Buda, Obuda and Pest are the three towns that melted to form the city of Budapest. The beautiful capital of Hungary, located on the banks of the Danube, is always ready to receive visitors from all latitudes.
Budapest is clearly divided by the Danube, on one side there are the hills of Buda, where the old part of the city is and on the other side the flat area of Pest, in which the most important buildings were erected during the Austro-Hungarian empire period in the nineteenth century. To visit Buda, there is no better way than taking the funicular and drop down at Saint George square; from here you will have the chance to visit the Royal Palace, or explore the Castle district, which is the oldest area of the city. From Buda you will always have great views of the city.
In terms of transportation Budapest offers many different options including the cog railway, which go through the Buda hills, the subway that circulates under the ground of Pest and a complete network of trams, buses and trolley buses. If you are planning to stay many days in Budapest apartments it would make sense to purchase the Budapest Card, with which, not only you will get unlimited access to public transportation, but you can also get discounts in restaurants, museums, spas, shops and car rental. A 48 hours Budapest card costs approximately 27 Euros and a 72 hours card cost 33 Euros. You can get these cards in the tourist offices or in the main metro stations.
If you want to start using the discounts of the Budapest card right away, you can go to Gellert spa, a legendary place adorned with colorful mosaics, marble columns and so much water to enjoy and relax body and mind. There is also a wave pool for your enjoyment during the warm months.
There are many bridges connecting Buda and Pest, but certainly the most famous one, is the Chain Bridge (Szechenyi), which was the first permanent stone bridge constructed in the city. The bridge build by architect William Tierney Clark is well-known for its exquisite architectural details and for local a legend that states that on the opening day, someone discovered that the Lions on the bridge, designed the sculptor Janos Marschalko, had no tongue and realizing that the famous sculptor jumped from the bridge committing suicide.
While Buda was established hundreds of years ago on the right bank on the Danube, Pest on the left side, is a lot younger. Pest was constructed on the nineteenth century by the Hungarian bourgeoisie that structured it in broad avenues lined up with beautiful classical buildings, among which you have to visit the parliament, a landmark building of the city that shows some resemblance to the London Parliament. It has a 96-meters- impressive dome, same height as St. Stephen’s cathedral dome, which was constructed in honor to the first Christian king of the country.
Like these two beautiful buildings, Budapest is full of countless places that will never fail in taking your breath away, get an apartment in Budapest and let the capital of Hungary delight you.
Hans Beltran is a world traveler, who enjoys writing everything regarding holidays and vacations. Passionate about SEO and world history, found in writing the perfect way to share his experiences with his fellow travelers.