Geography of Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is located in the north central region
of the country, on both banks of the Danube. It's the largest city in Hungary
and serves as the country's industrial, cultural and transportation centre.
The region known as the Danube Bend (Dunakanyar) consists of a few pleasant
riverside towns just north of Budapest. Over the years, this area has become
a popular vacation spot for the locals as well as for travelling tourists.
The name Danube Bend is in actuality a misnomer, as the Danube, which enters
Hungary from the northwest, flows in a south-easterly direction for a time,
forming the border with Hungary's northern neighbour, Slovakia. After Esztergom,
about 40kms north of Budapest, the river turns south. This is the beginning
of the Danube Bend region.
Before the city of Visegrád, the river turns north, and then it again
turns south, before the town of Vác. From Vác, it flows pretty
much directly south, through Budapest and down towards the country's Serbian
and Croatian borders.
The endearing and altogether charming towns of Szentendre, Visegrád
and Esztergom can all be explored in a day from the metropolis of Budapest.
The astounding aesthetic beauty of the area, with its forested hills that loom
over the river, make this area a welcome respite from the blended history of
the city. Travellers with time to spare are advised to head to the outlying
areas of the Bend.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Grand Hotel Hungaria
Hotel Inter-Continental Budapest
K+K Hotel Opera
Radisson SAS Beke Hotel
Le Meridien Budapest
Novotel Budapest Centrum
Mercure Korona Budapest
Mercure Budapest Museum
Mercure Budapest Metropol
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