School Trips to Budapest
School trips to Budapest offer a unique experience and the significance of Budapest to Hungary cannot be overstated. As well as housing one fifth of the country’s population, the nation’s wealth, political power, cultural life and transport converges here in this beautiful capital city.
Lying either side of the river the city is a swath of sweeping bridges and palatial buildings earning it the title “Pearl of the Danube”. Still less exposed to tourism than nearby Prague, school trips to Budapest offer an excellent opportunity to explore a city in an exciting stage of transition and is therefore an ideal destination for a school trip or educational tour.
For students of Business & Economics Hungary has a flourishing auto sector, in part due to its strategic location with direct access to Central and Eastern Europe. It has emerged as an important hub for global auto majors such as Audi.
Budapest has a long association with health and therapy. A visit to the Peto Institute is top of the list where “Conductive Education” therapy was pioneered to help people of all ages with motor disorders. Other excursions include guided tours of the The Vadaskert Child Psychiatry Hospital as well as a children's home and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
Budapest is a beautiful and thought-provoking destination in which to inspire your students.
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Danube Dinner Cruise
The Danube river both unites and divides Budapest and is where many of the cities sights are to be found all of them illuminated at night. A cruise along the Danube takes in many of these famous landmarks and includes dinner taken in the indoor restaurant (vegetarian meals must be pre-arranged).
Budapest is Europe’s largest spa town and the 120 or so thermal springs that gush up from the Buda limestone bedrock have long inspired a culture of bathing. Many of the Baths around the city were built around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in Ottoman and Art Nouveau styles respectively. The bathing habit has become very much a part of Budapest life, visits are possible to Gellért, Széchenyi, and Lukács to name only three.
House of Terror
The building that housed this recently opened museum has particular significance as the former head-quarters of the fascist movement in the 40s, and subsequently the communist secret police in the 50s. The exhibition provides students of history the chance to understand the logic and realise the implications of both the fascist and communist regimes, the significance of which reaches further than the Hungarian borders.
The visit begins with a presentation in English by a knowledgeable representative, who remains with the group through the whole stay. This is followed by a head-set guided walk through the plant along a designated visitor trail, in tangible proximity to the production lines. Finally the group convenes again in the presentation hall where further questions can be addressed to the company representative.
Day Trip to the Danube Bend
A day trip to this area is a combination of cultural highlights and spectacular scenery. Starting with a visit to Esztergom, the cities former capital famous for the country’s largest Roman-catholic church, continuing to the ruins of Visegrád castle overlooking the famous Danube Bend. The final stop Szentendre, a picturesque artistic town by the riverside known for its innumerable churches and art galleries provides free time to wander the picturesque streets. Note: does not include entrance fees
Törley Champagne Factory
Visit the Torley Champagne Factory to discover how this family run business has become a worldwide name producing over 12 million bottles of champagne a year.
Kurt Information Management
Since its establishment in 1989, KURT has gradually developed into an internationally renowned organisation and has became one of the leading companies in the world in the field of data recovery.Its information protection services are regularly sought by the European economy.
For students, economic lectures held by university lecturers or high-ranking officials of a relevant authority can be valuable. Examples are innumerable: EU integration, monetary and fiscal policy, foreign investment in Hungary, labour market, exchange rate mechanism.
Sightseeing Tour of Budapest
A half-a-day sight-seeing tour that takes in the major sites of the city, by coach due to the distance between them. Stops include the Heroes’ Square, the Castle Area, Gellért Hill, Fishermen’s Bastion and the Matthias church. The tour (3.5 hours) terminates in the main shopping area just in time for lunch. Entrance fees not included.
Paks Nuclear Power Plant
Starting in the Visitors centre, a virtual tour is given and groups can see what is happening in the control room, in the reactor hall and around the generators. Simple activities may be given, such as students switching on solar cells and watch the result. There is an observation room, with an arched glass roof, providing a view over the power plant, concluding in the operational plant.
The Alcohol-Drug Rehabilitation Institute of the Philanthropist Foundation is a place of care where alcohol, drug and gambling addicts can get therapy within a complex, long-term and residential system. This institute is the largest of its kind in the country offering health and social rehabilitation including alongside work therapy, extra-curricular training, "protected" employment, follow-up and evaluation. Rehabilitation takes place within the therapeutic community model.
Museum of Contemporary Art
As well as the predictable exhibits by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns there are works by Hungarian artists from the past three decades. As part of the Ludwig collection three late works of Picasso are also exhibited here. Guided tours are possible by appointment.
National Jewish Museum
The museum displays items from the 18th and 19th centuries, from both Hungary and abroad, grouped according to the holiday or occasion on which they were used. In 1993 almost the entire collection was stolen (it was later recovered in Romania). One of the most notable items is a Chevra book from Nagykanizsa, dating back to 1792. At the end of the exhibition, in a room draped in black, photos and clippings document the insanity of the Holocaust in Hungary. The site of the museum was the birthplace of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), father of Zionism.
Folklore evening with dinner, though not exactly a ‘typical Hungarian evening’, as it is often referred to, it’s sure to create a terrific atmosphere. Dinner is accompanied by a gypsy orchestra followed by a spectacular folk-dance show, performed by 2 pairs of dancers. Dances are taken from real Hungarian folklore, with some Gypsy inserts.
Visit the pioneering Peto Institute in Budapest. The Institute is a world renowned centre for children with disabilites such as Cerebal Palsy. The method of 'Conductive Education' was pioneered here and has shown dramatic results in the improving mobility skill of the disabled. The visit consists of a film presentation, explanation of the Petö method as well as observing therapies being practiced.
Guided Visit of Parliament
Seven hundred thousand visitors see the House of Parliament annually. The building is open nearly every day of the year for visits led by trained guides who speak numerous languages. After purchasing their tickets, groups depart from the Visitor Centre to take a tour of approximately 50 minutes through the most beautiful rooms in the building.
Galgafarm (Organic Food Producer)
Galgafarm is an organic farm and mill that produces yeast-free fresh breads and baked goods, fresh organic vegetables, dried herbs and essential oils, soap, beauty and bath products, some gift items, and fresh milk, not to mention more than a dozen types of flour. Your group will be greeted by a member of staff at their outlet store and be shown around the various products whilst having chance to ask questions about the day to day running of the business
Godollo Castle Empress Elizabeth’s Summer Palace
Gödöllõ is the location of the Empress Elisabeth’s summer residence. The palace, built in the 1740s is a fine example of the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. A visits takes the students around the carefully reconstructed rooms where the style and architecture as well as the background stories are relayed by an informative guide.
The Vadaskert Foundation is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. Established in 1989, the Foundation for Children's Mental Health defined its goal as the establishment of a state-of-art model, which manages the medical, educational and social problems of psychologically ill children within one institution. In accordance with its original goal, the Foundation operates several interdependent units which focus on different mental health issues.
Hungarian State Opera House
Completed in 1884, the neo-Renaissance opera is impressive enough on the outside. But its interior is the part that's breathtaking - gilt and marble, with lavish and intricate frescos. The auditorium was designed by eminent architect Miklós Ybl and decorated by some of the most distinguished painters of the age. A guided tour of the building led by a team of young and knowledgeable guides.
Museum of Fine Art
This is where Hungary’s major collection of European masters is housed. The museum is home to a magnificent Spanish collection, the largest outside Spain, which has recently been reorganised to show El Greco and works from Madrid and Andalucia with their respective schools. Other highlights include an excellent Venetian collection with works by Titian, Raphael and Leonardo on display.
This vast museum chronicles Hungarian art since the birth of the nation. Of particular notability are the winged alter-pieces, depictions of Hungarian history as well of examples of every major art movement. One visit is not enough to cover all the exhibits held here.
A visit to a daily Budapest newspaper such as Magyar Nemzet will introduce students to the daily life of a newspaper. An industry professional, usually a journalist will give a lecture about this daily paper.
Cseppko Children's Home
The visit to a children's home includes a presentation by the manager who will talk about the child care system in Hungary, which is based on the preference to place children at families rather than children’s homes. It will include a tour of the facilities of the home as well as a talk about the problem of juvenile refugees without parents.
Hungarian National Museum
The oldest museum in Budapest illustrates the history of Hungary from the time of King Stephan the country’s first king, continuing through the Ottoman occupation to the World Wars and the rise of the dictatorship. Some of the most interesting exhibits illustrate the propaganda used to guide the country towards Socialism.
Memento Statue Park
After the collapse of communism the statues of communist leaders were removed from Budapest's streets to this open-air museum. This is the world's only such collection from the period of communist rule. The statues of Lenin, Marx and Engels, Dimitrov as well as memorials to The Soviet Soldier can be seen at the park. The maximum group size is 30.
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