1867 was the year of reconciliation as Austria and Hungary signed “The Compromise” which led to the birth of Austria-Hungary. This made Budapest the twin capital of a dual monarchy. It was this compromise which opened the second great phase of development in Budapest. In 1849, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge linking Buda with Pest was opened as the first permanent bridge across the Danube. Then, in 1873, Buda and Pest were officially merged with the third part, Óbuda (Ancient Buda), thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest.*
This connection between two parts made the whole stronger. Buda joining with Pest created a bond so strong it has withstood two World Wars, multiple revolutions, and not to mention, the myriads of terrible jokes that relate to either Buddha, insects, or anything that rhymes with vest. Despite all that, it has remained steadfast. Why? Because it was a unit. On a recent trip to Budapest, I noticed a few more things there that were stronger together.
1. Croissant and Cafe Latte (Jegbufé Café)
2. Bacon & Hotdogs… on a Stick of course (Central Market Hall)
3. Sewer Covers & Metal Design (Vaci Utca)
4. Architecture & Clear Skies (St, Stephens church, St. Matthews church, and a house)
5. Castles & Landscapes (Buda Castle)
6. Warm Sunrises & Cold Metal (Chain Bridge)
7. Culture & Craftsmanship
Budapest is a city off endless duos, trios, and quartets, and they are all stronger together.
*history and general info about Budapest found here.