Budapest and Surroundings
The city has Celtic origins and has been under the roman domain with the name of Aquincum. The settlements on the west bank of the river became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture by the 15th century. The city was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Today Budapest is known as the capital of thermal baths. It has a total of nine medicinal baths today (and 123 hot springs). Budapest is also Hungary’s commercial, financial and educational centre with rich cultural life. The centre of the city is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10 Best Things to do in Budapest
1) Enjoy Széchenyi Thermal Baths
This is the largest “medicinal” bath center in Europe. The waters are rich in sulfates, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, and fluoride, which are believed to help patients with degenerative joint illnesses and other medical issues.
2) Discover the castle district
The castle district is a World Heritage Site with historic monuments, museums, and stunning views. Besides them, you will find some good cafés and restaurants.
3) Visit the Hungarian Parliament
You can take a 45-minute guided tour of Hungary’s Parliament. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 27 gates, 29 staircases, and 691 rooms. The Holy Crown of Hungary has been displayed in the central hall since 2000.
4) Check the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion
The present-day lovely lookout towers of Fisherman’s Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest.
5) Visit some incredible museums
You can find more than 10 incredible museums with Hungarian and international art.
6) Learn about Hungarian history on Heroes’ Square
The imposing open plaza is one of the most emblematic and photographed sights of Budapest with statues of Hungarian kings and heroes.
7) Choose your favorite ruin pub
The best ruin pubs are set up in deserted buildings, which have been filled with comfortable but slightly worn-out furniture.
8) Relax on Margaret Island
Margaret Island provides a peaceful hideaway from hectic downtown Budapest with large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, and lots of entertainment.
9) Find as many mini statues as you can around the town
Wherever you go you will come across lovely little statues.
10) Enjoy the unforgettable views from Budapest Eye
From the Budapest eye, you can see all the sights of the city in a panoramic view from Danubian ships to Buda Castle and the temple towers of Pest.
Our Cultural Activities
Our guided tour of Budapest City Centre – Full-Day Activity on Saturday
During the week, you will have had some time to visit the most famous and popular sites of Budapest. Therefore, this guided tour will include the less well-known treasures of the city. You will start at the Training Centre at 10 AM and end the tour in the most central area of Budapest, near Deák Square at 5 PM. There will be free time for food and coffee along with some suggestions from the guide around lunchtime. If you would like to participate, factor in that the earliest you can be at the airport after this activity is by 7 PM on Saturday. You might want to consider taking a Sunday flight to make it more comfortable.
Our guided tour of Szentendre – Half Day Activity in the Nearby
Picturesque Town of Szentendre
Szentendre is a charming little town right next to Budapest. It is situated by the Danube and is the perfect place for walks and beautiful views. It is also famous for its food, sweets, and handcrafted products. Our half-day tour to Szentendre starts at the Training Centre at 9 AM on Saturday and includes public transport by suburban train, a guided tour, and lunch in town. We get back to the Centre by 2. If you have an evening flight on Saturday, you should be able to catch it comfortably.
About the Training Centre in Budapest
Europass Teacher Academy courses in Budapest will take place on the Buda side of the Danube in Budapest. The location is close to the center of the city, yet calm and friendly. The river can be accessed on foot. There are a number of pleasant food and coffee facilities in the area. Our building is spacious, modern, yet welcoming. Our classrooms are equipped with air conditioning and state-of-the-art technical conditions. Our cafeteria offers refreshments all day. The training staff are highly qualified and include published authors, materials writers, and conference speakers.
How to reach us
The address of our training center in Budapest is:
Converzum-A nyelvi közösségi tér / 11-15. Lajos utca / 1023 / Budapest
To arrive by tram:
Take the tram Line 17, 19, 41 Get off at ‘Zsigmond tér’ or ‘Kolosy tér’ tram stops.
To arrive by bus:
Several buses stop outside the school or nearby. The most convenient ones are buses no. 9 and 109. Get off at ‘Zsigmond tér’ or ‘Kolosy tér’ bus stops.
The area is easily accessible by road and the region benefits from an excellent public transport system. A network of trains, buses, and tramways make it simple and affordable not only to get to school every day but also to discover Budapest and the surrounding area.
To arrive by suburban train:
Take H5 and get off at ‘Szépvölgyi út’ station.
- Single ticket (valid for a single journey) – 350-450 HUF
- Block of 10 single tickets – 3000 HUF
- Airport Shuttle Bus ticket – 900 HUF
- 24-hour Budapest travel card – 1650 HUF
- 7-day Budapest travel card – 4950 HUF
Getting to Budapest
Liszt Ferenc International Airport is located 20km from the city center and is served by many international and national flights, including low-cost airlines.
There is a regular bus service direct to the city center and it is also possible to take a taxi or to use a transfer service.
Most international trains arrive at Keleti Pályaudvar (Eastern Station) and Nyugati Pályaudvar (Western Station) which are both situated in the city center.
International buses arrive at Népliged International Bus station which has a direct connection to metro line 3.