Hungary's charming capital has something for everyone: the Danube river is lined with imposing architecture and a promenade perfect for a romantic walk, the city centre just a few minutes away is buzzing with quirky ruin pubs and trendy restaurants, while the castle-topped hills towering above the city offer a scenery you won't soon forget.
The early history of Budapest dates back to the Roman ages, as many important settlements of the Empire were located in what we call Hungary today. Present-day Budapest was born in 1873 with the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest, and this was also the period that saw several large-scale construction works, having largely contributed to the postcard-perfect outlook the Paris of the East has today.
It was, however, a long way to come: the country was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for over 200 years, and has a history heavily intertwined with the Hapsburg dynasty. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved with the outbreak of WWI, and even though the outcome of the second war brought relief to a Hungary with a populous Jewish community, years of Soviet suppression followed.
In the 1990s, the change of regime opened up a world of possibilities for a war-torn country, but the past will never be forgotten. Today, turbulent history is remembered in finely preserved landmarks scattered across the city, coexisting with vibrant young venues celebrating a whole new era.Read More