Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century. It is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, occupying an area of almost 70,000 square metres (750,000 square feet), at about 570 metres (1,870 feet) in length and an average of about 130 metres (430 feet) wide. The castle is among the most visited tourist attractions in Prague attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually.
The City Park (Hungarian: Városliget; German: Stadtwäldchen) is a public park close to the centre of Budapest, Hungary. It is a 0.9-by-0.6-mile (1,400 by 970 m) rectangle, with an area of 302 acres (1.2 km2), located in District XIV of Budapest, between Hungária körút, Atjósi Dürer sor, Vágány utca and Dózsa Győrgy út. Its main entrance is at Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), one of Hungary's World Heritage sites.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest (IPA: [seːtʃeːɲi],
Hungarian: Széchenyi gyógyfürdő) is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its
water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C (165 °F)
and 77 °C (171 °F).
Components of the thermal water include sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of metaboric acid and fluoride.
Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden (Hungarian: Fővárosi Állat-
és Növénykert) is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and one of the oldest in the
It has 1,072 animal species and is located within Városliget Park, unusually for a zoo, it is in the centre of the city.
The zoo opened its doors on 9 August 1866. The park has 1–1.1 million visitors every year. The area is a nature reserve, and has some valuable art nouveau buildings designed by Kornél Neuschloss and Károly Kós . More than 1,000 species are living there. The most special animals that are present in the zoo are the Komodo dragon and from December 2011 the wombat.
The zoo is located in the city centre and can be reached by Line 1 (Budapest Metro)
Official city card (Budapest card) owners get a 25% discount for a single ticket into the zoo.
Vajdahunyad Castle (Hungarian: Vajdahunyad vára) is a castle
in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary. It was built in 1896 as part of the
Millennial Exhibition which celebrated the 1,000 years of Hungary since the
Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895. The castle was designed by
Ignác Alpár to feature copies of several landmark buildings from different parts
the Kingdom of Hungary, especially the Hunyad Castle in Transylvania (now in
Romania). As the castle contains parts of buildings from various time periods,
it displays different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and
Baroque. Originally, it was made from cardboard and wood, but it became so
popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick between 1904 and 1908. Today,
it houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the biggest agricultural museum
The statue of the chronicler Anonymus (by Miklós Ligeti) is also displayed in the castle court. Anonymus lived in the 12th century (his true identity is unknown, but he was a notary of Béla III of Hungary), who wrote the chronicle Gesta Hungarorum (Deeds of the Hungarians).
The castle contains a statue of Béla Lugosi, as well, who was a Hungarian-American actor famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film.
Former Royal Palace
Buda Castle (Hungarian: Budavári Palota, German: Burgpalast) is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. It was first completed in 1265, but the massive Baroque palace today occupying most of the site was built between 1749 and 1769. The complex in the past was referred to as either the Royal Palace (Hungarian: Királyi-palota) or the Royal Castle (Hungarian: Királyi Vár, German: Königliche Burg). The castle now houses the Hungarian National Gallery and The Budapest History Museum.
Matthias Church is unlike many of the typical churches dating
back to the Middle Ages. Be prepared to be surprised for its off the beaten
track inner beauty.
The church was used as a coronation church by Hungarian kings for centuries, also a mosque for over 150 years by the Ottoman Turks, once owned by Franciscans, Jesuits, now a thriving Catholic church with holy masses, concerts, plenty of weddings, thousands of tourists. The graceful architecture and stunningly rich, all embracing wall paintings of the majestic building will leave you speechless.
While the outside of Matthias Church offers the historical beauty of traditional Gothic churches with delicate turrets, the coloured tile roofs already give away that this church is not following the usual recipe: entering inside the church you will experience one of the most welcoming combinations of warm lights, shadows and colours with orange, brown, golden hewed frescos reaching from floor to ceiling, beautiful stain glass windows, far reaching arches, century old wooden pews, medieval remnants.