Located right in the heart of Europe, Budapest has always been a place where people and cultures come together. You can find the footprints of the Barbarians, and the Roman and Ottoman Empires in the Hungarian capital, as well as traces of early Catholicism and the largest operating synagogue in Europe. Today, it attracts countless visitors from around the globe, for both business and pleasure, with its modern infrastructure and stunning cultural wealth.
The beautiful ‘pearl of the Danube’ is marked by a blend of cultural, architectural, culinary and everyday lifestyles that is uniquely Hungarian. Every night, local listings are alive with contemporary and classical music, opera performed by internationally renowned stars, fiery local gypsy music, top class jazz, the ever-popular operetta, folk music and dance in Budapest’s numerous venues, restaurants, bars and clubs. By day, a wide variety of museums, galleries and exhibition halls invite visitors to explore and absorb the city’s artistic and historical significance.
Life’s simple pleasures are also a big part of a trip to Budapest. Luxurious but affordable restaurants serve the best of the world-famous Hungarian cuisine; its many shops and markets offer ceramics, embroideries, hand painted Herend and Zsolnai porcelain, antiques, and Halas (lace); and that’s not to mention renowned delicacies like red paprika, salami, excellent brandies and wines.
Budapest is also a great jumping-off point for exploring Hungary’s many other attractions, such as the romantic Danube Bend and Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in central Europe. When you mix in the city’s variety of deluxe and five-star hotels, skilled and knowledgeable guides, top-class conference venues, and friendly, genuine hospitality Budapest comes out as a truly great destination.