Budapest (pronounced ['budɒˌpɛʃt]) is the capital city of Hungary and the country's principal political, industrial, commercial and transportation centre. It has more than 1.7 million inhabitants, down from a mid-1980s peak of 2.07 million. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the amalgamation in 1873 of right-bank Buda (Ofen in German) and Óbuda (Old Buda or Alt-Ofen) together with Pest on the left (east) bank. It is the sixth largest city in the European Union.
Budapest's districts are numbered basically clockwise, in widening circles, and are organized similarly to the arrondissements in Metropolitan Paris. Each district can be associated with one or more city parts named after former towns within Budapest. The districts in red are in Buda, those in blue in Pest, and the one in yellow is an island between them. (Note: two further islands are parts of District III and District XIII.)

The historical location of the Mobile Studios in Budapest:
House of Future (former Millenaris Park)

House of Future is the former property of the steel factory founded by Ábrahám Ganz in the mid 19th century, which later became Ganz Electric Works. It is only a few hundred meters from Moszkva tér in the heart of Buda. In 1999 the government decided the factory should be converted into a cultural exhibition and event centre in preparation for the country's one thousand year jubilee. During the site's century long period of industrial use, the soil and underground water had become heavily polluted with oil-derivatives. It was therefore necessary to clean the site in order to create a high quality community park. The first building, the so called Fogadó (The Reception Hall) being the former machine repairing and galvanizing works was opened to the public on February 1, 2001. This building's original industrial features are the best preserved (the bridge scale which was used for transporting big objects in the 60 meter long, 15 meter high hall still works). This building has three main levels that are partly separated, thereby creating a very airy and special atmosphere. On the ground floor approximately 1200 people can watch the performance on the main stage. On the second level, the Pódium (The Podium), there is a smaller stage where and an audience of 200 people can be seated. There is also a cafe on this level connected to the Pódium. The main stage can be seen from here as well. On the third level, the Padlás (The Attic) there is a more separated room with a midsize stage for a smaller audience. This building is multifunctional, providing endless possibilities for all kinds of performances, exhibitions, conferences and events.
Two old factory buildings together with a connecting modern entrance hall (Building C) form the Exhibition Halls. This is where the exhibition on the famous Hungarians and their inventions, ‘The Dreamers of Dreams' was on show from December 17, 2001 to December 31, 2002. The Major Hall (Building B) with its impressive height (app. 30 m) and floor space (6920 sm) provides unique opportunities for large exhibitions. The E-library in this building was designed to provide further information on the subjects of the exhibit. The Small Hall (Building D) (3150 square meter) can be used jointly with the Major Hall or independently. There is an auditorium for 100 people equipped with all modern technical appliances. The third building, the so-called Teátrum (The Theatrical Hall) has retained its original form only on its exterior. Inside on the ground floor there is a modern studio (890 square meter) with a mobile stage and an audience space for about 800 people which can be used for dance, theatre, and music performances, as well as film production and shows. It is also equipped as a movie theatre. This building is extensively used and accordingly has a high market value. In addition to the studio, there are offices and a smaller hall, the so-called Ship (referring to its shape as a ship) for a variety of purposes. In addition to the buildings, there is a 35,000 square meter park and 3,000 square meter artificial lake forming a green island in the sea of houses within inner Buda. This is a very important recreational area. Being fenced allows access to the area to be restricted thereby facilitating its use for organized outdoor events. There are several built and natural places in the park, which can be used: there is an open-air stage (with covered auditorium for 300 people), a music pavilion, and a playground for children. There are terraces accessible from the catering premises. There is also a 480 car underground garage for the convenience of visitors.

Some links about Budapest:

- Budapest portal
- Satellite photo map from Google Maps
- Attractions of Budapest at the administrative website of Hungary
- Budapest Route Planner
- Budapest panoramas in 360 degree
- Artistic photos of Budapest
- Budapest: short tour, picture gallery, history overview
- Digital Photoarchive of Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library Budapest Collection
- Budapest sights collected on one page
- Budapest (Hungary for Visitors)
- Budapest pages
- Budapest:Technology Pioneers 2006 - 3D Television
- Information about Budapest
- Worldguide by LonelyPlanet.com
- Photos of Budapest
- The Nomad: Budapest (photos)
- Budapest Photo Gallery: Buildings and Statues of Budapest (subtitles in Hungarian)

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