Budapest Local Customs

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    Easter - Sprinkling

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 29, 2005

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    You can't run away :)

    The origins of sprinkling are not quite determined, but it surely has to do something with the purity of water, the purification of spring and fertility.

    In the past boys and girls wearing folk costumes (which were the clothes for festive days like that one) have been doing this with buckets of water (boys sprinkling, girls getting sprinkled...:).

    Now it's more with perfume, sometimes with sparkling water and only in some regions and some very few are still wearing the old costumes for this occasion.

    Obviously girls had to change a couple of times during the day, so they tended not to wear their most beautiful and complicated (various petticoats, etc...) folk costumes...:)

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    15th March - Talking columns

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Talking columns on the Danube corso

    The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.

    At this time major festivities are being held around the city. This years new "feature": talking columns on the Danube corso between the Chain Bridge and Petofi ter (Pest side of the city).

    On the columns we had famous hungarians and people from other nations as well with a recorded speech about what freedom means to them.

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    15th March - Petofi statue replica

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Petofi replicas on the Danube corso

    The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.

    At this time major festivities are being held around the city, one of the biggest ones at the Petofi statue (he was a great Hungarian poet/writer and also a leader of the revolution).

    This temporary "statue" near the original one is a replica of the Petofi statue, installed only for the events of the day. The original (just like the replica on that day...) is on Petofi ter, on the Danube corso, near the Elisabeth Bridge (Pest side).

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    15th March - Kokarda

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Kokarda worn by my niece

    The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.

    The so called "Kokarda" is a symbol we wear around this day, since that was the sign of the members of the revolution at their time.

    It's basically a small ribbon of the Hungarian national flag. This one on the jacket of my niece, Eszter :)

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    15th March - People at the National Museum

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    People bathing in the sun under the decorations

    The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.

    At this time major festivities are being held around the city, one of the biggest ones at the National Museum.

    This day usually is one of the first real spring days. Now it actually happened be the very first "off the jacket" day in the year, that is why people are taking some sunbath on the stairs of the Museum.

    (The National Museum is on Muzeum krt., near Kalvin ter M3 underground station)

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    15th March - Commemorations at the National Museum

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Crowd at the National Museum

    The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.

    At this time major festivities are being held around the city, one of the biggest ones at the National Museum.

    (The National Museum is on Muzeum krt., near Kalvin ter M3 underground station)

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    Toilets and Restrooms

    by david_a_r Written Feb 23, 2005

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    What sometimes is quite important to know. If you are looking for a toilet in Budapest you will find one. You should have some change handy because most of the times you have to pay between 50 and 100 Ft. But therefore you will find a more or less clean place with toiletpaper ;-)

    The highest possibility is at the tourist attractions and metro stations. Certanly not to forget the restaurants.

    For more informations there is a thread in the forum: http://www.virtualtourist.com/f/p/1fe06/

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    Hungary's Independence Day

    by TexasDave Updated Feb 18, 2005

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    Check out the size of the pretzels!

    If you happen to be in Hungary on March 15 you'll be in for some special treats. That is what we unexpecedly found out. We were staying at the Hilton on Castle Hill. We woke up to find an Arts & Crafts Fair all around. Many local craftsmen had set up stalls selling all kinds of handmade products, neat souveniers, even food. The same thing was going on at Szentendre that day.

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    wedding photos

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 9, 2005
    getting married

    Where's the best and most scenic place to have your Budapest wedding photos taken? The Fishermen's Bastion, apparently. When I was visiting it there was this newly-wedded couple having their pictures taken, in front both of the bastion and of a very loooooong white cadillac.

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    Thermal baths

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 9, 2005

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    inside the Sz��chenyi spa

    Budapest is a city of many water springs - most of which are of natural thermal water. In the city there are about 10 large spas. Aside from their healing properties, those baths seem to be a favourite meeting place for Hungarian people, or a place to spend an enjoyable Sunday afternoon with family and friends. I visited two of them: the Széchenyi Spa and the Gellert Spa. The Széchenyi Spa is by far the best of the two: it has outdoor thermal pools, it's possible to play chess in the water and it's all ornated with statues. It's also cheap: entrance is 1900 HF, but you get some money back if you stay less than four hours

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    Where do we go now?

    by m-joy Updated Jan 18, 2005

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    This indicator board at the Nyugati Station shows how different the Hungarian language is, I couldn’t recognize a single place the trains went to. Nevertheless the most basic words are simple to keep in mind, it is quite respectful to use them during your stay: (its easy if you like the letter Ö (OE)) ;-)
    Jo napot kivanok = Good day, or just Helló = Hello
    Koeszoenoem = Thank you
    tessek = please

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    Vters in action

    by m-joy Updated Jan 14, 2005

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    When walking through the streets at night, don't care of local vt-ers or vt-tourists strolling around with big trash cans in their hands!!
    Here you see my travel partner Win (rhineroll) and famous local tourist guide Attila (mediolatino) in action, catching the perfect nightshot with a little help from a trash can found on the way to Heroe's Square ;-)

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    Széchenyi Baths

    by balfor Updated Jan 11, 2005

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    Sz��chenyi

    These baths are totally amazing. I (unfortunately) didn't visit them in the summer, but they were open and completely usable in the winter. Don't let the fact that several of the pools are outside put you off! There is a hot pool, a cool pool and a play pool (with water jets and whirlpools) outside.

    Inside, there are steam saunas with varying amounts of heat and steam, dry saunas, ice baths and mineral pools from cold to hot. If you are in Budapest and don't partake of at least one of the various bathhouses, you have missed something truly amazing!

    Here is a website for many of the baths in Budapest:

    Budapest Spas and Hot Springs Inc.

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    TELEPHONE

    by nygaston Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    The country code for Hungary is 36. To call long distance within Hungary, dial 06 before followed by the city code. To call long distance from Hungary dial 00 followed by the country code. Most of the country codes are showed in our table bellow. The are code for Budapest is 1. Directory information is at 198. Note that all numbers formerly beginning with a 1 have recently changed to 3 or 4. When you call an old number you will hear a message in Hungarian then in English stating the new number.

    You can make domestic and international calls from most public telephones, which are usually in good working order. To avoid having to carry a purse full of change, buy a telephone card from any post office. Telephone boxes with a black and white arrow and red target on the door and the word ‘visszahivhato’ display a telephone number, so you can be phoned back. The educational telephone cards and cards presenting telecommunications services have credits of 800, 1800 or 5000 HUF, or in the case of older series they may have 50 or 120 units.

    Telephone cards can be purchased at almost eight thousand sale outlets in the MATÁV telephone card retailing network.

    The following are the most widely used:

    - post offices,
    - MOL filling stations,
    - newspaper kiosks,
    - IBUSZ travel agency offices,
    - ÁPISZ shops,
    - TESCO department stores,
    - railroad stations, street vendors, taxis and
    - MATÁV PONT shops.

    Call to a cell phone = 1500-2000 HUF
    Try to buy a prepaid card before coming in Hungary:
    MCI prepaid Phone Card

    BUDAPEST WEEK
    http://www.budapestweek.com/newsites/business/business02.html

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    Pick up some local handicrafts

    by obcbreeze Written Nov 20, 2004

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    We're on Castle HIl looking around and we see this lady stiching a table runner. Her work was beautiful. So we left with a couple, which are prominently displayed in our living room. I'm not sure if we paid too much or not, but it was an experience and we still enjoy looking at them.

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