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Inside an Abandoned Socialist Textile Factory Inside an Abandoned Socialist Textile Factory

There’s always a very special thrill in visiting silent and deteriorating industrial places where hundreds of men and women worked amidst loud machines decades ago. It was not a different feeling taking these photos in the abandoned power plant building of a long gone fabric factory.

This Dieselpunk Shrine Hides a Century-Old, Fully Operational 800 HP Motor  This Dieselpunk Shrine Hides a Century-Old, Fully Operational 800 HP Motor 

Close to the gorgeous towers of the Óbuda Gas Works, there is a humble, church-like brick building housing an amazing piece of engineering: a still-functional 103-year-old Sulzer diesel motor connected to a Ganz generator. The 4-cylinder, 800-horsepower, 180-RPM stationary engine was built in 1912 by the Láng (Flame)…

This Hundred-Year-Old Industrial Gem is Like Jabba's Real Life Palace This Hundred-Year-Old Industrial Gem is Like Jabba's Real Life Palace

The Óbuda Gas Works produced city gas from 1914 to 1984 in the 3rd district of Budapest, on the right bank of River Danube. When it opened, it was not just the most advanced gas producing plant in the world; it was also the most beautiful, with a group of buildings in the middle middle resembling Jabba’s Palace from…

The Caves that Held a Secret Hungarian Aircraft Factory During World War II The Caves that Held a Secret Hungarian Aircraft Factory During World War II

In 1944 and 1945, the Allies were attacking the last supporter of Nazi Germany. Tens of thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Hungarian ground targets, mostly by the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the 15th Air Force. By the end of the World War II, the rain of incendiary…

Two Hours of Thunderstorm Siege Made Budapest an Electrifying City Two Hours of Thunderstorm Siege Made Budapest an Electrifying City

Hungarian photographer Zoltán Vanik captured this stunning panoramic image of Budapest, lit by dozens of lightning bolts during a severe thunderstorm a few days ago.

The Wonderful Geometry Of Budapest's Spiral Staircases The Wonderful Geometry Of Budapest's Spiral Staircases

There's just something magical and mysterious about a staircase that goes around and around, letting you glimpse all the levels above or below. Whether they're perfectly round or other shapes, spiral staircases are beautiful. And Budapest is full of Modernist architecture that includes some stairways to wonder. Here…

Protests Against Internet Tax in Hungary Continue—Larger Than Ever Protests Against Internet Tax in Hungary Continue—Larger Than Ever

Tens of thousands of peaceful Hungarians marched again in the streets and on the bridges of Budapest on Tuesday—continuing the demonstration against the proposed internet tax.

The Creepy Story of How Budapest Became a "City of Smiles" in the 1930s The Creepy Story of How Budapest Became a "City of Smiles" in the 1930s

A tragic suicide epidemic gripped Budapest, Hungary in the wake of World War I — and some believed it was all caused by a popular song. Even weirder than this idea, though, was how the city tried to combat the suicide problem with a "Smile Club."

Magic Budapest trams jumping into hyperspace Magic Budapest trams jumping into hyperspace

Budapest trams don't travel through the space-time fabric like the starship Entreprise, but in these long-exposure photos they look like they do. They were taken by Viktor Varga (top) and Krisztian Birinyi (middle and bottom) last Christmas.

Admire the beautiful Budapest in this time-lapse cityscape

I like many cities in Europe, but only a handful that I love dearly because they're full of welcoming people who enjoy fine drinking and eating as much as the Spaniards do. Madrid, Gothenburg, Berlin, Rome—and the serene and magnificent Budapest, which is objectively one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The New Budapest Metro Line Is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip The New Budapest Metro Line Is an Awesome Psychedelic Trip

After ten years of extremely expensive, slow, and politically messed up construction work–it is a long and sad story of government corruption and incompetence–Budapest, the Hungarian capital, got its fourth metro line today. Despite its ill-fated genesis and controversial usefulness, the Metro 4 is an amazing…

Inside the Ghostly Remains of Budapest's Condemned Amusement Park Inside the Ghostly Remains of Budapest's Condemned Amusement Park

After several years of financial difficulties, the Amusement Park of Budapest, the largest amusement park in Hungary was closed on 30 September, 2013. Today I had a chance to take a walk among its remains.

Insane cyclists in Budapest risking their lives between trams Insane cyclists in Budapest risking their lives between trams

Cyclists in Budapest, Hungary, can be as insane as in the rest of the world. Or even a bit more, judging from this video in which two guys—one from New York, truth be told—risk their lives going through the thin trenches crated by running trams.

Inside Budapest's Forgotten Temple of Sewage Inside Budapest's Forgotten Temple of Sewage

Here at Gizmodo, we're obsessed with beautiful old factories, captivating control rooms and fascinating scientific machinery. (Yes, that's me.) A few weeks ago, I showed you the 99-year-old Kelenföld Power Plant, one of most beautiful industrial places on earth. This time, I'd like to show you another industrial…

A Rare Glimpse Inside a Magnificent, Abandoned Shrine to Electricity A Rare Glimpse Inside a Magnificent, Abandoned Shrine to Electricity

At the dawn of the electrical age, power plants were more than just utilitarian buildings. They were grand, soaring temples to a near-magical substance that was changing the world. Most of these buildings are now abandoned or demolished. But I recently visited one of the few that remain: the 99-year-old Kelenföld…

Budapest From Orbit Budapest From Orbit

Oh, hello Commander Hadfield!

Why Budapest Is Famous For Its Art Nouveau Architecture Why Budapest Is Famous For Its Art Nouveau Architecture

The Art Noveau ("New Art" in French) was a popular style of art between 1890 and 1910, known as Jugendstil, Modernisme and Secession. In Hungary it was quite popular; some of the country's most famous architects designed buildings in this style. Some of them were inspired by traditional Hungarian decorative designs,…

Hungary's river of death, as seen from space Hungary's river of death, as seen from space

Here's an aerial view of Hungary's toxic spill, which threatens to become an international environmental disaster, from NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite. Click through for a close-up that shows the devastation more clearly.

Hungarian toxic sludge kills 4, injures at least 120 — and it may be headed for the Danube Hungarian toxic sludge kills 4, injures at least 120 — and it may be headed for the Danube

The horrifying, heartbreaking pictures of Ajka, Hungary, look like a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina. But they're not. This flooding is the result of a deadly spill from an alumina plant whose reservoir burst open. Warning: dreadfully upsetting photos below.

The Other End of The 70 Gigapixel Budapest Photo The Other End of The 70 Gigapixel Budapest Photo

You've seen the 70-gigapixel picture of Budapest. Here's a picture of the gear that took the shot. That's two Sony A900s with massive 400mm Minolta lenses attached. Combined, these guys took 20,000 images to create the world's largest photo. [Wired]

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