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History Budapest

Budapest the city of Hungary has a very interesting history. The Carpathian Basin, in which Hungary lies, has been populated by successive peoples for hundreds of thousands of years. A blend of Celts, Romans, Huns, Mongols, Turks, Slovaks, Austrians, Germans and Russians, have re-forged and distilled Hungary's identity many times over. Magyars, as Hungarians call themselves, are part of the Finno-Ugric group of peoples, who originated from western Siberia. It is believed that one group of Magyars, fleeing attack, established themselves on Csepel Island and ?'buda when Pest and Buda were no more than small villages. The country became a province of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, thus beginning a period of enlightened absolutism. Hungary blossomed economically and culturally, as did nationalism. In 1947, rigged elections brought the Communists to power. The nation was then rocked irrevocably by the 1956 Uprising, an anti-Soviet revolution in Budapest, which left thousands dead after brutal Russian military retaliation. Many buildings around Pest to this day bear pockmarks and holes from the bloody showdown. However, continuing unemployment, a soaring inflation rate and mounting debt saw Kadar ousted in 1988. The celebrated Soviet troop withdrawal from Hungary in June 1991 soon saw the first free elections in more than four decades. In April 2002, Hungarians tired of their right-wing government and its bullish nationalist rhetoric despite the strong economic growth it had managed to achieve, and voted the Socialists into power. Hungary joined NATO and became a full participant in the EU in 2004, with adoption of the euro set for 2006 at the earliest.

When to go Budapest

Whole year you can go and visit Budapest. Budapest averages 2000 hours of sunshine a year, among the highest in Europe. There are opportunities to visit Budapest throughout the year in reasonably fine weather. Both spring and autumn are glorious in Budapest, with plenty to see and do, and the winter cold doesn't really hit until mid-December when many museums and tourist sights close. However, even in winter there are occasionally spectacular blue skies. Summer can be hot and lazy, perfect for soaking up a Dreher (Hungary's local beer) at a hip outdoor caf? or any of the myriad festivals occurring around town.

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Weather Budapest

Budapest temperature is very changing sometimes it mild, rainy, and harsh. The Budapest spring arrives in early April and usually ends in showers. Summer can be very hot and humid. It rains for most of November and doesn't usually get cold until mid-December. Winter is relatively short, often cloudy and damp but sometimes brilliantly sunny. January is the coldest month (with the temperature averaging -2?C and August the hottest 21?C. The number of hours of sunshine a year averages just over 2000, among the highest in Europe; from April to the end of September, you can expect the sun to shine for about 10 hours a day.

Arrival Budapest

Budapest's is the city of Hungary, easily you can arrive here by plane, train and car. Budapest's Ferihegy airport has serviced by over three dozen Internationalairlines. The National carrier Malev Hungarian Airlines operates non-stop flights between Budapest and North America, the Middle East and most European centres. The bus is also a popular means of getting to Budapest. Buses to/from destinations in Hungary east of the capital, leave from the Nepstadion bus station. Buses to the Danube bend and parts of the Northern Uplands arrive and leave from bus station regularly. Some of the journeys are long, so take a cushion and avoid flat bottom syndrome. The Hungarian State Railway links to the European rail network, with different stations handling various destinations. There are three main stations, with all Internationalbuses and some domestic ones to/from Hungary's south and west arriving at and departing from Nepliget bus station. Most Internationaltrains arrive at and leave from Keleti station. Hungarian trains are clean and punctual. For the extravagant traveller, a hydrofoil along the Danube to Vienna is a luxurious possibility.

Night-life Budapest

Budapest night-life is very interesting. As you know it is very small but Budapest has a huge choice of things to do and places to go after dark from opera and folk dancing to jazz and meat-market clubs. It's almost never difficult getting tickets or getting in. Budapest is blessed with a rich and varied cultural life. The opera, ballet, and theatre seasons run from September through May or June, but most theatres and halls also host performances during the summer festivals. A number of lovely churches and stunning halls offer concerts exclusively in the summer. New clubs and bars have opened up everywhere; the parties start late and last until morning all the guys enjoy whole night. While classical music has a long and proud tradition in Budapest, jazz; blues, rock, and disco have exploded in the post-Communist era.

City of Budapest

Budapest is a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place its extraordinary atmosphere can be felt everywhere. With its multifarious and often embittered history, incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, Hungary's capital deserves its reputation as the 'Paris of Central Europe'. It has a complex identity, somewhere between Western luxury and simple traditions. The city straddles a gentle curve in the Danube. It has broad avenues, leafy parks and elaborate bathhouses. It also has a turn-of-the-century feel to it, for it was then - during the industrial boom and the capital's heyday - that most of the city was built. In the park across the way, men play chess in the shade of chestnut trees, and the famed Hungarian pedigree dog, the vizsla, can be glimpsed darting through the trees. Below, you'll find our personal take on the best experiences that the city has to offer.

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