Budapest is truly a city of a thousand faces. The first unique aspect that catches the eye of visitors is how the city is divided in two by the Danube River - Buda and Pest, connected by bridges – with each side offering a distinct experience and glimpse into history. In Buda are the thermal baths harking back to the days of the Turkish invaders, the peaceful Tabán area and cobblestone streets in the historic quarter of Castle Hill. Meanwhile, Pest is a genuine melting pot with the elegance of Andrássy Avenue, its character as a world-class city with the enchanting Opera House, the cupola of the Basilica, many contemporary museums, its nightlife, and its many hidden worlds that can be explored on alternative tours.
TOP 10 things to visit in Budapest
Visit the Parliament! Only 5 minutes’ walk from the conference venue!
This architectural masterpiece in Kossuth Square was designed by Imre Steindl in splendid neo-Gothic style. Today, it is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament building in Europe. The Parliament is home to the Holy Crown, the royal sceptre, and the globus cruciger of the first kings of Hungary.
More information: http://www.parlament.hu/en/web/house-of-the-national-assembly
Walk to Heroes’ Square! The Gala dinner will take place in its vicinity!
Walk straight on Andrássy Avenue where most of the top fashion brands are located to Heroes’ Square. This square is the most spacious square of Budapest. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle stand on either side of the square. Heroes’ Square was built for the millennial celebrations of 1896, to commemorate the first 1,000 years of the Hungarian state. The two colonnades, displaying fourteen emblematic historical figures of Hungary, form a semi-circle around the column, which is surrounded by the seven Hungarian chieftains and topped by the archangel, Gabriel.
Discover Castle Hill with a walking tour!
The Royal Palace is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape and the building is easy to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. It functions as a complex, modern cultural institution and it is the home of the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum. It is also worthwhile to reach it by the Buda Castle Funicular that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987.
More information: http://budacastlebudapest.com/
Relax in one of the most famous baths of Budapest!
We highly recommend you try Gellért Hotel and Spa, Széchenyi, or Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool!
Discover the Jewish quarter!
The Jewish Quarter is part of Erzsébetváros, one of the districts of Budapest which has been home to the religious center of the Orthodox Jews of Budapest since the 19th century. The quarter includes the synagogue on Dohány utca (the second largest synagogue in Europe), the Synagogue on Rumbach utca, and the synagogue on Kazinczy utca. In 1944, this area (between Király utca, Kertész utca, Dohány utca and Károly körút) was allotted to be the ghetto, which segregated several thousands of Jews. Since 2000, so-called ruin pubs have been popping up in an increasing number in some of the uninhabited buildings and their inner courtyards.
Try some Hungarian specialties in the Central Market Hall!
The Central Market Hall is the largest indoor market in Budapest. On the ground floor you will find a large selection of sausages, meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. On the second floor, there are food stands and a number of vendors selling handicrafts, clothing, embroidery, chessboards and other souvenirs. This is also where you can buy Paprika and Tokaji. In the basement, there is a fish market, a small Asian grocery store, a supermarket, and a small drugstore. While primarily selling Hungarian products, on International Gastro Days (held on Fridays and Saturdays), the Central Market Hall also features the food and cuisines of foreign countries.
More information: http://budapestmarkethall.com/
Go shopping on Váci Street!
Váci Street is Budapest’s most renowned pedestrian shopping street. It stretches a little more than a mile between Vörösmarty Square and the Great Market Hall. The northern half of the street is lined with fashion stores, while the southern half is better known for its gift shops and bistros. The pedestrian street brims with street artists all year long.
Have a drink in a ruin pub!
Many abandoned buildings were converted into low-key clubs with little more than discarded furniture and artistic creativity. These pubs are called “ruin pubs” and they offer a fantasy world to all of their visitors.
GETTING AROUND THE CITY
Budapest has an efficient network of public transport, including bus, trolley bus, tram and metro services. Passes are available for various lengths of time (e.g., 24 hours, 3 days, 7 days) and are valid for each form of transport – metro, bus, tram, trolleybus, boat – within the boundaries of Budapest. Single tickets that can be used on any form of transport are also available at all major stations or street kiosks. They are valid for a single journey without transfer on the whole length of a line (within the boundaries of Budapest), which means multiple tickets are needed when your journey involves changes. Bus drivers on specific routes sell tickets but passengers need to prepare exact amounts as no change will be given back. Students with valid identification are entitled to reduced rates. For current ticket types and prices, visit www.bkk.hu.
We also suggest downloading the BKK Futár app from the App Store or Google Play for smooth planning of your trips in the city.
Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us next June and you can discover the city on a bike. To do that we have a public bike system that you can use – MOL Bubi with 143 docking stations in the city (two of these are at a short walking distance from our venue) and more than 1,800 bikes. You can find all the important information on renting a bike by clicking here.
If you prefer, you can also use Donkey Republic to rent a bike – more information on that can be found here.