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Removals to Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has 40,000 expats from all over Europe and beyond, and the majority of those organising removals and shipping to Hungary settle in the capital. Around 3.3 million people live in the commuter area of Budapest – which is a third of the population of the entire country. It is not surprising it is such a popular destination for expats as it is an attractive, vibrant city, a bustling metropolis that has been declared by American Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, as the second best city in the world.

There are plenty of reasons why people settle in Budapest. It is divided by the River Danube with the oldest and hilliest part of the city, Buda, to the west, and the flatter, business and cultural part of the city, Pest, to the east. However, the city is undoubtedly attractive and as a testament to this, the capital is featured on numerous lists of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world. Along with its wealth of history, it is also a forward thinking city and a financial core of Central Europe.

Visit the heart of the city, and you will hear a surprising number of English voices in the bars and cafés. Expats are attracted by the low cost of living, the affordable property prices, and as well as moving to take up an employment opportunity, some people relocate after falling in love with the city, or one of its residents.

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Where to Live in Budapest

While some people prefer the beauty of the Buda, others prefer to live in the more vibrant part of the city, Pest. And, by living in Pest, you also benefit from excellent transport links such as the metro, which mainly operates in Pest, and the tram and bus system, which is easy to negotiate.

Budapest has 23 numbered districts and the one you choose to settle in really depends on your budget, and personal preference. Buda is a beautiful place to reside, but bear in mind in winter time it can be harder to get about, especially the further out you live. Some of most popular districts for expats to settle are II, with IIA being an upmarket, green area with exclusive housing. District XII is another sought after area to live and is considered one of the most expensive areas.

On the eastern side, in Pest, the business and cultural side of the city, district V is mainly pedestrianised and is where the government buildings and the Hungarian Parliament is situated. It is home to many upmarket shops and popular tourist draws such as Vaci utca and Fashion Street, and the benefit of being in district V, is that you don't need a car to get about. District VI is the cultural hub of the city, and if you like to be in the middle of the action, it is within easy reach of the restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, long considered one of the least attractive areas to live, district VIII is very much up and coming and includes major recently completed projects, such as the Corvin Development.

Working in Budapest

Budapest is fast developing in the fields of science, engineering, technology, IT and computer programming, so it attracts expats in these areas, not to mention the fact that the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology is based here. It is also a huge centre for business and finance, so many people move from the UK to Budapest to take up jobs in accountancy, finance and as project managers. If you take up employment for a multi-national company, you can generally expect to earn higher than average wages than in other industry areas.

There are various types of job opportunities for those organising removals to Hungary. Another popular job for expats to take up is teaching English in schools and colleges. You would need a visa and work permit, or you can also apply though your own company, if it has a branch in Budapest.

International Schools in Budapest

If you are moving house to Hungary with children, Budapest has a number of excellent international schools. These include: The British International School, which teaches primary and secondary school pupils from more than 60 different nationalities; the American International School, for children aged three to 18 years; Britannia International School, for pupils aged five to 18 years; International School of Budapest, a Hungarian-English bilingual school for pupils aged 5 – 14; SEK Budapest International School; Greater Grace International School which is a private preparatory school and the International Christian School of Budapest, which has 200 pupils mainly of a north American background.

Shopping in Budapest

Budapest offers some excellent shopping opportunities, from out-of-town centres to the upmarket stores and boutiques in district V. You will find top name designer brands in Andrassy Avenue such as Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli and Emporio Armani, and some well known names in Fashion Street. For food shopping, head to the Central Market Hall, the oldest market in Budapest, or visit one of the many shopping centres such as Corvin, Arena, or WestEnd City Centre – the largest shopping centre in Central Europe.

History of Budapest

Budapest has had a turbulent history. It was the second capital under the Austro-Hungarian Empire until its demise after the First World War. It was under communist rule from 1949, and the city erupted in celebration when the last soviet troops left on June 19, 1991, with some bars offering free drinks to customers and many young people partying well into the night.

Places to Visit in Budapest

Budapest has many excellent places to visit including Buda Castle, a beautiful, imposing structure on the banks of the River Danube, which was declared a world heritage site in the 1980's. Heroes Square is another attraction where you can find the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art. And, for a relaxing afternoon, head to Margaret Island where you can sunbathe, hire bikes or play sport, or visit the Thermal Baths in City Park, which is one of the largest public Baths in Europe.

Food in Budapest

Among the Budapest specialities are hearty Hungarian soups such as Gulyasleves and Jókai bean soup. Both paprika and sour cream are popular ingredients in Hungarian cuisine and you will find this in a number of meat dishes and stews. The summer delicacy sour cherry soup is well worth a try, and for a desert to remember, head to Grundel Restaurant, next to the zoo, for its famous Grundel pancakes.

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