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Countdown is still on – Vote to Best Christmas Markets in Europe – 2020

Press Kit …

1. Budapest – Hungary

More than 280,000  have voted for the best Christmas markets in Europe.

The most beautiful Christmas markets in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary,… are waiting for your votes.

Beautiful Christmas lights, a gigantic Christmas tree, local and tasty food, mulled wine and gingerbread, a beautiful ice rink, original and handmade Christmas gifts, Christmas concerts, here are the ingredients for your next  Christmas holiday, with family, friends, alone or with your loved one.

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For many travelers the Advent Feast at the Basilica has been their favorit Christmas market in Budapest – Hungary for a long time, but it’s official now… Budapest number 1. The Advent Feast at the Basilica is the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe!

Treat yourself to a fun afternoon on the ice rink and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and traditional Hungarian cuisine. Do not miss the lights show at night: it’s the biggest 3D light show in Europe!

In addition to being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, the Advent Feast at the Basilica deserves the title of Best Christmas market with the spirit of Christmas but also the title of Best eco-friendly Christmas market.

Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity-boosting concerts, and preserve the environment by using  eco-friendly cups, and cutlery, while leftovers are being recycled.

Nearest airport flight to Budapest from Vienna takes two and a half hours … Hit two birds with one stone … Visit Vienna’s Advent Venue and thereafter visit the Advent Fair at the Basilica on the Saint István Square in Budapest.

Not a question where to stay because there are plenty of hotels in the neighboring area around to the Saint Stephen’s Basilica to discover the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe.

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Basilica Advent Feast – Ecumenical Aid Organization – Saint Steven Square @ Budapest

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The Advent Basilica has become a major tourist attraction in Budapest over the years!

This is the 9th occasion to have the Advent Feast in front of the Basilica on the Saint István Square and will in the coming days will host a series of events. Within the series of event last Sunday, children of needy arrived from Kaposvár and began their afternoon collecting experience with the support of the Ecumenical Aid Organization. First they could have their lunch served at the hut. Thereafter, were divided into four groups, visiting four venues at the Xmas Advent Fair.  The children skated on the ice rink set up on the square and meet well-known people. Daniel Gyurta – Olympic, three-time world and two-time European champion Hungarian swimmer was one of the most wanted person to meet personally. He told … it is wonderful to see as the kids explore the venue and from the corner of their sparking eyes they enjoy the hustle and bustle that goes around on the ground at the Xmas Advent gathering.

Another guest, Kisztina Rátonyi – public media presenter, also skated with children on an ice rink set up on the square. It was good to see as they avoided tumbling, then their sense of success.

The Director of Communications of the Ecumenical Relief Society, Kristóf Gáncs told that their presence is not just a one-time occasion. The impact of these adventure programs goes far beyond one day at Xmas. For the kids it is a great experience and they most probably will not forget what it was like to be at the Capital. The experience remains especially for those kids who had visited for the first time Budapest.

During the Advent event anyone can make a donation to the Ecumenical Aid Organization. In return will receive the chosen gingerbread baked on the spot and brought at the organization’s donation shop. The organization can also be supported on the local 1353 donation line. With a call or SMS can contribute 250HUF to the Advent collection.

The Relief Society’s slogan reflects … “FOOD” for the hungry, “HOME” for the homeless, “OPPORTUNITY” chance for the poor!’

Last but not least … Maybe needless to say at the Xmas Advent Feast, everyone has to watch at least once the 3D-animated movie projected on the Basilica building. It only takes a few minutes of screenings along with music, start every 1/2 an hour, telling a different story connected to the Advent time.

For locals and tourist rolling by … can’t be hungry on the spot … noway to be because can make up for the hunger feeling that the eye catch on the spot. Real Hungarian food, strudel cake, chimney cake, wine, pálinka, champagne, soft drinks and of course the spicy mulled wine in the season’s chilly weather will do it right.

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 The 3rd. “BorMedence” (WineValleys) @ Budapest – 2019

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This year the  „BorMedence” – (WineValley) held again for the third occasion largest Carpathian tasting gathering –  Festetics Palace – Budapest.

According to the tradition wine village, wine region from the mainland and across the neighboring border of the Carpathian Basin were invited to this year gathering.  The day reflected not only in the selection of wines, but also in music and gastronomy. The event was organized to promote Hungarian wine culture and  thereon from the Carpathian Basin. In 2019 honorary guests wine makers came from across the border:  the Garam mente (Highlands) and Belhon -Somló Hill (Balaton Wine Region).

This year proven by the numbers: 50 exhibitors, 14 historic region, 150 wines to please the wine lover audience. There were as well two master classes: focus on grape and wine varieties of the Carpathian Basin and Central Europe (Monarchy wines, Tokaj, Highland and Somló specialties).

To list all 50 winemakers would be as a small novel, so only a few are mentioned … So … whether you are new wine traveler or a discriminating wine aficionado, there are several wine regions in Hungary and  across the boarder worth visiting that were to explore at the “BorMedence” – (WineValley)  tasting.

On the press blvd, several winemakers were featured, learned about their culture rolling on the wine tour which absolutely was great way to hear about their history not only for the locals but for so many foreigners being on the spot.

The Mátra wine region located about 80 kilometers from Budapest. An unusually high concentration of volcanic mountain ranges in the northern part of the country produce wonderfully mineral-rich wines of the Mátra region. Mátra is Hungary’s second largest wine region. Wine growing and viniculture in the Mátra region was established prior to the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin and the first written accounts referring to wine making date back to the 11th century. Their grape varieties are: Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling) which is the most common type of vine planted in the region. The varieties include Chardonnay, Rizlingszilváni, Leányka, Muscat Ottonel, Tramini and Sauvignon Blanc. The Mátra Mountains with their moderate climate and protected areas provide perfect growing conditions for the local vineyards. The Mátra region’s soil is varied, lacking lime, pannonian clay rich in nutrients, volcanic andesite, andesite tufa and liparite tufa. After great deforestations, the soil became some places chernozem. The lecture was bit longer than expected, but worthwhile in discovering the  wines. The Dominium Winery introduced a grate selection of the products and tasting each bottled wine from different years gave different experience and different after taste. Their late-harvesting wine was amazing, simply mouthwatering.

To relax and enjoy the taste of the King of Wines  from Tarcal – HungaryTokajicum Sárgamuskotály 2018.  was no surprise for those who have had  tasted the wines from Tokaj.  The aroma is dominated by the muscatel character, complemented by lime and grapefruit. With its flattering scent and pleasant residual sugar content, it is a real treat for sweet wine lovers. It is recommended to consume at 9 ° C. Hand harvested. Alcohol content: 11.5% .The 20-hectare vineyard is located in an unrivaled location. Its panorama is smooth as the wines and fantastic view of the southern tip of the Bald Mountain. According to archival sources, the estate still surrounded by vineyards used to be the property of Count Andrássy. All of their vineyards are located in first-class, famous historic vineyards.

In addition to the well-known wineries in Hungary and abroad, also invited some lesser-known but also excellent winemakers from non-Hungarian winemakers from around the Carpathian Basin. Main purpose to introduce the boundless wine culture of the Carpathian Basin and its various regions.

The wine making began for myself in 2006 under the care of his father’s estate vineyard. The aim was to make wine in the Kali Basin side of the mountains, which offer an unforgettable experience for the consumer. The geologic history formed the Balaton Uplands into a spectual landscape worth to step on its soil. It risen from the ancient Pannonian Sea. The soil  forming on top of volcanic mountains. The Mediterrenean subclimate made this land an inspirational place for many generation throughout the history, so was told by Gyula Szabó mine maker from Köveskál.

The Simonfay Wine Mansion was founded in 2004 by Dr. Géza Simonfay at Tarcal and have been developing and expanding since then. The Simonfay wines are of high quality, the grape’s nutrient medium is given by the Tokaji declivity’s the Barackos vineyard. The first Hárslevelű (Hungarian grape variety from Pontian Balcanica branch of Vitis vinifera) bottled wine was produced in 2006. Furmint grapes and wine made from dry one specific privilege for a long time which was only a “by-product” of Tokaj. Solely white wine is produced in this region. However the emphasis is no longer put on the production of dessert wine but also on the production of dry wine. Still to-day the most famous and worldwide known unique wine from Tokaj is the Tokaj Aszú (Ausbruchwein) an Austrian wine term literary meaning … break-out wine!  Nevertheless the white wines of Tokaji are sweet, semi-sweet flavor that appears dominantly, although the excellent properties of Simonfay wines include the dry Furmint as well.

IstvánPince – Ipolyság – Kálvária winery – Slovakia. Quality wines on the desk for tasting hit one of the top by many tasters. There were more than ten wines in the “battle of tasting”, Sárgamuskotály, Pészeki Leányka, Király Leányka and last but not least have to highlight the “Zenit semi-sweet 2018 amazing wine in every sence. Very body wines with fresh tastes. Beside visiting their winery may also host up to 90-100 guests at the same time with 30 accommodations. Naturally have to make reservation in advance. István winery is on the top of the Kálvária Hill at Ipolyság. Several of his wines have already won medals in various competitions. Bottling and labeling of bottles takes place in the cellars inherited from his grandfather. Since there are seven István names among his ancestors, the choice of name is taxed before their honor. They hold advance bookings in wine tasting from their own wines with and specially select wines within the wine dinners. István Cellar and Pension is an ideal choice for many types of events. There is also a wine bar in the building and the tired traveler can have a peaceful dream in the tastefully furnished rooms told by István.

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100-member Gypsy Band – 35th Anniversary Gala Concert @ Budapest

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Sunday, February, 9. 2020. – 7 p.m.

Budapest Sports Arena

Had on your mind to get into the Gypsy music? Well a great opportunity to spend the evening enjoying the real Hungarian Gypsy Music.

Since its inception, the 100-member Gypsy Orchestra has garnered international acclaim and love from audiences, and has performed tirelessly around the world. The group was established 35 years ago, the world-famous troupe is a classical symphony orchestra. A unique group of its own musical formation in the world. They traveled to Africa, America, Asia, Australia, many European cities, where held more than a thousand concerts.

At the large-scale concert brings the mood to the festive season. Along side the 100-member gypsy group will perform Margit Bango Kossuth award winner icon, Anita Masa artist, Béla Berki – Monti’s Czardas, also Artisjus award & Hungarian Radio Singing Competition specialty and Csaba Jakab internationally recognized talent from Transylvania.

By-the-way, this a superb opportunity especially for the foreigners staying in Budapest to catch up with the real Hungarian Gypsy Music, not to mention a great memory of adventure to take home from Hungary. Photos share by kusette. To make  sure to to have a seat, check through internet and/or at the ticket office on the spot.

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Seattle’s legends Pearl Jam – July, 15. 2020. @ Budapest

Budapest Aréna

District, XIV., 2. Stefánia Road

The Grammy-winning grunge group PEARL JAM will embark on a European tour next summer!

Budapest’s concert  ticket go on sale beginning December, 7. 2019. The date  is pretty much ahead, but don’t forget to save the date in time!

PEARL JAM’s tour will kick off on on June 23 in Frankfurt, Germany and will include 3 festival appearances — Lollapalooza Stockholm – Sweden, Rock Werchter – Belgium and Lollapalooza Paris – France.

Not to worry they will stop by in Budapest to hold an awesome concert to make their Pearl Jam fans the day of the year. Can hear the original members on stage. Pearl Jam are one of the only iconic bands from the grunge era remaining who haven’t endured the loss of one of its members. They have one of the best Grunge Albums of all time with the Soundgarden, “Down on the Upside”  from 1996.

Here are  their European Tour Dates:
June, 23 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle
June, 25 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbühne
June, 27 – Stockholm, SE @ Lollapalooza Stockholm
June, 29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
July, 02 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
July, 05 – Imola, IT @ Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari
July, 07 – Vienna, AT @ Wiener Stadthalle
July, 10 – London, UK @ BST Hyde Park
July, 13 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
July, 15 – Budapest, HU @ Budapest Arena
July, 17 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
July, 19 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris
July, 21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome

Hitting Budapest and Zurich – for the first time since 1996 and 2000, respectively – the band will be joined by special guests PIXIES, IDLES, and White Reaper.

If your close enough to Budapest at the time being, make sure to purchased your ticket in advance not to be missed.

So was said earlier this year by bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard  that PEARL JAM was “in the middle” of the songwriting sessions for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s “Lightning Bolt” album.

In March 2017, PEARL JAM released a new song called “Can’t Deny Me”. The just-over-two-and-a-half-minute track was co-produced by the band and Brendan O’Brien. The music for the song was written by guitarist Mike McCready and lyrics by singer Eddie Vedder. Artwork for the single was created by Ament and videographer Kevin Shuss.

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City Hall Park – 1st. Advent Lit @ Budapest 2019.

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November, 29.  –  December, 29, 2019.

Weekdays incl. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

December, 24.: 10 a.m. 2 p.m.  December, 25.: Noon – 6 p.m.

The Szabad Tér has traditionally held its 7th Advent Xmas Fair, yesterday which was open to visitors by Teodóra Bán Managing Director and Artistic Director at the City Hall Park  (district, VI. Budapest) adjacent to Deák tér. The City Hall Park is a popular venue, mostly occupied by tourist throughout the year. Especially for the foreigners staying, living in Budapest worthwhile just a hop over from the nearby hotels and also to other attractive venues.

Yesterday, the first candle was lit on the occasion to the opening of the Advent Xmas Fair by Mayor Gergely Karácsonyi and Dr. Ferenc Beran, parish priest of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Budapest-Újlaki pronounced blessing.  Choir of the Józsefváros Music School also participates at the event.

The City Hall Park dressed in festive decorations is an excellent opportunity to visit the colorful bustle for families with children attend at several workshops, handicrafts, interactive games every day of the week.

The organizers welcome not only families of the district residents but also from other district of Budapest in the heated hut on the spot.

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Hermitage – Enter into a Fantastic Library – The Power of Art @ Budapest

The latest coming up series:

The Temples of Art – Ermitage. Il Potere dell’Arte – 2019

Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest

Premiere, December, 12. 2019.

Documentary – 90 mins. – Italian film in Italian with Hungarian subtitle.

Director: Michele Mally – Cast: Toni Servillo  – Screenplay: Giovanni Piscaglia
International Release. Italy and Czech Republic – 2019.

Take a journey through time between art delights, a superb living treat for the art film lovers.

The Hermitage comes alive. Tells the story  Toni Sewrvillo   as himself tell the story of and at the daily life of the museum today continuously leaving the  … here and now …  to retrace two and a half centuries tell the story by himself. A wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world. St. Petersburg and the Hermitage were a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture. The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries.

Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through cultural bridges between places and distant civilizations. Bridges form a symbolic visual element, that will be repeated in the narrative.

Age limit above 12 year.

Not to be missed – tickets on the spot.

Distributor: Pannónia Entertainment Ltd.

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