View of the Hungarian Parliament from a Hillside in Budapest
Lines of Shoes Beside the Danube River in Budapest
A Tram Crossing a Bridge in Budapest
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Budapest

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Situated at the heart of Europe, Budapest is the capital of Hungary, appropriately named 'The Pearl of the Danube,' for its fixating and almost haunting beauty. Formerly two separate cities, Buda and Pest were forged into one by time, occupation, and the eight bridges that anchor them together today. The city's beauty has been pieced together by its many conquerors, each one leaving its influence on Budapest and the Hungarian people. 


Before the Magyar tribes (Ancient Hungarians) made their way from the Ural mountains into Central Europe, the area around Budapest was occupied by the Romans. The Romans were the first to bring vines to the region, and the impact of this can be seen in the 22 unique wine regions Hungary has cultivated. While in Budapest, be sure to have a glass of Tokaj, what King Louis XIV of France referred to as the "Wine of Kings, King of Wines".


Soak like a sultan in one of the many Turkish thermal baths left by the Ottoman occupation. Constructed in 1550, the Rudas Baths are one of the oldest and located along the bank of the Danube. If Habsburg is more your style, head over to the neo-Baroque Széchenyi Bath complex, complete with saunas, massage parlors, and if you're lucky — an open chess table in one of the three heated outdoor pools. 


If you're going to drink and soak like royalty, you may as well shake hands with them. Housed in the towering Neoclassical St. Istvan's Basilica is the mummified right hand of Hungary's first Christian king, Saint Istvan I. For only a few forints, you can view the creepy encased relic in person. Head to the top of the basilica's dome for a 360-degree view of the city. 


From the Pest side to the Buda side, the Chain Bridge leads to the castle district. Glide to the top of the hill via the Castle Hill Funicular and land in the massive Baroque-style Palace complex. Finish the tour at Fisherman's Bastion, a colonnade which offers a framed panoramic view of Pest and Europe's largest Parliament building. 

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The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest During Sunrise
Hungarian Parliament
Architecture
A Stone Bridge with Chain Suspension in Budapest
Chain Bridge
Architecture
A White Stone Basilica with a Dome in Budapest
St Stephens Basilica
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A Red Brick Synagogue in Budapest
Dohany Street Synagogue
Jewish Heritage
The View of the Danube River from the Gellert Hill in Budapest
Gellert Hill & Baths
Parks & Gardens
The National Museum of Hungary in Budapest
National Museum
Museums & Galleries
A Large Covered Marketplace With Vendors in Budapest
Central Market
Street Markets
The Many Towered Buda Castle in Budapest
Buda Castle
Castles & Chateaux
Outdoor Baths with Old Architecture in Budapest
Szechenyi Baths
Spa & Wellness
Optional Day Trips
Lamps Strung over a Street in Szentendre
Szentendre
Small Towns
A Large Royal Mansion of White Stone in Godollo
Godollo Palace
Castles & Chateaux
A Miniature Train on a Rail Track in Budapest
Save Janos Hill & the Children’s Railway
Cultural
The Bend in the Danube River Surrounded by Trees
Danube Bend
Natural Beauty
A Canon by a Castle in Eger
Eger
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