Situated on both banks of the Danube, Budapest encompasses the colorful hills of Buda and the wide boulevards of Pest. A treasure trove for architect and history lovers. The city showcases an abundance of architectural styles starting from baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic to art nouveau, enough to impress anyone.
Created by combining the towns of Buda, Obuda and Pest in 1873, the differences between the settlements on either side of the Danube are still there to be felt. Buda is defined by its hills. On the Gellert Hill the Citadel and Liberty Statue stand watch over the city visible from everywhere and defining symbols of the city despite their divisive historical significance. On the opposite hill you will find the Buda Castle, the palace we see today was completed in the eighteenth century but it is built on medieval foundations. The palace offers fantastic views of over the Danube to Pest. The Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church offer breathtaking beauty and a chance to see where the last Hungarian King was crowned.
In contrast to historical Buda, Pest offers the vibrant modern energy of the city, where the action happens and where the night begins. Exploring the historic Jewish Quarter you will discover the famous ruin bars. Venues constructed in buildings partial destroyed and left abandoned after the Second World War. They are decorated in an eclectic and unique style and are a favorite with locals and visitors alike. If you are looking to relax then a day at one of Budapest famous baths is a must. The name “Buda” is said to derive from an old for water, in reference to the many thermal baths that can be found in this part of the city.
The grand Gellert Baths offer an impressive Art Nouveau style and the smaller Kiraly Baths constructed by the Ottomans offer a glimpse back to the Sixteenth Century.
It was first completed in 1265, but the massive Baroque palace today occupying most of the site was built between 1749 and 1769.