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The Budapest Congress Centre operates as a not-for-profit organisation, making conventions accessible for the organisers. The convention centre is located near many hotels in Budapest. Green events are particularly common there, making it a fantastic destination for environmentalists. Elsewhere in the city, annual events revolve around gastronomy. There is even a Budapest Fish Festival.
Budapest hotels are true to their Hungarian routes, meaning that they often serve local cuisine. Across the city, you can find classic goulash by the bucket load. Café culture is big there, and many Budapest hotels serve decadent pastries throughout the day. Vegetarians and vegans can try Govinda or Edeni Vegan.
Budapest's most pricey shopping district is Pest, but the costs there still pales in comparison to many other European countries. In Pest, you can find lace, Hungarian pottery, and other traditional goods. Chain stores are available throughout the city, including H&M and Estee Lauder. Try local plazas for low-cost electronic goods.
The Royal Palace is one of Budapest's most popular attractions. It blends Eastern European and Turkish designs perfectly, and today it hosts a national gallery. Visit the Lion's Courtyard to see the two formidable lions that guard the city, which are statues of course. Visit the Museum of Medieval Judaism to see Jewish culture in all its historic glory, or Downtown Budapest for political sites.
Budapest sports include six professional football teams including Ferencvárosi TC, which rank well within the Hungarian 1st Division. Bandy is a sport unique to Hungary, which is very similar to ice hockey. Budapest is also the home of Hungary's female bandy champions.