THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Hungarian Ladies Open (1st edition)
From 02/20 to 02/26
Money prize: $ 226,750
Surface: Hard Indoor
Location: BOK Hall – Dózsa György str 1, 1146 Budapest
How to get: The BOK Event Hall has been the venue of a lot of former tennis tournaments, including Fed Cups, Hungarian Championships and ATP Challenger Tour events. Old Town is far just 5 km and you can use M2 line from Szent István (direction Deak Ferenc) to get easily in about 25 minutes and after 4 stops. The venue is far about 20 km from International Airport and you will need a taxi ride of about 20/30 minutes (15/20€).
Main players: Timea Babos (Hun) – Andrea Petkovic (Ger) – Julia Goerges (Ger) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Lucie Safarova (Cze) – Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) – Danka Kovinic (Mne) – Pauline Parmentier (Fra) – Oceane Dodin (Fra) – Kirsten Flipkens (Bel)
THE TOWN: Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed Paris of the East. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue. Lonely Planet defines it Grandeur on the Danube and its writer Steve Fallon explaines reasons why he loves this incredible town: “I love Budapest for all the right reasons – architecture (especially art nouveau), romance (particularly the views from the bridges) and sticky apricot jam – and some of the wrong ones, too – killer pálinka (fruit brandy), rickety trolleybuses, and spending way too much time in the Turkish baths. When I first came to Budapest, I was bowled over by an often sad but confident city whose history seemed too complex to comprehend, by a beautiful but impenetrable language, and by a people I thought I’d never know. I stayed on to learn more about all three.”
BUDAPEST’S TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:
- Hungarian Parliament
- Chain Bridge
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Saint Stephen’s Basilica
- Széchenyi Fürdö Thermal Baths
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Rum Budapest. Wonderful *** boutique hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in one of the most beautiful district of Budapest at just 200 mt from Hungarian National Museum. It provides free wifi, a welcome arrival drink and it features the onsite asian Urban Tiger Restaurant. The price for a 15 mq2 starts from 63,5€ with breakfast included.
- Callas House. Exceptional **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Opera House and 400 mt from Saint Stephen’s Basilica. This accomodation rises in an historical building and features free wifi, restaurant and classical deluxe double rooms of 26 mq2 at 91€ per night with excellent breakfast buffet.
- Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest. Once in the life incredible ***** hotel which rises in a neoclassical palace built in 1906. It enjoys an incomparable location in front of the Chain Bridge, offering luxury units, an infinity-edge pool, a fitness room and a restaurant and bar. A luxury superior double room with two twin beds and marble bathroom costs 415€ per night with breakfast and wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.
Enjoy this exceptional TennisTrip!!!