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Budapest Travel Guide

Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is divided into two by the Danube River. One side is called Buda and the other (the eastern side) is called Pest. Buda is the older sibling – cobbled streets and historical buildings. Cross the river to Pest and you’ll see commercial buildings – banks, shops, theatres and the parliament.

During World War II, the Germans had destroyed all bridges across the Danube and cut off the two settlements from each other. At present there are three bridges that connect both sides of the city: Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge and Liberty Bridge. If you are strolling around the city be careful with landmarks – streets and roads are saying adieu to their Communist past and are being renamed. Budapest is not only the political and commercial capital of the city but its intellectual and cultural focus as well. The beauty of nearby provincial towns, vine valleys, beach resorts in the east and rugged plains in the south all combine to make Budapest the ideal start to your discovery of Hungary.

Budapest is renowned for its underground thermal springs which claim to have a lot of therapeutic benefits. The largest medicinal bath in Europe, Szechenyi Medicinal Bath and the Gellert are said to relieve everything from skin disorders to joint problems. So you are sure to find a number of locals here taking a dip in the ‘magical waters’ of Budapest.


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