Budapest, Hungary Meeting Planning Overview
Often described as the "Jewel of the Danube," Budapest's rich history and modern-day conveniences create the complete package for business and leisure travelers. It's no surprise that the city is seeing a surge in popularity and tremendous growth, ranking high for quality of life and visitor amenities. Budapest attracts nearly five million annual visitors and welcomes more than 100 international conventions each year, in addition to all its smaller meetings. This capital city features the suburban Buda side with many medieval streets, museums, Roman ruins, caves, and its historic castle district, as well as its Pest side with riverside promenades, flea markets, shops, and cafes. Buda and Pest are connected by the iconic Chain Bridge, which is a great spot for taking in city views.
To meet its growing role as political, cultural, and economic hub of Hungary, Budapest has dedicated much money and focus to providing areas in which its inhabitants and visitors can conduct business. Notably, the Budapest Congress Center – the largest, most modern congress and meeting facility in Hungary – spans 43,000 square feet of exhibition space and features onsite accommodations.
Budapest features a well-connected transport system with links to international service, as well as the major Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Served by many European and North American airlines, the airport provides connections throughout the world and is connected to the city via public bus and train. Once inside the city, visitors find Budapest's extensive public transportation system to be an affordable, efficient method for traversing the city's major attractions and hotels.
Major Budapest attractions poised for group visits include the historic Buda Castle on Castle Hill, as well as the respected Hungarian National Museum. The tranquil Margaret Island sits in the middle of the Danube, while MAHART PassNave offers group charters and tours along the Danube. Groups can also frequent the city's many thermal baths.