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ABOUT THE CITY

The city of two continents. Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey with more than 15 million people. The beautiful Istanbul lies in both Europe and Asia. The Asian part of the city is separated from its European side by the Bosphorus strait. Although, in its thousands of years of history, Istanbul has been the capital of three ancient empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, it is not the modern capital city of Turkey as Ankara is.

Istanbul has its amazing history that shines through the old covered Grand Bazaar that is the biggest bazaar in the world with over 3000 shops.

The astonishing architecture, timeless monuments, mosques, Turkish baths, and bazaars could amaze everyone’s eyes. However, Istanbul serves more as an ancient capital for Turkey, it also has, what it takes to be a modern metropolis.

Istanbul is the city where impressive ancient history meets with contemporary attractions with its clubs, cafes, and designer shops.

ABOUT THE COUNTRY

Turkey, a country with a unique history, culture, and special location. During its massive history Turkey both served as bridge and even barrier between Asia and Europe as its occupying partly both continents. A country with one of the most colorful and interesting attractions, a place where you can immerse yourself in the pleasures provided by the Turkish Riviera, cultural and artistic heritage, and stunning natural landscapes. A place that is visited by millions of tourists every year.

CURRENCY

Hungarian Forint – HUF

Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 Forints

Banknotes: 500, 1 000, 2 000, 5 000, 10 000, 20 000 Forints

There is no obligatory daily minimum amount of conversion. When changing money, remember that most shops accept credit cards and some of them even Euros. Money can be exchanged in exchange offices and banks, local ATMs give out HUF. Banks and travel agencies offer the best rates.

The exchange offices are generally open 09:00-21:00 h

All major credit cards are accepted in Hungary, some smaller shops might only accept cash though.

FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS

Which was designed and built in the Gothic Revival style, is one of the largest buildings in Hungary, and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices. Although the impressive building looks fantastic from every angle, to see the whole building in its full glory, it is worth viewing it from the other side of the Danube.

One of the grandest spas in the city is the Gellert Bath and Spa centre, which includes an open-air pool (which turns into a wave pool), an effervescent swimming pool, a Finnish sauna, and a range of other saunas and plunge pools. The complex was originally built between 1912 and 1918 in an Art Nouveau style. The whole spa was extensively renovated in 2008 to bring the baths back to their former glory.

It marks the end of Andrássy Avenue is home to an iconic monument which features depictions of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, who are believed to have led the Hungarian people from central Asia to the Carpathian basin. A top the central pillar is the Archangel Gabriel, who is holding the Hungarian crown. At either side of the central column are two matching colonnades, which depict a variety of other historical Hungarian figures. The impressive buildings at either side of the square are art galleries.

It is a 2.5km long island which sits in the middle of the Danube, which is covered in parkland and recreational facilities. One of the most famous features of the island is the “music fountain”, from which water regularly “dances” in time to classical music. Other notable features on the island include medieval ruins and small aviary which primarily caters for injured water birds and wildfowl.

This stretch of the Danube walkway goes from the Elizabeth Bridge to the Chain Bridge, and is perfect for those who want a short, but interesting walk. Promenading along the Danube is a great way to see many of the most famous sights in the capital