BUDAPEST

Introduction to Budapest

The capital of Hungary, known as the "Pearl of the Danube", is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully located cities in the world. The river Danube runs through the middle of the metropolis of two million, dividing hilly Buda with its narrow cobbled streets and mixture of medieval and neo-classical buildings from the Pest plain with its wide avenues and boulevards. Because of the picturesque panorama offered by the river and its bridges, the Parliament, the imposing Royal Castle, Fishermen's Bastion and the impressive Danube Embankment, UNESCO placed this site on the World Heritage list.

The guests will find side by side the remains of fortresses and buildings from Roman times, still operating Turkish baths, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and the incredibly rich Art Novae architectural heritage. There is no other capital city in the world with close to 100 thermal springs and 12 medicinal baths within its boundaries, where 19 million gallons of thermal water rise to the surface every day.

It is a city where the pleasing harmony of different architectural styles and superb structures, the cafés, gastronomy and culture are combined with legendary hospitality and blend into an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Public Transport

The public transportation network in Budapest is well developed, and will bring you almost wherever you want to. The same tickets are to be used everywhere, and if you buy one day tickets, three day tickets or similar you can use them on all the vehicles in Budapest. You can also buy a tourist card which will give you free use of the public transportation, free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to several sights, reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes, discounts in restaurants and spas and some other advantages as well. This is only recommended if you plan to visit lots of museums and tourist places.

With the travel cards/passes you can travel unlimitedly with trams, buses and with the metro in Budapest. You can also buy single tickets (400 HUF).

Metro Map

There are three metro lines in Budapest. The yellow is the oldest one, which in fact is the second oldest subway/metro line in Europe. The Red is just renewed, the Blue is partly under reconstruction. As you read about different hotels and sights, you will be informed to what stop they are close.

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