A heady mix of contemporary culture and rich, detailed history.
Things to do in Budapest
- Chain Bridge – This famously elaborate suspension bridge connects the two sides of the city – the upmarket Buda and the urban, gritty Pest.
- Stephen’s Basilica – Named after the first King of Hungary, St. Stephen’s Basilica is a popular tourist attraction in the city, enticing people in with its grandiose architecture and display of King Stephen’s severed right hand.
- Fisherman’s Bastion – Looking like it’s stepped straight out of a fairytale, this neo-Gothic castle and terrace takes pride of place on Castle Hill, overlooking the Danube and the two parts of Budapest.
- Hungarian Parliament Building – An incredibly ornate building that sits on the river’s edge, this is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings.
- Shoes on the Danube Bank – This moving sculptural display honours the Jews who were killed in the war. The memorial was thought up by film director Can Togay and it is now an important part of Budapest’s history.
- Dohany Street Synagogue – Also known as The Great Synagogue, this pivotal historical building sits in the 7th District of Budapest and holds the title of the largest synagogue in Europe.
- Buda Castle – The city’s official castle was built in 1265 and now boasts an intricate complex of regal palaces.
- Matthias Church – A Roman Catholic church situated in the heart of Budapest city centre, near the famous Fisherman’s Bastion.
- Gresham Palace – This fine example of Art Nouveau architecture was built in 1906. It is now the location of the Four Seasons Hotel, though it remains a popular landmark with tourists.
- City Park – Take a stroll through this public park in the centre of Budapest which is home to some incredible feats of architecture and some beautifully manicured gardens.
- Palace of Arts – Designed by local architects Zoboky, Demeter, and Partners, this contemporary building lies in juxtaposition to the typical old architecture of the city.
- Andrassy ut – This famous tree-lined boulevard links up Erzsebet Square with the Varosliget and is showcases a few of Budapest’s historic monuments.
- Vajdahunyad Castle – Nestled amongst the green surroundings of City Park, this rustic old castle was built as part of the Millennial Exhibition in the early 1900s.
- Szechenyi Thermal Bath – Budapest is famed for its thermal baths which are dotted throughout the city, and the Szechenyi is the most well-known of its kind.
- Budapest Opera House – Culture enthusiasts should take a trip to the city’s opera house, which boasts a regal, high-ceilinged interior and represents a major part of 19th Century Hungarian architecture.
- House of Terror – This moving museum showcases exhibits that relate to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes that encompassed Hungary in the 20th
- Memento Park – An open air museum which consists of numerous statues spanning back to Hungary’s communist period, including busts of Lenin, Marx, and Engels.