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Author: Alexandra Béni

Hungary’s estate market news – Not enough properties, no demand for overpriced ones

According to vg.hu, a significant demand for building sites on sale in Budapest and its agglomeration evolved last year mainly due to the VAT decrease and CSOK (the government’s housing subsidy scheme). The question is: would you find properties for sale in the capital and its vicinity if you started looking now? The situation is quite various in Budapest and the agglomeration. While you could even choose from several properties in the 18th district or Érd, the supply is moderate in the 4th and 15th district, and there’s basically nothing left in the 11th district. Or what’s left is on...

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This is why Budapest is a popular location for Hollywood super productions

Condé Nast Traveler recently published an article titled Why Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence and more are spending time in Budapest, looking for an answer to why our capital city is so popular among movie makers these days. They do this by going through hotels, sights, bars and restaurants featured in Hollywood productions. Even if you haven’t been to Budapest, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen Evita, Inferno or other movie productions that were filmed in our capital. Budapest has already been presented as the wartime Paris, Berlin and the Buenos Aires of the 50s. The attractive Hungarian tax rebate...

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Hungarian break dancers put on a show for Pope Francis – VIDEO

According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, Pope Francis was able to enjoy the amazing five-minute performance of a Hungarian break-dance formation called TOP4 at the Liana Orfei Circus’s special event at the end of December. The members of the group, Rudolf Horváth, Zoltán Szabó, Ferenc Vígh and Dávid Szabó said that they could tell that the pope very much enjoyed the performance and was clapping, smiling the whole time. The talented break dancers come from Győr. While they are members of different teams, they always get together for special performances. Even though the team is acknowledged countrywide, they told gyor.offmedia.hu that the popularity...

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Could Budapest become a “startup capital”?

“Let Budapest be one of Europe’s startup capitals” – this mostly utopian goal is written in a document called Hungary’s Digital Startup Strategy (DSS), which was published at the end of the last year by the government. Mno.hu writes that the quite long professional document has a background: startup strategy is part of the Digital Wellbeing Programme launched a few years ago, which determines the government’s vision of novice digital enterprises until 2020. Startups usually signify new enterprises based on technical innovation, which aim to compete at the world market from the beginning, because their activity is not limited...

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National Geographic lists Budapest as an unexpected city for food lovers

National Geographic recently collected six places where you can unexpectedly meet tastes of each corner of the world. Welovebudapest.com reports that Europe is represented by Budapest in the article from three aspects. It seems like they were captivated by our food scene 😉 The article recommends gastronomic adventures in different places by three aspects: they list the best neighbourhoods for food frenzy, getting fancy and DIY-s. Regarding the best neighbourhood for food frenzy, they suggest that – especially if you only have a few days to spend in the capital – one should definitely spend it in the 7th district. There’s no...

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Hungarian medal rain at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships

Speed skating has been an emerging sport in Hungary for some years now, the Hungarian team comes home from most competitions with several medals. This is exactly what happened at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships held in Torino last week, where they finished with one gold and five silver medals. Regarding the men’s field, Shaolin Sándor Liu won Hungary’s first European Champion title at 1000 metres. According to m4sport.hu, the World Champion (500 metres) athlete also did great in the 3000 metres super final and with his one-one silver medal these make him the most successful skater...

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What causes earthquakes in Hungary?

According to origo.hu, compared to other regions of the Earth, the Carpathian Basin counts as a relatively peaceful place from a seismic view. But the truth is that it is not peaceful at all. Due to the very deep plate tectonic processes, more than one million quakes bust the crust every year. The majority of these quakes can only be detected by special instruments, the number of moderately strong (at least magnitude 6 on the Richer scale) earthquakes is only around 200, while there’s only 2-3 truly destructive (magnitude 8 or more) earthquake every year. Hot upwelling from the...

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Funny videos of Hungarian athletes abroad

Several Hungarian athletes choose to practice their sports abroad, which is totally fine. However, sometimes they do and say quite interesting things. There have been two videos going around in the past days: one about hockey player Ádám Vay and the other about football player Róbert Feczesin. It’s up to you to decide if they’re on the funny or the embarrassing side. Index.hu writes that goal keeper Ádám Vay has played 18 matches as the member of hockey team Minnesota Wild in the Quad City Mallards, which counts as the third league. And he’s already over his first fight, which...

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6 things you should know before coming to Budapest

Barbara Litzlfellner has published several posts on matadornetwork.com about our capital city and the life here, in the heart of Central Europe. She recently came out with a new article, which is not an ordinary approach towards a touristic topic – she collected six things that all travellers should understand before coming to Budapest. Welovebudapest.com writes that we can run into frustrating situations caused by tourists in the city centre every day. For instance, you might be in a rush, but there’s a beerbike in front of you with twelve tipsy Dutch, or you might want to ask a...

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Danube’s incredible drift ice in the 1900s – Photo Gallery

Danube and its drift ice has been keeping Hungarians occupied in the last days, which is no surprise considering that it’s been four years since this natural phenomenon last occurred. Despite the frostily low temperature, many people go out to the river coast to check out and photograph this amazing spectacle. According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, this is exactly what happened during the cold winters of the 1900s. They collected some photos from Fortepan, home of the most special photos from the past, that depict how the sensation looked like in the previous century. To give some heads up about the phenomenon:...

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Academy Award Winner László Nemes Jeles’ new movie is on the way

According to origo.hu, the Hungarian National Film Fund supports the Academy Award Winner Son of Saul’s director, László Nemes Jeles’ new movie, Sunset, with around 4.9 million euros (one and a half billion forints). This is the second biggest fund ever given to a Hungarian movie. The shooting will start in the summer. Only the movie Kincsem received a bigger fund than Sunset in the history of the state organisation. The Film Fund has previously assessed ~71,500 euros (22 million forints) for the development of the movie’s screenplay and ~212,000 euros (65 million forints) for the preparation of the...

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Hollywood superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Jamie Foxx are in Hungary

It’s only been two weeks since Jennifer Lawrence arrived to Hungary to shoot spy thriller Red Sparrow, but more photos have been taken of her than of Ryan Gosling all together during his five-month stay. Meanwhile, another movie is also in the making in Budapest, with Jamie Foxx. Origo.hu writes that the newest photo of the Academy Award winner actress was published on Wednesday morning. She’s standing near a Range Rover with a Hungarian registration plate while trying to protect her dog called Pippi from the ringing frost. The photo was taken by one of Blikk’s photographers, you can...

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15 shocking facts about Hungary – VIDEO

We always love seeing videos about Hungary and what foreigners highlight about our culture and history. Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu recently came across a video in which a British vlogger lists 15 facts he found shocking about Hungary. He starts with a quite funny misbelief, and goes on with further interesting facts. Some of the facts are quite well known, but most of them are actually interesting ones that you might haven’t heard yet. Let’s see what the Travelling Weasels channel found shocking about Hungary. Musical condoms were invented by a Hungarian company – This is actually a hoax, which spread in the...

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A special calendar with beautiful women of manly professions

Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that twelve women, who work in jobs which are mostly practiced by men, try to attract attention to the prevention of cervical cancer and rehabilitation through a special initiation. They created a charity calendar which was launched on the 9th of January. All the money that comes from the marketing of the calendar will go to Mályvavirág Charity, which aims to raise awareness and inform more and more women about this disease. “Our jobs are not monotonous or boring at all. We spend every weekend in a different city, or, at least, different concert venues, so we...

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Estate prices continue to rise in Hungary

Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that the average square metre price of new apartments was 500 thousand forints (~1619 euros) in the beginning of January, while the price of used apartments was around 377 thousand forints (~1221 euros). Regarding the countryside, ingatlan.com’s survey showed that the square metre price of new apartments are the highest in Debrecen, Kecskemét and Veszprém. The prices show significant differences by region. For instance, the average square metre price of new homes in Budapest is 588 thousand forints, while in case of used apartments it was around 458 thousand. The same rate of new homes varies between 339-392...

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The astonishing frozen nature of Óbánya – Photo Gallery

As you might have experienced in the latest days, the weather has been unusually cold in Hungary. Most people prefer to stay home in these conditions if they can, but, luckily, there are adventurous photographers who go out to capture the beautifully frozen nature. Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu came across Norbert Mag’s photos, who visited Óbánya and captured the icy wonders along Öreg Stream. The village of Óbánya can be found in Baranya County, in East Mecsek, in a lovely valley near Mecseknádasd. Due to its natural and artificial beauty, Óbánya is frequently referred to as the “Hungarian Switzerland”. Several hiking trails cross the...

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Amazing videos of the icy Danube

The natural phenomenon that has charaterised River Danube these past days is very rare in Hungary: it’s been a lot of years since we saw drifts of ice in front of the Parliament. Several websites have been posting beautiful photos and videos of the frozen natural wonder, out of which we want to share three amaing videos with you. Origo.hu shared a breath-taking drone video of Danube, which was shot by FlyingEyes Media: Idokep.hu also shared two videos of the river: one was shot by their web camera at the Palace of Arts, while the other was shot by...

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A Hungarian metro station listed among the most beautiful in the world

Metros have been making our lives easier for many years as they are quick ways of public transportation. However, in today’s rushing world we tend to get lost in our minds and, mostly, phones, and don’t even pay attention to our surroundings. The Blonde Salad thinks that this is why we might end up missing true underground works of art. They collected some of the most beautiful stops in the world and even included a Hungarian metro station. The Blonde Salad is a blog created by Chiara Ferragni and Riccardo Pozzoli in 2009, and it is listed among the...

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These are the apartments that Hungarian billionaires buy in Budapest

Penzcentrum.hu collected the most expensive estate developments in Budapest. They averaged the square metre price of almost 11 thousand newly built apartments in the capital city to put together a top list. News about Hungarian apartment market used to be about the lack of developments and low demand until a few years ago. But this has changed: developers are more and more active, the demand is huge and it seems like this tendency will continue in the upcoming years as well. This is proved by the newest data from the Budapest Apartment Market Report. While the joined collection of...

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Jobbik’s master plan for 2018

Could Gábor Vona be the hope of leftist voters in 2018? This would’ve been inconceivable a few years ago, but it seems like it has become the main strategy of Jobbik. Index.hu writes that they started breaking through the wall towards the MSZP-DK voters, because they have realised that they will need all opposition votes to win in the individual districts. Vona has planned a risky strategy for 2018. Gábor Vona has been talking more and more openly about his strategy for the upcoming period. The president of Jobbik wants to win the 2018 elections, for which he doesn’t...

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