Posts Tagged ‘Slovakia’

First International Beer Festival – Gyula – Part1

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Need not go to the doctor to get a prescription to heal, relax, watch the world go by before attending to the First International Beer Festival in the City of Gyula. Not-so-secret goal was by many beer and concert lover visitors to attend, taste the smooth craft  and artisan beer enjoying their time. A 4 days event with good live music concerts, food, playground for children and most of all not just the official juries to jury the craft beers and breweries  but the visitors were welcome to taste the smooth craft beers and to have a ball.

Gyula used to be the capital of the county, until the First World War. For mainly visiting Gyula in the first place is its healing hot spa and whilst in the city visiting other main attractions such as the Almássy Palace, the former home of count Almássy and the adjacent Medieval Castle. Since the 19th century in its current form, but the original structure dates back to the 17th century. The city was the main home of the Almássy Family until the World War II.. The size of the city is 255.8 km2 (98.8 sq miles) and the population is cca. 40 thousand. Taking into account of the size of Gyula, visitors beside visiting the so-called “liquid bread”  i.e. beer, were most probably witnessing many touristic venues not even expected.

The fan off Thursday welcoming the audience was by Dr. Ernő Görgényi  – major of Gyula and prominent members of the beer business. Within opening the festival spoke about the aim of the competition jointly with the festival to bring beer culture, a chance to introduce itself at  Gyula. The goal was to get acquainted with several small breweries products and their members. At the opening ceremony was urged the prizes to be handed over to the beer winners award on Saturday. Also added that there are two breweries operating in Gyula and in Békés County aBékésszentandrás distillery as well, This beer festival from now on will also call the tourists visiting Gyula whilst  healing at the hot spa to have an unforgettable memory happening at Gyula in  Békés county. This tipical event was organized for 17 years at Békéscsaba. This year, the event will not take place there. The local government of Gyula was immediately next to having the beer festival. Therefore, to the new venue an agreement was made between the major of Gyula  and Varga-Bora to organize the beer festival surrounding the Castle of Gyula. Most probably not on my own by saying there is no other Beer Festival in Hungary and maybe in Europe that is arranged in the heartbeat of a Medieval Castle, not to mention  having its peaceful hot spa just steps away from the event and many other attraction.

The 4 days of the craft beer masterpieces and street food dishes were the focus of attention, as well as publication of the Central European Beer Awards 2018 competition. The beer competitors came from Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to participate in the international beer festival, namely small brewery breweries and homemade breweries in the competition. It was in 16 categories with 167 samples examined by international jury, with Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian members.  Exactly 15 people tasted the liquid bread jointly 3-member commissions. The competition director was László Kovács from Slovakia who said,  lot of very good quality beer had arrived. He explained that drinks were thoroughly criticized for fragrance, taste, overall impression and other aspects using a state-of-the-art computer program, according to an American system.

To be continued … part 2

report and snaps 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

XXIII. International Book Festival Budapest – 2016.

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Millenáris Park – 4 Days!

April, 21. – April, 24. 2016.

Venue: Budapest –  District II.,  16-20 Kis Rókus Street.

After the previous year’s invited country’s guest of honor, being highly successful Guest of Honour presentations  of Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, China, Romania, Israel, Turkey, the European Union and the Nordic Countries they are here again to introduce the literature and the publishing industry of their country.

In 2016  we will presenting Slovakia as the Guest of Honour Country.

Dates and Opening Hours 21. April,21 – Noon – 7 p.m., 22. April, 22. 10 a.m. – 7 p-.m.,  April, 23. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  April, 24. 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

A great festival for book lovers. The Budapest’s International Book Festival hosts representatives of world literature and of domestic intellectual life. During the week-end can meet 100 authors from 25 countries and more than 400 Hungarian authors, scientists, and artists who will be on the spot. Therefore, a  fine occasion meetings with authors, signings sessions, book premiers and presentations, roundtable discussions, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and films. Also meet many Hungarian and foreign authors.

Children’s Kingdom will be organized especially for young generations with promotion of children’s books and special programs for kids.

Last year opening day was dedicated to Shakespeare and Cervantes, having been commemorated the anniversary of the death of the two great poets.

More than 300 new publishing, a host of international and local authors and around 350 cultural programs make the International Book Festival in Budapest truly  worthwhile event for both locals and  foreigners staying in Hungary and naturally the tourists are  welcomed as well.

Ticket price: 500HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted).

Update by Aggie Reiter

The Xth Volvo Cup – Győr – January – 3 to 5 – 2016

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The Sporty Year 2016 begins with the splash-off at Győr when it becomes Capital City of Water Polo.

Our men’s national team this time will not be in Budapest, instead at Győr on the Xth Volvo Cup before the European Championship.

At the press call was present: Dénes Kemény – President – Water Polo Association, Gábor Bodrogai – Managing director of Volvo Car Pty Ltd, Dr. Tivadar Somogyi – Győr city’s deputy mayor.

Dénes Kemény –  president of the national sports federation said  the  tournaments in the past was totally designed as to help the whole Hungarian water polo, ia to be held annually in different provincial scene. The past year was an exception, when in the capital was arranged for the teams at the BVSC on the Szőnyi road  the water pool games. In 2016  again the city of Győr will be the home for the polo-games.

He added that the Volvo Cup has been entrenched in the national team program, in the past decades. The President said, Q.:  „They have been involved in the preparation of the tasks”

Tibor Benedek  said that between this year’s opponents, Italy and Spain teams is also important that the Hungarian team will obtain the Rio Olympic quota. The main goal is that at the Volvo Cup to have that team, which is also to be listed in the European Championships . Also mentioned that a day before the tournament in Győr will be having a sparring waging with the Spanish polo team.

Gábor Bodrogai – managing director of Volvo Car Hungária Ltd. and the title sponsor, said, they continue to support the homeland’s water polo new generation. This means at this year’s tournament there will be supporting financially the performance for goals. This means after every Hungarian ball hits the net, the Hungarian association will receive one hundred thousand HUF. offered by the car company.

The Hungarian national team also consider this event as THE prolusions to the European Championship.

The Volvo Cup is a superb opportunity to bring together from across Nation and other countries water polo lovers to be supporters of their own teams. At the Volvo Cup the audience may experience water polo members to win or the otherwise yet the event surely will guaranty an experience of unforgettable moments around the swimming pool.

The opponents will be beside the Slovak national team the Italian and Spanish teams.

Schedule: Sunday, January, 3. – 5 p.m. – Slovakia-Spain and 7 p.m. – Hungary-Italy. Monday, January, 4. – 5 p.m. – Spain-Italy and 7 p.m. – Hungary-Slovakia. Tuesday, January, 5.- 6 p.m. Slovakia-Italy and 8 p.m. Hungary-Spain.

At the Volvo Cup press meeting Dénes Kemény – President of the Hungarian Water Polo Association announced the day’s good news by saying, the  tournament tickets are already out now. From to-day can be purchased through the www.tex.hu or personally in Győr at the ticket office. The price to all the seven water polo games is 9900HUF, and for the time being can only be bought passes.

Let’s cheer Together!

Update and snap by Aggie Reiter

Skiing opportunities in-and-around Hungary

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The press conference was opened by Ruszinkó Adam – Deputy State Secretary for Tourism – Economy Ministry saying, the Hungarian winter sports tourism aspects, especially in the domestic field in skiing opportunities are in-and-around the country. The Tourism in the current year pointed out that the data in all respects shows for the positive expectation to Hungary to be this year’s most successful year ever in tourism. Continued by saying, in the first three-quarter of the year 2015., 8.16 million visited Hungary and within this number was 20.75 million guest overnight spent at commercial accommodations. The number of guests by the number of guest nights was higher than the previous year’s. In particular, domestic tourism for almost half of all overnight stays represented the number in increasing. The Deputy State Secretary emphasised to be looking  forward to a great season by Hungarian skiers. Taking into account the figures of the previous year’s season five hundred thousand Hungarian skier, keeping up in staying domestically even for just one night. A new turn in the traveling tourism could be by locals and foreigners. For many enjoy to spend time at 2 to 4 nights as a short relaxing trip to the wellness spa resorts. He added, this time can be spent absolutely and worthwhile to go up to the mountain side for skiing for also that period. This performance would positively contribute to further strengthening of the domestic tourism in the off-season period. The domestic enterprises really are unto do as best of everything in their power so that in Hungary the ski lovers could have the option of staying in Hungary for skiing. The domestic ski resorts are close in distance and on the one hand are more affordable than slopping down in other European country. For the foreigners, who just spend a short time with small children or want to have a bit of ski teaching in advance is the right place to come to enjoy the available pre-ski training at good conditions and need not have to spend a day abroad in learning the first technical, physical steps in skiing. The Hungarian ski pistes in wintertime also welcomes the ski lovers and with the well-equipped plastic shells is perfect to gain the acquired knowledge of skiing for domestic smaller kids, young adult and adults.

Tamás Glázer –  Tourism deputy general manager at Tourism – Hungary outlined the following …  Their project is „Enjoy skiing at home”. The beginners and pros skiers can enjoy themselves on the ski slopes in Hungary. The priority of the winter season tourism in stimulating the domestic and ski-related accommodations, most restaurants are small or medium-sized enterprises that accept currency in the domestic. The goodies of the Tourism vacation cards were also emphasized. The quality of domestic services reached the level to beginner to pros, everyone can feel well on different tracks. Then Tourism general manager also confirmed that the enquiries indicate already to a good chance that 2015-2016 can be a record year for tourism in Hungary.  This year’s winter season has launched 10 times within the Budapest Winter Invitation promotion campaign by the Hungarian National Tourist Office. The collaboration was already made by the providers in the tourism service by the Hungarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants. The campaign’s goal is to popularize Budapest within the winter services in increasing tourist traffic and extend the time of staying by local and foreigners visitors.

At the press conference István Chernel – Ski and Tourism Cluster talked about the name itself of Cluster. Staring with first the connected to István Chernelházi Chernel (1865 – 1922) – Hungarian ornithologist, who in 1893 (Norway) introduced the ski and skiing. More than 1893 promotional articles have been published and in 1896 he wrote and published his book titled “The Footsledge Manual” This was the first edition in history that a Hungarian describe the sport. Up to this day his works hung in the domestic skiing basics with technical skills. Cluster is designed for sport, physical activity and domestic promotion of the culture of snow sports and winter sports. Just a quick  overview of ski facilities and in skiing around the world … there are  80 countries, 2,119 ski lifts are operating a total of 26,934. More than 6 million hotels are available around the globe for skiers. On Earth more than 100 million people ski regularly, most of them in Germany (14.6 million), the US (13.6 million) and Japan (11.5 million), while in Hungary, 0.5 million (497 thousand). The number of skiers world is highly significant, but he was happy to say there is a slight change in growth, and hopefully by the locals and foreigners it will continue to increase. According to the figures, the dynamic growth in China and Eastern Europe is expected to target the non-skiers groups by 2020. More and more people are traveling for winter vacation to places. In recent years, the general trend of increase in demand for shorter (three days) ski programs (several times, shorter duration). These three factors significantly assist in the development of domestic skiing. Summarising the “Skilands” in Hungary there 42 ski trails, 70 lifts, 30 lit up at night. During daylight and lit up as it darken  at 27 ski schools. A total of 46 ski lifts in operation at the snowy field. The Cluster has 26 members, of which 10 pieces of snow-covered ski resort at Dobogókő, Eplény, Kékestető, Lillafüred, Mátraszentistván, Nagy Hideg Hegy – Great Cold Mountain, Normafa  -Norma Wood, Sátoraljaújhely, Pécs, Visegrád.

Furthermore  detailed information in English language concerning Cluster visit: http://rudar.ruc.dk/bitstream/1800/1263/1/Final-version.pdf

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Looking for a airfare deal? Look no further! Book cheap flights with W!ZZ AIR!

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 W!ZZ AIR offers a choice in low-cost flights on international routes!

W!ZZ AIR  to-day in Kosice, announced that it will open its 20th base in Kosice, Slovakia with one new Airbus A320 on 14 September, 14. 2015. The airline will start operating 2 new routes from Kosice to Doncaster Sheffield and Milan Bergamo.

With the new Kosice services W!ZZ AIR is now offering 11 weekly flights on 3 routes from Kosice, representing over 50% capacity growth year up to October, 2015). The airline believes its expansion in Slovakia, where it flies to two airports, will also benefit the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors as consumers will have access to more low-cost services. Seats on the new Kosice routes are already on sale and can be booked on the airline site.

At a press conference, József Váradi, W!ZZ AIR’s CEO, said Quote: “Today’s announcement underlines W!ZZ AIR’s commitment to Slovakia. We started our operations in Slovakia just 1.5 years ago and already carried over 130,000 passengers on Kosice and Poprad routes. Slovakia is becoming our 12th country where we have established base operations. We look forward to bringing more low fares and attractive routes to Slovakian consumers and their visitors.”

All flights operated on Airbus A320 aircraft, with 180 seats. These prices stand for a one way ticket, including taxes and 1 small cabin bag.

Milan Bergamo Monday, Friday, September, 14. –  19.99 EUR.

Doncaster Sheffield Wed, Sunday, September, 16. –  24.99 EUR.

Source: W!ZZ AIR

Update by Aggie Reiter

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21. FINAL COUNTDOWN – INTERNATIONAL GALLOP RACE – BUDAPEST

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To-day was a blast of festivals going in and around several venues at Budapest. Bet many of those  tourist  staying  in Budapest may have thought they have dropped into a wonderland.  About these venue in the next update. But at first here comes a major event to be! So as for tomorrow will be in deed the grand day of the year at the Hero Square whereas the finals will take place at the 7th International Gallop Race.

Sunday morning at 8 o’clock comes the track test at 00.45 p.m.  and  at 1 p.m will be two heats of 6-6 riders and among them 3-3  will be in the final shooting off at 5.30 p.m.  and  this year’s winner at the  International Gallop  will  end with a celebration ceremony.

First Heat: 1. United Arab Emirates – horse number 8.,  2. Qatar – horse number 5., 3. United States of America – horse number 12., 4. Slovakia horse number 3., 5. Hungary, Zoltán Varga  horse number 4., 6. Czech Republic – horse number 2.

Second Heat:1. Kazakhstan horse number 11., 2. Armenia horse number 7., 3. Serbia horse number 6., 4. Bulgaria horse number 10., 5. China horse number 1., 6. Romania horse number 9, The riders had already the draw and met their “horsepower” at the Bábolna  National Stud Farm  on Thursday, September 18. See previous update:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2014/09/18/herald-news-7th-international-gallop-hungary-2014/

More to it, something not to be seen anywhere else in the world  just in Budapest – Hungary. Upon the idea and dream of Zoltán Lázar, six-time world  champion Carriage Seabiscuit driver his dream came true with combining the Scythian and the Roman chariot into one chariot to the needs of the 21st century’s race on the tracks. The chariot race has been implemented  into the programs ever since the National Gallop Race was on. Going to be every second an eye-catching  event during the National Gallop.  The audience will be watching a race as  a little reminder of the world-famous movie … Ben Hur. The competitors are not Ben Hur relatives so they had to undergo a tough training in advance. Well tomorrow all who visit the venue and be sharp to watch the ancient Scythian rolling wheel s go by will remember their stay if not just  for this grand sport race in Budapest!

Naturally spending a full day at the International Gallop Race with a dozen of shows and attractions will be worthwhile to attend in any hour!

Update by Aggie Reiter