The Budapest surroundings feature many natural and historical attractions.
The Buda Upland is a lovely natural area of dolomite and chalk hills, covered in woodlands and popular with locals.
Nagytétény is the most southerly part of Budapest (District XXII), on the Buda side of the Danube and is largely an agricultural region. From the 2nd to the 5th C a Roman camp existed here.In Nagytétény, which was probably named after the Magyar leader Tétény, viticulture played an important role in the Middle Ages. It was granted market rights in the 15th C. After it had suffered much destruction during the Turkish Wars a number of German families settled here, and their country houses are still a dominant feature.
The major point of interest in Nagytétény is the Baroque Castle, which now houses a branch of the Museum of Applied Arts. This great country house was built in the 18th C, making use of the remains of 15th C buildings. After suffering severe damage during the Second World War it was carefully restored a few years ago and opened as a museum.ExhibitsOf interest are some finely constructed items of furniture from the 15th to the 19th C (predominantly of Hungarian and German origin) and a collection of stove tiles and stoves. In some of the rooms will be found valuable paintings, carpets, china and clocks from the 18th and 19th C. The castle stables contain some interesting Roman Age finds.
Visitors can get up close to a variety of species from tropical rainforests and oceans including two million fresh and saltwater fish. Other displays include snakes, alligators, tropical birds, turtles and iguanas.
Address: Nagytétényi utca 37-45, Budapest, Pest 1222, Hungary
Opening hours: 10am-8pm
Entrance fee in HUF: Adult Ft1700.00, Group discounts Ft1400.00, Child 14 & under Ft1000.00, Senior over 62 Ft1000.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Useful tips: Group of 15 or more.
Transit: Buses 3, 14, 114
Situated 16km (10mi.) northeast of the city center, near Mogyoród, the Hungaroring motor racing circuit was opened in 1986. In August every year important Formula I races are held here. In addition, highly-rated motor cycle and trucking competitions take place, such as the "Truck Trophy".Technical details: total length 4014m (13170ft), maximum gradient 7 per cent, longest straight 700m (2298ft). There are 25,000 seats and 150,000 standing places for spectators.
Little Pest, Hungary
Kispest (Little Pest) has existed only since 1871 and is now part of District XIX. It is the headquarters of a number of large industrial concerns, including engineering works, the Ganz industrial combine, textile factories, etc.Of particular interest from the town-planning point of view is the so-called "Wekerle Settlement", which was methodically laid out on a chess-board pattern between 1908 and 1925. It comprises more than 1000 dwellings.
Hungarian Museum of Electrotechnology
Hungarian Museum of Electrotechnology allows visitors to gain a basic knowledge of electricity by studying experimental devices which actually work, and can learn about the development of the production, distribution and use of electrical energy.