Budapest - Pearl of the Danube
A tale of 3 cities Budapest, the historic capital of Hungary is an exotic blend of East and West, a meeting point in central Europe of contrasting cultures, a fusion of three distinct places on the banks of the River Danube: Buda, Óbuda and Pest, that became one city in 1873, each offering distinctive architecture, moods and flavours. Budapest is situated at the crossroads of Europe, bearing witness to some of the most turbulent events in European history, today a forward-looking centre of commerce, tourism and industry, welcoming over 20 million foreign visitors a year! An affordable, welcoming destination with a relaxed pace of life that offers a wealth of cultural and leisure attractions, a rich variety of architecture and some breathtaking scenery.
Living History A city with Celtic roots, later a key settlement of the Roman Empire, the Magyars settled here in 900 AD, bringing with them their culture and language, laying the foundations for the future Hungarian nation. Occupied by the Ottomans in the 16th century, this eastern influence is to be found in the use of herbs and spices in local cuisine, in particular paprika. Budapest was incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 19th century, whose legacy is marked by the imposing Opera House, the opulent Andrassy Avenue and spacious City Park (Városliget). See Europe’s largest synagogue in Dohany Street, and ride the Millenium Underground Railway, continental Europe’s oldest metro, first opened in 1896. No visit to Budapest is complete without experiencing the view from Gellért Hill where the Celts first settled, the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Castle Hill district, Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion or St Stephen’s Basilica. Be sure to wind down in a Budapest thermal spa, the perfect remedy after a hard day’s sightseeing!
Budapest in Numbers Budapest has 9 bridges that link Buda and Pest across the Danube, the most famous of which is the Chain Bridge, an incredible sight when lit up at night. Budapest is divided into 23 districts, the essential area for visitors is District 5, or Belváros. The central Déak Square links you to the whole city via amazingly cheap bus, metro and tram services, enjoy shopping at a lazy pace on the pedestrian Vacy Utca, or a traditional market atmosphere with local handicrafts and pottery on offer. Budapest has 12 thermal springs, with 19 million gallons of thermal water bubbling to the surface every day! The city has 223 museums, 90 cinemas, and over 1000 bars, clubs and restaurants! There are 3 islands in the Danube: Margaret Island, connected by Margaret Bridge and perfect for sunbathing in summer time, Csespel and Shipyard Island. Don’t miss the Spring Festival, a celebration of music, theatre and dance in a picturesque location by the Danube.
Modern day Budapest Budapest is not to be missed for its affordability, relaxed pace, polite, welcoming inhabitants and enormous variety of night time entertainment options including a thriving techno and house scene plus glitzy, kitsch casinos on the banks of the Danube. It’s a city with an eye on a future that acknowledges the past, an up-and-coming location that retains its sense of history. German and English are widely spoken, and foreign visitors are well looked after. A unique city break destination awaits you!
Hotels near popular Budapest tourist attractions
- Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)
- Keleti Railway Station (Budapest Keleti pályaudvar)
- People's Park (Népliget)
- Széchenyi Thermal Baths
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