Originally built as an iron smelting plant in the mid-1800s by Abraham Ganz, this complex was expanded to be one of the most influential heavy factories in Europe producing the first electric trains on the planet. At first glimpse, Millenáris might not exactly be the place you imagine a tango festival to be held at. However, in the early 1990s the entire factory complex was converted into a high profile cultural center receiving the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage (Europa Nostra) in the process.
The Millenáris complex
The venue for the evening - or grand - milongas, the ‘Teátrum’ is the biggest threatrical hall of the Millenáris complex, also housing a fully equipped television studio, the home of the Hungarian edition of American Idol. There's plenty of room to dance, lounge, there is a lovely park, refreshments and snacks are within arm's reach should you feel like taking a breather. All of the seminars will be held in this building as well, in ‘Teátrum Gallery’. There are also going to be workshops here all week.
Millenáris Teátrum
The aftermilongas and tango cafés will take place in a less formal hall of the Millenáris Complex called ‘Fogadó’ (~Inn). This venue offers an eclectic / fusion interior inside the industrial architecture with pub-like café on the gallery. During the day you’re more than welcome to stay for a drink or even lunch.
Millenáris Fogadó
Building "B" used to be an assembly hall while it belonged to Ganz-MÁVAG (Hungarian State Rail and Carriage Factory) in the large part of the 20th century. Though it used to be “The House of the Future”, presenting various exhibitions on different themes e.g. aeronautics, gene research, astronomy, it is presently prepared to house the Erkel Opera Company. It will also house some of the weekend workshops. Though the building itself is huge, you'll easily find your way to your classes. Just look for the “Future Café” signs.
Future Café (inside building B)
The highly anticipated Guided Practicas will also be held in Building “B”, on the Gallery. It will be easy to find, and if you’re wondering how to put the Practicas in your schedule, check the timetables under the ‘What?’ menu item.

The address of the Millenáris complex is: 16-20 Kis Rókus St. in the 2nd district. (click here for the map)
By public transportation: Tram no.4 or no.6 to "Széna tér", or Metro no.2 until "Széll Kálmán tér"
Gallery (inside building B)
There are several variants of a taxis in Budapest. Of course, the most common version is a car, and most taxi companies have only cars. If you fancy a fly (by which we mean a cart drawn by a horse), you'll have to walk up the Buda Castle. A green way to get about the city is to call a rickshaw (+36 20 3408749, but there are three other companies as well) or simply thumb one near Oktogon or the Basilica, where they usually make camp during the day (always discuss the price with them at the start of the trip).
About taxis in general
There are many taxi companies in Budapest, most of them reliable, but more importantly all of them have their own logos on their cars, so if you find a taxi with no branding, don't take it! All taxi companies have two fares, one of them applies if you order a car on the phone, the other (higher) one applies if you thumb one in the street. There is also a base price (around 300 HUF). Be cautious! Some drivers like to take their passengers on a 'sightseeing tour', in order to avoid such things we strongly suggest you use the services of companies we recommend.
Whom to trust and some other info
During the years of organizing Danubiando, Taxi 2000 proved to be the best company for us. Their fleet is vast, they are reliable, fast and one of the cheapest. Their English is near impeccable, so it should be a piece of cake to order a taxi even on the phone. Their number is +361 2 000 000. The average price is 164 HUF/km.
Taxi 2000 - our fav
We arranged a mobile dispatcher at the milonga locations. The easiest way to go home after an eventful night is to use this mobile dispatcher, you won't even need a phone to get a taxi. As an alternative, you might call a taxi for yourself, or take one of the suggested night buses.
It's gonna be comfy this time
Well, make sure you know the address where you're at. Dial the phone number starting with +361 (where +36 stands for Hungary and 1 stands for Budapest land-line), then there's a 7 digit number. They'll answer the phone in Hungarian but don't worry continue in clear English, which most operators will understand. Tell them your name (first or last or both) and your location. You may spell these just in case. You may ask for an estimated arrival time, but the standard answer will be about 5-10 minutes.
How to call one yourself
We wish to make no comments on the world leadership of our public transportation system - we believe it might have to do with the fact that it is fairly extensive. Buses and trams go fairly often. In the downtown area you shouldn't wait more than 5 minutes during working hours, but this may even be 10 minutes off-peak and 15-20 minutes after 10 p.m. It is well worth consulting your map, because there's almost everything within walking distance in downtown. Who wouldn't fancy a nice walk out in the sun? Well, vampires, perhaps...
About BKV – the infamous public transport in Budapest
If you come here for the 7+ days, we suggest you buy a weekly pass (4600 HUF; valid for 7 days). If you come for just a couple of days, you can either buy various combinations of 24hr and 72hr passes, or buy tickets (320 HUF pre-purchased, 400 HUF on the vehicle, and there's the 10-pack for 2800 HUF). We recommend the 10-pack.
Ticket booths and offices are located at downtown tube stations, and are open between 6am and 8pm, so plan your purchase accordingly (vending machines are usually out of order, but you can buy tickets at station security (look for the armband) and on night buses, sometimes at hotels too).
Tickets, passes & how to get them
You have no reason at all to panic, especially if you have the Hitch-hiker's Guide with you - that one even asks you not to - since we'll provide a mini-map and a suggested route to each and every location. The full address will also be listed in case you chose a taxi and needed to answer the 'Where to?' question. If you print out the full programme, you won't even have to try saying the name of the venue. On the other hand, the ability to say the word 'Köszönöm' might prove useful, and in most cases it is completely satisfatory to get by.
What bus should I take?
The most frequently used buses leave in every 15 minutes or so. Most of them have security personnel (who prevent undesirable people to get on, and they also sell tickets for those, who are desirable). Although night service is perfectly okay, we certainly wouldn't list it among the ten loveliest things to experience. Millenáris, the main events's hall of Danubuiando is served round the clock by trams no.4 and 6, and takes you to downtown. In downtown you'll be able to travel east <-> west by buses 907, 908, 931, 956, 973 and 990, north <-> south by buses 914, 914A, 950, 950A. They all have much longer routes, but as long as you want to stay in the downtown area, it doesn't really matter which one you take. If you decide to discover the suburbia by night, you should consult the map of Budapest Public Transport LTD:
Night service
Though most employees at Budapest Public Transport Ltd. lack the magical ability to speak foreign languages, communication difficulties won't stop them from fining you. 8000 HUF on the spot, so we strongly recommend buying tickets and passes in advance. How to avoid: passes need not be validated every time, simply shown when requested. Tickets, however, need to be validated prior travelling, so when entering a tube station or getting on a vehicle. Most of these 'validators' are automatic (green light shows when it's on). There are some old red analogue machines though. These have a lever with an eyelet for the ticket. You put the ticket in with the numbers down (!!), and pull the lever with full throttle. It is very important to validate your ticket as the controllers' favourite victims are always the ones from abroad!
Fines & how not to get them
The Hotel Regnum Residence is our official hotel during the festival. We're still going to sleep at all (if you can call that sleeping), but some of our guests will be lodged here. We've been working together for years so now they know our special needs and irregular lifestyle and also that of our performers. The staff is very kind and helpful, we really like them!
Festival Hotel
The hotel's location makes an excellent departure point for any trip to town. The Buda Castle District, a World Heritage site, is 15 minutes away on foot, and it only takes a short journey to get to the Chain Bridge, the House of Parliament and the financial, tourist and shopping centres.
Center - on the Buda side
The Regnum is not so large so it’s quiet and peaceful, almost like your favourite nocturne by Chopin, only without him. Last year they opened a restaurant in the building of the hotel with cheap daily offers on weekdays and á la carte options too.
They have superior rooms and suites with bathroom, air conditioning and television, free internet. All rooms are at least twice the size of normal hotel rooms (30-50sqm). Some rooms have balcony as well. Their special offer for Danubiando participants: single rooms for 80 euros/night, a double for 90 euros/night or a triple (this is basically a suite) for 115 euros/night. To get the special prices you just need to tell them you're coming for the tango festival when you book your room.
Huge rooms at a huge discount
Hotel Regnum Residence is 23 km from Liszt Ferenc International Airport, 100 metres from the stop for buses 160 and 86, a few minutes’ walk from Europe’s longest tram’s line (no. 4 and 6) and also from the rail service to Szentendre, five blocks from ‘Batthyány tér’ M2 metro station, which means you get to the heart of the city in just a few minutes.
Address: 8 Ganz St., 2nd District, Budapest (Buda side)

Where to find
The Mamaison Hotels have both very friendly and warm atmosphere. You can really can feel home here. Of course, that depends on what kind of home you have. The Mamaison Hotel Andrássy and the Mamaison Residence Izabella are both good choices.
Mamaison Hotels
Recently renovated, Mamaison Residence Izabella is in close proximity to the Budapest business centre, West End commercial district, therefore it is a perfect business hotel in Budapest. At the same time, with a vast range of specialised facilities and services, it offers 38 fully-equipped suites with a welcoming atmosphere and sophisticated design in the heart of Budapest, where small groups or families will feel at home, for short and long stays.
The Aparthotel
One of the most exclusive Budapest boutique hotels, the upscale deluxe Mamaison Hotel Andrássy is conveniently close to the city’s business, governmental and tourist districts. Uniquely designed in Bauhaus style, it offers superior accommodation in Budapest and genuine service.
Mamaison Hotel Andrássy
The upscale Mamaison Residence Izabella is literally steps away from Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mamaison Andrássy hotel is located in the avenue itself, in an exclusive neighbourhood with embassies and museums. (And also, the very exclusive neighbourhood of the Danubiando HQ. :D)
UNESCO World Heritage
Mamaison Hotel Andrássy Budapest - Hotel, Address: 111 Andrássy av., 6th District, Budapest
Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest - Apartment Hotel, Address: 61 Izabella st., 6th District, Budapest

Mamaison Hotel Andrássy Budapest - Hotel Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest - Apartment Hotel
Where to find
If you are the casual jet setter who prefers large hotel chains because of their uniformity all around the globe Mercure City Center is your place. Located in a pedestrian zone in the historical centre offering a taste of old Budapest.
Hotel Mercure Budapest City Center
The Danube is only a corner away with plenty of restaurants, cafés and - therefore - tourists. Basically all destinations in historical Budapest is within walking distance from there.
Walking distance from everything
Beside the Standard Rooms you can also book Privilege, Bio-Privilege rooms with extended services like free wifi and access to the prestigious Privilege Lounge. These rooms are equipped with tea / coffee making facilities, bathrobe, slippers, free mineral water and other amenities. Upgrade to the grandiose Junior Suite which offers larger space with separate bedroom, living room and a private Infra Sauna.
Standard to luxurious
The road from the airport is downright to the hotel, on-site parking is available. They offer free WiFi and an Internet corner at the bar.

For Danubiando participants they have a special offer: just say tangofestival when booking, you get single rooms for 75€/night, double rooms for 85€/night. The privilege rooms cost only 20€ more with a long list of extras!

Hotel Mercure Budapest
Comfort in the centre
If you arrived by airplane: 25 kms from Liszt Ferenc International Airport, 30 minutes by car. By public transportation: with all underground lines (M1 yellow, M2 red, M3 blue) get off at Deák Square. The address is 20 Váci St (it's in the 5th district - good to know when taking a taxi). Parking is at 14 Petofi Sandor St.

Mercure Budapest City Center
How to get there
The House of Music - unlike its name would suggest - is not necessarily a noisy or loud place, quite the contrary! This large complex, though houses a dance studio and some bars, is located in a fairly calm area of downtown Budapest, and due to modern sound-proofing technologies, your room can be a perfect hide-out, if you decide to retire from party for a short while.
The house of music
Enjoy the terrace bar, ground floor café, basement concert hall - there is always something to do in the Casa! And if you feel like going out: just ask their staff members about organized tours all around the capital and the countryside - receptionists are always the knowers of the latest gossip and goings-on, what is worth doing and so. If not, check back at this page or take a peek in the printable programme of Danubiando for the heads-up!
Colours and shapes everywhere
They offer bright, spacious and clean non-smoking 4-6-8-10-12-bed dormitories and private rooms up to 90 guests in total, along with several free services and activities inside and out!
The whole jury fits in one room
3 minutes walk from Blaha Lujza Square, Rákóczi Square, Astoria or Kálvin Square! From the airport: Take bus no. 200E and get off at the last stop 'Kőbánya-Kispest'. Then take the metro (line 3) from right next to the bus stop to Kálvin Square (8th stop).
The sinus node on the heart of the city
Address: 16 Vas St, 8th district, Budapest, Hungary 24 hour reception at the 2nd floor, doorbell at the front gate.

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