Budapest is Hungary’s capital as well as its biggest and most populous city. It is the country’s political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation centre, with a population of nearly 2 million. The capital consists of 23 districts and is divided into the Buda side and the Pest side by the Danube River, the islands of which are also central to the lives of the residents. On the right bank of the river the Buda Hills are situated, while on the left bank the Pest Plains stretch out. The Danube, which is Central Europe’s biggest river, traverses the capital city in a length of 30 km from north to south.
Budapest is situated in the heart of Central Europe, so it is easily and quickly accessible by road, rail and air from almost each European major city. The rich history, unparalleled architectural and cultural heritage make the city, also called the Queen of the Danube, an attractive destination for tourists.