Budapest is located in the heart of Central Europe. It is the capital city of Hungary with the majestic Danube river in the middle. The river divides the city in two parts: Buda and Pest. Buda, with its romantic atmosphere and hills, is on the Western side, and Pest, a dynamic cultural centre, is on the Eastern side. One would have to be sharp to find another city in the world with such beautiful natural settings, rich architectural and historical heritage, offering an unparalleled combination of culture, fine cuisine, and thermal baths. The Buda side with its historical thermal baths and the Royal Palace, the Matthias Church and the zigzagging alleys encompassing the Castle District emanates a sense of tranquillity. On the other hand, thanks to its rich museums, the Parliament, the Great Market Hall, St. Stephen’s Basilica (surrounded by pedestrian streets), and the inspiring atmosphere of the ‘Jewish quarter’, Pest offers a bustling, vibrant scene.
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 is a familiar and safe metropolis with a human face that also offers a wealth of novelties, experiences and surprises for open-minded visitors. We hope you will enjoy the diversity of Budapest!
Further information: www.budapest.com
The card provides access to a set of services designed for tourists visiting Budapest. An official product of the city, it enables the holder to use reliable, selected tourism services free of charge or at a reduced price, including the free and unlimited use of the public transport system, free entry to museums and baths, and reduced-price catering and cultural services.
Further information: https://www.budapestcard.org/
The official currency is Hungarian Forint (Ft or HUF).
Do not change foreign currency to HUF with strangers in the street. Use licensed money changers instead and make sure you get a receipt. For the daily mean exchange rates, visit the homepage of the Hungarian National Bank.
Emergency and inquiry phone numbers in Hungary:
- Ambulance: 104
- Fire brigade: 105
- Police: 107
- General emergency line: 112
- Inquiries: 199
Regulations on smoking and alcohol consumption:
Smoking is forbidden in indoor public spaces such as bars, restaurants and pubs, and out of doors in the following cases: in public transport stops, and within five metres from the entrance of businesses and workplaces. Elsewhere, smoking is allowed at designated places only. Tobacco products can only be purchased at licensed tobacconists, called “Nemzeti Dohánybolt”.
Alcohol consumption is forbidden in public areas. People under 18 years old cannot be served alcohol and they must not enter the tobacconists. Certain places of entertainment may also bar them from entering.