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• Area: 526 km²
Region: Eastern Europe
Population: 2,080,000 (approx.)
Local Time: GMT +1 (+2 in summer)
Official Language: Hungarian (Magyar)
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
- The capital of Hungary and the national center of the following business:    watch, metal, nonferrous metal, chemistry, and petrochemical businesses
Budapest is in north-central Hungary, some 250 km (155 mi.) southeast of Vienna. The focal point is the Danube River, which bisects the city into two distinct parts: Buda is mostly residential and built on the hills and high river terraces of the western side; and commercial Pest is on a large, sandy plain across to the east. It is a sprawling city, with the areas beyond the Nagykörút (literally the 'Big Ring Road') in Pest and west of Moskva tér in Buda mostly residential or industrial and of little interest to visitors. It is also a well laid-out city; you'll have done well to get yourself lost. Ferihegy International Airport is 24 km (15 mi.) southeast of central Budapest.

There is more to Budapest than fish soup, paprika and Zsa Zsa Gabor. With its multifarious and often embittered history, incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, Hungary's capital has the justly deserved sobriquet of "the Paris of Central Europe", set apart from other Hungarian and European cities by its beauty. The city straddles a gentle curve in the mighty Danube River, the Buda hills rising dramatically on the west bank, while the Pest district marks the start of the Great Plain to the east.

The largest Hungarian city by a mile, Budapest is the heart, soul and memory of Hungary, with the Danube coursing through its veins. The city has a complex identity, currently facing something of a crisis with the allure of modern Western luxury in conflict with the simple traditions of its Eastern European roots and penchant for all things classical.

Castle Hill: The Castle District on Castle Hill is the premier destination for visitors and contains many of Budapest's most important monuments and museums, not to mention grand views of Pest across the snaking Danube. The walled area consists of two distinct parts: the Old Town where commoners lived in the Middle Ages, and the Royal Palace. Stroll around the medieval streets of the Old Town and take in the odd museum. A brief tour in one of the horse-drawn hackney cabs is worthwhile for the leg weary. The Old Town is filled with attractively painted houses, decorative churches and the famous Fishermen's Bastion. The latter was built as a viewing platform in 1905, named after the guild of fishermen responsible for defending this stretch of wall in the Middle Ages. It has commanding views over the city, and is dominated by seven gleaming turrets (representing the seven Magyar tribes who entered the Carpathian Basin in the 9th century), and a statue of St. Stephen on horseback. Immediately south of the Old Town is the Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace has been burned, bombed, razed, rebuilt and redesigned at least half a dozen times over the past seven centuries. What you see today clinging to the southern end of Castle Hill is an 18th and early 20th century amalgam reconstructed after the last war. It houses, among other things, the impressive National Gallery (which has a huge section devoted to Hungarian art), the National Library and the Budapest History Museum. At the rear of the museum take a relaxing break in the palace gardens. Ferdinand Gate under the conical Mace Tower will bring you to a set of steps. These descend to a historic Turkish cemetery dating from the decisive Independence battle for Buda of 1686. To get to the Royal Palace, take the Sikló, a funicular built in 1870 from Clark Ádám, or for the more energetic, walk up the 'Royal Steps' or the wide staircase that goes to the southern end of the Royal Palace.

Opera House: In the heart of Pest on Andrássy út, is the Opera House. The main reason for going here, apart from its lavishly rich, decorated interior, is to catch a performance. A night out at the Opera House is authentically Budapest, an absolute must. Tours of the neo-Renaissance building are also available if you can't make a gig. Given the number of festivals in Budapest, including the Budapest Summer Opera & Ballet festival, there is almost a year-round performance schedule. If the Gyðr Ballet from Western Transdanubia are in town, jump at the chance of a ticket - they are Hungary's best classical dance troupe (and not a piano accordion in sight).

City Park: City Park, or Városliget in Pest's northeastern reaches makes a welcome break from the built-up inner-city area and incorporates many of Budapest's draw cards. The entrance to City Park is Heroes' Square, which has the nation's most solemn monument - an empty coffin representing one of the unknown insurgents from the 1956 Uprising - beneath a stone tile. The inspirational Millenary Monument, a 36 m (120 ft) pillar backed by colonnades, defines the square. The Angel Gabriel tops the pillar, offering King Stephen the Hungarian crown. To the north of the square is the Museum of Fine Arts (1906) which houses the city's outstanding foreign works (especially the Old Masters collection), while to the south is the ornate Palace of Art. Inside the City Park is the City Zoo, a five minute walk to the west and past Budapest's most famous restaurant, Gundel's. Next to the zoo is the Grand Circus. The gigantic 'wedding cake' building south of the circus is the glorious, Széchenyi Bath. In the middle of the park is the stunning Vajdahunyad Castle on the island in the lake, which becomes a picturesque setting for ice-skating in the winter. Outside the church opposite the castle, Ják Chapel, is a statue of a hooded scribe outside named Anonymous after an unknown chronicler who wrote a history of the early Magyars. Writers today touch his pen for inspiration. The surrounding streets on the southeastern corner of City Park are loaded with gorgeous buildings, residences and embassies. To get to City Park take the yellow Metro to Hõsök tere.

November 1993 Hungary's President visited Deajeon's '93 International Expo and made a verbal agreement to establish a sister city relationship
April 18, 1994 -
April 24, 1994
Daejeon delegate visited Budapest and established a Sister City Relationship agreement
May 11, 1994 42 members joined the Daejeon and Budapest Friendship Organization
September 10, 1994 Hungary's Ambassador visited Daejeon and discussed Daejeon's Market Trade Show
November 6, 1994 Hungary's Ambassador visited Daejeon and discussed Daejeon's Market Trade Show
May 15, 1995 -
May 20, 1995
Daejeon's non-governmental delegates visited Hungary to establish business relationship
September 1995 Discussed the Market Trade Show in both cities
April 24, 2000 -
May 4, 2000
Sent overseas marketing group
June 2002 Participated in the sister city major meeting (commissioner of the sports division)
February 2004 Visited to Budapest city hall during the dispatch of Daejeon delegation to east Europe for market pioneering. Agreement for interchange (youths, culture)
November 2004 A member of sister city committee attended the International Immunology Society Conference, advertised wholesome foods and held a social meeting with the related corporations.
- Business related cooperation
- Established trade shows between the two cities
- Established cultural and art events http://www.budapest.hu