The political capital of Hungary, Budapest is also the commercial and educational capital of the country. Earlier comprising of three cities, Buda (on the west bank of River Danube), Obuda (old Buda) and Pest (on the east bank of River Danube), It was merged into one in 1873. The River Danube flows from the north to the south, dissecting the city into two.
Budapest is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, comparable with Vienna but without being as costly. It retains its natural beauty while having developed its architectural splendor. The cultural highlights of Budapest not only include great architecture, but also comprise of various libraries, exhibitions, museums, theaters, concerts, bathhouses and spas. It is, in fact, known as the city of spas! Due to its beauty, Budapest is a key tourist destination in Europe.
To add to this, Budapest has an agreeable climate, especially from April to September, when temperatures range from an average of 28° C (83° F) to 7° C (44° F). There are four main seasons here – Spring (April), Summer (May to August), Autumn (September to November) and Winter (December to March).
Hungary has seen about 10,000 international students enrolling into their universities in the last decade. Of the 25 universities in Hungary, 10 of them are in Budapest. These universities offer education in both English as well as Hungarian. There are also English language schools in Budapest along with the local Hungarian language schools.
Jobs in Budapest are growing due to increasing investments in the automobile, renewable energy, high-end tourism and information technology industries. However, many companies require employees to speak fluent Hungarian. If you are looking for an English language job, a few portals that may help you out are English Language Jobs, Profession, Jobs and CV Online.
Accommodation in Budapest is very cheap compared to other cities in the European Union. The major property portals include Apartments in Budapest and Budapest Property Rental. Getting around Budapest is very easy due to a well connected public transport consisting of buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (metro) and suburban trains (HÉV). This is also supplemented by taxis plying across the city. Budapest is thus the city where you can roll your socks and enjoy!