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Budapest Introduction


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Budapest, Hungary, may be the capital of the landlocked country, but it's far from dry. In fact, Budapest's most seductive element is water. It springs from underground wells, filling Ottoman, neoclassical and art-nouveau pools.   Click here to see the full Budapest travel guide on Travel42 »

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Budapest Geography


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Orientation is slightly more complicated than dividing the city into Buda and Pest—but it's a good way to start. The Danube (Duna in Hungarian) flows through the middle of the city: Buda and Obuda are on the west side, Pest is on the east. Seven bridges, in addition to two railway bridges, span the divide.   Click here to see the full Budapest travel guide on Travel42 »

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Budapest History


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The history of Budapest has been marked by waves of conquerors and immigrants. Celtic remains have been found near Gellert Hill, but one of the first substantial settlements was Roman. The Romans conquered the area in 11 BC and established a city called Aquincum in present-day Obuda. The Huns began threatening the area around AD 250 and, led by Attila, finally gained control over present-day Hungary in 437.   Click here to see the full Budapest travel guide on Travel42 »

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Budapest Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Budapest's geography will help you organize your sightseeing so you can use your time efficiently. Start in Buda at Castle Hill. It's a Hungarian acropolis, covered in attractions. Budavari Palota, on the hill's southern end, houses the National Gallery, the city's history museum and a contemporary-arts museum. On the northern end of Castle Hill are two easily recognizable sights: the beautiful spire and colorful roof of Matyas Templom and the cone-shaped towers and terrace of Halaszbastya (Fishermen's Bastion).   Click here to see the full Budapest travel guide on Travel42 »

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Budapest Nightlife


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Budapest has an abundance of wonderful cafes that are also popular nightspots. One of the liveliest areas is the Theater District around Liszt Ferenc ter and Andrassy ut. Szentkiralyi utca and Krudy Gyula utca (near the Hungarian National Museum) and Raday utca are other popular streets.   Click here to see the full Budapest travel guide on Travel42 »

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Budapest Restaurants & Dining


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Hungarian cuisine encompasses a great variety, and is one of Europe's lesser-known cuisines (making its discovery all the more exciting). Hungarian food relies heavily on pork, but game meats such as venison and wild boar are also popular. Sour cream, paprika, cabbage, crackling and goose liver are also essential elements of many dishes.   Click here to see the full Budapest travel guide on Travel42 »

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