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16January Museums in Budapest

Bartók Memorial House

The former house of Béla Bartók (1881-1945), a prominent Hungarian pianist, regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, serves today as a museum. The house was built in 1924 and it was Béla Bartók's last residence in Hungary before seeking asylum in the US in 1940. Some of his masterpieces like the 'Sonata For Two Pianos' or the 'Contrasts' were composed here. Photos, furniture and some of his personal belongings are exhibited in the two-story building. The first floor was converted into a concert hall where classical music performances are held regularly. Béla Bartók’s compositions 'The Miraculous Mandarin' and 'Bluebeards Castle' are played all over the world and are probably his best-known works.
Opera    

The building fits well in with the similary elegant neighbourhood on Andrássy Avenue. Hungary's greatest Historicist architect, Miklós Ybl designed the building for the Millennium celebrations in 19th century. Construction started in 1875 and the building was finished in 1884. Hundreds of statues and paintings decorate the Budapest Opera House both inside and out.
Parlament

The largest building in the country, the permanent site of the national assembly. Parliament sits on the Danube embankment with its entrance looking out over Kossuth Square. The neo-Gothic building is the work of architect Imre Steindl, and was constructed between 1884-1904. It has 691 rooms, is 268 m long and its cupola rises 96 m into the air. The staircase is embellished with frescos by Károly Lotz and sculptures by György Kiss. The most important work of art in the Parliament is the painting by Mihály Munkácsy “The Conquest”. Since 2000 the Hungarian coronation regalia is exhibit here: St.Stephan’s Crown, the scepter, orb and Renaissance sword.
Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum

The Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum is dedicated to the famous Hungarian piano virtuoso, composer and music teacher of the 19th century. The museum is located in the Old Academy of Music, founded by Liszt, where the great composer had a 1st-floor apartment. Liszt spent a significant part of the last five years (from 1881 to 1886) of his life here and his furniture, portraits, books, pianos along with other personal belongings are on display. Equipped with a concert hall, musical performances are held in the museum every Saturday at 11 am. In the hall you can see a copper plate, which was on the door of Liszt's apartment, saying that 'Ferenc Liszt is at home between 3 pm and 4 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays'.
House of Terror

The House of Terror Museum commemorates the victims of both the Communist and the Nazi regimes in Hungary. The building served as the former headquarter of the ultra-right (Nazi) party in 1940, and its basement was used as a prison. During Communism, the building was taken over by the State Security (Hungarian version of the KGB). Hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, were tortured in the House of Terror. The exhibition is well thought-out, from beginning to end. Some parts may not be clear for visitors, as they have more of a symbolic meaning for Hungarians. It's difficult to even imagine what it must have been like, but try sitting for a moment in one of the cells with the door closed...

Memento Park – Statue Park

Memento Park, a Communist-themed outdoor museum located just outside Budapest, is a reminder of the fall of tyranny. In 1989, when Hungary chose to embrace a free market economy, the new government removed many of the statues and monuments identified with the former Communist regime. Now, these formerly revered relics of an unfulfilled dream stand together, providing unique experience. Anyone with even a remote interest in the country's history will find the short trip worthwhile.

Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center pays tribute to the victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. The complex, inaugurated in 2004, houses a synagogue, a museum and an inner courtyard with a glass memorial wall dedicated to the over 500,000 victims with their names inscribed on the wall. The museum's permanent exhibition tells the history of the Holocaust through the stories of individuals in an interactive way. Original documents and personal belongings are on display.
Visiting to the Hospital in the Rock
You are invited to the sensational touristic attraction of Hungary, the former top secret Military Hospital and Nuclear Bunker – under the codename of LOSK 0101/1 – beneath the Buda Castle that is now open to the public.
To recreate the feeling, the exhibition displays much of the original and contemporary artifiacts in diaoramas with over 70 wax figures, further bringing to life the sights that one might have seen when the Hospital and shelter were operational.

Museum of Applied Arts

The Art Nouveau building of Museum of Applied Arts was built between 1893 and 1896 to the plans of Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. It is one of the most characteristic and most representative forms of Lechner's architectural style, featuring Hungarian folk ceramics, including  Zsolnay pottery and majolica, also showing Islamic and Hindu motifs. The Museum of Applied Arts has a rich collection of European decorative arts, arranged in the following collections: Collection of Furniture, Collection of Metalwork, Collection of Textiles, Collection of Ceramics and Glass. In addition, the museum has a public library collection.

House of the Hungarian Secession

One of the hidden treasures of Secessionist architecture in Budapest, the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau features a unique permanent exhibition of the fine world of Art Nouveau, giving an insight into the atmosphere of middle-class life in Budapest in the ”happy pre-war times”.
Museum of Fine Arts

It was built for the Millenium in 1896 in eclectic style. The Museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions too. It has got the second largest Spanish collection after the Prado, in Madrid, but it also has great Italian, French and German paintings.

Art Gallery

The Gallery built in 1896 in eclectic style. This is the largest museum in the capital, and in the whole country. It has got only temporary exhibitions.

 

 

 
16January Cafes & Restaurants

Are you looking for a good cup of coffee, or a fantastic cake in Budapest? Now, that won’t be a problem, as Budapest is full of good cafés, mouth-watering pastries, marzipans, etc.

Café Gerbeaud

Cafe Gerbeaud is one of the most elegant historical cafes in Budapest. The café was founded by Henrik Kugler in 1858 in Viennese style during the high times of the of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and expanded by its later owner, Emil Gerbeaud. Sumptuous interior with graceful chandeliers, marble-topped tables, lavish fine wood paneling, gold-plasters and statuettes, etc. It is also a restaurant and a bar.


New York
Café
New York Cafe is in the recently renovated opulent five-star hotel, in the New York Palace, in a busy part of Budapest. It is a historical venue where the big names of Hungarian literature and movie making got together and an opulent coffee house and bar – one of the oldest grand cafés of the fin de siecle Budapest. Both smoking and non-smoking parts.

Café Callas

Café Callas is a hip cafe and restaurant right at the Opera House. From strudels and coffees to sushi or Hungarian dishes, you will find all kinds of dishes and rinks on the menu. Nice interior, big windows, prices towards the higher end.

Cafe Gerloczy

A place to have an ideal breakfast in downtown Budapest. Cafe Gerloczy is a coffee house and a restaurant at the same time, with fresh, fresh, fresh croissants.

Café Centrál

Café Centrál has a good central location, and it is also spacious and bright. Insert it in your Váci utca and Central Market Hall shopping program or just a walk along the River Danube on the Pest side of Budapest.

Cafe Szamos

There are several Szamos branded cafes in Budapest (one even in the Zoo), and probably the most conveniently located Szamos Caféis on the grand boulevard, within the luxury hotel, Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The Szamos brand is primarily associated with marzipan but the coffee houses & confectioneries serve a wide range of cakes and pastries alongside the marzipan figures. The Szamos business was founded in 1935.

Café Ruszwurm
Café Ruszwurm is a 2 min walk from the Matthias Church and you should not miss it. Confectioner Ferenc Schwabl started the business in 1827. Great pastries and beautiful Biedermeier interior with remnants of the old confectionery industry, glass cabinets, etc. (officially declared to be protected as the most important confectionery complex in Hungary). There are also various porcelain figures from the sweet past e.g. bishops with sweets under their high cap, with a red flag in their hands and a prayer book under their arms; pretty horses whose neck can be taken off to offer candies from their belly, etc..

Liszt Ferenc tér –  one minute walk from Oktogon, on a sunny day this is by far the most popular destination in town with the largest selection of fashionable bars and restaurants. Huge silver birches towering overhead provide much needed shade from the sun, and in the centre is a statue of the square’s namesake, Ferenc Liszt. At the south end of the square is the renowned Liszt Academy where today’s and tomorrow’s musical virtuosos regularly give performances.
Raday utca – Near Kalvin square a fractionally more sophisticated and cosier option, the number of bars and restaurants on Raday utca has doubled in the last two years, its growing popularity perhaps due to its proximity to three universities and the need for a less mainstream alternative to the aforementioned Liszt Ferenc square. Choose from a selection of restaurants including Hungarian, Italian, Scottish and even Persian.
Vörösmarty square – If you’re in the Vaci utca vicinity and you need somewhere to rest your feet, Vörösmarty tér also has a selection of large cafés which are custom tailored for tourists.

Night life
If you like atmospheric jazz bars, outdoor music lounges or palatial dance clubs, Budapest's exciting nightlife always has something in store for you! Every weekend, and even on most weekdays, people love going out in Budapest. Most clubs, pubs, strip bars and discos are open until very late or even the next morning.

A38
Opened in April 2003, and already the hottest club in Hungary, A38 used to be a Ukrainian stone-carrier. Built in 1938 – hence the name - it was dragged all the way from the Ukraine to Budapest and underwent extensive reconstruction before reopening as the A38. Today it’s a club offering the best of live international beats, from Cameroonian singer Richard Bona to Tokyo-born DJ Krush, regarded by many as the best DJ in the world.

 
Lake Balaton

The "Hungarian Sea" as it is called by the whole nation. A 50-mile long lake with silky green-yellow water in the middle of Transdanubia. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary's most precious treasures and most frequented resorts. It is also the largest lake in Central Europe. The Southern shores are ideal for small children because of the shallow water but on the North shore the water gets deeper instantaneously. The summer water temperature is around 24C, which is warmer than the average air temperature in the morning and in the evening. The water and the sleek mud of the lake are excellent remedies for neurogycal problems, anaemia and nervous fatigue.

Picturesque vineyards in the region produce an assortment of excellent wines that go very well with the delicious local food. Large numbers of hotels and restaurants welcome guests from home and abroad.


Keszthely
, the oldest settlement of Lake Balaton was an important hub of commerce in Roman times. The beautiful Festetics Mansion with its ornate wrought iron gate, surrounded by an English park, is the third largest chateau in the country. All you may wish to know more about Lake Balaton, including its formation, flora and fauna, the history of bathing culture, waterborne traffic and archaeological and ethnographic memorabilia of 7,000 years, can be seen at the Balaton Museum.


Badacsony
, the hill is an extinct casket-shaped volcano. Its slopes are covered with some very strange geological formations, fossilized lava columns called "basalt organs" as well as vineyards which produce the excellent wine of the Pauline monks called "Grey Friar". One of the two hundred year old press houses is home to one of the most popular restaurant. Its terrace also offers an excellent panorama.


Tihany,
the twin-towered church of the Tihany peninsula is distinctly visible far and wide. The peninsula has been inhabited almost for a thousand years, is of volcanic origin, and has a profusion of rare plants and animals. The crypt of King András I, founded in 1055, survived the turbulent past and still stands in its original form. The present church was built over the crypt in the 18th century in Baroque style and has many precious wood carvings. In the Museum of the Benedictine Abbey, you can find an exhibition about ancient times. There are frequent organ concerts in the abbey church in the summertime.


Hévíz
is extremely fortunate to have its Thermal Bath that has been attracting visitors for more than two centuries. The Lake is covered with water-lilies and extends over an area of approximately 30 square-miles, with a depth of 118 feet at the centre. It is the second largest hot-water lake in the world, at a temperature of 90°F open-air bathing is very pleasant even in winter. Treatments are conducted under the supervision of specialized doctors from the Hospital of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.

 

 
Great Plain

The Great Hungarian Plain is an agriculture region which makes up 80% of Hungary's land mass. Across this great plain from North to South, meanders the Tisza River, a tributary of the Danube.
The cultural landscape of the Hortobágy Puszta consists of a vast area of plains and wetlands in Eastern Hungary. Traditional forms of land use, such as the grazing of domestic animals, have been present in this pastoral society for more than 2000 years.
The Great Hungarian Plain has a Northern and a Southern part. Lake Tisza is a separate touristic sight and region in the area of the North Plain.
Main cities in the region are Debrecen, Nyíregyháza and Szolnok. In the Southern area: Kecskemét, Békéscsaba and Szeged.

In the Northern Great Plain region of Hungary you you can a have a taste a bit of everything:

  • endless, flat steppe, the “puszta” in Hungarian with grazing grey cattle,
  • well-preserved village life and folk art,
  • thermal baths and spas where you can relieve the pain in your aching joints,
  • towns with historical and cultural sights,
  • welcoming restaurants with tasty local food.

Although Southern Great Plain is the region of the Puszta, an infinite flat land with peculiar natural treasures this area has countless other less known attractions in store for you.

  • some lively cities with stunning architecture, interesting museums and with vivid cultural life
  • small villages where people preserve the folk customs and crafts of their ancestors
  • thermal baths with medicinal waters
  • regional culinary delights

The beauties of the Puszta inspired several Hungarian poets (Sándor Petőfi, János Arany, Gyula Juhász) and writers who created some of the most memorable lyrics of Hungarian literature.  Famous Hungarian horse breeds like Nóniusz or Furioso at Mezőhegyes, which also has a coach museum.


 

 
Northern Hungary

Although this is one of the smallest regions of Hungary, you can find three areas, which have been declared parts of the World Heritage: Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hollókő and the karst of Aggtelek. But several other natural and historical attractions can be found in the region, too.
One of the greatest treasures of the region is the delicious grapes and wines. Viniculture and the love for wine have become inseparable from people's lives here: the tradition is handed down from father to son.
We must not forget the other wine-regions nearby: in the neighbourhood of Gyöngyös, at the foot of the Mátra hills the ottonel muscatel and the termini are especially delicious and the bikavér (bull's blood) of Eger is famous all over the world.
Those who are interested in baths can visit the Cave Bath of Miskolctapolca with its special atmosphere, but the beneficial effects of the thermal baths in Mezőkövesd and Bogács are well-known, as well.
Visiting the region it is worth looking at the famous Matyó embroidery or simply enjoying the nice dialect of the locals. Special dialects are preserved by not only the Matyó people but also by the Palots communities. Their folk traditions are still living and spectacular, their relics can be seen in the Palots Museum of Balassagyarmat. The Easter traditions are also preserved, when the locals all wearing their folk costumes sprinkle the girls. Hollokö is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement. This village, which developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century.

The monuments in the region show that this area played an important part in the history of the country. King Béla IV was defeated by the Mongols at Muhi, István Dobó defended the castle of Eger against the Turks, István Bocskai was elected as prince in Szerencs. Zemplén belonged to the Rákóczi family: national assemblies were held in the Sub Rosa Hall of the castle of Sárospatak, in the castle of Ónod and in the Rákóczi house in Miskolc

 

 
Transdanubia

In Central Transdanubia, Hungary you'll encounter a fascinating combination of royal cities, tiny villages snuggling in valleys, divine wines, culinary delights and natural treasures. Perhaps the most dynamic region of Hungary after Budapest is the Western Transdanubia where the nearness of Austria and the unique natural resources, together with the regions history and traditions enabled the area to establish prosperous industry and tourism. Ethnic minorities living in the region (Germans, Croats) take pride in their tresaures and traditions and manage to preserve them which add a special atmosphere to Western Hungary. Visitors to the Western Transdanubia region can explore the culture and history of the region, through the medieval castles, baroque palaces and churches.
Hiking through the Pannon, Kõszegi or Soproni Hills, or the untouched lands of Fertõ-Hanság, Írottkõ or Szigetköz is popular and relaxing in thermal baths.

Southern Transdanubia, a varied landscape with flat terrains stretching betwen green hills, and valleys, lies south of Lake Balaton, the Danube bordering it on the west and the river Dráva on the south.

Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary. In 2010 Pécs was selected to be the European Capital of Culture sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. The city's motto is: "The Borderless City". After receiving the title major renewal started in the city.Renewed public places, streets, squares and neighbourhoods, new cultural centers, a concert hall, a new library and center and a cultural quarter were designed.
This mediterranean island has exciting attractions for the visitors in store:

  • historic cities and sights
  • thermal baths
  • hiking, horse riding
  • folk traditions
  • cultural programs
  • food and wines

 The warm, temperate climate with lots of sunshine make this region a popular tourist destination within Hungary.

 
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