Buda and Pest

22 Jul

Budapest was originally two cities, Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube. And, when the cities combined into one, it was first named Pestbuda!

The above photo was taken from the Citadel with Buda on the left and Pest to the right. Buda is much older and more residential today – the preferred place to live and more expensive than Pest (pronounced Pesht). Pest is flat and more commercial with Parliament, universities, the national theater, national museum, parks, and monuments. Pest was devastated by a huge flood in 1838 and rebuilt using the design of Paris as a model. So, the buildings in Pest are relatively new compared  to the 500 and 600 year old buildings in Buda.

View of Parliament building from the west.

View of Parliament building looking north.

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One Response to “Buda and Pest”

  1. Susan July 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks for the link. I just read all of your posts in one sitting. Budapest looks as lovely as Drew described after a business trip there. I’m still kicking myself for not tagging along. Are you planning to tour Salzburg or are you concentrating on Hungary? Drew attended the Berlitz school in Salzburg for 6 weeks during the summer of his second year in Germany; another rave place. How are the famous Viennese pastries? Attended any outdoor music concerts in either country? How long is your European stay?

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