Budapest - the Capital of Records

It is always exciting to discover what others think of you, and it is a pleasure to see that, in recent years, Budapest has won many top awards and attracted an increasing number of tourists.

Sziget: voted Europe's best festival time and time again


‘Sziget', a festival that showcases world-class stars and celebrates diversity, has become the leading example for festivals in Europe today. It is located in an easy-toaccess, yet secluded site, on a large island in Budapest and takes place every August for an entire week. Sziget has won the European Festival Award twice and has also received the award for ‘Best Programme Offerings' based on visitor votes, as well as the ‘Performers Favourite Festival' prize. With that latter title, the festival uniquely won the first prize in every eligible category it entered.

The 17th FINA World Championships: The best world aquatics championships of all time

The President of FINA, the international aquatic sports organisation, Julio Maglione, used these words to describe the 17th FINA World Championships organised in Budapest and Balatonfüred in July 2017. Hungary had only two years to prepare for the event, after the withdrawal of Mexico the country originally nominated to host the event in 2015. More than 485,000 people cheered on the athletes at the various competition venues during the two weeks of the World Championships, with most of the foreign fans coming from France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace: Europe's best hotel

This hotel is the choice of ‘Travel and Leisure' magazine readers. The location of the hotel, its services, the quality of the food and its value for money were among the features assessed. The building, which is more than one hundred years old, is one of the outstanding works of European Art Nouveau and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Site preserves the grandiosity of its history and art, while remaining full of life and cutting edge. Budapest was ranked fifth among the top cities by the American magazine

Aria Hotel: The world's best, according to travellers

This hotel had only been open for eighteen months, yet it already received the top rating on TripAdvisor in January 2017. The website explained the success of the hotel as follows: "excellent facilities and layout, perfect location, helpful staff, brilliant and modern thermal water services and breakfast fit for a king". An interesting feature of the hotel is that it was converted from a classical palace and the interior design was influenced by music. From the lobby to the bedrooms, every room evokes a different musical era, style or composer. What many visitors remember fondly is that there are regular, panoramic yoga classes on the roof of the hotel, looking out over the city.

Hungarian Startups: Successful new ideas

Budapest is also the city of innovative and successful startups, many of which have grown into internationally renowned companies in just a few years. ‘Prezi', for example, in the IT field, has revolutionised the preparation of presentations, and ‘LogMeIn' is used by millions to facilitate easier communication between computers. In Hungary, the increasing number of new and exciting startups are assisted in their establishment and growth by incubator programmes.

Filmtourism in Budapest: A popular place for shooting

Budapest has also been Buenos Aires, Moscow and even Berlin, naturally only on the screen. Since the city has a thousand and one faces, many (more than two-hundred) international and Hollywood productions have been filmed here in recent years. According to ‘Time' magazine Budapest is the second most popular European filming location after London. Those who like to relive their favourite movies can choose from the many different themed city tours in Budapest (walking in the footsteps of Tom Hanks, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Pattinson, Madonna or even Brad Pitt) and those who are truly lucky might even bump into a film set, since there almost isn't a single day here that goes by without a Hollywood production being filmed in some part of the city