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Pearl of the Danube. That is how the Hungarian capital is popularly known, a city divided by the river Danube: to one side, Buda and its quiet surroundings; at the other, Pest, the modern city although with historical landmarks. Budapest has so many places to visit and so much history and culture around each corner that holidays in apartments in Budapest will become unforgettable, since this city leaves a huge impression on all of its visitors.
What not to miss in Budapest
The emblem of the city is its castle, located on Buda Hill. There you can also find the famous sculpture of the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Lions Courtyard, the National Art Gallery and the Savoyai Terrace, with amazing views over the Danube and Pest. In Pest, you cannot miss a trip to the thermal baths, especially those of Szechenyi and Rudas. Andrássy Avenue is of such beauty that it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it leads to Heroes Square, a square with buildings of great architectural and historical value. A building that stands above the rest though is its Parliament, on the banks of the Danube. Of smaller size is the Synagogue on Dohány Street,a part of the city’s Jewish legacy which can also be seen in the memorial of the Shoes on the Danube and in its Museum of Terror, which relates the different eras of terror that the city has suffered throughout its history.
The two parts of Budapest
Budapest is fundamentally divided in two parts: Buda and Pest. Buda is where the oldest historical landmarks are whilst Pest is the more modern side of the city, where you will find cheap apartments in Budapest to stay during your time in the city. Belváros and Lipotváros are the heart of the city whilst Terezváros is where the most beautiful architecture is located. Ujlipótváros is an area that’s famous for its cool bars and restaurants.
The best time to visit Budapest
Budapest enjoys its best weather in summer, where temperatures are around 70ºF and rain is scarce. In winter, temperatures can go below 30ºF (0ºC) although the cold and the snow bring out a unique side to the city. However, summer is definitely when the city shines the most.
Getting around Budapest
You can get to Budapest by plane from all around Europe to its airport or by train to its station. In the city, its metro network is one of the oldest in Europe but it still runs efficiently, as does its tram network. Taxis can be a bit more expensive, especially for tourists who don’t know the area well.
Festivals in Budapest
The Spring Festival takes place in March and it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors who come and see the hundreds of cultural events that take place around the city, from music to dance as well as art. As well as many music festivals all year long, from jazz to classical music, Budapest is famous for the Sziget Festival, a music festival that takes place on the island of Óbuda, in the middle of the Danube, attracting hundreds of thousands of young people from around Europe who come to enjoy great music during their holidays in Budapest.