General Information about Hungary
There is no place like Hungary (Magyarország). Situated in the very heart of Europe, this kidney-shaped country can claim a unique place in the continent's soul. Doubters need only listen to the music of Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók, view the romantic Danube River as it dramatically splits Budapest in two or taste the nation's unique (and paprika-infused) cuisine to be convinced.
Hungary is now a top destination for business travel– and a genuine rival to the usual business behemoths of Europe. The country has an advancing rate on the list of favored countries for international business events and conferences (a market share of almost 2%).
Nestling in the heart of Europe, Hungary’s first clear advantage is its position and accessibility. Hungary is the best place to enter both Central and Eastern Europe. The second advantage is its infrastructure. As interest grew in Hungary, it responded with beautifully renovated hotels, stunning cultural facilities and huge conference centers. Hungarian cultural events and festivals are internationally recognized, and the country has a rich culinary tradition and 22 wine regions.
While some of its neighbors may have more dramatic scenery or older and more important monuments, Hungary abounds in things to see and do and those with special interests - fishing, horse riding, botany, bird-watching, cycling, thermal spas, and Jewish culture - will find a treasure-trove here. As a result, foreign visitors rarely ventured beyond this splendid city of Budapest on the Danube River, except on a day trip to the Danube Bend or to Lake Balaton. These places should be visited, but other towns and regions should not be ignored: the farm world of the Southern Plain, ethnically rich North-eastern Hungary, the Villány Hills in Southern Transdanubia covered in vineyards and the traditional Őrség region in the far west.
Hungary became a perfect destination for the MICE industry.
The climate of Hungary is continental. In late August usually nice warm weather can be expected with a max. temperature of 25-28°C, while the lowest temperature during the night ranging between 12-15 °C. Nevertheless some rainy days can be expected.
Store and Shopping
The opening hours of Budapest stores are generally 10.00-18.00 on weekdays and 10.00-13.00 on Saturday. The big shopping centers are open from 10.00-20.00 from Monday to Saturday and from 10.00-18.00 on Sunday.
For further information please contact the Registration Desk.
If you drive a personal or rented car, always try to park at a guarded parking lot and do not leave any valuables in the car. Please note, that
Notice for Drivers (Zero Alcohol) Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary.
The time zone in Hungary is GMT + 1 hour. Daylight Saving Time is used during the summer. (CET=GMT+2)
Since the registration fees do not include provision for the insurance of participants against personal accidents, illness, cancellation, theft, property loss or damage, the Congress Organizer cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the FEPS2014 Meeting. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.
It is customary to give a tip of 10% over the amount of the bill at restaurants (unless service charge is already included) and in taxis.
The drinking water quality in Hungary is of high and consistent quality, which means that you can drink directly from the tap.
Electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. Round, European-style two-pin plugs are used, different from that used in some other countries, e.g. the USA, the UK and Japan. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120 Volts need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.
Smoking is not permitted inside the conference building. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains.
BKV buses, trams, 3 metro lines, HÉV (suburban railway), cogwheel railway; other interesting means of transport: ferry boats, the Budavári sikló (Buda Castle Funicular), gyermekvasút (Children’s Railway) and the Zugligeti libegő (Zugliget chairlift)
Main railway stations:
Nyugati (Western), Keleti (Eastern), Déli (South) and Kelenföldi pályaudvarok
Article by Cameron Hewitt, about Budapest: