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You are reading the very first issue of MojoMag. Welcome to Hungary.
Public Service Contacts
Just a Few Tips
Erasmus Student Network
Must-Dos in Budapest
A Tale of Two Sides
We’ve worked together with universities, ESN sections, organizations, and a bunch of young and talented people to bring content we hope you’ll find interesting.
The Art of Decay
How to Keep Fit
Music of Hungary
Everything from cover to cover has been curated in your interest. Even the advertisers have been hand-picked by our small staff, recommending you services and products any of us would happily consume.
Fashion & Design
The City of Spas
Sights in the Capital
Travel Like an Expert
Earlier in 2012, a few Budapest-raised international students decided to bring some extra flare to the lives of nonnatives coming to learn, work, and party in this fun filled city. That’s us, and here we are now – you’re reading the 2012 September issue of Mojomag, a lifestyle magazine that initiates you into this lovely new environment in a different way than your tourist guidebooks and universities.
Enjoy Mojomag, and enjoy your stay in Hungary.
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Just a few
fEEl frEE To roaM aroUnd.
Budapest is a generally safe place with very little violent crime. as it is common in Europe, downtown streets can be sometimes difficult to navigate, but you’re not likely to get too lost. Plus, you’ll get to plenty of fun places this way, places that you probably won’t find again.
approacH friEndly sTrangErs.
despite the fact that not everyone speaks English, Hungarians are a nice bunch. don’t be afraid to ask people for directions or even about where to go for the night, you’re not likely to be told off. (and before you give up in English, try speaking german or russian as well – they’re not uncommon languages.)
TravEl by pUblic TransporTaTion.
Budapest has a very extensive public transportation system that can get you everywhere you’d ever go, very affordably. although some of the vehicles are pretty old, they’re pretty reliable and all very safe. Most lines travel until the night, and there are plenty of night buses as well which are sure to take you home from central locations if you don’t feel like calling a cab. See page 37 for more information.
lEarn a biT of HUngarian.
Sure, everybody knows its a hard language, but it’s not difficult to pick up a few words and phrases. The many advantages include impressing your friends who may or may not buy you drinks as a result, entertaining your family over Skype, and getting out of trouble in almost all situations.
HavE fUn, MosT iMporTanTly.
if you ever get bored, it means you’re missing out on something interesting at that very moment. if you’re not feeling too rosy, don’t hesitate to speak with someone around you – your university, ESN, or any other student group will surely be able to help.
Some arrive to Budapest feeling adventurous and some arrive with a little bit of uneasiness. Whatever the case is, here’s a few pointers for your time in this beautiful city.
avoid UnMarkEd TaXis.
Many taxi companies operate in Budapest, and most of them conduct fair business. However, taxis with no logos or phone numbers on them are the so-called “barefoot” cabs that are not properly regulated and casually rip off unsuspecting passengers. Save a taxi company’s number in your phone, it might come in handy even if you don’t intend to use it much.
avoid ToUrisT Traps.
Just like everywhere else, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. A few restaurants and clubs specialize in overcharging tourists. Promoters in Budapest are almost exclusively hired by such establishments. Since you’re staying here for a good while, listen to recommendations and do your research.
WaTcH yoUr bElongings.
It sucks to lose your valuables, and it sucks more if it happens far away from home. While it is unlikely that you’d get hurt, petty theft is not that uncommon in certain parts of Budapest. Be aware of the people around you. If you check your pockets or handbag once in a while, a potential pickpocket will look for an easier target.
MonEy EXcHangE sHops arE EXpEnsivE.
Wherever y0u are from, your native currency is not the Forint. Currency exchange tills are legitimate businesses, but you could save considerable amounts of money if you do your exchanges at a bank instead.
pUblic baTHrooMs sTink.
Even if you manage to ﬁnd one, it probably won’t be too nice. You’re better off buying an ice cream at a fast food restaurant to use their bathroom than paying a similar sum for the use of a smelly cabin on the street.
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Erasmus student network aboUT Esn Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe. it was born on october 16th, 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. ESNâ€™s mission is to foster student mobility in higher education under the principles of SHS â€“ students helping students. We are already present in 390 Higher Education institutions from 36 countries, and the network is constantly developing and expanding. ESN is working in Higher Education, mainly on a volunteer basis, offering services to 150 000 students, with an average annual growth rate of 12,3% since 1990 ESN works for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange from different levels, and providing an intercultural experience even to those students who cannot access a period abroad ("internationalization at home"). in syn-
thesis, ESN works in the interest of international students to improve their social and practical integration, and represents the needs and rights of international students on the local, national and international level. The main focus of ESN is placed on current exchange students, who often face problems (and feel abandoned) in their new environments, therefore ESN offers help in academic, social and practical integration processes. This is mainly done through activities in the local sections, which include cultural and social events such as trips to various places within the country, film nights, buddy groups and language projects, international food fests, and last but not least, parties. in addition to that, many sections have introduced mentor systems, which help the international students mainly in academic and practical integration. Many local sections are set up by former exchange students, either because theyâ€™ve had good experi-
ences from their exchange period or because they felt a lack of help during their exchange. They also understand better the issues and challenges in a foreign environment. ESN also provides relevant information about mobility programs, contributes to the improvement and accessibility of student mobility, and encourages future exchange students to gain the international experience and relevant insights into different cultures. Esn HUngary Erasmus Student Network Hungary exists to represent and support Erasmus and international societies (sections) in Higher Education institutions around Hungary that welcome and support international exchange students coming to study in Hungary. The main aim of ESN Hungary is to support international students with orientation and integration in Hungary, provide guidance and support to Erasmus society committees, encourage and promote the Erasmus program to potential students from Hungary, and represent Hungary and its member universities at the international level of ESN. More information: www.esn.org www.esn.hu www.facebook.com/esn.hu
EsN sECTIoNs IN HUNGaRY Budapest: esn BMe since 2000 esn eLTe since 2000 esn corvinus since 2007 esn soTe since 2009 esn BKf since 2010
Esn card The ESN card is the Erasmus Student Network’s membership card. it is a proof of membership in an ESN section and so indirectly of the ESN Network. The ESN card is also used as a discount card in many cities and countries around Europe, and of course in Hungary too. it allows the owner to enjoy cultural programs, restaurants and bars, trips, guided tours and many other things just for being a student who is doing an Erasmus or Exchange Program. one can get the ESN card if he or she has been an international student (e.g Erasmus or any other exchange program), is currently an international student, or is a member of an ESN section. The ESN card can be obtained exclusively from your local ESN section. in Hungary, ESN card holders can receive many benefits.
There are companies from several different areas who offer discounts: Insurance companies, beauty salons, photocopy and stationery shops, phone companies, many bars, restaurants, and cafés, several clubs and parties, hostels, taxis, clothing stores, sports and ﬁtness clubs, and so on. Besides, the Card holder also gets discounts in ESN trips and ESN events. More information: card.esn.hu, esncard.org
Country towns: esn Veszprém since 2000 ESN Győr since 2001 esn szeged since 2002 esn Debrecen since 2010 esn eger since 2010 esn Miskolc since 2009 esn KJf since 2010 esn Gyöngyös since 2011 mojo mag
Must-Dos in Budapest There is plenty of fun to go around in Budapest. To make your choice easier, We Love Budapest collected a list of must-dos you shouldn’t miss out on – even if it takes a few skipped seminars.
Wines and Spirits
Prepare your liver (not in a Hannibal Lecter-way) and drink it up! Begin your tasting tour at Drop Shop with a glass of fruity furmint and a pint of dessert wine. For refreshing spritzers, go over to DiVino, while the best pálinkas can be found at Rézangyal Bisztró. These drinks are so delicious that you’ll even enjoy your hangover!
Your Hungarian cuisine-trip should start at a hash house with a dish of beef stew and some poppy seed bread pudding. Lángos, a Hungarian flat bread specialty is available at food stalls and marketplaces. The best roasted sausages and black puddings are sold at the butcher’s, such as the one next to the Opera House. The Goulash at the bluesy Kiadó Pub is flawless, while the best túró rudi (a bar of curd thinly coated in chocolate) can be found at Cserpes Dairy.
Budapest has a number of hidden gardens where you can relax and soak in the beauty of Mother Nature. Sculptures, mulberry trees, and crazy artists characterize Epreskert. Károlyi-kert is a splendid scene for some afternoon romance and for realizing that you don’t want to have any children. Füvészkert has a unique collection of flora, although you may be better off with a beer at Grandio, a garden bar full of plants.
Fancy a souvenir from the communist era, a bootleg vinyl, or a design goodie? We won’t take no as an answer, so head over to Ecseri Market on an early Saturday morning. Disguise yourself as a local and bargain on dentures and old cameras! Petőfi Hall’s Lemezbörze is the seventh heaven of vinyl fanatics where you’ll find everything from Hindi pop to Britney Spears. Once a month, Millenáris Park houses WAMP, a design fair where young artists showcase their works.
A soundtrack to your life
A life without music is an empty life, so fill your ears with fresh tunes. Erzsébet Square’s Akvárium gives home to underground concerts almost every night. A38, a world-famous club situated on a former Ukrainian
stone-carrier ship, is a shrine for electro-believers. If you’re not style-centric, head over to Ötkert or Trafiq. For some brain-shaking dubstep, climb the mountain of stairs leading up to Corvintető..
A history of cakes and coffees
The strudels at The First Strudel House of Pest are the same for the sweet-toothed as what drugs were for the 1996 version of Robert Downey Jr. Gerbeaud is a hub of rich grannies and Hungarian specialties like Dobos cake and Eszterházy cake. The illustrious New York Café used to be a writer’s nest during the early 1900s; now it is a glamorous venue for five-star desserts and mob meetings. Centrál Café is also worth a shot, just as Buda Castle’s Ruszwurm.
Fall/Winter Sports Collection
If you happen to be a jogger, look no further than Margaret Island, where the beautiful sight of the leaves changing their colors will make you forget about your aching muscles. In case jogging makes you cringe, play football or frisbee on the spacious fields. Ice skaters should spend an afternoon at Városliget’s Ice Rink. For those who prefer a pair of wheels to a pair of blades, we recommend a bike trip to the Danube Bend. Water-fanatics should check out either CsászárKomjádi Swimming Pool or Széchenyi Thermal Bath.
both provide a perfect scene for a date crowned with a bottle of wine. The tower of St. Stephen’s Basilica and Gellért Hill also guarantee Facebook-bound photos, while Buda Castle’s Tóth Árpád Promenade, facing the hills of Buda, showcases a view worthy of a forehead tattoo. The ice for your panorama-cocktail is provided by Gellért Hill’s Citadel.
A culture venture
The Museum of Fine Arts has six departments and a collection of 120,000 pieces. Ludwig Museum and Ernst Museum both focus on contemporary arts. The House of Terror exhibits the characteristics of Hungary’s 20th century regimes, while the Holocaust Memorial Museum focuses on Holocaust research and education. To get to know the city’s battered and glorious past, take a visit to the Historical Museum of Budapest. The traditional institutions such as National Gallery and National Museum won’t make you fall asleep, either.
Such great heights, such great views Thanks to a wide array of opportunities, gazing at the picturesque panorama of Budapest never gets old. Gül Baba’s tomb and nearby Mansfeld Péter Park
Traditional Hungarian food is notoriously heavy, greasy, and spicy. This, however, inspired a diet revolution in the past 20 years. Given the country’s location and natural aptness for producing all sorts of edibles, it’s not hard to eat well.
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If you like to eat out, Budapest offers just about every cuisine you can think of. That includes some balkan and Eastern European kitchens not so easily found elsewhere, but Italian trattorias and French bistros are just as popular here as they are in their native countries. As the costs of eating out are low, relative to European standards, all too many foreign students hang out in restaurants and bars day in and day out. For everyday meals though, making your own food can be quite a fun and creative process. One can easily go beyond the de facto student meal of pasta sauce and quick-boil spaghetti. Local supermarkets are pretty great, but you might prefer to shop at the Great Market Hall or any farmer’s market that’s closest to you – they have huge selections, high quality produce, and unbeatable prices as well. For some inspiration, we asked our friend Dorci, a renowned gastro-blogger, to compile some dishes that go well with the student life but can also impress a hot date. Plus, all ingredients can be easily sourced, locally.
BAKED PARMESAN AUBERGINES, MY ULTIMATE FAVOURITE
This is simply the best recipe for a mid-week meal, and all the roomies will love it, too. INGREDIENTS
CROQUE MADAME, THE BEST SANDWICH IN THE WORLD
If you’re making a sandwitch anyway, make it like a gourmand. INGREDIENTS
• 1 thick slice crusty white bread • 1½ tsp wholegrain or Dijon mustard • 2 thin slices ham , trimmed of fat • 50g mature cheddar or other melting cheese, grated • ½ tsp cider or white wine vinegar • 1 tsp mild olive oil, plus a little for frying • 1 egg • handful baby-leaf spinachfrom 100g bag • few cornichons (optional)
1. Heat grill to high and lightly toast the bread on both sides. Spread 1 tsp mustard over one side, then top with ham and cheese. Whisk the remaining mustard and vinegar with 1 tsp oil and seasoning.
• 8 small aubergines, halved lengthways • 4 plum tomatoes , chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary • olive oil • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs mixed with 6 tbsp grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
1. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Scoop the seeds from the middle of each courgette half with a teaspoon so that you have 16 ‘boats’. Put in one large or two smaller ovenproof dishes and season. Mix together the tomatoes, garlic, chilli and rosemary with a slug of olive oil and season. 2. Pile the mixture into the courgettes then cover the dishes with foil. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender, then remove the foil and scatter the breadcrumb mix over. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for another 20 minutes until golden and crisp.
2. Grill the croque for 3 mins, or until the cheese is
bubbling and turning golden. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick frying pan. Add a little oil, then crack in the egg and gently fry to your liking. When cooked, lift it on top of the toast. Toss the dressing with the spinach, and optionally cornichons, and it’s ready to eat.
a siMplE brUncH WiTH THE bEsT friTTaTa EvEr
This healthy baked omelette with classic fry up ingredients is versatile enough for brunch or a quick supper.
• 2 low-fat sausages , sliced • 4 rashers extra lean bacon, chopped • 150g pack button mushrooms, halved, or larger ones quartered • 8 egg whites , or use 350ml liquid egg whites from a carton • 3 tbsp milk • 140g cherry tomatoes, halved • 2 x 400g cans reduced salt and sugar baked beans • 1½ tsp smoked paprika • small bunch chives , snipped
and lots of seasoning. Pour into the tin, then dot the tomatoes on top.
3. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until set. Mean-
while, tip the beans into a pan with the paprika and heat through. Scatter the frittata with the chives and serve with the beans on the side. This dish is delicious and goes very well with guests. I definitely make it every time. Sometimes I use venison sausages to reduce the fat content, but keep in 2 egg yolks for a bit of colour.
1. Heat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4. line a roasting tin about the size of a4 paper with enough baking parchment to cover the base and sides. fry the sausages and bacon in a non-stick pan until golden, stirring them often to stop them sticking. Scoop into the tin. 2. Place the pan back on the heat and fry the mushrooms for about 5 mins until golden, then add these to the tray, too. Whisk the egg whites with the milk 14
– Bon Appetit! Dorci
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Local Liquors Drink like a hungarian
You’ll become very familiar with this word, even if you only stayed for a single week. Pálinka is one of the many Hungarian achievements we are so very proud of. This liquor is produced using different varieties of fruits. They are fermented and distilled to obtain a high grade of alcohol that is pure and aromatic. as Hungary’s climate is very good for different kinds of fruit plantations (some consider them pálinka plantations), there are a great variety of tastes to suit everyone’s fancy. The pálinka standard prescribes that the liquor’s alcohol grade must be over 37.5% v/v to be considered pálinka, but die-hard fans of the drinks argue that nothing under 50% v/v should have the honour of being called pálinka. There’s a great variety of brands available commercially, ranging from the very economical to the very tasty. However, if you ever get the chance, try some house pálinka made by someone’s grandfather – they’re just simply better.
fröccs is the refreshing mixture of wine and soda water. it was invented in 1842 by a bunch of celebrities of that time (writers and inventors, not reality show stars and YouTube sensations). as they wanted to reduce the strength of wine during heavy philosophy sessions, they poured some carbonated water in it, and voilà! The drink is popular among people of all ages, especially during hot summer nights. fröccs gained popularity outside the borders of Hungary as well, for instance in germany it is called the Spritzer. But Hungarians developed this simple drink by giving different mixtures different names. There are more than 20 ways you can ask for a fröccs at a bar, varying from the very watery combinations to ratios where there’s only traces of soda in the wine.
dr. Zwack, the Habsburg emperor’s Hungarian court doctor, invented the liquor known today as Zwack unicum back in 1790. as the monarch liked it a lot, this bittersweet spirit became widely popular in Hungary.
This early success was a good thing to base a family business on, which has been expanding and developing for over two centuries. despite historical crises, the drink and the brand carry on as a family business. More than 40 spices and ingredients go into unicum, and the recipe is kept as secretly as coca-cola’s; other than some of the family’s members, no one knows all of them exactly. The recipe of Zwack unicum has not changed since it was first bottled, so you can enjoy the same taste as our ancestors did more than 200 years ago. Today, Zwack produces two alternative variants of unicum as well – a sweeter tasking Next, and the fruity unicum Plum. Make sure you try some, you’ll either love it or hate it.
Tokaj is the name of a town located in North-Eastern Hungary. Even though a lot of beautiful wines come out of Hungary, Tokaj has a special place in our hearts. The internationally known wines begin their lives in the form of grapes growing on the hills of the region, soaked with centuries of wine culture. legend has it that louis Xiv used the words “vinum regnum, rex vinorum” (Wine of kings, king of wines) to describe, in a single sentence, the rich taste of each bottle of Tokaj’s wines. Though the exact origin of the region’s wine production is uncertain, it definitely goes back further than the 10th century. Probably the most well known product of the region is the aszú wine, which thanks to its late grape harvest and its special curing process has a very sweet taste. Bringing a bottle of Tokaji to your loved ones back home, as a gift from Hungary, would be an excellent choice.
Hungary has known the art of beer brewing for over a millenia, but today, most varieties are mass produced walletfriendly drinks. Even though locals don’t value them as much as german or czech brands, they’re still very popular.
A tale of two sides –
The best bars and pubs of Pest and Buda pEsT
OBzIDIaN WINE BaR although obzidian is quite close to the tourist magnet known as váci Street, it still remains a homely wine bar. You can sample 45 types of Hungarian wine – including a few from obzidian’s Tokaj vineyard, and gobble Hungarian dishes such as fried sausage and paprika chicken. The saloon – where neither guns, nor horses are allowed – is perfect for playing cards, watching sports, or just chilling on a starry autumn night. MINyON BaR Pop into your best dress, click your heels three times, and you’ll instantly teleport to Minyon’s red-roped, red-carpeted entrance guarded by a vin diesel-ish bouncer. When you step inside, you’ll find yourself in an elegant Miami night club where you might meet up with the Scarface. Since cocktails are made from quality ingredients, you’ll be more than satisfied with the drinks. Leather barstools and sofas, fancy visuals, fly DJs, bistro dishes, and trendy people create a celeb vibe. MOST! Most! (meaning Now!) urges you to live in the moment. This artsy bistro is a cross between a library, a gallery, a ruin pub, a garden bar, and a restaurant. The
three-course lunch recharges your batteries, while an underground concert repertoire as colorful as a Picasso painting makes you insane in the membrane, while waxcovered wine bottles serving as candle holders create a unique atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to throw in a meal or would like to listen to some live music, Most! won’t let you down like a bad movie with a hot trailer. BOUTIQ’BaR finding a better speakeasy cocktail bar than Boutiq’ is a tougher task than forcing a man to watch an entire season of Sex and The city, it’s one of the best in the world. Masterful mixologists are all about customers. They sniff out the flavors you fancy to spice up your night with drinks you’ll never forget. a shady, red interior highlighted by plush chairs and a glass floor conjures the vibe of a high-end london spot. Boutiq’ is way ahead of its time, so take a trip to the future on a cable car under The Blue Moon. kaDaRka BaR
Avar Presszó Avar hands out nostalgia the way a heartless professor hands out awful grades. The spot consists of two sections: an indoor pub and a spacious, tree-sheltered beer garden. The latter is perfect for chatty gatherings and dates, while the former one is a source of novel-worthy characters and liquid jackets fitted for cold nights.
Kadarka bar Although the bar’s name derives from a problematic, dark-skinned grape variety, you’ll have no trouble having fun at Kadarka. Hungarian wines from family cellars will make you feel sophisticated, while smooth pálinka spritzers and wine spritzers (a.k.a. fröccs) will quench your thirst like no other. The vivid chairs, the fitting bistro bits to accompany your wine-sampling spree, the live music oozing from the loft, and the sociable atmosphere will surely pull you in.
Mini Bistro Mini Bistro has something in common with werewolves. Under the daylight, it serves as an A-plus restaurant serving dishes of French cuisine, while at night it turns into a lively bar. Regular jazz concerts, quality cocktails, a trendy interior pillared by dark tones, and a menu based on organic ingredients assure that all your senses will be pleased. Thanks to the local fish market, you can upgrade your pantry with oysters, crabs, and all sorts of sea creatures.
Black Dog After a couple of hours at Black Dog’s cellar you’ll be battered as a mutt, happy as a puppy, and will crawl home on all fours. Although there are hunting trophies on the wall, don’t expect to run into any rednecks; the place is mostly packed with university students. Leather sofas raise you comfort level, cheap drinks lower your standards, and intense foosball matches keep your wrists fit for your morning lecture. Szatyor Bar and Gallery Vintage soviet vehicles on the wall – one of them tooled by Stevie Wonder, and the other by an alltime great of Hungarian poet, Endre Ady – indicate that Szatyor will drive you nuts in a good way. As a mending point of arts, the bar offers a diverse cultural schedule conjured from hipster dreams. The ground floor is great for kicking it back, playing billiards, or munching the daily offer, while the loft’s fat pillows and soft stools were made for lazing around with a muse.
Bambi Presszó Bambi takes you back to the sweet sixties. The old-school interior has not been tinkered with for decades, so you’ll be sitting at the same tables where poets used to grab their chicks and meals. Since the bohemian feel of Goulash Communism’s coffee houses (presszó) is well and alive at Bambi, you can have breakfast anytime you want. Head over to Bambi, discover the glorious past, and don’t leave until they ring the bell! mojo mag
urban Wilderness –
THE BEsT GaRDEN BaRs IN BUDapEsT Garden bars are like summer loves. When they’re here, we don’t appreciate them enough, and when they’re gone, we yearn for them. Fortunately for us, Budapest’s garden bars remain open during the Fall season, so there’s no need to mourn.
hOlDUDvaR a garden bar, a restaurant, a gallery, and an outdoor cinema all in one place, where different dJs spin the records every night. Several cultural happenings, artsy decorations, and a fun yet risky chance to get lost in Margaret island’s jungle full of wild joggers characterize Holdudvar. roofed rooms are also aplenty, so bad weather won’t rain on your parade. ElláTó kERT an authentic ruin pub located in the drinking district’s restless heart. Beer discounts on fridays, hipster chicks and tattooed dudes on every other day. Ellátó boasts a bohemian atmosphere which welcomes dogs, bike riders, Knight riders, and the coolest cats in the city. Being roofed during the winter months, it is a great shelter in case of an ice age. kERTEM Kertem is located in városliget, the second biggest park in Budapest. despite being gigantic and full of chairs and tables, Kertem gets crowded at night, making it a perfect place to hang out and chat it up. cheap drinks, free concerts, bike storage racks, chicken burgers, dogs of various sizes and romantic fairy lights create a seaside-vibe.
CSENDES TáRS The name (csendes means silent) says it all. Situated right next to Károlyi garden, it is a cozy, candle-lit snug offering loads of wines, refreshing spritzers, and simple dishes to nibble. if you’d like to impress your date or just nurture your hangover with a cup of coffee, head over to csendes, and realize that the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. GRaNDIO grandio is an urban jungle full of plants, so you might bump into Mike Tyson’s tiger. We’re only kidding of course, though grandio, which is also a party hostel, is a regular venue of wild parties, thus anything can happen. You can meet fellow foreigners, gobble grill dishes, or release you inner Pua (Pick-Up Artist), and sneak into a room for some appropriate activities.
The Art of Decay – The Best Ruin Pubs in Budapest Contrary to what the name suggests, ruin pubs won’t ruin anything, especially not your nightlife – though your liver and cash supply might be endangered, so try not to go all Charlie Sheen. These trendsetting venues of Budapest also serve as hubs of arts and design, thus are able to quench your culture-thirst while providing loads of fun. mostly twentysomething hipsters and artists who simply cannot refuse the temptation of the walletfriendly prices, the carefree atmosphere, and the boogie fever-curing dance floor. Don’t dare to leave without tasting a slice of their Margarita pizza!
Instant Situated in Nagymező Street, the favourite spot of party animals, Instant is a Godzilla-sized ruin pub complex. The psychedelic interior design features highlights such as a boar-shaped disco ball, glowing butterflies, and humping foxes. Thematized dance floors, multiple counters, cheap drinks, awesome bar tenders, and a cool crowd guarantee that you won’t leave neither sober nor before sunrise. Szimpla Kert Szimpla, the mother of all ruin pubs, sports an interior that looks like as if it was designed by a drugged up Philip K. Dick. Frequented by all nationalities – except for Hungarians – and all ages, Szimpla is a melting pot of exciting people, so meeting new pals is pretty easy. Have a few drinks, pull a drunken philosopher with the dude or chick you fancy, then grab a burger before you slalom your way home. There’s an ATM near the entrance, so try not to drink your bank account dry. Fogasház Although the name of Fogasház (House of Teeth) might remind you of a lousy vampire movie, it is a sophisticated and stylish ruin pub. The regulars are
Púder Bar Theatre and Gallery Púder’s progressive, eclectic interior was created by Hungarian wizards of visual arts. It’s not a coincidence that it resembles a stage set, since Púder’s back room will give home to a studio theatre. Spending your whole day here is easy like a Sunday morning. A cheap and tasty two-course meal at noon, a coffee and a lemonade in the afternoon, various DJ performances and various beverages at night. Don’t act like a fool, head over to the Theatre! Csendes The wall decorations at Csendes look like a cross between a future serial killer’s toychest, your grandpa’s basement, and an abandoned gallery. It is always packed with coffee-addict ELTE students, artists, and alpha-hipsters, so put on your Woody Allen-glasses and learn a few poems by heart. Whether you’re skipping a class, having a date, or just getting drunk as a skunk with your pals, Csendes will give you what you need.
How To Keep Fit
(Between Two parties) There are plenty of excuses for not doing sports – summer is too hot, autumn is too wet, winter is too cold, and spring is a season for love anyway. Still, they’re only excuses. Luckily, Hungary is quite inspiring in terms of sports and even the busy capital is full of opportunities.
recently, an advertising campaign was launched all over the country promoting that 1 hour of workout 3 times a week is all you need to achieve good fitness. We can confirm this is indeed true. If you think about it, 60 minutes spent on keeping yourself healthier and sexier is really not that impossible to do few times a week, even if there are friends, parties, and occasional studying to attend to. Hungary is a sporting nation. With 17 medals rought back from the london olympics, ranking 9th by gold medals, Hungarians performed better than Spain, Japan, and even australia, just to name a few. Historically, Hungary has always been great at swimming, water polo, fencing, and rowing. You might have heard of Puskás and the golden Team as well, though sadly, Hungary’s football days have passed decades ago. Sporting facilities can be easily found in Budapest, even if most are not in very central areas.
for the 27th time this year, Budapest is organising a half-marathon and marathon in September and october, respectively. Thousands of people compete in these races which take place on a scenic route, so they’re very popular among foreigners as well. Margaret island has an open track around its perimeter where a lap is 5.3 kilometers long. If you enjoy running, that’s definitely a good place to start. Many local students are familiar with BEac, a sporting complex in district Xi. held up exclusively for university students. Budapest’s famous baths (see page 32) are also good options if you like to swim. Be on the lookout for people organizing sports events around you, you’ll surely find guys and girls looking for partners for football, tennis, squash, or any other form of exercise. if you live downtown Budapest, however, regular sporting becomes a little limited. Thankfully there are a few gyms in the central districts (such as the facilities of Holmes Place, which is visited by a lot of international patrons as well). group activities at these gyms are always full of people, and they’re not just for girls either. We recommend you to try a spinning, power workout, or even dance step session – they’re quite a lot of fun, and you end up looking even better than you already do. That’s a win-win in our books.
Hungary Rooted deep in every nation’s culture is its music, and Hungary is no different. The history of it leads back to ancient folk tunes, which curiously still live on in today’s electronic world. If you come to Budapest by plane, and everything goes according to plan, you land at Ferenc Liszt International Airport, and that will be your first connection with Hungarian music. Ferenc Liszt is the most widely known Hungarian composer. He is said to have been the greatest pianist of his time, a contributor to the field of European classical music, and also a benefactor to other famous European composers – hence, an international airport has been named after him.
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Hungary added many things to the world’s musical palette. The country’s folk music, for example, is a significant part of Hungary’s national identity and its origins reach far back in time and space. Many experts say that Asian tunes lie in Hungarian folk, which makes it unique among other European countries. Its far-reaching roots helped rural peasants maintain their musical traditions
that could be used to recreate the Hungarian classical style. Today there are about 300 000 known Hungarian folk songs. Even Stephen Spielberg built a reference to Hungary’s musical heritage into one of his movies. In an important scene of Close Encounters of The Third Kind, an engineer meets an alien humanoid who makes weird gestures with his hand as a sign understanding. Those gestures were originally Zoltán Kodály’s way for representing musical pitches. He also invented a teaching method (Kodály concept) that proved to be a very effective approach to music education. Later in the 19th century, the folk songs were replaced by Roma (gypsy) music. There are still ongoing debates about Hungarian and Roma traditions, but when you decide to have a meal in one of the restaurants in Budapest with live music you probably will not rack your brains over this issue. Pop music came in the beginning of the 20th century. Nagymező Street (where many of our favorite bars are located) used to be called the Broadway of Budapest, and was the center of popular music packed with theaters and clubs. After WWII, patriotic pop music was not accepted under Soviet communist rule. Only after the 1956 revolution did a cultural fight begin, and
Compact Disco (above) represented Hungary in the 2012 Eurovision song contest. The electronic rock band made it to the finals in Azerbaijan with their Song of Our Hearts. rock bands became popular among young people. Later during the 1970s, rock bands had to conform to the record companies and the Song Committee. In the ‘80s a financial crisis led to the emergence of the first Hungarian punk bands, and the authorities quickly realized that restrictions were not effective against the movement. By 1990 the Communist party collapsed, and Hungarian music started to become what it was like in Western countries. New doors opened to Europe and new influences boosted the demands of youth culture. Bands and artist who came on stage during this period have had a great deal of influence on what the music of Hungary sounds like today. And here we are now in 2012, when nothing is illegal anymore, and Hungary has been affected by the trends of the western world. We make pop mojo mag
music that has nothing to do with the old traditions; however, it has become an important part of Hungarian culture. Many, especially from the older generation, don’t tolerate it because they see it as a weak copy of a temporary and globalized trend. Of course, they’re not the target group either. Hungarian pop music is made mainly for those who have grown up in a more international and openminded Hungary where pop music seems to be a great aiding tool for preserving the Hungarian language in music. Through pop, the hunger for American music has been turned into an advantage for the country’s culture and it has become a successful messenger of Hungary. Pop music takes the country to the Eurovision song contest every year and shows how suitable Hungarian musicians and their songs are for modern culture. Hungary has many talented performers in every style and a remarkable array of musical possibilities. The cultural vibe of the country is mainly
centered around Budapest. The city plays an important role as the host for most of the events and many people who want to be recognized are forced to move to the capital. Those who want to make make a living out of their musical talent have to do the same. Unfortunately, because of the regional inequalities many gifted young artists remain unknown. But, in spite of this problem, Hungary can proudly present (besides many other things) a flourishing rock scene that is recognized all over the world, lots of clubs where all kinds of electronic music shake the dance floors, and also a significant amount of hip-hop songs that are not just about drugs and guns. All these are smoothly built into the culture reflecting the everyday life in Hungary with all its values and flaws, and showing the responsiveness of the younger generation who love to consume Hungarian products. Luckily, TV channels and radio stations keep an equal balance between the local and foreign performers which makes Hungarian music easily accessible so you’ll be regularly
bumping into “famous” Hungarian songs. They will sound very strange first, but once you get used to them you’ll see that they are lively, melodic and totally enjoyable without having to understand the words. The future of Hungarian pop is hardly predictable because the global media and the easy access to information will always have a great deal of impact on it. But hopefully the international trends will not replace its unique characteristics completely. It’s up to the local artists to always come up with something that the Hungarians can call their own. I think we can compare popular music with fast food. It’s the same as in any other country, except for the language used by the person behind the counter and that one unique flavor that you haven’t heard about yet. There are no bad surprises. Wherever you hear, you probably won’t be disappointed and you might even try to sing along. Good luck with that!
Hungary and Budapest aren’t fashion capitals in the classical sense. The case of the Hungarian fashion and design only started to reach publicity in the 21st century. There is, however, more and more pursuit to popularize Hungarian fashion and design among people outside of these industries. like in every country, fashion magazines and bloggers are present in Hungary as well, but these mediums do not allow much insight into the Hungarian fashion scene because they mainly deal with Western-European and American fashion. The first serious initiation to reanimate the Hungarian fashion was the Gombold újra! tender in 2011. Every talented amateur fashion designer could participate with a collection under only one condition: they had to recreate and embed a single Hungarian folk art motif into their garments and accessories. The best collections were announced
in the framework of a fashion show, which resulted in huge publicity and growing general interest in fashion. Nonetheless, the problem really is that this was only one segment of the Hungarian fashion industry. Most people didn’t even know that there are working designers with established showrooms and fabulous creations. a group of young people realized this problem and started to organize an event called Stylewalker Night. The aim of the event was to introduce designer shops to the wider public. They created a guide with a short introduction of every designer shop in Budapest, and provided a map to ensure easy navigation between all of them. The boutiques organized special fashion and design orientated programs for the night and gave considerable discounts to help the initiation. With these two events, people familiarized themselves with the country’s designers and fashion products, and most likely the movement will pick up some pace.
In general, I cannot find a word that could accurately describe the Hungarian fashion and design industry. If I would force myself to do so, I would say it is eclectic. The so-called “trends” of the four-decade communist regime and the Western-European culture had a great impact on the designers and people’s way of thinking. These two main impacts are antithetic, but after all, compose the basis of Hungarian fashion today. That is also why Eastern-European, and especially Hungarian, fashion and design mixes modern and traditional style. A considerable number of designers combine textiles, techniques, and cutting inspired by these two eras. This results in a unique and sophisticated look, which can easily go with the other pieces in your wardrobe. A well-chosen garment can eliminate the everyday “what-should-I-wear” problem, because if you manage to artfully combine different accessories, several looks can be easily created based on even fairly characteristic dresses. Budapest definitely has a spot in the world’s fashion capitals. Heck, there’s even a strip downtown called Fashion Street! I would encourage everyone to look out for and purchase some Hungarian designer items during their residence in Budapest – you won’t find the same things on anyone back home.
The city of spas
Although the Hungarian capital has officially carried the title of spa city only for 80 years, its special waters have already been utilised 2 000 years ago by the legionaries of the Roman Empire. At its prime, 14 spas soaked the city. Most of the presently operating baths of Budapest have been established by the Turks – the Rudas and the Király Baths are still operating after five hundred years. At that time, our city was called the Mekka of rheumatics for the salutary effects of the thermal water. Hungary’s healing waters are also effective in healing locomotor diseases, circulatory diseases, and women’s health problems. The open-air baths, built rather on the outskirts, complement the thermal baths that are located mainly in the city center – they’ve become popular among the local inhabitants of Budapest since the 1920s. Those who expect recovery from healing waters, who seek ease in a heat wave and need to rest, or those who visit one of the baths in the capital city to do sports will all find their account in Budapest.
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Széchenyi Spa and Swimming Pools Széchenyi Spa and Swimming Pools (above) is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe, and the first spa of Pest, built in modern renaissance style between 1909 and 1913. The medicinal water of Széchenyi Spa comes from a depth of 1 246 meters, the second deepest well in Budapest. The temperature of the water is 76 °C. A model of this building represents Hungary at the Miniature Europe exhibition in Brussels. The entry ticket includes a number of wellness services, in addition to the traditional balneological services, so don’t miss out. These include gyms and saunas along with aerobic and group exercises in the water.
It is believed that the water of the bath is an aphrodisiac. Budapest Zoo uses this for the hippopotamus pool, and as a result, a significant number of hippos living in European zoos have Hungarian blood.
St. Gellért Spa and Swimming Pools
Built in secessionist style, the St. Gellért Spa and Hotel opened to the public in 1918. Later, a surf-bath and a bubble bath were added. Put into service in 1927, the original surf machine, which generates the artificial waves, is still operational. It is unique not only to the spa itself, but in the whole of Europe. Almost the entire range of medical services is available in the spa, which has a day-patient hospital and inhalatorium. Lava stone massage, spa pedicure, chocolate treatment, a so-called Cleopatra spa and a herbal spa are available as well. The women’s side – that is, the section of the thermal spa separated for women – was artistically restored to its original splendour in 2007, whereas the men’s side, which has survived largely in its original state, was opened to the public in 2008. In the history of Gellért this has been the first major technical renovation. As a result, the original pyrogranite ornamentation around the pools, made by the famous Zsolnay factory, as well as the wooden structures of the changing rooms and the colourful stained glass windows are now just as beautiful and luxurious as they originally were.
You can now make use of private thermal bathing in a separated room. Private baths can be arranged for 2 persons in a recently renovated thermal pool with sauna, including champagne and fruits.
Since May 2012, Sauna Sessions® are organised at the Gellért Bath. The programme evokes the spirit of the good mood and the good athmosphere in the dry or wet sauna. During every Sauna Session® the sauna master is in the sauna with the guests, heating the cabin gradually using aromatic water, so the guests’acclimation is guaranteed. Sessions take 12-15 minutes, but you can leave the sauna earlier as well. Each programme has a special atmosphere. The Sauna Sessions® are really social programmes, so you can arrive alone or with friends. Participants can have a pleasant chit-chat, but if the sauna master finds that guests prefer tranquility and silence, the Sauna Session® will be kept calm and quiet.
The ten windows of the lobby represents scenes from the epic „Death of Buda” written by a famous Hungarian poet, János Arany. They are works of world-famous glass painter Miksa Róth’s atelier. Széchenyi Spa: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 11. +36 1 363 3210 Gellért Spa: 1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4. +36 1 466 6166 www.spabudapest.hu mojo mag
SIGHTS in the
capital You were lucky enough to spend some time in Budapest, so don’t fool around! Put on your walking shoes, and check out the city’s amazing sights, including must-see monuments, neighbourhoods, picturesque routes, and much more.
Hop on a bike or put on your walking shoes and head for Heroes’ Square along andrássy avenue. The Hungarian State opera House, luxury boutiques, palaces, embassies, museums and historic coffe houses will create a unique atmosphere. The avenue can be divided into three distinctive parts: palaces and villas, the section between oktogon and Kodály Circus where rows of trees line the road, and finally the residential part with multistoried buildings.
ciTy park and HEroEs’ sQUarE
The charms of a 200-acre, nearly 200year-old park are obvious. The sights surrounding the park include Heroes’ Sqaure and the Zoo. At the former you can check out skateboarders making tricky efforts to dodge curious Chinese tourists, while the latter can be the place for your ﬁrst ever caress of a sloth or some other species in the petting zoo.
Szabadság means freedom in English, though the square’s main attraction – the Soviet Monument evokes contradictory feelings. The buildings, events, and emotions of past and present coalesce in such a way that history is summoned in front of our very eyes. freedom, on the other hand, becomes alive at the square as you will experience a scenery of the youth having fun with their dogs, watching football matches or just chilling in each others company anytime you drop by.
due to its outdoor thermal spa, a professional swimming pool complex, and the 5 300-meter-long jogging track, Margaret island is the primary place of recreation in Budapest. for the less sporty types, the island features a tiny wildlife park, a Japanese garden with sunbathing turtles, and a rose garden. The corny classical tunes played by the Musical fountain might make you want to run away, but fortunately the island is big enough to do so.
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HOP ON HOP OF F dUna-korzÓ
Tired of all-nighters, must-see sights and tourist guides? Take a stroll on duna-korzó, a promenade by the danube. listen to some music, philosophise, and gaze at the panoramic view, turning your head right and left gazing between the Pest and Buda side. doing so you can not help but witness the oldest bridge, chain Bridge, serving as a symbol for the city as well. Not unlike the unique design of Margaret Bridge.
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Some say it is the most beautiful parliament in the world, and everyone appreciates its illuminated version at night. in addition, one of the halls made of extremely precious materials houses the Holy crown that rested on the heads of the Árpád dynasty’s very first kings.
at day, ride the Sikló, a funicular railway, thus saving energy for the exploration of the antique cozy streets of the castle Hill. The district named after Buda castle gives home for many of the main festivals in the country – wine, pálinka, beer, goose liver, and craftmen’s festival are all on the palette of the castle’s supply. You will easily understand its popularity just by having a nice glass of wine in your hand while crawling aroung on the cobbles. Take a trip again at night for the sake of the illuminated cityscape.
regardless of the season, there is always something going on at Saint Stephen’s Square right in front of the Basilica. for enjoying the rays of the Sun, sit down on Basilica’s stairs. also, do not leave Budapest without checking out the wonderful view from the panorama terrace! The square turns into a lively gathering place at night, where people drink and hang out.
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Hiking is sexy, especially when you scale the paths of gellért Hill (in Hungarian it’s actually called a mountain). atop the Hill’s steep cliff you can marvel at the beauty of Pest’s picturesque panorama. right after you’ve scanned through the goods of craftmen’s pitches, grab a cup of coffee, take a seat, and enjoy the view. To experience the city’s lights and vibe from up high, take a walk after sunset. You can also escape from the hustle and bustle while staying in the city by visiting Svábhegy as well. use several means of transport: chair-lift (Libegő), the children’s railway (Gyerekvasút), or the cog-wheel railway (Fogaskerekű), which could be more fun than riding a rollercoaster!
How can you tell that a chewing gum is kosher? if you want to know for sure, head over to gozsdu courtyard, where you can find one of the Jewish district’s most popular kosher shops. Your next stops should be the three synagogues, all of them nearby each other. The Holocaust Memorial centre in Páva Street is also worth seeing, not unlike the shoes made of cast iron that commemorate those who were shot into the river by the arrow cross Party.
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You are not even partly integrated into Budapest’s student community until you spend a few days at Szabó Ervin library. grab a book, drop into one of the armchairs, and immerse yourself in the intellectual environment. if your stomach cries out for food, grab a Hungarian retro snack from the buffet. for a breath of fresh air, take a walk in the Palace district. Neighbouring Mikszáth Square has a number of bars and cafés where you can quench your thirst.
The best way to be acquainted with a country is to live in the capital and roam the countryside every once in a while. in case you lack the time, the money, or the enthusiasm to travel arond, just visit the surrounding villages. Szentendre is definitely one of the most charming ones with its Mediterranean feel, cozy alleys, galleries, and tiny shops. at the Museum of Micro Miracles and Művészetmalom, exciting exhibitions are on display as well as in the Kovács Margit ceramics Museum. The open-air ethnographic museum, Skanzen, is a must-see.
Travel Like an Expert BUy a PaSS
Within Budapest’s city borders, all you need to pay for is a single monthly pass to travel on the entire public transportation network. if you have a local or international student id (iSic), you can buy student passes which are considerably cheaper. Ticket controllers patrol buses and trams quite actively, so don’t forget to renew it each month.
recently a BKv boat line began operation along the danube with alternating stops on the Buda and Pest side. although, if you’d like to get to an exam in time, we strongly advise against it. FIGURE OUT yOUR ROUTES
If you care at all about speed and efficiency (Do you happen to study economics or engineering? Surprise, surprise.) figure out the quickest ways between your destinations with the always helpful google Maps. Not only does it give you directions and information about changing lines, it even shows you time tables. You can often get from point a to B in multiple ways, which is good if you want some variety once in a while, so find out your options and rule the streets on the way home on those drunken nights!
let’s face it, however good a public transport network is, it never beats personal transportation in convenience. unless you’re here with a car, ride a segway, or have a personal driver on call, we recommend you to get a bicycle. Budapest has been experiencing a cycling boom in the past couple of years, so naturally motorists are more careful and infrastructure is becoming more developed. look around on the second-hand market as well, decent bikes are quite available and fairly easy to sell as well at the end of your stay.
OUT OF BUDaPEST
Three train stations, all in central areas of the city, are available at your disposal if you want to (or have to) leave the capital. unlike many Western-European trains, ticket prices are very affordable, so hop on a train to vienna when you have a free weekend. There’s a slew of wallet-friendly airlines traveling to and from Budapest (though sadly Hungary’s national airline went bankrupt earlier this year). if you didn’t experience it already, the way from downtown to the airport is about half an hour by car or an hour by public, and you can even take a direct train from the Western railway Station. Budapest Public Transportation: www.bkk.hu, www.bkv.hu Hungarian Railway: www.mav-start.hu mojo mag
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