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First Hungarian and International Craft Breweries on the Spot – Beer Week Budapest 2018.

We are talking about one of the most popular drinks today!

Mark the date and roll over to the tasting days…

May, 25-26. 2018.

Dürer Kert (Durer Garden)

District, XIV., 19-21  Ajtósi Dürer sor (lane)

Though Hungary was/is rather a vine-producing than a beer brewer country, but for some time the growing of craft breweries open the door for  beer lovers and soon at  the 1st. International  Beer Festival with local breweries as well they personally will tap the visitors their craft beers. The craft beers are becoming more-and-more popular and  especially reaching the warmth  of the season the heights will grow and coming up somewhere and often at beer festival will be ready to ease the thirst.

On the 25th and 26th of May the atmosphere of high-edge beer festival comes to Budapest for the tasting at the BPBW Beer Week in Budapest 2018. What makes this event special is not only the rare and hard to get these beers to shop, but also a unique occasion where the brewers from all around the globe coming over on the spot to Budapest.

In the Scandinavian countries similar festivals are being held for many years now while the UK and the Baltic regions are busy to join in but in this area this will be the first of its kind. MBCC, Brewskival, Beavertown, Tallinn Craft Beer Week just to name a few of these names that say a lot for many, but nothing for most of the Budapest beer drinkers. For them it’s described an event somewhere to be in between a rock’n’roll show and a beer fest. The visitors get the chance to meet with the stars of the scene, then have a beer with them. The craft beer brewers are the new rock stars anyway as many say … “We’d like to think that the Hungarian craft beer has grown up and we would like the international spotlight to shine on it, to make sure people are not only visiting Beer Week in Budapest because the previously mentioned festivals are being almost immediately sold out, but also for the beauty of our beloved the city and also its vivid beer scene.”

BPBW Beer Week In Budapest means the largest craft beer event ever held in the region, unlimited tasting sessions for 6 hours of 160 different craft beers of more than 40 international breweries from 16 countries for 2 days at Dürer Kert (Durer Garden) in Budapest . Join personally the groove  and enjoy the Hungarian  and International line of craft beers, as the brewers tap your pint.  The so-called “liquid bread”  officially will blow after parties with 2 live music stages on both nights, plus additional events all week-long (tap takeovers, meet the brewer events, industry meetings) all across the city.

“Come for the tastings sessions, stay for the week!” – join us in Budapest with our favorite international and beloved Hungarian craft beer breweries, let’s make a hell of a party in the name of quality beers!

The list of international breweries to participate: 18th STREET BREWING United States, AF BREW Russia, AMAGER BRYGHUS Denmark, BAKUNIN BREWERY Russia, BEVOG Austria, BIRRIFICIO DEL DUCATO Italy, BREWDOG Scotland, BREWDOG OVERWORKS Scotland, BROUWERIJ DE MOLEN The Netherlands, BROWAR GOLEM Poland, CERVESES LA PIRATA Catalonia, EDGE BREWING CO. Catalonia, JESTER KING BREWERY United States, LERVIG Norway, MAGIC ROCK BREWING CO United Kingdom, MALMÖ BREWING CO Sweden, MIKROFONBRYGGERIET Sweden, MOOR BEER United Kingdom, MYKONOS BREWING COMPANY Greece, PIPEWORKS BREWING United States, PÕHJALA Estonia, POPPELS BRYGGERI Sweden, POST SCRIPTUM BREWERY Portugal, PYYNIKIN Finland, SIGNATURE BREW United Kingdom, TEMPEST BREWING CO. Scotland, THE GARDEN BREWERY Croatia, TO ØL Denmark, UILTJE BREWING COMPANY, The Netherlands, WILD BEER CO. United Kingdom

The list of Hungarian breweries to discover: ARMANDO_OTCHOA, BALKEZES, GÓLEM SÖR, HOPTOP BREWERY, HORIZONT BREWING, MAD SCIENTIST, MONYO BREWING CO., REKETYE BREWING CO., TUFFBUZZ.

Press release by the BPBW

Update Aggie Reiter

Concerts – International Guitar Festival – Budapest

19. Szeged IGF | International Guitar Festival

April, 9-12. 2018.  –  Budapest

April, 9.  7 p.m. Concert hall of the Italian Cultural Institute
Address: District VIII., 8.Bródy Sándor str. Budapest
Andrea Roberto (IT) solo concert
Giacomo Susani (IT) solo concert
Bozsóki Gergely & Funusual Quintette (HU)  concert

April, 10. 7 p.m.  Concert hall of the Tóth Aladár School of Music
Address: District, VI., 19-21. Szív str. Budapest
Dominik Carevic (HR)  solo concert
Jesse Flowers (AU/DE) solo concert

April, 11. 09:30 – 1.30 p.m. Cervantes Institute
Address: District, VI., 32 Vörösmarty str. Budapest
William Kanengiser (USA) masterclass

April, 11. 7 p.m.  French Institute
Address: District, I. Budapest, 17. Fő str. Budapest
Concert of the prize-winners of the XIV. National Guitar Competiton  Vác
Raphael Feuillatre (FR) solo concert
Tritonus Gitar Trio (Szurgyi Gergely, Molnár Levente, Varga Bálint)
Wine-tasting after the concert.

April, 12. 7 p.m. Budapest Cervantes Institute

Nagy Márton (HU) solo concert, Flavio Apro (BR) solo concert

(International Guitar Festival is the oldest existing and one of the major guitar events in Hungary bringing together the greatest players and hosting acts from all over the World. It is held on April 12-15, 2018 in Szeged and its region. Amusement for open-minded fans of all things guitar in diverse genres like world music (e.g. flamenco) and astonishing combinations with various art forms. Concerts take place in various venues such as concert halls, music bars, churches or your comfortable coach thanks to the live streaming. Interactive guitar courses for amateurs, students, children who can learn from noted musicians. Exciting competition for the best young stars of classical guitar and showcase with masterclasses, training programs. Networking platform for wits and curious professionals (musicians, managers, festival promoters, music institution directors, producers, music journalists). From 2018, the 19th year of Szeged IGF is involved in EuroStrings, the European Guitar Festival Collaborative which is the first European platform gathering 14 classical guitar festivals from Croatia, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This platform with an international reputation and professional structure enables promotion and education of emerging guitar players exchanging artists, events and one of Europe’s major guitar competitions.  https://eurostrings.eu/

The festival was founded by guitarist-composer David Pavlovits in 1999, he gave concerts in more than 30 countries. He is the head of guitar department at the University of Szeged which is one of the most successful and popular communities of classical guitar in Hungary.)

Update Aggie Reiter

The 33rd International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

July, 7 – 9. 2017.

Hungary’s largest celebration event at the unique and credible historical environment indeed will be showing a slice of Hungary’s medieval history, commemorating for 33 years. Replaying the 1335 Visegrád kings meeting, when Róbert Károly called the Czech and Polish rulers to the courthouse where was held a huge celebration with medieval dances for the guests and their entourage. This was one of the most important events of medieval Europe.

Calling Hungarians and foreigners to travel back in time for almost 700 years, as around 1,000 people from almost 10 countries in Europe dressed in traditional costumes appear at Visegrád. During the three days kings, battlefields, street comedians and dancers overwhelming the streets. The event also holds three different international tournaments, which will be held 10 times during the festival’s 3 days in the original course of the Royal Palace. On horseback tournaments, Europe’s best traditions show battle scenes, horse and pedestrian battles, falconer and archery shows, dance shows, and also traditional canals such as costume archery and live racing. In addition to the knights tournaments, there are more than 100 programs in the city that await visitors during the event. On the open-air stage, era’s music concerts, medieval dance shows, comedy shows and a children’s puppet theater are waiting for the audience between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and handicraft fair with more than 100 merchants ont he spot. Throughout the day, street enthusiasts and comedians entertain the guests all day, and as in the past, they will also be able to showcase craftsmen’s shows. On Friday and Saturday, after the evening torch tournaments, the Royal Wine Yard will host a party at 2 p.m., where concerts and dancing parties await guests. The V4 street, where the countries of the Visegrád Co-operation are presenting themselves, promise to be a specialty in the cozy piano line.

Visitors with only one ticket can enter and view the exhibitions at the Royal Palace and the Solomon’s Tower, the colorful programs taking place there, and the programs of the Wine Yard’s open-air stage, the fair and the city park. To the knights tournaments need to have a special entry ticket.

Visitors can enjoy a number of ticket discounts: ticket sales and tickets for knight tournaments as well as pre-announced group ticket purchasers are provided free of charge by day-ticket organizers. The same is true of those who wish to travel by on boat to Visegrád can take an excursion boat on the River  Danube to the International Palace Games of Visegrád (any three days). During the festival there will be free parking in the city area, but keep in mind those interested to visit the venue better to arrive early.

The International Visegrád Palace Games were held for the first time in 1985. Today, the festival has become to be a massive performance, attracting international attention to the most important historical sites of Hungarian culture and European culture. In the history of the festival, it is an important milestone that the Royal Heritage of Visegrád was awarded the European Heritage title in 2009 as one of the most important historical monuments. The prize is a priority in European history that has played a prominent role in the European dimension of buildings, memorials and cultural goods. In 2015, the International Festival of Visegráds won the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) award for the best festivals in the European Union’s most important cultural and artistic event. Performers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Transylvania and Russia will attend the event. According to surveys for tourism, the festival is the second best known attraction in Visegrád. The Visegrád International Fireworks is organized by Pro Visegrád Cultural Service Provider Nonprofit Ltd. The main sponsors of the event are: International Visegrad Fund, National cultural Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, OTP Bank Ltd., Gambling Nonprofit Kft.

For a detailed program of Visegrád International Palace Games and ticket information,  visit http://www.palotajatekok.hu

Update Aggie Reiter

Isonzó Express – The Path of Peace … from the Alps to the Adriatic

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July, 16-20, 2017.

The journey time is 5 days / 4 nights.

To-day was announced at the Western Railway Station’s Royal Waiting Hall  the coming Isonzó Express journey to take place this year between July, 16-20. The MÁV nostalgia launches a historic special trait – back in time – which is not only important for those individuals to have an opportunity to pay  commemoration to their fallen great-grandfather on the front,  but to present the patronage of to-day’s generation, to get acquainted with historic venues where Central European‘s  soldiers fought and died during the First World War.

The train runs along  the Semmering Hage through the world’s first high-mountain railway line, which was handed over in 1854. During the journey, the train pass through 14 tunnels, 16 viaducts and more than 100 stone bridges and gateways  fitting  into the mountainous landscape.

During  rolling on the tracks, photo exhibitions and traditional military demonstrations can be seen. The lectures of the historians of the First Great War are complementing the program. At the Orpheum car,  János Csík with his friend musicians will be playing  those soldiers  songs, sang during  the war.

Ticket Reservation: www.mavnosztalgia.hu

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Visit Gyula for many reasons … Chapter3.

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Reason1. … would be to visit the Gyula Castle Spa, one of the third superb in every sence at the bath of mineral healing water.  The members of  press were taking on a spa tour by Vanda Dombovári – communications and marketing director and learned once you are at Gyula don’t be on a run to gain that special experience. Enjoy every minute healing your body and soul. The Gyula Castle Spa at 8.5 hectare park of the Almásy Mansion, that also stands as nature conservation area. Each year thousands of Hungarians, foreigners from Austria, Germany, U.K. and from the other side of the border reach a number of 10000 guests per day.  A mass visitors year-after-year again returning as guests, spending short and long stays during their holiday. The Castle Spa has also a therapeutic contingent operating full year around with assistance of supervision of rheumatologist, physiotherapist and sports specialist. More than thousands of words can be said of the awesome  power of natural mineral water coming from beneath 2005 meters in-depth chlorinated healing water of 72C reaching 10 pools. but to feel the healing heat of the spa must Visit Gyula to have that experience.  It also has a 3-5 meter in-depth diving pool for adrenaline lovers. Slides cannot be missed , where there is a family slide,  the very popular “light tunnel”, also body slide and  enjoying the one and only in Hungary the unique sliding going upwards inclining the dropping in line tube slide in a unique way. Playground in the pool for small children with their Mum and Dad where they can explore the water world. There is also a nursing room converted as a special place e.g. warming baby food  etc. To enhance with family, friends  with a separate ticket can visit the Aqua Park where throughout the year’s 4 season provides fun and entertainment for all age to relax and heal at the same time at this 5 stars  in-and-outfdoor baths.

In between the visiting  the marvelous Castle Spa, before heading to the Almásy Mansion our day’s plan organized by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula and  Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office was invitation to ease our appetite at the another excellent gastronomy place, the Várkonyi Bistro and Bar. The food was just from the oven, yummy and top class.

Reason2.  to visit the Almásy Mansion … was a fine time to visit, because the temporary exhibition titled „Relics of the Martyrs of Arad in Gyula” is on view until March, 19. 2017. These martyrs played a huge role in the Hungary’s history, 10  out of 13 generals later executed in Arad for their part in the Hungarian Revolution, surrendered on the premises of the mansion at August, 23. 1849 and left for Arad to meet their fate.

Feel like going back in time and enjoying the atmosphere, relaxing as in the old days the residences of the nobility did. You will be certainly driven on the path of Hungary’s history lane by the power and emotion that the Almásy Mansion holds for the visitors. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Almásy Mansion has a long history … following the reduction of the territory occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Baron Johann Georg Harruckern of Upper Austria was allowed to purchase almost the entire territory of Békés County from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the King of Hungary, in return for his services in the wars against the Ottomans. He set about intense repopulation in Békés County. A large number of Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Romanians arrived and settled in the county.

At the Mansion, there is a possibility to purchase, select some gifts from craftsmen of the Békés Country at the mansion’s souvenirs store. There are replicas of objects and items to take home as a piece of the Hungarian history. These items surely will hold memories of your stay at Gyula – Hungary. While exploring its exhibition it’s a fine time to have an exquisite coffee with their speciality of cream cake, beverages offered at the Mansion Café.

To reach both venues from Budapest drive on the M5 motorway and the M44 road and guests arriving from Szeged or Debrecen along the 47 road via Békéscsaba will arrive to  the City of Gyula.

Below a bit of background about the Almásy Mainson (source: Almásy Mansion). “The Almásy’s is an old noble family from Zsadány and Törökszentmiklós, were linked to the mansion through the marriage of Countess Stephanie Maria Wenckheim and Count Kálmán Almásy. Their son Dénes (Dennis) and his wife Ella Károlyi Almásy were very popular in Gyula due to their “infinite modesty”. The count’s wife donated large sums to support the building of the grammar school and the nearby József Sanatorium.

The Harruckern-Wenckheim-Almásy Mansion in Gyula also played an important role in Hungary’s cultural life. In 1746 it was the first mansion in Hungary to house a theater performance.The grandfather of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of Hungary’s national anthem lived in the mansion as a house musician and master of ceremonies. The great composer Ferenc Erkel himself was a frequent visitor. Members of more than one generation of the Erkel family gave piano concerts during soirées at the mansion. The famed artists Mihály Munkácsy started his career as a painter under the tutelage of Elek Szamosy, who was in charge of making copies of and restoring old family portraits and other paintings in the family’s collection.”

Reason3.  … Can heartily recommend to gain own experience, explore the real gem that determines the city by  Visiting Gyula!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Travelling 80edays Around the World Using No Fuel!

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New Beginning, Renewable Energy and New Ecosystem so was said at the travelogue of the 80edays around-the-world trip by electric cars held by József Helmich and Csaba Mészáros – president and owner of the evopro group at the TAMA Restaurant in Budapest.

Barcelona hosted the start off the major electric event of the year.

The ten pure electric cars and an electric bus lined up at the Arc de Triomf to participate in the ELDURO.  The end point was also at Barcelona.

Before getting into the depth of information, starting with what usually is mentioned at the end of an update wish to highlight the following fact … The winner in its category for its self-supporting, modular, full composite body Bus designed by Hungary’s evopro and manufactured by Russia’s NCC, won International Innovation Award! Now that its done, here goes the insight to the electric cars around-the-world race. Definitely had to keep in mind that anything can break down. That is why it was a key factor during the designing of Modulo to minimize the amount of parts and to avoid unnecessarily complicated details, so it was said by József Helmich.

In the 80edays tour there were 11 teams, traveled over 25000 kms, crossed over 20 countries, including three continents. The rolling teams on 80edays were Austria, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany I., Germany II., Germany III., Hungary Spain, Switzerland I., Switzerland II., USA with electric cars around the world. The goal was to prove, once again, the sustainability of electric vehicles.The project was initiated by Rafael de Mestre, who in 2012 managed to circle the world in 127 days. He participated this time along with the teams with a car Tesla Model S.

The rally rolled through many different geographic areas … plains, deep vallies, mountains high, narrow street sections, through a lot of potholes, due to restriction heights, barriers to bridge the bus had to change directions make detours, but they did not loose too much time in figuring out which way to continue the race and also drove over 2000 meters above sea level. In each country they travel through the teams plant a tree along with a memorial plaque.

From Europe ten cars have been transported across the Atlantic. The Electric Bus of the Hungarian team was transported by ship to Halifax/Canada that was the first North American stop. From Halifax to New York and then on the road led them throw the States to San Francisco and Los Angeles. From there on, the vehicles were flown over the Pacific Ocean, until reaching Guangzhou – China and off they drove on the road again ending the race at their starting point in Barcelona, Spain. The teams traveled 25,000 kms across 20 countries and three continents. The teams passed along iconic cities, where over 40 events were organized to raise awareness about EV technology. Residents and tourists strolling by the boardwalk stopped by viewing these electric vehicles. Many among the observers said they are hoping to travel in the future at their sub-urban and inner city areas on these gas-free buses.

After having arrived from America and Spain back to Budapest, the Modulo vehicles are now promoting electro mobility in the capital as well with two 80edays buses. Furthermore, the Hungarian-developed electric bus showed the world that electro mobility is accessible for everyone in public transportation as well.

The 80edays around-the-world electric car rally (11 EVs) set up a new world record. The teams successfully completed the navigation trip and drove the total of 289.662 kms. together across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles, including the time in cross-continental transportation. At the finish line the teams were warmly welcomed and congratulated by Professor Gunter Pauli a.k.a. “The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”.  The crews had plenty of challenges on their way but successfully made their way home.

Overall, the Hungarian invented #Modulo #electricBus has successfully completed the North-American and European sections of the 80edays. The race also served as to promote awareness of sustainable transportation, fast, comfortable, silent, environmentally friendly.

More to it … rewriting the automotive history and proving the capabilities of modern electric vehicles have already become an essential part of our lives.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s largest tourist parade at HUNGEXPO –TRAVEL 2016.

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DAY1 ... Even though the data are under processing on the opening day showed the tourism trends show that the visitors are mainly looking at inland offers. Never-the-less there is still 3 days to go for visitors to look and see what the foreigner exhibitors can offer them.

Many foreign exhibitors were here last year and having good experiences with their offers, came back this year aswell.

The list would be extremely long to mention having from 28 countries with 399 exhibitors of domestic and foreign exhibitors, but a short note to see a couple of offers at their stand can be learnt. On the first hand, Budapest – Hungary as the City of Guest of Honor, with its slogan “Budapest hosts Hungary”. In 2016., the Budapest Summer Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival offering this year within the spirit of Romanticism assembled cultural activities and including for tourists special packages to book also available during the exhibition on the spot. At the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, Hungarian and International artists will be on stage  such as: Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Támas Vásáry, Gergely Madaras, Hawk Dominic. Welcoming foreigner stars on stage will be Yuja Wang- Chinese pianist, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guez, Giuseppe Filianoti, James Valenti – opera singer, Stacey Kent – jazz diva, guitarist – Stanley Jordan and London’s Globe Theater and the Monte Carlo Ballet. As a novelty 3 Tenors opera gala  and  there will be Virtuosi festive variety show, circus and concerts as well.

On the second-hand, a wide variety of foreigner exhibitors arrived this year aswell to make the Hungarians wish to spend their holidays abroad, and most probably if they really want to know a country’s cultures then certainly will learn through its gastronomy. As mentioned, more than two dozen foreigner exhibitors are present, so here is a couple mentioning to visit their stand.

Austria – Offering  unforgettable entertainment and loads of fun at the Wiesn Festival – September,22. – October, 9. 2016. (More info  to come)

Israel – The israeli stand was opened by His Excellency Ilan Mor Israeli Ambassador to Hungary, by saying Israel is a place to visit once in a lifetime, these were the first welcoming words. Take a journey through the ancient Holy land, learn, discover the authentic Israel with family, friends or fellow travellers. Whatever the season experience something new, interesting and exciting, including activities, customs and places that are unique.  Hear more about the travel opt. on the spot. There is a huge of holiday offers that will surely catch the eye.

Turkey  – A place where nature, Sun and Sea,  health and wellness, sport, culture  can be all  reached having vacation at Kemer/Antalya with family or friends.  There are many hotel just by the Sea where the spectacular mountains and sea view of the Mediterranean can be perceived on the spot.

Malta –  Is closer from Budapest than many may think. It is a small countries with marvelous places to visit, for instance: Popeye Village, the Grand Fort and during the fall holds the Birgufest – Candlelight event at Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa) – which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities.

Cyprus – Was a good reason for the visitors by telling, Cyprus can be visited any time of year that suits you.  Many places rich of ancient ruins can be found there and also very handy is a “free” weekly guided tour, I was told.  Was highlighted to visit Pafos Archaeological Park. It is at the entrance of the harbour one can access this quite stunning park which houses a truly unique collection of remarkable treasures dating from far back in time in the 2nd century B.C.

The visitors strolling around  the stands were pretty surprised by the sight of Mr. Piano Man rolling along  the pathways…

Coming up  more adventure at the Travel 2016. Hungexpo – Budapest

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter