Budapest Local Customs

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    Don't do "Cheers" in public

    by Sprogley Written Oct 20, 2006

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    I'm not sure how accurate this is or if it is still frowned upon, but apparently is not very polite to do the whole CHEERS and clink glasses together - goes back to the war where the enemvy would do so when executing a local serviceman.

    Thankfully found this out in a little guide book in a little corner of it - wouldn't wanna offend anyone in their own country intentionally :-)

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    Paying with a credit card

    by alex0312 Written Oct 17, 2006

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    I am not sure if this applies to every restaurant, but unlike U.S. where you pay with a credit card and then when the waiter/waitress brings back the check you include the tip and write the total on the receipt, in Budapest when you get the check, you have to include the tip before waiter/waitress takes your credit card and process it. I did not know that and it was pretty embarrassing. Fortunately I had enough money with me to give the waitress a tip.

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    Demonstrations against the prime minister

    by DPando Written Sep 29, 2006

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    during this second fortnight of september Budapest has sounded in all news around the world for demonstrations and assaults to the public Tv.. i saw some of these demonstrations in front of the parliament where "lives" the socialist prime minister.. the demonstrations has been promoted by Fidesz (the right wing political party in hungary) .. they claim against the prime cos he said in a radio station that lied about the economical status of Hungary in order to win the past elections.. there are other things that people doesnt like but its an imperative question if Hungary wish join EU.. its just question of time that people accept that !

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    The Hungarian Use of Names

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    Like some Asians, the Hungarians use their names in reverse order with the given name last and the family name first.

    Also roman numbers are preferable to normal numbers for use in floor levels, months and districts of their cities. In demonations of thousands, they will also leave a space instead of using a comma.

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    Hungarian embroidery

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jul 8, 2006

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    There are almost no villages in Hungary where there is no embroidery.

    Foreign nuns brought the current embroidery stitches of the Western cultures to Hungary and locals enriched them with new stitches and designs called URIHIMZES...

    It was a combination of Turkish and Italian renaissance. From the renaissance comes the symmetry, the delicate rythm of floral motifs between the tendrils and the exuberant floral centerpieces. From turkish designs come the assymetrical compositions, crossing lines, the simplystic floral drawings, and the very stylised cypress and flower bushes.

    The oldest embroidery that is still to be seen in Hungary is the robe of the first King of Hungary, Stephen I. You can see it in the Hungarian National Museum. The wife of the king helped embroider the rich golden silk robe.

    Young girls learned to embroider very early and didn't marry until they had their trousseau..

    Prices are cheaper in the country side...and they are more hand made than in town..

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    "Hungarian National Accelerator"

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jul 7, 2006

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    Well, where ever you go you will see this little bomb shaped bottle which feature a golden cross on the front call UNICUM....now the taste of it..uhmmmm I am not a drinker so this taste pretty awful to say the least..:)))).....

    Anyway... I have heard that Unicum is an acquired taste..and drunk mostly in Hungary and by Hungarians.....not one of my favorite memories of Hungary...LOL......

    All it is ..is a skilful blend of more than 40 carefully selected herbs and spices. The lengthy ageing process which takes place over 6 months in oak casks gives Unicum its inimitable bitter-sweet flavour and exotic bouquet. It makes a perfect aperitif or dessert drink due to its beneficial and soothing effect on the stomach.

    If you are brave try it at least once.....:)...

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    Folk costume....

    by cheesecake17 Written Jul 7, 2006

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    At any of the souvenir shops in town or in the country you will find folk costumes ....These first became popular in the first half of the 19th century, during the Reform Period. The original simple embroidery in blue and red (these were the only colours for which plant dyes were available), which were intended to express national identity, were replaced by colourful garments with varied patterns by the last century...

    In the rural world every item had its significance; garments and hats revealed their owner's place of origin and rank..the folk costumes seen today were used at festive occasions, while for work, very simple hempen clothes and sandals, rather than boots, were worn.

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  • use local language where possible.

    by djferros Updated Jun 10, 2006

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    if your English, don't be a typical brit and make no effort to learn some of the language. just "thank you" and "please" will do. It makes a difference.

    also, if you already know German, it's a bonus as for some reason here people know german. So use that when English is no good.

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  • Breakfast

    by cathy9510usa Updated May 14, 2006

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    Budapest residents don't go out to breakfast, although they sometimes buy pastries or similar items from kiosks. Most tourists do get breakfast included with room cost, but we had an apartment and didn't want to cook breakfast every day. We found a terrific sandwich shop open at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays.

    There are at least three loactions in Budapest, one of them located just about opposite St. Stephen's cathedral. Addresses are given in the website. The sandwiches are beautifully created and arranged, and they are quite inexpensive.

    Website: http://www.duran.hu

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    Smoked salami

    by lichinga Written Apr 25, 2006

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    Pay a visit at the Central Market, close to Szabadsag bridge on the Pest side. The building is impressive and nice, though highly contaminated by an impressive number of tourists looking for artcrafts. If you stay on the ground floor, well you will have a cleare picture of Hungaruian food and way of life. For example, you will notice an impressive number of different kinds of smoked salami> worth trying!

    Smoked salami at the Central market

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    Shoppe Hours

    by Heniko Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Hungarian shops normally open between 10am and 6pm on weekdays and between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, although nowadays many supermarkets (especially those out of town or located in shopping malls) have extending hours. And, in residential or busy city centre areas, you'll also find 24hr grocers shops (called 'ejjel-nappal' or 'non-stop') that sell essentials such as bread, coffee, milk and tea, along with other foodstuffs, drinks and alcohol. However, as some of these can be a lure for drunks and other unsavoury elements late at night, it's wise to exercise caution.

    Another typically European trait is that smaller shops tend to close for 1-2 hours at lunchtimes. Frustratingly, some outlets even shut while the owner pops to the post office for 10 minutes. Rest assured, however, he/she will return a couple of hours later having met friends who insisted on a quick visit to the local pub or caf?. Look for a sign saying "Azonnal (or Rogton) J?v?k" on the door. Its up to you whether you wait!!

    Small shops will also put a sign up to indicate when they're going on holiday. This will normally be two weeks in July or August, so if you're looking for say, a specialist engraver, make sure that you can collect your goods before leaving Hungary.

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    Tipping

    by Heniko Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Although there are no fixed rules on tipping, it's customary to add an extra 10-15% to restaurant bills and taxi fares. Hotel porters, hairdressers and cloakroom attendants also expect to be tipped. The going rate for a gypsy violinist during an evening meal is 2000 HUF (per request).

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    Sections/Keruletek

    by Heniko Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Budapest is divided into 23 separate districts, each indicated by a Roman numeral which prefixes the street name i.e. VI. Budakeszi ut 65. Post codes comprise of four digits: 1067; the middle two representing the district - i.e. 06 is district VI. The most common type of street is an utca (often abbreviated as u.) although confusingly an ut. refers to a wide boulevard. Other thoroughfare names include: fasor (alley), rakpart (embankment).

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    The British Legation. Budapest Cont.

    by budapest8 Written Apr 3, 2006

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    Taking advantage of the fact that neither Edmund Veesenmayer,
    Hitlers proconsul in Hungary, nor the Sztojay government had formally
    challenged the right of 8000 people to emigrate to Palestine, Lutz kep
    t "negotiating" with the German and Hungarian authorities. In the process
    he changed his objective. He wanted to save as many Jewish lives as
    possible. As a ruse he and his staff started to issue tens of thousands
    of additional "protective letters", even thought these were no more
    backed by any Palestine Certificates. In order to hide the new approach,
    Lutz was careful of always using numbers 1 to 8000 and never to go beyond
    these. Each 1000 names were grouped together into one Swiss
    Collective Passport. This meant that the applicants stood under formal
    Swiss protection. As the Hungarian authorities insisted on concentrating
    all remaining Budapest Jews in one large getto, Lutz established 76 Swiss
    protected houses. The inhabitants of these houses were precariously fed and
    helped out of the Consulate meager financial and material resources.
    Meanwhile the young Jewish Chalutzim (pioneers) provided communication
    with the Jewish Community and the underground. In 1941 about 742'800
    Jews lived in Hungary. In Budapest about 150'000 survived. Between May 15
    and July 9 437 402 people died in Auschwitz. Carl Lutz helped 62'000 Jews to
    survive..."Official" Switzerland did not acknowledge his valor for a long time.
    Carl Lutz was accused to having exceeded his competence, and he even had
    problems in continuing his diplomatic career. Carl Lutz died on March 30,
    1975 at the age of 80 in Berne. Carl Lutz was one of the first to receive the
    "Righteous among the Nations" medal from Yad Vashem, his name was
    entered in the Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund. In Jaffa (Israel) and
    Berne (Switzerland) a street is named after him. Budapest honored him
    by a statue and 1999 Switzerland by issuing a postage stamp

    Legation building destroyed typical scene-crowd of Jews begging for protection Outside the Glass House in1944 comemoration Swiss stamp
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    The British Legation. Budapest

    by budapest8 Written Apr 3, 2006

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    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.

    The British Legation Building the 30 people who spent2 months in cellar 1945 Carl Ludz The destroyed British Legation.
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