Budapest, Hungary - Dreamstime
Budapest is probably one of the most culturally important cities in this part of Europe and the seat of numerous UNESCO monuments. Many call it the "Paris of the East" due to the fact that it lies on the beautiful Danube, and the city was officially created in 1872, after the merger of three previously independent cities - Old Buddha, Buddha and Pest, thus becoming the administrative, economic and industrial center of Hungary.
What we can see in Budapest?
Buddha or Budim Castle is a royal palace built in the 13th century. This is probably one of the most important and inevitable places in the whole country! Even UNESCO has included it in its list. The castle is an indispensable part of Hungarian history, and over the years, it has seen good and bad days.
2.Hungarian national parliament
My favorite thing about the town. No competition. The Hungarian national parliament is probably the first place people will go when they arrive in Budapest. Often painted on almost every souvenir of the city, this neo-Gothic beauty was completed in the late 19th century as a result of one competition!
Aside from being spectacular on the outside, the Hungarian Parliament has some special things hidden inside. What you must not miss is the room with the crown jewels of the Kingdom of Hungary.
The story goes that these gems have been lost and stolen many times. After World War II, they were transported to Western Europe and eventually given to the U.S. military to guard them against the Soviet Union. Later, during the Cold War, crown jewels were stored in the US Coin Deposit Box (Fort Knox, Kentucky) along with most of the US gold reserves. They eventually returned to Hungary under the direction of Jimmy Carter in 1978.
It is interesting to note that the Hungarian National Parliament is the third largest parliament in the world, with an incredible 700 rooms, as well as an impressive 19 kilometers of corridors and stairs.
3.The Dunabe cruise
The Danube cruise is one of Budapest's trademarks. Whether you decide to cruise during the day or night, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful panorama, where you will get the opportunity to see many sights of the city.
Hero Square, located at the end of Andrássy Avenue, is the site of one of the city's most significant monuments, depicting seven heads the nation believed to have led the Hungarian people from Central Asia to the Carpathians. In the center of the monument is Archangel Gabriel, who holds the Hungarian crown, and on two sides, there are motifs depicting several significant figures from Hungarian history.
At the top of Gellert Hill, stands the Citadel built during the Habsburg Monarchy, just after Hungary's failed war for independence. One of the reasons for the construction of the fort at this location is believed to be the ability to monitor developments in both Buda and Pest, should conflicts arise. Until 1897, the army was located in the Citadel, and was used by the Soviets in 1956 to control the city during the Hungarian Revolution. Within the citadel, today there is a restaurant, a hotel and a special museum.
I HOPE YOU WILL VISIT BUDAPEST. THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN EUROPE.
GREETINGS FROM BOSNIA;
NINA MUHAREMOVIC, XOXO!
Photo credits: Andrea Simon.