The Caves that Held a Secret Hungarian Aircraft Factory During World War II

In 1944 and 1945, the Allies were attacking the last supporter of Nazi Germany. Tens of thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Hungarian ground targets, mostly by the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the 15th Air Force. By the end of the World War II, the rain of incendiary… »11/19/15 10:28am11/19/15 10:28am


The Budapest Train Station Where Refugees Are Trapped, Scammed, and, Sometimes, Helped


Standing on the platform in Budapest’s Keleti Station after guiding the final group of refugees onto the trains this past Friday evening, Ibrahim Kasem explained the situation to me. A kindergarten teacher originally from Syria himself (he speaks Arabic), Kasem is one of three translators consistently seen on the… »9/15/15 5:15pm9/15/15 5:15pm

A Good Day To Die Hard Will Be Full Of Mercedes Vans And Trucks

Hollywood loves to disguise Budapest by adding a few extra Ladas parked on the streets, with fake communist monuments in the background and blue street signs everywhere to make it look like Moscow. Since it's a much nicer experience to shoot a movie here than over in Russia, that's exactly what they did once again… »1/25/13 9:30am1/25/13 9:30am

Fly the retro skies over Budapest in a turboprop with 1960s livery

A few weeks ago, I took a day trip to Berlin for some avant-garde currywurst and a short walk along the Spree river. Imagine my undercaffeinated surprise, then, when an airport bus dropped me off in the middle of Budapest airport’s tarmac in front of a plane from a ’60s theme movie—and instead of presenting me with… »9/28/11 1:30pm9/28/11 1:30pm