¨  Living in Budapest

            Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is situated on the banks of the Danube. It has a rich and bustling cultural life. Its famous museums house many permanent and temporary exhibitions of Hungarian and European cultural treasures. Large libraries, concert halls, two opera houses, more than thirty theatres, many movie theatres, excellent restaurants and coffee shops provide endless opportunities for spending your spare time. (“Views of Budapest  -  as seen by our students.)

¨  Hungary in the heart of Europe

Hungarians migrated to Central Europe from the East 1100 years ago and established a Christian kingdom. Over its long and turbulent history, Hungary has steadily integrated into Europe, while developing and retaining its own special character. It has a great cultural and educational past, and so far has given 14 Nobel Prize laureates to the world. Hungarian people traditionally appreciate different cultures and have a friendly attitude towards visitors from other nations. Today, Hungary is one of the new members of the European Union. Of interest to visitors and residents alike, are the country’s spectacular landscapes and its numerous nature reserves with rich wildlife, many of which are on UNESCO’s “The World’s Natural and Cultural Heritage” list. In addition, folklore and old customs are still alive in many places. Hungary’s geographic location provides an excellent base for visiting many other attractive and famous Central European cities, as well as skiing trips to the high mountains of the Alps and Carpathians, or enjoying the beautiful coast of the Adriatic.  (“Pictures of the country”)

(For a longer virtual tour in Hungary and in Budapest please visit the web-sites: www.panoramas.hu and www.budapest.hu )