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Eurocall 2008 Conference
3-6 September, 2008 | Székesfehérvár, Hungary

Host City - Székesfehérvár

Host City: Székesfehérvár
Székesfehérvár, which was known by the name Alba Regia in the middle ages, is one of the most ancient towns in Hungary. The town witnessed a lot of historical events over the centuries. Hungarian kings and their relatives were crowned and buried inside the walls of this town. This was the place where the throne as well as the other symbols of the royal power were treasured. Walking in the centre of Székesfehérvár, you can sense the unique atmosphere of the town even nowadays. The restored ancient monuments and buildings, the street-lightning that fits the atmosphere of the town, and the cobble-stoned town square all recall the historic atmosphere of Székesfehérvár.

You can do a lot of sightseeing in the historical downtown. You can start your walk in the Town Hall Square, where the Orb stands, which is regarded as the symbol of Székesfehérvár. It symbolises the historic past and significance of the city. From here, the old streets and narrow alleyways lead us to beautiful buildings of the Hungarian national past and the works of illustrious artists. The Town Hall and the Episcopal Palace can be seen in that square. The big churches of the old monasteries as well as the museums - the City Gallery, the Deák Collection, the Ybl Collection, the King Stephen Museum, the Town History Museum- are in the historic downtown. Walking up the narrow streets next to the Town Hall you can get to King St Stephen's Cathedral, in front of which you can see the remains of a Byzantine-style church built under the principality of Géza. The ruins of the medieval Royal Basilica established by King Stephen can be found in the Mediaeval Ruins Park.

Székesfehérvár is the administrative, cultural and economical centre of County Fejér. With a population of about 106 000, it is the 8th most populated city of the country. Being the county centre, it has a very important role in the life of the county attracting 38% of the population. The vicinity of the capital has huge influence not only on Székesfehérvár but also on the county. Among all the large cities in the country, Székesfehérvár is the one situated closest to the capital. The city is 60 air kilometres from the centre of Budapest.

Due to its good geographical location, there are many opportunities for relaxation in the immediate vicinity of Székesfehérvár. Lake Velence, which is only a few kilometres far from the city, provides opportunities for those who like water sports. Besides doing water sports on Lake Velence, you can try the Thermal and Medicinal Baths of Agárd, which are situated close to the shores of the lake. Those, who would like to go on an excursion in the hills, do not have to go far either. Vértes Hills provide excellent opportunities for taking trips in the open air, and they are only a half-hour drive from Székesfehérvár. Even Lake Balaton can be reached by car in less than an hour.