1100 Years in the Heart of Europe
The XXVIIth FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine
will be hosted by the city of Budapest, the capital of the 1100 year
old Hungary. Budapest is conveniently located in the heart of
Europe. Hungary is said to be a small and beautiful like a treasure
box with a rich culture, unique gastronomy, wines and provides
memorable experiences. The hospitality of Hungarians is world
"Pearl of the Danube"
Budapest's incomparable beauty (known also as the "
Pearl of the Danube")
prompted UNESCO to
place it on the World Heritage list. There are those who fall
in love with the place at first sight and others who become
devotees ot the city only after a long acquaintance, but on
one thing all are agreed: this is one of the most beautifully
situated cities in the world.
With the Danube River as its pulse,
Budapest beats to a rythm of indomitable spirit cloaked in
beauty and charm. And no wonder. The Hungarian capital is
exquisitely laid out on both sides of the Danube, claiming one
of the most spectacular panoramic views in all of Europe. On
the Buda side of the river you can bear witness to its beauty
from Castle Hill.
From there, the spires of
Parliament and the Chain
Bridge can be seen awash in golden light every
evening. The buildings of Castle Hill:
Matthias Church, surrounded by quaint
restored medieval homes on cobblestone streets, the imposing
Royal Palace, which houses the
National Gallery and its precious works of
art; as well as the turreted Fishermens'
Bastionthat rounds it all off.
A light stroll through the
sights of Buda is perfectly complemented by the hustle
and bustle of Pest. Glittering Váci utca
(Vaci Street) offers up some ot the best shops in the city.
Office buildings, shopping malls and supermarkets are set
in perfect harmony with the elegant St. Stephen's
Basilica, as well as the sprawling Heroes'
Square, bordered by the neo-classical Museum
of Fine Arts and the beautiful Budapest
For relaxation, Budapest also offers
the best - such as the venerable Café
Gerbeaud and the Café New York,
grand icons of the days when the Habsburgs ruled the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. And of course the selection of fine
restaurants is unbeatable. Beginning with the
international classic Gundel, to quaint local
establishments. Perhaps the ultimate heaven is
Margaret Island, a sanctuary of gardens,
flower beds, manicured lawns and sports facilities in the
middle of the Danube. No matter what you do by day, you should
always be ready for Budapest by night: the
Opera, concerts at the
Vigadó, theaters, casinos – the
possibilities are endless