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What is Budapest like?
This city that has always attached great importance to attractive appearance, so it appears hospitable and friendly right at first sight. In a single glimpse the visitor can appreciate the famous panorama, part of the World Heritage, with Parliament, the imposing Royal Castle, the Fishermen's Bastion, the impressive Danube Embarkment in the heart of the city and the splendid bridges spanning the Danube. On ordinary workdays, the city shows another face.While your are getting ready for the marathon run or set out to explore Buda, Pest is opening its shutters and the pedestrian streets are beginning to bustle with life in the morning. Many people say that Budapest is a city whose most striking feature is the charm of the buildings, and at the same time this is a real city of culture as a truly European city.
What to see
There are a lot of things to see and do in Budapest all year around. You will be able to see the World Heritage panorama during the race and you can visit the famous sights after the run. Don't miss the: Parliament, Royal Castle, Fishermen's Bastion, Danube Embarkment, Chain Bridge Opera House etc. It is always sparkling, especially when illuminated in the evenings. (Special illumination only until midnight)
Airport: Ferihegy 2 Airport is 24 km east of the city center. Terminal A is for MALEV Hungarian Airlines flight and for the flights of low-cost companies, Terminal B is for all other airlines. The airport Minibus can take you to your accommodation and pick you up anywhere in Budapest and take you to the airport.
By car: from Austria M1 Highway (toll), from Slovakia M2 (free), from Romania M5 or 4, and from Croatia road 6.
Public transportation: Budapest operates three underground lines (blue, red, yellow) blue local buses, yellow trams and red trolley buses. Public transportation generally starts at 4.30 a.m. and runs until 11.30 p.m. You can buy one day, three day and weekly passes. Available the "Budapest card" in the ticket offices, tourist offices. More information: www.bkv.hu/angol/home/index.html
Fast facts about Hungary
Area: 93,030 km2
Population: 10,197,119 persons
Main national/ethnic groups: Hungarian, Croatian, German, Roma, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak
State form: republic
Main religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant (Calvinist and Lutheran), Greek Catholic, Jewish
Highest peak: Kékes (1014 m)
Main rivers: Duna (Danube) (length in Hungary: 417 km), Tisza (length in Hungary: 596 km) Largest lakes: Balaton (596 km2), Velencei-tó (26 km2), Fertő tó (75 km2)
Official currency: Forint
The territory of the country is smaller than 100,000 km2, the Hungarian language is spoken only by Hungarians, Hungarian folk songs are not similar to those of any other nation - yet the Hungarians have been living in the middle of Europe for over 1100 years. Despite the numerous disastrous turns of its history Hungary is still rich in values attracting many visitors from all over the world. For its wonderful scenic values, Budapest, the capital city of Hungary is included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Hungary has the largest surface thermal water supply - after Iceland - and the hundreds of thermal springs enable thousands of people to cure a variety of conditions. Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, is a paradise for families with small children, fans of sailing and those who simply like to spend their vacation near a lake.