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News25 Apr 2023

Budapest, the sports capital and tourist hot spot


Budapest landscape (© Visit Hungary)

In 2023, the World Athletics Championships in Budapest will be the biggest sporting event of the year worldwide. It is the first time that the pinnacle event of athletics will be in Central Europe, in one of the world's most stunning cities. 

Budapest is a favourite location in international sports and tourism due to its historical heritage, state-of-the-art infrastructure and stability. Its rich culture has been present since Roman times – today is a melting pot of diverse Europe. Budapest is safe and secure with great services and one of the best transportation network in Europe. The world’s busiest tramway system and the continent’s first subway operate here.

With its world heritage sites and world-famous panorama, Budapest will provide the perfect backdrop for the athletes and the fans.

The brand new National Athletics Centre will be the main venue for the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23. The centre is built on the eastern bank of the Danube river on the south side of the city. Previously a brown field, the site and the whole area have been regenerated. The new, purpose-built sport facility and the stadium park will be open to the public after the event and will be a new leisure park by the Danube river. 

The arena has an initial capacity of 35,000 for the World Championships before being reduced to 15,000. Once the temporary upper tier is removed, the stadium would be left with a circular plateau, which will be filled with publicly available leisure areas.

With the marathon and race walking routes, Heroes' Square, Andrássy Avenue and the panoramic view of the Danube, the World Championships will also be a tourist attraction. The athletes are set to compete in the heart of Budapest. The marathoners will complete the classic distance on a 10km course, running through the most beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage parts of Budapest. The start-finish area will be in Heroes' Square, also for the 20km and 35km race walk events. The six road races will be free for everyone to watch.

The start and finish area will be at Heroes' Square, from where a fast, straight section awaits the competitors along Andrássy Avenue. The only minor climb will be up the recently renovated, historical Chain Bridge, first opened in 1849. From here, the course sends the athletes under Buda Castle and through the tunnel, one of the curiosities of the route. The athletes then will return from Buda to Pest, bypassing the Buda Castle, running across the Chain Bridge again, and then head for Heroes' Square on Andrássy Avenue.

Fans and visitors are welcome to join the superheroes of athletics, not only to cheer them up but also to admire the fabulous city of Budapest.

You can buy tickets and packages here: https://tickets.wabudapest23.com/

You can find the detailed schedule here: https://www.worldathletics.org/en/competitions/world-athletics-championships/budapest23/timetable

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