ETAPS 2008 will be hosted by Budapest, the capital of Hungary, which was founded in 1873 as the unification of the separate historic towns of Buda (the royal capital since the 15th century), Pest (the cultural centre) and Óbuda (built on the ancient Roman settlement of Aquincum). The city is bisected by the River Danube, which makes Budapest a natural geographical centre and a major international transport hub. Budapest has a rich and fascinating history, a vibrant cultural heritage, yet it managed to maintain its magic and charm. It has also been called the City of Spas with a dozen thermal bath complexes served by over a hundred natural thermal springs.
For more information about Hungary and Budapest, see the pages of Budapest Tourist Information and the Hungarian Tourist Office.
ETAPS will be held at the joint complex of Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget & Grand Hotel, which is situated on the wonderful Margareth Island (Margitsziget) in the heart of Budapest located in the middle of the river Danube, being literally an island of calm and relaxation.