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Several thematic guided tours are proposed to the participants of the conference on the Saturday 9th November, between 10 AM and 1 PM. Participation fee for one person is 18€ (which can be payed during the conference registration process). Minimun number of participants for each tour: 18.

The tours are organized by Hosszúlépés (https://hosszulepes.org/en).

 

Golden Age Budapest - The glittering years of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

The majority of Budapest’s most spectacular buildings were designed during the flourishing period of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The city became an important hub of the Monarchy, with buildings to match. Experience this rich and exciting period through its finest buildings. We start our tour by telling the story of the unification of the three cities, Buda, Pest and Old Buda on the Danube shore, while enjoying an unparalleled view to the Chain Bridge and the Buda Castle. We visit Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the most well-known landmarks of the city, then explore the history of downtown Budapest. We visit a market hall, take a peek in some of the most fabulous, closed courtyards of the city then finish our tour in the heart of Budapest, in front of  the State Opera House. 

 

Jewish Roots and Revival - Hungarian Jewish history in a nutshell

Before World War 2, hundreds of thousands of Jews lived in Budapest, creating one of the World’s largest and most diverse Jewish community. The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy brought a golden age for its Jewish citizens. However, the years of prosperity and inclusion soon ended and were replaced with decline and exclusion, resulting in the Holocaust. After WW2 and the fall of communism, a Renaissance had begun in Hungary; cafés, cultural hubs opened, festivals started, a vivid and unique Jewish community is rejuvenating in Budapest’s downtown. Our walk takes you through hidden synagogues, cultural hubs and the traces of kosher life in the city! 

 

In the shadow of Liberty - A peculiar fortress on the top of the city

A building, a symbol, which has towered over the city for decades. It is visible from almost everywhere but hasn’t been accessible to the public. We finally open the gates of the Citadel and tell the tales of centuries. The Citadel, erected during the years of Habsburg absolutism has always been suspicious in the eyes of locals as it quickly became the symbol of oppression even though it was built with peaceful intentions.  Some would have loved to replace it with a national pantheon, wiping out the daunting memory of the building. The damages of the Second World War, still visible today are telling the tales of a bloody era. During the sixties, the picture is friendlier: beat concerts took place and tourists started to show up on the hill. Following the change of regime, the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty has become one of the landmarks of Budapest, although we know very little about them. On the walk, we explore the legends and contradictions surrounding the symbols. 

 

Changing faces of Josephstadt - Gentrification in practice in the 8th district of Budapest

Take a snapshot with us about the fast-changing 8th district of Budapest, where you can experience how a neighbourhood leaves behind its past filled with segregation, prostitution and drug abuse to become a multicultural gentrifying district with changing population, cosy cafés and big scale real estate developments.

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