The Hungarian capital deserves to be called a city with a living history. As a spa city, Budapest is more than the sum of its bathing facilities, as it offers a unique blend of Roman, Turkish and European bathing cultures. Budapest is no longer limited to restaurants, outdoor terraces and coffee houses, but rather features a cuisine consisting of a blend of traditional Hungarian flavours and the latest dining trends.

Budapest is also a peaceful meeting point of religions and cultures, a coexistence of the spiritual heritage of East and West. Budapest is a melting pot of wide-ranging subcultures making it worth a visit, as it’s a familiar and safe metropolis with a human face that also offers a wealth of novelties, experiences and surprises for open-minded visitors.

Budapest is Hungary’s capital as well as its biggest and most populous city, with a population of nearly 1.8 million. The capital consists of 23 districts and is divided into the Buda side and the Pest side by the Danube River. On the right bank of the river the Buda Hills are situated, while on the left bank the Pest Plains stretch out. The Danube, which is Central Europe’s biggest river, traverses the capital city in a length of 30 km from north to south. The rich history, unparalleled architectural and cultural heritage make the city, also called the Queen of the Danube, an attractive destination for tourists.

Official language
Hungarian; the most commonly spoken foreign languages are English and German. Hungary has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and is a country of the Schengen area with external borders.

Currency exchange
Officially, you can pay by debit or credit card (Visa/Mastercard), but in marketplaces and small shops, it is good to have some cash available. It is best to change money in a bank or official exchange bureau after checking out the MNB (Hungarian Central bank) exchange rates. Official currency: forint (Ft/HUF).