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Budapest

Budapest the amazing city
Budapest, the capital of Hungary was formed in 1873 when 3 separate townships, Buda, Pest and Ó buda were united. Since then it has grown into a real metropolis with 23 districts, which give home to about two million people. The city is divided into two parts by the Danube River: Buda, with its many hills is located on one side and the flatter Pest is on the other side.
The Buda Castle with the Danube Panorama and Anrdrássy Avenue with its glamorous residential palaces are part of the World Heritage. The view of this city, which can be seen from its bridges, the surrounding hills an also from the sides of the Danube, is fascinating.

Tourist information
Tourinform offices can be found in many parts of Hungary. To find out the locations of these information offices in Budapest go to   www.budapestinfo.hu

Currency
The official currency of Hungary is the Forint. (HUF) Currency-conversions exclusively can be done in banks and official foreign exchange outlets.

Safety
In Budapest just like any other city in the world you have to be mindful of your bag and wallet. In every restaurant in Budapest, it is obligatory for restaurants indicate the prices of the food and beverage, and the price of guest rooms must be visible at the reception desk of the hotels, and tariffs in the cabs must be clearly indicated. In the restaurants the invoice does not usually include tips, and the average amount to tip is 10% of the total bill.

Public holidays
March 15th - National Day March 15th, marks the outbreak of the 1848-49 revolution and war of independence, from which modern parliamentarianism in Hungary can be dated.
August 20th - Constitution Day - the feast of St. Stephen, founder of the Hungarian state.
October 23rd - is the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1956 revolution. Also remembers the day of the proclamation of the Republic of Hungary, in 1989.
During these holidays all shops and banks are closed, however restaurants and clubs are open, and there are feasts and cultural events throughout the city.

Weather
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/index.html
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Interesting facts about the city
The highest point of the city is the János hill, 527m high. The population is more than 1.8 million. It has 23 districts, with 194 formally named parts. Because of Budapest centre role in Hungary the main roads start from Budapest in radial direction and their distance is measured from the Zero Kilometer Stone at Adam Clark Square - except road 8-.The main railways start from Budapest as well. The first underground line of the European Continent was completed in 1896 in Budapest (Millennium Underground, M1) between Vörösmarty Square and Heroes' Square, and more stations were added later.  At the stations, exhibitions shows the history of the line and Budapest's most important periods. Budapest received official recognition for its thermal and medicinal waters as early as 1934. Several hot and mineral springs come from the sides of the Buda hills. Besides the Turkish bathes, which were built on the hot springs in the 19th century the Széchényi, the Gellért, the Lukács are all famous for their healing powers. The cave beneath the Várhegy in Buda (16 Országház Street) is a highly protected sinter development. Out of the 10 km long cave system, 1.5 can be visited.

 
   
     
   
     
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