By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 17, 2021) – In Issue 2021-221 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit the capital city of Hungary.


The two rival cities on either side of the Danube, or Duna – Buda and Pest – were united on November 17, 1873 to form Hungary’s capital city, Budapest. 

Buda is the older settlement, dating to Roman times and a thriving town in the Middle Ages, and is centered around the towering castle.  Pest was the little sister until the end of the 18th century, when its growth far exceeded the more cultured Buda.  Today the two sides are fairly equal in population.

A series of beautiful bridges connect the two sides of the “Queen of the Danube.”  Buda is what tourists typically think of with its cobbled streets, castle enclave, Gothic churches, and hills for panoramic views of the city.  Pest has its own flavor though, with remnants of the original city walls, the main shopping streets, quaint cafes, and the most precious relic in the country, the crown of St. Stephen, in the Hungarian National Museum.

If you visit, don’t miss the chance to swim (bathe) in the many thermal baths, beloved by the Romans and generations that followed.  And eat some authentic goulash!

Here is Talis’ map of Hungary from 1850, with the two separate cities.

Map of Hungary -1850 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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