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• A network consisting of 10km (6 1/4 miles) of tunnels, built in the Middle Ages for military purposes, lies underneath Buda's Castle District.
• Budapest did not become a unified city until 1873, when Pest, Buda, and Obuda merged. A bridge crossing the Danube prompted this momentous decision.
• Budapest is the site of the European continent's first underground metro line, which you can still ride today (the Yellow line). It was built for, you guessed it, the Millennium celebration. So where was the very first metro built? London.
• The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, stationed in Budapest, saved thousands of Jews from Nazi deportation by issuing fake passports and setting up safe houses, only to disappear himself into the Soviet gulag after the city's liberation. He was never heard from again. Petitions sent to the Soviet government requesting the opening of their secret records regarding Wallenberg's fate, have fallen on deaf ears.
• The retreating Nazis blew up all of Budapest's bridges in the final days of World War II. They have all been reconstructed since then as close to their original designs as possible.
• The Red Army liberated Pest from Nazi occupation on January 18, 1945, but did not manage to liberate Buda until February 13.
• The longest "basket handle" bridge was opened in Dunaujvaros, Hungary, in 2007. Being 308m (1,010-ft.) long, beating out the previous record holder, Osaka, Japan by 60m (197 ft.).
• On St. Stephan's feast day and national holiday, Sunday, August 20, 2006, a major storm came from nowhere and destroyed trees and cars and caused five deaths. On Sunday, August 19, 2007, another major storm whipped up the city, but a worse storm came through on Monday, August 20, 2007.
• If you ride either the 4 or 6 tram from beginning to end in either direction, you will have ridden the longest tram route in the world.

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• A network consisting of 10km (6 1/4 miles) of tunnels, built in the Middle Ages for military purposes, lies underneath Buda's Castle District.
• Budapest did not become a unified city until 1873, when Pest, Buda, and Obuda merged. A bridge crossing the Danube prompted this momentous decision.
• Budapest is the site of the European continent's first underground metro line, which you can still ride today (the Yellow line). It was built for, you guessed it, the Millennium celebration. So where was the very first metro built? London.
• The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, stationed in Budapest, saved thousands of Jews from Nazi deportation by issuing fake passports and setting up safe houses, only to disappear himself into the Soviet gulag after the city's liberation. He was never heard from again. Petitions sent to the Soviet government requesting the opening of their secret records regarding Wallenberg's fate, have fallen on deaf ears.
• The retreating Nazis blew up all of Budapest's bridges in the final days of World War II. They have all been reconstructed since then as close to their original designs as possible.
• The Red Army liberated Pest from Nazi occupation on January 18, 1945, but did not manage to liberate Buda until February 13.
• The longest "basket handle" bridge was opened in Dunaujvaros, Hungary, in 2007. Being 308m (1,010-ft.) long, beating out the previous record holder, Osaka, Japan by 60m (197 ft.).
• On St. Stephan's feast day and national holiday, Sunday, August 20, 2006, a major storm came from nowhere and destroyed trees and cars and caused five deaths. On Sunday, August 19, 2007, another major storm whipped up the city, but a worse storm came through on Monday, August 20, 2007.
• If you ride either the 4 or 6 tram from beginning to end in either direction, you will have ridden the longest tram route in the world.

THE END
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New York Palace Hotel

118.28 КБ

At the cross of Kertész utca with Erzsébet körút there are New York Palace Hotel. The New York Life Insurance Company originally commissioned the building, which opened on October 23, 1894. During the 1900s, its cafe was a center of intellectual life in the city, with writers and journalists as frequent patrons. After many years of remodeling and revitalizing the original eclectic style with a strong Italian renaissance influence, the Boscolo hotel chain reopened the hotel and its legendary cafe in 2006. The detailed reconstruction is worth admiring and returning to see in the evening when lit up.
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New York Palace Hotel

118.28 КБ

At the cross of Kertész utca with Erzsébet körút there are New York Palace Hotel. The New York Life Insurance Company originally commissioned the building, which opened on October 23, 1894. During the 1900s, its cafe was a center of intellectual life in the city, with writers and journalists as frequent patrons. After many years of remodeling and revitalizing the original eclectic style with a strong Italian renaissance influence, the Boscolo hotel chain reopened the hotel and its legendary cafe in 2006. The detailed reconstruction is worth admiring and returning to see in the evening when lit up.
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Church of St. Tereza (Terézvárosi Szent Teréz Plébánia)

94.77 КБ

This church was originally built in baroque style between 1803-1809, according to plans by Fidel Kasselik and its exterior was transformed into a neo-baroque style in 1885. As far as church was built in Terézváros it was named after saint patroness of the region.
In December 1809 church was consecrated in honor of the Holy Spirit, although it was not yet completely finished. Together with the tower church was completed in 1810. But name of St. Theresa it received only in 1822, by the order the Archbishop Alexander Rudnay. Although stone statue of St. Teresa (work by Lawrence Dunaiszky) was placed in main facade tower recess in 1811.
During 19th century church tower was used as a fire-observation tower.
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Church of St. Tereza (Terézvárosi Szent Teréz Plébánia)

94.77 КБ

This church was originally built in baroque style between 1803-1809, according to plans by Fidel Kasselik and its exterior was transformed into a neo-baroque style in 1885. As far as church was built in Terézváros it was named after saint patroness of the region.
In December 1809 church was consecrated in honor of the Holy Spirit, although it was not yet completely finished. Together with the tower church was completed in 1810. But name of St. Theresa it received only in 1822, by the order the Archbishop Alexander Rudnay. Although stone statue of St. Teresa (work by Lawrence Dunaiszky) was placed in main facade tower recess in 1811.
During 19th century church tower was used as a fire-observation tower.
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Opera House

131.30 КБ

Along the way you will come across the Opera House, it’s a richly-decorated neo-Renaissance building, designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture. The construction lasted from 1875 to 1884 and was funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary. The Hungarian Royal Opera House (as it was known then) opened to the public on the September 27, 1884.Ornamentation includes paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art of the time including Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Károly Lotz. Although in size and capacity it is not among the greatest, in beauty and the quality of acoustics – it has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after La Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris - the Budapest Opera House is considered to be amongst the first few opera houses in the world. The auditorium holds 1261 seats. In front of the building are statues of Ferenc Erkel, composer of the Hungarian national anthem, and the first music director of the Opera House. He was also founder of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. The other statue is of Franz Liszt, the best known Hungarian composer.
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Opera House

131.30 КБ

Along the way you will come across the Opera House, it’s a richly-decorated neo-Renaissance building, designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture. The construction lasted from 1875 to 1884 and was funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary. The Hungarian Royal Opera House (as it was known then) opened to the public on the September 27, 1884.Ornamentation includes paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art of the time including Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Károly Lotz. Although in size and capacity it is not among the greatest, in beauty and the quality of acoustics – it has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after La Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris - the Budapest Opera House is considered to be amongst the first few opera houses in the world. The auditorium holds 1261 seats. In front of the building are statues of Ferenc Erkel, composer of the Hungarian national anthem, and the first music director of the Opera House. He was also founder of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. The other statue is of Franz Liszt, the best known Hungarian composer.
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Liszt Ferenc tér (Liszt square)

145.96 КБ

The oblong square flanked by 19th century buildings is divided by trees, benches, flowerbeds so it feels very pleasant even in warm summers. Several restaurants can be found on this square, and the things they have in common is that their prices are quite low. They will serve you cheaper than for example Belcanto and Gundel, still the quality is high and the atmosphere is good. Especially in the summer, because then they all move their tables and chairs out to the square, and from early morning to late night, the street is full of life and people drinking, eating and having fun. All the restaurants are good, but Menza Restaurant is especially popular amongst locals and tourists likewise.
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Liszt Ferenc tér (Liszt square)

145.96 КБ

The oblong square flanked by 19th century buildings is divided by trees, benches, flowerbeds so it feels very pleasant even in warm summers. Several restaurants can be found on this square, and the things they have in common is that their prices are quite low. They will serve you cheaper than for example Belcanto and Gundel, still the quality is high and the atmosphere is good. Especially in the summer, because then they all move their tables and chairs out to the square, and from early morning to late night, the street is full of life and people drinking, eating and having fun. All the restaurants are good, but Menza Restaurant is especially popular amongst locals and tourists likewise.
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Terror Háza

135.05 КБ

First the headquarters of the secret police of the Nazi Arrow Cross regime, when the Soviets liberated Hungary, it immediately turned into the headquarters for the communist secret police. This building is the setting of some of the most horrific days of 20th-century Hungary, which lasted for over 50 years. Hundreds were tortured and murdered in the basement by both regimes. The Nazis' primary victims were Jews, but the communists targeted anyone who spoke out against the government. The building is a museum functioning as a memorial to the victims of both fascism and communism and is an everlasting reminder of the effect of oppressive regimes in Hungary. However; it has caused continual controversy since it opened in 2002, especially because the building's overhang has the word "TERROR" stenciled on it, which is quite striking when the sun shines through it.
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Terror Háza

135.05 КБ

First the headquarters of the secret police of the Nazi Arrow Cross regime, when the Soviets liberated Hungary, it immediately turned into the headquarters for the communist secret police. This building is the setting of some of the most horrific days of 20th-century Hungary, which lasted for over 50 years. Hundreds were tortured and murdered in the basement by both regimes. The Nazis' primary victims were Jews, but the communists targeted anyone who spoke out against the government. The building is a museum functioning as a memorial to the victims of both fascism and communism and is an everlasting reminder of the effect of oppressive regimes in Hungary. However; it has caused continual controversy since it opened in 2002, especially because the building's overhang has the word "TERROR" stenciled on it, which is quite striking when the sun shines through it.
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Café Lukács

123.03 КБ

Café Lukács has been established in 1912. The Communists confiscated the café from the owners, the Lukács family in 1949. It was closed to ordinary people and became the meeting place of the secret police. Although it has fine decor reflecting the Habsburg era: marble tables and columns gilded walls, chandelier, the Lukács has a slightly depressed aura. The fact that an international bank occupies a large part of the café's area doesn't help to restore the old-world charm. Still if you want to have delicious cakes you can't go wrong with Lukács.
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Café Lukács

123.03 КБ

Café Lukács has been established in 1912. The Communists confiscated the café from the owners, the Lukács family in 1949. It was closed to ordinary people and became the meeting place of the secret police. Although it has fine decor reflecting the Habsburg era: marble tables and columns gilded walls, chandelier, the Lukács has a slightly depressed aura. The fact that an international bank occupies a large part of the café's area doesn't help to restore the old-world charm. Still if you want to have delicious cakes you can't go wrong with Lukács.
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Andrássy Boulevard

93.89 КБ

Strolling up the majestic Andrássy Boulevard, you are taking the UNESCO World Heritage Site tour. The boulevard is lined with trees and a wealth of beautiful apartment buildings, many of which are now used as embassies. It is Pest's greatest boulevard.
It was decreed to be built in 1870, to discharge the parallel Király utca from heavy traffic and to connect the inner city parts with the City Park. Its construction began in 1872 and the avenue was inaugurated on August 20 (a national holiday), 1876. Its realization was a blend of the plans proposed by the top 3 competitors Lajos Lechner, Frigyes Feszl and Klein & Fraser. Its palaces were built by the most distinguished architects (led by Miklós Ybl) of the time, financed by Hungarian and other banking houses. These were mostly finished by 1884 and mostly aristocrats, bankers, landowners and historical families moved in. It was named in 1885 after the main supporter of the plan, Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy.
The first line of the Budapest Metro was build under Andrássy Boulevard. Construction began in 1894 and was finished in 1896.
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Andrássy Boulevard

93.89 КБ

Strolling up the majestic Andrássy Boulevard, you are taking the UNESCO World Heritage Site tour. The boulevard is lined with trees and a wealth of beautiful apartment buildings, many of which are now used as embassies. It is Pest's greatest boulevard.
It was decreed to be built in 1870, to discharge the parallel Király utca from heavy traffic and to connect the inner city parts with the City Park. Its construction began in 1872 and the avenue was inaugurated on August 20 (a national holiday), 1876. Its realization was a blend of the plans proposed by the top 3 competitors Lajos Lechner, Frigyes Feszl and Klein & Fraser. Its palaces were built by the most distinguished architects (led by Miklós Ybl) of the time, financed by Hungarian and other banking houses. These were mostly finished by 1884 and mostly aristocrats, bankers, landowners and historical families moved in. It was named in 1885 after the main supporter of the plan, Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy.
The first line of the Budapest Metro was build under Andrássy Boulevard. Construction began in 1894 and was finished in 1896.
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Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad-vár)

118.79 КБ

Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park was built between 1896 and 1908, designed by Ignác Alpár. It is a copy in part of a castle in Transylvania, Romania, that is also called Vajdahunyad, though it is also a display of different architectural styles: Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Originally it was made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896 but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick.
Today it houses the Agricultural Museum.
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Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad-vár)

118.79 КБ

Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park was built between 1896 and 1908, designed by Ignác Alpár. It is a copy in part of a castle in Transylvania, Romania, that is also called Vajdahunyad, though it is also a display of different architectural styles: Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Originally it was made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896 but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick.
Today it houses the Agricultural Museum.
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The Palace of Art (Műcsarnok)

89.72 КБ

On the right there are The Palace of Art. It was built in 1895, by the plans of Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herczog, in eclectic-neoclassical style.
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The Palace of Art (Műcsarnok)

89.72 КБ

On the right there are The Palace of Art. It was built in 1895, by the plans of Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herczog, in eclectic-neoclassical style.

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