Sunday, June 12, 2011

Budapest, Hungary

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest is the capital of Hungary and the country’s largest city. Budapest lies on both sides of the Danube River and was first built and settled by Celts around the 1st century. Let’s get right in to some amazing places you can check out!

The Budapest City Park was established as an English-style national garden in the 19th century where people could relax and entertain within a green environment. Inside the park, the Vajdahunyad Castle stands with City Lake at its foot. Also in the park lies the Szechenyi Baths, a thermal spa built in 1881. Budapest is often called “the city of spas” by locals and this one is perhaps the most famous one of them all. The park also includes the Budapest Amusement Park, the Grand Circus, and the Budapest Zoo, which is one of the oldest in the world.

At the end of the City Park, your eye will catch the Heroes’ Square; a tribute to Hungary’s National Identity. This spacious square was built in celebration of the city’s 1000th anniversary. Around the square, you will find statues of all the kings, princes and leaders of Hungary.

After the Mongol Tribes invaded Hungary in the 13th century, the foundations for the Buda Castle were built for King Béla. Until the 20th century, it served as the palace for all Hungarian royals. It is now part of the Budapest World Heritage Site.

The Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace built for decorative purposes in the 19th century. The structure is a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque and is full of turrets, projections, parapets and climbing stairways. The view from the Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the best views you will get of Budapest.

Budapest is one of the treasured gems in Europe and certainly deserves to be called it. The beautiful structures of the city that make it so magnificent should not be missed the next time you are backpacking through Europe! What do you think of Budapest?

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