February guest nights down 90 percent

Guest nights spent in Hungarian tourist accommodation in February fell by an annual 89.7 percent to 181,000, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Wednesday.

What to do, and what not to do, when there

Chilling out at Kékestető Mountain

Kékestető in Heves County is Hungary's highest point, standing at 1014 metres above sea level. Getting there from Budapest, with the M3, takes no more than two hours via Gyöngyös, a small town 80 kilometres east of the capital and close to the scenic ...

It’s official: Dreschler Palace a hotel in 2022

Worth the wait for a W hotel

Exciting plans to revive the abandoned Dreschler Palace have come and gone over the two decades that the splendid building has stood empty opposite the State Opera House on the city’s most upscale avenue. Finally, the most recent announcement this March 2021 that the ...

Wish you were here

Taking it easy with Socialist idyll in the 14th District

With the general flow of Zugló commuters and 24/7 traffic leading to and from the city, this is assuredly modern-day life at District XIV’s very prim and ordinary Erzsébet Királyné utca. But for a brief moment when passing by the fence of the street’s ...

A case of lost and found in Csobánka

Little is known but much is revealed

Among the many locales within the Budapest milieu, the village of Csobánka must be one for the odd-ones-out category. Tucked away within the Pilis Mountains, an area that is a national park, and in between Pilisvörösvár and Pomáz, Csobánka is obviously and respectfully Hungarian ...

Liszt Ferenc passenger numbers drop 95 percent in February

Passenger numbers at Liszt Ferenc International fell by 95 percent in February from the same month a year ago as pandemic restrictions continued to weigh on the travel market, the facility's operator, Budapest Airport, said on Thursday.

Tour de Budapest

Two wheels, nine bridges

Should you be in need of a lively day out, then how about an “all bridges” city tour in one go? The only real instruction to fulfil this exclusive matter is, follow the pleasant and well-laid-out Number 6 Duna shoreline cycle lane all the ...

A brief insight to Kazakh legend Abaj Kunanbajev

Take a philosophical stroll to Astana Road

Although fairly familiar with modern-day Kazakhstan travel guides, which always deliver on this Central Asian nation's very diverse and picturesque topography, I confess to not knowing too much about life there. Other than what's occasionally in the news or observed at events hosted by ...

Szolnok with an unexpected Estonian twist

A tale of two Tallinns

This wintery, restricted-action January I yearned for a day out. It did not matter where. In haste, I took the first train out of the city and went to Szolnok. I had no real aim in mind other than to be the mere tourist ...