A visit to Budapest will leave you thirsting for more. This impressive capital encapsulates the very best of what Hungary has to offer. It is a large, vibrant city, harbouring a population of approximately 1 million. This is one of the most densely populated cities in the region, making it the powerhouse of the economy, and the home of a range of interests, from business and tourism to culture.
Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union.
The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century.
Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the western bank, with Pest on the eastern bank on 17 November 1873.
Budapest and its surrounding is a real paradise for sporting events ranging from athletics (European Championship in 1966, 1998; World Championship: 2004), through modern Pentathlon (World Championships: 1954, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2008) fencing (World Championships: 1933,1959, 1975, 1991, 2000, 2013), to marathon offering splendid views along the two embankments of the river Danube. Athletes pass by Buda Castle – part of the UNESCO heritage – Gellért hill, the Parliament, Chain bridge competing against one another and against the clock.
Budapest is packed with museums and galleries and there are plenty of temporary exhibitions in the most unlikely of settings, particularly in summer. The city features 223 museums and galleries, displaying elements not only of the history, arts and sciences of Hungary but of universal and European culture and science, as well. The most highly visited ones include the Hungarian National Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery to mention but a few.
Regarding the water related links of the city, river Danube is the primary reference, which separates the hilly Buda side from the flat terrain of Pest. What is more, Budapest is the city of baths, where visitors can reinvigorate in one the 19 different thermal springs or the 8 classical thermal baths, including Turkish baths, thanks to the unique composition and temperature of thermal water.
Those hunting for more energetic water activities may want to have fun in Aquaworld or Aquarena, adjacent to Hungaroring.