onyx has two Michelin stars. Talking about stars: do you know what they mean exactly? One star means a quality kitchen that worth trying, if you're there anyway. Two stars mean so excellent kitchen that it's worth taking a detour, while three means such a perfect place that it's worth a trip in itself.

In addition to the stars, Bib Gourmand qualification has been also awarded. Those restaurants can get this recommendation, that offer a very good value for money in their category. This list refreshes year-to-year and in 2019 three Hungarian places made it to the list: Fricska in Dob street, Petrus restaurant at Ferenc Square and Stand25 got this recommendation this year.

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Legendary Treasures of the Incas exhibition opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1351/legendary-treasures-of-the-incas-exhibition-opened-in-budapest- Come closer, enter and take a look around in the exciting world and amazing treasures of a once ruling nation of South America. Fri, 29 Mar 2019 08:28:18 GMT Mia Balogh
Legendary Treasures of the Incas exhibition opened in Budapest

Legendary Treasures of the Incas exhibition opened in Budapest

Come closer, enter and take a look around in the exciting world and amazing treasures of a once ruling nation of South America.

Culture

Mia Balogh

It is quite rare for us to have the possibility to gain insight into the closed world of an ancient civilisation – to see how their society, culture, religion worked at that time, and also the decline of the society. One of the newest exhibitions in Budapest, the Legendary Treasures of the Incas is showing us all these interesting things – and gold, as well.

Because, as the organizers write in their press release, “the main purpose of the exhibition is to get a comprehensive picture of the former Inca civilization and to make you feel the temptation of gold”.

“The desire for gold is eternal. Gold is a symbol of gods and rulers and universal currency and a curse. Explore the legendary gold treasure of the Incas, enter the bloody history of America's colonization, get to know the ancient civilizations and their associates” – invite the organisers.

The Incas treasure shows original gold exhibits, different everyday utensils and models of real buildings and ritual sites. Believe us, it is quite interesting. ;)

The exhibition is open from 13 March to 31 July, every day, between 9 am and 8 pm. The event venue is called Komplex, and it can be found easily near Gozsdu Court (6th district, Király Street 26).

Tickets are available for 3800-4400 HUF. Tickets: HUF 3,800 / 4,400

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New Popup Bubble Bar opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1350/new-popup-bubble-bar-opened-in-budapest- A fancy new bubble bar has opened its gates in Budapest: Popup Bubble Bar by Intermezzo Roof Terrace is waiting for us until this summer on the rooftop of Hotel President. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 11:44:07 GMT Mia Balogh
New Popup Bubble Bar opened in Budapest

New Popup Bubble Bar opened in Budapest

A fancy new bubble bar has opened its gates in Budapest: Popup Bubble Bar by Intermezzo Roof Terrace is waiting for us until this summer on the rooftop of Hotel President.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

You might have seen those big bubbles in several rooftop bars around Europe. You know, those tent-like transparent things which allow us to enjoy for example the beautiful view in Budapest – even when it’s cold outside.

The newest addition to the bubble bar map of the Old Continent is Popup Bubble Bar by Intermezzo Roof Terrace.

The rooftop bar on top of Hotel President has three differently styled 30 m2 bubbles: bar, bistro and lounge – Turizmus.com writes.

Wall of padlocks also added

Besides the bubble bar, the hotel also introduced a so-called wall of padlocks at the Intermezzo Roof Terrace. What is a wall of padlocks? You might have seen something like this is several big cities: couples can put their own locks on the wall with their names on them, and close it – it’s like a sign of belonging together and eternal love.

If you don’t have a padlock but you and your partner feel like adding yours to the wall, no problem: the staff is prepared for everything so you can buy a lock at the bar, too. ;)

Good to know

The bubbles are covered but not heated, and are available for anyone – not only for hotel guests. If you want to enjoy some bubbly or not bubbly drinks here, we highly recommend the reservation. It’s for free, just like the entry. Drinks and bar food are approximately for the same price like in any other city centre spot.

For more info, check out their website: https://hotelpresident.hu/restaurants/popup-bubble-bar-by-intermezzo-roof-terrace

Source: Turizmus.com

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Zero waste shops in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1349/zero-waste-shops-in-budapest Grab your mash-bag and save the planet! Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:24:06 GMT Budnews
Zero waste shops in Budapest

Zero waste shops in Budapest

Grab your mash-bag and save the planet!

Lifestyle

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As plastic pollution gets more and more attention, zero waste-lifestyle also gets more fame and success. Fortunately, many people realized, that we have to change, and being eco-friendly started to be really cool in the past few years. In this spirit, Budapest has now several zero waste shops, where everything – event things like grain - is unpacked. The primary goals of these places are to develop and distribute an environmentally conscious and sustainable purchasing culture, to reduce household waste by eliminating unnecessary product packaging, to promote zero waste lifestyle, and to promote the consumption of domestic products.

Transparency plays a key role in these efforts. At these places, the products are immediately visible when entering the store. They don't hide them in unnecessary packaging materials because they don't need to. These products are both fresh and natural, they do not contain any unnecessary preservatives, additives or texture enhancers. Most of them come from within the country.

By eliminating the packaging, these places allow us to buy exactly as much as we need. Here we can get 100 or 628 grams of rice, you can buy just one tasting portion from almost everything, or you can come with a specific recipe with well-defined quantities.

At these shops, customers buy products using their own pots, bags and packaging in exactly the quantities they need. You can buy vegetables, pasta, flour, herbs and spices, desserts and snack, dried fruit, muesli, jams, syrups, nuts and seed, oils and vinegar, bakery products, dairy product, cereal, grains, legumes, and even household and cleaning products.

In Budapest, there are several eco-friendly shops, where you can buy some of the things unpacked, but only three of them has no packed goods at all. These are the following:

Ne pazarolj! zero waste shop and café, Location: Fő street 79, 1027 Budapest

Ligeti Zero waste shop Location 1: Katona József Street 9-11, 1137 Budapest

Location 2: Karinthy Frigyes út 14, 1111 Budapest

The method and supply are basically the same at all of these places, so choose any of them, you will not be disappointed.

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Budapest got its own gin brand – and so the first Hungarian gin is born http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1348/budapest-got-its-own-gin-brand-–-and-so-the-first-hungarian-gin-is-born Juniper berries and poppy seed make it really special. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:34:04 GMT Budnews
Budapest got its own gin brand – and so the first Hungarian gin is born

Budapest got its own gin brand – and so the first Hungarian gin is born

Juniper berries and poppy seed make it really special.

Gastronomy

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When it comes to high-quality and Hungarian-related alcohols, most of us probably think of the good Hungarian wines, Unicum, pálinka, or maybe the craft beers. But the one thing that wouldn't come to our mind for sure, is gin. No wonder, so far there was no such thing as Hungarian gin. Luckily, the renaissance of gin slowly reached us in the last 3-4 years: we can get acquainted with this elegant drink from the basic ones to the specialties. This process led to the establishment of the First Hungarian Gin Manufactory in 2018 under the leadership of Bálint Dámosy, and that, in 2019, to their first drink: Opera Gin.

The main component of this London Dry gin is juniper berries, and we can discover spices such as angelica root, coriander seed, iris root, liquorice, grapefruit peel, Vietnamese lemongrass, aniseed, lavender and cubeb. The drink also has a secret ingredient: this is the poppy seed, which is a 100% Hungarian ingredient, as we are world leaders in the consumption of it. Until this moment, we haven't seen it as a gin component, and it’s a shame. Opera gin is something everyone should try.

For the time being, the Hotsy Totsy on Síp Street is the only place where you will surely find this specialty, but more places coming soon!

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Hungarian wildlife photographer’s fantastic exhibition opened at the Basilica http://budnews.hu/news/News/1347/hungarian-wildlife-photographer’s-fantastic-exhibition-opened-at-the-basilica If you take a walk at St. Stephen’s Basilica in the upcoming days, it is really worth slowing down a little bit, and taking a look at Bence Máté’s photo exhibition at the square in front of the Basilica. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:42:27 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian wildlife photographer’s fantastic exhibition opened at the Basilica

Hungarian wildlife photographer’s fantastic exhibition opened at the Basilica

If you take a walk at St. Stephen’s Basilica in the upcoming days, it is really worth slowing down a little bit, and taking a look at Bence Máté’s photo exhibition at the square in front of the Basilica.

News

Mia Balogh

If you like animals, or love them – just like we do here – and enjoy all those great photos representing them, well, then we have an unmissable program for you: 600 photos by well-known Hungarian photographer Bence Máté are exhibited this month at the square in from of St. Stephen’s Basilica.

The young photographer has already received several prestigious international awards, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and also the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which is known as the Oscar price of the world of photographers. Bence Máté has published multiple books and his work has also been documented in a three-part film series.

After Budapest, the exhibition will be taken on tour to other Hungarian cities starting with Debrecen in early April.

So we still have a couple of days to check it out in Budapest, don’t miss it. ;)

Source: Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, MTI

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When will McDonald’s home delivery service launch in Hungary? http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1346/when-will-mcdonald’s-home-delivery-service-launch-in-hungary After being already available in eight European countries and in many others around the globe, McDelivery can finally arrive to Hungary soon. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:04:13 GMT Mia Balogh
When will McDonald’s home delivery service launch in Hungary?

When will McDonald’s home delivery service launch in Hungary?

After being already available in eight European countries and in many others around the globe, McDelivery can finally arrive to Hungary soon.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

In Budapest, you can order from KFC and Pizza Hut to soothe your fast food cravings at home or at your accommodation but it seems like you can enjoy home delivery McDonald’s food, too, very soon.

Index also writes that probably the delivery service Netpincér would deliver us our fast food orders (they also have a mobile app for delivering food from various restaurants in Hungary).

Anyway McDelivery is very-very popular in the world, especially in the big cities – it is available in eight European countries and in many others worldwide. Some of the McDelivery services are provided by Uber Eats cars, bicycles or scooters (it would be also quite cool in Budapest, in our opinion). The price of the home delivery changes from 1 to 3 dollars in the majority of the countries but there are some places where they only deliver above a certain amount spent.

In the neighbouring countries, the service is already available in Romania, Slovenia and Austria. In Vienna, the delivery is available from 11 am to 11 pm so it can be the same in Budapest, too, but we think that also a 24/7 service can be feasible.

Source: Index.hu

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7 luxury hotels in Budapest among best ones in the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1345/7-luxury-hotels-in-budapest-among-best-ones-in-the-world These are the best Hungarian luxury hotels, according to Forbes Travel Guide. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:08:18 GMT Mia Balogh
7 luxury hotels in Budapest among best ones in the world

7 luxury hotels in Budapest among best ones in the world

These are the best Hungarian luxury hotels, according to Forbes Travel Guide.

News

Mia Balogh

Budapest is a popular destination for tourists and offers of course great restaurants, spas and also some fantastic accommodation possibilities. If you arrive here, you can spend the night at one of the awesome luxury hotels in the city, which happen to be among the best ones in the world – as Ujszo.com reported. They write that 7 luxury hotels were named among the best luxury hotels of the world, according to Forbes Travel Guide’s article.

The compilation is really prestigious – being on the list is already a big achievement – and the system must be quite complicated because Forbes’s supervisors go to different hotels all year incognito and evaluate them based on 900 (!) criteria. Can you imagine that? :O Well, 75% of these criteria are about services; the rest of the aspects are about the building’s conditions and location.

Let’s see which hotels in Budapest are among the top hotels in the world:

Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Intercontinental Budapest, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, The Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge and New York Palace Hotel - with one of the most beautiful cafés in the world.

In which one of these hotels would you fancy a nice room – or a suite? Let’s daydreaming a little bit! ;)

Source: Ujszo.com

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Hungarian wine became the world's most expensive http://budnews.hu/news/News/1344/hungarian-wine-became-the-worlds-most-expensive A single bottle costs the price of a high-end car. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:21:22 GMT Budnews
Hungarian wine became the world's most expensive

Hungarian wine became the world's most expensive

A single bottle costs the price of a high-end car.

News

Budnews

Tokaji wines are not only known and acknowledged here in Hungary, but they also represent high quality abroad. But did you know that the world's most expensive wine is also made here? A newly-released $40,000 bottle of 2008-vintage wine now ranks among the most expensive wines in the world at release. This is Tokaji Essencia, a unique sweet wine from the most famous Hungarian wine region. The high price of this special release bottle stems from both cost of production and scarcity. To produce a single magnum of the sweet, syrupy Essencia that Hungarian winemaker Royal Tokaji is now marketing for €35,000 a pop can require more than 400 pounds of grapes, not to mention a lengthy maturation. Each grape must be harvested by hand, placing Essencia among the most labor-intensive wines in the world. Fortune magazine also highlights that there are only 18 bottles of it.

The uniqueness of the essence lies in the fact that it is made of 100% aszú grapes, grapes that are almost raisin-like, without a basic wine added to dilutes its sweetness. The very high sugar content liquid is produced for a very long time, up to 8 years, in contrast to the few days or few weeks fermentation-ripening time of most wines. In addition, this special late-harvest wine also requires a graceful weather, which was given in 2008.

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One of the busiest squares of Budapest renews http://budnews.hu/news/News/1343/one-of-the-busiest-squares-of-budapest-renews Here come the first visuals of the renewing Blaha Lujza Square. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:48:30 GMT Budnews
One of the busiest squares of Budapest renews

One of the busiest squares of Budapest renews

Here come the first visuals of the renewing Blaha Lujza Square.

News

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Blaha Lujza Square is one of the „poor relations” of the city: while other public spaces are renewed in a row, it has always been missed out. The square is in very bad shape for years, so it’s a great pleasure that this year it’s finally renews. After fifty-five years, one of the busiest, iconic urban hub, significant historical and spiritual heritage, Blaha Lujza Square got what it deserves. The new pedestrian-friendly public space will satisfy the expectations of the present days, significantly increases the proportion of green areas, and even a building for cultural purposes will be built. The node will be completely barrier-free, the underpass will be renovated, and the traffic order of the boundary roads also will be partly modified.

The main purpose of renovating one of the busiest hubs in Budapest is to improve the viability of space. The quality architectural renewal ensures the restoration of the spiritual and cultural heritage of the square, the development of friendly, livable pedestrian surfaces, and the reorganization of the currently dispersed service road network with the creation of a common public space with extensive green space. The new, cultural-purpose building evokes the legacy of the old National Theater, which stood here. The number of trees in the square will increase from 26 to 65, and the size of the new green area will be over 1,000 square meters.

As further development, there will be two MOL Bubi bike stations in the square: the current one will be moved to the József Boulevard, and a new one will be installed in Márkus Emília Street. More bicycle storages are being built on the renewed Blaha Lujza Square, and in accordance with the renovation of the square, Béla Somogyi Street will be rebuilt up to Gutenberg Square, in line with previous renovations in the Palotanegyed. Corvin, one of the oldest shopping centers of the city also renews by renovating its historic façade.

The construction works expected to start this autumn and will last for about a year.

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Newest gastro haunt of Buda is something everybody should see http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1342/newest-gastro-haunt-of-buda-is-something-everybody-should-see This place worth crossing over to the other side. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:43:47 GMT Budnews
Newest gastro haunt of Buda is something everybody should see

Newest gastro haunt of Buda is something everybody should see

This place worth crossing over to the other side.

Gastronomy

Budnews

If were talking about the sparkling gastronomic life of Budapest, most people think about the downtown of Pest. But our newest favorite place is a good example, that Buda has its own gemstones!

Frankó kitchen opened its doors in last august and soon became the favorite place of the neighborhood. The kitchen unites traditional Hungarian recipes with modern techniques and international flavors. The chef’s, David Szakonyi’s eclectic yet respectfully traditional approach to cooking creates a unique dining experience: he works with carefully selected and seasonal Hungarian ingredients and they serve small batch wines, artisanal beer and natural juices.

Frankó has daily menus with courses like cauliflower soup with coconut milk, strawberry soup with black pepper, coriander and marzipan, chicken pate with cranberry and salad, green pea risotto with citrus fennel, see food risotto, chicken heart with mushroom and lentils or chocolate mousse with truffle.

David, the chef is not a big fan of modern kitchen technology, for example, he doesn’t use sous-vide method. He prefers old, traditional procedures instead and uses offsprings in his menus, which may seem unusual for a modern housewife. Heart, liver, and brain are frequent items on Franko Kitchen’s menu, you can taste a roasted rabbit liver with pumpkin, lovage, goat cheese, caramelized pearl onions and wild mushrooms, for example. Of course, you can choose something else, but we highly recommend trying one of these curiosities if you come.

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Budapest Spring Festival 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1341/budapest-spring-festival-2019 Concerts, theatrical acts, exhibitions and several other programs will take place in multiple locations of the city. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:13:41 GMT Budnews
Budapest Spring Festival 2019

Budapest Spring Festival 2019

Concerts, theatrical acts, exhibitions and several other programs will take place in multiple locations of the city.

Event

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Budapest Spring Festival is one of the city’s and Hungary’s most significant cultural event. This more than two-week long festival offers everything you might wish for: classical music, opera, jazz and folk music, world music, crossover, dance and theatre performances. During this period, Budapest becomes the cultural center of Europe for the 39th time. The festival has different themes in every year: this year’s focus is on Russia and creations of Russian culture - classics, contemporaries and living legends.

There will be dozens of venues in 2019: in addition to the Müpa Budapest and Liszt Academy, Uránia National Film Theatre, Pesti Vigadó and Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar), Budapest Music Center, Akvárium Klub, A38 Ship and other Budapest theatres, cultural institutes and museums will also be home to outstanding events. It would be hard to choose among the programs, but we collected 5 programs, we think no one should miss:

Jordi Savall and the Hespèrion XXI, the ensemble he founded, want to allow their audience to experience relations, interactions, and cultural symbioses that may also bring us closer to the solution of a number of contemporary problems. For Savall, regions, periods, and styles never had clear-cut boundaries, and he has always considered the Mediterranean as an organically coherent cultural complex with a colorful spectrum of languages and religious relations.

On David Lynch’s Highway: Eraserhead. David Lynch is one of the most original contemporary film directors. His untameable imagination, special outlook, and distinctive humour have amalgamated into an unmistakable style. Apropos of the Budapest Photo Festival’s exhibition, David Lynch: Small Stories, the Budapest Spring Festival salutes the director’s unique cinematic universe with a series of screenings that presents four of his films, some of them rarely shown, the others recently digitally remastered. We chose Eraserhead from1977, that was Lynch’s first feature film. It already featured such signature characteristics of the oeuvre as surrealistic visions, a strong visuality, a dark tone, and a peculiar humour.

Triumph of the Body. Michelangelo and Sixteenth-Century Italian Draughtsmanship. Drawing played a central role in the art of Michelangelo, who left behind a unique œuvre not only as a sculptor, but also as a painter and architect. More than 700 of his drawings have survived, while his art focused almost exclusively on the representation of the human body. The Budapest exhibition presents thirty of his nude studies, borrowed from the world’s most prestigious collections, like the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the British Museum in London, the Casa Buonarroti and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Louvre in Paris, the Albertina in Vienna, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Joseph Calleja Sings Arias: Maltese star tenor Joseph Calleja has been one of the most sought-after opera singers of the new century. He feels particularly at home in the Italian Romantic repertoire, and is often considered an heir of Pavarotti, or even of Jussi Björling, Beniamino Gigli, or Enrico Caruso. This season saw him in a new role, that of Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller. He also sings a major role long on his repertoire, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, now in a production of the New York Metropolitan Opera, which will also tour the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The conductor of Calleja’s Budapest aria concert will be Pier Giorgio Morandi, globe-trotting specialist of Romantic Italian operas.

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir: Founded in 1930 as the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the group is the oldest of Russia’s symphonic ensembles, and also one of the best-known in the international concert arena. Its leaders have included such eminent conductors as Nikolai Golovanov, Aleksandr Gauk, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and they have cooperated with some of the world’s best soloists – including Pavarotti, Richter, and Kremer. Dmitri Shostakovich described the orchestra as “an outstanding ensemble of outstanding musicians,” referring to the fact that each member is also a distinguished solo and chamber performer.

For the full program list check out their official website, and save the date: April 5-22, Budapest!

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Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music among the best art universities of the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1340/liszt-ferenc-academy-of-music-among-the-best-art-universities-of-the-world After taking 5 factors in consideration, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music is in the first 100 of the best universities for performing arts. Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:53:24 GMT Mia Balogh
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music among the best art universities of the world

Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music among the best art universities of the world

After taking 5 factors in consideration, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music is in the first 100 of the best universities for performing arts.

News

Mia Balogh

The British Quacquarelli Symonds’s (QS) made their 2019 list recently, and according to this compilation, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest is ranked 51st out of the universities for performing arts.

Aside from the well-known Hungarian Academy of music, there are only two other institutions in Central and Eastern Europe that could make it to the top 100: the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.

The list makers at QS take five factors into consideration when ranking the universities: the school’s reputation in the academic sphere, how frequently academic pieces of work are quoted, the ratio of students to teachers, the lives of the schools’ alumni and the last one is the openness of the institution and the ratio of international students and teachers.

Source: mno.hu

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Two Hungarian cocktail bars among the top 50 in Europe http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1339/two-hungarian-cocktail-bars-among-the-top-50-in-europe After Bamba Marha has been rocketing to the 5 th of the top 50 burgers in Europe list, there are two cocktail bars among the 50 best ones on The Old Continent. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:50:43 GMT Mia Balogh
Two Hungarian cocktail bars among the top 50 in Europe

Two Hungarian cocktail bars among the top 50 in Europe

After Bamba Marha has been rocketing to the 5 th of the top 50 burgers in Europe list, there are two cocktail bars among the 50 best ones on The Old Continent.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Although we Hungarians aren’t really considered as a traditional cocktail drinker nation, in the last couple of years there have been several amazing new spots opened in the country and in the capital city where we can occasionally enjoy some colourful, decorated mixtures.

These new cocktail bars are so fantastic that two of these even managed to get on the ‘50 best cocktail bars in Europe’ list, creates by Bigseventravel.com . These places – Hotsy Totsy (30th) and Blue Fox The Bar at the Kempinski (19th) are worth checking out, when you visit Budapest next time. ;)

Full list: the 50 best cocktail bars in Europe in 2019

50. Tailors Concept – Luxembourg

49. The Clumsies – Athens, Greece

48. Kleinod – Vienna, Austria

47. Alchemikas – Vilnius, Lithuania

46. Bar Longhi – Venice, Italy

45. XIII – Riga, Latvia

44. BeGIN – Glasgow, United Kingdom

43. Le Lion – Hamburg, Germany

42. La Pharmacie Anglaise – Brussels, Belgium

41. Sputnik Bar – Sofia, Bulgaria

40. Massimo Cocktail Bar – Korcula, Croatia

39. The Thirsty Barber – Saint Julian’s, Malta

38. Rita’s Belfast – Belfast, Ireland

37. Fix Me A Drink – Bucharest, Romania

36. Lost and Found – Nicosia, Cyprus

35. Antique American Bar – Bratislava, Slovakia

34. Hiding In Plain Sight – Amsterdam, Netherlands

33. The Happy Pig – Sofia, Bulgaria

32. Movida Cocktail Bar – Krakow, Poland

31. Kolibri – Ljubljana, Slovenia

30. Hotsy Totsy – Budapest, Hungary

29. Balderdash – Copenhagen, Denmark

28. CanCan – Bordeaux, France

27. Sazerac Bar – Tallinn, Estonia

26. Salmon Guru – Madrid, Spain

25. Tweed Bar – Stockholm, Sweden

24. Fragrances – Berlin, Germany

23. Disrepute – London, United Kingdom

22. Life is Beautiful – Brussels, Belgium

21. Bisou- Paris, France

20. Peruke & Periwig – Dublin, Ireland

19. Blue Fox The Bar at the Kempinski – Budapest, Hungary

18. Goldfish – Helsinki, Finland

17. Black Magic – Riga, Lativa

16. Black Angel’s Bar – Prague, Czech Republic

15. The Blind Pig – Dublin, Ireland

14. Brønnum – Copenhagen, Denmark

13. Red Frog – Lisbon, Portugal

12. Notthingham Forest – Milan, Italy

11. Cravan – Paris, France

10. Motto – Vienna, Austria

9. La Confiteria – Barcelona, Spain

8. Door 74 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

7. Rum Trader – Berlin, Germany

6. Heads & Tales – Scotland, United Kingdom

5. Dry – San Sebastián, Spain

4. Cocktail Trading Company – London, United Kingdom

3. Cash Only – Prague, Czech Republic

2. Pharmarium – Stockholm, Sweden

1. Dogma – Antwerp, Belgium

Source: https://bigseventravel.com/2019/02/best-bars-europe/

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Red Bull Air Race to be held in Zamárdi http://budnews.hu/news/News/1338/red-bull-air-race-to-be-held-in-zamardi The well-known sport event will have a new location this year at Lake Balaton. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:56:12 GMT Mia Balogh
Red Bull Air Race to be held in Zamárdi

Red Bull Air Race to be held in Zamárdi

The well-known sport event will have a new location this year at Lake Balaton.

News

Mia Balogh

‘In an exciting mix of the classic and the new, this season the Red Bull Air Race will stop in Hungary for a record 13th time – but at a fresh location that has never before hosted the aerial motorsport. The resort city of Zamárdi, on the shores of spectacular Lake Balaton, will host the world’s best Air Racing teams this summer’ – we read at Airrace.redbull.com.

So after nearly a month of searching for an alternative venue, we can assure everyone that the organizers found it. ;)

Zamárdi, a popular destination for holiday-makers, known for stunning scenery, expansive beaches, music festivals and the surrounding wine-growing region, will host the sport event on 13-14 July.

All tickets purchased for the race in Budapest are valid for a full refund from the original ticket provider and ticketing options for Lake Balaton will be announced shortly.

Source: Airrace.redbull.com, MTI

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First vegan pub in Budapest opened its doors http://budnews.hu/news/News/1337/first-vegan-pub-in-budapest-opened-its-doors Szabad Bistro combines the conscious lifestyle with the best traditions of the gastronomic revolution. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:59:58 GMT Budnews
First vegan pub in Budapest opened its doors

First vegan pub in Budapest opened its doors

Szabad Bistro combines the conscious lifestyle with the best traditions of the gastronomic revolution.

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Although there are more and more places in the country where you can eat food without ingredients of animal origin, there are only a few places where you can sit in for a drink or a coffee in this spirit. Especially because the non-vegan part of a larger group can be easily discouraged by the ideology. The owner of Szabad (Free) Bistro decided to open a place, where the atmosphere is relaxed and inclusive, and where they give special attention not only to the menu, but also to the beverage list.

In this case, we have to take „vegan pub” literally: even alcoholic beverages have to meet the expectation, and only those kinds are available that has no ingredients of animal origin in them. Baileys only available in the almond version, pálinka from Savanya distillery, gluten-free IPA of Mad Scientist and the beers of Pivovar. We can also ask for a Mojito, which comes with a biodegradable straw, and coffee with almond milk pressed by themselves.

They also have street food selection: paninis, bagels, coleslaw, vegan Hortobágy-style pancake and tiramisu, for example. It’s also important that as they want to produce as little waste as possible, we cannot ask the food take away unless we bring our own box. On the other hand, the kitchen is open until ten o'clock in the evening, so Szabad Bistro is perfectly suitable for a late night dinner and some drinks in the evening.

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Tony Curtis exhibition set to open in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1336/tony-curtis-exhibition-set-to-open-in-hungary Memorabilia connected to American actor Tony Curtis can be seen in Hungary very soon. Fri, 8 Mar 2019 09:34:16 GMT Mia Balogh
Tony Curtis exhibition set to open in Hungary

Tony Curtis exhibition set to open in Hungary

Memorabilia connected to American actor Tony Curtis can be seen in Hungary very soon.

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An exhibition of the personal effects of Hollywood star Tony Curtis will open in August in Hungary – MTI writes. The location will be the northeast Hungarian town of Mátészalka, where his father was born.

Tony Curtis was born as Bernat Schwartz in 1925 in New York, to Hungarian parents. He became a star of the silver screen, playing in over 140 productions including hits such as Spartacus, Some like it hot and Houdini. He received two Golden Globe awards and was once nominated for the Oscar prize. He received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officers’ Cross, in 1996. He died in 2010.

The material of the exhibition, consisting of about 20 household objects and paintings, was donated to Mátészalka by Curtis’s widow, Jill-Curtis Weber, in 2017.

Source: MTI

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Tesla Store to open in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1335/tesla-store-to-open-in-budapest- You can already plan to check out some of the well-known American Tesla models in person and also apply for a test drive. Thu, 7 Mar 2019 11:53:39 GMT Mia Balogh
Tesla Store to open in Budapest

Tesla Store to open in Budapest

You can already plan to check out some of the well-known American Tesla models in person and also apply for a test drive.

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Tesla is planning to open a car dealership in Budapest, HVG.hu writes. According to the American automotive company’s website, the shop is scheduled to open in Budapest this spring – supposedly in March, when the smallest and cheapest Tesla, the Model 3 will officially come to the European market.

For those who have already ordered a Model 3 and have a registration number, the possibility for a test drive is also given – those lucky ones can already apply for that by clicking to the following page: http://www.tesla-universal.com/tesztvezetes.html (this is in Hungarian).

The first Hungarian Tesla Store will be located in Budapest near the Pest side of the Petőfi bridge. There is a good chance that a maintenance centre will also be opened later near the dealership. Until then, Hungarian Tesla owners still have to drive to Austria if they need any maintenance work.

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5 new favorite places to eat in the city http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1334/5-new-favorite-places-to-eat-in-the-city 2019 is already very exciting in the gastronomic world. Wed, 6 Mar 2019 13:17:14 GMT Budnews
5 new favorite places to eat in the city

5 new favorite places to eat in the city

2019 is already very exciting in the gastronomic world.

Gastronomy

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It's only March, but Budapest have tons of new places worth visiting. If you want to taste some new and characteristic, these are the places, you should check out.

Les Cadeaux de Flore is an exciting dessert point on Hattyú Street. The place is both a confectionery shop and a gift shop: French-style chocolates, dragees, meringues, biscuits, that we can buy in custom-made boxes, which will be perfect decor-pieces afterward.

Blue Agori: Greece arrived to the downtown with Blue Agori. Here we will get the best pita, stuffed with fries, and we can also choose grill cheese, salads and souvlaki, from which raw materials come directly from Greece. If you want to feel the Mediterranean atmosphere, enjoy the authentic snacks on the sunny terrace of the bar.

Csendes Concept Store: If you've been around Károlyi garden, you've probably seen the name Csendes. They have several store and unit there, and the newest Concept Store is something everybody should see. The curiosity of the concept store is that it offers craft delicacies of small producers and design objects of Hungarian contemporary artists at the same time.

Il Giardino by Panificio il Basilico is the odd-one-out on this list as it's in Szentendre, not in Budapest. But it totally worth visiting, because it has everything we love about Panifico, but with a twist. They have a beautiful garden and a playroom for kids. And of course the best Italian pizzas we could wish for.

Zing Burger at Nyugati Square: Zing is the Alpha and Omega of all craft burgers, and they have a new unit near Nyugati Railway station. The unit is new, but the concept is old: only premium components are stuffed into the buns. It will be a good idea to arrive at the station earlier to be sure you have time for a delicious burger.

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10 things you shouldn't miss when you come to Budapest in the spring http://budnews.hu/news/News/1333/10-things-you-shouldnt-miss-when-you-come-to-budapest-in-the-spring This is the time of the year when the city is the most beautiful and most loveable. Tue, 5 Mar 2019 08:24:31 GMT Budnews
10 things you shouldn't miss when you come to Budapest in the spring

10 things you shouldn't miss when you come to Budapest in the spring

This is the time of the year when the city is the most beautiful and most loveable.

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If you're coming in the next three months you should…

Visit ELTE's botanical garden and get lost in the beauty of the season. This is the time when nature is the most beautiful, so grab a blanket and escape from the world. If you are lucky enough and come to the city in April, you will see the most beautiful Sakura blooming you can imagine.

Try a city walk. There are several thematic sightseeing tours, where you can learn about the Castle hill, the history of downtown or the Jewish quarter, it depends only on you. The 2-3-hour long walks are much more interesting than a general one, and you can get to know the city from a unique point of view.

Visit Budapest Spring Festival which is one of the city’s and Hungary’s most significant cultural events. This almost one-month long festival offers everything you might wish: classical music, opera, jazz and folk music, world music, crossover, dance and theater performances.

Go on a hike to the highest point of Budapest! This is the 529-meter high János hill, and at the top of the hill there is Elisabeth Lookout tower since 1910, which offers a wonderful panorama of the whole city. If you don't like hiking, choose the chairlifts instead!

Try out the boat service. There are several touristic boats and ships on the Danube, but did you know that Budapest Transport Center has its own routes? Instead of taking the tram or bus, try out the Bkk boats: the city looks beautiful from the river.

Have a picnic! There are so many beautiful gardens in the city, and instead of just walking through one of them, lay on the grass and enjoy the first lights of the sun. Here you can be really part of the city's life, it is so relaxing to watch everyday life.

Drink your coffee or eat your lunch on the terrace of a restaurant. Many places opened their terraces already, and what could be better than enjoy your meal and the nature at the same time? Air is filled with happiness and spring-fragrance, and now you won't get cold in an hour or two.

Explore the city by bike! There is no better time to do so, than spring, when it's not too cold, not too hot and the whole world is beautiful. We have several bike renting system, so you can even choose from the providers. Downtown has so many things to see, that biking is probably the best option.

Visit VinCe, the biggest wine show of the city. The three-day event is showcasing the best domestic wine producers, visitors can enjoy a remarkable range of Hungarian wines, some superb wine and spirits from around the world, a wide array of gastronomic delights, and we can participate in more than 20 different masterclasses and workshops.

If you're here with children, discover the cartoon themed playgrounds of the city. There are many of these, mainly with Hungarian fairy tale characters. The kids will love Vuk, the fox, Rumini the mouse, Pompom, the tassel and the one from huge crayons.

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Selfie Museum opened in Budapest, where you can be part of the exhibited installations http://budnews.hu/news/News/1332/selfie-museum-opened-in-budapest,-where-you-can-be-part-of-the-exhibited-installations You will be the king/queen of Instagram among these scenery.   Mon, 4 Mar 2019 15:36:12 GMT Budnews
Selfie Museum opened in Budapest, where you can be part of the exhibited installations

Selfie Museum opened in Budapest, where you can be part of the exhibited installations

You will be the king/queen of Instagram among these scenery.  

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The thing we never knew we wanted so bad, but we did, arrived to Budapest. The Museum of Sweets and Selfies is not a classic museum despite its name, it is much more an interactive park where you can take the selfie of your dreams among the various decorated scenery.

In the 2-level, 400-square-meter facility you can create unique photos in scenery and installations that only Instastars could dream of previously. Have you always wanted to take photos with dozens of toy flamingos, ride a giant strawberry in Miley Cyrus' style, pose in a big tub full of candy or try banana swing? You can make all of these dreams come true, and even more in the 11 different halls with dozens of installations.

If you don't have enough time to enjoy the museum, still don't worry. If you want some sweets or selfie experience, visit the cute confectionery of the museum, where you can find not only delicious sweets, but also some more exciting installations.

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One of the most beautiful cafés in Budapest reopens http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1331/one-of-the-most-beautiful-cafes-in-budapest-reopens Elegance, luxury and of course delicious coffee and cakes are waiting for us again in the beautiful historical café at Lotz Hall on Andrássy Avenue. Fri, 1 Mar 2019 10:03:55 GMT Mia Balogh
One of the most beautiful cafés in Budapest reopens

One of the most beautiful cafés in Budapest reopens

Elegance, luxury and of course delicious coffee and cakes are waiting for us again in the beautiful historical café at Lotz Hall on Andrássy Avenue.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

If you have already been to the Párisi Nagyáruház (Paris Department Store) on Adrássy Avenue, you might remember that there was a bookshop inside, and also a beautiful café where you could enjoy a coffee and/or a cake under paintings and murals from the 19th century.

Maybe you read that the bookshop closed, and also the café was abandoned in 2017. Luckily, it was not for forever: it reopened recently and attracts tourists and locals to visit the Lotz Hall and to enjoy some of their delicacies.

The department store was built between 1909 and 1911, but this hall which is decorated by Károly Lotz’s murals is older. It is the remain of an old casino from 1884 – Daily News Hungary writes.

Like and share our article if you fancy a coffee and a cake in this beautiful café. ;)

Source: Index.hu, DailyNewsHungary.com

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Hungarian drone software can ease shopping at IKEA http://budnews.hu/news/News/1330/hungarian-drone-software-can-ease-shopping-at-ikea Testing has already begun, we can’t wait to see how this software can help make things easier. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:22:25 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian drone software can ease shopping at IKEA

Hungarian drone software can ease shopping at IKEA

Testing has already begun, we can’t wait to see how this software can help make things easier.

News

Mia Balogh

The drone software of Hungarian startup Aeriu can make shopping at IKEA much easier: it is supposed to help with taking inventories and the whole process of shopping, online and in stores, as well. Why? Because drones are supposed to be faster and more precise than the current system involving manual workers.

The two companies are planning long-term collaboration to develop a technology-controlled system, for which the testing period has already begun in the IKEA warehouse in Soroksár.

How can a drone software help online and in-store shoppers?

We all saw at IKEA that bigger pieces of furniture are usually stored on the higher shelves meanwhile lighter, more easily movable items can be carried away from the lower shelves. With the help of the drones, customers can get ‘real-time’ feedback whether the item is available at the store or not. In the future, this can be a very useful novelty for online shoppers and also for those who visit one of the stores.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=44&v=uPGIZXqzF2Q

Source: Forbes.hu

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Budapest has its first Tesla taxi http://budnews.hu/news/News/1329/budapest-has-its-first-tesla-taxi- The driver is a female rallycross driver, and everyone can sit in for a ride. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:51:27 GMT Budnews
Budapest has its first Tesla taxi

Budapest has its first Tesla taxi

The driver is a female rallycross driver, and everyone can sit in for a ride.

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If we’re talking about taxis in Budapest, we mostly run into a Toyota Prius. Comfortable, quality cars with low costs, so taxi drivers prefer to choose this hybrid solution. Of course, there are also yellow-wrapped Audis and Mercedes, but a few days ago we ran into something that made our jaw dropped: there is a Tesla S taxi in Budapest, more specifically a Taxify car! You can imagine how big the surprise is when the app offers the luxury Tesla, so it's not surprising that there some people willing to wait longer to go with this special car.

The driver of the Tesla is also not average: Andrea Varga, a female rallycross driver, who takes the business alternately with her partner. In September, they invested in a used Tesla S at a price of „10-15 million forints”, because they calculated it will be still better in cost as they don’t have to spend on fuel and service. The most beautiful thing about this is that Tesla costs just as much as all the other cars ordered through Taxify: 700 Ft basic fee and 300 Ft/km or 75 Ft/min. As Taxify does not offer to choose car, Andrea has her Tesla Taxi Budapest Facebook page, where you can directly rent the car. They also do some special trips through their Facebook page, which are typically birthday rides or surprises, because Tesla is still a curiosity here.

Have you ever tried such a car?

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Top 50 best burgers in Europe – Hungarian burger in top 5 http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1328/top-50-best-burgers-in-europe-–-hungarian-burger-in-top-5 If you travel around Europe and fancy a good burger, just take this list with you so you’ll have the chance to try the best burgers – and only the best ones. Tue, 26 Feb 2019 10:05:55 GMT Mia Balogh
Top 50 best burgers in Europe – Hungarian burger in top 5

Top 50 best burgers in Europe – Hungarian burger in top 5

If you travel around Europe and fancy a good burger, just take this list with you so you’ll have the chance to try the best burgers – and only the best ones.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Just imagine the following situation: you travel all day (maybe all night), then arrive to a new city quite hungry. What do you choose for the first meal there? Maybe a hamburger, right? It’s a delicious and quite reliable treat – and it definitely is, if you go to the right place for one. ;)

Recently, bigseventravel.com has put together a compilation of the top 50 best burger spots in Europe. No surprise for us, that there are two places from London in the top 5, but what a pleasant surprise: there is even a Hungarian place, Bamba Marha on the list – their burger came in 5th. Congratulations!

Judging criteria were the following:

  • Finalists were selected from the countries of the European Union
  • Every country has at least one entry; some have more than one entry
  • Votes were cast in poll of Big 7 readers, across our 1.5million community on social media and by a panel of food experts
  • Online reviews, previous media coverage and notable blogs were also included in the overall rating
  • The final list is subjective ;)

Are you ready for the most mouth-watering list of today? So here they come: best burger spots in Europe in 2019

50. Snooze – Luxembourg

40. Otto’s Burger – Hamburg, Germany

30. Mac & Wild – London, United Kingdom

29. Ruff’s Burger – Munich, Germany

28. Estonian Burger Factory – Talinn, Estonia

27. Roof Burger Bar – Ayia Napa, Cyprus

26. Submarine Burger – Zagreb, Croatia

25. Broebbeleir – Brussels, Belgium

24. Tommi’s Burger Joint – Copenhagen, Denmark

23. Social Burger Joint – Helsinki, Finland

22. Le Butcher – Vilnius, Lithuania

21. Hawksmoor – Manchester, United Kingdom

20. Bacoa Burger – Barcelona, Spain

19. Ohana Lei’Pomo & Grille – Tampere, Finland

18. Le Ruisseau – Paris, France

17. Shoreditch Bar and Kitchen – St Julian’s, Malta

16. Manhattn’s Burgers – Brussels, Belgium

15 Boom! Burgers – Sofia, Bulgaria

14. Burger House – Munich, Germany

13. Bleecker Burger -London, United Kingdom

12. Projekt Burger – Kranj, Slovenia

11. Bread Meets Bread – Scotland, United Kingdom

10. The Beef Chief – Amsterdam, Netherlands

9. Burgermeister – Berlin, Germany

8. Burger Bar – Amsterdam, Netherlands

7. Bunsen – Dubin, Ireland

6. Barrels Burgers & Beer – Stockholm, Sweden

5. Bamba Marha Burger Bar – Budapest, Hungary

4. Patty And Bun – London, United Kingdom

3. Dish – Prague, Czech Republic

2. Gasoline Grill – Copenhagen, Denmark

1. Burger And Beyond – London, United Kingdom

For the complete list and more info about these spots click here: https://bigseventravel.com/2019/02/best-burgers-europe-2/

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Highest luxury of Emirates arrived to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1327/highest-luxury-of-emirates-arrived-to-budapest From now on we can enjoy Emirates' renewed First Class private cabins when travelling from Budapest. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 10:54:30 GMT Budnews
Highest luxury of Emirates arrived to Budapest

Highest luxury of Emirates arrived to Budapest

From now on we can enjoy Emirates' renewed First Class private cabins when travelling from Budapest.

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Most of us knows only the low-cost flights when it comes to travelling. Low price, slightly uncomfortable seats, but it takes you where you need to go. Some of us also tried the business class, where seats are comfier, you have more personal space, lunch and dinner menu. What is above this, however, surely wasn’t even tried by any of us. This is Emirates First, where unique premium experience is guaranteed, and from now on, it’s available from Budapest.

From February, Emirates launches three-class aircrafts from Budapest to Dubai: the Boeing 777-300ER is quite special. A stewardess greets the passengers of the new First Class with 2009 Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne when boarding, and this is only the beginning. At the First Class the passengers will experience the comfort of exclusive cabins and premium onboard services. Gourmet cuisine inspired by award-winning chefs, delicious wine and beverage selection, and 1-2-1 split seats await, that can be converted into a bed with a single push of a button.

Passengers of the First Class can enjoy total privacy in the fully refurbished private cabins and enjoy the 4000 tv channels of the onboard entertainment system with Bowers & Wilkins' active noise-canceling headphones. In addition, baggage regulation is generous, instead of the 40 kg maximum luggage on the Business Class, the passengers of First Class can have 50 kg luggage and these passengers got optional driver service to help the access of the airport.

Those people who only transfer in Dubai can enjoy the Business and First Lounge at the airport that provide a comfortable and exclusive environment. They can relax in the Emirates Lounge at Dubai International Airport, dinking Moët & Chandon Champagne, relax in the spas in Emirates lounge, or work in the perfectly-equipped Business Center.

Of course, this luxury has its price: exactly 999.000 forint, but now Emirates is the only airline to offer First Class travel from the Hungarian capital. Would you try it?

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Huge announcement: the biggest world stars are coming to Sziget http://budnews.hu/news/News/1326/huge-announcement:-the-biggest-world-stars-are-coming-to-sziget- Thirty new names have been announced! Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:03:07 GMT Budnews
Huge announcement: the biggest world stars are coming to Sziget

Huge announcement: the biggest world stars are coming to Sziget

Thirty new names have been announced!

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Sziget Festival is the biggest music festival in the region, and as the spring is coming, newer and newer star artists are announced. We already knew that Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine, and Twenty One Pilots will be here, and that the headliner list includes Richard Ashcroft, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Chvrches, Jungle, Kodaline, IDLES, Superorganism, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Pale Waves, Maribou State, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Of Mice & Men, Boy Pablo, Parcels, Yungblud, Alma, Tamino, Gang Of Youths and The Blaze.

But the new list will blow your mind, as thirty new names enrich the varied list of performers of this year's Sziget: America's favorite rapper, Post Malone who collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at this year’s Grammy arrives to Hungary for the first time. The Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand also comes on stage and James Blake brings his newly released album as well.

The most recent list includes Tove Lo; the R'n'B, house, electropop band Years & Years, the French singer-songwriter, Jain; the Australian singer-author multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd; the English indie rock formation Razorlight and Son Lux, a band formed by Ryan Lott "composer genius" and his companions.

Richie Hawtin arrives with his live show CLOSE, and the newly announced names include the American psychedelic / experimental band, Yeasayer; the Austrian Wanda musical society, the Yellow Days, who are replacing last year's concert; the Swedish singer-songwriter, Tove Styrke; the talented performer and author, Masego, and IAMDDB from Manchester who are combining trap music with soul.

One of today's biggest Jamaican star Protoje & The Indiggnation will be also here, just as Welshly Arms, a blues rock band from Cleveland, the British musician / songwriter / producer Elderbrook; the synpop / indie rock performer Roosevelt; Dutch DJ, W&W; the Israeli psytrance dj-duo, Vini Vici; Diamanté Anthony Blackmon a.k.a DJ Carnage; the English dj, Sigala, the trap phenomenon Hucci; Norwegian singer Anna of The North, the French musician songwriter, Fakear and the rock formation Valeras.

What else could we wish for?

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Budapest voted European Best Destination in 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1325/budapest-voted-european-best-destination-in-2019 Our beautiful capital came ahead of popular cities such as London, Paris and Barcelona. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:54:22 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest voted European Best Destination in 2019

Budapest voted European Best Destination in 2019

Our beautiful capital came ahead of popular cities such as London, Paris and Barcelona.

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European Best Destinations (EBD) is an online initiative to find the most popular city to visit in Europe. This year, between January 15 and February 5, for the tenth edition of the competition, more than half a million travellers voted for their favourite European destinations.

Budapest got the majority of the votes, in total it means 62,128 votes (77 percent of which came from abroad), so our capital won the first place. Braga, Portugal took the second place and Monte Isola in Italy came in third.

EBD writes on their website about Budapest that ‘the pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, it is also one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world. Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto and Stockholm’s gentle way of life’.

Like and share our article if you love Budapest and if you agree that our capital is the best destination to visit. ;)

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Top 4 baths to enjoy a night dip in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1324/top-4-baths-to-enjoy-a-night-dip-in-budapest Of course, there are lots of super baths and spas where you can go in Budapest during the day but what happens when the sun goes down? Well, the fun continues – at least in the following 4 baths of our fantastic capital city. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:30:16 GMT Mia Balogh
Top 4 baths to enjoy a night dip in Budapest

Top 4 baths to enjoy a night dip in Budapest

Of course, there are lots of super baths and spas where you can go in Budapest during the day but what happens when the sun goes down? Well, the fun continues – at least in the following 4 baths of our fantastic capital city.

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Mia Balogh

1, Rudas thermal bath and swimming pool – If you feel like going for a night soaking somewhere in Budapest on a weekend, but it’s very late, don’t hesitate to visit Rudas, because it is open all night on Fridays and on Saturdays. Friendly atmosphere and relaxation in a thermal pool filled with 42 °C water or swim in a 29 °C pool are waiting for you.

2, Széchenyi thermal baths – Each weekend, from 10:30 pm to 3 am, SPArties are organized in Széchenyi. It means some special visual effects and electronic music, and of course also the nice thermal water.

3, V-8 swimming pool and leisure centre (located in Szentendre) – What about visiting Szentendre, one of the most beautiful towns near Budapest, and participating one of the thematic wellness programs at V-8? These wellness programs are organized twice in a month, between 9 and 12 pm, during which bathers can become familiar with the tastes, pictures, history and past of the actual theme. These programs are quite popular, so it is highly recommended to buy tickets in advance.

4, Aquaworld Resort Budapest – Are you a fan of water fun? If yes, let us push you a little but to visit Aquaworld: this is one of the biggest indoor water theme parks in Europe, with some regularly organized serious night fun called ‘Splash night pool parties’. We said serious night fun and it is no overstatement: from 9:30 pm to 2:30, DJs and dancers create the real party atmosphere and, of course, all services are available for the public from jacuzzis to the 11 giant water slides. Ready to go? It is strongly advised to buy your tickets in advance because these pool parties are extremely popular. No wonder, right? ;)

Source: termalfurdo.hu

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Bicycle storages to be built at the metro and HÉV stations http://budnews.hu/news/News/1323/bicycle-storages-to-be-built-at-the-metro-and-hev-stations The capital starts a great bike development this year. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:29:31 GMT Budnews
Bicycle storages to be built at the metro and HÉV stations

Bicycle storages to be built at the metro and HÉV stations

The capital starts a great bike development this year.

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Budapest launches another major bicycle development this year. Several bicycle paths will be rebuilt, many traffic lights will be redesigned, and some traffic technology interventions will also take place to improve cyclist safety.

But the best news is that in addition to developing the already existing opportunities, new B+R bike parking lots will be established. The bike parking lots – a total of 35 - will be at the stops of main public transport routes: metro lines M2 and M3, and at the stations of H5, H8 and H9 suburban railways. Generally, bent pipes will be placed at the stops, but several station will get a covered bike storage - says BKK, the Hungarian Public Transport Center.

This means that commuters from the suburbs will have a more convenient alternative to car use: the development will help people reach the station by bicycle, and from there go on by using public transport. Bicycle parking next to metro lines and tram makes city traffic much smoother than ever.

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Hungarian rescue dog became the world’s best http://budnews.hu/news/News/1322/hungarian-rescue-dog-became-the-world’s-best She got almost maximum points on the Dutch Shepherd World Championship. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:52:50 GMT Budnews
Hungarian rescue dog became the world’s best

Hungarian rescue dog became the world’s best

She got almost maximum points on the Dutch Shepherd World Championship.

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If we’re talking about Hungarian rescue dogs, most people think about Mancs, the famous rescue dog of the 2000s. Fortunately, he has some talented “offspring”, which has been now confirmed. A 9-year old Hungarian dog won the Dutch Shepherd World Championship in Roden!

A member of SOS Rescue Dog Association and her dog took part in the championship with 150 Dutch shepherds from 17 countries around the world. In the category of rescue dogs 10 dogs from 8 countries were competed, and the Hungarian participant won. Tara managed to get 287 out of the maximum of 300, which was a fantastic performance. The dog had to find a total of 3 people in a 500 × 100-meter bushy area, overgrown with grass and surrounded by water in half an hour. Tara also performed superbly on the obstacle course, so she absolutely deserved the victory.

Moreover, this wasn’t the first competition where Tara did well: she became second on a ruin research competition in 2012 and second in a field research in 2015.

Congratulations to Tara and her owner Klára!

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Top 10 ruin bars and rooftops in Budapest, according to The Telegraph http://budnews.hu/news/News/1321/top-10-ruin-bars-and-rooftops-in-budapest,-according-to-the-telegraph- Don’t miss these top spots, if you spend at least one night in Budapest.   Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:42:09 GMT Mia Balogh
Top 10 ruin bars and rooftops in Budapest, according to The Telegraph

Top 10 ruin bars and rooftops in Budapest, according to The Telegraph

Don’t miss these top spots, if you spend at least one night in Budapest.  

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We all know that Budapest has a vivid and varied nightlife, whether you want a quiet drink or something more lively, you will find a place that fits your goals.

‘Options include café-bars on leafy squares, rooftop bars with views for miles around, and quirky ruin pubs, those beer gardens and clubs that occupy former residential courtyards and are often filled with an eclectic mix of upcycled furniture. Areas such as Ráday utca and Liszt Ferenc tér have long had a range of café-bars, and there’s no shortage of watering holes by the river in the downtown’s tourist heartland, while in recent years the Jewish Quarter has become a hotspot for trendy and characterful places to spend an evening’ – The Telegraph writes about the top places for going out in Budapest.

Check out the list: top 10 spots for a night out in Budapest, according to The Telegpraph:

Fröccsterasz

Ötkert

Anker’t

Szimpla Kert

Tuk Tuk Bar

High Note Skybar (on top of Aria Hotel)

Leo Rooftop Bar (on top of Hotel Clark)

Gozsdu Court

Ráday Street

Liszt Ferenc Square

Source:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/hungary/budapest/articles/the-best-nightlife-in-budapest/

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Chain Bridge is among the most beautiful bridges of the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1320/chain-bridge-is-among-the-most-beautiful-bridges-of-the-world Prestigious architectural magazine listed the most beautiful bridges of the world. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:35:09 GMT Budnews
Chain Bridge is among the most beautiful bridges of the world

Chain Bridge is among the most beautiful bridges of the world

Prestigious architectural magazine listed the most beautiful bridges of the world.

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For the most of us, bridges are functional things designed to safely pass from one side to the other, either over a river or over a gap. Nothing special: everyone can access these architectural works, anyone can use them. But hopefully, architects and designers see this thing in a whole different way. Achitecturaldiges.com, a magazine dedicated to architecture and design, has listed the 18 most beautiful bridges in the world. According to the magazine, these structures may be suitable for an independent destination themselves, they are so beautiful that it’s worth visiting the country just because of them.

The first, the most beautiful bridge on their list became Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore. At its highest point Henderson Waves bridge is just over 118 feet, making it Singapore's tallest bridge. The modern pedestrian bridge is surrounded by the region’s lush natural foliage. Designed by the U.S.-based firm RSP Architects, Henderson Waves bridge connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. The second one is Seri Wawasan Bridge in Malaysia, the third is Puente de la Mujer in Buenos Aires, while Széchenyi Chain Bridge became the ninth on their list.

Széchenyi Chain Bridge is indeed the most beautiful bridge of Budapest: is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark and built by the Scottish engineer Adam Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. It was opened in 1849.

It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle. The bridge has the name of István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction, attached to it, but is most commonly known as the "Chain Bridge". At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders.

If you are around, be sure to check it out, but until then, read the full list of the bridges here.

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Works of Michelangelo, Rubens and Dalí to be seen in Budapest in 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1319/works-of-michelangelo,-rubens-and-dali-to-be-seen-in-budapest-in-2019 Don’t miss these exhibitions this year. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:47:49 GMT Mia Balogh
Works of Michelangelo, Rubens and Dalí to be seen in Budapest in 2019

Works of Michelangelo, Rubens and Dalí to be seen in Budapest in 2019

Don’t miss these exhibitions this year.

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Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery are to show artworks of Michelangelo, Van Dyck and the Flemish Baroque masters, works of Magritte and Dalí and other gems of art in their 2019 exhibition schedule, the museums’ director general László Baan said at the end of January on a press conference.

The Museum of Fine Arts will present an exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings from 5 April to 30 June. From 27 June to 20 October, a large surrealist exhibition will attract art lovers to the National Gallery. ‘The Surrealist Movement from Magritte to Dalí – Crisis and Rebirth in 1929’ will focus on the works of the leading artists like Magritte, Miro, Dalí and Picasso.

And last but not least, thirty masterpieces by Rubens and ten by Van Dyck will be included in the Flemish Baroque exhibition, which will be on view from 24 October until 16 February 2020 in the Museum of Fine Arts.

Source: MTI, Index.hu

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Polish vlogger girl learns to speak Hungarian http://budnews.hu/news/News/1318/polish-vlogger-girl-learns-to-speak-hungarian Olga was learning Hungarian at the university. Due to other obligations, she couldn’t finish her degree but she makes videos to practice and to make some progress all by herself – and her achievement is very impressive. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:48:59 GMT Mia Balogh
Polish vlogger girl learns to speak Hungarian

Polish vlogger girl learns to speak Hungarian

Olga was learning Hungarian at the university. Due to other obligations, she couldn’t finish her degree but she makes videos to practice and to make some progress all by herself – and her achievement is very impressive.

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Olga is a Polish girl who is getting more and more popular online. Her YouTube channel helps us to learn more about Polish-Hungarian relations and about the friendship that exists between the two countries for centuries. She found the perfect balance: some of her videos are in Polish, to help spread information about Hungary and Hungarian culture among Polish people, while some of her videos are in Hungarian, to gain Hungarian viewers and to help with her language learning journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wIpGG-tnEM

Olga was learning Hungarian at the university but due to other obligations, she couldn’t finish her degree, Femina.hu writes. Although she is working at the moment, she always finds some time to practice the language and make progress with it all by herself. She has even founded an online portal with some of her friends: their aim was to focus on programmes and events in Hungary as well as anything Hungary-related, all written in Polish. It seems that they started something important and interesting for the folks of the internet because their small editorial is now employing about fifty people.

She is a fan of Hungarian literature, films and music but Hungarian gastronomy is not her favourite. She admits that these treats have a nice taste but healthy eating is very important for her, that’s why she usually says no to greasy and fatty foods like for example Goulash or chicken paprikash.

She has been to Budapest several times, travelled also to smaller towns and used to work in a hostel, too, but living in Hungary is not a plan for her right now.

But anyway, we are quite happy to see someone who managed to learn our quite difficult language so well and for whom it is so important to make Polish-Hungarian friendship even stronger. ;)

For more videos, check out her YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/olgagroszek94/videos

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Javier Bardem comes to Budapest and hopefully Penélope Cruz will accompany him http://budnews.hu/news/News/1317/javier-bardem-comes-to-budapest-and-hopefully-penelope-cruz-will-accompany-him The Academy Award-winner actor is filming his latest movie in Hungary and, according to the news, he also brings his wife. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:54:51 GMT Budnews
Javier Bardem comes to Budapest and hopefully Penélope Cruz will accompany him

Javier Bardem comes to Budapest and hopefully Penélope Cruz will accompany him

The Academy Award-winner actor is filming his latest movie in Hungary and, according to the news, he also brings his wife.

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We’re not even surprised anymore if world stars show up in the capital. In the past years Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Keira Knightley and Will Smith were settled down in Budapest for a couple of weeks, and now our favorite couple, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem come for a short time.

Bardem shoots his newest film, the latest version of Dune here in Hungary with several world stars: the star of Call Me by Your Name!, the Oscar nominated Timothée Chalament; star of Mission Impossible, Rebecca Ferguson; Disney star Zendaya; Oscar Issac from Star Wars, and Mamma mia! star Stellan Skarsgaard will also show up in the neighborhood.

It’s not even the first time we can be very grateful to the director Denis Villeneuve. He shot Blade Runner 2049 here a few years ago with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto, and now this. We don’t know yet, exactly when Bardem arrives, but the rumor says he will bring his wife, the beautiful Penélope Cruz with him. We can only hope that the family stays as long as the Pitt family did…

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Where to go when the weather is cold? These are our favourite places to warm up http://budnews.hu/news/News/1316/where-to-go-when-the-weather-is-cold-these-are-our-favourite-places-to-warm-up 3 tips to warm up during a winter sightseeing. Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:32:24 GMT Budnews
Where to go when the weather is cold? These are our favourite places to warm up

Where to go when the weather is cold? These are our favourite places to warm up

3 tips to warm up during a winter sightseeing.

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Although the weather is gracious now, but winter is not over yet. We’re pretty sure that in a few weeks, the real cold returns. Now we collected some life-saving program ideas, if the weather goes icy again.

Visit the beautiful spas of the city. Baths are something you shouldn’t miss here, in the Hungarian capital! Did you know that Budapest sits on a patchwork of almost 125 thermal springs?! ’Taking the waters’ has been a part of everyday life here, so if you want to „ do as the Romans do”, try the thermal water at Széchenyi, Gellért, Rudas or Lukács bath or visit the hidden gemstone Veli Bej in the second district.

Visit one of the beautiful, classic coffee houses of the city. In Budapest there is a huge culture of the cafés and this whole world. 2 centuries ago all the young men were fond of these places: they read the latest newspaper, smoked cigarettes and there was a lively debate about public life. Fortunately, many of these coffee houses are still open these days and preserved this peacetime atmosphere. Try New York coffee house, the most famous café of Budapest, Centrál Coffee house, or Gerbeaud Confectionary.

Eat roasted chestnuts! A typical winter delicacy that warms up our hands, stomach and heart at once. Merchants wear the last century's clothing while roasting chestnuts on charcoal to make the time travel perfect and bring back our childhood a little bit. Yummy!

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Hungarian sights on the paintings of a Polish artist http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1315/hungarian-sights-on-the-paintings-of-a-polish-artist- One of these paintings would be a beautiful memory of Hungary in your living room, right? Thu, 7 Feb 2019 09:37:44 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian sights on the paintings of a Polish artist

Hungarian sights on the paintings of a Polish artist

One of these paintings would be a beautiful memory of Hungary in your living room, right?

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Wiesław Grąziowski’s name is not easy to memorise but it is definitely worth it: the 61 years old Polish artist mainly works with watercolour and captures the famous monuments of European cities like Paris, Prague and some Hungarian towns like Eger and Visegrád, and of course the famous sights of Budapest.

On Pixabay, you can find his painting about the Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Széchenyi Bath, Vajdahunyad Castle and St. Stephen’s Basilica, for example.

Click here to see more from the artist: https://pixabay.com/hu/users/wig-art-5886390/

Which one is your favourite? ;)

Source: Daily News Hungary

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Thematic sightseeing tours: if you want more than average http://budnews.hu/news/News/1314/thematic-sightseeing-tours:-if-you-want-more-than-average These are the most exciting thematic tours of the next period. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 10:52:53 GMT Budnews
Thematic sightseeing tours: if you want more than average

Thematic sightseeing tours: if you want more than average

These are the most exciting thematic tours of the next period.

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Sightseeing is the best with a well-prepared guide, that’s for sure. And if you are not only interested in the city in general, but you would look at it from a certain point of view, focusing on a particular era, style or story, then a thematic sightseeing tour is right for you. One of the biggest organizations that holds such sightseeing is Budapest Beyond, who organises – for example – Little Vatican in Budapest, Art and creation in the 8th district, The Golden Age of the Hungarian Literature, Aristocracy on one side, servants on the other, Secret sights Budapest Downtown and Budapest Palace quarter tours. Another thematic sightseeing tour office is Imagine Budapest, that organizes for example Nightflow Of Budapest, Crime and History in The Buda Castle, Message walls, or the secret language of the decorations of building in Budapest and Historic Pub Crawl Tours. Hosszúlépés has urban adventures like Golden Age Budapest -The glittering years of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Jewish Roots and Revival - Hungarian Jewish history in a nutshell and Recycling Budapest - Reinventing the City’s Creative Spaces. Budapest Walks has thematic sightseeing tours as Einstand - A literary walk for children visiting the original places of the story of Paul Street Boys, Follow the flag with a hole - Revisit and relive the revolution and the events that had led up to it, using documents of the time, From Abraham to St. Anthony - A religious travel with John Calvin, Moses and Blessed Virgin Mary and The ways of God - From Mithras to Mohammed – a divine tour through historical periods.

Our favourite thematic tours for the next weeks are the following:

Spa throw two millenia - The tradition of bathing in Budapest with a glance at the Roman, the Turkish, and art nouveau baths (February 10)

Remember the question in the movie ‘The Life of Brian’? – “What have the Romans ever done for us? The Spa! – goes the obvious answer for a Hungarian. And indeed! The history of the spa in Budapest is easy to track all the way back to two millennia. The city’s thermal waters, as popular as ever, have been handed over from generation to generation regardless the dominant power or culture.

Beer lovers –everything you have always wanted to know about the tenth district of the City, but were afraid to ask (March 1)

Sándor Rózsa is the Hungarian Robin Hood of the 19th century: he held raids in many parts of the country, followed by the police of the time, always getting away through the system of tunnels under the inns. These tunnels that are a few metres in length are still being showed to visitors. This labyrinth is a system of winding corridors that run for more than 30 km (!!!) and are 4-5 metres wide – this is where Anton Dreher became famous and where Messerschmidt airplanes were later made. If you are interested to find out more about the history of the Kőbánya Pils, and would like to know where the stone lions of the Chain Bridge come from (Kőbánya means Stone Mine), and if you have never heard of the Kőbánya wines, than you can do what Sándor Rózsa cannot anymore: get under the ground and join the tour!

Secret gardens and squares downtown (June 15)

From the street, nothing can be seen, just a battered façade, an obscure gateway, and a massive double door … Do you want to know what is hiding inside? On this tour you will find yourself in a magical world of centuries-old trees, colourful flowers, marble wells and shady benches along the winding paths – green oases in the midst of the concrete jungle, which reveal the harmonious coexistence of man and nature in an urban environment and invite us to rest and to contemplate. These inner gardens and parks squatting among the apartment houses guard the secrets of their onetime residents: they tell us stories of glory and defeat, love and death – and thus make the history of the city living and tangible.

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Terence Hill, his iconic buggy and Budapest in a beautiful video http://budnews.hu/news/News/1313/terence-hill,-his-iconic-buggy-and-budapest-in-a-beautiful-video You can still place a bid on the iconic vehicle, the money will be offered for a Hungarian hospital. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 08:44:43 GMT Mia Balogh
Terence Hill, his iconic buggy and Budapest in a beautiful video

Terence Hill, his iconic buggy and Budapest in a beautiful video

You can still place a bid on the iconic vehicle, the money will be offered for a Hungarian hospital.

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If you are a huge fan of the Bud Spencer-Terence Hill movies, we are sure that you remember their comedy Watch Out, We’re Mad from 1974 and of course the song ‘I feel like a king in my buggy’. Unforgettable, right? ;) Just like the little red dune buggy from the production.

Well, it’s true that it was shattered in the movie but it was fully rebuilt recently – only to be auctioned and the money from it to be offered to the Heim Pál Children’s Hospital in Budapest to buy some new equipment.

In this video, you can see the car, and Terence Hill to turn heads in Budapest with it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=90&v=qDZAXKI2LGw

The legendary little buggy’s keys will be handed over by Terence Hill himself, personally on 16 February in Budapest – the well-known actor will return to Budapest to meet the winner of the auction personally - and also to be the guest star at a Guido and Maurizio De Angelis concert in our capital city. Under the name of their band, Oliver Onions, the De Angelis brothers wrote the score for most Bud Spencer-Terence Hill films, including Watch Out, We’re Mad.

The bid stands now on 44.000 EUR but it is still possible to place a higher bid. So if you feel like a king in your buggy, don’t hesitate to do so. ;)

https://en.buggyauction.com/

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The list of Brain Bar Budapest performers is complete: they are all participating in Europe's largest future festival http://budnews.hu/news/News/1312/the-list-of-brain-bar-budapest-performers-is-complete:-they-are-all-participating-in-europes-largest-future-festival The biggest European festival on the future awaits on 30-31 May. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 09:20:42 GMT Budnews
The list of Brain Bar Budapest performers is complete: they are all participating in Europe's largest future festival

The list of Brain Bar Budapest performers is complete: they are all participating in Europe's largest future festival

The biggest European festival on the future awaits on 30-31 May.

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Brain Bar Future Festival returns this year with its most colourful and exciting program on May 30-31. The Fifth Brain Bar Festival awaits with more than 50 exciting performers and more venues than ever before, as well as a career expo entitled Future Jobs. The professional program is complemented by musical and theatrical productions, illusionists and foodtruck parade.

At the two-day event, Budapest will host Frank Cooper, Global Marketing Manager for BlackRock, and former creative boss of BuzzFeed, Pepsi and the legendary Def Jam record company. Sherin Khankan also arrives to the festival, who is one of the first female imams of Europe and set the flag for Islam's total reform and the overthrow of extremists. Jack Horner palaeontologist, senior researcher at Jurassic Park, will also visit the Hungarian capital and talk about the possibilities of resurrecting dinosaurs. Cesar Hidalgo, Professor of MIT Media Lab is a world-renowned data scientist who researches the ability of companies and nations to learn.

Other guests everybody should pay attention to:

  • Bryony Cole, the host of the “Future of Sex” podcast
  • Kingsley Donaldson veteran soldier and security expert, author of the best-seller book “2020: World War”
  • Sára Fábián social entrepreneur, founder of Amigos for Children
  • Ethan Siegel theoretical astrophysicist, a colleague of NASA and Forbes
  • Claire Lehmann, editor-in-chief of Quillette magazine, the journal that publishes the world's most dangerous ideas
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Budapest can still become European Best Destination http://budnews.hu/news/News/1311/budapest-can-still-become-european-best-destination This year, Budapest is already European Capital of Sport, let’s vote now to make it European Best Destination. Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:34:59 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest can still become European Best Destination

Budapest can still become European Best Destination

This year, Budapest is already European Capital of Sport, let’s vote now to make it European Best Destination.

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After taking eighth prize at the European Best Destination competition last year, Budapest can be even the winner this year – it is already in the top 20, from now it only depends on how many votes are yet to arrive until 5 February. Anyone can vote (one vote per IP address per week will be accepted) to make Budapest the number one European Best Destination.

Last year, 17,745 votes were enough for Budapest to beat Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, Barcelona and London. In 2018, Wroclaw came first on the list.

Budapest is already European Sport Capital in 2019 but if we vote together, our beautiful capital can also be the best destination in Europe.

Click here to vote:

https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/european-best-destinations-2019/

Share our article so that everyone can know about the competition (and vote if they want to). ;)

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Iranian confectionery opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1310/iranian-confectionery-opened-in-budapest This unique place is sweet in every sense of the word. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:07:58 GMT Budnews
Iranian confectionery opened in Budapest

Iranian confectionery opened in Budapest

This unique place is sweet in every sense of the word.

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The cuisine of almost every nation can be found in Budapest: Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, American, and we could list them all day long. But something was missing, however, we didn't even know about his gap until the first Iranian confectionary of the city opened its doors.

The owner, Mr Fereydun started his career in his home city, Tebriz, 30 years ago, than worked in Norway for 20 years after he was forced to leave Iran. After leaving the northern country, he came to Hungary, first to Győr, where one of his new friends suggested to try his luck in his original profession. That's how he got the small business, a novelty for everyone who doesn't know the Iranian desserts, and a little nostalgia and cozy feeling for the Iranian community in Budapest.

The confectionery is sweet in all aspects, which refers not only to cookies, but to the nature of the one-man business. If we want to describe these classic Iranian desserts in one word, it would be sweet, maybe even too sweet for the European taste. But that's why you can love it so much. Mr Fereydun makes for example latifeh – something like éclair, golden bamieh with yoghurt, egg and saffron, shirini nargili, which is a meringue-like coconut sweet, and of course, several type of baklava.

He is open every day, from morning to late evening, and prepares, organizes and selects cookies with heart and soul. The simpler, basic biscuits are available for HUF 3,500 / kg, while others are available for HUF 4,000 / kg.

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Chimney cakes to conquer Malaysia http://budnews.hu/news/News/1309/chimney-cakes-to-conquer-malaysia- The Hungarian delicacy is already available in Malaysia, too. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:24:41 GMT Mia Balogh
Chimney cakes to conquer Malaysia

Chimney cakes to conquer Malaysia

The Hungarian delicacy is already available in Malaysia, too.

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If you thought that Chimney cakes filled with ice cream and other delicious things are only available in Hungary, well, we must say that you were wrong: fortunately, more and more countries will be conquered by this Hungarian delicacy.

Now we read that in Penang, Malaysia, a company selling chimney cakes, has opened up their second shop. The company is called Rollney and they offer all sorts of fillings and toppings, from Nutella to KitKats and Oreos.

People love it, and is also affordable for the majority because the prices are quite friendly: chimney cakes with no filling are about 2.20 EUR and the one with ice cream filling and Oreos, for example, is about 4 EUR.

If you watch this video, we are sure that you’ll want to taste it immediately. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=50&v=wn6dn1TxsWc

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Best programs for the carnival season http://budnews.hu/news/News/1308/best-programs-for-the-carnival-season 6 things to do in February if you wanna have fun. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 21:51:17 GMT Budnews
Best programs for the carnival season

Best programs for the carnival season

6 things to do in February if you wanna have fun.

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The season after Christmas and before Lent is the most colorful and joyful time of the year. This is the official period of having fun with dozens of programs and costume parties. If you are here in Budapest, you can choose from a wide variety of styles.

The sporty one, February 4

What could be a better program than running off the extra pounds picked up during the winter? Carnival run in Csepel (21st district) is the perfect place for the first outdoor run of the year. Of course, it is allowed to complete the distances without costume, but running in pirate costume – for example - is something no one should miss. The event in numbers: no timing, 500m children's run, 2,500m for joggers, and 5 and 10K distances.

The colorful one February 16

The Hungarian Agricultural Museum has one of the best Carnival programs this year: a family event with lots of noise and joy. On this day at Vajdahunyadvár, the well-known figures of the Hungarian folk tradition, the stork, the bear and the goat figure came to frighten away winter. There will be costume contest and parade, craft activities, educational programs, animal quizzes and folk playhouse.

The one with music – February 17

The 100-member Gypsy Orchestra consist of the best Hungarian Gypsy Musicians and has become one of the most well-known Hungarian cultural exports, and they will perform a special carnival show on February 17. The breathtaking sound and performance of the band, its unrivaled virtuosity is a real miracle. The 100-member Gypsy Orchestra concerts feature a variety of styles of music from evergreen classics of gypsy music - a life-long experience guaranteed.

The one with kids, February 17

Carnival fun and costume competition will also be organized for kids at Campona Playhouse. Come in costume and win Campona Playhouse Entries! Special Dress Up For Parents, costume Competition, petting zoo and exotic animals from the Zoodom shop at 11 o'clock will also await visitors.

The traditional one, February 22

The winter “frightening” fire show in the 20th district will brush up our traditions: the so called „kiszebábu”, which is a straw doll that usually depicts a girl and is made by children. This is the original Hungarian way to chase away winter: kids make a puppet and various noise-generating tools, then go out to the square - headed by a drummer and a megaphone - as they yell rifles and rumble with noise-generating devices, hoods, whistles, drums. This year, this tradition is complemented by a spectacular fire show, which is also a tradition.

The gastro one February 23-34

3rd donut festival is exactly what its name suggest: two days in the spirit of donuts. In addition to sweet and savory donuts, mulled wine, chilled drinks, street food and many other delicacies are served. This year's main theme is tradition, so besides the new donut trends, the emphasis will be on classic donuts. There will be special tent for children, where they can learn how to make donuts and decorate them!

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Andy Vajna dies at 74 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1307/andy-vajna-dies-at-74- Hungarian and Hollywood Film Industry is also shocked by his death. Sun, 27 Jan 2019 15:33:54 GMT Mia Balogh
Andy Vajna dies at 74

Andy Vajna dies at 74

Hungarian and Hollywood Film Industry is also shocked by his death.

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Andy Vajna, a well-known figure of the Hungarian and international film industry, has died after a long illness in his Budapest home, the Hungarian National Film Fund told MTI on 20 January. Vajna, a media mogul and also a movie producer used to work as the government commissioner in charge of the development of the Hungarian film industry, too.

Working with movies brought some serious success for him. In the upcoming years and decades, Vajna produced 59 films in all, including the Evita (starring Madonna), and Sylvester Stallone’s first three Rambo films. He is mostly known for the movies he produced and for the different media projects he took part in.

In spite of achieving great success, he never forgot about his roots and Budapest: in 2007, he opened the Korda Film Studio in Etyek with Sándor Demján and was chosen as the government commissioner in charge of the development of Hungary’s film industry.

Legendary Hollywood actors commemorate Andy Vajna

The death of Andy Vajna spread across the world quite fast. A lot of internationally known newspapers like Daily Mail, The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter commemorate him just like several iconic Hollywood actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone also posted about him on social media sites.

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3+1 music programs you shouldn’t miss in Budapest in 2019 – part 2. http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1306/3+1-music-programs-you-shouldn’t-miss-in-budapest-in-2019-–-part-2 Grab your agenda and continue planning all the concerts you’ll attend in Budapest this year. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 07:56:08 GMT Mia Balogh
3+1 music programs you shouldn’t miss in Budapest in 2019 – part 2.

3+1 music programs you shouldn’t miss in Budapest in 2019 – part 2.

Grab your agenda and continue planning all the concerts you’ll attend in Budapest this year.

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After resuming the top names from the lively music scene of Budapest for the first part of 2019 in a previous article – from Guido and Maurizio De Angelis to Vanessa Mae and the Backstreet Boys – let us give you a glimpse to the best concerts organized for the second half of the year. Of course there are still a lot of shows being organized and fixed for 2019 so it is still worth checking our website regularly for new programs. ;)

So here are the best concerts for the second part of 2019 you really don’t want to miss. ;)

1. It is really worth planning your holiday for the first part of July, because world-famous jazz pianist Chick Corea will give a concert in Sportarena on the first evening of the month, and then Sting will take over the stage the next day. But if you have already fixed a stay in our capital for the end of this hot summer month, don’t worry: you can enjoy a probably awesome show from Thirty Seconds to Mars in Budapest Park on the 23rd.

2. If you say summer, we say Sziget Festival. This year’s headliners include Ed Sheeran, the Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Martin Garrix. What a star-studded line-up, right? ;)

3. It is not even spring, but we can already tell you a big name, who will make sure that the air will stay hot even in autumn, for one night definitely. ;) His name is Eros Ramazzotti, and he will give a concert in Sportarena on 24 October.

+1: One more Italian name, one more concert to bring some enchanting music for your soul: world-famous opera singer, one of the greatest tenors of all time, Andrea Bocelli is set to concert in Budapest on 16 November. If you are looking for an extraordinary musical experience, don’t miss it.

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Budapest Airport became the greenest airport in the region http://budnews.hu/news/News/1305/budapest-airport-became-the-greenest-airport-in-the-region- We have the only carbon-neutral airport in Central and Eastern Europe. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:20:00 GMT Budnews
Budapest Airport became the greenest airport in the region

Budapest Airport became the greenest airport in the region

We have the only carbon-neutral airport in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Being environmental conscious is one of the main tasks of these years. We all try to be greener in our own well-understood interest, and now it turned out, Budapest is very good in it! Budapest Airport has just received the official certificate attesting its carbon-neutrality, achieving this prestigious environmental accreditation for the second time after last year. This means that the airport should be and is capable of counterbalancing – keeping a full balance – of CO2 emission generated in the course of its operation. The relevant strict environmental norms are met by only 39 airports in Europe, mostly in Scandinavia and Italy.

When the program was started six years ago, CO2 emission (the so-called carbon footprint) at Budapest Airport was much higher: since the commencement of the program, Ferenc Liszt International Airport managed to decrease CO2 emission per passenger by close to 50%, which is a big success. This huge development is due to a series of energy-saving measures: among other things, the company achieved that electric vehicles are used in more and more areas also by other companies operating at the airport, enhanced the heat insulation of several hangars and other buildings, and optimized its water network and water consumption. As part of its global responsibility, Budapest Airport announced to take further significant environmental measures. In the next three-year period it will decrease its CO2 emission per passenger by 10 percent versus the 2016 level. Now we are really proud of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, keep it up, guys!

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Budapest Photo Festival presents: David Lynch http://budnews.hu/news/News/1304/budapest-photo-festival-presents:-david-lynch The biggest photography event in Hungary has exciting programs this year. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 07:41:20 GMT Budnews
Budapest Photo Festival presents: David Lynch

Budapest Photo Festival presents: David Lynch

The biggest photography event in Hungary has exciting programs this year.

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Budapest Photo Festival is something we eagerly wait during the whole year: the biggest photography event in Hungary. The aim of Budapest Photo Festival is to present the international contemporary scene, by the program of the International Cultural Institutes, beside the exhibitions of the biggest galleries, museums and art schools of the Hungarian Capital. This is the feast of photography, contemporary artists and love of art, with the aim to create Budapest to be the „city of photography”, and this year we think it will succeed.

In 2019 the event series opens with a real gem: with the living legend of American independent movie making, the great director, screenwriter, painter and musician, the one and only David Lynch. The atmosphere of this unique collection is created by the glow of invisible coherences, the surfacing of hidden feelings and the blossoming of unleashed fantasy. Surrealism, esotery and the American way or visualizing anxiety and violence in an artistic and pop manner – this is what Lynch’s work is about. The Small Stories collection is a psychedelic journey beyond reality into the world of emotions, humor, playfulness and restlessness, shedding light also on memories and wounds.

The festival has another highlighted exhibition as a frame: a Hungarian contemporary overview. For this exhibition, Budapest Photo Festival chose a classic genre as an inspiration: this time, the organizers were looking for works that interpret or redefine the landscape genre, or continue along well-established, traditional lines. Pictures that fit into the broader concept of landscape photography. The Festival also involves many public programs: lectures, workshops, photomarathon, museum educational events, portfolio review and photobook show, what will place at the Festivalcenter Budapest Project Gallery.

For more information and programs visit budapestphotofestival.hu.

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David Duchovny set to concert in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1303/david-duchovny-set-to-concert-in-budapest- Fox Mulder from the X-Files on a stage, playing alternative rock? Yes. And believe us, David Duchovny’s very first concert show in Budapest is something you really don’t want to miss. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:12:06 GMT Mia Balogh
David Duchovny set to concert in Budapest

David Duchovny set to concert in Budapest

Fox Mulder from the X-Files on a stage, playing alternative rock? Yes. And believe us, David Duchovny’s very first concert show in Budapest is something you really don’t want to miss.

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David Duchovny, best known for portraying Fox Mulder in classic series X-Files and Hank Moody in Californication will come to Budapest very soon: he is set to play at MoM Sport with his alt-rock group on 11 February.

The concert will be Duchovnyʼs first in Hungary, so this is also the very first (maybe the one and only) chance for local fans to see and hear his show - or to enjoy the Meet&Greet, for what there are a couple of tickets available here:

https://www.eventim.hu/hu/jegyek/david-duchovny-koncert-budapest-mom-sport-1060255/performance.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=onoffice&utm_campaign=davidduchovny

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Meet the unique cafe, where robots serve your drink http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1302/meet-the-unique-cafe,-where-robots-serve-your-drink This is not the future, but the reality of Budapest. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:47:56 GMT Budnews
Meet the unique cafe, where robots serve your drink

Meet the unique cafe, where robots serve your drink

This is not the future, but the reality of Budapest.

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We all know those sci-fi movies, where human-like robots serve their owner: clean the house, cook and make small-talks with their boss. Well, in fact, it’s not the distant future, but the reality of Enjoy Budapest Cafe, a unique place which seems to come from the next decades. The coffee shop has robots instead of human coworkers: a robot greets us entering the door, then another takes the order…

The cafe's receptionist robot is called Pepper, she’s the main attraction here. She is welcoming guests to the doorway, asking the name and age of the people, constantly striving for eye contact. Be careful, because she can read the emotions on the faces too! Meanwhile two other robots are balancing between the tables with coffee or hot chocolate on their trays, and if somebody is on their way, they ask them politely to move on. Pretty surreal.

Although it’s fun and cool, the aim of Enjoy Cafe is not only self-serving entertainment. The idea and the realization are coming from an IT company that develops integrated systems, including the artificial intelligence of local companies. They created the Enjoy Robotics business line to focus more resources on research and development. The cafe is kind of showroom, where seven bigger robots are supplemented by nine smaller ones that can be tested and we can even play with them. The company is trying to bring robotics and programming closer to the guests, especially the future generation, the kids.

Highly recommend visiting, not only with children!

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CNN writes about the best cakes and confectionaries of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1301/cnn-writes-about-the-best-cakes-and-confectionaries-of-budapest- If you have a sweet tooth, you should definitely taste a Hungarian dessert. Or three. Or six. CNN’s journalist can only recommend you to do so – choose any of these sweets, for example in the following confectioneries. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:55:33 GMT Mia Balogh
CNN writes about the best cakes and confectionaries of Budapest

CNN writes about the best cakes and confectionaries of Budapest

If you have a sweet tooth, you should definitely taste a Hungarian dessert. Or three. Or six. CNN’s journalist can only recommend you to do so – choose any of these sweets, for example in the following confectioneries.

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1, Rigó Jancsi

What happens when you combine soft chocolate sponge, sweet apricot jam, velvety chocolate mousse and a hint of romance? You get the recipe for Rigó Jancsi, a delectable cake named for Romani violinist Rigó Jancsi, who ran away with the then-married Belgian Princesse de Caraman-Chimay. Their love story has no happy ending (the princess left the musician for a waiter in Naples), but you will feel happy and content after tasting this sweet treat. ;)

Where to eat it: Hauer Cukrászda, Rákóczi út 47-49, Budapest 1088

2, Krémes

This heavenly dessert is deceptively simple: think perfectly flaked pastry crust oozing vanilla custard.

Where to eat it: this is a traditional cake so it is worth tasting in the oldest confectioneries of the city, in Auguszt or Hauer Confectioneries.

3, Strudel

Strudel is often associated with Austria, but of course Austria and Hungary were once united under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At Retesbolt Anno 1926, a cozy Budapest cafe, strudel is the specialty and tradition here is extremely important: this dessert is made by following the same 200-year-old recipe. Choose from the three types: apricot, poppy seed or quark (a type of cottage cheese), we are sure that you will be satisfied.

Where to eat it: Retesbolt Anno 1926, Lehel u. 38, Budapest 1135

4, Flódni

This is a traditional Hungarian Jewish cake that’s a must-eat for sweet-toothed visitors here. Flódni is a five layered pastry consisting of rich fillings: poppy seed, apple, walnut and plum jam.

Where to eat it: Cafe Noe, Wesselenyi u. 13, Budapest 1077

5, Chimney cake / Kürtős kalács

Originally a festival cake made at weddings and other special events, this treat, anglicized as Chimney Cake, is found on street corners across Central Europe (in the Czech Republic it's known as Trdelník). Eating warm Kürtös kalács on a chilly day is a particular treat.

Where to eat it: Karavan, Kazinczy u. 18, Budapest 1075

6, Dobos

Dobos torte a classic Hungarian layered cake, sheets of chocolate buttercream and fluffy sponge are topped with a caramel glaze. ‘Dobos’ means drummer but this cake has nothing to do with drummers. It took the name of its inventor, Hungarian chef József C. Dobos. He wanted to create a pastry with a longer shelf life -- hence the caramel topping, which helps stop the cake drying up prematurely. But Chef Dobos managed to achieve much more: his creation is and remains a chic treat across Europe.

Where to eat it: Café Gerbeaud, Vorosmarty Square 7-8, Budapest 1051

7, Esterházy

Created in Budapest in the late 19th century, this layered delight consists of walnut infused buttercream and chocolate, adorned with a fondant glaze.

Where to eat it: this is a traditional fancy cake, try one of the old, historic coffeehouses in Budapest, just like Gerbeaud.

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IKEA to resell ‘old’ furniture in Hungary, as well http://budnews.hu/news/News/1300/ikea-to-resell-‘old’-furniture-in-hungary,-as-well ‘IKEA Second Chance’ program to start in Hungary, as well, later this year. Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:14:04 GMT Mia Balogh
IKEA to resell ‘old’ furniture in Hungary, as well

IKEA to resell ‘old’ furniture in Hungary, as well

‘IKEA Second Chance’ program to start in Hungary, as well, later this year.

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If you have some no-longer-used IKEA furniture and you would like to change it for something else, you can try in different Facebook groups (made directly for shopping and selling old furniture).

But what if you could transport it back to IKEA and they’d also give you some money back for it on a gift card? Well, this is more than just a dream. It is a solution already working in Slovakia an in the Czech Republic and later this year, this program will also start in Hungary, Napi.hu writes. The exact date is not announced yet, they will only let us know it when the program is officially established.

IKEA was also asked whether they would open a smaller IKEA store in the city centre of Budapest, similar to the one they already have in Prague, but the company said it’s not in the cards yet. Now they would like to focus on their three available stores in the country and to improve their online services.

Source: Napi.hu

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Two big downtown squares renew: Vörösmarty and Podmaniczky Squares got new look this year http://budnews.hu/news/News/1299/two-big-downtown-squares-renew:-vorosmarty-and-podmaniczky-squares-got-new-look-this-year These two emblematic squares of downtown will almost born again. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:32:15 GMT Budnews
Two big downtown squares renew: Vörösmarty and Podmaniczky Squares got new look this year

Two big downtown squares renew: Vörösmarty and Podmaniczky Squares got new look this year

These two emblematic squares of downtown will almost born again.

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If you’ve ever been to Budapest, you’ve probably seen or went through these two emblematic squares of Budapest. Vörösmarty Square is probably familiar to everybody: this is the place where Christmas fairs use to be, the end of the iconic Váci Street, literally the heart of the city. Podmaniczky square is the square where metro line M3 has „Arany János utca” stop and although it’s less spectacular, it’s important. You can reach the St. Stpehen Basilica and the biggest part of downtown from here.

Now the Mayor of 5th district made a huge announcement: both of these important places renew. Reconstruction works are supported by the government and the capital, and planned to be completed by August 31, and as the major said, the city administration is doing its best to create a new city centre of the 21st century. Let’s see the details!

Vörösmarty Square

Vörösmarty Square, owned by the capital, renews „from wall to wall”: the 30-year-old concrete paving will be replaced by high quality, natural paving stone with unique design and appearance. There will be a new public and ornamental lighting system instead of the old one, and there will be new street furniture. Designers will create a place that is better suited to the needs of fairs and cultural events held there: during the renovation, they create shading system with a unified image and with the necessary electrical connections hidden in the paving. The Mayor emphasized that they are creating a worthy environment around the Vörösmarty statue in the middle of the square, and that the surrounding streets will be also renovated in connection with the reconstruction of the square. The section between Deák Ferenc Street Bécsi Street and Apáczai Csere János Street will be renewed, as well as Vigadó Street and Harmincad Street.

Podmaniczky Frigyes Square

About the renovation of the square at Arany János utca metro station Péter Szentgyörgyvölgyi said: the trolley bus terminal ceases, 82 new trees will be planted, green space on the square increases by 30 percent, public lighting will be renewed, and the area will be covered with natural stone, just as in the case of Vörösmarty Square. The aim is to make the central part of Podmaniczky Square a real urban park, which is more than a great idea.

The first plans have already been presented, the renovation of Vörösmarty Square is carried out with state aid amounting about 2.3 billion HUF, while the reconstruction of Podmaniczky Square costs about 1.2 billion with capital support.

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Modern multifunctional mall to be built for 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1298/modern-multifunctional-mall-to-be-built-for-2020 After more than ten years of planning, the dreams about Mundo project can finally become reality. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:19:24 GMT Mia Balogh
Modern multifunctional mall to be built for 2020

Modern multifunctional mall to be built for 2020

After more than ten years of planning, the dreams about Mundo project can finally become reality.

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According to Építészfórum.hu, a new modern mall is going to be built in Budapest’s 14th district, Zugló. The so-called ‘Mundo project’ has been planned since 2007, more than 10 years already, but now the construction works of the shopping centre can begin. We said shopping centre, but Mundo will include a huge office building and a park.

The property development project aims to build a very modern, multi-functional mall which will combine the retail, entertainment and service industries. It will be built on a 35,000 m2 land.

If there won’t be any change in the plans, Mundo will include 170 shops plus a huge P + R car park. The building will be energy-efficient, with a small ecological footprint, ‘dressed in green to reflect Zugló’s garden suburb-nature’.

The centre will be built near Bosnyák Square, where one of the most well-known markets of Budapest is located and also a beautiful church, St. Anthony Church, but you can find a newly constructed City Hall and the Culture and Sports Centre in this area, too.

More info: https://mundocenter.hu/

Source: http://epiteszforum.hu/tiz-ev-utan-indul-a-bosnyak-teri-mundo-projekt-epitese

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Must-see: beautiful drone video about the snowy Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1297/must-see:-beautiful-drone-video-about-the-snowy-budapest The city might have never been so beautiful. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:55:58 GMT Budnews
Must-see: beautiful drone video about the snowy Budapest

Must-see: beautiful drone video about the snowy Budapest

The city might have never been so beautiful.

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Heavy snowfall is rare thing in Budapest, there are years when the city is not white at all. This year, however, we were lucky: at the beginning of January, a big snowfall made the city a snow-white wonderland. Thick, 15-20 centimetres of snow was sitting not only on the green areas of the city, but also on downtown streets and buildings. The City Park, Danube Bank, Buda Castle and Parliament became snow white, snowmen grew out in every corner of the city like mushrooms, people went to sledge at Normafa in long lines, and the city felt like a real wintery dream.

Unfortunately, the snow has melted by now, but szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu has captured these fabulous days on mesmerising drone video. Since it’s only January, we hope we will have some similar days this year, but until then, we are delighted with the recordings of the past few days. What do you think: the snowy or bright summer city is more beautiful?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lReWJFCi7Y

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5 concerts you shouldn’t miss in Budapest in 2019 – part 1. http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1296/5-concerts-you-shouldn’t-miss-in-budapest-in-2019-–-part-1 Grab your agenda and start planning all the concerts you’ll attend in Budapest this year. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:11:52 GMT Mia Balogh
5 concerts you shouldn’t miss in Budapest in 2019 – part 1.

5 concerts you shouldn’t miss in Budapest in 2019 – part 1.

Grab your agenda and start planning all the concerts you’ll attend in Budapest this year.

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  1. On 16 February, well-known composers Guido and Maurizio De Angelis will appear in Sportarena together with Terence Hill. If you don’t remember the name of the musician duo, just think of all those awesome Terence Hill- Bud Spencer films… they created the soundtrack of these movies, among other projects, of course. Other tip for February: if you prefer rap music, we recommend Nicki Minaj and Future in Sportarena on 25 February.
  2. March will be also strong. For example, Mike Shonoda from Linkin Park will appear in Sportarena on the 12th while – if you prefer tribute bands and concerts – on 26 March, a fantastic ABBA tribute show can be seen at the same place.
  3. On 20 April, British guitar player John McLaughlin will perform with his musical formation the 4th Dimension at MOM Sport. Other concert tip: if you prefer jazz, join the crowd on 3 May at Budapest Jazz Club to see and hear American jazz legend John Scofield play.
  4. May will bring Singapore-born British violinist Vanessa-Mae to Budapest: she is set to perform in Sportarena on 24 May. Do you fancy some rock music instead? British rock band Muse will perform on the same stage on 28 May.
  5. For June, our top choice is of course the Backstreet Boys – they will perform in Sportarena on 25 June. But if you don’t really want to join “Everybody” in the crowd, we recommend you a probably unforgettable Whitesnake show at Barba Negra on the same night.

To be continued… ;)

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Top 8 free program options you've never heard of http://budnews.hu/news/News/1295/top-8-free-program-options-youve-never-heard-of- You can take part in exciting and colorful events and programs without spending a penny. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:11:27 GMT Budnews
Top 8 free program options you've never heard of

Top 8 free program options you've never heard of

You can take part in exciting and colorful events and programs without spending a penny.

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Budapest is not an expensive city, and even if you are planning a very low-budget vacation with your family this year, you don't have to worry about getting bored. In addition to strolling in the city, there are many other exciting attractions and programs where there is no entrance fee. In addition, much less people knows about these places than the most well-known sights, so there won't be such a big crowd.

Budapest Jazz Club: BJC at Hollán Ernő Street is one of the city's most authentic jazz clubs.

They organize 2-3 free jam sessions weekly. It is worth seeing the exact program, but usually Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the evening of these free programs.

Zoo at Margaret Island: Don't think about a big zoo with hundreds of animal species: this one is a small, friendly place with domestic, forest and some exotic animals. Peacocks, deers, owls, some unique ducks, for example that waits for us on the island.

Kincsem Park: It's an entertaining activity to visit the racetrack: beautiful horses and exciting races always worth visiting. Kincsem Park has many of these races all year round, and the entry to the weekend trotting and gallop competitions is completely free, so if we don't want to bet, we can watch the events for free.

Free museum days: At our national holidays, the permanent exhibitions of the most museums are free, and there are free days for most museums every month. The permanent exhibition of Hungarian National Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Applied Arts and Hungarian National Museum are free on the third Saturday of each month, while Museum of Ethnography and the Hungarian Natural History Museum is free on the first Sunday of each month. And take a look at the web page of your favorite museum, because this is not the complete list!

Playhouse Project: Playhouse Project says the board game is the latest legal drug. We can play with the latest and most popular games for free in a super community, mostly in Dürer. Dixit, Ticket to Ride, Dobble, Codenames - just a few of the best creative and community games we can play on these evenings.

Virág Judit Gallery: Virág Judit Gallery is mainly collects the prominent masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century: paintings and Zsolnay ceramics are presented and on sale. Contemporary painting is also an important point: the in-house Contemporary Gallery presents works of artists who born from the 1960s to the present day at free exhibitions.

Botellón: Botellón Budapest is an even that promises open-air music and summer feeling, obviously during the warmer months. The idea is that you bring your favorite bottle of anything, they provide the music and the night is on. Botellón has been hosting parties since 2015, at such places as the Museum Garden, the Philosophers' Garden, the Citadel or the Top of the Tunnel. They provide music, glasses and trash cans, everything else is up to you.

Budapest Music Center (BMC): Budapest Music Center (BMC) is not only a musical information center, where the data of Hungarian classical and jazz musicians and Hungarian contemporary music pieces are collected, but a real cultural center. Free concerts, movie clubs, and conversations are in their calendar.

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Budapest is European Capital of Sport http://budnews.hu/news/News/1294/budapest-is-european-capital-of-sport- If you love sports, 2019 will be ideal for your next trip to Budapest. Wed, 9 Jan 2019 09:48:26 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest is European Capital of Sport

Budapest is European Capital of Sport

If you love sports, 2019 will be ideal for your next trip to Budapest.

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Budapest is a unique city but this year, our beautiful capital becomes an even more special place: from 1 January, Budapest has become the European Capital of Sport. So this year, 365 sport events will be organized in the city, many of these without entrance fee. Impressive, right? ;)

The first sport event of the year was a huge skating party at the City Park Ice Rink, where children and grownups could use the rink for reduced prices: for the kids, the entrance fee was 500HUF while for the grownups, it costed 1000HUF.

Did you know?

70 percent of the Hungarian population is inactive, therefore, the main aim of this event series is to get people moving, and inspiring them by presenting various kinds of sport.

So if you love sports, it’s high time to organize your (next) trip to Budapest. ;)

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Picture of Széchenyi bath won the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year http://budnews.hu/news/News/1293/picture-of-szechenyi-bath-won-the-prestigious-travel-photographer-of-the-year- The series of an Italian photographer beat the field. Tue, 8 Jan 2019 11:10:51 GMT Budnews
Picture of Széchenyi bath won the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year

Picture of Széchenyi bath won the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year

The series of an Italian photographer beat the field.

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The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) is one on the most prestigious award of the photographer profession. TPOTY awards are run by photographers for photographers and both amateur or professional photographers can participate and the awards are judged by leading photographers and experts in the field. TPOTY-winning photographers have had their work showcased around the world: in 2016 and 2017 the touring exhibitions were seen by 250,000 visitors, while this year's exhibition programme has been visited by an estimated 1.8 million people.

In 2018 more than 20,000 entries from 142 countries were submitted by photographers and the members of the jury highlighted that the images perfectly represent the diversity of our colourful world. The main prize was awarded to the Italian Stefano Pensotti for his series of eight pictures, of which his photo at the Széchenyi Thermal Spa in Budapest became the absolute winner of the competition!

Wonderful moments captured on three continents make Stefano’s images both engaging and insightful in a rich and diverse portfolio that make him a worthy winner of the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018. These images give a real sense of being part of each scene rather than simply observational - says the justification. And we are just simply proud that more and more people will know about our beautiful bath.

You can see the beautiful photos here.

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Tom Jones returns to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1292/tom-jones-returns-to-budapest The biggest icon of the last decades conquers the city one more time. Mon, 7 Jan 2019 09:45:23 GMT Budnews
Tom Jones returns to Budapest

Tom Jones returns to Budapest

The biggest icon of the last decades conquers the city one more time.

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Sir Tom Jones is a living legend indeed, probably there is no people on the world who has never heard his iconic Sex bomb. He's one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music and who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His musical interest is very wide: although he has become known for songs such as It's Not Unusual, Delilah, What's New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, but decades later, Kiss and If I Only Knew led the lists. He's one of the artists who created the genre of rhythm & blues with a soul effect. His most successful album came out on the 35th anniversary of his career, in 1999, and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 77—the best reviews of his career.

Jones has already performed in Budapest several times, and now he returns. The tickets for his latest show are already on sale, so don't miss the opportunity to see this legend live at the Budapest Arena!

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Budapest to host World Athletics Championships in 2023 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1291/budapest-to-host-world-athletics-championships-in-2023- And this is how the main location of the event will look like. Thu, 3 Jan 2019 20:51:45 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest to host World Athletics Championships in 2023

Budapest to host World Athletics Championships in 2023

And this is how the main location of the event will look like.

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We read recently that Budapest will stage the World Athletics Championships in 2023. The decision announced in Monaco in December 2018 makes possible the realisation of the plans of a new state-financed arena.

The complex will be called National Athletics Centre, will be built where Csepel island meets south Pest, and will have the capacity of 40 000 persons.

World Athletics Championships will happen in Budapest for nine days in mid-August 2023. The event, only one down in importance from the Olympics, has recently been held in Beijing, Moscow and London, so this can be seen as a major coup for Hungary.

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Budapest100 presents: in the footsteps of Bauhaus http://budnews.hu/news/News/1290/budapest100-presents:-in-the-footsteps-of-bauhaus The topic of this year’s event has been announced. Wed, 2 Jan 2019 06:46:06 GMT Budnews
Budapest100 presents: in the footsteps of Bauhaus

Budapest100 presents: in the footsteps of Bauhaus

The topic of this year’s event has been announced.

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Budapest100 is one of our favorite programs every year: a two-day celebration of people and buildings around us. It started as the celebration of the 100-year-old buildings of the city and as of 2015 the focus turned towards the different parts of the city. The original purpose remains: to reveal buildings from basement to attic, get to know their inhabitants and form new communities. We can take part in special and guided tours, where the unknown secrets of Budapest are revealed, or we can just marvel the city around us. During these two days we can get in the closed corridors of private houses, get a sneak peek of beautiful staircases and participate in community programs. The motto of Budapest100 says it all: “Every building is interesting”.

This year’s topic is the German Bauhaus, one of the most significant art schools of the 20th century, that turns exactly 100 years old in 2019. The anniversary gives the perfect opportunity to meet the early modern architecture of Budapest from the 1920s to the 1940s. The name Bauhaus has formed into the denomination of a style, not only in Hungarian, but in other languages as well. A style, that reformed the concept of beauty, useful and good, with its clean surfaces and streamlined details. All the progressive architects of Budapest have tried to meet the new principles, therefore Budapest100 aims to celebrate the Bauhaus anniversary, to show its remarkable impact on the city.

The event will be held on 4-5 May, exact programs and locations are still under negotiation, but one thing is sure: we will be the. Will you?

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Best programs of January: 3 events you shouldn’t miss http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1289/best-programs-of-january:-3-events-you-shouldn’t-miss We are looking forward to the new year because of these programs. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:07:22 GMT Budnews
Best programs of January: 3 events you shouldn’t miss

Best programs of January: 3 events you shouldn’t miss

We are looking forward to the new year because of these programs.

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Although the season of Advent and the Christmas fairs is over, we still don’t have to sit at home. In January, there are plenty of programs that will make it worth to get out of bed. Our favorite ones are the following:

Winterfest Budapest – Winter Beerfest, 18 January @ Duna Palace

The biggest winter beer festival of the year arrives in January to Zrinyi Street, in the Danube Palace. Winterfest refutes that beer is a summer drink: huge, comfortable guest rooms, more than 30 domestic and international breweries, professional lectures, home brewery workshops, concerts, brasserie recipes, and a lot of surprises await even if the weather is cold! At the event, organizers are launching a new competition, where domestic breweries can show their beers specially made for the winter season.

Ennio Morricone concert, 23 January @ Papp László Arena

Ennio Morricone is celebrating his 90th birthday this year, and on this occasion, he will give another huge concert in Budapest. Just like last time, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will accompany the legendary composer, who has composed the music of unforgettable films for over six decades such as: Once Upon a Time in the West, The professional, A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and The Untouchables. The two-time Oscar, one Grammy and one Golden Globe-winner composer brings the best of his music to the Papp László Sportarena on January 23.

5th Budapest International Documentary Festival, 28 January – 3 February, @ Cinema City Arena

BIDF, Budapest International Documentary Film Festival will be held for the 5th time between 28 January and 3 February 2019. BIDF is the competition, forum and presentation of the world's latest international successes, full-length, creative documentary films, where festival-prize winner, unique, first-time screened films can be seen each year, that mostly unpublished for later film distribution. BIDF shows true stories for fans of film festivals about human fate, problems, and social issues. A prestigious international jury will decide on prizes in five categories: Naked Hope, Naked Message, Naked Truth, Naked Passion, Naked Shorts.

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Budapest airport continues to expand: flydubai launches new flight http://budnews.hu/news/News/1288/budapest-airport-continues-to-expand:-flydubai-launches-new-flight That’s what we call a Christmas surprise. Fri, 28 Dec 2018 09:20:12 GMT Budnews
Budapest airport continues to expand: flydubai launches new flight

Budapest airport continues to expand: flydubai launches new flight

That’s what we call a Christmas surprise.

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Budapest airport is more and more popular and busy, and nothing proves this better than the newest discount carrier of the airport. Flydubai announced a new route from Dubai to Budapest, and the bookings are open! Flydubai is to operate the Budapest flight with the most modern Boeing 737-8MAX planes in its fleet of sixty aircraft. On the latest aircraft of flydubai, 10 business seats and 156 economy seats are offered, and the new flight will be operated between the Hungarian capital and the biggest airport of the United Arab Emirates with a daily frequency. The planned schedule (that starts new summer) is conveniently adjusted to the daily flight of Emirates, as flydubai will depart from Dubai late in the afternoon (at 17:35) to arrive in Budapest at 21:30. The aircraft is to stay here for two hours, and will depart at 23:30, to arrive at Dubai International (DXB) five and a half hours later, at 7:05 local time.

Thanks to the arrival in the morning, passengers will comfortably catch Emirates flights departing from Dubai to Australia, Thailand, Japan, and India. Flydubai also offers many transfer possibilities via its own network, as they fly to 95 destinations from Dubai, including quite a number of popular ocean-side resorts and exotic destinations in India, Pakistan, and Africa.

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Shark-nursery opened in Zoo Budapest. The new “biodome” also started to emerge http://budnews.hu/news/News/1287/shark-nursery-opened-in-zoo-budapest-the-new-“biodome”-also-started-to-emerge Zoo Budapest keeps expanding! Wed, 26 Dec 2018 17:40:55 GMT Budnews
Shark-nursery opened in Zoo Budapest. The new “biodome” also started to emerge

Shark-nursery opened in Zoo Budapest. The new “biodome” also started to emerge

Zoo Budapest keeps expanding!

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A major transformation takes place in the Budapest Zoo these years: the institution is significantly expanding. The newest element, the steampunk-style shark-nursery has opened, where young predators learn how to interact with other fish and with their caregivers.

The new building has a total of three different sized pools, which are filled with one million liters of seawater. We can see several unique animals here: black-fined shark, nurse shark and zebra shark as well as a variety of rays, guitar fish, bat fish and even sea-cock will swim in the aquariums.

The animals are supposed to move into the twice-large pools of the neighboring Pannon Park’s „Biodome” in 2021. The special building will be about 1.7 acre big within the new 5-acre territory called Pannon Park and costs a total of 44 billion forints. The interior of the building provides the most natural environmental conditions, so hopefully will be a much better place to live in for the animals.

The 17,000-square-meter big Pannon Park will present the ancient wildlife of the Carpathian Basin with animals and plants, and based on the plans, other animals, for example, elephants would move here into the Biodome. Flamingos will also have a new home, avoiding winter relocation, and the wing truncation. So this new shark-nursery is just the first step, and we can’t wait to see the others!

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3+1 super programs for New Year’s Eve in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1286/3+1-super-programs-for-new-year’s-eve-in-budapest- If welcome 2019 in Budapest, let us recommend you some of the best programs in the city for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. Tue, 25 Dec 2018 09:14:41 GMT Mia Balogh
3+1 super programs for New Year’s Eve in Budapest

3+1 super programs for New Year’s Eve in Budapest

If welcome 2019 in Budapest, let us recommend you some of the best programs in the city for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

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1, “Ügetőszilveszter”

That means New Year’s Eve at Kincsem Park, at the ‘Ügető’, well-known trotting racetrack, where not only horse races ensure a nice afternoon program for you, you friends and family, but also some other interesting events. The biggest outdoor New Year’s program (which is also the last sport event of the year) in the city is waiting for you between 1PM and 9 PM on 31 December. Tickets are available for 1800 HUF for adults, and everyone under 18 gets in for free. Sounds good, right? ;)

2, Cruising on the Danube

One of the most memorable New Years program is to enjoy a river cruise and to have a lunch, cocktail or a glass of wine, right? Well, you can have it all on 31 December from 2 PM. If you fancy the cocktails, tickets are available for 7400 HUF/person, for wine lovers the program costs 9400 HUF/person, and for those who prefer the lunch option, tickets are available for 11 800 HUF/person. Of course you can decide to enjoy the 1.5 hours of the boat trip without eating and drinking anything, then your ticket only costs 3500 HUF (3000 HUF if you are a student). Which option would you choose? ;)

3, Welcome 2019 on the streets

Don’t worry, you won’t be the only person welcoming 2019 on the streets. In Budapest, there are several spots where you’ll definitely find some company to say ‘happy new year’ together at midnight: Vörösmarty Square, Nyugati Square, Oktogon and the Party district (Gozsdu Court and all around that area) will be pretty crowded at night on 31 December. We know, you might not be that ‘let’s party everywhere, even in the streets’ type of person but believe us, in Budapest it’s worth giving it a try – the atmosphere will be fantastic.

+1. New Year’s Festival at Vajdahunyad Castle

Say goodbye to 2018 by participating at a 3-day celebration with lots of drinks and food, on 29-31 December. Where? At the Vajdahunyad Castle, located in the City Park (Városliget) in Budapest. The main guest country of this New Year’s gastro festival is Russia and their national drink, vodka will be in the focus: you can taste 30 various types of this hard liquor. Of course you can try pálinka, if you prefer and also some traditional Hungarian New Year dishes, for ex. cabbage soup, roasted pork, lentils, etc. Of course there will be some music, programs for kids and a family masquerade ball, as well.

Our tip: it’s worth visiting on 29 December because on the first day, you can enjoy a 50% discount from the food prices. Don’t miss it!

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Sting to play in Budapest again next Summer http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1285/sting-to-play-in-budapest-again-next-summer- Iconic singer-songwriter to return to Budapest next Summer – Sting will perform in Budapest in July 2019. Tue, 25 Dec 2018 09:11:36 GMT Mia Balogh
Sting to play in Budapest again next Summer

Sting to play in Budapest again next Summer

Iconic singer-songwriter to return to Budapest next Summer – Sting will perform in Budapest in July 2019.

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After his fantastic live show in October 2017 and his concert with Shaggy in November 2018, Sting will return to Budapest in just a couple of months: one of our favourite singer-songwriter will perform in Budapest Sports Arena on 2 July 2019.

The artist’s upcoming show in Budapest will be part of his ‘My Songs’ tour. The new tour will be ‘a rollicking, dynamic show focusing on the most beloved songs written by Sting and spanning the 16-time Grammy Award winner’s prolific career with The Police and as a solo artist. Fans can expect to hear “Englishman In New York,” “Fields Of Gold,” “Shape Of My Heart,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Message In A Bottle” and many more, with Sting accompanied by an electric, rock ensemble.’ – as we read on Sting’s website.

Like and share our article if you would love to see and hear him perform live! ;)

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Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine and Twenty One Pilots to perform at Sziget in 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1284/foo-fighters,-florence-+-the-machine-and-twenty-one-pilots-to-perform-at-sziget-in-2019 The star-studded line-up of Sziget 2019 is getting even better. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:31:12 GMT Mia Balogh
Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine and Twenty One Pilots to perform at Sziget in 2019

Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine and Twenty One Pilots to perform at Sziget in 2019

The star-studded line-up of Sziget 2019 is getting even better.

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Sziget has a star-studded line-up year by year. 2019 will be no different: after announcing Ed Sheeran, the organizers of the world-famous festival have recently confirmed Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Martin Garrix as headliners for next year’s festival program.

More names include Richard Ashcroft, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Chvrches, Jungle, Kodaline, IDLES, Superorganism, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Pale Waves, Maribou State, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Of Mice & Men, Boy Pablo, Parcels, Yungblud, Alma, Tamino, Gang Of Youths, The Blaze.

We suppose that some more exciting and well-known artists to be announced soon, this is just the start for Sziget 2019! ;)

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Kispipa, the former cultic restaurant revived http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1283/kispipa,-the-former-cultic-restaurant-revived The legendary Kispipa restaurant returns to the roots in an important thing. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:37:08 GMT Budnews
Kispipa, the former cultic restaurant revived

Kispipa, the former cultic restaurant revived

The legendary Kispipa restaurant returns to the roots in an important thing.

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Probably many of you know the classic „Gloomy Sunday” song, and maybe many of you know that originally, it’s a Hungarian song by Rezső Seress. In the last decades Billie Holiday, Björk, Sinéad O’Connor, Sarah Brightman and even Ray Charles sang this beautiful song among others. Well, the songwriter Seress had a favorite place in the city: this was Kispipa, a nice restaurant, where Gloomy Sunday often could be heard in the 60s. The restaurant functioned until the millennium but could not compete with the challenges of gastronomy revolution with its traditional menu of Hungarian dishes.

That’s why we were more than happy, when heard that this cultic place has new owner, who wants to revive the former atmosphere. The place became the taproom of Synthesis brewery, who regard it as a kind of inheritance, and want to promote the role of culture. The aim is three events per week: concerts on Friday and Saturday, a book presentation on Wednesdays. They also want to host a Seress-Week next year, on the 130th birthday of Rezső Seress, and a memorial plaque is also planned.

As for the place itself: the piano keys wall decoration and the contemporary newspaper articles are recalling the urban legends surrounding the composer and the Gloomy Sunday, but the reason why Kispipa is worth visiting is not the story, but the kitchen. Be it the sweet potato cream soup with truffle oil, the beef ribeye steak with baked garlic mashed potatoes or the carrot cake with cardamom cream cheese, orange and Cointreau gel, they are all on the highest level one can expect. There are not too many choices, three kinds of appetizers, four main courses and one dessert, but this is understandable because this level can be achieved only with such a commitment. There is also a simpler snack on the menu: the Kispipa dish is served with sausages and cheese from Hungarian producers, and it’s a perfect choice if you want to taste some tasty bites next to your beer.

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6 new Ryanair flights from Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1282/6-new-ryanair-flights-from-budapest New South-European flights and an Irish destination will be available at Ryanair from Budapest, from around the end of March 2019. Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:02:33 GMT Mia Balogh
6 new Ryanair flights from Budapest

6 new Ryanair flights from Budapest

New South-European flights and an Irish destination will be available at Ryanair from Budapest, from around the end of March 2019.

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If you don’t like winter and Christmas (not even the beautiful Christmas fairs), your thoughts and dreams may already wander around next summer and the holidays. Are we right? Well, if you haven’t found your next dream summer holiday destination, let us whisper something interesting in your ears: Ryanair will operate six new flights from Budapest to some quite interesting places.

In South-Europe, flights to three Italian cities – Bari, Rimini and Cagliari – will be available starting from around the end of March 2019. In Spain, their new destination is Seville, and in Greece the city of Thessaloniki. And if you fancy visiting Ireland, they also offer a new Irish destination: Cork, a place absolutely worth exploring, in our opinion.

Did you know?

Ryanair has four airplanes based in Budapest, but according to Hungarian media reports, they will raise this number to six, by bringing in two Boeing 787-800 jets.

Which is your fav travel destination? Where will you travel next? Write us in a comment, we can’t wait to know. ;)

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Four Hungarian restaurants among the world’s bests http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1281/four-hungarian-restaurants-among-the-world’s-bests La Liste 2019 is here and there are several reasons to be proud of. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:33:36 GMT Budnews
Four Hungarian restaurants among the world’s bests

Four Hungarian restaurants among the world’s bests

La Liste 2019 is here and there are several reasons to be proud of.

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La Liste is one of the most acknowledged gastronomic rankings: it’s a list of the 1,000 best restaurants in the world. It is sanctioned by France’s Foreign Ministry and tourism board and was launched in Paris in December 2015. La Liste is cited as the French Foreign Ministry's response to the British published gastronomic guide The World's 50 Best Restaurants. The list factors in more than 400 international dining guides, crowd-sourced sites (such as Yelp and TripAdvisor) or press reviews (New York Times, Washington Post...). It also takes into consideration Zagat, Michelin, the James Beard Award, Gault & Millau, OpenTable. So, to be on their list is quite a big thing.

This year four Hungarian restaurants made it to La Liste: three from Budapest and one from the countryside. On the 2019 list, the best Hungarian restaurant is the two Michelin-star Onyx, reaching a total of 83 points. Costes had 80.50 points, Borkonyha 80, just as „Anyukám mondta” from Encs. For comparison, there are 20 Austrian, 9 Slovenian and 6 Croatian restaurants on the list, but there is no restaurant from Slovakia or Romania on La Liste, and even the Czech Republic has only one place.

There was no major movement at the top of the list compared to previous years: Guy Savoy (99.75 points) leads the list for the third year. The three Michelin-star Paris restaurants are followed by Le Bernardin in New York (also 99.75 points), and the Paris Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (99.50 points) in Paris came third. Fourth is Martín Berasategui from Spain (99.50 points), fifth is the Japanese Matsukawa (also 99.50 points).

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Budapest Christmas market among most popular on Instagram http://budnews.hu/news/News/1280/budapest-christmas-market-among-most-popular-on-instagram And also voted second best in Europe last week. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:09:28 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest Christmas market among most popular on Instagram

Budapest Christmas market among most popular on Instagram

And also voted second best in Europe last week.

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According to the website onthegotours.com, the hashtag #budapestchristmasmarket has been used 3,187 times at the time of writing their article, so Advent fair at the Basilica is among the most popular Christmas markets in Europe – it took the 12th place.

The popularity of the market is not surprising, because the location, the atmosphere and the whole event is something amazingly beautiful and extraordinary.

So it is not a wonder that it became one of the 20 most beautiful Christmas fairs in Europe, in a compilation created by European Best Destinations, and in their public voting – after more than 200 000 votes –, the Advent fair at the Basilica came in second, proceeded only by Tallinn’s Christmas market.

So if you visit Budapest nowadays, it’s high time to plan when to take a walk in this amazing Christmas market at St. Stephen’s Basilica. You can check it out until 1 January.

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The most special sauna of the city reopens: you can enjoy it in a special place this year http://budnews.hu/news/News/1279/the-most-special-sauna-of-the-city-reopens:-you-can-enjoy-it-in-a-special-place-this-year You can heat up in a really special mobile sauna on the Danube shore. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:23:57 GMT Budnews
The most special sauna of the city reopens: you can enjoy it in a special place this year

The most special sauna of the city reopens: you can enjoy it in a special place this year

You can heat up in a really special mobile sauna on the Danube shore.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I really love saunas especially in this cold weather. They have everything we might wish for: bring back the good, hot weather. If you have a good memory¸ you probably remember this unique sauna made by The City and River Association (Valyo): they turned a small bus into a sauna, and this outdoor unit operates in different points of the city every year. Valyo purchased a scrapped airport bus and after a thorough renovation / remodeling operates it as a mobile sauna for years. In the last couple of years, it had parked on the Citadel, at Gellért Square, Chain Bridge and Margit Bridge, at Batthyány Square, and this year it's on the Danube shore again at Valyok Kikötő.

If you are a fan of good sauna, just like we are, then Valyo mobile sauna is a must-try for you. You can have fun with five of your best mates or a plan romantic program in Valyo mobile sauna. 90 minutes cost 15 000 HUF which goes to Valyo association as a donation to help their work. This means the price of a cinema ticket in case of a six-person company, but of course if it’s just the two of us, it’s a bit more expensive per person. For this price they will grant cold shower after the sauna, soda, changing room and of course, the beautiful view, so it knows even more than a “normal” sauna.

How to find the mobile sauna? Valyo kikötő is situated in the southern region of Pest. It’s at the bridgehead of Rákóczi híd on the Pest side, near the National Theater and Palace of Arts. It’s easily accessible with public transport: tram 1 and 2 directly goes to this area. If you’re in the city center, chose tram 2, from the outer parts, tram 1 is the good solution. The sauna opens in January, but you can book your experience here right now.

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Zeller Bistro – to see it, to fall in love with and to return http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1278/zeller-bistro-–-to-see-it,-to-fall-in-love-with-and-to-return Let me tell you how Zeller Bistro became one of my fav spots in the city – well, it might not be so interesting for you but, after reading my words maybe you’ll feel why you gonna love it (yes, definitely). Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:47:55 GMT Mia Balogh
Zeller Bistro – to see it, to fall in love with and to return

Zeller Bistro – to see it, to fall in love with and to return

Let me tell you how Zeller Bistro became one of my fav spots in the city – well, it might not be so interesting for you but, after reading my words maybe you’ll feel why you gonna love it (yes, definitely).

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

So what happens when you meet a friend and she asks you to meet near her workplace in the inner city of Budapest, but none of the well-known nearby spots fits your needs? Well, change of plans and triumph of spontaneity, supposedly.

In our case it meant that finally, after a short chat in Messenger, we just dropped in for a drink at Zeller Bistro. The only thing we knew about the place was its great location (it’s just a stone’s throw from St. Stephen’s Basilica and the beautiful Christmas fair) and loads of positive reviews on Facebook.

Well, we didn’t feel disappointed, at all! Right after entering, we got friendly greetings and welcome drinks – it was some kind of elderberry champagne, was quite delicious and something alcohol free for my friend who is pregnant – and a friendly waiter helped us to find a table. We didn’t have reservations but they said it wasn’t a problem. ;) Anyway, if you plan to eat out there, I suggest you to take reservations, because around 7 pm there wasn’t any table available in the room.

So, right after arriving to our table, a waiter took our coats (we felt like ladies, definitely) and another one brought us menu cards and wine card. My friend is pregnant so she couldn’t enjoy a fröccs like I did (she had to watch from the first moment to the last how much I enjoyed my small fröccs and how satisfied I was after that ;)) so she drank a cherry syrup but she was quite happy with it, after all.

And we can’t express with words how much we loved this place! Imagine a cozy, friendly, adorable atmosphere with a lot of plants – a little bit like a restaurant in the garden or a more elegant ruin pub but you can feel right away that it’s something else… and everyone is smiling and friendly.

We heard some Hungarian words but most of the guests were English-speaking. Anyway, the prices are quite acceptable, even for locals: my fröccs was 600 HUF (it is even cheaper than in some other fancy spots in the inner city) and my friend payed around the same amount in the end.

We also liked their food menu so we already plan to have a dinner here next time. Our first time here in Zeller Bistro was short but memorable, and definitely worth some upcoming visits! ;)

3 interesting facts about Zeller Bistro:

Their seasonal menu changes in a couple of months

They buy their wines from small Hungarian wineries and for the food, they use the best ingredients from domestic farmers and producers.

Their mission is “to serve the best quality food in a friendly atmosphere, where you can feel like home. We believe we are different”.

More info: http://www.zellerbistro.hu/en/ & https://www.instagram.com/zellerbistrobudapest/

Location: 5th district, 18 Hercegprímás Street (near St. Stephen’s Basilica)

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Top 8 winter experiences that you shouldn’t miss http://budnews.hu/news/News/1277/top-8-winter-experiences-that-you-shouldn’t-miss Budapest has many things to offer in this cold season. Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:09:46 GMT Budnews
Top 8 winter experiences that you shouldn’t miss

Top 8 winter experiences that you shouldn’t miss

Budapest has many things to offer in this cold season.

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Winter is not the favorite season of many of us. Cold, dark, depressive. But it doesn’t mean that it has nothing good in it! We collected our favorite things in winter, things, that always warms our heart up.

Christmas tram: The enlighted trams became inevitable accessories of winter Budapest within a few years. 3500 meters of lightbulbs (exactly 39 200 white and blue LED lights) on the trains provide the festive feeling outside, and even the inside of the tram has festive decorations.

Eat roasted chestnuts! A typical winter delicacy that warms up our hands, our stomachs and our hearts at once. As Christmas approaches, the number of merchants rises. They wear the last century's clothing grows while roasting chestnuts on charcoal to make the time travel perfect and bring back our childhood a little bit. Yummy!

Ice-skating in the City park: It is not possible to spend the winter without having to go to the ice rink just for an afternoon. There are many ice-skate rinks in the city from December to the end of February, so if you tried the biggest one, also visit a smaller one. Every district has its own temporary ice rink and even shopping malls have one on the roof or in their garden.

Relax in one of Budapest's famous baths. Baths are something you shouldn’t miss even in winter! Did you know that Budapest sits on a patchwork of almost 125 thermal springs?! ’Taking the waters’ has been a part of everyday life here, so try the thermal water at Széchenyi, Gellért or Rudas bath. They are not only for older people!

Experience the magic of the Nutcracker! Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has been a part of Christmas at the Opera House for decades. The new, rewritten version of the classical ballet is in line with the 21st century dance and visual world but has the original charm and magic.

Drink mulled wine. Mulled wine is something unmissable during winter. This hot, spicy drink warms up out heart, soul and stomach and makes the world a better place. You can buy mulled wine in every advent fair, so don’t miss it. You can’t say you’re in Christmas mood until you haven’t try this divine drink.

Visit a Christmas fair! The best things in December are undoubtedly the Christmas fairs. Gingerbread, mulled wine, orange and cinnamon scent is in the air, local artisans selling their goods, the squares dressed in ceremonial decoration are awaiting guests during these marvelous weeks. We have Christmas markets in literally every corner of the city, so be sure to visit at least one other after Vörösmarty Square.

Enjoy the Magic of lights. Budapest is wonderful in every season and in every part of the day. But our capital is probably the most amazing on those ‘magical’ December nights when the streets are already decorated with Christmas lights. If you have some free time, just take a walk in the beautifully enlightened city Centre and enjoy this unique pre-Christmas atmosphere.

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Advent fair at the Basilica among top 20 Christmas markets in Europe http://budnews.hu/news/News/1276/advent-fair-at-the-basilica-among-top-20-christmas-markets-in-europe- The beautiful Christmas fair at the Basilica still has the chance to become the best Christmas market in Europe. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:50:25 GMT Mia Balogh
Advent fair at the Basilica among top 20 Christmas markets in Europe

Advent fair at the Basilica among top 20 Christmas markets in Europe

The beautiful Christmas fair at the Basilica still has the chance to become the best Christmas market in Europe.

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“Festive lights, ice skating and cultural programs” – one of the most beautiful Christmas markets of Budapest, located at St. Stephen’s Basilica is characterized like this in a contest by the website European Best Destinations.

By clicking to this webpage, we all can vote for our favourite Christmas market in Europe (one vote per one IP address is accepted) but yes, we know that it’s not easy to choose because there are 20 fantastic European cities in the competition with amazing Advent fairs…

Well, for us it’s not even a question that the one at the Basilica is the most beautiful one, and the folks of the internet seems to agree with us: last year, in the same competition, this Christmas market was chosen 4th best in Europe.

In the last three years, it was always Zagreb’s Christmas fair that managed to triumph – this year, they are not among the top 20 but the organizers promise that the Croatian capital will return to the contest very soon.

Like and share our article, if you think that the Advent fair at the Basilica deserves to be among the best ones this year, as well. ;)

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Santa upgraded the sleigh? In Budapest, he uses a bus instead http://budnews.hu/news/News/1275/santa-upgraded-the-sleigh-in-budapest,-he-uses-a-bus-instead Budapest Transport System has some special vehicles… Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:55:11 GMT Budnews
Santa upgraded the sleigh? In Budapest, he uses a bus instead

Santa upgraded the sleigh? In Budapest, he uses a bus instead

Budapest Transport System has some special vehicles…

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You’ve probably heard about the Christmas tram with light garlands, but what about Santa’s bus? In addition to the enlighted tram, now we can travel with a bus decorated with Santa Claus and Christmas motifs from 6th to 23rd December. The Santa bus circulates on the route of bus 7 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér to Keleti railway station every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And this is not the only holiday-themed vehicle in Budapest. In the Advent period, unique trolleybuses circulate in the town. The 70, 72, 75, 80A and 83 lines has special lightings: these vehicles have 10,000 LED light bulbs and special inner decoration on the occasion of the holidays. Even Santa Claus will pop up on these trolleys, so pay attention!

This all fun is for good reason: Santa collects gifts for children in need, so if you hop on one on these trolleys, be sure you have something small for them. Chocolate, teddy bear, clothes... something you don’t need anymore will lighten up someone else’s day. It’s not obligatory, the Santa trolley is available at normal fares (one ticket), but it’s a nice gesture! Find further information about the timetables here and here.

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Luxury private dorm opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1274/luxury-private-dorm-opened-in-budapest By taking a look at these pictures, we feel that we would like to be university students again. Fri, 7 Dec 2018 09:21:14 GMT Mia Balogh
Luxury private dorm opened in Budapest

Luxury private dorm opened in Budapest

By taking a look at these pictures, we feel that we would like to be university students again.

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The iconic building of Tűzraktár (which used to be a place to store supplies for the local fire department, then a cultural spot in the first years of the 21th century) was recently transformed into an awesome exclusive dormitory.

418 private rooms, cool community spaces, five learning rooms and a huge terrace with an amazing panorama is waiting for the new residents.

Of course, the exclusivity isn’t cheap: a more modest room costs 380 EUR per month (students are required to sign a contract for 12 months), while the biggest and most expensive room costs almost the double of that, 700 EUR. But if we consider real estate prices in Budapest right now, we can see that these prices are still not too high.

More info and more pics here: http://milestone.net/en/budapesten

Source: Forbes.hu

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Hungarian castle hotel among the best ones in Europe http://budnews.hu/news/News/1273/hungarian-castle-hotel-among-the-best-ones-in-europe Prónay Castle of Alsópetény got the most important acknowledgement in the competition.  Thu, 6 Dec 2018 11:15:56 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian castle hotel among the best ones in Europe

Hungarian castle hotel among the best ones in Europe

Prónay Castle of Alsópetény got the most important acknowledgement in the competition. 

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Mia Balogh

Three Austrian, three Slovakian and a Hungarian hotel were awarded at the Heritage Hotels of Europe 2018 awards held in Chateau Bela, Slovakia on November 18th. Although there was only one Hungarian hotel among the best ones this year, Prónay Castle of Alsópetény won the “Host of the year” award, considered as probably the highest ranked one. Because it recognizes not only the professional work of the hotel staff, but also the presence of the hosts – reported turizmusonline.hu.

The awarded hotels were selected from 100 castles located in nine countries. First, visitors voted then an international professional jury selected the winners of the seven categories.

And the winners are:

Heritage & Design: Chateau Gbeľany, Gbeľany, Slovakia

Heritage & Wellness: Grandhotel Praha, Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia

Heritage & Gastronomy: Strasserwirt – Herrenansitz zu Tirol, Strassen, Austria

Heritage & Hospitality: Romantik Hotel Gmachl, Elixhausen, Austria

Heritage & Culture: Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria

Heritage & Romance: Hotel Château Béla, Belá, Slovakia

Host of the Year: Prónay Kastély, Alsópetény, Hungary

Watch a short video about the hotel – located approximately 50 kilometres/ 31 miles from Budapest –, which is also considered as ideal location for almost any kind of events.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=145&v=ub6n6eIXHaA

Like and share our article, if you would like to spend a couple of days (and nights) here. ;)

Source: http://turizmusonline.hu/hotel-szalloda/cikk/europa_legjobbjai_kozott_a_pronay_kastely

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World stars wear the unique Hungarian sunglasses http://budnews.hu/news/News/1272/world-stars-wear-the-unique-hungarian-sunglasses Vinyl spectacle frames conquered Hollywood. Wed, 5 Dec 2018 12:29:54 GMT Budnews
World stars wear the unique Hungarian sunglasses

World stars wear the unique Hungarian sunglasses

Vinyl spectacle frames conquered Hollywood.

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Only a few knows that one of the world's most spectacular glasses manufactures operates in Budapest. Tipton Eyework converts old vinyl records to spectacle frames. The idea is not new: Zachary Tipton moved to Hungary in 2002, and soon after he came into contact with the glasses factory of Esztergom where he was able to start the mass production of the fully developed design brand. The final result of the joint work was the unique Vinylize collection, created using only vinyl and cellulose acetate. Since then, another line, Cinematique has been established, which has old film frames hidden in its stainless-steel eyeglass temples. Their newest AC/DC collection is made from the band’s Back in Black album and Tipton also has a colorful NVSBLE collection made from vinyl.

Tipton Eyeworks believes it is important that every product is manufactured manually and from recycled material. Further important ars poetics of the company is that their products are all made in Hungary. Tipton Eyeworks's products are now available in more than 300 premium optics, and the company enjoys a tremendous reputation. Many celebrities have discovered Tipton and has loyalty for the Tipton Eyeworks Vinylize glasses. Such celebrities include Elton John, Robbie Williams and his girlfriend Ayda Field, Mick Fleetwood, Elvis Costello, a Brazilian footballer Dani Alves, Fred Durst, frontman of Limp Bizkit and even the former president of the United States, Barack Obama.

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Mike Shinoda set to perform in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1271/mike-shinoda-set-to-perform-in-budapest- After having released a successful solo album, a new European tour is coming up next Spring for Mike Shinoda, who will also have a concert in Budapest.   Tue, 4 Dec 2018 10:30:50 GMT Mia Balogh
Mike Shinoda set to perform in Budapest

Mike Shinoda set to perform in Budapest

After having released a successful solo album, a new European tour is coming up next Spring for Mike Shinoda, who will also have a concert in Budapest.  

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After a couple of fantastic artists like Sting and Shaggy – who gave a huge free concert in Budapest this November –, our capital city will welcome some great musicians next year, too, like Mark Knopfler, Muse, the highly anticipated Backstreet Boys and also Mike Shinoda.

The artist, known as singer-songwriter, producer and one of the founders of the iconic music band Linkin Park announced a couple of days ago that next Spring, he will start his European tour – and we couldn’t hide our happiness that there is also a concert in Budapest Sports Arena in his tour calendar, scheduled for 12 March 2019.

After the tragic and unexpected death of Chester Bennington, a lot of people (fans and also others) were worried about Linkin Parks future. Mike Shinoda put all his efforts in dealing with his art projects and making new music material – his solo album entitled Post Traumatic, an ‘appealingly raw personal confession’ was released this year.

We can’t wait to hear some of his new song from this critically acclaimed album live, as well. Like and share our article, if you agree with us. ;)

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Pálinka museum opened in the party district http://budnews.hu/news/News/1270/palinka-museum-opened-in-the-party-district Here you will find out everything about the Hungarians' cult drink and of course you can taste it as well. Mon, 3 Dec 2018 12:56:23 GMT Budnews
Pálinka museum opened in the party district

Pálinka museum opened in the party district

Here you will find out everything about the Hungarians' cult drink and of course you can taste it as well.

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Palinka is one of the world’s unique treasures, that has carried its countless accolades with it for ages not only within the realm of Hungarian gastronomy, but it also occupies a special place in Hungarian culture. It is truly one of a kind: Hungaricum. Nevertheless, not many know about the things that make it so unique as well as what gives it its real value. Now, it’ time to introduce it to the world in a fitting way!

Nowadays, we live in the new golden age of palinka: better, finer drinks are born using the latest technology. That is why it is surprising that while the capital has many places specially designed for beer or wine, one of our most well-known Hungarian drink did not yet have a place where we can go anytime, or what we could show to our foreign acquaintances. But that’s over! The Pálinka Museum Shop Bar, opposite the Gozsdu courtyard, fills this gap, and as its name indicates, there is even more than that.

The museum itself is a journey through the space and time of palinka. You will get to know how the distillation procedure of palinka evolved over the past centuries, as well as its consumption, and finally yet importantly, how it came to fill its unique place, which it still adamantly holds today in Hungary’s culture. The museum has plenty of interactive options: we can "harvest" crops from trees or match the region and its associated fruit. The ticket includes some tasting, and with the use of digital tools you shall be able to make real palinka for yourself.

The shop is just as special as the museum: the founders have really tried to present the full spectrum of this distillate. They offer nearly one hundred kinds of products from more than thirty kinds of fruit from 13 distilleries, including 1 Drops of Pálinka, Gyulai Pálinka, and the Distillery of Agárd. This huge offer will fit almost everyone’s character, and in addition to drinks, other Hungarian specialties such as smoked gray and mangalica products, contemporary design souvenirs and branded garments are also part of the range.

For more information, visit their site and be sure to find the time to visit this sanctuary of the classic Hungarian spirit!

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Budapest and Ellie Goulding are the protagonists of her new music video http://budnews.hu/news/News/1269/budapest-and-ellie-goulding-are-the-protagonists-of-her-new-music-video- The British songstress choose our beautiful capital city as a shooting location and we can’t stop loving the results. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:27:51 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest and Ellie Goulding are the protagonists of her new music video

Budapest and Ellie Goulding are the protagonists of her new music video

The British songstress choose our beautiful capital city as a shooting location and we can’t stop loving the results.

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Ellie Goulding released her new music video for her song ‘Close to me’ on 14 November and we were astonished to see that the short film was shot entirely in Budapest. The British songstress spent here three days for this secret shooting and we think she must have loved it, because they were working at some of the most beautiful sights of Budapest.

In the video you can see famous spots like Fisherman’s Bastion, Várkert Bazaar and Buda Castle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajN57m_OSpY

The music video for her song featuring Diplo and Swae Lee is the result of a cooperation with the Hungarian Tourism Agency, as part of an international campaign which aims to catch the attention also of the younger generations – considered as more difficult to reach with traditional marketing techniques.

Anyway, we like the song and we just can’t stop loving this beautiful video! Like and share our article if you agree with us. ;)

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News trolleybus line connects the hotspots of the inner city http://budnews.hu/news/News/1268/news-trolleybus-line-connects-the-hotspots-of-the-inner-city Off-wire City-trolleybus operates in the inner city. Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:49:26 GMT Budnews
News trolleybus line connects the hotspots of the inner city

News trolleybus line connects the hotspots of the inner city

Off-wire City-trolleybus operates in the inner city.

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A new weekend City-trolleybus service started its operation between Fővám tér and Lehel tér in the fifth district of Pest. The low-floor, single trolleybuses run on Saturdays and Sundays only, and connect many of the biggest landmarks of downtown.

The new line connects Parliament, Szabadság tér, St. Stephen Basilica, Váci street, Hungarian National Museum, Flipper Museum, and three of the major market halls of the capital: the Great Market Hall at Fővám tér and the markets at Hold utca and Lehel tér, all frequented by locals and tourists alike.

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The new passenger- and environment-friendly City-trolleybus service operates every 30 minutes on the route of regular bus 15 between Fővám tér and Lehel tér from 8:30 to 19:00 on Saturdays and from 9:30 to 19:00 on Sundays.

The new City-trolleybus is a pilot project to utilise the off-wire mode of the trolleybuses. The Skoda-Solaris trolleybuses are capable of running more than four kilometers without overhead wires, using their batteries instead, just like an electric bus. The quiet vehicles with a passenger capacity of 67 are all low-floor thus providing step-free access to passengers with reduced mobility or to those travelling with a baby carriage or luggage.

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Christmas fair overview: these are the best fairs of the city http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1267/christmas-fair-overview:-these-are-the-best-fairs-of-the-city These are the 5 best fairs of the city. Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:00:07 GMT Budnews
Christmas fair overview: these are the best fairs of the city

Christmas fair overview: these are the best fairs of the city

These are the 5 best fairs of the city.

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The best things in December are undoubtedly the Christmas fairs. Gingerbread, mulled wine, orange and cinnamon scent is in the air, local artisans selling their goods, the squares dressed in ceremonial decoration are awaiting guests during these marvelous weeks. We have Christmas markets in literally every corner of the city, so be sure to visit at least one other after Vörösmarty Square. We collected the best fairs of the city to help:

Vörösmarty Square:

this is the event without which the holiday would not be complete. Each year, Vörösmarty Square is transformed into the annual Budapest Christmas Market. Visitors can browse over 100 stands offering unique Christmas-themed arts and crafts. A giant light show on the facade of the glamorous Gerbeaud building, music performances, food and wine are also part of the festival.

St Stephen’s Basilica:

Another classic fair in Budapest, which would be a sin to miss. Smaller, but at least as beautiful venue, and it’s just 10-minute walk from the previous one. The Christmas market on St Stephen’s Square is right in front of the beautiful St Stephen’s Basilica, which ensures truly majestic environment.

Advent in Óbuda:

Óbuda is the northern region of Buda, and it’s Christmas fair is one of the best in the country. The beautiful cobblestone square has an astonishing atmosphere, there’s an ice-rink in the middle, and, of course, folklore handicrafters, designers, fine artists, handicraft workshops and creators of gastro handricrafts will be awaiting you. Besides beautiful souvenirs, you can choose from a wide variety of gastro handicraft products that offer an outstanding culinary experience.

Városháza park Advent:

This is the smaller park next to Deák Ferenc tér metro station, where little wooden houses await. The programs of the fair are organized in the spirit of silent and substantial preparation. In addition to the diversity and richness of cultural programs, this year the emphasis is on the importance of community events, the feeling of belonging, joint preparation and celebration.

Gozsdu Christmas fair:

The party district become a little more intimate before the holidays, as they hold a thematic fair. Handmade gifts, jewelry, postcards and booklets are lined up on the tables, in many cases in better quality than at major fairs. And if we have enough of the celebration, we can go to an optional bar or restaurant to warm up.

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Budapest’s most popular Christmas market already opened http://budnews.hu/news/News/1266/budapest’s-most-popular-christmas-market-already-opened The Christmas fair on Vörösmarty Square is 20 years old this year. Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:51:34 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest’s most popular Christmas market already opened

Budapest’s most popular Christmas market already opened

The Christmas fair on Vörösmarty Square is 20 years old this year.

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If you visit Budapest in the following days, you have more and more chance to get a bit of the festive atmosphere of the city. Christmas is coming and – okay, we have more than a month left and the weather is still not quite chilly, but – the main Christmas fair of our capital is already welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Vörösmarty tér is already filled with those small wooden stalls, offering mouth-watering delicacies – real goulash soup, paprika-infused stews, grilled sausages, chimney cake, wine and mulled wine, lángos and tócsni – and nice high-quality local handicrafts.

In addition, cultural programs, concerts, dance shows, themed gastro weeks and special light shows will provide family-friendly entertainment, attracting huge crowds – including the real Santa Claus. Yes, Joulupukki from Finland also attends the Christmas fair on 6 December. He will meet children on that day between 4pm and 7pm on the stage. If you will be in the city with kids, take your chance to meet him – maybe your wishes will come true... ;)

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Eger among top 11 wine destinations in Europe http://budnews.hu/news/News/1265/eger-among-top-11-wine-destinations-in-europe Travel website European Best Destinations shared their list of the best destinations for wine lovers in Europe. No surprise that there is also a Hungarian town on their list. Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:13:33 GMT Mia Balogh
Eger among top 11 wine destinations in Europe

Eger among top 11 wine destinations in Europe

Travel website European Best Destinations shared their list of the best destinations for wine lovers in Europe. No surprise that there is also a Hungarian town on their list.

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Mia Balogh

If you have already been to Hungary and/or you are a fan of good wine, you must have heard about wines of Eger. These beverages are quite good quality, some of these are award winners and rarities while some are here for us still to discover.

Travel website ‘European Best Destinations’ listed top wine destinations in Europe recently and they also highlight the wine region of Eger and more specifically, two types of wine absolutely recommended to taste if you visit this charming town – or at least Hungary. ;)

“Eger is the home of Hungary’s most famous wine route, called “The Valley of the Beautiful Lady”. It is quite unknown outside of Hungary, and this definitely gives an extra charm to it. There are about 200 authentic wine cellars in the valley engraved in rhyolite tuff caves.

Eventhough the entire place looks like a bit of a time travel to the 80s’, there are many cellars that are quite trendy in style. You find special vintages and award winning wines from the Bordeaux Wine Olympics - all in a very affordable price. Do not miss the opportunity to taste these treasures, and become a self-nominated sommelier. Once being in Eger, taste “Egri Bikavér” (Bull’ Blood), which is a ruby red cuvee wine with rich aromas and “Egri Csillag” (the Star of Eger), an elegant light, emblematic, cuvee wine of the region.” – they write.

Top 11 wine destinations in Europe – the full list:

  1. Alentejo – Portugal
  2. Bordeaux – France
  3. The Douro Valley – Portugal
  4. Tuscany – Italy
  5. Champagne – France
  6. Eger – Hungary
  7. Catalonia – Spain
  8. Piedmont – Italy
  9. Rhone Valley – France
  10. Istria – Croatia
  11. Santorini – Greece

Source: https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/top/best-wine-destinations-in-europe/

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Sting and Shaggy give free concert this Saturday http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1264/sting-and-shaggy-give-free-concert-this-saturday A special, unmissable opportunity is coming to Budapest! Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:11:29 GMT Budnews
Sting and Shaggy give free concert this Saturday

Sting and Shaggy give free concert this Saturday

A special, unmissable opportunity is coming to Budapest!

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It has been swiftly spread on social networks that Sting and Shaggy will give a free concert in Budapest, and for now it’s sure: the news is true! The two world stars will be brought to our country by Szerencsejáték Zrt., the Hungarian lottery company on the occasion of the birthday of one of the games.

The two world starts are on tour now in Europe, and they undertook a last-minute show here, in Budapest. Sting and Shaggy's joint album, entitled 44/876 (refers to Sting's English and Shaggy's Jamaican telephone dialing code) came out in 2017. In addition to the new songs, they’ll also play old hits on the concert such as Shaggy's Mr. Bombastic and It Was not Me or Police’s Message In A Bottle and Every Breath You Take.

Sting, the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police, has received 16 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for ”Every Breath You Take”, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song as a solo musician and a member of the Police. Shaggy, the Jamaican musician, singer, DJ and former United States Marine is best known for his hit singles "Oh Carolina", "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me", and "Angel".

Date: 24 November 7:45 pm

Place: Heroes’ Square

Warm-up: Punnany Massif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0xKz5TsYb0

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New winebar opened in the city: FILL THE WINEBOX http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1263/new-winebar-opened-in-the-city:-fill-the-winebox We can get aquatinted with unique, barely-known wines here. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:43:52 GMT Budnews
New winebar opened in the city: FILL THE WINEBOX

New winebar opened in the city: FILL THE WINEBOX

We can get aquatinted with unique, barely-known wines here.

Gastronomy

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There are as many types of winebars as wine: the places where you can learn everything about wine, the elegant places, where you wouldn’t go without your most elegant accessories, and the places that „simply” loves wine and happy about it. Fill in the Winebox belongs to this latter group. Both their community wine market and the recently opened wine bar are lovely and heart-warming.

Their story begins a few years earlier: three wine-loving, entrepreneurial men met in a common workplace, and after a while, the joint parties and the nights-after took a more sophisticated form. First, they made a webshop for unique wine, and they soon wanted to support it with a physical business. They also invented the so-called "community wine market" term, which could mean individual or joint buying. The thing that makes it „community” is that if the guys have opportunity to order on low price, we also have the opportunity to order with others. In this case we talk about whole boxes: we have to look for the "open boxes" menu where we and other wine lovers can pack the items into virtual boxes – and when they are full, it closes. That’s what "Fill the Winebox" means. Of course, the webshop also serves individual customers, in a traditional manner. The wines arrive in about two weeks and it is up to us how we would like to take them. Now we have the opportunity to personally pick them up in the wine bar, which is also a shop.

The new, spacious bar is on Ferenc Square, and at first glance it looks like a classic bistro. The winebar is intriguing, and there are several design elements that refer to the beloved drink. The real specialty of Fill the Winebox is the rare, less well-known or well-known, but hardly available wine selection. The guys have decided that although there are plenty of great wineries and fine wines in Hungary, but it’s not what they want to focus on. Why not jump to foreign items? Thus, the nations were divided among themselves: one of them is responsibilities for Portugal, other for Spain or the New World, and so on.

They sort out wines that they love, like to drink, and they are happy to show them to the guests. On the tasting events they tell as much as a layman beginner will gladly welcome, while the people on advanced level will want to know more about the winery and the item. Certainly, a place not to be missed.

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Backstreet Boys set to perform in Hungary again http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1262/backstreet-boys-set-to-perform-in-hungary-again If you used to be a teenager in the nineties and used to be the fan of a boyband called the Backstreet Boys, then their plans for next year will make you quite happy, we suppose. Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:51:27 GMT Mia Balogh
Backstreet Boys set to perform in Hungary again

Backstreet Boys set to perform in Hungary again

If you used to be a teenager in the nineties and used to be the fan of a boyband called the Backstreet Boys, then their plans for next year will make you quite happy, we suppose.

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Mia Balogh

The Backstreet Boys have big plans for 2019: their new album will be released in January and they will go on tour promoting it in May. Luckily for us, (ex-)fan girls, Budapest is among the concert dates on 25 June, and the show will be located in Papp László Budapest Sportaréna.

This is not the first time for the worldwide known boyband to visit Budapest: they have already played two shows here, in 1996 and in 1997. Their last album, In a World Like This was released in 2013.

We hope that 2019 will be their year again – anyway, their new song is quite promising.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5kM5wAwRug

Tickets for their upcoming concert in Budapest are already available here: https://www.livenation.hu/show/1238075/backstreet-boys-dna-world-tour/budapest/2019-06-25/hu

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Breaking news: Thirty Seconds To Mars comes to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1261/breaking-news:-thirty-seconds-to-mars-comes-to-budapest Jared Leto’s band arrives to Budapest Park next summer! Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:45:46 GMT Budnews
Breaking news: Thirty Seconds To Mars comes to Budapest

Breaking news: Thirty Seconds To Mars comes to Budapest

Jared Leto’s band arrives to Budapest Park next summer!

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Thirty Seconds To Mars has conquered several times the main stages of Hungarian festivals, yet, next year will be truly unique for all fans. This will be the first time they arrive for a „solo” concert, not in the framework of a festival. The story of the band started in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, as a collaboration between brothers Jared Leto and Shannon Leto, who had been playing music together since their childhood. Jared Leto and his brother decided on the name the band Thirty Seconds to Mars because they wanted a name that describes the sound of their music, which they labeled as urgent and cinematic. Although Thirty Seconds to Mars is generally described as an alternative rock band, their music is inspired by all styles of music and contains elements of experimental music as well as themes that are often philosophical. Their large atmospheric sound that the band creates often garners comparison to musical acts such as The Cure, Pink Floyd and U2.

The American rock band released their first album in 2002 to limited commercial success, but their second album in 2005 brought worldwide fame to the band. By that time, Jared was already a world-famous movie star, he won Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyer Club just two years earlier.

Jared and Shannon Leto have been searching for new and unique solutions ever since, which latest imprint is their new album released in April this year. On 23 July 2019 we can enjoy the performance live in Budapest Park. Ticket are already on sale!

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Hungarian drummer’s video reposted by Busta Rhymes http://budnews.hu/news/News/1260/hungarian-drummer’s-video-reposted-by-busta-rhymes- World famous American rapper-producer astounded by Hungarian Máté Jancsovics’s production. Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:25:56 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian drummer’s video reposted by Busta Rhymes

Hungarian drummer’s video reposted by Busta Rhymes

World famous American rapper-producer astounded by Hungarian Máté Jancsovics’s production.

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Busta Rhymes is an artist who received 11 Grammy nominations for his work, and managed to make music with music icons like Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Mariah Carey, Eminem and lots of other well-known singers and rappers. So we can imagine how hard it is to impress him.

Well, a Hungarian drummer named Máté Jancsovics managed to do so, when he posted a drum cover of Bust Rhymes’ verse in Worldwide Choppers. Rhymes somehow managed to see it (probably thanks to the hashtags ;)) and reposted for his 1.2 million followers.

By reading his caption, we have no doubt he was truly astonished – he even started to follow Máté on Instargam.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpfM2KTFPZp/?utm_source=ig_embed

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5 best Instagram spots of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1259/5-best-instagram-spots-of-budapest These are the places you should visit if you want to take some beautiful pictures of the city. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:19:02 GMT Budnews
5 best Instagram spots of Budapest

5 best Instagram spots of Budapest

These are the places you should visit if you want to take some beautiful pictures of the city.

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Budapest is beautiful, but what if you want to capture this beauty on a photo? Fortunately, there are places in the city where you don’t have to be a very talented photographer to make a spectacular photo.

Halászbástya (Fishermen's Bastion)

One of the most classic sights in Budapest, where you can’t even turn the camera to a bad angle. It’s sure you will shoot something spectacular: Matthias Church on one side, panorama on the other, and of course the Fishermen's Bastion itself is a must-see sight.

Budai vár (Buda Castle)

Just a few hundred meters away, Buda Castle is also an unmissable place. The historic ruins, the beautiful panorama and the mesmerizing building that is illuminated for the evening have to be captured. If you really want to do good pictures, the best time for visiting is evening.

Gellért hill

Another mountain, just a short distance away: the city shows its best face is from the liberty statue on the top of the Citadel's, and it is also possible to make close-ups on the green slopes of the mountain. In clear weather you can see the whole city from here.

Margaret island

Standing on the end of the island, you can make a wonderful picture of the city split by the Danube. There will be almost all attractions on your photo from this strange perspective, and your friends will be amazed by the creative idea.

Váci street

If you want to concentrate on the bustle of the city, there is no better place than Váci Street. Thousands of colorful, lively images can be made here, which almost explode without any filters.

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Jaguar to open new development centre in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1258/jaguar-to-open-new-development-centre-in-budapest- After the UK, Ireland, North America and China, Jaguar will open a new technical development centre in Hungary. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:31:32 GMT Mia Balogh
Jaguar to open new development centre in Budapest

Jaguar to open new development centre in Budapest

After the UK, Ireland, North America and China, Jaguar will open a new technical development centre in Hungary.

News

Mia Balogh

Hungarian success: our capital was chosen by one of the important members of the automotive industry to open a modern technical development centre. British car maker Jaguar choose Budapest for that, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio on 2 November, writes Index.hu by referring to Hungarian news agency MTI.

The facility will be opened early next year and they will employ hundred Hungarian engineers at first – they will work on the IT development and electric drive of the cars –, the minister said, by adding that Jaguar choose Budapest for Europe’s lowest corporate tax and other tax benefits linked to research and development, and also for high levels of technical education.

He also said that the new centre will focus on developing and introducing new models, and that the company will primarily make electric cars from 2020 on.

Jaguar has similar centres only in the UK, Ireland, North America and China.

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Classic Hungarian dishes for the autumn http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1257/classic-hungarian-dishes-for-the-autumn Or that’s what we eat, when it gets cold. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:11:49 GMT Budnews
Classic Hungarian dishes for the autumn

Classic Hungarian dishes for the autumn

Or that’s what we eat, when it gets cold.

Gastronomy

Budnews

Autumn means many things: cold weather, hot tea, longer and longer nights, and of course, the gastronomy also changes a little bit. There are many dishes that are bound to this season, and now we collected the favorite memories from our grannies’ kitchen.

Spicy wine soup

Mulled wine is a classic winter drink and wine soup is just as classic autumn-winter soup. We love it because it’s simple and heartwarming. No meet, no bread, just wine and happiness. Ingredients for 4 persons: 1 liter of wine, 1 lemon, some cinnamon, 1-2 cloves, 8 egg yolks, 8 tablespoons sugar. Preparation: Wash the lemon, squeeze the juice, cut the peel into pieces (the inner white skin is pulled off). Pour the lemon juice into the wine, add the cinnamon, the cloves and the pieces of lemon peel. Boil it. Beat the egg yolks with sugar and gently add the hot wine with continuous slow stirring. We put it back on the fire until it thickens. Filter it and serve it hot.

Goose stuffed with chestnut

Chestnut is a real autumn food in itself, but when we eat it with goose… even better! Ingredients for 8 persons: 1 oven-ready goose (about 4 kg), 0.60 kg apples, 0.60 kg cooked chestnut (purified weight), 2 onions. Preparation: Clean the goose inside and out, wash it, salt and pepper. We also wash meat offal. Peel and slice the apple, split chestnuts, clean and chop onions. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Mix liver with goose fat, onions, apples, chestnuts and slightly salt and pepper the mixture. Fill it in the goose and close the opening with a toothpick. Put the goose in a bowl, pour 1 liter of boiling water on it, put the remaining offal next to it and cook for 3 to 3.5 hours in the oven. We turn it in every half an hour and take off its fat. Serve the crunchy goose with potatoes, or even steamed sour cabbage.

Something with cinnamon, for example scone

Lunch would not be complete without dessert, and at this time cinnamon is the ultimate favorite spice. Ingredients for 6 servings: For the dough: 0.60 kg flour, 0.05 kg yeast, 0.80 kg sugar, 4 dl milk, 1 pinch of salt, 3 egg yolks, 2 tbsp. sunflower oil. For the filling: 20 g cinnamon, 0.25 kg margarine, 0.20 kg sugar. On the top: 1 egg. Preparation: Stir yeast in 1 dl of warm sugary milk. Knead it together with the rest of the ingredients it into dough. It is good if the dough separates from the bottom and side of the pot. We form 6 equal loaves of it, cover them and let them rise in a warm place in approx. 45-50 minutes. During this, whip the margarine with sugar and cinnamon. Roll out the dough, grease it with the cinnamon cream than roll up and braid 3 of it into one scone. Put the two ready scones on a buttered baking sheet, let it rest for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven for 180°C, daub them with egg yolk and bake in 35 minutes.

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BrewDog to open new bar in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1256/brewdog-to-open-new-bar-in-budapest Do you know Brew Dog? If yes, and you happen to be a fan of their craft beers, we have some pretty good news for you. Fri, 9 Nov 2018 18:35:53 GMT Mia Balogh
BrewDog to open new bar in Budapest

BrewDog to open new bar in Budapest

Do you know Brew Dog? If yes, and you happen to be a fan of their craft beers, we have some pretty good news for you.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Scottish-based craft beer maker BrewDog is famous among all those who love quality beer – they say that their beers are ‘unique and brilliant’. If you know their products, you might agree, but if not, we might have just aroused your curiosity. ;)

Well, maybe you don’t have to wait for too long to taste for example their iconic Punk IPA: they are planning to open a new beer bar this fall on Anker köz (in the place of the Anker Club, closed down a couple of weeks ago) in Budapest, boasting 20 taps serving a variety of beers, according to the companyʼs official website.

By having 37 bars in the United Kingdom, 4 in the US and 15 in Europe, we must say that BrewDog is a craft beer maker definitely on the map for a while now, and we are quite happy to welcome them in Budapest, too.

The exact opening time of their new beer bar might be the first of November but we couldn’t find this information on their website so we hope it’s true and that we can taste their best beers this fall also in our beautiful capital city. ;)

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Hungarian musician’s song in Michael Kors ad http://budnews.hu/news/News/1255/hungarian-musician’s-song-in-michael-kors-ad Hungarian success! Thu, 8 Nov 2018 09:35:45 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian musician’s song in Michael Kors ad

Hungarian musician’s song in Michael Kors ad

Hungarian success!

News

Mia Balogh

ByeAlex is a well-known Hungarian singer-songwriter, who already had some international success in 2014, when he was representing Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest. And now, his song entitled KorsKorsKors was used by Michael Kors in their new 90s retro-styled commercial on their social media platforms.

According to 24.hu, ByeAlex said that this success is the result of a several months long negotiations. ‘My record label, Magneoton is in contact with several international publishing companies and agencies. Michael Kors received the idea of using our song in early summer and they immediately wanted it in their new international commercial campaign.” – said the singer.

He also added that the negotiations about the campaign started months ago while the agency was making the commercial itself. And here you can see and listen to the result:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpRl8DhFOkE/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again

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Museum of Fine Arts reopened after a 3-year renovation http://budnews.hu/news/News/1254/museum-of-fine-arts-reopened-after-a-3-year-renovation The Romanian Hall closed for 70 years can be visited again. Wed, 7 Nov 2018 09:50:27 GMT Budnews
Museum of Fine Arts reopened after a 3-year renovation

Museum of Fine Arts reopened after a 3-year renovation

The Romanian Hall closed for 70 years can be visited again.

News

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Museum of Fine Arts has been closed for a long time: the beautiful building at Heroes’ Square was unavailable for three years. But this is over, because this imposing institution reopened on the last day of October.

The museum didn’t just have a simple renovation over the last long period: essentially all of its spaces were renewed. Professionals upgraded the outdated heating system, the exhibition halls become air-conditioned, they rearranged the permanent exhibitions, renovated a large part of the roof structure, and modern warehouses were constructed. The total cost of renovation and the moving of artworks was about 15 billion forints.

The most important element of the renovation is the renovation of the Romanian Hall, which couldn’t be visited for decades. The Romanian Hall has suffered significant damages in the World War II, and since then it has only been subject to superficial renovations and has been used as a warehouse. The 900-square-foot room recalls the interior of a medieval basilica and now it’s opened for the first time in seventy years. Over 50 restaurateurs were working on the renovation for a year, nearly 2500 square meters of wall surfaces were repaired, 1500 liters of preservative, 100 kilos of different color pigments and five and a half kilos of gold were used.

In addition, the permanent exhibitions have been also renewed: the most popular Egyptian collection has been expanded with a bunch of interactive elements: the face of mummies is recognized by a 3D facial reconstruction system and there is also a way to find out what our name looks like written with hieroglyphs. There is a new resting place in the antique collection where you can find more information about the exhibited items on iPads.

The first temporary exhibition of the museum is Leonardo and the Budapest Horse and Rider. The dossier exhibition displaying almost twenty works and mounted to commemorate the approaching 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death can be seen in the museum’s newly renovated Michelangelo Hall. The Budapest Horse and Rider is presented in the company of masterpieces by Leonardo and his contemporaries loaned by foreign collections and seen in Hungary for the first time. Leonardo’s ten drawings and the sculptures of his fellow artists inspired by the master will faithfully document the problem that remained unresolved during the Renaissance and which Leonardo strove to answer for more than four decades: the creation of a free-standing rearing horse and rider.

The Museum of Fine Arts opens in two stages: from the end of October, the refurbished ground floor spaces such as the Romanian Hall and the Leonardo Exhibition can be visited, but most of the permanent exhibitions will be reopened in mid-2019. At the same time, permanent exhibitions of the old Hungarian collection of the Hungarian National Gallery will be closed. The essence of the new concept is that, one can see the history of Hungarian and universal art together with the end of the 18th century. The post-1800 art exhibition will be moved to the Castle until the opening of the New National Gallery (scheduled for 2021).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWegW1EO2WE

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Why is Bohemian Rhapsody a ‘must see movie’ http://budnews.hu/news/News/1253/why-is-bohemian-rhapsody-a-‘must-see-movie’ If you love the music of Queen and feel attracted by the outrageous style of their iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, you should see this new movie, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Tue, 6 Nov 2018 09:21:50 GMT Mia Balogh
Why is Bohemian Rhapsody a ‘must see movie’

Why is Bohemian Rhapsody a ‘must see movie’

If you love the music of Queen and feel attracted by the outrageous style of their iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, you should see this new movie, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

News

Mia Balogh

‘With a performance as commanding as Rami Malek’s at its centre, why isn’t Bohemian Rhapsody a better movie?’ – writes Owen Gleiberman for Variety and his opinion about the film is one of the most restrain we read.

Well, the critics are less enthusiastic about the movie, starring Rami Malek, also starring for example Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Aiden Gillen and Mike Myers but if you listen to me, just don’t put the reviews first: go to the cinema and watch this movie. If you like the music of Queen and feel attracted by the outrageous personality of their iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, I think you will like it.

Why? Because the direction, the story, the actors and of course the songs are absolutely fantastic. I like the idea that they made a movie about Queen, in which Freddie Mercury’s life got a very important role. So in my eyes, the film is not becoming ‘less’ with it, on the contrary, it is even more interesting. Anyway, how could anyone imagine the band’s story without their lead singer’s life, lifestyle, personality and problems to get a very important role in it, right? ;)

Let this movie take you for a ride through the iconic music of Queen and their revolutionary sound. Watch their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid in 1985.

If you ever wanted to be part of a Queen live show, but never were, this experience will nearly take you there… and make you quite emotional. But you won’t be alone with it. ;)

Source: independent.co.uk

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Baraka: the best fine dining restaurant for French-Asian cuisine lovers http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1252/baraka:-the-best-fine-dining-restaurant-for-french-asian-cuisine-lovers- If you really want to fascinate your partner… Mon, 5 Nov 2018 09:23:53 GMT Budnews
Baraka: the best fine dining restaurant for French-Asian cuisine lovers

Baraka: the best fine dining restaurant for French-Asian cuisine lovers

If you really want to fascinate your partner…

Gastronomy

Budnews

Baraka is an old-new fine dining restaurant: since 2001, it has been a favorite fine dining foodie destination for French-Asian cuisine lovers. The dining room has a classy, relaxed, chic atmosphere with an open kitchen offering the best gastronomic show in town. The restaurant's design is the culmination of their vision and of many years of getting to know their guests and their desires.

Led by André Bicalho, a Portuguese-Brazilian chef, Baraka has contemporary Asian-European cuisine, where exotic flavors, meat and fish dishes can be enjoyed alongside each other. Their philosophy is that they get all the materials from the best place, and although locality is important, if it’s not the perfect component, they do not compromise. The textures, flavors, and beauty of the dishes leave guests with unforgettable gastronomical memories. Baraka takes its drinks as serious as its food. The well-balanced wine list and artisan cocktails make Baraka one of the most well rounded exciting restaurants in Hungary!

With the new autumn menu, there was a serious change of concept: the a la carte menu is gone, you can choose 4 or even 6-course degustation menus instead. There is also a 4-course vegetarian option and the dinner can be improved with wine or champagne.

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Creator of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube interviewed by Mashable http://budnews.hu/news/News/1251/creator-of-the-world-famous-rubik’s-cube-interviewed-by-mashable Ernő Rubik talks about his famous cube. Fri, 2 Nov 2018 09:45:56 GMT Mia Balogh
Creator of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube interviewed by Mashable

Creator of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube interviewed by Mashable

Ernő Rubik talks about his famous cube.

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Mia Balogh

‘All the time I’m wondering about the global impact of the cube. The world record is less than 5 seconds. It looks very simple, but in the same time it can be very complicated’ – says Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s cube.

He was interviewed by Mashable, and our attention was drawn by Index.hu to this short but quite interesting video.

He says that there are practically infinite numbers of possibilities how to try solving it (it’s not infinite, but you’ll see), and that you can solve it in 20 steps but if you want to be fast, you’d better choose more. Ernő Rubik even tells you the ‘secret’ that you’ll need to solve the cube efficiently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=171&v=ShKENzFbMs8

Do you want to try? Good luck! ;)

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Hungary’s new image video is here and it’s breathtaking http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1250/hungary’s-new-image-video-is-here-and-it’s-breathtaking It beautifully presents how mesmerizing our country is. Thu, 1 Nov 2018 10:58:06 GMT Budnews
Hungary’s new image video is here and it’s breathtaking

Hungary’s new image video is here and it’s breathtaking

It beautifully presents how mesmerizing our country is.

Culture

Budnews

Hungary and Budapest have an image movie every year, the aim is to highlight how beautiful this country is. The most memorable short film about the country was the one with Tony Curtis in 2007, when one of the biggest actors recommended Hungary with the cult movie title „Some Like It Hot”.

Although this year’s movie doesn’t have world stars in it, but we’re sure we will remember for this as well. Our new image movie claims Hungary as the wellspring of wonders, where the sky touches the ground. There are so many natural attractions, architectural excellence and leisure activities that almost one life is not enough to experience all of them. The film was shot at dozens of beautiful places like Tihany Benedictine Abbey, Hortobágy National Park, Lake Hévíz, City centre of Sopron, Nine-holed Bridge at Hortobágy, Buttes of the Balaton Uplands, St. Stephen's Basilica is Budapest, Visegrád Castle, Sziget Festival, or at Danube Bend.

The three and a half minute long video is titled Wow Hungary which is an abbreviation of Wellspring of Wonders. Caution: Goosebump alert!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7q0Y_JZMrg

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Top 5 programs for Halloween http://budnews.hu/news/News/1249/top-5-programs-for-halloween If you spend Halloween in Budapest this year, let us recommend you some of the best programs in the city.   Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:14:06 GMT Mia Balogh
Top 5 programs for Halloween

Top 5 programs for Halloween

If you spend Halloween in Budapest this year, let us recommend you some of the best programs in the city.  

News

Mia Balogh

1, Crazy Halloween at Orfeum

‘'Cause this is thriller, Thriller night, And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike’ – if you know the song, from these lines you must have recognized Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This is a must on everyone’s Halloween tracklist but not only there – we are sure that it will be played live at the Michael Jackson themed Crazy Halloween in Orfeum night club (well, for this night it will rather look like a psychiatry) on 31 October. Dávid Nádori’s band will play on stage from 9 PM, and after the concert, DJ Corey will continue to make this night even more memorable (and creepy, of course ;)).

More info (in Hungarian): https://ticket.orfeum.hu/qsot-event/crazy-halloween/2018-10-31_-2100/

2, Sweet Halloween

If you travel with kids, it is usually a bit tricky to figure out where to go and what to do. Well, if you choose Budapest this Fall, we have an idea: visit Chocolate Museum (16th district, Bekecs Street 22), which is a special experience – and they make it even more special with interesting seasonal programs, just like their Princely Deluxe Halloween party on 31 October. Don’t forget to call them for appointment: http://www.csokolade-muzeum.hu/

3, Dracula in the Labyrinth

Night tours by oil lantern start after 6 PM in the Labyrinth of Buda Castle, so if you are keen on experiencing a little thrill on the night of ghosts and dead spirits, we highly recommend you to take a tour in here. Did you know that Dracula, the legendary Vlad Tepes was kept in prison here, back in the 15th century? Well, let the adventure start (if you dare). More info (in English): http://labirintus.eu/en/

4, Walking Dead party

What about some costume, face paint and an absolutely awesome party? Are you in? If yes, let the nightmare begin – on 31 October in Morrisons 2 (at Jászai Mari Square). They’ll be waiting for everyone with a Walking Dead Party – fans of the TV series, for you it’s a must see! – and the entrance is for free for those who arrive in costume. More info (in Hungarian): http://www.morrisons2.hu/program/halloween2018/

5, Halloween Pub Crawl

Do you prefer ruin pubs? Then joint a very special Halloween-themed ruin bar crawl on 31 October. You will get VIP entry (no-queues) to 3 of the best ruin pubs, 1-hour free drinking (beer, wine, fröccs) in one of these places, expert guiding, free make up, tons of sweets and 3 free shots.

For more info, please contact the guide, Márton Szabó: marton@bartourbudapest.com .

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Save the date: first Black Food Festival is here http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1248/save-the-date:-first-black-food-festival-is-here This will totally bring you to the Darkside! Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:08:21 GMT Budnews
Save the date: first Black Food Festival is here

Save the date: first Black Food Festival is here

This will totally bring you to the Darkside!

Gastronomy

Budnews

Two summers ago, black ice cream was a huge social media sensation and black food have conquered the world since then. Now Budapest has its first Black Food Festival on 4 November in Flow Speciality Coffee Bar. The dream of every black enthusiast will come true: black foods and drinks are made for the special day.

First of all, it’s important to know that black food is not necessarily artificially colored regular food… Think about it, the finest black coffee, decadent dark chocolates, lushess black berries, exotic ika, and sweet and sour balsamic vinegar are just some of the more common black foods you are already familiar with. But have you ever tried black bread, black ice cream, black corn, or black cocktails?

Black chocolate, black beans, black rice, black garlic, black tomatoes, black potatoes, active coconut carbon - just a few examples that have the black color in itself, but there are so many innovative solutions, that make possible to make other food in black color with naturally colorants. Only a few know, but the flavor, called „coconut ash”, is created using charcoal, coconut flakes, coconut milk and coconut cream: this is the taste of the “classic” black ice-cream that has been described as similar to a vanilla ice cream. Another natural thing that can color food black is squid ink: many cafes use it to dye the buns black.

On 4 November chefs from Budapest’s most innovative restaurants, pastry shops, cafes, bakeries, bars and brands will be showing off their creations. We can taste all the black food and beverages Budapest has to offer and – of course - take home the ones you love. Over and above, Black Food Festival reacts not only to the extreme color scheme, but also to the spirit of the venue: as Flow Speciality Coffee Bar is a vegan place, they will not use animal-based raw materials. For example, when preparing for a burger or hot dog, substitution must be solved creatively.

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New collection of Tomcsányi recalls the retro atmosphere of Metro line 3 http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1247/new-collection-of-tomcsanyi-recalls-the-retro-atmosphere-of-metro-line-3 The autumn collection evokes the color of the retro enamel elements of the “blue” metro stations. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 09:32:30 GMT Budnews
New collection of Tomcsányi recalls the retro atmosphere of Metro line 3

New collection of Tomcsányi recalls the retro atmosphere of Metro line 3

The autumn collection evokes the color of the retro enamel elements of the “blue” metro stations.

Lifestyle

Budnews

Although metro line M3 is under reconstruction now, we don’t have to worry about losing the iconic design of the station. Not the city administration decided that everything remains the old, but the famous Hungarian designer, Dóri Tomcsányi designed a collection inspired by the metro.

This season TOMCSANYI draws its reminiscent yet minimalist inspiration from Budapest’s Metro 3 line, known for an undoubtedly inherent nostalgic feeling. The brand's signature prints, this season a crowd print and an escalator print recall the mysterious feels of traveling the busy city by metro. Blouses evokes the color scheme of the enamels visible on the walls of the stops. The main emphasis is on the comfort again, with a pinch of sexy, intellectual elegance, offering the perfect attire day to night. The names of clothes are also made up of memories of the past after the names of stops. For example, there is a wool coat named Planetarium (after Népliget metro station).

The main materials of the collection are soft, white and dark blue vegan leather, the bloomy, mustard and graphite cupro, nightly blue, heavy silk-like viscose, and azure blue and jade virgin wool.

The collection is available in The Garden Studio and online.

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Umbrella man on top of Megyeri bridge http://budnews.hu/news/News/1246/umbrella-man-on-top-of-megyeri-bridge- Megyeri bridge is 10 years old – not every monument has a birthday like this. Fri, 26 Oct 2018 08:21:46 GMT Mia Balogh
Umbrella man on top of Megyeri bridge

Umbrella man on top of Megyeri bridge

Megyeri bridge is 10 years old – not every monument has a birthday like this.

News

Mia Balogh

We wrote about a totally jaw-dropping (or totally crazy) action a little bit more than two months ago, when the mysterious Hungarian stuntsman called Umbrella man climbed the dome of Budavár Palace to perform some acrobatic stunts in the sunrise. If it was his answer to Will Smith (who climbed on the top of the Chain Bridge shortly before that), well, we must say that the anonymous Hungarian has a point here.

And we didn’t have to wait for long for his upcoming stunt: a couple of days ago, he celebrated the 10th birthday of Megyeri bridge by climbing upon the bridge – 100 meters high – and making a so-called flag pose.

The ‘Umbrella Man’ said in an interview that he doesn’t want to tell his name or a lot more about himself because it’s not his person that counts. He wants to draw attention to Balance Project, where – with photographer Péter Kálló – their aim is to show the beauty of Budapest from a new point of view and to make all of us realize how beautiful our capital city is.

Source: WeLoveBudapest

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Budapest among cheapest cultural destination in the world http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1245/budapest-among-cheapest-cultural-destination-in-the-world- Our beautiful capital is the cheapest among 18 cities around the world, according to Post Office Travel Money. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:36:11 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest among cheapest cultural destination in the world

Budapest among cheapest cultural destination in the world

Our beautiful capital is the cheapest among 18 cities around the world, according to Post Office Travel Money.

Lifestyle

Mia Balogh

According to a study carried out by Post Office Travel Money, Budapest is the cheapest cultural destination in the world, followed by Warsaw and Prague.

As part of their annual ‘cost of culture report’ and researchers compared the costs of museums, art galleries, landmarks, operas and classical concerts, looking for the best value. The study found that in Budapest it costs 68 euros to visit the National Gallery, the National Museum, Matthias Church, an opera at the Erkel Theatre, a ballet and a classical concert at the Müpa (Palace of Arts). Our capital is followed by the Polish capital Warsaw (EUR 103), and the beautiful Prague (EUR 112) as third.

Other cities with cheaper prices this year are Brussels, Amsterdam and London. The most expensive European city is Madrid, while New York was once again the most expensive city among the 18 in the survey with a visit to its six cultural attractions costing EUR 410.

Via DailyMail

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Tomb of Gül baba reopened after the renovation http://budnews.hu/news/News/1244/tomb-of-gul-baba-reopened-after-the-renovation It has changed a lot, but it’s still one of the most mesmerizing place of the city. Wed, 24 Oct 2018 09:52:25 GMT Budnews
Tomb of Gül baba reopened after the renovation

Tomb of Gül baba reopened after the renovation

It has changed a lot, but it’s still one of the most mesmerizing place of the city.

News

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Tomb of Gül baba is one on the most romantic places of the city. It is surrounded by small, cobbled streets and has the most beautiful rose garden of the city. Not only tourist, but local people also often visit this hidden gemstone. In the past few month, the tomb was closed because a bigger renovation and people could hardly wait the opening. Now it happened, so let’s summarize what you need to know about this wonderful place.

Gül baba came to Budapest during the Turkish occupation in 1541 to establish a Muslim monastery, but it failed because of his death. The tomb was built by Mehmed Paşa, beylerbeyi of Buda, between 1543 and 1548 and has a shallow dome covered with lead plates and wooden tiles. It was left undamaged when the Habsburg armies captured the area during the Second Battle of Buda in 1686 but was converted into a Roman Catholic chapel by the Jesuits, who renamed it "St Joseph's Chapel". In 1987, the Hungarian government financed the building of an Islamic Centre and Mosque complete with a library and museum in the precinct of the tomb building. The buildings were designed by Dr. Basil Al Bayati and follow a traditional Ottoman style in their plan.

The tomb is place of a pilgrimage these days and one of the best parks in Budapest, which has been renovated in 2018. It has its own exhibition space, teahouse and conference rooms. The Turkish cemetery is recalled with twelve tombstones with turban, and the rose and lavender garden is also a beautiful sight. Sitting here is not only for lovers who love to spend time in the park, but also for those who want to relax outside and away from the noise of the city.

The tomb itself reopened a few weeks ago after a big renovation. Although it lost its shabby chic but became a more professional tourist attraction. The Gül Baba Cultural Center and Exhibition Hall has been established in the basement of the covered porch, where the Hagia Sophia exhibition can be seen now, and in the basement, there is a teahouse and two conference rooms. The renovation also included public utilities and a terrace garden belonging to the former Wagner villa. The view is still amazing, although unfortunately a cube dampens the view behind the Gül baba statue.

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Budapest Bistro in Laos http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1243/budapest-bistro-in-laos- Tasting Hungarian food, wines and pálinka at the Mekong river? It is more than possible – if you visit the Laotian capital, Vientián, we think it’s a must. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:49:46 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest Bistro in Laos

Budapest Bistro in Laos

Tasting Hungarian food, wines and pálinka at the Mekong river? It is more than possible – if you visit the Laotian capital, Vientián, we think it’s a must.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Hungarians can be found everywhere in the world, they say. And we suppose that it must be the case with Hungarian restaurants, as well – we just read about a place called Budapest Bistro, which can be found in Vientián, the capital of Laos.

The city is not a busy metropolis but it is becoming more and more popular among tourists. It is undergoing dynamic changes, for example new shopping malls and restaurants are built and opened. One of the latest spots (and the one only Eastern-European restaurant of the area) is Budapest Bistro, where retro elements merge with modern design and mouth-watering Hungarian tastes.

If you visit Laos and more precisely Vientián, don’t miss this place, because it can be your only chance to taste goulash soup, Wiener Snitzel, chicken paprikash, pleated potatoes, Gundel pancakes or a nice cold apple soup.

In addition to the well-known Hungarian dishes, they also have Hungarian wines and Hungarian Spirit, (“pálinka”). These drinks are also gaining popularity in Laos. The most prestigious product on offer is the gold-medal-winning bio wild pear of the Prekop pálinka factory, working under the aegis of the Liquor Factory of Miskolc.

More info and photos: https://www.facebook.com/thebpbistro/

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Chuck Norris comes to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1242/chuck-norris-comes-to-budapest He will support a charity initiative. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:51:24 GMT Budnews
Chuck Norris comes to Budapest

Chuck Norris comes to Budapest

He will support a charity initiative.

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Another world star actor arrives in our country, but this time it’s not about a new film. Chuck Norris is visiting Hungary this year and is doing all this for supporting a noble cause. The 78-year-old American superstar arrives at the invitation of the Baptist Charity Service to become the guest star of the „Shoe Box” charity event. This initiative collects Christmas gifts to poor families and children. People who want to give should put the things they want to give in a shoebox – that’s where the name comes from. Only few know, but the actor grew up in a Baptist family, but religion only became important for him in his older age. According to information, Norris’ lecture in Budapest will be about conversion.

Before he became an actor, Chuck Norris competed as a professional martial artist. He won the professional middleweight title in karate in seven consecutive years; in 1969 he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine. He started filming after these successes, but it is no exaggeration to say that the indelible world fame was brought to him by the internet meme published in 2005 and made him the biggest star ever since.

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Budapest recommended by Daily Mail http://budnews.hu/news/News/1241/budapest-recommended-by-daily-mail Daily Mail recommends visiting our beautiful capital city now, in autumn, and they also give some advice – where to go and what to do in Budapest. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:07:00 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest recommended by Daily Mail

Budapest recommended by Daily Mail

Daily Mail recommends visiting our beautiful capital city now, in autumn, and they also give some advice – where to go and what to do in Budapest.

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1, Cool customer: Daily Mail’s author thinks that Fall is the most excellent time of the year to visit Budapest. He suggests that in Spring, it’s too busy here with the Spring Festival, a city-wide celebration of music and dance. And the buzz continues in Summer, with lots of tourists and also with the heat. But in Autumn, the heat has tapered off and the crowds have thinned, but the weather is still nice and the city… well, the city is beautiful, of course. ;) In winter, you can also see a different face of the city, for ex. with the amazing Christmas Markets but you can’t enjoy river cruises which – according to Daily Mail – is a must here.

2, History lesson: Hungary has a ‘complicated and unhappy history’. Became an independent country only in 1989, joined the EU in 2004, but remains out of the euro zone.

3, Top spots: Matthias Church, Hilton hotel, Royal Palace, the remains of a 17th-century Jesuite monastery – a visit to the Castle District is absolutely worth it! Then do not miss the Parliament building an evening cruise on the Danube. ‘Try Danube Legend, complete with appropriate music as you glide merrily along’ – the author of Daily Mail writes.

4, Fine dining has come to Budapest. The Evolution Menu at Onyx (onyxrestaurant.hu) has earned the restaurant a legion of fans and a Michelin star. Borkonyha and Muzeum Café and Restaurant are also recommended by the paper.

5, Raise a glass: The city's hippest drinking den is the High Note Sky Bar on the 7th floor of the chic Aria Hotel (ariahotelbudapest.com). The signature cocktails are innovative (try The One Gardener, a blend of pear flavoured Hungarian schnapps with Angostura bitters, fresh apples and egg whites) and the views delicious.

6, Stylish stay: Brody House, a former doctor's residence from the 1850s, is one of the city's most stylish accommodations.

7, Go below: The Hospital in the Rock (sziklakorhaz.eu) was used during World War II and, later, the Cold War. Guided tours of the bunkers depart hourly.

8, Let it sink in: Known as the City of Spas since the Thirties, Budapest offers you rest and relaxation in its spas and pools. Try the neo-Baroque Szechenyi (szechenyibath.com) or for fewer crowds, try Kiraly (kiralyfurdo.hu), which dates back to 1565. Need for more pampering? The luxurious Four Seasons hotel’s Crystal Stone massage might be the right one for you. They use yellow jade and healing obsidian crystals for the massage. Tempting, right? ;)

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Hungarian bonbon among top chocolates in the world http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1240/hungarian-bonbon-among-top-chocolates-in-the-world Apple pie-inspired caramel bonbon won bronze medal at the International Chocolate Awards. Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:55:37 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian bonbon among top chocolates in the world

Hungarian bonbon among top chocolates in the world

Apple pie-inspired caramel bonbon won bronze medal at the International Chocolate Awards.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Bonbonier Chocolate Manufacture is a well-known Hungarian manufacture, and they are more and more popular abroad, as well. This summer, their salted caramel and peanut truffle already triumphed at the Great Taste Awards (the so-called ‘Oscars of Gastronomy’), and now they have dazzled the jury at the International Chocolate Awards with their new creation.

Their chocolatier, Nóra Erdélyi created an exquisite apple pie and caramel bonbon, which has won bronze medal at the International Chocolate Awards. The bonbons are filled with crème caramel that is made with cinnamon apple, and these yummy details are in perfect harmony with the crunchy dark chocolate cover.

In the last three years, the manufacture’s choco-creations have won 17 international awards, and we think that this is just the beginning for them.

If you would like to taste their amazing chocolates, you can do so at their shop in Király utca.

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Hedon Taproom, where you can be your own barman http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1239/hedon-taproom,-where-you-can-be-your-own-barman We recommend a real unique brasserie today. Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:31:03 GMT Budnews
Hedon Taproom, where you can be your own barman

Hedon Taproom, where you can be your own barman

We recommend a real unique brasserie today.

Gastronomy

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Let's begin with the basics: Hedon is a Hungarian artisan beer brand. They come up with newer and newer beer specials on a regular basis, and some months ago they opened their own bar. Which can not be compared to any others. They have 30 different kinds off beer here, hot food and home party feeling, but it's not why they're special. We can taste unique beers from Hedon brewery, they won't sell anywhere else. Their newest beers can only be tasted here in Budapest: for example, The Breakfast Beer pale ale with oatmeal and Equinox hops, that has tropical fruity-herb-like tastes, or Wolf Daze, a delicious cucumber-flower lager.

But that's not all: in Hedon Taproom you are your own barman which means you tap your own beer. There is a touchscreen above every tap with a detailed description of each beer, but the real novelty is the payment system. You get a card when entering the bar and you will use this as we use to do in festivals. We can upload money on the card and after that, guests have nothing more to do than put it in the reader of the selected beer and tap. We can see through the display how many decilitres we have in our glasses, how much we have to pay, and how much remains on our card. The price varies, but is roughly within the 250 to 500 HUF per decilitre range. The most amazing thing is that you pay exactly as much as you tap: if you want to taste all 30 kinds of beer and just one sip from each, you can do it. And you should do it!

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Budapest is the 32nd most visited city in the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1238/budapest-is-the-32nd-most-visited-city-in-the-world 162 cities have been compared. Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:42:33 GMT Budnews
Budapest is the 32nd most visited city in the world

Budapest is the 32nd most visited city in the world

162 cities have been compared.

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We've always said that Budapest is beautiful, inspiring and a must-see destination, but it's so good, when an independent research shows the same thing. Mastercard did its annual „Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index” research, which ranks cities around the world by popularity, and this year Budapest became the 32th on the list. This is better with seven places than last year's ranking. In 2017 almost 6 million foreigners visited Budapest, spending 5 days here on average, and they spent nearly 3 billion dollar.

The most popular city in the world became Bangkok with more than 20 million visitors, the second is London, with almost 20 million, and third place on the podium is for Paris, that had 17.5 million visitors in 2017. The ten most popular cities also includes Dubai, Singapore, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Istanbul and Seoul.

Based on the money spent, Dubai is at the top of the list, guests spent almost 30 billion dollar here last year. The second one is Mecca and the third is London with 18.5 and 17.5 billion spent.

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Rich Kids of Budapest in Daily Mail http://budnews.hu/news/News/1237/rich-kids-of-budapest-in-daily-mail Lavish lifestyle of some wealthy Hungarians even grabbed the attention of Daily Mail – they gave the world a glimpse how the richest ‘kids’ of Budapest live. Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:00:09 GMT Mia Balogh
Rich Kids of Budapest in Daily Mail

Rich Kids of Budapest in Daily Mail

Lavish lifestyle of some wealthy Hungarians even grabbed the attention of Daily Mail – they gave the world a glimpse how the richest ‘kids’ of Budapest live.

News

Mia Balogh

‘Rich Kids’ Instagram accounts are trending for a while now – have you seen Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and Dubai for example? Or the Rich Kids of Budapest – an account that grabbed the attention of Daily Mail, too, so they tried to give the world a glimpse of their extravagant lifestyles.

They write that ‘they are no strangers to the finer things in life’ and that their snaps are envy-inducing, by presenting ‘the activities of privileged Hungarians enjoying exotic holidays, fast cars and life on yachts’.

We think there is no need for more words, check out the photos presented by Daily Mail.

If you want to see more snaps, click here to see Rich Kids of Budapest on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/richkidsbudapest/?hl=en

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Wow: short video shows Italian guy making wonders with Rubik’s Cubes http://budnews.hu/news/News/1236/wow:-short-video-shows-italian-guy-making-wonders-with-rubik’s-cubes Amazing portraits from Rubik’s Cube? Just look how this artist can make it. Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:29:40 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: short video shows Italian guy making wonders with Rubik’s Cubes

Wow: short video shows Italian guy making wonders with Rubik’s Cubes

Amazing portraits from Rubik’s Cube? Just look how this artist can make it.

News

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We think that solving Rubik’s Cube is an art by itself and we admire these talented people who can solve it, but what about these who use these small, tricky cubes for making art with these?

Giovanni Contardi doesn't just solve toy puzzles, he also can recreate portraits of famous actors, musicians, pop culture icons (and we suppose anyone who asks him for that). He is using hundreds Rubik's Cubes at a time, and well, we can’t even find the words to describe the results.

So we just show you a video about him creating his impressive portraits, check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/mymodernmet/videos/2250020088568415/

For more Rubik’s Cube portraits, check out Giovanni’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jvenb/?hl=hu

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8 manly things to do in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1235/8-manly-things-to-do-in-budapest- Beers, football, video games, and even more. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:26:23 GMT Budnews
8 manly things to do in Budapest

8 manly things to do in Budapest

Beers, football, video games, and even more.

News

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Romantic strolls in the city and take the 300th photo can be too much for a man. They’ll do it, because love us, but if you want to show, how much you care about him, take your man to a really masculine program.

Explore the ancient history of the city

Budapest has very impressive past: antiquities from the Roman Age, weapons of Conquering Age, Turkish Ruins… the city is a history book itself.

Play with the favourite video games of your childhood

There is a barely known cellar place near Liszt Ferenc square, which hides the first and only interactive video game museum of the city. It’ basically a huge kid’s room from 1992, where Mortal Combat and Super Mario is just the beginning.

Climb the wall!

It's no coincidence that "Work less climb more!" motto is so popular these days! When you’re bouldering, you really move everything in your body, your muscles are constantly burdened while you work with your own weight.

Go on a ride with the Mini Hot Rod

If your man not only can drive, but loves it, then try this new vehicle. Combining driving experience of an oldtimer and cabrio, the Mini Hot Rod was born. The 90-minute tour on the streets of Budapest is something you shouldn’t miss.

Take a beerbath!

There is a unique thermal spa in the city where they pour beer into your bathwater. More accurately, 36 degrees of thermal water is poured into the bath that has the ingredients of beer, such as malt, hops and yeast, and will have a great effect on your body. Water does not smell like beer but herbal tea, and you can be your own barman as there is a beer tap next to every bathtub.

Try out cage football

Cageball is a version of indoor soccer, the most characteristic feature of it is that it’s extraordinarily exhausting, it develops teamwork and explosiveness, and there is no way to take a break as the ball won’t fly or rolls out of the field.

Fly in the Skyward wind tunnel

You can experience weightlessness and flying under steered conditions at the southern border of Budapest. The wind tunnel is a relatively sophisticated 2000 horsepower tube, with 4 315 kilowatts of engine and propeller blowing up air to 200 km / h. The experience is super, happiness and euphoria guaranteed.

Go to a barber shop with the atmosphere of the 20’s

Hotsy Totsy is a “cave” which hides a barber shop and a bar. It recalls the New York of the 1920s (Totsy was a pretty stripper): a man's space with half-gloom, discreetly bluffing music, special cocktails, whiskeys and perfect service.

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Eater magazine recommends 18 restaurants in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1234/eater-magazine-recommends-18-restaurants-in-budapest Another list that is worth checking: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 08:59:13 GMT Budnews
Eater magazine recommends 18 restaurants in Budapest

Eater magazine recommends 18 restaurants in Budapest

Another list that is worth checking:

Gastronomy

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Eater magazine is one of our favourite if we’re talking about food and gastronomy, and now we like it a little bit more as they listed their favourite restaurants in Budapest. They collected 18 places in the Hungarian capital, that worth trying from old school bistros to Michelin star fine dining restaurant. As they say: new restaurants are popping up across the city, offering everything from updated takes on local peasant fare like goulash soup to Michelin-starred modernist meals. But there’s still plenty of reason to celebrate the neighbourhood stalwarts that have been churning out tasty pörkölt (beef stew) and töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage rolls) to locals for decades.

They recommend for example the Michelin Star winner Onyx and Borkonyha, and the also fine dining restaurant Fáma, but also praises Padron, which is a friendly tapas bar and Mazel tov that represent the Middle East cuisine. They even have some chop houses and buffets on the list, so everybody can find a good place to eat.

Check out the full list about the essential restaurants of Budapest here.

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Restaurant Week is ON! http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1233/restaurant-week-is-on- From 8 to 14 October, you can enjoy exclusive menus for affordable prices in several restaurants in Budapest and also in the countryside.    Mon, 8 Oct 2018 09:32:34 GMT Mia Balogh
Restaurant Week is ON!

Restaurant Week is ON!

From 8 to 14 October, you can enjoy exclusive menus for affordable prices in several restaurants in Budapest and also in the countryside.   

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

If you visit Hungary, or more precisely Budapest this week, we must say you are quite lucky. Why? Because from 8 to 14 October, Restaurant Week is getting organised – it means that in a lot of really good restaurants you can experience 3-course meals for only 3300 HUF, and in Dining City star spots, premium menus for 4900 HUF.

Not only Hungarians like this initiative, but tourists, as well, because it is offering the possibility to try even the best restaurants for this price – service also included. Sounds good, right? Well, you only have to answer one question then: which country’s gastronomy would you like to try?

Of course, you can taste traditional Hungarian dishes, like for example the gulyás (goulash) or halászlé (traditional fish soup). Is it too spicy for you? Well, then let’s choose something from a more international menu, for example from the offer of some French, Italian, Thai, Mexican or even Japanese restaurants.

How to book?

Reservations can only be made via internet – which is good, we suppose: no e-mailing, no phone calls. Just click here: http://www.etteremhet.hu/lang/en/cities and decide whether you would like to visit a restaurant in Budapest (and Pest county) or in the countryside. Then choose a date, the number of persons (2 persons for ex.) and decide the meal type: lunch, dinner or any of these.

After that, you can check out the list of the restaurants with available tables by clicking to ‘Find a restaurant’. You will see a list instantly, then you can choose a sympathetic place and make your reservation. It will be automatically approved so you won’t have to do anything else, just being there at the restaurant in time and enjoy your meal. ;)

It is worth trying

It might take some time to find a spot that fits your taste and your schedule perfectly because a lot of places are already fully booked for Restaurant Week but we think there is still some hope to just have a nice lunch in a really good restaurant – for a reasonable price.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wished his son happy birthday from Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1232/arnold-schwarzenegger-wished-his-son-happy-birthday-from-budapest The 71 years old actor greeted his son, Patrick on his birthday from our capital.    Fri, 5 Oct 2018 09:08:05 GMT Mia Balogh
Arnold Schwarzenegger wished his son happy birthday from Budapest

Arnold Schwarzenegger wished his son happy birthday from Budapest

The 71 years old actor greeted his son, Patrick on his birthday from our capital.   

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently filming the next movie of the Terminator franchise in Hungary and the Hollywood actor enjoys life in Budapest very much. But on 18 September, he didn’t post about his experiences in our capital city (or in the countryside) on social media but shared a throwback snap instead.

On the photo, taken approximately 20 years ago, we can see him with his son Patrick, who has become a grownup since then – he celebrated his 25th birthday on that day.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn3hnQWhni1/?utm_source=ig_embed

Schwarzenegger posted the childhood photo of Patrick with the following caption: “Happy birthday @patrickschwarzenegger. I love you and I’m so proud of you. I love watching you grow into a great leading man, a fantastic business mind, and an even better human being.”

At first, this message can seem to be too emotional. But if we think of the difficult childhood and young years of Schwarzenegger – his father bet him up with a belt regularly so he ran away, went to America, had a hard life but things have changed and the rest is history ;) –, we will understand that he is simply happy and proud to be a dad and he loves his son and all of his family so much.

After this post, we couldn’t stop checking the 71 years old Hollywood star’s Instagram so we could see a couple of days later that they managed to celebrate Patrick’s birthday together in Munich at the Oktoberfest.

Cheers to the Schwarzeneggers! ;)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoCcm5BlSTO/?utm_source=ig_embed

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Ed Sheeran confirmed as first headliner of Sziget 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1231/ed-sheeran-confirmed-as-first-headliner-of-sziget-2019 Fans have been waiting for an Ed Sheeran concert at Sziget Festival for years, now they must be super happy because their idol comes to Budapest next August.    Thu, 4 Oct 2018 07:19:33 GMT Mia Balogh
Ed Sheeran confirmed as first headliner of Sziget 2019

Ed Sheeran confirmed as first headliner of Sziget 2019

Fans have been waiting for an Ed Sheeran concert at Sziget Festival for years, now they must be super happy because their idol comes to Budapest next August.   

Event

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English songwriter, guitarist and everybody’s favourite ginger-haired singer Ed Sheeran is quite popular in Hungary, too, so their local fans must be totally crazy about the news that he is coming to Budapest next Summer.

A couple of days ago, he was confirmed as the first headliner for the next Sziget Festival, so his highly anticipated concert show will finally happen on 7 August 2019.

This summer, Sziget was visited by more than 500k festivalgoers as the event welcomed headliners Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons, Kygo and Arctic Monkeys among the 1000+ artists to perform.

Next year’s Sziget Festival will take place between 7-13 August on the Hajógyári island.

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Very good quality thermal water was found in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1230/very-good-quality-thermal-water-was-found-in-budapest The newly discovered water may be good enough to be qualified as healing thermal water .   Wed, 3 Oct 2018 10:21:59 GMT Budnews
Very good quality thermal water was found in Budapest

Very good quality thermal water was found in Budapest

The newly discovered water may be good enough to be qualified as healing thermal water .  

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Budapest and Hungary are the home of thermal water and bathing culture for sure. We have dozens of thermal baths, and now the list will continue to expand. Constructors found good quality thermal water in a construction site in the 5th district. The newly found thermal water comes from 800 meters deep and it's not only suitable for bathing, but also for heating and water heating purposes.

The newly explored thermal water has medium-high dissolved mineral content of hydrogen-carbonate. It's estimated water flow rate is 400-500 litres per minute, and according to experts, it's very good quality. The water is 57-58 Celsius degrees hot and it is probable that the qualification process to declare it as medicinal water will be possible - said the mayor of the district.

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Parking has never been so easy in the city centre http://budnews.hu/news/News/1229/parking-has-never-been-so-easy-in-the-city-centre From now on, we can find all empty parking spaces via an application. Tue, 2 Oct 2018 07:58:43 GMT Budnews
Parking has never been so easy in the city centre

Parking has never been so easy in the city centre

From now on, we can find all empty parking spaces via an application.

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New development has been introduced last week, that we were all waiting for so long: the app (for the time being in test mode) that facilitate downtown parking. The city administration installed sensors into the V. district parking spots and created an application that continuously shows the free parking spaces.

As the major of the district explained, 30 percent of downtown traffic consists of people who are searching for parking spaces. Approximately 6,000 questionnaires were sent out before the investment, and 42 per cent of respondents would use the application. The system will be financed from parking fees. In the testing period up to the end of the year, 135 sensors will be operating in the car parks, with the long-term goal of developing a sensor network throughout Budapest.

The parking sensors are monitoring the parking places and check whether the parking space is free or not and it would indicating the central servers. The built-in device includes a SIM card chip with a battery life of up to five years. Drivers can see free parking spaces via mobile app, which navigates them to a free parking spot on the shortest way. Moreover, we can start paying parking fees through the application, so it really solves all our parking problems.

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Funicular will be built on Gellért Hill http://budnews.hu/news/News/1228/funicular-will-be-built-on-gellert-hill Another attraction of Budapest will be accessible in this convenient way . Mon, 1 Oct 2018 09:04:51 GMT Budnews
Funicular will be built on Gellért Hill

Funicular will be built on Gellért Hill

Another attraction of Budapest will be accessible in this convenient way .

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If you have ever been to Budapest, you have probably heard about the funicular of Buda Castle: you can have beautiful view of the city from here and you skip the long bus journey or a mountain hike by choosing the funicular. So far, it was the only one in the capital, but this situation is about to change.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Hungary, the Gellért Hill is facing a huge change. This is where the new funicular will be built, after decades of planning. The idea is not new at all: the first plans about the Gellért Hill funicular were made in the 19th century, but now it will become reality, the archaeological exploration of the area has already begun.

These days, the new funicular is a necessary infrastructure development as Citadel now can be reached only by crowded buses on narrow roads, which means a significant burden to the still quiet neighbourhood. It now seems certain that the funicular would start at the beginning of the Hegyalja road, in the stomach of the mountain, and the upper station will be at the Citadel promenade.

Unlike the one at Buda Castle, it would be a one-track version with a detour in the middle. On the first steeper section, until Orom Street, it would run under the ground, on the second, more sloping part above the ground. One cabin can hold 40 people and the journey takes just a bit more than a minute (72 seconds to be exact).

In the vicinity of the lower station, a bus park will be built, with capacity of 13 buses, and after the launch of the funicular, buses will no longer be permitted to go up to the Citadel. Under the overpass from Erzsébet Bridge, a pavilion-like building is planned, where there will be a café and two smaller shops.

We look forward to it!

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Hungarian films to compete for the Oscars http://budnews.hu/news/News/1227/hungarian-films-to-compete-for-the-oscars- International success of the Hungarian film continues. Fri, 28 Sep 2018 07:36:36 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian films to compete for the Oscars

Hungarian films to compete for the Oscars

International success of the Hungarian film continues.

News

Mia Balogh

We just read the good news that after 27 years, a Hungarian film managed to win a Student Acedemy Award: ‘A Siege’ is the diploma film of István Kovács, graduate at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest.

The short film is 23 minutes long and tells the story of a Bosnian woman in the war-torn Sarajevo in 1994. She is desperate to find some water to wash her hair before her important date that night, and she can’t be diverted from her goal by her neighbours and not even by the snipers.

The director won a Student Academy Award in the Narrative category, but we still don’t know whether it’s a gold, a silver or a bronze medal – it will be announced only at the ceremony on 11 October in Los Angeles. Anyway, the film will have the chance to compete for the next Oscars which is a fantastic achievement.

Another Hungarian film has the chance for that: new movie film Sunset (Napszállta) of Academy Award-winning Hungarian director (who got an Oscar for Son of Saul in 2016) László Nemes Jeles will be nominated for the next year’s Oscars by Hungary, in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Check out the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_haI91zm_mw

We hope that this year, we can have a Hungarian Oscar-winner movie again. Like and share our article, if you agree with us. ;)

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Plastic bags can be banned in Hungary from 2021 http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1226/plastic-bags-can-be-banned-in-hungary-from-2021 Disposable plastic bags’ prices will be raised next year, and a total ban can follow the decision from 1 January 2021. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 06:19:54 GMT Mia Balogh
Plastic bags can be banned in Hungary from 2021

Plastic bags can be banned in Hungary from 2021

Disposable plastic bags’ prices will be raised next year, and a total ban can follow the decision from 1 January 2021.

Lifestyle

Mia Balogh

We all know that plastic products are not quite environmentally friendly – these disposable products like plastic bags, cups, knives, forks and straws mean a global environmental problem (and also make the seas and oceans even more plastic-polluted).

That’s why the European Union is already planning to ban these products. In Hungary, the innovation and technology ministry plans at first to raise product fees for disposable plastic bags - and also plastic cups, knives, forks and straws - from next year, and aims to introduce a ban on the bags from 2021, the ministry told MTI on Sunday.

On average, Hungarians use more than 80 plastic bags a year, many of which end up in landfills, the ministry noted.

A draft of the new rules is expected to be released for public consultation at the end of September.

Source: MTI

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New luxury hotel to be opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1225/new-luxury-hotel-to-be-opened-in-budapest- According to Forbes.hu, Haggenmacher Palace will be transformed into a luxury hotel soon. Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:04:37 GMT Mia Balogh
New luxury hotel to be opened in Budapest

New luxury hotel to be opened in Budapest

According to Forbes.hu, Haggenmacher Palace will be transformed into a luxury hotel soon.

News

Mia Balogh

The building under 52 Andrássy Avenue is the so-called Haggenmacher Palace. It was planned by Henrik Schmahl and built in 1886. Until recently, it used to be the deposit library of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library and gives home to the well-known night club Hello Baby Bar, but not long ago, the building was sold to the entrepreneur trio Sándor Csányi, István Garancsi and Zsolt Hernádi.

Forbes.hu reports that the palace was sold for 269.9 million forints and according to the current plans, the building will be transformed into a luxury hotel, just like the company’s other project, Hotel Moments.

The old library can be a great accommodation for luxury-seeking tourists because it is quite spacious – close to 3000 square meters –, and the location is also perfect.

Hello Baby Bar announced on Facebook that their opening hours will not be affected by this business agreement.

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CAFe Budapest, the biggest contemporary art festival is coming http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1224/cafe-budapest,-the-biggest-contemporary-art-festival-is-coming Save the date! Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:54:24 GMT Budnews
CAFe Budapest, the biggest contemporary art festival is coming

CAFe Budapest, the biggest contemporary art festival is coming

Save the date!

Event

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The CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival - previously the Budapest Autumn Festival - is one of the most important contemporary art events in the region which we expect every year with huge excitement. A sparkling, unique and diverse city festival with the participation of the most important cultural institutions of Budapest. It often happens on unusual locations, public spaces of the city, where they present the most exciting and inspirational creators of the domestic and international cultural scene and their latest creations.

This year the festival is organized for the 27th time between 5 and 21 October and has such diverse program offer as in every year. From contemporary classical music to theatre premieres, from popular music and jazz to dance and visual art, the art of our times will again be highlighted in the Hungarian capital during the seventeen days of the event series, which is realized in cooperation between Müpa Budapest, the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre and the Hungarian Tourism Agency. Besides the work of Béla Bartók, the other focus of this year’s festival will be art and artists of the Baltic States. The affiliated events of CAFe Budapest will again include the Budapest Ritmo world music festival, the Art Market Budapest and the Margin Literary Festival and Book Fair.

As earlier, the events will be hosted, among others, by Müpa Budapest, Liszt Academy, BMC, Akvárium Klub, A38 Ship, the Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar), Vigadó, and Uránia National Film Theatre. Check out the detailed program list here and be sure you get your ticket on time. Meet you there?

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The complete bicycle map of Budapest is here http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1223/the-complete-bicycle-map-of-budapest-is-here Budapest Transport Centre created the complex map of urban cycling. Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:51:42 GMT Budnews
The complete bicycle map of Budapest is here

The complete bicycle map of Budapest is here

Budapest Transport Centre created the complex map of urban cycling.

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Although Budapest traditionally does not belong to the bicycle-friendly cities, but luckily there have been many positive changes in the recent years. In the last 4 years the bicycle network has increased by 30 percent, MOL Bubi, the bike sharing system of the city has been operating for also nearly four years and has been developing continuously, the BKK official route planner now can plan for bicycle too, thousands of new bicycle storage spaces have been established and the number of public transport services on which bicycles can be transported is constantly expanding. So, it was the time to create a new bicycle map of Budapest, and fortunately, BKK made it. The new map focuses on releasing most of the information related to urban cycling, more accurate than ever.

The Hungarian-English bilingual publication presents the designated bicycle routes - separately the urban green routes, the mountain biking routes and the EuroVelo 6 routes; it shows the main bicycle network (those main routes between different parts of the city that are secured and designated for cyclists), all traffic-stricken streets is marked (those streets where the maximum speed limit is 30 km/h, the residential and rest zones where cycling is safer), just as all one-way streets with bicycle and all public transport lines where bicycle transport is permitted. The map shows bicycle storage facilities at the main public transport hubs, public pumps (there are 20 of these in the city), KRESZ parks, and MOL Bubi centres.

One side of the map shows the entire territory of the capital, while the other side shows the road network of the city centre recommended for cycling in a more detailed resolution and shows the main bicycle roads of the city with schematic representation. On the backside, other bike-related contents are also available: list of bicycle-friendly public transport vehicles and the rules of usage, tips for bikers, introduction of the MOL Bubi system, EuroVelo 6 bicycle routes and a brief introduction of European Cycling Challenge.

The map, which demonstrates that practically the entire Budapest road network can be accessed by bicycles can be obtained from BKK's customer centres and at the office of their professional partner, the Hungarian Bicycle Club. The map is also available online on the new page of the company about cycling at www.bkk.hu/bicikli .

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Here are the best baths of Hungary in 2018 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1222/here-are-the-best-baths-of-hungary-in-2018 The biggest annual competition for Hungarian baths has ended, let’s check out the winners. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:37:40 GMT Mia Balogh
Here are the best baths of Hungary in 2018

Here are the best baths of Hungary in 2018

The biggest annual competition for Hungarian baths has ended, let’s check out the winners.

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‘Bath of the Year’ is a competition organized for the fourth time in 2018. It is an online contest between baths: there are three categories, in which the organizers of the competition put the baths. It is considered how many pools they have, the size of the town or city where they are located, and how well-known the bath is. The winners of each category are voted by the public.

So this year, voting was possible from 1 June to 31 August (so basically in Summer). 200 baths were in the competition altogether – only those baths could qualify that are equipped with at least one pool that is not for swimming.

The winners

1, The title ‘Bath of the year’ in 2018 was won by Szent Erzsébet Mórahalmi Gyógyfürdő (St. Elisabeth Bath in Mórahalom). It has indoor and outdoor pools, including four with mineral or thermal water pools and 21 others dedicated for swimming and leisure. Local Erzsébet and Árpád mineral waters are excellent for treating joint pains, spine problems, muscular rheumatism and gynaecological issues.

Our tip: after having finished at the pools, the bath complex offers over 30 types of massages and other treatments you can choose from.

2, The aspiring bath of the year in 2018 is Gyopárosfürdő thermal spa, park and adventure pools complex. It is located in the Hungarian Plain at lake Gyopáros, the name comes from here. The water of the bath is good for all the patients suffering from musculoskeletal, gynaecological, urological, dermatological or neurological problems.

3, Locals’ favourite (baths in small towns, where guests can find a few pools) this year is the Tiszavasvári Strandfürdő (Lido of Tiszavasvári). It is a small complex, but guests love it because it is equipped with different pools: one has access to thermal water, one is dedicated especially for kids and one for swimmers. And the thermal water in there is rich in iodine and bromine, which is good for musculoskeletal and rheumatic problems.

Wellness, massage and a bit of adventure is also awailable here - a slide, a bouncy castle, a trampoline, a bungee trampoline and a splash can also make the lido a cool place to visit. ;)

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Budapest through the eyes of homeless people: unique photo exhibition opened http://budnews.hu/news/News/1221/budapest-through-the-eyes-of-homeless-people:-unique-photo-exhibition-opened 3. My Budapest Photo Project is something that everybody should see. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:49:57 GMT Budnews
Budapest through the eyes of homeless people: unique photo exhibition opened

Budapest through the eyes of homeless people: unique photo exhibition opened

3. My Budapest Photo Project is something that everybody should see.

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Budapest is our home. We have our favourite places: a bench on Margaret Island, the street we cycle every day, or the corner where we use to meet before going out. But how those people see the city, who has their home on its streets? Well, now we have a chance to get the answer.

A photo says more than a thousand words: it shows the creator's feelings, mood and vision. This is why My Budapest Photo Project exhibition is so unique: Budapest Bike Maffia gave 100 disposable cameras to homeless people to photograph the city through their own perspective. They let them show their everyday life, talent and also help them to find their way back to society.

This initiative wants to raise awareness on social problems after the successful first two years, and Budapest Bike Maffia chose to draw attention to the problem of homeless people with art. The challenge was simple: with the help of volunteers they bought 100 pieces Quicksnap disposable cameras with the help of FUJIFILM Magyarország Kft, and they ask homeless persons to take photos in Budapest, to show how they see the capital of Hungary. The participants took photos of Budapest for one week. After that, a professional jury chose the best 50 (it happened to be 51 this year) from the photos. These photos are now exhibited in a very special place: the exhibition got a truly authentic environment this year, one of Budapest's most popular venues, Madách Square.

Visitors can vote for their favourite ones, and the best of them, the top 12+1 favourite photos will be published in the MyBudapest 2019 Calendar accompanied with the creator’s stories. The winner creators get gratuity and it’s also a key point that the homeless creators get the total profit of the calendar. It’s important, because although the organization helps homeless people in many ways, including food distribution, but they can provide direct financial support only with this project. The long-term purpose of the initiative is to integrate marginalized people and help their social reintegration.

Until you can visit the exhibition in person, check out some of the best pictures here.

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Have you noticed? That's why some trams of the city are smiling http://budnews.hu/news/News/1220/have-you-noticed-thats-why-some-trams-of-the-city-are-smiling Combinos got red mouth as part of a charity campaign. Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:43:45 GMT Budnews
Have you noticed? That's why some trams of the city are smiling

Have you noticed? That's why some trams of the city are smiling

Combinos got red mouth as part of a charity campaign.

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Have you noticed that trams 4 and 6 have cute red smile these day? Well, it’s not a prank or a joke, but Mosoly Alapítvány (Smile Foundation) and the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) launched a great new charity campaign entitled „Even the tram is smiling”. Mosoly Alapítvány has been providing free psychological assistance and therapies for seriously ill children for over 20 years, and this is their newest campaign.

During this action, passengers can support the NGO's therapeutic programs in which they help the mental recovery of children with long-lasting illness. In Hungary, the role of psychological well-being in physical healing is still not so well-known. Families go through huge traumas and crises when they find out that their children are severely ill and even the treatments cause fear in many people. The specialists of the Foundation can help children to work up these difficulties as much as possible.

The campaign lasts for a month, during which time, for example, photos show how unobtrusive the difference is between a healthy and a sick kid's smile. The smile on the trams warns us to consciously listen to each other day after day, especially to those who have something in need.

During the campaign, BKK placed plastic urns in 13 customer centres to collect donations for the Foundation.

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Ricky Martin fell in love with Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1219/ricky-martin-fell-in-love-with-budapest He posted something very special on Instagram. Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:44:07 GMT Mia Balogh
Ricky Martin fell in love with Budapest

Ricky Martin fell in love with Budapest

He posted something very special on Instagram.

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Audience in Papp Laszlo Arena had a very special experience on 4 September, some of them were waiting for years to enjoy a Ricky Martin live show. It was also special for the artist to perform in Budapest, and he even fell in love with the city: he posted on his Instagram in Hungarian.

‘Szeretem Budapestet’ – he wrote. It means: I love Budapest. He must have gotten some help in writing it correctly but the most important thing is that his fans were surprised and totally fond of it.

After sharing the following selfie with his 10.7 million Instagram followers, Ricky Martin and the world could see more than 97 thousand double-taps and more than 1000 comments.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnRbKHMByHL/?taken-by=ricky_martin

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Let’s get to know the Dessert of Budapest: small but divine http://budnews.hu/news/News/1218/let’s-get-to-know-the-dessert-of-budapest:-small-but-divine Beautiful mini dessert became the official Dessert of Budapest. Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:27:11 GMT Budnews
Let’s get to know the Dessert of Budapest: small but divine

Let’s get to know the Dessert of Budapest: small but divine

Beautiful mini dessert became the official Dessert of Budapest.

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Not only Hungary has its birthday cake, but Budapest got its own! For the first time, the Hungarian Chocolate and Sweets Association announced a competition to create the Dessert of Budapest. The competition was open for every confectionary, and 13 of the biggest names participated in it.

This year, the main theme of the competition was the monodessert, which is a mono-portion, or mini dessert, an individual-sized treat that is usually no bigger than 1–3 bites. „We want to change the Hungarians’ 'sweets' habits to replace quality with quantity aspect." -explained Csaba Rebrus.

One of the raw materials has to be grapes - said Rebrus, the president of the Hungarian Chocolate and Sweets Association. It was also important that the dessert should meet the public taste and the recipe had to be easy for anyone to bake at home, and its selling price should not exceed one thousand forints.

The winner became a grape and white chocolate mousse from Szamos Marzipan, created by Péter Nagy master confectioner. The dessert of Budapest debuted on the 8th Sweet Days in Budapest festival, and from now on, everybody can buy it in Szamos Marzipan confectioneries.

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Luxury village to be built in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1217/luxury-village-to-be-built-in-hungary- Central Europe’s first luxury resort to be built in Zalacsány. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:37:05 GMT Mia Balogh
Luxury village to be built in Hungary

Luxury village to be built in Hungary

Central Europe’s first luxury resort to be built in Zalacsány.

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The 250 million Euro project of Zala Spring Golf Resort is something we definitely can’t just go by. The area faces some serious works to become a 160-hectare luxury village, for wealthy tourists seeking for a perfect and relaxing holiday.

The popular and beautiful golf resort seems to be the ideal location for that, because it is not only the highest quality golf course in the whole region but also quite easy to get there. The popular thermal lake of Hévíz is only a few minutes away, Balaton-Hévíz international airport is also right there, but the area can be reached from three capital cities (Vienna, Zagreb, Budapest) in only two hours by car.

A luxury wellness location

The new holiday village project is planned to include the construction of a five-star hotel, several mansions/villas, shops, a wellness centre, restaurants and cafés, a gym, a pharmacy, a playground, a cultural- and conference centre, sport fields, a lake, recreational areas and other premium services.

This is not only going to be the first luxury village in Hungary, but the first one in all Central Europe.

The village will be open all year round. It will be available for residents (until now, mainly wealthy people from abroad have bought apartments here but there are more and more Hungarians interested, too) but also tourists will have the chance to enjoy the services and the atmosphere of this exclusive community. The resort is expected to serve approximately thousand people.

We don’t know the possible opening time of the luxury village yet (part of the construction works is yet to begin) but we can’t wait to see it when it’s ready. ;)

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Creative and unique: Budapest on your phone case http://budnews.hu/news/News/1216/creative-and-unique:-budapest-on-your-phone-case- Well-known Budapest sights represented on phone cases? Well, this is definitely a must-see. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:01:00 GMT Mia Balogh
Creative and unique: Budapest on your phone case

Creative and unique: Budapest on your phone case

Well-known Budapest sights represented on phone cases? Well, this is definitely a must-see.

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If you are looking for a unique souvenir for your loved ones or for yourself in Budapest, we have an idea: click to https://www.satorspace.shop/ and find your own phone case with an iconic monument of the Hungarian capital on it.

Choose a simple model like ‘1873’ with ‘Buda’, ‘Pest’ and the line of the Danube on it, or a more complex one like ‘Tecsodás’ (meaning ‘You wonderful’) with Matthias Church, Keleti Railway station, Heroes’ Square, the Parliament and the Synagogue on it. Several models are available for a lot of phone models, with various colours and graphics.

Some covers are also themed around Lake Balaton so we all have the chance to choose a Balaton-themed design, too.

And finally, a good advice: if you choose your favourite, don’t forget to add the phone model at the end of checkout at the comment section. ;)

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43 restaurants and bars banished plastic straws http://budnews.hu/news/News/1215/43-restaurants-and-bars-banished-plastic-straws- Catering facilities in Budapest became more and more environmentally conscious. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:29:15 GMT Budnews
43 restaurants and bars banished plastic straws

43 restaurants and bars banished plastic straws

Catering facilities in Budapest became more and more environmentally conscious.

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Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems of this century. Plastic bags are banned in several countries, and now it seems that the days of plastic straws are also counted. A long time ago, straw was a luxury item, now it comes automatically with almost every drink you buy. For the average 20-minute use, however, we pay a big price, as it decomposes in more than 500 years and does not disappear completely, only brakes into small pieces.

A Hungarian group, Felelős Gasztrohős Alapítvány (‘Responsible Gastro-Hero Foundation ‘) tries to raise awareness for years, not only for this problem. Now they have achieved great success: thanks to their campaign to refuse straws, 43 catering facilities in Budapest decided to ban (at least don’t automatically give) straws with drinks since August.

According to Gasztrohős' calculations, so many straws are used annually in a single average restaurant, which could fill 3 luggage bags of cabin size. Another organization, Night Mayor Budapest is working to make the city's nightlife more sustainable, so their supporters also joined the straw-free movement. From August, their guests either do not get straws at all, or receive PLA (industrially compostable) straws on request.

"According to our calculation, we can remove 160,000 straws from the trash. This means 400 kilometres of plastic per year. We hope to start a movement that will completely dump the plastic from the night in a few years.” –said Dániel G. Német to Index.

For the time being, these places have joined the initiative:

Slow Foodiez, Four Bites Catering, Kozmosz vegan restaurant, Larus restaurant, Kőleves, Yes, Chef, Doblo Wine & Bar, Pohárszék Wine & Coffee, Almalomb, Édeni vegán, Smúz – viragneked.hu, Fruccola Arany János utca, Fruccola Kristóf tér, Fruccola MOM park, Törökméz, HILDA, Mártogatós, Jardinette, Funky Pho, UrbanFood Cafe & Coworking, HelloAnyu family friendly community space, Murok cafe, Pántlika, Kéhli, Grund, Budapest Park, SzimplaKert, Szimpla Háztáji, Akvárium Klub, Kazimir, Kertem, 360 bar, Krak'n'town, LeoBudapest, KIOSK Budapest, BABEL Budapest, Jamie's Italian, Pest-Buda, 21, Pierrot, Spíler, Spíler Sanghai, Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria, Hintaló, Kék Ló, Lumen, Doblo, Ötkert, Zsiráf, Mazel Tov, Tereza, Napozó, 4BRO Downtown, Instant-Fogas, Robot, Lärm, Liebling, Pont, Frame, Pontoon, Központ, Dobrumba, Három Holló, Élesztőház, KobuciKert, BB'Z Bar and Grill and Esetleg Bisztró.

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Park in Budapest to be named after Nelson Mandela http://budnews.hu/news/News/1214/park-in-budapest-to-be-named-after-nelson-mandela- 13 of the unnamed public areas in Budapest will get new names soon – one of them can be named after Nelson Mandela, Index.hu writes. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 07:42:39 GMT Mia Balogh
Park in Budapest to be named after Nelson Mandela

Park in Budapest to be named after Nelson Mandela

13 of the unnamed public areas in Budapest will get new names soon – one of them can be named after Nelson Mandela, Index.hu writes.

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Believe it or not, there are still quite a lot of streets and parks in Budapest without any names. Of course, locals and also the city council try to find a solution to identify these public areas – so from time to time, people of the city council decide about the new names of a few streets and parks.

Recently, they have decided about the name of a park in the 11th district: it will be named after Nelson Mandela. However, this decision requires approval by the district council, too.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mandela (1918-2013) was the Republic of South-Africa’s first black president serving between 1994 and 1999.

Meanwhile in the 3rd district, they continue to name streets after spices (for ex. Watermint Street) and a park will be named after Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Archbishop of Warsaw, who was well known for his principled stand against Nazism and Communism.

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Second film of László Nemes Jeles conquered Venice International Film Festival http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1213/second-film-of-laszlo-nemes-jeles-conquered-venice-international-film-festival ’ Sunset’ won FIPRESCI award in Venice. Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:47:29 GMT Budnews
Second film of László Nemes Jeles conquered Venice International Film Festival

Second film of László Nemes Jeles conquered Venice International Film Festival

’ Sunset’ won FIPRESCI award in Venice.

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It has been 24 years that a Hungarian movie made it to the competition program of Venice Film Festival, and doing so, we instantly won a prize. ’Sunset’, the second feature film of the Oscar winner László Nemes Jeles had huge success in Venice, and now we know that critics find this movie to be the best. Sunset got the prize of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) although it competed in a very serious field: Sunset competed with films such as the new western of the Coen Brothers, ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ or the black and white family history of Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Roma and Luca Guadagnino Suspiria’.

The protagonists of the film are Juli Jakab (Írisz Leiter) and the Romanian Vlad Ivanov (Oszkár Brill) and huge part of the crew is the same who made the Son of Saul. The story takes us back to 1913, Budapest, in the heart of Europe. The young Írisz Leiter arrives in the Hungarian capital with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner, Oszkár Brill. While preparations are under way at the Leiter hat store, to host guests of uttermost importance, a man abruptly comes to Írisz, looking for a certain Kálmán Leiter. Refusing to leave the city, the young woman follows Kálmán’s tracks, her only link to a lost past. Her quest brings her through the dark streets of Budapest, where only the Leiter hat store shines, into the turmoil of a civilisation on the eve of its downfall.

The film has been bought by film marketers from 70 countries around the world before the world premiere. The North American premiere was on Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival, the Hungarian audience can see ’Sunset’ from 27 September in cinemas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKAZINs-xas

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La Fabbrica: where the best of the Mediterranean cuisine lives http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1212/la-fabbrica:-where-the-best-of-the-mediterranean-cuisine-lives Divine pastas and pizzas, even in gluten-free version. Fri, 7 Sep 2018 08:34:55 GMT Budnews
La Fabbrica: where the best of the Mediterranean cuisine lives

La Fabbrica: where the best of the Mediterranean cuisine lives

Divine pastas and pizzas, even in gluten-free version.

Gastronomy

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Italian food is probably the most popular national cuisine – well, maybe after Chinese, – yet, it’s hard to find a really good Italian restaurant. If you agree, we have a good news: the newest Mediterranean place of Budapest, La Fabbrica meets the requirements in all respects. This ’factory’ is in the middle of Budapest downtown, near the Basilica, and offers not only real Southern Italian courses, but it showcases the best foods of the Mediterranean area: La Fabbrica offers the cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the Mediterranean Coast. And it’s not only a restaurant, but also a bar and “trattoria”! Both the restaurant section and the bar represent the elegant style, highlighting two unique solutions: the living olive tree and the light over the bar, which is no other than a bathtub.

The food doesn’t just bring the high level that we expect based on the design, but it may even surpass it. The spaghetti with divine sweet tomato is a simple but great lunch, the classic Mediterranean pizza with Italian sausage, Neapolitan broccoli, smoked buffalo mozzarella is a must-try, and the Mediterranean-style cod fish, grilled in spiced breadcrumbs crust with cherry tomato is probably the best thing I’ve ever had. And on the top of all this, they make all of their pizzas and pastas in gluten-free version too!

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Cycling in Budapest: everything you need to know http://budnews.hu/news/News/1211/cycling-in-budapest:-everything-you-need-to-know Where is it possible, where not, and what to do if you get a flat tire? Thu, 6 Sep 2018 11:56:36 GMT Budnews
Cycling in Budapest: everything you need to know

Cycling in Budapest: everything you need to know

Where is it possible, where not, and what to do if you get a flat tire?

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Riding a bike in this early-autumn weather is one of the best things. But few rules are worth keeping in mind. As every country’s regulation is different, it’s important to know the local rules if you come to visit. First of all, Budapest is not a bicycle-friendly city. We’re trying, but there is not enough bicycle path and the existing ones are often not too practical.

If there is a bicycle path, then – obviously – cyclists have to use it, but what if there isn’t? If there is no designated bicycle path, we must use the right side of the road from a safe distance from the sidewalk. That's approximately 1 meter. It’s also important, that in Hungary bus lane is not open for cyclists, unless an extra sign permits.

In Hungary you must pay extra attention if you’re passing by a parking car: always keep at least one door distance, because it’s not too enjoyable when you fly over an opening door without your bike. Cyclists can only use the sidewalk if the road is unsuitable for cycling, and only with no disturbance to pedestrian traffic, and at a speed of up to 10 km/h.

The bicycle must have a bunch of mandatory equipment as well: white or amber front light, red rear light, red rear prism, two independent brakes, bell, amber spoke prism at least on the front wheel, and reflective clothing outside the residential area.

And what about drinking? Well, first of all, if you drink, please do not ride, but since 2012 Road Traffic Regulation permits a beer or something equivalent. More precisely the law permits 0,5 % blood alcohol level, above this we can expect a serious fine.

Last but not least, we also have good news: there are several (now 10) public bicycle pumps in Budapest that anyone can use freely. Check out the exact locations of the pumps here, it can be very useful at some point!

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Things to do in Budapest when the summer ends http://budnews.hu/news/News/1210/things-to-do-in-budapest-when-the-summer-ends Don’t worry, the city has many opportunities to feel good. Wed, 5 Sep 2018 09:28:25 GMT Budnews
Things to do in Budapest when the summer ends

Things to do in Budapest when the summer ends

Don’t worry, the city has many opportunities to feel good.

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This summer is officially over – and we’re all said about it. But we tried to find the good things in the bad and guess what: the fall is not so bad at all. We collected five things that is better to be done in the fall than in the summer.

  1. Visiting a bath. Budapest (and Hungary) is famous for its thermal baths so it would be a shame to miss them. But in the 30 Celsius degree?? It’s not so pleasant. Fortunately now, when the weather is becoming a bit colder, it can be a perfect chill day to relax in the hot pools of Gellért, Széchenyi or Rudas Bath.
  2. This weather is also better for a sightseeing tour: you won’t get a heat stroke and while the temperature is still above 10°C, and the Sun is shining quite a lot, you can take long walks in the City or at Buda Castle to discover the well-known and hidden treasures of this amazing city.
  3. If you prefer something closer to nature, you will like to enjoy the colour of the leaves in the Buda hills or choose a nice walk at Fűvészkert (botanical garden in the 8th district), Margaret Island or City Park. This time, the nature shines in thousands of colours, and it makes this city even more beautiful than usual.
  4. Autumn is the season of wine, thus you can choose from many wine festivals in the capital and nationwide. Taste the best Hungarian wines in a small family winery or visit Budapest Wine Festival but don’t miss the harvest season. And be sure to try the so-called ‘must’, which is unfermented grape juice, delicious and rich in vitamins.
  5. Wake up early and visit a local market! You can buy nice and healthy fruits, vegetables and in some markets, delicious cakes, too. This is really not an expensive experience, but a memorable adventure, for sure. Be prepared that older marketers don’t speak English, but they are very kind. If you show them what you would like to buy, they will help you in few seconds.
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Video: this is how House of Hungarian Music will look like http://budnews.hu/news/News/1209/video:-this-is-how-house-of-hungarian-music-will-look-like Plans unveiled and will make your jaw drop. Tue, 4 Sep 2018 08:45:40 GMT Mia Balogh
Video: this is how House of Hungarian Music will look like

Video: this is how House of Hungarian Music will look like

Plans unveiled and will make your jaw drop.

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Although Liget project has been stirring a lot of controversy in the past few months (because activists and a lot of other people have feared that City Park – the so-called Városliget – will lose a lot from its greenery with a couple of new huge building being constructed here), we can’t go by without saying a word after having watched the following video.

The short film is a virtual tour in the new House of Hungarian Music, which will be under construction soon near Vajdahunyad Castle and set to open by the end of 2020. Here you can see the detailed plans of the edifice which will show a lot of harmony with nature: it will be built partly underground (like it would be part of the City Park) and its airy design will be incorporating plenty of greenery.

The three-storey building will host permanent and seasonal exhibitions on its underground level. On the ground floor, concert halls and an auditorium will be constructed, while the top floor will be home to lecture rooms and a modern digital library.

Do you have a little bit more than one and a half minute to go for a virtual tour in this jaw-dropping edifice? ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip349VL_UfU

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7 new flights from Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1208/7-new-flights-from-budapest Wow: more than half dozen new flights will premiere before spring of 2019, making possible even a one-day trip from Budapest to London, for example. Mon, 3 Sep 2018 09:25:55 GMT Mia Balogh
7 new flights from Budapest

7 new flights from Budapest

Wow: more than half dozen new flights will premiere before spring of 2019, making possible even a one-day trip from Budapest to London, for example.

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Mia Balogh

It doesn’t even feel like fall has really arrived but we have already big news for the upcoming autumn-winter season. New flights and destinations will be available from Budapest with Wizz Air, easyJet and Polish airlines LOT.

Wizz Air will fly twice weekly to Doncaster Sheffield in Britain and also twice weekly to Eilat-Ovda in Israel. EasyJet will fly to London-Southend and also to Manchester twice a week. LOT will operate 12 weekly flights to London-City Airport. Doncaster Sheffield and London-City will be new destinations from Budapest, just like two further cities: Marseille and Amman in Jordan.

Flights to the two latter destinations will be operated from the end of October, just like to Doncaster. Eilat-Ovda, Manchester and London-Southend will be available from the first days of November while reaching London City from Budapest within a couple of hours will be possible from 19 February.

This destination is also exciting because it will be possible to make a one-day trip from Budapest. Every weekday, flights are planned to depart Budapest at 7am to arrive at London City at 8:45am, and also depart LCY at 7:30pm to reach BUD at 11pm. So no overnight stay might be needed for a short business meeting or a surprise trip for your loved ones. ;)

Well, we already can’t wait to try it! Like and share our article if you agree with us. ;)

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Diner en Blanc in Budapest for the third time http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1207/diner-en-blanc-in-budapest-for-the-third-time One of the most mysterious dinner events in the world returns to our capital again. Fri, 31 Aug 2018 08:44:01 GMT Mia Balogh
Diner en Blanc in Budapest for the third time

Diner en Blanc in Budapest for the third time

One of the most mysterious dinner events in the world returns to our capital again.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

The world’s most elegant and most mysterious picnic, Diner en Blanc will be organized in Budapest again, for the third time on 1 September. The location will be a secret until the last couple of minutes but one thing is for sure: the gathering will be held at a beautiful place. The first two suppers were hosted at spots as the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Vigadó tér on the Pest riverfront.

Diner en Blanc started as a private event 30 years ago, organised by Frenchman François Pasquier. Now it is a global attraction, involving 80 cities and more than 130,000 visitors worldwide.

There is only a small problem with the event: it’s almost impossible get in. The system works by invitation and if you don’t have any friends in the Diner en Blanc community, your only hope is the waiting list of… well, thousands of people.

If you do manage to get in, the principles are the same from the beginnings: you, the guest have to dress in white and bring your food, your own white table for two and two chairs and tableware to the venue. Everyone can bring a plus one. If your registration had been confirmed, you have to be there, even if the weather turns bad. Exciting, isn’t it? ;)

Like and share our article if you would like to be there one day and experience what this secret and elegant dinner is like.

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5 tips how to save summer spirit for fall http://budnews.hu/news/News/1206/5-tips-how-to-save-summer-spirit-for-fall- Keep the summer spirit alive a little bit longer – these program ideas will help you in that. Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:26:52 GMT Mia Balogh
5 tips how to save summer spirit for fall

5 tips how to save summer spirit for fall

Keep the summer spirit alive a little bit longer – these program ideas will help you in that.

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Mia Balogh

If you are in Budapest these days, you might see families returning from their summer holidays and/or preparing for the new schoolyear, folks talking about their plans for autumn and some change in the malls and shop windows: even the clothes and shoes are already preparing for the fall.

But it doesn’t mean automatically that we all have to say goodbye to summer already – we can still feel the spirit, for example by adding these programs to our plans in September.

Outdoors? Yes please!

After the hot summer days when we don’t even feel like going out to the small store on the corner to buy some soda, September might bring more ideal weather for some sports: enjoy the outdoor sports like football or basketball with your friends, or go for a hike.

Have a barbecue party

Who said that barbecue parties are for summer? You can organize one on a nice September evening, or even on a weekend – your family and friends will be happy to join. ;)

Swim in outdoor pools

Yes, of course, going to the beach and swimming in a river, lake or pool is associated with summer heat but there are a couple of baths in Budapest where you can do it even in September. And in Széchenyi Baths, outdoor pools are also available also in winter.

Riverboat ride

In summer, maybe you didn’t have the opportunity to explore the picturesque small towns of the Danube Bend so it’s high time to do it this fall. In lack of time, choose a short boat trip to enjoy some time on the Danube and to see how beautiful Budapest is from the river. Our tip: do it by night, the city is an amazing view from the river when the lights are lit up.

Open-air concert

Sziget and the other popular Hungarian music festivals are already over but it is still not too late for anyone to rock under the open skies: there are a couple of outdoor events and concerts – for example at Budapest Park – where you can feel the beat under the stars. ;)

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One-third of Hungarians are festival-goers http://budnews.hu/news/News/1205/one-third-of-hungarians-are-festival-goers Music festivals are the most popular, but food festivals are also a hit among Hungarians. Wed, 29 Aug 2018 07:56:24 GMT Mia Balogh
One-third of Hungarians are festival-goers

One-third of Hungarians are festival-goers

Music festivals are the most popular, but food festivals are also a hit among Hungarians.

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According to a representative survey conducted among 2000 Hungarian adults in June by Kutatópont, one-third of Hungarians are festival-goers. The rate was higher among younger Hungarians and stood at 53 per cent for 18 to 29-year-olds, at 48 per cent for 30 to 39-year-olds and also at 48 per cent for 40 to 49-year-olds. Pop music festivals were the most popular type among Hungarian festival-goers, followed by food festivals.

In Hungary, we have big and even internationally awarded festivals like Sziget and smaller festivals, such as the Valley of Arts and the Gourmet Festival – also the smaller cultural and gastronomic events begun to attract more and more people in the last few years.

This year, every major festival closed with a record number of visitors.

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Unique Hungarian ice-cream parlour among Europe’s bests http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1204/unique-hungarian-ice-cream-parlour-among-europe’s-bests- Gelarto Rosa has received serious recognition. Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:43:10 GMT Budnews
Unique Hungarian ice-cream parlour among Europe’s bests

Unique Hungarian ice-cream parlour among Europe’s bests

Gelarto Rosa has received serious recognition.

Gastronomy

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The Guardian asked their readers to vote for the best ice-cream parlours in Europe, and surprisingly or not, a Hungarian place also made it to the top 20. This is Gelarto Rosa, a unique place near St. Stephen’s Basilica, and its specialty is their rose shaped ice cream.

The founder of the ice-cream parlour learned the art of ice-cream making in Italy, and it seem tourists appreciated it. In fact, the Italian line is so characteristic in this small shop that most of the raw materials are imported from Italy: pistachio, hazelnuts or blueberries, among others. At least 50 percent of the fruity ice-cream roses is real fruit, and all of them are made without vegetable fat, aroma or added colour.

The Guardian highlights that the icy dessert is beautifully scooped out into petals to form a flower in the colours (or rather tastes) of our choice. They have delicious and inventive flavours (strawberry and elderflower, pear and chocolate, sorrel, poppy seed, raspberry chocolate, and even acacia in the spring) and it’s totally good value for money, too.

Definitely a must-try, if you’re in the city!

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Wow: Hungarian ‘Umbrella Man’ on top of Budavár Palace http://budnews.hu/news/News/1203/wow:-hungarian-‘umbrella-man’-on-top-of-budavar-palace He climbed the dome of Budavár Palace to perform some acrobatic moves in the sunrise. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:00:49 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: Hungarian ‘Umbrella Man’ on top of Budavár Palace

Wow: Hungarian ‘Umbrella Man’ on top of Budavár Palace

He climbed the dome of Budavár Palace to perform some acrobatic moves in the sunrise.

News

Mia Balogh

If you think that Will Smith’s dance production on the top of the Chain Bridge is something totally awesome, let us show you something. There is someone quite mysterious, called only the ‘Umbrella Man’ who climbs on some of the attractions of the Hungarian capital from time to time, to perform some stunts (he has all the permissions to do it).

Recently, he climbed on top of the dome of Budavár Palace to perform some acrobatic stunts there in the sunrise.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmK1bcDglqg/?taken-by=kallopeter

The ‘Umbrella Man’ said in an interview that he doesn’t want to tell his name or a lot more about himself because it’s not his person that counts. He wants to draw attention to Balance Project, where – with photographer Péter Kálló – their aim is to show the beauty of Budapest from a new point of view and to make all of us realize how beautiful our capital city is.

Amazing or totally crazy? What do you think about all this?

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Budapest is among the world's most liveable cities http://budnews.hu/news/News/1202/budapest-is-among-the-worlds-most-liveable-cities It's official: Budapest is one of the best cities to live in. Fri, 24 Aug 2018 05:49:39 GMT Budnews
Budapest is among the world's most liveable cities

Budapest is among the world's most liveable cities

It's official: Budapest is one of the best cities to live in.

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Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) made its annual ranking of the world's most liveable cities, and it has many surprises. The Global Liveability Ranking for 2018 lists 140 cities from around the world and scored them on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. First of all, Vienna took the lead, and after seven years, Melbourne became „only” the second most liveable city in the world. Three of the top ten most liveable cities are in Australia and three are in Canada, and only Vienna and Copenhagen were European cities within the top 10 of ranking.

The list has several other surprises: London, Miami, New York or Dubai didn’t even make it to the top 40. Knowing this, it is particularly important thing that Budapest is the 34th on this list, which is quite excellent place. At the other end of the list conflict continues to be responsible for many of the lowest scores. The Middle East, Africa and Asia account for the ten lowest-scoring cities in the survey where violence, whether through crime, civil insurgency, terrorism or war, has played a strong role. While the best city, Vienna got almost the maximum, 99,1 points, the last Damascus only has 30,7 points. Check out the full list on Daily Mail, it’s very edifying!

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3+1 best concerts of autumn http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1201/3+1-best-concerts-of-autumn This is why it’s worth waiting for the fall to come. Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:40:56 GMT Budnews
3+1 best concerts of autumn

3+1 best concerts of autumn

This is why it’s worth waiting for the fall to come.

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Summer is over, everybody is depressed, but you shouldn’t. At least if you like high quality music, because Budapest has several things to show in the next three months. The biggest world starts come to the country and perform an unforgettable show.

Ricky Martin, 4 September

Ricky Martin is undoubtedly the biggest Latin star of these decades. Martin became a singer at age six and has sold over 70 million records since then. His first album came out in 1991 to much success in Latin America and the U.S. He continued with Spanish albums throughout the early 90’s until his single “Maria” from album “A Medio Vivir” conquered Europe. The World Cup in 1998 was a turning point for Martin, as his song “La Copa De La Vida” was featured during the sporting event and garnered the attention of its international viewership. His success has been unbroken since then and now the Hungarian audience can experience why. In 2018, Martin returned with great success after two years in Las Vegas Park Theater. Ricky does an amazing show on this tour again, which includes his best musical repertoire. All of his biggest hits will be played, including "Disparo al Corazón", "La Mordidita", "Tal Vez", "Livin 'la Vida Loca", "Pégate", "Adiós", "La Bomba" "La Copa de la Vida" or the latest ones "Vente Pa'Ca" and "Fiebre".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBztnahrOFw

Il Divo, 10 September

The classical crossover male quartet brings their „Timeless” tour to Budapest. The tour named after their latest album began on April 20 in Mexico City and will end, after eight months of world tour, passing through Asia, South Africa, Australia and Latin America; in the United States with 40 shows giving a total of 120 annual where the public will enjoy the classics renewed in the masterful voices of Il Divo that will tour the most important scenarios. Once again, trying to take a step forward “Timeless Tour” is an elegant, romantic, dramatic and sensual show that will include elements such as video, dancers, acrobatics and above all: Voices! They say, it’s a trip to the most exciting experience of Il Divo so far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJNzmNB48no

David Garrett, 10 October

David Garrett, The Devil's Violinist comes to Budapest after 2 years of the beginning of the Explosive Live tour. The name (and the World Fame) comes from the movie The Devil's Violinist in which he played the lead role in the 2013, as the noted 19th-century violinist Niccolò Paganini. Garret was a real child prodigy: he was the youngest artist ever, who performed with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 13. And his newest, „Explosive Live!” tour will certainly surpass the previous ones: "This tour is something I've never done before!" - said David. The concert will feature such great rock hits as "Purple Rain" or "Don’t Care About Us" and for fans of pop music, „Viva la vida". Classical works cannot be left out either: Beethoven's 5th Symphony or Vivaldi’s Summer can’t be missed out from the repertoire, and of course David's own compositions are also featured on the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ_BoOlAXyk

Nightwish, 20 November

The Finnish metal band, who infuse their heavy-hitting sound with symphonic cutaways and choral backing vocals also comes to Budapest this fall. They are known as much for their gaudy aesthetic as for their progressive, new age fusion of neoclassical and power metal. They started their new tour in North America and fortunately have several European concerts among the 34 venues. In the framework of this unique „Decades” tour the band plays rarely-heard early songs and all of them will be performed with a twist, so both fans and the musicians will have thrilling new experiences. In addition, these new versions are specifically designed for this tour, so later we can’t hear these special performances live. This is what we call once in a lifetime opportunity!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdZn7k5rZLQ

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Record year in Hungarian tourism http://budnews.hu/news/News/1200/record-year-in-hungarian-tourism- There are a couple of favourable sings indicating a nice growth – again – in Hungarian tourism. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:15:56 GMT Mia Balogh
Record year in Hungarian tourism

Record year in Hungarian tourism

There are a couple of favourable sings indicating a nice growth – again – in Hungarian tourism.

News

Mia Balogh

We don’t know exact data after the peak season yet but one thing seems to be sure: this year can bring a new record in Hungarian tourism. The number of tourists in Hungary grew by more than 5 percent in the first half of the year – compared with the same period of 2017 –, while accommodation revenues increased by more than 10 percent, the Cabinet Office said.

Of course, there are still a lot of travellers coming from abroad to Budapest and to Hungary, but domestic tourism is the most important reason for the growth.

As we see, some Hungarian families still travel abroad for two-week-long vacations, but some families decide to have two shorter trips – maybe both in Hungary. And those with humbler possibilities also choose to stay in the country and spend their holidays for example in a nearby town, lake or riverside.

Signs of a record year

A couple of favourable signs are indicating a record year in Hungarian tourism. Among these, we should mention for example the record visitor numbers of all the big festivals (Sziget, Balaton Sound, Volt, Efott, Campus) and the increased number of carracing fans who visited Formula-1 Hungarian Grand Prix in July.

And just one more interesting detail: this year, until the end of July, Liszt Ferenc Airport was used by almost 8.4 million passengers. That means 14.7% increase compared with the same period of 2017 – thanks to a couple of new flights mainly.

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No more PET bottles in the Zoo! Zoo Budapest finally banned the plastic bottles http://budnews.hu/news/News/1199/no-more-pet-bottles-in-the-zoo-zoo-budapest-finally-banned-the-plastic-bottles Zoo Budapest has taken a serious step towards environmental protection. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:52:32 GMT Budnews
No more PET bottles in the Zoo! Zoo Budapest finally banned the plastic bottles

No more PET bottles in the Zoo! Zoo Budapest finally banned the plastic bottles

Zoo Budapest has taken a serious step towards environmental protection.

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One of the biggest problems of this century is the immense amount of plastic waste that slowly fills the seas and the oceans. Fortunately, more and more countries in the world put up a fight against plastic pollution in several ways. Single-use plastic bags have long been banned in many western countries, and now the attention is drawn to push back the use of plastic straws and we’re also looking for good alternatives for plastic bottles.

Zoo Budapest has now made a huge step in the field of the plastic bottles: the management has decided to ban all PET bottles from all concession stands. Of course, this does not mean that we are going to die from thirst in the zoo, but that the restaurants and shops can only sell glass bottled or canned drinks, which must be selectively collected.

"We have signed a contract with catering establishments that prohibit to sell single-use PET bottles. This decision is clearly intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste" - explained Zoltán Hanga, spokesman for Zoo Budapest. The spokesman also emphasized that, besides reducing waste, changing people’s attitude is also an important goal, and that’s why they created information leaflets on environmental issues.

The elimination of single-use plastic water bottles will have a significant, wildlife saving impact on the environment by reducing the amount of plastic waste. These disposable plastic bottles are produced in almost unimaginable quantities. According to an international survey, 1 million bottles are thrown into the trash world-wide in every minute, that means 20,000 plastic bottles per second. And that explains quite well the existence of the continent-sized garbage islands in the oceans….

From now on, guests have two choices when purchasing drinks at the zoo: the reusable aluminum water can, or the classis glass bottle. Or a third one, which is the best: bring your own drinking bottle and fill it from any tap in the Zoo.

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Hungarian fashion brand conquers New York http://budnews.hu/news/News/1198/hungarian-fashion-brand-conquers-new-york- Manta won a prestigious prize. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:44:18 GMT Budnews
Hungarian fashion brand conquers New York

Hungarian fashion brand conquers New York

Manta won a prestigious prize.

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In 2018, Nanushka and Dori Tomcsányi sound familiar not only for Hungarian people, but also for fashionistas all over the world. And now - luckily - we have to memorize the name of another emerging Hungarian brand. This is the Hungarian fashion brand called Manta, which designs swimwear and swimming accessories from average people to professional swimmers.

And now the good news: the well-known Graphis Magazine in New York rewarded the Cartoon product line of Manta Swim Collection with gold medal! Manta reached this huge success in branding category from several hundred applicants. Strong competitors applied from Canada to Indonesia, so it’s a very big thing that Manta swimwear was chosen to be the best among these brands. There were such huge brands like Audi, Budweiser, Jacobs or the Hawaiian Airlines. And if it wouldn’t be enough, this is not the first time the Hungarian brand achieved international success: Manta Cartoon Collection has also been selected into the finalists of the Wiener J. Binder Award.

About the company: Manta is a 100% Hungarian company established in Budapest six years ago. Their products are designed in Hungary and partly produced in the country, partly abroad. It’s also interesting, that Manta Swim Ltd. gives the chance to one young designer every year to design a thematic swimwear collection for them. After the positive international welcome of the Hungarian Etno collection in 2014, the next big step was the appearance of FINA licensed Barracuda racing swimsuit in 2017. And now here comes the newest successful product line.

The new, award-winning collection includes women's, men's and children's swimsuits, the products are available in stores from mid-August, but everybody should also take a look at their former collections!

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Empathy Café & Bistro – newest place to try, and to return http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1197/empathy-cafe--bistro-–-newest-place-to-try,-and-to-return Newest charity café and community centre of Budapest opened in Arany János Street. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:49:05 GMT Mia Balogh
Empathy Café & Bistro – newest place to try, and to return

Empathy Café & Bistro – newest place to try, and to return

Newest charity café and community centre of Budapest opened in Arany János Street.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Would you like to drink a really good coffee at a nice place, and, in the meantime, also support a good cause? If yes, try Empathy Café & Bistro, opened recently at the ground floor of the headquarters of the Hungarian Red Cross (31 Arany János Street).

The newly opened spot offers specialty coffee (purchased from László Bányai, a Hungarian man living in Costa Rica) and of course nice food: three types of ‘DOP lángos’ will be available here – it is something between the Hungarian streetfood ‘lángos’ and the Roman pizza. If you buy anything, you support the Hungarian Red Cross’ work, aims and mission.

Furthermore, this spot is also a community centre - where socially important questions can be discussed regularly -, and an environmentally friendly place, too: they refuse to use plastic and will offer filtered water (also with Magnesium) instead of drinks in PET bottles.

We think this is absolutely a great initiative and can’t wait to return. ;)

Photos and more info here:https://www.facebook.com/empathycafe/

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Wow: Namibian sky pictured by Hungarian photographers is a must-see http://budnews.hu/news/News/1196/wow:-namibian-sky-pictured-by-hungarian-photographers-is-a-must-see After months of planning their trip, Hungarian astrophotographers travelled 12 000 km in Namibia to take these photos. We think it was every bit worth it. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:32:50 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: Namibian sky pictured by Hungarian photographers is a must-see

Wow: Namibian sky pictured by Hungarian photographers is a must-see

After months of planning their trip, Hungarian astrophotographers travelled 12 000 km in Namibia to take these photos. We think it was every bit worth it.

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Namibia must be a fascinating and unique place, partly because the light of the stars and the Milky Way is so strong there that you do not even need a flashlight to navigate in the desert.

The vast country is about nine times bigger than Hungary but has only two million inhabitants, that’s why the light of the settlements cannot outshine the sky. The 1800 metres elevation above sea level and the low humidity also contribute to Namibia’s appeal.

“From a photographer’s view, if the quality of the Namibian sky is 100% then what we can experience in a larger Hungarian city is 10-20%, and maybe 50-60% in smaller villages” - explained Rafael Schmall, one of the 6 team members of the expedition. He is also the founder of the MAFE (Hungarian Association for Astrophotographers), and works at the Star Park of Zselice, near Kaposvár. They spent two weeks in Namibia, travelled 12 000 kilometres for the breath-taking photos.

The huge country is also very attractive for those interested in photographing the night sky because it is in the Southern hemisphere, you can observe an almost completely different sky. Even the familiar constellations appear differently. For example, the Milky Way is much further up above the observer’s head and the Magellanic Clouds and smaller galaxies orbiting around the Milky Way are also visible.

Source: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu

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Kate McKinnon performing Hungarian rap http://budnews.hu/news/News/1195/kate-mckinnon-performing-hungarian-rap While filming The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest, the American actress learned Hungarian for three months. She couldn’t order in a restaurant, but mastered some serious rap skills – check it out in the following video. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:42:13 GMT Mia Balogh
Kate McKinnon performing Hungarian rap

Kate McKinnon performing Hungarian rap

While filming The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest, the American actress learned Hungarian for three months. She couldn’t order in a restaurant, but mastered some serious rap skills – check it out in the following video.

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Although she agrees that Hungarian is the second most difficult language for native speakers in English to pick up, Kate McKinnon didn’t let herself to be discouraged from learning some Hungarian language while filming The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest - through a '90s rap song by Animal Cannibals, Yozsefváros. She says it took her one year to learn all this.

Check out her performance in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch her and of course the presenter’s reactions – that face is super funny!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olupGxvGd9s

Like and share our article if you agree with us that this is dope! ;)

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The Birthday Cake of Hungary has been revealed: this is what we can taste on 20 August http://budnews.hu/news/News/1194/the-birthday-cake-of-hungary-has-been-revealed:-this-is-what-we-can-taste-on-20-august The sugar-free winner has also been announced. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:10:38 GMT Budnews
The Birthday Cake of Hungary has been revealed: this is what we can taste on 20 August

The Birthday Cake of Hungary has been revealed: this is what we can taste on 20 August

The sugar-free winner has also been announced.

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Each year, on the occasion of the national holiday on 20 August, the competition for The Birthday Cake of Hungary is announced by the National Guild of Hungarian Confectioners at the invitation of the Government of Hungary. Organized since 2007, the competition ends with a decision of the professional jury, and the recipe of the winning cake specialty is shared with the general public. The guild expects the participants to come up with innovative and creative ideas yet respecting Hungarian confectionary traditions.

Upon the decision made by a jury of reputable master confectioners, the winning cake obtains the title “The Birthday Cake of Hungary”. This special sweet is available in confectionaries all around Hungary as of 20 August. From this day, confectioners may prepare the cake on the basis of the original recipe.

The popularity of this event has never been greater: since 2007 more and more confectionaries have entered the competition to win the title, and the winning cake is surrounded by a huge interest all year around.

This year’s winner is „Komáromi kisleány (’Girl from Komárom’), that has honey-walnut based dough and pear, chocolate, vanilla cream, cinnamon and ginger in it. Hungary’s sugar-free cake has also been selected: this is „Három kívánság” (‘Three wishes’) that has no sugar or white flour in it. The three dominant ingredients are almond sponge cake with chia seed and walnut, sour cherry and cottage cheese. The freshness of the cake is enhanced by lemon juice, while the top is covered with sweet cream.

The two cakes and the St Stephen's Day bread can be tasted on August 18, 19 and 20 on the Street of Hungarian Flavors for the first time.

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Best programs on the National Holiday: things you should do on 20 August http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1193/best-programs-on-the-national-holiday:-things-you-should-do-on-20-august Plenty of traditional programs await! Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:00:54 GMT Budnews
Best programs on the National Holiday: things you should do on 20 August

Best programs on the National Holiday: things you should do on 20 August

Plenty of traditional programs await!

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20 August is the State Foundation Day, our biggest national holiday, the Hungarian 4 July. This day is devoted to Hungary's first king, St. Stephen, and it’s also the day of the Foundation of Hungary and "the day of the new bread". St. Stephen of Hungary, as the first king, led the country into the Christian church and established the institutions of the kingdom and the church. He was canonized on 20 August 1083, that’s why 20 August is his feast day.

On this day, every Hungarian city has some kind of commemoration. The biggest event is the half an hour-long firework on the bank of the Danube in the evening, which is attended by many people on both river banks, from the hills on the Buda side and from the rooftops of both Pest and Buda. This is the highlight of the holiday, but fortunately, 20 august will be Monday this year, so the whole weekend will be devoted to the national holiday. There are several programs you can chose from:

On 20 August, the programs will begin on the Kossuth Lajos square in front of the Parliament, in line with tradition, where the national flag will be hoisted with military honor. This will be followed by the inauguration of the army cadets where President János Áder speaks. Of course, the traditional Holy Mass and procession of the Holy Right Hand will also take place.

The largest folk art festival in Hungary, The Festival of Folk Arts is also organized on this weekend (already on the 17th) as usual, in the Buda Castle. The festival, which evokes the ambiance of old-time fairs, is the year’s long-expected family event where one can try folk crafts and admire the splendid artwork of craftsmen. Nearly 1,000 craftsmen and hundreds of performers will take part in a full day of stage programs, exhibitions, handicraft gastronomic delights and popular activities for children. In interactive open workshops, more than 800 Hungarian and 150 foreign masters will acquaint visitors with the secrets of their different crafts. Not only can visitors escape the ordinary to enter a medieval atmosphere where they can admire and buy items of unique folk craft heritage, but they can also create these crafts themselves under the guidance of Hungarian masters in nearly 100 open workshops. The main theme of the year will be weaving and spinning, that are the most ancient branches of folk crafts in the region, with origins that date to pre-historic times.

Street of Hungarian Flavors, one of the most visited gastronomic events of the year will be held for the ninth time on the Danube shore (exactly in Lánchíd street). The Country's Birthday Cake and St. Stephen’s Day bread are presented on this festival every year, as well as numerous culinary specialties from all over the country and the Carpathian Basin: fish soup from Baja, Karcag beefsteak, countless excellent artisan products, ginger sausage, pálinka specialties, Hungarian fish specialties, homemade beers, stuffed cabbage… just to mention some of the unique tastes. The Street of the Hungarian Flavors opens on Saturday, August 18, and is waiting for visitors on all three days of the long weekend. The main theme of the event will be „spices”, and cafes will also get particularly prominent role this year.

As for the evening fireworks: more than 21,000 effects will be shot this evening on August 20th. The organizers said: firework will mainly feature national colors and gold. The firework will be the most beautiful between Lánchíd and Margaret Bridge on the quay and on the Margaret Bridge.

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Country's first Sekler Cake pastry shop opened its doors http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1192/countrys-first-sekler-cake-pastry-shop-opened-its-doors Everything here is about this special sweetness. Fri, 10 Aug 2018 07:24:30 GMT Budnews
Country's first Sekler Cake pastry shop opened its doors

Country's first Sekler Cake pastry shop opened its doors

Everything here is about this special sweetness.

Gastronomy

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If you’re interested in culinary topics and curiosities, you’ve probably heard about the Hungarian Kürtős kalács, the Sekler cake. This cake is prepared by wrapping a strip rolled from sweet dough around a thick wooden tool, then it’s scrolled in sugar a few times, and finally baked golden brown over charcoal embers. In doing so, the sugar adhered to the Sekler Cake is being caramelized and forms bright, crispy coating. The cake can be flavored in numerous ways: we can cover it for example with crushed nuts, cocoa, vanilla or cinnamon powder.

Now this cake has its own „temple”: `Édes Mackó` Pastry Shop at Zoo Budapest, where they prepare earthy and heavenly delicacies made with charcoal baked Sekler Cake, just like the well-known Kürtős Bearing and Creamy Kürtős, and they also have some new specialties, like the Kürtős pudding, the Floating Island with Kürtős Chunks or the Cream of wheat with Kürtős chunks.

Beside these Sekler cake based delicacies, we can drink delicious and healthy handmade dairy products (raspberry milk, chocolate milk, yoghurts), children can also enjoy a variety of syrups and flavorful lemonades (mango, raspberry), while for moms, dads, and grandmothers, coffee specialties and various refreshments can give power for keeping up with the kids in the ‘Holnemvolt’ Palace at the Zoo.

Although ‘Holnemvolt’ Palace entrance is available on a reachable price of 1000 Huf/pers., and the playground can be visited with the Zoo ticket too, those who do not want to buy tickets can also enjoy the `Édes Mackó` Pastry Shop’s Sekler Cake specialties. The `Édes Mackó` Pastry Shop is also open on the Zoo street (vis-à-vis to the ‘Széchenyi Thermal Bath), so anybody can make a stop for a fantastic Sekler Cake.

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Where to dance under the summer sky: 5 best open-air dance nights in the city http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1191/where-to-dance-under-the-summer-sky:-5-best-open-air-dance-nights-in-the-city You can really enjoy the summer at these events. Wed, 8 Aug 2018 06:01:27 GMT Budnews
Where to dance under the summer sky: 5 best open-air dance nights in the city

Where to dance under the summer sky: 5 best open-air dance nights in the city

You can really enjoy the summer at these events.

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The impressive public places of Budapest are not only perfect for a walk, concerts or romantic dates, but also for dance. In summer, many parts of the city function as a permanent dance floor, and now welovebudapest gathered the best of them.

Tango at Vigadó Square

Tango is a Latin dance heated by passion, that you can now practice with view to the Buda Castle, the Danube and the Gellért Hill: in addition to the tango evening in the Castle every Thursday, there is an outdoor milonga night at Dunakorzó, Vigadó Square every week. Mineral water is provided, and although the event is free, as a recommended contribution they are welcome a 500 HUF symbolic amount.

Swing out your Mondays in Dürer Kert

Those who love the atmosphere of the roaring 20s and 30s, the fuzz and buzz of the Jazz age and the energy of swing music can find their calculations every Monday! Monday’s Pepita Parties are the marriage of spectacular swing dances and hot jazz. The best swing dancers of Budapest congregate here to pay homage to their shared passion every week: Charleston, Lindy hop, Balboa and Shag. What you can expect is utmost ambience and a nice company on a pleasant summer night to the sweet-sweet melody of Jazz.

Salsa in the Buda Castle

Baila Budapest organizes salsa parties every second Monday on the Savoy terrace of the Hungarian National Gallery. They announce the dates on Facebook, and it worth paying attention to the salsa dates in the Buda Castle. The soft music match much better to the feeling of the place, so there are first of all moderate salsa music, with some bachata and kizomba. This initiative is nonprofit and unattached to any dance school.

Salsa at Erzsébet tér

Erzsébet tér salsa was born in 2007, with a tape recorder put on the ground. Since then, this first spontaneous gathering has become the most popular public dance event. It’s organized in the middle of Budapest, at the Erzsébet tér, near the fountain, and the event is so spontaneous that most of the music is brought and played by the participants.

Salsa at Kopaszi dam

If you are looking for something closer to nature, go to Kopaszi dam! There are huge salsa parties every Tuesday in Le Bistro, on a large, open terrace. Dinner, cocktails, soft drinks, "lakeside" feeling, a pleasant walk and dance evening. What else could we need? The entry fee is 800 HUF, in case of bad weather the party is in the ground floor, or if even worse, the event may be missed.

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25-year-old Hungarian man to walk across the US http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1190/25-year-old-hungarian-man-to-walk-across-the-us- David Nagy is walking in the United States, from one coast to the other. He does it for charity and also because he loves travelling and adventure. Tue, 7 Aug 2018 07:52:48 GMT Mia Balogh
25-year-old Hungarian man to walk across the US

25-year-old Hungarian man to walk across the US

David Nagy is walking in the United States, from one coast to the other. He does it for charity and also because he loves travelling and adventure.

Lifestyle

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David Nagy is a 25-year-old man from Hungary who has already been to 25 countries and has also lived abroad: in Netherland and in Canada. He has always been opened for some travel and adventure so when he read about how some people did this walk and raised money with it, he said to himself he could be the next one to do it.

At the time there were only 39 people who completed the walk and Dávid thought that this was not a very high number. How many started the trip and then not finish it? It looks like there are hundreds of people every year who jump into this and the number of completed trips is getting higher. If David can finish his walk, he will be the first Hungarian to walk across the United States.

As we have already mentioned, many before him raised money with their walks for charities. David is raising money for Heim Pál Children’s Hospital in Budapest.

At the moment, he is more than halfway between New York and Los Angeles, must have left Denver and should be somewhere on the Colorado Trail. This is the fifth section of his walk – he planned it to have seven sections – but this is the hardest part of it. We are sure that this will be the most memorable for him, though.

The young Hungarian started in New York in May and hopes to finish his journey in September. He is usually walking 25-40 km a day and has been writing a travel blog about his adventures, posting videos on YouTube and his Facebook page.

If you are interested in his walk, follow him on social media:

Youtube: ►https://www.youtube.com/c/Eldavido Facebook: ► https://www.facebook.com/bigdavestv/ Instagram: ► https://www.instagram.com/davenagy93/ Website: ►https://eldavido.webnode.hu/

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Budapest Transitions: where imagination meets reality http://budnews.hu/news/News/1189/budapest-transitions:-where-imagination-meets-reality Special street art exhibition opened at Citadel. Mon, 6 Aug 2018 11:16:24 GMT Budnews
Budapest Transitions: where imagination meets reality

Budapest Transitions: where imagination meets reality

Special street art exhibition opened at Citadel.

News

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Everybody knows the main landmarks of Budapest, but these places mean different things for everybody. Four Hungarian artist now show what some places of the city remind them to. Budapest transition exhibition is about these associations, the combination of reality and imagination. Four artists re-created the well-known, but rarely-visited and photographed places that tourists may not even know. You can see the Elizabeth Lookout Tower on János Hill, the Academy of Music, Ponty Street, the Japanese Garden on Margaret Island, the biggest botanic garden, the narrowest house of the Buda quay, the iconic little princess statue on the Danube Promenade and the Memento Park. On these graphics, the imagination twisted a little on reality, but the character of the city remained recognizable. The four Hungarian illustrators show how these buildings and parks come to life in their imagination.

The original artworks are exhibited at the Citadel: if we a take a look at them we can recognize the original places, but the imagination is mixed with photographs of Barnabás "Barnie" Tóth. But if you download the Budapest Transition application, or visit their website, full graphics are revealed. The app uses augmented reality to reveal the difference, while on the website you can slide a slider and compare the imagination of the creators with the reality.

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Karl Lagerfeld opens his first store in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1188/karl-lagerfeld-opens-his-first-store-in-hungary The location is more than surprising. Fri, 3 Aug 2018 07:45:47 GMT Budnews
Karl Lagerfeld opens his first store in Hungary

Karl Lagerfeld opens his first store in Hungary

The location is more than surprising.

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Karl Lagerfeld is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. He is well recognized around the world for his white hair, black sunglasses, high starched collars, and of course, the clothes he makes. Now one of the largest fashion icons in the world opens his new store in Budapest in September, which will be the first in the country. The choice of location in Budapest is pretty unusual: it will be the first luxury store that won’t open its store on Andrássy Avenue or in its neighborhood, but in a mall (Aréna mall) far away from the city center, near Keleti Railway Station.

The brand has 95 stores and big wholesale network worldwide, but their presence in Central and Eastern Europe is sporadic so far. Fortunately, the network is constantly expanding: Vermont Group, the distributor of premium brands in Hungary introduces Karl Lagerfeld to the country.

This new Lagerfeld store is good news to every fashionista. The brand’s portfolio includes "ready-to-wear" clothing for men and women, children's wear, bags and small leather accessories, watches, eyeglasses, footwear, perfumes, candles and jewels are also available. The Karl Lagerfeld brand is also known for its capsule collections, which are produced in various collaborations, such as Vans or Yoni Alter and Steven Wilson. The newest capsule collection with Puma comes in September, just as the result of joint work with Kaia Gerber, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford, and both of them will be available in the new Hungarian unit.

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This is Hungary’s leading hotel http://budnews.hu/news/News/1187/this-is-hungary’s-leading-hotel This five-star accommodation has been named “Hungary’s Leading Hotel” at the World Travel Awards Europe 2018. Thu, 2 Aug 2018 07:44:12 GMT Mia Balogh
This is Hungary’s leading hotel

This is Hungary’s leading hotel

This five-star accommodation has been named “Hungary’s Leading Hotel” at the World Travel Awards Europe 2018.

News

Mia Balogh

In the last couple of years, there are more and more great hotels to choose from in Budapest – tourists can book fantastic hotel rooms even in five-star hotels (sometimes for quite reasonable prices).

So there are more and more good hotels, but which one is the best in Hungary? You can hear different opinions and read different reviews but this Summer, the five-star Hilton Budapest has been named “Hungary’s Leading Hotel” at the World Travel Awards Europe 2018.

The European award gala was organized in Athens, Greece this year, on 30 June (it was the 25th edition of the awards by the way) and Hilton properties managed to receive 19 titles there.

Hilton Budapest, located in the capital’s Castle District in Buda, won the title of “Hungary’s Leading Hotel” through the votes of international travel and tourism professionals.

“It is an honor to have been recognized by the World Travel Awards 2018,” says Zoltán Árvai, general manager of the 322-room Hilton Budapest. “The award is testament to the genuine passion and dedication our hotel puts into going the extra mile for our guests. Thank you to all of our amazing team members at Hilton Budapest who are the heart of Hilton; without them we wouldn’t have been recognized for this great achievement.”

The hotel’s recognition highlighted its newly renovated interior, as well as its commitment to quality leisure and conference facilities including various indoor and outdoor venues, meeting rooms for a range of different events, and hotel rooms with a view.

About World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence in the sector. According to the organizers, they are recognized as the “ultimate hallmark of quality worldwide”.

Source: bbj.hu

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21st Jewish Cultural Festival http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1186/21st-jewish-cultural-festival  Get to know the Jewish traditions, celebrations, Jewish culture and art. Wed, 1 Aug 2018 09:39:31 GMT Budnews
21st Jewish Cultural Festival

21st Jewish Cultural Festival

 Get to know the Jewish traditions, celebrations, Jewish culture and art.

Culture

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The Jewish Quarter of Budapest is one of the most popular areas by tourists, because of its breathtaking architecture, atmospheric streets and lots of events all year round. You can always find something exciting to do there, from visiting the Synagogue to have a drink at Gozsdu Court. If you’d like to learn more about this area, or you are interested in the Jewish culture and traditions, the Jewish Summer Festival is a perfect opportunity to visit places you haven’t been before, listen to great concerts in one of the biggest synagogues in the world, or just wandering around the neighborhood.

The festival is being held since 1998, and it offers diverse programs for everyone. The focus may be on music – the best traditional Klezmer musicians come to play here from all around the world -, but the festival has wide range of programs. Avisha Cohen Trio, Budapest Klezmer Band, Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra, and the biggest names of the Hungarian music world come on stage. We’re also really looking forward the „Djerba, Jewish community in the heart of the Arabian world” exhibition and the „talking letters” reading night, where great performers read the letters of famous musicians, historians and famous artists.

Jewish Cultural Festival awaits visitors between 26 August and 2 September in the center of Budapest. Theater plays, discussions, photo exhibitions and screenings will be a part of the festival as well. We can see and hear the flagship performers of Hungarian Jewish culture during this more than one week. The central venue of the program is the Dohány Street Synagogue this year as well, but numerous concerts will be held in 3 cult venues of downtown Pest. All of them are in the old Jewish quarter, which is still the intellectual and religious center of Hungarian Jewry:

Dohány Street Synagogue:

It’s one of the most important tourist attractions of Budapest and the world's second largest synagogue. The beautiful building was built in Moorish style in 1859, with a capacity of 3000 people. In 1996, after a five-year renovation, the synagogue was inaugurated again.

Goldmark Hall:

Goldmark Hall was the bastion of Jewish cultural life in the middle of the last century. When the anti-Jewish laws were in force, this was the only stage for the excluded artists to play. The hall remained the cultural center of the Jewish community after the Second World War as well.

Hegedűs Gyula Street Synagogue:

This Synagogue was built in 1911 and has been expanded with a beautiful courtyard in 1927. A special element of the interior is the colorful steel and glass roof that reminds us to the fanlights of the theater and cinema world of that era.

Find your ticket and more information here.

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The secret of Tokaji wine http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1185/the-secret-of-tokaji-wine- Check out this short but really interesting video about how Tokaji wines are made. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:56:26 GMT Mia Balogh
The secret of Tokaji wine

The secret of Tokaji wine

Check out this short but really interesting video about how Tokaji wines are made.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Tokaji wines are quite popular worldwide among wine experts and even among those who just like to drink a glass of sweet wine occasionally. Tourists like buying a bottle of Tokaji for souvenir, and it is also a nice gift among Hungarians.

But what is the secret of these worldwide famous wines? In the following video, winemaker István Szepsy credits the layers of volcanic rock under the furmint grape vines for the wine’s balanced, minerally mouthfeel. And he would know. Szepsy’s family has been making sweet wines in the Tokaji region for 500 years.

The process for creating Tokaji wine remains pretty much unchanged since then. You take furmint grapes, allow the botrytis fungus (aka “noble rot”) to surround the clusters, pick each berry one-by-one, ferment the gently-pressed juice in oak barrels and … voila: The wine of kings!

The video was made by Great Big Story, in collaboration with the Hungarian Tourism Agency. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-aj9058MLo

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Christina Aguilera dazzles in Hungarian designer’s tulle coat http://budnews.hu/news/News/1184/christina-aguilera-dazzles-in-hungarian-designer’s-tulle-coat The world loves this sexy look, and probably so does Xtina, as well. Mon, 30 Jul 2018 06:15:30 GMT Mia Balogh
Christina Aguilera dazzles in Hungarian designer’s tulle coat

Christina Aguilera dazzles in Hungarian designer’s tulle coat

The world loves this sexy look, and probably so does Xtina, as well.

News

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Fábián Kis-Juhász, a Hungarian fashion designer working for a showroom in London was quite surprised when he saw his creation on Christina Aguilera’s Instagram page. Xtina wore the transparent red tulle coat at a photo shoot organized to promote her new album and later, one of the photos taken there was posted on Instagram.

“Christina has renewed herself many times before, we have seen her in all kinds of styles. So this is why I could not even imagine in what context would she wear my clothes. I was very surprised that they ended up using this piece also because when it comes to superstars, stylists usually collect a lot of designer pieces but it does not necessarily mean that their client will like them” – he explained.

The Hungarian designer is now working on a new collection and on “something exclusive and exciting” for a famous person but he can’t tell more about that until September.

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Zsidai Group conquers Spain: the Hungarian company opened several bars and restaurants in Southern Spain http://budnews.hu/news/News/1183/zsidai-group-conquers-spain:-the-hungarian-company-opened-several-bars-and-restaurants-in-southern-spain One of the biggest companies in the Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality industry opened bars and restaurant in Southern Spain. Fri, 27 Jul 2018 07:18:58 GMT Budnews
Zsidai Group conquers Spain: the Hungarian company opened several bars and restaurants in Southern Spain

Zsidai Group conquers Spain: the Hungarian company opened several bars and restaurants in Southern Spain

One of the biggest companies in the Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality industry opened bars and restaurant in Southern Spain.

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Do you know Pierrot restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, Spíler, És Bisztó or the Opera Café? Well, these places all belong to the same company, the Zsidai Group, which is one of the biggest in the Hungarian hospitality industry. They have hotels and restaurants in Budapest, a restaurant in Vienna and now 3 in Marbella, as they got the opportunity to develop the Kempinski Hotel and its gastronomic offer in Costa del Sol.

The Zsidai Group creates restaurants, bars, hotels, and cafés for 36 years and they are working with Kempinski since 2013 in Hungary. After the successful gastronomic cooperation with the Kempinski Hotel in Budapest (És Bistro, És Deli), the hotel management team entrusted the Hungarian group to transform and re-create the lobby and guest space and to create the complete gastronomic offer in their Spanish unit. As a result, the El Paseo del Mar gastronomic center was opened in March 2018: the Baltazár Bar & Grill Restaurant, Black Rose The Bar with cocktail and wine bar, Spíler Beach Club restaurant and Spíler Pool Bar at the hotel's pools.

The new El Paseo del Mar gastronomic center was established by the Zsidai Group and operated jointly with Kempinski hotel. The reconstruction of the community areas of the hotel, the architectural design, the gastronomic concept and the corporate identity of the two restaurants and two bars belonging to the El Paseo del Mar unit were entirely managed by the Hungarian group. The group commissioned Ákos Bara interior designer to think through and design the interior design transformations. In the selection of food and beverages, the company group kept in mind Andalusia's gastronomic culture, local fresh ingredients, local residents' needs and the expectations of tourists. The hotel's unconcealed intention with this move is to actively involve the locals by opening the doors to the general public as well as hotel guests.

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Will Smith performs illegal dance on the top of Chain Bridge http://budnews.hu/news/News/1182/will-smith-performs-illegal-dance-on-the-top-of-chain-bridge „There is no way this is legal” – Will Smith said goodbye to Budapest with a dance on the top of one of the pillars of the Chain Bridge. Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:35:17 GMT Mia Balogh
Will Smith performs illegal dance on the top of Chain Bridge

Will Smith performs illegal dance on the top of Chain Bridge

„There is no way this is legal” – Will Smith said goodbye to Budapest with a dance on the top of one of the pillars of the Chain Bridge.

News

Mia Balogh

After some Father’s Day fun and dance in Budapest, Will Smith felt that it’s high time to perform something more memorable in our beautiful capital city so he decided to join #InMyFeelingsChallenge. The challenge was started by Drake and The Shiggy Show and its point is to dance to the ‘In My Feelings’ song in the weirdest and most peculiar situations and locations.

So the Hollywood actor choose the top of the Chain Bridge: he climbed on one of the pillars of the bridge and performed the choreography up there.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlI86RBnfSA/?taken-by=willsmith

Although his last video in Budapest is very popular – it has almost 15 million views on Instagram – it was also quite dangerous to film it. Hungarian police knows about it, too: they know that he didn’t ask for permit to film on the bridge but they don’t investigate this case because there was no misdemeanor or crime committed.

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Good to know: big change will come into force in the operation of metro line M3 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1181/good-to-know:-big-change-will-come-into-force-in-the-operation-of-metro-line-m3 The metro won’t stop at the Parliament in the next few weeks. Wed, 25 Jul 2018 06:09:23 GMT Budnews
Good to know: big change will come into force in the operation of metro line M3

Good to know: big change will come into force in the operation of metro line M3

The metro won’t stop at the Parliament in the next few weeks.

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The neighborhood of the Parliament is one of the most visited places in Budapest and now a big change will come into force in the transport of the area. From July 28, metro line M2 does not serve Kossuth Lajos tér metro station, thus you have to walk, hop on the replacement bus or chose tram number 2 if you’re planning to visit this beautiful building.

It is expected that M2 metro will passes through Kossuth Lajos tér station without stopping until the end of August, because of the construction work of the office building above the station. To reach the metro station and its surroundings, M2A metro replacement bus will be available between Kossuth Lajos tér and Deák Ferenc tér. Batthyány tér can be reached by boat from Kossuth tér: in addition to D12 boat, BKK launches a new crossing boat line between the two ports between 7 am and 19 pm. Kossuth Lajos tér and its surroundings can be reached from other points of the city as usual: with tram 2, which circulates more frequent than usual, buses 15 and 115, trolley buses 70 and 78, and with metro line M3 from the direction of and Arany János utca.

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Unique opportunity: English-language stand up show will be held in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1180/unique-opportunity:-english-language-stand-up-show-will-be-held-in-budapest The region's best humorists come to Budapest for one night. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 07:28:17 GMT Budnews
Unique opportunity: English-language stand up show will be held in Budapest

Unique opportunity: English-language stand up show will be held in Budapest

The region's best humorists come to Budapest for one night.

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On 31st July Dumaszínház offers a real specialty: an English-language stand-up gala with Central European performers. Not only the members of the Hungarian company will step on the stage of Corvin Dumaszínház this night, but the best comedians from the surrounding countries also show their talent. This is a truly exciting opportunity to discover what is often referred to as the famous Central European humour. The host will be Dave Thompson, who has performed stand-up comedy in over 34 countries. He’s sold jokes to many famous comedians, and has written for TV in the UK, Germany, and United States. He appeared in four comedy feature films, numerous TV shows, and was the voice of Tinky Winky in ‘Teletubbies’. The complete list of performers:

  • Pedja Bajović (Stand Up)
  • Andrija Dabanović
  • Cezary Jurkiewicz
  • Karol Kopiec
  • Srdjan Olman Stand Up
  • Tin Vodopivec
  • Ráskó Eszter
  • Ács Fruzsina
  • Tóth Edu
  • Szabó Balázs Máté
  • Dusan Kovacevic

More information and tickets here.

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One of the best travel guide video about Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1179/one-of-the-best-travel-guide-video-about-budapest All about Budapest in 17 minutes – well, not all, but you’ll receive the most important information (even before a first trip). Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:03:34 GMT Mia Balogh
One of the best travel guide video about Budapest

One of the best travel guide video about Budapest

All about Budapest in 17 minutes – well, not all, but you’ll receive the most important information (even before a first trip).

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When you travel – to a new destination or to a place after many years – you definitely will find it useful to browse the internet for some travel videos, travel guides, just for being well-informed about your destination.

Are you planning a trip to Budapest? Well, if you don’t know much about the city yet, don’t worry: Attaché YouTube channel’s professional video about the Hungarian capital will make you one of the best informed tourists in just a couple of minutes. And it is not just informative but also quite pleasant to watch.

The travel guide starts where the majority of tourists begin making friends of Budapest: at the airport, with explaining how the transportation network of the city works. Then in the follow-up, gastronomic recommendations and other touristic tips arrive and in the end, there is a section dedicated to Corinthia Hotel Budapest, with which the filming crew partnered for the video.

Ready, steady, click to play:

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This woman has a selfie with all celebrities coming to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1178/this-woman-has-a-selfie-with-all-celebrities-coming-to-budapest And it’s not PhotoShop, definitely not! Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:09:50 GMT Mia Balogh
This woman has a selfie with all celebrities coming to Budapest

This woman has a selfie with all celebrities coming to Budapest

And it’s not PhotoShop, definitely not!

News

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Margot Robbie, Rita Ora, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of iconic band Queen, Matt Damon, Antonio Banderas, Nick Vujicic, Formula1 drivers – let us mention just a few from the world-famous superstars caught for a selfie by a Hungarian woman in Budapest.

The lady, Andrea Horvath manages Starspotter blog and an Instagram account, named starspotter78. We found her snaps here and couldn’t hide our surprise that she really has a pic with ALL the famous people coming to Hungary. How is this possible?

Check out her blog (written in Hungarian): http://starspotter.blog.hu

And her Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/starspotter78/

Do you see her selfies? Start browsing on her Instagram page and we are sure that you’ll find some of your fav Hollywood actors or some stars for whom you’ll be jealous of Andrea for meeting them. ;)

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8 best places among the Danube to drink and chill http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1177/8-best-places-among-the-danube-to-drink-and-chill- For an unforgettable summer. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:43:15 GMT Budnews
8 best places among the Danube to drink and chill

8 best places among the Danube to drink and chill

For an unforgettable summer.

Lifestyle

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In summer we want to enjoy the proximity of the waterfront as much as possible. Although it’s not easy in Budapest, it is not impossible to find a place where we can enjoy our evening cocktail on the shore. For example at these 8 terraces:

  1. Fellini Római kutúrbisztró

Fellini is a phenomenon. Until you didn’t experience sitting here and staring at the Danube at least once, you cannot call yourself a local people. The unique attractiveness of this “culture bistro” are the beach loungers lining up directly on the shore. This is a real summer evening chill place, where people can enjoy the pebbles barefoot. This place is about summer evening conversations, Belgian beers and concerts, because there’s also a small stage set up on the shore with live music in the evening.

  1. Nap bácsi

If you're already in that neighborhood, don’t miss Nap bácsi. It's very similar to Fellini both in design and atmosphere, but they call themselves a „Family-friendly community space on the Danube shore”, not a bar or restaurant or cultural venue. Nap bácsi has bean bag chairs on the Danube shore and a real summer atmosphere.

  1. Kopaszi dam

Kopaszi dam is also a must-see in the summer. One of our favorite places is Vak Varjú Beach Bistro, where holiday feeling is given. Although the terrace itself does not go directly to the waterfront, but Danube is only a few meters away, where you can sit freely on the grass and literally dip your toe in the water that has become immaculately clean in recent years. Kopaszi dam is also a perfect place to organize a picnic, so put it on your list!

  1. Dunaparty Megálló

There is a „lost bus stop” in the southern region of Budapest. Two red, London-style double decker buses on the riverbank. They are not going anywhere, and instead of a timetable, you can find here fulfilling food, quality drinks and fine music. They have nice terrace to enjoy the water, fish and pancakes on our plate and cold beer or wine to relieve our thirst. The surrounding industrial area - though we wouldn’t think at first - is an illustrious sight.

  1. Kabin

There are waterfront locations on the Pest side too: for example Kabin, which opened last year. Kabin is on Népsziget, practically on the opposite of Fellini, and not just the atmosphere, but a part of the people behind the two places are the same. In this simple, but great place, we can really sit on the waterfront, and sip our drink with our foot in the cool waves. In the evenings there are varied programs like outdoor cinema or acoustic concerts.

  1. Pontoon

If you follow the news from Hungary, you might remember that Red Hot Chili Peppers visited an outdoor hangout place in Budapest and they listened to a Hungarian band’s concert. Well, it happened at Pontoon, where you can also have a beer, listen to some nice live music and chill out after a busy day. You can even kick off your shoes because you will find nice sand at the Danube bank here. Pontoon, the „beach of the city” is not only unique by design (hammock and palm trees), but it’s full of selected music and programs, a cultural and community space, a party venue with the mission to bring the Danube closer to the people of Budapest.

  1. Valyo Kikötő

This is the latest venue on the list, opened in May 2018, but this does not detract from its value at all. The former harbor area south of the Rákóczi Bridge is a place for art festivals and cultural events from May 1 through 5 months, including workshops, community programs, children and sport programs, concerts, film screenings and theater performances. You can dance in the sand, enjoy the sun with friends, meditate on the waterfront, enjoy a concert, and, of course, drink a cold beer.

  1. Raqpart

If you are looking for a place to enjoy a cool drink in downtown area, check out Raqpart! It is undoubtedly one of our favorite summer venues in the city since its opening in 2014. We love those lazy afternoons when we sit out here, and just watch the locals and tourist come and go… and – last, but not least – enjoy the view of the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and Matthias Church. Lemonade and selfie is a must here! Jump in for a cool beer with your colleges after work, meet your friends before a party, or just get a break during a hot summer day by the river, where as we know, a slight breeze always makes the heat easier to bear.

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Wow: this is ‘Pálinka of the year’ in 2018 http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1176/wow:-this-is-‘palinka-of-the-year’-in-2018 Would you like to taste this extraordinary product? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:24:33 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: this is ‘Pálinka of the year’ in 2018

Wow: this is ‘Pálinka of the year’ in 2018

Would you like to taste this extraordinary product?

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

If you visit Hungary, one of the ‘must taste’ products on your list is probably pálinka. Okay but there are so many, which one should you choose? If it’s your first time, you should try something from the best ones to make the experience really memorable. For example, try ‘Pálinka of the year’.

This year, the National Pálinka- and Törkölypálinka Competition, Brill Pálinka House’s drink made with jasmine grapes was chosen as the best pálinka - nlcafe.hu writes.

This year, 48 distillers entered the competition, with a total of 309 items. The jury - 25 experts - awarded 5 special awards, 62 gold qualifications, 107 silver qualifications and 91 bronze qualifications. The Bolyhos bedded plum pálinka was chosen as the best batch of pálinka made with over 10 thousand bottles, while in the most efficient distillery category, 1 Drop Pálinka was the winner.

The president of the Pálinka National Committee, László Mihályi, described the winning jasmine grape pálinka as a wonderful drink that mesmerises its consumer with its elegance from the very first taste. It has a nice, muscatel-like smell that complements the flowery and rose oil-like traits.

This is a harmonious, long-lasting and definitely complex product, which makes you think of a meadow full of flowers in spring and a ripe cluster of grapes.

For the Brill Pálinka House, this is the third year they have won the title of ‘Pálinka of the year’. They have been awarded in 2011 for their pálinka made with Irsai Olivér grapes and two years after, in 2013 for their quince pear pálinka. Well, 2018 was their year again.

What is jasmine grape?

Edit Krizl, one of the owners of the Brill Pálinka House, said that jasmine grapes are a new speciality of the Pécs Research Institute. They started experimenting with this type of grapes in 2016 and now they are sure there is a bright future for jasmine grapes, concerning wine and pálinka production, as well.

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MNB introduced the new 500 forint banknotes http://budnews.hu/news/News/1175/mnb-introduced-the-new-500-forint-banknotes- MNB’s banknote exchange program is almost complete. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:56:05 GMT Budnews
MNB introduced the new 500 forint banknotes

MNB introduced the new 500 forint banknotes

MNB’s banknote exchange program is almost complete.

News

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Hungarian National Bank started a huge banknote redesign program in 2014: all banknotes got new design and the process is going to end soon. The 500 forint note, the last in the series, has been revealed, and will also be upgraded soon.

The new banknotes will be issued in two stages. First, with the announcement of the MNB’s decree on banknote issuance, the upgraded 500 forint banknote will become national legal tender from 4 July 2018. This will be followed by the preparation of key participants of currency circulation for the issuance of the new 500 forint notes. Over the coming months, the most important task will be to make the existing banknote accepting and processing machines (from ATMs to coffee machines) able to handle the new note.

General public will be able to use upgraded 500 forint notes from 1 February 2019, after the preparation period has ended. This will mark the second stage of the issuance program. Customers will be able to use the old 500 forint note until 31 October 2019 but don’t worry if you forgot some of them in your wallet.

The old banknotes will not lose their value for many years following withdrawal. After the withdrawal date, credit institutions and post offices exchanges the old notes to new ones for three years, MNB, respectively, will exchange them into legal tender of the same denomination for 20 years, until 31 October 2039.

If you have some other notes and don’t know whether they are still legal now, check the up-to-date, detailed information on the MNB’s website about the current banknotes, or watch this short video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV5N7vC48zc

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Trattoria Pomo D’oro among the best Italian restaurants of the world http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1174/trattoria-pomo-d’oro-among-the-best-italian-restaurants-of-the-world We have loved the place for years already - as thousands of guests from all around the world -, but now Trattoria Pomo D’oro is officially among the best ones in the world.  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:49:32 GMT Mia Balogh
Trattoria Pomo D’oro among the best Italian restaurants of the world

Trattoria Pomo D’oro among the best Italian restaurants of the world

We have loved the place for years already - as thousands of guests from all around the world -, but now Trattoria Pomo D’oro is officially among the best ones in the world. 

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

If anyone asks us about the best Italian restaurants in Budapest (or the best places to go for dinner in general), we usually recommend Trattoria Pomo D’oro among a couple of other spots to hang out, eat nice food and drink good wine.

Well, it is not only us who are fascinated by the friendly Italian restaurant: now the place is officially among the best ones in the world. The professional jury requested by the Ristorazione Italiana Magazine – Italian Style was testing restaurants in several countries, offering original Italian pizza for not quite a short time: for 2 years. Finally, they chose 70 places – including Gianni Annoni and Rosario Simeoli’s Trattoria Pomo D’oro of Budapest – which definitely do have a place on their list.

‘For a trattoria with only one pizza oven, this is something like for a fine dining restaurant getting into the Michelin Guide’ – Gianni Annoni said about the recognition. He added that only those restaurants could take part in the testing process which were nominated by the local Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Using good quality Italian ingredients and wood-fired pizza oven were also important criteria (so the restaurant can represent the Italian kitchen authentically). And critics didn’t forget about the importance of local popularity and opinions, either.

What can be the secret of success? Well, Gianni thinks that high quality, fresh ingredients, good Italian supplier partners, colleagues eager to work and to be inspired and the qualities of their chef, Rosario Simeoli were all needed to achieve this fantastic success.

What to eat in Pomo D’Oro?

Unfortunately, we haven’t tried all their menu yet but we tasted some of their pasta and raviolis. So let us recommend you to try Strozzapreti (priest choker) pasta (hand rolled pasta with tomato ragout, flambéed with parmesan cheese) or any of the classic Italian pastas like lasagne or homemade noodles with Bolognese ragout. Their menu is available here: http://pomodorobudapest.com/en/menu

If you want to try some of their wines (please, don’t miss it), they have an extraordinary wine list. Since nobody wants to spend half an hour with choosing the right wine with their food, feel free to ask for recommendation. The waiters are very polite and know everything from each wine. ;) And they always show you the wine chosen on the wine list so you will see the prices, too.

Don’t worry, it won’t be rip off: for the last time, a dinner for two, a bottle of real good wine and a piece of the world’s most delicious chocolate cake costed like 20 000 HUF (60 euros).

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Ice cream + something: 3 places, where ice cream is only the filling http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1173/ice-cream-+-something:-3-places,-where-ice-cream-is-only-the-filling These 3 unique ice cream desserts are better than anything you’ve tasted before. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:25:05 GMT Budnews
Ice cream + something: 3 places, where ice cream is only the filling

Ice cream + something: 3 places, where ice cream is only the filling

These 3 unique ice cream desserts are better than anything you’ve tasted before.

Gastronomy

Budnews

Ice creams are great on their own, but if they are stuffed into something, they are simply irresistible!

Ice cream in chimney cake

Chimney cake („Kürtőskalács”) is a spit cake specific to Hungarian-speaking regions. It’s made from sweet, yeast dough (raised dough), of which a strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar. During the baking process the sugar stuck on it, caramelizes and forms a shiny, crispy crust. Well, this is the default. Now imagine chimney cake stuffed with vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce, or chocolate-banana and whipped cream, for example. It’s available in lots of places in the city, for example here.

Ice cream in bubble waffle

Bubble waffle or egg waffle is a spherical egg-based waffle comes from Hong Kong and Macau and is an eggy leavened batter cooked between two plates of semi-spherical cells. By now it conquered the Hungarian capital too, and it is almost natural, that you can buy it in a rolled-up version, stuffed with ice-cream and fruits. It’s a must-try thing this summer, taste it here or here.

Thai ice cream in sweet crescent roll

Thai ice cream is the so-called stir-fried ice cream, with toppings (whipped cream, fruit and cookie). It is basically a rolled ice cream or ice cream rolls, a handmade ice cream dessert made with milk poured on an iced grill, and mixed with fruit or different ingredients on the ice-pan. Stir-fried ice cream exists in Thailand since 2009, and now it starts to become popular in the whole world. Now imagine a “RollDog”, which has the selected ice cream rolls in a sweet, warm, toasted buttery crescent roll. Yummy! Taste the original here.

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Fortego – The photo app that helps to explore the old life of the city http://budnews.hu/news/News/1172/fortego-–-the-photo-app-that-helps-to-explore-the-old-life-of-the-city This application shows nearby old photos of Budapest, so we could simply compare the change of the city. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:23:07 GMT Budnews
Fortego – The photo app that helps to explore the old life of the city

Fortego – The photo app that helps to explore the old life of the city

This application shows nearby old photos of Budapest, so we could simply compare the change of the city.

News

Budnews

Fortepan is undeniably a real treasure: the biggest archive photo collection of Hungary has photographs from 1900 and depicts the last century of the country very well. We can search for our granny’s birthplace or dreaming about the 19th century or we can send in the wedding photos of our great-grandparents from 1920. Now Fortepan introduced an application, which made this beautiful database portable, and combined it with a map.

The app named ForteGo is a bit similar to the world-famous game, Pokemon Go. You can find all old pictures from nearby places using the map, then the app navigates to the exact location of the photo you choose, and then - if you want – you can take a new photo from the exact same spot and point of view. And, if you wish, the app makes a „before-after” photo that you can share on social media.

These pictures are perfectly able to show how much the city has changed and, secondly, if you were able to find the exact same point of view. For the time being, the app contains only the historic part of Budapest, but it still offers plenty of entertainment.

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5 best programs in July http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1171/5-best-programs-in-july More than a week passed by, but the best is yet to come! Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:09:20 GMT Budnews
5 best programs in July

5 best programs in July

More than a week passed by, but the best is yet to come!

Culture

Budnews

We know it’s hot, but don’t forget about cultural programs even in summer! Yes, the best place is in the cool water of a pool, but these programs totally worth making the effort.

Quincy Jones 85, 16 July

Quincy Jones, one of the most influential musicians and producers of the 20th century is 85 years old this year. On this occasion, he gives two large-scale concerts in Europe where he presents an unforgettable performance as a celebration of his life and heritage with some of his favorite talented musician friends. The Budapest jubilee concert will include the well-known singer, bassist Richard Bona from Cameroon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, one of the most respected jazz singers in the world, Alfredo Rodriguez Cuban pianist-virtuoso, and the Slovak Hungarian jazz guitarist, the now world-famous Andreas Varady. Another unique guest of the concert will be the Budafoki Dohnányi Orchestra with the conducting of the world-famous John Clayton.

27. Summer Music Festival in Vajdahunyadvár, 2 July – 2 August

The Summer Music Festival in Vajdahunyadvár opens its doors to the music-loving audience for the 27th time this year. We can enjoy the symphonic concerts and performances of Budapest Bar, the 100-member Gypsy Orchestra and the Sabbathsong Klezmer Band in this unique Renaissance setting. The most enjoyable classical concert series of summer is waiting for guests on Mondays and Thursdays in the „concert hall” in Károlyi courtyard. Sit back and enjoy the outdoor concerts of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Beethoven or Vivaldi's compositions.

Seuso Treasures, 12 July – 31 August

Three years after the first seven pieces of the Seuso Treasure had been brought back to the country, Hungary has just recovered the remaining seven missing pieces of the outstanding collection dating back to ancient Roman times – making the invaluable collection complete again. From 12 July the pieces are exhibited for the public on daily basis between 12 noon and 6 pm in the Parliament until the end of August when they will set off for a tour around the country ending in the Hungarian National Museum. The so-called Seuso Treasure is a collection of high-quality silverware dating back to the ancient Roman times named after its owner, Seuso, a high-ranking Roman clerk who lived 1500 years ago next to „Lacus Pelso” (today Lake Balaton). The treasure was made in the 4th century AD and comprises of big-sized silver dishes.

Frida Kahlo exhibition 07 July - 04 November

Probably the most defining and iconic female artist of the twentieth century, Frida Kahlo is the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery in the summer of 2018. Thanks to the kind generosity of the Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City, and several other important Mexican collections, more than thirty paintings and other works by the artist are being brought on loan to Budapest. The selection – which not only features the artist’s hallmark self-portraits, but also includes such major works as her very first canvas, painted in 1927, as well as paintings and portraits inspired by the events in her life, works suffused with symbolism, drawings, and even photographs – offers a glimpse inside the evocative, yet physically and mentally tormented inner world of Frida Kahlo, and shows us the mythical reality that she experienced and recreated.

VI. Óbuda Blues Festival in Kobuci Garden, 23-27 July

World-renowned musicians and Hungarian masters gather in the garden of Zichy Castle every year to invite the audience to enjoy living blues. This event has now become the most important celebration of the genre in Hungary, thanks to the fact that Eastern European blues isn’t just a traditional genre, but also a vibrant, contemporary artistic power!

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America’s Got Talent’s jury fascinated by a Hungarian girl http://budnews.hu/news/News/1170/america’s-got-talent’s-jury-fascinated-by-a-hungarian-girl Vivien Vajda managed to make the jury’s jaw drop and to get four yes votes in the audition round of America’s Got Talent.  Mon, 9 Jul 2018 07:34:13 GMT Mia Balogh
America’s Got Talent’s jury fascinated by a Hungarian girl

America’s Got Talent’s jury fascinated by a Hungarian girl

Vivien Vajda managed to make the jury’s jaw drop and to get four yes votes in the audition round of America’s Got Talent. 

News

Mia Balogh

A single jump rope. That’s all that Vivien Vajda, a 24 years old Hungarian girl needed in the worldwide famous show, America’s Got Talent, to fascinate the jury during her audition. As you can see in the following video, the jury – including ex-Spice Girl Mel B, supermodel Heidi Klum, comedian Howie Mandel and television personality Simon Cowell – was sceptical with her idea to perform a production with her jump rope, but Vivien managed to make their jaw drop in a couple of seconds.

Check out the video about Vivien’s performance here, and share our article if you think that she deserves to the limelight. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=rtDe0VQhqBA

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Top 10 Hungarian wines according to British wine expert http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1169/top-10-hungarian-wines-according-to-british-wine-expert- Oz Clarke believes in the bright future of Hungarian wines - check out his top 10 list here. Fri, 6 Jul 2018 07:55:05 GMT Mia Balogh
Top 10 Hungarian wines according to British wine expert

Top 10 Hungarian wines according to British wine expert

Oz Clarke believes in the bright future of Hungarian wines - check out his top 10 list here.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

If you like good wine and regularly read about wines, you must have heard Oz Clarke’s name. He is one of the biggest wine experts in the world and also ambassador for Hungarian wines. According to boraszportal.hu, Clarke believes in a bright future for Hungarian wines and he recently revealed his top 10 list of wines that are most likely to be successful on the international market.

The expert visited the Hungarian Embassy in London back in May. A lunch with wine tasting was held there, and he was also invited. Visitors were able to taste around 70 kinds of Hungarian wines, selected by the Embassy. Oz Clarke was very enthusiastic when he was asked about the wines and emphasized the great tradition of wine production in Hungary.

He also said that international brands mean the past – younger people don’t want to drink what their parents did, they prefer exploring and new experiences. That’s why a lot of them prefer choosing local wines instead of international types.

Here comes his top 10 list of Hungarian wines:

  1. Majoros Dry Muskotály, 2015 (Tokaj)
  2. Kolonics Juhfark, 2016 (Somló)
  3. Kikelet Hárslevelű, 2015 (Tokaj)
  4. Barta Furmint, 2015 (Tokaj)
  5. Szepsy Birtokfurmint, 2015
  6. Attila Gere Black Járdovány, 2016
  7. Nimród Kovács 777 Pinot Noir, 2015
  8. Koch Kékfrankos, 2016
  9. St Andrea Hangács Eger Bull Blood Superior, 2013
  10. Dobogó Tokay 6 Puttonyos, 2008
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Volkswagen’s newest camper van model named after Lake Balaton http://budnews.hu/news/News/1168/volkswagen’s-newest-camper-van-model-named-after-lake-balaton The well-known company’s newest camper van model honours Lake Balaton – it is definitely worth checking out.  Thu, 5 Jul 2018 06:17:10 GMT Mia Balogh
Volkswagen’s newest camper van model named after Lake Balaton

Volkswagen’s newest camper van model named after Lake Balaton

The well-known company’s newest camper van model honours Lake Balaton – it is definitely worth checking out. 

News

Mia Balogh

The first Volkswagen California was released 30 years ago, and since then, it has become one of the most successful camper vans in the world. So it is not a wonder that the company wanted to make this anniversary quite special – they released a new edition of their iconic camper van, the Volkswagen California Balaton Edition.

This model is a seven-seater with some pretty useful extras: an additional camping table, camping chairs, a Camper roof and an awning. Volkswagen promises that this camper van will fulfil every wish for comfort imaginable. Kinda luxurious, for a reasonable price (around 55.500 euros).

So the newest model is an homage to Hungary, more specifically to Lake Balaton. Why? Because ‘the Hungarian sea’ is loved by so many Germans, as well.

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Extreme ice creams of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1167/extreme-ice-creams-of-budapest These 5 unique beauties are more than meets the eye. You’ll want to taste all of them! Wed, 4 Jul 2018 07:23:18 GMT Budnews
Extreme ice creams of Budapest

Extreme ice creams of Budapest

These 5 unique beauties are more than meets the eye. You’ll want to taste all of them!

Gastronomy

Budnews

One of the best things in summer is ice cream. Vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream, mango ice cream, chocolate ice cream, oreo ice cream… basically all of them. And these are just the basic flavors! Now we collected the most extreme ice creams of the city:

Unicorn ice cream

The classic twisted ice cream got a "skirt" in Mr Funk. This is nothing more than cotton candy, of course with toppings and marshmallow, or if you’re not that into unicorns, they are happy to put a donut on the top of the ice cream. Don’t count the calories, just enjoy!

Rocketice nitrogen ice cream

Rocketice has arrived last year, and we can’t get enough. The secret is in a nitrogen-filled bottle from which the -197-degree nitrogen flows through a dispensing head straight into KitchenAid's bowl. In the bowl, the ingredients of the ice cream are already mixed, just in liquid state. Then the nitrogen begins to flow. The cold, creepy fog coming from the Rocketice kiosk is just as if we’re experimenting in a laboratory. So is there nitrogen in my ice cream? Yes. But don’t worry: nitrogen is a natural substance that helps in refrigerating and makes the ice cream creamier by decomposes for smaller parts in molecular level.


Thai Ice Cream

Thai ice cream is the so-called stir-fried ice cream, with toppings (whipped cream, fruit and cookie). It is basically a rolled ice cream or ice cream rolls, a handmade ice cream dessert made with milk poured on an iced grill, and mixed with fruit or different ingredients on the ice-pan. Stir-fried ice cream existed in Thailand by 2009, as a way of just mixing ingredients together with fruits and different types of candies, and now it starts to become popular in the whole world.

Rose-shaped ice cream

Gelarto rosa became a must-try in the last few years. Instead of scoops, they serve their ice cream as roses, creating each and every portion or cone as a unique artwork using ice cream as art material. The result is both beautiful and delicious, due to the traditional Italian recipes they use as a base.

The weirdest tastes ever: 18+ and less

18+ and less is probably the newest place in town. They introduced the age restricted ice cream to the city, as one main ingredient is alcohol: apricot palinka, vodka or Unicum. Imagine flavor combinations such as „Bar Pharma Secret Garden” from gin, rose pepper, parsley and lemon or „Russian Flower” that contains Russian vodka, beetroot and passion fruit.

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Budapest city centre’s coolest pop-up park is here again http://budnews.hu/news/News/1166/budapest-city-centre’s-coolest-pop-up-park-is-here-again Sit around with your friends, charge your phones or try the sport facilities out there – all of it is waiting for you until the end of this summer. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:16:53 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest city centre’s coolest pop-up park is here again

Budapest city centre’s coolest pop-up park is here again

Sit around with your friends, charge your phones or try the sport facilities out there – all of it is waiting for you until the end of this summer.

News

Mia Balogh

Have you seen the pop-up park near Deák Ferenc Square last summer? Well, it has opened again and we think it’s even cooler than it was last year.

Situated behind the well-known meeting point, the church on Deák Square, the pop-up park is like a festival venue, with free mobile phone charging docks (the energy for charging phones and iPads is produced by special walkable solar panels – yes, such things are real already), stylish benches and sports facilities (teqball, table tennis, street work-out equipment, chess tables).

After last year’s positive vibes, the team responsible for the project is Hello Wood again, but for this year, they changed the park’s plans a little bit – there are even more shady spots and seats.

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Discover the „coastline” of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1165/discover-the-„coastline”-of-budapest Obviously, we don’t have a sea or ocean at our borders, but we have something which is at least as good. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 07:52:20 GMT Budnews
Discover the „coastline” of Budapest

Discover the „coastline” of Budapest

Obviously, we don’t have a sea or ocean at our borders, but we have something which is at least as good.

News

Budnews

Danube is a defining element of Budapest’s life and image, intertwined with the city in many different ways. Unfortunately, there are only a few places where people can enjoy the river, but those places are good! Római Part (Roman shore) is one of them.

The story began in the 1800s, when the first restaurants, beaches and boathouses appeared in this area, the northern outskirt on the city. The sparkling summer mood has increased ever since: now there is a central, less than a kilometer-long coast that has as many bars and restaurants as the downtown has in an equal area. Although great variety of restaurants can be found here, the prevailing style is the real retro vibe, which hasn’t changed since the mid-90s, with self-service taverns.

If you walk a little north, you meet the real beach feeling. Bars are only from meters from the Danube here, and you can enjoy your drink with your feet in the cool water. Being here, you must try Fellini Kultúbisztró and Nap bácsi, both have loungers and bean bag chairs lining up directly on the shore. Both are real summer evening chill places, where people can enjoy the pebbles barefoot. These places are about summer evening conversations, Belgian beers and concerts, because there’s also a small stage set up on the shore with live music in the evening. Definitely a must-try!

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Must see: Every painted firewalls of Budapest on one map http://budnews.hu/news/News/1164/must-see:-every-painted-firewalls-of-budapest-on-one-map Here comes the most comprehensive map of Budapest’s street art: Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:33:08 GMT Budnews
Must see: Every painted firewalls of Budapest on one map

Must see: Every painted firewalls of Budapest on one map

Here comes the most comprehensive map of Budapest’s street art:

News

Budnews

Street art conquers in more and more versions. Just think about the ad hoc organized flash mobs, the graffiti which is popular for decades, and I’m sure that everyone has already seen the metal-colored human statues that come to life for some coin. Here in Budapest, there is another defining street art: the painted firewalls of the city.

In the past few years downtown of Budapest was filled with these huge paintings, but ordinary people - including us - only know a small percent of them. The idea is simple: there are those huge and ugly firewalls in the city, why not make something good with it? Neopaint and Színes Város Projekt collaborated with local artist and painters and solved this problem for us.

The artists do their work legally, in cooperation with local governments and residents alike. The Színes Város Csoport (“Colorful City Group”) intends to follow in Victor Vasarely’s footsteps and take art to the streets, so that it becomes available to everyone. They not only create art themselves, but also launch competitions for young groups who are just starting out, allowing for more and more surfaces to be beautified via this transformation. The members of Neopaint prefer simple images for decorating deteriorated walls; some of it presents Budapest’s former face, or sometimes they paint a landscape to provide a backdrop for a playground.

But where are these beauties exactly? The city’s seventh district is one of the best places to see street art in Budapest, but if you want to make sure to find all painted murals, check out the comprehensive map of budapestflow.com here. It contains all painted murals of the city with location and a photo, so it’s a perfect starting point.

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3+1 gastro programs in Hungary for July http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1163/3+1-gastro-programs-in-hungary-for-july The adorable Hungarian countryside is offering some mouth-watering gastro programs for this summer, too, check out our favourite ones for July. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:05:00 GMT Mia Balogh
3+1 gastro programs in Hungary for July

3+1 gastro programs in Hungary for July

The adorable Hungarian countryside is offering some mouth-watering gastro programs for this summer, too, check out our favourite ones for July.

Event

Mia Balogh

1, KeszthelyFest 2018

Keszthely is not only a beautiful town at Lake Balaton but also the location of several cultural and gastro events. One of these is KeszthelyFeszt, which will be organized this year from 6 to 8 July. Taste some delicious Hungarian food and of course a few glasses of wine (you can choose from the offer of 20 wine houses) while listening to any of the 23 concerts organized here during this gastro-cultural festival weekend.

2, Hungarian Apricot Fiesta

Boldogkőváralja is not only a tricky Hungarian town name for tongue-twisters but also the location of the Hungarian Apricot Fiesta (Gönci Barack Vigasság). Happening on 6-7 July, this gastro event will be like heaven for the fans of this sweet little yellow fruit. What can you taste here? Apricot - of course -, but also jams, cocktails, pálinka and other specialties made with this fruit. The ‘foodie fiesta’ will be completed by several family-friendly programs, and of course some music and dance.

3, Fish Cooking Festival in Baja

Baja is considered as the capital of the traditional Hungarian fish soup, ‘halászlé’ so it is not a wonder that they regularly organize their own Fish Cooking Festival there. Every year, there are 2000 teams who try to make the best fish soup on the streets of the town’s centre, in the same time. Almost 14 tons of fish is used for 20 000 portions of fish soup. Can you imagine it? Well, we suppose that it’s better seeing it with your own eyes. Visit Baja this summer, between 12 and 15 July and taste the traditional fish soup there. You won’t regret it. ;)

+1: Badacsony Wine Weeks

Festivals organized around Hungarian wine could be the subject of another article but let us recommend you now just one of these events: Badacsony Wine Weeks. It will happen this year between 13 and 29 July, making Badacsony Wine Region an inescapable place. ;) So if you like good Hungarian wine and want to enjoy not only your drink but also live music, craftsmen’s presentations and folklore programs, you will absolutely love this program. Bonus: the location of this wine festival is at Lake Balaton so you can spend the days at the lake, and the nights at your fav winery’s wooden stall. What else do you need? ;)

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Quatar Airways offers new flights to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1162/quatar-airways-offers-new-flights-to-budapest Budapest is very popular among the travellers of Quatar Airways so from 2 August, the company will increase its flight frequency between Doha and the Hungarian capital.  Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:41:00 GMT Mia Balogh
Quatar Airways offers new flights to Budapest

Quatar Airways offers new flights to Budapest

Budapest is very popular among the travellers of Quatar Airways so from 2 August, the company will increase its flight frequency between Doha and the Hungarian capital. 

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Mia Balogh

Budapest is an amazing city so it is not a wonder that our capital city attracts more and more travellers from all around the world. Qatar Airways also noticed this tendency so they will increase their flight frequency between Doha and the Hungarian capital: they will add four additional flights from 2 August. This will augment the airline’s weekly service to Hungary to 18 flights.

Moreover, they will upgrade to a wide-body Airbus A330, instead of their Airbus A320 and A321 aircrafts.

So from August 2, the QR 197 will run from Doha to Budapest, departing at 3.30 p.m. and arriving at 8.20 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The returning QR 198 departs Budapest at 11 p.m. and arrives at Doha at 5.20 a.m. the following morning.

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The thing you have never heard of: small guerrilla statues of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1161/the-thing-you-have-never-heard-of:-small-guerrilla-statues-of-budapest Most of us don’t even notice them, although this is a big mistake. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:00:34 GMT Budnews
The thing you have never heard of: small guerrilla statues of Budapest

The thing you have never heard of: small guerrilla statues of Budapest

Most of us don’t even notice them, although this is a big mistake.

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Everyone knows the huge horseman statues and the statues of Heroes’ Square, but there is more than meets the eye – as they say. The following works are so small that you probably won’t notice them if you don’t know where to find them: a 15-centimeter worm, snail, sparrow, and even a mini tank statue is hidden in Budapest. They appear under the cover of the night somewhere in the city and stay…

Főkukac

There is a sweet cartoon-series entitled „A nagy Ho-ho-ho horgász” about a clumsy angler and his bait, the worm. This cartoon determined our childhood, and now we can meet this cute worm in person. This mini statue appeared last year on the riverbank at Bem Quay 15 in the biggest secret, as the sculptor, the Ukrainian artist Mihajlo Kolodko secretly places his small bronze surprises for the city. The 15 cm high bronze statue also brings good luck: rubbing the nose of the worm results a good catch.

Small tank

After another guerrilla action, now we can admire a tiny tank on the Bem Quay. This is also the work of Mihajlo Kolodko and is near to the worm mentioned above. The small tank is on the Bem Quay near Batthyány Square, at the Kossuth Bridge memorial stone at the tram stop. (Kossuth Bridge was a temporary bridge after the World War 2) Although the gun is directed to the Parliament, it is sadly lowered as the nose of an elephant indicating that the war period is over.

Kermit the Frog

The third miniature statue of Mihajlo Kolodko is another cartoon character, the frog from Muppet Show. He’s sitting at Szabadság Square, near to the hut in the center of the park. With Kermit the sculptor has commemorated the tradition of eating frogs, but don’t worry: local people love this small frog so much that he got a scarf in winter to stay warm.

Mekk Elek

Another cartoon, another cute statue from Kolodko: Mekk Elek, the bumbling handyman goat is a puppet character from the seventies. The gold-hearted, but butter-fingered Master Mekk's house is decorated by 13 plates of different professions, but in the reality he has nothing to do with any of these professions. The statue of about 15 to 20 centimeters showed up in Széll Kálmán Square in a secluded spot, at the foot of one of the stairs leading to the Castle.

Ferenc Liszt

Where else could the miniature statue of Ferenc Liszt stand if not at the airport named after him? The airport is named after the world-renowned artist since 2011, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Ferenc Liszt's birth. Liszt is sitting on a suitcase showing that Liszt has traveled a lot in Europe and since there was no airplane in his time, these trips were lengthy, not like in these days. Find this Kolodko statue at Liszt Ferenc International Airport: you have to walk a bit to the right from the bus stop to Terminal 2A.

Houdini

Although Harry Houdini's mini statue is not standing in public space, it cannot be missing from the list. The creator is also Mihajlo Kolodko and the tiny bronze Houdini is located on the first floor of the K11 Arts and Culture Center. Few know that the illusionist and stunt performer was born in Budapest as Erik Weisz, and his family moved to America when he was only four years old.

Dead squirrel

The newest guerilla statue of Budapest is situated next to the famous Peter Falk statue at Falk Miksa Street. Behind the Columbo sculpture, a small form of squirrel lying on the sidewalk, and it’s sure: it has been murdered. He holds a gun lying in a „blood pond” made of marble, so it seems, Columbo has a new case to investigate in!

Snails, sparrows and abandoned things

Not just Kolodko makes miniature works in the city. The renovated Széll Kálmán Square has at least 35 small bronze sculptures: tiny bronze snails and sparrows, a bronze umbrella, a wallet, and a skateboard, which was created by Antal Plank sculptor. It is interesting to note that these tiny sculptures are not just placed to attract the eyes. Their primary aim is to prevent young people from using these edges for skateboarding.

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Greek tourists made beautiful video about Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1160/greek-tourists-made-beautiful-video-about-budapest The city is almost even more beautiful than in the reality, if this is possible. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:10:00 GMT Budnews
Greek tourists made beautiful video about Budapest

Greek tourists made beautiful video about Budapest

The city is almost even more beautiful than in the reality, if this is possible.

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There are hundreds of videos about Budapest, yet we find more and more beautiful ones on the internet, that people must see. This is another such occasion. A group of Greek tourists made a breathtaking video about our capital.

This two and a half minute long video shows all the famous sights of Budapest, from an artistic point of view. Sometimes it’s just a small detail of a building that shows up, sometimes the whole building. They also filmed the everyday life of the city. The heavy traffic, the local people minding their business, fellow travelers taking photos, youngsters on Margaret Island. They pictured such a wonderful atmosphere that we fall in love with the city again, despite being local.

So watch the video below and admire all beauties of the Budapest: Gellért Hill, Várkert bazaar, Fishermen’s bastion, Heroes’ Square, the City Park, the beauty of the bridges, the Parliament and the small captivating moments of life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC5WAObx6j4

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News of the week: Ricky Martin comes to Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1159/news-of-the-week:-ricky-martin-comes-to-budapest Organizers announced the event of the year. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:51:48 GMT Budnews
News of the week: Ricky Martin comes to Budapest

News of the week: Ricky Martin comes to Budapest

Organizers announced the event of the year.

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Ricky Martin is undoubtedly the biggest Latin star of these decades. Martin became a singer at age six and has sold over 70 million records since then. His first album came out in 1991 to much success in Latin America and the U.S. He continued with Spanish albums throughout the early 90’s until his single “Maria” from album “A Medio Vivir” conquered Europe. The World Cup in 1998 was a turning point for Martin, as his song “La Copa De La Vida” was featured during the sporting event and garnered the attention of its international viewership. Yes, we know you’re singing it right now, but don’t be ashamed, we do the same…

Back to his career: his album “Vuelve” won Best Latin Pop Album at the 41st Grammy Awards and he was praised by his idols Sting and Madonna. His success has been unbroken since then and now the Hungarian audience can experience why.

In 2018, Martin returned with great success after two years in Las Vegas Park Theater. Ricky has an amazing show on this tour again, which includes his best musical repertoire. All of his biggest hits will be played, including "Disparo al Corazón", "La Mordidita", "Tal Vez", "Livin 'la Vida Loca", "Pégate", "Adiós", "La Bomba" "La Copa de la Vida" or the latest ones "Vente Pa'Ca" and "Fiebre".

It’s only one thing left: buy your ticket here and enjoy the show on 4 September!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sU5y9aMzB0

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Blinkee.city is here: let’s meet the first, electric scooter-sharing system of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1158/blinkeecity-is-here:-let’s-meet-the-first,-electric-scooter-sharing-system-of-budapest- Quick and easy scooter rental if you have something to do in the city. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:14:58 GMT Budnews
Blinkee.city is here: let’s meet the first, electric scooter-sharing system of Budapest

Blinkee.city is here: let’s meet the first, electric scooter-sharing system of Budapest

Quick and easy scooter rental if you have something to do in the city.

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Scooter rental is not a new thing; there are tons of companies who offer scooters for rent. Yet, Blinkee.city is something new: it offers the vehicles in community sharing system. While classic scooter rentals have an office where we can rent the scooter for hours or even for days, Blinkee.city has all the advantages of community bikes or shared cars. You may have heard about Mol Bubi, one community bicycle system of Budapest or Mol Limo, one of the community cars, and now here comes the „missing link”. But let’s see the details.

Blinkee.city, the first community scooter system of Budapest launched a few weeks ago with 50 fully electric vehicles. The keyless community scooter rental can be handled via a mobile app. After a short registration you can see and choose all the available scooters on a map. You can book the nearest for free and have 15 minutes to get there. You can unlock the scooter using the app, then open the trunk, take the helmet and a hygienic cap out. Now the scooter is active and ready to ride. Accelerate and drive wherever you want. Got where you wanted? Park the scooter, put the helmet into the compartment, and end using it in the app. That’s it!

Payment is minute-based, so you don’t have to pre-upload a specific limit. The basic prize is 49 HUF/ minute, but students have special discount: 41 HUF, which means 0.15 - 0.12 Eur / min. Parking is only 6 HUF per minute if you need to stop for some reason. Now, in the first period, scooters can be found in a smaller, inner part of the city (they have to be brought back here after your trip), but of course, you can use it anywhere in the administrative area of Budapest. It also means that you cannot visit the cities in the agglomeration, but this minute-based rental isn’t made for this type of long journeys anyway.

As for the technical parts: Blinkee.city is a moped. With their 3.1 KW engine power and 35 Ah power battery, they can go up to 60 kilometers with a single charge. Anyone older than 16 years of age can use them with at least a six-month old AM or higher license. Use of helmet is mandatory, but this is part of the service, the helmets are in the trunk. The scooters are completely electric, thus reduce the noise pollution, air pollution and traffic jams, and make city’s traffic more cost-effective.

There is a big difference between the bicycle sharing systems and Blinkee.city: the scooters can be left anywhere in the designated are, as there are no docking stations. Blinkee.city monitors the battery level and replaces them: they go to the spot where the user left the scooter. The replacement is a one-minute process and the freshly-charged vehicles are active again. Scooters are fully secured; all of it has the compulsory liability insurance.

Long story short: Blinkee.city is fully recommended. You won’t find any easier, cheaper, more effective or more environmentally conscious solution to get from A to B in Budapest

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Where to shop in Budapest – according to CNN (and us) http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1157/where-to-shop-in-budapest-–-according-to-cnn-(and-us) Forget Váci utca, and enjoy the hunt for authentic ‘magyar’ souvenirs at the following spots. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:23:23 GMT Mia Balogh
Where to shop in Budapest – according to CNN (and us)

Where to shop in Budapest – according to CNN (and us)

Forget Váci utca, and enjoy the hunt for authentic ‘magyar’ souvenirs at the following spots.

Lifestyle

Mia Balogh

We are all different but one thing might be the same: if we travel abroad, we would like to buy some authentic souvenirs for our family, friends, and obviously for ourselves to remember the journey.

But where to go shopping in Budapest? Well, if you listen to CNN and to us, you forget Váci utca and enjoy the treasure hunt at these spots.

CNN’s list about the best places for shopping in Budapest:

  1. Great Market Hall
  2. Falk Miksa Street
  3. Mester Porta
  4. Herend Porcelain
  5. Szputnyik Shop
  6. Ecseri Flea Market
  7. Andrássy Avenue

Our opinion: Váci utca is not on CNN’s list and we couldn’t agree more. This street, known as the shopping street of the city centre, is pretty touristic and quite expensive. We suggest you to absolutely visit the Great Market Hall for souvenirs instead (you can also reach it by walking on Váci utca) for fresh fruits, veggies and meat, and of course for the experience because it is a fantastic place. ;)

Szputnyik Shop is a great choice if you are a fashionista looking for unique vintage clothes and accessories. You can also find ‘treasures’ at Ecseri Flea Market: Soviet-era relics, old jewelry and secondhand books are waiting for their new owners, for very friendly prices.

If you don’t mind spending a little bit more on a high-end shopping spree, visit any of the boutiques on Andrássy Avenue – world famous high fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, etc. can be found there.

Falk Miksa Street is a really nice strolling venue from the Parliament to Margaret Bridge and it is located just two blocks from the Danube. In our opinion, the antique shops and galleries located here – places mentioned also by CNN – are recommended for art collectors or those who would like to spend more on art.

By mentioning art, we would like to recommend you one more place, one of our favourites: Bartók Béla Boulevard in the Buda side of the city. This is maybe even more charming than Falk Miksa Street – for us, at least. ;) You can find many cafés and art galleries here (for ex. Faur Zsófi Gallery), and you will have the chance to buy some top quality Hungarian craft wine for ex. at Vino Piano Wine Bar and Gallery or something for the kids at the biggest child bookstore, Pagony. But if you go there only for a walk, start at Szt. Gellért Square and finish at Móricz Zsigmond Körtér. You will discover another face of Budapest here. We fell in love with it instantly. ;)

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Segways to be banned in Budapest city centre http://budnews.hu/news/News/1156/segways-to-be-banned-in-budapest-city-centre Following the example of some other European cities, Budapest will also ban Segways in the city centre’s pedestrian zones. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:20:38 GMT Mia Balogh