Hungary is famous for many things, such as its rich history, delicious cuisine, amazing architecture, thermal baths, the beautiful city of Budapest, and many other things. But Hungarians have more things to be proud of, like the number of Guinness records Hungarians have set. Below you can read a selection of the most unusual ones.
On 24 April 2006, András Halasi set a record with the largest restaurant menu. Mófarguru in Budapest prides itself on a splendid menu of a total of 192 pages listing 1,810 items. In addition to Hungarian, it was available in English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish. Unfortunately, it seems that the restaurant has since closed.
Balázs Havasi set this record in 2009 at the Hungarian Music Academy in front of an audience. He hit the same key 498 times in just 60 seconds.
Béla Varga and his son, Gábor, made a giant book, which got the title of the world’s biggest book back in 2009. The book looks like a codex, and its title is Our Fragile Nature Heritage. It presents the wildlife and natural value of the Zemplén Mountains, with illustrations. The book has 346 pages, weighs 1,420 kg, has a height of 4.18 metres and a width of 3.77 metres.
Péter Kenyeres and Tamás Kenyeres began to collect licence plates in the 1990s. In 2011, their work turned into a great achievement when their name made it to the Guinness World Records. Their collection consists of 11,345 different number plates from a total of 133 countries.
In 2009, in Paris, 2,515 pairs were slow dancing at the same time in the wonderful city of Paris. In 2012, even more people gathered to slow dance in Budapest, breaking the French record.
The world’s largest postcard was painted by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in eight cities of Hungary. The postcard is truly impressive with its 86.4 square metres. The giant postcard was presented in Millenáris Park on October 12 back in 2013, on the World Arthritis Day, organised by the Association of Hungarian Rheumatic Patients.
In 2014, a 34.76-metre-tall tower was built of 450,000 pieces in front of St. Stephen Basilica in Budapest. According to the rules, no type of glue could be used, and the tower was torn down the day after setting the record. The record was later broken by Denmark and Germany as well.
György Kovács was only 23 years old when he set the record in 2017. At the time, he worked at an American restaurant chain in Liverpool, which helped him organise the record attempt. He flipped a bottle 146 times in one minute, using only the back of his hand.
Zoltán Szabó works in agriculture and has an impressive apple tree cultivation. He has Red Jonaprince apples, which grow to a bigger size than other apple types, but one morning, his employee found an apple that was suspected to set a record. And so it happened that the record-sized apple weighed 900 grams, almost 1 kg.
Dr Dóra Rákóczi has been collecting items depicting pandas for 31 years. In March 2021, she showcased Hungary’s largest plush panda collection. Over 1,000 plush pandas are stored in her home in plastic bags. But even more items, images, magnets, pens, and other things resembling or depicting pandas can be found in her enormous collection, amounting to another 2,500 items.