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Budapest, Wekerle estate, Hungary
A short walking distance from the industrial wasteland surrounding the Határ utca metro station, the streets open up into a web of leafy avenues converging at Károly Kós Square. The angled rooftops, turrets and wooden gables conjure up the...
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Trudging across the muddy track in a badly fitting jumpsuit and a helmet that knocks against my head, the guide stops at the entrance. On first impression it's not much to look at - a small door on a graffiti covered concrete bunker structure that...
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Budapest, 1117 Hungary
Among the towering chimneys and red-brick construction work, the numbers pasted in big bright blue on the site of the power station spell out 1914. The Kelenföld Power Station in the XI District in Buda celebrates its 100th birthday. Once the most...
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Budapest, Szabadság tér 9, 1054 Hungary
Barcelona has Gaudí, and Budapest has Ödön Lechner. One of Hungary’s most influential architects, Lechner (1845–1914) created the country’s distinctive National Style. His work blended art nouveau with folk motifs and Asian elements, such as...
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Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
Statues of Communist ideologues once dotted every city behind the Iron Curtain, but in the world's rush to forget the Cold War, such monuments are hard to find these days. Not in Budapest—once East and West came together in the early 1990s,...
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Budapest, Bródy Sándor u. 10, 1088 Hungary
Founded in 2009 in what was previously an artists’ residence, Brody House is a bohemian boutique hotel that was named after Hungarian author Sándor Bródy. Each of the 11 air-conditioned rooms here features an eclectic mix of...
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Budapest, Stefánia út 14, 1143 Hungary
Hidden away from the touristic centre, the Hungarian Institute of Geophysics and Geology on Stefánia út is one of Budapest's Secessionist secrets. Each detail in Ödön Lechner's architectural masterpiece has been carefully crafted to carry a...
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Budapest, Andrássy út, Hungary
The main road Andrássy avenue is closed over the weekend for markets. Many food stands, wine shops and craft shops are setup along the street. You can stroll down the street, taste different food, and burn the calories by walk more. It's miles...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...
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Budapest, Anker köz 2-4, 1061 Hungary
Worth a stop should you be shopping along Király utca, considered the city's Design Street. This boutique shop in Budapest features not only vintage clothing but new lines from local designers.
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Budapest, Bakáts tér 8, 1092 Hungary
Sparkly belts from the '70s and T-shirts from the, '50s line the walls of Szputnyik, a fashion shop in downtown Budapest. The Szputnyik Bazaar, located at Bakáts tér 8 in District IX, was opened in 2009 and is described as a crazy playground of...
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Budapest, Országház u. 2, 1014 Hungary
Wandering around the Castle District in Buda is a delight. I came across so many picturesque moments that had me reaching for my camera. Once I finished admiring the breathtaking views from the top, I wandered deeper into the district and came...
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Budapest, Fiumei út 16-18, 1086 Hungary
Tucked away behind a long brick wall and lines of trees sits the most famous cemetery in Hungary—The National Graveyard on Fiumei Street. Also known as Kerepesi Cemetery, this site, south of the Eastern Railway Station and built in 1847, is where...