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Budapest

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About Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary. It is situated at one of the few places that people living on the Hungarian plains can cross the River Danube as there is an island in the middle of the river. The old fortress and original town of Buda were built on the steep hill to the right of the river and the town of Pest grew up on the left. In 1872 the two towns were joined together and became known as Budapest.

There was a fine old Royal Palace with 860 rooms and a 700 year-old church where the kings of Hungary were crowned, on the hill where the fortress of Buda was originally built. Unfortunately, the palace was badly damaged in 1944. Modern Buda covers many more hills besides this one, and near them can be found healthy mineral baths fed by hot springs. To the north there are the remains of an ancient Roman settlement.

There are now many bridges linking Buda with Pest, the most famous being the suspension bridge built by an Englishman, Adam Clark. On the opposite river bank from Buda are quays and landing stages, and there stand the smartest hotels and the Parliament House, which was built to imitate the British Houses of Parliament. Pest lies behind them with its beautiful university and opera house.

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Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is split by the River Danube which flows through the centre. Buda and Obuda are on one side of the river and Pest on the other. They are connected by a series of nine bridges. Buda is quieter with cobbled streets and the former Royal Palace (now the National Gallery and History Museum), and the famous Matthias Church. Pest, on the other side, is the historic and economic heart of the city where Art Nouveau facades dominate Vorosmarry Square, and the early 20th-century neo-Gothic parliament building sits on the banks of the Danube. Budapest has a fascinating culture including interesting monuments and museums. Sights to see include Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, St. Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square. Thomas Cook is one of the UK's most trusted travel companies and offers great value city breaks to Budapest in Hungary and to many other popular holiday destinations worldwide. With Thomas Cook you can choose from all-inclusive package break to half board and self-catering summer and winter breaks. Thomas Cook are ABTA and ATOL licensed for your protection so book short breaks or weekends to Budapest in Hungary online for the cheapest prices.
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