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Budapest

Budapest (map) is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to the exceedingly scenic setting, and its architecture it is nicknamed “Paris of the East”.

The modern-day Budapest results from the amalgamation of two historic cities lying right opposite each other over the Danube river. Buda is the western (left) bank side, with the high hill atop which the Buda castle sits (map).

Pest is the relatively flat eastern (right) bank side, with the Parliament (map), numerous other stately buildings, and busy streets retaining all their 19th century architectural heritage.

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In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (map).

Many of Budapest’s highlights are easy to approach walking, and in the centre you find more pedestrian zones from year to year. Don’t wear high-heeled shoes in the centre as there are lots of stone pavements, especially in the Castle Hill.

*Budavár (Buda Castle, Inner part of District I, map). The oldest part of the city containing the Castle and some of Budapest’s best-known attractions such as Fishermen’s Bastion (map), the Labyrinth (map) and Mathias Church (map). All areas are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

*Belváros (Inner City, District V, map). The highlight of this area is the Parlament, the Saint Stephen Basilica (map) and the Promenad (Corso) with beautiful views of the Danube and to the Castle Hill.

*Terézváros (Theresa Town, District VI, map). Historical districts full of monumental buildings, museums, luxury shops along Andrassy Avenue (map). Most theatres and accommodation are here.

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You definitely want to visit the Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok, map) at Fővám tér, the renovated market hall with essential atmosphere (it’s at the south end of Vaci). Prices for the same items vary a lot between sellers and aren’t set in stone so be sure to compare and bargain.

The city also has around 80 *geothermal springs, the largest thermal water cave system. One of the reasons the Romans first colonised the area immediately to the west of the River Danube and established their regional capital at Aquincum (now part of Óbuda, in northern Budapest) is so that they could use and enjoy the thermal springs.

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Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) – Public transport in Budapest

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SmartCity Budapest

 BUS >   Volán AssociationEurolinesFlixbusEurobusways offers direct, door to door transfers from/to any place in Central and Eastern Europe.

 RAIL >   Direct trains connect Budapest with much of central and eastern Europe. For timetables and fares, the easiest system to navigate is Deutsche Bahn. Nyugati pályaudvar (map), Keleti pályaudvar (map), Déli pályaudvar (map), Kelenföld vasútállomás (map), Kőbánya-Kispest vasútállomás (map).

 AIRPORTS >   Budapest Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér

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