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Visit Budapest, the Capital City of Hungary

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Item # 372085
Location: Hungary, Central
Town: Budapest
Name: Budapest, Capital of Hungary
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Category: Holiday Resorts, Resorts and Destinations
Website: http://english.budapest.hu
Posted by: Prime Holiday
Description:

Although Budapest was originally settled back in 1 AD by the Celts and then the Romans, its name actually comes from its time during Bulgarian rule when it was the site of two military frontier fortresses Buda and Pest on opposite banks of the River Danube. In 1541 the city fell to the Ottomans whose occupation lasted 140 years until being overthrown by the Habsburgs in 1686. Budapest turbulent history continued through the unsuccessful War of Independence of 1848-49. It wasn’t until 1867 that Hungary finally gained independence from Austria and in 1873 the cities of Buda and Pest were united to form Budapest, the new capital of Hungary.

Today, Budapest is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Straddling the tranquil River Danube, its Turkish past is evident in the steam baths powered by some 80 geothermal springs. Over two million tourists pass through the city each year, attracted by its magnificent architecture, numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, excellent bars and restaurants and a vibrant night life. In short, Budapest is one of the classic cities of Europe and well worth a visit.