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Budapest (1.7 million inhabitants in 2009) is Hungary’s capital, is located in the north central part of the country – on both sides of the river Danube.Budapest is the country’s most important economic, cultural and administrative center. In addition, the city is a major transportation hub.
Budapest has many universities and colleges, museums and art collections as well as many beautiful old buildings, churches and monuments. In addition, botanical and zoological gardens. The city is also famous for its many healing thermal baths.
Budapest consists v neighborhoods Buda and Pest, located on either side of the Danube. The suburbs are connected with each other via several bridges.
Parliament building from 1904 is a major tourist attraction in town, and is one of Europe’s most magnificent buildings in the Gothic Revival style. The castle (which is located on the Buda side) is a popular attraction. This was originally a medieval castle from the end of the 1500s, which was later rebuilt and extended in the neo-baroque style. Today the castle a number of important cultural institutions such National Museum and City Museum. The castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other sites in Budapest include St. Stephen’s Church from 1905 (the city’s largest church), the Fishermen’s Bastion in 1895 and Millennium Square – with its impressive monument.
The international airport, Budapest Ferihegy Airport is located 28 miles southeast of downtown.