Budnews.hu http://budnews.hu/ Budnews en-us Adminium CMS gabor.breznyanszky@brilantic.hu World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1737/world-press-photo-exhibition-2020 For the first time ever, Hungarian photographer won the first prize in environmental protection category. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:11:39 GMT Budnews
World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

For the first time ever, Hungarian photographer won the first prize in environmental protection category.

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The World Press Photo exhibition has a long tradition in Budapest and is one of the most visited cultural events every year, that is on display for the 43rd time this year. This is the most significant international competition for photojournalists and documentary photographers with 4,282 photographers from 125 countries submitting 73,996 photos for this year’s exhibition.

The uniqueness of this year is that a Hungarian woman won a first prize for the first time: Esther Horvath's photo of polar bears became first in the environmental protection category. The photo shows a scientific expedition near the instruments of the Polarstern research ship, and two curious bears examining the flags.

The exhibition in Budapest is complemented by three accompanying exhibitions, films and multimedia from the Digital Storytelling competition swaying in the cinema hall opening from the exhibition space. József Tóth's cartoonist-photographer's exhibition entitled My EXAMPLES shows portraits of Hungarian photographers: this is also worth browsing through, the captions are especially fun in the gap-filling portrait gallery. At the other end of the corridor, the Next-Image Mobile Photo exhibition presents the best Hungarian photos of this year, taken with a mobile phone, together with the works of six invited photographers.

Date: 24. September – 25 October

Venue: Hungarian National Museum

More info & tickets: https://mnm.hu/en/exhibitions/temporary/world-press-photo-2020-stories-matter

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Free beach may open on the Danube shore next year http://budnews.hu/news/News/1736/free-beach-may-open-on-the-danube-shore-next-year This has not been possible since the ’70s. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:22:48 GMT Budnews
Free beach may open on the Danube shore next year

Free beach may open on the Danube shore next year

This has not been possible since the ’70s.

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Integration of Danube into the life of Budapest has been a hot topic for decades, which is a demand of residents and NGOs for at least such a long time. Swimming in the Danube wasn’t always forbidden: until the '70s it was possible to swim in the Budapest section of the river. Then, it has been banned, so for the past 50 years only the sight, ducks, and coastal restaurants have remained. Now, there is serious hope that this situation will change, as two NGOs made a successful test day again on the Roman shore area of the river.

On the test day, they built up a buoy system, water rescue station, and they also set up a lifeguard tower with flags, so they fulfilled all the conditions one could expect from a beach. Water rescue is extremely important in case of a river, and the Danish-style flag system indicates water quality. Although the water of the Danube in this northern region has been excellent for bathing for many years, but in heavy rains, pollution may enter the water, so this checking system can help a lot to the people bathing here.

The form in which the beach can be realized has not yet been decided: NGOs want a real free beach, while the municipality would give the maintaining rights to an organization. The tender has not been announced yet, the opinion and needs of the residents are being assessed by the local government for the time being.

About Római-part

The story of Római part dates back to 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. This is the area where the free beach may be realized.

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Wow: the newest Danube Bridge will we amazing http://budnews.hu/news/News/1735/wow:-the-newest-danube-bridge-will-we-amazing The highly anticipated Galvani Bridge will be useful and important concerning the traffic in Budapest but the newest bridge will be also quite imposing. Fri, 25 Sep 2020 06:39:04 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: the newest Danube Bridge will we amazing

Wow: the newest Danube Bridge will we amazing

The highly anticipated Galvani Bridge will be useful and important concerning the traffic in Budapest but the newest bridge will be also quite imposing.

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As you can already know from Hungarian media – and also from our site –, the new Danube Bridge, also called Galvani Bridge is more than just a dream now: it will be realized. This month, the project already reached a next important stage: the planning of the tram lane which will pass through the bridge has started.

Furthermore, we can already show you how the bridge will look like, thanks to Dávid Vitézy, CEO of the Budapest Development Centre, who shared the following video on his YouTube channel.

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=hqsigkXdCOk

As we have already mentioned in a previous article (http://budnews.hu/news/News/1612/this-is-the-next-step-concerning-the-new-budapest-bridge), it is going to have four pillars, 2x3 lanes and it is going to be 500 metres long. It will also have a tram line.

Once finished, it will ease the traffic in the city centre: 55 thousand cars can be diverted from the downtown bridges and thousands of vehicles from Üllői road. And it will probably help the development of the southern parts of Budapest, too.

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Hungarian director’s award-winning movie Pieces of a Woman lands at Netflix http://budnews.hu/news/News/1734/hungarian-director’s-award-winning-movie-pieces-of-a-woman-lands-at-netflix Netflix bought the worldwide rights of Kornél Mundruczó’s new English-language movie, Pieces of a Woman so we all can probably check it out there in the near future. Fri, 25 Sep 2020 06:30:21 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian director’s award-winning movie Pieces of a Woman lands at Netflix

Hungarian director’s award-winning movie Pieces of a Woman lands at Netflix

Netflix bought the worldwide rights of Kornél Mundruczó’s new English-language movie, Pieces of a Woman so we all can probably check it out there in the near future.

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Kornél Mundruczó is a well-known, multi-award winning Hungarian movie director, who has recently directed his first English-language film called Pieces of a Woman. The movie tells us the story of a woman, who loses her newborn baby.

She is played by Vanessa Kirby who took the Best Actress Volpi Cup at last Saturday awards ceremony for this year’s Venice Film Festival. Her partner in the film is LaBeouf, and they star alongside Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Falls and Ellen Burstyn.

“As a European filmmaker, I couldn’t be more excited and appreciative of finding my home for this film with Netflix. Their taste in independent cinema feels like the United Artists of the 1970s. The true champions of filmmakers and original voices for today," the director said in a statement about the distribution deal with Netflix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3aOXokDuc&feature=emb_logo

Source: Hollywoodreporter.com

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Bach for Everyone: the 2-month free concert series has started http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1733/bach-for-everyone:-the-2-month-free-concert-series-has-started   The largest event series of free classical music in the Carpathian Basin is held for the 6th time. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:43:54 GMT Budnews
Bach for Everyone: the 2-month free concert series has started

Bach for Everyone: the 2-month free concert series has started

  The largest event series of free classical music in the Carpathian Basin is held for the 6th time.

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We didn’t have many programs this year: most festivals were canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. This happened to Bach for Everyone Festival too, which, thankfully, is being replaced this fall.

Bach for Everyone Festival is the largest series of free classical music events in the Carpathian Basin, which is, of course, built around Bach's oeuvre. The festival lasts for more than two months, but the exact programs are only published a few days or a few weeks in advance, as it would be risky to plan ahead due to the epidemic, so it is worth checking the newly announced concerts regularly on the official website.

And one more thing, why we highly recommend to participate if you can: in addition to the free programs, the organizers also put emphasis on charity, we have the opportunity to support the Hungarian Child Rescue Foundation.

When and where?

This year, we can meet Bach's music in more than 100 settlements in the Carpathian Basin from 16 September to 31 December.

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The most common Hungarian street names and their meanings http://budnews.hu/news/News/1732/the-most-common-hungarian-street-names-and-their-meanings You've probably heard of "Petőfi utca" and "Ady Endre utca", but do you know, who they were? Tue, 22 Sep 2020 06:48:36 GMT Budnews
The most common Hungarian street names and their meanings

The most common Hungarian street names and their meanings

You've probably heard of "Petőfi utca" and "Ady Endre utca", but do you know, who they were?

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Every country has "favourite" street names. These can be Main Street, or King's Road, and almost every country named some of their streets after prominent historical figures. In Hungarys, these are the most common street names: you can be sure to find them even in the smallest village.

Sándor Petőfi

Sándor Petőfi was a Hungarian poet and liberal revolutionary. He is considered to be Hungary's national poet, and was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. He is the author of the Nemzeti dal (National Song), which is said to have inspired the revolution in the Kingdom of Hungary that grew into a war for independence from the Austrian Empire. It is most likely that he died in the Battle of Segesvár, one of the last battles of the war.

Lajos Kossuth

Lajos Kossuth was a Hungarian nobleman, lawyer, journalist, politician, statesman and Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848–49. With the help of his talent in oratory in political debates and public speeches, Kossuth emerged from a poor gentry family into regent-president of Kingdom of Hungary. Kossuth's bronze bust can be found in the United States Capitol with the inscription: Father of Hungarian Democracy, Hungarian Statesman, Freedom Fighter, 1848–1849.

Ferenc Rákóczi

Ferenc Rákóczi was a Hungarian nobleman and leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs in 1703-11 as the prince of the Estates Confederated for Liberty of the Kingdom of Hungary. He was also Prince of Transylvania, an Imperial Prince, and a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Today he is considered a national hero in Hungary, just as the first two men.

Endre Ady

Endre Ady was a turn-of-the-century Hungarian poet and journalist. Regarded by many as the greatest Hungarian poet of the 20th century, he was noted for his steadfast belief in social progress and development and for his poetry's exploration of fundamental questions of the modern European experience: love, temporality, faith, individuality, and patriotism.

György Dózsa

György Dózsa was a Székely man-at-arms from Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary who led a peasants' revolt against the kingdom's landed nobility. He was eventually caught, tortured, and executed along with his followers, and remembered as both a Christian martyr and a dangerous criminal. During the reign of king Vladislas II of Hungary (1490–1516), royal power declined in favour of the magnates, who used their power to curtail the peasants' freedom.

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Budapest’s dessert for 2020 is so mouth-watering http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1731/budapest’s-dessert-for-2020-is-so-mouth-watering- Budapest’s dessert for this year looks yummy. Even its name is appetizing and exciting: pear and caramel mousse cake, by Szamos Marcipán confectionary. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:10:03 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest’s dessert for 2020 is so mouth-watering

Budapest’s dessert for 2020 is so mouth-watering

Budapest’s dessert for this year looks yummy. Even its name is appetizing and exciting: pear and caramel mousse cake, by Szamos Marcipán confectionary.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

The Hungarian Chocolate and Sweets Association was searching for Budapest’s dessert for the third time this year, and the winner of their competition in 2020 is the pear and caramel mousse cake, made by the Szamos Marcipán confectionery.

Okay but what is this sweet treat like? Well, it is the combination of several textures. The base is a Sacher sponge cake, with a vanilla mousse on it, layered with cold pear puree and topped with caramel – Origo.hu writes.

Fans with a sweet tooth could taste it for the first time at this year’s Sweet Days (Édes napok) Budapest Chocolate and Sweets festival, held from 18 to 20 September in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Source: Origo.hu

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Summer discounts continue at Rudas and Széchenyi Baths http://budnews.hu/news/News/1730/summer-discounts-continue-at-rudas-and-szechenyi-baths If you decide to visit these baths in Budapest, you can still buy your tickets for almost half-price, until the end of October. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:12:31 GMT Mia Balogh
Summer discounts continue at Rudas and Széchenyi Baths

Summer discounts continue at Rudas and Széchenyi Baths

If you decide to visit these baths in Budapest, you can still buy your tickets for almost half-price, until the end of October.

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Earlier this year, Lukács, Széchenyi and Rudas baths have lowered ticket prices for their reopening because they wanted to encourage their guests to continue visiting (and of course more new guests, too, for a visit).

As WeLoveBudapest.com writes, the promotion was officially announced to run until 31 August, but both the Széchenyi and Rudas continues to keep their discounted prices. And so does Gellért Baths, too, which reopened on 1 September, and its discount lasts until 31 October.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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Sweet Days at the Basilica http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1729/sweet-days-at-the-basilica Sweetest weekend of the year is finally coming up: visit St. Stephen Square at the Basilica from 18 to 20 September and enjoy some sweet treats – you absolutely deserve it. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:57:56 GMT Mia Balogh
Sweet Days at the Basilica

Sweet Days at the Basilica

Sweetest weekend of the year is finally coming up: visit St. Stephen Square at the Basilica from 18 to 20 September and enjoy some sweet treats – you absolutely deserve it.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Of course we know that everyone is talking about the second wave of the pandemic and the precautions we should make even if we just stop by the small grocery store down on the corner.

But we at BudNews believe that people don’t stop craving for all the good things in these dark times, on the contrary: we all want some positivity in our everyday lives now more than ever. And as we all know, chocolate boosts the happiness hormones ;) so what about a short trip to the Basilica, to pamper your taste buds with some sweets? Of course, with your masks on and with hand sanitizers in your bags…

If you say yes to it, let us tell you a little bit more about the program: from 18 to 20 September, Sweet Days Chocolate Festival will be organized at the Basilica, near Deák Square. The is a free-to-attend gastro event, to be more precise, the 4th biggest free open-air festival revolving around chocolate and artsy confectionery, where you can try the very best of Hungarian sweets.

Are you ready for it? ;)

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Wizz Air has significantly reduced the number of flights due to the second wave of coronavirus epidemic http://budnews.hu/news/News/1728/wizz-air-has-significantly-reduced-the-number-of-flights-due-to-the-second-wave-of-coronavirus-epidemic Radically fewer flights depart and arrive in September. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:12:53 GMT Budnews
Wizz Air has significantly reduced the number of flights due to the second wave of coronavirus epidemic

Wizz Air has significantly reduced the number of flights due to the second wave of coronavirus epidemic

Radically fewer flights depart and arrive in September.

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Wizz Air has introduced the largest flight reduction in its history: from September only the most sought-after destinations are available to passengers.

According to the decision of the Hungarian government, from September 1, foreign citizens will not be able to enter the country due to the epidemic, and returning Hungarian citizens will face 2 weeks of mandatory quarantine. Due to the drastically reduced traffic, the Hungarian low-cost airline introduced a larger degree of flight reduction between September 7 and 30, during which only the most sought-after destinations will remain available to passengers.

The remaining flights between 7. and 30. September are the following (flight/week):

  • Budapest - Stockholm Skavsta 2
  • Budapest - London Luton 7
  • Budapest - Eindhoven 5
  • Budapest - Paris Orly 2
  • Budapest - Brussels Charlerooi 2
  • Budapest - Basel 2
  • Budapest - Milan Malpensa 2
  • Budapest - Athens 2
  • Budapest - Dortmund 2
  • Budapest - Berlin Schönefeld 2
  • Budapest - Malta 1
  • Budapest - Larnaca 1
  • Debrecen - London Luton 2

If Wizz Air canceled a particular flight, affected customers can claim 120% of the original fare in Wizz Air points, refunded to their Wizz Air account, or 100% refund according to the original method of payment, or passengers can choose a free booking option.

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Journey by Moonlight inspired the newest Hungarian gin http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1727/journey-by-moonlight-inspired-the-newest-hungarian-gin The taste of this new-wave gin is not dominated by juniper, but a fresh, unique blend of different herbs, organic citrus and spices. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:32:02 GMT Budnews
Journey by Moonlight inspired the newest Hungarian gin

Journey by Moonlight inspired the newest Hungarian gin

The taste of this new-wave gin is not dominated by juniper, but a fresh, unique blend of different herbs, organic citrus and spices.

Gastronomy

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Gin has become popular beverage in recent years, enough to think about the international and domestic success of Opera Gin. Now another Hungarian gin has been born: after two years of experimentation, Mrs Millicent speakeasy gin is here.

The name may be familiar to many Hungarian people, as it was inspired by one of the characters in Antal Szerb's best-known novel, Journey by Moonlight. Millicent Ingram is a wealthy American young woman studying art history and coming to Europe on a study trip, where she meets the protagonist of the novel, Michael. She is relaxed, vibrant, naive and refreshing. Mrs. Millicent gin was born from this milieu.

"I wished to have a gin brand next to our pálinkas for years." said Mónika Czakó, owner of Bestillo. “Fresh citrus used for gin is available when the fresh ingredients for pálinka brewing are no longer available; so this way we can create the best spirits continuously.”

The new gin is available in the shops of Bortársaság and online.

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Hungarian photographer won the most prestigious astrophoto award http://budnews.hu/news/News/1726/hungarian-photographer-won-the-most-prestigious-astrophoto-award The photo draws attention to an important problem. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:41:17 GMT Budnews
Hungarian photographer won the most prestigious astrophoto award

Hungarian photographer won the most prestigious astrophoto award

The photo draws attention to an important problem.

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Fantastic Hungarian success was achieved at this year's international astrophotography competition at the Royal Museum in Greenwich. Rafael Schmall, colleague of the Zselic Star Park won first place in the “People and Space” category in the world's most prestigious competition on this topic, the „Insight Investment Astronomy of the Year 2020”. The value of success is increased by the fact that the prestigious recognition will come to Hungary for the second time after László Francsics' overall first place last year.

The image, titled “Prison of Technology,” not only earned the jury’s recognition for its brilliant photographic solution, but also draws attention to an important issue with its choice of subject. In the image taken with a long exposure time, the thin white stripes in the foreground of the stars are actually commercial satellites. There are more and more of these objects around our planet: Starlink alone, company of Elon Musk, plans to launch more than ten thousand pieces, and they’re not the only ones.

Although the satellites are not visible to the naked eye, they increase the brightness of the sky measurably. Despite the fact that we are building larger and more professional astronomical telescopes at a significant cost, the sky, which is becoming “noisier” due to satellites, makes scientific research difficult or even impossible. This disruptive effects causes inconvenience to researchers and amateurs scanning the stars as well.

Rafael Schmall, who has a serious reputation in Hungary, has already received recognition from NASA and twice won the National Geographic Hungary Astrophotography of the Year award, and these days he even has a permanent exhibition of his pictures in the Zselic Star Park near Kaposvár.

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Sports centre in the City Park opens http://budnews.hu/news/News/1725/sports-centre-in-the-city-park-opens From 3 September, you can try more than a dozen activities in Budapest City Park sports centre, the newest playground for sport lovers in the city. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:36:24 GMT Mia Balogh
Sports centre in the City Park opens

Sports centre in the City Park opens

From 3 September, you can try more than a dozen activities in Budapest City Park sports centre, the newest playground for sport lovers in the city.

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Football pitch with artificial grass, three multifunctional sport fields, a basketball arena, chess-, teqball- and ping-pong tables and among other facilities, also a climbing wall is waiting for all of us who would like to play sports in the City Park.

The newest place in town where we can spend our free time in an active way is called Budapest City Park sports centre, and it was built on a 36 000 square-meters plot of land near the Ajtósi Dürer sor and Dózsa György út intersection.

If you would like to visit the place and try something in there, you can do it for free because most of the amenities – except for two sport fields available for rent – can be used free of charge by the public.

Source: Origo.hu

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Unique fire truck open-air museum opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1724/unique-fire-truck-open-air-museum-opened-in-budapest A new fire truck museum has opened in Újpest, where we can see real historical specialties, e.g. red painted fire chariots and a steam syringe. Little "flame knights" can even try out the old fire trucks! Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:54:57 GMT Budnews
Unique fire truck open-air museum opened in Budapest

Unique fire truck open-air museum opened in Budapest

A new fire truck museum has opened in Újpest, where we can see real historical specialties, e.g. red painted fire chariots and a steam syringe. Little "flame knights" can even try out the old fire trucks!

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It has been 150 years that the fire department of Újpest was established in 1870, then in a voluntary form. In honor of the one and a half centuries of flame knights, the IV. district fire brigade opened a unique fire truck museum in the courtyard of the barracks in Szent László tér.

The museum is unique even in Europe: we can see, for example, the last remaining Hungarian-made right-hand drive fire truck that served corporate fire brigades, and the exhibition also showcases the products of the heroic age of Hungarian machine building: the red-painted fire chariots once rolled off the conveyor belts of MÁVAG, Csepel, Rába and Icarus.

The real curiosity of the museum is a steam syringe that was still towed by horses to the fires at the end of the XIX. century, and that is still functional today. So much so that the jet of water reaches up to the top of a ten-storey panel house!

The open-air museum has no opening hours, but anyone can view the special historical monuments by prior appointment. The open-air museum can be visited free of charge after contacting the organizers via email (tuzoltoskanzen@gmail.com) or phone (+36-70-334-8135). Until then, watch the video below - the text is in Hungarian, but the pictures speak for themselves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0lCpnFE4yc

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Sleeping and dining cars on international trains suspended http://budnews.hu/news/News/1723/sleeping-and-dining-cars-on-international-trains-suspended If you are planning to leave Budapest in the near-future, and you would cross the borders on a train with sleeping and dining cars, you should know about these important changes. Wed, 9 Sep 2020 12:44:25 GMT Mia Balogh
Sleeping and dining cars on international trains suspended

Sleeping and dining cars on international trains suspended

If you are planning to leave Budapest in the near-future, and you would cross the borders on a train with sleeping and dining cars, you should know about these important changes.

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Mia Balogh

You must have heard about the re-introduced Hungarian border closure from 1 September, but what if you choose to leave our beloved capital by train in the near-future?

Well, if you wanted to travel by using a sleeping and/or dining car on the train, it might be useful information to you that these services will be suspended by Hungarian Railways (MÁV), in line with government measures, and in order to protect their staff on the trains. Sleeping cars will be replaced by regular ones.

In the international timetable for train traffic, there are no restrictions – MÁV said recently. They added that they will reimburse the price of the international train tickets valid for September without handling costs if someone would prefer cancelling their trip.

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Mátyás Fountain renovated and unveiled http://budnews.hu/news/News/1722/matyas-fountain-renovated-and-unveiled- Beautiful fountain located in Buda Castle, also called the ‘Hungarian Trevi’ regained its splendour thanks to a recent complete renovation. Wed, 9 Sep 2020 12:41:10 GMT Mia Balogh
Mátyás Fountain renovated and unveiled

Mátyás Fountain renovated and unveiled

Beautiful fountain located in Buda Castle, also called the ‘Hungarian Trevi’ regained its splendour thanks to a recent complete renovation.

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We are sure that you already know: Buda Castle is an amazing place with a lot of super selfie spots in there. Now it is even more attractive, with Mátyás Fountain, named after the Hungarian King Mátyás, and the statues around it having been renovated recently.

And it was unveiled to the public a few days ago by the grandson of the well-known creator of the fountain, sculptor Alajos Stróbl. The grandson, who is also called Mátyás just like the famous king, also took part in the nine-month reconstruction of this landmark. He said that it is a great feeling to see its rebirth.

The fountain, often referred to as the ‘Hungarian Trevi’ is much more than a beautiful detail in the Castle District: it has a history. It survived two world wars but suffered severe damage during the second one.

It had only been partially reconstructed, but in 2020 it not only received a refurbishment but was also cleaned with a special process and got a new lighting.

If you take a walk in the Castle District, we highly recommend you to visit this landmark – and try to arrive by sunset so you can see how wonderful colours illuminate the carving of the king and his entourage on a hunting expedition.

Source: Origo.hu , WeLoveBudapest.com

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New silence regulation came into force in the party district http://budnews.hu/news/News/1721/new-silence-regulation-came-into-force-in-the-party-district These are the new rules in the entertainment district of Budapest. Wed, 9 Sep 2020 12:37:02 GMT Budnews
New silence regulation came into force in the party district

New silence regulation came into force in the party district

These are the new rules in the entertainment district of Budapest.

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Local government of the 7th district of Budapest has implemented very serious rules in the past few weeks. It has long been a problem in the district that the area is almost uninhabitable because of the locals and tourists who have fun here: a lot of people have moved out of the area in recent years due to the daily partying that lasts until dawn. But from midnight on August 26, only restaurants and entertainment venues that meet the strict criteria system can be open after midnight.

The recently adopted decree puts an end to this “golden age”: from now on, strict rules regulates which places can be open between midnight and 6 am in the area bounded by Király utca – Erzsébet körút – Rákóczi út – Károly körút.

These expectations include the incorporation of a power control device (limiter) into the sound system; ensure that guests do not take the spirits out into the street; no packaging or freight transport is carried out between ten o'clock in the evening and eight o'clock in the morning; places should make their toilets accessible to everyone after midnight, not just guests; the pavement in front of them have to be cleaned daily with a high-pressure cleaner; they have to employ a separate person to keep order among the guests; eliminate disposable plastic cups and provide a reusable cup with their own logo instead; enter into a separate waste shipment contract; and if that weren’t enough, special doors have to be installed depending on the capacity: a photocell or automatic door is installed under 100 people, a sluice entry and exit system is installed above 100 people, and even a traffic counter is necessary above 150 people.

There are about 400 restaurants and bars in the affected area, about a third of which, 138 have applied for extended opening hours after midnight by the given deadline. 109 of these have been licensed so far, and it seems we don’t have to say goodbye to the prominent party venues. Affordable places like „Ördögkatlan”, „4-es, 6-os”, „Gong brasseries”, „Kakas”, and high-capacity nightclubs and ruin pubs such as „Ellátóház”, „Szimplakert”, „Füge udvar”, „Udvarrom”, „Doboz”, „Fogas-Instant-Robot” komplex or „Cat Club” can still be open after midnight.

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Nice to meet you Samantha! Let's get to know the newest salad bar of the city http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1720/nice-to-meet-you-samantha-lets-get-to-know-the-newest-salad-bar-of-the-city Healthy food, good wibes and a hint of girly fun. This is Samantha. Fri, 4 Sep 2020 08:05:44 GMT Budnews
Nice to meet you Samantha! Let's get to know the newest salad bar of the city

Nice to meet you Samantha! Let's get to know the newest salad bar of the city

Healthy food, good wibes and a hint of girly fun. This is Samantha.

Gastronomy

Budnews

Buda side of the city is getting better and better: a new outdoor place opened, this time in the expanded Millenáris park. Health-conscious snacks, many programs, Hello Wood’s pink-painted wooden pavilion, white chairs, and sunbeds. But let's see itt from the beginnings.

There is only a few better place than Millenáris to create a healthy and cool bar: due to the nearby playgrounds, there are many mothers and fathers with small children who would happily rest a bit, and Buda residents are also hungry for seating, relaxing places in the area.

The newest place we're talking about is Samantha — like Samantha from Sex and the city. The place is very similar to this fictional character: sexy, cool, health-conscious, but she doesn’t despise evening entertainment either.

The profile of Samantha is diverse: there are three types of menus - breakfast (9-12: 00), lunch (12-15: 00) and dinner (17-23: 00) - and the offer is basically made up of light, healthy ingredients, it is based on hearty bowls, toasts, and wraps. For example the Moana Salmon Poke bowl that consist of marinated salmon accompanied by avocado, purple cabbage, edamame beans, and in honor of the Hawaiian national dish, it comes in a half-cut coconut.

As for the drinks: the range of drinks is also very wide, which can open new horizons in the evening. In addition to juices, they offer a unique collagen drink, which is for those who value fitness drinks and want to take extra care for their bodies.

If you're not an evening person, don't worry. They even have morning yoga, body art classes, and daytime chat programs for the next few weeks.

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Another American Street food is conquering Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1719/another-american-street-food-is-conquering-budapest Corn dog  is here to make people falling in love with it. Thu, 3 Sep 2020 08:27:22 GMT Budnews
Another American Street food is conquering Budapest

Another American Street food is conquering Budapest

Corn dog  is here to make people falling in love with it.

Gastronomy

Budnews

There is a restaurant for every dish of almost every nations in Budapesr, yet more and more places are popping up that find a niche market. The latest one is Egypálcás, which adds one piece of American culture, the Corn Dog to our homeland.

Sausage dipped in dough rarely shows up in our small country, but now an entire store has been dedicated to it on Vas Street. Corn dog is essentially a sausage drawn on a chopstick, which is then dipped in some thick dough and fried in oil.

In the small, friendly store, the owner, Heni does everything - she gets the ingredients, she makes the dough, and of course she cooks our chosen corn dog as well. Although corn dog is basically a simply street food, Heni tried to add a few extras to the basic recipe to make it even better. Thus, in addition to the standard corn dog (HUF 770), we can ask for a version that is rolled in pancake dough (HUF 880) or french fries (HUF 980) before baking.

We can vary it further by asking for a little cheese in the dough, or by changing the sausage to cheese ín the corn dog. For the finished corn dog, you can also choose from several dips, such as nacho, various salsa or jalapeño.

But the best thing that convinced us that Egypálcás will be one of our favourite places is the tetris on the counter. It's exatly the one that we had in our childhood, and while you may think you’ve outgrown this a long time ago, we guarantee you’ll hit the opportunity.

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Huge film park has opened in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1718/huge-film-park-has-opened-in-hungary The newest cinema/adventure park in Europe has opened in a Hungarian village. Wed, 2 Sep 2020 08:52:15 GMT Budnews
Huge film park has opened in Hungary

Huge film park has opened in Hungary

The newest cinema/adventure park in Europe has opened in a Hungarian village.

News

Budnews

Probably the most special theme park in the country opened a few weeks ago. The Cinemaqua Film and Nature Park shows the world of cinematic wonders over a huge area of ​​30 hectares. A visual world with original scenery items awaits you with 21 scenes in this small village called Kisvárda.

Among the venues of the special cinema park you can get to know the Film Palace, there is a venue called American Promenade, a real adventure ship and a pirate ship, a 17th century American village, a fabulous wonder garden, a gold washer scene, a real kingdom, a dinosaur park, a circus tent, an airplane hangar and a unique maze.

And the best thing is that there are many objects here that are not forbidden to touch at all, the whole park was built on the concept of “experience the film world” for which we, adults were as enthusiastic as the kids. The park offers all day recreation for literally everyone, the only downside is the price: an adult ticket is HUF 6,900 (5900 for locals) and the children's ticket is HUF 6,200 (4,900).

Anyway, this is a must see for once in a lifetime!

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New package-free shop opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1717/new-package-free-shop-opened-in-budapest Newest addition to the eco-friendly shops in the city, næked is not only a package-free store but also a community place – it is absolutely worth visiting. Tue, 1 Sep 2020 14:19:16 GMT Mia Balogh
New package-free shop opened in Budapest

New package-free shop opened in Budapest

Newest addition to the eco-friendly shops in the city, næked is not only a package-free store but also a community place – it is absolutely worth visiting.

News

Mia Balogh

If you consider the protection of our environment as a very important case, well, you must know that there are more and more eco-friendly, package-free stores available to do your grocery shopping.

And yes, there are some nice and friendly ones in Budapest, too, like Ligeti shops, Ne pazarolj! and the newest addition to the list, næked. The name of the place is a funny play on words, because naked refers to ‘goods without packaging’ but another word, neked means ‘to you’ in Hungarian.

The næked project was brought to life by two Hungarian girls, Noémi Gyöngyösi and Flóra Orosz who had big plans of creating an eco-friendly hotspot in Budapest, but the pandemic delayed their plans.

Finally, their dream came true, with a lot of work actually: they set up this beautiful Scando chic shop in an old wine cellar, renovated and embellished with their own bare hands, We Love Budapest writes.

‘They wanted it to function as a community place as well, which is why they offer mugs and jugs of teas – lesser-found milfoil, horsetail, marsh mallow as well as elderberry, linden and lemongrass – and Peruvian 100% Arabica Huabal Cajamarca coffee’ – they add.

What do you find in næked?

Well, almost everything you’d need in your kitchen: nuts, oils, pulses, dried fruit, cosmetics and cleaning products. And yes, you can also purchase some new paper bags and containers, if you forgot to bring your own ones to refill. ;)

Where to find næked?

The address is 4 Schwartzer Ferenc Street (district XII), and their opening hours are the following: from Monday to Friday, from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturday between 11am-3pm.

If you would like to know more about them, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/naeked.budapest/

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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Russian bistro in Szolnok among world’s best restaurants http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1716/russian-bistro-in-szolnok-among-world’s-best-restaurants- With this recognition, they made it to the top 10 percent of the world’s best restaurants. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:39:58 GMT Mia Balogh
Russian bistro in Szolnok among world’s best restaurants

Russian bistro in Szolnok among world’s best restaurants

With this recognition, they made it to the top 10 percent of the world’s best restaurants.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

You might have heard about restaurants in Budapest getting important awards and recognitions but now a small family restaurant, Balalajka Russian Bistro in Szolnok (located in the Eastern part of the country) has made it to the headlines because they recently got the Travellers’ Choice award from Tripadvisor. With this recognition, they made it to the top 10 percent of the world’s best restaurants.

This is not their first award: before that, Forbes Magazine declared it the ‘most Russian’ restaurant in Hungary. Besides, the owners even got a prestigious state award from Moscow, as well, for their work in gastronomy and culture.

What do they offer?

If you are a fan of traditional Russian food, culture and music, you will love it because the owners, András Kolozsvári and his wife Kátya, who was born is Siberia present all of these authentically. Kátya even plays the Russian instrument balalajka, from where the bistro got its name so don’t be surprised if some authentic balalajka music will be added your Saturday supper. ;)

Source: szoljon.hu

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Jason Momoa is in Budapest again http://budnews.hu/news/News/1715/jason-momoa-is-in-budapest-again He is here for some additional shooting for the upcoming movie Dune, so chances of bumping into him in the city are quite good now. Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:47:48 GMT Mia Balogh
Jason Momoa is in Budapest again

Jason Momoa is in Budapest again

He is here for some additional shooting for the upcoming movie Dune, so chances of bumping into him in the city are quite good now.

News

Mia Balogh

If Jason Momoa is on top of your list of all the film stars you would love to have a selfie with, well, some good news for you: the Hollywood hunk returned to Budapest recently.

As far as we know from the Hungarian media, his plane landed a couple of days ago, and yes, a lucky girl already managed to take a selfie with him:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEDtSrLgIYc/

Probably she won’t be the only one because we think that in a beautiful city like Budapest, it’s impossible to resist the temptation of leaving your hotel room and doing something in the city – whether you are a celebrity or not. Do you agree? ;)

Jason Momoa is back in town for some additional shooting for the upcoming movie Dune, the monumental sci-fi movie by Denis Villeneuve. According to Bors.hu, the shooting will last until 25 August so the actor will probably stay here until then.

Other stars of the movie like Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya can also be in Hungary again, as HungaryToday.hu writes.

‘Officially, the shooting ended in July 2019, but as with all large-scale movies, additional shooting is common; this doesn’t mean that there are any issues with the quality of the already existing scenes or the film’s production’ – they add.

Source: Bors.hu, HungaryToday.hu

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New pier opened at Liszt Ferenc Airport http://budnews.hu/news/News/1714/new-pier-opened-at-liszt-ferenc-airport The change is huge compared to the old facility . Thu, 27 Aug 2020 07:17:12 GMT Budnews
New pier opened at Liszt Ferenc Airport

New pier opened at Liszt Ferenc Airport

The change is huge compared to the old facility .

News

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Budapest Airport is getting bigger and bigger, which is well shown by the new passenger waiting area.

The new facility, called pier 1, is now completed and commissioned for passenger. The extensive glazed surfaces and wooden beams of the 11 500-square-meter structure create a Scandinavian vibe, and the aircrafts are parked at only a few meters from the building, making boarding and disembarkation faster and more convenient than ever. (Which means we can forgot the ugly tin city, thank God!)

The new building satisfies all needs; passengers can spend their time before departure in a beautiful and comfortable environment that is spacious and fully meets epidemiological criteria.

Dr. Rolf Schnitzler, the CEO of Budapest Airport emphasized, “I am very proud of the new pier and the feedback we are receiving from passengers, airline partners, and ground-handlers who are completely satisfied with the new facility. This building is one of the gems in our series of airport development projects that have been ongoing for more than a year now, and it clearly demonstrates that the continuous improvement of service quality is our top priority.”

We totaly agree with Mr. Schnitzler. The new pier is the most beautiful part of the entire airport, we think that it even beats the VIP lounge with those ornaments hanging from the ceiling.

The new 11 500-square-meter pier ensures that passengers can arrive or wait for departure in a bright, heated and air-conditioned building which also offers shops and extra services to satisfy travelers’ needs. The facility provides 8 pedestrian boarding gates directly connected to aircraft stands, enabling a smooth and convenient boarding process. There are also 6 boarding gates where buses transport passengers to airplanes parked on remote stands.

The new facility can comfortably accommodate up to 5000 passengers at the same time, offering 2500 seats in total in its spacious waiting areas. But our favorite thing in the new pier is undoubtedly the 580 USB chargers. No more dead batteries here!

The new pier 1 features convenient waiting and rest areas, 3 high-capacity obstacle-free toilet blocks, a smoking terrace, and even a coffee shop and a newspaper stand will open in the next few weeks. It has direct connection to Terminal 2A that does not require passengers to leave the comfort of the building at all, as they can reach the spacious 120-meter-long new building from the main terminal building through a new connection equipped with escalators and elevators.

Let all our desires come true like this!

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The most important rule to comply on public transport http://budnews.hu/news/News/1713/the-most-important-rule-to-comply-on-public-transport- Fewer and fewer people follow the rule to cover their face so Budapest Transport Centre has to be more strict. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:51:23 GMT Budnews
The most important rule to comply on public transport

The most important rule to comply on public transport

Fewer and fewer people follow the rule to cover their face so Budapest Transport Centre has to be more strict.

News

Budnews

People are becoming more and more bored with the precautions introduced because of the coronavirus. Everyone took the rules a little looser, which unfortunately resulted more and more new infections across Europe.

According to a non-representative survey by BKK (Budapest Transport Centre), almost 100% of passengers wore mask in the spring, but now this is around 85%, due to the loosening of the obedience during summer.

That is why BKK draws the attention to the rules of traveling public in its latest communication. They emphasized the fact that as the epidemic situation has not yet ended, public transport can still be used only with a face covered with a mask or scarf.

The transport company draws attention to this rule on every possible surfaces, and it is the primary task of ticket inspectors and passenger coordinators to enforce the passangers to wear a mask. Anyone who is unwilling to cover their face with a mask or scarf after their request may be removed from the vehicles according to the conditions of travel.

The communication also states that the rules also apply to BKK employees, so if, for example, an inspector demonstrably fails to comply with health protection regulations, BKK will enforce labor law consequences.

Don't leave your mask at home!

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Gellért Bath reopens with more friendly prices http://budnews.hu/news/News/1711/gellert-bath-reopens-with-more-friendly-prices In a few days, the historic Gellért Bath opens its gates again – with more affordable ticket prices. Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:06:28 GMT Mia Balogh
Gellért Bath reopens with more friendly prices

Gellért Bath reopens with more friendly prices

In a few days, the historic Gellért Bath opens its gates again – with more affordable ticket prices.

News

Mia Balogh

In March, all the historic baths in Budapest closed because of the pandemic. Many have reopened since then but one of the most well-known, Gellért Bath remained closed. Now, it will reopen: after 1 September, we can visit this amazing place again – and with more friendly ticket prices.

Let’s see how the ticket prices have changed

The reopening also means lower prices in Gellért Bath, which has been not only one of the most popular but also one of the most expensive historic bath in the city.

Before the pandemic, a daily ticket with a locker on weekdays cost 6300HUF (18 Euros) and 6600HUF (19 Euros) on weekends. From 1 September, the same tickets are going to cost 3900HUF (11 Euros) on weekdays and 4500HUF (13 Euros) on weekends.

Renting a locker for 15 visits used to cost 81 400HUF (242 Euros), but now it is going to become a lot cheaper, 51 000HUF (146 Euros).

The so-called Zsigmond Clubcard continues to provide some discounts at the bath: with this card, you can buy a ticket for 2900 HUF (8.3 Euros) all days of the week.

It seems that only one thing can be more expensive: renting a cabin meant 400 or 500 HUF (1.1 – 1.4 Euro) extra charge per visit, depending on weekdays or weekend, but now it is going to cost 1000 HUF (2.8 Euros) all week.

Source: TurizmusOnline.hu

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Budapest is one of the best European cities for digital nomads http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1710/budapest-is-one-of-the-best-european-cities-for-digital-nomads In a new study, best European destinations for digital nomads were ranked – and yes, Budapest is also on the list. To be a little bit more precise, in the top three. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:23:16 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest is one of the best European cities for digital nomads

Budapest is one of the best European cities for digital nomads

In a new study, best European destinations for digital nomads were ranked – and yes, Budapest is also on the list. To be a little bit more precise, in the top three.

Lifestyle

Mia Balogh

We all know that digital nomads only need their laptop and reliable internet connection to work, but many of them also enjoy the comfort of co-working spaces or nice cafés. Of course, there are many more other factors which are important for them, just like for the rest of us, like affordable rent prices and entertainment possibilities. But which cities can be the best choices for digital nomads in Europe?

A British insurance company named CIA Landlords conducted a study by focusing mainly on workers based in London. They looked at their perspectives of moving to cities that are located in time zones GMT or plus or minus three hours. It took into consideration the cost of living for essentials – rent, transport, bills and wi-fi costs, takeaway and pint prices, as well as cost per night for an Airbnb.

"However, when everything is considered, it is Madrid which comes out the winner. It has lots of tourists with great places to visit and lots of things to do. The rent at £895 ($1,175) isn’t cheap but it is served by lots of low cost flights and a low cost of living. Istanbul and Budapest came second and third" – Forbes.com writes.

So our capital came in third in the list which is not so bad after all. ;)

The results of the study were published by Forbes magazine.

Source: Forbes.com

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Cloe Cafe – a place to visit and to fall in love with instantly http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1709/cloe-cafe-–-a-place-to-visit-and-to-fall-in-love-with-instantly Beautiful, elegant, girly wonderland in the downtown with wonderful cakes and cool champagne… who could resist to a visit at Cloe Cafe? Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:19:27 GMT Budnews
Cloe Cafe – a place to visit and to fall in love with instantly

Cloe Cafe – a place to visit and to fall in love with instantly

Beautiful, elegant, girly wonderland in the downtown with wonderful cakes and cool champagne… who could resist to a visit at Cloe Cafe?

Gastronomy

Budnews

When you feel a little bit tired from sightseeing, and would like to have a break and enjoy a nice cake, a coffee or a glass of champagne, you can choose from so many nice and friendly places to do so in the downtown.

But what about an exquisite date with your best girlfriends or with yourself (yes, the well-deserved me time)? Well, if you say yes for it, try Cloe Cafe – you will see from the street already, that this is an extraordinary place.

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By entering the door, you will smell the mix of cakes, flowers and luxury perfume – this fits perfectly to the atmosphere in there. And yes, you will spot one of the best selfie spots in the café in just a second.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCQkePfhBCS/

When I visited the place with one of my best friends (a girl, obviously ;)), we were enchanted at the same moment we entered. A friendly waiter showed us a nice table and brought us menu cards.

We pointed at two cakes at random, my friend chose a lemonade and I decided to try their champagne, made in a collaboration with Laposa winery. We were both satisfied with our decisions. The champagne and the lemonade were quite delicious and the cakes… oh my, those cakes were heavenly!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CD06P0fBc69/

The place is absolutely amazing, we would highly recommend a visit in there for everyone who likes girly, elegant, beautiful and friendly cafés with lots of flowers and premium quality food, desserts and drinks.

The prices, well, if you compare their prices to other cafés, you may find that Cloe Cafe is not quite cheap: my cake and champagne were around 3300 HUF (almost 10 EUR). But if you are willing to pay for super quality food and drinks, and of course for the unique atmosphere, this place will be absolutely worth visiting.

Our tip: check out the restroom, as well, because it is also luxurious. And under the stairs, you will find another awesome selfie spot. ;)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCoXxa1p7lv/

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Opera Gin Budapest won prestigious award http://budnews.hu/news/News/1708/opera-gin-budapest-won-prestigious-award Following the Red Dot Design Award, the only Hungarian gin won a gold medal at the competition of the market-leading London magazine, The Spirits Business’ annual The Global Spirits Masters in the field of premium gins. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:11:31 GMT Budnews
Opera Gin Budapest won prestigious award

Opera Gin Budapest won prestigious award

Following the Red Dot Design Award, the only Hungarian gin won a gold medal at the competition of the market-leading London magazine, The Spirits Business’ annual The Global Spirits Masters in the field of premium gins.

News

Budnews

If somebody should mention famous Hungarian alcoholic drinks, they would probably say the good Hungarian wines, Unicum, pálinka, or maybe the craft beers. But Gin? Well yes, we have our own gin brand, that now won another prestigious award.

The Global Spirits Masters is one of the world’s largest spirits blind tasting competition, and is characterized by the fact that the number of participants breaks a record every year: in 2019, more than three hundred items of gin alone competed. Although the number of entrants this year did not reach the previous year as a result of the coronavirus, the field of Gin Masters 2020 was still dense with nearly two hundred entries.

This is why we are so proud that Opera Gin Budapest won gold medal in the Premium Gin category, obtaining outstanding scores (between 80-89) in the blind tests from the judges. As The Spirits Business highlighted, the Opera Gin deserved attention for its “great texture” and “elegant, dark chocolate notes”.

Opera Gin is Hungary's first premium category London Dry gin. The main component of this 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.

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These are Hungary’s birthday cakes in 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1707/these-are-hungary’s-birthday-cakes-in-2020 Although the central ceremony on August 20. was called off this year, the Country’s Cake was chosen, and now we can taste it in confectioneries across the country. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:08:42 GMT Budnews
These are Hungary’s birthday cakes in 2020

These are Hungary’s birthday cakes in 2020

Although the central ceremony on August 20. was called off this year, the Country’s Cake was chosen, and now we can taste it in confectioneries across the country.

Gastronomy

Budnews

August 20 is the largest state holiday in Hungary, the celebration of state foundation. There are many traditions attached to it, one of which is the election of the Country’s Cake. It’s not August 20th without the Country’ Cake, not even if all other ceremonies are canceled. So (much to my delight) the competition took place, and winner of the Country’s Cake and Country’s Sugar-Free Cake competitions was announced.

The Country’s Cake in 2020 is a creation called Curiositas, by Krisztián Füredi from Hisztéria confectionery in Tápiószecső. The country 's cake must always have some kind of Hungaricum, some characteristic Hungarian taste and tradition in it. In the case of Curiositas, this is quince. The cake has a really special and good-sounding taste: white chocolate sponge cake with saffron quince jelly, biscuit-white chocolate crispy layer, hazelnut ganache, almond mousse, and on top of it a milk chocolate coating makes it perfect.

The sugar-free cake of the country sounds similarly exciting. This is the Midsummer Night's Dream, a specialty of Jókenyér Confectionery in Pilisszentiván. The taste of the cake is determined by the cherry: it contains pleasantly sour, cinnamon sour cherry jam, light sour cherry whipped cream and cream-oatmeal cream. The cake is covered with sugar-free white chocolate, which is covered in a wreath-like layer of lyophilized cherries. Of course, the sugar-free cake of the country does not contain added sugar, and according to the data of the National Association of Hungarian Dietitians, it contains 13.3 g of carbohydrates and 252.5 kcal per slice, so it is perfect for diabetics as well.

The cakes can be tasted in confectioneries across the country from August 19th.

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What to do in Budapest on August 20? http://budnews.hu/news/News/1706/what-to-do-in-budapest-on-august-20 If you came specially for the national holiday but all programs are cancelled, visit one of these beautiful places instead. Mon, 17 Aug 2020 07:07:36 GMT Budnews
What to do in Budapest on August 20?

What to do in Budapest on August 20?

If you came specially for the national holiday but all programs are cancelled, visit one of these beautiful places instead.

News

Budnews

If you have long planned to visit Budapest and watch our biggest state celebration, then now you are maybe disappointed that there won’t be any programs. However, there is no reason for this, as the city still has a lot of beautiful sights. We gathered where to go, where to enjoy August 20th and the beauty of the city.

Check out Buda Castle and the castle district. Castle Hill contains many of Budapest's most important medieval monuments and museums, like the impressive Buda Castle, a massive 200-roomed palace. Castle Hill is also home to a number of excellent statues and you can see the Fisherman’s Bastion here. The late 19th-century Fisherman's Bastion is built on the spot where in the Middle Ages the local fishermen had their defense installations.

Margaret Island is Budapest's main recreation and recuperative center for most locals. It has a beautiful Rose Garden, a musical fountain, ruins of the Dominican convent, once home to Princess Margaret, a water tower, a large open-air theater and Palatinus Bath, the biggest in Budapest. It is an isle on the Danube between Buda and Pest and offers beautiful parks, padded jogging path, a petting zoo, restaurants, so enjoy a walk, some active time or just a nice picnic here, it will be unforgettable!

Take a walk on Andrássy Avenue, the main boulevard of Budapest. The 2.4 km long Andrássy Avenue is the main boulevard of Budapest. It connects Erzsébet Square and Heroes’ Square and has splendid palaces, important cultural buildings, and expensive shop on the two sides. Admire the beautiful buildings, for example the Hungarian State Opera House (Andrássy Av. 22). If you don’t want to walk or you don’t have enough time for it, choose M1 metro line which runs under Andrássy Avenue, so you can visit these sights faster and without getting tired.

At the end of Andrássy Avenue, you’ll find Hősök tere, with the Millennium Monument at its centre, and the Museum of Fine Arts and Műcsarnok on either side. City Park (Városliget), the largest park in Budapest can be found beyond the square. Here you will find Széchenyi Thermal Baths, the Zoo, the Circus, the Museum of Agriculture and a pond that offers ice skating in the winter and row boating in the summer. City Park is the most popular recreational point of the city, so don’t miss it.

Várkert Bazár or Castle Garden Bazaar is one of the main works of Miklós Ybl. It has been fully renovated and saved from complete destruction a few years ago and now it’s one of the most beautiful places of the city. The monument is part of world heritage and it’s the best place to take a walk on the gloriett ramps and to enjoy the Renaissance garden.

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Luke Evans: ‘Budapest is one of my favourite cities’ http://budnews.hu/news/News/1705/luke-evans:-‘budapest-is-one-of-my-favourite-cities’ In a recent video, he tells us a few things about his favourite places in our capital and he highlights that Budapest is one of his favourite cities. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:10:10 GMT Mia Balogh
Luke Evans: ‘Budapest is one of my favourite cities’

Luke Evans: ‘Budapest is one of my favourite cities’

In a recent video, he tells us a few things about his favourite places in our capital and he highlights that Budapest is one of his favourite cities.

News

Mia Balogh

Instead of telling us some secrets about his series called The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, Luke Evans takes us on a tour of Budapest in a ‘behind the scenes’ video.

The Alienist was shot on our capital so the actor lived here for a couple of months. And of course, he had some time to know the city and to find some favourite places to hang out.

“Budapest has great food, great people” – he said in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di36HrAHXbE&feature=emb_logo

“You go across Liberty Bridge which is a very beautiful bridge, one of my favourite bridges in Budapest over the Danube” – he continued.

“Hiking up to Gellért Hill is something that everybody has to do when you are coming to Budapest. […] I like to do it early in the morning when there is no tourist; the sun rises and it shines right down the Danube. It is just a beautiful thing to get to the top of the hill and look down” – he added.

He also talked about thermal baths and the Margaret Island which he calls a floating garden in the middle of the Danube. He thinks that Budapest is one of the most amazing cities in the world, “which is absolutely worth a trip”.

Like and share our article if you agree with him. ;)

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No larger events in Hungary after 15 August http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1704/no-larger-events-in-hungary-after-15-august After announcing that this year there will be no firework, we have to spend this summer without big public events and festivals, too. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:16:51 GMT Mia Balogh
No larger events in Hungary after 15 August

No larger events in Hungary after 15 August

After announcing that this year there will be no firework, we have to spend this summer without big public events and festivals, too.

Event

Mia Balogh

According to the new restrictions announced, “the Hungarian government has declared a ban on all public events attracting more than 500 people beyond the initial 15 August deadline” – We Love Budapest writes.

We already know for a while that the annual fireworks for Hungary’s national day, 20 August were called off – we wrote about it here: http://budnews.hu/news/News/1687/the-biggest-national-holiday-of-hungary-is-called-off

We were still hoping that some of the big concerts and open-air festivals that we were waiting for so long can be organized but it is already sure that we have to wait a little bit more for these to finally happen.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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Wow: a wolf cub was spotted in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1703/wow:-a-wolf-cub-was-spotted-in-hungary The forester who spotted the baby wolf says that it was not the first time that he saw wolves in the nature but he could not film them – until now. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:10:49 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: a wolf cub was spotted in Hungary

Wow: a wolf cub was spotted in Hungary

The forester who spotted the baby wolf says that it was not the first time that he saw wolves in the nature but he could not film them – until now.

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It is not unusual that wild animals are seen in Hungary. Every year, brown bears come to the Bükk National Park from Slovakia, but you could have read also about lynxes and wolves in some areas of the North Hungarian Mountains.

By mentioning wolves, well, it happened a couple of days ago that a forester, Balázs Szívós saw a wandering wolf cub in the Bükk Mountains.

The forester saw the baby wolf alone, the mother was not present, and he had a couple of seconds to film the cub. Then he shared this special video on his Facebook page, 24.hu reported.

https://www.facebook.com/100001432486988/videos/3395630667161316/

This was not the first time he spotted wolves in the Bükk Mountains, but he could not film them previously. The exact location where he saw the cub remains the forester’s secret, to protect the animals.

In Hungary, there are only 20-60 wolves living in the wild in Hungary, which means 6-7 packs wandering around in the Northern Hungarian Mountains. If you see wolves in the nature, don’t be scared because they usually avoid humans, so that’s the best thing you, too, should do in the wild.

Source: 24.hu

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You haven’t seen anything like this before: here’s the country’s most secret car and motorbike museum http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1702/you-haven’t-seen-anything-like-this-before:-here’s-the-country’s-most-secret-car-and-motorbike-museum Never-seen vehicles and the most beautiful memories of our childhood in one place. Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:13:27 GMT Budnews
You haven’t seen anything like this before: here’s the country’s most secret car and motorbike museum

You haven’t seen anything like this before: here’s the country’s most secret car and motorbike museum

Never-seen vehicles and the most beautiful memories of our childhood in one place.

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You can expect many beautiful things walking on the Balaton Uplands: good wines, lavender fields, a wonderful view. But the most special car-motorbike museum in the country? Yes, even that, because Index found probably the most special car-motorbike collection in the country! This is the Káli auto-motor museum, Professor Kaáli's own extraordinary private collection. If the name sounds familiar, you’re thinking it right. He's the same Doctor who is the founder of the world-famous Kaáli Institute and to whom 25,000 children owe their lives.

But how will a world-renowned medical professor have a car and motorcycle collection owner? Well, Géza Kaáli Nagy has put together a collection of more than a hundred cars and motorcycles from his wealth of medical patents, and which is a really exciting and impressive selection of cars and motorcycles, a testament to super taste.

The history of the museum dates back almost a century. The first piece of the collection was a Harley Davidson FXRS Low Rider purchased in 1987, that rofessor Kaáli did not sell when he moved home from the United States. He also brought home the 1989 Jaguar XJS sports car and the Cadillac Coupe de Ville from 1977. Soon after, Kaáli decided to try to get the family cars to which he has a personal memory, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The idea has become reality during the decades: a private museum, one of the most unique in the country. Over the past few decades, the collection has developed with the help of Hungarian veteran car specialists, showcasing roughly 100 years of the history of cars. Knowing that the Ford T-Model was born in 1908, this means that we can get a glimpse into the entire history of driving.

The collection takes place on two levels in the house: the upper level is home for motorcycles, on the garage level there are two large rooms with cars. Here you can find such special vehicles as the Csepel 125 motorcycle, the Pannonia T model, the BMG 100 Hungarian small motorcycle, the 1939 SHB 98, the Harley-Davidson FXRS Low Rider, or the complete series of Pannonia motorcycles (12 types). As for the cars: Opel Olympia, Adler Triumph Junior 1E, Opel P4, Vauxhall Velox, Fiat Special F3, Borgward Isabella coupe, classics of the socialist car industry, a 1927 Ford T-Model, a 1914 Belgian Fabrique Nationale Model 1950 , Messerschmitt KR200, Porsche 356B, Citroën DS21, Maserati Merak, Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, and Austin 7 Ulster Special are all part of the collection.

And what’s even more impressive about this private collection is the immaculate condition of cars and motorcycles. They are in a good working condition almost without exception, and they even have a valid license plate.

Unfortunately, the museum can only be visited by invitation, so we cannot show ticket purchase information, but if you want to see the cars right now, you can see pictures of the unique cars here.

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Long section of Andrássy út service roads is transformed into community space http://budnews.hu/news/News/1701/long-section-of-andrassy-ut-service-roads-is-transformed-into-community-space The roughly 200-meter long section is closed from car traffic and open to pedestrians. Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:10:02 GMT Budnews
Long section of Andrássy út service roads is transformed into community space

Long section of Andrássy út service roads is transformed into community space

The roughly 200-meter long section is closed from car traffic and open to pedestrians.

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Terézváros (one district of Budapest) Municipality made a big decision and closed the service roads of Andrássy út on the section between Vörösmarty utca and Rózsa utca from car traffic, and turned the area into a community space from 5 August to 18 October.

According to the announcement on the official website of Terézváros Municipality, it isn’t possible to drive or park a vehicle on the service roads between Vörösmarty and Rózsa utca, and cars that remained on the said section will be removed from the site.

On the closed section, the municipality created a community space and a promenade, where street benches, restaurants and cultural events take place. We can see a selection of the best works of ARC exhibitions of previous years, portraits of residents and works by contemporary artists. Worth checking out!

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Top 5 most summerish bars in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1700/top-5-most-summerish-bars-in-budapest During summer, one always looks for something a little different than in winter, fall, or spring. Enjoy the sunshine, the warmth, the nature. The same considerations also play a huge role when choosing a place to drink in the evening. Here is our completely subjective top 5 list of the best summer places. Sat, 8 Aug 2020 08:10:43 GMT Budnews
Top 5 most summerish bars in Budapest

Top 5 most summerish bars in Budapest

During summer, one always looks for something a little different than in winter, fall, or spring. Enjoy the sunshine, the warmth, the nature. The same considerations also play a huge role when choosing a place to drink in the evening. Here is our completely subjective top 5 list of the best summer places.

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PONTOON

This member of the summer nights in Budapest does not have to be introduced to anyone. Various acoustic concerts, cold drinks, and if we get hungry, the masterpieces of Blitz Pizza arrive. If we are preparing for the evening party here, it is worth arriving early, because the tables are running out quickly, but if we are planning an afternoon conversation, we can expect a particularly peaceful, calm atmosphere.

Dunaparty Megálló

Halfway between Újbuda and Budafok, behind a former factory, there is a classic buffet, the Dunaparty Megálló, which has been converted to a bar from a British bus 15 years ago. They started with classic lángos, fish and pancakes, but last year a special American bus also boarded next to their red London companions and offers well-packed hot dogs. At Dunaparty Megálló we can get beer and lemonade for a friendly price, and enjoy the proximity of the Danube.

Két Rombusz

Talking about buses: no one should miss Két Rombusz, the ruin pub on the Roman shore: if we see two ruined double-decker buses behind a green fence, we’ve reached our destination. In addition to the cheap drinks and lángos, we also love it because the concept. We can spend time in the red faux leather-covered seats of the buses, there are hammocks, pillows and benches closer to ground level. It is accompanied by a romantic atmosphere and the fact that the Danube is at your fingertips.

Hippie Island

Hippie Island is a cult place on Margaret Island. You can find your place on the huge inner terrace even if you want to have a cocktail sitting at a table, relax in a beanbag chair or watch the match of the day on a projector. Hippie Island is always full, but thanks to its size, we can always find another table for ourselves.

Fruska Picnic & Bistro

Provencal atmosphere in the greenest part of Lágymányos, on the Kopaszi dam. Whether you’re aiming for an afternoon chill or a nice weekend, it’s worth coming by bike to the calm, green island and then sitting in Fruska for a fine wine and a few good bites. If you want an even more romantic, chilling experience, you can pre-order a picnic basket and drinks from the menu, and then you can lie down in the grass in any place of the dam to enjoy the summer.

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City Park will be car-free http://budnews.hu/news/News/1699/city-park-will-be-car-free Car traffic will be banned from the entire City Park and Heroes’ Square. Thu, 6 Aug 2020 13:10:43 GMT Mia Balogh
City Park will be car-free

City Park will be car-free

Car traffic will be banned from the entire City Park and Heroes’ Square.

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According to one of the latest government decisions, the popular City Park and the Heroes’s Square will be totally car-free in the future, the promenade will be used only by pedestrians and cyclists.

24.hu writes that cars will be banned from the Koós Károly sétány in the park, and also Állatkerti körút (Zoo Boulevard), outside of peak hours. Traffic restrictions do not affect trolleybuses, of course.

Furthermore, the iconic tourist attraction Heroes’ Square will be completely car-free. Parking our cars on the surface will be prohibited in City Park except for a short section of the Zoo Boulevard. Instead of that, a new underground garage will be built on Dózsa György Road, we can leave the car there and walk to City Park.

A new P+R parking lot will be built, as well, suitable for 1500 cars, this will be located possibly on the outer Hungária körút, east of the park. A new road and tram overpass will be also designed, to connect districts 13 and 14. This will possibly help the cars coming off the M3 motorway to avoid the area of the City Park.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com, 24.hu

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Hungarian film won two awards at Bollywood Film Festival http://budnews.hu/news/News/1698/hungarian-film-won-two-awards-at-bollywood-film-festival Important recognition for Le Collier (The Necklace) : the short film collected two awards at Indo-Global International Film Festival in Mumbai. Wed, 5 Aug 2020 07:57:51 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian film won two awards at Bollywood Film Festival

Hungarian film won two awards at Bollywood Film Festival

Important recognition for Le Collier (The Necklace) : the short film collected two awards at Indo-Global International Film Festival in Mumbai.

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Over the past years, Hungarian films have received quite a few awards, some of these are even internationally important, as well. Last week, we read about a new Hungarian short film, Le Collier (The Necklace), which won two awards at one of the world’s biggest film festivals in Bollywood.

Kristina Goztola and Péter Halmi’s new movie, a French-Hungarian co-production. It tells us the story of a beautiful Italian woman who goes to Paris, where she reads to an elderly, blind man, Michel, each night. Then she finds out that the man is hiding a precious necklace, and she becomes obsessed with it.

Check out the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=_NqqASWrhTA&feature=emb_logo

The short film was selected into one of the biggest film festivals, the Indo-Global International Film Festival in Mumbai and it collected the Best Director Award in the short film category and the Special Jury Award, too. There was no award ceremony because of COVID-19, the winners were notified via e-mail.

It was not the first time that this movie was presented: it debuted at the Bangalore Short Film Festival on June 7, and later, it was presented at the Sweden Film Awards on July 3, where it was awarded for its visuals. It was also screened at the Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards and at Madrid Film Awards.

Source: Blikk.hu

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Hungarian concrete trash can conquers the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1697/hungarian-concrete-trash-can-conquers-the-world ‘Binn’ is in the final of one of the biggest architectural competitions in the world. Tue, 4 Aug 2020 11:55:47 GMT Budnews
Hungarian concrete trash can conquers the world

Hungarian concrete trash can conquers the world

‘Binn’ is in the final of one of the biggest architectural competitions in the world.

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We received some very strange news a few days ago: a Hungarian concrete litter bin will be there in the final of one of the most prestigious architectural competitions in the world. The Hungarian VPI Beton, the brand that created this concrete Binn, has made it to the finals of the Architizer A + Award.

VPI’s explicit goal was to create a trash can that fits nicely into a wide variety of cityscapes, while operating as efficiently as possible. The concrete body and the galvanized, powder-coated steel cover not only provide a pleasant appearance, but also guarantee its usability and durability - says the Hungarian manufacturer.

We didn’t know it before, but a trash can is one of the most complex public objects in terms of design. It has to meet a wide range of different needs: in addition to easy installation and maintenance, simple emptying and closing are also important considerations.

By the way, Binn can already be found in several places in Hungary, including the recently renovated Vörösmarty Square and Podmaniczky Square in Budapest. VPI’s other furniture designs can be found in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Romania, but Binn is a Hungarian rarity for the time being.

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Kornél Mundruczó's new film was selected to compete in the program of Venice Film Festival http://budnews.hu/news/News/1696/kornel-mundruczos-new-film-was-selected-to-compete-in-the-program-of-venice-film-festival Pieces of a Woman pictures a shocking, sensitive topic with the help of world stars. Mon, 3 Aug 2020 07:54:16 GMT Budnews
Kornél Mundruczó's new film was selected to compete in the program of Venice Film Festival

Kornél Mundruczó's new film was selected to compete in the program of Venice Film Festival

Pieces of a Woman pictures a shocking, sensitive topic with the help of world stars.

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Kornél Mundruczó's name is probably familiar with many of you. He’s one of the most famous contemporary Hungarian directors, and his new film, Pieces of a Woman has been chosen to the competition program of this year's 77th Venice International Film Festival. This means, the festival will be the world premiere of the director's first foreign-made, English-language work.

Kornél Mundruczó, who is world-renowned for his film and theater work, has his seventh feature film with Pieces of a Woman, that tells the story of the consequences of a tragic home birth in Boston. As the young mother’s (Vanessa Kirby) grief shakes her entire family, the woman chooses her own path in which she not only learns to live with her loss, but also becomes able to move on.

The screenplay is the work of Kata Wéber, based on her own multi-award winning play. The music was composed by the world-renowned Oscar-winning composer, Howard Shore. The protagonists of the film are Vanessa Kirby and Shia LeBeouf, but Oscar-winning Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker, Iliza Schleizinger, Benny Safdie and Sarah Snook also have their roles.

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Why is a giant fish in Budapest city centre? http://budnews.hu/news/News/1695/why-is-a-giant-fish-in-budapest-city-centre The downtown is an interesting place, we all know that, but lately, it is made even more interesting by the Big Fish – let us tell you shortly about this installation. Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:03:33 GMT Mia Balogh
Why is a giant fish in Budapest city centre?

Why is a giant fish in Budapest city centre?

The downtown is an interesting place, we all know that, but lately, it is made even more interesting by the Big Fish – let us tell you shortly about this installation.

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Nowadays, if you take a walk in the city centre of Budapest, near Deák Square, you will see a giant fish installation there. What is it, and why is it out there?

Well, this is the so-called Big Fish, a see-through statue made of metal mesh, which is not only an art project and the giant bin for all our plastic waste, but also an awareness-raising project of the plastic pollution all around the planet.

They would like to raise awareness that our individual plastic rubbish should be minimised and kept to a minimum.

And it is not only a coincidence that it is placed to Deák Square now: for a couple of days, Plastic Free July is still on. But if you would like to begin a new life without single-use plastics, you can start anytime, no matter the month or the date.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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These are the best beaches at Lake Balaton in 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1694/these-are-the-best-beaches-at-lake-balaton-in-2020 35 beaches were graded, let us resume those who earned the five-star evaluation. Thu, 30 Jul 2020 08:56:52 GMT Mia Balogh
These are the best beaches at Lake Balaton in 2020

These are the best beaches at Lake Balaton in 2020

35 beaches were graded, let us resume those who earned the five-star evaluation.

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In Summer, a lot of Hungarian families are heading to Lake Balaton for some water fun and refreshment. And it is not surprising that in these days when COVID-19 is still a current menace, folks don’t really want (or dare) to travel abroad so more people are interested in a vacation at the biggest Hungarian lake.

Lake Balaton offers many beaches so the question is which are the best ones? Kék Hullám Zászló (Blue Wave Flag) is an annual competition to help find the answers for that. Each year, the beaches are put into different categories based on several aspects.

This year, 35 beaches graded, HelloVidek.hu writes, and finally, here is the list of the best ones.

Five-star beaches at Lake Balaton include Balatonföldvár East Beach, Zamárdi Main Beach, Balatonalmádi Wesselényi Beach, Balatonberény Municipal Beach, Alsóörs Municipal Beach, Balatonfüred Esterházy Beach, Balatonfüred Kisfaludy Beach, Szigliget Municipal Beach, Csopak Municipal Beach, Balatonederics Zöld Hullám Beach, Vonyarcvashegy Lido Beach, Keszthely City Beach, Gyenesdiás Diási Játék Beach, Gyenesi Lido Beach, Balatongyörök Municipal Beach, Balatonszárszó Mikszáth Street Central Beach and Badacsonytomaj City Beach.

Source: Hellovidek.hu

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Giant anteater was born in Budapest Zoo http://budnews.hu/news/News/1693/giant-anteater-was-born-in-budapest-zoo One of the newest additions to the brood of the Budapest Zoo is a baby anteater – we have already seen it, let us show you a photo about the baby. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:48:27 GMT Mia Balogh
Giant anteater was born in Budapest Zoo

Giant anteater was born in Budapest Zoo

One of the newest additions to the brood of the Budapest Zoo is a baby anteater – we have already seen it, let us show you a photo about the baby.

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The third offspring of the anteaters Isabela and William can be seen already in Budapest Zoo. The gender of the baby is still not known, because it is lying on her mother’s back who carries the small one all the time.

We have already seen the mom and the baby: the offspring was moving only once but her mother was more active, she couldn’t stop walking around. She is quite friendly by the way: came close to the glass wall of her house several times. She also has a courtyard, where our photo was taken.

‘Giant anteaters have powerful front legs and huge claws to allow them to dig out termite mounds looking for food, consumed with their long, sticky tongue. In recent weeks, all numbers of creatures have been born or arrived at Budapest Zoo, from a red panda to Parma kangaroos and flamingos’ – We Love Budapest writes.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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New luxury hotel opened in the Parisi Courtyard http://budnews.hu/news/News/1692/new-luxury-hotel-opened-in-the-parisi-courtyard New 5-star hotel opened in the heart of Budapest: Parisi Udvar Hotel Budapest in the former building of Parisi Courtyard. Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:43:47 GMT Budnews
New luxury hotel opened in the Parisi Courtyard

New luxury hotel opened in the Parisi Courtyard

New 5-star hotel opened in the heart of Budapest: Parisi Udvar Hotel Budapest in the former building of Parisi Courtyard.

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This building, Parisi Courtyard is one of the most interesting buildings of Budapest. It was one of the first business houses in Hungary in a modern sense. The ground floor, inner part of it is the Parisi courtyard, which was the only shopping court in Budapest operating from the beginning of the 20th century.

The historicizing eclectic office, tenement and business building, which mixes the Moorish and Gothic styles, was not seriously damaged during the Second World War, but the emerging socialist system nationalized it in 1949 as part of bank real estate, “renovated” its interiors and remodeled its apartments. It was the headquarter of a bank that time, then the building was declared a monument in 1976.

Despite the various works, the condition of the house was constantly destroyed, and the poorly lit, dark Parisian courtyard was emptied in parallel. In the summer of 2014, the municipality managed to sell the house: the buyer became Mellow Mood Group's project company, Párizs Property Kft., for 7 million euro.

They converted the former Brudern house to a 5-star hotel in four and a half years. The development cost 55 million euros, which the owners expect to come back in 15-20 years. The Parisi Udvar Hotel Budapest is one of the dozens of Chicago-based Hyatt brands maintained in 54 countries for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which has two more members in Europe, the Hôtel Martinez in Cannes and the Hotel Sofia in Barcelona. The Parisi Udvar Hotel is open to the public since 11 June this year.

"We consider the Four Seasons Hotel on Széchenyi István Square to be our main competitor," the owners said, adding that they would be satisfied if the average occupancy of their luxury hotel was above 90 percent.

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7 (!) Hungarian buildings were awarded in the world's most prestigious real estate development competition http://budnews.hu/news/News/1691/7-()-hungarian-buildings-were-awarded-in-the-worlds-most-prestigious-real-estate-development-competition We won 2 gold and 5 silver medals. Tue, 28 Jul 2020 06:51:59 GMT Budnews
7 (!) Hungarian buildings were awarded in the world's most prestigious real estate development competition

7 (!) Hungarian buildings were awarded in the world's most prestigious real estate development competition

We won 2 gold and 5 silver medals.

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This year brought an amazing Hungarian success in the International Real Estate Federation’s (FIABCI) World Prix D'excellence 2020 Award: a total of 7 Hungarian buildings won some recognition.

The two gold medals were won by the Vigadó of Buda in the Heritage category, and Tomb of Gül Baba in the category called Public Infrastructures / Amenities. The Ecodome office building in the 1st district was awarded a silver medal in the Sustainable Development category, Gül Baba’s Tomb also got a silver medal in Heritage category, while the Váci Greens Office Building and Promenade Gardens became second in the Office category, and Pangea Hotel in Nyíregyháza became silver-medal winner in Hotel category.

This year, the jury of this prestigious international competitions included 63 professionals from 31 countries, representatives of special sectors of real estate development profession. The properties were competed on the basis of four aspects: the concept and result of the real estate development, the standard of architecture and urban architecture, the quality of construction and the duration of the implementation.

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Explore the Danube Bend with these new boat lines http://budnews.hu/news/News/1690/explore-the-danube-bend-with-these-new-boat-lines- Hop on – hop off possibility and extremely cheap ticket prices are waiting for you, and of course the beautiful Danube Bend which is worth exploring. Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:56:16 GMT Mia Balogh
Explore the Danube Bend with these new boat lines

Explore the Danube Bend with these new boat lines

Hop on – hop off possibility and extremely cheap ticket prices are waiting for you, and of course the beautiful Danube Bend which is worth exploring.

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The Danube Bend is such an amazing place, absolutely worth visiting. Now you can do this thanks to some new boat lines. The so-called Circle line started on 3 July, after the surprising popularity of the Nagymaros-Zebegény train replacement boats.

The Circle line operates on the following line: Visegrád-Nagymaros-Zebegény-Dömös-Nagymaros-Visegrád. It offers the possibility for hop on - hop off so you can explore the Danube Bend just like the City of Budapest with some of the tourist buses. ;)

And from 17 July, two new boat lines are also introduced: the one from Szentendre to Visegrád via Leányfalu and Tahitótfalu, and the other between Esztergom and Zebegény. On the longer line, boats sail once a day, while on the shorter one, they sail twice a day.

On both routes, passengers can buy a day ticket of 500 forints (1.5 euros) allowing you hop on and hop off. If you would like to bring your bike, no problem: with a ticket for 200 HUF (0.6 euro) it is also possible.

Check out the specific schedules here (it is in Hungarian):

https://mahartpassnave.hu/hu/menetrend-2/dunakanyari-kirandulohajok/dunakanyarkorjarat/

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com and Index.hu

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Red panda arrived in Budapest Zoo http://budnews.hu/news/News/1689/red-panda-arrived-in-budapest-zoo The newest addition to the colourful brood of the zoo is a male red panda who arrived here from Germany, hopefully to find love with the lonely female red panda of the zoo. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:30:32 GMT Mia Balogh
Red panda arrived in Budapest Zoo

Red panda arrived in Budapest Zoo

The newest addition to the colourful brood of the zoo is a male red panda who arrived here from Germany, hopefully to find love with the lonely female red panda of the zoo.

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Once upon a time there was a lonely red panda girl in the Budapest Zoo who felt that true love will never find her. But one day, all of a sudden, the miracle happened to her: she found a young red panda man in her cage.

This is how the fairy tale of the lonely red panda girl of the Budapest Zoo would begin, according to us. Aurora, resident of the zoo for many years, recently got a new companion, a one-year-old male called Bendegúz.

Now everyone is hoping for a happy end, or at least a happy summer romance so they could not only have fun together but also have cubs. And this would be a very important step in trying to save this endangered Himalayan species.

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New rooftop bar opened with almost 360-degree panorama http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1688/new-rooftop-bar-opened-with-almost-360-degree-panorama Liz and Chain Sky Lounge is on the top of the Marriott Hotel and is an absolute must-see place! Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:14:08 GMT Budnews
New rooftop bar opened with almost 360-degree panorama

New rooftop bar opened with almost 360-degree panorama

Liz and Chain Sky Lounge is on the top of the Marriott Hotel and is an absolute must-see place!

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Opening a rooftop terrace has become a very popular idea in recent years, but the new Liz and Chain Sky Lounge bar undoubtedly stands out from the field due to the Marriott Hotel’s lucky location. We can see the entire bank of the Danube from Gellért Hill to Buda Castle (and beyond), we can admire the length of the Danube, the bridges, the two-sided view of the center of Pest, the Parliament and the Basilica. This newest place of the city is absolutely a must see place because of this mesmerizing panorama!

The Liz and Chain Sky Lounge Bar is open from 16 July until the autumn season, from Thursday to Saturday from 17:00 until midnight. From Sunday to Wednesday, they also undertake to host private events and private events. In addition to cocktails and cool drinks, there will also be a kitchen, served hot and cold food, tapas, desserts à la carte – so everything we might wish for. Keep in mind when booking that the place is likely to be particularly popular during the sunset hours, so book on time!

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The biggest national holiday of Hungary is called off http://budnews.hu/news/News/1687/the-biggest-national-holiday-of-hungary-is-called-off The ceremony and fireworks on 20 August is cancelled due to the epidemic. Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:33:49 GMT Budnews
The biggest national holiday of Hungary is called off

The biggest national holiday of Hungary is called off

The ceremony and fireworks on 20 August is cancelled due to the epidemic.

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20 August is Hungary's biggest holiday, the Day of the Foundation of the State, when we celebrate our country with numerous programs, Street of Flavors, a craft fair, air parade and fireworks. But this year will be different: due to the threat of the epidemic, all this will lag behind in 2020. This year, no events other than the officer inauguration will be held on this 4-day long weekend.

The decision is more than unexpected, as the news was about a larger-than-ever ceremony a few weeks ago, but the chief medical officer and the operative staff considered the situation. They said that the provisions taken so far have paid off, as the number of active patients has been steadily declining since May. Now the functioning of the economy, the relaunch and the daily lives of people are slightly affected by the restrictions, and this is not worth risking.

This event series would have moved hundreds of thousands of people and could unfortunately be the focal point of another wave of infection, so there will be no fireworks and St. Stephen's Day celebrations this year. But if you are planning a trip to Budapest, don't cancel it, because the city is beautiful even without the ceremony!

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A new funicular is planned to be built on the Citadel http://budnews.hu/news/News/1686/a-new-funicular-is-planned-to-be-built-on-the-citadel The Citadel is one of the most beautiful sights in the city, but it is currently hard to approach. Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:26:25 GMT Budnews
A new funicular is planned to be built on the Citadel

A new funicular is planned to be built on the Citadel

The Citadel is one of the most beautiful sights in the city, but it is currently hard to approach.

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In the last more than a hundred years, more than a dozen plans have been made to facilitate access of Gellért Hill. This is one of the major hotspots of the city, where a park, a monument, a museum and a bath were planned. Now that the government has decided to renovate the Citadel, which has been empty for years, it has become important to also dust off the funicular plans.

The peak of Gellért Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not only historically but also touristically important for Budapest, which was visited by hundreds of buses a day during the normal pre-epidemic season - even though not much is expected to do here at the moment. There was a tourist hostel and restaurant in the former "Hungarian Bastille", but the museum is not yet built. According to the government's decision in June, a museum presenting the freedom struggle of the Hungarians will be included in its walls by 2023, after the renovation.

This also made it important to rethink the transport and accessibility of the place, to trigger the influx of tourist buses in a way that is more environmentally friendly and does not burden the access roads or disturb the population. The plan for the funicular (or the lift to be built in the belly of the mountain) had already emerged during the millennium preparations, but was never implemented.

Going back to the present, the government's decision was published last Friday, according to which the case of the Citadel and the Gellérthegy Funicular became a matter of special importance from the point of view of the national economy and an investment of special public interest - quotes welovebudapest.hu. The preparation of the Gellérthegy Funicular will be prepared jointly by the capital and the Budapest Development Center (BFK) - in this case the preparation means the elaboration of the investment and professional concept and a feasibility study. Anyway, the construction started relatively quietly more than a year ago.

After preliminary preparation, the funicular can be built in as little as 12-13 months, they say. Based on its planned route, you will start next to Döbrentei Square, cross Hegyalja Road in a tunnel, then continue on Orom Street to the terminus next to the Citadel, according to Dávid Vitézy's entry. The track, with a total of 300 meters, would have electrically powered, zero-emission and barrier-free cabins of 40 seats each, which could cover the distance in 2 minutes.

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Private railway company to begin service in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1685/private-railway-company-to-begin-service-in-hungary- Vienna and Prague will be available from Budapest also with the private company RegioJet’s trains. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 08:57:57 GMT Mia Balogh
Private railway company to begin service in Hungary

Private railway company to begin service in Hungary

Vienna and Prague will be available from Budapest also with the private company RegioJet’s trains.

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Mia Balogh

According to magyarnemzet.hu, a Czech private railway company called RegioJet is going to operate trains between Prague, Vienna and Budapest from 31 July. They promise high-quality on-board service and lower prices than the Hungarian Railways.

They also promise that their ticket prices will be not only more affordable but there is also one more important detail: the prices won’t change before the departure. Furthermore, everybody will receive discounts.

On the trains, there will be three classes – supposedly that means three different ticket prices –, these are called standard, relax and business. But three things will be in common: each an every passenger will get a seat reservation, tea or coffee and can choose from several magazines and newspapers.

It is important to mention that travellers will be able to use these trains only for international journeys, so international tickets must be bought.

Source: magyarnemzet.hu

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Wow: this is the Ice Cream of the Year http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1684/wow:-this-is-the-ice-cream-of-the-year This year, 62 ice cream creations entered the ‘Ice Cream of the Year’ competition, here are the winners. Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:43:55 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: this is the Ice Cream of the Year

Wow: this is the Ice Cream of the Year

This year, 62 ice cream creations entered the ‘Ice Cream of the Year’ competition, here are the winners.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Are you a big ice cream fan? Probably yes, because if you read this, you must have clicked on our article. ;) Well, let us assure you that we love good ice cream, as well, so we are happy to announce you the winner of the annual ‘Ice Cream of the Year’ competition in Hungary.

The combination is called passion fruit and caramel, and it was created by confectioner Norbert Dobó from Balatonfüred. He also received the silver medal for his honeycomb toffee and vanilla creation.

Although both award-winning ice creams were created by the same confectioner, these sweet couldn’t be more different from each other.

‘In the vanilla ice cream, we combined slightly more classic, more traditional flavors, whereas the passion fruit and caramel ice cream strengthens our new line, a more modern combination’ – Dobó said after the announcement of the results.

This year, two bronze medals were handed out: one to Renáta Somogyi from the Bringatanya Ice Cream Parlor in Gyenesdiás for her ice cream ‘Lime with a hint of mint’ and Andrea Koncz from the Sissi Ice Cream Parlor in Gödöllő for her ‘Treasure of Modena’.

A total of 62 creations entered the ‘Ice Cream of the Year’ competition is 2020, and after the regional semi-finals, 13 creations made it to the final.

Source: Ridikul.hu

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Hungary’s newest thermal bath is open http://budnews.hu/news/News/1683/hungary’s-newest-thermal-bath-is-open Our country already has several well-known baths and spas, but from time to time, there are some additions to the list – like now, the thermal bath in Bábolna, opened recently. Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:56:16 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungary’s newest thermal bath is open

Hungary’s newest thermal bath is open

Our country already has several well-known baths and spas, but from time to time, there are some additions to the list – like now, the thermal bath in Bábolna, opened recently.

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According to magyarepitok.hu, the new thermal bath in Bábolna can welcome almost 1 000 guests in summer and 340 people in the winter months.

Three thermal pools, a fun pool and a sauna can be used by the guests. And next to the facility, there is a park and a boating lake, as well, so it also offers the opportunity for a romantic getaway (or at least, a romantic half an hour while Granny is taking care of the kids).

The water is useful to treat gynaecologic and musculoskeletal disorders and is beneficial also against inflammations in the body and for the cardiovascular system.

After looking at some pics about the thermal baths, we think that it is modern and beautiful, and it is absolutely worth visiting.

But this is not all, the town has further plans to make this facility even more attractive for the visitors. For example, they are planning to build a swimming pool next to the bath and later, more pools, a sauna and a steam room, as well.

Source: magyarepitok.hu

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New street food court opened in one of Budapest's favorite places http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1682/new-street-food-court-opened-in-one-of-budapests-favorite-places If you're visiting the Roman coast in the northern part of Budapest, be sure to check out the Miamor court. Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:48:32 GMT Budnews
New street food court opened in one of Budapest's favorite places

New street food court opened in one of Budapest's favorite places

If you're visiting the Roman coast in the northern part of Budapest, be sure to check out the Miamor court.

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The Roman coast has been one of the busiest parts of Budapest for years. Countless restaurants await visitors right on the banks of the Danube during the summer, with delicious food, cocktails, beer, wine, music, and an inimitable „Roman coastal” atmosphere. We didn’t even think anything was missing from the neighborhood, but the latest place proved that there is something what we didn’t think of. This is Miamor food court, which awaits visitors with an extra twist. But let’s start with the beginning.

If you go to the Roman coast of Budapest, you can find a super new place between Két Rombusz and the Fellini - Nap bácsi combo. Miamor food court looks like a nice place even at first sight from the outside, thanks to its friendly and inviting image. Entering the garden, we find the stage opposite the entrance, next to the guest house there is a sandy sports court with two beach volleyball courts, and there will even be a playground in the coming weeks, so Miamor is perfect for the whole family.

Being a street food court, the courtyard includes an ice cream counter overlooking the street, a Mexican food cart for meat lovers (Ladrillos), a vegan burger cart (Las Vegan’s), and a bar, and in early August, Pizza Me also moves into the courtyard. This means that the food supply of the Roman coast is expanding even further and the traditionall offer of the neighbourhood is shifting towards the trendy downtown supply.

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In addition to food, Miamor also offers concerts and the aforementioned rentable sports fields, so it’s not only good for eating or organizing a friendly evening, but also for playing sports, beach volleyball or watching a good movie or a concert.

And Miamor is expanding even further: it can currently accommodate roughly 200 people, but they want to increase that number up to 300-400 people. There are also plan to take advantage of the upper and lower shores of the Danube shoreline, and even want to set up a floating venue on the water. The Instagram photo wall and the 5x3 meter LED wall will soon arrive, which will be set up behind the stage and where we can watch movies and major sports broadcasts, but they will be careful not to turn it into a sports pub.

Miamor is open every day, from early afternoon to evening on weekdays, and closes at midnight on weekends. By the way, they are open from March to the end of October, and there will be a larger event tent so that we can have parties here in bad weather and occasionally even during the winter.

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Budapest Urban Games will be held again http://budnews.hu/news/News/1681/budapest-urban-games-will-be-held-again- The unique city sport day, BUG will be held for the fifth time, during which four sports can be tried out on August 29 in a special environment. Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:07:43 GMT Budnews
Budapest Urban Games will be held again

Budapest Urban Games will be held again

The unique city sport day, BUG will be held for the fifth time, during which four sports can be tried out on August 29 in a special environment.

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Undoubtedly, Budapest Urban Games is one of the most special sport events in the city, as you can try yourself in 4 different sports at the iconic points of Budapest. According to MTI, this year there will be opportunities to participate in swimming, running, yoga and street workouts, where new rules will ensure the safety of those who want to compete.

According to the announcement, each event will be led by sports experts, in addition to swimming across the Danube, those who interested can try running and yoga at the Citadel, and street workout in front of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. It will be possible to swim the Danube across between the Pest end of the Szabadság Bridge and the quay of the University.

Participation in the BUG is subject to registration, as last year the capital’s sports event attracted around 5,000 entrants, and this year the organizers expect even more participants. According to the announcement, it will soon be possible to register for the event on the website of Budapest Urban Games.

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He is the winemaker of the year http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1680/he-is-the-winemaker-of-the-year In Hungary, we have several really good oenologists but who is the ‘winemaker of the winemakers’ in 2020? Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:49:17 GMT Mia Balogh
He is the winemaker of the year

He is the winemaker of the year

In Hungary, we have several really good oenologists but who is the ‘winemaker of the winemakers’ in 2020?

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

The ‘Winemaker of the winemakers’ award is quite prestigious because the winner is selected every year by the 50 best winemakers of Hungary. In 2020, the jury chose Károly Áts, the owner of the Áts Family Winery in the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region as winemaker of the year.

Who is Károly Áts?

His name is absolutely worth memorising (and of course his wines are worth tasting, too), but you might be interested in some more details about him – let us tell you a little bit more about this winemaker.

For many years, Károly Áts was the chief oenologist of Royal Tokaj. Then in 2012, he won the title of “Winemaker of the Year” and started his own family winery. Since 2013, he has been the chief oenologist of Grand Tokaj.

‘Károly Áts believes that a winemaker’s personality always seeps through the wine, and his wines therefore radiate happiness and joie de vivre. He always thinks positively, as he believes that otherwise joy will not permeate the wine, for good wine can only be made by a happy winemaker. Áts considers himself a happy man, whose work is also his hobby. Born and bred in Tokaj-Hegyalja, grapes and wine always played a part in his life through his father. His aim is to return nature’s gifts through his wines and to bring joy to wine drinkers’ – grandtokaj.com writes.

‘In 2002, Károly Áts created Áts Cuvée, the now legendary late-harvest Tokaj sweet wine that bears his name. In 2006, American magazine Wine & Spirits awarded his 1999 Tokaji Essencia 100 points. In the same year, he was chosen as “Winemaker of the Year” in Tokaj-Hegyalja. In 2009, his 2003 Betsek Aszú wine was an absolute winner and his 2007 dry Furmint a category winner in the “Top 100 Wines” competition of the daily Népszabadság. In 2012, he was awarded the titles “Winemaker of Wineries” and “Winemaker of the Year.” In recognition of his outstanding professional work in the service of development of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Region, Áts received the Civil Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 2014’ – they add.

Source: Origo.hu , Grandtokaj.com

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New way for refreshment at the stations of metro line 3. http://budnews.hu/news/News/1679/new-way-for-refreshment-at-the-stations-of-metro-line-3 If you would like to cool yourself down in the summer heat, or reload your water bottle, you will have the opportunity to do so at 8 stations of metro line 3. Thu, 9 Jul 2020 08:24:57 GMT Mia Balogh
New way for refreshment at the stations of metro line 3.

New way for refreshment at the stations of metro line 3.

If you would like to cool yourself down in the summer heat, or reload your water bottle, you will have the opportunity to do so at 8 stations of metro line 3.

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Summer days are quite hot in Budapest, and these dog days are probably even harder to bear if your bottle runs out of water. What can you do then: buy a drink in the closest supermarket or try to reach your apartment or hotel room without drinking anything.

In the near-future, you can also choose to reload your bottle at eight stations of metro line 3 – drinking fountains were already placed there, and the one located in Lehel tér was already handed over to the public – Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes.

In addition to this place, you will be able to refresh yourself or reload your water bottle at seven other metro 3 stations: Dózsa György út, Göncz Árpád Városközpont, Forgách utca, Gyöngyösi utca, Újpest-Városkapu, Újpest-Központ and Nagyvárad tér.

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Food trucks will be placed on two iconic locations of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1678/food-trucks-will-be-placed-on-two-iconic-locations-of-budapest Soon we can have a good meal on the lower quay and in the City Hall Park. Wed, 8 Jul 2020 10:13:15 GMT Budnews
Food trucks will be placed on two iconic locations of Budapest

Food trucks will be placed on two iconic locations of Budapest

Soon we can have a good meal on the lower quay and in the City Hall Park.

Gastronomy

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Two frequented locations of the capital, the lower quay of Pest and the City Hall Park will be transformed into a real summer buffet for this season. The two locations will soon feature food trucks and mobile pavilions, and will be open for pedestrians. We can enjoy the food trucks on the quay on 18-19 July and from 25 July to 13 August, and in the Town Hall Park from 18 July to 13 September.

The purpose of the quay opening is on the one hand, that city dwellers should discover this part of Budapest as well, and on the other hand, to look at the city from a slightly different perspective. To be tourists where they live. During this period, the quay will be open to pedestrians, cyclists, dogs and families, bringing the Danube closer to those who live here.

Városháza Park (City Hall Park) is one of the busiest iconic downtown public spaces in Budapest. The final arrangement about the neighborhood is in progress, but in the meantime Budapest wants to create a solution that is a new experience for the people of Budapest and the tourists visiting here. This summer, the park awaits us as a “pop up” park with gastronomic and tourist services.

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Special kangaroos arrived to Zoo Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1677/special-kangaroos-arrived-to-zoo-budapest- Parma wallaby was thought to be extinct, but now 3 of it can be seen in Budapest. Tue, 7 Jul 2020 12:12:43 GMT Budnews
Special kangaroos arrived to Zoo Budapest

Special kangaroos arrived to Zoo Budapest

Parma wallaby was thought to be extinct, but now 3 of it can be seen in Budapest.

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When talking about kangaroos, we all think of the “classic” kangaroo native in Australia, although there are several species of this animal. There are about seventy different species of kangaroos in Australia and the surrounding islands, such as the Parma wallaby, which is a cute, tiny kangaroo species. The Parma wallaby, also known as the white-throated wallaby, is only 3-6 kg as an adult and lives in Eastern Australia, including the northeastern part of New South Wales, along the Great Dividing Range, and prefers dense undergrowth habitats.

The special animal was discovered in 1845, and only a few decades later it was thought to be extinct because their herds were very scarce due to the foxes. No live Parma kangaroos were seen until 1965, when a population was found on the island of Kawau in New Zealand, and later smaller groups were found also in Australia.

With the Parma wallabies, four kangaroo species are presented in Budapest: in addition to the Parma wallabies, red-necked or Bennett kangaroos, small brush-tailed rat kangaroos, and Western gray giant kangaroos, also known as sooty kangaroos. The new Parma wallabies were housed in common catwalk with the gray giant kangaroos.

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Two Hungarian places among the world’s best wine restaurants http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1676/two-hungarian-places-among-the-world’s-best-wine-restaurants Fiaker and Felix Kitchen and Bar won the Award of Excellence for the first time. Mon, 6 Jul 2020 09:29:59 GMT Budnews
Two Hungarian places among the world’s best wine restaurants

Two Hungarian places among the world’s best wine restaurants

Fiaker and Felix Kitchen and Bar won the Award of Excellence for the first time.

Gastronomy

Budnews

Wine Spectator wine magazine announced this year’s Award of Excellence and 2020 became a fantastic year to us, Hungarians. We won not only one, but two awards: Fiaker and Felix Kitchen and Bar both got the Award of Excellence.

The prestigious wine magazine, which dates back several decades, has been compiling its international list of the world's most recommended wine restaurants since 1981. The most serious wine offer is a condition for entry, and Fiaker at Madách Square has become worthy of international recommendation with a wide selection, vintage depths and wines from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The magazine said, Felix Kitchen & Bar has become one of the most exciting places with its wine list of more than three hundred items. The restaurant opened its doors in the former Várkert Kiosk building just over a year ago, but with its wine concept it has already come into the spotlight of the international trade press. It is a rarity in Hungary to have hundreds of wines and champagnes in one place on the drink menu.

Máté Horváth, sommelier of Felix Kitchen & Bar highlighted to welovebudapest.hu that the award is not only a positive feedback that the dreamed concept is moving in the right direction, but he also sees the innovation recognized. The wine bar restaurant did not place itself in the fine dining category and it’s not only wine bar, rather complementing the wine experience with a narrower but quality bistro food offer. The wine offer is based on the Austrian wines marketed in KisBécs for many years, and this selection has been developed with the territories of the Monarchy, among which Hungarian items received a similar emphasis. In addition, wines from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Transylvania, Slovakia and northern Italy can be tasted on a regular basis.

With this recognition, Felix Kitchen & Bar and Fiaker Bistro & Wine Bar are among the best restaurants in the world. Congratulations to both places!

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MotoGP racetrack to be built in Hungary by 2023 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1675/motogp-racetrack-to-be-built-in-hungary-by-2023 MotoGP is the fourth among the most-watched sporting events in the world, so it was high time for Hungary to take part in this popular motorsport. Wed, 1 Jul 2020 09:06:25 GMT Mia Balogh
MotoGP racetrack to be built in Hungary by 2023

MotoGP racetrack to be built in Hungary by 2023

MotoGP is the fourth among the most-watched sporting events in the world, so it was high time for Hungary to take part in this popular motorsport.

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Mia Balogh

A new, modern MotoGP racetrack will be built in the eastern part of Hungary, near Hajdúnánás, a town located in the Miskolc-Debrecen-Nyíregyháza triangle. The uniquely-lined track will offer a special experience for the audience but also for the racers because they will drive here counterclockwise.

From when? According to the plans, the first MotoGP race will be organized here in 2023. Hungarian speed motor world champion Gábor Talmácsi recently said at a press conference that there are 20 races each year which will be increased to 22 soon, and the Hungarian racetrack will be part of it.

And the racetrack won’t be built for one MotoGP race per year, on the contrary: according to Nemzeti Sport, it will be open for 200 days a year.

Source: Origo.hu , NemzetiSport.hu

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Finally: indoor pools reopen in the country http://budnews.hu/news/News/1674/finally:-indoor-pools-reopen-in-the-country After the outdoor pools and lidos, indoor pools also got the green light to reopen in Hungary.   Wed, 1 Jul 2020 09:03:59 GMT Mia Balogh
Finally: indoor pools reopen in the country

Finally: indoor pools reopen in the country

After the outdoor pools and lidos, indoor pools also got the green light to reopen in Hungary.  

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Mia Balogh

The majority of beaches and lidos in Hungary already got the permission to reopen weeks ago but the indoor pools, saunas, and all the thematic elements were not allowed to welcome guests again.

But as Turizmus reported, from 18 June, all indoor swimming pools in the country can reopen since the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic has come to an end in Hungary. So you can enjoy swimming in your favourite indoor pools again, just like a couple of minutes in the sauna or some relax in the Jacuzzi.

Although everyone is asked to wash hands and taking showers frequently, and also to keep the distance from others, especially in the indoor places – for example in the dressing rooms.

The baths are asked to pay attention for sanitising and ventilating the indoor areas frequently – some places will be sanitised in every half an hour –, and the management should also pay attention to their workers, more precisely, only healthy colleagues are allowed to work in the facilities.

Source: Turizmus.com

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Budapest is the most business-friendly city http://budnews.hu/news/News/1673/budapest-is-the-most-business-friendly-city Big encouragement for all those who are planning to start their business in Budapest: our capital was chosen as the most business-friendly city in Europe. Wed, 1 Jul 2020 09:01:03 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest is the most business-friendly city

Budapest is the most business-friendly city

Big encouragement for all those who are planning to start their business in Budapest: our capital was chosen as the most business-friendly city in Europe.

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Budapest is not only a beautiful city but also an important business hotspot: we read on emerging-europe.com that our capital was named emerging Europe’s most business-friendly city, while other important centres in the region were also recognised.

‘The Hungarian capital, which won by a wide margin, topped two of the eight categories (Brand, and Local Authority Support). The other categories were won by Tbilisi (Economic Potential), Łódź (Business Climate), Bucharest (Pool of Talent), Sofia and Tallinn (Smart City Development), Warsaw (Infrastructure and Connectivity), and Prague (Quality of Life)’ – they write.

How did they decide the winners of each category? Emerging Europe invited 70 global location experts and foreign direct investment advisers to weigh up the merits of 75 cities in the emerging Europe region. These cities are either national capitals or have a population of more than 200 000.

So the experts voted, and Budapest came in first in two categories. But what can be the main attraction of the city? As Andrew Wrobel, Emerging Europe‘s founding partner said: ‘Budapest is a magnificent city with a great business ecosystem and a long history of innovative ideas’.

Well, we have nothing to add, Budapest is simply fantastic and inviting – also if you think of business or investment. Like and share our article if you agree with is. ;)

Source: emerging-europe.com

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Musical Budapest, the biggest musical event of the city is coming http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1672/musical-budapest,-the-biggest-musical-event-of-the-city-is-coming We can enjoy 200 free mini concerts in different parts of the city during the summer. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:13:14 GMT Budnews
Musical Budapest, the biggest musical event of the city is coming

Musical Budapest, the biggest musical event of the city is coming

We can enjoy 200 free mini concerts in different parts of the city during the summer.

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Musical Budapest (in Hungarian: Zenélő Budapest) starts its sixth season in July, bringing the most beautiful outdoor venues and historical spaces of our city to life with the magic of music. Over the years, Zenélő Budapest event series has become an almost essential part of the summer life of the capital. This year, nearly 200 mini-concerts will be held at eight popular venues in Budapest, such as the Margaret Island Music Fountain, the Kunsthalle, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Castle Garden Bazaar’s Gloriette, the courtyard of the Foundry at Buda Castle, the Savoyum Terrace in front of the National Gallery, the National Museum and the terrace of the Hegyvidéki Cultural Salon.

Unique chamber music ensembles have been made for each venue, specially composed for this occasion, which are perfectly adapted to the past and historicity of the given building. Classics in jazz, a saxophone quartet, a concert reminiscent of a swing era, harpsichord brass players, a female string quartet, Transylvanian folk music and woodwinds are also included in the diverse repertoire. In the chamber music programs we can hear the works of such world-famous composers as Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Liszt, Erkel, Tchaikovsky, Bizet. The performing artists are members of the most prestigious orchestras and ensembles of Hungary, soloists, as well as young talents, who also have the opportunity to introduce themselves.

Zenélő Budapest program series is a unique initiative in the world, because such a comprehensive series of free outdoor music programs cannot be found in any other major city. But in Budapest, the audience can enjoy 20 minutes of free mini live music concerts at beautiful outdoor venues during July and August. Can’t wait to see! Check out the detailed program here.

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New image film of Budapest is here with the music of Ivan and the parazol http://budnews.hu/news/News/1671/new-image-film-of-budapest-is-here-with-the-music-of-ivan-and-the-parazol This is the fourth video from the “Spice Of Europe” campaign. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:21:30 GMT Budnews
New image film of Budapest is here with the music of Ivan and the parazol

New image film of Budapest is here with the music of Ivan and the parazol

This is the fourth video from the “Spice Of Europe” campaign.

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The Hungarian Tourism Agency launched its campaign called Spice of Europe last year, and now the series got its 4th part. The aim of the new short film is to present: Budapest is truly a four-season destination, which always holds exciting event and surprises. The new image video aims the younger generation with fast cuts, swirling images and music by Ivan and the Parazol.

The new video, entitled Budapest 365 was filmed for a whole year, as it presents Budapest in all four seasons. It also features Hungarian gastronomy, festivals, the Városliget ice rink, summer afternoons, the frozen Danube and the Budapest metro – among many other things. The video shows the city through the eyes of the people living here: the short film features Katinka Hosszú and Tamás Széll, as well as athletes, painters, dancers, sculptors and tattoo artists, and even the world champion of Rubik's Cube.

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Earlier parts of the Spice of Europe series have already featured main attractions, cultural and artistic diversity, spas, high-quality services and hospitality, and now the main target became the young, experience-seeking families and individuals.

The undisguised goal of the current campaign is to restart tourism after the epidemic, therefore, on June 1, the first domestic campaign was launched, followed by a campaign focusing on the wonders of Budapest for the domestic audience. In parallel with the border openings, foreign campaigns were also launched, including the Budapest - Spice of Europe video. In the first period, the Hungarian Tourism Agency will promote Budapest in Austria, Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Israel.

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Hungarian Dúzsi wines among the best ones in the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1670/hungarian-duzsi-wines-among-the-best-ones-in-the-world Their rosé and one of their red wines were recently acknowledged. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:47:41 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian Dúzsi wines among the best ones in the world

Hungarian Dúzsi wines among the best ones in the world

Their rosé and one of their red wines were recently acknowledged.

News

Mia Balogh

Dúzsi winery from Hungary received 34 medals at the world’s biggest rosé competition in Cannes, France, so they are the leaders of the contest, Origo.hu writes. They add that one of the winery’s products, the ‘kékfrankos’ was chosen as the best one from sixteen different wines in a competition in France.

And this is not all: one of their red wines won the grand prize at the biggest wine competition in the world. Although there have been some fantastic results achieved by Hungarian winemakers, this is the biggest success so far in a renowned competition like that.

The winemaker, Tamás Dúzsi and his family started to deal with wine more than 20 years ago and they became very successful in a couple of years – now it is not an exaggeration to say that they are a world-famous winery.

What is their secret? “You have to make good wine, you have to aim for premium quality, and it is not enough to achieve it once, you have to make the best wines you can, all the time” – said Tamás Dúzsi Jr.

Source: Origo.hu

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Programs for the weekend that are NOT canceled http://budnews.hu/news/News/1669/programs-for-the-weekend-that-are-not-canceled Although many programs have been postponed due to the coronavirus, these 3 will be held. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:02:35 GMT Mia Balogh
Programs for the weekend that are NOT canceled

Programs for the weekend that are NOT canceled

Although many programs have been postponed due to the coronavirus, these 3 will be held.

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XIII. Czech Beer Days in Budapest

Czech Beer Days in Budapest will be held for the 13th time, hosted by WestEnd Millennium Roof Garden. In addition to small and large breweries and Czech beer specialties, we can taste distillery specialties made from Czech beers and other Czech spirits.

Location: WestEnd Millennium Roof Garden

Date: 24 – 28. June 2020.

Unofficial Lángos Day

Although ‘lángos’ has no official world day, but the unofficial event at Zsiráf last year proved to be so successful that it will be held several times this year. For the first time on June 28, when lángos-fans a can get real specialties, and where we can compete on a lángos-eating competition.

Location: Zsiráf

Date: June 28, 2020, 4:00 PM

Douglas Kirkland: Coco Chanel & Marilyn Monroe

Douglas Kirkland has fulfilled more than two thousand assignments since the ’60s, taking photographs of more than six hundred celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie. The pictures of the multi-award winning Kirkland have already been shown in countless exhibitions around the world, but the two exciting intimate works that look into the lives of world stars can be seen for the first time in Hungary.

Venue: House of Hungarian Photographers (Mai Manó Ház)

Date: 20. June - 5. July, 2020.

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Cool: First rooftop bar with a pool opened in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1668/cool:-first-rooftop-bar-with-a-pool-opened-in-budapest- We know where you can go for some refreshment this summer. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 10:52:12 GMT Mia Balogh
Cool: First rooftop bar with a pool opened in Budapest

Cool: First rooftop bar with a pool opened in Budapest

We know where you can go for some refreshment this summer.

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When you can’t decide between visiting a pool or a lido for a nice swim or spending some quality time with your loved one(s) in a nice rooftop bar in the city centre, well, we know the solution for that: it is called Sky Bar & Pool by Cortile Hotel, and it happens to be the first rooftop bar with a pool in Budapest.

The bar is located on top of Cortile Hotel not far from the Opera and the whole place is amazing – although they are still in a ‘soft opening period’ so some changes are surely expected on the terrace (more plants and better lights, and to make the rooftop more intimate overall, for example).

But they already own the essentials for a fantastic summer evening: a nice pool, cocktails and an exclusive, intimate atmosphere where you can relax and have a good time.

To create this atmosphere, there will be only a few tables available, so we suppose that it will be highly recommended to reserve a table. Or to write them an e-mail if you would like to arrive with more people because it will be also possible to organize your own pool party under the stairs. Sounds quite fancy, right? ;)

Opening hours are the following: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 4 pm to 10 pm, but on Sunday and Monday they are closed.

For more info and selection of drinks click here: https://cortilebudapesthotel.com/hu/skybar/

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Puskás Aréna will host this year’s UEFA Super Cup http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1667/puskas-arena-will-host-this-year’s-uefa-super-cup- 2020 UEFA Super Cup got new date and venue. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 08:37:22 GMT Budnews
Puskás Aréna will host this year’s UEFA Super Cup

Puskás Aréna will host this year’s UEFA Super Cup

2020 UEFA Super Cup got new date and venue.

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This year will not pass without exciting events in Budapest. The European Football Association (UEFA) announced that this year's European Super Cup Final will be held at the Puskás Arena in Budapest. The final game between the Champions League winner and the European League winner will take place on 24 September. The original location would have been Porto, but the entire European football calendar has been rewritten because of the corona virus epidemic.

UEFA's decision means that after the final of the 2019 Women's Champions League, another serious UEFA event will arrive to Hungary. UEFA has also decided to organize the remainder of the Champions League from 7 to 23 August. Four clubs have already made it into the top eight, Leipzig, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta and PSG already secured their place in the quarterfinals. In four pairs, rematches couldn’t be held due to the corona virus epidemic, these will take place in August.

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The craziest Hungarian superstitions http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1666/the-craziest-hungarian-superstitions Spilled salt, shoes on the table, empty wallet. We'll show you what it means! Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:52:15 GMT Budnews
The craziest Hungarian superstitions

The craziest Hungarian superstitions

Spilled salt, shoes on the table, empty wallet. We'll show you what it means!

Culture

Budnews

Everyone is a little superstitious, whether they admit it or not. This is most evident when we look for an explanation for something and cannot find a rational answer to it. We have now gathered the most common and crazy Hungarian superstitions.

  • If the door does not open inwards but opens onto the street, bad luck will hit the house.
  • New shoes should not be left on the table because it brings bad luck.
  • It is believed that if someone sees a chimney sweep, they should grab their button, and if they wish something, it will be fulfilled.
  • If a picture falls off the wall, someone from family or friends will get sick or die. If the glass of the picture is also broken, we may be even more unlucky.
  • The four-leaf clover protects you from discomfort. Whoever finds such a clover will be fortunate.
  • A horseshoe placed over the door brings good luck to the people of the house and protects them from trouble and disease. A horseshoe posted in the bedroom drives away nightmarish dreams.
  • The open ladder forms a triangle and brings bad luck to anyone who walks under it unless you cross your fingers in the meantime.
  • A black cat running across the road in front of us from right to left means good luck, if the other way around, it is misfortune.
  • Giving someone an empty wallet means the giver will never be rich. Always have a coin in our wallet, and we will not be poor.
  • Spiders brings good luck. It is believed that when a spider descends on a human, a guest comes or money comes to the house.
  • Accidentally spilled salt causes annoyance or minor quarrel. These can be avoided by throwing a pinch of salt over your left shoulder.
  • If someone’s right eye twitches, there will soon be a child blessing in their family, and if the left eye twitches, there will be death. The itching of the left eye is a pleasure and the right eye is a grief.
  • If you break a plate that wasn’t cracked before, you could be in bad luck.
  • If someone's left palm is itchy, it means money for the house, but if it is right, that person will spend money.
  • If we accidentally drop an egg and it breaks, we hear good news, if it gets intact or just cracks, bad news is expected.
  • In Hungarian folklore, luck avoids the house for 7 years in which a mirror was shattered. It matters a lot, who breaks the mirror, because they won’t get married for seven years. However, if the mirror shards are collected and buried in moonlight, bad luck will avoid them.
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New passenger centre to be built at Keleti Railway Station http://budnews.hu/news/News/1665/new-passenger-centre-to-be-built-at-keleti-railway-station The lower-floor passenger area at the Keleti will get a makeover until summer 2021. Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:17:20 GMT Mia Balogh
New passenger centre to be built at Keleti Railway Station

New passenger centre to be built at Keleti Railway Station

The lower-floor passenger area at the Keleti will get a makeover until summer 2021.

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Have you ever been to the Keleti Railway Station? If yes, you might remember the lower-floor area – on the same level as the entrance of metro lines 2 and 4. It is a very retro place, right? Well, it will be refurbished soon: the 200-250 sqm space will get a makeover until the summer of 2021.

There will be a lot of smaller and bigger changes actually. Mostly bigger ones like a total of nine new windows and two for customer services will be open (one of these will be a workplace for disabled people). Information and customer service offices will also be opened here. Besides, 18 ticket machines (some of these on the platform level) will make it easier to buy tickets for everyone.

The waiting areas and the toilets will be renovated, there will be a luggage storage on site and the whole place is expected to be much more family friendly with a new children’s corner.

The refurbishment works are expected to begin at the end of 2020, and the new wheelchair-friendly passenger area is promised to be ready for summer 2021.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.hu , BBJ.hu

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Refurbishment begins on tramlines 4-6 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1664/refurbishment-begins-on-tramlines-4-6 Some important information for all those who use the public transport or drive in the city centre of Budapest. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:00:08 GMT Mia Balogh
Refurbishment begins on tramlines 4-6

Refurbishment begins on tramlines 4-6

Some important information for all those who use the public transport or drive in the city centre of Budapest.

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Mia Balogh

Summer is not only the season of so much outdoor fun, visiting lidos, enjoying a nice ice cream or a cold beer in a ruin bar but also a lot of refurbishment work is scheduled for this season in Budapest.

Now, for example, the section of tramlines 4-6 between the Buda side bridgehead of Petőfi híd and the Karinthy Frigyes út will be modernised. More precisely, the old rails will be replaced by new ones which are easier to maintain - Centre for Budapest Transport writes in their announcement.

Important changes expected

Preparation works have begun on 11 June. And although the refurbishment happens at the Buda side of the city, it will cause some important changes. From 15 June, trams will take passengers between Széll Kálmán tér (Square) and the Buda side bridgehead of Petőfi híd. From there, replacement buses will run between the Buda side bridgehead and Móricz Zsigmond körtér or Újbuda-központ.

As we have already mentioned, there is a preparation phase, from 11 to 14 June. In this phase and in the third one, which comes from 15 July to 5 August, replacement buses will replace the trams between Corvin-negyed and ‘Dél-Budai végállomások’. That means the terminals in South Buda: Móricz Zsigmond körtér or Újbuda-központ, depending on which tram, 4 or 6 you take.

If you would decide to choose your car and drive instead of using the trams and replacement buses this summer, please note that there may be some traffic restrictions in the area of Buda side bridgehead of Petőfi híd, Corvin-negyed and Baross utca.

But let us tell you a good alternative for trams: Centre for Budapest Transport suggests you to use the metro line 4 as another possible transport option between South Buda and the city centre.

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Budapest after the lockdown - what the Telegraph recommends http://budnews.hu/news/News/1663/budapest-after-the-lockdown---what-the-telegraph-recommends The Telegraph’s travel writer, Alia Akkam writes about our capital like a local – in English. Take a glimpse into her article about the city and check out which bars and pools she recommends. Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:53:31 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest after the lockdown - what the Telegraph recommends

Budapest after the lockdown - what the Telegraph recommends

The Telegraph’s travel writer, Alia Akkam writes about our capital like a local – in English. Take a glimpse into her article about the city and check out which bars and pools she recommends.

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Mia Balogh

“Shopping at supermarkets and drugstores between the hours of 9 am and noon remains the domain of those 65 and over, but terraces, a lively staple of Budapest summers, beckon to the rest of the city residents once again. Even indoor dining and imbibing is now possible at restaurants and bars" - writes Alia Akkam, travel journalist for the Telegraph.

She add that she visited 7th district, Szimpla Kert and Kőleves Kert for some nice drinks, and she also writes about the beaches and thermal baths. “Relaxing in these gurgling pools alongside strangers is another beloved Budapest ritual, but all the vaunted historic ones, including Széchenyi, Gellért, and the Ottoman-style Rudas, are still shuttered for the time being. However, this pastime can once again be relished, albeit on a different scale, amid the open-air pools of modern Paskál in the residential Zugló neighbourhood, or better yet, at Palatinus Strand. Both reopened on May 30,” she said.

Alia Akkam also highlights that it was strange to arrive in the 7th district, the so-called party district and see that there are no tourists but hopefully life returns back to normal – slowly but surely –, and we all can return to our favourite places in our favourite city. ;)

Check out the full article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/hungary/budapest/articles/postcard-budapest-reopens-lockdown/

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Best and most unique ice creams of the city http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1662/best-and-most-unique-ice-creams-of-the-city These places are already open, so don’t hesitate! Tue, 16 Jun 2020 06:14:17 GMT Budnews
Best and most unique ice creams of the city

Best and most unique ice creams of the city

These places are already open, so don’t hesitate!

Gastronomy

Budnews

Summer means one thing for sure: ice cream! Now as the city started to open, ice-cream parlours are also await visitors. Now we collected the best places you should try if you’re in the city.

Cloud 9

Iced desserts are waiting for us in small paper cups with dried and fresh fruits, crumbs and sponge cakes of different flavors around it, so we get not only an ice cream, but a complete iced dessert. This place is specially recommended for those who are open to special combinations such as violet-blackcurrant-yogurt or mango-passionfruit-coconut.

Gelarto Rosa

You've probably heard of the city's rose-shaped ice cream: Gelarto Rosa at the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Their secret is simple but great: cold, creamy and really good ice cream served in beautifully arranged rose shape, it is so good to see how these beautiful and tasty ice creams are created! Try their sorbets or macarons as well, you won’t be disappointed.

A confectioner girl and her husband, who grew up in Italy, got enough of not being able to buy perfect ice cream to their children, so they founded Fagyi. There’s plenty of flavors to choose from, they offer about 100 flavors - not all at once, of course. From classic basic flavors to fantasy-inspired ice creams, we can find everything we might wish for.

Levendula Artisanal Ice Cream

Atmosphere of Provence, excellent Italian and Hungarian ingredients, and the fruit flavored ice-creams that do not contain milk. This is what you can experience if you buy ice cream in Levendula Artisan Ice Cream Shop. You can taste classic and special flavors, like lavender-lemon, strawberry-balsamic vinegar and of course chocolate or vanilla.

MAMO Gelato

MAMO was created to bring the traditions of Italian ice cream making to Budapest and they made it. Their ice creams are simply perfect, and we love that they use chocolate and biscuits to make their sweet treats and to decorate them. Ice creams are made with Italian ingredients and machines. They are not afraid of extreme flavors, and there are many fantasy ice creams besides the classics.

Gelateria Pomo D’Oro

If you like Italian ice cream, you will love Gelateria Pomo D’Oro. This is the little sister of the well-known Pomo D’Oro restaurant, and brings the same quality and Italian hospitality. Their ice creams are made exclusively from premium Italian ingredients with excellent expertise and they also have cakes and other sweets.

Fragola

If you take a walk in Budapest, you can find several Fragola ice cream parlours. They have classic and some extraordinary flavors, for example buckthorn and mascarpone-chestnut. If you opt for classic flavors or something sugar free, don’t worry: you will enjoy these sweet treats as well.

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Hungarian National Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts reopens http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1661/hungarian-national-gallery-and-museum-of-fine-arts-reopens Several museums in Budapest will reopen in the second half of June. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:10:01 GMT Budnews
Hungarian National Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts reopens

Hungarian National Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts reopens

Several museums in Budapest will reopen in the second half of June.

Culture

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We have developed a serious lack of culture in recent months, so we were very pleased that the Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts will reopen in the second half of June after three months of forced closure. This means that we can see all the permanent exhibitions of these institutes:

National Gallery has:

  • Gothic Art in the Hungarian Kingdom, 1300–1500 exhibition
  • Late Gothic Winged Altarpieces exhibition
  • Art in the 19th Century exhibition
  • From Delacroix to Vasarely exhibition
  • Nude Sculptures from the Turn of the Century exhibition
  • Variations on Realism – From Munkácsy to Mednyánszky exhibition
  • Modern Times – Hungarian Art Between 1896 and World War II exhibition
  • Shifts – Hungarian Art After 1945 exhibition

Museum of Fine Arts showcases:

  • Ancient Egypt exhibition
  • Classical Antiquity exhibition
  • European Art 1250-1600 exhibition
  • European Sculpture 1350-1800 exhibition
  • Art in Hungary 1600-1800 exhibition

And if you’re here, don't miss out the renewed Romanesque Hall and Renaissance Hall which are simply mesmerizing!

Larger events cannot be organized yet, but small guided tours will start soon, so get ready!

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Beautiful video: Hungary welcomes you back again http://budnews.hu/news/News/1660/beautiful-video:-hungary-welcomes-you-back-again- After the lockdown, life is returning to our country and yes, Hungary welcomes you back – as it is highlighted also by the following short film. Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:40:07 GMT Mia Balogh
Beautiful video: Hungary welcomes you back again

Beautiful video: Hungary welcomes you back again

After the lockdown, life is returning to our country and yes, Hungary welcomes you back – as it is highlighted also by the following short film.

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A new short video, created by the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) presents some of the highlights that are waiting for everyone looking to rediscover their favourite places now reopening, or happy to find new ones.

The message is simple: ‘Magyarország visszavár!’ which can be translated as Hungary welcomes you back. Because summer can’t pass without great experiences. ;)

Check out the video which takes you to amazing places like for example Szentendre, Zebegény, Lake Balaton and the Royal Palace of Gödöllő.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOuL5gWQFnQ&feature=emb_logo

Like and share our article if you can’t wait to discover the beauties of our country again.

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Super rooftop bars reopened after the lockdown in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1659/super-rooftop-bars-reopened-after-the-lockdown-in-budapest Great news for all of us who like having a nice drink in a nice bar at the end of the day: the best rooftop bars in Budapest are open again after the lockdown – let’s check out where to go for the best view and one (or more) drinks. Thu, 11 Jun 2020 14:17:38 GMT Mia Balogh
Super rooftop bars reopened after the lockdown in Budapest

Super rooftop bars reopened after the lockdown in Budapest

Great news for all of us who like having a nice drink in a nice bar at the end of the day: the best rooftop bars in Budapest are open again after the lockdown – let’s check out where to go for the best view and one (or more) drinks.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Are you looking for an elegant, sophisticated rooftop bar in Budapest? Then St Andrea Sky Bar or Toprum can be your new favourite. Which one to choose? Well, if you are a fan of quality wine, we suggest St Andrea but Toprum is a great choice, as well. Anyway, both rooftop bars are open again and their staff is happy to welcome all of us again.

When you drink, you should eat, too – this is an old rule but easy to forget. Well, to be sure that you’ll eat something during the night out, visit Intermezzo Restaurant & Roof Terrace. It is impossible not to choose something from their awesome food offer. ;)

Time to choose a nice new summertime cocktail, right? If you don’t have a new favourite yet, then visit 360 Bar, Memorise Skybar or High Note SkyBar. Explore their old and new creations and find your next fav cocktail for summer.

If you are looking for a beautiful and unique garden venue in the city, reserve a table in Sky Garden Rooftop Terrace, atop Mystery Hotel. Enjoy their bar snacks and great cocktails, the view with Buda Castle, Citadella and Fishermen’s Bastion will be only the bonus.

Some spots like Leo Budapest (at the Buda side of the city) and Liebling are still closed but we really hope that these places reopen again quite soon, too.

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Budapest reopens: cinemas, theaters, museums and spas may be opened by the end of the month http://budnews.hu/news/News/1658/budapest-reopens:-cinemas,-theaters,-museums-and-spas-may-be-opened-by-the-end-of-the-month The government will decide in mid-June. Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:31:47 GMT Budnews
Budapest reopens: cinemas, theaters, museums and spas may be opened by the end of the month

Budapest reopens: cinemas, theaters, museums and spas may be opened by the end of the month

The government will decide in mid-June.

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After the long months of epidemic, it seems like life can finally return to normal. Outdoor baths, gardens, restaurants may already be open, and soon all other cultural institutions may welcome guests.

Hungarian Parliament will vote on terminating the general restrictions on June 16, and if this will happen, the current restrictions will be replaced by epidemiological preparedness. As part of this, restrictions on events and entertainment venues will remain in place, but theaters, museums, cinemas and spas may open after the end of the emergency.

The measures concerning the protective distance, the use of masks, and those regarding events and entertainment venues are examined by the operational group, and there is no change in them yet. The shopping time slot between 9am and 12 pm for the elderly people will also remain for the time being.

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Discover Budapest on two wheels! http://budnews.hu/news/News/1657/discover-budapest-on-two-wheels The Bicycle Club has compiled a map of bike routes that can be explored by anyone, even beginners. Tue, 9 Jun 2020 07:09:08 GMT Budnews
Discover Budapest on two wheels!

Discover Budapest on two wheels!

The Bicycle Club has compiled a map of bike routes that can be explored by anyone, even beginners.

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2020 is the year of biking – thanks to the epidemic. But for the new bikers, situation in Budapest is quite difficult. Many of us do not know where designated bike routes are or what are the most pleasant local destinations.

Fortunately Bicycle Club made a map about the bike path of Budapest, which is really a gap filler. They have created a map of Budapest Bike Circles, on which they show natural and built heritage, green areas, the routes along the Danube, and even new bike lanes.

These bike routes are perfect for sightseeing and also good for practice, as you can try several bike-friendly solutions on them, from separated bike lanes to traffic-calmed streets. Most of the routes can be intertwined and can be explored with an average city bike, even with family.

The routes are marked with different colors on the map, you can read their descriptions by clicking on each route or point. You may want to zoom in on the map because multiple routes partially overlap - making it easier to start on one road and continue on another. The layers (City tours for beginners, Suburban tours, Budapest Greenways, Budapest 100) can be switched on and off as desired. Check out the full map here and start exploring.

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Citadel of Budapest is turning into a museum http://budnews.hu/news/News/1656/citadel-of-budapest-is-turning-into-a-museum- The building will get a new function soon. Tue, 9 Jun 2020 06:59:12 GMT Budnews
Citadel of Budapest is turning into a museum

Citadel of Budapest is turning into a museum

The building will get a new function soon.

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The Citadel is one of the main attractions of Budapest, yet it is in poor condition. Its utilization has been an issue for years, which now seems to be solved as the Castle Capitol decided to establish a museum commemorating the freedom struggles of the Hungarians in it - after a renovation.

Why this place is so important? The hill got a privileged role in the national mythological memory early in the 11th century, as it was the venue of the martyrdom of St. Gellért. The most important idea that still define the discourse about the place comes from Széchenyi, according to whom the function of a national pantheon - Walhalla - should be built for the greats of the nation. Instead this idea, a really practical military base was built on the Gellert Hill after the fall of the War of Independence, which was demilitarized only at the turn of the century, but was not found a new function until the 1960s. Moreover, in 1947, the Liberation Monument, an iconic statue of Budapest was erected in front of the Citadel, which became a symbol of Soviet oppression.

Knowing all this, it is understandable that this place is difficult to utilize due to the unclear fields of meaning and special character, and holds serious mental and professional challenges for architects, politicians or historians. But as it has significant role in the cityscape, Budapest has to do something with it. So let’s see what future holds for the building.

According to the current government decision, a museum commemorating the freedom struggles of the Hungarians will be established in the building of the Citadel, and its surroundings will be arranged and landscaped. The first phase of the developments will last until 2022, and after the archaeological and design work, the renovation of the Citadel's inner courtyard and outer walls will begin. The exhibition will be implemented in the second phase until 2023, with preparatory work also assisted by a group of historians and experts. Can’t wait to see the results!

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Budapest at night - as you have never seen before http://budnews.hu/news/News/1655/budapest-at-night---as-you-have-never-seen-before The photo provides a unique perspective on Budapest at night. Fri, 5 Jun 2020 09:45:17 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest at night - as you have never seen before

Budapest at night - as you have never seen before

The photo provides a unique perspective on Budapest at night.

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Mia Balogh

A lot of fantastic and unique snaps have been taken in Budapest but let us show you something you might have never seen before: this is how our capital looks like from the International Space Station (ISS).

Do you see the dark line running through the city? That is the Danube, and you can see also the bridges on the river. The Pest-side of the city (on the right) has a flatter topography and is more residential than the Buda-side (with the hills).

The photo was taken on 18 March 2020, with a Nikon D5 digital camera with a 200-millimeter lens by a member of the Expedition 62 crew. The picture is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observation Facility and the Earth Sciences and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center.

Source: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146764/budapest-at-night

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3 things to enjoy in Budapest after the lockdown restrictions http://budnews.hu/news/News/1654/3-things-to-enjoy-in-budapest-after-the-lockdown-restrictions There are so many experiences waiting for us in Budapest again – here are our top 3 favourites.   Thu, 4 Jun 2020 07:45:10 GMT Mia Balogh
3 things to enjoy in Budapest after the lockdown restrictions

3 things to enjoy in Budapest after the lockdown restrictions

There are so many experiences waiting for us in Budapest again – here are our top 3 favourites.  

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Mia Balogh

Although some precautions are still necessary like wearing a mask in the shops and also while using the public transport, life is slowly but surely returning to our capital. Check out our ‘happy list’ with the top 3 activities we all can enjoy again in Budapest.

1, Rooftop bars – What about a nice drink above the city? You can have one (or two) with your family, friends or colleagues in several rooftop bars: for example St. Andrea Wine & Skybar, The Sky Garden Rooftop Terrace and High Note SkyBar are already open.

2, The Castle District awaits – The open-air archaeological site in the Castle District in Buda can be visited for free again, and the themed Buda Walks are also being relaunched, in Hungarian – We Love Budapest writes. But if you would like just to take a walk in the Castle District and taking some photos, never mind, it is a highly anticipated experience on our list, as well. ;)

3, Chill in the City Park – If you love the outdoors, and prefer meeting friends for example in the City Park, well, you also have the possibility to chill out there on a blanket or to have a small picnic together. Bring your dogs, too, they will love it out there.

What we really miss, is all the music programs, concerts and festivals we won’t have for a while now but we really hope to enjoy these again one day, hopefully quite soon with our loved ones.

What are the top programs and activities on your list that you can’t wait to try in Budapest? Write us in a comment. And don’t forget to share our article, so your friends will also see that life is returning to one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Budapest. ;)

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These beaches are already open in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1653/these-beaches-are-already-open-in-budapest Some of the beaches and lidos reopened for the last weekend of May, for the Children’s Day but some historic and popular baths still remain closed. Thu, 4 Jun 2020 07:37:49 GMT Mia Balogh
These beaches are already open in Budapest

These beaches are already open in Budapest

Some of the beaches and lidos reopened for the last weekend of May, for the Children’s Day but some historic and popular baths still remain closed.

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Mia Balogh

Although it was not sure when the beaches, lidos, spas and pools in Budapest can be reopened for the upcoming summer season, we have some good news for the water fun lovers: some of the beaches in the capital are awaiting us again.

From the past weekend, 30 May, lidos such as the Római Strandfürdő, Palatinus, the Csillaghegy Árpád, the Paskál and the outer baths and gardens in Aquaworld reopened, We Love Budapest writes.

Tickets (except for Aquaworld) can be bought here: http://jegyvasarlas.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/ and new rules must be obeyed just like paying attention to social distancing, wearing flip-flops and frequent handwashing.

If you prefer the seashore atmosphere, you can enjoy this, too on Lupa Beach which awaits us again from 22 May.

The bad news is that the most popular ones like Gellért and Széchenyi baths will remain closed for a while. Lukács, Rudas, Veli Bej are also closed, just like Király and Dandár. But we really hope that as the restrictions in the country and in the capital are eased gradually, these baths can be reopened soon.

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The secret Japanese Garden of the city reopened http://budnews.hu/news/News/1652/the-secret-japanese-garden-of-the-city-reopened Not Margaret Island is the only place where you can see beautiful Japanese Garden in the city! Tue, 2 Jun 2020 08:19:36 GMT Budnews
The secret Japanese Garden of the city reopened

The secret Japanese Garden of the city reopened

Not Margaret Island is the only place where you can see beautiful Japanese Garden in the city!

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There’s a secret Japanese garden in Zugló, that not even the townspeople know. The Japanese Garden, founded in the first half of the last century (1928) on three thousand square meters was the first such attraction in the country. Legend has it that in the 1930s, the heir to the throne of Japan also visited the facility, which he liked so much that after he returned home to Japan, he sent several trees to the institution in Zugló. It is said that some of the plant rarities still visible today are descendants of these imperial gift trees. The garden has been renovated from public donations in recent years, but now the country's first Japanese garden can be visited again in all its splendor.

Address: Budapest XIV., Kövér Lajos utca 1. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday to Sunday: 8 am to 4 pm

Prices: Admission costs HUF 500 for adults and HUF 300 for children.

If you like the Zugló Japanese Garden, we recommend you to check out the other Japanese gardens in Budapest as well. Each is equally wonderful, but each is a little different, so if you have time, it’s worth visiting all of them.

Japanese Garden at Margaret Island

Margaret Island is the most versatile and intimate oasis in Budapest, where you are guaranteed to recharge. Especially if you take a walk in the mini paradise inside the island, alias the Japanese Garden. The perfect harmony of lush vegetation, huge rocks and beautifully designed water architectures provides an eye-catching, heart-pleasing sight.

Japanese garden in the Zoo

You can admire one of the largest Japanese gardens in Hungary in the Zoo Budapest, which was established in the 1960s. The authentic Japanese atmosphere is provided by rivers, lakes, stones, stone lanterns, bridges and of course, the wonderful Japanese plants. In addition, you can view our valuable National Bonsai Collection in a separate pavilion here.

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Budapest to get a new tramline http://budnews.hu/news/News/1651/budapest-to-get-a-new-tramline- So far, this is the most important development in the capital’s transport infrastructure this year. Fri, 29 May 2020 09:03:19 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest to get a new tramline

Budapest to get a new tramline

So far, this is the most important development in the capital’s transport infrastructure this year.

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There are always some smaller or bigger renovation or construction works going concerning the public transport system of Budapest, but the latest project is the most important one in the capital’s transport infrastructure in 2020: Budapest will get a new tram line.

We Love Budapest writes that the construction works of a new tramline from Soroksári út in south Pest to Haller utca further north have already started on 23 May.

‘According to an announcement by Budapest transport company BKK, a new pair of tracks will be established between Haller utca and Soroksári út, and the existing southerly connection will also be renewed. As a result, passengers will be able to travel in a total of six directions at the Soroksári út junction’ – they write.

The new tram line can be quite useful also because it will mean an alternative access to the city centre without having to change at Nagyvárad Square. M3 metro line’s long-term renovation works are still going on so we suppose that a good alternative for the underground would be welcome by many travellers. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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Top 9 terraces that are already open http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1650/top-9-terraces-that-are-already-open You can have the first cocktail or coffee of the season at these places. Thu, 28 May 2020 10:02:21 GMT Budnews
Top 9 terraces that are already open

Top 9 terraces that are already open

You can have the first cocktail or coffee of the season at these places.

Gastronomy

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Now that the world is reopening after the epidemic, Budapest started to open up too. The terraces of restaurants and cafes could be opened in Budapest for a week, so let's see where you can drink the first coffee of the season.

Fellini Római Kultúrbisztró

The striped chairs are on the Danube shore again! Fellini is a perfect place even for those who are afraid of the downtown terraces. The Fellini atmosphere can’t be spoiled even if the deck chairs are 1.5 meters apart.

Majorka

One of the loveliest places of Városmajor awaits with the usual burgers, sandwiches, salads, snacks and cold drinks. Child-friendly garden, huge trees, peaceful, calm atmosphere. We love it.

Jardinette

Jardinette awaits with real Hungarian dishes and great drinks in the beautiful garden. Perfect for a romantic date.

Nap bácsi

One of the most lovely waterfront locations of the city awaits with its usual flavors and atmosphere. The wide shore is perfect if you don’t want to start the season on a crowded terrace right away.

Élesztőház

Budapest's first craft beer pub awaits with good domestic and foreign beers, great spirits and the unmistakable atmosphere.

Mazel Tov

The city’s largest shakshuka and hummus place has also opened its doors - but despite the large internal area, due to the mandatory distances, we have to book table in advance.

KIOSK Pest

The favorite place of Március 15. Square has also opened. The lovely summer atmosphere is guaranteed - just keep the right distance.

Bambi Eszpresszó

If you love retro, Bambi is the place of your dreams! The sausage is crunchy, the hot sandwich is adorable, and the beer is cold – but to be honest, it’s not a fancy restaurant.

Moné Garden

The excellent Hungarian cuisine of the recently opened Moné Restaurant is also available on their hidden small terrace below the Castle. In addition to the great dishes, cocktails and a good assortment of wine await us.

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Hungary’s first car safari park opened near Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1649/hungary’s-first-car-safari-park-opened-near-budapest Adventure awaits – from now on, you can experience the atmosphere of an exotic car safari in Hungary, as well. Let us tell you a little bit more about that.   Wed, 27 May 2020 12:04:55 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungary’s first car safari park opened near Budapest

Hungary’s first car safari park opened near Budapest

Adventure awaits – from now on, you can experience the atmosphere of an exotic car safari in Hungary, as well. Let us tell you a little bit more about that.  

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Budapest has a zoo and of course a well-known circus but now we have an even more exciting, new program tip for you: Hungary’s first car safari park opened its gates in Szada (approximately 30 kilometres from Budapest).

The park covers 5 hectares and almost hundred different animals (some of them owned by the Hungarian National Circus, others by the Florian Richter Circus) can be seen there, for example exotic animals like elephants, camels, giraffes but also donkeys and the so-called zebrams which are the mix of zebras and donkeys.

The visit in the park is totally safe because only cars with non-open tops can drive in, and everyone can only drive on the marked path.

The park is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on weekdays, but on weekends and holidays, it can be visited from 10 am to 5 pm. Before the trip, you will need a short registration for one of the available dates: https://magyarnemzeticirkusz.hu/szafari/ . We checked on 21 May and the next date available for reservation was 3 June, but for later next month, they have plenty of free dates.

About the ticket prices, we found the following information: entry is for free for kids under 2. Between the age of 2 and 14, the entrance fee is 1500 HUF, and for adults, it is 2000 HUF.

If you decide to book an available date and visit the park, you will also help the Hungarian National Circus, because they were left without income after the outbreak of the epidemic.

Source: magyarnemzeticirkusz.hu

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Wizz Air celebrates its 16th birthday with unique video http://budnews.hu/news/News/1648/wizz-air-celebrates-its-16th-birthday-with-unique-video Wizz Air cabin crew performed a unique dance on the birthday of the company. Tue, 26 May 2020 07:27:10 GMT Budnews
Wizz Air celebrates its 16th birthday with unique video

Wizz Air celebrates its 16th birthday with unique video

Wizz Air cabin crew performed a unique dance on the birthday of the company.

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We have never seen such thing before! Wizz Air celebrated the 16th anniversary of its first take-off on May 19 with a special video: flight attendants, pilots and the ground staff danced in masks and rubber gloves in the birthday video.

https://vimeo.com/420043966

The first Wizz Air aircraft took off from Katowice to London on 19 May 2004. The airline has since been honored by 240 million passengers with its trust and loyalty, while its fleet now includes 121 modern Airbus aircraft. With an average age of just 5.4 years, it is the youngest fleet in Europe, with an increasing share of the world's most efficient narrow-body aircraft, the state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo.

The coronavirus epidemic forced Wizz Air to stop, but as previously reported, their 16 flights from Budapest resumed from the first days of May. A mask is mandatory on board, and other rules have been introduced to avoid infection, but at least we can travel abroad.

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Let’s meet the tradition of Hungarian blue-dyeing http://budnews.hu/news/News/1647/let’s-meet-the-tradition-of-hungarian-blue-dyeing These unique textiles are part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mon, 25 May 2020 12:49:17 GMT Budnews
Let’s meet the tradition of Hungarian blue-dyeing

Let’s meet the tradition of Hungarian blue-dyeing

These unique textiles are part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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We rarely deal with folk traditions here at budnews.hu, but now we would still show you something beautiful. This is blue-dyeing, a special coloring technology in Hungary. Blue-dyeing is a color-patterning technology used on textiles, which derives its name from the fact that the pattern in its original form typically appears in white on a blue background.

Blue-dyeing dates back more than five hundred years. It came to Hungary from India through Western Europe and it’s a heavy craft whose science passes from father to son. This and the strong physical work are the reason why the number of its makers is constantly decreasing. There are only 6 blue-dyeing workshops in Hungary and only twenty in Europe as a whole.

https://idastyle.cafeblog.hu/2018/05/30/248/

The basis of blue-dyeing is indigo cold painting in painting baths sunk into the ground, and from the first half of the 19th century, hot painting is also used. The special features of the blue-dyed clothes are the pure cotton material, the unique deep blue shade, the size and color fastness, and that the white color of the individual samples is given by the linen base material.

The blue-dye fabric has played a significant role in Hungarian folk costumes and home textiles in recent centuries, and it is still popular today. As of November 2018, blue-dyeing is part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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Budapest among best cities in the world for remote working http://budnews.hu/news/News/1646/budapest-among-best-cities-in-the-world-for-remote-working Budapest is a good choice even if you have to work remotely, according to a new report: our capital is fifth on the list.   Fri, 22 May 2020 08:32:55 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest among best cities in the world for remote working

Budapest among best cities in the world for remote working

Budapest is a good choice even if you have to work remotely, according to a new report: our capital is fifth on the list.  

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The Remote Working Index report by Broadband Deals looked at 50 of the world's most popular cities, ranking them based on the following factors: average internet speed, availability of food delivery, the remote working jobs available, the cost of a laptop, and the cost of living.

According to the ranking, Bucharest, Houston and Las Vegas are the three best cities for remote work, followed by Atlanta in the US and Budapest.

In our capital, you can have fast internet speeds of 41 Mbps, while the cost of living is GBP 470.39 per month, and 2.33% of the jobs give workers the opportunity for remote working.

We are not only surprised that Bucharest is the first in the compilation but also by seeing the last city on the list which is Rome, with only 0.61% of the jobs offering the work from home option, internet speed of 16 Mbps and relatively high cost of living, GBP 729.18 per month.

Source: https://broadbanddeals.co.uk/remote-working/ and https://bbj.hu/analysis/budapest-5th-best-city-in-world-for-remote-working_182332

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Budapest Airport wins prestigious award for seventh time in a row http://budnews.hu/news/News/1645/budapest-airport-wins-prestigious-award-for-seventh-time-in-a-row- Liszt Ferenc International Airport wins award for the best airport in Eastern Europe in the seventh consecutive year. Thu, 21 May 2020 08:56:08 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest Airport wins prestigious award for seventh time in a row

Budapest Airport wins prestigious award for seventh time in a row

Liszt Ferenc International Airport wins award for the best airport in Eastern Europe in the seventh consecutive year.

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Liszt Ferenc International Airport is not only the aerial gateway to Hungary but also a multi-award-winning airport: we read recently that it has won the award for the best airport in Eastern Europe for the seventh time is a row.

The annual Skytrax award, which is handed out at the World Airport Awards, is one of the most important awards in the industry – partly because the travellers themselves decide about it, based on tens of thousands of rankings received from passengers from all around the world.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the award was handed over in a virtual form to Liszt Ferenc International Airport, which celebrates its 70th birthday this year.

Source: Turizmus.com

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One of the best Hungarian confectioneries to open in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1644/one-of-the-best-hungarian-confectioneries-to-open-in-budapest Mónisüti has already conquered the Balaton region, now their desserts are available also in Budapest and they are looking for a permanent location in the capital.  Wed, 20 May 2020 11:09:03 GMT Mia Balogh
One of the best Hungarian confectioneries to open in Budapest

One of the best Hungarian confectioneries to open in Budapest

Mónisüti has already conquered the Balaton region, now their desserts are available also in Budapest and they are looking for a permanent location in the capital. 

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

If you are a fan of Hungarian desserts and know a few of the top confectioneries in the country already, you might have heard about Mónisüti. It’s true that they are working in the Balaton region, but their sweet treats are very well-known and they are among the top 10 Hungarian patisseries according to Dining Guide.

Furthermore, Mónisüti is a success story (without exaggeration), because the founder, Mónika Kalmár Kövérné managed to build a successful and popular enterprise from her love and blogging about baking.

At first, she baked for a confectionery in Keszthely but now, after conquering the Balaton region and Transdanubia, their cakes are even available in Budapest: you can order from a list on their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/monihazhozsuti/ ) by Wednesday of each week and your order can be picked up at Babka at the end of the week. Larger orders can even be delivered to your home in the capital.

Some more good news: they are already looking for a permanent location in Budapest – we hope we’ll know more about it soon and we can inform you about that. We can’t wait for their delicious deserts. Yum! ;)

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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2 renovations begin in the Castle district http://budnews.hu/news/News/1643/2-renovations-begin-in-the-castle-district The promenades of the hillsides facing the Danube will be restored. Tue, 19 May 2020 14:01:45 GMT Budnews
2 renovations begin in the Castle district

2 renovations begin in the Castle district

The promenades of the hillsides facing the Danube will be restored.

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When we walked up from Clark Ádám Square to Buda Castle on the eastern slopes of Castle Hill, overlooking the Danube, we are always astonished because of the condition of the park, roads and stairs - with their life-threatening and fragmented elements. But now, finally, this neglected part of the Castle district is finally being renewed.

The renovation of the Ellyps Promenade and its surroundings is an element that everyone will love for sure. An important point of the renovation program is that the Castle should be easily reached on foot, from several directions. The renovation of the green surfaces and the stairs, promenades and the surrounding hillsides are both important elements.

As a first step, the northern part of the promenade, around the Tunnel, was tidied up - the fragmented staircases and paving elements were put in place, the existing, fragmented stone blocks were removed and rebuilt with a new foundation. Soon the paths on the other side of the Castle Hill Funicular will also be tidied up. In addition to the roads, new, unified style public furniture elements - benches, rubbish bins - will be placed, and the dilapidated vegetation will also be renewed. And it’s not all that happens in that neighborhood!

In addition to the promenade, there will be another major renovation in the Castle district at the same time: Szent György Square will also be renovated and greened. Szent György Square is one of the most important squares in the Buda Castle District and also in Budapest. The place is usually used by a lot of people (when there is no epidemic situation), so its condition has already required a lot of renovation. During the works, which are expected to start in the summer, the fragmented pavements of Szent György Square will be renovated, a lot of new plants will be planted in the beds, and the lawn surface will also be renewed.

The tidy gardens suitable for relaxation and walking have always belonged to the view of the Buda Castle, and were perhaps the most versatile works in the history of Hungarian garden art. The green areas surrounding the Castle and located area within the walls tended to create a sense of homelessness and neglect in recent decades, but this will end in some month! We can’t wait to see the upshot!

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Pubs celebrate the reopening of Budapest with free beer http://budnews.hu/news/News/1642/pubs-celebrate-the-reopening-of-budapest-with-free-beer A total of 10000 pints of beer will be given for free in more than 30 pubs. Mon, 18 May 2020 10:53:38 GMT Budnews
Pubs celebrate the reopening of Budapest with free beer

Pubs celebrate the reopening of Budapest with free beer

A total of 10000 pints of beer will be given for free in more than 30 pubs.

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A big party is coming in Budapest: FIRST Craft Beer thanks the perseverance and disciplined behavior of people of Budapest during the epidemic situation with a total of 10000 pints of free craft beer.

The initiative is called „Half full” which comes from the proverb that says the optimist always sees the glass as half full. In the current situation, it is difficult to be optimistic, but there is always hope that things will be better soon. And until now, 30 pubs joined the initiative, so probably FIRST Craft Beer is right with this optimistic attitude.

Venues such as the Simpla Kert, Zsiráf, Élesztőház, Mazel Tov or Beer Brothers joined to the event. The event will be held on the first Thursday after the reopening of the city, and in return for the free beer, FIRST only asks consumers to post a picture or video of their beer on their social media pages with the # feligtele hashtag.

Check out the official Facebook event, and drink a beer for our health!

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Renovation of Nyugati Railway Station begins http://budnews.hu/news/News/1641/renovation-of-nyugati-railway-station-begins Budapest's most famous railway station will be renewed in the next 2 years. Fri, 15 May 2020 09:29:27 GMT Budnews
Renovation of Nyugati Railway Station begins

Renovation of Nyugati Railway Station begins

Budapest's most famous railway station will be renewed in the next 2 years.

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Taking advantage of the lower traffic, major renovation work begins in the Nyugati Railway Station building. Reconstruction of the roof structure will begin this week, just as renovation of the overhead line network of the track hall and the passenger information system.

“As part of the development, the roof structure of the railway station will be reconstructed on more than 8,200 square meters, the overhead contact line network in the track hall will be renewed and the passenger information system will also be modernized. During the works, the passenger hall of the railway station will be closed. " - said Róbert Homolya, President and CEO of MÁV Zrt. at a press conference.

According to the transport company, the investment is necessary because Nyugati Railway Station is the busiest railway station in Hungary with 18 million passengers a year and 480 passing trains a day - and it has not undergone extensive renovation work in the last 40 years. The total cost of the developments is nearly 9 billion Forints, the construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022, so if you see renovation works at the train station in the coming years, don't be surprised.

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Artist performs coronavirus inspired dance in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1640/artist-performs-coronavirus-inspired-dance-in-budapest- Watch the 21 years old Hungarian dancer performing his moves for a melody that mirrors the molecular structure of the coronavirus. Thu, 14 May 2020 08:32:07 GMT Mia Balogh
Artist performs coronavirus inspired dance in Budapest

Artist performs coronavirus inspired dance in Budapest

Watch the 21 years old Hungarian dancer performing his moves for a melody that mirrors the molecular structure of the coronavirus.

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Mia Balogh

21 years old Hungarian dancer, Zsolt Vencel Kovacs performed a really special dance on the deserted Heroes’ Square in Budapest: for the World Dance Day, the ballet dancer moved to the strains of a melody that mirrors the molecular structure of the coronavirus – The New York Times writes.

So we can say without exaggeration that this is something you might have never have seen or heard before. Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwdGctca4I&feature=emb_logo

About the music:

The composition was created by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier in April. They transformed a model of the SARS-CoV-2’s structure via a computer, giving a different note to different proteins’ amino acids, creating the melodies.

If you would like to listen to the whole composition, which would take almost two hours, you can check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738/viral-counterpoint-of-the-coronavirus-spike-protein-2019-ncov

About the dancer:

Zsolt Vencel Kovacs is a dancer of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, but when the borders were closing, he returned home to Hungary. Now he’s working in a bakery but did not stop practicing – he dances at home, and hopes he can return to Lithuania once the restrictions ease.

With his dance for this special composition, he is challenging also other choreographers to perform their own interpretations of the "COVID melody" at other famous and beautiful locations.

"The aim is to make squares and sites that have emptied because of the coronavirus, popular. At the moment, even the statues feel lonely" – he said, by adding – "So that when this epidemic is over, these squares could be filled with people again."

Source: nytimes.com

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Queen saying thank you even to Hungarian healthcare workers in new video http://budnews.hu/news/News/1639/queen-saying-thank-you-even-to-hungarian-healthcare-workers-in-new-video Queen and Adam Lambert say thank you for the healthcare workers in their own way – it is unique and touching in the same time. Their video also showcases a special vehicle, check it out. Wed, 13 May 2020 09:56:20 GMT Mia Balogh
Queen saying thank you even to Hungarian healthcare workers in new video

Queen saying thank you even to Hungarian healthcare workers in new video

Queen and Adam Lambert say thank you for the healthcare workers in their own way – it is unique and touching in the same time. Their video also showcases a special vehicle, check it out.

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Mia Balogh

According to Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, world-famous music band Queen with American lead-singer Adam Lambert published a new single ‘You Are The Champions’ – the song with the same title is a remake of their hit song ‘We Are The Champions’.

It premiered two weeks ago on Brian May’s Instagram page, and is quite special also because each member of the band performed and recorded their part in their homes.

In the video, many famous sights of the world are showcased, including Budapest’s Castle District and a Hungarian ambulance car on which you can read ‘Dorog’ – this is a Hungarian town in Komárom-Esztergom county. You can see it at 0:31 in the video.

Check it out here – well, it might bring tears into your eyes, just like it did into ours. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=7LcLqIHzNkY&feature=emb_logo

The vehicle is quite special because it is one of the last serving ambulance cars of its type. The fleet of these vehicles had been renewed and in most places, there are yellow-coloured modern ambulance cars already.

Source: Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu

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The Museum of Fine Arts received a prestigious award http://budnews.hu/news/News/1638/the-museum-of-fine-arts-received-a-prestigious-award Reconstruction works of the Museum of Fine Arts has been awarded with one of the most prestigious international heritage recognitions. Tue, 12 May 2020 06:58:12 GMT Budnews
The Museum of Fine Arts received a prestigious award

The Museum of Fine Arts received a prestigious award

Reconstruction works of the Museum of Fine Arts has been awarded with one of the most prestigious international heritage recognitions.

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Museum of Fine Arts went through a huge renovation in the past years. The renovation closed a three-decade-long process to correct the damage caused by the former inappropriate changes, and integrated new facilities to meet the needs of a modern museum. During the reconstruction, the damage caused by the unprofessional alterations that characterized the post-World War II period was restored, and at the same time the building was housed with all features that are essential in a modern museum. The imposing Romanian Hall, which was used as a warehouse is now perfectly restored, the museum's outdated heating, building and security system was also modernized. The exhibition halls are now air-conditioned, most of the roof structure was renovated, and new exhibition and public spaces and modern storage rooms were created in the building.

The comprehensive renovation and modernization of the Museum of Fine Arts has affected nearly 15,000 square meters, which is about 40% of the museum’s floor space. During the renovation, a new, underground, modern restaurant and café was also built. After the building has been renovated, visitors can rediscover the face of the museum that the designers had originally envisioned.

Now, two years after the reopening the museum building has won the European Union Cultural Heritage Award (Europa Nostra) in the Preservation category. The Jury remarked that “this is an excellent recuperation of the splendour of an early 20th-century museum. It represents a long-term and thoughtful effort to reinstate the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest – an important institution in Europe – and is underpinned with a thoughtful philosophical basis. The modern interventions have been properly integrated and are appropriate for the additional needs of the museum”.

This Eurpa Nostra award is one of the biggest recognitions: the award recognizes and presents best practices and examples in the field of heritage conservation, restoration, management, research and related education and training. Year after year, applications are received from all over Europe, judged by a jury of independent experts, who then select the winners.

Congratulations!

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Chairlift on Normafa will be completely renewed http://budnews.hu/news/News/1637/chairlift-on-normafa-will-be-completely-renewed The new Budapest chairlift will have 80 four-seater chairs, thus increasing the capacity of the chairlift. Tue, 12 May 2020 06:54:17 GMT Budnews
Chairlift on Normafa will be completely renewed

Chairlift on Normafa will be completely renewed

The new Budapest chairlift will have 80 four-seater chairs, thus increasing the capacity of the chairlift.

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The Budapest chairlift is one of the favorite attractions of the hikers: the structure takes up to János Hill in a beautiful place, from where you can also reach the Elizabeth Lookout Tower within a short walk. The lift was originally built in 1970, and it really needs a decent renovation by now.

The charlift is in such poor condition that the task is to demolish the current lift and to build a new one with nine new support columns. The new chairlift will be located where it is today, and will also be a single-line, roundabout facility. The biggest difference is that it will have four-seater hammocks instead of the current two-seater, with a total of 80 unit narrowly 30 meters apart.

The renovation also includes redesign and construction work of the existing buildings. The modernization also affects the cableway, the renovation and development of the chairs, columns and reception buildings, the lighting system, the energy supply - but not all sources are available yet to start the work, so we can't say exact dates ever for the beginning of the construction work.

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When do the beaches open in Hungary this year? http://budnews.hu/news/News/1636/when-do-the-beaches-open-in-hungary-this-year Normally, beaches in the capital open in May but this year’s pandemic changes this routine, as well. Fri, 8 May 2020 09:06:27 GMT Mia Balogh
When do the beaches open in Hungary this year?

When do the beaches open in Hungary this year?

Normally, beaches in the capital open in May but this year’s pandemic changes this routine, as well.

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According to the Hungarian government’s decision made in the end of April, the open-air pools and beaches in the countryside can open after 4 May but what about the beaches in Budapest?

The baths and beaches highlighted that they will pay attention to the government’s information about how the virus spreads and what can they do to prevent it. They are also analysing the measures international bathhouses and beaches take, and they make their own plans by taking these international measures into consideration.

According to their current plans, employees will start the preparation and maintenance work of the pools – of course by being careful about preventing the virus to spread – once the lockdown ends.

Source: nlc.hu

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Hungarian cartoon character gets mini statue in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1635/hungarian-cartoon-character-gets-mini-statue-in-budapest Another tiny but super cool thing worth checking out when the pandemic ends and we can rediscover Budapest again.   Thu, 7 May 2020 10:15:33 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian cartoon character gets mini statue in Budapest

Hungarian cartoon character gets mini statue in Budapest

Another tiny but super cool thing worth checking out when the pandemic ends and we can rediscover Budapest again.  

Culture

Mia Balogh

Hungarian sculptor Mihály Kolodko is famous for his miniature sculptures which can pop up anywhere in Budapest. And these tiny masterpieces are always a hit: WeLoveBudapest writes that there are a lot of Instagram posts by delighted visitors who discover these unique sculptures during their time in our capital.

Well, we are sure that Kolodko’s latest creation is going to be popular, as well. Because it features actor Gyula Bodrogi and the ‘good old’ Süsü the Dragon, a classic children's TV character he lends his voice to. The sculpture shows you the actor as he is pulling the dragon costume off his head.

When the pandemic ends and we all can return to the streets of Budapest to rediscover the city, we highly recommend you to go find this masterpiece. A little help: it is displayed in downtown, at Szabadság Square.

Check out a short video about the creation and display of the statue:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2886530264793768

Like and share our article if you can’t wait to be in Budapest again. ;)

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So funny: Hungarian couple recreates famous movie scenes in the lockdown http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1634/so-funny:-hungarian-couple-recreates-famous-movie-scenes-in-the-lockdown- They recreated 21 famous movie scenes and they nailed it. Wed, 6 May 2020 10:05:22 GMT Mia Balogh
So funny: Hungarian couple recreates famous movie scenes in the lockdown

So funny: Hungarian couple recreates famous movie scenes in the lockdown

They recreated 21 famous movie scenes and they nailed it.

Lifestyle

Mia Balogh

When the lockdown gets really boring, we mean REALLY BORING, what can you do? Well, a young Hungarian couple, namely Fanni Kovács and Norbert Hosszú had a very funny idea: they recreated some iconic movie scenes and posters by using only some household items – and their creativity, of course.

The result is absolutely hilarious, check it out:

Photos: https://www.boredpanda.com/couple-recreates-famous-movie-scenes/

"Norbi and I are performers and entertainers. We mostly work with events, so the pandemic has interfered with our plans a lot," Fanni told Bored Panda. "For example, we are the leaders of an improvisational theatre called Improvokál."

However, the couple wanted to do their best and try to find some positivity during these difficult times. "I am a huge movie buff and Norbi loves movies from the '70s and '80s, so our love for the craft is what inspired this series. When we were still at university, we loved dressing up whenever we had the chance so thanks to those days, we have had a lot of accessories and costumes."

Source: Boredpanda.com

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There will be no Sziget, Volt or Balaton Sound festival this year http://budnews.hu/news/News/1633/there-will-be-no-sziget,-volt-or-balaton-sound-festival-this-year This will be a sad summer. Tue, 5 May 2020 07:27:19 GMT Budnews
There will be no Sziget, Volt or Balaton Sound festival this year

There will be no Sziget, Volt or Balaton Sound festival this year

This will be a sad summer.

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Summer is unimaginable without festivals. Not only in Hungary, but all over the world, these 3 months are about music concerts and joy. This year, however, it will be different. After several foreign festivals, the biggest events in Hungary have announced: the party won't take place this year. This means that for the first time in 27 years, this summer will pass without Sziget Festival, and without the other large domestic festivals, Telekom VOLT Festival and Balaton Sound.

The details about ticket redemption and how to proceed aren't known yet: according to the organizers, the first thing to do now is to find the optimal solution for pre-order ticket buyers, be it next year's usability of tickets or the process of refunding. Analyzing the international examples, many solutions have already come to light.

“For us, the primary consideration now is to give our guests the best possible solution and to be able to enjoy these world-class festivals together next summer. It is also inconceivable that the enduring and beloved work of 27 years, our achievements and, last but not least, the opportunity for the festival experience of our millions of visitors so far, would be zeroed out from one moment to the next. So for now, we ask for patience, we are looking for a solution, but it would certainly mean a lot if the visitors who had already bought the ticket in advance treated this as an investment for next year's festival.” - added Tamás Kádár the main organizer of the Sziget Festival.

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Restrictions remain in Budapest and Pest county, but the rest of the country may return slowly to normal life http://budnews.hu/news/News/1632/restrictions-remain-in-budapest-and-pest-county,-but-the-rest-of-the-country-may-return-slowly-to-normal-life According to the new regulation, the exit restriction will be abolished nationwide from May 4, with the exception of Budapest and Pest county. Mon, 4 May 2020 13:41:25 GMT Budnews
Restrictions remain in Budapest and Pest county, but the rest of the country may return slowly to normal life

Restrictions remain in Budapest and Pest county, but the rest of the country may return slowly to normal life

According to the new regulation, the exit restriction will be abolished nationwide from May 4, with the exception of Budapest and Pest county.

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After two months of quarantine, there is a small hope that life could finally return to normal. Well, partly. From this week on, the rules will be loosened in Hungary, everywhere except Budapest and its surroundings. Let's see the details:

  • The restrictions remain in Budapest and in the territory of Pest county.
  • Everyone is obliged to keep social distance with other people, (except those living in common household), and to keep as far as possible, at least 1.5 meters from other people.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask to cover their mouth and nose (such as a medical mask, scarf, kerchief) in shops and on public transport.

In the other parts of the country:

  • All shops can be open and can be visited by shoppers.
  • Public areas and parks will also be open to the public with maintaining the social distance.
  • It is allowed to open the garden or terrace of restaurants, cafes, confectioneries, buffets, espresso bars and to eat the ordered food or drink there, but it is forbidden to stay inside the catering shop, except for those employed there. An exception is the delivery and transport of takeaway food.
  • Beaches can open from May 4, as well as open-air baths, open-air museums and zoos.
  • The protected shopping time slot of elderly people above 65 still remains.
  • Open air markets can also open.
  • Religious community ceremonies, civil marriages and funerals can take place. The social distance must be maintained all of these.
  • Higher education institutions will be open to students according to the decision of the Rector. Visiting dormitories is prohibited.
  • Sports events can be held indoors without spectators.
  • Participation in training organized by the sports association as well as for amateur sports, recreational sports and mass sports is allowed.
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Southern railway will be built in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1631/southern-railway-will-be-built-in-budapest- Three new stops will be established at important junctions. Fri, 1 May 2020 08:18:19 GMT Budnews
Southern railway will be built in Budapest

Southern railway will be built in Budapest

Three new stops will be established at important junctions.

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Although now it’s all about the coronavirus situation, life doesn’t stop. Budapest Development Center announced their first big project: the new Southern railway of Budapest. This will connect Kelenföld with Ferencváros and not only track expansion is expected during the investment, but also three new stops will be opened, and the railway environment will be rehabilitated and noise pollution will be reduced.

The concept originally presented in February this year is to implement a railway development that will make transport easier for the suburbs - by allowing suburban trains to enter Budapest from the agglomeration - but also for the benefit of Budapest residents.

The head of Budapest Development Center said: “such a railway development has not taken place in the inter section of Budapest for more than 100 years and is the first railway investment in decades to benefit commuters and brings new trains in Budapest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CFwM-Gu7EU

Three new stops ofthe renovated line will be ’Nádorkert’ in the XI. district, that connects the tram network of Buda and the Inforpark, ’Danubius’ creates the possibility of transfer and connect to the HÉV (suburban railway) and the Danube-side areas in addition to Soroksári út, ’Népliget’ creates the connection to M3 metro and the surroundings of Üllői út.

The frequency will be 10-15 minutes instead of the current half an hour, and with the new trains, the Buda agglomeration, the area of the Southern City Gate and Kőbánya-Kispest, as well as the Pest agglomeration and the airport will be connected.

In addition to modernizing and speeding up transport, the development aims to reduce car traffic and improve air quality, as well as regulate the immediate surroundings of the stations and solve the sound insulation of stops, which is an important element of the project.

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Wow: Budapest among greenest European cities http://budnews.hu/news/News/1630/wow:-budapest-among-greenest-european-cities Our capital is not only beautiful but also made its way to National Geographic’s top five forward-thinking cities in Europe. Let’s see what they think about Budapest. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:56:41 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow: Budapest among greenest European cities

Wow: Budapest among greenest European cities

Our capital is not only beautiful but also made its way to National Geographic’s top five forward-thinking cities in Europe. Let’s see what they think about Budapest.

News

Mia Balogh

It is true that nowadays the number one topic for people all around the world is COVID-19 but in the meantime – partly thanks to the Earth Day, which happened to be in the last week, 22 April – there is still a lot of conversation going on about climate change and eco-friendly solutions all around the world. Countries and big cities are looking for greener ways which is very important for our future on the planet.

Recently, National Geographic listed the top five forward-thinking European cities and we are so glad that Budapest is also on their list.

Our capital stands proudly in the middle of the compilation, preceded by Lahti, a Finnish city that might become carbon-neutral by 2025 and Lisbon, which is halving its CO2 emission. Under the name of Budapest, we’ll find Lyon, the gastronomic centre of France, and Edinburgh, the UK’s greenest city with 112 parks.

“The Hungarian capital recently saw the launch of the crowd-funded Green Guide Budapest map. Printed using soy-based ink, the free fold-out guide aims to steer visitors away from the usual attractions by highlighting parks, markets, and eco-friendly stores around the city,” - National Geographic writes about Budapest.

Budapest is going greener and greener, and we are looking forward to see how this tendency continues after the pandemic.

Like and share our article if you can’t wait to visit our beautiful, forward-thinking capital. ;)

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Budapest is getting built in Minecraft http://budnews.hu/news/News/1629/budapest-is-getting-built-in-minecraft If you love Budapest and you are a fan of Minecraft, you will love this. Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:40:11 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest is getting built in Minecraft

Budapest is getting built in Minecraft

If you love Budapest and you are a fan of Minecraft, you will love this.

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Mia Balogh

There are already a lot of real-life locations like New York City rebuilt in the virtual world of Minecraft but there are still a lot to do in there. Now the youngest architects-to-be are invited to help create some parts of our capitals in a project known as MineBudapest.

Until 10 May, kids and anyone who is interested can help build the virtual city. Four categories are available right now: the Ervin Szabó Library, Kecskeméti Street, Károly Gardens and Szent László Hospital.

How to participate? It’s easy. First go to https://minebudapest.hu/login and register, then begin your construction in Minecraft. Once your building is complete, submit it for approval. Top three winners will be rewarded, of course.

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Most famous botanical garden of Budapest has reopened http://budnews.hu/news/News/1628/most-famous-botanical-garden-of-budapest-has-reopened Füvészkert can be visited with these conditions: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 06:38:52 GMT Budnews
Most famous botanical garden of Budapest has reopened

Most famous botanical garden of Budapest has reopened

Füvészkert can be visited with these conditions:

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Almost everything is closed down in Budapest due to the coronavirus epidemic, but the first signs of loosening the regulation are already here. Füvészkert has been closed so far, but from Monday, the Botanical Garden of ELTE will welcome visitors again - revealed a Facebook post of the botanical garden. We must register in advance on their Facebook page by selecting the day of the visit, but the main thing is that we can see the beautiful flowers and trees again.

„The Botanical Garden of Eötvös Loránd University has been closed so far due to the coronavirus epidemic, but it can be visited again from Monday 27 April with prior registration. Pre-registration can be done here at the event, selecting the day of the visit from the events, clicking on BOOKING. During the daily opening hours of the Garden, max. 400 people can enter. Our opening hours and entrance fees are unchanged. The greenhouses are closed. We ask that you keep a distance of 2 meters from each other and wear a mask when visiting the garden.” - says the official announcement.

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Discover the Budapest of the 1940’s in a treasure hunt computer game http://budnews.hu/news/News/1627/discover-the-budapest-of-the-1940’s-in-a-treasure-hunt-computer-game In the game called The Lost Bridge, we explore the old city center of Budapest looking for treasures, and then we get back to today on an adventurous journey. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 09:10:38 GMT Budnews
Discover the Budapest of the 1940’s in a treasure hunt computer game

Discover the Budapest of the 1940’s in a treasure hunt computer game

In the game called The Lost Bridge, we explore the old city center of Budapest looking for treasures, and then we get back to today on an adventurous journey.

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A new video game is always a good thing, but in quarantine, it’s a real gift. We found a new, special (and in addition free) game: The Lost Bridge which is both a sightseeing and a treasure hunt. It's like taking a creative walk in Budapest as a time traveler: the walkable area is the bridge and its surroundings a few hundred meters, but from here you can see a much larger slice of the city. In one direction we can see and observe the Petőfi Bridge and in the other direction to Margaret Island.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSpJ7QjIrlY&feature=emb_title

In the game, we take a guided tour sometime in the first half of the 40s, meanwhile we collect well-hidden contemporary coins. However, to put them all together, we have to deviate from the proposed route... Meanwhile, contemporary music and radio broadcasts are played, old posters decorate the walls and evoke the atmosphere of the age.

The reward of the game is a cool sightseeing boat trip with the former St. Imre steamer. And the exploring doesn't end here. We first go to the times after the siege of Budapest, and then we have to find our way back to the present.

The game is a first person view (FPV) PC game with a free-to-discover track, route suggestions, stress-free and non-violent gameplay. Download it here.

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Hungarian football player in top 10 goalkeepers in the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1626/hungarian-football-player-in-top-10-goalkeepers-in-the-world This is the first time in history, that there is a Hungarian name on FourFourTwo magazine’s list – let’s see who is this and where can we find him in the compilation.   Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:35:02 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian football player in top 10 goalkeepers in the world

Hungarian football player in top 10 goalkeepers in the world

This is the first time in history, that there is a Hungarian name on FourFourTwo magazine’s list – let’s see who is this and where can we find him in the compilation.  

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Mia Balogh

If you are a football fan and watch international matches regularly, you must have heard Péter Gulácsi’s name. He was the goalkeeper of Liverpool and Hull City, then he continued his career in Red Bull Salzburg and then in his current team, RB Leipzig.

In 2019, he was named Bundesliga’s top performer, and this year, he is on FourFourTwo magazine’s list called ‘best goalkeepers in the world’: although they missed to spell Gulácsi’s name correctly (they wrote ‘Gulasci’), he was ranked 6th by the editors of the magazine.

‘The signing of Peter Gulasci, from sister club RB Salzburg in 2015, might have been the smartest piece of business Leipzig ever did. Since joining the side for £2m, the Hungarian has been nothing short of sensational over the five seasons since.

Tall, quick off his line, great in the area and a supreme shot-stopper, Gulasci is arguably the best goalkeeper in Germany. His save percentage of 73.6% is excellent but, in truth, Leipzig’s joint league-low goals against column has as much to do with his organisational and communication skills as his stopping ability’ – they write.

10 best goalkeepers in the world according to fourfourtwo.com :

10. David de Gea (Manchester United)

9. Ederson (Manchester City)

8. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

7. Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan)

6. Peter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig)

5. Keylor Navas (PSG)

4. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

3. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

2. Alisson (Liverpool)

1. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

Source: https://www.fourfourtwo.com/

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Budapest awaits http://budnews.hu/news/News/1625/budapest-awaits- Beautiful short film shot in the deserted Hungarian capital that can’t wait to be full of life again. Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:20:37 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest awaits

Budapest awaits

Beautiful short film shot in the deserted Hungarian capital that can’t wait to be full of life again.

News

Mia Balogh

‘Budapest awaits!’ – this is the message of Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre (BFTK) aimed at locals and tourists. They shot a beautiful video with this message, which means that the Hungarian capital can only have its special atmosphere thanks to all of us, and the city can’t wait life to return to the streets and community spaces again.

In the video, you can see some of the most amazing sights of our capital: Buda Castle, Heroes’ Square and Széchenyi Baths (with its empty pools).

Although these world-famous, iconic sites are all empty, these are also filled with special dynamism thanks to the dance moves of contemporary choreographer János Feledi and cimbalom artist Miklós Lukács. The dance and music fills hearts with hope and anticipation –help all of us hope that we can see each other in the streets of Budapest again, soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8IDxVQChJU&feature=emb_logo

Like and share our article if you like this message and the video, of course. ;)

Source: nlc.hu

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Monsters rule the streets of Budapest - only figuratively, of course http://budnews.hu/news/News/1624/monsters-rule-the-streets-of-budapest---only-figuratively,-of-course Empty streets of Budapest are filled with fantasy creatures of Hungarian graphic artists. Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:57:09 GMT Budnews
Monsters rule the streets of Budapest - only figuratively, of course

Monsters rule the streets of Budapest - only figuratively, of course

Empty streets of Budapest are filled with fantasy creatures of Hungarian graphic artists.

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The streets of Budapest are almost extinct - we have seen beautiful videos about this in recent weeks. Or aren't they? Hype and Hyper design and lifestyle magazine, that focuses on urban life and innovations, invited a couple of Hungarian graphic artists and creators to revive the vacant spaces of the city with their works and fill Bertalan Soós' photos with colors, shapes, their own visual world and creatures.

And the result speaks for itself: colorful charming creatures overwhelmed the underpasses, the quay, Vörösmarty and Deák Squares. On the one hand, pictures show the lovely, colorful face of the city, which unfortunately is hidden now even from the locals, while on the other hand, these pictures can be considered as a curved mirror for society. Like this picture of a pigeon and a granny: in Hungary there is a rule that people over the age of 65 can only go to the shops and pharmacy between 9 AM and 12 AM, while younger people allowed to do so only after 12 AM. And the granny in the picture is ready to defend this prerogative even against pigeons...

Check out the full Hype and Hyper series by clicking here.

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Hungarian girl won World Press Photo 2020 in the Environment category http://budnews.hu/news/News/1623/hungarian-girl-won-world-press-photo-2020-in-the-environment-category Eszter Horváth won the first prize in the Environment, singles category. Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:34:04 GMT Budnews
Hungarian girl won World Press Photo 2020 in the Environment category

Hungarian girl won World Press Photo 2020 in the Environment category

Eszter Horváth won the first prize in the Environment, singles category.

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This year’s World Press Photo winners have been announced last week in Amsterdam: the grand prize went to Chiba Yasuyosi, Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) Chief Photographer for East Africa and Indian Ocean for his photo Straight Voice, in which a young Sudanese man recites a poem at a demonstration. But what is even more exciting for us is that a Hungarian photographer, Eszter Horváth won the Environmental category this year.

Eszter has been involved in the photography of the Arctic Sea since 2015, and last year she captured the everyday life of the German research ship Polarstern in the Arctic. On the award-winning image, a polar bear and a cub are curiously examining equipment placed by Polarstern researchers on an ice floe.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9C6mHpKMvm/?utm_source=ig_embed

We need to know the background of the image to understand its real meaning: the Arctic harbor is some of the fastest-retreating sea ice on the planet and has twice the average global heating rate. This will strongly affect the global climate in terms of increasing temperatures and sea-level rise, yet Arctic climate system processes are poorly represented in climate models.

Eszter’s photos have already appeared in National Geographic, Geo magazine, the New York Times and Time, and we’re sure we’ll see her unique photos again in many magazines after that. Congratulation!

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Beautiful encouraging message to Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1622/beautiful-encouraging-message-to-hungary- If you have only a minute to watch a video today, watch this one, you won’t regret it. Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:23:03 GMT Mia Balogh
Beautiful encouraging message to Hungary

Beautiful encouraging message to Hungary

If you have only a minute to watch a video today, watch this one, you won’t regret it.

News

Mia Balogh

The latest video of Hungarian Tourism Agency (Magyar Turisztikai Ügynökség) is much more than a touristic campaign film. It also has an important message: take care of each other and together we will make it, we can overcome these difficult times, referring to the current coronavirus pandemic.

In the first part of the video, you can see well-known places from all over the country, which are now deserted. Then happy people can be seen who are having fun together. The music is also important, Visszajövök by Bagossy Brothers, which means ‘I come back’.

The short film will be broadcasted on Hungarian national television and various social media platforms, too.

But enough of talking, check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-vGT5FaDMI&feature=emb_logo

Source: sokszinuvidek.hu

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Reconstruction of metro line 3 continues http://budnews.hu/news/News/1621/reconstruction-of-metro-line-3-continues Despite of the coronavirus pandemic, the reconstruction works of the blue metro line in Budapest did not stop. Fri, 17 Apr 2020 07:21:01 GMT Mia Balogh
Reconstruction of metro line 3 continues

Reconstruction of metro line 3 continues

Despite of the coronavirus pandemic, the reconstruction works of the blue metro line in Budapest did not stop.

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Mia Balogh

As we have already reported, the reconstruction works of two metro stations on metro line 3, Arany János Street and Ferenciek tere have begun. Check out article about this here: http://budnews.hu/news/News/1601/two-metro-stations-closed-in-budapest-city-centre

According to webradio.hu, demolition work is currently being done in the middle section of this metro line, the so-called blue line, and it is not affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.

On the contrary, the decreasing number of passengers on public transport due to coronavirus actually benefit the construction because conditions for work are more ideal – some works are proceeding faster than expected. According to BKV’s plans, testing processes can begin in the summer.

And if everything will continue as scheduled, the reconstruction of the middle section of the blue metro line will proceed in July: the next step is closing the Corvin-quarter and Semmelweis Clinics metro stations, according to plans.

Népszava has reported that the handover of the section from Népliget to Kőbánya-Kispest is scheduled for fall 2020. And the reconstruction of the whole blue line is hoped to be finished by the end of 2022.

Source: webradio.hu

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Budapest - The Silent City http://budnews.hu/news/News/1620/budapest---the-silent-city- The empty streets and squares are even more captivating thanks to the music – check it out now. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:01:04 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest - The Silent City

Budapest - The Silent City

The empty streets and squares are even more captivating thanks to the music – check it out now.

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Mia Balogh

Do you remember Botond Nahimi’s video about the empty streets of Budapest? http://budnews.hu/index.php?node=news&id=1609 Well, he is not the only filmmaker who was inspired by the sheer beauty of our capital: Márton Bohn directed a short film entitled ‘Budapest – The Silent City’ which showcases the deserted streets, squares and trams without passengers.

Sights like the Citadella, Heroes’ Square, the Chain Bridge and the Parliament building and landmarks like Keleti railway station can be seen in the video, and the music is presented by Margaret Island. Singer Viki Lábas is presenting A csend (‘Silence’), lyrics by Péter Gerendás.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drTMdwnGPg0&feature=emb_logo

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Oscar-winner Son of Saul’s protagonist, Géza Röhrig works as ambulance worker in New York http://budnews.hu/news/News/1619/oscar-winner-son-of-saul’s-protagonist,-geza-rohrig-works-as-ambulance-worker-in-new-york When Son of Saul won the Oscar in 2016, the whole world got to know the names of László Nemes Jeles and Géza Röhrig. We haven't heard much about the Hungarian actor since then, as he hasn't become a celebrity and mainly lives in New York. But what's even more surprising is what he's been doing these days during the coronavirus epidemic! Wed, 15 Apr 2020 08:16:35 GMT Budnews
Oscar-winner Son of Saul’s protagonist, Géza Röhrig works as ambulance worker in New York

Oscar-winner Son of Saul’s protagonist, Géza Röhrig works as ambulance worker in New York

When Son of Saul won the Oscar in 2016, the whole world got to know the names of László Nemes Jeles and Géza Röhrig. We haven't heard much about the Hungarian actor since then, as he hasn't become a celebrity and mainly lives in New York. But what's even more surprising is what he's been doing these days during the coronavirus epidemic!

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Géza Röhrig, the protagonist of Son of Saul is not sitting at home, waiting the pandemic to end, but working as an ambulance worker in New York! And this is not even the first time for the actor: he had been doing this work seven years ago for about half a year, and he was recently called back by his former boss. He took a six-hour course, because his ambulance exam was expired and then Röhring was able to get back to work. “There are a total of a hundred thousand such people like me, which means that almost every infected registered person “gets” a volunteer, which is pretty good,” - said the actor in a Facebook video.

The actor works at night with the local fire department, doing the work with well-equipped cars.

By the way, devoted work is not new to the actor: Géza Röhrig is working as a corpse-washer for many years in New York, which means he washes bodies before burial. All our respect is his!

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Amazing invention: Hungarian breathing machine would breath 50 people at a time http://budnews.hu/news/News/1618/amazing-invention:-hungarian-breathing-machine-would-breath-50-people-at-a-time The machine, which also drains the exhaled air from the patient's environment through a filter system, is made in Budapest. Tue, 14 Apr 2020 06:46:11 GMT Budnews
Amazing invention: Hungarian breathing machine would breath 50 people at a time

Amazing invention: Hungarian breathing machine would breath 50 people at a time

The machine, which also drains the exhaled air from the patient's environment through a filter system, is made in Budapest.

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Researchers at the University of Óbuda are working on an amazing development: they are working on a mass ventilator system that works even in camp conditions and solves the breathing of many people at the same time.

Miklós Kozlovszky, Dean of János Neumann Faculty of Informatics, Head of the EKIK BioTech Research Center, came up with the idea of the mass ventilator in the first days of March, before the pandemic was declared. His aim was to save the lives of more people at once, while protecting health workers and reducing the risk of infection. The key to the latter is that the exhaled air is also removed from the patient’s environment through a filter system, so there is a much lower risk of doctors and nurses catching the disease.

"We are designing a mass ventilator that can ventilate up to 5-10-50 or even more people at a time, protects healthcare workers, and can even be operated outside a hospital, in ad-hoc camps, in halls," they write in their briefing.

If the project succeeds, it will change not only the coronavirus situation, but also any epidemic causing similar respiratory problems in the future. And the best part of the story is that they plan to make the product designs available for free, so any company can produce the product in the future!Follow the MassVentil Project on their official Facebook page, because something very big is going on in Budapest!

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Hungarians abroad: these are the most Hungarian cities in the world http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1617/hungarians-abroad:-these-are-the-most-hungarian-cities-in-the-world As you can not come to Hungary for a long time, let's see if you live in one of those cities, where the Hungarian diaspora is large, thus you can enjoy the Hungarian cuisine and culture from home! Mon, 13 Apr 2020 07:56:40 GMT Budnews
Hungarians abroad: these are the most Hungarian cities in the world

Hungarians abroad: these are the most Hungarian cities in the world

As you can not come to Hungary for a long time, let's see if you live in one of those cities, where the Hungarian diaspora is large, thus you can enjoy the Hungarian cuisine and culture from home!

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Unfortunately, this year it's unlikely that many of you will get to Hungary, so we are trying to show you alternatives to feel the Hungarian culture a little closer to you. That is why we have gathered the biggest cities, where there are a lot of Hungarians and so you can find Hungarian restaurants, shops, programs and communities relatively easily. If you live in one of these, you are in luck!

In addition to the Carpathian Basin, most Hungarian people live in the following places:

London

Half of the 350,000 "English Hungarians" live in the capital, London, which means that London is the 5th largest Hungarian city in the world! There are also estimates that says it is second on this imaginary list after Budapest, because probably there are even more Hungarian people in London than the statistic says. In terms of Hungarian population, the first Scottish city on the list is Edinburgh, which is the 10th largest "Hungarian settlement" in the United Kingdom.

Munich

Nearly half of the Hungarians in Western Europe chose Germany, and 75 percent of the approximately 120,000 Hungarians live in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. Roughly 80% of the members of the Hungarian ethnic group in Germany have been granted German citizenship, which means that there are at least as many people who have settled in the country on a permanent basis.

Cleveland

There is no exact answer to how many Hungarians may live in the United States at present, but it is estimated that there may be more than one and a half million Hungarians who consider the United States their home. Although the American Hungarians are mostly live in small diaspora, but there are still real Hungarian islands, where the local Hungarians form a larger group. Most Hungarian, nearly 200,000 people live in Ohio, including tens of thousands in Cleveland.

Chicago

Another American city with big Hungarian colony: according to the latest statistical statement, which is now a few years old, there are 72,920 Hungarian-speaking individuals from Greater Hungary living in and around Chicago. This means that Chicago is the seventh largest Hungarian city in the world!

Buenos Aires

There are Hungarians in all South American countries, but most people are estimated to have settled in Argentina, with approximately 40 to 50,000 Hungarian people living here, mostly in Buenos Aires. Although the self-identity and language skills of the Hungarian descendants are uncertain in many cases, the organization is still the strongest here. It is estimated that about 10% of South American Hungarians participate in Hungarian community life regularly.

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Ducklings learned to swim in Lukács Baths http://budnews.hu/news/News/1616/ducklings-learned-to-swim-in-lukacs-baths This baths had the cutest visitors. Fri, 10 Apr 2020 14:42:16 GMT Mia Balogh
Ducklings learned to swim in Lukács Baths

Ducklings learned to swim in Lukács Baths

This baths had the cutest visitors.

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The famous baths and spas in Budapest are closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic but Lukács Baths still welcomed some ‘special guests’: over the last weekend of March, a mother duck and her ducklings were spotted in the baths’ outdoor pool.

Luckily, someone managed to take some snaps of the duck mom teaching her little ones to swim, and three pictures were posted on Lukács Baths’ Facebook page with the following caption: ‘Although our spa is closed, our swimming pools are still a hit’.

Until now, the post reached 6.8 thousand reactions, seven thousand shares and 259 comments, with for example someone saying that this is already the post of the year.

https://www.facebook.com/Luk%C3%A1cs-Gy%C3%B3gyf%C3%BCrd%C5%91-%C3%A9s-Uszoda-195505851021738/

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5 super exhibitions that you can visit online http://budnews.hu/news/News/1615/5-super-exhibitions-that-you-can-visit-online Don't worry even if your trip to Budapest has been canceled! We look forward to seeing you in a few months, and in the meantime, week after week, we will gather the experiences you can participate from distance. Thu, 9 Apr 2020 07:40:29 GMT Budnews
5 super exhibitions that you can visit online

5 super exhibitions that you can visit online

Don't worry even if your trip to Budapest has been canceled! We look forward to seeing you in a few months, and in the meantime, week after week, we will gather the experiences you can participate from distance.

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We have already collected the best Instagram accounts of the city and the films, books, music and food you that flies you to Budapest immediately, and now we show you 5 mesmerizing exhibitions that you can see from your couch. The text is in Hungarian in most places, but today, fortunately, the built-in translators of the browsers give quite correct results.

David Lynch: Small stories

Last March, the Budapest Photo Festival opened with David Lynch's exhibition entitled Small Stories, with great interest. Of course, this is no wonder, as the Lynch cult has taken root very deeply over the years, mainly thanks to classics such as the Twin Peaks, the Dune or the Eraserhead. Thanks to the Műcsarnok, those who missed the exhibition last year can also visit the exhibition now online, at this link.

Paolo Ventura: A Venetian Story / Automaton

The opening exhibition of the Budapest Photo Festival took place in Műcsarnok again this year, but unfortunately we can only see Paolo Ventura's photos online. The artist confessed about his project A Venetian Story / Automaton: “Every single image of the story was made in this imaginary Venice, which I built with my own hands in small pieces. The only real part of the story is the entry of the Nazi army and Italian police into the ghetto in December 1943.” Check out the exhibition here.

Variations on Realism – From Munkácsy to Mednyánszky

The Hungarian National Gallery opened its re-arranged permanent exhibition focusing on the art of Mihály Munkácsy in 2019, which has been expanded with works previously kept in storage as well as international pieces. And now we can visit it online as part of the Digital Museum program. In the virtual exhibition space all images are accompanied by background information, so they are also excellent for educational purposes. In addition to the main works of Mihály Munkácsy, we can also see the paintings of other artists of Hungarian realism, such as László Mednyánszky, Adolf Fényes or József Koszta. Let’s see the beauties!

The Call of the East. Japonisme as Reflected in the Prints of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

The long-closed Japan started to open up to the world in the 19th century, and thanks to the revival of trade relations, the works of Japanese artists came to Europe that time and had a great impact on Western artists. It was no different in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy either: The Call of the East. Japonisme as Reflected in the Prints of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchyit demonstrates this process - now online. You should see it!

Bridges – Ages – Budapest

Bridges - Ages - Budapest is the virtual exhibition of Kiscelli Museum. With the help of this unique exhibition we can take the history of the whole city to our home: from the Reformation to the 20th century through the stories of the bridges in Budapest until the last decade of the twentieth century. The background information can only be read in English, however, it is still worth embarking on a historical journey from the Chain Bridge to the Rákóczi Bridge. Check out the special historical journey here.

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Unique video of Budapest made of 2749 photos http://budnews.hu/news/News/1614/unique-video-of-budapest-made-of-2749-photos- A Canadian filmmaker used individual photographs to create the illusion of a stop-motion-esque journey through the streets of Budapest. Wed, 8 Apr 2020 07:11:01 GMT Mia Balogh
Unique video of Budapest made of 2749 photos

Unique video of Budapest made of 2749 photos

A Canadian filmmaker used individual photographs to create the illusion of a stop-motion-esque journey through the streets of Budapest.

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Canadian filmmaker, storyteller, world traveller and vlogger Wes Kelemen undertook a project last year: he created a video of Budapest by using more than 2700 individual photographs of the city. In the end, he managed to show us something magical: a short film that takes us on a journey through the streets of our capital.

By watching the video, you’ll find yourself on the iconic tram 2, at the Basilica and inside the building (the gilded ceiling is simply amazing). You’ll see markets, the Ferris wheel at Erzsébet Square, a public transport ticket vending machine, the Parliament Building from the Buda side of the city, Vajdahunyad Castle, Széchenyi Baths, the Danube, the city lights by night, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWAe5KH7RRk&feature=emb_logo

We loved this video, also because it is so good to see Budapest so full of life. Nowadays the streets are deserted because of the coronavirus pandemic, let us show you this in another video: http://budnews.hu/news/News/1609/video:-budapest-as-you-have-never-seen-before

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Bicycle network of Budapest is facing a major expansion http://budnews.hu/news/News/1613/bicycle-network-of-budapest-is-facing-a-major-expansion Cycling is more and more popular due to the coronavirus epidemic. Tue, 7 Apr 2020 07:56:47 GMT Budnews
Bicycle network of Budapest is facing a major expansion

Bicycle network of Budapest is facing a major expansion

Cycling is more and more popular due to the coronavirus epidemic.

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Coronavirus may bring development to Budapest in an unexpected area. After many other European cities, the city administration of Budapest is now planning the temporary expansion of cycling routes due to the epidemic. These two things are related to the fact that people are reluctant to use public transport for fear of infection, car is not an option for everyone, and the „stay home” messages has halved road traffic.

The solution seems to be easy: car lanes that were previously inaccessible to cyclists can now be opened to bikes. The Hungarian Cycling Club has previously proposed this to the mayor, and now, from the beginning of April, the city administration is embarking on a rapid transformation. There is no official information yet on which routes will be affected, but probably they will be the missing suburban and inner city connections, the routes that best serve traffic attenuation purposes, those that can be transformed quick and cost-effectively, and probably routes to replace underground replacement buses will also be given priority.

Such areas can be Baross Street, Vágóhíd Street, Tétényi Road, Dohány Street or the Belgrád Quay; but Nagykörút (where tram 4-6 circulates) is also a perfect venue for testing temporary bike lanes. And in fact, this is not the first bike-friendly decision of the city: the monthly fee of the Bubi public bike system was reduced to a symbolic 100 Forints 3 weeks ago.

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This is the next step concerning the new Budapest bridge http://budnews.hu/news/News/1612/this-is-the-next-step-concerning-the-new-budapest-bridge We don’t know yet when the new bridge will be ready but this is the next step in the project. Mon, 6 Apr 2020 07:33:57 GMT Mia Balogh
This is the next step concerning the new Budapest bridge

This is the next step concerning the new Budapest bridge

We don’t know yet when the new bridge will be ready but this is the next step in the project.

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A lot of plans, projects and enterprises were put on hold or stopped because of the coronavirus epidemic but there are still some exceptions. For example, the construction project of the new Budapest bridge continues, and we already know what will be the next step in this project.

After the construction contracts were signed, static tests calculations and tests will be done – this comes next. Főmterv Ltd got the opportunity to do this part of the project and they will receive a net of 58 million forints for the work, Magyar Epitok reported.

The new bridge – which is also called Galvani bridge – is going to have four pillars, 2x3 lanes and it is going to be 500 metres long. It will also have a tram line.

Why is it important for Budapest?

According to experts, the new bridge will be able to relieve the city centre from traffic. 55 thousand cars can be diverted from the downtown bridges and thousands of vehicles from Üllői road. Moreover, it might help the economic growth of South Pest, North Csepel, and South Buda.

Source: Magyarepitok.hu

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Hollywood celebrities with Hungarian ancestors http://budnews.hu/news/News/1611/hollywood-celebrities-with-hungarian-ancestors- They all have Hungarian relatives. Fri, 3 Apr 2020 11:30:07 GMT Budnews
Hollywood celebrities with Hungarian ancestors

Hollywood celebrities with Hungarian ancestors

They all have Hungarian relatives.

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Everybody knows that Mariska Hargitay, Elsa Pataky or Adrian Brody has Hungarian roots, but did you know that Drew Barrymore's mother is named Ildikó?

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Little is known about Sarah Michelle Gellar that her great-grandfather was born in Sátoraljaújhely and his great-grandmother was born in today's Tiszabercel.

Louis C.K.

One of the most popular American stand-up comedian performed in Budapest once, and he talked a lot about his Hungarian roots, for example his grumpy grandfather.

Rachel Weisz

Many people know that she is of Hungarian descent and she has a relatively simple story: her father, György Weisz was an engineer and inventor who left Hungary in 1938, fleeing from the Nazis.

Stephen Fry

The British national icon, Stephen Fry also has Hungarian origin, his maternal grandfather has emigrated to the United Kingdom from Slovakia for a better life.

Flea

Michael Balzary, known to many as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, was not born in Hungary but proudly claims to be of Hungarian origin. The Hungarian grandfather of the guitarist moved to Australia and his grandchild was born there.

Tony Curtis

One of the most famous actors of the 60's and 70's was born as Bernard Schwartz. The actor was born in Manhattan as a child of Hungarian and Czechoslovak immigrants and did not speak English until the age of five.

Alanis Morissette

Canadian-born Morissette is very proud of its Hungarian heritage. His Hungarian mother's family left the country at the time of the 1956 Revolution, and Alanis is so proud of his Hungarian origin that she named her publisher „Szeretlek” which means"I love you".

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn and her daughter, Kate Hudson have Hungarian ancestors too, as Hawn's mother, Laura Steinhoff fled to the United States before World War II. The actress was born in Washington in 1945.

Calvin Klein

Few would associate the name Klein with the Hungarian language, but Calvin's father, Leo, was actually born in Hungary. His son, Klein Jr., grew up in New York City, Bronx, and started his successful business with the encouragement of his mother.

Joaquin Phoenix

The actor's grandmother, Margit Lefkowitz, came from a Hungarian Jewish family, her husband was Russian, so the actor has a real multicultural family.

Peter Falk

Columbo had Eastern European ancestors from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Hungary.

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Special message from two Budapest hotels http://budnews.hu/news/News/1610/special-message-from-two-budapest-hotels Staff in both luxury hotels left the lights on in the rooms in a way that people in the city could see giant hearts on the buildings. Thu, 2 Apr 2020 13:31:38 GMT Mia Balogh
Special message from two Budapest hotels

Special message from two Budapest hotels

Staff in both luxury hotels left the lights on in the rooms in a way that people in the city could see giant hearts on the buildings.

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For the last couple of nights, InterContinental and then Marriott hotels’ windows were lit to form giant hearts on these buildings, Nepszava.hu writes.

These well-known luxury accommodations have a beautiful message with these hearts: they would like to say thank you to everyone – doctors, nurses, but also to shop assistants, truck drivers, etc. – who works and helps others during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Sending a light of hope as a sign of our appreciation to all those out there helping in times of need. Thank you❣

#intercontinentalbudapest #ihg #lightofhope’ – we read on InterContinental’s Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/InterContinentalBudapest/photos/a.215940199373/10158239876079374/?type=3&theater

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Source: Nepszava.hu

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Video: Budapest as you have never seen before http://budnews.hu/news/News/1609/video:-budapest-as-you-have-never-seen-before This is not a post-apocalyptic movie, this is Budapest nowadays. Wed, 1 Apr 2020 06:32:48 GMT Mia Balogh
Video: Budapest as you have never seen before

Video: Budapest as you have never seen before

This is not a post-apocalyptic movie, this is Budapest nowadays.

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Mia Balogh

If you like watching post-apocalyptic movies or TV series, you might have imagined the world or your city after a zombie attack or a deadly virus, for example.

Well, the following video is not a film trailer, it was shot in Budapest during the first days of the coronavirus pandemic. In Hungary, people (especially elderly citizens) were warned to stay at home to avoid possible contaminations so the streets of Budapest are deserted – as you can see it in this short film.

Take a quick and lonely walk on the empty streets in the city centre, deserted metro stations and public transport vehicles. Take a look at Vörösmarty Square, Fashion Street, the Parliament building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Liberty Bridge, Budapest Eye, Deák Square, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. You will see these places and sights and Budapest as you have never seen these before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=beigFiI2THA&feature=emb_logo

Filmmaker Botond Nahimi’s video was inspired by the movie Contagion and it was uploaded to YouTube with the following message: ‘Budapest is empty. Stay home’.

See you when this is all over. Until then, please stay safe.

Source: Velvet.hu

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5 things you didn't know about Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1608/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-budapest The 3rd is really surprising! Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:25:48 GMT Budnews
5 things you didn't know about Budapest

5 things you didn't know about Budapest

The 3rd is really surprising!

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Budapest is beautiful and if you are on this site then you probably already know it. However, there are things that not even the local people know. See the 5 most interesting of these.

Budapest has the most spas from all the world's big cities.

Budapest has been named the "capital of baths" for 80 years, since it was chosen as the permanent headquarter of the International Bath Association in 1937. No other settlement could have won this special title with greater right, as Budapest is the only metropolitan city in the world with 118 wells and spas. In addition, it is the only capital in the world with 5 historic spas still in operation.

Budapest had the first public park in the world!

The history of today's City Park goes back in many centuries. Originally this part was a swampy area, which was filled and planted with trees at the behest of Mary Theresa. The first promenades were formed at the end of the 18 century, which were surprisingly open to anyone. This was the moment, when the first public park in the world, now known as the City Park, was created.

Budapest has the largest geothermal cave system in the world.

Did you know that Budapest has the largest geothermal cave system in the world? You don't even have to leave the city for a cave tour: visiting the Pál-völgyi, Mátyás-hegyi or the Szemlő-hegyi cave is a unique and recommended activity for everyone, just minutes from downtown.

Gül Baba's Tomb is the most northern Islamic pilgrimage site.

Gül Baba (meaning Father of roses) was a Muslim dervish boss whose real name is not, only his nickname survived: Gül Baba. He arrived at the occupation of Buda with II. Suleiman, and according to legend, he spent his last years in Buda, where he was engaged in rose cultivation, which is why the area got the name “Rózsadomb”. The researchers say he even wore roses on top of his turban - a sign of the dervish boss.

Heroes’ Square hides a well.

Did you know that there's a well below Heroes' Square? In 1877, Vilmos Zsigmond, a mining engineer, found hot water there: the nearly 74 degree thermal water was lured to the surface from over 800 meters deep. In 1884, a beautiful building was built over the well, designed by Miklós Ybl. Unfortunately, this was demolished during the millennium construction. However, the Gloriette Fountain was relocated to the XII. District, to Széchényi Hill.

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Puskás Arena became the Stadium of the Year http://budnews.hu/news/News/1607/puskas-arena-became-the-stadium-of-the-year Puskás Arena got the half of the votes in the final voting in the 2019 Stadium of the Year competition. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:34:31 GMT Budnews
Puskás Arena became the Stadium of the Year

Puskás Arena became the Stadium of the Year

Puskás Arena got the half of the votes in the final voting in the 2019 Stadium of the Year competition.

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Puskás Arena in Budapest received a huge recognition: it won the „the Stadium of the Year” title in a competition organized by the stadiumdb.com football website. Based on the competition announcement, voters were able to select the top five out of 19 facilities in 19 countries. According to the report, 30,632 votes were received from 107 countries of the world, and almost half of them, 14,955 votes were received by the Puskás Arena. According to the announcement, the facility, which was inaugurated on November 15th last year, has received votes from around the world, including Indonesia, Argentina, Poland, Great Britain, the United States and the Philippines.

Only those arenas of the world could competed that were handed over last year and can accommodate at least 10,000 spectators. Besides the Puskás Arena, the MOL Arena in Dunajská Streda was also on the list and the organizers reminded everyone: last year the professional jury selected the Hungarian DVTK arena as the most beautiful of the year.

One more interesting fact about this building: the award-winning Puskás Arena will be one of the venues of the European Football Championship, which has been postponed from summer to next year due to the coronavirus epidemic.

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Two Hungarian films’ success in the US http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1606/two-hungarian-films’-success-in-the-us Both productions have been acknowledged recently: one was made by Hungarian director and TV presenter Attila Till, while the other one is the work of a high school student. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:52:46 GMT Mia Balogh
Two Hungarian films’ success in the US

Two Hungarian films’ success in the US

Both productions have been acknowledged recently: one was made by Hungarian director and TV presenter Attila Till, while the other one is the work of a high school student.

Culture

Mia Balogh

If you like watching Hungarian films, you might have seen Attila Till’s Kills on Wheels. This movie tells the story of two young men with disabilities who end up helping a paraplegic assassin. The film has impressed a lot of movie fans, critics and other filmmakers – among others, it has touched Noah Wyle so deeply that they will make a limited-series adaptation of it, in association with Warner Bros TV.

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

Hungarian high school student, Kristóf Lendvai’s 38 minute-long short film Halfway (Félúton) won the prize for the best high school film at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Film Festival. It tells the story of an adolescent boy who runs away from home after finding out that his parents intend to divorce.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-8FHvVnmU&feature=emb_logo

Congratulations to both films’ success.

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John Malkovich visited Debrecen http://budnews.hu/news/News/1605/john-malkovich-visited-debrecen Before the actual coronavirus situation, the world-famous actor came to Hungary to present his newest show. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:50:04 GMT Mia Balogh
John Malkovich visited Debrecen

John Malkovich visited Debrecen

Before the actual coronavirus situation, the world-famous actor came to Hungary to present his newest show.

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Debrecen is not only a beautiful town in the eastern part of Hungary, but it also has a famous university. John Malkovich already knows this, as well, because the Academy Award-nominated actor visited the town and also the university.

This was not his only reason to visit Debrecen: Malkovich present his newest show ‘The Music Critic’, as well. In the production, he slips into the role of the evil music critic who believes the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev and the likes to be weary and dreary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJoDuwsYOUA&feature=emb_logo

“Schumann fancies himself a ‘composer’ while Brahms is a ‘giftless bastard’. And Claude Debussy is simply ugly. Writer and director Aleksey Igudesman creates a sardonic mix of the most evil music critiques of the last centuries written about some of the greatest works of music” – we read about the show.

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Euro 2020 soccer tournament postponed http://budnews.hu/news/News/1604/euro-2020-soccer-tournament-postponed As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Euro 2020 will be postponed by 12 months – including of course the matches that were scheduled in Budapest. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:32:06 GMT Mia Balogh
Euro 2020 soccer tournament postponed

Euro 2020 soccer tournament postponed

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Euro 2020 will be postponed by 12 months – including of course the matches that were scheduled in Budapest.

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Mia Balogh

On 17 March, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced that the national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020 will be postponed. The football matches were planned to happen in June and July this year, and several ones were scheduled to take place in Budapest.

Budapest’s newest stadium, Puskás Aréna was supposed to host four of the matches. ‘They included Group F matches on June 16, 20 and 24, and a Round of 16 match on June 28’ – bbj.hu writes.

In delaying Euro 2020, UEFA said it wanted to avoid ‘placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services’ of its 12 host countries, as well as helping allow domestic competitions to be finished – resumes BBC.com.

The tournament was due to take place from 12 June-12 July this summer, but it will run 12 months later, from 11 June to 11 July 2021.

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Budapest on Instagram: these are the best accounts about the city http://budnews.hu/news/News/1603/budapest-on-instagram:-these-are-the-best-accounts-about-the-city Check out these Instagram pages if you miss the Hungarian capital. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:16:29 GMT Budnews
Budapest on Instagram: these are the best accounts about the city

Budapest on Instagram: these are the best accounts about the city

Check out these Instagram pages if you miss the Hungarian capital.

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The Hungarian capital is so beautiful this time of the year, and I am so grateful to live here even in these times. If you planned to travel here this spring, but your plane and trip was canceled, watch these beautiful pages and pictures about the city. Not the same, but this is the best we can offer.

@budapest_hungary

The name of the page doesn't leave much to guess about what the page is about, but that's okay. They have breathtakingly beautiful photos of the Hungarian capital here, of course, with location marking, so once you can travel here, you will know exactly what to look for.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B83_-OzhJaQ/

@budapestravel

Another gorgeous account we love, the travel community of the city. Individual viewpoints, lifestyles, beautifully served.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B96T3e_gO6a/

@budapesttravelers

This account not only collects beautiful photos of Budapest but they also have information materials and articles about the city. And of course, mesmerizing photos, did we mention that?

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9SYI_pBXV0/

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Attention all bookworms! Millions of books are available completely for free online http://budnews.hu/news/News/1602/attention-all-bookworms-millions-of-books-are-available-completely-for-free-online You can spend your #stayathome days really nice and usefull. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:28:27 GMT Budnews
Attention all bookworms! Millions of books are available completely for free online

Attention all bookworms! Millions of books are available completely for free online

You can spend your #stayathome days really nice and usefull.

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There are only a few better hobbies than reading and thanks to the #stayathome movement, more and more people are living their lives in voluntary exile. If you are doing so, and you're already bored with Netflix, you can switch series with a good book. You don't even need to have a huge library, as you can browse books from many online collections. In English, we recommend the following pages where anyone can legally find their personal favorites:

Open libraryis one of the biggest of all with hundred thousands of books. Their purpose is no less than make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world, and they are doing well, because they have everything from fantasy to biographies, recipes or children's book.

The outbreak of the epidemic has forced the New York Public Library to close, so they made their e-book rental page. This requires membership registration and a free application to download for iOS and Android, but then we will have access to 300,000 books.

If that's not enough, try SCRIBD, where the first month of registration is free, and there are thousands of books, audiobooks, magazines to choose from. You can also search by category, popularity and recommendations.

Hundreds of Metropolitan Museum art books are also available for free, just make sure you have enough time to read. If you are not looking for something specific at first, you may want to scroll through the categories listed in the Collection / Department and get to the topics that interest you in no time. Manybooks.net is another big online library that have free book, even bestsellers. Many of the early eBooks are from the Project Gutenberg archives, which means you will be able to find a lot of classics on the site and even more self-publishing authors.

Last but not least, we can search the Open Culture site, where over 800 e-books, school books, and almost 1000 audiobooks have been collected, in many genre. They also have online courses, so it’s totally worth checking out.

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Two metro stations closed in Budapest city centre http://budnews.hu/news/News/1601/two-metro-stations-closed-in-budapest-city-centre Due to reconstruction works, the Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca metro stations are closed from 9 March. Let us recommend some public transport options instead. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 10:43:37 GMT Mia Balogh
Two metro stations closed in Budapest city centre

Two metro stations closed in Budapest city centre

Due to reconstruction works, the Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca metro stations are closed from 9 March. Let us recommend some public transport options instead.

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If you use the M3 ‘blue metro’ in Budapest these days, it might be useful for you to know that the reconstruction works of the city centre section of this metro line have started. From 9 March, two metro stations - the Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca -, the metro won’t stop at these stations.

Do you have to reach any of your destinations near one of these stations? Then we recommend you to use the following lines: tram 2 (it is running more frequently), as well as lines running on Budapest’s ‘Kiskörút’ Small Boulevard such as tram 47 and 49, bus 9 and trolleybus 72 during the weekends (trolleybuses 72 and 73 will run to Deák Ferenc tér). Buses 5, 7, 8E, 108E, 110, 112, 133E and 178, operating on Rákóczi út are also good options to reach Ferenciek tere.

The two ‘blue line’ metro stations mentioned above will remain closed until the southern section of the metro line is finished, and the section between Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér is closed. We don’t know the exact date but it is expected for the fall.

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Budapest among the best things to love about Europe http://budnews.hu/news/News/1600/budapest-among-the-best-things-to-love-about-europe- The Guardian’s list, named ‘Our Europe: 27 things we love about the continent’ is a must-read – one of their writers, George Szirtes talks about Budapest and a beautiful courtyard.   Fri, 20 Mar 2020 10:40:36 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest among the best things to love about Europe

Budapest among the best things to love about Europe

The Guardian’s list, named ‘Our Europe: 27 things we love about the continent’ is a must-read – one of their writers, George Szirtes talks about Budapest and a beautiful courtyard.  

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Mia Balogh

To celebrate Europe, The Guardian’s writers in all 27 EU countries share a favourite place that evokes the spirit of their nation. Budapest is also on their list – writer George Szirtes talks about our capital and ‘Budapest’s beautiful courtyard’.

‘In the heart of Pest there is a small interior courtyard: 10 Magyar utca. You can cut through it by day, proceeding through the quiet Magyar utca gate, stepping over silent wooden cobbles, to the busy Múzeum körút. Built by Miklós Ybl in 1852, four years after the failure of the 1848 revolution and 15 years before the establishment of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the courtyard is an eclectic, beautifully proportioned, faintly Venetian blend of classic and romantic’ – he writes by adding that if Budapest has a humane soul, it is something like this. ‘You breathe differently here. You hope for more’ – he says.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/07/my-europe-27-things-we-love-european-union

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Couch traveling: this is how you can “be” here in Budapest from your home http://budnews.hu/news/News/1599/couch-traveling:-this-is-how-you-can-“be”-here-in-budapest-from-your-home Was your flight canceled? These are the films, books, music and food you that flies you to Budapest immediately. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:37:51 GMT Budnews
Couch traveling: this is how you can “be” here in Budapest from your home

Couch traveling: this is how you can “be” here in Budapest from your home

Was your flight canceled? These are the films, books, music and food you that flies you to Budapest immediately.

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Many flight has been canceled in Europe and in Hungary in the past few days, and probably more will be canceled in the next weeks, so it's a big question what to do, if you can not come to Budapest. Well we have some tips for you which brings Budapest to your home.

Travel videos.

Watch travel videos on Youtube: there are many of them presenting the city from all point of view: professional and home-made videos, opinions, what to do in 1-2-3-4 days… There are hundreds of hours videos about the city.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sF5FsbmADQ

It's also a great way to have a great time in Budapest when you watch a film that plays in the Hungarian capital. Ladies in Love is a romantic comedy from 1936 and tells the story of three women in search of wealthy husbands. The Shop Around the Corner from 1940 is also a romantic comedy. The story is about two employees of a Budapest shop clash with each other, neither knowing that the other is the unmet lover they have been corresponding with. Budapest is a French comedy from 2018 directed by Xavier Gens. Two best friends with MBAs are bored in their jobs and start a travel business for bachelor parties in Budapest...

There are several famous songs about Budapest, just think about George Ezra's Budapest, or the new Spanish song „Budapest” by Montanez. You could also watch Round and round from Sea Gomez – although it's not about Budapest, but it has been shot here and many famous landmarks of the city are recognizable in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrLPs3_1Fs

There are many travel books about the city, but now we would love to recommend some novels, for example Strangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener, or Ban Brown's Origin, which has several scenes in Budapest ad mentions Chain Bridge, the Great Synagogue on Dohány Street, the 7th district and even Szimpla.

One of the most famous things about Hungary is our cuisine, and fortunately many of our national dishes are easy enough to cook them at home. Try to make gulyás soup, stuffed cabbage or strudel – none of them are impossible if you know how to cook just a little bit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2DBfiveIQ0

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Program options during quarantine http://budnews.hu/news/News/1598/program-options-during-quarantine What to do in Budapest if you are already here, but nothing is open. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:33:18 GMT Budnews
Program options during quarantine

Program options during quarantine

What to do in Budapest if you are already here, but nothing is open.

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Tourism does not have easy time now with more and more institutions being temporarily closed in Budapest due to the spread of the coronavirus. But what if you are already here and trying to get the most out of the situation? Well, there are several things that you can still do:

There are no restrictions on sightseeing walking tours yet, and as the streets are much more deserted, they mean far less risk. Check out Google, look out for recommended sightseeing routes, and take a walk in this beautiful spring time.

Hike! There are countless beautiful hiking trails in the Buda Hills, which are generally considered easy terrain, and almost all of them have a lookout tower with beautiful view of the city. We have already written about the most beautiful hiking trails here, check it out and go!

The opening hours of the restaurants are not affected by the restrictions, so there is nothing to stop you from getting to know Hungarian gastronomy. There is no need to worry about the infection, as restaurants are more disinfected than ever and most places also take care not to sit guests directly next to each other.

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Everything you need to know about coronavirus situation in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1597/everything-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-situation-in-hungary These are the facts and the regulation now. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:23:51 GMT Budnews
Everything you need to know about coronavirus situation in Hungary

Everything you need to know about coronavirus situation in Hungary

These are the facts and the regulation now.

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The WHO has declared the global coronavirus outbreak a pandemic last week and since then many countries has tightened their regulation. Hungary did the same, so we have collected the most important information about the situation here. First of all, Hungary is a slightly infected country, and we have only one person passed away from the infection. The regulations are strict, but logical:

  • There are temporary reintroduction of border control at the Hungarian-Slovenian and Hungarian-Austrian borders.
  • There is prohibition of entry for non-Hungarian nationals from Italy, China, South Korea and Iran. Non-Hungarian nationals coming from countries that are the focal points of the epidemic (Italy, China, South Korea and Iran) are not allowed to enter Hungary.
  • One of the most important things is that the government banned indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 people. This does not apply to workplaces, but to theaters, concert halls, cinemas, etc. for example, yes.
  • Universities are closed, only distance learning can take place. Elementary and high school students are also prohibited to go to school from Monday, but this is not a break, learning continues with a new educational agenda: an out-of-class digital learning is in place.
  • The first-door take on was canceled on all buses in Budapest, and we cannot buy tickets from the bus drivers anymore.
  • Only a few people can be in the pharmacies at the same time – the queue has to be wait outside.
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Wow, have you heard this new song about Budapest? http://budnews.hu/news/News/1596/wow,-have-you-heard-this-new-song-about-budapest Barcelona-based Montañez is the latest band inspired by the atmosphere and beauty of our capital. Their new song about Budapest is absolutely worth listening! Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:40:41 GMT Mia Balogh
Wow, have you heard this new song about Budapest?

Wow, have you heard this new song about Budapest?

Barcelona-based Montañez is the latest band inspired by the atmosphere and beauty of our capital. Their new song about Budapest is absolutely worth listening!

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Budapest is adored not only by the tourists but by the artists, as well. The latest music band inspired by our capital is Barcelona-based Montañez – their new song sung in Catalan, subtitled in Spanish and in English contains a lot of references to the iconic landmarks of the city, such as the Margaret Bridge, Deák Ferenc tér, Parlament, Szimpla Kert (a ruin pub), the yellow trams and so on.

The song is part of the band’s latest album – Minsk · Praga · Budapest – which was presented in Barcelona on 7 March. “Through the trilogy, we move through three perspectives on love: Minsk is nostalgia, Prague is complexity and Budapest is passion” – We Love Budapest writes.

So we know that you can’t wait to hear the song – voila, here it comes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=a7yVmg3zuyI&feature=emb_logo

There are some other well-known songs from international musicians entitled ‘Budapest’, let us show you our favourites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iKuHv0imaI&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrLPs3_1Fs&feature=emb_logo

Tell us in the comment section which song about Budapest is your favourite, and what do you think about this new one from Montañez – we can’t wait to know it! ;)

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Funicular of Budapest is 150 years old http://budnews.hu/news/News/1595/funicular-of-budapest-is-150-years-old- The funicular at the Buda-side of the city was the second one in the world – only the funicular in Lyon preceded it – and now we celebrate its 150 th birthday. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:00:14 GMT Mia Balogh
Funicular of Budapest is 150 years old

Funicular of Budapest is 150 years old

The funicular at the Buda-side of the city was the second one in the world – only the funicular in Lyon preceded it – and now we celebrate its 150 th birthday.

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The funicular at Clark Adam Square, in the Buda-side of the city begun its service on 2 March 1870 and it is not a wonder that a lot of things have happened to it since then. It was hit by a bomb in 1944 but rebuilt by 1986 and today it is not only part of the public transport system but also a tourist attraction.

It works every day from 7:30 am to 10 pm, a ticket costs 1400 HUF. It can carry 24 passengers, eight in each wagon, at a time. Every year, it transports approximately 600 000 – 1 million people.

Let us show you how is it to travel on the funicular:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDH1GL4MhRw

Like and share our article, if you would love to try it (again). ;)

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This restaurant was awarded as best in Hungary for the second time http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1594/this-restaurant-was-awarded-as-best-in-hungary-for-the-second-time Stand, led by chefs Tamás Széll and Szabina Szulló opened only two years ago but was awarded again, for the second time as the best restaurant in the country. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:46:52 GMT Mia Balogh
This restaurant was awarded as best in Hungary for the second time

This restaurant was awarded as best in Hungary for the second time

Stand, led by chefs Tamás Széll and Szabina Szulló opened only two years ago but was awarded again, for the second time as the best restaurant in the country.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

Which restaurants are the best ones in the country? This is a quite important question for tourists and locals, as well. At the Volkswagen Restaurant Dining Guide Awards, held on 24 February, a professional jury awarded the ones considered as the best of the best in Hungary.

Stand, a popular spot opened only two years ago won the grand prize again – the restaurant, led by chefs Tamás Széll and Szabina Szulló preceded also Onyx, the only restaurant in Hungary with two Michelin stars. Wow, they must really know something, right? ;)

Top 10 +2 restaurants in Hungary, according to the Dining Guide:

Arany Kaviár – Chef: László Kanász

Babel Budapest – Chef: István Veres

Borkonyha – Chef: Ákos Sárközi

Costes – Chef: Miguel Vieirea

Costes Downtown – Chef: Miguel Vieirea

Onyx – Chef: Ádám Mészáros

Pasztell – Chef: János Erdei

SALT – Chef: Szilárd Tóth

Stand – Chefs: Tamás Széll and Szabina Szulló – grand prize

Stand 25 – Chefs: Tamás Széll and Szabina Szulló

Textúra – Chef: Ákos Sárközi

Have you ever eaten in one or more of these restaurants? If yes, tell us about your experiences in the comment section. ;)

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Hungarian photographer among the world's bests http://budnews.hu/news/News/1593/hungarian-photographer-among-the-worlds-bests Milán Radisics has been acknowledged at the Oscar of photography. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:19:44 GMT Budnews
Hungarian photographer among the world's bests

Hungarian photographer among the world's bests

Milán Radisics has been acknowledged at the Oscar of photography.

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The Hungarian photographer, Milán Radisics received huge recognition at one of the most prestigious press photography competitions in the world. At POYI, Pictures of the Year International competition, he was ranked among the best in the "Environmental Vision" category with a series of 40 photos. This year, „Environmental vision” was the priority category of the competition, where works on the environment and human activities affecting the environment was awarded.

https://www.szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/radisics-milan-fotosorozat4.jpg

Radisics' photo series consists of 4 sections: the first 10 photos show aluminum processing and red mud storage, the second 10 photos show the pollution caused by humans, the third series deals with the diversity of salt distillers, inspired by Mark Rothko, a prominent figure of modern painting, and the last 10 photos examine the human footprint and drought. Milan also made history with the fact that he is the first a Hungarian photographer in the POYI Finals for two consecutive years.

https://www.szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/radisics-milan-fotosorozat5.jpg

The aerial perspective of his pictures, including the orthogonal point of view alters the visuality completely. The disappearing horizon is embarrassing and thought-provoking, and prompts action. Moving on the border between abstraction and document, micro and macro show the real character of the landscape and reveal the imprint of human activity. The project brings a new light to photography and our image of the environment.

Congratulation!

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Gourmet Festival, the biggest feast of gastronomy is coming http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1592/gourmet-festival,-the-biggest-feast-of-gastronomy-is-coming The biggest gastronomic event of the Carpathian basin will be held in May for the 10th time. Mon, 9 Mar 2020 12:46:09 GMT Budnews
Gourmet Festival, the biggest feast of gastronomy is coming

Gourmet Festival, the biggest feast of gastronomy is coming

The biggest gastronomic event of the Carpathian basin will be held in May for the 10th time.

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Gourmet festival is one of our favorite event during the whole year. It's the biggest gastronomy festival in the region that brings the country's bests together to a huge outdoor tasting venue. Gourmet festival is the celebration of the best Hungarian restaurants, wineries, chefs and confectioners, brewers and producers, and all us gastronomy lovers. The festival will be taking place at Millenáris Park between May 21-24.

This years festival will be even better than the previous ones (although they were also 100% perfect): this year's event has an even larger area and will showcase the “créme de la créme” of the Hungarian gastro-scene: 120 of the most outstanding restaurants from Hungary, excellent street food places, pastry shops, wineries, breweries and bars… Do we have to say more?

This year's theme will be a bit different from the themes of previous years: instead of classic dishes and ingredients, the organizers have chosen another important component to build the festival program upon: heritage. By exploring the importance of family relations in gastronomy, their main goal is to encourage both exhibitors and chefs to surprise and inspire visitors with their unique personal taste, specialties and stories, accompanied by their most emblematic dishes.

The invited chefs will be partaking in all four days of the festival and share the experience with the visitors. Furthermore, important Hungarian gastro-icons, such as Jenő Rácz, András Wolf, János Mizsei, Lajos Bíró or the Dudás brothers of Anyukám Mondta restaurant can also be expected to make an appearance on stage. Stage programs will be hosted by Zsófi Mautner and András Jókuti, so it is no exaggeration to say that the bests of Hungarian gastronomy will be there at the festival.

In addition to the restaurants and pastry shops, the festival’s schedule cannot be complete without workshops and kids programs. Colorful nights, with famous domestic and foreign chefs, and many unforgettable programs – that's what we can promise for the weekend of Gourmet festival. As evidence, check out the awesome video from last year’s event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=eQfmCJxsx78&feature=emb_logo

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Free concerts in the heart of the city: this is „Akvárium Tavasz Terasz” http://budnews.hu/news/News/1591/free-concerts-in-the-heart-of-the-city:-this-is-„akvarium-tavasz-terasz” One of the most popular outdoor, free program series, the “Aquarium Spring Terrace” will be organized again as part of the Budapest Spring Festival, Fri, 6 Mar 2020 09:04:39 GMT Budnews
Free concerts in the heart of the city: this is „Akvárium Tavasz Terasz”

Free concerts in the heart of the city: this is „Akvárium Tavasz Terasz”

One of the most popular outdoor, free program series, the “Aquarium Spring Terrace” will be organized again as part of the Budapest Spring Festival,

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As April and the beautiful spring weather is here, one of the best outdoor programs, the „Akvárium Tavasz Terasz” (Aquarium Spring Terrace) can start again. As a highlighted venue of the Budapest Spring Festival, the Aquarium Club offers acoustic concerts on their terrace for those who wish to be outdoor this early spring.

During the event, the best of the Hungarian music life will play with a solo guitar on the sunny steps of Aquarium Club. Two international star performers will also arrive: on 5 April, Meute, a techno-band from Hamburg, will take the stage, and on 17 April, Laura Gibson, the American singer-songwriter. And as usual, Sunday morning are for the kids from 11 o'clock on the terrace.

Tavasz Terasz lasts from 5 to 22 April with free admission, and if you are curious about the best of Hungarian music, then here's your place. Fore more information, read the official event

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Alanis Morissette set to perform in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1590/alanis-morissette-set-to-perform-in-budapest The Canadian singer-songwriter returns to our capital after 12 years, we can’t wait for her show. Thu, 5 Mar 2020 09:23:36 GMT Mia Balogh
Alanis Morissette set to perform in Budapest

Alanis Morissette set to perform in Budapest

The Canadian singer-songwriter returns to our capital after 12 years, we can’t wait for her show.

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Good news for all the folks who were singing out loud Alanis Morissette’s hit songs like Ironic and Head Over Feet in the nighties: the Canadian-American singer-songwriter has announced some big arena shows in Europe. And yes, she is also set to perform in Budapest on 12 October (12 years after her concert at Sziget Festival).

The European concerts will be part of her next world tour. The 45 years old singer-songwriter will play songs from her newest record – ninth studio album – ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Road’, out on May 1 and she will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Jagged Little Pill’, her most successful record so far.

Check out the tour dates of the ‘Alanis Morissette European Tour | 2020’

23rd September - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena

28th September - London, UK - The O2

29th September - Birmingham, UK - Utilita Arena

1st October - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena

4th October - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena

6th October - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome

8th October - Hamburg, Germany - Barclaycard Arena

10th October - Warsaw, Poland - Expo Hall

12th October - Budapest, Hungary - Budapest Arena

15th October - Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum

17th October - Barcelona, Spain - Palau Sant Jordi

19th October - Madrid, Spain - WiZink Center

22nd October - Paris, France - AccorHotels Arena

And now let us show you our favourite songs from Alanis Morissette – up with the volume, and sing these out loud (just like we do). ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jne9t8sHpUc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iuO49jbovg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUjIY_XxF1g

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Video: the new National Gallery is a must-see http://budnews.hu/news/News/1589/video:-the-new-national-gallery-is-a-must-see This is the first time when we can see more than just static images and descriptions about the new National Gallery. Wed, 4 Mar 2020 09:14:31 GMT Mia Balogh
Video: the new National Gallery is a must-see

Video: the new National Gallery is a must-see

This is the first time when we can see more than just static images and descriptions about the new National Gallery.

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Mia Balogh

Do you remember where the former Petőfi Hall was standing in the City Park (Városliget)? You can’t see it anymore but we can show you the visualizations of the modern National Gallery which will be built where Petőfi Hall used to stand.

The following video shows the history of the demolished building and the future plans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9NZdYZjSE&feature=emb_logo

This is the first time when we can see more than just static images and descriptions, furthermore, we can enter and also take a glimpse to the inside of the building, well, at least virtually.

According to the plans, the new National Gallery, designed by the Japanese SANAA and Hungarian partner company Bánáti + Hartvig Architects will be ready in the following years but we still don’t know exactly when. Earlier we read that everything included in Liget Budapest project must be ready and open for the public until 2023.

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Women's Day is here: best places to take your girlfriend on 8 March http://budnews.hu/news/News/1588/womens-day-is-here:-best-places-to-take-your-girlfriend-on-8-march Here are the best 5 things to do. Tue, 3 Mar 2020 07:49:54 GMT Budnews
Women's Day is here: best places to take your girlfriend on 8 March

Women's Day is here: best places to take your girlfriend on 8 March

Here are the best 5 things to do.

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Although Women's Day is not the biggest holiday in the world, it's nice to have a little extra attention and care. The cheap version is a bouquet of flowers, but we recommend to do something else this year. You can take your girl to super programs, and now we have gathered the best to impress your sweetheart in Budapest.

Relax in a day spa!

Massage, wrap, body scrub, pedicure-manicure, sauna, jacuzzi. There is no more relaxing program after a long week. You can chose from several oriental themed, western ones, places where you can can eat fruits, bonbons, teas and mulled wine before treatments, or try a sound therapy.

Fly back to the past in a classic coffee house!

Have you always been attracted to the lost, elegant world of the beginning of the last century? Budapest is famous for its classical coffee houses, that has the atmosphere of the beginning of the last century. Visit the Central or New York Café, or the elegant Börzé, and you can feel the atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century immediately. This is what we call time traveling!

Join a themed sightseeing tour!

If you are looking for a more specific walk than a basic sightseeing, you will like these themed tours of Budapest. It's much different to look around in the city with unique background stories: these events will not only provide you useful and interesting information, but you will also get to places that you wouldn't be able to as an individual. The range of topics is very large: exploring the art deco or bauhaus, following the former splendor of Józsefváros or the history of beer. We recommend some feminine theme for Women's Day of course. ;)

Visit a unique museum!

In addition to the 'big ones', there are many smaller, lesser-known, but very exciting and spectacular museums in Budapest. The Mai Mano House is worth visiting for its photographic exhibitions; at the Miksa Róth Memorial House we can learn about the works and the age of the Hungarian grandmaster of Art Nouveau glass and mosaic art. Whatever your girlfriend likes, pretty sure we have a museum about it.

Have a brunch

The brunch-hype reached Hungary several years ago, and it's still a perfect program for a lazy morning. Budapest has more places we could list. There are Middle-Eastern, home-made, French-style, Hungarian, Turkish, sweet, new-wave, everything-free places, so you can find the perfect place, no matter what your girlfriend likes again.

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Traditional Italian stuffed rice balls are here - Let's get to know the 'arancini' http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1587/traditional-italian-stuffed-rice-balls-are-here---lets-get-to-know-the-arancini If pizza and pasta are too boring, we'll show you your new favorite meal and the place where you can get it! Mon, 2 Mar 2020 09:43:36 GMT Budnews
Traditional Italian stuffed rice balls are here - Let's get to know the 'arancini'

Traditional Italian stuffed rice balls are here - Let's get to know the 'arancini'

If pizza and pasta are too boring, we'll show you your new favorite meal and the place where you can get it!

Gastronomy

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we talk about Italian food? Pizza, pasta, ice cream? Well, have you ever heard of the arancini? Arancini is a risotto-based, oil-fried, stuffed rice ball with roots dating back to the 10th century. It got its name after its shape and color, because arancini means little orange in Italian. And the best news is that from now on, this special Italian food is available in Budapest too!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we talk about Italian food? Pizza, pasta, ice cream? Well, have you ever heard of the arancini? Arancini is a risotto-based, oil-fried, stuffed rice ball with roots dating back to the 10th century. It got its name after its shape and color, because arancini means little orange in Italian. And the best news is that from now on, this special Italian food is available in Budapest too!

A small restaurant opened a few week ago at the Buda side of Margaret bridge, AranciniBenedetti, which sells one thing: arancini. The shop is only a few square meters, but with plenty of arancinis. The rice balls, which are not so small, are kneaded and made in a preparation kitchen, they are just baked on the spot. The menu features six types of savory arancini that are strictly traditional, but also have a slightly American flavor. The balls are dipped in corn flour, so all products, including the sweet versions that are otherwise rare in Sicily, are basically gluten free.

The basic arancini, the most typical version in Sicily is filled with Sicilian red wine beef stew, green peas, parmesan, mozzarella, pecorino and fontina, but we can find porcini-gorgonzola, whipped cream-parma ham and spinach-ricotta versions as well. Cheese is a pretty important base for the arancini: at least three Italian cheeses are hidden in each. What all these arancinis have in common is the crunchy but well drained, non-oily outer layer, filled with crunchy, juicy, pleasantly seasoned risotto, sticky cheeses and other delicacies. Totally worth trying!

A small restaurant opened a few week ago at the Buda side of Margaret bridge, AranciniBenedetti, which sells one thing: arancini. The shop is only a few square meters, but with plenty of arancinis. The rice balls, which are not so small, are kneaded and made in a preparation kitchen, they are just baked on the spot. The menu features six types of savory arancini that are strictly traditional, but also have a slightly American flavor. The balls are dipped in corn flour, so all products, including the sweet versions that are otherwise rare in Sicily, are basically gluten free.

The basic arancini, the most typical version in Sicily is filled with Sicilian red wine beef stew, green peas, parmesan, mozzarella, pecorino and fontina, but we can find porcini-gorgonzola, whipped cream-parma ham and spinach-ricotta versions as well. Cheese is a pretty important base for the arancini: at least three Italian cheeses are hidden in each. What all these arancinis have in common is the crunchy but well drained, non-oily outer layer, filled with crunchy, juicy, pleasantly seasoned risotto, sticky cheeses and other delicacies. Totally worth trying!

https://www.facebook.com/arancinibenedetti/photos/a.125722585441518/193173042029805/?type=3&theater

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Finally! Harry Potter themed café opens in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1586/finally-harry-potter-themed-cafe-opens-in-budapest By visiting the Flying Broom, you can enter the Harry Potter universe – it is no wonder that the place is extremely popular already. Fri, 28 Feb 2020 08:58:52 GMT Mia Balogh
Finally! Harry Potter themed café opens in Budapest

Finally! Harry Potter themed café opens in Budapest

By visiting the Flying Broom, you can enter the Harry Potter universe – it is no wonder that the place is extremely popular already.

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The Flying Broom Magical Experience Coffee Shop is open only for a couple of weeks but it is already one of the most popular spots in the city. Why? Because this is the first café in Budapest which lets us enter in Harry Potter’s magical universe.

Yep, this is no exaggeration. You’ll find yourself there right after entering: clothes, newspapers, ‘flying’ candles, Hagrid’s giant spider (stay calm, it’s not real ;)), the magic wand of Dumbledore and a lot more is here to enchant you in a minute.

Take a glimpse of all this in their 1-minute video – this is truly awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FdSUJYIdUos

Of course, the menu is inspired by Harry Potter’s adventures, as well. You can order for example Rox. Expresso or any other magical potion, and a Harry Potter fan can not miss tasting butter beer, that’s for sure! They also offer soups, sandwiches and delicious cakes, we are sure you won’t be able to resist. ;)

The menu is available online, for now only in Hungarian but maybe you feel like checking it out… so here you go: https://www.repulosepru.hu/?lang=en The website by the way also works in English, you’ll see that. They have quite reasonable prices, ranging from 500 to 2000 HUF.

Opening hours and reservation:

The café is open from Thursday to Sunday from 12 PM to 9 PM. The address is: 3rd district, 36 Pacsirtamező Street. They only accept cash, but there is an ATM very close to the café if you would only have your credit card in your wallet.

Reservation is possible via their online reservation system and asztalfoglalas@repulosepru.hu. You can also call them on the phone. The number is: +36704293692 and they promise to try answer everyone’s call Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm, and in the opening hours.

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Sziget Festival announces 80 acts for 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1585/sziget-festival-announces-80-acts-for-2020 First wave of acts for this year’s Sziget Festival was recently announced, take a look at the full list. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:48:55 GMT Mia Balogh
Sziget Festival announces 80 acts for 2020

Sziget Festival announces 80 acts for 2020

First wave of acts for this year’s Sziget Festival was recently announced, take a look at the full list.

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Mia Balogh

Sziget Festival is not only Hungary’s biggest festival but also one of the loudest summertime open-air festivals in the world. The well-known event will be organized this year between 5-11 August on Óbudai Island in Budapest, and it will offer some big names and new favourites, too.

Take a glimpse of the full list of the first wave of acts.

Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Kings Of Leon, Major Lazer, The Strokes, Alice Merton, Alison Wonderland, Altin Gün, Amyl and the Sniffers, Anna Calvi, A$AP Rocky, ATLiens, Bakermat, Bikini Kill, Black Honey, blackbear, Bob Moses club set, Briston Maroney, Camelphat, Caribou, Chris Liebing, Claptone, Clutch, Daughter, Denzel Curry, Diplo, Dixon, Droeloe, Ezra Collective, Fever 333, FKA twigs, Floating Points live, Foals, Foster The People, Gerd Janson, Giant Rooks, Glass Animals, I Hate Models, Jade Bird, Jamie Jones b2b Joseph Capriati, Jeremy Loops, Jon Hopkins live, Joris Voorn, Kaytranada, Keane, Kensington, Khalid, Kokoroko, Kölsch, Lewis Capaldi, Little Dragon, Little Simz, Lola Marsh, Loyle Carner, Mabel, Mark Ronson, Matador, METZ, Miles Kane, NGHTMRE Of Monsters And Men, Parquet Courts, R3hab, Rilés, Sam Feldt live, Sasha, Seasick Steve, Sevdaliza, Sigrid, Slowthai, Solardo, Stanton Warriors, Stormzy, Tom Walker, Tourist, TroyBoi, Viagra Boys, Volac, What So Not live.

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Budapest Photo Festival introduces: the best of the photographic art http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1584/budapest-photo-festival-introduces:-the-best-of-the-photographic-art The biggest photography event in Hungary is awaiting with exciting exhibitions. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:32:54 GMT Budnews
Budapest Photo Festival introduces: the best of the photographic art

Budapest Photo Festival introduces: the best of the photographic art

The biggest photography event in Hungary is awaiting with exciting exhibitions.

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When we're talking about photo exhibitions, everyone thinks of the World Press Photo, although there is more than meets the... camera. Or something like that. The Budapest Photo Festival is an annual city-wide exhibition series that represents the contemporary and classical values of the photography by the presence of the Hungarian and international art scene.

The aim of the Festival is to make Budapest the „City of Photography”. The festival has two highlighted exhibitions as a frame: the opening international show and a Hungarian contemporary overview. This year's opening event is Paolo VENTURA: Venetian Stories /Automaton exhibition that brings us to Venice during the World War II. Contemporary Hungarian photographic art will be brought by an exhibition called BODY IMAGE – it shows the presence of the classical art genres in contemporary photography via nude pictures.

The emphasis of the festival, – next to the two highlighted exhibitions – , is on the presentation of the national and international contemporary scene, with the help of the biggest galleries, museums and the International Cultural Institutes of the Hungarian Capital. The Festival involves many public and professional programs also: lectures, workshops, photomarathon, museum educational events, portfolio review, a total of 53 exhibitions and programs. This year's festival starts at 28 February, for more information, visit http://www.budapestphotofestival.hu/.

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The best 13: these world stars will surely come to Budapest in 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1583/the-best-13:-these-world-stars-will-surely-come-to-budapest-in-2020 We have an exciting year! Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:10:18 GMT Budnews
The best 13: these world stars will surely come to Budapest in 2020

The best 13: these world stars will surely come to Budapest in 2020

We have an exciting year!

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There are great concerts in Budapest, not just during the Sziget Festival. Here's what you can expect this year:

Carlos Santana Miraculous 2020 World Tour

19 MARCH 2020

The iconic guitarist is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of Abraxas with a mesmerizing world tour. Ten time GRAMMY®-Award, three time Latin GRAMMY®-Award winning rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana will stop here in Budapest for our biggest pleasure! Santana and his band will perform passion-filled songs from their fifty year career, including fan favorites from Woodstock to Supernatural and beyond. The tour will commemorate two very important milestones in the iconic guitarist’s career.

James Blunt European tour

01 APRIL 2020

Following the news that his sixth studio album, ‘Once Upon A Mind’, has been released in October 25th, James Blunt announced a major 2020 UK and European tour. James kicks off the tour February 14th in Birmingham and finishes at London’s Royal Albert Hall playing shows across Europe throughout the run.

Harry Styles Love on tour

31 MAY 2020

Harry Styles has announced a 2020 world tour, Love On Tour, in support of his upcoming album Fine Line. The extensive run of shows will begin in April in the UK and will travel across Europe and North America before concluding in Mexico in October. Harry Styles music career began in boy band One Direction. They earned four number-one studio albums, embarked on four sold-out world tours, won nearly 200 awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Harry's first own, self-titled debut album was released in 2017 and topped the charts of fourteen countries.

Celine Dion Courage world tour

07 JUNE 2020

The Courage World Tour is the fourteenth concert tour by Canadian singer Celine Dion, in support of her English-language studio album, Courage (2019). It is Dion's first world tour in over a decade, since her Taking Chances World Tour. She has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year, and Billboard named her the "Queen of Adult Contemporary for good reason.

Korn

09 JUNE 2020

KORN basically changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The FADER notes, “There was an unexpected opening in the pop landscape and KORN articulated a generational coming-of-angst for a claustrophobic, self-surveilled consciousness. KORN became the soundtrack for a generation’s arrival as a snarling, thrashing, systemically-restrained freak show.” Since forming, KORN has sold 40 million albums worldwide, collected two GRAMMYS, toured the world countless times, and set many records in the process that will likely never be surpassed.

Sooter – God save the rave tour

13 JUNE 2020

German techno heroes, Scooter, are bringing their unmistakable brand of hard dance to Budapest with their God Save The Rave tour. The band has sold over 30 million records and earned over 80 Gold and Platinum awards. Scooter is considered the most commercially successful German single-record act with 23 top ten hits.

System Of A Down

17 JUNE 2020

Formed in 1994, and with just 5 studio albums, the American/Armenian band have amassed themselves a fervent, worldwide following- never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance. The band has achieved huge commercial success with the release of their albums, three of which debuted at number one (#1) on the US Billboard album chart. System Of A Down has been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, and their song B.Y.O.B. won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock performance in 2006.

Judas Priest

13 JULY 2020

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their 50-year career. Their presence and influence remains at an all-time high as evidenced by 2018's Firepower being the highest-charting album of their career, a 2010 Grammy Award win for Best Metal Performance, plus being a 2006 VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

KISS - END OF THE ROAD World Tour

16 JULY 2020

Explosions, riffs and flying superheroes: KISS draw all the stops on the END OF THE ROAD World Tour and celebrate a decibel-packed spectacle with massive production and legendary songs. On this world tour the iconic band says goodbye to their fans after four and a half decades of superlatives. As the quartet announced exclusively at the KISS Kruise, the multi-year tour in summer 2020 is once again rolling through Europe, including Budapest!

Thomas Anders from Modern talking

12 SEPTEMBER 2020

After the huge success of the pre-sold-out concert in 2018, Thomas Anders comes to Hungary again in 2020! Thanks to Total Dance Festival and 80's Disco, the '80s world hits will come back with Modern Talking frontman, this time in an even more spectacular 90-minute unique live show.

Alanis Morisette

12 OCTOBER 2020

Seven-time GRAMMY Award-winner and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette also announced her much anticipated European Leg of her 2020 World Tour celebrating 25 years of Jagged Little Pill and her upcoming album Such Pretty Forks In The Road. The run will see Alanis perform in 13 cities across Europe, kicking off in Copenhagen on 23rd September and concluding at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on 22nd October.

Simply Red

23 NOVEMBER 2020

Following the announcement that their funky new album, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, that was released on November 8th, Simply Red revealed the details of a highly anticipated 33-date UK, Ireland and European 2020 arena tour. Hailed as one of the most successful live acts ever to come out of the UK, they will be firing on all cylinders delivering their all-time classic hits from a stellar career, such as ‘Stars’, ‘Holding Back The Years’, ‘Fairground’ and ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, as well as some raw and soulful new grooves.

NIGHTWISH

07 DECEMBER 2020

The Finnish symphonic metal band also comes to Hungary this year. Their unique brand of Gothic yet melodic metal has helped the group become Finland's most successful band abroad (and the third most in the country itself!), having sold over eight million records worldwide and acquiring over 60 gold and platinum certifications on the way.

Tickets for the shows here and here.

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Best donut shops in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1582/best-donut-shops-in-budapest If there is something like „time for donuts”, February definitely is that time. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:09:27 GMT Budnews
Best donut shops in Budapest

Best donut shops in Budapest

If there is something like „time for donuts”, February definitely is that time.

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February means two thing for sure: carnival and donuts. Yes, donuts are available all year long, but Carnival donut is something more - at least in our heart. If you're in Budapest, these are the places you should try for a good donut:

The Donut Library

The offer is always colorful and always very varied - with seasonal specialties, not just for the holidays. In addition to the seasonal offerings, there are always simpler and more extra donuts, often built around a well-known chocolate brand for double enjoyment. But the best thing is that you can get a book off the shelf if you want a little me time and reed while you eat.

The Box Donut

The square shape of the donuts is not only practical because it makes difference from other brands, but they also fits better in their take-away boxes. We can choose from stuffed and basic, glazed and sugary donuts, in all flavors and colors, from basic unstuffed cinnamon to exclusive lemon curd pistachios.

MR Funk

Classic American donuts made here in almost endless varieties. We can taste nutella flavored, strawberry glazed with marshmallows, chocolate M & M's, or coffee cream donuts for example. The interior design is a never-seen-before kid's room where it's fun to eat with your hands and be dirty.

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Fánkterápia

This place is worshiping the American candy cult, because besides the donuts, you can get a lot of American chocolate, candy, cereal here. They always make different extras for the seasons, so you'll find something new even if you go there every week.

Bomboloni

This donut shop with Italian and Viennese roots carry the tradition of classic carnival donuts in the pastry, and has beautiful floral shape in the appearance. These donuts are available in every flavor from classic jam to pistachio cream or mascarpone coffee. Their seasonal donuts are always a good choice.

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Budapest-Bucharest sleeper train on The Guardian’s top 10 list http://budnews.hu/news/News/1581/budapest-bucharest-sleeper-train-on-the-guardian’s-top-10-list The British paper compiled the best sleeper trains in Europe and yes, the one running between Budapest and Bucharest is on their list, too. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:24:28 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest-Bucharest sleeper train on The Guardian’s top 10 list

Budapest-Bucharest sleeper train on The Guardian’s top 10 list

The British paper compiled the best sleeper trains in Europe and yes, the one running between Budapest and Bucharest is on their list, too.

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If you don’t want to fly or you simply prefer a new travel experience, what about a journey on a night train? By choosing Budapest as the place of departure, you can reach a couple of destinations so, and some super good news: the Budapest-Bucharest sleeper train even happens to be on The Guardian’s top 10 list of European sleeper trains.

‘Budapest’s Keleti station, where this sleeper originates, leaves the utilitarian terminus crowd behind with its grand facade, high ceilings and sense of space and light. At the other end of this journey, spend the morning gazing at the Carpathian Mountains – as the early evening departure from Keleti doesn’t arrive in Bucharest’s Gara de Nord until lunchtime. The sleeper arrangements are pretty standard and note there may be no restaurant car until you reach Romania. Berths from £45, mavcsoport.hu (use Bucuresti for timetable search)’ – they write.

If you have two more minutes, you can also check out the full list:

Stockholm to Narvik

Milan to Palermo

Paris to Rome

Nice to Moscow

Brussels to Vienna

Madrid to Lisbon

Zurich to Hamburg

Helsinki to Rovaniemi

Budapest to Bucharest

London Paddington to Penzance

Like and share our article if you really would like to try this night train from Budapest to Bucharest. We guess it might be fun. ;)

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/feb/06/10-best-sleeper-trains-in-europe-night-trains

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Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery to present super interesting exhibitions http://budnews.hu/news/News/1580/museum-of-fine-arts-and-national-gallery-to-present-super-interesting-exhibitions- If you haven’t been there yet, these museums gonna be the must-see places of the near future. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 10:34:38 GMT Mia Balogh
Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery to present super interesting exhibitions

Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery to present super interesting exhibitions

If you haven’t been there yet, these museums gonna be the must-see places of the near future.

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This will be a super interesting season for the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery in Budapest: these well-known museums will show exhibitions featuring Cézanne, abstract artist Sean Scully, Pál Szinyei Merse and some others, as the director of the two museums László Baán, said on Tuesday on a press conference in the Hungarian capital.

The National Gallery, located in Buda Castle is absolutely worth visiting: English Pre-Rafaelites will be in the spotlight at springtime, abstract artist Sean Scully in the autumn, and there will be a rare comprehensive exhibition with the artworks of Hungarian impressionist Pál Szinyei Merse, too.

We think that one of the most interesting exhibitions this year will be the one that presents the discovery of the tomb of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II – even his burial chamber will be reconstructed on a scale of 1:1 in the rooms of the exhibition, opening on 17 April in the Museum of Fine Arts at the City Park.

Source: Index.hu

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The most innovative wine bar of the city opened its doors http://budnews.hu/news/News/1579/the-most-innovative-wine-bar-of-the-city-opened-its-doors Unique wine tasting and flawless Hungarian cuisine at Easy Wine bar. Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:52:45 GMT Budnews
The most innovative wine bar of the city opened its doors

The most innovative wine bar of the city opened its doors

Unique wine tasting and flawless Hungarian cuisine at Easy Wine bar.

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There are plenty of bars and wine bars in Budapest – sometimes it feels more than enough. But it turned out, one thing was missing: the self-service wine tasting one. Easy Wine is exactly that: a contemporary wine bar with self-service wine enomates, where we can taste and sample 100 wines by the glass and pair with our favorite dish! This means we can order not only a full bottle or at least a glass of wine, but we can taste them is small amount. The unique concept allows everyone - no matter your expertise - to sample and discover 100 wines by the glass without the commitment, pressure and fear, when faced with a classic wine bar/restaurant wine list situation.

The tasting system works by giving everyone a card upon arrival, and when you select the wine on the wall, you “tap” it for yourself by pushing a button. You can get half, one or one and a half deciliters - and the amount is added to your card so you can pay the total at the end of the evening.

The solution, besides bringing a nice playfulness to the wine tasting, is ideal for both novice wine lovers and serious experts, not to mention that it makes possible trying out a few rare items that are not usually offered in tasting quantities.

We can also choose from the wine list if we want to - there are 88 wines in the card system, while the house holds more than 100 items – and we can also ask the waiters for help with each wine before pressing the button. By the way, the drinks are grouped by character, not by winery or place of origin: light whites first, then more mineral ones, followed by the real full-bodied, heavy reds.

This wine list is paired with a versatile cuisine, featuring all beloved classics like tapas, pasta and some Hungarian main courses. The tapas selection is obviously on the menu because of the wines - the selection is not too long, but we can find domestic production cheeses, miniburger, French rilette on it. The regular menu, which will naturally change from season to season, includes more fusion, international dishes, especially between starters, but the main courses and weekly menus are largely based on the tradition of domestic cuisine.

So in one world (or sentence): if you like wines, or just want to start getting to know them, Easy Wine is your place for sure!

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This is how the renewed M3 metro will look like http://budnews.hu/news/News/1578/this-is-how-the-renewed-m3-metro-will-look-like Budapest Transport Company presented the visual design. Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:37:59 GMT Budnews
This is how the renewed M3 metro will look like

This is how the renewed M3 metro will look like

Budapest Transport Company presented the visual design.

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If you've been to Budapest in the past couple of years, you've probably run into the renovation of the M3 metro. We also wrote about the renewal earlier: first, the northern end was renewed completely, and now the southern section is closed for a year. The closed section is planned to be ready this fall, but Budapest Transport Center now showed how the stations of the southern section of metro line M3 will look like – this is what you can see on the photos.

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According to the official information, the main objective of the architectural planning was the general technical and aesthetic renewal and upgrading of passenger lounges and the creation of a new characteristic of the line, while partially preserving the unique character of the stations. The metro station of Népliget, Ecseri út, Pöttyös utca and Határ út will significantly change, while the recently renewed Kőbánya-Kispest terminal is not expected to change that much.

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The reconstruction of the central, downtown section of the metro line will begin when the southern part is ready (probably this fall), but four downtown stops will be closed earlier. From March, the trains pass without stopping at Arany János utca and Ferenciek tere stations, and from July the Corvin negyed and Semmelweis Klinika stations will also be closed. To take care and be attentive if you use the metro during these month in Budapest.

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Finally: the world’s favourite Queen songs in ELLÁTÓház again http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1577/finally:-the-world’s-favourite-queen-songs-in-ellatohaz-again Experience the atmosphere of a Queen concert in the heart of Budapest: Crazy Little Queen Tribute Band brings it to you to ELLÁTÓház on 22 February.   Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:35:37 GMT Mia Balogh
Finally: the world’s favourite Queen songs in ELLÁTÓház again

Finally: the world’s favourite Queen songs in ELLÁTÓház again

Experience the atmosphere of a Queen concert in the heart of Budapest: Crazy Little Queen Tribute Band brings it to you to ELLÁTÓház on 22 February.  

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Mia Balogh

Whether you have been a Queen fan for decades, or just fell in love with their music a few months ago (maybe thanks to the Oscar-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody), we are sure that you want to hear your favourite Queen songs live ASAP, right?

Well, we have some great news for you: the most sought-after Hungarian tribute band, Crazy Little Queen will bring you this concert experience – they are set to perform at ELLÁTÓház, on 22 February from 8:30 pm.

What to expect? Of course the biggest hits like Radio Gaga, Kind of Magic, Don’t Stop Me Now and Bohemian Rhapsody, but their setlist will also include some lesser known songs.

The band doesn’t strive for imitation of the iconic band members in the looks; the atmosphere of the Queen concerts is what they seize and bring to the fans instead.

Ticket sale is on

Tickets are available online https://tixa.hu/queen_20200222_ellatohaz for 1999 HUF (from 8 February) but you can also buy your tickets in ELLÁTÓház on 22 February. We suggest you to ensure your tickets online because there is a good chance that the concert will be a full house.

For more information check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765029320299425/

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Balaton Sound announces second wave of acts for 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1576/balaton-sound-announces-second-wave-of-acts-for-2020 Organizers of Europe’s biggest beach festival announced some new names for the summer event: Steve Aoki, Dj Snake, Paul van Dyk, Lost Frequencies and Banks are also on their list. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:17:07 GMT Mia Balogh
Balaton Sound announces second wave of acts for 2020

Balaton Sound announces second wave of acts for 2020

Organizers of Europe’s biggest beach festival announced some new names for the summer event: Steve Aoki, Dj Snake, Paul van Dyk, Lost Frequencies and Banks are also on their list.

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If we say summer, you say Lake Balaton, and if you say Lake Balaton, then you might think of Balaton Sound. If you are a fan of this well-known festival, you might already know that in 2020, it will be organized between 8 and 12 July in Zamárdi.

The organizers have already announced the first wave of acts a couple of weeks ago and now here comes the second wave with big names like Dj Snake, Steve Aoki, Lost Frequencies, Banks, Dillon Francis and Paul van Dyk.

Carnage, Patrick Topping, Reinier Zonneveld, Archie Hamilton, Rodriguez Jr., Jan Blomqvist & Band, a Moksi, Mind Against, SayMyName, Pan-Pot duó and JPEGMAFIA are also set to perform at Europe’s biggest beach festival.

Besides the highly anticipated performers from abroad, some of the most popular Hungarian musicians and bands will be also here like Wellhello, Majka&Curtis or Halott Pénz (their name means “dead money”).

The festival’s organizers have announced earlier that Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Kygo, Don Diablo, Robin Schulz, Danny Tenaglia and Deborah De Luca will also perform in Zamárdi the next summer and we can expect some more names to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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Hungary has a brand new thermal bath and spa http://budnews.hu/news/News/1575/hungary-has-a-brand-new-thermal-bath-and-spa- Penészlek and its area was well-known among fishermen but a few years ago it turned out that there was some thermal water in the soil and it was worth thinking of something more… Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:48:30 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungary has a brand new thermal bath and spa

Hungary has a brand new thermal bath and spa

Penészlek and its area was well-known among fishermen but a few years ago it turned out that there was some thermal water in the soil and it was worth thinking of something more…

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Penészlek is a small village, approximately 60 km away from Nyíregyháza, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, Hungary. For years, it was a popular place for fishermen, but under the surface some thermal water was found, and as Termál Online reported recently, a thermal bath was founded here.

Ligetalja Thermal Bath and Thermal Hotel is the newest one in Hungary, they write. The healing properties of their thermal water have been proven a few years ago and last year, the thermal bath also obtained the spa title.

They already have treatments like physiotherapy, mud-cure, therapeutic massage, etc. but they plan building a health centre and also renovating the restaurant.

It is also good to know:

If you would like to visit Penészlek, you should know that you can also book a room in the three starred hotel or in one of the 10 family apartments built at the thermal bath and spa so you don’t have to look for accommodation possibilities elsewhere.

The beauties of nature are also worth admiring in the region: there are some rare plants and animals in this highly protected area that you might not have seen elsewhere.

More information: https://ligetaljatermalhotel.hu/home/

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The most popular exhibition is here again: Bodies 2.0 opens its doors in February http://budnews.hu/news/News/1574/the-most-popular-exhibition-is-here-again:-bodies-20-opens-its-doors-in-february The exhibition entitled „The Universe Inside Us” reveals the secrets of our bodies. Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:48:37 GMT Budnews
The most popular exhibition is here again: Bodies 2.0 opens its doors in February

The most popular exhibition is here again: Bodies 2.0 opens its doors in February

The exhibition entitled „The Universe Inside Us” reveals the secrets of our bodies.

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We probably don't need to say much about Bodies exhibition: this is the special and somewhat creepy exhibition where we can get to know ourselves through real human bodies. The scientific and educational exhibition presents about 200 prepared organs and whole bodies, all of which have been preserved for posterity by a so-called "plastification" procedure. This means that instead of displaying imitations, Bodies 2.0 exhibits real, once-lived human bodies and organs, giving visitors a first-hand look at what is usually the "privilege" of doctors and scientists.

The exhibition gives us insight underneath our skin, exploring the structure and complexity of our own body. Thanks to the special procedure, the bodies can be prepared intact, even the finest, most fragile tissues, even at the microscopic level retain their exact original shape, making them a true medical specialty.

At Bodies 2.0 we can get to know our entire body, all our muscles, our organs, and learn about them with the help of a multilingual mobile app. The exhibition, though conceptually is identical to the previous two exhibitions, deserves the title of 2.0: new, unique, special, and exceptional preparations will be shown that have never been shown before. Tickets and more information here.

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Black Food Festival 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1573/black-food-festival-2020 Where black is the new black. Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:56:30 GMT Budnews
Black Food Festival 2020

Black Food Festival 2020

Where black is the new black.

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Black Food Festival is a really special event. It was first held in Budapest in November 2018, and has been premiered in 10 cities worldwide since then. In addition to Budapest, people from Berlin, Tel Aviv, Helsinki, New York, Istanbul, London, Nairobi, Kigali and Tallinn had the opportunity to meet the dark side of gastronomy. But what is this event? The official description says: the festival is about special, high quality food and drink, openness, creativity and love of black. Which means you can eat a lot of delicacies in previously unknown dark or black colors and / or in new forms.

On this day you can taste custom-made products in dark or black colors from the most creative chefs, restaurants, confectioners and other entrepreneurial gastronomy experts of Hungary. This can be a black hamburger, black ice cream, black or other dark colored macaroon or cake, deep brown dark chocolate desserts, bonbons, midnight-black cocktails, high quality coffees, teas, beers, liqueurs, and there will be all natural vegan, vegetarian or gluten-, lactose- and sugar-free delicacies, black sesame, dark or special colored vegetables and fruits, black rice, pasta, beans and much more!

On the top of that, not only food, design & fashion products, but other extras are waiting for you - all tuned to black! The festival will host the Black Food and Beverage Competition, where a prestigious professional jury will award the Black Food of the Year and Black Drink of the Year awards at the end of the day. The festival's DJ will be DJ Infragandhi, who will play live and provide the dark undertones all night long.

Exhibitors will offer small tastings to try black delicacies out, but a full portion of food and drinks will cost several hundred or thousand Forints. The festival will also be available for vegan, gluten and lactose-sensitive people, as well as people with diabetes, as there will be a selection of sugar-free food and drinks. And probably we don't even need to say that the recommended dress code is naturally black!

Date: 31 March

Venue: Off Kultúrszövőgyàr, 1045 Budapest, Berni utca 1.

More info

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The most romantic hotels in Budapest according to The Telegraph http://budnews.hu/news/News/1572/the-most-romantic-hotels-in-budapest-according-to-the-telegraph With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what else could we share with you today than a recent compilation of the most romantic hotels in our capital? ;) Fri, 7 Feb 2020 09:00:14 GMT Mia Balogh
The most romantic hotels in Budapest according to The Telegraph

The most romantic hotels in Budapest according to The Telegraph

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what else could we share with you today than a recent compilation of the most romantic hotels in our capital? ;)

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We think that Adrian Philips has a dream job: he is a destination expert writing for the British ‘The Telegraph’ and wait for it: recently, he rated the most romantic hotels of Budapest. Fantastic, right?

So whether you decide to surprise your love with a last minute Valentine’s Day getaway to Budapest or you travel here together later, Philips’ compilation is very much worth checking out and of course saving for yourself.

Aria Hotel Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 9/10

Corinthia Hotel Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 9/10

Continental Hotel Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Prestige Hotel Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Baltazár Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Hotel Moments Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Kempinsky Hotel Corvinus Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Gerlóczy – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Hotel Parlament – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Pest-Buda – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest – Telegraph expert rating: 8/10

Okay these are the top rated romantic hotels in Budapest but what about the prices? The cheapest one on the list is Gerlóczy (£54 per night), and the most expensive is the first one, Aria (£234 per night), says the author.

If you would like to read his opinion about each accommodation, check out the whole article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/hungary/budapest/articles/best-romantic-hotels-in-budapest/

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New York Times recommends one of the most beloved Hungarian author http://budnews.hu/news/News/1571/new-york-times-recommends-one-of-the-most-beloved-hungarian-author- Abigail has been finally translated to English. Thu, 6 Feb 2020 08:19:09 GMT Budnews
New York Times recommends one of the most beloved Hungarian author

New York Times recommends one of the most beloved Hungarian author

Abigail has been finally translated to English.

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Everyone in Hungary knows Magda Szabó and her most famous youth novel, Abigail. The story is compulsory reading in school, there are films and musicals about it. However, we had to wait for the English translation until now. The English version of Abigail was published for the first time on January 20, 2020 by Len Rix, who translated Magda Szabó's other novel „The Door” and Antal Szerb's oeuvre to English.

The main character of the novel is Georgina "Gina" Vitay, a spoiled girl from Pest, the daughter of a general. In 1943, her father sends her away to the Matula Institute, a rural Protestant girls' boarding school, without an explanation. The closed Puritan world of Matula forces Gina, who is used to wealth and freedom, to give up many things in her life. She has to cut off the connection between herself and the outside world. The strict rules, the busy schedule, the unornamented, monotone environment are far from her previous easy life. She feels lonely in this environment and tries to escape...

As the English translation is out, even New York Times recommends Magda Szabó and Abigail:

“Originally published in 1970, “Abigail” is Szabo’s most popular book in her native Hungary, where it has been adapted into both TV series and a musical — and where it is even more widely read than “The Door,” the 1987 novel that may be her best-known work outside her country. The English edition of “Abigail” is as welcome as it is overdue. Len Rix’s translation is deft, but Szabo’s frank, conversational prose takes a back seat to her sinuous plotting: The novel unspools its secrets over many pages, and the resulting tour de force is taut with suspense.”

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3 must-see programs for February http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1570/3-must-see-programs-for-february The food, the drink and the concert. Tue, 4 Feb 2020 07:31:29 GMT Budnews
3 must-see programs for February

3 must-see programs for February

The food, the drink and the concert.

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Although February is a short month, there is no shortage of exciting programs. It's February's carnival time, so we'll have countless carnival parties, but there are also some other exciting programs in town. We collected 3 of our favorites:

XIII. Budapest Mangalica Festival

The Mangalica is a Hungarian breed of domestic pig that grows a thick, woolly coat similar to that of a sheep. On this event the best mangalica breeders and products, locally made mangalica delicacies and live mangalica pigs await in the center of the capital. Visitors can directly meet breeders and primary producers from all over the country, and in many cases, buy the product from the owner who has produced it. In addition to mangalica products, you will find excellent Hungarian food, great bands, children's programs, locally baked mangalica dishes, whole roast piglets, excellent wines and brandy, and the inevitable cooking competition.

Venue: 1054 Budapest, V. district, Szabadság tér

Date: 7-9 February

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/876620076093836/

KávéBár Bazár 2020

Coffee lovers' feast is also coming: CofeeBar Bazaar will be held for the 11th time. This is the event when coffee scent and bar-atmosphere fills Millenáris Center for 2 days: Budapest's largest coffee bar awaits visitors, professionals and consumers with numerous exhibitors and programs, and of course, coffee, coffee and coffee. Novelties, eco-friendly concepts, competitions, presentations, gifts, water refills, and plenty of tasting - coffees, wines, spirits, cocktails - all come with one entry ticket.

Helyszín: Millenáris (Hall B), 1024 Budapest, II. district, Kis Rókus street 16-20.

Date: 8-9 February

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/770699566729535/

Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, 35th Anniversary Concert

The „100-member” Budapest Gypsy Orchestra is a real specialty: it's part of the Hungarian Heritage and winner of the Hungaricum title. It a unique band in the whole world: its members are mainly gypsy musicians, and besides classical music (among others Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, Hubay, Brahms, Sarasate, Strauss) they also play traditional Hungarian gypsy music. Contrary to its name, it had 140 members at the time it was established, and today it has 138 members. If you love folk music, don't miss this mesmerizing concert!

Venue: Papp László Sport Arena, 1143 Budapest, XIV district, Stefánia út 2

Date: 9 February

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/468268667397287/

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American pie arrived to Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1569/american-pie-arrived-to-hungary No, we're not talking about the movie. Mon, 3 Feb 2020 08:02:39 GMT Budnews
American pie arrived to Hungary

American pie arrived to Hungary

No, we're not talking about the movie.

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American pie is one of the most American thing one can think of, yet Budapest didn't have it's own place until a few weeks ago. Fortunately „sPIEcy Pie Boutiqe” is now open, so we don't have to fly across the ocean for a good pie.

The boutique is full with delicacies: the old-style storefront is filled with pies of various sizes. Some have ruby-red strawberries peeking out, others deep blue cranberries on top, but all of it looks like a miracle. The pies are available in two sizes, a “mini” pies cost 990 HUF, the larger ones are 1500 HUF, regardless of the filling.

The pasta is made locally, fresh, and in general, sweet pies dominate the showcase, but there are always two to three savory ones if one goes for more than just a dessert. Interestingly, sweet pies are either not covered or have a nice grid, while the savory ones have a full pastry hat. It's really hard to choose from the raspberry, mango - cream cheese, rum-cherry, salted peanut – nutella, pumpkin and the classic apple version, and it doesn't make the situation easier, that they have bean - pork knuckle, chili bean, and potatoes casserole version.

If you feel like trying to make a choice or going through the offer, search sPIEcy Pie Boutiqe in Budapest!

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Banksy exhibition to open in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1567/banksy-exhibition-to-open-in-budapest It will be the first time for the Hungarian audience to see his artworks in Budapest. Wed, 29 Jan 2020 09:17:12 GMT Mia Balogh
Banksy exhibition to open in Budapest

Banksy exhibition to open in Budapest

It will be the first time for the Hungarian audience to see his artworks in Budapest.

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Mia Balogh

Mysterious British street artist, Banksy has never had an exhibition in Budapest until now. Tesla Loft will serve as the Hungarian location for his travelling exhibition, the Art of Banksy, which is going to open on 1 February. The exhibition is organized by Godot Contemporary Art Institute – 24.hu writes.

Almost 70 of Banksy’s creations will be exhibited, and in our opinion, one thing is for sure: it won’t be a boring program. Why? Because the mysterious artist creates not only masterpieces but besides, he is also an interesting figure himself – for example, he hides his identity and is quite good at scandals.

He snuck in fake pieces of art into museums (yes, it really happened!) and in 2018, one of his paintings started to self-destruct, right after being sold for a record price. But thanks to stratagem of contemporary art, these details make his work even more interesting.

Source: 24.hu

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Budapest organizes the first Comic Con http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1566/budapest-organizes-the-first-comic-con- The biggest celebration of comic book, series and films will take place in Budapest too this August. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:31:49 GMT Budnews
Budapest organizes the first Comic Con

Budapest organizes the first Comic Con

The biggest celebration of comic book, series and films will take place in Budapest too this August.

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Anyone who is a bit familiar with comics, series, anime, or at least has such a friend, has probably heard of Comic Con. This event is the biggest celebration of comic books, series and nerd movies and will finally take place in Hungary as well. As the organizers said: Comic Con is a huge pop-culture, cross-genre, yet interconnected party. This is an exhibition and fair of science fiction, fantasy, manga, cosplay, series, movies, comics, card games, game consoles, so the paradise on Earth for fans.

Not much is known about this year's first Comic Con in Budapest, only the date has been announced: 15-16. August, so the weekend after Sziget Festival will be the big date. The exact program and the celebrity guests aren't known yet, but organizers promise foreign and domestic movie stars, international cosplay and anime celebrities, movie shows, professional talks, fan meetings, and of course video games, cartoons and card games, all that we could expect from the original Comic Con in San Diego.

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Affordable yet elegant Hungarian restaurant opened on Andrássy avenue http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1565/affordable-yet-elegant-hungarian-restaurant-opened-on-andrassy-avenue They have the most authentic kitchen we met in the city center! Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:40:02 GMT Budnews
Affordable yet elegant Hungarian restaurant opened on Andrássy avenue

Affordable yet elegant Hungarian restaurant opened on Andrássy avenue

They have the most authentic kitchen we met in the city center!

Gastronomy

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What do you think when it comes to Hungarian cuisine? The downtown restaurants, specialized for tourists? Or did you have a chance to taste real Hungarian home-made dishes? Well, from now on, you have a good opportunity to do so even in the city center. Andrássy Food and Wine opened its doors and offers the best of the real Hungarian cuisine, even ones that other downtown restaurants don't dare to put on their menus.

Andrássy Food and Wine is a cool yet elegant place, but we won't feel awkward even when we come in jeans and t-shirts. Both their cuisine and wine bar are notable, the guest's chocies will decide if Andrássy Food and Wine fits into the first or he second group. But let's talk about the menu itself. Hungarian bistro cuisine is a rather broad concept - in most cases we call it places that are based on ingredients and recipes of traditional Hungarian cuisine with modern dish dressing. Andrassy Food and Wine fits into this category, but they dared to do what many bistros don't: they put dishes on the menu that are most common in breweries or canteens.

They have Hungarian tapas selection from domestic small producers, and some real Hungarian specialty: „káposztás derelye”, which is some sort of Hungarian cabbage ravioli, deep fried mushrooms, yellow-pea stew, and potatoes „casserole”, for example. They have two kinds of desserts on the menu: cottage cheese dumplings in a lot of sour cream, and the iconic invention of socialism, the winter ice cream - of course in an improved release, with chocolate ganache instead of butter cream. By the way, the menu is not long since we are in a bistro, but it's brave enough anyhow.

As for the wine list: although we can find some foreign sparkling wines on it, only wines from domestic producers are included in the still wine section. Unusually, the supply is not divided on the basis of white and red wines, but on the basis of domestic and foreign grape varieties, with some nice specialty wines from Hungarian wineries.

In conclusion, Andrássy Food and Wine is a very nice place, with a great selection of flavors and a rich wine selection. It's a perfect place for a date, a business lunch or a good conversation. If you want to eat real Hungarian dishes, we highly recommend it!

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Lower quay of Pest is going to be walking street on this summer http://budnews.hu/news/News/1564/lower-quay-of-pest-is-going-to-be-walking-street-on-this-summer Now we have another beautiful place after Liberty Bridge to walk and have a picnic.  Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:03:12 GMT Budnews
Lower quay of Pest is going to be walking street on this summer

Lower quay of Pest is going to be walking street on this summer

Now we have another beautiful place after Liberty Bridge to walk and have a picnic. 

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If you've been to Budapest during the summer in the past few years, you've probably run into the Szabihíd event. This is the event series when Liberty bridge is closed from car traffic and public transport, and only pedestrians can take possession of it. The initiative started four years ago, spontaneously, when the bridge was closed down due to refurbishing works during the whole summer. People of Budapest took possession of it soon: thousands of people had picnic, there were yoga classes, spontaneous concerts and art performances. Since then, people of Budapest get the bridge for 4 weekends and can enjoy the summer on this beautiful spot.

Now it seems that from this year we have another place to do so: the lower quay of Pest. The mayor of Budapest announced last week that the lower quay on the Pest side will also be closed from car traffic on some weekends of the summer, thus allowing people to walk directly along the Danube River, without the distracting traffic. The exact details, the dates and whether there will be any programs are unknown yet, but we are pretty sure that this will be a great summer.

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The Black Widow in action at the Parliament Building http://budnews.hu/news/News/1562/the-black-widow-in-action-at-the-parliament-building Budapest is everywhere in the new, spectacular Black Widow trailer. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:20:14 GMT Mia Balogh
The Black Widow in action at the Parliament Building

The Black Widow in action at the Parliament Building

Budapest is everywhere in the new, spectacular Black Widow trailer.

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As we have already mentioned in a previous article

http://budnews.hu/news/News/1531/first-trailer-of-the-black-widow-movie-is-here-%E2%80%93-with-many-famous-budapest-venues

some of the scenes of the new Black Widow movie were shot in Hungary. So it is not a wonder that a couple of well-known Budapest venues will be recognizable in the film, for example the Statue of Liberty on Gellért Hill, Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Keleti Railway Station.

And now a new trailer shows some more interesting scenes from the upcoming movie – for example a spectacular action scene near the Hungarian Parliament building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1eykFE1fSA&feature=emb_logo

The filming took place in Budapest and in Norway, Morocco, Pinewood Studios in England, and Macon, Georgia.

The plot happens between ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and the third part of the Avengers trilogy (Infinity War). But some details are still unclear, for example we don’t know anything about the character played by David Harbour.

The premiere of the movie will be in May this year, we can’t wait to see it! Like and share our article if you agree with us.

Source: 24.hu

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Changes at Budapest Airport http://budnews.hu/news/News/1561/changes-at-budapest-airport If you arrive in Budapest by plane or leave from Liszt Ferenc Airport, you might find these words useful. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:48:37 GMT Mia Balogh
Changes at Budapest Airport

Changes at Budapest Airport

If you arrive in Budapest by plane or leave from Liszt Ferenc Airport, you might find these words useful.

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Mia Balogh

A lot of those passengers who arrive in Budapest by plane take the buses to get into the city. One of the possible options is the bus 200E which now operates between Liszt Ferenc Airport and Nagyvárad Square (because of the reconstruction works of metro line 3, normally it operates between the airport and Kőbánya-Kispest).

Now the line of this bus will be extended: an additional stop was added recently, so the bus will also stop at Cargo City, which is the newest addition to Budapest Airport. So it might take a little bit more time to get into the city by this bus but we suppose it might not be more than a couple of minutes extra travel time.

If you leave Budapest by any of the low-cost airlines, you will be happy to see that a new wing of Liszt Ferenc Airport is ready and it was already handed over to the passengers last Wednesday.

The single-story 5500 square meters building was built in 6 months and it offers passengers much more comfort (and heating, or air-conditioning in summer) before boarding. So we can finally say goodbye to the constantly criticised ‘container building’ which operated without heating, air-conditioning, proper seats and bathrooms.

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This year is off to a good start: two new, authentic Asian restaurants opened in the city http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1560/this-year-is-off-to-a-good-start:-two-new,-authentic-asian-restaurants-opened-in-the-city 2020 will be the year of Asian restaurants, and we're so happy about it! Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:06:23 GMT Budnews
This year is off to a good start: two new, authentic Asian restaurants opened in the city

This year is off to a good start: two new, authentic Asian restaurants opened in the city

2020 will be the year of Asian restaurants, and we're so happy about it!

Gastronomy

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Eating in an Asian restaurant is not the cheapest, most basic option for a long time: more and more high-quality Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and other Asian restaurants have opened in the city, introducing the highest quality and authentic recipes of Asian cuisine to the people of Budapest. Now two more of these locations have opened: a Japanese restaurant, Nebuta, and the new gem of China, Spicy Fish. Let's see them in details!

NEBUTA

If we're talking about Japanese gastronomy, everybody thinks about sushi – and this is that we certainly won't meet at Nebuta. They focus on two other big favorites of Japanese gastronomy, ramen and katsu instead, with some appetizers and gyoza. Nebuta's concept is simple: high quality ingredients, small selection and quick service, so if a group of Japanese tourists come in, they too will be satisfied with what's on their plate.

The menu is simple, short, but at first it can cause some headaches due to the Japanese names. The emphasis is on ramen and katsu, we can get these in 8 different versions, so no boredom is possible. If we want some appetizer, we have 3 options, there are 4 types of ramen on the menu and we can get them in two sizes. Nebuta has their own version of schnitzel with cabbage salad, miso soup and rice, and there are combinations, so-called sets, where you'll get a little bit of everything. After the main meals we can add some sugar to our body with Floating Islands or plum gyoza.

SPICY FISH

Spicy Fish is probably the first Chinese restaurant in the city that is perfect for a first date. Quality, pleasant, well designed. The menu is quite long and eclectic, so if we don't know what to order, expect to spend quarter of an hour browsing the menu. In addition to Chinese food, there are 12 different Japanese ramen and even Korean bibimbap (a mixed rice dish with meat and vegetables). And while it is generally unlucky to have multiple countries' kitchens on a single menu, participants of Spicy Fish take their own kitchen rules seriously enough to make this place an exception.


After the appetizers, we can start with dishes that are easy to recognize for the European stomach, or we can try some hardcore Asian food. The name of the restaurant, spicy fish, for example, is a Sichuan specialty: A serving of river fish and bean sprouts comes in a huge bowl of boiling oil and full of bird eye chili and Sichuan pepper. Since most of the "juice" is oil, we get a ladle with holes, so we only have soft fish meat, lots of bean sprouts and spices in our bowl. If we go to Spicy Fish in a group - because this meal is not about one or two servings - it's worth trying, it is a real specialty.

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Contemporary art conquers the streets of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1559/contemporary-art-conquers-the-streets-of-budapest There are artworks in the bus stops of the Hungarian Public Transport Company after the short stories. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:06:21 GMT Budnews
Contemporary art conquers the streets of Budapest

Contemporary art conquers the streets of Budapest

There are artworks in the bus stops of the Hungarian Public Transport Company after the short stories.

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JCDecaux advertising company has some great initiatives here, in Hungary. After the short stories postered in the bus stops now they have something new: from January 16, we can see the artworks of contemporary Hungarian artists in about 100 locations in Budapest, at bus and tram stops. We can get acquainted with the works and style of internationally renown Hungarian artists such as Imre Bak, József Csató, Ákos Birkás, Dóra Maurer, István Nádler, Imre Bukta, Péter Mátyási, József Bullás or László Lakner.

The aim of the initiative is to show the diversity of contemporary art after contemporary literature. “There were two aspects that we considered important in the selection of images: to highlight the 20th century trends in painting, which can be abstract, figurative and post-digital. To focus on a generational dialogue, because a view of different age groups should be brought to the forefront so that both masters and students, middle-generation and young artists can show themselves.” - wrote the organizers on the project's website, where all the exhibited images can be viewed.

If you are interested in contemporary fine arts, take a good look at the bus and tram stops of Budapest or visit this website for the full collection.

(The cover image is a detail of Eszter Radák's painting” Így szeretnék megöregedni” (This is how I wanna get old))

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50 train stations to be renovated until 2023 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1558/50-train-stations-to-be-renovated-until-2023 Some of the refurbishment works began in 2019, some are already finished, and some will begin in 2020 on 50 major train stations. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:06:37 GMT Mia Balogh
50 train stations to be renovated until 2023

50 train stations to be renovated until 2023

Some of the refurbishment works began in 2019, some are already finished, and some will begin in 2020 on 50 major train stations.

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Mia Balogh

We already know from previous articles (mainly from last summer) that some of the busiest Hungarian train stations are getting some refurbishment. This is essential, not only for locals and commuters but maybe for tourists and expats, too.

The reconstruction plans are ready for some stations at the countryside and near Budapest, like for example Zánkafürdő, Sárvár, Monor, Vecsés, Monor and the refurbishment also concerns some of the main railway stations of Budapest, like Zugló, Kőbánya-Kispest, and Kőbánya-alsó.

According to the plans, Kőbánya-Kispest station, where more than 3 million passengers wait for their trains every year, will be renovated by the first quarter of 2020. The works at Déli Railway Station start at the beginning of the year. The three major railway stations of the capital, Nyugati, Keleti and Déli will get modern LED screens just like two stations in the countryside, in Debrecen and in Szolnok.

In 2019, Keleti already got some renovation to make the station more modern and more comfortable for passengers. Miskolc, Kecskemét and Újszász in the countryside also got some refurbishment last year, and according to MÁV (Hungarian State Railways), the other stations will also be renovated until 2023.

Source: origo.hu , profitline.hu

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Anker’t closing its gates http://budnews.hu/news/News/1557/anker’t-closing-its-gates- After 8 years of activity, the popular bar and party place, Anker’t is set to close. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:22:54 GMT Mia Balogh
Anker’t closing its gates

Anker’t closing its gates

After 8 years of activity, the popular bar and party place, Anker’t is set to close.

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Mia Balogh

‘Anker't is Budapests biggest beergarden and partyplace, just a few steps from the Opera, downtown. Chat, talk, party and dance with the locals and meet the biggest expat community in Budapest! DJs, Pilsner beertank with the fantastic Pilsners, vegan and flowermarkets on the weekends, lovely staff, kid and dogfriendly area, streetfood and funky, pop, dance and groove-music. Every day.’

This is how the popular bar and partyplace introduced themselves on Facebook. But it seems like the party is over soon – according to WeLoveBudapest, the popular spot will close its gates from 1 February. They are planning to reopen somewhere soon but no details are known yet.

Anyway, they are planning a two-week program series to say goodbye to their guests, their community – you can check out the detailed list here (in Hungarian):

https://www.facebook.com/ankertbar/photos/a.391039000947642/2897609996957184/?type=3&theater

Like and share our article if you too hope that this goodbye is not for forever, and they can reopen somewhere in the city in the near future.

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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Night of ice rinks: the ultimate winter program is coming http://budnews.hu/news/News/1556/night-of-ice-rinks:-the-ultimate-winter-program-is-coming Ice rinks await with extended opening hours in several towns. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:37:43 GMT Budnews
Night of ice rinks: the ultimate winter program is coming

Night of ice rinks: the ultimate winter program is coming

Ice rinks await with extended opening hours in several towns.

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If it's winter, it's winter sports - and since Hungary is not so full of in ski slopes, but there are plenty of horizontal surfaces, our choice is skating indeed. But taking it seriously: the Hungarian Ice Hockey Association is organizing the Night of ice rinks for the fourth time this year, with many ice rinks operating until the night.

The Night of ice rinks was launched in 2016 by the Hungarian Ice Hockey Association, created by the example of the Night of Museums. For the first time, this year the program will not only include extended opening hours, but we can also try ice hockey in several rinks. The Night of ice rinks will be held on January 18th at plenty of venues, check out the exact opening hours and ticket prices at this link.

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Gingerbread advent tram of Miskolc is the most beautiful in Europe http://budnews.hu/news/News/1555/gingerbread-advent-tram-of-miskolc-is-the-most-beautiful-in-europe- This is the third consecutive year when this advent tram wins the competition. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:07:03 GMT Mia Balogh
Gingerbread advent tram of Miskolc is the most beautiful in Europe

Gingerbread advent tram of Miskolc is the most beautiful in Europe

This is the third consecutive year when this advent tram wins the competition.

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The so-called Gingerbread tram of Miskolc managed to retain its title as the most beautiful Advent tram of the old continent in the annual competition of a Czech website, MHD86.

This year, the voting started in the middle of December 2019 and the internet users could choose their favourite Advent trams from 23 cars from European cities and towns. Miskolc’s Gingerbread tram took the lead at the start, and this great momentum lasted until the end of the voting.

The Gingerbread tram won the competition with 52 000 votes. The Miskolc City Transportation Ltd. (MVK) announced this year’s victory on their Facebook page and also thanked everyone for voting and helping with the design and decorations.

The local advent tram of Miskolc gets a makeover for every year so the vehicle is redecorated annually, according to a different theme. In 2018, a frozen castle look awaited the passengers, and it was followed by the gingerbread theme in 2019. We can’t wait its new look for December 2020 – hopefully it will be a beauty competition winner again. ;)

Source: sokszinuvidek.24.hu/

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From Budapest to the Adriatic Sea: this is the best way http://budnews.hu/news/News/1554/from-budapest-to-the-adriatic-sea:-this-is-the-best-way This opportunity makes it really easy to spend a long weekend on the Croatian coast. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:40:48 GMT Budnews
From Budapest to the Adriatic Sea: this is the best way

From Budapest to the Adriatic Sea: this is the best way

This opportunity makes it really easy to spend a long weekend on the Croatian coast.

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Are you planning to spend your holiday here in Hungary, but don't want to give up the sea? We know a good solution. MÁV, the Hungarian State Railways has some special routes during the summer: SEA*YOU Intercity trains let you get from Budapest to the Adriatic Sea overnight without a change or having to rent a car. Sounds great? We agree.

MÁV will launch its Adriatic routes again in 2020, which will bring us to 4 beautiful holiday towns. There will be two daily departures and they are very simple to use: you get on the IC in Budapest at 7 or 9 o'clock in the evening and arrive at your destination at 9 o'clock in the morning. This means that you do not have to pay an extra 1 night stay at a hotel, and you don't waste a day with traveling.

Basic ticket prices are much better than any beachfront accommodation: tickets for one trip are 39 euro/ each, (49 euros for a return trip), plus 3 euros extra for the fix seat, but if you want more comfort, you can choose a sleeping car or even a private sleeping car with a private washbasin. And in the morning you can wake up to the sight of the sea in these cities:

Koper

Koper is one of Slovenia's most popular holiday towns, which has a real Mediterranean feeling. The biggest city of Istria has never disappointed us and can be an ideal destination for a weekend getaway with the Istria Express.

Opatija

Opatija is one of the most popular resorts in Slovenia due to its beautiful parks, Lungomare, and crystal clear beaches. Istria Express also takes you to the this beautiful Croatian town in a night.

Rijeka

If you prefer to sunbathe on the Croatian coast, the charming port city of Rijeka may be the perfect destination. The bustling old town, the promenade and the beaches are a great experience at all times. Rijeka is also available with Istria Express.

Split

Croatia's second largest city is worth a visit as well: Split has many attractions beyond the coast. The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Roman monuments are also worth visiting. Adria Express takes you here and tickets are available from 32 Euros.

More information about the trains and ticket sales starts in spring.

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16 million passengers at Budapest Airport in 2019 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1553/16-million-passengers-at-budapest-airport-in-2019 Liszt Ferenc International Airport had more than 16 million passengers in 2019 – this is a new record. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:20:47 GMT Mia Balogh
16 million passengers at Budapest Airport in 2019

16 million passengers at Budapest Airport in 2019

Liszt Ferenc International Airport had more than 16 million passengers in 2019 – this is a new record.

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Hungary’s biggest airport is getting more and more busy: Liszt Ferenc International Airport’s number of passengers passed the 16 million mark on 27 December, the airport’s operator said in a statement.

This is a new record, which the operator attributed to ‘the record figures to Budapest’s tourist appeal, the airport’s expanding network of flights and the arrival of new carriers’ – Hungary Today writes.

It is quite important to mention that in 2019, the number of destinations directly accessible from Budapest has grown (by 16 percent, to be precise), and the travellers can choose from almost 200 different flight routes, including long-haul destinations like New York, Chicago, Beijing, Dubai, Doha or Toronto.

In 2019, 33 new flights were introduced to the public, and 16 are set to be launched in 2020.

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Budapest hotel among most luxurious ones in the world http://budnews.hu/news/News/1552/budapest-hotel-among-most-luxurious-ones-in-the-world Can you guess which one of the top hotels in Budapest managed to get in Condé Nast Traveller’s compilation of the most luxurious accommodations in the world? Thu, 9 Jan 2020 10:42:14 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest hotel among most luxurious ones in the world

Budapest hotel among most luxurious ones in the world

Can you guess which one of the top hotels in Budapest managed to get in Condé Nast Traveller’s compilation of the most luxurious accommodations in the world?

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Mia Balogh

Luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller listed 150 accommodations from all around the world in their illustrious annual compilation called Gold List, and this year, a Hungarian hotel is also on their list.

The Four Seasons hotel in the heart of Budapest is one of their top picks in our region. Just a quick note in here: the compilation is made by the New York-based magazine’s editors, so it is pretty subjective but at least based on personal experiences from 2019.

So the editors visited 49 countries across six continents, and more than 150 places managed to get on their Gold List. These accommodations are divided by continents on Condé Nast Traveller’s website because this way it is easier to browse and see through the results.

The list is simply amazing: it includes skyscraper hotels from Dubai, elegant English cottage inns and fantastic accommodations from the African savannah.

And of course Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, which fascinated the editors with its locations and the results of its renovation. They write: ‘this is Budapest’s grandest hotel, a 1906 marvel of Secessionism (Central Europe’s take on Art Nouveau) that’s undergone an exceptional renovation: chandeliers and stained glass repaired and cleaned, mosaic tiles scrubbed, white stucco repainted. Its location couldn’t be better, on the riverfront, in the heart of buzzing Pest, looking across the Danube to hilly Buda and the medieval Old Town, and right by the famous Chain Bridge.’

‘Concierge Peter Buday and his team fizz with advice and information—about where to find the best bars, and other discoveries—though the area around the hotel is seething with interest: see opulent Gundel, the famous café and restaurant that opened in 1910; the smart shops of Andrassy Avenue, a broad boulevard modeled on the Champs-Élysées; the Franz Litzst museum; and the glorious Hungarian State opera house. Doubles from around $466’ – they add.

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3 most beautiful places in Budapest for a winter stroll http://budnews.hu/news/Lifestyle/1551/3-most-beautiful-places-in-budapest-for-a-winter-stroll Whatever the weather will be, visiting these places is always wonderful. Wed, 8 Jan 2020 12:37:51 GMT Budnews
3 most beautiful places in Budapest for a winter stroll

3 most beautiful places in Budapest for a winter stroll

Whatever the weather will be, visiting these places is always wonderful.

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The main season of tourism is spring and summer, but who said, winter couldn't be beautiful in a new city? If you visit these 3 attractions of Budapest, you will fall in love with the winter city immediately.

Andrássy Avenue

This is the most elegant boulevard of the city, the Hungarian Champs Elysee, that offers an awesome walk in every season. Admire the beautiful buildings, palaces and Heroes’ Square at the end, where City Park begins. We love Andrássy in winter because of its mesmerizing lights and fairytale atmosphere.

Buda Castle

Castle district has totally different mood in winter than in summer. Fewer tourist, more peace, foggy, romantic mood. If you're here in Budapest with your beloved one, don't miss the unique view of Fisherman’s Bastion, visit the Castle and have a nice dinner at one of the small restaurants of the neighborhood.

The Danube and its banks

The best way to explore the city is by taking a walk along the Danube banks, where you can see almost all of the amazing sights, for example the Neo-Gothic Parliament building, Gellért Hill or Buda Castle. If you freeze, drink hot tea in one of the hundreds of cafe shops and bistros of the Danube bank or take it the to go. Our tip: wait until 4-5 o'clock, when the lights of the city are on.

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3 best programs of January http://budnews.hu/news/News/1550/3-best-programs-of-january Circus Festival, X-trial motor championship and document film festival await. Mon, 6 Jan 2020 16:04:02 GMT Budnews
3 best programs of January

3 best programs of January

Circus Festival, X-trial motor championship and document film festival await.

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As the previous year ends and the new year begins, everything is a bit quieter, slower. But, of course, Budapest has many things to offer even in this part of the year.

13th BUDAPEST CIRCUS FESTIVAL

Twenty-four years ago the decision, the will and the faith of a group of professionals started the Budapest International Circus Festival, which is now one of the most prestigious circus art shows in the world. The festival has been held for 13 years in its present form, where you can see the best, most successful circus productions from around the world. Best circus directors, art directors and the top of the industry, all in one place. The XIII.th Budapest International Circus Festival will be held from January 8 to 13. Get your ticket here.

X-TRIAL BUDAPEST FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

On January 19, the X-Trial World Championship will arrive to Hungary again. This time, the third race of the multi-stage X-Trial motorcycle race will be held in Budapest - followed by stations in Barcelona, Bilbao, Wiener Neustadt and Andorra la Vella. Enthusiasts of extreme and skill sports will be mpressed by the world's best starts on two wheels who fight each other on seemingly impossible tracks. It is a hectic and spectacular show that is not just a game but a real fight. Get your ticket here.

Budapest International Documentary Film Festival- BIDF

The BIDF, the Budapest International Documentary Film Festival, will be held for the 6th time between January 27 and February 2. BIDF is the competition, forum and presentation of the most successful international documentary films of the world. During these days we can see internationally successful, festival-winner documentary films, in many cases for the first time in Hungary. All of these films open minds to human destinies, problems, social issues, so if you're opened to the harder questions and films that are food for thought, get your ticket here.

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Unique cocktails and modern elegance: Minute Lounge & Bar opened its doors http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1549/unique-cocktails-and-modern-elegance:-minute-lounge--bar-opened-its-doors Unmissable place opened on Andrássy Avenue. Mon, 6 Jan 2020 09:37:13 GMT Budnews
Unique cocktails and modern elegance: Minute Lounge & Bar opened its doors

Unique cocktails and modern elegance: Minute Lounge & Bar opened its doors

Unmissable place opened on Andrássy Avenue.

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There are many beautiful buildings on Andrássy Avenue, such as the former Schossberger Palace. Hotel Moments Budapest and its Bistro Fine, which offers creative Hungarian cuisine, opened in this building in March 2016, and now a new unit is here. In the last days of 2019 the street front of the house has become Minute Lounge & Bar, the newest and one of the most unique cocktail bars of the city.

At Minute Lounge & Bar, the lovers of spirits and cocktails will surely find what they like: the bar has 180 different drinks. There are eight signature cocktails on the drink list, and the bar staff can also make individual drinks upon request. However, it's a good idea to read the cocktails list carefully, as special and innovative drinks are on it.

Although the focus is on alcoholic beverages at the bar, but snacks couldn't be missing from the menu as well. Those who wish a specialty, they recommend the bar's iconic dish, the tarte flambée, but there are also salads on the menu. If you are very hungry, get the hamburger trio, because after the traditional, pulled-pork and mushroom bun, which includes french fries and green salad, you'll be fine for the rest of the day.

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Awesome photos: Italian world traveller captures the beauty of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1548/awesome-photos:-italian-world-traveller-captures-the-beauty-of-budapest After browsing among Marco DiLeo’s snaps, we are sure that you will be keen on returning to Budapest, or to stay here for forever. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:08:37 GMT Mia Balogh
Awesome photos: Italian world traveller captures the beauty of Budapest

Awesome photos: Italian world traveller captures the beauty of Budapest

After browsing among Marco DiLeo’s snaps, we are sure that you will be keen on returning to Budapest, or to stay here for forever.

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Mia Balogh

Every year, there are thousands of photographers who take millions of beautiful photos of Budapest but we still don’t find these snaps boring. We hope you agree with us and don’t mind that we would like to show you some of these pictures (again) – these ones were captured by Italian world traveller Marco DiLeo who recently visited our country and made some 900 photos here.

He visited Eger, Szentendre and of course Budapest, where he went to the most famous sights like the Parliament Building, the Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, the Great Market Hall and the well-known bridges, but he also photographed some hidden details.

‘From exterior architecture that we all recognise, to the hidden details we may accidentally pass by, Marco captures Budapest in its finery through the lens of his camera’ – WeLoveBudapest.com writes.

So let us show you some of his pics made in Budapest.

Photos: https://marcodileo.weebly.com/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcodileo/sets/72157640591297783/

Source: WeLoveBudapest.com

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First wave of acts announced for Balaton Sound 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1547/first-wave-of-acts-announced-for-balaton-sound-2020 Organizers of Balaton Sound Festival have recently announced some of the big names from next year’s schedule – check it out now. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:05:07 GMT Mia Balogh
First wave of acts announced for Balaton Sound 2020

First wave of acts announced for Balaton Sound 2020

Organizers of Balaton Sound Festival have recently announced some of the big names from next year’s schedule – check it out now.

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Mia Balogh

If you are a festival fan and/or you like electronic music, you must have heard about Balaton Sound Festival. This is one of the biggest open air electronic music festivals in Europe, a sister festival of Sziget (5th biggest in the world).

Located in Zamárdi, at Lake Balaton, we must say that even the location is quite unique – every year, thousands of festivalgoers enjoy the atmosphere and of course the shows of the most well-known names in the electronic music industry.

The organizers have recently announced the first wave of acts for next year, including Martin Garrix, Kygo, Matoma, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Zhu.

Further acts will be announced in the following months (or maybe in the upcoming weeks) but we think that the line-up seems to be quite inviting already. ;)

8 July

MARTIN GARRIX (Main Stage)

DON DIABLO (Main Stage)

MATOMA (Main Stage)

LOCO DICE (Elrow)

JULIAN JEWEIL (The Club)

9 July

DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE (Main Stage)

JONAS BLUE (Main Stage)

DEBORAH DE LUCA (Dreher Arena)

MEDUZA (Elrow)

10 July

KYGO (Main Stage)

SALVATORE GANACCI (Dreher Arena)

MODESTEP live (Dreher Arena)

ILARIO ALICANTE (Elrow)

11 July

ROBIN SCHULZ (Main Stage)

DANNY TENAGLIA (Elrow)

VINI VICI (Dreher Arena)

SIGALA (Main Stage)

BLASTOYZ (Dreher Arena)

12 July

JAX JONES live (Main Stage)

ZHU (Dreher Aréna)

HERNAN CATTANEO b2b NICK WARREN (The Club)

LOUD LUXURY (Main Stage)

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New Year's Eve traditions in Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1546/new-years-eve-traditions-in-hungary Hungarians are weird – we know that. So it's probably not a big surprise that we have our own New Year's Eve traditions. Let's see what are these things that most of the Hungarians take care of on this day. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:01:19 GMT Budnews
New Year's Eve traditions in Hungary

New Year's Eve traditions in Hungary

Hungarians are weird – we know that. So it's probably not a big surprise that we have our own New Year's Eve traditions. Let's see what are these things that most of the Hungarians take care of on this day.

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There are many superstitions and traditions associated with New Year's Eve, perhaps more than at any other occasion. Some of these are so common that even those people do so who do not believe in such things. Now we collected the main guidelines that we follow on New Year's Eve and on the first day of the year.

We Do:

Everyone knows that eating lentils or beans will bring good luck, so be sure to include it in the menu.

Pork dishes are also recommended because they 'root out the luck' as they root the ground. In fact we also should grab their tails to guarantee our luck next year.

At midnight on New Year's Eve, all doors need to be opened so that the past year could go out. Until it doesn't leave, the New Year cannot come in.

On New Year's Day, the sight of empty pockets, cupboards or shelves brings poverty, so the chamber needs to be filled, pockets and wallets have to be full of money to be wealthy throughout the year.

The bright lights and noises of the New Year's Eve keep all kinds of bad things away - so the loud house party immediately makes sense.

We don't Do:

Tradition says that the New Year's Eve dream comes true, so let's not miss the night because of partying, but have time for a fortune telling sleep.

Washing and unfolding is forbidden on New Year's day because it causes death.

It is also forbidden to take out the trash on the first day of the year because we will pour out the luck out of the house with it.

It's not so good to start the New Year with debt, it has to be paid back before the New Year.

It is not fortunate to use scissors on New Year's Day because whoever does so will cut off their luck.

It is also forbidden to consume chicken or hen, because it kicks our luck away

We believe:

To meet a chimney sweep is always a good thing, and if you can pull one strand off his brush on the first day of the new year, you will have a rich, successful and productive year.

The first visitor of the new year has to be a man, because he brings luck to the house. Women, in contrast bring unfortunate incidents.

What you do on New Year's Day will have an effect on the whole year, so avoid disputes and quarrels. Whoever gets up early will be fresh all year long, while those who feel weak, sick, will be like this all year long.

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Best New Year's Eve programs of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1545/best-new-years-eve-programs-of-budapest These are our 5 favorite programs for the last hours of 2019. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 07:55:16 GMT Budnews
Best New Year's Eve programs of Budapest

Best New Year's Eve programs of Budapest

These are our 5 favorite programs for the last hours of 2019.

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Don't know what to do on the last night on the year? Let us help!

Have a party at Deák Square:

Deák Square is the heart of the city: literally every tourist visits this place. Váci street, Gozsdu court, all kind of bars and ruin pubs are in its neighborhood, and – of course – it’s the most popular free outdoor venue to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Welcome the New Year on the Danube

Spend the last night of the year on a romantic cruise on the Danube! There are several river cruises on this day with mouth-watering dishes, unlimited drinks, music and unforgettable view of the Danube! Some of them has a specific theme, so everyone can find something great.

Tickets or here or here.

Horse race at Kincsem Park

Budapest's biggest outdoor sporting event turns 20 years old this year. On the last day of the year Kincsem Park awaits with exciting races, concerts and a bustling mood. This special horse race day is the best-known and most visited paid outdoor event in Budapest on New Year's Eve.

Tickets.

Wine New Year

Welcome champagne, gourmet gala dinner, over 50 wines, star performers and elegant venue: this is Wine New Year, the last big gastronomic event of the year. Guests can choose a 4-course gala dinner, accompanied by 6 wines at this exclusive event. The wine list will include items from the “Winelovers 100 - 100 Best Hungarian Wines” list.

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Aquaparty

Change your evening dress to swimsuit and welcome the New Year in a unique atmosphere: the great New Year’s Eve bath party in the Aquaworld. Besides the water programs, visitors can enjoy fire juggler’s production, laser show, midnight firework, old year farewell sauna seances, tropical pool party with dancers and midnight snacks with free champagne.

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‘Lovemovie’ about Sziget Festival debuts http://budnews.hu/news/News/1544/‘lovemovie’-about-sziget-festival-debuts- In this short film, award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller’s rhymes are brought to life by Sziget Festival’s visitors – it is absolutely worth watching.  Mon, 30 Dec 2019 18:00:10 GMT Mia Balogh
‘Lovemovie’ about Sziget Festival debuts

‘Lovemovie’ about Sziget Festival debuts

In this short film, award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller’s rhymes are brought to life by Sziget Festival’s visitors – it is absolutely worth watching. 

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Mia Balogh

This year’s Sziget Festival aftermovie is already available for a while now – if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MLLNEiAj0A

-, but a few days ago a ‘lovemovie’ was released.

In the video entitled ‘Wherever You Go’, you can see some of the visitors of the 2019 Sziget Festival bringing to life award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller’s lilting rhymes. These celebrate the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road - the same road that will always lead you home again.

The festival’s organizers said that with this short movie, directed by Ciaran Jackson, they wanted to capture the ‘Sziget Feeling’, instead of presenting the programs of the event.

They added that this is not an aftermovie, but a ‘lovemovie’, presenting the world of the festival, and its diversity, life, love, and values.

You can check out the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N3m9v_fK7M&feature=youtu.be

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VR Theme Park opened at Nyugati railway station http://budnews.hu/news/News/1543/vr-theme-park-opened-at-nyugati-railway-station This is the first virtual reality theme park in Hungary and the largest one in Europe. Fri, 27 Dec 2019 09:00:31 GMT Mia Balogh
VR Theme Park opened at Nyugati railway station

VR Theme Park opened at Nyugati railway station

This is the first virtual reality theme park in Hungary and the largest one in Europe.

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Have you ever tried virtual reality experiences? If not yet, we know a place where you can give it a try: a new virtual reality theme park opened recently at Nyugati railway station, in the building of the former Szikra cinema.

The spot, called VR Theme Park is the first virtual reality theme park in Hungary and the largest in Europe.

It offers a new type of entertainment for all those from 10 to 99 year-olds who are curious and open for new experiences.

The 2,000 sqm location has five thematic areas, each representing different time and space. You can roam between the areas and explore the Egyptian underworld, touch a dinosaur or fight with zombies, but you can try a huge rollercoaster or a catapult (recommended only for those with not sensitive stomach), as well – Borsonline.hu writes.

They add that the experience in the theme park feels so realistic that after finishing and going back to the streets of Budapest, it really feels like having experienced a time travel.

Like and share our article if you can’t wait to try this new VR theme park.

Source: Borsonline.hu

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Awesome photos of the misty Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1542/awesome-photos-of-the-misty-budapest Nandor Lang has spent 10 years exploring the beauty of the foggy Budapest, night and day, and the result is an absolute must-see. Thu, 26 Dec 2019 08:12:04 GMT Mia Balogh
Awesome photos of the misty Budapest

Awesome photos of the misty Budapest

Nandor Lang has spent 10 years exploring the beauty of the foggy Budapest, night and day, and the result is an absolute must-see.

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Mia Balogh

Budapest is beautiful in every season, we all know that. But what happens on those misty days when the buildings and streets become covered by the fog? Well, the city remains amazing – it just becomes more mystic and fascinating.

We suppose that you agree with us, mainly after browsing through the following photos published by Borepanda.com recently. The pictures were taken by Nandor Lang, a photographer who has spent the last 10 years exploring our capital on the misty days and nights – the result is an absolute must-see.

Check the photos here:

https://www.boredpanda.com/photography-disappeared-budapest-fog-nandor-lang/

And for more pics, go find Mr. Lang’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/nandorlang/ website: https://www.nandorlang.com/or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nandor.lang.7

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Best Budapest themed gifts for friends and family http://budnews.hu/news/News/1541/best-budapest-themed-gifts-for-friends-and-family We collected the gifts you should take home from Budapest to take a piece of the city with you. Wed, 25 Dec 2019 13:50:34 GMT Budnews
Best Budapest themed gifts for friends and family

Best Budapest themed gifts for friends and family

We collected the gifts you should take home from Budapest to take a piece of the city with you.

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Souvenir business is probably one of the biggest businesses of every bigger city. We always buy something in a new place for ourselves, and of course, for our beloved ones. But what you should buy in Budapest instead of the basic fridge magnet? For example these things:

Budapest Tile Tales

The Budapest Tile Tales coasters represent not only the most extraordinary tile motifs of Budapest palaces but they are also a great conversation starter at a social gathering. Perfect for a gift, or for yourself.

Urban Transport Scarf

Get warm and fuzzy with the iconic public transport scarfs of Budapest - tram, metro, railway - shielding you from the cold, anywhere you are in the world. If something is special, that's it!

Bubble-wrap PopMap Budapest

If you love the satisfying sensation of popping bubble wrap, this is your gift. Now you can pop with purpose - to show your travels through the world, or at least through Budapest. PopMap is not only an unconventional, playful tourist guide, it also serves as a great tool to release nervous energy while exploring the world. About the designer of these creative souvenirs:

Sator Space is a design studio founded by two brothers, Dénes and Tomas Sátor. They create unique travel gifts with humor and playfulness for a new perspective on every journey, and now everyone can buy their design souvenirs on Etsy.

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Christmas program guide http://budnews.hu/news/News/1540/christmas-program-guide What to do on the 3 days of Christmas if you spend the holidays far from home, in Budapest. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 15:34:53 GMT Budnews
Christmas program guide

Christmas program guide

What to do on the 3 days of Christmas if you spend the holidays far from home, in Budapest.

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While we can choose from several fairs and programs during the advent period, the 3 days of Christmas are blank pages. We have no easy task if we want to do something. The restaurants are open of course, just as the wellness and other hotels, but if you would love to enjoy the city as a tourist, you might be in trouble. But don't worry, we collected some program offers to do on 24, 25 and 26 December.

Christmas boat trip with dinner and live music

Evening boat trip on the Danube with delicacies and live music is designed for guests who would love to have their dinner in a romantic atmosphere. Perfect if you want to see the city, have a good dinner, and also want to have some music program at once. The program takes place on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

Tickets.

Christmas concert in the Danube Palace

Let's spend the first day of Christmas with a breathtaking concert in the beautiful neo-baroque theater of the Danube Palace! Don't miss this unforgettable music tour "á la hongroise": listen the most beautiful Hungarian and foreign music pieces from Zoltán Kodály, Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Imre Kálmán and Johann Strauss.

Tickets.

Christmas concert – the audience choose

Anything can happen on the second day of Christmas, because the audience contributes in creating the program of this concert! This unique concert is conducted by Iván Fischer and always tailored to the audience, as he says: “This concert is like a wrapped gift, just like when a little kid tells you what he wants for Christmas, but he also expects some surprises.”

Tickets.

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New York Café is the most beautiful in the world according to CNN http://budnews.hu/news/News/1539/new-york-cafe-is-the-most-beautiful-in-the-world-according-to-cnn They highlight the extraordinary elegance of the legendary cafe of Budapest. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 15:30:14 GMT Budnews
New York Café is the most beautiful in the world according to CNN

New York Café is the most beautiful in the world according to CNN

They highlight the extraordinary elegance of the legendary cafe of Budapest.

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“Step inside the New York Café, and you may find yourself wondering if you've accidentally entered the Hungarian equivalent to the Sistine Chapel.” This is how CNN's article begins on New York Café, the most prestigious coffee shop in Budapest. The magazine gives readers a detailed history of the 125-year-old building and cafe: the author points out that nearly 500 coffee shops were open in the city by the end of 19th century, but only a few were left, and even the New York Café was closed for a long time. Finally, the building was bought by the Italian Boscolo Group in 2001 and the hotel and cafe opened after five years of reconstruction.

Nowadays, New York Café is more of a tourist attraction, than classic Cafe, but the original beauty is still the same. “Once you've been ushered to a table, you'll likely spend much of your time looking upward, admiring the marble columns and stuccoed angels, and of course, taking photos. It looks more like a lavish palace than a place to grab a slice of cake and a coffee.” - writes the author, and we can't agree more. What else do they say about New York Café? Read it here.

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Aerosmith returns to Hungary after 26 years http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1538/aerosmith-returns-to-hungary-after-26-years The almost 50 years old band goes on tour next year – they are set to perform in the new Puskás Arena next summer. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 10:43:45 GMT Mia Balogh
Aerosmith returns to Hungary after 26 years

Aerosmith returns to Hungary after 26 years

The almost 50 years old band goes on tour next year – they are set to perform in the new Puskás Arena next summer.

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Yep, we know it’s unbelievable but Aerosmith will be 50 years old in 2020. So right after their Las Vegas residency, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer are coming to Europe for a surely mind-blowing tour.

Some even more awesome news for all of you, rock fans: they will also perform in Budapest! When and where? On 24 July 2020 in the new Puskás Arena.

Their tour doesn’t seem to be too long (after performing for more than one year in Las Vegas, it is totally understandable): the first concert will be in Milan on 13 June 2020 and the last one in Germany on 27 July 2020.

The band will come to Hungary after 26 years: the last time they performed here was in the last millenary, in 1994 – they rocked in the MTK Stadium then. One year before, they performed in Budapest Sports Hall.

Aerosmith sold more than 150 million records, received four Grammys and eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards and twelve MTV Music Awards. The band made fifteen studio albums, most of them won gold or platinum certification.

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Sziget wins ‘Best Overseas Festival’ in the UK again http://budnews.hu/news/News/1537/sziget-wins-‘best-overseas-festival’-in-the-uk-again After last year’s triumph, Sziget took home this award from UK Festival Awards in 2019, too. Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:59:17 GMT Mia Balogh
Sziget wins ‘Best Overseas Festival’ in the UK again

Sziget wins ‘Best Overseas Festival’ in the UK again

After last year’s triumph, Sziget took home this award from UK Festival Awards in 2019, too.

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Sziget Festival is a well-known music and art festival, not only in Hungary, but also in the world. And it is not the first time that the event received an award but it is a very important recognition: at the UK Festival Awards, Sziget received the award for ‘Best overseas festival’ for the second year in a row.

In the category compiled by experts and voted for by the public, Sziget overtook its rivals, notably Altitude Comedy Festival, Pol’and’Rock Festival, Afro Nation, Snowbombing and Tomorrowland.

If you can’t wait for the first performers for next year’s Sziget, don’t worry, we will know the first wave of next year’s line up in January. We are sure that some big names will be announced very soon, as usual. ;)

You can already purchase your pass for Sziget Festival 2020, but if you would like to be more informed before, check out http://szigetfestival.com .

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Advent Feast at Basilica became the Best Christmas market in Europe http://budnews.hu/news/News/1536/advent-feast-at-basilica-became-the-best-christmas-market-in-europe It's official: you couldn't find any better Christmas fair than the one at St. Stephan's Basilica, Budapest. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:15:50 GMT Budnews
Advent Feast at Basilica became the Best Christmas market in Europe

Advent Feast at Basilica became the Best Christmas market in Europe

It's official: you couldn't find any better Christmas fair than the one at St. Stephan's Basilica, Budapest.

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Europe has countless beautiful Christmas fairs: every bigger and smaller city has their own version. That's why it's a huge honor that this year, one of Budapest fairs became the best in Europe! The Christmas event held before St. Stephan's Basilica received more than 39,448 votes on the voting of European Best Destinations Independent Travel Portal, which means breaking all voting records so far. The online voting lasts ten days each year, this year 289,714 votes came from 116 countries, which is twenty thousand more than last year.

“Like every year, this year we organized the Feast with the intention of contributing to the tourist attraction of Budapest and Hungary. Our participation in the competition also served to raise awareness to the capital, beside the Advent at Basilica, of course. We are proud of the result and it is a great pleasure to receive such strong feedback from our visitors.”- said the organizers after the results announcement.

Over the years, the Advent Feast at Basilica has become one of Budapest's major tourist attractions in December. For many travelers the Advent Feast at the Basilica has been their favorite Christmas market in Hungary for a long time with it's the ice rink and unmistakable atmosphere. Do not miss the lights show at night either: it's the biggest 3D light show in Europe! Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity concerts, and the event series also take care of the environment by using eco-friendly cups, and cutlery, while leftovers are being recycled.

And one last thing: did we mention that in addition to being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, the Advent Feast at the Basilica deserved the title of Best Christmas market with the spirit of Christmas and also the title of Best eco-friendly Christmas market?

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CNN made a short film about the gastronomy of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1535/cnn-made-a-short-film-about-the-gastronomy-of-budapest The 23 minutes long video shows the best known restaurants in Budapest – with chef interviews, backstage secrets and of course, beautiful food. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 10:47:18 GMT Budnews
CNN made a short film about the gastronomy of Budapest

CNN made a short film about the gastronomy of Budapest

The 23 minutes long video shows the best known restaurants in Budapest – with chef interviews, backstage secrets and of course, beautiful food.

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We've always said that Hungarian cuisine something everyone should try, and now CNN has strengthened our theory. They made a 23 minutes long short film about the most famous restaurants in Budapest! CNN highlights that new and exciting fine dining spots are constantly opening up in the Hungarian capital, many headed up by prolific chefs keen to inject imagination and prestige into the Budapest dining experience. They also mention that two restaurants of the Hungarian capital were awarded new Michelin stars in the past 12 months alone, bringing the total of Michelin-awarded establishments in Budapest to six.

"Those who do not want to gain weight, shouldn't not come to Budapest," says András Jókuti, food critic, narrator of the film at the first minute.

The movie (which can be watched here) features Miguel Vieira from Costes, Tamás Széll from Stand, István Veres from Babel, Zsolt Abrudán from New York Cafe, Máté Boldizsár and Szilárd Tóth from Salt. We can find out what their restaurants are all about and their ars poetica in the kitchen.

Don't even start to watch the video if you're hungry!

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Christmas Light Tram is here again http://budnews.hu/news/News/1534/christmas-light-tram-is-here-again You can jump on and enjoy the ride with a normal BKK ticket or pass, and some more good news: the Light Tram’s schedule is already available, as well – let us show you. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:37:15 GMT Mia Balogh
Christmas Light Tram is here again

Christmas Light Tram is here again

You can jump on and enjoy the ride with a normal BKK ticket or pass, and some more good news: the Light Tram’s schedule is already available, as well – let us show you.

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When December is approaching, everyone in Budapest is waiting for the Light Tram to bring some light into the dark nights in the city. This year – already the seventh of its operation –, on 29 November, the specially enlightened vehicle started to ride again, and this year you can try it on several lines.

Some Instagram users have already spotted it:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5oSWSZlmY2/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5oBgSmBtmw/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5msrg-hoXd/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n6utwAUf1/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5itVT7Bj7L/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iNeW-BLy5/

As we have already mentioned, this year, the Light Tram rides on several lines, between 29 November and 5 January.

The schedule will be the following:

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, it will operate on Tram line 2. On Wednesday and Thursday on Tram line 19 and on Friday either on Tram line 47 or 49.

On Saturdays, it ventures on other lines. On 30 November, it moved on Tram Line 42 and 50 and on 7 December, on Tram Line 14. The following Saturday is 14 December, you can spot it now on Tram Line 62A. On 21 December, Tram Line 14 comes again. On 28 December, Tram Line 59B and on 4 January, Tram Line 69.

Detailed schedule for these trams will be available on the given day here: https://www.facebook.com/fenyvillamos/

Source: karacsonyszeretlek.hu

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Unique sound sculpture exhibition opened in Müpa Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1533/unique-sound-sculpture-exhibition-opened-in-mupa-budapest You have to seethese 23 unique wooden sculptures inspired by the sound waves of iconic music performances! Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:16:58 GMT Budnews
Unique sound sculpture exhibition opened in Müpa Budapest

Unique sound sculpture exhibition opened in Müpa Budapest

You have to seethese 23 unique wooden sculptures inspired by the sound waves of iconic music performances!

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Although the tune fades away, but the experience stays with us forever. Doesn't it? Well, not exactly. Sometimes even the music can stay with us forever. At least if this moment is captured by the special sound sculptures created within the framework of a Christmas cooperation between the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service and Müpa Budapest. The sculptures are created by Gyula Baditz: the 23 unique wooden sculptures were inspired by the sound waves of iconic music performances of this year, and were made in the carpentry workshop of the Maltese Charity Service by hard-working people in Tiszabura.

Another specialty of these sculptures is that they are all signed by world-renowned performers, the performers of the selected works, including Diana Krall, Marcus Miller, Charlotte Gainsbourg, José Cura, Adam Fischer and Péter Eötvös.

A festive exhibition from the works was opened on 5 December in the Müpa Flag Hall, and is open until 5 January. In parallel, an online auction has been launched at the Maltese Charity Service's licit.adomanyozz.hu website: the charity is using the proceeds to expand the tools and employment opportunities of the carpentry factory in Tiszabura.

Don't miss the chance to see these unique sculptures!

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First smart pedestrian crossing completed in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1532/first-smart-pedestrian-crossing-completed-in-budapest- The lights turn on when somebody is approaching the pedestrian crossing, so hopefully even more accidents can be avoided in the future.  Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:21:50 GMT Mia Balogh
First smart pedestrian crossing completed in Budapest

First smart pedestrian crossing completed in Budapest

The lights turn on when somebody is approaching the pedestrian crossing, so hopefully even more accidents can be avoided in the future. 

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There are a lot of ‘smart things’ that help our everyday lives and we can proudly announce that recently, the first smart pedestrian crossing in Budapest begun to operate, as well. It is located in the 14th district of the capital, Zugló, at the crossroad of Egressy Road and Kövér Lajos Street.

But in our opinion not the street names are the most important, but the fact that there are several schools and kindergartens in this area. The smart pedestrian crossing works in front of the Herman Ottó Primary School so it can help avoid more accidents in this area.

How does it work?

The pedestrian crossing works with a so-called SafeCross system. It means that its LED lamps automatically turn on when any kind of movement happens near them. There is a camera at each side of the pedestrian crossing that alert the LED lamps whenever someone walks into the area of the crossing’s sensors. Are there are also reflectors to enlighten the pedestrians there so the drivers can see them from a greater distance.

So this is the first smart pedestrian crossing in Zugló but hopefully there will be even more in the district and in our capital very soon. ;)

Like and share our article if you support the idea of more smart pedestrian crossings in Budapest.

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First trailer of the Black Widow movie is here – with many famous Budapest venues! http://budnews.hu/news/News/1531/first-trailer-of-the-black-widow-movie-is-here-–-with-many-famous-budapest-venues Statue of Liberty on Gellért Hill, Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Keleti Railway Station... they all show up in the trailer. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:50:33 GMT Budnews
First trailer of the Black Widow movie is here – with many famous Budapest venues!

First trailer of the Black Widow movie is here – with many famous Budapest venues!

Statue of Liberty on Gellért Hill, Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Keleti Railway Station... they all show up in the trailer.

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The first teaser for Marvel's Black Widow is here, and we can't wait to see the full movie! This film is the background story of Natalia Romanova (Natasha Romanoff), known from the Avengers, and also the twenty-fourth film of the Marvel cinema universe. Of course, Scarlett Johansson plays the Black Widow, and also David Harbor and Florence Pugh appear.

The film was shot in Budapest, so it's no wonder that the first trailer shows locations like the Statue of Liberty on Gellért Hill, Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Keleti Railway Station. Even the opening image shows the Danube and the Statue of Liberty. Here's the first trailer check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxAtuMu_ph4&feature=emb_title

The film will arrive to the Hungarian cinemas in April 2020. Can't wait to see!

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Are you nervous? Smash a TV! We'll show you where http://budnews.hu/news/News/1530/are-you-nervous-smash-a-tv-well-show-you-where A special wrecking room opened in Budapest near Nyugati Railway Station. Mon, 9 Dec 2019 10:58:14 GMT Budnews
Are you nervous? Smash a TV! We'll show you where

Are you nervous? Smash a TV! We'll show you where

A special wrecking room opened in Budapest near Nyugati Railway Station.

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What do you do after a hard, long day, when everyone was a jerk? Sometimes the only thing we want to do is punch someone in the face, but obviously, it's not an option. Unless…. Unless you’re in the first Wrecking Room of Budapest, where everything is possible.

Budapest Wrecking Room is a place where you can reduce stress, anger and tension by smashing everything that comes to your fingertips. Mixed size bottles, electronic devices, Boxing Dummy, T-felt and different kinds of markers... all waiting for you to break them.

Budapest Wrecking Room has only been open to people since November 22, but there are plenty of people interested in it. Some are looking for a unique birthday party or Christmas surprise, others need voltage management, while companies can have a good team building here. But what's the point? Let's see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnzP6Kp_fLI&feature=emb_title

Organizers collect the stuff from friends and family, just as from house clearances and they give us everything we need to smash: protective gear and optional weapons. Each crushing seance begins with a serious security training, guests have to wear protective gear, than choose a weapon... The most popular is the baseball bat, which is more varied than the heavy industrial hammer, but we can use a crowbar and even a gigantic wrench. The crushing time is a maximum of 40 minutes, but it is enough to break everything into small pieces.

Depending on your stress-level, you can choose from several packages. They have 4 different packs from 5990 HUF and although there is a minimum amount of time, 15 minutes, it is probably only for the most effective, most powerful players. Most of the objects don't give up easily, and after a few beats you get tired, then the intensity goes down, and there are some who even take a rest. One thing is sure, no matter how angry you go in, and no matter how much hate you have inside, everyone comes out the same way. Empty, sweaty, tired, contented and calm.

After each group, the owners clean up immediately, and they sort out pieces of crushed objects in the evening, after closing. As they take care of the environment, recycling are very important to them: they separate and then dispose the plastic, glass and electronic waste so that they can be recycled. They are currently negotiating with a number of landfills who are treating garbage in this spirit.

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National Blue Trail chosen among best travel destinations for 2020 http://budnews.hu/news/News/1529/national-blue-trail-chosen-among-best-travel-destinations-for-2020 National Geographic mentions National Blue Trail in Hungary among the 25 best travel destinations in the world. Fri, 6 Dec 2019 08:27:41 GMT Mia Balogh
National Blue Trail chosen among best travel destinations for 2020

National Blue Trail chosen among best travel destinations for 2020

National Geographic mentions National Blue Trail in Hungary among the 25 best travel destinations in the world.

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The National Blue Trail in Hungary was mentioned among places like the Kalahari Desert, the Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse, the city of Parma, the Maldive Island, the Asturias, Tasmania, the Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Grand Canyon National Park on the list of National Geographic magazine, reported the Hungarian Hikers Association to MTI.

National Geographic listed 25 exciting destination ideas for the upcoming year, and we are very proud that the National Blue Trail is also in the compilation. They write that the 700 miles long trail is ‘a wonderfully diverse web of paths labeled with white-and-blue-striped waymarkers’.

Besides, there is also a free mobile application available, Természetjáró app, which can be used in offline mode, too. If follows the language of your device, so the app helps you to complete the trail by knowing where are you and where you’re heading. ;) So it can be very useful for tourists from abroad who don’t speak Hungarian and probably couldn’t ask locals for directions.

Check out their list here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/best-trips-2020/

So if you like nature and hiking, we already know your dream destination for 2020. ;)

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Two Hungarian films were ranked among the top 100 films directed by women http://budnews.hu/news/Culture/1528/two-hungarian-films-were-ranked-among-the-top-100-films-directed-by-women- Ildikó Enyedi and Márta Mészáros is on the BBC's top 100 list. Thu, 5 Dec 2019 09:22:47 GMT Budnews
Two Hungarian films were ranked among the top 100 films directed by women

Two Hungarian films were ranked among the top 100 films directed by women

Ildikó Enyedi and Márta Mészáros is on the BBC's top 100 list.

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BBC publishes top lists about films every year in different topic: they had Culture poll to find the 100 greatest foreign-language films of all time, 100 greatest comedies, 100 greatest films of the 21st Century and the 100 greatest American films, however, criticism has been expressed that too few female directors appear on these lists. That's why they decided to make their first ever list that collects the films made by women.

It wasn't easy to get on 'The 100 greatest films directed by women' list at all: 761 different films were voted for by 368 film experts – critics, journalists, festival programmers and academics – who came from 84 countries. That's why it's such a big thing that two Hungarians have been included in this list: Márta Mészáros's 1975 Golden Bear Award-winning film, Adoption got the 97th place, while On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi's film from 2017 became 73rd.

The top list is interesting beyond the Hungarian award winners too (the oldest movie on the list is a silent movie from 1916, for example), so it's worth taking a proper look on it, that you can do here.

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What to do during Advent season in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1527/what-to-do-during-advent-season-in-budapest Christmas is almost here and we collected how to maximize the feeling. Wed, 4 Dec 2019 09:26:49 GMT Budnews
What to do during Advent season in Budapest

What to do during Advent season in Budapest

Christmas is almost here and we collected how to maximize the feeling.

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Winter is officially here: it's December, it's snowing, the whole city has Christmas fever. So what to do if you're in Budapest and want to prepare your soul for Christmas? Let us show.

The first and most obvious thing is to visit a Christmas fair! The best things in December are undoubtedly the Christmas fairs, where gingerbread, mulled wine, orange and cinnamon scents fill in the air, local artisans sell their goods, and the squares are dressed in festive decoration. We have Christmas markets in literally every corner of the city, but if you want the original, the biggest one, than visit the one at Vörösmarty Square or at St Stephen's Basilica.

Listen the Christmas Concert of the National Choir. They take us on a Christmas tour with the world's most beautiful European Christmas songs and songs beyond the sea, giving us a glimpse into the Christmas mystery of the people who live far away from us. From simple piano accompaniment to the most daring polyphonic choral works, love is everywhere during these days. https://www.facebook.com/events/277814299828924/

Try out the enlightened Christmas tram, especially if you have children. These enlightened trams operates on tram line 2 and became inevitable accessories of winter Budapest within the past 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.

Don't miss ice-skating in the City park: we know that it's possible to ice-skate after Christmas, but somehow it's the best in this festive season. Fortunately 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.

Eat roasted chestnuts and drink mulled wine! Roasted chestnuts are typical winter delicacies that warms up our hands, our stomachs and our hearts at once, just as the hot, spicy, warm drink we call mulled wine. You can buy both of them in every advent fair, and in every second corner, so don’t miss it. You can’t say you’re in Christmas mood until you haven’t try this divine delicacies!

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Make someone's day sweeter on 6 December http://budnews.hu/news/News/1526/make-someones-day-sweeter-on-6-december- On 6 December, you can play the Mikulas in Budapest and leave some small goodie bags behind in the name on Santa Claus. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 11:23:34 GMT Mia Balogh
Make someone's day sweeter on 6 December

Make someone's day sweeter on 6 December

On 6 December, you can play the Mikulas in Budapest and leave some small goodie bags behind in the name on Santa Claus.

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If you live in Hungary for a while now, you might already know that in our country, Santa Claus arrives on 6 December, St. Nicholas’ (St. Miklos) Day – that’s why he is called also Mikulas. He brings some sweet treats to the good kids and ‘virgács’ (gold painted switch) to the bad ones. But it happens often that kids get both, because sometimes they are good and sometimes bad.

Anyway, this year, a sweet tradition continues: on 6 December, anyone can play the Mikulas in Budapest by leaving a small goodie bag behind for a stranger in the city. There is just one rule, or let’s say one thing you shouldn’t forget: write a short note for the stranger who is going to find your small bag. For example: ‘I’m a goodie bag who was left behind to make your day more beautiful so please take me home’.

If you like the idea, you can prepare a goodie bag for a stranger by putting some chocolate, apples, tangerines or even toys, children’s books inside. Write a note and leave it on a bus, or in a frequented place in the city where it will be found almost immediately so it can make someone very happy in a minute.

The event also has a Facebook event, in Hungarian:

https://www.facebook.com/events/539733570158866/

And you can never know, maybe on your way home you will find another from a secret Santa’s goodie bags… if so, please post a pic from it to the Facebook event because the organizers would like to check out how many people can be reached by this initiative.

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Marina Gera wins first ever Emmy Award for Hungary http://budnews.hu/news/News/1525/marina-gera-wins-first-ever-emmy-award-for-hungary- She lost a lot of weight for Irén’s role but we suppose that in the end it was totally worth it. Mon, 2 Dec 2019 12:33:06 GMT Mia Balogh
Marina Gera wins first ever Emmy Award for Hungary

Marina Gera wins first ever Emmy Award for Hungary

She lost a lot of weight for Irén’s role but we suppose that in the end it was totally worth it.

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On 25 November, Hungarian websites announced that Marina Gera won Best Performance by an Actress award at 47th International Emmy Awards. She got this historic recognition for her role in television drama ‘Eternal Winter’, directed by Attila Szász, based on Norbert Köbli’s script.

The actress who lost a lot of weight for her role, stopped at 46 kg – because her character, Irén and the other women were starving in the film –, dedicated her award to all the Hungarian victims who suffered in the Soviet Union.

Besides Marina Gera, another Hungarian production was nominated for an Emmy Award: a television film, Trezor, directed by Péter Bergendy was among the nominees for an International Emmy in the TV movie/mini-series category, but only Marina was awarded.

Anyway, congratulations to all the Hungarian filmmakers who played a part in these fantastic nominations and of course to Marina Gera who won Hungary’s first ever Emmy Award.

Source: Index.hu

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Winter pavilion is made to protect the statue at Vörösmarty Square http://budnews.hu/news/News/1524/winter-pavilion-is-made-to-protect-the-statue-at-vorosmarty-square Visitors of the Advent Fair will have a special sight to take a look at. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 07:56:24 GMT Budnews
Winter pavilion is made to protect the statue at Vörösmarty Square

Winter pavilion is made to protect the statue at Vörösmarty Square

Visitors of the Advent Fair will have a special sight to take a look at.

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One of the main attractions of Vörösmarty Square - the square, where the main Christmas market is - is the huge statue of the Hungarian poet the square is named after. This beautiful sculpture received special protection this year: thanks to the Hello Wood team, an innovative structure is now protecting the statue, which also draws attention to our values.

The temporary pavilion placed around the Vörösmarty statue group evokes a classic look, protects the statue from the hardships of winter, and places the work in the center of the newly renovated Vörösmarty square. The cherry on top: the sculpture is illuminated with different colored lights, so it's truly beautiful.

András Huszár, managing director of Hello Wood revealed that these are temporary elements that protect the Vörösmarty statue, it will be dismantled at the end of the winter season, and could be reassembled next winter. The enormous curved structure is lightweight thanks to its ten-meter-high steel sheets, which are well-resistant to environmental influences, and the facade is made of transparent plexiglass to protect it from rain.

Be sure to check it out if you go to the Christmas fair or to Váci Street, because the statue has a completely different look with this beautiful protection.

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Nature Photographer of the Year award won by a Hungarian man http://budnews.hu/news/News/1523/nature-photographer-of-the-year-award-won-by-a-hungarian-man- Csaba Daróczi’s snap won also the black and white category. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:57:51 GMT Mia Balogh
Nature Photographer of the Year award won by a Hungarian man

Nature Photographer of the Year award won by a Hungarian man

Csaba Daróczi’s snap won also the black and white category.

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From 73 countries’ 14,000 entrants, a Hungarian photographer, Csaba Daróczi won the ‘Nature Photographer of the Year’ award at Nature Talks’ annual photo contest. Daróczi took a snap of a pair of leaping rabbits, which was chosen as top nature photo of 2019.

The Hungarian photographer took the winning photo at dawn near the Hungarian village of Bocsa – New York Post writes, by adding that he got a prize of $3,300.

https://www.facebook.com/daroczi.photography/posts/2555235061191271

Daróczi also won the first price in the black and white category so he can be named the most successful Hungarian in the contest this year.

Other Hungarian photographers were awarded, too: Norbert Kaszás won the Other Animals category with his snap ‘Golden rain’ and Bence Máté was highly commended for his photo ‘Wings’ in Nature Art category.

Source: https://nypost.com/2019/11/16/mesmerizing-photo-of-leaping-rabbits-wins-top-nature-photo-award/ ; https://ng.hu/termeszet/2019/11/18/magyar-versenyzo-lett-az-ev-termeszetfotosa/ and https://naturephotographeroftheyear.com/previous-editions/npoty-2019-results/

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Tickets for Sziget 2020 already available http://budnews.hu/news/News/1522/tickets-for-sziget-2020-already-available The fastest and luckiest Sziget fans could already secure their places at Sziget Festival 2020 but it’s still not too late to buy your tickets with a discount. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 07:04:10 GMT Mia Balogh
Tickets for Sziget 2020 already available

Tickets for Sziget 2020 already available

The fastest and luckiest Sziget fans could already secure their places at Sziget Festival 2020 but it’s still not too late to buy your tickets with a discount.

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Fastest Sziget fans could already purchase their 7-day passes and VIP 7-day passes for the Island of Freedom 2020 on 14 November: they will get a goodie bag containing a T-shirt, socks, a paper textile gym bag + stickers with the discount priced passes.

But if you want to visit the festival next year, you are still in time with the ticket purchase. Okay we tell you the prices: the 7-day pass is available for €299 and the VIP is for €599. If you can’t afford a 7-day pass right now, don’t worry, it is also possible to purchase it in 5 instalments and pay for it over a period of 5 months.

More info is available here: https://szigetfestival.com/en/tickets

We know that it’s not the cheapest but the line up is always awesome – with some of the biggest performers in the music industry – so we think if more of your fav artists come to Sziget, it is worth purchasing a weekly pass so you can enjoy all their shows.

Next year’s line up and more ticket options are still to come – if you’ll have only one day in Budapest, a day pass will be your best option ;) –, so stay tuned if you don’t want to miss the updates. ;)

Source: sziget.hu

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Listen live symphonic concerts at the train stations of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1521/listen-live-symphonic-concerts-at-the-train-stations-of-budapest   MÁV Symphony Orchestra gives mini concerts on the 3 biggest train stations of the city. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 06:05:01 GMT Budnews
Listen live symphonic concerts at the train stations of Budapest

Listen live symphonic concerts at the train stations of Budapest

  MÁV Symphony Orchestra gives mini concerts on the 3 biggest train stations of the city.

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Train stations are not the most pleasant places, we just use it in a functional way and go on. This seems to be changing in Budapest, at least we have one really good reason to stay there a bit. From November 2019 to May 2020, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra will entertain the traveling audience of the Déli, Nyugati and Keleti Railway Stations with mini concerts!

The artists of the ensemble perform mainly classical music: the mini-concerts are 20 minutes long and each has a theme. During this a half year the audience can see and hear horn quartet, woodwind and bass quintet and string quartet. Various epochs of classical music will be introduced, but they will also keep an eye on current music, so -for example - during the Advent period, the best artworks associated with Christmas will be performed.

The concert series began on November 6th, and the final performance expected to be in next May. Train station concerts are held in every two weeks on Wednesdays: from 15:30 at Nyugati Train Station, under the main information display located at the beginning of the platforms, than continues from 16:30 at the Déli Railway Station in the passenger waiting hall, and ends from 17:30 at the Keleti Train Station's Lotz Hall. In addition to the Budapest venues, there will also be a few concerts in the waiting room of the Vác station: November 12 at 1 pm, December 11, January 22, February 19, March 18, April 15 and May 13 at 15: 30 pm.

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Christmas fair at Basilica is now opened http://budnews.hu/news/News/1520/christmas-fair-at-basilica-is-now-opened The second most spectacular Christmas market in Europe awaits with a 12-meter high Christmas Tree! Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:35:54 GMT Budnews
Christmas fair at Basilica is now opened

Christmas fair at Basilica is now opened

The second most spectacular Christmas market in Europe awaits with a 12-meter high Christmas Tree!

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If we're talking about the Christmas Markets of Budapest, most people think about the one at Vörösmarty Square. But there is an even better one, not so far from the well known. This is the Advent fair at St Stephen's Basilica, which has been voted as the second most spectacular Christmas market in Europe! It blends the Central European traditions and modern attractions, and it's perfect indeed for a nice afternoon with the kids or friends. Christmas spirit sparkles in front of Budapest’s most impressive cathedral during the 9th time this year, and this fair has everything you might wish for: delightful gifts, delicious Hungarian cuisine and free attractions for all ages – including ice-skating for children in a central skating rink that surrounds a towering Christmas Tree. But let's see the details.

The Christmas market at St Stephen's Basilica is open from 22th November till 1st January as a celebration of the Central European holiday traditions, and also features modern elements like eco-friendly practices, flashmobs, and a monumental 3D light show projected on to the Basilica façade several times every evening.

This is the largest 3D light painting in Central Europe: colorful lights appear on the Basilica and tell different festive and religious stories. The 3D animated movies and scenes projected on the front of the building have been meet with huge success for years, and the artists used the playful, peculiar and breathtaking advantages of the building very well again. Each scene is a few minutes long and starts at every half hour, telling various tales which can be seen from all points of the square.

The other extra feature of this market is the skating opportunity for children: in the middle of the market, there is an oval skating-rink where everybody can experiences their childhood once again, while gliding over the ice, lovers clutch each other’s hands tightly and parents watch their children’s first endeavor on ice with sparkling eyes. It is free to use under the age of 14 and if the skates are accidentally left at home, you can borrow a pair for free.

Don't miss it, we will be there for sure!

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Hungarian champagne among best ones in the world http://budnews.hu/news/Gastronomy/1519/hungarian-champagne-among-best-ones-in-the-world Kreinbacher Estate’s Brut Classic 2015 Magnum sparkling wine is officially one of the best ones in the world. Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:13:57 GMT Mia Balogh
Hungarian champagne among best ones in the world

Hungarian champagne among best ones in the world

Kreinbacher Estate’s Brut Classic 2015 Magnum sparkling wine is officially one of the best ones in the world.

Gastronomy

Mia Balogh

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships’ greatest awards were announced in London recently, and the fans of Hungarian champagne and sparkling wines have a reason to raise their glasses because among the fourteen champions, Kreinbacher Estate is also featured.

They have received the prestigious award ‘National Champion–Best Hungarian Sparkling Wine’ on 4 November at the award ceremony in London. Their Brut Classic 2015 Magnum sparkling wine won another Best Class award as well as the best Hungarian brut and best Hungarian magnum champagne.

This beverage is the quite tasty and refreshing result of the combination of chardonnay and furmint, and according to Divany.hu, its 2016 edition will be available for purchase around the middle of November. This alcoholic drink can be another good example to represent that for a sparkling wine, the 1.5l bottle is a very good idea because the beverage evolves better in a big bottle like that.

It is also important to mention that this wasn’t the first international success for Kreinbacher Estate, but already the third time when their product was selected as Hungary’s best champagne.

After Hungarian wines and craft beer, the world should definitely know more about Hungarian champagne, as well. Like and share our article, if you agree with us. ;)

Source: Divany.hu

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Budapest in top 5 destinations according to British tourists http://budnews.hu/news/News/1518/budapest-in-top-5-destinations-according-to-british-tourists Krakow is the first city on the list, Budapest and Amsterdam share 5 th place – let’s see why is our capital so popular among the Brits. Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:43:01 GMT Mia Balogh
Budapest in top 5 destinations according to British tourists

Budapest in top 5 destinations according to British tourists

Krakow is the first city on the list, Budapest and Amsterdam share 5 th place – let’s see why is our capital so popular among the Brits.

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A new British survey has found that Budapest is the fifth most popular destination among the Brits, Blikk.hu writes. According to the Hungarian website, the research examined the friendliest and most affordable European cities from the tourists’ point of view, besides the well-known sights.

Our capital was ranked 5th, like Amsterdam, one of the favourite destinations of the British tourists. But why is our capital so popular? Of course, we know that the unique beauty of Budapest attracts millions of people every year and the prices are also acceptable here – cheep booze has made the city also the capital of stag parties and hen dos.

But it is also important to mention that accommodation prices are affordable – even if they choose a four-star hotel, it is available ‘for pennies’ to them. And travel passes are also cheap for the Brits: a three-day-long travel pass is available for them for a quite friendly price, and travelling for free over the age of 65 is also important for them.

According to the survey results, Budapest overtook popular cities such as Vienna, Rome or Lisbon. Krakow finished first, because – according to respondents – they can have the same experience there like in Amsterdam or Paris but at half price.

Source: Blikk.hu

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Colin Farrell already found his favourite place in Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1517/colin-farrell-already-found-his-favourite-place-in-budapest Yes, the well-known actor is in Budapest and he regularly returns to this restaurant. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:46:53 GMT Mia Balogh
Colin Farrell already found his favourite place in Budapest

Colin Farrell already found his favourite place in Budapest

Yes, the well-known actor is in Budapest and he regularly returns to this restaurant.

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Colin Farrell is currently shooting his series called North Water in Budapest and managed to visit a restaurant incognito for a couple of days, when the staff realized who is returning regularly to eat there – Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes.

If you would think that this restaurant is a big, shiny, expensive spot, well, we have to say you’re wrong – it’s Hari Kebab – a popular but not expensive place in Istvan Street, near the Városliget (City Park).

Nowadays, the actor is wearing a big beard and a cap so it wasn’t quite easy to recognize him, but after four days of eating there, he payed with his credit card so somebody from the staff saw his name on the receipt and told the others who was their guest.

Of course they took a photo together, and the restaurant posted it on their Facebook page by adding that Mr. Farrell told them he ate the best kebab of his life in Hari Kebab.

https://www.facebook.com/harikebab/photos/a.773083772845258/1435773996576229/?type=3&theater

Source: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu

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Svábhegy Observatory reopened: you can watch the stars from Buda hills from now on http://budnews.hu/news/News/1516/svabhegy-observatory-reopened:-you-can-watch-the-stars-from-buda-hills-from-now-on When it comes to observatories in Budapest, everyone thinks of the Planetarium, but there is another institute up in the Buda Hills. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:11:58 GMT Budnews
Svábhegy Observatory reopened: you can watch the stars from Buda hills from now on

Svábhegy Observatory reopened: you can watch the stars from Buda hills from now on

When it comes to observatories in Budapest, everyone thinks of the Planetarium, but there is another institute up in the Buda Hills.

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This is Svábhegy Observatory, that has been closed in the past years due to a renovation, but now it awaits everyone with a renewed website and program offer, only a few minutes from Normafa. It's really worth visiting, because they have the country's largest binocular that can be used to view galaxies, interstellar gas nebulae, sunbursts or moon craters, so basically everything we could imagine.

They have daytime and nighttime demonstrations, H-alpha binoculars to look at details of the sun's surface, and at night we can see moon craters, Jupiter moons and clouds, Saturn's ring, interstellar nebulae and the exploded star remnants. Astronomers give lectures, shows experiments, and even some meteorites can be hand-held or study the material of the shooting stars under microscope.

About the place: The decision to establish an observatory in the Buda Hills was made in 1920, and by 1928 the largest observatory dome of the park, the „Budapest dome”, was completed: the 60 cm Zeiss-Heyde mirrored binoculars were the largest in the country at that time and still a pretty impressive thing.

More detailed programs and prices are available here.

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Winter is coming: these are the 5 best ice skate rinks of Budapest http://budnews.hu/news/News/1515/winter-is-coming:-these-are-the-5-best-ice-skate-rinks-of-budapest These rinks offer pleasant time and fun with the family or with friends . Mon, 18 Nov 2019 07:52:14 GMT Budnews
Winter is coming: these are the 5 best ice skate rinks of Budapest

Winter is coming: these are the 5 best ice skate rinks of Budapest

These rinks offer pleasant time and fun with the family or with friends .

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Although the weather doesn't show it, the ice skating season is here. As every year, we collected the best ice rinks of the city: there are many small ones at every square of Budapest, and many shopping mall save their own, but these 5 places won't disappoint anyone for sure.

City Park Ice Rink

City Park Ice Skating rink is not only the most popular skating rink in Budapest, but also the most famous, as its history dates back to the 19th century. It's the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe, so it's really worth visiting, all the more so they have all services you might need: skate sharpening, skates rental, cafeteria, ice skating training. Opening: from the middle of November, depending on the weather.

Price: 1000-2000 HUF

Saint Stephen's Square

The Christmas fair and the ice skate rink before St. Stephen's Basilica is also a mesmerizing place. This fair has been voted to be Europe's second best Christmas market last year, because of the quality of merchant offering and the atmosphere of the ice rink. Please note, that only children under the age of 14 can use the rink, but it's sill a good destination for families. Opening: 22 November.

Price: free

Ice rink at Óbuda, Fő tér

Just like at St. Stephen's Square, the skating rink will be built in Óbuda's Main Square in connection with the Advent Fair, but it is planned to remain open here until the end of February. This rink has beautiful and charming environment, floodlight, family atmosphere and a Christmas tree in the middle of the rink. Beginners and those wishing to practice can get skating lessons on Saturdays. Opening: 30 November

Price: free

Bálna Budapest

This year Santa Claus will bring the ice rink to the Bálna, as the outdoor ice rink will be welcoming skaters to from December 6, and is scheduled to run until the end of February. This ice rink before Bálna Budapest is city's largest free ice-skating rink. And obviously it has the most beautiful panorama as well: as it’s situated on the Danube-shore, we can admire the river and Buda side with Gellért hill and the Castle.

Opening: 6 December

Price: free

MÜPA

“Kultúr Kültér”, the Winter Series of Müpa returns offering concerts and circus performances with a nearly 350 square meters ice rink from early December. It' really charming here with the spectacular light painting of the building in the background and it's also a good point that we can warm up in heated buffet. Opening: 1 December

Price: Free

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Legendary band KISS set to perform also in Hungary for a last time http://budnews.hu/news/Event/1514/legendary-band-kiss-set-to-perform-also-in-hungary-for-a-last-time- They just announced some new tour dates – luckily, Budapest is included. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 07:31:18 GMT Mia Balogh