Aquincum – the roman Budapest

Aquincum – the roman Budapest 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 […]

Heroes’ Square Budapest

Heroes’ 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, […]

The Royal Palace of Budapest

The Royal Palace of Budapest Budapest’s cityscape from the Danube bank is part of UNESCO’s world heritage. A distinguishing feature of this view is Castle Hill and the castle itself, a system of fortifications from mediaeval times which encloses the Palace of the Buda Castle and the historical residential quarter. Mongolians, Turks, Austrians, Germans fought here, and […]

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

Trevi Fountain of Budapest 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 […]

Gül Baba’s tomb in Budapest

Gül Baba – called alse the ‘father of roses’- was an Ottoman Bektashi dervish, poet and companion of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent who took part in a number of Ottoman invasions of Europe. He is thought to have died in Buda during the first Muslim religious ceremony held after the Ottoman victory of 1541, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Pesti Vigado – Redoute of Budapest

The most beautiful concert hall in Budapest, located along the Danube Promenade in Pest, was completed in 1864, replacing an earlier concert hall (designed by Mihály Pollack) destroyed in the Hungarian War of Independence in 1848-1849. The first Redoute was opened in January 1833 with a grand ball, yet, for all merriments, it was also a […]

The House of Terror, Budapest

A building can be so much more than just bricks and mortar. In Budapest, 60 Andrassy Boulevard is just known as the House of Terror. For more than a decade it represented the cruel heart of those who would stop at nothing to rule this land. The House of Terror was once the secret police headquarters […]