City Information

ABOUT BUDAPEST

 
Also known as "The Pearl of Danube", Budapest is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, easy to reach and very famous for its spas. Due to its favourable geological setting, Budapest is truly the city of water with more than 100 thermal springs and wells producing more than 30,000 m³ of thermal water supply to 7 medicinal baths. It is therefore no coincidence if the UNESCO listed, among others, the view of the Danube embankments, the Heroes' square and the Buda Castle District - which is one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the city - as a World Heritage site.
 

As the capital of Hungary, Budapest is obviously an important economic, financial and cultural centre, but also the most densely populated city of the country with about 2 million inhabitants out of a total population of 10 million. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank in November 1873. Actually, its history dates back over 2000 years with ruins that are still visible from the times of the Roman Empire as well as from the Middle Ages. However, its main characteristics reflect the atmosphere of the end of the 19th century when the millennium of the Hungarian state was celebrated in 1896 with the building of numerous landmarks such as The Museum of Applied Arts and the Andrássy avenue, along with the inauguration of the Metro 1 line, named Millenium for the occasion, which was the first underground railway of Eastern Europe and the second oldest one in the world after the London underground. 

Hilly landscapes, long history, pleasant climate, rich cultural events, and music prove that Budapest is indeed a jewellery of the Danube River. The city attracts about 4.4 million tourists a year, making it the 25th most popular city in the world, and the 6th in Europe, according to Euromonitor.

Currency

1 Hungarian Forint (HUF) = about 0,0031 EUR, or about 0,0035 USD

All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.

Safety

Generally, Budapest is a safe city where you are unlikely to have any problems. However,  like in most cities, we ask you to stay alert: when visiting bars and restaurants, make sure you know the price before ordering; when being in crowded areas, keep an eye on your belongings, when carrying a hand-bag, keep it close to you, and so on.

 

Things to see/do in BUDAPEST

 

To learn more about the below attractions as well as other cultural events, shopping, top gastronomic venues and sightseeing opportunities offered by the City of Budapest, please visit the official web portal of Budapest Tourism: http://www.budapestinfo.hu/en/

The Budapest offices of the national Tourist Information network are named Budapestinfo Points, maintained by the Budapest Festival and Tourism Center. Two such points are in the centre of Pest; other two are located  at the airport terminals.
Opening hours: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8 - 20h
Tel:+361/438-8080
 
Addresses in Pest:
1) 1052 Budapest, Sütő u. 2. (near Deák Ferenctér by the McDonald’s)
2) 1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5. (in the building of the City Park Ice Rink)
 

buda castle and matthias church

Buda Castle and the whole of the Castle District are among the most well-known and frequently visited tourist attractions of Budapest. The Royal Palace, where many battles and wars took place from the 13th century, is a symbol for Hungary. In addition to three churches, including the Matthias Church, located on Holy Trinity Square, the Castle District also includes five museums, several buildings of historical interest as well as memorial sites and theatres. The Fisherman’s Bastion and the square in front of the National Gallery offer a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube.

Address: Szent György tér 2, 1014 Budapest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chain bridge

With the Buda Castle in the background, the Hungarian capital’s first bridge, now a monument, is a fascinating spectacle that has attracted many tourists to Budapest. The bridge was built upon the request of Count István Széchenyi by designer William Tierney Clark and engineer Adam Clark between 1839 and 1849. Like many other Danube bridges, the Chain Bridge did not survive the ravages of the World War, so it had to be rebuilt in 1949, marking the centenary of its first opening. Visitors also have the opportunity to walk onto the top of the tunnel located on the Buda side, offering a marvellous view of the Danube, its bridges as well as the nicest parts of Pest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

parliament

The Parliament, built in Neo-Gothic style and located on the bank of the Danube, serves as the permanent seat of the National Assembly. The building complex, the biggest of its kind in Hungary, was erected between 1885 and 1904 on the plans of Imre Steindl. The building has 691 rooms, and it is 268 metres long and the dome 96 metres high. Since 2000, the Hungarian coronation symbols — Holy Crown of Hungary, the sceptre, the orb and the Renaissance sword — have been on display in the Parliament.

Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Budapest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the spas of budapest

No visit to Budapest is complete without a bath in one of its world-famous thermal spring spas. The city officially won the title of a spa city in 1930, but people could already enjoy the treasures of natural hot springs in the Roman times. All of the city’s 7 thermal baths are open all year round. You can even taste the medicinal water from several drinking wells in Budapest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some recommended places:

 

- Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool: FREE with the Budapest Card

- Gellért Baths and Spa: 20% discount with the Budapest Card

- Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool: 20% discount with the Budapest Card

 

Free Walking Tours

 

The city offers many different guided tours in a variety of prices. If you wish to have a free guided tour and discover some of the city’s jewels, Free Budapest Walking Tours organises the original tour twice a day.


Meeting point: 10:30 & 14:30 at Vörösmarty square (at the lion fountain)
Length: 2.5-3 hours – covers about two and a half miles (~ 3.5 kilometers)

More information at: http://www.triptobudapest.hu/
 

Contact:

Taviana CAMINITI
Events Coordinator

E: tc@eena.org