Parliament in Budapest

Budapest, A Walking City

History of Budapest

The ancestors of the modern Hungarians are the Magyars who migrated from the Urals in 896. Hungary crowned its first King, Stephen, in 1000.  The country, becoming one of the largest monarchies, flourished under King Mátyás ’ rule from 1458-90.

The Ottomans, however, captured Buda in 1541 and made it the capital of Ottoman Hungary.  To quell their advance, Habsburg led Austria occupied western Hungary.  In 1686 Christian armies led by the Habsburg finally defeated the Ottoman.

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