The two city part has different identities as well. Buda side proudly holds the beautiful romantic Buda Castle what sits on the south tip of Castle Hill with many winding and narrow roads, sweeping panoramas, and the beautiful Romanesque Mathias Church. You must see the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of the castle district too with it’s stunning vista above the city.
The district is famous for medieval houses and public buildings, romantic streets, fine dining restaurants and Hungarian brasseries too as a part of World Heritage Site. The first royal palace was built between 1247 and 1265 under the government of King Béla IV. Under the Renaissance Budapest became the center of the northern Alps, when the palace was rebuilt, but nowadays only few fragments remains of this area. In the Ottoman times Kingdom of Hungary collapsed. After the Christian forces captured the castle back, the main part of the palace was totally demolished and rebuilt in the Baroque age again. It’s not just an amazing historical place must to see, there are traditional Hungarian restaurants, bars and different open air festivals every time of the year.
Front of the Castle Hill, there stands another astonishing monumental beauty with it’s own nature and gorgeous panorama, the Gellért Hill. It called Gellért mountain by the Hungarians, but it’s actually just 235 m high. Citadella Fortress on the top of Gellért hill has amazing vista over River Danube, and also a good place to take a long walk in the small forests and parks.
At the end of the Citadella stands a very high statue called Liberty Statue erected by the Soviet Army after they won the second World War. Gellért Hill is also a luxuriant residential area with embassies and ambassadorial residences and also a UNESCO Heritage site since 1987. A 60 m long cave was discovered under Gellért Hill in 2007 during a private construction. The interior is covered with enthralling white crystals. This crystal cave placed under legal protection by the Hungarian Government immediately.
The highest point of Budapest is also in the Buda side. It called János-hegy with the amazing Elizabeth Lookout (529 M) above the sea level. It was built in 1911 near district XII. of Budapest. The tower was built from limestone and named after Queen Elizabeth who visited the mountain in 1882.
Budapest has 23 districts and 11 river bridges.The total territory of the city is 525 square kilometers (203 square miles) The population of the city is about 1,7 million people. Budapest is the only one capital city in the hall World which full of thermal springs. The cave system under Buda hills formed by the approximately 125 hot springs too. There are 3 islands of this beautiful town: They called Csepel sziget, Hajógyári sziget, and the famous Margaret Island with it’s compelling nature and medieval ruins. They called it “The Island of rabbits” before finally named after Queen Margaret from House Arpad.
Margaret Island is a 2,5 km long and 500 m wide island between Buda and Pest. It’s covered mostly by landscape parks and ruins from the Middle Ages. Margaret Island is famous of it’s popular recreation area with water parks and sport centers. The Island has a new rubber-coated 5,3 kilometers (3.33 miles) running track with high quality and easy access. The best time to use it is early afternoon.
Pest side is the eastern mostly flat side of the Capital of Hungary. The most notable part of the city is the inner part called city center with 3 different district. Getting around Pest side is very easy by any public transportation. This side became a decisive part of social life around 2006. When the night falls, Buda side falls asleep, and Pest side wakes up.
Pest has enthralling old buildings like Museum of Fine Arts, Hungarian National Museum, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Hungarian State Opera House, National Széchenyi Library and galeries or the impressive Hungarian Parliament, a notable landmark of Hungary. It lies on Lajos Kossuth Square on the bank of River Danube. It is the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest. Pest side mixed with archaic style and pulsing modern culture.
Each part of the city is beautiful by such different ways.