Budapest in a nutshell


The importance of Budapest for Hungary could not be greater. More than a fifth of Hungary's population lives here and the city is a hub for all major routes in the country, a centre of industry, trade and culture. With its magnificent buildings, eclectic inner-city architecture and star-shaped boulevards, Budapest can unashamedly compare itself to other European cities, and it is no wonder that it is nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Danube'.

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You can admire ancient monuments reminiscent of the golden age of Austria-Hungary, relax in the famous spa or sample traditional wine and spicy sausages in one of the many stylish bars. In short, there is something for everyone in Budapest.

Budapest was officially founded in 1873 by the merger of 3 cities - Buda (on the right bank of the Danube with Buda Castle), Pest (on the left bank, the largest part of the city) and Óbuda (the northern part of the city).

Population Country Name in Hungarian / English Time zone
1 800 000 Hungary

Budapest/ Budapest

UTC +1
  • Country: Hungary (capital)
  • Population: 3 010 000 (9th largest in the EU)
  • Hungarian : Budapest

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