Local information

Hungary is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Border Treaty. The official language is Hungarian, and do not expect everybody to speak English, but you can easily get by with English or with German in places frequented by international tourism.

The official currency in Hungary is the Forint (shortly, Ft or HUF), and not the Euro. Of course, there are many places where they accept Euros as well, but you should not depend on it, and exchange rates are typically biased against the customer. You can exchange currency in banks and at dedicated exchange offices. The exchange mid rate today (2009-04-17) is 293.9 HUF for 1 EUR (but it was between 289 HUF and 310 HUF within the last month). Please note that according to a recent regulation in Hungary, 1 Ft and 2 Ft coins are withdrawn, and prices are rounded up (or down) to the next number divisible by 5. Ft. So, shopkeepers are not cheating if they do not give you back a change of 1Ft or 2 Fts.

Keszthely is a touristically attractive town with 21,000 inhabitants and a charming atmoshpere. It is famous for the beautiful Festetics Palace and several other sights; most importantly, the town lies on the western shore of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, famous for various water sport activities and surrounding wine regions.

You are warmly welcome to extend your stay and wander around Keszthely, Lake Balaton and Hungary in general. For more information about Hungary, see the Hungarian Tourist Office.

Accomodation at Keszthely

We will help SENSUS09 guests to arrange their accomodation. Suggestions for accomodation of different types (pension/hotel) will be sent to registrants, including low-cost (less than €40 / night) offers.


Balaton Színház
Fő tér 3, Keszthely, HUNGARY

Balaton Színház

The School will be held in the Balaton Theatre, overlooking the Main Square of Keszthely. Wireless internet access will be provided for school participants.

Coming to Keszthely, Hungary (page containing detailed travel instructions)

Venue Map