Business Aviation Travel Tips and In-Flight Catering for Budapest, HungaryJuly 14, 2015 by Stacey Farooqui
Budapest, Hungary is renowned for being one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. The city is also a Central European financial hub. On top of the financial and cultural reasons you may visit Budapest during your career, the city is also host to exciting events. The Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij (Hungarian Grand Prix) is set for July 24 – 26, so what better time to get up-to-speed on this European capital city.
As you descend into Budapest, you will be greeted with views of the River Danube – Europe’s second longest river – bisecting the hilly terrain of Buda and the flatlands of Pest. The official language is Hungarian, so it is best to learn some simple phrases if you plan to have extended time on the ground. In-flight catering is available at Budapest Ferenc Kiszt International Airport (BUD / LHBP) through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network.
When it comes to exploring Budapest, there are numerous options for joining tour groups on bikes. If you would like to set out on your own, be sure to take in the gorgeous architecture of Orszaghaz (the Parliament Building), Buda Castle, Szent Istvan Bazilika (St. Stephen’s Basilica) and Magyar Allami Operahaz (Hungarian State Opera House) to name a few. Aside from Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij, the city also hosts annual events such as the Sziget Festival, Festival of Folk Arts, Foie Gras Festival and Spar Budapest International Marathon.
If you love water sports, you will be at home with the activities enjoyed by Hungarians on the Danube, such as wakeboarding. The country is known for their love of sports, and Margaret Island is a favorite spot for spending time outdoors with the locals. Some unique activities to consider while in town are caving, exploring the Budapest Zoo or relaxing in the sun at millennia-old the Baths of Budapest.
Hungary is the world’s second largest producer of “libamaj” (foie gras). If this is an item on your shopping list, check out the Grand Market for fresh or tinned varieties. Paprika is a popular ingredient found in many Hungarian dishes, like the famous goulash, as well as stews. Soup is also a common item found as part of many meals. One traditional soup is “halaszle” (Fisherman’s Soup), with paprika, carp and vegetables being the key ingredients.
Hungary is a very affordable country, and Budapest is no exception. You will be able to find plenty of lodging options well within budget. Like any international travel, be sure to take care of lodging and other critical arrangements as soon as you are able to, thus ensuring a pleasant experience.
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