Fungarian offers this ethnographic tour to people with Hungarian ancestors as part of our Discover Your Cultural Roots Series. Ellis Island immigration statistics show that the vast majority of emigrants leaving for America from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy were people living in the North-Eastern and South-Eastern parts of the country. The cultural baggage they took with them was primarily customs and habits rooted in the rural lifestyle. Even today Hungary is very much a rural country and it was predominantly feudal and agricultural until the end of World War II. Our potential visitors with ancestors from Hungarian villages might be interested in witnessing what their life was like in the home country. The best venue for this is the Open Air Museum (Skanzen) in Szentendre, an authentic ethnographic summary of peasant culture. It’s a huge establishment where you can easily be lost but your personal guide will help you focus on the major items that we think are important to you to understand the background your ancestors left behind.
- The Hungarian pronunciation
- How to pronounce your name in Hungarian
- Peculiarities of the Hungarian accent
- The Asian origin of the language and how it survived
- Best samples of Hungarian literature
- Politeness rules and social etiquette
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
We’ll leave for Szentendre from Batthyány tér by the local green train called HÉV and arrive 45 minutes later. During the journey we can discuss social conditions in rural Hungary and go through an album we assembled about the theme. After arrival we take the local bus and go to the open-air museum village where you can see typical houses relocated from several regions of Hungary. You can get a full picture of the lifestyle of the Hungarian peasants including tools they used, commodities they owned and also their art work.
After a 2-hour walk in the village we’ll go to the town center and have a light lunch at a Balkan style small restaurant. We will stroll along cobblestone streets and view churches, museums, art galleries and get acquainted with local history including the story of the Serbian community. After some shopping for art and crafts by local crafters we can take a boat back to Budapest (between May and September). Since you will be on a private tour, the timing is flexible, we can stop at any of the many points that may interest you.
Included: a notebook, a souvenir pen, handouts, train and boat tickets, entrance ticket to the Skanzen and a light lunch in the centre of Szentendre
This tour is also available by a private car ride for an additional EUR 35/car.
Note: Any of the five themed tours in our Discover Your Cultural Roots Series can be combined into one personalised tour tailored to your special interests and requests.