Visiting Hungary, Budapest

The capital city of Hungary is Budapest. Buda on the right side of the river Danube is built among hills, while Pest on the left side is built on the plain. To introduce Budapest to a tourist from abroad I would tell him some historical and geographical data about the capital of Hungary. 2000 years ago the Romans called this settlement Aquincum, that means the “city of waters” because there were and still there are a lot of water springs and medicinal baths in this region. Today Budapest is a busy metropolis with a population of 2 million people. The city is rich in historical and cultural monuments, works of art and natural beauties.

I think I would start the tour of Budapest by taking the tourist up to the Gellért Hill, because this is the best point to see the panorama of this beautiful city. Standing high above the city on the highest point of the hill is the Statue of Liberty. On the top of the hill there’s the Citadella, which was a fortress. Chain Bridge is the first permanent bridge across the river Danube. One of the tourist attractions of the city is the Castle district of Buda.

The first stop during a visit to the Castle district is usually at Matthias Church. This was the coronation church of the kings of Hungary.  Behind the church is Fishermen’s Bastion. It connects Hunyadi János Street with Szentháromság square. The centre of the Castle district is the Royal Castle, the National Gallery and the National Library.

The most popular park for the people living in Budapest is the beautiful Margaret Island, which is in the middle of the Danube between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. The Parliament building is situated in the Kossuth Square, designed by Imre Steindl. It is the house of the Hungarian Government and the Parliament. One of the best-known monuments in Pest is the one in Heroes’ Square. And of course, if you are looking for the shopping district, go along Váci Street. The street leads to Vörösmarty Square, where the very famous and old Gerbaud, old coffee house and confectionary is.