The capital of Hungary, Budapest, is a city that seduces its visitors at first sight. The symbol of Budapest is the Parliament building, an imposing building adorned by the most important Chain Bridge. This wonderful city is woven of a large number of tourist attractions. The Fisherman's Bastion is just one of the attractions that make this city magnificent. The seven towers represent the seven Hungarian founders of the state and the city. With about two million inhabitants, Budapest is an important cultural, administrative, economic and trade center of Hungary. A very rich history with cultural treasures makes Budapest one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Andrássy Avenue is the most popular boulevard in Budapest. The Avenue, connecting Elisabeth Square and the main city park, was constructed at the end of the 19th century. It contains many magnificent buildings, houses, villas, embassies, hotels and government institution buildings. Before it was completed, the main and most frequented street in the city was Kurály Street. The Avenue was primarily built to ease traffic. Its architects were Lajos Lechner, Frigyes Fesyi, Klein and Fraser.
The Central Market Hall is among the most famous tourist spots in Budapest. This traditional Central green market is absolutely a must-see. Hungarian people call this spot Nagyvásárcsarnok. The plan for the construction of the market was first pitched by the first Mayor of Budapest, Károly Kamermayer, and this was his greatest investment. The market was first opened on 15th February, 1897. The design of this market was created by Samu Pecz. It covers an area of 10 thousand square meters and is covered by a steel construction.
Budapest is famous for its large number of squares. One of the most popular ones is surely the Heroes’ Square. Located at the very end of Andrássy Avenue, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the largest squares in Budapest. The easiest way to reach the square is through Andrássy Avenue, which contains the embassies of numerous countries. The square contains two museums, the Fine Arts Museum and the Palace of Arts. The Millennium Monument with statues of seven tribal leader, founders of Hungary, as well as statues of seven notable people from Hungarian history, is also located on this square.
The Gellért Hill above Buda contains a cave system that has become very interesting for visitors. The cave is also referred to as "Saint Ivan's Cave" regarding a hermit who lived there and is believed to have used the natural thermal water of a muddy lake next to the cave to heal the sick. Today, the hill contains a bath called ” Gellért Baths” which contain beneficial mud. The pools inside the bath are believed to use the water from the cave. In the mid-19th century, the cave was the dwelling place of a poor family who used the clay inside the cave to build a small hut. The entrance to the cave was then closed with a piece of wood, and was used by a part of the family as a garden.
Vajdahunyad Castle, the most beautiful and most mysterious castle in Budapest, is located behind the Heroes’ Square. The castle was constructed in 1896. A small artificial lake is located in front of the castle, serving as an ice rink during the winter. The castle was built to honor the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian conquering of the Carpathian Basin. The complex consists of 21 buildings of various styles.