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Author: Eszter Vass

3+1 authentic tea houses in Budapest

Tea has been a beloved drink in many cultures for thousands of years. Budapest has many tea houses for enjoying a good cup of tea in a traditional environment. Welovebudapest.com has collected four of the most authentic tea houses in the capital. Flying Bird Tea House The Flying Bird Tea House is probably the only place in Kazinczy Street where customers are greeted with a calm and relaxing atmosphere. At the downstairs counter, you can choose the flavour and strength of your tea or get recommendations to match your mood with the shop’s Chinese and Taiwanese tea collection. Upstairs,...

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Budapest in the 1940s – The peaceful moments of the city in rare colour photographs

Budapest remained unaffected by the Second World War well into the 1940s. These rare colour photographs, courtesy of Fortepan, capture the last peaceful moments of the city and its inhabitants, who went about their daily lives despite the war that raged on in the rest of the world. After the German occupation in 1944, the war arrived to the city in earnest with the Siege of Budapest, during which the Soviets surrounded the capital. 80% of the buildings of Budapest were destroyed or damaged, including all the bridges, as well as the Parliament Building and Buda Castle. (wikipedia) Photos: Fortepan...

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7 Hungarian artists among the world’s most sought-after musicians in 2016, the State Opera is the busiest

According to the Bachtrack British classical event finder website’s statistics, seven Hungarian musicians were among the artists who performed the most in 2016. Moreover, the Hungarian State Opera became the world’s busiest opera house with 305 performances, overtaking even the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, prae.hu reports. Bachtrack, the largest classical event finder has published their annual musical statistics on the most sought-after musicians and singers, the busiest opera and ballet companies, the most popular composers, and the changing musical trends of 2016, based on more than 32 thousand classical events held last year. Based on the data, the...

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Breathtaking drone video of the frozen Lake Balaton

The record-breaking cold weather in the past weeks in Hungary has been challenging, but it also brought some of the most beautiful natural phenomena Hungarian winters can offer. We have previously reported on the ice drift on the Danube, the ice sailing championship held on Lake Tisza, as well as the frozen waterfalls of Óbánya. Lake Balaton also froze, and it’s now covered with 6-8 cm of ice, making it safe for people to take a slippery walk on the surface of the lake. This astonishing drone video by Ádám Pintér shows the frozen lake from above, featuring the...

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Government takes away valuable areas from Budapest Municipality

Real estate, hospitals, secondary schools, fire departments, suburban railway lines, bus lines, tax revenue, among other things: in the past four-five years, the government has taken away a significant amount of the Budapest Municipality’s properties. The mayor thinks it is obvious that the autonomy of the municipality is rapidly decreasing. While previously a series of negotiations preceded any ownership-change, last time, when Erzsébet Square was taken away, only the fact of the change was announced to the municipality, index.hu writes. The new legislation that made Erzsébet Square the government’s property was only halted by President Áder’s veto which called out...

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The “tin hall” of the Budapest Airport is soon to be gone as construction on new pier begins

Terminal B’s temporary building, nicknamed by many as the “tin hall”, welcomed its last flight on Sunday. In the coming weeks, the hall will be dismantled. Still, the functioning of the paddocks at terminal A remains unchanged, budflyer.blog.hu reports. Soon, the construction of a new “passenger pier” will begin, which is the biggest investment at the Budapest Airport since the Skycourt was completed. On Sunday, the Wizz Air flight from Baku was the last one to use the “tin hall” and, until the constructions are finished, passengers of the low-cost, non-Schengen flights will have to board their planes by bus....

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12 destinations in Hungary for each month of the year

Where in Hungary is autumn the most beautiful? Where should we spend the darkest of months? Where to welcome spring? Travelo.hu is trying to answer these questions and more by finding the perfect programme for each month of the new year. January: Snow-covered slopes in Bükkszék You have a great chance of finding snow at this time of the year on the 900-metre peaks of the Bükk mountain. The thermal bath of the village of Bükkszék, a lesser known, but also cheaper destination, has two outdoor thermal pools from where you can admire the landscape and bathe in the...

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What do foreigners think about the Budapest baths?

60% of foreign tourists visit one of the many baths during their holiday in Budapest. But what’s the appeal? Termalfurdo.hu has compiled a guide to the baths of Budapest based on ratings and feedback given by foreigners on tripadvisor.com to find out what tourists think about these extremely popular places. All in all, we can say that tourists have a very high opinion about the baths of Budapest. They like the atmosphere of the old buildings, the traditional baths, especially the ones reminiscent of Turkish times. They are satisfied with the services and the water quality as well. The...

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Jennifer Lawrence arrived in Budapest

The Oscar-winning actress is in Budapest, shooting the spy thriller Red Sparrow, hvg.hu writes. Jennifer Lawrence’s arrival in Budapest was reported by a fan account on twitter. Jennifer Lawrence arrived in Budapest today to film her next project #RedSparrow — Jennifer Lawrence (@JenniferUpdates) 2017. január 2. Jennifer Lawrence is shooting the spy thriller Red Sparrow with Francis Lawrence, director of three of the Hunger Games films. In the thriller, the 26-year-old actress is playing Dominika Jegorova, a Russian spy, who falls for the CIA-agent she is after, and considers becoming a double agent. Jennifer Lawrence is playing opposite Joel...

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The first animal baby of 2017: Giraffe calf born in the Budapest Zoo – PHOTO GALLERY

In the early afternoon of January 1, the female giraffe Santana gave birth to a calf in the Budapest Zoo, zoobudapest.com writes. Soon after the birth, the calf stood up and took its first steps, as it is customary to the species. The mother and the calf are currently placed in a separate stable to assure their peace, but in a few days visitors will be allowed to see the newborn giraffe. Later this month, the new calf will be introduced to the other giraffes, as well. Deer rescued from freezing water – PHOTOS Santana, the mother is the...

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What does Budapest mean to you? – Budapest residents describe their city in one word – VIDEO

An unusual survey called ‘What does Budapest mean to you?’ investigated people’s favourite words in connection with Budapest, szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes. Home, freedom, opportunity – the list of the 100 most popular words begins like this. During the campaign, several thousand words were submitted by residents of the city, and by the end, a rather positive imagine of the city was formed. Here’s a selection of the most popular words that made the list: love, homesickness, buzz, lights, pride, family, bridges, umbilical cord, culture, magic, mom, university, déjà vu, diversity, night, inspiration, ours. The survey was organised by the Municipality...

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Hungarian football referee chosen as the world’s best

The Hungarian Katalin Kulcsár has been chosen as the World’s Best Woman Referee by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), 24.hu reports. According to iffhs.de, football experts from 56 countries decided the winners of the 5th Annual IFFHS Women’s Awards. Kulcsár took the lead in a close competition, earning 5 points more than the 2015 winner, Katarina Monzul, and the winner of 2014 and 2013, Bibiana Steinhaus, who both came 2nd. 5 outstanding Hungarian women at the forefront of history Katalin Kulcsár is the youngest winner in the history of the award. The 32-year-old referee began...

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The biggest Hungarian film successes in 2016

From winning the biggest awards in the film industry to achieving great successes at many European film festivals and being mentioned among the best in the world, 2016 has been an incredible and in many ways unprecedented year for Hungarian films. As the year is drawing to a close, let’s take a look at some of the most defining moments that made Hungarian film history in 2016. Undoubtedly, the most exciting piece of film news from the past 12 months has been the success of Son of Saul. The alternative Holocaust drama directed by László Nemes started off the...

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Hans Zimmer: “I feel at home in Hungary”

Hans Zimmer is currently preparing for his second tour, which will arrive in Budapest early next summer. The Oscar-winning German composer lives in Los Angeles, but he feels at home in Europe and he thinks fondly of Hungary as well, he told the MTI. Following the success of his first ever European tour this year, Hans Zimmer is going on tour again next year. Hollywood’s most popular composer will be accompanied by his 15-member studio band, a symphonic orchestra and a choir, as well as surprise guest musicians. “For 40 years, I didn’t perform in front of an audience...

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Hungarian fashion designer featured in most prestigious international fashion magazine – PHOTO GALLERY

Hanna Cserkuthy, designer of the Whispering Wind brand has been featured in the Christmas edition of the British Vogue, one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in the world. The feature in the magazine’s aspiring-fashion-designers section is Hanna Cserkuthy’s introduction to the international fashion world, and it is a huge opportunity for the young designer, szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes. The 25-year-old designer and her brother, András Cserkuthy, the brand’s manager, devoted a lot of effort to the online presentation of the brand. This is how her dresses were discovered by the British Vogue on her Instagram. OFFICIALLY IN VOGUE 😍❤️🍾 British...

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5 outstanding Hungarian women at the forefront of history

There are countless Hungarian women who, through hard work, talent, and outstanding accomplishments, became role models for men and women alike. Now, here are five incredible Hungarian women who became pioneers in the field of health care, education or science, szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes. Blanka Teleki (1806-1862) A pioneer in women’s education, she founded the first school for girls in Hungary. She spent her childhood secluded in her family castle, but as a young woman, she visited her aunt in Pest, and this visit changed her life. She wanted to study, and her endeavour was supported by her father as well....

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One Hungarian injured in Berlin terrorist attack

Several Hungarians were at the site of the Berlin terrorist attack, including a lángos and a chimney cake seller who were unhurt. A Hungarian woman suffered minor injuries in the attack, she was released from the hospital early next morning, blikk.hu reports. The Hungarian survivor, Ágnes Guba was a few metres away from the truck that killed 12 people and injured 48 at the Berlin Christmas market on Monday. She was walking among the vendors’ booths when she heard a huge crash from behind her. “In the crowd, I couldn’t see what really happened, only that panic-stricken people flooded...

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A great video explaining the Hungarian language in English

The NativLang YouTube channel has released a 6-minute video explaining the Hungarian language for foreigners. The narrator of the video talks about Hungarian suffixes, the history of the language, and why Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages to learn, 24.hu writes. Hungarian isn’t isolated, only the members of our language family got further away from us over the course of history – the NativLang YouTube channel, which explains languages accompanied by simple animations, summarises why Hungarian seems so alone in a sea of Slavic languages, in the middle of Europe. The toughest and funniest Hungarian tongue-twisters The...

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An Australian 15-year-old, with Hungarian roots, on an adventure around the world

What is it like to be a teenage world traveller, whose every possession is in a backpack, who has no home in the conventional sense, and who writes fiction and blogs about her experiences? Réka Kaponay left her home in Melbourne with her family when she was 11, she has visited 34 countries, and she is not planning to go home yet, travelo.hu writes. “Our journeys started in Australia, and we travelled around the country with my parents and my twin brother,” says Réka. They visited the sacred sites of the Aboriginals, and their Dreamtime mythology made a great impression...

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Drug smugglers caught in Budapest – VIDEO

The Budapest Police Headquarters criminal investigation department is investigating the case of a 40-year-old Hungarian man and a 38-year-old Nigerian man who are suspected of drug trade on grounds of reasonable suspicion, nepszava.hu reports. According to currently available information, Tamás Sz. smuggled cocaine from the Netherlands to Hungary on December 10, 2016, on behalf of a Nigerian man. The cocaine was transported in 65 capsules which he had swallowed. Upon arriving in Budapest, he booked an accommodation for the same day in central Budapest. Police uncover new stash of weapons – VIDEO On the morning of December 11, he...

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