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Budapest is the capital of Hungary with about 1.7 million inhabitants, which makes it the largest city in East-Central Europe. The capital extends 25 kilometers from north to south and 29 kilometers from east to west. The river Danube enters the city from the north; later it encircles three islands. The river separates the two parts of the city: Pest lies on the flat terrain of the Great Plain while Buda is rather hilly.
Budapest is the center of services, financial counseling, money transactions, and commercial and estate services. Trade and logistic services are well-developed. Budapest is considered to be a financial hub in Central Europe. It also plays an important role in the science and technology sector: Budapest is home to the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the first foreign office of the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA).
Budapest is rich in historical landmarks. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest subway in the world. Other highlights include the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest Synagogue, and third largest Parliament building.
The city attracts about 2.7 million tourists a year, and they love the city’s atmosphere!
Budapest ranked 2nd on CNN’s ‘World’s best cities’ list in 2013 and also suggested visiting Hungary for various reasons: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/19/travel/things-to-know-hungary/
“Everything about Budapest was entrancing.”It seems most of the reviewers agreed with this feedback about this beautiful European city.
Budapest scored as second best city of the world in 2013 by the Readers’ Choice of Condé Nast Traveler. Almost 80 000 readers took part in the survey rating their favorite cities on the world based on culture, friendliness, restaurants, etc. Some of the readers’ comments described Budapest as a “classic masterpiece” of a city which gives off a “different feeling than other European cities.” There is “so much to see, great food and easy navigation.” The “gorgeous residences and buildings” are “gracious and grand.”– says CNtraveler.com: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/europe/best-cities-europe_slideshow_1-Budapest_9
A recent article describes 29 reasons that make Budapest the most beautiful city on the word: http://www.buzzfeed.com/anitabadejo/reasons-budapest-is-the-most-beautiful-city-in-europe.
Budapest is an ideal holiday and business destination all year around. Unlike other cities, Budapest does not sleep at winter either. Great offers, gourmet festivals, and fairs welcome visitors at this time of the year. In November 2012, Lonely Planet listed Budapest as the best winter holiday destination with its fairytale-like landscape.
In autumn and winter – no matter what the weather is like – one can warm up in one of the historical thermal baths and spas. There are a total of 80 geothermal springs in the city (http://www.spasbudapest.com/).
We recommend Széchenyi Baths for brave tourists, where they can dive into the steaming hot open air medicinal water. Gellért Bath&Spa, Rudas Thermal Bath (pictured on the left) and Király Thermal Bath are also recommended. Some of them open even at night!
Gastronomy and culture should also be mentioned. Budapest has the most restaurants with Michelin stars in Central Europe. The third restaurant has gained its star recently. Beside that countless other restaurants, grand coffee houses and bars await the city’s guests. Visitors can also choose from several wine bars – the latest hotspots of Budapest nightlife. The city has more than 200 museums, world class theaters and an Opera House too.
Budapest is the 11th most preferred destination for conferences and meetings worldwide, ahead of Brussels, London and Prague according to the International Congress and Convention Association (http://www.iccaworld.com/dcps/doc.cfm?docid=1520).