Hungary road travel
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By murphyeppoon on 2010-12-20 20:00:22
Hungary is a small country in Central Europe with the capital Budapest, inhabited only by ten million people. It is considered a great power in the sphere of tourism, hotel and restaurant business. Known to the Romans from ancient times under the name of Pannonia, modern Hungary is inhabited by descendants of the Magyar tribes who crossed the Great Bazin in VII and VIII centuries. The kingdom, founded by them flourished till the XVI century, until repeated Turkish incursions made Hungary to join the Austrian Empire. The culture of Hungary however remained completely independent, having kept its own traditions in cooking, music and language. The Hungarian language belongs to the Finno-Ugric group of languages and differs very much from all other European languages. The status of political independence was returned to Hungary by he Habsburg dynasty in the XIX century. Now there are open 600 museums and exhibition halls in Hungary. Many of them exhibite masterpieces of art, famous not only in Europe but throughout the world. And from this point of view Budapest is the leader. Budapest The Danube crosses the city, dividing the plain and hilly terrain, Pest and Buda. Budapest consists of three historically parts – Pest, Buda and Obuda. In ancient times there was a settlement of Celts here and then the Roman Aquincum. By the time of Hungarians had come here (about 895), there were Slavic settlements in Pest. Later, the city was destroyed by the Mongol-Tatars. Another was the power of the Turks, the Austrians. Now it is the capital of Hungary. In the heart of Budapest on the Danube, Margaret Island is located – another attraction of the capital (length – 2,5 km, maximum width – 500 m). here are two luxury hotels, restaurants, cafes, the beach “Palatinus”, a summer opera, where annually theater festivals are held. The Island in Hungary is a popular place for rest of the townspeople, who, fleeing from the hustle and bustle, come here to a cozy Japanese garden. Obuda is the oldest district of the capital of Hungary, located on the right bank of the Danube. It has been keeping narrow streets with small taverns, small houses in baroque and late rococo style longer than other districts. But now here everything has changed significantly, however, the main square’s ensemble (Fo ter) as well as remains of buildings of the ancient Roman settlement Akvinka – Aquincum are carefully protected. The ruins of the civil town of Romans and the amphitheater – one of the largest in the Roman provinces – is of great interest for tourists in Hungary. Tens of thousands of fans of theater and music come annually to Hungary to attend numerous festivals. The most famous among them are “The Budapest Spring”, Szeged and Budapest summer theater festivals, concerts of Beethoven’s music in the old city park in Martonvashar. The city is located 40 km from Budapest towards Lake Balaton. There is a castle there that once belonged to Mr. Brunswick. When Beethoven lived in this city, he often visited Brunswick and his daughters. In July and August on Saturday in honor of Beethoven eight concerts are performed. Concert halls are located close to the railway, so the train schedule is made so that trains do not disturb during the concerts.