About the area:
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial and transportation centre. The official spoken language is Hungarian. In 2007 Budapest had 1,696,128 inhabitants with official agglomeration of 2,421,831, down from a mid-1980s peak of 2.1 million. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube (Hungarians call it the Duna river) with the amalgamation on 17 November 1873 of right-bank (west) Buda (Ofen in German) and Óbuda (Old Buda or Alt-Ofen) together with Pest on the left (east) bank.