The British Legation. Budapest
Vice-Consul Carl Lutz arrived in Budapest in early 1942.
As chief of the Swiss Legation's Department of Foreign
Interests in Budapest he was in charge of the interests
of 14 nations at war, among them the United States and
Great Britain. His main offices were situated in the American Legation
at Szabads?g t?r in Pest. He cared among his duties he cared for
300 Americans, 300 English nationals, 2000 Romanians and 3000
Yugoslavs who were stranded in Hungary. When the Germans
occupied Hungary, March 19, 1944 persecution of the Jews grew
very severe. Thousands seeking his protection besieged his offices
every day. As an engaged Christian, Charles Lutz felt, he had to protect
these people. At that time he had already helped 10'000 Jewish children
and young people to emigrate to Palestine. He cared for refugee
Jews who had come to Hungary from many nations and for
Hungarian Jews who were within British and Palestine jurisdiction.
On May 15, when deportations the Auschwitz began, Lutz decided to
place the staff of the Jewish Council for Palestine under his diplomatic
protection an to rename it the "Department of Emigration of the
Swiss Legation". For this stupendous task a special relief organization
had to be created. With the aid of volunteers Lutz increased his staff from
15 to 150.
The British Legation Building Budapest, in the cellar of which Carl Lutz lived for two months.
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if there's a waiter at the place you should tip.
anyway first take a look at the bill - if there's a service price indicated it's the tip is included
into the bill ... anyway I tried to give the boy some extra money but he didn't took them...
so ... if the service is not included in the bill, you should tip normally 10% to the waiter
Leave a Tip, but not on the Table
Tipping in Hungary is quite different than the rest of the world. You do not leave the tip on the table at the restaurant; the waiter/waitress brings you the bill, you calculate what you would like to leave as a tip, add it to the bill, and then tell them to give you back the change from the two amounts; i.e. the bill is 10 dollars + 1.50 tip, you would say, please give me back from 11.50. It is the same in taxis, or anywhere else you would like to leave a tip. Tipping is generally 10 to 15%. Check carefully that the tip has not been included in the bill, as some places have introduced the practice that it is included. 10% is the general practice in Hungary, 15% will be very much appreciated, anything above this is very rare.
Do not expect: Bread , Butter or Glass of Water
It is not a custum in Hungary to have bread and butter on the table. Nor do they offer water. They are not being impolite, so do not get upset at the restaurant you visit, or the waiter/waitress. Of course if you would like some bread and or butter, they will be happy to provide it ,but it will be charged on your final bill. If you ask for water, they will give you an uncomfortable stare, since the restaurants there make most of the profit on the drinks; but I think it could also be due to bad water in the past ; they used to put soda-water on the table, but now some restaurants have it if you ask (the soda-water) and some don't. Mineral water is not soda-water, but occassionally that is what you end up with.
It is absolutely imperative in Hungary to say, goodmorning, goodafternoon, goodevening before you start any conversation at all; whether you are talking to your best friend or a salesclerk at the metro station! When I first went to Hungary and asked for directions from a Policeman, he became very very upset that I did not greet him properly; Just by saying Can you please,,...... and than thank-you at the end is not good enough!!!!!!!!!! In Hungary, always start with goodmorning, etc. Every other politeness is important, but it will mean nothing if you do not start with the goodmorning, goodafternoon etc.
One of the most visited boulevard during our time in Budapest..it link our hostel and the city center, actually closer to the tourist info point 1 minute from deak ter on foot there is a small but nice internet coffee shop. its in a small courtyard where side by side of it you can rent bycicles
Eastern Europe cars
Also in budapest there is some reminisences of the former rulers way of life... you can see cars like Volga's or others wherever you go in Eastern...the bulgarian countryside is amazing in these stuffs !!
In my first moment i didnt realize that when you meet a girl in BUDAPEST you dont have to kiss her as we do in southern europe where more is not such complicated...so just shake your hands... if you see some other day hanging out then you can kiss her on the chicks but just after meet her..
As other estern european countries and probably western when you are ready to cheers your glass be sure to look at your friend at the eyes ..its so common and if you dont could be a offence for them... so has a good and bad point..the good one is that help to flirt with girls looking at her specially and the bad one is that its so slow to finish the cheers!
Not like in spain or latin countries where all is more faster and lively.
the hungarian word is "egészégedre" and sounds like this [egashegadra] but if you want a right outer check this out
where there is the translation from english and its outer..really useful
The Day Of The Dead ALL SAINTS DAY
November the first.........When the living go to visit their dead relatives en-mass.
Group grieving but very solemn and quite with candlelit cemetries.
symbolcally, on All Saints' Day, the "Day of the Dead". "Day of the Dead" and "father of the dead" sound almost the same in Hungarian; the difference is but a single character.
Halloween, however, is not an Eastern European tradition. The following day, All Saints’ Day, is a different story.
November 1st is All Saints’ Day for Catholics and many Protestants, a holy day since the early Medieval times. Eastern rite churches observe All Saints Day the first Sunday after Pentecost. Many people of Eastern Europe spend this day in prayer, thanking God and praying to saints. They often visit their departed loved ones in cemeteries.
In predominantly Catholic countries such as Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Hungary and Slovakia, All Saints’ Day on November 1 is a public holiday. Practicing Catholics are required to participate in Mass. And then, both religious and non-religious people crowd into cemeteries to honor their dead relatives and also long-departed heroes of their respective nation’s history. Even in countries where All Saints’ Day is not a public holiday, such as the Czech Republic, masses of people visit cemeteries, and government officials will turn part of the day into a secular remembrance.
Unlike the fun atmosphere of Halloween, All Saints’ Day is generally a quiet day of reflection and reverence. Krakow adds one exception, with its annual All Saints’ and All Souls’ Jazz Festival, demonstrating that there is more than one way to observe the past.
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The Jewish District continued
The National Jewish Museum situated by the Great Synagogue.
On display are artifacts and art from the long history of Hungarian Jewry. The last of the four rooms is given over to a moving exhibit on the Holocaust in Hungary. (Note the open hours: May-Oct only, Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-3pm, and Sun 10am-1pm.) The synagogue courtyard can be entered through the rear of the complex on Wesselényi utca.
Inside the courtyard is the still-expanding Holocaust Memorial
Designed by Imre Varga, a wonderful contemporary Hungarian sculptor, the memorial is in the form of a weeping willow tree. Thin metal leaves, purchased by survivors and by descendants to honor relatives who were victims, are slowly filling the many branches. The courtyard behind the memorial is called the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, in honor of the Swiss diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish lives in wartime Budapest. The names of some of Budapest's "righteous Gentiles" are inscribed on four pillars.
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The Jewish District
This is the district's largest square and its historic center. A dusty park and renovated playground fill the interior of the square.
At Klauzál tér 11, you'll find the District Market Hall (Vásárcsarnok)
One of the half dozen or so great steel-girdered market halls built in Budapest in the 1890s, this one is rather run-down and now houses a Skála grocery store. The entrance area is filled with smaller vendors selling fruit or vegetables.Walk down Dob utca, this is where I live in the week and work when I'm not in Nagykata. I live opposite the Kosher Bolt (shop) next to the Carl Lutz Memorial.On the right, against a cement wall near the corner of Rumbach utca and Dob utca, is the rather bizarre-looking Memorial to Charles Lutz the Swiss consul who aided Wallenberg's heroic attempts to save Budapest's Jews from the Nazi death camps. The inscription from the Talmud reads: "Saving one soul is the same as saving the whole world." Another, rather lonely, memorial to Wallenberg stands on Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor, far away in Buda. Ghetto Wall
This wall kept Budapest's Jews inside this district during World War II. This is not actually where it stood, however; it was situated on Károly körút, the nearby stretch of the Inner Ring boulevard.
To the left of the wall, on the spot marked as the birthplace of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, is the National Jewish Museum
The Jewish District Budapest
Head back to Rumbach utca and proceed down that street. Take a right onto Király utca, which forms the northern border of the historic Jewish district. At Király u. 13, head through the long series of:
These courtyards emerge onto Dob utca, back in the heart of the Jewish district. This kind of complex -- residential buildings connected by a series of courtyards -- is typical of the Jewish district. As you can readily see, these courtyards are in extremely poor condition, dirty and run-down with graffiti-covered walls and abandoned apartments, though the appearance in recent years of several flashy retail shops may presage a general improvement.
Take a Break--Frohlich Cukrászda, Dob u. 22, is the only functioning kosher cukrászda (sweet shop) left in the district. Here, you can purchase pastries, rolls, or ice cream. (Be aware that the shop closes for 2 weeks at the end of Aug.)
Half a block to the left off Dob utca on Kazinczy utca, at no. 41, is the:
Kosher Salami Workshop (Szalámi és Kolbászáru üzem).
Salami, famous throughout Hungary, is handmade here with ancient machinery. If you make a purchase, be sure to admire the equally ancient cash register in the corner. The sign outside directing you to the entrance is deceptive; simply enter via the doorway in front of you. Open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm, Friday from 8am to 1pm.
Back on Kazinczy u., no. 29 is the Orthodox Kazinczy Synagogue
Built in 1913 and still active, this synagogue is being slowly and beautifully restored. It has a well-maintained and lively courtyard in its center. There are a number of apartments in which members of the Orthodox community live. While hundreds of travelers visit the Dohány each day, far fewer make the trip here.
Go all the way through the courtyard, emerge onto Dob utca, turn right, and head into Klauzál tér This is the district's largest square and its historic center. A dusty park and renovated playground fill the interior of the square.
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Jewish District in vth District
The Jewish district in Pest has a long and ultimately tragic history. It first sprang up in medieval times just beyond the Pest city wall (which stood where today's Inner Ring boulevard stands), because Jews were forbidden to live inside the town. Later, Pest expanded beyond its walls, and the Jewish district actually became one of the city's more centrally located neighborhoods. The huge synagogues that you can see may give some idea of the area's former vitality. Under German occupation in World War II, the district became a walled ghetto, with 220,000 Jews crowded inside; almost half perished during the war. Sadly, the neighborhood is now more or less in a state of decay; buildings are crumbling, garbage is strewn about, and graffiti covers the walls. Nevertheless, this compact little neighborhood is filled with evocative sights.
The Dohány Synagogue
This striking Byzantine building, Europe's largest synagogue and the world's second-largest, was built in 1859 and is still used by Budapest's Neolog (Conservative) Jewish community. The synagogue is newly cleaned and restored.
The small, freestanding brick wall inside the courtyard, to the left of the synagogue's entrance, is a piece of the original:
This handsome but decrepit yellow-and-rust-colored building is, in its own way, as impressive as the Dohány Synagogue. Built in 1872 by the Vienna architect Otto Wagner, this Orthodox synagogue is no longer in use. You can't go inside, but the facade itself is worth seeing.
Continue down Rumbach utca and make a left on Madách út to look at the giant archway of:
In the 1930s a plan was drawn up for the creation of a great boulevard similar in form and style to Andrássy út. World War II put an end to the ambitious project, and the grand Madách tér leads only to itself now. Looking through the arch on a clear day, you get an unusual view of Gellért Hill, crowned by the Liberation Monument. Several new art galleries can be found on Rumbach utca and Madách út.
Folk music and dances
Hungary has won high renown in world musical history. Though the country's history has repeatedly prevented uninterrupted development, talented Hungarian musicians in classical music and jazz alike are world famous in our days as well. The history of Hungarian music stared with folk music and it was through adaptations of folk music in compositions of Béla Bartók that it joined the vanguard of international music in the last century.
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