Nightingale Restaurant Budapest (Fulemule Étterem)

Nightingale Restaurant Budapest (Fülemüle Étterem) serves Hungarian and Jewish dishes in downtown Budapest, a few steps from the old Jewish district. It’s a small cozy restaurant owned by András Singer, which also boasts the first Hungarian Civil Sholet Club in Hungary too. If you are specifically seeking Central European Jewish specialties based on grandma’s recipes, Fulemule Restaurant may be an ideal place for you. Anyway, sólet beans is cooked in the oven for 6 hours with chopped onions, herbs and spices, but the star dish is goose.

Nightingale restaurant Fulemule Etterem in Budapest Hungary

Address: Kőfaragó utca Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-266-7947 or cell phone: 00-36-70-341-1035
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12 pm – 10 pm, Fri – Sat 12 pm – 11 pm
Note: literature Nobel laureate (for the novel Fatelessness), Imre Kertész is a regular, according to Via Michelin.
Getting here:

  • metro (red line) Blaha Lujza tér or Astoria stations, then a few minute walk
  • trams/ streetcars: number 4 or 6
  • buses: number 7 (green or red), number 78

See the location of Nightingale Restaurant Budapest on the Budapest Tourist Map (check the knife and fork map icon in the middle, and click on the icons to learn more about the neighboring places of interest or click on the View Larger Map blue link under the map). Notice that Nightingale Restaurant Budapest is very close to the old Jewish district and just a few steps from the Great Synagogue (Moorish-Byzantine neolog synagogue), as well as the beautiful Urania Film Theater (Uránia Mozi) or the opulent Cafe New York in New York Palace Boscolo Hotel.

If your are interested in further Jewish attractions and places of interest in Budapest, use the Jewish Budapest map.

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Read more about the Best Restaurants in Budapest.

House of Terror Museum of Dictatorships in Budapest, Hungary

House of Terror (Terror Háza) shows the history, practices & tactics of dictatorships in Hungary. Shocking pictures, interior design and audio-visual effects that actually evoke those awful times – you won’t be left untouched. Some of the travelers called the exhibition ‘ingenious’ ‘must-see’ ‘moving’ while few called it ‘badly orchestrated’ ‘distasteful’ and seemed to have lacked more distance and simplicity in the way the ruthlessness was conveyed and re-presented.

As it is a shocking and controversial theme, have a look at the video at the bottom to decide if it’s suitable for your kids or not. On a subjective note, I wouldn’t recommend it for small children.

The exhibition of the abuse by Nazis, the Hungarian Arrow-Cross Party as well as Soviets is placed in the former headquarters of the Hungarian secret police on beautiful Andrassy avenue. See the Museum icon in the middle of the map below (yellow M icon for museums)
Address: Andrássy út 60., 1062 Budapest
Phone: 00-36-1-374-2600
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
Prices: 1500 HUF, Student & retired 750 HUF, on Sundays free for students & under 18s.

See the House of Terror location in the middle of the Budapest Tourist Map below (yellow M icon for museums):

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Here are some of the disturbing visual effects of the exhibition (not for kids, please), where dead people are rolled by a machine (Gypsies, Jewish, etc.):

Some of the things that you can expect – based on a visitor’s review on TripAdvisor:

walking into a room where some strange trance music overlaid with extracts from Hitler’s speeches played as you watched some extremely distressing footage from when the Nazi and Soviet regimes were in power, it seemed the sort of music only suitable for a Neo-Nazi underground meeting.

there is a room with a dummy sitting at the head of an empty dining table dressed in full military uniform with a face projected on to it… it was creepy and totally unnecessary. Then the room where a black car which was used by the AVH is illuminated from behind black curtains and the lift which played the video clip of a man describing in detail the execution of one of the prisoners. And all this combined with hearing the laughter of people from the café downstairs…

If you are specifically interested in other communist historical traces in Budapest, check out the red flame map icons.

Karsten Troyke: Budapescht Yiddish Song With Lyrics

Music, love and Budapest folded in a nice Yiddish tune performed by Karsten Troyke. Here is the lyrics and the video under the lyrics. As one user on YouTube remarked “There is whole line in Polish language sung : “Ja cię kocham a ty śpisz !” /I love you and you fall asleep !/.” Now, the truth is, as the girl was from Poland, there are no Hungarian lines in the song. :)
The short synopsis is: “I lost my heart in Budapest. There I fell in love with a girl from Lodz, but she just laughed at me.” Summary and lyrics from haGalil.

Budapescht Lyrics:

Ich bin a Bucher jîng în frailech, ich fil sech gît,
es bengt sech mir nuch Libe,
es bengt sech mir nuch Glik.
Ich vill gain in alle Gassn în vill schrain: Gewalt!
A Maidale git mir bald!

Wail ich bin a Bucher jîng în frisch,
´ch gai sech ous mamesz far a Kîsch,
tref iech mir a Lodze Ponienka,
sie red poilisch în ich mîss stenkn:
Ja sze kocham a ty ´spysz!

Schpiel, Zigainer of dain Fidl,
schpiel mir up a Liebesliedl,
wail ich hob gelosst main Harts in Budapescht
in die Nacht ven die Levune hot geschaint.

Ich hob gevolt mit ihr bouen a Nest
în sie hot fîn mir sech ousgelacht
Ich hob gemaint, sie liebt mech ainem!
Sie libt nor mech în mehr nischt kainem!
Ich hob gemaint, ich kon fartrouen –
falsch is sie vie alle Frouen.

Bai die Rogatke `ch hob sie gelosst schtain!

Ich bin ein Bursche, jung und fröhlich,
ich fühl mich gut
Habe Lust auf Liebe, sehne mich nach Glück
Ich will durch alle Straßen gehen und
Schreien: Leute hört her
ein Mädchen gebt mir bald.

Weil ich doch ein junger Bursche bin
Sehne ich mich so nach einem Kuß
Treff ich ein Mädchen aus Lodz
Sie spricht polnisch und ich muß stönen
Ich liebe dich, aber du …

Spiel, Zigeuner, deine Fiedel
Spiel mit mir ein Liebeslied:
Ich hab mein Herz in Budapest verlorn
In der Nacht, im Mondschein
Wollte mit ihr ein Nest bauen,
doch sie hat mich ausgelacht
Ich dachte, sie würde mich lieben
Nur mich und keinen Andern
Ich dachte, ich könnte ihr vertrauen,
falsch ist sie wie alle Frauen!
An der Ecke ließ ich sie stehn.

Sara Bialas-Tenenberg preserved several forgotten Yiddish songs, both in her memories and a little song book. As Karsten Troyke writes

“Budapescht” for example or the little “Gassn Singer” which she [Sara] found in a 10 groszy (approximately a cent) song book. Those 10 groszys were like a pocket full of money for a little girl, and at that time a Yiddish hit in Poland was as exciting as a hit from the Backstreet Boys is today.”

If you liked the song, listen to the album of Jidische Vergessene Lieder (Forgotten Yiddish Songs)

If you are interested in Jewish-related places in Budapest (e.g. synagogues, memorials, mikveh, kosher restaurants or stores, and the fascinating Jewish District) here’s a unique map:

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Are You a Bela Bartok Fan?

If you are a Bartok fan and you like time travel in a beautiful environment in the tranquil part of Budapest, you must see Bela Bartok’s house turned into a museum, now called the Bela Bartok Memorial House. The good thing is that it is more than a museum: in 1981, there was a concert hall established on the first floor by connecting the adjacent rooms and the staircase. The house itself was built in 1924.

Bela Bartok Memorial House Museum in Budapest

The museum will take you back in time on two levels: one on the civil level and the other on the folk art level. As you know Béla Bartók was one of those of handful of composers who took up his boots and went from village to village with now weird and cumber some equipment to collect original folk songs in the Carpathian-basin . Not only he, but also Zoltán Kodály. You can evoke Bela Bartok, as the museum site writes:

the man who wrote his masterpieces, the Sonata For Two Pianos, the Contrasts, the Divertimento for Paul Sacher and the Chamber Orchestra of Basel, and the Violin Concerto dedicated to Zoltán Székely in the middle of the thirties right here, in this tiny upstairs workroom, originally protected against the noise of the outer-world by cushioned doors.

Just listen to this lively and gentle re-interpretation of folk music! The title is Rumanian Folk Dances. In a true multicultural style, the piece is performed by the gypsy Rajkó Orchestra in the Jewish Synagogue in Budapest.

What’s more the museum is located in a beautiful green hilly part of Budapest on the Buda side. Here is the map locator:

Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Tue- Sun) (Closed on Mondays)
Entrance fee: 800 HUF (or free with Budapest Card)
Getting here: Go to Moszkva tér by the red line metro. Then take the number five bus & get off at Pasaréti tér.

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More about upcoming Concerts on the Bartok Museum official site.