The ’Trevi Fountain of Budapest’ – Matthias Fountain in Buda Castle

This monumental fountain - designed in 1904 by one of Hungary’s most acclaimed sculptors, Alajos Stróbl - overlooks a courtyard of Budapest’s Royal Palace. The fountain shows a scene from the legend of King Matthias and the’ beautiful Ilonka’. The story was recorded by the court historian and later popularized by the nineteenth-century poet and [...]
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The Royal Palace of Buda Castle

The first castle on Budapest's Castle Hill was built  in the middle of the 13th century. The medieval palace was destroyed in the great siege of 1686. when Buda was captured by allied Christian forces. Although the walls mainly survived, the burned-out palace rapidly decayed from a lack of maintenance. In 1715 a small Baroque palace [...]
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Trinity Square, Buda Castle

Trinity Square forms the heart of Buda's Castle District. At its center stands a large plague column, but the highlight at the square is the Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion. The square is named after the Trinity column  a large monument built between 1710 and 1713 to a Baroque style by Philipp Ungleich. The column was built to [...]
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Roman Budapest – Aquincum

Roman legions arrived to the present territory of Hungary about 10 AC, and settled western Hungary, using the line of river Danube as border. They called the newly conquered lands Pannonia Inferor, which soon became a prosperous colony. The once upon a time  'capital' of Pannonia was Aquincum - named after the many hotspring outbursting [...]
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Castle Bazaar and Royal Gardens, Budapest

The Castle Bazaar and Baroque gardens are likely to be one of the iconic sights of the capital city Budapest. The Neo-renessaince building complex  was designed by Miklós Ybl,  and it was built between 1875 and 1883. The building complex, which was built to please Elisabeth, Queen of Hungary, is a high priority monument and has [...]
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Wittness of Hungarian history – Heroe’s Square, Budapest

Heroes’ Square (or „Hősök tere” in Hungarian) is one of the most-visited attractions in Budapest, which was created in almost 30 years, starting towards the end of the 19th century. Widespread disbelief, that the Millenium Column and Millenium Monument of the square was built for the Millenium Celebrations of 1896. In fact, when the half-year […]


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Saint kings, suzerains and an archangel – Millenium Monument in Hero’s Square of Budapest

Popular and widespread belief, that the Millenium Monument on the Heroe’s Square of  Budapest was built for the Millenium Celebrations in 1896, when Hungary celebrated the 1000th anniversary that its ancestors found a place to settle down in the Carpathian Basin. In fact, only the decision, that a monument must be erected here was enacted […]


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Museum of Applied Arts Budapest – the gem of Hungarian secession

Art Nouveau as a style always provokes a reaction, and it is impossible to remain indifferent. The style is considered by many to be stunningly beautiful, with shimmering colours and imaginative forms, while others find it the height of bad taste.  Actually art noveau or secession („modernismo” in Spain, „jugendstíl” in Austria and Germany) is [...]
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Budapest Zoo

Budapest Zoo was founded in 1866, as the 12th zoo of the world as a private institution.  Almost from the beginning the animals were held according to their natural habitats, not in cages. Besides Hungarian species the zoo housed several rare species of monkeys, lemurs, parrots, camels, kangaroos and other special animals. It had neither lions, [...]
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The second metroline of the world – the Millenium Underground of Budapest

At the time of its completion in 1885, Andrássy Avenue with its sycamore alley, netly arranged villas and elegant tenement houses, separate pathway for riders, and  shiny wooden cubic coverage was considered a masterpiece of city planning and building, and to preserve its unique character even public transport was prohibited. But in 1896 the Millenium Celebrations [...]
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