Three words to describe Budapest? Quirky, vibrant and an expanse of hidden culture.
I was lucky enough to go to Budapest with one of my best friends. It’s a place that I have always heard such great things about (not be mention a pint of beer is equivalent to 70p). It sure did not disappoint – Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities that I have been to; with a mixture of culture and civilisation, I was definitely kept busy the 3 days I was there.
Fun fact: did you know that Buda and Pest are separated by the Danube river and the beautiful Chain Bridge.
When thinking about your next event or conference, put yourself in your delegates shoes, what do they want? Are they fed up of seeing the same thing? They attend conferences and event so often; keep them on their feet, give them something different, hold your next conference or event in Budapest.
- It’s cheap to fly out and stay
- It will be memorable for your delegates
- Really? It’s beautiful and it should be on your bucket list
Although you are here for work, you must organise a couple of adventures or team outings either as a mid-meeting break or a special treat for your delegates. After all, you cannot come all the way to Hungary and not experience the culture (you can do so without an Irish Bar in sight). When choosing what to do and what to see, it is safe to say that you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person or a museum geek, Budapest can appeal to all types of people. Buda mainly attracts tourists looking at the sights like Buda castle, whilst Pest, although still having stunning buildings like the Houses of Parliament, is mainly home to the bars and restaurants.
shoes on the Danube River
view from Fishermans Bastion
for sale pub
Top 5 educational things to do whilst in Budapest?
- Buda Castle
- Victor Vasarely Museum
- Hungarian National Museum
- Castle Hill
- Visit the shoes on the Danube River
Fancy something different?
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Ruin Bars
- Segway tour around Budapest
- Visit the central market
- Get arty at the ‘for sale pub’
Personal favourites? 360 Bar (the best views of the city) and Fisherman’s Bastion.
Set within Fisherman’s Bastion, this is no ordinary city centre Hilton hotel. With stunning views over Buda, Hilton Budapest can accommodate up to 660 delegates. Visiting in the summer? Hilton has open air spaces where you could relax in between your meeting or you could even hold your meeting here.
Treat your delegates to luxury at the Four Seasons, Gresham Palace, which overlooks the Danube River. Gresham Palace boasts advanced AV which can accommodate the most demanding of presentations and communication.
With a total of 2 meeting rooms, accommodating up to 60 delegates, the Aria Hotel will most definitely add personality and vibrancy to your event. Aria is not your bog-standard meeting venue, it has lots of bold statement pieces of art that you cannot ignore.
Fancy something different?
Budapest has a number of river boats which hold corporate events – check out ‘Budapest River Cruise’ for a river cruises or ‘Columbus Restaurant’ which can cater for meetings and events.
Budapest is lovely anytime of the year; It is absolutely stunning in the snow but also glorious in the sunshine. So, what are you waiting for? Book your next meeting/event in Budapest, you will not be disappointed.