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Be a Coolturist! - 5th of May is the day of Cooltourism!


  • We Love Budapest

02/05/2012 2.00am

The day of Coolturism will be a new tradition of Budapest. This is a unique day organized by the Association of Alternative Budapest Discoverers.

Varied unityFour alternative sightseeing-, tour guide- and events organizer companies got together to promote the ever-growing role of non-traditional urban experiences also in Hungary. The founding members of Coolturism are Uniquebudapest, Budapest UNDERGUIDE, ImagineBudapest and BudapestScenes. They organize two walks in English.Budapest City Descovery For Kids

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

You just can't start to discover and love Budapest early enough! Budapest is as exciting through the eyes of a child as for the travelers coming here. Why is there a fish on the bastion? Where has the squirrel gone? Let's spot all the animals hiding away on the church! And why is King Matthias showing 3 with his fingers on the picture...?

This tour is especially made for the little ones, they will be engaged and entertained: there will be hand-outs with puzzles and tasks to resolve, treasure hunts, animal-spotting and a lot of laughter. And of course - they conquer the Buda Castle all together.

This walk is recommended for ages from 5 till 12.Unique Budapest - Villas, urban

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What connects a school in Budapest and the Manhattan project in LosAlamos?

Sometime around 1940: Los Alamos Laboratory, known as „Project Y”, was conceived during the early part of World War II. The United States wanted to build an atomic explosive to counter the threat posed by the German nuclear development program. The term Manhattan Project came about because the program began under the Manhattan Engineering District of the War Department. One day when the greatest physicists and mathematicians of the time were working on the super-secret Manhattan Project and Enrico Fermi left the room, one of the others suggested: “Let’s continue the discussion in Hungarian.” The other scientists were all Hungarian.

Moreover, they had all attended Budapest’s famous Lutheran Grammar School. A certain Mr Rácz was their legendary maths teacher. On receiving the Nobel Prize, Eugene Wigner thanked him for all the years and what he had learnt in that grammar school. This walking tour introduces you to Budapest’s most fascinating contemporary stories, legends and myths will take you back to the enchanted garden of the turn of the century.

Following west European patterns, the aristocracy and the upper middle classes had wonderful Classicist, Eclectic and Art Nouveau mansions, villas and schools constructed. The spectacle of buildings flanking the city centre’s main axis, Andrássy Avenue, reflects that era. A number of the beautiful façades, carved entrances and breathtakingly beautiful interiors have been revived in the past decade.

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