Walk the fascinating remnants of the local civilisation of the first several centuries A.D.
Budapest's Ancient Roman Legacy
Like many European cities, Budapest traces part of its lineage back to an ancient Roman settlement. In this case, that settlement was called Aquincum and its ruins - discovered in the 18th century and reconstructed in the 1960s, are located nine kilometres (5½ miles) outside central Budapest in the Óbuda district (on the Buda side of the Danube, reachable by train). Founded the 1st century AD, by the end of the 2nd century AD, it had grown to as many as 40,000 inhabitants. Today, visitors can stroll amid the ruins of temples, houses, shops, public baths and an amphitheatre, and have a look at features such as an underground heating system, a water organ and the stone sewage system. At the edge of the archaeological park is the Aquincum Museum, with displays on the life and times of the ancient Romans of this area and their predecessors, the Celts. Closed Mondays.