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City break Budapest
Budapest is known for its history, architecture and a fascinating gastronomy. You have plenty of choice of original things to do to discover the diversity of Budapest. Cycle or walk through the city and discover the fascinating attractions and hidden secrets. During the year there is no shortage of cultural festivals and major international events. The Sziget festival attracts visitors from all over the world every year. Your visit to Budapest is easily filled with original things to do.
The city is divided into a number of districts and the Danube divides the city into two. Buda and Pest are connected by nine bridges. The Chain Bridge is known as the most beautiful bridge in the city and a visit to this bridge should not be missed during your visit to Budapest
On the east side of the Danube, most of the old buildings and sights can be found. In Buda is the so-called Castle District with many winding alleys, old buildings and various churches. Here you have the 13th century Matthias church, named after King Matthias Corvinus.
Art lovers have many options with plenty of museums and galleries all around Budapest. If you can't choose, at least visit the Budapest History Museum (Budapest Történeti Múzeum) on the Castle Hill. The House of Terror Museum (Terror Háza Múzeum) is a place where you can learn more about the occupation of the Nazis and the Communists
Finding good food is easy in Budapest. Of course you should eat Hungarian goulash. This traditional stew originates from here. Don't forget to visit the Great Market Hall (Nagycsarnok) and get familiar with the local cuisine.
Cruise along the Danube and see the huge communist statues in the Szobor Park open-air museum (Memento Park).
Do you really want to immerse yourself in Hungarian culture? Then visit one of the thermal baths, you have many in this city. For example, at the foot of Gellért Hill, you'll find the Gellért Baths
On the east bank of Pest it's always buzzing with locals and tourists. Here you can walk along the wide streets and admire the Art Nouveau and beautiful buildings such as the Hungarian Parliament Building. Or visit the impressive St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika), the largest church in Budapest. Go upstairs for a great view of the city
Do you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? In the middle of the Danube lies the Margaret Island where you can relax.
Information about Budapest
Budapest, capital of Hungary, is also called the 'Queen of the Danube'. The river runs right through the city. In the 19th century a bridge was built over the Danube and Buda was connected to Pest on the other bank: Budapest. It is a beautiful city full of historic buildings, breathtaking architecture, bathhouses, parks and museums.
Until 1873, Budapest consisted of several settlements on both banks of the Danube. By merging Buda and Óbuda on the western bank of the Danube with Pest on the eastern bank, the city came into being. But the area around the Danube, which we now call Budapest, has been inhabited since Roman times. The Romans were followed by the Huns and Charles the V. It was not until around the year 900 that the Hungarians appeared. In order to protect the area from invasion by the Mongols, the king had city walls and fortresses built. Due to its strategic location on a hill, Buda had a castle in 1247 and became the capital of the kingdom of Hungary in 1361.
4 facts about Budapest
In the 16th century, the city was almost completely destroyed by the invasion of the Turks and a fire. The new Austro-Hungarian Empire remained in power from 1867 until the end of the First World War in 1918.
Budapest was only occupied by the Nazis in 1944, but after the Second World War there was hardly anything left of the Jewish community. The new Communist occupation and the Soviet repression of the Hungarian Revolt in 1956 have left their mark on the city.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Hungary became a republic
See all the art and exhibitions in the beautiful Buda Castle on the castle hill. Under the hills of Buda lies the Pálvölgy Cave, one of the longest caves in Hungary with a length of more than 7 kilometres. The cave with many impressive stalactites was discovered in 1904.