Palinka & Sausage Festival in the Buda Castle

The Palinka & Sausage Festival at Buda Castle taking place this October is an excellent opportunity to discover the world of Hungarian palinkas (fruit brandy) and sausages and the centuries’ old gastronomic traditions and exceptional recipes. Secret ingredients and special preparations make these products not only unique but also places them among the world’s premium brands.  Beyond the exceptional culinary experience, this festival will also offer a spectacular yet relaxed cultural atmosphere. Check out the programme below…

7 October | 6 pm Jazzékiel | 8 pm Váradi Roma Café

8 October Roma Respekt Extra | 4 pm Colorstar | 6 pm Frenk | 8 pm Rutkai Bori és a Betonka

9 October | 4 pm Kishúg | 6 pm Jambalaya | 8 pm Madarak Házibulizenekar

10 October | 4 pm Hot Club of Hungary | 6 pm Riddim Colony | 8 pm Budapest Bár

4-day ticket for the price of a day-pass available in pre-sale:

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Prague Castle Most Visited Place in Czech Republic

Prague Castle
Prague Castle

Prague Castle is the most popular tourist attraction in the Czech Republic.  In 2008, the castle was visited by 1.34 million people. The Prague Zoo is the only other destination to exceed the 1 million visitors mark, while the Babylon entertainment complex in Liberec is the leading location outside Prague within the Czech Top 10.

Top 10 Most Visited Tourist Destinations in the Czech Republic

1. Prague Castle 1.34 million
2. Prague Zoo 1.20 million
3. Jewish Museum, Prague 612,000
4. National Museum, Prague 549,000
5. Babylon entertainment complex, Liberec 540,000
6. Dvur Králové Zoo 539,000
7. Lešná Zoo 490,000
8. National Gallery, Prague 477,000
9. Old Town Hall, Prague 456,000
10. Terezín Memorial 443,000

Top 5 Most Visited Castles and Chateaux

1. State castle and chateau Ceský Krumlov 338,000
2. State chateau Lednice 331,000
3. State chateau Hluboká nad Vltavou 255,000
4. State castle Karlštejn 254,000
5. Chateau and arboretum Pruhonice 250,000

These results were based on numbers from 2008 and were published by the Czech Tourism Agency in 2009.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Market Band
Market Band

From Zagreb it takes just 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to Ljubljana.  Trains run semi-regularly from 5 A.M. to 11.35 P.M.  Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and like Zagreb, is a very pretty capital city.  The market is packed full of quaint little wooden stalls selling everything from cabbage to wine.

However, the main attraction in the city is the castle.  The castle can be reached on foot, by tourist train or by funicular, a return ticket for the latter costs 3 Euros for an adult and 2 Euros for a concession.

Vintage Car
Vintage Car

From the castle one can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the mountains which surround it.  Unfortunately, there is currently repair work taking place on the tower so views are limited.

Slovenia always has many events and festivals taking place across the country and last Saturday the Slovene Vintage Car Club were in the city, out in force.

The cars were a real delight, as were their owners who were happily sharing wine and food with the locals and tourists alike.

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