On Saturday, May 13th, the Embassy of Hungary hosted an Open in conjunction with the 27 other member state embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States in Washington, D.C. Guest were offered guided tours of the new building of the Embassy of Hungary and had the opportunity to sample wines sources exclusively from Hungary as part of the Embassy’s guided VIP wine tasting.

The 11th Annual EU Open House Series in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 13th brought thousands of guests to the new building of the Embassy of Hungary, all in search seeking to experience and taste a little bit of Hungarian culture.

Every guest to the Embassy’s Open House was offered a guided tour of the new building of the Embassy of Hungary. Built in 1879, the Broadhead-Bell-Morton Mansion was once the residence of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and Vice President of the United States Levi Parsons Morton (1889-1895).

Guests who took the tour also had the chance to view and learn more about fine Herend Porcelain courtesy of our exclusive vendor, Timothy Albrecht, owner of Bethesda boutique 'Consider It Done.' First designed and produced in the mid-19th century, Herend Porcelain was the chief purveyor of fine china to the Hapsburg Dynasty and aristocrats across Central Europe.

The Embassy’s tourism desk provided a great opportunity for everyone interested in traveling to Hungary to learn first hand from Embassy staff who shared some of Hungary’s best tourism tips. Outside, traditional Hungarian folk dancers as well as classical musicians performed for guests throughout the afternoon. Those brave enough also had the opportunity to jump in with the dancers and learn a few steps.

Hungarian Goulash and Debrecziner sausage, prepared personally by the Embassy chef, were both available at the Embassy’s food stand along with Pogásca and Fröccs (a wine spritzer).

On hand at the Open House were three separate breeds of Hungarian dogs – the Vizsla, the Puli, and the Kuvasz. In recent years, it has become a tradition to extend an open invite to all Hungarian dog breed owners to stop by the Embassy for an afternoon of play. Dozens of dogs stopped by throughout the day to play with each other and the guests.

Last but not least, the Embassy of Hungary’s Open House Program was designed with children of all ages in mind. Our younger guests were encouraged to play in the Kid’s Corner where they participated in a number of events including a balloon party, face painting, and drawing. Children were also invited to jump into the cockpit of our Hungarian flight simulator and take control of an F-16 fighter.

A photo gallery of the event is available HERE.