Budapest, the capital of Hungary, lies in the centre of Middle Europe, on both sides of the river Danube. It shows the dominant role of the capital that about 2 million people (every fifth Hungarian) lives in the city. The Danube determines the life of Budapest. Due to Danube valley, there are more than 130 thermal springs and more than twenty public baths to find in the city. The most popular of them are the Gellért and the Széchenyi Baths. The green side, the Buda hills, the soft inclines of Óbuda on the left bank, the plain industrial Pest on the right diversifies the city. Nowadays eight bridges secure the connection between the two halves of the city. Three of them, Liberty Bridge, Margaret Bridge and Széchenyi Chain Bridge, can still be admired in their original beauty.
The Gellért Hill with the Citadel and the Castle Hill with the former Royal Castle and the castle district define the view of Buda. In this district you will find the extremely rich collection of the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchényi Library. On the Pest side the neo-Gothic building of Parliament raises. The view of Pest, especially its housing is dominated by the dynamic economic and social marks of the development of middle class throughout the 19th century. The economic boom after the recent political changes has given a powerful boost of the city. Our capital renews day to day and transforms itself into a true "world city". The various and rich history and the dynamic cultural, culinary and economical life amazing the visitors, during they discover the "Pearl of the Danube".