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A guide for the First District of Budapest

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10/1/2012 2:00 AM

When you take a peek at the district map of Budapest, you’ll feel like as if you were looking at an odd-shaped patchwork. Since the city’s texture was sewed from different materials, and is constantly changing, touring around the 23 districts of Budapest is an exciting urban adventure. Follow our lead through the cobblestone streets of the First District!

Castle District

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1014 Budapest, Várnegyed

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Laidback and aristocratic, sprinkled with history. The narrow alleys of Víziváros resemble a Mediterranean village, though you won’t come across tomato fields or goats. Buda Castle is characterized by a plethora of monuments and panoramic views on the city’s both sides. Tabán, adjacent to Erzsébet híd ()

and Naphegy, used to be a bohemian nook flooded with artists during the 19th and early 20th century, but was demolished in 1930, and now gives home to a park.

The seven towers of Halászbástya (The Fisherman’s Bastion) represent the seven Hungarian tribes who set foot in the Carpathian Basin in 896, and also provide a great cityscape view. Nearby Mátyás-templom (Matthias Church) is a richly ornamented, thousand-year-old wonder of gothic architecture.

The Garden of Philosophy, located in the vicinity of Gellért Hill, is a monument consisting of eight sculptures divided into two groups. The first group of iconic philosophers - forming a circle around a fountain – symbolizes the countless cultures of our planet, while the second group emphasizes the significance of spiritual development.

Pierrot Cafe Restaurant

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1014 Budapest, Fortuna utca 14.

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Cheap pubs such as Bástya Borozó and Hattyú Kávézó - with the latter being open 24/7 - offer an authentic Hungarian pub atmosphere, novel-worthy regulars, and several drinks to warm up your all-nighter. During the summer months, Jégkert, a spacious garden bar suited for hanging out with pals, is always crowded with Buda side teens and twentysomethings. Moszkva Tér Bisztró, situated in Széll Kálmán tér (formerly known as Moszkva tér), is a youthful spot where you can get involved in countless fossball games.

Lánchíd 19 Hotel

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1013 Budapest, Lánchíd utca 19.

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Multi-award winning

, named after mesmerizing
Lánchíd
(Chain Bridge), is also an intersection of past and present providing a unique atmosphere, 45 differently designed rooms, a restaurant, a bar, and jacuzzi-equipped panorama suites.

Housed by a merchant’s former residence, is a one-of-a-kind mixture of innovation and tradition. The former attribute is summoned by the contemporary vibe, and the latter by the historic location.

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