Aquincum – the roman Budapest

Aquincum – the roman Budapest Roman legions arrived to the present territory of Hungary about 10 AC, and settled western Hungary, using the line of river Danube as border. They called the newly conquered lands Pannonia Inferor, which soon became a prosperous colony. The once upon a time  ‘capital’ of Pannonia was Aquincum – named […]

The Turul, the mythical bird of Hungarians

Turul

One of the most beautiful and mysthical symbol of Hungarians is the Turul bird. The Turul is probably a large falcon, and the origin of the word is most likely Turkic: togrıl or turgul means a medium to large bird of prey. Turul – as first name – used in Turkey even today. In Hungarian […]

Historical Museum of Budapest, Buda Castle

Budapest History Museum

The exhibitions in the Budapest History Museum in the Royal Palace of Buda Castle focus on the turbulent history of the 2000 years of the city now known as Budapest: what the once separate towns of Buda, Pest and Obuda were like. Much of the exhibits were lost in WWII, but you will still see […]

The House of Terror, Budapest

A building can be so much more than just bricks and mortar. In Budapest, 60 Andrassy Boulevard is just known as the House of Terror. For more than a decade it represented the cruel heart of those who would stop at nothing to rule this land. The House of Terror was once the secret police headquarters […]

Buda Castle – the most sieged castle of Europe

Budapest’s cityscape from the Danube bank is part of UNESCO’s world heritage. A distinguishing feature of this view is Castle Hill and the castle itself, a system of fortifications from mediaeval times which encloses the Palace of the Buda Castle and the historical residential quarter. Mongolians, Turks, Austrians, Germans fought here, and most of the population still […]

Citadel of Budapest

The Citadel in Budapest is a 19th century fortification on top of Gellert Hill. The fortress was turned into a lookout tower / stronghold, which provides one of the most stunning views over the river Danube. During the 1848-49 Hungarian revolution, the freedom fighters managed to rebel against the Austrians for almost 2 solid years […]

The way to the European Union – Hungary after 1956 and today

After Uprise of 1956 János Kádár became prime minister of the “Revolutionary Worker-Peasant Government” and General Secretary of the Hungarian Communist Party. In the early 1960’s Kádár announced a new policy : He declared a general amnesty, gradually curbed some of the excesses of the secret police, and in 1968 introduced a relatively liberal cultural and economic […]

Captain Ostapenko in Budapest’s Memento Park and the story behind

Most of the visitors of the Memento Park museum would like to know something about the statue which once stood at the southwestern entrance of Budapest, Captain Ostapenko’s sculpture. As it was the landmark in the outskirts of the city at which the traveler leaving Budapest cast a last glance, and the arrival at the capital was also marked by the figure with the flag, so the name of Ostapenko became more and more known and merged with its immediate environment, already marking the place itself. The statue became a dominating figure of the cityscape, and a reference in everyday language, for example as a starting point of hitchhiking to Lake Balaton: “Let us meet at the Ostapenko!” And a common response for an unrealistic proposal was: “When Ostapenko will change step!” But who was Ostapenko?

History of Hungary’s Holy Crown

There is no other nation in the world, who would keep in such a high reverence, have such a high respect for, love with such a mystical adoration their national relic, as the Hungarians do with their crown, the Hungarian Holy Crown. There is no other nation to be found, whose national relic’s source, origin and age are so much unanswered, surrounded with such a mystery, and went through such fantastic adventures as did the crown of the Hungarians.

Holy Right Hand of King Saint Stephen in the Basilica of Budapest

The Holy Right Hand is housed in the St. Stephen Basilica in Budapest, and once a year, on 20th August is carried in the Holy Right Hand procession. The death of king St Stephen was followed by a turbulent period characterized by struggles for the throne. The chapter of the coronation and burial town of the Hungarian […]

The castle of Queen Sissi in Hungary – Gödöllo’s Grassalkovich Castle

The Gödöllö Palace  is one of the most important, and largest monuments of Hungarian palace architecture. Its builder, Count Antal Grassalkovich I (1694–1771) was a typical figure of the regrouping Hungarian aristocracy of the 18th century. He was a Royal Septemvir, president of the Hungarian Chamber, and confidant of Empress Maria Theresa. (1740–1780). The construction of the […]