One of the most asked questions by tourists is if Budapest has an old town? Yes, Budapest has not one but two ancient cities namely the hilly city Buda and the flat land Pest. And now you can guess how the modern city name is formed. East Europe’s famed and spectacularly photogenic capital city, modern Budapest city was formed in the 19th century by joining the two lands and coining the two words.
Cobblestone pedestrian walks, gothic style architectural buildings and the cosy little mediaeval cottages where you can dine in will undoubtedly take you back in time and give you an unfeigned 14th-century experience.
And let us let you in for another secret too, Budapest is pronounced as BudaPESCHT. So, when you wander through the much-famed lands of Eastern Europe save this pro tip and wander the famous streets as an elite tourist.
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Is Budapest Two Different Cities?
The city of Budapest, which is a tale of two cities, has a smaller city, Buda, which has now become a pedestrian-friendly pedestrian area with a much calmer atmosphere surrounded by a variety of natural beauty. The Pest is a vibrant city that offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, meeting spots, and workplaces.
The most teeming population-wise and undeniably the most flourishing capital city of Hungary attracts millions of tourists each year due to its distinctive and antediluvian relics – with boastful and great history and architecture. The most famous river in Hungary, River Danube divides the city into two where you can see the two ancient cities. Most of the ancient kings chose the city of Buda due to its demographical location which gave them a strategic advantage.
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Standing tall with pride in the heart of the capital city is the massive Baroque palace built in the 13th century, which was later renovated in the 18th century. Buda Castle, also known as the Royal Castle attracts thousands of visitors each year due to its cultural importance. Built-in spectacular Gothic style it currently houses the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the National Széchényi Library.
This undeniable crown monument of the country has various styles of architecture to admire upon. From renaissance ruins to communist-era representations the castle proudly portrays its mortality over the centuries.
Széchenyi Baths, the largest thermal bath and spa complex should be on the top of your itinerary of the best places to visit. With bright yellow coloured medieval era edified palace and crystalline blue waters all around will give you a glimpse into the luxurious lives of the past. Széchenyi Baths consist of 15 thermal pools with different temperatures, steam baths, saunas, and cold bathing pools with the latest option to have mixed bathing too.
You can also play chess or engage in other relaxing activities while being immersed in the water to the chest level and treat yourself to a refreshing time. There are many recreational activities that you can engage in and experience the famed life of noblemen of the past.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
No matter which part of the world you are exploring, make sure to explore its religious places of worship. With holy relics, frescoes and museums, St. Stephen’s Cathedrals echo history, architectural magnificence, stained glass paintings and secrets too. Situated in the heart of Budapest, standing majestically on a square with its astounding neoclassical style, St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Szent István Bazilika is enormous that it can shelter a thousand worshippers at any time.
The Cathedral is named after the Founding Father and the First King of Hungary, King Saint Stephen, who is also venerated as the patron saint of Hungary. The treasury of Basilica in the Cathedral houses important religious artefacts including the most important treasury of Hungary, the mummified Holy Right Hand of St. Stephen.
Hungarian House of Parliament
What comes into your mind when you hear the words ‘House of Parliament’? We can guarantee that your imagination will not be a match for the iconic Hungarian House of Parliament. Situated on the banks of the River Danube, it is the third-largest parliament in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built-in grandeur neo-gothic style it offers guided tours to visitors to its Dome Hall and the Older Upper House Hall.
The crown jewel of the parliament is not King Steven’s crown jewels on display in the House of Treasury, but the fact that the parliament was built using the raw materials from Hungary with the labour of Hungarian craftsmen. An edifice symbolises the message of the skills of the Hungarian, just as how its vastness portrays its economic strength in the early twentieth century.
What if you could walk around and see the history of a country assemble into one place? Well, Hungary offers you a splendid tour into its ancient history in the Heroes’ s square. The largest and most iconic square in Hungary is its political, cultural, and social hub. The square is guarded by the seven chieftains of the Magyar tribes that founded Hungary and other important heads of state.
The square is crowned by a tall and grandeur statue of Archangel Gabriel. You can see him holding a double-cross and a Holy Crown depicting the legend of how the Archangel prompted the first King of Hungary to embrace Christianity and the Crown,
With beautiful tiles and kaleidoscopic mosaics, Gellert Baths offers a stunning thermal bath experience for all water lovers. With mineral-rich waters coming from 118 springs in the Gellert Hills that fill the 12 pools of the complex, people not only come for recreational purposes but also to find a cure for their respiratory diseases.
The thermal waters are considered a great treatment for people suffering from blood circulation, joint problems, and inflammation too. It is an example of the lovely 19th-century European bathing culture and offers many recreational services to tourists including geothermal pools and massage treatments.
On the banks of the River Danube, you can have a leisurely stroll enjoying the spectacular views of a few prominent skyscrapers and city bridges. Visitors can also witness the Shoes on the Danube Bank, a monument that honours the lives of all the Jews that were massacred on the same riverbanks during world war 2.
The sixty pairs of shoes are a tribute to the slain Hungarian Jews who were ordered to remove their shoes before being shot dead. As you walk through the beautiful esplanade you will encounter marvellous sculptures, carvings of notable people and bronze carvings around the Vigado Square.