Area Attractions

 

Castle District

After the Mongolian conquest in the 13th century, King Béla IV. ordered fortresses from stone to be built. The fortress of Buda was also founded at that time. The castle reached its golden age during the rule of the renaissance king, Matthias.

 

Buda Castle – Royal Palace

The palace was originally built in the Middle Ages, but was totally destroyed during the Turkish occupation. The today's baroque palace was constructed during the 17th and 18th centuries. Nowadays the building houses cultural institutes and museums (Széchenyi Library, Hungarian National Gallery, Ludwig Museum, Museum of Budapest History.

 

Matthias Church

The building of the Matthias church (aka Church of Our Lady) was started in 1255 in Gothic style. King Matthias had both of his weddings here. His coat of arms with the black raven is still visible on the south tower. That is why the commonly used name of the church is Matthias Church. During six centuries it used to be the coronation church.

 

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen's Bastion is one of the most fascinating sights on Castle Hill. Although fishermen from Watertown (Víziváros) reputedly defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages, Fishermen’s Bastion was built in the 1890’s.

 

Gellért Hill and the Citadel

The Gellért Hill received its name after St. Gellért who came to Hungary as a missionary bishop upon the invitation of King St. Stephen I. around

1000 a.d.

His task was helping the Hungarians convert to Christianity. Some pagan leaders who did not want to convert captured St. Gellért and rolled him down from the hill in a barrel.

Millenáris Park

The Millenáris Park is a modern cultural complex with exhibition halls, theatre, galleries and a café surrounded by a well-maintained uniquely designed park.

 

Budapest Parliament

Built between 1885 and 1904 the Parliament building soon became the symbol of the Hungarian capital. Not just because its sheer size – nearly 18,000 m² – but because of its detailed decoration, inside splendour and eclectic diversity. The walls from outside are decorated by the statues of the most important historical figures of Hungary. The building is 268 metres long and

118 metres wide, it stretches along the Pest side of the Danube between the Chain Bridge and Margaret Bridge.

 

St Stephen Basilica

Saint Stephen's Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in Budapest, it has the second highest ecclesiastical status in Hungary.

 

Váci street and Danube Promenade

The Váci utca is the heart of the downtown. It is an elegant shopping street with several restaurants, bank offices, cafés, souvenirand bookshops.

 

Great Synagogue

The Great Synagogue in Dohány street is the largest Synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. It can accommodate close to

3,000 worshippers. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in Neo-Moorish style.

 

Budapest State Opera

The Opera House was opened in 1884 among great splendour in the presence of King Franz Joseph. It was built in neo-renaissance style along the famous Andrássy Avenue

 

Heroes' square Budapest

The Heroes’ square is one of the most visited sights of the Hungarian capital, it is situated in front of the City Park, at the end of the Andrássy Avenue, one of the most important streets of Budapest, a World Heritage site. The millennial monument was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin. The niches are decorated by the statues of kings, governors and famous characters of the Hungarian history.

 

City Park

Behind the monument of the Heroes' Square one of the largest green areas of Budapest can be found. It’s worth mentioning not just because of its hundred years old oak trees and relaxing pathways but some interesting buildings and important amusement places also hide there.

 

Budapest Zoo

The Zoo is located in the City Park, close to Heroes' Square and can be reached by the yellow line of the underground. It was created in 1866, thus it is the second oldest zoo in Europe.

 

Palace of Arts

The long awaited new cultural institution of Budapest and Hungary, the Palace of Arts, was opened in 2005. It houses three different institutions:

Thermal Baths

Budapest and the whole of Hungary abound in thermal springs with healing qualities upon which numerous spas and thermal baths have been built. The thermal baths of Budapest can be divided into two categories:

• the older Turkish baths (Király and the Rudas baths), and

• the turn-of-the-19th-20th-century baths like the Gellért, and the Széchenyi Baths.

 

Central Market Hall

The spectacular Central Market Hall is a good source of Hungarian products. You can also make it a pit-stop for a quick bite of traditional Hungarian food when touring the city.

 

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a huge island between the two bridges: Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. Apart from some hotels it is not inhabited, serves as a recreational area for the people of Budapest. The island was actually named after the saint princess Margaret who once lived in the Dominican cloister.

 

Chain Bridge

Built in 1839–49 this was the city's first permanent river crossing in Budapest. Today the outline of the Chain Bridge is one of the most commonly used symbols of Hungarian capital.