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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 24th 2022

Zebegény - The town has a rich history. By 1251 a Benedictine convent had been built in the valley of the Mill Creek. Records from the 8th century note the existence of the village. The first record of the village name dates from a letter of 1295, when it was called Zebeguen. In the late medieval ages, during the Turkish invasion, the village was almost destroyed. Zebegény and the area repelled the Turkish invasion around 1685. Later the population was reduced by plague. Since the early 1990s, Zebegény has become a popular destination among the people of Budapest. The first villas and week-end houses were built at that time. Due to its extraordinary landscape, healthy, clean air and its historic houses, the town is a favourite week-end retreat among the Budapesters. Starting at the look-out we ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest February 11th 2022

Dear Blog Readers, A lot has happened since I was on the phone to the holiday insurance company on Friday 13th March 2020 (unlucky for some….us) as I was bafflingly being told we had to fly out to a country who had already closed their borders due to the COVID outbreak. Thankfully, 24 hours later, they’d seen some sense and we then began the arduous process of claiming everything back and have now waited nearly two years for the opportunity to finally do the trip we’d (sort of) planned. Our BA flight out on Friday evening was as smooth as ever. Laura began her week of boozing by getting a glass of wine, and we had the inflight entertainment of a hen-do a few rows in front (they even managed to get the pilot out for ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest December 28th 2021

Christmas traditions Hungary It was a grey damp morning outside the beautiful Parliament Building but Adam with his story telling and wonderful sense of humour brightened up the day as he walked and explained the traditions of Christmas in Hungary. When the Soviet-backed Communist Party came to power in Hungary after the Second World War, The Communist Party was on a direct collision course with Christmas, a holiday that brought together many Hungarians each year to contemplate and reflect on their faith. Christmas represented a tradition far older than the regime. According to tradition, the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen, was crowned on Christmas Day in 1,000 AD. Christmas was already associated with the sort of commercialized capitalism that Communist dogma frowned upon. The three major sins of Communism — religion, tradition, and capitalism. T ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest December 23rd 2021

Bálna (The whale) is a large-scale, glass-fronted building on the bank the Danube. It’s terrace is a popular spot to tipple and chat. In the winter the terrace transforms into an ice skating rink. The New Budapest Gallery, one of the largest of its kind in town, with 760 square metres of exhibition space. It focuses primarily on contemporary art, with exhibitions on avant-garde works in the 20th century. The Great Market Hall in Budapest was built in 1897, and is the largest of all Budapest market halls. The market is not just for tourists, it’s a place where locals shop daily, Architecturally it is a protected city monument, and is one of Europe’s finest market halls. It is an airy orange and yellow brick building, full of steel beams and light flooding in through enormous ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest December 11th 2021

Christmas time 2021, I'm reflecting on past travels, going back to the late '70's when I left the U.K. for foreign shores. I packed up my belongings into several suitcases in my bedsit in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. I was headed off to the Holy Land, to become a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. I had a return flight ticket, Heathrow to Tel-Aviv and about £70. I did join an online travel sight, back in 1999, called Virtualtourist, added hundreds of photos and travel tips, but that was sold off and vaporized a few years back, so I have been using Facebook for the last 13 years. I hope I can add to this first post, edit and continue this prologue. ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest November 15th 2021

The 11.7018-kilometer line of the Budapest Children's Railway is the longest railway line in the world where traffic and commercial services are provided by children An enjoyable and informative journey through the leafy woods of Buda. The Children's Railway built in 1984. Run mostly by children aged between 10-14 this narrow-gauge train line crosses the Buda Hills between Széchenyi-hegy and Hűvösvölgy connecting some of the most popular hiking trails of Budapest. It is a throwback to the days of communism, when Hungary, as a satellite state of the Soviet Union, created the Pioneer Railway to give children the chance to learn teamwork and responsibility. During the ride, it is easy to forget that this virtual experience takes place within the city limits of a European capital. url=https://www.heygo.com/tours/budapest-limited-series-childrens-railway?utm_source=... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 20th 2021

The Jewish Quarter is considered to be the inner part of Budapest District 7. It was here that Jewish people started settling down in the late 18th century (the medieval Jewish Quarter the on the Buda side was decimated during the battle between the European allied forces and the Ottomans in 1686.) Budapest's rapid urbanization and economic development at the time presented plenty of business opportunities for Jews, drawing them in increasing numbers. They, in turn, further contributed to the city's progress. By 1867, around the same time as in Western Europe, Jews in Hungary gained full civil rights. As a result, the Jewish population continued to rise and by 1910, more than 23 percent of Budapest’s population was Jewish. The Jewish Quarter became a buzzing neighborhood, teeming with retail stores, kosher restaurants, and three synagogues ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest May 7th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 3rd- 9th May This certainly is a hidden gem. Zsuzsi will be discovering the island in 3 parts Margaret Island is a 225-acre of land on the Danube River in the middle of Budapest, Called Margit-sziget in Hungarian, it is named after Margit, the beautiful daughter of a 13th-century king. The island is shaped like an art nouveau teardrop, an emerald jewel set in a river bordered on either side by the bustling city. Among the island’s century-old oaks and poplars are the ruins of a Dominican convent where the princess lived. Margit—known to the world as St. Margaret of Hungary—became a legend here, beloved and pitied. It was within the convent walls that she, as a teenager, defied her father’s order that she marry a neighboring king. Instead, she devoted herself to God and ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 27th 2021

24 March - Palace Quarter - Budapest. #heygo http://www.heygo.com Adam our guide was a bit late arriving, he made us smile saying he had been bombed by a pigeon and had to clean himself up. With many beautiful buildings in Budapest, this trip was around the old Palace District which forms an inner part of Pest. Known until the communist period as the ‘Magnates’ Quarter’. The two-metre great flood of 1838 caused the collapse of 900 buildings with only 250 surviving. The few buildings in the Palotanegyed which survive from before 1838 include the Chapel of St Roch - the patron saint of plague sufferers built in 1711 in the hope of warding off the plague then devastating Pest, on the site of an early Christian, possibly 4th century, chapel. The oldest known building in the ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 17th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 16th March - Pest Castle area at night I had seen this tour before but during the day so it was nice to revisit at night-time and enjoy the glowing images. We started the tour by the Pest Castle looking down onto the famous Chain Bridge that will be closed shortly for a 3 year renovation. It was lit in green to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day on 17th. The Chain Bridge was built between 1839 and 1849. The main driving force behind the project was the Hungarian Count István Széchenyi. He visited England in 1832 to get ideas for bridge design and particularly admired Hammersmith Bridge in west London. Hammersmith Bridge engineer William Tierney Clark was then hired to design and build the Chain Bridge. The Chain Bridge physically united Buda – the ancient capital of ... read more




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