Hungary is located in central Europe and is proud to present its’ history of more than 1100 years. It is a land of thousand faces. Culture is the nation itself: all the knowledge, belief, art, ethics, laws, customs and abilities that an individual acquires and creates as a member of society. Hungarian cultural events and festivals are internationally recognized: for instance the Budapest Spring Festival or wine festivals to name only a few. Hungarian dishes and drinks of international acclaim, the wide selection of excellent Hungarian wines flavour the time spent in Hungary with culinary delight. After Iceland, Hungary has the world’s largest reserve of surface thermal water: hundreds of springs help thousands in recovering. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary's most precious natural assets and her most frequented resort. With a water surface of 600 km2, it is the largest lake in Central Europe. Citing the city’s unparalleled panorama, UNESCO declared Budapest, Hungary’s capital, ‘the Pearl of the Danube’, a World Heritage site. Budapest’s City Park is reputed to have been the world’s first public park open to all. Today’s City Park contains amusement areas, sports grounds, foot and cycle paths, as well as the hundred-year old Széchenyi Thermal Baths (Pest’s first), popular for swimming, relaxation and treatments. In summer there is boating on City Park Lake. In winter, it is transformed into Central Europe’s largest artificial skating rink. Hungary is becoming a highly recognized MICE destination all over the world. Besides the already existing congress centres and conference hotels several investments are under way. Time-honoured, turn-of-the-century buildings, conference hotels also equipped with thermal baths, and modern hotels with accommodating ballrooms, belonging to well-known international chains await conference-goers in the Hungarian capital.