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If you happen to be in Budapest for Easter this year, you will enjoy some of the country’s most interesting tradition. A sacred holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter is, in Hungary, also an occasion to revive ancient, so-called pagan traditions. They have a spring welcoming dance and procession on Easter Sunday, March 27, at the Buda Castle, during the traditional, annual Easter Festival, which will last till Easter Monday, March 28.
The Buda Castle Easter Festival, officially Budavari Husveti Sokadalom, is an occasion for tourists to celebrate with the local, enjoying a rich, diverse program of song, dance, culinary delights, and other forms of entertainment. It is a family event, with plenty to do for young and old. There will be many hands-on activities for children, including Easter egg painting and a fun-filled Easter egg hunt. Little visitors may also pet Easter pets at the petting zoo (lambs, bunnies, ponies) , and enjoy a puppet show, designed for their entertainment. The Easter labyrinth is one of the beloved attractions of the festival, present this year too.
Hand painted Easter eggs from Budapest (Image © mirtya – Fotolia.com)
During the Easter festival, there will be several food stalls with traditional Hungarian Easter fare, plus a wine terrace, where adult visitors can taste several regional wines. Plus, with a ticket to the Easter festival at the Royal Palace on Buda Castle Hill you also gain access to other must-see attractions, including the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
After the festival at Buda Castle, enjoy a romantic, special Easter cruise on the Danube. These are affordable, and usually include live music, welcome drinks, and a delicious food menu.
Easter is also a great occasion to purchase authentic local crafts. The Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér is the most popular option, but there will also be an Easter market at the Museum of Ethnography, where many other programs will reveal more about the local folk traditions. There will be Easter egg painting workshops, Easter-themed arts and crafts, and programs designed for children, too.
Last, but not least, Easter at the Zoo promises to be a fun activity, with the annual Green Easter featuring penguin and elephant feeding, seal performances, and sure, petting Easter bunnies.
Outside of Budapest, the Easter in the UNESCO listed village Hollókő is one of the most interesting attractions. It is famous in the country, and very popular among tourists. Visitors can experience true rural living traditions: a rich folklore program, culinary traditions, folk customs, and concerts, which offer an unforgettable experience to guests of all ages. This year promises an even richer, more colorful and spectacular program than what was displayed during the previous editions of the festival.
Speaking of rich and colorful, guests staying with Mamaison, will enjoy gourmet cuisine at La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge, the jewel in the crown of Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest, plus other surprises.
Coming up throughout February in Moscow, Winter in Russia’s capital never was so entertaining. Visitors will find a remarkable variety of seasonal and traditional events and attractions to enjoy during this month. Here’s a few from the iconic bucket list, and some unexpected ones too.
Gorky Park: Where the Magic Happens
No Winter trip to Moscow could ever seem complete without at least being a spectator at the Skating Rink at Gorky Park. One of the symbols of the season in Moscow, the bright, impressive, and beautiful spectacle here is amazing. For 2016, the theme is “Imagine!”, a colorful light spectacle young and old will never forget. There’s a children#s rink, plenty of skate rentals, and a ton of food spots to refuel. DJ’s also perform, and if you can’t skate, don’t worry, instructors can’t wait to show you how Moscow moves on ice. The rink operates until February 29th.
Aivazovsky and Marinistes (art exhibition)
This exhibition presents the significant works of renowned artist, Ivan Aivazovsky. A multimedia and immersive exhibition, the event organizers have enhanced the magic of these artworks via a vivid projection system, using huge screens and accompanied by gripping sound effects. The exhibition runs through February 28th at Lumiere Brothers Gallery , Bolotnaya emb. 3, bld.1, Moscow.
Pristine Russia: Nature Fest
The 3rd rendition of the Primitive Russia Fest is focused on the mighty Volga River, Russia’s symbol of freedom, strength, and wild spirit. Scientists and organizers have compiled a stunning revelation about this fantastic river for onlookers. Exhibition visitors get to explore the fast natural beauty of this amazing ecosystem. 20 specialists from different fields including; naturalists, geologists, cultural experts, cameramen, photographers and artists created collectively a presentation that is visually stunning. Twenty-four hours a day, in any weather, without interruption for a second, professional video cameras on Board recorded the life of the river and all that was happening on the Volga. The end result is a capture in time, one of the world’s great river systems. Masters classes and special children’s programs are also in store. For more information contact the organizers via the links provided, or visit: Moscow, Central,The Artist’s House, Krimsky Val, 10.
Lingerie and Swim Expo Moscow
For a little unexpected fashion, if you are in town February 23rd through 26th, you may want to take in the Mode Lingerie and Swim Moscow trade show. The event features this year’s trendiest swim and lingerie fashions and offers from local swimwear industry professionals. Organized for boutiques, regional chains, and distributors, the show features mid to high priced fashion. The event will feature 104 brands from 18 countries. For more information please visit the official website of CPM here.
Anna Dvorzhetskaya (Faye), Yanina Sokolovskaya (Alice). “Flowers for Algernon”
Flowers for Algernon
The classic by Daniel Keyes is on the bill at the Russian Academic Youth Theatre. The science fiction masterpiece comes to life on the big stage at one of Moscow’s finest, if somewhat more obscure theaters. Director Yury Grymov had this to say about “Flowers”: “A Sensory experience in the field of human relations, this story is not related to science. I walked away from that saw it as alive and human, it is absolutely biblical, all about the people and totally out of time“. So too your visit to Moscow can be a bit “out of time” by checking out the lesser touristic venues. For tickets or more information on this or other plays At the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, please visit their website.
Summers are the best time to explore this magnificent city, and nothing can be more fun than to visit it with little explorers, who will enjoy many of the beautiful things Prague has to offer. The parks are true oases of green, fresh and landscaped to resemble palatial gardens, with colorful flowers, and tall trees.. The streets are equally welcoming, with something fascinating at each turn: here a street artist blowing huge soap bubbles, there a cozy cafe that serves out of this world chocolates and desserts. And sure, there are always those attractions designed exclusively with children in mind.
Merlin’s KinderWelt is located more than 2 ½ hours drive from Prague, in Chvalovice, but it is well worth the trip, for a great family day out: visitors will enjoy bumper boats and bumper cars, Archimedean screws, Carnival carousel, butterfly-shaped cart for two persons, Children’s train, Ferris wheel, climbing frames, kiddy bob, nautic jets, mini golf, racing course and much more.
Mirakulum is about 50 minutes drive from Prague, in Milovice, and local children love it, especially for its mini zoo with donkeys, sheep and goats that kids are allowed to pet. But there’s much more to explore and play with at Mirakulum: a wooden castle with slides, suspension bridges, giant swings, mazes, climbing frames, and tunnels, and much, much more. You will see many people gathered around barbecues, playing, or just relaxing in the sun.
If you cannot leave Prague, but you are looking for a safe playground for children, try Hafikov: this is a great choice rain or shine, as it is an indoor area, at the Galerie Nove Butovice. There are toys, slides, and everything your child could need to have a blast. You can shop while children play safely, and, if you get hungry, enjoy a slice of pizza or another snack at Pizza metropol.
To escape the heat of the summer, and to splash around in a water park, head over to Hlavní Město Praha for Aquacentru Šutka. This offers many attractions, including Finnish sauna, steam bath and 50 m indoor pool, suitable for recreational swimming and competitions, as well as training pool, ideal for mothers and children.
The Funicular Railway is also a wonderful activity to do with children. The ride is fascinating, taking you from Lesser Town all the way up to Petrin Hill.
The National Marionette Theatre (Narodni divadlo marionet) is a must see: it still plays Mozart’s Don Giovanni using classic marionettes. But it also offers other puppet performances for both adults and children.
Finally, Sea World, at the city zoo is both fascinating and educational. At the Výstaviste fairgrounds you’ll also find a number of other popular attractions, such as the Krizík Fountain. The most fascinating exhibition of the Sea World is the GALERIE KROKODÝL which offers a view of the dangerous world of alligators, caimans and crocodiles, including their regular feeding.
Budapest celebrates Easter with passion: a wide range of events are organize to showcase local traditions, folklore, and cuisine. Many venues around the city prepare special programmes, which include special entertainment, fit for the occasion. The Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér, officially the Spring Fair on Vörösmarty Square, opened March 27, and will remain open till April 26, 2015, giving you enough time to buy gifts and souvenirs, and to sample traditional Hungarian delicacies, like chimney cakes, lángos, sausages, and other specialty produce.
There’s also an annual market at the Museum of Ethnography. It is a great place to bring your kids, for workshops and special events designed to educate and entertain, but it is also a good place to go shopping, knowing that the arts and crafts on display are 100% authentic, by Hungarian artisans. If you are interested in learning about the Hungarian Jewry rural culture, there’s a special event on April 7, celebrating the Jewish Easter, with tours of the museum, presentation of the long holiday preparations, traditions and rituals, and more. At 17:00 a lecture on the topic will be held at the museum.
If you visit the Budapest City Park, don’t miss the Easter celebrations at the Budapest Zoo, with folklore dances, a Hungarian wooden folklore playground, and plenty of little bunnies to pet.
Remain in the City Park for a visit at the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, where in the Castle of Vajdahunyad on the Széchenyi-island. Their annual Easter Exhibit and Spring Celebrations are well organized, and excellent for families with kids.
Perhaps the most interesting Easter celebration will be held at the Buda Castle: Budavári Húsvéti Sokadalom, with sights, concerts, dance shows, foods like milkbread, Easter hams, eggs, and more, as well as many kid friendly games. The festival is a perfect program for those who are on an Easter holiday in Budapest, Hungary. With the festival ticket you are also entitled to visit the two major attractions inside the Buda Castle buildings: the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
If you want to escape Budapest, to enjoy Easter celebration in rural areas, we recommend The Valley of the Beautiful Women, Szépasszony-völgy, in Eger, where you can visit the local folk art fair, or you can learn how to decorate Easter eggs according to Hungarian traditions, or taste the famous regional Bull’s Blood wines. The Easter festival takes place Sunday, April 5. Bring your kids along: there will be sheep and bunny petting, a wooden carousel, peasant comedy, and much more.
Remember that accommodation is 20% off at any Mamaison hotel in this period, with our Easter Egg Hunt special offer. Finally, dine at La Perle Noire, for a special Easter menu.
March 15th is a national holiday in Hungary, commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The holiday is celebrated all over the country, with the profession of the Hussars from the Hungarian National Museum to the Buda Castle, dance and music programs, and other interesting events. This is the date when you can visit free of charge the Budapest History Museum, the National Gallery, the National Archive and the Military History Museum, and, if you want to see the Hungarian Holy Crown and the Crown Jewels, they will be on display, for everyone to see (yes, free of charge) at the Hungarian Parliament.
Although not a Hungarian tradition per se, the Hungarian Macaron Day has been received with a lot of interest by the residents of Budapest. The festival was inspired by the French Jour du Macaron, which will also be held March 20, in Paris. The Macaron Day this year takes place at the Akvárium Klub (Erzsébet tér 12). Entrance is free, but you will have to pay to sample the delicious treats. The programme includes plenty activities for kids, a Macaron Fare, competitions, and even cooking classes.
Another tradition borrowed from abroad is the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Budapest celebrates this event only since 2011, but the parade attracts more and more enthusiasts every year. Some of the venues where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with the locals include the Guinness House, Caledonia, and the Irish Cat Pub. The parade, organized by the Irish Hungarian Business Circle, will he held March 22, at 14:00. The parade starts at Szabadság tér and it will finish at Instant.
Don’t miss Kézműves Magyar Ízek Vására on March 27, the Flavors of Hungary Gastro Fair, for good cuisine, typical foods, homegrown Hungarian produce, and traditional Hungarian recipes. Over 150 different vendors from all historic regions of Hungary will exhibit at Erzsébet tér, offering the best of Hungarian food and flavors. There will also be a kid’s corner, arts and crafts workshops, and other entertaining events.
Another important event of the spring is the Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál), which begins April 10, and will last till April 26, 2015. It is a cultural festival, featuring musical performances, theater, and art exhibitions. Several venues across Budapest will participate, with more than 50 events to choose from, including the premier of Aida at the Budapest Opera. Don’t miss the Hungarian Wedding Feast at the Papp László Sport Arena on April 24.
Another interesting celebration is Budapest 100, which celebrates and highlights the 100-year old buildings in the city. Residential houses, schools, museums, and other landmarks, which are usually closed to the public, open their doors this year, to mark their centenary. The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre offers free, guided tours in every district that’s part of the event: book in advance on the official website of the event.
Finally, the Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Festival) in Budapest promises to be as spectacular this year, as always. The Fűvészkert Botanical Garden, Hungary’s oldest botanical garden, marks the event the second weekend of April. Guests of the festival will enjoy authentic Japanese teas, origami and calligraphy exhibitions, programs for kids, and more.
There will be many other interesting things to do and see in Budapest this year. Follow us on Facebook, and we will keep you up to date.
If you are a Mamaison guest in Prague, and you already know the hidden beauties of the City of a Hundred Spires, adventure out of the metropolis, to the countryside, not far from Strakonice, where you will find the oldest, and best preserved watermill in Bohemia.
The watermill originated in the Middle Ages, sometime in the late 1500s. The first documentary reference dates from 1654, and there is evidence that the trees used to build the ceiling of the granary were cut in 1568.
This architectural treasure, still fully operational, was converted into a museum, where you have the opportunity to join a variety of traditional events, like the Carnival, the Harvest Festival, Christmas, and many others. One of them takes place October 25, 2014, and celebrates the traditional South Bohemian pig-slaughtering. This celebration, held each year around the same day, marks the end of the tourist season in Bohemia, and represents an occasion for visitors to the Czech Republic to learn more about authentic local traditions, to experience the lifestyle of the countryside, and to sample culinary delicacies specific to this area.
The event attracts large numbers of local residents too – an opportunity to experience their friendly hospitality first hand. Thing of the festival as a family adventure, and bring your kids to teach them about life at the farm, storage and preparation of food, respect for tradition, and more.
The permanent exhibition of the watermill shows ethnographic items with focus on agriculture, including growing and processing of several important crops and cattle breeding, traditional meals, and local customs. For those who don’t want to leave the mill empty-handed, there’s a souvenir shop, selling local arts and crafts.
If you planned a day trip, don’t miss the ecological farm nearby, U starýho kance (At the Old Boar’s).
Hoslovice, U starýho kance (Image Michal Klajban on Wikipedia)
This is a family-run guesthouse, offering accommodation, but also a variety of activities, including horseback riding for all ages, fishing, farming activities, traditional dining, and even traditional pig slaughtering.
Fishing in Hoslovice (Image courtesy U starýho kance)
Last, but not least, stop in Strakonice, to visit the castle, which now hosts the Museum of Central Otava Basin. The Hoslovice Watermill is part of this museum. If your time at the mill was a rewarding cultural experience, what you will discover in Strakonice is a wealth of information, a beautiful architectural landmark, unique religious sites, and an outstanding garden, with castle safari where children and adults alike can see Ouessant sheep, Dutch dwarf goats and Cameroon goats, ponies and more.
Budapest is one of the best places to be this summer. The city is a blend of ravishing scenery and parties that attract visitors from all over the world. If June was marked by rivers of beer, the rest of the summer opens the stage for music and art.
Czech Beer Festival in Budapest, the 7th edition.
The annual Czech Beer Festival (Cseh Sörnapok) stretches from June 17 to July 13, enough time to bring hundreds of beer-lovers at the Városháza Park, not only to enjoy a selection of beers from over 25 Czech breweries, but also to savor specific culinary treats, to watch the FIFA World Cup in the VIP tent, and to participate in many other entertainment events.
At the end of the month, beginning June 27, and lasting all through the first week of July, visitors to Budapest can attend the 19th edition of Budapest Pride, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender film and cultural event with a feminist and anti-racist approach. The festival offers discussions, concerts, parties, and more. There will also be a parade on Saturday, July 5, 2014 on the route City Park – Heroes’ Square – Andrássy Avenue – Bajcsy-Zsilinsky út – Alkotmány utca – Kossuth Square.
Keeping up with the cultural trend of the summer, don’t miss WAMP, Budapest’s monthly design market, on June 29, which, on this occasion, will be open from 11 am to 10 pm. In July, WAMP will be held on the 6th, a Sunday, and finally, your last summer chance to buy creations by contemporary Hungarian designers, including art, clothes and accessories, will be August 3. WAMP takes place at Erzsébet tér.
Celebrated in 14 countries connected through the Danube river system, Danube Day is an homage to the river, and to its wildlife. There will be several events for all ages, at multiple locations on the banks of the river. Mark June 29 in your calendar, and don’t miss the events, which have a strong local note.
Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival
Another must-see event of the summer, the Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival, takes place in the courtyard of Vajdahunyad Castle from July 10 to August 7, 2014. Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára), is a castle in City Park, built between 1896 and 1908, and designed by Ignác Alpár after the Vajdahunyad castle in Transylvania, Romania. The festival features classical music, swing, klezmer as well as traditional Hungarian gypsy music. Don’t miss the closing concert, on August 7, performed by the 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra.
More music, this time accompanied by dance, will take place, like every summer, at the Carmelite Courtyard on Castle Hill. The event, titled An Evening of Dance in the Carmelite Courtyard, takes place between July 30 and August 14, and features folk dance, flamenco, tango and modern dance. The event is organized by the National Dance Theatre, Nemzeti Táncszínház.
And what would your Budapest summer be without the Sziget Festival, which attracts over 400,000 people every August? This year, guests staying at Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest and Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest can attend the festival at the Shipyard Island (Hajógyári sziget) from August 11, till August 18.
End your summer in style, on St. Stephen’s Day, celebrating with the locals Stephen I, the first king of Hungary and founder of the Kingdom of Hungary. The event, held on August 20, is not exclusive to Budapest, but takes place all over Hungary, with day-long festivities (concerts, dance, arts and crafts, beer, cuisine, and more) followed by spectacular fireworks.
When Nature puts on a coat of green, Budapest shows off her true colors under the blissful sun, while the locals get together, to celebrate a new season, as well as ancient traditions, alongside cheerful new festivals that lift up the spirit, and transform the city into a joyous stage of dance, music, culture and art.
The local Húsvét traditions, the Hungarian Easter, attract thousands of tourists, especially at the Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér, where you can buy seasonal treats, authentic crafts and souvenirs, all while enjoying traditional Hungarian foods, specific to this holiday.
Some of the most popular attractions continue to be the Buda Castle, where you can enjoy the finest of Hungarian traditions, art, culture and gastronomy; as well as the Budapest Zoo and the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, both very close to Mamaison Hotel Andrassy and Mamaison Residence Izabella.
After Easter, Budapest continues a sun seeking quest with the Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura) at the Füvészkert Botanical Gardens (officially ELTE Botanical Garden). The festival takes place the second, and the third weekends in April. Pick your date, and enjoy the sun, the blossoms, and the early Spring breeze.
May Day is a public holiday in Hungary, as well as most Eastern and Central European countries. In Budapest, this is an occasion to gather and celebrate together at the Városliget city park, where you will enjoy traditional foods, local beers and refreshments, music, contests and many other fun, entertaining activities.
After May Day, don’t miss the Budapest International Wine Festival, Rosalia (May 9-11 at Gesztenyés kert); the sun safeguards the boatmen on the Danube as they race in the European Dragon Boat Championship on May 11-12, and their fans gathered on the Rákóczi Bridge to watch the race.
Floralia, is a must for sun seekers in May too. A celebration of Flora, the goddess of flowers and Spring, the festival is an opportunity for you to feel and party like a Hungarian. Add the Museum of Aquincum to your itinerary if you happen to be in Budapest on May 24-25.
Floralia is one of the most interesting Spring festivals in Budapest.
It’s easy to find the sunniest spots to enjoy the Spring in Budapest, but don’t forget that the best way to celebrate is by meeting the locals, and getting to know them. Just like the brightest stars in the skies, Bulgarians are kind-spirited, welcoming, and warm, with beaming sunshiny smiles during this season. Welcome to Budapest!