Budapest, Budapest, You beautiful!

Buda and Pest devided by the DanubeYesterday, I received a package from home (more on it on Sunday) and there was this beautiful calendar in it with shots of Budapest, my birth city. This inspired me to write a little bit about Budapest, the capital city of Hungary and share some of my best pictures of my favorite city ever.

Walk by the Danube on the Buda side

Vaci Street
Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation centre. In 2011, Budapest had around 1.74 million inhabitants, while the Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3.3 million people according to the 2011 census. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbuda with east-bank Pest.
Parliement and Castle

The city is often mentioned as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. If you are visiting Mid-Eastern Europe Budapest is worthy place to stop with several breath-taking World Heritage Sites like the banks of the Danube, also called Dunakorzo, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world.

Castle in sunset from Pest

Dunakorzo

Little Prince_Dunakorzo

Other attractions include the third largest Parliament building in the world, several historical bridges, boating opportunities and charming, old streets with buildings from the 18th and 19th century.

Parliament from Margherite Bridge

Parliament at sunset

Margherite Bridge and boat

Boats on the Danube

Budapest is also home for more then 80 hot springs with the world’s largest thermal water cave system, so it is an ideal place for healing and relaxing in the thermal water. For culture lovers the city offers a huge list of museums and galleries, like the Hungarian National Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, the House of Terror (an interactive exhibition of Nazism and Communism), the Budapest Historical Museum, the Memento Park (a Statue Park of the Hungarian Communist Era) and the Museum of Applied Arts. For the evenings Budapest is teaming with life, it has a wide variety of restaurants, theaters and shows of all kinds. The night life is just as lively with countless bars, discos and entertainment facilities.

The Quick History of Budapest: taken from Wikipedia

The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241–42. The re-established town became one of the centers of Renaissance humanist culture in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after the 1873 unification. It also became the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Republic of Councils of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.

Castle at night from Buda

Chainbridge

The Statue of Freedom on Gellert Hill

And if this post is not enough incentive, please visit this site for more information.

I miss Budapest a lot, its bustling noisiness, age-old monuments and historical sights, the rich mix of new and old and the sheer volume of opportunities it offers. Whenever I think about my city, an old, Hungarian song comes to mind: “Budapest, Budapest Te csodás!” translating into Budapest, Budapest, You beautiful! Now I feel all sentimental and nostalgic…

See you soon!

♥Eszter

 

 

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