Budapest is a city that has a very rich and deep history. More than two thousand years old, along the way, Budapest has seen invasion after invasion, with each leaving an indelible mark on the city. Beginning as two cities, Buda and Pest, it was not until relatively recently in the overall scheme of history that the cities became one unit. Nearly every building, even the Budapest apartments reflect the history of the city.
Despite the many years of war that the city has seen, the beauty of the area has not dimmed, but rather remarkably, been enhanced by the history of conflict. Each invasion has left in its wake architecture and art, which points to the group who once lived within the confines of the city.
Settled first by the Celts, who were ousted by the Romans, they in turn were removed from power by the Ottomans. Close on their heels followed the Turks, who installed the breathtaking warm baths, the Hapsburg Empire removed them, in their own turn, during which time Buda and Pest became one city. Freed from the Hapsburgs, Budapest was a free country in its own right until the end of World War II when it became a communist area, which also ended very recently in 1990.
The city offers so much that is able to be seen and done, in many cases without pay, that you might spend a month here and still not see all the nuances and the many aspects of Budapest.
When you travel to Budapest, you will be delighted by the views, which are described as breath taking by nearly everyone who visits. Some things in the city will cost a small amount, but not all require payment. Inside the city are several very eye-catching sights which are free to view and even to explore. Many of these are on the must-see list for Budapest and should not be missed while you are in the area.
Topping the list of course, is a simple tour of the city. If you are in any way interested in architecture, Budapest cannot fail to impress you. Included in the architecture of this incredible area are examples of Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic, Classical, and Art Nouveau. In some cases, they all rear their heads inside the same building.
The Danube River bisects Budapest, dividing what were once two separate cities. The landscape is dotted by nine bridges, each unique and each worth viewing for their own construction and design.
Next up on your list of free things to do in Budapest will be Castle Hill, including the Holy Trinity Square and the Column. The column is dated back to the very early 1700s, in memorial to those who lost their lives to the plagues which swept Europe in the latter portion of the 1600s. The square itself was the medieval marketplace for the entire area. Inside the square you will find a token statue dedicated to Pallas Athena, the protectoress of the city.
A medieval fish market stands not far away at Fisherman’s Bastion. The site is remarkably lovely, counted as one of the most beautiful in Budapest. Not only is the architecture remarkable, but also the vantage point and the view of the Danube River will literally take your breath.
The Heroes Square, a monument to those who died for the independence of Budapest is very beautiful as well as very emotion-evoking. The angel Gabriel stands atop the monument, holding on one hand the crown of Hungary. Among the many lovely aspects of Budapest, free or for-pay, don’t neglect the cuisine. With so many different facets to the city, not only the architecture and the art reflect that rich history, but also the foods. Visit some of the unique restaurants that the city has to offer you.
When you visit Budapest, it behooves you to spend your time in one of the many lovely buildings which offer housing, or to rent apartments in Budapest rather than to spend it in a hotel so that you are in the heart of the city, not cut off from the sights, the sounds and the scents that Budapest has to offer.