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Five reasons to visit Budapest, Hungary

 
    Budapest's mapChain Bridge
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St. Stephans Basilica
lindamura's pictureby lindamura review
added on 27th of August, 2008

Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is located on a beautiful side of the Danube and has two parts – Buda and Pest. Buda is the older part with medieval buildings; Pest is the commercial center, a beautiful blend of new and old satisfying holidaymakers of all ages.

Because of its marvelous architecture and great cultural heritage, Budapest is also compared to Paris. It is a mixture of luxury and simple traditions and it also has a turn-of-the-century feel to it.

While visiting Budapest, make sure you check out the great range of over 100 springs with thermal water and around 50 swimming pools and other therapeutic baths. Bathing was popular even in Roman times, and a wide range of therapeutic treatments can be enjoyed. You can go to: the Király Medicinal Baths, or the Rudas Medicinal Baths both of great architectural interest. Taking a bath or having a treatment there is not expensive

Let’s not forget that Budapest's highlights also include a cruise along the Danube, strolling along the riverfront or across romantic bridges, visiting the romantic island on the Danube, climbing up Gellért Hill that offers a fantastic view of the city and visiting Citadella that contains most of the medieval buildings left in Budapest. The city is also dotted with museums waiting for you to visit.

Some of them worth mentioning are The Historical Museum of Budapest that boasts ruins of the old city, and The Hungarian National Museum, exhibiting remarkable treasures among which you can see the oldest skull in Europe.

If anyone is interested in Budapest's great culinary tradition they should know that it goes back to the nineteenth century and even if there’re plenty of local dishes on offer in the city - among local dishes you can taste halászlé, a kind of fish soup and gulyás, a thick soup with meat - there's plenty of other choices of lighter flavors and besides exploring new tastes visitors could go for traditional folk music and dancing among which you will find the gypsy music.

Budapest has many nightclubs, bars, discos and casinos. In cinemas you can watch plenty of films in English and the magnificent Budapest Opera House with excellent seats and modern stage has regular performances. Thickets are not very expensive.

You can't resist getting charmed by all that this city has to offer, the options are wide open so go ahead and take it all in Budapest!

 

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Budapest History

Chain Bridge, Saint Stephen's Basilica and the Parliament of HungaryFrom the eighth century, this region was inhabited by different tribes and ethnic groups.  The archeological findings in this area indicate that this area was densely populated and it may have been a trading center for the people of different regions. In the 9th century, the Hungarians appeared in this region.  The Hungarians established their settlement in Csepel.  They also established the seat of their prince near Danube River. The Mongols invaded Buda in 1241. The Castle of Buda was fortified in this period. In the 13th century, Buda took over the major roles. Castles were enlarged and churches were reconstructed.... Read more »

 
 
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Recent reviews for Budapest

Must visit the Tropicarium in Budapest - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
One part of this interesting zoo is dedicated for birds. You enter two or three doors till you reach the room where they are. It's a very high place with many plants in the center. You can walk round the room and watch the birds flying near... Read more »

The attractions of Budapest - May 30, 2009, by bicska
If you're interested in visiting central or Eastern europe, you must visit Budapest. Budapest was my favorite city befor I went first time to Prague, but I'm still recomanding this city for everyone. I think it is the most beautiful and... Read more »

Budapest is a nice capital, woth visiting - Jun 30, 2009, by angel
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. This is a city where everyday happens something interesting - there are festivals, cultural events, concerts, interesting expositions and many more. The traffic in this city is quite bad, so if you... Read more »

Must see the Palace of Miracles in Budapest - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
Last summer we spent some days in Budapest with a friend from California. We tried to do and see as many things in this capital city as we could. We heard about this place 'The Mansion of Miracles' (Csodak Palotaja in hungarian) and we... Read more »

Must see the Tropicarium in Budapest - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
There is a specially decorated and maintained part in the Tropicarium which is like a tropical rainforest (picture 10). Here in every 20 or 30 minutes a tropical storm begins which you can watch from inside of it. You can hear thunders and... Read more »

 
 

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