A museum dedicated to a secret military hospital hidden beneath a castle in Budapest. Hidden among the nearly six miles of natural caves and tunnels beneath Buda Castle Hill is the Hospital in the Rock Museum, which preserves the history and rooms of a secret underground hospital that was later turned into a nuclear fallout shelter.
on historical GMaps SV, cool, old ambulance car can be seen, a Nysa 521S /// Google Image Search /// old-timer ambulance vehicles which were in service from the late 1950s until the ones used in the recent past in Hungary. ///
was a surprise for me, that there were an old-timer in use, which were NOT from a COMECON country: a Dodge Job Rated: ///Google Image Search ///
NO info or photo in GE layers. -why you do not push a pin even by such conditions?
both warm welcomes if you arrive by summer (few weeks 40(+) celsius), and if at our mild winter time (only 1-2 weeks between -10 and -20 celsius). (:
also you should to take my advice to see Hungary and its people in their historical, geopolitical context by including other, neighboring countries to your itinerary. (Do a trip to wonderful Transylvania by all means!)
this way you can get insight into built, architectural heritage of a 1000 years old kingdom called Hungary also will have the chance to identify cultural impact of a small, few thousand years old group of people from somewhere over the Urals who called themselves Magyar.
(one more oGEC related; the Sonidus Ethnographical Archives) /sorry for the many broken image URLs in linked stuff/
*** oh and most important!
>>>No Good Pálinka in Stores!!!<<< -traditional, quality pálinka (~50 alc.% V/V*) only can be obtained... as below... (:
In Hungary, one can ferment a batch of fruit mash at home, then take the fermented mash to a distiller, who can then legally distill the mash to the desired strength. Legislation legalized small home distillers in 2010.
The most alcoholic pálinkas are (informally) referred to as kerítésszaggató in Hungarian, which literally means "fence-ripper" (referring to a drunkard's loss of balance) or "guggolós" ("squatter"), referring to the action required while walking near the windows of the houses of non-professional distillers to avoid getting invited (again) to taste their home-made pálinka. These potent, home-made, házi (home-made) pálinkas are commercially available in small portions and are very common in the countryside.
*note: generally it is said to be good around 48-51% by the one exception of apricots which often said to be good at lower alcohol levels (44+?) having a smaller orchard, every year I make few gallons of fruity spirit by these strength levels: plum: 50, apple: 50, pear: 49, apricot:48, mixed fruit: 49
Hi Syzygy, many thanks for your small briefing, all the tips and important "hard - liquor" statements. Pálinka your traditional fruit brandy with 48 -51% is already awesome. That explains the term fence ripper... All in all your words sound good. To see a country not alone but in context with its neighbors seems very desirable. Peoples migrations, shifts, etc. reveal that we all eventually have one origin. I saw these days on TV that the first Russian Tsars were Vikings. Regarding Magyar I will get further information from the internet. I'm interested in that now.
Great thread! Thanks for sharing such a great piece of information! I haven't been to Hungary, but having looked through this discussion, I decided that I should add this country to my list of must-visit places. I wonder how do you find such places to visit? I usually read about the country I'm going to visit in advance. As for the sightseeings, I use activities and tour sites to choose good variants. And what about you? Do you find such places accidentally?