Social Program

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Welcome reception for delegates and accompanying persons

at the Vörösmarty Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
probably the most beautiful club location of Budapest
Dress code: business/smart casual 


Thursday, 20 October 2016


Evening event for congress delegates and accompanying persons

Classical concert and festive dinner at the Vigadó Concert Hall
Dress code: business/elegant

The magnificent Pesti Vidagó Concert Hall was built between 1859 and 1865 and is located in the heart of Budapest at the Danube river.

The Vigadó hosted performances by Johann Strauss Jr., Mascagni, Dvořak, Debussy, and Arthur Rubinstein.
Ernő Dohnányi had his first solo concert here. Béla Bartók and Annie Fischer made their debuts here in 1905 and 1932 respectively. Richard Strauss conducted from the rostrum of the Vigadó several times, and Prokofiev also appeared on its stage as a pianist.

After comprehensive reconstruction, which was finished in 2014, the main auditorium of the Vigadó now shines in its original beauty. The main staircase, the lobby and the music room have been fully restored to their former grandeur.

If you are interested to know more about the special concert on the occasion of the XVIII European Congress of the EFBS, please click here.

After a classical concert with music of Mozart and Beethoven, the congress delegates and accompanying persons will enjoy a festive dinner at the Vigadó.

Optional program for accompanying persons

Donnerstag, 20. Oktober 2016

Please make your choice of the following two options when registering for the congress:

A) A visit to the Castle District
You get up to the Castle hill by cable car and take a walk around to see the most interesting sights of Budapest's Castle District, which is packed with historic sights and attractions such as the Royal Palace Matthias Church, medieval houses, with interesting museums, charming, crooked streets following the shape of the hill as well as some good cafés and restaurants. Besides the monuments, the place offers a breathtaking panorama of the Danube with the Chain Bridge and the Pest side of the city on the opposite side of the river.

The tour starts from the congress hotel at 10:00 and ends with a light lunch. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

B) A visit of the Parliament Building
The Hungarian Parliament Building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest for being located in that city, is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the highest building in Budapest. The construction of the building started in 1885. About one thousand people were involved in construction, during which 40 million bricks, half a million precious stones and 40 kilograms (88 lb) of gold were used. The building was inaugurated on the 1000th anniversary of the country in 1896, and completed in 1904.

The tour starts from the congress Hotel at 9:30 and ends with a light lunch.