Volodymyr Zelensky faces challenges of Russia, corruption

Comedian to be sworn in as Ukrainian president

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky will formally become the country's new president at a ceremony in the capital, Kyev, on Monday, May 20. 2019. With no previous political experience, Zelensky…

21 May 2019 - 08:05 AM

Bartók Plus Opera Festival, Miskolc, 14-23 June 2019

Keeping composer’s legacy alive

In a few years, Miskolc's opera festival has made the city an important stronghold of the opera scene in Central and Eastern Europe. The event is supported by Bartók's descendants and inheritors, and…

24 May 2019 - 08:05 AM

Frankó Kitchen in District II

Serving up a real culinary adventure

Are you looking for a secret tip for a Budapest restaurant that combines international taste with traditional Hungarian gastronomy? Give the Frankó Kitchen a chance. Take care though – this is…

14 May 2019 - 09:05 AM

The best ways to break a sweat while seeing the sights

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The best hotels have their USPs, an acronym that puzzled us when we first saw it but which deep research revealed to stand for Unique Selling Points. Corinthia Hotel Budapest has some, including a…

17 May 2019 - 08:05 AM

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