10 Interesting Facts About Buda Castle

Interesting Facts About Buda Castle

Facts About Buda Castle

  • The first royal residence on the Castle Hill was built by King Béla IV of Hungary between 1247 and 1265.
  • The ceiling of the Habsburg Room was decorated with a fresco representing the apotheosis of the Habsburg Dynasty. It was the last important work of Károly Lotz, painted in 1903, one year before his death.
  • Postage stamps depicting the castle were issued by Hungary on 26 March 1926, on 1 June 1967 &  on 30 April 1986.
  • Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest.
  • Buda Castle was first completed in 1265, but the massive Baroque palace today occupying most of the site was built between 1749 and 1769.
  • Buda Castle now houses the Hungarian National Gallery and The Budapest History Museum.
  • Buda Castle is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site, since 1987.
  • The castle courtyard was used as the setting for Katy Perry’s 2010 music video, ‘Firework’.
  • The original Royal Palace was ruined during WWII, it was rebuilt in a simplified Stalin Baroque style during the Kádár era.
  • During the Ottoman era, the extensive cave system was utilized by the hunters to store tigers and Hungarian mountain bears.
Interesting Facts About Buda Castle
Interesting Facts About Buda Castle

10 Hungarian Parliament Building Facts

Hungarian Parliament Building Facts

Hungarian Parliament Building Facts

  • The Hungarian Parliament Building was also known as the Parliament of Budapest after its location, is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, a notable landmark of Hungary, and a popular tourist destination in Budapest.
  • Hungarian Parliament Building is situated on Kossuth Square in the Pest side of the city, on the eastern bank of the Danube.
  • Hungarian Parliament Building was designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style and opened in 1902.
  • Hungarian Parliament Building has been the largest building in Hungary since its completion
  • The building features on more than 50 postage stamps issued by Hungary during 1917–1921.
  • The architect of the building went blind before its completion.
  • The total floor space is nearly 18,000 sq m and is divided into four storeys.
  • The red carpet that runs throughout the building is nearly 3 kilometres long.
  • The Holy Crown of Hungary, which is also depicted in the coat of arms of Hungary, has been displayed in the central hall since 2000.
  • One of the famous parts of the building is the hendecagonal central hall, with huge chambers adjoining it: the Lower House and the Upper House.
Hungarian Parliament Building Facts
Hungarian Parliament Building Facts

 

 

 

10 Interesting Facts About Szeged

Interesting Facts About Szeged

Facts About Szeged

  • Szeged is the third-largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the county seat of Csongrád-Csanád county.
  • The University of Szeged is one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary.
  • The Szeged Open Air Festival, first held in 1931, is one of the main attractions, held every summer and celebrated as the Day of the City on 21 May.
  • The name Szeged might come from an old Hungarian word for ‘corner’ (szeg), pointing to the turn of the river Tisza that flows through the city. Others say it derives from the Hungarian word sziget which means ‘island’.
  • Szeged and its area have been inhabited since ancient times. Ptolemy mentions the oldest known name of the city: Partiscum.
  • The name Szeged was first mentioned in 1183, in a document of King Béla III.
  • Szeged is one of the centres of the food industry in Hungary.
  • Szeged was the last seat of the revolutionary government in July 1849. The Habsburg rulers punished the leaders of the town, but later Szeged began to prosper again; the railway reached it in 1854, and the town got its free royal town status back in 1860.
  • Szeged is twinned with Cambridge, England, United Kingdom; Darmstadt, Germany; Kotor, Montenegro; Larnaca, Cyprus; Liège, Belgium; Łódź, Poland; Nice, France; Odessa, Ukraine; Parma, Italy; Pula, Croatia; Rakhiv, Ukraine; Subotica, Serbia; Târgu Mureș, Romania; Timișoara, Romania; Toledo, United States; Turku, Finland & Weinan, China.
  • Szeged lies on the banks of Tisza river. The western side is generally referred to as “Szeged”, while the newer eastern side is called “Új-szeged” (“New Szeged”).
Interesting Facts About Szeged
Interesting Facts About Szeged

10 Interesting Facts About Sopron

Facts About Sopron

Facts About Sopron

  • Sopron is a city in Hungary on the Austrian border, near Lake Neusiedl/Lake Fertő.
  • Sopron is twinned with Bad Wimpfen, Germany; Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia; Bolzano, Italy; Eilat, Israel; Eisenstadt, Austria; Kazuno, Japan; Kempten, Germany; Mediaș, Romania; Rorschach, Switzerland; Seinäjoki, Finland & Sparta, Greece.
  • The estimated population of Sopron is 62,246.
  • Sopron’s economy immensely benefits from the European Union.
  • The architecture of the old section of the town reflects its long history; walls and foundations from the Roman Empire are still common, together with a wealth of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque structures, often artistically decorated, showing centuries of stability and prosperity.
  • In 1153, it was mentioned as an important town.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Sopron: 47.68489°N 16.58305°E.
  • The Sopron Basin and the hills and highlands around it have been inhabited since the VIth century B.C.
  • Sopron is known as the “Dental Capital of the World”, having over 300 dental clinics. 
  • Sopron is a significant wine-producing region, one of the few in Hungary to make both red and white wines.
Facts About Sopron
Facts About Sopron

10 Interesting Facts About Érd

Facts About Érd

Facts About Érd

  • Érd is a town in Pest County, Budapest metropolitan area, Hungary.
  • The area has been inhabited since ancient times. Archaeological findings indicate that prehistoric men lived here 50,000 years ago.
  • Érd itself was first mentioned in documents in 1243.
  • In 1776, Érd became an oppidum (town).
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Érd: 47.37837°N 18.92200°E
  • Érd is twinned with Levice, Slovakia; Lubaczów, Poland; Poynton, England, United Kingdom; Reghin, Romania & Xuzhou, China.
  • Notable people born in Erd Ádám Szabó, Ferenc Miákits, Ferenc Miákits, Ferenc Molnár, Rudolf Pap & Zita Szeleczky.
  • On November 7, 2005, the Parliament decided that Érd would be granted the rank of the city with county rights from the date of the next council election in autumn 2006.
  • The Estimated Population of Érd is 65,857.
  • The current mayor of Érd is László Csőzik, as of 2020.
Facts About Érd
Facts About Érd

10 Interesting Facts About Szolnok

Facts About Szolnok

Facts About Szolnok

  • Szolnok was named for the first steward of the city, Szaunik or Zounok.
  • Szolnok is located in the heart of the Great Hungarian Plain, at the confluence of the Tisza and Zagyva rivers.
  • The area was first settled in the Paleolithic era.
  • Szolnok was granted a city with county rights on November 13, 1990.
  • The Geographic Coordinates: 47.17467°N 20.19649°E
  • Szolnok is twinned with Baia Mare, Romania; Bengbu, China; Bielsko-Biała, Poland; Eastwood, England; Forlì, Italy; Jinzhong, China; Rakvere, Estonia; Reutlingen, Germany; Riihimäki, Finland; Sanmenxia, China; Shoham, Israel & Yuza, Japan.
  • A public transport stop in the Estonian city of Tallinn is named after Szolnok
  • Szolnok was first mentioned, under the name Zounok, in a letter from Géza I concerning the foundation of the monastery at Garamszentbenedek in 1075.
  • Szolnok is the county seat of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county in central Hungary.
  • Szolnok is situated on the banks of the Tisza river, at the heart of the Great Hungarian Plain, has made it an important cultural and economic crossroads for centuries.
Facts About Szolnok
Facts About Szolnok

10 Interesting Facts About Kecskemét

Facts About Kecskemét

Facts About Kecskemét

  • The MH 59th “Dezső Szentgyörgyi” Tactical Wing, the only jet fighter unit of the Hungarian Defence Forces, is based at Kecskemét air force base.
  • The name of the city stems from the Hungarian word kecske meaning “goat” and -mét meaning “pass”.
  • Kecskemét was established at the meeting point of a large sandy region and a sandy yellow soil; its elevation is 120 m (394 ft) above sea level.
  • The first archaeological trace of a human in the area is about five thousand years old.
  • The warmest month in Kecskemét is July, with an average temperature of 20.9 °C (69.6 °F); the coldest is January, with −1.9 °C (28.6 °F).
  • Kecskemét is twinned with Aomori, Japan; Arcueil, France; Berehove, Ukraine; Coventry, England, United Kingdom; Dornbirn, Austria; Galanta, Slovakia; Hyvinkää, Finland; Lidköping, Sweden; Nahariya, Israel; Rüsselsheim am Main, Germany; Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania; Shkodër, Albania; Simferopol, Ukraine; Târgu Mureș, Romania; Tekirdağ, Turkey; Viborg, Denmark & Wadowice, Poland.
  • Kecskemét is the eighth-largest city in Hungary.
  • The Kecskemét Air Show is held here every two years.
  • The Estimated Population of Kecskemét is 111,269.
  • Kecskemét is divided into 22 sections.
Facts About Kecskemét
Facts About Kecskemét

10 Interesting Facts About Veszprém

Facts About Veszprém

Facts About Veszprém

  • The name of the city originates from a Slavic personal name Bezprem or Bezprym, meaning “stubborn”, “self-confident, not willing to retreat”. The form Vezprem originates in early medieval scribal habits and frequent exchange of B and V under the influence of Greek.
  • Veszprém lies on both sides of the Séd creek.
  • Veszprém was among the first Hungarian cities to have a university.
  • The Estimated Population of Veszprém is 59,738.
  • Veszprém is twinned with Bottrop, Germany; Gladsaxe, Denmark; Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Passau, Germany; Rovaniemi, Finland; Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania; Nitra, Slovakia; Tartu, Estonia; Tirat Carmel, Israel; Žamberk, Czech Republic; Kursk, Russia; Haskovo, Bulgaria; Tarnów, Poland & Šibenik, Croatia.
  • During World War II, Veszprém was captured by Soviet troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front on 23 March 1945 in the course of the Vienna Offensive.
  • Veszprém is often called the “City of Queens”, as Veszprém was the favourite city of Queen Gisela, the wife of St. Stephen, for centuries, the queens of Hungary were crowned by the Bishop of Veszprém.
  • Veszprém became the first episcopal seat of Hungary in 1009 and an archepiscopal seat in 1993.
  • Veszprém is 266 m above Sea Level.
  • Veszprém is one of the oldest urban areas in Hungary and a city with county rights.
Facts About Veszprém
Facts About Veszprém

10 Interesting Facts About Szombathely

Facts About Szombathely

Facts About Szombathely

  • The name Szombathely is from Hungarian szombat, “Saturday” and hely, “place”, referring to its status as a market town, and the medieval markets held on Saturday every week. Once a year during August they hold a carnival to remember the history of “Savaria”.
  • Szombathely is the oldest recorded city in Hungary. It was founded by the Romans in 45 AD under the name of Colonia Claudia Savariensum.
  • Szombathely is the administrative centre of Vas county in the west of the country, located near the border with Austria.
  • The city remained inhabited throughout the Middle Ages.
  • James Joyce wrote that the character Virág Rudolf, the father of Leopold Bloom, his Jewish Irish protagonist in Ulysses, was from Szombathely.
  • Szombathely is 209 m above sea level.
  • Szombathely is known as the birthplace of Saint Martin of Tours.
  • Szombathely is twinned with Ferrara, Italy; Hunedoara, Romania; Kaufbeuren, Germany; Kolding, Denmark; Kutaisi, Georgia; Lappeenranta, Finland; Lecco, Italy; Maribor, Slovenia; Tallinn, Estonia; Oberwart, Austria; Ramat Gan, Israel; Santiago do Cacém, Portugal; Trnava, Slovakia; Uzhorod, Ukraine; Yantai, China & Yoshkar-Ola, Russia.
  • Savaria appears in Total War: Attila as a Roman settlement in Pannonia.
Facts About Szombathely
Facts About Szombathely

10 Interesting Facts About Nyíregyháza

Facts About Nyíregyháza

Facts About Nyíregyháza

  • Nyíregyháza is located in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County in the northern Plain region.
  • The first written mentions of Nyíregyháza date back to 1209, although it was then called simply Nyír (‘birch’), after the Nyírség, the greater region in which the city lies.
  • Nyíregyháza is a city in northeastern Hungary and the county capital of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg.
  • Nyíregyháza is the seventh-largest city in Hungary and is the leading city of Northern Hungary and of the northern part of the Great Hungarian Plain (Alföld).
  • The Estimated Population of Nyíregyháza is 117,874.
  • Nyíregyháza is twinned with Baia Mare, Romania; Bielsko-Biała, Poland; Harbin, China; Iserlohn, Germany; Kajaani, Finland; Kiryat Motzkin, Israel; Prešov, Slovakia; Rzeszów, Poland; Satu Mare, Romania; St Albans, England, United Kingdom & Uzhhorod, Ukraine.
  • Nyíregyháza is the birthplace of Israeli artist Zeev Kun who was born here in 1930.
  • A monument in the memory of the holocaust victims was constructed in 2004.
  • Nyíregyháza is 116 m above sea level.
  • The Georgaphic Coordinates of Nyíregyháza: 47.95306°N 21.72713°E.
Facts About Nyíregyháza
Facts About Nyíregyháza