Entertainment in Budapest
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary is the largest city in the country. It is also the cultural and commercial centre where about 1.7 million people live although the commuter area is home to more than 3 million. The first settlement dates back to 1 AD built by the Celts and later the place was occupied by Romans. Hungarians settled in the Carpathian basin in the 9th century, their leader was Arpad. During the history of Hungary lots of different nations came and go in the territory, among them Bulgarians, Tatars, later Turkish and Habsburg and some people say that is the reason why Hungarian women are so beautiful!
Budapest is divided into two parts by the River Danube separating the more vivid Pest and the calmer and more relaxed Buda part which used to be separate cities until 1873. Since then Buda, Obuda and Pest have been one city, Budapest.
Budapest is a place where you can see and do lots of different things, the city has a lot to offer for anyone. It is full of sights that cannot be missed including World Heritage Sites for example Andrassy Avenue which includes the Millenium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world, Heroes’ Square and Varosliget, one of the most beautiful parks in Budapest, Buda Castle or the banks of the Danube. There are exhibitions in lots of different museums and galleries which attract tourists, you can listen to fantastic concerts in concert halls or the opera not to mention Sziget Festival in summer which is among the top ten festivals in the world. If you want to relax you can choose one of the many wellness hotels of Budapest or simply visit a spa in the heart of Budapest. Hungarian cuisine is world famous so why not try one of the local restaurants or bars or just a confectionery. If you are after nightlife you can explore it on the Pest side any time of the year.
It is easy to get to Budapest as there are frequent flights to the capital but depending on where you come from it is relatively close to most parts of Europe on road as well.
Don’t hesitate, if you want to experience real hospitability, wonderful food, good wine and see amazing places in a former communist country. As Jeremy Irons says "explore the wonderful crumbling faded beauty" of Budapest.
Entertainment in Mosonmagyaróvár
The town of Mosonmagyaróvár is situated at the crossing point of the rivers Mosoni-Danube and Lajta, at about 30 km from Bratislava and 80 km from Vienna.
In ancient times the town of Mosonmagyaróvár was part of the Roman Empire. At that time the town was known by the name Ad Flexum. Written documents of Hungarian history mention the town for the first time in 1046. These sources mention the town by the name of "Musun". Queen Erzsébet gave the settlement its town status in 1354.
Mosonmagyaróvár used to be two separate towns, Magyaróvár and Moson. The town of Moson was the original capital of Moson county in the Kingdom of Hungary, but the county seat was moved to Magyaróvár during the Middle Ages. The two towns were combined in 1939, and by now almost all signs of dualism have disappeared, as the space between the two towns has become physically and culturally developed.
Ever since it first opened in 1969 the thermal bath has been very popular among domestic and foreign tourists as well.
Mosonmagyaróvár and Szigetköz provide you with various recreational activities outdoors from spring to autumn.
Szigetköz, a cut-off meander bordered by the Old Danube and the Moson arm of the Danube, is the biggest island world of Hungary. This unique water labyrinth is a paradise for rowers, anglers and hunters. With a qualified tour leader you can discover the beauties of this wonderful water world. In the whole area cycle lanes are constructed.
The cycle lane is fully built in the whole area. The flat area and the interesting countryside is a popular destination for bike tourists. Several riding schools await lovers of horses and anyone interested in horse riding. You can also get the area to know sitting on a horse-drawn coach or in winter on a horse-drawn sleigh.
Charming squares and streets and all the historic monuments of the town are here for you to discover, all enchanted by the magical scents of local coffee shops.
History of the castle
The Castle of Óvár is a construction with an irregular quadratic ground-plan built in the 13th century upon the ruins of the Roman settlement and reconstructed several times since then.
1273 already the Czech King Ottokar II. invaded the castle but kept it just for several years. Some years later the castle was conquered by the Austrian earl Albert, but king András III. fought it back for the Köszegi famlily. 1323 The Köszegi family felt in to disgrace due to some rebellion and the castle was given to the queen. In the coming centuries the castle change the ownership several times between the Austrian and Hungarian royalties. Even the Turkish invaders owned it twice, but the castle was abandoned to them without fight. 1809 the castle was taken over by Napoleon. 1830 most of the outer parts of the castle had been demolished.
In 1818 an agricultural-type high level educational institution was founded in the fort by Prince Albert Casimir of Saxony-Teschen, the son-in-law of Queen Maria Theresa of the House of Habsburg. The university of today to be found in the fort (the Western-Hungarian University’s Department of Agriculture and Food Industry) is its legal successor.
On the Deák Square stands the Baroque statue erected in 1744 for Saint John of Nepomuk. The one-storey house of the former archducal castle of the Habsburgs can also be seen on the square. The Town Hall of our days, the former ‘Hundred House’ was built in 1892 in Neo-renaissance style.
The main adornment of the Fő Street is the so-called Cselley-house. In the building with even Gothic marks, there is the Hansági Regional Museum housing an arts and crafts exhibition, the Gyurkovics-Collection, and in the wagon-vaulted cellar, a ‘lapidarium’ (ancient stone collection) from the Roman age.
The Magyar Street
In the Magyar Street – pedestrian street – stands the Saint Gotthard parishchurch built in the 18th century. The crypt of the church is the burying-place of Archduke Friedrich of Austria, member of the House of Habsburg and his wife. The sculpture of St. Ladislaus next to the church was set up by public subscription in 1993.
The Hansági Museum
The Hansági Museum that is one of the first founded museums in the country stands opposite to the Town Hospital. The parish-church St. John of Nepomuk in Moson is a building in Baroque style built in the middle of the 18th century. In front of the church the sculpture of King St. Stephen was inaugurated on 20th of August 2000, on the Millennium Memorial Day.
The development creates an interactive, natural science exhibition which is unique in Hungary that resides in the near 300 year old Futura granary.
The exhibition lays on more than 2000 m² and waits people aspiring to see innovative experiences and interested in sciences. It is sure that in the FUTURA neither children or teenagers, nor adults will be bored!
The exhibition can be seen on the 4 floors of FUTURA, each referring to the 4 natural elements (water, ground, air, fire). All this will offer unforgettable experiences, entertainment and fun. Discover this admirable world!