About Budapest

Statue of Liberty / bottle opener

One of Budapest's most famous, most distinctive monuments is the Statue of Liberty at the top of Gellért Hill. You are sure to see during any sightseeing or boat trip the statue above the city. There are several legends and myths about it, but now we are telling you the authentic story of the statue. In 1945, the Hungarian Parliament decided to build a statue, with which they wanted to pay tribute to Soviet soldiers who had fallen in World War II.

Ships and superstitions

Sailing was a very dangerous activity for thousands of years - and it is still not completely harmless today. It is no wonder that many superstitions are linked to it, most of which contain some kind of rule or ban. Let's see some of the best-known ones!

The Elisabeth Bridge and the moveable Church

It's always interesting to look at something familiar with a new perspective This is especially true of a city that displays many faces when sitting in an open-top bus, a plane or a Budapest boat. Those who really want to get to know Budapest cannot miss the pleasure of a cruise on the Danube, as this is the best way to get in touch with the city and its sights.

Ferenc Molnár and the key thrown into the Danube

Budapest is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world with beautiful buildings and restaurants envied by many other European capitals. These include the New York Café, to which one of the best-known anecdotes in Budapest is linked.

The Megyeri Bridge and the Trolls

Anyone who chooses to book a Boat tour in Budapest is inevitably acquainted with the Danube's bridges in the capital, all of which have anecdotes or urban legends. This is precisely the case with the youngest bridge in Budapest, the Megyeri Bridge, which was handed over in 2008.

Szentendre and the Iron Lady

The visit a foreign dignity to Budapest always shakes things up, especially if the two countries belong to different political camps. This was the case with the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's visit to Hungary in 1984. What happened behind the scenes does not have much importance today. The Hungarian memory preserves the pictures of the Iron Lady visiting the market-hall to buy some souvenirs.

Margaret Island and the rabbits

Jókai called Margaret Island a slice of paradise, Budapest's fairy garden. It is indeed one of the most beautiful parts of the Budapest to visit by boat tours. It is comparable to Central Park, as it is in the middle of the capital city, and has many interesting stories connected to it.

The Chain Bridge and the Lions

One of the most famous legends of the many bridges of Budapest is the one about the Chain Bridge: the suicide story of the sculptor. According to the anecdote, a cobbler apprentice noticed on the bridge that the four huge lions had no tongues, he spoke out loud about it, therefore the sculptor who built the lions killed himself in the Danube.

The Gellert Hill and the Japanese scientists

Japan's precision and work ethic is legendary. A Japanese person is never late, Japanese cars will never break down, so if Japanese scientists say something, we should probably listen. And if they warn us about something catastrophic, then the best thing is for everyone to take the necessary precautionary measures. But what does this have to do with Gellert Hill?

Freddie Mercury and the Parliament

Every ambitious city has urban legends, as does, of course, Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Last year it was second in the poll of an international travel magazine, just behind Florence in Italy. It is accompanied by a number of legendary stories, and it is not easy to always decide which are true and which are not.

Boat tour on the Grand Boulevard

When an ironic Hungarian party campaigned a couple of years ago to introduce the Danube to the Grand Boulevard, it seemed like a funny idea, just like the concept of building a Space Station at Szeged or the "eternal life, free beer" election promise. However, probably even they did not know that at the end of the nineteenth century, submerging the 4-6 tram line was a serious idea.