Knowing Budapest – Hungary

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Today it is common enough to travel to Budapest scheduled circuit, together with Prague and Vienna perhaps. Generally, the latter two cities (especially Prague) will take care of travel arrangements, as they are more famous and tourism for our lands. However, commit a serious error if not properly prepare our trip to Budapest, since it is one of the most stunning cities in Europe and has many tourist attractions or more than their neighboring rivals.

Knowing Budapest

Photography by Leandro’s World Tour

Although Budapest is a city of enormous size (525 square kilometers), most cherished views will find them on the river Danube, which we will not walk many miles to get spectacular photos as, say, London or Paris.

Visit the Hungarian capital in less than three days, seems foolhardy, so is the tourism and leisure which houses … In this article we focus on a small selection of attractions that insurance does not disappoint us.

The Royal Palace:

One of the most famous buildings in Budapest is the Royal Palace, which rises imposingly from the Castle District, a hill located in Buda. The original castle dates from the thirteenth century, although it has been destroyed and completely renovated twice: first in 1686, after the site to free the city from Turkish control, and the last in the twentieth century after its total destruction site Budapest, 1945, during World War II. His time of greatest splendor during the reign of King Matthias, since the late fifteenth century was one of the most splendid royal palaces of Europe. His famous library, the Library Corviniana, is said to equal that of the Medici in Florence. Today it houses the Hungarian National Gallery, the largest art collection in the country and the Hungarian National Museum, with over 200 years of history. The best views of the palace are obtained from the Pest side, and although once in the vicinity of the construction tarnish something less foreign to fantastic views of the Danube and Pest from his position.

Knowing Budapest - Hungary

Photography by Omar A.

The Church of St. Matthew:

Not far from the Royal Palace and the Fishermen’s Bastion we have this lovely church, officially called the Church of Our Lady but popularly called St. Matthias in honor of Matthias Corvinus (Mátyás király), the most famous Hungarian king who ordered the building of the south tower in 1470. Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and more than 700 years old, in many ways the church is a reminder for Hungarians of the former wealth of the city, together with its tragic history. It concluded the most solemn acts of the nation, as the two weddings of King Matthias or the coronation of Charles IV, the last Habsburg king.

The church of St. Matthew is also a place of tragedy and miracles, as occurred during the siege of 1686 by the Holy League to Buddha to banish the Ottomans, who were kings and lords of the city for more than a century. During the battle, one of the walls of the church (then a mosque) fell after a shot, and it turned out that a statue of the Virgin Mary appeared behind it. This eventually demoralizes the Turks and the same day the city fell into Christian hands.

The church interior is a marvel, full of exquisite tapestries like the work of Hungary’s most famous painters of the nineteenth century: Bertalan Székely and Károly Lotz, and are an intriguing mix of Art Nouveau and Turkish designs that give a special touch . Admission is about 600 ft.

St. Stephen’s Basilica:

It is the cathedral of the city, and is on the Pest side. It was built in the twentieth century after 54 years of work. Named in honor of the first Hungarian king St. Stephen (975-1038), whose mummified hand can still be seen in the shrine. Along with the Parliament in Budapest, is one of the tallest buildings in the capital (96m). Designed by Joseph Hild in 1845, construction began in 1851.

However, Hild died before completing the project and was replaced by architect Miklós Ybl. During an inspection of the work, froze Ybl to discover a huge crack that had appeared in the outer walls of the building. Less than a week after they cordon off the area, the huge dome of the basilica collapsed. What little was left standing could not take advantage and was demolished, which began again Ybl basilica in neo-renaissance style. The temple was finally opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1906 and in 1945 suffered very important that took decades to repair damage. We finally emphasize that inside we find the largest bell in Hungary (south tower). You can climb to the dome by elevator, and from there get a privileged view of the city.

Hungary of Knowing Budapest

Photography by barnoid

The Parliament of Hungary:

One of the world’s most impressive parliament, being situated on the banks of the Danube just makes further enhance their beauty. Inside does not detract at all, because during the construction of Hungary’s finest artisans used the finest materials in order to construct a building for the Hungarian people that would be worthy of the nation’s economic power in the late nineteenth century.

The Parliament of Hungary

Photography by Nagy David

The hot springs:

Budapest is probably the world capital of medicinal waters and baths. Only in the town center found 123 and 400 thermal pools mineral pools from 14 groundwater sources. For granted that at least one visit to one of these spas is required, but it will be difficult to choose among so much variety.

The Central Market in Budapest:

Grande Market (its official name is Central Market) is the largest indoor market in Budapest and is located in the Plaza F.vám, number 1-3 in the ninth district, just at the point where the center of the city and Ferencváros found. Several times we saw the big market in television, in news from around the world, as many high-ranking foreign, famous artists made their purchases of garlic and Hungarian paprika red here, surrounded by cameras. In the market more attractive, larger and richer assortment of Budapest can be found throughout, eg fresh vegetables, meats and spices.

Make a trip to Central Market is always fascinating. Upon entering the front door and the traveler does not even know what direction to take because the colorful stalls and taste the articles submitted to attract attention from the outset. If we resist the very beginning and decided to go all the building is worth the trip started in the basement where you can taste the pickles that are typical Hungarian cuisine and also can buy a variety of oriental spices. Along with the small jobs we find a cafe for breakfast, a supermarket and a drugstore in the service of customers. Rising from the ground floor we are in the midst of the bustling life of the market and here, zigzagging between the immensity of posts, we can recreate the view and buy fresh vegetables and fruits as well as meat and other butchers. The best way is to go eat one of these tasty pieces of pastries which are called half moon, we recommend trying the leading cheese.

After climbing the stairs that lead to the portal, stand worth a moment and turn it so from this point you can see very well the enormous structure of the building and the large number of posts. After having seen all comes time to discover this plant. This is mainly sold gift items, leather goods and wine. It should be noted that prices in the market this plant are well oriented to tourism, to say the least, but who can resist buying a handmade wooden chess …

Isla Margarita:

This is one of the main lungs of the city. It is an island of 1.4 kilometers long and 500m wide, and is situated on the Danube in central Budapest, between Margaret Bridge and Árpád. Is the favorite place for lovers of sports, especially jogging lovers as there are excellent tracks. The island also houses several sports facilities, like the Palatinus water park (the largest complex of outdoor pools in Budapest), the Alfred Hajós sports pool (here organized the European Championship 2006), a tennis stadium and an athletic center. We also find a small Japanese garden with a fish pond, a small zoo with many waterbirds, a background music source (eg Strauss) and many shows in the summer. We should not miss a leisurely stroll around the Isla Margarita, at any time of year. Another way to appreciate the dimensions of the island is complete any of the Danube cruises around her as part of its route.

The Danube cruises

Photography by Txapulín

Caves of Budapest:

Budapest is, as we said, the city known worldwide as the thermal baths, no coincidence there around 130! hot springs in the city. Not as famous, however, by another of its most important aspects: there in his basement some 200 caves, both small and large. These caves were formed by the same underground water currents that provide the thermal baths today. Most caves are located in Buda, and were discovered in the early twentieth century. Three of these caves are open to the public.


Photography by Omar A.

Good trip to Budapest!

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