Budapest Information

Budapest is a city in a stunning natural setting with a rich architectural and historical heritage, offering an unmatched combination of culture, fine cuisine, and thermal baths.

Divided in two by the Danube, the city is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of the spectacular Gellért Hill, the Royal Palace, and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and peace. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Secessionist architecture, its majestic Parliament building considered one of the most magnificent in the world, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District. Take your pick – or enjoy the diversity!

Besides its historical value, Budapest has a highly developed cultural scene with its world-class festivals, theatres, museums, concert halls, and sporting events. For relaxing and enjoying nature, Margaret Island is the city’s “green heart” (considered by many to be one of Europe’s best city parks) – the perfect place to enjoy a stroll, various sports, swimming in outdoor pools, or soaking in thermal baths and spas. As for foodies, the celebrated creations of Hungarian cuisine are a definite must!

Must see

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Budapest is one of the few cities in the world where almost every street in the downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; most attractions are located within walking distance. The banks of the Danube, including the beautiful bridges and the Hungarian Parliament Building, are protected by UNESCO. The Castle District and the steep Gellért Hill arching over the river with the Citadel and the Liberty Statue on the top are also listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites. The elegant Andrássy Avenue with its beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings and the historic neighbourhood is also recognized by UNESCO.

Spas and baths

The incredible popularity of the thermal and medicinal baths of Budapest is well-founded: two thousand years of history, and the long-term occupation of Hungary by the Romans and the Ottomans, have influenced the development of a bathing culture here. Perhaps the best-known of the baths is Gellért, an iconic sight with its Art Nouveau building. Lukács Thermal Bath is a veritable treasure where writers, actors, and artists start their day. Széchenyi Thermal Baths is one of the largest spas in Europe, while the recently renovated Rudas can boast of a fine rooftop terrace complete with a jacuzzi.

In wine, truth

Our wines are unique as the produce of Eger, Tokaj, Villány, or Somló each have a very distinctive taste and structure. The balanced wines of Eger, the complex sweets of Tokaj, the structured reds of Szekszárd and Villány, and the ashy whites of Somló: Hungary can indeed be proud of an amazing spectrum of wine varieties. Numerous cellars are worth visiting in person because they have great restaurants and can provide accommodation in the spirit of quality wine tourism.

Ruin pubs

Ruin pubs are the “living proof” of legendary Hungarian creativity. These special pubs were opened in tenements and factory buildings earmarked for demolition. They were equipped with recycled furniture and worked on by contemporary artists. Each of them has a style of its own. These unique, fun, and undeniably trendy places would seem to go hand-in-hand with the street food craze.

Gastronomy

While traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation, the culinary revolution has taken over Budapest, as well. From street food made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations featured in the Michelin Guide, Budapest has it all. Don’t miss the Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok) where you can find all kinds of products from paprika to linen, lace and pottery. To make the visit whole off you’ll have the opportunity to taste the spices and specialities of the country, the famous Hungarian salami, Tokaj wine and Palinka.

Fun Facts: Hungarians in your daily routine

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Vitamin C
Albert Szent-Györgyi

Vitamin C
Albert Szent-Györgyi

As a professor at Szeged University, doctor and biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi won the Nobel Prize in 1937 for his groundbreaking discovery of chemical ascorbic acid – also known as vitamin C.

Computer
János Neumann

Computer
János Neumann

Mathematician János Neumann (John von Neumann) worked on the theory that led to the development of computers.

Colour TV
Károly Goldmark

Colour TV
Károly Goldmark

Research work on field sequential colour technology conducted by Károly Goldmark served as the basis for the development of colour television.

Holography
Dénes Gábor

Holography
Dénes Gábor

Dénes (Dennis) Gábor, a Hungarian-born British engineer and physicist, invented holography, the science of making unique photographic image, He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention in 1971.

Ballpoint pen
László Bíró

Ballpoint pen
László Bíró

Journalist László Bíró gave the world the perfect ballpoint pen a.k.a. biro in 1931 with a help of his chemist brother, György.

Rubik’s Cube
Ernő Rubik

Rubik’s Cube
Ernő Rubik

The best-selling toy of all time, Rubik’s Cube, was invented to explain how geometry worked in three dimensions by architecture professor Ernő Rubik.

Helicopter
Oszkár Asbóth

Helicopter
Oszkár Asbóth

Pioneers of modern aviation Oszkár Asbóth and his team developed the early prototype of the helicopter in 1928 that managed to take off.

Pulitzer Prize
Joseph Pulitzer

Pulitzer Prize
Joseph Pulitzer

Pulitzer Prize is synonymous with excellence in the fields of journalism, literature, and musical composition is founded by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American publisher.

Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth
Heidi Lamarr

Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth
Heidi Lamarr

Hungarian-originated Hollywood actress, Heidi Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the development of her frequency-hopping technology which achievement has led her to be dubbed “the mother of Wi-Fi” and other wireless communications like GPS and Bluetooth.

Tungsten lamp
Sándor Just & Imre Bródy

Tungsten lamp
Sándor Just & Imre Bródy

The Hungarian Sándor Just and Croatian Franjo Hanaman invented a tungsten filament lamp that lasted longer and gave brighter light than its foregoers. Tungsten filament lamps were first sold by the Hungarian company „Tungsram” in 1904.

Safety match
János Irinyi

Safety match
János Irinyi

The ancestor of the modern safety match was invented by a Hungarian chemist, János Irinyi. He made matches that ignited quietly and smoothly by replacing potassium chlorate with lead oxide.

PREZI
Zui Labs

PREZI
Zui Labs

The world-famous presentation software PREZI was founded by Zui Labs led by its three Hungarian founders: Péter Árvai, Péter Halácsy and Ádám Somlai-Fischer. The word prezi is the short form of „presentation” in the Hungarian language.

MS Word and Excel
Charles Simonyi

MS Word and Excel
Charles Simonyi

Microsoft Word and Excel are surely known by most people in the world. The first version of these office suite applications was invented by Charles Simonyi, a Hungarian-born computer programmer.

Carbonated water
Ányos Jedlik

Carbonated water
Ányos Jedlik

The first soda-water (carbonated water) machine was invented by Ányos Jedlik in the 1820s, whose name is also linked to the first Hungarian soda manufacturing plant as well. By today, soda water is on the list of the Hungaricums.

Electric locomotives
Kálmán Kandó

Electric locomotives
Kálmán Kandó

High-voltage motors and generators were developed by engineer Kálmán Kandó, who was also known as the father of electric locomotives. His work on railway electrification was essential to the birth of today’s electric trains.

mRNS Coronavirus vaccine
Katalin Karikó

mRNS Coronavirus vaccine
Katalin Karikó

Katalin Karikó, an alumna of the University of Szeged, is the founder of a new type of messenger-RNA-based method that became the most promising in coronavirus vaccine development against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.