Discover the history of Hungary

Hungary is a real melting-pot of various historical and cultural influences and is often described as a wonderful mixture of where 'East meets West'. The country has come under the rule of many different Empires and monarchies, including the Roman and Turkish, all of which have left their own distinct mark on the country's history and the culture of Hungary today. Many of our hand-picked holiday homes and apartments in Hungary are conveniently located to places of historical interest, so you can take in as much of Hungary's fascinating history during your stay as you like!

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History of Hungary - Budapest

Budapest was once three separate settlements; Buda, Pest and Óbuda, which were then joined together in 1872 and the city was named the capital of Hungary. The city currently has around 2 million inhabitants who live on either side of the Danube, which splits the city. The two banks of the Danube are very different, which is what gives Budapest its unique character, which you can experience and explore for yourself whilst renting one of our self-catering holiday homes or Budapest apartments.

Explore Budapest from your Hungary apartments

Budapest delights its visitors with its old buildings, stunning surroundings and abundant cultural offerings. Large parts of the Danube banks are listed in the index of UNESCO Heritage Sites so there will be plenty to keep history and architecture enthusiasts happy during a stay in one of our Budapest apartments or when visiting Budapest for a day trip from your Hungary accommodation elsewhere in the country. During a walk around the town you will soon realize how rich in history the city streets are.

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Historical sites to see in Budapest

Since the 13th century Buda was the kings’ settlement. Besides the wonderful castle there is the marvellous St. Matthew, which was for a long time the site of Hungarian kings’ coronations, the Fishermen Tower, the iconic Chain Bridge that twinkles at night, the breathtaking parliament building on the bank of Danube or the Budapest accommodation – the longest promenade in Budapest or through the park on the Saint Margaret Island, which is fully pedestrianised. Or simple sample some national specialities in the largest roofed market hall for a taste of Hungarian cuisine. You can admire exotic animals in the oldest zoological garden in Europe or have fun in Great Downtown Circus, which has existed since the 19th century. Self-catering in Hungary offers historical and cultural sites for all to enjoy.

Experience Folk traditions from your Hungary accommodation

Large folk festivals take place all year long, but particularly in spring in order to drive off winter and welcome spring as well as to ask for a good harvest this year. Traditional holidays like Easter, Whitsunday and Christmas have great importance as well and provide a unique spectacle and experience for you to watch an take part in whilst renting one of our self-catering holiday homes Hungary or apartments in Budapest. All holidays are celebrated according to tradition in folk costumes and with the accompaniment of folk music. You will have the chance to experience an explosion of colours and learn about the rich traditions and folklore in Hungary. Visit the town of Kalocsa for a unique an authentic Hungarian experience.

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World Heritage Sites in Hungary - Hungary accommodation

8 places in Hungary have been signed in the index of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. It is mostly natural monuments such as Aggtelek and the Slovak Karst caves – the largest of this kind in Central Europe, The Hortobágy National Park and the area around Lake Neusiedl. There are also architectural monuments on the list of things to discover whilst renting during your stay in NOVASOL's accomodation in Hungary such as early Christian cemeteries, with beautiful painted tombs, over a 1000 year old Benedictine cloister in Pannonhalma and the medieval village Hollóko. Tradition of cultivating wines is sustained by the Tokaj region, which has unique geographical and geological conditions. Parts of UNESCO world cultural heritage is also the buildings in Budapest: the kings’ castle in Buda, the citadel on Gellert Hill and the architecturally and exceptionally beautiful Andrássy Alley.