Known as Jozsefvaros (Joseph Town), Budapest’s central 8th district is not typically featured in guidebooks. The far side of the neighbourhood has been called the Bronx or Harlem of Budapest, its ethnic mix dominated by Roma but also featuring Turks, Chinese, Arabs, Africans and others in an ever-richer blend.
Aiming to break down prejudices and stereotypes, Roma volunteers from the Uccu Foundation provide tours not just for foreigners but also for Hungarians, especially students who may not know this part of the city. We are proud of Andrea Ignacz, our RGPP student this year, who is one of the tour guides: “We just wanted to show the people how Roma people are living here, the everyday life.”The city you won’t find in guidebooks
A GRITTY Budapest neighbourhood that’s been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix.