Spotlight on: Budapest

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Spotlight on: Budapest

The city of Budapest lies on the majestic river Danube, the centre of the former Austro-Hungarian empire ruled by the Hapsburg monarchy whose legacy can be seen in the grand buildings, boulevards and palaces around the city.

Budapest is considered to be the financial hub in Central Europe and voted by Conde Nast Traveller readers in 2015 as the second best city in the world to visit. This blend of the historic and the modern makes the city a perfect location for meetings, conferences and incentives.

Highlights of the City include:
  • Dinner cruise on the magnificent River Danube, passing under the stunning Chain Bridge.
  • Take a dip in one of the city’s wonderful thermal baths.
  • Discover the historic Castle district and explore the small streets, find a tiny café and take coffee with the locals.
  • Really go local and have a drink in one of the ‘Ruinpubs’ in the heart of the city.
    Stroll along Andrassy Avenue, a more than 2km long Parisian-style boulevard, lined with palaces from the 19th century, museums, luxury boutiques and fine restaurants.
  • Hungarian food – considered by many to be one of the great cuisines of Europe, and its wine… the vast majority of which never leaves the country some of which is quite sublime.
Did you know?
  • Budapest has the oldest subway-line in mainland Europe
  • Opening in 1865 Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world
  • An amazing 70 million litres of thermal water rises to the surface daily
  • The Parliament is the third largest building in the world and it’s Dohány Street Synagogue is the second largest in the world and able to accommodate 3,000 worshipers
  • Illustrating its turbulent history Budapest is also home of the northernmost holy place of Islam. Source: www.visitbudapest.travel.com
Hotels

Emerging from behind the Iron Curtain the city has attracted substantial investment from many of the major players in the hospitality industry with new hotels springing up in the Four Star, Five Star and Five Star Deluxe categories offering a plethora of different styles, sizes, meeting spaces and value.

Whilst the official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint the vast majority of the major hotels will quote and trade in Euro. Service standards in international hotels are high and English (as well as other major European languages) is widely spoken.

Hotel showcase: Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Set in an impressive landmark building in the heart of the city with an imposing Neo-classical façade and soaring glass atrium the 414 bedroom Corinthia Hotel offers a choice a elegant eateries and destination bars.

The hotel boasts 31 meeting rooms, the largest of which the aptly names Grand Ballroom can set up to 500 people theatre style. This extensive meeting capacity however doesn’t overwhelm the hotel, which is equally suited to hosting a small incentive group.

With hotels also in London, Lisbon, Prague, St Petersburg and Malta the Corinthia management team really understand how meetings work and success is designed into each of their hotels, not least the Corinthia Budapest whose events team are not only very highly trained and experienced but are also extremely motivated to make sure every little detailed is delivered effectively, efficiently and of course with a smile.

To find our more about Budapest and how it could work for one of your projects speak to Rob Courtney on +44 (0) 1452 733300 or email him at rc@rede2.com