List of districts in Budapest
The number of districts in Budapest
Budapest had 10 districts after coming into existence by the unification of the cities of Pest, Buda and Óbuda in 1873, numbered I to X. In the 1930s, 4 new districts were organized, numbered XI to XIV. On 1 January 1950, Budapest was amalgamated with 7 neighboring towns and 16 villages, and the number of its districts increased to 22. District IV was dissolved and the number was given to the northernmost newly merged town (Újpest), further amalgamated territories were organized as districts XV - XXII. Former district borders were also partly modified but the old numbering system is still clear on the map. In 1994, one of the former villages left district XX and the new district XXIII was born.
Listed below are the ordinal numbers of the 23 districts of Budapest, their official names (if there is one), and the names of the neighbourhoods within the districts. Each district can be associated with one or more neighbourhoods named after former towns within Budapest.
- Buda is the hilly part on the west bank of the Danube.
- Pest is the flat part on the east bank of the Danube.
- Csepel is a big island in the south which barely belongs to Budapest. This part of the island is the District XXI and is also referred as Csepel.
- Margaret Island is an island that is directly administered by the Municipality of Budapest (used to be part of District XIII) and is used as a recreational area
- There is a third island called Óbuda Island which forms parts of District III and hosts the Sziget Festival since 1993.
List of districts by population, territory and population density
|District||Name||Population (2009)||Area (km2)||Population density (people per km2)|
|I. kerület||Budavár ("Buda Castle")||24,728||3.41||7233.1|
|III. kerület||Óbuda-Békásmegyer ("Old Buda-Békásmegyer")||123,723||39.69||3117.6|
|IV. kerület||Újpest ("New Pest")||98,374||18.82||5227.5|
|V. kerület||Belváros-Lipótváros ("Downtown-Leopoldtown")||27,283||2.59||10,433.6|
|VI. kerület||Terézváros ("Theresatown")||42,120||2.38||17,556.3|
|VII. kerület||Erzsébetváros ("Elisabethtown")||62,530||2.09||29,681.3|
|VIII. kerület||Józsefváros ("Josephtown")||82,222||6.85||11,890.1|
|IX. kerület||Ferencváros ("Francistown")||61,576||12.53||4859.7|
|X. kerület||Kőbánya ("Quarry")||79,270||32.5||2414.9|
|XI. kerület||Újbuda ("New Buda")||139,049||33.47||4105.9|
|XII. kerület||Hegyvidék ("Highland")||56,544||26.67||2109.4|
|XIII. kerület||Angyalföld-Újlipótváros ("Angel's Field-New Leopoldtown")||113,531||13.44||8309.6|
|XVIII. kerület||Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre ("Saint Lawrence by Pest-Saint Emeric by Pest")||93,225||38.61||2414.9|
|XIX. kerület||Kispest ("Little Pest")||61,610||9.38||6551.5|
|XX. kerület||Pestszenterzsébet ("Saint Elisabeth by Pest")||63,371||12.18||5198.3|
Arrangement of districts
District I is a small area in central Buda (the western side), including the historic Castle. District II is in Buda again, in the northwest, and District III stretches along in the northernmost part of Buda.
To reach District IV, one must cross the Danube to find it in Pest (the eastern side), also at north. With District V, another circle begins: it is located in the absolute centre of Pest. Districts VI, VII, VIII and IX are the neighbouring areas to the east, going southwards, one after the other.
District X is another, more external circle also in Pest, while one must jump to the Buda side again to find Districts XI and XII, going northwards. No more districts remaining in Buda in this circle, we must turn our steps to Pest again to find Districts XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX (mostly external city parts), almost regularly in a semicircle, going southwards again.
District XXI is the extension of the above route over a branch of the Danube, the northern tip of a long island (Csepel-sziget) south from Budapest. District XXII is still on the same route in southwest Buda, and finally District XXIII is again in southernmost Pest, irregular only because it was part of District XX until the mid-90s.
District I (Budavár)
- Mosbach, Germany
District III (Óbuda-Békásmegyer)
District IV (Újpest)
District V (Inner City)
District VII (Erzsébetváros)
- Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria
- Požega, Croatia
- Nevers, France
- Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Siedlce, Poland
District VIII (Józsefváros)
District IX (Ferencváros)
District X (Kőbánya)
District XI (Újbuda)
District XII (Hegyvidék)
- Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria
- Osijek, Croatia
- Ochota, Warsaw, Poland
- Sovata, Romania
- Košice IV, Slovakia
District XIV (Zugló)
- Târgu Mureş, Romania
- Waltershausen, Germany
- Novi Vinodolski, Croatia
- Canistro, Italy
- Kraków, Poland
- Biskupice, Slovakia
District XIX (Kispest)
- Official gazetteer of Hungary (2009)
- "Partnership towns of the City of Košice" (in Slovak). © 2007-2009 City of Košice Magistrát mesta Košice, Tr. SNP 48/A, 040 11 Košice. Retrieved 2009-07-12.