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Budapest | Paris of the East

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is called the Paris of the East, because it has many features in common with the French capital. Born from the union of three cities located on the banks of the river Danube, Buda, Pest and Óbuda, they are united by the Chain Bridge and seven other bridges. The presence of ancient historical monuments, palaces and other architectural beauties where you can see the influence of different cultures, along with the protected natural parks and spas make it one of the European capitals most visited by tourists from around the world. If you have decided to visit Budapest, the best time to do so is spring and summer.

Budapest by night

Budapest by night

Those who want to visit Budapest can do it comfortably by plane since there are many companies that offer low cost flights as well, leading to the airport Budapest Ferihegy Airport, ten miles from the city. Within the city you can move through public transportation: subway, train or bus, you can buy tickets for them at newsstands or tobacco shops, even with favorable prices for those staying for more than a day.

Historic Castle District

Historic Castle District

Once in the city the tourist route starts from the Buda Castle and the Castle Hill, a medieval disctrict that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has squares, alleys, palaces, museums and shops. Taking the steps of the staircase you can see the Royal Palace, inside which are the National Széchenyi Library, the Historical Museum of Budapest and the one of Contemporary Art. From here you can visit the nearby Matthias Church, with its three aisles, the tower and the decorations in the Gothic style and the Fishermen’s Bastion offers an unmissable view of the city and the Danube.

Parliament

Parliament

The next day, you can dedicate it to visiting the Parliament, the third largest in the world, built in neo-Gothic style. It houses the library and it exhibits the Holy Crown of Hungary. Do not miss the old part of the city Óbuda that today is a residential area where you can see the remains of a Roman amphitheater, but especially the Main Square and the Zichy Palace.

Gellert spa

Gellert spa

The heart of the city is represented by Pest that has plenty of shops, bars and is the centre of the daily life. Places particularly vivid and rich in people are the Váci Street and the Vörösmarty Square. Nearby you can visit the St. Stephens Basilica, the largest synagogue in the world and Heroes’ Square. Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, the best known is that of Gellert. Other highlights include the Lukacs, Kiraly and Széchenyi baths that are the largest in Europe. To highlight some places that will appeal to young people, there are the Elephant House, Millennium Park, the zoo and the Palace of Wonders.

Budapest photos by: brucceles5, hilde juengst, justine edwards, wolfgang hammer

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