ABOUT BUDAPESTBudapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary; the largest in East-Central Europe; the seventh largest in the European Union and is cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway - the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts around 2.7 million tourists a year.
The Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3.3 million people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres within the city limits. Budapest became a single city, occupying both banks of the river Danube, with a unification on 17 November 1873, of west-bank Buda with east-bank Pest.
CONFERENCE VENUE: THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUMEurope’s first interactive railway museum opened on 14 July 2000, at the former Budapest North Depot of MÁV, the Hungarian State Railway. The museum was funded by the Ministry of Transport and Waterways, MÁV and MÁV Nosztalgia Ltd. The North Depot’s 1911 roundhouse remains intact and its 34 bays provide an ideal home for the operational vintage fleet, which includes an 1870 steam engine and the legendary 1934 Árpád railcar, which sped from Budapest to Vienna in just under three hours. A special gem is the 1912 teak dining car built for the Orient Express.
The fleet also comprises a wide range of rolling stock: railcars, self-powered rail cars and hand-carts, inspection cars, steam cranes, snow ploughs and other curiosities. The exhibits take visitors through the entire history of the railways from the steam engines of the 1870s to the powerful electric engines of today. Many of the vehicles are still in working order.
GALA DINNER: DANUBE RIVER CRUISE ABOARD THE “ZSÓFIA FOHERCEGNO”Sit back, relax and enjoy an outstanding dinner on board. After dark, against the night sky, Budapest, the Buda Castle, Parliament, the Chain Bridge, St Gellert Hill and also landmarks beyond the city centre such as the Margarit Island and the National Theatre will reveal their splendour as we cruise Budapest‘s spectacular waterfront panorama. History will literally unfold before our very eyes…
This will help you to plan your travel from the airport to the city: