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10 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

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8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

8 Must-Know Facts About Budapest

Budapest is the capital and most populous city of Hungary. It is in Central Europe on the banks of the Danube River. The historical city has many attractions, including probably most notably the world-famous Széchenyi thermal baths, which have been built in art nouveau style.

This introduction is about Budapest, a major European capital with lots to do and see.

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

Budapest is a major European capital and one of the most visited cities in the world. Its compact city center offers a lot to do and see, as well as some wonderfully tasty restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops.

1. Budapest is the capital of Hungary

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It is the largest city in Central Europe and has a population of 1.8 million people.

The city’s many cultural attractions include the Hungarian State Opera House, Heroes Square, and St Stephen’s Basilica. Budapest is home to world-renowned universities, including Eötvös Loránd University and Central European University.

Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary. It is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, and industrial center.

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
The city has been the capital of Hungary since its unification in 1873. It was historically a part of the Kingdom of Hungary and then Austria-Hungary from 1867 to 1918. The city has been listed as one of the top ten cities in Eastern Europe to visit for most tourists.

2. Budapest has a population of 1,873,076 and a metro

area population of 2,859,862

 

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

3. There are 3 universities in Budapest: Eötvös Loránd

University (ELTE), Central European University (CEU), and

Andrássy University

Andrássy University is the biggest university in Budapest. Its main campus is located on Andrássy Avenue.

Budapest has a large number of universities – 9 to be precise. Ranked by their size, they are ELTE University, Central European University, Hungarian-American Academy of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medical University of Hungary, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest Business School (University of Economics), Gazi University and Andrássy Uni.

4. The Hungarian Parliament Building is the largest iron

dome in Europe

The Hungarian Parliament Building is the largest single-domed building in Europe and among the largest cast-iron domes in the world. It is also the most recognized building in Budapest.

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

The Hungarian Parliament Building is an architectural masterpiece built-in 1859. Its dome’s shape was modeled after that of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest which was known as a “wonder of its time.”

The dome is constructed using cast iron and brick, but also has a steel skeleton that supports it. It features a range of flying buttresses and statues that symbolize the nation’s history, culture, and values.

5. The Danube River flows through the city; this is where

it gets its name from

The Danube is one of the longest rivers in Europe. It flows through Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia.

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

The word the Danube might be related to the Proto-Indo-European word ‘dānu,’ which means ‘to flow’ or maybe to Proto-Germanic ‘duubją’ or Latin ‘Danubius.’ Regardless, it is clear from all these theories how the name came about.

The river became important for trade routes and has thus been a part of the social and cultural history of many places along its course. The Danube was one of the most important rivers in European history but also quite destructive for its basin areas as it brought floods and even some destructive earthquakes in European history like the Vienna

6. The Gellért Hill with the Citadel has been a symbol of

the city since Medieval times

Gellért Hill is the highest hill in Budapest and with its Citadel at the top, it has been a symbol of the city since medieval times.

The Gellért Hill with the Citadel has been a symbol of the city since medieval times. The hill was called “Husztbogl” or “Huszt-Blog” during this period and was named after King Stephen’s son, Prince Gellért (the first king of Hungary).

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
During World War I, cannonballs were fired at the Citadel from German battleships anchored on the Danube River. Officially, more than 200 people died including members of parliament and other dignitaries but unofficial estimates put the death toll at more than 600 people.

7. It’s famous for its thermal bath spas, subterranean

complex, and Buda Castle with panoramic views over the

city

Buda Castle is a historical castle on top of a hill in the city of Budapest. It was built by the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus in the late 16th century and is now a popular tourist destination.

Buda Castle is one of the most visited castles in Europe and has been called “the crowning achievement of medieval fortification.”

Buda’s thermal bath spas are popular among tourists, as well as its subterranean complex, which contains wine cellars and an imposing wine hall.

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

Buda was founded in 1241 and was the capital of Hungary. It is also the most visited city in Hungary with over 3 million visitors each year!

Buda is famous for its thermal bath spas, subterranean complex, and Buda Castle with panoramic views over the city.

8. It’s also home to many museums

8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit
8 Things to Know about Budapest before You Visit

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