Budapest is a beautiful capital of Hungary, a large city with a great history. Budapest was formed in 1873 from the merger of two settlements, Buda and Pest, located on opposite banks of the Danube. The capital of Hungary is rich in historical landmarks and architectural gems. There are many palaces, monuments of great kings, luxurious theatres and beautiful neighbourhoods. Buda is covered with slopes and hills. There rest ancient ruins of Roman temples and amphitheatres, and its small streets are in stark contrast to the modern boulevards of Pest, with its luxury boutiques and shopping centres. In Budapest, you can spend a wonderful evening with a glass of Tokaj wine and enjoying some fragrant stew. There are required to visit the famous national hot springs and baths. Budapest is not just a capital, it’s a world-recognized resort-city. Another feature of the Hungarian capital is its unique public transport. There function the longest trams in the world, the buses go around the clock, and the subway is the oldest in Europe, the first branch of which was built in 1896.
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On the construction of the parliament building in Budapest, there were spent 20 years and it was finished in 1906. The parliament was built in neo-Gothic style, and its architecture is magnificent having beautiful decor, lots of arches and windows, spires, and towers of the powerful dome which diameter is equal to 20 meters. The interior of the building is surrounded by luxury and deserves special attention. Inside you will see medieval mosaics, stained glass, gilding, tapestries, and sculptures. Priceless relics, the St. István's crown is also kept there, along with his sceptre and the sword. Parliament is an acting governmental residence, however, there are held excursions for tourists.
Fishermen's Bastion built in 1897 is a grandiose architectural structure on the hill. Once there was an area where was sold fish. However, the bastion was named in honor of the fishermen for another reason. When the fortress was being attacked, it was the fishermen raised to defense it, just like real soldiers. Bastion structures are made of white stone, and the area is full of the galleries. In the center, you will see a monument to the first king of Hungary - Istvan. There are 7 towers, which symbolize the seven tribes that founded the Hungarian state. Bastion has a terrace offering a great view of the Danube.
Gellért Thermal Bath
Gellert Baths in Budapest is one of 13 in the city. It’s a perfect place to enjoy water wellness procedures. The building of the bath was built in the 20th century and looks more like a palace than a spa. The bath interior is impressively splendour. After examining the stained-glass windows, marble columns, and bronze statues, enjoy drinking mineral water from a small fountain. Take a dip in one of the 13 pools with mineral water, its temperature ranges from 38 to 43 degrees Celsius.
Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid)
Chain Bridge is a decoration of Budapest and it is the first permanent stone bridge in the city. Its role in the history of the city and the country is huge - it connects Buda and Pest, thereby combining the city together. The bridge was built in 1849 by the order of the Hungarian patron - István Széchenyi, and it was named in his honor after 50 years of existence. This structure has always been the pride of Hungary - it is one of the largest in the world. The length of the bridge is 380 meters, width - almost 15. Visit this Bridge at night, and then you will see great illumination.
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