Facts about Budapest 18/01/2019


Budapest is Hungary’s capital, it's also the most visited city in this country. The city is divided into two parts by the Danube in a north-southerly direction. Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities; due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East". 

If you have planned to visit Budapest, here are some facts that you should know before going there: 

 

  • Budapest is full of UNESCO's World Heritage site like the Banks of Danube (called also the shoes on the Danube Bank), the Buda Castle Quarter and many others... 

 

  • Around the year 1000 Stephen (István) I, King of Hungary, organized a feudal state on the Central European model and introduced Christianity. A few years later merchants from central and western Europe settled in Buda and Pest and helped both places to develop rapidly. In 1241-42 Mongols stormed the Danube towns of Buda and Pest.  A few years later the construction of the Castle of Buda ordered by King Béla IV was completed. The royal court moved to Buda in 1347 again, when work was begun to expand the fortification into a palace in contemporary Gothic style. From then on Buda became a royal town, while Pest developed into a prosperous trading center. Buda is related to brother of the Hunnic Ruler Attila and Pest which means “Pession” was a fortress during the Roman time. 

 

  • This city has the largest thermal water cave 

 

  • It has the oldest subway line which opened in 1896 

 

  • Budapest has also the largest synagogue of Europe who has a capacity of 2 964 seats

  • The city has the 3rd largest Parliament build in the world with 691 rooms, 20 km of stairs and covers an area of 18,000 sq meters (193,750 sq feet). 

 

  • It may not be impressive but they have the oldest zoo in the world. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the world with its almost 150 years of history.  

 

By Peggy