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View of Pest, Hungary from Fishermen's Bastion in Buda
Buda and Pest Are Fascinating Cities with Intriguing History
The Danube River runs right through the center of Budapest, dividing the city into two parts--Buda and Pest. Since the city links western and eastern Europe, Budapest has long had an intriguing history. River ships sailing the Danube always stopover in Budapest for the day, docking in a perfect place, with a marvelous view of Fishermen's Bastion and the Palace in Buda on one side and the downtown area of Pest on the other. The ships often wait until after dark to sail away since the city lights on the river are truly memorable.
Budapest has many fascinating sites on both sides of the river. Many of these sites are diverse, with fascinating histories. They range from churches such as St. Stephen's and Matthias to monuments, parks, and beautiful bridges across the Danube.
Since the ships dock conveniently near many of the tourist areas, passengers can explore the city on their own. In addition, river cruises usually include an overview tour of the city as part of the fare.
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Parliament Building on the Danube River in BudapestContinue to 3 of 36 below.
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Chain Bridge in Budapest
The Chain Bridge was named after count Széchenyi, who sponsored the building of the bridge.
The Chain Bridge was built by Scotsmen William Tierney Clark and Adam Clark and opened in 1849.Continue to 4 of 36 below.
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Chain Bridge Over the Danube in BudapestContinue to 5 of 36 below.
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Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge Over the Danube River in Budapest
The Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge over the Danube River in Budapest was named after Queen Elizabeth, a popular empress of Austria-Hungary assassinated in 1898.Continue to 6 of 36 below.
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Gresham Palace and St. Stephens Basilica in Budapest, HungaryContinue to 7 of 36 below.
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Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary
The Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary sits on Heroes' Square. The Palace of Art was built in 1895 and contains exhibits of Hungarian as well as other artists.Continue to 8 of 36 below.
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The Széchenyi bath is found in the City Park of Pest.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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St. Stephen's Basilica in Downtown Pest, HungaryContinue to 10 of 36 below.
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St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary
St. Stephen's is the largest church in Budapest and holds about 8500 people.Continue to 11 of 36 below.
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Dome Interior of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, HungaryContinue to 12 of 36 below.
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Budapest Central Market
The Budapest Central Market is a short walk from where the river ships dock. Is has many fascinating food products, handicrafts, and other wares for sale.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Paprika Peppers for Sale at the Budapest Central Market in Budapest, HungaryContinue to 14 of 36 below.
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Corinthian Column in the Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest
The Millennium Monument was started in 1896 and completed in 1929.Continue to 15 of 36 below.
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Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest
The base of the Corinthian column of the Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest.
The column is topped with a statue of the archangel Gabriel and surrounded by seven mounted men representing the Magyar chiefs who led the Hungarian people over 1100 years ago.Continue to 16 of 36 below.
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Heroes' Square in Budapest
Heroes' Square in Budapest is at the end of Andrassy Avenue. Heroes' Square is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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Heroes' Square in BudapestContinue to 18 of 36 below.
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Shoes on the Danube Promenade - Budapest Jewish Holocaust Memorial
Sixty pairs of cast iron shoes, cast in the styles of the 1940's, stand in remembrance of the people shot into the Danube during the Arrow Cross terror.Continue to 19 of 36 below.
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Budapest Parliament Building in Pest, Hungary on the Danube RiverContinue to 20 of 36 below.
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Budapest Opera HouseContinue to 21 of 36 below.
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Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel Lobby in BudapestContinue to 22 of 36 below.
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Downtown Pest, Hungary
Pest is on the flat side of the Danube River, and Buda is on the hilly side of the river.Continue to 23 of 36 below.
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Matthias Church Steeple in Budapest, HungaryContinue to 24 of 36 below.
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Matthias Church - Budapest, HungaryContinue to 25 of 36 below.
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Mathias Church Interior in Budapest, HungaryContinue to 26 of 36 below.
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Stained Glass Window in Matthias Church, BudapestContinue to 27 of 36 below.
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Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
Fishermen's Bastion is part of the Buda Castle District and is near Matthias Church and the Palace.Continue to 28 of 36 below.
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Fishermen's Bastion Overlooking the Danube River in Budapest
In the Middle Ages, fishermen set up their defense positions at the area known as Fishermen's Bastion. The site is filled with towers, turrets, and river views.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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St. Stephen Statue at Fishermen's Bastion in BudapestContinue to 30 of 36 below.
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Budapest Castle District Monument
The Buda Castle complex was once the palace of Hungarian kings. It was once called the royal palace. This monument is one of many in the castle district.
Budapest, including the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue up to Heroes' Square are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Continue to 31 of 36 below.
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Liberation Monument on Gellert Hill in BudapestContinue to 32 of 36 below.
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Liberation Monument in Budapest Overlooks the Danube River from Buda, Hungary
The monument was erected in 1947 on Gellert Hill in Buda to mark the liberation of the capital from the Germans in 1945 by Soviet troops.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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Viking River Cruises' Viking Spirit on the Danube River in BudapestContinue to 34 of 36 below.
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Viking Neptune and Viking Danube on the Danube River in BudapestContinue to 35 of 36 below.
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Budapest Parliament at NightContinue to 36 of 36 below.
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Chain Bridge in Budapest at Night