- The Man, the Myth, the Cube
Since the 1980s, the Rubik’s Cube has captivated the minds of puzzle solvers around the globe. But how did one of the world’s most addictive and prolific puzzles come to be? It all began in the beautiful city of Budapest, in the beautiful mind of Ernő Rubik, a design and architecture lecturer looking for a tactile way to teach his students about three-dimensional space. But the story’s real “twist” came when the creator had to engineer a solution to his self-made conundrum. Think you have what it takes to crack the code? Take it up with the master himself.
This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis.
- Germany, Hungary to mark end of the Iron Curtain
Thirty years ago on Monday Hungarian border guards for the first time allowed people from communist East Germany to cross freely into Austria and hundreds of them rejoiced. The Iron Curtain was passing into history.
- CEE MARKETS-Markets steady after falls, sentiment still shaky
Central European currencies and
stocks steadied on Thursday after falls in the previous session
in negative global investor sentiment and on data signalling a
slowdown in the eastern region's fast-growing economies.
Polish, Romanian and Croatian markets were closed on
Thursday for national holidays.
"The Hungarian stock market closed yesterday'a session with
a significant drop, and even though we could see some positive
correction this morning we expect a
- Czech Republic handed 2020 Fed Cup wildcard
Eleven-times champions Czech Republic have been handed a wildcard for next April's revamped Fed Cup finals in Budapest, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Wednesday.
- A Castle of Paper, Turned to Stone
Vajdahunyad Castle isn’t just a castle. It’s an architectural homage to 21 different buildings, among them a church and a castle with ties to the Dracula myth. The castle was designed to celebrate the Hungarian State’s 1,000th birthday, built using wood planks and flimsy cardboard. As public adoration for the structure grew, it was eventually rebuilt with sturdier materials. Come fall in love with a Hungarian wonder.
This Great Big Story was made in partnership with the Hungarian Tourism Agency.
- CEE MARKETS-Lender OTP boosts Budapest stock index, regional FX treads water
Hungary led central European
share gains on Friday, driven by strong earnings by OTP
, the region's biggest independent lender, while
currencies trod water, mirroring the euro that shrugged off
Italy's ruling coalition tensions.
OTP shares initially rose as much as 2.6% before paring
gains marginally to trade at 12,600 by 0830 GMT, outperforming
Budapest's as its net profit jumped 18% on the year in
the second qua
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