Welcome to Budapest
Perhaps one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Budapest enjoys not only a spectacularly advantageous natural location, but also an atmosphere combining the exotic with the sophisticated and the cosmopolitan with the uniquely Hungarian.
Budapest will surprise you at every corner. This is due to the fact that this city of 1.7 million people stands for a lot more than purely being the capital of Hungary. It is a grand icon of the past and a modern metropolis, a treasure-trove filled with over 2000 years of history mixed with an array of cultures and riveting events.
The city is divided into two parts by the River Danube, one is the hilly Buda, the other is the more flat Pest side. Most of the 5 star hotels, the business centre, and cultural life is concentrated on the Pest side, whilst Buda is mostly a residential area.
Budapest has a long list of World Heritage Sites including the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge built in 1848 is declared as one of the world’s most amazing bridges. The city attracts about 2.3 million tourists a year. It is well known across Europe for its Sziget (Island) Festival, held every August. You can also find one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets at Vörösmarty Square.