The mini-statue of the Checkered-Eared Rabbit sits on a perch near Buda Castle in Budapest, searching for children that need his help.
Checkered-Eared Rabbit Mini-Statue
Szent György square (near the Funicular) – Budapest
GPS: 47.497513, 19.038793
The Checkered-Eared Rabbit was a 26-episode Hungarian animated children’s series which premiered on 23 September 1977.
The this helpful little bunny quickly became one of the most prolific mascots of Hungarian animation.
It was also a massive hit outside of Hungary. The series was first syndicated in the countries around Hungary, but it quickly spread in syndication to nearly ninety other countries around the world.
Having no spoken dialogue, the episodes needed no dubbing, except for any text on the screen.
It also became somewhat sought after in the U.S. There it was often called “bunny in a suitcase” and frequently aired on the Pinwheel cable program on Nickelodeon.
The storylines were easily comprehensible, and every episode addressed a childhood problem that seemed universal. Every morning, the Checkered-Eared Rabbit wakes up and gets out of his suitcase.
He climbs to the roof of his building with his telescope and surveys the city to find children in need of help.
Ukraine artist Mihály Kolodko sculpted a tiny statue of the Checkered-Eared Rabbit, and put him up on the hill next to the Buda Castle. From here, this rabbit is scouring the city, looking for big, stupid, bullies picking on little kids.
So children of Budapest, relax, The Checkered-Eared Rabbit is here to help you if you need him.
To donate by Venmo, scan the code below with you Venmo app.
Or this link to our account @SizzleMap
To donate by PayPal, scan the below QR code.
Buda, Baths, and Beyond (BBB) – Through an extensive series of short, entertaining, and informational videos, BBB attempts to lure travelers to the streets of Budapest and to explore this vast, amazing city on foot. The streets will come alive as Hungarian history, legends, culture, and hidden secrets are illuminated and celebrated, making even a brief stop in Budapest a unique and memorable experience.
Forrest Mallard (@forrestmallard) – HOST/PRODUCER – the host of Buda, Baths, and Beyond is an avid world-traveler and has been on the road, non-stop, since early 2005. Along the way he has picked up an insatiable desire for walking long-distance trails and he hopes to one day have completed at least one major trek in every country in the world. BBB is an attempt to help travelers to Budapest embrace the joy of walking through a bit of urban exploring.
Budapest Party Hostels (www.budapestpartyhostels.com) – Budapest is the birthplace of the party hostels as we know it. A beautiful jewel of culture and history of Europe, it is also famous for its thriving party scene, with Spa parties, ruin bars and plenty of nightclubs to go wild. On top of that, one of the biggest festivals in Europe, Sziget Festival, known as the European Burning Man and that is held every year in one of the islands of the Danube. Traveling solo or in a group, if you are looking for hostels where you can meet like-minded people looking to have fun in Budapest these hostels are the place to go! Friendly staff, fun atmosphere and plenty of organized activities to encourage guest socializing.
Tramposaurus Treks (www.tramposaurus.com) – The ultimate guide to taking a nice walk. Around the block or across the continent, Tramposaurus Treks wants you to get off your ass, put on your walking shoes, get outside, and have yourself an adventure. With city maps of famous cities to do a bit of urban exploring, as well as an extensive catalog of long-distance treks all over the world, Tramposaurus Treks has all of the resources you need.