Sightseeing tour in Budapest

Sightseeing tour in Budapest

Sightseeing tour in Budapest

Sightseeing tour in Budapest

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Sightseeing tour in Budapest

20 places that prove Budapest is the most beautiful city in Europe

1. The Danube ( Duna )
The Danube River is the second longest river on the continent of Europe. It winds through Budapest, separating the two sides of the city. Buda on the West side, and Pest on the East side.

2. The Parliament ( Parlament )
Hungarian Parliament building, is the third largest parliament building in the world. Finished in 1902 after nearly 20 years of construction, it was built almost exclusively with Hungarian materials and contains 691 rooms. It also houses the Hungarian Crown Jewels.

3. The Buda Castle ( Budai Vár )
Also known as the Royal Palace, Buda Castle sits atop Castle Hill on the Buda side of the city. The site of lavish ceremonies during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is now home to the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, and the National Széchényi Library. Castle Hill is UNESCO World Heritage site.

4. The Fisherman’s Bastion ( Halász Bástya )
One of several landmarks that were built in the late 1800s to celebrate the 1000-year anniversary of the founding of Hungary, the Fisherman’s Bastion is made up of 7 towers, representing the 7 Hungarian tribes that founded the nation. Sitting atop Castle Hill, the Bastion provides some of the most spectacular views of the Danube and city.

5. The Matthias Church ( Mátyás Templom )
Over 700 years old, Matthias Churh was the site of the coronation of Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife Elizabeth, which marked the establishment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867. Its roof is tiled in ceramics from the renowned Zsolnay factory of Hungary.

6. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge ( Széchenyi Lánchíd )
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in Europe, and the first permanent bridge to connect the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest, when it was built in the mid-1800s. Today, it is widely regarded as the most beautiful bridge in the city.

7. The St. Stephen’s Basilica ( Szent István Bazilika )
The largest church in Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica was built over the course of 50 years in the 1800s. Originally the design of architect József Hild, it’s construction was mostly overseen by the renowned Miklós Ybl, one of the leading architects of the time who also designed the Budapest Opera House. At 96 meters high, its center dome is as tall as that of the Hungarian Parliament.

8. The Dohány Street Synagogue ( Dohány Utcai Zsinagóga )
The Dohány Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and second largest synagogue in the world. Constructed in the 1850s, it’s style has influenced that of later synagogues, most notably New York City’s Central Synagogue.

9. The Vajdahunyad Castle ( Vajdahunyad vára )
Located in Budapest’s City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, as well as the exhibitions of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. During the summer and fall, residents and tourists can boat leisurely on the lake, while in winter it becomes an ice skating rink.

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10. The Heroes’ Square ( Hősök Tere )
Located at the end of Budapest’s main shopping street, Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy Avenue is UNESCO World Heritage site ). Home to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art, its most prominent feature is the Millenium Memorial, built in 1900 to commemorate the 1000-year anniversary of the arrival of the Hungarian tribes to the region that is now Hungary.

11. The Liberty Statue ( Szabadság Szobor )
The Liberty Statue is one of the few remaining relics of the Communist era in Hungary that has not been removed. Sitting atop Budapest’s Gellért Hill, it is a soaring symbol of the city.

12. The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular ( Budavári Sikló )
Originally constructed in the late 19th century as a way for workers on Budapest’s Castle Hill to commute, the funicular now offers panoramic views for visitors to the city.

13. The Hungarian State Opera House ( Magyar Állami Operaház )
When it first opened in the 1884, the Opera House was such a spectacle that eager crowds overran security guards in order to catch a glimpse of the ornate architecture.

14. The Museum of Applied Arts ( Iparművészeti Múzeum )
Established in 1872, the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts is the third of its kind in Europe. In addition to its extensive collections of works largely originating from the Hungarian National Museum and purchased through world fairs, it has an entire treasury of objects once owned by one of Hungary’s wealthiest aristocratic families, the Esterházys. Its roof, like that of the Matthias Church, is made of Zsolnay tiles.

15. The Museum of Fine Arts ( Szépművészeti Múzeum )
Dedicated largely to exploring the visual and artistic history of Europe, the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts houses an extensive collection of European, as well as Egyptian, works, including an equestrian sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci. It also features the second largest collection of Spanish artwork outside of Spain.

16. The Great Market Hall ( Fővám Téri Piac )
The Great Market Hall, or Central Market Hall, is the largest indoor market in Budapest.

17. The Széchenyi Bath & Spa ( Széchenyi Fürdő )
The Széchenyi Bath & Spa is the largest medicinal bath, and one of the largest public baths, in Europe. 15 of its 18 pools contain spring-fed water.

18. The Margaret Island ( Margitsziget )
Perched in the middle of the Danube River, Margaret Island has been, at various times in history, home to several churches and cloisters, a harem under the Ottoman Empire, and a resort for royal dignitaries. It was eventually declared a public park in 1908, and features several swimming pools, a Japanese Garden, and an Art Nouveau style water tower.

19. The Parisian Arcade ( Párizsi Udvar )
Built in the early 20th Century, the Parisian Arcade was once an ornate and lavish shopping center. Modeled after the Passage des Panoramas in Paris, the Arcade was built in myriad styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau, and is now a largely empty, but nevertheless stunning, work of architecture in Budapest. It was also the filming location for part of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

20. The Gellért Spa & Bath ( Gellért Fürdő )
Said to be the most photographed spa in Budapest, the Gellért Spa & Bath features pools, spas, and steam baths, bedecked with Art Nouveau style.

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Sightseeing tour in Budapest