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Kecskemet: Hungary’s Architectural Masterpiece

Kecskemét, 86 kilometers from Budapest in the center of Hungary, possesses arguably the most beautiful town center in the entire country. Almost every building on the main square is art nouveau. The finest examples are the Town Hall and the new college, which houses elementary and high schools specializing in music education and named in » Read more

A Toast to Unicum, Hungary’ s National Drink

One of the chief pleasures of visiting another country is sampling its special food and drink. If you visit Hungary you expect to taste the goulash (gulyás), which you may be surprised to find is a soup, not a stew you should also expect to have a shot of the national drink, unicum. Unicum is » Read more

Palkonya: 2007 European Village of Culture

Palkonya: 2007 European Village of Culture

The European Cities of Culture movement was launched in 1985 one for each member country—together with a “Cultural Village of Europe” titleholder for the year. This year the title has been awarded to Palkonya, a settlement of 350 people in southern Hungary, famous for its protected buildings, beautiful natural scenery, and spicy red wine. Each » Read more

Local Customs: Good Guest Behavior in Hungary

Local Customs: Good Guest Behavior in Hungary

If you are invited to a Hungarian home for dinner—as you very possibly will be during a visit, since Hungarians are famed for their hospitality and cuisine—here are a few tips. Take the hostess flowers. Roses are a good choice, but always an uneven number of blooms—even numbers are considered unlucky. A bottle of good » Read more

Hungary: Extreme Fun in Szilvasvarad

For the third year running, the town of Szilvásvárad (translation: plum castle!) is hosting its outdoor festival on May 26. The festival features all manner of extreme sports: rodeo riding, bungee jumping, speed, hot-air ballooning, hang-gliding, and motor sports among others. Great news for Cheapos: the outdoor festival is free of charge. Best of all, » Read more

Fast Food, Hungarian Style: Lángos

No visit to Hungary is complete without trying lángos, the national fast food. A lángos is a deep-fried flat bread made of potato dough. It comes with a choice of toppings: garlic, sour cream, grated cheese, or all three. The name comes from the Hungarian word láng (flame) from the days when the snack was » Read more

Hungary: The Whole Country in One Park

The warm season has started early this year in Hungary. With wall-to-wall sunshine virtually guaranteed throughout the Hungarian summer, now is a good time to check out the National Open Air Museum in Szentendre. Only 20 kilometres from Budapest and set in a beautiful national park, this massive museum features replica villages from each of » Read more

Hungary: How to say “Hello”

Saying hello and goodbye is not an easy business to learn in Hungary. Doing so in a way that will be judged a cultural success depends on how well you know the person you’re greeting, how old they are, and their gender! In families, among work colleagues and friends, and with children, use szia (sounds » Read more

Hungary: A Taste of Tokaj

Hungary: A Taste of Tokaj

Hungary’s tokaj wine (pronounced tock-oi) is justifiably respected all over the world. And tokaj wine growers have always known their stuff. They were the very first to classify wine based on its quality back in the 1600s. The Russian tsars loved the wine so much they kept a Cossak regiment on standby to escort the » Read more

Hungary: The Language of Flowers

Hungary: The Language of Flowers

In the 19th century, Hungarians often used flowers—and not words—to express feelings. The legacy of this means that saying it with flowers in Hungary can be a tricky business. A basic understanding of the symbolism involved may save embarrassment and help make you a more welcome guest. First off, make sure the number of flowers » Read more

Hungary: Holidays on Horseback

Hungary is a dream destination for all budget-conscious fans of horse riding. You can find elegant steeds, beautiful rolling countryside for trail riding, and accommodation on-site with hearty Hungarian meals for very reasonable rates. One such excellent deal can be found at the Tiborcz Equestrian Club, a mere 40 kilometres from Budapest. Once the estate » Read more

Hungary: Peace at Lake Velence

Hungary: Peace at Lake Velence

Everyone has heard of Lake Balaton. Few, however, know the pleasures of Lake Velence, Hungary’s smaller resort lake. The big exceptions to this rule? Hungarians and Poles, who rival locals in their love of the place. The lack of attention probably explains why Velence is less touristy, more peaceful, and cheaper than Balaton. It is » Read more

Hungary: April Fools Joke Caves In

According to local historians, the origin of April Fools jokes goes back to 1623 and a Hungarian court jester, Miklós Móka, who encouraged peasants to play little tricks on the nobility. For years it was common to send young children off to the shops to buy mosquito fat, umbrella seeds, or violin keyboards. Today, mild » Read more

Hungary: Puffs of Nostalgia

Photograph by Conundrum37 The elegance and nostalgia of the steam train can warm even the most unromantic hearts. Recognising this, Hungarian State Railways is offering the chance to step back into the Belle Époque of rail travel with its “nosztalgia” train excursions. There are a wide variety of excursions to choose from: a candle-lit romantic » Read more

Hungary: Paloc Region

Hungary: Paloc Region

If you appreciate rural tourism and distinct ethnic traditions, you will certainly enjoy visiting the hilly country of northeast Hungary, the home of the Palóc people. Palóc traditions combine folk elements of Turkish and eastern origins with a Hungarian way of life. Their rather peculiar dialect of Hungarian is famous for its long vowels. Each » Read more

Hungary: Porkie Dies

Hungary: Porkie Dies

March in Hungary is a bad month for pigs. In villages all over the country, this is pig killing season. The season is marked by colorful, if bloody, rituals. The condemned pig is brought out at sunrise and publicly slaughtered. His blood is immediately rushed away by the village women, who make the traditional pig » Read more

Hungary: Sweet Surprises in Szentendre

Hungary: Sweet Surprises in Szentendre

There are many reasons to visit Szentendre, the old Serbian artist village on the Danube bend. There is one, though, guaranteed to leave sweet memories for visitors of all ages—the Chocolate Museum (Csokimúzeum), on Bogdány Street 2. The exhibition here is dedicated primarily to the work of master confectioner Dobos, who worked in pre-refrigeration days, » Read more

Hungary: Pampering for a Pittance

Hungary: Pampering for a Pittance

Kiskunmajsa in the south of Hungary. Here you can relax in 20 hectares of landscaped park, bathe in both clear and brown mineral waters, swim in the sandy-shored lake, strengthen your immune system in the sauna and jacuzzi, enjoy the four large water slides, and even play giant chess or mini golf—all for the unprincely » Read more