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Aquincum

This Hungarian city is over 11 hours from Italy’s capital, but its ruins call to mind the architecture and history of ancient Rome.

Visit Aquincum, in Budapest’s Óbuda district, to see the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement of the same name. As you walk among the remnants of temples, residences, public bathhouses, shops and a law court, you will be able to make out the layout of what was once a prosperous capital city in the third century.

Roman Emperor Vespasian established a military camp on the site. It was an important part of the Empire, even producing several leaders of the Roman Empire. The same architectural advances that were in place in Rome were brought to these Eastern reaches of the empire. Observe the large amphitheater and a three-level aqueduct, which brought water from the springs to the military camp.

By the fifth century, Romans began to withdraw from the city, leaving it vulnerable to invaders, including the Huns under Attila. Other citizens also withdrew, so that the city was abandoned and falling to decay until archaeologists began excavations at the end of the 19th century.

Adjacent to the archaeological park, which has an admission fee, is the Aquincum Museum. It holds restored mosaics and murals from excavated ancient Roman buildings. There are also statues and artifacts from the governor’s palace, demonstrating luxuries of ancient daily life. Within the museum, the Aquincum Vision Storage provides views of 1,200 finds from prehistory through ancient Roman times through life under the rule of the Huns. See what the rotating exhibitions offer as well.

The Aquincum Museum is open year-round, but closed on Mondays. English-speaking guides are available with advance booking. There is a fee to enter the museum except on Hungarian national holidays (March 15, August 20 and October 23). Public buses stop at the north and south entrances to the archaeological park.


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Aquamarina

Aquamarina

Rozgonyi Piroska utcai kikoto - 1031, Budapest
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Obuda, this property is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Japanese Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parliament Building and Heroes' Square. Vajdahunyad Castle and St. Stephen's Basilica are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Monte Christo

Monte Christo

NANASI UTCA,93, BUDAPEST
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Budapest, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Japanese Garden, Parliament Building, and Kiraly Baths. Mystique Room and Mammut are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$66
Aquamarina Boat Hotel

Aquamarina Boat Hotel

Rozgonyi Piroska Street Port, Budapest
3.6
of 5, from 78 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Romai part, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Japanese Garden, Parliament Building, and Kiraly Baths. Mystique Room and French Institute are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$31
Attila Hotel & Restaurant

Attila Hotel & Restaurant

Attila Utca 20, Budapest
1.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Obuda, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Japanese Garden, Parliament Building, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Heroes' Square and Vajdahunyad Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$75
The Aquincum Hotel Budapest

The Aquincum Hotel Budapest

Árpád fejedelem útja 94, Budapest
4.1
of 5, from 404 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The Aquincum Hotel Budapest is located alongside the River Danube, on the Buda side of the city and across the river from Margaret Island, with its famous thermal waters. The hotel is surrounded by medieval streets, wine bars, restaurants and its own green park.

$40
Vitta Hotel Superior Budapest

Vitta Hotel Superior Budapest

Vaci ut 27-29, Budapest
3.7
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ujpest, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Aquaworld Budapest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Heroes' Square and Parliament Building. Vajdahunyad Castle and St. Stephen's Basilica are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$61
Park Inn by Radisson Budapest

Park Inn by Radisson Budapest

Szekszardi utca 16-18., Budapest
3.9
of 5, from 28 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Angyalfold, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Japanese Garden and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from WestEnd City Center. Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes' Square are also within 6 mi (10 km).

UJPEST

UJPEST

Liszt Ferenc utca 10, Budapest
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ujpest, this apartment is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Japanese Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes' Square. Parliament Building and St. Stephen's Basilica are also within 6 mi (10 km).