Budapest provides an excellent backdrop for a romantic vacation. It’s obvious, given all of its elegant restaurants, cozy little cafés, unique thermal baths and cultural events. But still... can you think of anything more intimate than a walk for two, far from the noise of the city?
It’s safe to say that there is no wine lover in the world who has not heard of the famous Hungarian Tokaji. However, adventurous visitors can enjoy many other bottled wonders in Hungary apart from the unique dessert wine, be they white, rosé or red wines.
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.
The annual BudapestPride Parade is taking place on the historical streets of the city today. On this special occasion, check out our brand new LGBTQ+ Budapest guide. Happy Pride!
The strict coronavirus-related restrictions in Budapest are extended until 1st March 2021. The current curfew between 8 pm and 5 am stays in place. The restrictions on entering the country are still active. Here’s what you need to know about the recent changes and ongoing restrictions.
The warmer weather of spring brings its hundreds of forgotten colors of a brightening city!
For decades, the Budapest Advent and Christmas Market has been the highlight of the Advent period in the capital, during which nearly eight hundred thousand visitors a year selected products from Hungarian artisans. Last year, Ryanair chose the Budapest Christmas Market as one of the best festivities in Europe, but this year, due to the epidemic situation, Christmas Markets will not be held in the capital. The tourism organization of the capital therefore helps the masters of the Hungarian Handicraft Association with this unusual online platform before the holidays.
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