Category Archives: Hungary

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular part of World Heritage; Gergely Lajtai-Szabó; Daily News Hungary


Hungary – Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

100 meters long, 50 meters high with 30 degrees of tilt. Budapest Castle Hill Funicular operates since 1870. The funicular was severely damaged in the bombings of 1944. It was restored in 1986. It became part of the World Heritage one year later, as Pestbuda.hu reports.

Count István Széchenyi’s younger son, Ödön came up with the idea in 1866. It was inspired by the funicular connecting Croix-Rousse and Lyon. The construction process began in 1868 and it took 16 months.

The first plans were designed by Ödön Juraszek, but it was Henrik Wolfahrt’s blueprint according to which the world’s second funicular was built.

After the successful test runs, the first steam railway in Budapest was put into service in 1870. The bottom station was built at Chain Bridge’s bridgehead in Buda and the top one was built on Szent György Square.

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Budapest’s Former Top-Secret Hospital Inside a Cave; Luke Bather; Mental Floss


Hungary – Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

The ancient caves beneath Buda Castle have a colorful and sometimes disturbing history.

At the top of a hill in Budapest, overlooking the Danube River, sits Buda Castle, a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage site visited by thousands of tourists every year. Directly underneath the castle, however, lies a less-frequented tourist attraction: a series of ancient, naturally formed caves with a colorful and sometimes disturbing history.

The entire cave system is over six miles long, and most of that has been left unchanged since it was used as cold storage (and a rumored dungeon) in the Middle Ages. Between 1939 and 2008, however, a half-mile stretch of those caves was built up and repurposed many times over.

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Pannonhalma Music Hall; The Plan


Hungary – Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment

After completing John Pawson’s restoration of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Benedictine community has finished another project with Robert Gutowski Architects. International artistic events organized by the Hungarian monks and the need for strengthening pilgrim tourism set out new tasks in the community. There has long been the idea that a recital hall should be available for visitors. With the handover of a new basketball hall completed in 2014, the use of the school’s former gymnasium ended.

The former room is closely related to the main entrance of the Abbey buildings but is also rather distinctive and has its own entrance; therefore, it seemed to be an ideal place for the design of a new recital hall.

The space is suitable for holding small‑scale chamber music concerts.

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Must-See Hungary: Budapest – Danube Bank and Andrássy Road; Daily News Hungary


Hungary – Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

Budapest, Danube and Andrássy Road: Visiting such sights is almost obligatory for tourists in Hungary and even Hungarians have plenty to learn about them.

The World Heritage Movement is the most successful product of UNESCO or even of the whole of the United Nations. Today, millions, even tens of millions of tourists, choose their destinations according to whether a particular city or a natural sight is on the list of World Heritage Sites or has at least has been nominated for it. Hungary is not doing badly in that respect as it has a respectable number of sites in comparison to its territory and population. Visiting such sights is almost obligatory for tourists in Hungary and even Hungarians have plenty to learn about them, Tropical Magazine said.

BUDAPEST – DANUBE BANK AND ANDRÁSSY ROAD

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Underrated: It’s like Paris, but cheaper; Andrew Fenton; Escape


Hungary – Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

It’s known as the “Paris of the East”, but even the mighty Seine is no match for Budapest’s stunning setting on a gentle curve in the Danube River. A romantic and cosmopolitan city filled with beautiful neo-baroque, gothic and art nouveau buildings, Budapest blends old world charm with bohemian delights.

Literally a city of two halves – hilly Buda and flat, buzzing Pest – its landmarks date to the 1896 millennial celebrations when the city was remade with large squares, monuments, a magnificent parliament, state opera, grand market hall and Europe’s first subway.

One of the major start and finish points for luxury cruises along the Danube River, travellers arrive here every day from Passau, Vienna and Bratislava, or celebrate in the city after a fortnight exploring the continent on an epic cruise from Amsterdam.

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The Tokaj wine region: 15 years of being part of the UNESCO World Heritage; Zsoka Kovacs; Daily News Hungary


Hungary – Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape

The Tokaj wine region has been a UNESCO World Heritage site for 15 years now. The region is praised for the collaboration between man and nature.

2017 marks the 15th anniversary of UNESCO awarding the Tokaj wine region with a World Heritage membership, in the category of cultural regions – reports origo.hu. A TRADITION OF ONE THOUSAND YEARS The historic wine region of Tokaj-Hegyalja is unique in the world for its one-thousand-years of viticultural and wine tradition, which has not been subject to any change. The region has preserved its integrity throughout the centuries, along with the diversity of the rocks and soils, its special geographic position, the beneficial microclimate, and the uniqueness of the vineyards and the cellars of the cities and villages nearby.

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Dry Furmint Is Hungary’s Other Wine Sensation; Thomas Pellechia; Forbes


Hungary – Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape

Hungary’s second wine is neither sweet nor difficult to spell.

Once known as “the wine of kings” the difficult to spell wine appellation Tokaji (Toke-eye) dates to the early 18th century, but the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tokaji-Hegyalja of northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia had been an established wine region hundreds of years before then.

For most of its existence, Tokaji staked its claim on the best of the best sweet dessert wines of the world, and rightly so. One taste of the lush, intensely sweet and acidic, long-lived Hungarian version confirms it. The wine is produced from a three-grape combination—Furmint, Harslevelu and Muscat Blanc.

The indigenous Furmint grape is principally responsible for another Hungarian wine that is worth every penny.

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