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Welcome to Budapest - the Hungarian capital was founded in 1873 after the unification of Buda, Obuda and Pest. The western part of the city, Buda and Obuda stands on nine hills. The eastern part of the city, Pest, is the flat and newer part of the city containing beautiful Art Nouveau and fin-desiecle architecture. This exiting city which straddles the Danube holds many treasures brought to Budapest by different cultures in different times of history. The food, wines and cultural experiences will make you enjoy this beautiful city.

It is the beauty of the city which makes it stand apart. Architecturally it is a masterpiece. Add to this parks brimming with attractions, museums filled with treasures, boats sailing upriver to the scenic Danube Bend and Turkish-era thermal baths, and you have one of Europe's most delightful cities. There's no doubt the 'Queen of the Danube' will be among the highlights of your trip to Eastern European.

Budapest is unique among European capitals, oft quoted as the town of caves and medicinal waters. Eight protected natural resources can be found in this city of two million. The excursion spots and the caves open to visitors can all be reached by public transport. For pleasant walks we suggest Gellért Hill and Tabán on its slopes, between Buda and Pest the Margaret Island, on the Pest side the City Park and Népliget.
Places of Interest

Castle Hill
The last remains of medieval Budapest

The Royal Palace
Residence of King Matthias in the 15th century

St Stephen's Basillica
Neo-Renaissance dome stands 96m over Bajcsy Zsilinszky

New Theatre
Contains Art Nouveau

Special Events

Mid March to April
Budapest Spring Festival

June
Danube Festival

July to Mid August
Budafest Summer Music Festival

Mid October to November
Budapest Autumn Festival

End November to 24th December
Budapest Christmas Fair

Lake Balaton
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