, known as the 'Queen of the Danube ', is a magnificent
city exuding a cultural sophistication that entices
and enchants. Gracing both sides of the legendary
river with grand historic buildings, regal bridges
and graceful tree-lined boulevards, it is the
city's elegant beauty and romantic atmosphere
that has given Budapest Parisian status among
the Eastern European countries.
was originally two cities built on either side
of the Danube, namely Buda and Pest. The two districts
are still distinct in their contrasting makeup,
with the older and more charming Buda comprising
atmospheric cobbled streets, little picturesque
coloured houses and a medieval, neo-Classical
mixture of architecture set among the gentle hills
of the west bank. It is famous for its historic
Castle Hill featuring the Royal Palace, museums
and galleries, St Matthias Church and the ramparts
of Fisherman's Bastion.
lies on a flat plain and is the commercial core
of the city. It bustles with fashionable shopping
areas and has characteristically wide, leafy boulevards.
Andrássy Boulevard is the Champs-Elysées
of Budapest, lined with a typical mosaic of architectural
styles and buildings with the enormous Heroes'
Square at the end.
city of charm and character, both European and