Social Programmes

Get-together party (August 31. 2016) 

Get-together party will be held for all registered participants at the symposium venue (Mercure Budapest Buda Hotel).
Price: included in the registration fee

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Walking Tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Castle Hill  (September 1. 2016)

Join us to an exciting tour to one of the “must-see sights" of Budapest: to the Castle District.
Stroll through the old cobblestone streets, discover the many historic and hidden sights while our guide reveal facts about Hungarian history and culture along the way. The Castle District is home of the Royal Castle as well as the historic Matthias Church which is one of the symbols of our capital. Enter the "Hospital in the Rock" exhibition, a former secret emergency hospital with a history dating back to World War II. The hospital is part of an approximately 10-km long natural system of interconnected caves and cellars underneath Buda Castle Hill. Afterwards walk upon the viewing terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion, which offers a stunning view of the Danube, Margaret Island and Gellert Hill. The tour ends with a delicious dinner in one of the nice restaurants of the Castle District.
Price of the tour: 25 EUR/person (incl. entrance fees and dinner)


Gala Dinner (September 3. 2016)

Gala Dinner of the Symposium will take place on board of a Danube boat. Join us to experience the most beautiful illuminated sights of Budapest from the blue highway of our capital, while an atmospheric banquet dinner will guarantee superb entertainment for this evening.
Price: 60 EUR/person


Optional Programmes/Sightseeing Tours

Participants of the meeting have the possibility to join to several sightseeing tours in Budapest or at the countryside on 4th September (Sunday). Please indicate your request in the online registration system.
Tours are also available on other days - in case of interest please send an e-mail to the Symposium Secretariat (
Prices of the following tours include also a pick up service 30 minutes before the departure time.

Grand City Tour
Departure: at 10:00 or 11:00 or 14:30
Duration: 3 hours

Are you ready to discover Budapest? We are prepared to show you the Hungarian capital in 3 hours so get ready to engaged by this city. The Heroes Square, the State Opera House, the Hungarian Parliament, the Royal Palace and the Citadel (photostop) cannot wait for you to see them. The buses are air-conditioned and live guided. During the Grand City Tour we will take you for a walk in the Castle District to enjoy its unique medieval atmosphere and get carried away in history. The tour ends at the city center.

Price: 25 EUR/person

Parliament visit
Departure: at 9:30 or 13:15
Duration: 1,5 hours

Take the opportunity to visit the magnificent neogothic House of Parliament, the 3rd biggest parliament in the whole world, and the biggest, most expensive building in Hungary. After a walk around the building, continue with an interior visit with guidance through the splendid session room and the impressive staircase. The tour ends at the Parliament.

Attention! Passport or ID card is requested at entrance!

Price:    EU citizens              25 EUR/person
            non-EU citizens        37 EUR/person

Parliament and Grand City Tour
Departure at 9:30 or 13:15
Duration: 4,5 hours

Take the opportunity to visit the magnificent neogothic House of Parliament and then continue with the Grand City Tour.

Attention! Passport or ID card is requested at entrance!

Price:    EU citizens                42 EUR/person
            non-EU citizens          55 EUR/person

Szentendre & Visegrad Tour
Departure at 14:00
Duration: 4,5 hours

On the way to this picturesque town, Szentendre which is also known as the Artists’ Village you’ll be able to see the breathtaking Danube Bend from the top of the Visegrád Hill (photostop). Szentendre is the ultimate escape for those who want to travel back in time, simply feel happy and be surrounded by presence of the good old days. At the end of your journey enjoy a boat cruise back to Budapest. Live guiding through the whole tour is guaranteed.
The tour ends at the pier in Budapest city center.

Price: 44 EUR/person

Royal Tour
Departure: at 9:00
Duration: 4 hours

Everybody wants to have peek into a real palace. With us you get the possibility to see the beautifully renovated Gödöllő castle, the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth, commonly known as Sissi. You’ll be able to walk through the same hallways, staircases and the park of this amazing baroque building as the beloved princess.
The tour ends at the city center of Budapest.

Price: 36 EUR/person

Danube Bend Tour
Departure: at 9:00
Duration: 9,5 hours

An excursion into Hungary’s history along the Blue Danube. Enjoy the remarkable city of Esztergom (center of the Catholic religion), the antique town of Visegrád (with the former Royal Residence)) and the magical Artists’ Village Szentendre in just one day! During the tour we’ll show you Esztergom from another point of view: photostop in Slovakia. The tour includes also a 3 course lunch in Visegrád. At the end of the day get ready to float back to Budapest by boat.
The tour ends at the pier in Budapest city center.

Price: 67 EUR/person

Sightseeing  Danube boat cruises day&night
(without pick up service)
Duration: 1 hour

Departure times (daytime cruises): 11:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00
A pleasant time on board of our panoramic boat, sailing between the splendid vision of Buda & Pest and an optional 1 hour 30 minutes free time on Margaret Island. The tour includes 30-language audio-guide, 2 glasses of drink.

Price: 13 EUR/person

Departure times (evening cruises): 20:15, 21:00, 21:30
You are invited for an hour’s panoramic boat ride at night. Glass in hand you will be able to experience how the legends of Budapest come alive. Look behind the walls of the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the bridges, and other splendid sights all bathed in light. The tour includes 30-language film- and audio-guide, 1 glass of drink.

Price: 19 EUR/person