• 0 Getting married in Scotland

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    By law both parties to a proposed civil, religious or belief marriage are required to submit marriage notice forms to the registrar of the district in which the marriage is to take place informing them of their intention to marry. Forms for giving notice can be obtained from any registrar of births etc. in Scotland or from the National Records of Scotland website at www.nrscotland.gov.uk . Notice must be given in the three-month period prior to the date of the marriage and NOT LATER than 29 days before that date. This leaflet gives general guidance only and should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of the law. If, after reading it, you are still in doubt you should seek advice from any registrar of births etc. in Scotland or from staff in Marriage/Civil Partnership Section of the National Records of Scotland (NRS), New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT - email: marriage@nrscotland.gov.uk WHO CAN BE MARRIED IN SCOTLAND? Any two persons, regardless of sex or where they live, may marry in Scotland provided that: Both persons are at least 16 years of age on the day of their marriage. They are not related to one another in a way which would prevent their marrying. They are unmarried and not in a civil partnership. They are capable of understanding the nature of a marriage ceremony and of consenting to marrying. In the case of an opposite sex marriage, the marriage would be regarded as valid in the party’s country of domicile. TYPES OF MARRIAGE You can be married in either of two ways in Scotland - by a religious or belief ceremony or by a civil ceremony: A religious or belief marriage may take place anywhere and may be solemnised only by a minister, clergyman, pastor, priest or other person approved to do so under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977. A civil marriage may take place in a registration office or at any place agreed between the registration authority and the couple and may be solemnised only by a registrar or an assistant registrar who has been authorised by the Registrar General for that purpose. HOW AND WHEN TO GIVE NOTICE You can each obtain a marriage notice form, and information about fees, from any registrar of births etc. in Scotland. In most cases you can get the address of your local registrar from the telephone directory. A list of registrars is also available on the NRS website at www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/registration/reglist.pdf. Each of you must complete and submit a marriage notice, along with the required documents (see below) and the appropriate fee, to the registrar for the district in which the marriage is to take place. This means that both parties must be aware of the marriage and independently complete and sign the declaration on the marriage notice form. Failing to give proper notice can result in a marriage being postponed or prevented from proceeding. Timing is important. The notices must be submitted early enough to enable the registrar to satisfy themself that you are free to marry one another. Normally notices should be in their hands about TEN to TWELVE weeks beforehand. The minimum period is 29 days before the date of the proposed marriage, but if you leave things as late as this you could be faced with the need to postpone your marriage. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Registrar General authorise a marriage to take place if 29 days' notice has not been given. Although you need not both attend personally at the registrar's office to hand in your marriage notice, at least one of you may be asked to attend there personally before the date of the marriage. This is necessary, in the case of a religious or belief marriage, to collect the Marriage Schedule or, it might be necessary in the case of a civil marriage, to finalise arrangements with the registrar. Every person giving notice is required to sign a declaration to the effect that the particulars and information given on the notice are correct. As a safeguard against bigamous marriages a subsequent check of the information is made by NRS. Persons related in any of the ways listed at paragraph 2 at the end of this leaflet will each require to sign a separate declaration form which, like the marriage notice form, is obtainable from any registrar of births etc. in Scotland. IF YOU LIVE IN ENGLAND OR WALES As an alternative to the normal procedure of giving notice to a registrar in Scotland, if you intend to marry (i) a person residing in Scotland, or (ii) a person residing in England or Wales who has a parent residing in Scotland, you may give notice of marriage to the superintendent registrar in the district of England or Wales in which you reside. The person you are marrying should, however, give notice in Scotland in the usual way. You should seek the advice of the superintendent registrar if you wish to proceed in this way. The certificate for marriage obtained from him should be sent to the Scottish registrar as quickly as possible. DOCUMENTS TO BE PRODUCED When giving or sending the marriage notice forms to the registrar each of you must supply the following: Your birth certificate or, if you are adopted, your adoption certificate. Evidence of your usual residence. If you have been married or in a registered civil partnership before and the marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved or annulled, a decree of divorce or dissolution or annulment or a certified copy decree. A decree of divorce or dissolution granted outwith Scotland must be absolute or final - a decree nisi is not acceptable. The registrar will ask to see your valid passport or other document to provide evidence of your nationality. If your spouse or civil partner is deceased, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner. If you are in a qualifying civil partnership, an extract from the entry in the civil partnership register relating to the civil partnership. If you are in an existing marriage, your marriage certificate. If your domicile is abroad, a certificate of no impediment issued by the competent authority to the effect that you are free to marry - see IF YOU ARE DOMICILED OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM (below). If any of these documents are in a language other than English, a certified translation in English must also be provided. Do not delay giving notice simply because you are waiting for any of the documents mentioned above to come to hand. If time is getting short it is better to give notice first and then pass the documents to the registrar when they become available; but they must be made available to the registrar before the marriage. Provided the documents are in order, the marriage can proceed as arranged. If you are subject to immigration controls you will have to provide extra documentation to that outlined above. In particular, you will need to provide a Declaration of Immigration Status form which can be obtained from the registrar or the NRS website. Evidence to support the statement you make on the Declaration of Immigration Status form will also be required. If you are in any doubt about what is required, or if you need further information, you should consult the registrar or contact NRS. IF YOU ARE DOMICILED OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM The normal procedure of giving notice to the registrar in Scotland must be followed but, as previously mentioned, an additional requirement is placed upon you. If, being domiciled in a country outside the UK, you are subject to the marriage laws of that country, you should obtain, if practicable, a certificate issued by the competent authority (usually the civil authority) in that country to the effect that there is no impediment to your proposed marriage. If the certificate is in a language other than English you should also produce a certified translation. In the absence of such a certificate without good reason being shown, it may not be possible for you to marry in Scotland. If you are now resident in the UK, and have lived here for the last two years or more, you need not submit such a certificate. If you are a UK citizen living abroad, or an Australian or New Zealand or Canadian or United States of America citizen you need not submit such a certificate. If you are in any doubt about what is required, or if you need further information, you should consult the registrar or write to NRS at the address shown at the start of this leaflet. MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY It is important to make early arrangements for the date and time of your marriage. If you are having a religious or belief ceremony, contact the person performing the marriage before completing the notice of marriage. For a civil marriage, make advance arrangements with the registrar. This is particularly important if the ceremony is to be in towns and cities, where large numbers of people want to be married at certain times of the year. Arrange for two persons, aged 16 years or over, to be present at your marriage to act as witnesses. They are required whether it is a religious or belief or civil ceremony. Be sure to let the person performing the marriage know if you change your plans or decide to postpone your marriage. THE MARRIAGE SCHEDULE When they are satisfied there is no legal impediment to the marriage, the registrar will prepare a Marriage Schedule from the information you have given them. The Schedule is a most important document - no marriage can proceed without it. If you are having a religious or belief marriage the Marriage Schedule will be issued to you by the registrar. The Schedule cannot be issued more than seven days before the marriage and the registrar will advise you when to call to collect it. The Schedule cannot be collected on your behalf by a relative or friend - the registrar will issue it only to one of the parties to the marriage. The Marriage Schedule must be produced before the marriage ceremony to the person performing the marriage. Immediately after the ceremony, the Schedule must be signed in black fountain pen by both parties, by the person performing the marriage and by the two witnesses. Thereafter, it must be returned to the registrar within three days so that (s)he can register the marriage. If you are having a civil marriage, a Marriage Schedule will not be issued, but the registrar will have it available at the marriage ceremony for signature. Subsequently, the registrar will register the marriage. •A fee for the civil marriage and, if applicable, for the attendance of an authorised registrar if the location is somewhere other than the registration office, is payable to the registrar in advance. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE After the marriage has been registered, you can obtain copies of the marriage certificate from the registrar on payment of the appropriate fee

  • 0 Athens

    • Greece
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    Weddings in Athens venues lead you in an amazing city where greek cultural treasures rest among modern political, cultural, and financial mainstays.  4.5 million people visit the city yearly and it is home of some of Greece’s most iconic neoclassical monuments. The Acropolis, Athen’s most-visited ruin, what must be seen because of its rich history and dramatic views of the sea nearby. Weddings in Athens gives you the possibility to access to interesting neighborhoods with bustling markets, fine cafes, and great shopping.   The best place for your wedding in Greece is Athens. There are hidden chapels around Athens that are available for Eastern Orthodox exclusive weddings. Please note that those historic, amazing chapels have to be booked at least a year in advance in order to be able to celebrate your wedding on the date and time you wish. In Athens Catholic weddings can be held in a church at the north suburbs, Jewish weddings in the historic center of Athens, and Hindu weddings can be organised in various locations around  Athens. Symbolic weddings can be held everywhere. Athens  has several special wedding reception venues. Weddings can be held in luxury hotels, estates, romantic restaurants upscale restaurants by the sea water, or overlooking Acropolis. There are other alternatives as well for celebrating a wedding in Athens. Couples can choose from a  villa wedding reception, or a luxury garden wedding, a luxury yacht wedding or traditional boat. Those couples who would like to keep the tradition, beautiful tavernas are scattered around Athens or more specifically under the shade of Acropolis in the area of Plaka with variety of traditional greek wedding food and mezedes. Marriage Requirements Notice of your wedding in Greece must be published in one local newspaper eight days prior to your ceremony. Passport or other travelling document, along with birth certificate copies, single status forms, and marriage license applications are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for additional details.

  • 0 Crete

    • Greece
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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                              Crete is Greece’s largest island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Due to its sheer size a Crete wedding allows you to have a great time and rest at beautiful beaches, climb the remains of ancient civilizations, and explore quaint villages and towns all on the same trip. As a top destination of gastronomy in the Mediterranean, you can also enjoy delicious greek cuisine.   Chania On the western side of the island there are impressive White Mountains (in Greek: Lefká Óri) and its famous National Park. This park fills in the largest part of the region. The Prefecture of Chania provides all kinds of tourist services and activities in order to meet visitors requirements. The city of Chania maintains unaltered all of its characteristics, from the time of the Venetian Rule up until today.  Walking down the Old Town’s alleys between the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the elaborate churches will let you discover well-preserved historical monuments. Get acquainted with the city of Chania by walking on its streets, visiting its museums and admiring the different architectural styles presenting the historical route of the city. Chania is food and wine lovers paradise.  Rethymno Crete's smallest prefecture surrounded by White Mountains and Mt Psilorítis (also called “Ídi”),  which provides gorgeous mountainscapes, marvellous beaches, Cretan lyre melodies, tsikoudiá spirit served with “oftó”, legendary caves, historic monasteries and monuments, traditional mountain villages and luxurious holiday resorts. Heraklion Heraklion is the largest and most popular region which is situated among two imposing mountain ranges – Ídi (Mt Psiloritis) to the west and Dikti (Lasithiótika mountains) to the east– Iráklion boasts exceptional archaeological treasures, significant coastal settlements, a series of picturesque villages, vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards as well as the best organised tourist infrastructure in Crete.  The urban scenery and natural wealth mix makes the region of Iráklion an all-year-round destination. Marriage Requirements Notice of your wedding in Greece must be published in one local newspaper eight days prior to your ceremony. Passport or other travelling document, along with birth certificate copies, single status forms, and marriage license applications are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for additional details.

  • 0 Santorini

    • Greece
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    Santorini’s typical view is the startlingly-blue dome towers capping stark-white villages high above the sea. There are mighty hills and mountains from where Aegean Sea is visible for miles. Your wedding in Santorini can be filled with opportunities for exploring, whether you want to wander through ancient monasteries carved into cliffs or shop for precious gems at colorful town markets.   Peolpe who visit Santorini will meet two basic seasons, a dry and warm season that takes from April to October and a cooler and rainy season that spreads from November to March. Santorini’s climate is pleasant because the temperatures rarely goes below 50°F or raise higher that 85°F throughout the year. Santorini is an attractive destination because of its fascinating architecture and many things to do, dining in restaurants and sightseeing all around the island. Visitors can take part on one of the wine tours to taste delicious greek wines. It is also possible to take a Santorini helicopter flight around the most beautiful areas of the island.  Marriage Requirements Notice of your wedding in Greece must be published in one local newspaper eight days prior to your ceremony. Passport or other travelling document, along with birth certificate copies, single status forms, and marriage license applications are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable.  

  • 0 Sorrento

    • Italy
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    Celebrate your wedding in Sorrento! Sorrento enjoys the most stunning views of the splendid Bay of Naples. The majestic 3,000 foot Monte Faito looms in the distance and the Vesuvius rises on its left. On particularly clear days, the enchanting island of Capri can be seen in the distance. Byron, Keats, Goethe, and Wagner were some of Sorrento’s famous visitors who fell under its beautiful spell. Best time of year for a Sorrento Wedding: March through October. Sorrento is one of the best towns from which to explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Its ideal position allows you to visit the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as Positano and Amalfi. Don’t miss the incredible highlight of the Museo Correale di Terranova. The museum is housed in an 18th century villa with amazing gardens and holds a varied collection of some of the greatest Neapolitan paintings, Capodimonte porcelains, and works of art from the 17th century. The gardens are filled with citrus groves, colorful flower displays and a breathtaking panoramic esplanade of the coastline of Sorrento. The fragrant lemon groves produce the famous limoncello liquor which is also used in making local desserts.   The town of Sorrento is a joy to explore on foot, narrow streets are filled with quaint boutiques featuring local handmade works of art. Stroll through the beautiful gardens which can be found scattered throughout the town and experience the warm hospitality of the South of Italy.   From Sorrento you can reach the romantic islands of Capri and Ischia via hydrofoil boat either as a day excursion or for a longer stay.   The selection of incredible exclusive villa and palace hotels for your wedding reception in Sorrento is outstanding; and a wonderful way to start a honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast. Hotels with cliff-top gardens, Belle Epoque interiors and impossibly romantic terraces with views of the Bay of Naples will overwhelm your senses. A wedding reception in Sorrento can be held in any of these magnificently situated hotels or in Sorrento’s panoramic restaurants. One of our favorites is set in a greenhouse with incredibly high ceilings. It has been in operation since 1890 and serves delectable cuisine.   Sorrento continues to grow in popularity as a Civil, Protestant, Jewish and Symbolic wedding location with couples from all over the world. Your Protestant ceremony can be performed in the lush surroundings of a flowering garden and have legal validity. Civil ceremonies offer two very special locations one of which is an ancient villa with panoramic views. Our staff will assist with all possible requirements to create a perfect destination wedding in Sorrento.

  • 0 Venice

    • Italy
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    No one ever forgets their first sight of Venice; amazement, wonder and joy are some of the emotions every visitor encounters upon seeing the splendour of this city which is built on water. Our team of wedding planners arrange for Civil, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Symbolic ceremonies in Venice and surroundings. Best time to marry in Venice: All year around. A wedding in Venice is possibly the most exclusive and spectacular option for those who desire to marry in Italy. Every couple dreams of being able to enjoy a gondola ride along the Grand Canal, taking in the magnificent Rialto Bridge and the palazzi and bridges that line Venice’s main thoroughfare. The Piazza San Marco and its Basilica with its Byzantine architecture provide the perfect setting for your wedding photos. The incomparable views of the bay and the Isle of San Giorgio will remain etched in your memory forever.   Civil wedding ceremonies are celebrated in the superb Palazzo Cavalli which overlooks the Grand Canal, as well as several other superb Palace locations: a Ca’ Farsetti and Palazzo Vendramin Calergi. The bride can arrive in a gondola! The most popular location is the Palazzo Cavalli with its formal and imposing grand staircase. A civil marriage in the elegant palace of the Island of Murano is another wonderful option. Murano is the enchanting island where the glass blowers create the famous exquisite Venetian glass. The wedding palazzo would be an memorable setting with its formal hall overlooking the waters; the interiors are furnished with original antiques.   A Catholic marriage rite in Venice is possible in several of the city’s most important churches including St. Mark’s cathedral. Your wedding designer will help you choose the right church for your event and assist with all of the necessary paperwork. The San Marco basilica is just one possible option; it is among Italy’s finest!   Venice offers a variety of options for a Protestant marriage and our staff can arrange for symbolic ceremonies in various locations including the private gardens of an elegant secluded palace or on the expansive grounds of a former island monastery.   Jewish weddings in Venice are possible in several of the magnificent historical synagogues and kosher catering is available for your reception. Ceremonies are Orthodox only.   The city of Venice is famous for its sumptuous hotels and private Renaissance palaces which can be rented for very exclusive wedding receptions. Imagine ornate interiors lit by soft candlelight creating an atmosphere of times gone by; memories that will remain etched in the minds of you and your family for years to come. For special gala dinners, it is possible to rent 17th and 18th century costumes for a once in a lifetime event!   The staff at Distinctive Italy Weddings will be delighted to plan any kind of reception whether it is just the two of you or 200. You and your guests could dine at an informal restaurant on one of the islands of Murano or Burano or in one of the finer dining establishments of Venice where you will experience local specialties such as the freshest seafood and the famed risottos of the region of Veneto.

  • 0 Tuscany

    • France
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature, and often by the combined efforts of both. Think of the vineyards: rows of baby green vines that manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the gently rolling hillsides, bounded by single files of darker green cypress trees, snaking sandy roads leading to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles, symmetrically rounded hilltops surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to seem one single building.   Every inch of land has been sculpted, first by the elements and then by generations of inhabitants whose goals were always twofold: make the land produce as much as possible, make the land as beautiful as possible. These are only few of the reasons why many couples have already decided to get married in Tuscany.   Tuscany enchants us today because it holds together as a region, from the tiniest hamlet to Florence the Magnificent. For the living proof, take a short walk one day along the sides of the Belvedere in Florence: you will leave behind the traffic and suddenly find yourself strolling down quiet lanes bounded by tall stone walls, cypress trees and creamy-colored villas.   You could be anywhere in Tuscany, and we dare you not to fantasize about living here. The Italian Wedding Event will help you navigate through Tuscan world-famed attractions, but it will also introduce you to some of its lesser-known jewels and help you to choose the perfect location for your wedding in Tuscany.

  • 0 Rome

    • Italy
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    In the heart of Italy and along the Thyrrhenian Sea. It is also the Catholic world center since there is the Vatican, and a favorite destination of tourism for the innumerable monuments of the Roman civilization and, along the Northern Tuscan border, of the Etruscan civilization.   Apart from the area of Rome, the rest of the territory is mostly plain and hills, with mountains in the area of Rieti such as Monte Terminillo (2213 m), and in the north an area of lower mountains of volcanic origins, in whose craters many beautiful lakes (Lake Bracciano)took origin. Rome is located approximately in the middle of the Italian peninsula and therefore is easily reached either from the north or from the south of the country. If you have decided to get married in Rome you will get there easily: The capital is well connected to the rest of Italy and the world, thanks to the two airports and the excellent highway and train systems. It's hard to say what you'll find most breathtaking about the Eternal City - the arrogant opulence of the Vatican, the timelessness of the Forum, the top speed of a Fiat Bambino, the gory resonance of the Colosseum, trying to cross a major intersection, or the bill for your caffe latte! Each of this aspects of the Roman life will set up the authentic atmosphere of a Wedding in Rome.   Make like the locals and souse your senses in the glut of pleasures the city has to offer, from the grandiose thrill of feeling centuries of turbulent history under your feet to the small but potent intoxication of eating chestnut gelati on a hot day! Best time for a Rome wedding: year round, Rome has a mild winter. Get married in Rome! The Eternal City lives up to its name and fame; no other city offers the incredible variety of beauty, antiquities and splendour. Walking through the ruins of the Roman Forum with the Coliseum in view is a once in a lifetime experience. Try to imagine it as the backdrop to your wedding photos! The Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon with its breathtaking romantic piazza provide a timeless setting for a wedding in Rome. A destination wedding in Rome lays every possible option at your feet. The historic capital has the finest Catholic cathedrals, Protestant churches, ancient civil wedding palaces, Jewish synagogues and Greek Orthodox basilicas. Your Rome civil wedding ceremony can be performed in three different locations from a charming villa with frescoes immersed in a park to several antique palaces, one of which is located in one of the city’s most imposing and historic squares. A Rome symbolic ceremony can be celebrated in the location of your choosing, from parks to palaces or nearby villas. A Protestant wedding in Rome can be performed in one of the many historic Protestant churches or private villas and gardens. Regardless of the type of ceremony you require, our wedding designers will help you select the perfect location and setting. If your dream is to celebrate your wedding reception in Rome in princely splendour there are luxurious Baroque palaces and nearby Renaissance castles where our wedding designers will create the event of a lifetime down to the smallest details. And if this is not enough, rooftop restaurants with incomparable views of the glories of the Eternal City are another possible option to celebrate your Rome wedding. The city is built on seven hills and famous for its breathtaking vistas.

  • 0 Amalfi

    • Italy
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    Perhaps you have seen photographs of the famed Amalfi Coast, where colorful terraced homes nestled into cliff-side hills climb from the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. These port towns, south of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy, were not highly accessible via roads until the past 100 years, when the area first became popular for the upper class. Artists came in the 1960s, looking for utopia.   The artistic vibe remains, along with the upper-class setting, and today the coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site, drawing summertime crowds. Yachts and sailboats moor off the coast of Positano and Amalfi, and cruise lines deposit their crowds. Mopeds and convertibles hug the narrow roads that twist and turn along the cliffs, as tour buses lurch between the towns.   Fresh produce is abundant, which combined with fresh seafood, makes dining along the Amalfi Coast a feast for the senses. Trees bearing olives, lemons, limes, oranges scent the air with a perfume that mixes with the salty sea air. According to the legend, Positano was founded by a group of inhabitants from Paestum who were escaping from the attack of some Saraceni (pirates of the time). The first official information about the town's existence comes from some ancient Roman documents, but some artifacts from the Palaeolithic Era have also been found in Positano. These artifacts testify to a much more ancient origin of the settlement.   At the center of the town you can see the brightly colored 'maiolica' dome of Santa Maria Assunta, the main church of Positano. As well as completing the picturesque view of this Southern Italian town, the church is also a very important part of daily life, for many local inhabitants of Positano. Inside, the church features a collection of intriguing works of art from the XIII, and XVI century that are well worth visiting.   Positano has a very glamorous side to it, because of the famous 'Positano fashion style', this is just one of the many reasons that tourists from all over the world flock to the pathways and boutiques of Positano each summer.   With its beauty, luxurious hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops, Positano is surely a perfect place to Get Married in the Amalfi Coast.

  • 0 Hungary

    • Hungary
    • by Wedding Worldwide
    • 2016/09/26
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    Hungary is over 1,100 years. We are proud to have eight places considered special enough to be included on the list of exceptional and universally important World Heritage Sites. Hungary is famous for historical Baroque towns with a lot of wonderful sights like Szentendre, Esztergom, Eger, Gyõr, Sopron, Veszprém, the beautiful Lake Balaton and the second largest hot-water lake in the world. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is considered an important Central European hub for business, culture and tourism. Budapest is called 'Queen of the Danube'. There are plenty of other capital cities built on the banks of a river but such a wide and majestic river, as is the Danube at Budapest, is more of a rarity. Even more exceptional is the perfect contrast between the right and left banks. Buda is built upon hills; the feet of two of them - Castle Hill and Gellért Hill - almost stand in the water. Facing it is Pest. Buda Castle district, Rivers cape from the Citadel and Andrássy Avenue all World Heritage Sites. The most attractive sites: the Parliament, the gorgeous St. Stephen's Basilica, the Dohány street Synagogue, the Opera House, the City Park with the Heroes' Square and Roman amphitheatres, Turkish baths, art-nouveau buildings - in one town! Budapest would appear countless times on any list of superlatives. The Continent's first underground railway was built here. It is the location of Europe's largest synagogue. It is the only capital city in the world where there are more than one hundred hot thermal springs with 12 medicinal baths. There are no other cities of comparable size anywhere where visitors can explore dripstone caves in the middle of the residential districts. Cogwheel railway, funicular, forest railway, horse-and-trap, chair-lift, boat and on Margaret Island family cycle cars - Budapest has them all.