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Founded: 1948

Hungary in San Diego


Language Classes:
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday an adult class is held from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in the House of Hungary. It is taught by professional Hungarian-born teachers and is open to all interested individuals.  The levels are beginners, intermediate and conversational classes.

Dance classes:
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday a class is held for Hungarian folk dancing from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Please visit www.pirkadat.org for the program and location.

Lawn Program

Food at the Lawn Program

Hostesses serve delicious pastries, coffee and other refreshments.


Movie Series:
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 4:30 pm a series of Hungarian movies are shown in the House of Hungary. For the program please visit www.sdmagyar.org.

Music and Dance performances:
House of  Hungary regularly invites classical and folk musicians, dance groups from Hungary to promote the Hungarian culture. Lately they organized concerts with the Bartok and Kodaly Quartets, Endre Hegedus pianist, with Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Band, the Budapest Dancers.

Lawn Program:
This event takes place every year on August 20, or the Sunday that is closest to that date. This day is significant because it is in memory of the first King of Hungary, King Stephen I (St. Stephen). The entertainment is usually provided by the “Karpatok Folkdance Ensemble” from Los Angeles and Joann and Joe Semegi from Sun City to entertain the crowd with beautiful Hungarian folk dances and songs.

The food served on that day besides the Hungarian sausage sandwich are crepes (palacsinta), fried dough (langos) and authentic Hungarian pastries.

Ethnic Food Fair and December Holidays:
The menu for these events are authentic Hungarian specialties, like Hungarian sausages with cabbage and potato, freshly made crepes with jam and pudding filling, the famous goulash soup and a variety of  pastries. At the Ethnic Food Fair they also serve langos (fried bread), and at the International Christmas Festival they offer hot spiced wine, to keep you warm on those cool December Nights.

Foods served on Sundays:
The cottage is open every Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.  Hostesses serve delicious pastries, coffee and other refreshments.

Events outside the HPR House:
A New Years Eve party and a Harvest Dinner Dance is held every year, location is arranged by the board.

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Bike Trips


Every 4th Saturday at 10:00 am there is a Play House for Hungarian kindergarten children. In the afternoon at 2 pm. we organize a Hungarian Heritage class for children between ages 8 at 14.

Fun events:
The Youth Group of the House of Hungary meets once a month. They go hiking, bicycling, have picnic, disco, wine tasting, build sandcastles, etc. Dates and times vary.

House of Hungary Cottage

Inside of Cottage


The Hungarian community raised more than $200.000 to build their own cottage, and they donated it to the City of San Diego. The opening of their beautiful cottage was on May 5, 1995 which coincided with Hungary’s anniversary marking 1100 years of statehood.

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In a combined effort with the other Hungarian organizations in the US, they want to invite more artists, musicians and dancers from Hungary to perform here in San Diego.

Map of Hungary

Coat of Arms


Land Area: 93,030 sq km                             
Population:  9,956,108 (July 2007 est.)
Capital City: Budapest                                        
Language:  Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4% (2001 census)
Religion:  Roman Catholic 51.9%, Calvinist 15.9%, Lutheran 3%, Greek Catholic 2.6%, other Christian 1%, other or unspecified 11.1%, unaffiliated 14.5% (2001 census)
Form of Government: parliamentary democracy
Economy: Hungary has made the transition from a centrally planned to a market economy, with a per capita income nearly two-thirds that of the EU-25 average. Hungary continues to demonstrate strong economic growth and acceded to the EU in May 2004. The private sector accounts for over 80% of GDP.
Export: machinery and equipment 61.1%, other manufactures 28.7%, food products 6.5%, raw materials 2%, fuels and electricity 1.6% (2003)

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Source: The World Factbook - Hungary





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