Budapest Attractions

Budapest attractions with photos

There are so many Budapest attractions this blog is almost all about them, but here on this page I list some of them you should not miss when you are visiting Budapest Hungary. Check them out!

budapest parliament one of the best Budapest attractions

The Hungarian Parliament – Magyar Parlament

The Hungarian Parliament is an iconic building of Budapest on the banks of the Danube. Built in the late 19th century it is home to the Holy Crown of Hungary. This is the heart of politics in the country. It is highly recommended to see the Parliament since it is a masterpiece of art. Many rooms can be visited and guided tours take you around the building. The Assembly Hall, the Dome, Grand Stairwell and Conference hall are lavishly decorated with gold and paintings. By size it is the largest building in Hungary. The nearby Kossuth Square is nice green area to relax a bit after the visit.

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Heroes’ Square – Hosok Tere

Probably the most beautiful square of Budapest, at the end of the famous Andrassy Avenue, is the Heroes Square. The square itself is large open space with festivals and events taking place all year. It is also known as the Millennium Monument and it includes a column with the golden statue of Archangel Gabriel with the crown in his hands. Behind the column stand two semicircles with the statues of the kings and governors Hungary. Below each statue you’ll find a relief with a famous historical moment from the Hungarian past. On the two sides of the square you can see the Hall of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Oprea House at Andrassy Avenue – Operahaz

The wonderful building of the Opera House stands on Andrassy Avenue. The neo-Renaissance building is the home of Hungarian opera. It was designed by the well-known architect Miklos Ybl. The interior is richly decorated with the paintings of Mor Than and Karoly Lotz, prominent artist of the 19th century. Famous composers such as Gustav Mahler and Franz Liszt were the guests of the Opera House. Every year the Budapest Opera Ball is organized here representing more than a hundred years of tradition. You can visit the building with guides available in six languages and see the stage and behind the scenes.

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Margaret Island – Margitsziget a nice place for walking or for sports.

The citizens of Budapest spend their free time on Margaret Island every weekend to enjoy the sunshine or a stroll in the woods. The island is a huge public park in the middle of the city. You can see the Parliament and the beautiful houses from the banks of the Danube. Walk in the long paths, see the fountains and the petting zoo or sit down to enjoy a drink. At the northern end of the island you’ll find the Singing Well and a small pond. The large open areas are ideal for sports and picnic. In the summer there are theatre performances and concerts on the island.

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The St. Stephen’s Basilica, Four Seasons Hotel and the Chain Bridge from Buda Castle – Szent Peter Bazilika

You can admire the high towers of the St. Stephen’s Basilica from a distance if you’re walking the streets of Pest. Right in the centre of the city you’ll find this beautiful basilica. The neo-Classical style gives a remarkable look for the building. Climb up to the dome and the towers to see the whole city at your feet. The interior decoration is remarkable and don’t miss the view at night when the building is illuminated. The basilica holds the relics of St. Stephen, first king of Hungary. Masses are held regularly and on the 20 August there is a procession with the relics of the king in the city.

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Chain Bridge – Lanchid The first and oldest bridge in Budapest. In the background the Castle.

The Chain Bridge is the symbol of Budapest and Hungary. It was opened in 1849 because before that there was no solid bridge over the Danube. The suspension bridge was a technological marvel at the time of its construction and it still amazes contemporary visitors. From Chain Bridge there’s a wonderful view of the city and probably this is the easiest way to get to the city centre from the Castle. Walking is highly recommended on the bridge. In the night the bridge is illuminated offering a magnificent view from most parts of the city. Boat rides usually stop to show the bridge from a special perspective.

 

Castle Hill Funicular

The quickest and most astonishing way to get to the Castle is by the Castle Hill Funicular. The line was opened in 1870 and its popularity has grown in the years. This was the second such line in the European continent. It has only two stops, one at the Clark Ádám Square and the other at the Castle, next to the Sándor Palace near the Turul Statue. Two cars run the rails on a 95 meters long steep track. You can buy tickets at both stations. Regular BKV tickets are not valid on the funicular. The cars run every day.

 

Castle Tunnel

The tunnel underneath the Castle connects the Chain Bridge with the Krisztinaváros district of Buda. It is 350 meters long and it was designed in eclectic style by Adam Tierney Clark. The tunnel was completed in 1865. The tunnel was damaged in War War II because it was a defensive position. After the war it was restored and further renovation was done 1973. Although it looks tempting don’t try to walk through the tunnel because of bad air quality. Today it is used by thousands of citizens and Budapest wouldn’t be the same without it. A small green area on top of the eastern entrance has a great view on the Chain Bridge.

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Budapest Zoo – Allatkert – and the Botanical Garden in the Varosliget close to Herose’s Square

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle in the Varosliget net to the Herose’s Square

In the middle of the green Varosliget stands the Vajdahunyad Castle on a small island. It was built between 1896 and 1908 as a copy of similar castles in Transylvania. The castle represents Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. The Agricultural Museum can be found here as well. At the castle court the statue of Anonymus, a famous medieval writer, is displayed. Rumor has it that touching his pen will give you good luck. The statue of Bela Lugosi can also be found here. It is worth discovering the castle and taking a boat ride on the nearby pond to relax for a couple of hours.

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The Time Wheel net to Varosliget

The Time Wheel is one of the world’s largest hourglasses up today. It can be found behind the Palace of Art in a park. It commemorates the admission of Hungary and other states into the European Union. It was presented to the public on the 1 May 2004. Every year, the sand inside the hourglass flows to the lower part and on New Year’s Eve it is turned again to begin a new cycle. It takes only four men and manual power to turn it. The Time Wheel is a truly unique device with no other such machinery in the world.

Szechenyi Bath

Szechenyi bath in the Varosliget Budapest

Europe’s largest medicinal bath is the Széchenyi Bath in Budapest. The water in the pools is supplied by two hot water springs. The water contains magnesium, calcium and bicarbonate to cure joint-illnesses and inflammations. The building itself is wonderful and has the impression of luxurious bathhouses. You can enjoy a huge variety of pools with different water and of course different effects. Swimming is also recommended as a part of treatment or as an exercise. It is also a custom to play chess in the pool. The bath is always open with special heated corridors in the winter. Some parts are separated but large common pools are mixed.

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The new National Theater Budapest

Budapest is very rich in modern buildings and the National Theatre is a great example to this. There was a National Theatre before in Budapest but it was demolished because of the underground. The new building was completed and opened to the public in 2002. It has a large park around it with a hedge maze and lookout tower in shape of a pyramid. A lot of people spend their free time doing some sports or relaxing on the grass. The fountain in front commemorates the previous theatre. There are many classical and contemporary plays available with some performances in foreign languages.

Great Market

The Great Market at the Szabadsag Bridge

Every city has a place where you can buy all kinds of food and Budapest has the magical Great Market. It is a huge 19th century style building with wrought-iron stairways and large interior spaces. You can find all Hungarian specialties here. Look for foie gras, pepper, spices, candies, pickles, sausages, fresh fish, meat and fruit or a great bottle of Tokaji. Shopping here is a unique experience. There are some small restaurants offering lángos, a typical Hungarian dish or you can try sweets and pastries. In the summer ice cream is also available and you can get a glass of cold lemonade too.

Matthias Church

Matthias Church (Matyas templom) in the Buda Castle (Budai var) next to the Fisherman’s Bastion

The iconic Matthias Church of Budapest is located on Castle Hill overlooking the Danube. The neo-Gothic style dominates the building. It was rebuilt many times during its history and its current shape is the work of Frigyes Schulek. The church holds a number of important relics and it was very important for Hungarian kings. Even miracles took place here during the siege of Buda in 1686. Many works of art decorate the church in the interior. Visit the crypt underneath the floors of the current building. Walk around the church to discover the gargoyles and admire the beautifully restored roof.

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya) with great view to the town and the Parliament

The Fisherman’s Bastion offers a magnificent panorama to the city. The neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque building overlooks the Danube from the Castle Hill. It was designed by Frigyes Schulek and was built between 1895 and 1902. It has seven towers each representing the seven Hungarian tribes who settled in the Carpathian Basin. Its name comes from the guild of fishermen who were responsible of defending this stretch of the wall in the Middle Ages. The viewing terrace has many stairs and towers to climb and discover new views. In the small square behind the bastion stand an equestrian statue of St. Stephen, king of Hungary.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle. The photo taken from the Erzsebet birdge

Probably the most well-known building in Hungary is the Buda Castle. It was the seat of Hungarian kings in the Middle Ages. The Castle has been rebuilt and redecorated many times in the past. The terrace overlooking the Danube offers a wonderful view of the city. The inner courts hide numerous statues and the Matthias Fountain looks great in the night when illuminated. Guided tours take you around the building from the crypt to the outer wings. There are festivals and concerts organized in the Castle in every month of the year. Inside the Castle the National Gallery can be visited the Budapest History Museum with exhibitions about the castle’s past.

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The old Synagogue in Budapest close to the Astoria and Deak square subway stations.

Budapest has many faces, and the Jewish history of the city has such magical places like the Dohany Street Synagouge. The building is the centre of Neolog Judaism in Budapest. Moorish Revival characterizes the synagogue and the interiors are richly decorated with fantastic works of art. The Great Synagogue is the central location of the building complex. The synagogue has Jewish Museum inside where you can get a glimpse of the Hungarian Jewish community. The Heroes’ Temple and the Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park can also be visited and it is highly recommended to take a guided tour. This building was the border of the Budapest Ghetto during World War II and therefore it is a place of commemoration.

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Budapest fireworks above the Chain Bridge at August 20

Hungary has many public holidays but the 20 August is different. It is the commemoration of St. Stephen, founder of the Kingdom of Hungary. On this occasion his relics are carried from the St. Stephen’s Basilica around the city. In a sense it is also a holiday of the constitution and the establishment of the state. It is also a celebration of the “new bread.” People spend their time outside celebrating and in the evening there are fireworks in every city with millions attending. The biggest, more than an hour long, fireworks is organized every year in Budapest with rockets fired from boats on the Danube.

 

House of Terror

One of the newest and shocking museums of Budapest is the House of Terror. It was opened in 2000 and had many visitors since then. It displays objects and videos, pictures and photographs about the 20th century history of Hungary. The first section is dedicated to fascist dictatorship and the holocaust. The second part shows the era of Soviet occupation and communist terror. In the basement you can see a museum of torture techniques. There is a tank at the entrance and you guided tours are available in many languages. Temporary exhibitions are often on display with similar topics.

 

Gul Baba Turbe

The tomb of Gül Baba is only a 15 minutes away from Margaret Bridge and it is the most well-known monuments of Islam in Hungary. Gul Baba was an Ottoman Bektashi dervis in the 16th century. He followed Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent on his conquest of Europe. He is also called the “Father of Roses.” His tomb has a large garden of roses around it and you can see his final resting place inside the türbe. From the terrace of the garden there is a wonderful panorama to the city. It is a great photo opportunity and you can relax for an hour in the quiet garden or the nearby Turkish cafés.

 

Citadel

The Citadel of Budapest is the best place to take a photo of the sparkling city. The whole city is visible in the day and you can admire the illumination of the city at night. The citadel itself was a fort built in 1854 after the revolution of 1848-1849. The walls have been demolished and restaurants settled in the building. The basement is now a museum with exhibitions about World War II battles in Budapest. In front of the Citadel there is the Liberty Statue overlooking the city. It has become a symbol of Hungarian strive for freedom and independence.

 

Vörösmarty Square

The famous Vörösmarty Square is located in the middle of Pest near Deák Ferenc Square. It is the terminus of the Millenium Underground and therefore a great place to start you journey. The square is home to luxurious shops and remarkably renovated eclectic buildings. The famous Váci Street starts here, which is ideal for shopping, so you’ll find everything you need. The Gerbaud Patisserie is a must once you’re here. It sells delicious cakes and pastry and the atmosphere reminds you of old times. Every Christmas there is a fair and market in the square so make sure to visit if you’re here in the winter.

 

Váci Street

The best place for shopping in Budapest is Váci Street. The long pedestrian street starts from Vörösmarty Square and ends in F?vam Square at the Great Market. Shops and restaurants offer a huge variety in Hungarian products. Wine, souvenirs, designer clothes, and Hungarian folk artworks and books are abundant. The street crosses Pest and shows the most beautiful buildings on the way. The St. Michael Church is around the half of the street. The church is a fine example of Hungarian Baroque architecture. Take a stroll along the street and witness the lively atmosphere and performances of street musicians.

 

Hungarian National Museum

The collections and exhibits of the Hungarian National Museum are the best way to get a glimpse of Hungarian culture. It was founded in 1802 by Count Ferenc Széchényi and the collection has grown a lot since then. The museum moved to the current neo-Classical building in 1846. The museum has seven permanent displays. They cover the history of Hungary from the beginning to contemporary era. Medieval treasures are kept in this museum. There is a section devoted to Roman carved stones and Neolithic archeological finds. If you want to learn more about Hungarian history, this is the best place to go.

 

Aquincum

Hungary had flourishing cities in the Roman era and the most famous of them was Aquincum. Once the capital of Pannonia Inferior province it was the economical, military and administrational center of the region. The archeological area is huge and has many interesting exhibits. The major site is the city with the Lapidary and the Rome in Aquincum Museum. You can roam the streets of the ancient city and temporary exhibitions, festivals and cultural events bring the city alive. In the summer there is a Roman open air theatre and poet contest. There is an amphitheatre nearby and there are many Roman ruins scattered around Óbuda district.

 

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