Aquincum, founded by Romans, is the ancestor of Budapest. The Roman Empire occupied Pannonia for centuries, and as was customary, forced its soldiers to plant vineyards. Each Roman soldier was allotted one litre of wine per day and had to mix it with water to render harmful bacteria harmless.
The Magyars arrived in what is today Hungary in the ninth century, and had to depend on the land ever since, then fought against the Ottoman army in the 16th century.
After World War II, the Russian army was there for a considerably long time until 1989 when Hungarian managed to take back their land.
Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary has a population approaching two million, and is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the world. Located on both banks of the mighty Danube River, Budapest consists of two parts – Buda on the south bank and Pest on the north bank that offers a beautiful view to Buda.
Buda’s Castle Quarter is an absolute must-see district with its castle, cafes and restaurants. Hungarians are very fond of pastries and tortes. In fact, an inventive Hungarian pastry chef first made the Dobos torte. Food means a lot to Hungarians ad they invented many gastronomic dishes that are much liked all over the world i.e. gulyas, porkolt, paprikas with pork, just to name a few.
is the second city in the world to build a subway system in 1894.
The city is easy for walking on the Pest side. You can visit the parliament built in neo-gothic style, the State Opera House, the Museum of Applied Arts and the Hungarian national Museum.
S. Stephens Basilica and Matthias Church are worth visiting for their architectural and to admire the frescoes inside. Budapest is also famous for its curative waters. Several hotels offer curative baths recommended by doctors for a number of ailments
A visit to the Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube River is highly recommended.
While in Budapest, visiting a restaurant that offers entertainment is a must, where gypsies (there are 14,000 in Budapest) play the violin at any table where there presence is requested.
Matyas pince is a typical Hungarian restaurant with lively gypsy music at night.
also is home to 18,000 Germans, thousands of Poles, Slovaks, Greeks and Romanians.
Hungarian wines (red, white, sparkling and sweet) are well known all over the world, and are now becoming better each year since being freed from Soviet control and production mandates.
Andrassy ut (street) is full of theatres and museums.
Hungarian embroidery, salami, barrack palinka (apricot brandy), Tokay (four or five puttonyos quality) are only some of the items I recommend.
Lufthansa flies from Toronto via Frankfurt am Main or Munich to Budapest, as does British Airways via London, and Air France via Paris.
Accommodations: Many major North American hotel chains operate properties in Budapest, but you can also book into more eclectic small hotels or even budget hotels.
For more information log on to budapestinfo.hu
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