Budapest is a prime site for dreams; a city invented out of other citiesThe Course of the Heart

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Climate

Hungary has a continental climate. Winters are usually cold, cloudy and humid. Hungary enjoys extremes of temperature. Temperature may be down to minus 10°C (14°F) Summers are rather warm (38°C/100°F). The summer and temperature are perfect for this land of Spas. The average temperature in summer is 27 to 32°C (81 to 90°F). This makes Hungary an attractive holiday location. The average yearly rainfall is approximately 600 mm (24 in).

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Currency

The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). 1 EUR is approximately 290 HUF and 1 USD is approximately 220 HUF. You can change money either in banks or in private exchange bureaus. Credit cards are accepted in an increasing number of places (American Express, MasterCard, EuroCard, Visa, etc.).

It is a good idea to bring cash if possible, since the banks ask for 5% commission to change travelers’ cheques. Western Union Transfer can be used, bank transfers take up to 2-4 days to arrive.

Churches

Every Sunday, a revered group of Internationals come together in different locations, under different hosts. Host churches are as follows, African communities can be found in all of the listed.

  • International Baptist Church Budapest (http://www.ibcbudapest.org/)
  •  New Covenant Church 1134 Bp, dózsa György út 152 Tel: 06 (30) 624-0599; 06 (30) 594-4346
  • Mountain of fire Miracles & Ministries, 1081 BP II JÁNOS PÁL PÁPA TÉR 2 (+36 20 2016005; +36 70 5409691)
  • Mosque El-Tawba Imaház, 1086 Budapest, Dobozi u. 21.

Budapest – The Capital City

Budapest, situated right in the heart of Europe along the two banks of the River Danube, is a lively, friendly city with a continental climate. It has succeeded in adapting to the modern world while preserving its rich historic past. The city offers a wealth of entertainment and cultural activities, museums, concerts, theatres, opera as well as discos, jazz clubs, elegant shops and good food. An excellent inexpensive public transport system of buses, trolley buses, trams and underground lines extends all across the city.

Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world.

Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, the second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building.

Considered an important hub in Central Europe, the city ranked 3rd (out of 65 cities) on Mastercard‘s Emerging Markets Index (2008), and ranked as the most liveable Central/Eastern European city on EIU‘s quality of life index (both 2009 & 2010). It is also ranked as “Europe’s 7th most idyllic place to live” by Forbes. It attracts about 2.3 million tourists a year.

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Leisure, Culture, Weather

Budapest is not a city to be bored with, there is plenty to see, eat and do all year round whether you are interested in concerts, sport events, exhibitions, fairs or festivals to name just a few. Please check out the event calendar.

Shopping malls with all kinds of shops, supermarkets, movie theatres, banking, phoning and post services and restaurants are plenty in Budapest and are open seven days a week.

Hungarian cuisine is famous world wide for its rich taste, love of spices and delicious deserts. Budapest offers countless restaurants, not only with Hungarian specialties, but also with cuisine of other countries.

Living Costs

In Hungary the costs of education and living will end up less than in the UK or the US, even without extra income from a part-time job, and it will give you more time to concentrate on your studies and enjoy your free-time.

Entertainment

Budapest is a city famed for its nightlife. There are hundreds of music pubs, bars, and cafés open around the clock. There are also plenty of other ideas for a fun night out, ranging from theatres and jazz venues to casinos and rock/pop events.  For those after a dose of culture, a visit to the city’s majestic State Opera House, the brand new National Theatre or the concert hall of the Palace of Arts makes for an unforgettable evening. 
If you are up for great relaxation, you may want to visit some of Budapest’s world famous thermal baths.

Utilities

Living costs per month
Rent 50,000 – 150,000
Utility bills 30,000 – 70,000
Food 45,000 – 65,000
Student’s monthly travel pass 4,000

Museum


-       National Gallery: HUF 500-1.000

-       Hungarian National Museum: HUF 550-1.100

-       House of Terror: HUF 900-1.800

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Museum of Fine Arts: HUF 800-1.600

-       Museum of Applied Arts: HUF 500-3.000

-       Kogart Gallery: Free entry

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Ludwig Museum: HUF 500-1.900

Zoo www.zoobudapest.com 

Entry: HUF 1.400-2.000

Swimming pools and spas



Hungary is famous for its spas. You’re more than likely going to see one of each loosely.

Useful tips:

-       Always purchase a ticket for public transportation prior to boarding, DO NOT get on without it and validate it on board