Two separate cities known as Buda and Pest were once divided by the Danube River until 1873 when a bridge was built over the watery passage and the neighboring cities effectively melded together to create the modern-day Budapest. Currently home to one-fifth of Hungary’s population, Budapest is not only the capital but also the most populous city in the country. Designated as the seat of government and the center of all Hungarian transport and industry, what happens in Budapest dominates all aspects of National life. To contrast the fast-pace life of the city, Budapest is also notable for its sheer number of spas and historic thermal baths that offer residents a traditional release to the hustle of city living.

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Budapest, Hungary

Matthias Church

The church’s present facade, topped by this one-of-a-kind glazed quilt, blends multiple traditions into a graceful whole.

Budapest, Hungary

Kazinczy Street Synagogue

Along with its significance as a center of traditional Orthodox Jewish life, the Synagogue is noted for its decidedly Art Nouveau architecture.

Budapest, Hungary

Keleti Railway Station

Keleti Railway Station is the busiest transportation hub in Hungary serving 410 trains every day.

Budapest, Hungary

Sándor Palace

Destroyed during WWII, this restored neoclassical mansion is now the official home of the President of Hungary.

Budapest, Hungary

Gellert Thermal Baths

Built between 1912 and 1918 in the Art Nouveau style, this bath complex is part of the famous Hotel Gellert in Budapest and is considered the "Palace of Baths".

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Children’s Railway

This educational institution originated in the USSR in 1932, but the largest system resides in Budapest where children ages 10-14 learn about railway professions.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian National Museum

This Hungarian museum was used as a venue for revolutionary speeches that would spur a national rebellion in 1848.

Budapest, Hungary

Petőfi Literary Museum

Named after Hungary's national poet, this museum aims to collect and preserve records of Hungarian literature.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest HEV

The local railway in Budapest, Hungary began as a horse-drawn tramway. The rich used personal carriages while others took the public horse-bus.

Budapest, Hungary

Szechenyi Baths

These baths are part of Hungary's largest thermal pool complex with 15 spring-fed pools.

Budapest, Hungary

Hotel Nemzeti

Hotel featuring modern design blended with historic preservation that serves up a scandalous chocolate cake.

Budapest, Hungary


This cathedral-like reading room is part of the library at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, one of the oldest universities of its kind.

Budapest, Hungary

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Once a hub for 19th century elite, this grand hotel in Budapest features both a bar and a grocery store in the basement.

Budapest, Hungary

Cafe Gerbeaud

This traditional coffee house has been serving the people of Budapest for over 150 years

Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building was built after the formation of the three cities of Buda, Obuda, and Pest - to create the capital Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary

Lukács Baths

Modern thermal baths touted for the healing powers of their waters - just don't forget your bathing suit.

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