Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest at night-1-.jpg

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. In 2011, according to the census, Budapest had 1.74 million inhabitants, down from its 1989 peak of 2.1 million due to suburbanization. The Budapest Metropolitan Area is home to 3.3 million people. The city covers an area of 525 sq km (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbuda with east-bank Pest.

Budapest in The Hot War[]

A squad of the Hungarian People's Army, including Tibor Nagy and Istvan Szolovits passed through Budapest on its way to the East German town of Schmalkalden.[1]

Budapest was one of several cities in the Soviet sphere of influence the United States bombed with ordinary explosives on the night of 24 February 1951.[2]

In July, 1952, with Hungary in a full-on uprising after the conclusion of the war, Soviet bombers used conventional ordinance on Budapest, in keeping with the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. They still did more damage than had Budapest had received in the last war.[3]

Budapest in The War That Came Early[]

In early 1939, Peggy Druce, who been stranded in Berlin by the outbreak of the Second World War in the previous fall, decided to try to get to Budapest. However, Constantine Jenkins, the undersecretary at the American embassy, dissuaded her, as there was no guarantee that she'd be able to leave Hungary even if she got to Budapest.[4]


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 66-68, ebook.
  2. Ibid., pg. 121.
  3. Armistice, pgs. 174-178, ebook.
  4. Hitler's War, pgs. 386-88.