The cities Buda and Pest
by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years ago
One of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe is, without doubt, Budapest, or the union in the year 1873 of the cities Buda and Pest, at both banks of the Danube River, the second longest in Europe (the first is the Volga).
The Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lanchid in Hungarian language) unites the two old cities across the Danube.
The most interesting building that you observe on the Pest side, when you cross the Chain Bridge, is the House of the Parliament, being the third greatest building of its kind in the world.
UNESCO declared World Heritage site the Danube embankments on both sides of the river plus the Buda Castle district.
I arrived to Budapest by train, from Lvov, in Ukraine. I walked all the way until the Buda Castle. The city is not too large.
One of the loveliest statues in Budapest is the Little Princess. Every tourist that I saw took pictures of it. It has become a sort of icon for Budapest.
There is a lot of history in Budapest and along its Andrassy Boulevard in the form of statues and buildings. One of the monuments, called Budavar Felszabaditasanak, commemorated the 250 years of liberation. Another one was dedicated to Giovanni da Capistrano, an Italian Franciscan priest that successfully defended Budapest against the Ottomans in the XV century.
I even saw an original angel penetrating in two walls of a building.
I spent a lovely day in pleasant Budapest. The next one I travelled by train to the Lake Balaton.