by findingDulcinea Staff
Budapest has become a bustling Central European city, especially since the 1989 downfall of the Communist government in Hungary. The Buda Castle Hill, Andrássy Avenue, and the hot mineral baths are some of its "gotta see" sites. Read on to discover the historic, intellectual, and recreational secrets of this European gem.
Read this in-depth history of Budapest to learn its origins and discover its modern influences.
Amble through Budapest’s modern streets, linger in front of historic architecture, or imagine yourself sipping coffee and eating pastries in a local café as this slideshow of the city transports you to Hungary’s capital.
Margaret Island is a 2.5 km (or 1.6 mile) island mostly covered by park areas, and is a popular recreational area for tourists as well as locals.
In addition to their relaxation benefits, Hungarian doctors claim that the calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, sodium, and other minerals found in Budapest’s hot water baths have curative powers for all manner of muscular ailments.
In Budapest’s historic coffee houses, the pens and paper were free and a discount “writers menu” of cold cuts, cheese, and bread was offered. Literary greats such as Ferenc Molnar spent significant time in Budapest’s cafés.
Take a guided photo tour of the historic Castle Hill neighborhood of Budapest.
Europe’s largest synagogue is located in Budapest. Read more about this landmark religious structure and the details of its construction: it contains nearly 3,000 seats!
Andrássy Avenue was originally devised as a horseback and cart route between the city center and the main city park. The avenue is now often compared to New York City’s “museum mile” because of its large array of cultural attractions.
Budapest played a major role in Tom Clancy's novel Red Rabbit.