Before I took the Private Budapest Communist History Walking Tour, I knew very little about life behind the Iron Curtain. As a small child, I’d seen Soviet life depicted on television reports, but I questioned the accuracy of the black-and-white footage of people queuing up to buy bread that was so frequently showed in the west. All I really knew that Hungary’s “Goulash Communism” that dominated from the 1960s onward was more lax than what was found in other parts of the Eastern Bloc.
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December 18, 2014
I love hot springs, and make a point to visit them whenever I travel. I’ve soaked all over the world, from ancient Roman baths to rudimentary stone springs in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, but when it comes to hot springs, nowhere compares to Budapest.
December 14, 2014
With its reputation as a party city, Budapest celebrates Szilveszter, the Hungarian New Year, with a bang. Street parties take place across the city and the explosion of fireworks marks midnight over the Danube River. Public transport operates until 1pm, but stores close at around 4pm and reopen only on January 2. Street Parties Budapest’s […]
December 4, 2014
Budapest is a city that thrums with life by day and night; there is plenty of nightlife to experience, from drinking local beers at ruin pubs in the newly buzzing Jewish Quarter to singsongs to traditional music on boat cruises down the Danube. Here are some suggestions for musical nights out in Budapest.
December 1, 2014
Hungary’s flourishing capital city of Budapest has a turbulent and romantic history – two cities developing separately on either side of the River Danube and united across the Chain Bridge. Having shaken off the shackles of Communism, central Europe’s most enticing city is welcoming by day and parties deep into the night.
November 6, 2014
Much of 19th-century Budapest was built by the ruling Habsburg family, who had laid claim to most of central Europe by the time they kicked the Ottomans out of the city in 1686. They commissioned monumental buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera House and the Danube Palace – both for the city’s millennium celebrations in 1896 – and used the extravagantly Baroque Gödöllö Palace as a retreat from the city; in the 1890s it was the favored summer home of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife, Hungary’s much-adored Elisabeth of Bavaria. Visiting Gödöllö Palace from Budapest makes an entrancing day out as it’s only 30 km (18.5 miles) northeast of Budapest.