Pest the heart of Budapest
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Walk around the rich history of Hungary and enjoy a beer in one of the world famous ruin pubs.
If you want to try something new, than time sink into the atmosphere of Pest or enjoy a walk on the Andrassy Avenue. Pest ha a lot to offer no matter where do you start from. Inner Pest, which is a part of the historical city centre, is the 5th and the 6 th and the 7 th district. We will go through the main sights and things to do and see around Pest. When you are in Budapest, you have to know that once you cross the Danube you pop into a different world.
The area surrounding the Basilica of St. Stephen is the heart of the city. It is the financial and government district of Pest. The Basilica itself is a key building in the landscape. Walk around the ancient halls and discover the relics inside to get a quick impression of Hungarian history. There are a lot of great restaurants and bars where you can find the latest inventions of Hungarian chefs as well as old classics. Take a walk around the local streets to the Danube bank and see the panorama from the Corso. Exquisite hotels are looking towards the Danube and boat rides start here at the docks.
Another side of Pest is the area around Andrassy Avenue.
They don’t call the avenue the Champs Elysées of the East for nothing. The old buildings around the avenue are the memories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the golden age of Hungary like the Opera house. Nowadays elite shops and embassies surround the avenue. Halfway on the avenue you’ll see the House of Terror. This museum tells the story of Hungary under fascist and communist dictatorship. It can be quite shocking. Another great option is to try the underground right underneath the avenue. The interior reminds you of the 19 th century and the ride is also a good way to get to the Heroes Square. This national monument of Hungary is composed of two semicircles and a high column with the statue of Gabriel on top. The statues around you are the famous kings of Hungary. Right here you’ll find the Palace of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Last but not least, there is the Jewish district of Pest. The 7 th district was the home for Jewish people for centuries. The starting point is the Dohany Street Synagogue. Probably the biggest synagogue on the world it’s rich interior and Jewish museum is a must for everyone. Try kosher restaurants and drinks in the nearby streets. The Rumbach and the Kazinczy Street Synagogues are also open to the public. There are guided tours from the Dohany Street with locals telling the Jewish history of Pest. Another side of the 7 th district is the youthful and artistic world of the so called “ruin pubs”. These pubs are special places for artists and the masses to sit around and enjoy a beer in the middle of an abandoned house or backyard. The atmosphere is one of a kind and regular concerts make time easier to kill. Spend some hours in these cool places in Pest and you’ll see for yourself!