Archive for the 'Budapest' Category

Cosmos Tour: Prague Vienna Budapest – Budapest Parliament

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Budapest has the third largest Parliament in the world. The biggest is in Buenos Aires and the 2nd largest is London.


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Germany: Munich Glockenspiel in Marienplatz

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

All roads lead to  Marienplatz, the  famous, historic square and the heart of  the Old Town of Munich. Marienplatz1 Make sure to catch the Glockenspiel show at 11 am or noon (and 5 pm in the summer). The 43-bell Glockenspiel (carillon)  is located on the central spire of the New Town Hall.

When the clock strikes the hour, a  clarion sounds and colorful mechanical figures act out two dramas in the upper and lower windows. The crowd giggles when the rooster crows and the Count gets thrown off his horse.Marienplatz3

If you like panoramic views, you can take steps or an elevator up inside the Town Hall.


Cosmos Tour: Prague Vienna Budapest – Trabant Car

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Trabant car was pretty much the only one you could buy in the Soviet Bloc of countries. They had a long waiting list. In Hungary you would have to wait about 4 years. If you thought that was bad, if you lived in East Germany it was a 15 to 20 year wait. You might have ordered it, but by the time you received it, your children were ready to drive it.




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Cosmos Tour: Prague Vienna Budapest – Budweiser and Pilsner Beer

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

BudweiserBudweiser beer was developed  in the Czech Republic. It was originally called Budvar (and still goes by that name in some countries). Beer has been brewed in Budweis since 1245. It tastes different here than the one in the US.

The two cities most associated with Czech beer are Pilsen and Budweis which both had breweries in the 13th century. The 2 most famously exported Czech beer brands are Pilsner Urquell, which was the world’s first pilsner (pale lager) and Budweiser Budvar. Pilsners have a clear golden colour, a light flavor and lots of foam.

In 2012, for the 20th consecutive year, the Czech Republic had the highest beer consumption per capita in the world –  170 litres per person.

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