Hungarian Christmas trees would not be complete without Christmas candy (szaloncukor), a local specialty. This delicacy, which comes with different fillings, covered in chocolate and wrapped in colourful foil, is a real hungaricum. The origin of this confectionery, similar to bonbons, is fondant sugar from France, which became popular in Hungary in the 1800s. Wealthy families welcomed their guests in their parlour (“szalon”) with small bowlfuls of this delicacy. Hence the name “szaloncukor” (salon sweet). There are various manufacturers in Hungary that still make this delicacy with the utmost attention and care. Let’s see who they are.
There are many traditions and believes connected to St. Martin’s Day in Hungary. Due to a folk legend St. Martin was famous for his generosity, and modesty. The tradition of the goose feast and the celebration of the new wine is also attached to his name, and as is he became the symbol of hospitality.
Ferenc Erkel Hungarian composer and conductor, director of the Hungarian Royal Opera House opened in 1844, was born 210 years ago on 7 November 1810. The music of the Hungarian national anthem based on the poem “Himnusz” by Ferenc Kölcsey was composed by Erkel, just like he was the founder of the Hungarian national opera. The premiere of the most important masterpiece of his life-work Bánk Bán, which is still considered as one of the most significant pieces of the Hungarian opera literature and regularly played in the repertoire of the Hungarian National Opera House, was held on 9 March 1861.
Pleasantly warm rays from the sun, yellowing leaves and a sunset that occurs ever earlier as the days go by are all part of Budapest’s autumnal atmosphere. This is the best time for exploring the city on foot and for immersing ourselves in its unparalleled beauty.
Restaurants offering excellent food made without animal products have quickly spread across the Hungarian capital over the past few years – much to the delight of vegans and non-vegans alike. Let us collect a few restaurants serving vegan dishes that will surely not disappoint
What is this? Known in China for 5000 years, this drink arrived in Europe in the early 1600s; the British drink it instead of coffee and there are more than 3000 varieties. It’s tea, of course. Now, as the days are getting shorter, the leaves are turning yellow and it will soon be time to get the winter coat out of the cupboard. We need something warming, something that lifts our spirits or even heals us. Let there be tea! Here’s our guide to tea in Budapest.
The European Cultural Tourism Network’s Awards Jury has selected the candidature of Budapest Festival and Tourism Center as a finalist.
On 10 September, the #PowerOfLiveEvents initiative has left the virtual space and converted into an all-day live conference with Budapest Convention Bureau’s and the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre’s support and the cooperation of the industry associations. In the presence of hundreds of participants populating the conference room of the Puskás Arena, in the framework of a wide-ranging industry collaboration, the safe protocol and COVID handbook of business events and future events that play an important role in the relaunch of the Hungarian economy and the life of Budapest was presented. However, minimizing risks does not mean that we should give up the experiences and creative solutions provided by live events.
Due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases the Hungarian government will close its borders to foreigners from 1st September.
A new rail connection was established between Budapest – Vienna (Wien Hbf.) – Brno (Brno hl. n.) – Prague (Praha hl. n.), which will be operated twice a day by the Czech Republic’s largest privately owned railway company, RegioJet from 31 July.
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