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The Other Budapest Experience

The Other Budapest Experience

The Danube is rising fast as we walk along the gangplank on to the A38, a former Ukrainian coal barge moored in Budapest. “I’ve never seen it like this!” said Lauren Groves, a Brit who has lived in Budapest for four years: “Usually the gangplank slopes steeply downwards from the bank to the boat, meaning […]

Politics at Budapest museum

Ruling party Fidesz favourite Julia Fabény was appointed director of the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, fueling criticism that Viktor Orbàn’s conservative government is biased against opponents of the country’s increasingly patriotic cultural policy. Unlike former director Barnabás Bencsik, the 59-year old Fabény has stated that it is not the task of a museum director to […]

Wizz Air takes over after Malev fallout

Wizz Air takes over after Malev fallout

In the wake of Malev Hungarian Airlines’ demise in February, low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced that it has doubled its fleet at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International. To compensate for the traffic vacuum, it begins service from Debrecen in June and from Ljubljana in October, as well as offers new destinations like Milan’s Malpensa airport. […]

Gabor’s Chocolate Factory

“Why shouldn’t I create my own chocolate according to my own taste, right in the same way as I could order a pizza only with those toppings that I liked?” declares Gabor Meszaros, the owner and founder of chocoMe, a gourmet chocolatier shop in Budapest. Meszaros has realized a very decadent dream:  establishing himself as […]

Torture Devices Become Tourism

High above, atop a slender column is Archangel Gabriel. Perched, both hands are full. In his right, the Hungarian Holy Crown of St. Stephan – the first king of Hungary – in his left the king’s two barred apostolic cross, awarded by Pope Gregory VII for ushering Christianity into Hungary. Meters below, mounted around the […]

A Day or Eight of Music

An eight-day music festival? For those unfamiliar with the annual Sziget (pronounced see-get) festival in Budapest, the prospect of a week-long party may seem daunting. To the tens of thousands who go each August, the reality is heavenly. This is a challenge for those who are used to the typical two- and three-day events in […]

A Ride On The Wild Side

A Ride On The Wild Side

In the compartments of the Dacia Express train to Bucharest, travelers mingle, people of different ages and origins chatting with each other as Michael Schindegger watches with his camera. In the 55-minute documentary, many tales are told: Romanians returning home after being cheated by their employer; a Canadian tourist who is traveling across Europe; a […]

Tagebuch

Tagebuch

Early in November, I found myself in the Budapest airport en route to Odessa in the Ukraine. After passing through security at Ferihegy Airport, Terminal 2, I started strolling around the building. Not that it has significantly changed in the six weeks since my last trip, far from it. But I had not had much […]

Budapest by Night

Budapest by Night

My train pulls into Budapest just as evening is falling. At the outer city station, Kelenföld, we are in a grey, industrial world. Large cranes stretch out over blocks of communist-era, “Plattenbau” housing. The station is dingy, unkempt and depressing. As we start up toward the center of town, however, things start cheering up. Poplars […]

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