Budapest

Hungary's capital is divided into two parts by the Danube in a north-south direction: the hilly left bank is called Buda, while the flat right bank is called Pest. The two parts were merged in 1873 and the city became known as Budapest. Budapest is the sixth most visited city in Europe.

World Heritage wherever you go

Many parts of the city are listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. For example the view of the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle District, which is one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of Budapest, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Furthermore both the Pest and Buda embankments of the Danube stretching from the Liberty Bridge all the way up to the Margaret Bridge, the area encompassed by the Chain Bridge and some of the buildings belonging to the Technical University, the Gellért Bath, the Gellért Hill with the Statue of Liberty and the Citadel, the Castle of Buda, the Baroque churches and Turkish baths of the so-called 'Water Town' are all part of the World Heritage today.

On the Pest embankment of the Danube the listed items are the Parliament, Széchenyi Square, the Academy of Sciences and the Gresham Palace. Furthermore the Heroes' Square along with its surroundings and Andrássy Avenue with the first underground in Europe, the Millenium Underground Railway, have also become part of the World Heritage list. The Opera's spectacular building can also be found on Andrássy Avenue.

From coffee houses to world cuisine

Budapest is famous for its excellent food, as traditional Hungarian cuisine is among the best and richest in Europe.

Traditional Hungarian food has an unmistakable character, often rich in sour cream, onions, eggs, butter, fresh produce and wine.  There is a great selection of world cuisine restaurants in the city.

Budapest has a lot of old or modern coffee houses, sweet shops, pubs with special Hungarian drinks, cakes and delicious food on offer.

In December, the month when the Women's EHF EURO 2014 will take place, the Budapest Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square with its handmade crafts, gastronomic adventures and cultural programmes attracts many visitors.

Sports, sports, sports

Budapest has played host to many international sport events in the past few years.

Athletes from all over the world competed in European and World Championships in the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena. The city organised the Swimming European Championships as well as judo, wrestling, pentathlon and ice hockey (first division) World Championships.

In 2004 the Women's EHF EURO was held in Hungary's capital and in 2014 the first final weekend of the Women's EHF Champions League, the MVM EHF FINAL4, took place in Budapest.

Furthermore Budapest is home to the 2011 and 2012 Cup Winners’ Cup winners from the Ferencváros-Rail Cargo Hungaria women's handball team.

For more information to go Budapest's official website.

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MR II: Germany vs. Slovakia