Hungary is the beautiful landlocked country that sits in Central-Eastern Europe and is full of awe-striking sites, architectural masterpieces, and much more. The country is enriched with historical sites, heritage, famous museums, cultural festivities, and all sorts of exciting adventures waiting to be explored and this is why it is such a huge tourist attraction. The capital city of Hungary is Budapest and is one of the greatest tourist attractions in all over Europe.
Hungary has so much to offer to its visitors and has many local specialties that it can be proud of. The local dishes and wines are a great source of pride and heritage for the country but many local antiques are also of great importance.
Hungary is a great country that is widely known for its fine and delicate porcelain products. Many tourists and visitors often shop their hearts out in the porcelain shops of Hungary especially in the wonderful city of Budapest. The shops sell beautifully crafted, delicate porcelain dolls, dishes, cups, decoration pieces, and much more.
One of the many local fascinations of the country of Hungary includes the “Herend Figurines” which are an inherited local specialty known and imported all around the globe and what tourists especially collect. Fans surely shop the most unique Herend figurines to be found that are only available in Hungary.
The Herend Porcelain Manufactory is a Hungarian manufacturing company that specializes in producing luxury hand-painted and gilded porcelain products. During the mid-19th century it was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers across Europe. The Herend Porcelain Manufactory was established in Hungary in 1826 but it became especially prominent in the world of figurines in 1858, when one of the artists of the company took a fish-scale design inspired from a Chinese plate design and applied it to a rooster figurine in order to achieve the look of feathers. The simple fishnet pattern became signature design of the artist that was named “Herend” and in the intervening century and a half this has been applied to many porcelain cats and dogs, lions and tigers, and all sorts of barnyard animals that include about a half a dozen of roosters. While in the present times, the most familiar color for the pattern is the blue color, the popularity of the black color rose in the 1950s for the simple reason that black was the original and only color of this famous pattern.
You can also purchase some typical Hungarian porcelain figures like Hungarian peasant, Best man, Hungarian peasant woman, Accordion-player, Bride and Bridegroom, different animal figures such as Labrador, kittens, Frog King and so on. As a matter of fact, you can choose from several categories (especially in online shops) like human figures, fairy tales, historical Hungarian figures, animals, birds etc.
So next time you are in Hungary and decide to shop for souvenirs or look around in local antique shops, make sure that you check out these amazing and intricate Herend figurines and take home at least one with you as a lovely souvenir.