Budapest is often described as the "Little Paris of Middle Europe", it is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year- old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remains from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire the union with Austria has a particular influence on the city’s form and style. The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city.
The hilly Buda and the flat Pest are connected by nine bridges.
Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest Parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses.
The historical monuments and the diverse city quarters reflect the city’s own 1 000 years old culture and history, the Buda Castle with the ancient town district; the St. Stephen's Basilica, the Parliament and the Chain Bridge are the symbols of it.
Budapest has a lot to offer. Museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and historic buildings, baths and pools are presented together with the influence of Secession in the city.
The city is full of cozy cafes, museums, galleries and restaurants not to mention the famous baths and pools.
The geology of Budapest has played a determining role in the city’s life over the course of history. Hot springs breaking through limestone mountains supplying water of 35-76 degrees centigrade gave rise to a flourishing culture of spas in the Roman Age and made Budapest one of the most popular spa cities of Europe.
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