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Budapest A Quick Guide

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. The city is located in the central northern part of the country and it is home to a population of 1.7 million. The city is crossed by the River Danube, with Buda on the right bank and Pest on the left. Budapest boasts a rich history and the area was first settled by the Celts. However the first recorded history occurred later in 84AD when Romans settled in the area.

Around 900BC, the settlement was occupied by the Central Asian Magyars - linguistic and cultural ancestors of today's Hungarians. Pest was invaded by the Mongols in 1241, while the Austrian Habsburg rulers were declared Kings of Hungary in 1526. The Ottoman Empire conquered the city in 1541, but Budapest was recaptured by the Habsburg rulers in 1686. During World War II, between 20% and 40% of the city's Jewish population were killed under Nazi occupation.Despite Budapest's turbulent history, the city is a bustling and welcoming place with plenty to offer visitors. Some attractions within Buda, include Margaret Island ? which is a large, beautiful park.

The area of Castle Hill offers numerous fascinating museums and galleries, as well as delightful walks around the winding, picturesque streets. The caves found within the hills of Buda are another popular attraction. The two major caves, Pálvölgy and Szemlő Hill are particular favourites of intrepid travellers. Pest features the impressive Andrássy út Boulevard, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some attractions along the boulevard include the stunning State Opera House and the beautiful City Park.

The city is also famed for its numerous spas, and popular bathing spots include the Széchényi and the Gellért Baths. Budapest is a vibrant, modern city with a lively café culture. There are a huge number of cafes where visitors can relax, people-watch and soak up the unique and charming athmosphere of the city.

.Dara Ward operates over 150 travel websites including Hotels in Budapest He has extensive experience in the field of online travel. Dara also operates Hotels in Frankfurt.

By: Dara Ward

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