Destination….Budapest

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A special thanks to Marlene who took the time to tell us about her trip to Budapest. Marlene visited an array of amazing locations and has recommended numerous venues, activities, places to stay and hot spots to dine at.

Welcome to Budapest

Located in the heart of Hungary lies the capital Budapest which is bisected by the famous River Danube. Its 19th century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with the flat Pest district. Budapest has something for everyone. From the rich history and architecture to an abundance of hot springs and a nightlife that is unrivalled in Eastern and Central Europe. Architecturally, the city is a treasure trove, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. 

We Bring the world to Budapest

With the intricate architecture and the constant development of buildings, Budapest is without a doubt not short of inspiring meeting and event spaces.

One of the leading (and largest in Hungary) exhibition and conferences is the HUNGEXPO , which was recently developed in 2021. This vast modern building contains 8 event and exhibition halls. Ranging from 700 sqm to 20,000 sqm with 36 hectares of landscaped gardens. Hungexpo is the ideal venue to host large-scale events. Hungexpo can hold up to 15,000 people for congresses or conventions. The site is ideally located being only 15 minutes from the city centre and 20 minutes by car from the international airport.

Budapest Marriott is leading the way with flexible workspaces, game-changing technology and new ways of thinking about the way people can meet. The hotel offers extensive venue space with lavish décor and stunning views of the city. Budapest Marriott has 16 individual design rooms with a capacity of up to 2,500 delegates. The majority of rooms boasting natural light and idyllic views.

Kiscelli Museum lies in the 3rd district of Budapest and is located in the ancient Schmidt Palace as a part of Budapest History Museum. This historic building once served in the 18th century as a Trinitarian monastery. Today, the nave is empty, forming the exhibition hall of the museum. This unique building offers three very different event spaces (The church square, the Hall of Statues, and the Inner Court) all with various capacities, ranging from 100-300 guests.

The Vigadó is located in the heart of Pest close to the Danube. This venue without a doubt is the most beautiful and one of the largest concert halls in Budapest. The largest hall on the first floor of Vigadó is elaborately decorated, with large doors to three neighbouring halls and a gallery with seating opportunities.The Ceremonial Hall fits comfortably 450 delegates at round tables of 10 including a stage.

Budapest’s newly renovated and reopened Museum of Fine Arts welcomes all. The Museum of Fine Arts is located on Heroes’ Square, just in front of Budapest Hall of Art, neighbouring the City Park. The imposing spaces of the Marble Hall, the Renaissance Hall, The Roman Hall and the Baroque Hall are suitable for receptions for 1000 people or seated dinners for 750 people. With numerous halls, the museum is suitable for hosting a wide range of events. This includes gala dinners, buffet receptions, press conferences, business meetings, exclusive private events.

Where to stay in Budapest?

There are very few times when you get the chance to stay in the confines of a royal palace. After undergoing five years of extensive renovations to transform the hotel (with 130 guest rooms) the Matild Palace is nothing short of luxurious. Each room oozes extravagance. From the jolts of peacocks embroidered into the headboards to the blue and gold tiles in the bathrooms. A hidden gem that lies within the Matild Palace is the Matild Café and Cabaret. This café comes alive at night with musicians and has an a long-buried stage underneath the cafe floor.

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is one of Budapest grandest hotels. This historic building, like many in Budapest, has undergone exceptional renovation. From the chandeliers and stained-glass windows being repaired to the flamboyant mosaic tiles being scrubbed. The Gresham Palace riverfront location in the heart of the buzzing Pest district, right by the famous Chain Bridge, couldn’t be better—it looks across the Danube to hilly Buda and the medieval Old Town.

The Ritz-Carlton hotel is as central as they come. With Váci utca, St Stephen’s Basilica and Andrássy út all a stone’s throw away. The luxurious, Ritz-Carlton Budapest offers some informality with its elegance. Although part of an American chain, The Ritz-Carlton feels very much tailored to its surroundings. The Danube River is represented in the blue and white swirls of the carpeting, and there are reminders of old Budapest in old advertising posters. The 200 lavish sized rooms are contemporary in style with neutral colours of beige and cream, which step out onto balconies with panoramic views.

Wining and dining

The High Note SkyBar is a full-service, lushly landscaped rooftop garden. This venues has some of the most impressive rooftop views in Budapest. High Note SkyBar offers a crew of bar managers, chefs and pastry chefs. A little further away from the busy party district but still in a central location, Kiosk awaits everyone for lunch, a post-work glass of wine, cakes, a weekend brunch, or for an all-night-long party. 

Out and about  

Budapest is blessed with an abundance of hot springs. As a result, ‘taking the waters’ has been an experience in Budapest since the time of the Romans. Szechenyi Bath is the most popular of all the thermal baths in Budapest and one of the biggest natural hot spring baths in Europe with 18 outdoor and indoor geothermal pools.

If while visiting Budapest, you are looking for more active activity why not try standing up paddling boarding. This adventure takes place on the famous Danube River between the iconic buildings of Budapest and is promised to be a memorable experience. Looking for a less wet way to discover Budapest? Why not cruise on an elegant mahogany limousine boat.

The Great Market Hall is not only great in size but also great in what you can source. Anything from fruit, vegetables, dairy products, fresh fish, Hungarian paprika, wines, various souvenirs and famous Hungarian snacks.

One of the most exciting contemporary buildings in the world is near completion. The award-winning House of Hungarian Music is structurally ready and is a must see in Budapest. The House of Hungarian will blend seamlessly blend into nature as a continuation of the park itself. External glass walls and a potted roof structure will provide channels for natural light to enter. This giving musicians and guests a feel of being in the park.