About Budapest

 

„Talking about Budapest means talking about a city full of energy, ideas, symbolism. You do not need to understand what is happening around you to enjoy it, and it might occur that enjoying it is the only way for you to understand it. No matter if you really achieve this knowledge or not, once you have tried it, you will never be the same person again. You will learn something forever, and this something would go with you, wherever you go, as a part of your life. When I arrived in Budapest I was afraid about the teachers, the language, the culture, and the people. Then I have grown into the classes, the language, the culture, and got accustomed to local people. I can only say that one hour before my departure I left the flat and thought, "Here I was happy, even if I do not precisely know what happiness means at all."

Alejandro Rocataliata Aquiar (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain), 2009

 

„First of all, I will try to say what Budapest and Hungary means to me at the moment. It has been only 4 days since I finished my Erasmus there, but I am still feeling much that they are part of my life. It is not easy to explain how comfortable I was there after a year. From now on, I am a defender of this country, city and university. They gave me all I could have, to spend the best year of my life there.”

Fernando Acosta Martínes (Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain), 2009

 

See also Jamie’s Budapest for 4 minutes, and get your first visual impressions.

 

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Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, and as such, it is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center. With less than 2 millions of its inhabitants it is the biggest city of the country. Half of the university students of the country study here, and similar ratio, half of the nation’s GDP is earned here. Researchers represent themselves even higher than 50% in Budapest.

 

It is a city of diversity where it is easy to find numerous marks of different historical eras. However, you will soon to discover that you are witnessing everywhere the rapid transformation of the capital in several respects.

There are countless historical and architectural treasures that will soon burn into your soul, the two major parts of the city separated by the ever-so-nice (sometimes blue) Danube river: Buda in the West and Pest in the East. Buda Castle (a world heritage site), Széchenyi Bath, the Parliament Building, the Opera House, and, for instance, Mathias Church in the medieval Castle. Here is a selection of appetizers to see:

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Only a tiny reminder: you are trodding rich ground. See a few of our famous Budapest-borns or Budapest-dwellers closely associated with our University. Among others think of

 

-Dénes Gábor, the Budapest-born, BME graduate, inventor of holography, a Nobel Prize Laureate in 1971,

-Jenő Wigner, the Budapest-born, BME graduate, physicist, a Nobel Prize Laureate in 1963, and

-György Oláh, the Budapest-born, BME graduate, chemist, a Nobel Prize Laureate in 1994.

 

There are also countless events in Budapest to see, and take part in: more than 200 museums, 40 theatres, festivals all the year round; about 80 thermal springs and bath. Is there anything else you would strive for?

 
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