Budapest provides an excellent backdrop for a romantic vacation. It’s obvious, given all of its elegant restaurants, cozy little cafés, unique thermal baths and cultural events. But still... can you think of anything more intimate than a walk for two, far from the noise of the city?
At the turn of the century, the wind of a new style swept through the world with amazing speed, inspiring many wonderful works in Budapest as well.
It’s safe to say that there is no wine lover in the world who has not heard of the famous Hungarian Tokaji. However, adventurous visitors can enjoy many other bottled wonders in Hungary apart from the unique dessert wine, be they white, rosé or red wines.
Hungarian Christmas trees would not be complete without Christmas candy (szaloncukor), a local specialty. This delicacy, which comes with different fillings, covered in chocolate and wrapped in colourful foil, is a real hungaricum. The origin of this confectionery, similar to bonbons, is fondant sugar from France, which became popular in Hungary in the 1800s. Wealthy families welcomed their guests in their parlour (“szalon”) with small bowlfuls of this delicacy. Hence the name “szaloncukor” (salon sweet). There are various manufacturers in Hungary that still make this delicacy with the utmost attention and care. Let’s see who they are.
There are many traditions and believes connected to St. Martin’s Day in Hungary. Due to a folk legend St. Martin was famous for his generosity, and modesty. The tradition of the goose feast and the celebration of the new wine is also attached to his name, and as is he became the symbol of hospitality.
For decades, the Budapest Advent and Christmas Market has been the highlight of the Advent period in the capital, during which nearly eight hundred thousand visitors a year selected products from Hungarian artisans. Last year, Ryanair chose the Budapest Christmas Market as one of the best festivities in Europe, but this year, due to the epidemic situation, Christmas Markets will not be held in the capital. The tourism organization of the capital therefore helps the masters of the Hungarian Handicraft Association with this unusual online platform before the holidays.
The European Cultural Tourism Network’s Awards Jury has selected the candidature of Budapest Festival and Tourism Center as a finalist.
On 10 September, the #PowerOfLiveEvents initiative has left the virtual space and converted into an all-day live conference with Budapest Convention Bureau’s and the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre’s support and the cooperation of the industry associations. In the presence of hundreds of participants populating the conference room of the Puskás Arena, in the framework of a wide-ranging industry collaboration, the safe protocol and COVID handbook of business events and future events that play an important role in the relaunch of the Hungarian economy and the life of Budapest was presented. However, minimizing risks does not mean that we should give up the experiences and creative solutions provided by live events.
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