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  • Zsolnay fountain in Pécs

    Zsolnay fountain in Pécs

    Situated on the southside of Széchenyi tér in front of St. Sebastian’s Church, is the famous Zsolnay fountain. Featuring an iridescent metallic glaze with a pagan bull’s head, the fountain was created in 1912 by Andor Pilch and is a tribute to a time when some 50 water fountains flowed in the city. It is [...]

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    | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • A slice of Hungary: traditional cakes and pastries

    A slice of Hungary: traditional cakes and pastries

    Hungarians have a great reputation for their gulyás (goulash) and paprikáscsirke (chicken paprika). But Hungarians aren’t only masters of savory foods, they know a thing or two when it comes to dessert! There’s a great amount of Hungarian cakes and pastries that deserve just as much attention. Here are some of the most popular desserts [...]

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    | April 8, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Busójárás Carnival in Mohács

    Busójárás Carnival in Mohács

    Exactly seven weeks before Easter, the streets of Mohács come alive with the annual Busójárás Carnival. The pre-Lent festival features locals wearing wholly cloaks and scary wooden masks while parading and dancing in the streets to celebrate the end of winter. Busójárás lasts six days, starting on Thursday and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. [...]

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    | March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Best panoramic views of Budapest

    Best panoramic views of Budapest

    Few people visit Budapest without getting at least one amazing view, usually from a high point. Providing skies are relatively clear and there are less crowds depending on the time of the day, here’s where to go for the best panoramic views of the city. Just don’t forget your camera! Gellért Hill (Gellért-hegy) Visible from almost [...]

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    | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • 5 things to do in Budapest on a rainy day

    5 things to do in Budapest on a rainy day

    You spent months planning a trip to Budapest. Now it’s raining. Don’t fret. Contrary to what most people may think, a rainy day doesn’t mean a bad day. Here are some things to keep you entertained when the weather isn’t cooperating. 1. Sit and relax at one of the many traditional coffeehouses  Some of the [...]

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    | February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Travel

Zsolnay fountain in Pécs

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Zsolnay fountain in Pécs

Situated on the southside of Széchenyi tér in front of St. Sebastian’s Church, is the famous Zsolnay fountain. Featuring an iridescent metallic glaze with a pagan bull’s head, the fountain was created in 1912 by Andor Pilch and is a tribute to a time when some 50 water fountains flowed in the city. It is [...]

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Best panoramic views of Budapest

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best panoramic views of Budapest

Few people visit Budapest without getting at least one amazing view, usually from a high point. Providing skies are relatively clear and there are less crowds depending on the time of the day, here’s where to go for the best panoramic views of the city. Just don’t forget your camera! Gellért Hill (Gellért-hegy) Visible from almost [...]

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Food

Palacsinta

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Palacsinta

Palacsinta is a quintessential Hungarian dish. Similar to a crêpe, it can include either sweet or savory fillings. It’s served rolled or folded into triangles. This recipe is for the batter but you can choose to add your filling of your choice. Ingredients For the batter: 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups flour 2 tbsp of granulated sugar 3 cups [...]

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A slice of Hungary: traditional cakes and pastries

| April 8, 2014 | 1 Comment
A slice of Hungary: traditional cakes and pastries

Hungarians have a great reputation for their gulyás (goulash) and paprikáscsirke (chicken paprika). But Hungarians aren’t only masters of savory foods, they know a thing or two when it comes to dessert! There’s a great amount of Hungarian cakes and pastries that deserve just as much attention. Here are some of the most popular desserts [...]

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Drink

Hungarian grape varieties

| October 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Hungarian grape varieties

Hungary has a broad range of both indigenous and international grape varieties. Here’s a bit of an introduction to the most common varieties found throughout the country. White Cserszegi Füszeres: A hybrid of Irsai Olivér and Tramini, this white grape yields highly aromatic wines, with a bouquet that is often compared to wild flowers. It is particularly known in [...]

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Let the grape harvest begin!

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Let the grape harvest begin!

The grape harvest season has officially begun in Hungary. This is a very busy time of the year for the growers, pickers, winemakers, and everyone else involved in the process of turning grapes into wine. It is a time of joy and celebration. Our photographer Zsolt Repasy had the opportunity to visit a few local wineries, including [...]

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Culture

Busójárás Carnival in Mohács

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Busójárás Carnival in Mohács

Exactly seven weeks before Easter, the streets of Mohács come alive with the annual Busójárás Carnival. The pre-Lent festival features locals wearing wholly cloaks and scary wooden masks while parading and dancing in the streets to celebrate the end of winter. Busójárás lasts six days, starting on Thursday and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. [...]

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Homeless in Hungary

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Homeless in Hungary

Last month, Hungary’s parliament in Budapest signed off on the reissuing of a controversial law forbidding the homeless from loitering in public areas throughout the city. The criteria for the law at this point is very vague. However, it applies to all World Heritage sites and includes any areas declared by local municipal officials to be off-limits [...]

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Nokedli (Egg Dumplings)

Nokedli (Egg Dumplings)

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is the perfect accompaniment to any pörkölt dishes. Traditionally, nokedli is made by spreading the dough onto a wet board and shaving it off into a pot of boiling water. This is rather a difficult and time consuming technique. Instead, many cooks prefer to use a spätzle press or colander. The following below is a standard recipe for making nokedli. [...]

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Mákos Guba

Mákos Guba

| December 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

Mákos Guba, is a kind of bread pudding that is eaten traditionally on Christmas Eve in Hungary. It’s made with leftover bread along with eggs, milk, sugar and poppy seed. For this recipe, I’ve added a meringue on top to make it more elegant and festive. It’s actually how we make our Mákos Guba in my family and [...]

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Traditional Hungarian Christmas foods

Traditional Hungarian Christmas foods

| November 25, 2013 | 9 Comments

To Hungarian children, of course, it’s all about Mikulás. But for the grown-ups, Christmas celebrations in Hungary focus a lot on the culinary delights. Here are a few of the highlights. Halászlé (Fish Soup) As a relic of the earlier church tradition of fasting for Advent, it is still traditional for fish to be eaten [...]

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