Budapest has a reputation for being a party city, but few visitors actually know how complex and eccentric the city’s nightlife really is. From rooftop bars and decadent spa parties to jam-packed nightclubs that attract top DJs from around the world, Budapest has an abundance of venues where you can slam a drink or shake your booty. On our latest visit to Budapest we stumbled upon the ruin pubs, a chain of artsy bars that are unique to the city. We’ve been coming to Budapest for almost 15 years and yet didn’t find out about them till now. Well, I guess if we were younger we would have discovered them sooner.
What are the Ruin Pubs?
In short, the ruin pubs are quirky bars opened in abandoned buildings. An ingenious way of recycling spaces. They are a hybrid of bar, nightclub, café, and beer garden, that have been built in dilapidated spaces in Budapest’s District VII. Once the site of the Jewish ghetto, this area of Budapest became derelict in the decades following World War II, after the deportation of the Jews. Continue Reading
Pest side is the more modern part of Budapest. For many centuries and since Roman times, Pest was an independent city with prosperous merchants, craftsman and traders. While the royal town of Buda served as the residence of the Hungarian rulers, Pest operated as a commercial center. Close ties between the two cities existed long before the unification of Buda, Pest and Óbuda in 1873. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867that re-established the sovereignty of Hungary as a separate kingdom from the Austrian Empire, Pest was extensively rebuilt based on the model of Paris. The unification of the three independent cities was possible only by the construction of the permanent bridges over the Danube. The only permanent bridge at the time was the Chain Bridge (Lánchid), completed in 1849.
Until 1873 the two banks of the river had been connected only by the ferries and some temporary wooden bridges. After the formal merging, Budapest started its development as a metropole, with Continue Reading
One thing is for sure, you can’t get bored in Budapest. There are so many things to see and do. It’s almost impossible to exhaust them all in just a short visit. One of the main attractions in Budapest is undoubtedly food, so if you are a food lover, you’ve come to the right place. In addition to its great cafés and restaurants, Budapest hosts some of the most acclaimed food and wine festivals, from national to international. Unfortunately not many first time visitors are aware about these great Budapest gastronomic events, so I decided to put together a list of the best food and wine festivals that take place in in the Hungarian capital:
The Gray Cattle Festival (Szürkemarha) takes place every year in September, on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad castle, in the City Park. The purpose of the festival is to make people more familiar with the different ways of prepairing the grey cattle. This breed of cattle, tall and slender and of a very distinctive bright silver color, is one of the many symbols of the country. It grows on the Great Plains (puszta), especially around Hortobágy.
The festival was started only two years ago and is organized by the Association of the Hungarian grey cattle breeders. We stumbled upon it totally by accident, while showing my sister the City Park. Continue Reading