If you’re looking to visit a city that cherishes the old while still embracing the new, than you should definitely check out Budapest. Located along the Danube River, this international city offers plenty of culture, history, and art. The capital of Hungary, Budapest offers plenty of interesting tidbits, including these five facts.
1. Home to the World’s Second Largest Synagogue
Known as the Dohány Street Synagogue, this large place of worship was built between 1854 and 1859. The synagogue can hold up to 3,000 people and features a Neo-Moorish style. It is 144 feet tall; and contains over 21,000 square feet.
2. The City Has One of the Oldest Metro Railways in the World
Another record breaking fact Budapest boasts is having one of the oldest metro railways; with the Metro 1 having work dating back to 1896. However, unlike other countries, there are only 4 metro lines to get to and from your destination. Therefore, you may have to switch lines at a station in order to arrive at your destination.
3. Budapest Is the Largest City in Hungary
Budapest is populated with around 20% of the entire country’s population. That means one out of every five people who live in Hungary, are residences of Budapest.
4. Budapest Zoo Is One of World’s Oldest Zoos
This historical destination opened its doors in 1865. Along with the traditional animals, the Budapest Zoo also features Holnemvolt Park, a zoo/amusement park merge where you can ride: the 100-year-old carousel, the fairy tale boat, a roller coaster, or even the cave train.
5. Budapest Has an Underground Museum
The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is located below the castle and consists of a labyrinth cave complex. This underground wonder has helped men dating all the way back to prehistoric time periods. However, most recently it was used as a medieval cellar, a World War II bomb shelter, a secret Cold War military installation, and as a historical exhibit until 2011 when the green militia raided the labyrinth and shut the doors permanently.