Budapest & Hungary

Budapest is quite rightly known throughout the world for its beauty and culture. Peaceful and bustling, a big metropolis and yet friendly, it treasures the old and embraces the new. Here the historic blends with the modern, the hills harmonize with the river, that is, the Danube, which flows through the city along a stretch of 28 kilometres. That is the sort of magnetic quality that Budapest radiates.
However, there is much more to the city than this. It’s not only a historic treasure of Central Europe, but also a metropolis. The wine and cuisine is justifiably world famous, plentiful and inexpensive, there is a huge variety of cultural and popular entertainment, all of which are available on a limited budget. Travelling within the country is cheap and easily managed and there are a number of interesting places to visit outside the capital. Also, the largely unspoilt countryside provides various outdoor activities (swimming, horse-riding, cycling, hiking, etc.) throughout the seasons. Hungarians are very friendly and hospitable people. Being located in Central Europe, winters can be cold and the summers hot. Advice on what clothes you should bring for the duration of the course can be obtained from the centre.
Our excellent pricing together with a dramatically lower cost of living mean that taking your CTEFL course in Hungary is a great option. Coming to Budapest on the Via Lingua teacher training course will give you a qualification and the chance to experience a culture that really knows how to cater to its visitors.


Old Buda, District 3 – The neighbourhood

Óbuda (sometimes written in English as Obuda) was a historical city in Hungary. United with Buda and Pest in 1873 it now forms part of District III of Budapest.

The name means Old Buda in Hungarian. The island (Óbuda Island) next to this part of the city today hosts the Sziget Festival, a huge popular music and cultural festival.

Its centre is Fő tér (Main Square), connected to a small square with a sculpture of people waiting for the rain to stop. It is accessible by HÉV (Suburban Railway), the nearest stop is Árpád híd Station (3 minutes from school).


Settlements dating from the Stone Age have been found in Óbuda. The Romans built Aquincum, the capital of Pannonia province here. Hungarians arrived around 900 and it served as an important settlement of major tribal leaders, later kings. Béla IV of Hungary built a new capital after the 1241-1242 Mongol invasion in Buda, somewhat south of Óbuda. On January 1, 1873 it was united with Buda and Pest to form Budapest.


You may find more info on Hungary in this Users’ Guide for student visitors at this link: