Hungarian capital Budapest is one of world's most romantic and entertaining capitals. At the same time, it is a capital that offers an educational travel through history of Europe: the majestic castle of Buda, the unique design of the Parliament, world famous baths, or the first metro line on the continent, are just a few highlihts of the city's rich heritage. It also boasts broad boulevards and green parks, grand Art-Nouveau mansion and vibrantly painted churches, lively cafés, world-class music venues and famous cuisine.
There are also many museums, second largest synagogue in Europe and third largest in the world, beautiful Hungarian Opera House, but - at the same time - some interesting modern-day sights. One of those is the Statue Park, a theme park with striking statues of the Communist era, located just outside central part of the city.
Beside all the other things, Budapest is also a city of bridges. Since the Danube divide it into two parts - Buda and Pesta, the river is spanned by 14 bridges. One of the most famous is Chain Bridge, which is 380 m long.
For 30 years the Spring festival has been one of the largest cultural festival in Hungary. Besides classical music and jazz concerts, there are theater performances, film screenings, open-air programs and other festival-type events.
Budapest is often called Spa capital with largest number of thermal springs within the city border in the world and many type of spas from - from historic Turkish to Art Nouveau and modern baths, to medical and party spas located in Hungarian capital. Spa culture is going back to the period of ancient Romans.
Thanks to its remarkable architecture, infrastructure, and an unforgettable view of the river and from the river, riverside panorama of Budapest is ranked on the UNESCO World Heritage list. One of the most unusual ways to experience this sight is - by tram No.2. This specific tram holds the 7th place at National Geographic's World Top 10 Trolley Rides.
A wide range of Danube cruises is also something that every visitor may choose from.
During the night, the city that used to be one of two centres of Austria-Hungarian Empire, can hardly be recognized: it suddenly changes and becomes a pulsating, youthful and artistic place. The visitors willing to miss their sleep, may enjoy - according to personal preferences - posh bars, high class restaurants or underground pubs.
The city of Budapest is a venue of dozens major cultural events and festivals. One of the most popular is Sziget festival, organized on a Danube island, with almost half a million of visitors every summer.
A number of interesting events are also organized on The Danube Day, June 29th - all celebrating the river and its importance to the history and modern life of Budapest.