Budapest can rightly be called one of the best cities in Europe
The “Pearl of Danube” and “The Little Paris of Central Europe” are some adjectives associated with Budapest to describe its beauty. It is the largest city in Hungary and also its capital. Budapest was formed after two towns founded by the Romans on both sides of the river Danube were merged. The towns then were known as Aquincum and Contra Aquincum. The city went into the hands of the Magya in 900 who defeated the Romans. The Mongols tried to capture the city in 1241, but the Magyas bravely defended their city. To make their defence stronger, they built the famous Royal Castle in 1427 which still stands strong.
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The city is not difficult to get acquainted to. The river itself plays as a vital reference point, and the Royal Castle and other famous landmarks help you get around too. The city is markedly divided into two regions; Buda and Pest. The main places to see on the Buda side are:
• Matthias Church
• Royal Palace
• National Gallery
• Fisherman’s Bastion
• The Historical Museum of Budapest
• The Military Museum
• Museum of Medieval Judaism
• Pharmacy Museum
The Danube Chain Bridge is a treat to watch from the river bank and a walk along the bank is a pleasure in the afternoon. The attractions on the Pest side are:
• The Parliament Building
• The Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum
• Lorand University
• St. Stephen’s Basilica
• The State Opera House
• Museum of Fine Art
• Heroes’ Square
• The Hopp Museum of East Asian Art
For many tourists, mainly Americans, baths are the cardinal reason to visit Budapest. Though Russians frequent the spas the most in the city after the locals, tourist from many countries come here to have a bath at one of its many spas. The people of Budapest have modified the Turkish tradition of spas in their own way with heated pools being the central theme.
A bike is the best way to a see Budapest. Following the river on a bike is a lovely experience and you’ll have a splendid view of the lake on doing so. Other than that, the city is exceptionally well served by the public transportation system. There are 25 tram lines which offer a slow and steady journey to experience the city. They are also remarkably tourist friendly. The Metro railway is scarce on the Buda side but is well available in Pest. Budapest has a well connected bus service which can be accessed by the tourists. It is also quite cheap. Apart from regular buses there are Trolley Buses which run on 13 lines.
Budapest is one of the most well known cities in Europe. It has a happening nightlife, sprawling green parks and lovely people. The number of tourists visiting the city is on a rise every year, and Hungarians are proud of their capital. The city is also exact budget-friendly which in no way compromises the luxury and delight it offers.