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Budapest 150 Series of Events Gets Underway

Jan 24, 2023

The Budapest 150 program series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of the Hungarian capital has begun with the announcement of the Budapest Nyitány (Budapest Overture) composition competition and the awards ceremony of the Budapest Drama Competition. Mayor Gergely Karácsony said at the event on Tuesday at the Örkény Theater that Budapest was not […]

Free Public Transport for Ukrainians Extended

Dec 30, 2022

The Budapest Transport Center (BKK) has extended free travel on its public transport services for refugees from Ukraine until March 31, 2023. As in the past, the free travel is available on presentation of a Ukrainian travel document that can be used for identification purposes. The free service, which was introduced on March 4, 2022, […]

Budapest City Council Donates Buses to Ukraine

Dec 19, 2022

The Budapest municipal transport company BKV donated to Ukraine buses that were taken off the roads of the Hungarian capital but can still be used, the state news agency MTI reports. 15 vehicles – five solo Volvos and ten articulated Ikarus models – were handed over on Monday by Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest, and […]

Chain Bridge Opens in Budapest After Renovation

Dec 16, 2022

The renovated Chain Bridge, the oldest bridge on the River Danube in the Hungarian capital was opened to temporary traffic this Friday. Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said at the event that the Chain Bridge should be a bridge between the present and the future, connecting not only Buda and Pest, but also the divided and […]

Budapest 150: Anniversary Program Series Launched

Nov 17, 2022

Man of the City, Pro Urbe and other honors were awarded at a ceremony held on Thursday at the City Hall on the occasion of the Capital Day, which also marked the the start of a two-year series of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Budapest, the state news agency MTI reports. […]

Information Point for Elderly People in Budapest

Jun 7, 2022

Budapest's first Information Point for the Elderly opened in the City Hall building on Tuesday, offering help to elderly people with various issues. Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said at the opening ceremony that the opening of the information point is a seemingly small but important step towards making Budapest "truly for all of us." The […]

Danube Bank Downtown Section Renewed on the Pest Side

Dec 12, 2021

The pedestrianized lower quay between the Parliament and the Margaret Bridge have been completed two weeks ahead of the final deadline. From Monday, December 13, a promenade on the József Antall Sr. embankment will be open to pedestrians, according to the Budapest Transport Center. The quays are being developed in several stages: this time, the […]

Budapest Mayor Presents Honorary Citizen Titles

Nov 17, 2021

Budapest is the capital of the nation, and the city’s future cannot depend on party sympathies and selfish power interests, Mayor Gergely Karácsony said this Wednesday when he presented honorary citizens' titles and other awards on the occasion of Capital Day, the Hungarian state news agency MTI reports. Budapest is a bridgehead, an island in […]

Capital Circus of Budapest 130 Years Old

May 8, 2021

Budapest's first permanent circus opened on May 7, 1891 in the City Park. The popular establishment has undergone major changes over the years, with a succession of owners, several tenants and two complete renovations. The plan to open a circus was already in the minds of the decision-makers of the capital in 1888, but the […]

Budapest Millennium Underground Railway 125 Years Old

May 2, 2021

In Budapest, the millennium underground railway, the first underground tram on the continent, was launched on May 2, 1896. Even Franz Joseph I of Austria took a trip on the underground tram constructed for the opening of the monumental, millennial exhibition spanning across Hungary. In the course of its construction, state-of-the-art solutions in architecture were […]

Re-Opening Package in Budapest

Feb 8, 2021

The capital's municipality has prepared a restart package for the companies involved in tourism and hospitality. Among other things, they will increase the possibilities of using public space, waive the rent for terraces almost completely and extend the discount on room rentals. Among other things, they want to increase the use of public space and […]

Hungarian Capital Celebrates 147th Birthday

Nov 17, 2020

It was on this day 147 years ago (November 17, 1873) that Pest, Buda Óbuda and the Margaret Island on the River Danube were officially united under the name Budapest. The idea of uniting the three cities and towns dates back to 1849. In that year, Interior Minister Bertalan Szemere ordered the unification of the […]

Budapest Dessert 2020

Budapest Dessert 2020

Sep 15, 2020

The pear caramel mousse dessert by Szamos Marzipan has been named the winning cake of the Budapest Dessert 2020 competition. The dessert is Sacher sponge cake vanilla mousse with cold pear puree in it and topped with caramel. The cake can be tasted for the first time at this year's Sweet Days Budapest chocolate and […]

Fine for Not Wearing Mask in Budapest Public Transport

Sep 8, 2020

From now on, passengers who do not wear the mask or do not do it according to the regulations on Budapest public transport vehicles may be fined HUF 8,000 in addition to being excluded from travel. Stricter measures have been introduced by the Budapest Municipality to curb the epidemic. In addition to the banning people […]

The 1970 inauguration of the 'Libegő'

Zugliget Chairlift ('Libegő'): 50th Anniversary

Aug 19, 2020

The Zugliget Libegő (Chairlift) was inaugurated on August 19, 1970, taking people from Zugliget (District XII) in the Buda Hills to János Hill. At the time of the epidemiological emergency, taking advantage of the forced downtime, the fifty-year-old means of transport was technically renewed earlier this year. As part of the reconstruction, the operation of […]

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