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17 best We Love Budapest reads of 2017

Here at We Love Budapest, with an exciting 2018 ahead of us, we fondly look back at the highlights of the year just gone. While covering all the latest openings, events and happenings around Hungary’s lively capital, in 2017 we explored the city to bring you in-depth stories, interviews and longer features. On the way, we chased the time bandits changing the clocks on public squares, found out why an Israeli artist brightened the cityscape with a six-meter-high statue of sparkling gold, and met the notorious but ineffably charming Whiskey Robber, subject for yet another top-quality contemporary Hungarian film.

13 signs that the Budapest bug bit you Who is the time bandit stopping new clocks in Budapest’s squares? Budapest’s grand Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music building turns 110 Head out on a hike beyond Budapest to discover the Danube Bend Budapest’s historic Centrál Café turns 130 Budapest’s Memento Park adds unrevealed Communist-era relics Retro Railways: ride Budapest’s 143-year-old Cogwheel Railway Short Budapest Fiction: ‘Soproni 1895’ Top 3 scenic tram rides in Budapest 3 statues honoring Hungary’s 1956 Revolution in Budapest Pop-up statue of golden girl embodies modern Budapest Happy birthday HÉV! Best rides with Budapest’s local trains Take a free tour of Budapest’s fascinating Kerepesi Cemetery How to see Budapest in 48 hours 14 Budapest-born Hungarians who changed world history New novel Strangers in Budapest reveals the city’s dark history ‘I did what I did and I did my time’ – Hungary’s Whiskey Robber talks crime, girls and his new film

13 signs that the Budapest bug bit you

This lighthearted compilation presents indicators that life in Hungary’s capital has truly got a hold on your heart. Symptoms include frequent Budapest-based posts on your Facebook page, constant chimney-cake cravings, and compulsively attending each Sziget Festival. Read full article

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Who is the time bandit stopping new clocks in Budapest’s squares?

When a pair of newly built digital clocks in recently refurbished city squares mysteriously went dark at around the same time, we investigated the possible cause, and just maybe uncovered a global conspiracy. Thankfully, both clocks are now working again… kinda. Read full article

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Budapest’s grand Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music building turns 110

For a century and a decade now, the gorgeous Art Nouveau building on Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Square has attracted many of the world’s most promising musicians to perfect and perform their harmonious talents – we describe this visually stunning landmark inside out. Read full article

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Head out on a hike beyond Budapest to discover the Danube Bend

After learning about a new lookout tower constructed in the forests north of Budapest to offer incredible views over a picturesque stretch of Hungary’s primary waterway, our intrepid reporter headed to the hills to create a step-by-step guide for getting there. Read full article

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Budapest’s historic Centrál Café turns 130

Once the haunt of Hungarian literary greats, Pest’s Centrál Café remains a charming hangout with old-fashioned style and modern dishes, where customers are still encouraged to take their time jotting down creative thoughts over sips of coffee. Read full article

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Budapest’s Memento Park adds unrevealed Communist-era relics

During Hungary’s long era under Soviet control, massive statues of Communist icons dominated the streets of Budapest, now contained at the city’s fascinating Memento Park open-air museum – we tour this site and check out its latest exhibitions. Read full article

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Retro Railways: ride Budapest’s 143-year-old Cogwheel Railway

Generations of locals and tourists continually travel up and down the Buda Hills aboard the Cogwheel Railway, a one-of-a-kind conveyance traversing steep tracks through forested slopes. We provide a brief history of this lofty train line. Read full article

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Short Budapest Fiction: ‘Soproni 1895’

A drunkenly down-and-out Budapest dweller laments modern life in Hungary’s capital, but after some magical bottles of beer transport him back through time to the city’s belle-époque heyday, he again experiences enchantment with the Magyar metropolis. Read full article

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Top 3 scenic tram rides in Budapest

Want to sightsee around Hungary’s capital without paying for a pricy tour bus? Just follow our guide and hop aboard these three tramlines that provide panoramic views and easy access to many landmarks, each ride only costing a euro or so. Read full article

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3 statues honoring Hungary’s 1956 Revolution in Budapest

Traces of the 1956 Revolution – when Hungary boldly rose up against the Soviets – are still visible across Budapest, most notably at the sites of three sculptures honoring heroes of the Uprising. Learn the engaging history surrounding each memorial artwork. Read full article

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Pop-up statue of golden girl embodies modern Budapest

Towering above central Széchenyi Square by Budapest’s iconic Chain Bridge, a six-meter-tall figure of a golden girl temporarily sparkled across the city’s art scene; we learn more about this in an exclusive interview with the Israeli artist who created it. Read full article

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Happy birthday HÉV! Best rides with Budapest’s local trains

Several interesting destinations await a short ride from Budapest aboard the city’s regional HÉV commuter-train network, which celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2017 – this story provides some background and recommends a few fun day trips. Read full article

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Take a free tour of Budapest’s fascinating Kerepesi Cemetery

November 1st is All Saints’ Day in Hungary, a revered holiday when Magyars honor deceased family members. Posted just before this solemn occasion, this article follows the free English-language tour of Budapest’s most hallowed burial ground, where many national heroes rest in peace. Read full article

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How to see Budapest in 48 hours

Full disclosure: this helpful guide to discovering the city’s major landmarks and primo hangouts in only two days will not lead readers to every single one of Budapest’s attractions… but it does provide an easy itinerary to see numerous sights citywide. Read full article

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14 Budapest-born Hungarians who changed world history

It is well known that Hungarians have provided the planet with many important inventions and innovations, but the monumental contributions by these 14 Budapest natives have altered the course of humanity as we know it; learn all about them in this story. Read full article

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New novel Strangers in Budapest reveals the city’s dark history

American author Jessica Keener lived in Budapest with her husband and young child during the mid-1990s, when the city was still enveloped in the long shadow of the Soviet era. We meet the author and learn about her new book depicting this consequential era. Read full article

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‘I did what I did and I did my time’ – Hungary’s Whiskey Robber talks crime, girls and his new film

More than 20 years after Budapest’s most infamous bank robber went on a series of incredible capers fueled by a glass or two of Johnnie Walker, our interview with Attila Ambrus (aka the Whiskey Robber) reveals amusing insight to the new biopic about his wild life. Read full article

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