Budapest: an Introduction, with Gabor Monath

Budapest: an Introduction, with Gabor Monath

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Separated by the rolling river Danube but connected by some spectacular bridges the characteristically different settlements of Buda and Pest form one of the most interesting cities in Europe and Hungary's capital. Budapest is as intriguingly eclectic as the history of Hungary. Nowhere else has eclecticism been acknowledged and valued so highly as in Budapest where frequent wars decimated population and culture while peaceful times often destroyed the achievements of the ancestors. This abundance of historical turning points and cultural changes has resulted in an apparent contradiction: Budapest is often not as old as it looks while it often not as new as it appears.

Our virtual tour will highlight sites that are easily accessible on foot, but the presentation format will allow us to cover a greater distance both on the streets and in the history of Budapest. Apart from some of the most prominent buildings of the capital, the presentation intends to introduce the spectacular artistry of the cityscape as well.

Led by Gabor Monath, an expert on history, architecture, and culture, this interactive seminar will briefly introduce history as it shaped the Hungarian capital and highlight some unique aspects of culture that only Budapest offers. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of what makes Budapest special at the crossroads of east and west.

Gabor was born in Budapest and holds a degree in English and Translation/Interpreting. He has been working in education for twenty years and in tourism for the past three years. He is a certified guide leading tours locally and internationally with a focus on his main interests: history, art history, architecture, and cultural awareness.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.