The ‘coffee house cult’ in Hungary started to take off in the 1800s. From that time onwards, they functioned as a community space, the main arena of cultural and political life, and a place where visitors could easily access all the information they needed and wanted.
As Budapest commemorates its 150th birthday this year, a grand celebration awaits all who join in the festivities.
Popular for its oriental gastronomy and classic café atmosphere, this busy spot of the capital has become a real cultic public space over the past years. It is open every day of the year, from morning till night, and is always full of students, writers, actors, journalists, artists, freelancers from the creative professions, and anyone else who wants to be part of one of the most, if not the most, chic meeting places on the bustling Bartók Béla Boulevard.
In August 1837, Pest’s first permanent, Hungarian-language theatre opened at the Astoria, with the performance of Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty’s drama Árpád ébredése (The Awakening of Árpád)—this was the first period of the Pesti Magyar Theatre, which later became the National Theatre.
When Magyar Krónika asked their readers which building they thought was the most beautiful in Hungary, nine out of ten respondents said it was the Hungarian Parliament. However, it is not only in the capital where we can find impressive edifices—the journal has compiled a list of some of the most beautiful sites to visit in the countryside.
After it was tragically blown up during World War II, the complete restoration of today’s Petőfi Bridge took more than seven years. It was handed over at last on 22 November 1952, and was named after renowned Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi.
Thanks to the thermal springs of the capital, Budapest’s spa culture dates back several centuries. In our article, we have collected the historical thermal baths of Budapest, which are popular destinations for both Hungarians and foreigners.
Pope Francis is visiting the Hungarian community for the third time in just four years, but his first official trip specifically to Hungary will only take place this weekend.
The ‘survival programme’ was approved with 18 votes in favour and 12 abstentions. As a result, the city will take out a 16.6 billion forint loan for project development in 2023. The loan is going to match the support provided in EU funding, central budget allocations and loans granted by the European Investment Bank.
Pope Francis is set to arrive in Hungary on 28 April. During his visit, he will convey a strong message in support of peace in Ukraine, and will meet refugees, children struggling with illness, as well as Hungarian leaders.
The most characteristic sights of Budapest are its iconic Art Nouveau buildings—in almost all of the grey streets of our capital, we can find at least a few colourful Art Nouveau edifices, as well as the different forms and cultural traditions of its eras.
The story of the individual districts is a brief summary of the past centuries not only from the point of view of their names: if we look at them on the map, we can immediately see that the history of their establishment and development is also the history of the expansion of Budapest.