TOP 10 things to visit in Budapest

1. Discover Castle Hill with a walking tour!

Budai vár

The Royal Palace is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape and the building is easy to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. It functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum. It is also worthwhile to go there by the Buda Castle Funicular which was admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987.

More information: http://budacastlebudapest.com/

 

2. Relax in one of the most famous baths of Budapest!

Gellért Rudas Széchenyi

We highly recommend you try Gellért Hotel and Spa, Széchenyi, or Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool!

More information:

http://www.gellertbath.hu/

http://www.szechenyibath.hu/

http://en.rudasfurdo.hu/

 

3. Walk across the Chain Bridge!

Chain Bridge

Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a world-famous landmark of Budapest and Hungary. It was named after one of the major supporters and facilitators of its construction. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest and it was also the first one across the Danube.

 

4. Discover the Jewish quarter!

Dohány Synagogue

The Jewish Quarter is part of Erzsébetváros, one of the districts of Budapest which has been home to the religious center of the Orthodox Jews of Budapest since the 19th century. The quarter includes the synagogue on Dohány utca (the second largest synagogue in Europe), the Synagogue on Rumbach utca, and the synagogue on Kazinczy utca. In 1944, this area (between Király utca, Kertész utca, Dohány utca and Károly körút) was allotted to be the ghetto, which segregated several thousands of Jews. Since then, wealthier families have left the dilapidated quarter, leaving several houses uninhabited. Since 2000, so-called ruin pubs have been popping up in an increasing number of these buildings and their inner courtyards.

 

5. Visit the Parliament!

Parliament

This architectural masterpiece in Kossuth Square was designed by Imre Steindl in splendid neo-Gothic style. Today, it is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament building in Europe. The Parliament is home to the Holy Crown, the royal sceptre, and the globus cruciger of the first kings of Hungary.

More information: http://www.parlament.hu/en/web/house-of-the-national-assembly

 

6. Experience a performance in the Hungarian State Opera!

Opera House

The Opera was opened in 1884. The building is a splendid example of the Neo-Renaissance style, while its rich ornaments also show a few baroque elements. The auditorium can seat 1,300 people and although it is not the largest opera, it has the third best acoustics in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris.

More information: http://www.opera.hu/?lan=en

 

7. Try some Hungarian specialties in the Central Market Hall.

Vásárcsarnok

The Central Market Hall is the largest indoor market in Budapest. On the ground floor you will find a large selection of sausages, meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. On the second floor there are food stands and a number of vendors selling handicrafts, clothing, embroidery, chessboards and other souvenirs. This is also where you can buy Paprika and Tokaji. In the basement, there is a fish market, a small Asian grocery store, a supermarket, and a small drugstore. While primarily selling Hungarian products, on International Gastro Days (held on Fridays and Saturdays), the Central Market Hall also features the food and cuisines of foreign countries.

More information: http://budapestmarkethall.com/

 

8. Walk to Heroes’ Square!

Hősök tere

Walk straight on Andrássy Avenue where most of the top fashion brands are located to Heroes’ Square. This square is the most spacious square of Budapest. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle stand on either side. Heroes’ square was built for the millennial celebrations of 1896, to commemorate the first 1,000 years of the Hungarian state. The two colonnades, displaying fourteen emblematic historical figures of Hungary, form a semi-circle around the column, which is surrounded by the seven Hungarian chieftains and topped by the archangel, Gabriel.

 

9. Go shopping on Váci Street!

Vörösmarty

Váci Street is Budapest’s most renowned pedestrian shopping street. It stretches a little more than a mile between Vörösmarty Square and the Great Market Hall. The northern half of the street is lined with fashion stores, while the southern half is better known for its gift shops and bistros of slightly questionable reputations. The pedestrian street brims with street artists all year long.

 

10. Have a drink in a ruin pub!

Romkocsma

Many abandoned buildings were converted into a low-key clubs with little more than discarded furniture and artistic creativity. These pubs are called “ruin pubs” and they offer a fantasy world to all of their visitors.

 

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