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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Budapest

Budapest, capital of the Republic of Hungary, is considered by many visitors to be the "Paris of the East" because of its particular charm; it is the most densely populated and culturally the most important metropolis of Eastern Central Europe.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a small island in the Danube River known for its thermal baths, gardens, pools, open spaces, and walking paths. It is also the site of the famous Hotel Thermál.

Gellért Hill

Gellért Hill is easily spotted from most places in Budapest. At the base of this towering Dolomite rock are multiple medicinal springs which feed three the famous baths of Gellért, Rudas,and Rác.

Heroes' Square

Heroes' Square was designed by architect Albert Schickedanz who was also involved in the building of the Museum of Fine Art and the Art Gallery which stand on the square.

Street of the People's Republic (formerly Andrássy ut)

Many fine buildings line this boulevard, including the Millenary Monument and the State Opera.

Inner Ring

Located within the Inner Ring are such famous attractions as the Hungarian National Museum, the Pest Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Petofi Literary Museum, and the University Church.

Outer Ring

Along the Outer Ring can be seen a number of impressive buildings, including the West Station and Joseph Town Parish Church.

Castle Hill

Buda Ring

Other Sights

Danube

The Danube (Hungarian "Duna") flows through Budapest from north to south; within the city boundaries its widest part (640m (2100ft)) is in the north of the city just below the junction of the two arms which enclose the island of Szentendre (Szentendrei-sziget). The river is at its narrowest (283m (930ft)) below Gellért Hill; here it is about 9m (30ft) deep.
Boat trips
During the warm months of the year these depart daily from the landing-stages at Vigadó tér (on the Pest bank) and Bem József tér (on the Buda bank).
Flooding
Until the late 19th C rises in the water level caused major problems in the districts near the Danube. At such times the width of the river could exceed 1000m (3300ft); in the lower lying parts of the city considerable damage could result. In the second half of the last century, measures to regulate the flow of the water were urgently put in hand.
Waterway
With the expansion of industry in Budapest and in locations further upstream, the Danube became of increasing importance for the movement of goods and the capacity of the port installations of the island of Csepel (Csepel-sziget) was considerably increased. Along the Danube Corso on the Pest bank landing stages for national and international passenger ships were built and these were heavily used.
The Danube is at present spanned by two railroad bridges (the New Pest Bridge and the South Rail bridge) and by six road bridges (Árpád Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge, Freedom Bridge and Petõfi Bridge).

Surroundings

Some of the most popular attractions in the Budapest surrounding areas include the Buda Upland, the Budafok district, and the Castle Museum.
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