The City of Budapest is undoubtedly one of most enchanting places around the world. The Hungarian capital is among the top travel destinations in Europe as it keeps attracting visitors with its impressive architecture, rich history, important landmarks and hearty cuisine. There is so much to see and do in Budapest that one trip won’t be enough! If you’re planning a vacation to the Hungarian capital or you’ve always had dreamed of visiting it, here are 5 things you didn’t know about Budapest.
1. Budapest actually consists of three cities
Before it became Budapest, the Hungarian capital was compromised of three different cities located on both banks of the Danube river – Buda, Obuda and Pest. In 1873 they were all merged and became the city we know today.
2. There is no building taller than 96 m.
Budapest may be a modern and lively city that’s very likely to become the financial hub of Central Europe, but you won’t see any skyscrapers. The Basilica and the Parliament are the two highest buildings – both 96 meters high, symbolizing the year that Hungarian Magyars first settled in the region (896). There is even a legislation that forbids the construction of buildings higher than 96 meters.
3. It has the oldest subway system in Europe
Budapest was the first city in continental Europe to start constructing an electrified underground railway system. The first line of the Budapest Metro was opened in 1896 and is the third-oldest subway in the world. (London Tube is the oldest one)
4. Budapest lies on almost 125 thermal springs
The Hungarian capital is a popular spa destination and has more natural springs than any other capital in the world. There are about 125 thermal springs with healing powers that provide 70 million liters hot water to 21 baths in the city, some of which date back to 16th century.
5. It’s home to one of the oldest zoos in the world
The Budapest Zoo, which opened in 1865, is the oldest zoo in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world. It’s located within Városliget Park and is home to 1,072 animal species.