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Buda and Pest: One Capital
Buda and Pest: One Capital
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Budapest came into existence in 1873 when the three towns of Pest, Buda and Old Buda were united. But the vision was not always so coherent. The two sides of the Danube were very separate worlds. Even at the turn of the 20th century, Buda looked more like a sleepy old town compared to Pest where a development boom had taken place in the second part of the 19th century. An increasing number of factories and apartment buildings were built on the left side of the river, with avenues evolving around them, in a fashion similar to Paris and London. On the right side Buda stayed quiet, provincial and smelled of peaches. Time seemed to stand still here. A local newspaper described the freshly joined capital at the end of the 19th Century in the following words,
„Here we have two entirely separate continents, Pest and Buda, eyeing each other in one and the same city. You would need to travel extensively to see something even similar to this. The left side, Pest, is made up of only modern parts. The right side, Buda, is nothing but old guest-houses. The tram races across the left side and tinkles into conversation. On the other side acacia blossoms descend onto people, who walk and talk slowly and quietly. This side is not only quiet, but there is no development here whatsoever. There are no large barracks, no whimsies, no tastelessness, no statues. Those wanting to escape the bleakness, cross over to Buda, where Venetian gateways, Innsbruck steps, fairy tale cottages and one story baroque palaces await them.”
Citizens of Buda and Pest have always been rivals, each insisting that their side was more beautiful and a better place to live than the other. Pest residents wittily remark that the only reason for moving to Buda would be to have an even greater view of Pest. Today the cityscape is much more consistent, but fortunately, the prominent differences between the two sides remain, preserving the city’s unique charm.
"QUICK TASTE OF THE INNER CITY"
The Inner City Walk guides you through the most visited and compelling parts of the intriguing and multi-coloured world of downtown Budapest.
The walk takes you to the interesting world of one of Europe’s great avenues, Andrássy Avenue, reminiscent of Champs Elysee, stuffed with magnificent architectural solutions.
BUDA CASTLE WALK PART 1. - THE ESSENTIALS
This first part of our Castle walk guides you through the history and the most important sights of the castle area with its magnificent royal palaces, small, romantic medieval streets, the elegant Matthias Church and monumental edifices like the Fishermen’s Bastion, located, with amazing views, on top of a hill overlooking the whole of inner Budapest.
BUDA CASTLE WALK PART 2. - HIDDEN DETAILS
This second part of our Castle Walk guides you through the intriguing and often personal stories of its less visited, small and romantic Medieval streets and many of its most interesting people, inhabitants and visitors, past and present alike.
GELLERT PANORAMA WALK
If any, this walk is specially designed for the eyes, taking you towards the spectacular bank of the Danube, monumental squares, classic bridges and up to the amazing views of the Gellérthill.
GRAND CASTLE WALK
This walk guides you through the castle area of small, romantic medieval streets and monumental edifices, located, with amazing views, on top of a hill overlooking the whole of inner Budapest.
GUIDE@HAND and VODAFONE invites you to a short sightseeing tour: we will take Lewis Hamilton and you to see the most beautiful and iconic sights of Budapest.
OLD JEWISH QUARTER
This short walk guides you through the world of a run-down, yet atmospheric, almost forgotten, but now reviving little streets of the old Jewish district.
This walk guides you through the intriguing and multi-coloured world of downtown Budapest with classic bridges, magnificent palaces, inviting gardens and great views.
ÚJPEST – THE HOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWN HALL!
Újpest is one of Hungary’s most significant settlements to have been planned in advance. Our local history walk will take a look at the rich past of a community which became the fourth industrial town in Hungary in only 70 years. We can also look into its future via its present.
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