We would like to share with you some of the must-visit venues from the beautiful city of Budapest!
This World Heritage Site is easily visible from everywhere in Budapest. Exploring Castle Hill’s beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets can occupy an entire day. The central Trinity Square fills daily with tourists visiting the famous Matthias Church. The Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace, together with the Hungarian National Gallery, are also popular sights.
The Parliament building, a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture, is just over 100 years old. It’s the third largest Parliament building in the world, and is also home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Tours are available when the National Assembly is not in session.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
It took more than 50 years to build the Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. Building commenced in 1851 and the inauguration ceremony took place in 1906. The patron saint of the church is St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Visit the dome’s observation deck for a beautiful panoramic view of Budapest.
This elegant avenue, recognized as a World Heritage Site, is often referred to as Budapest’s Champs-Elysées. It is also called cultural avenue, as the Opera House, Pest’s best theaters, the Academy of Music, and many museums are either on the avenue or just off of it. Andrássy Avenue is great for walks alongside the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings or people watching in one of the many cafés.
Heroes’ Square is the largest and most impressive square of the city. The Millennium Monument standing in the middle of the square was erected in 1896 to commemorate the 1000-year-old history of Magyars. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at the north side of the square. The Kunsthalle (Hall of Art), an exhibition hall for the contemporary arts, is at the south side.
Budapest’s abundant underground thermal waters mean that there are dozens of thermal baths dotted throughout the city. Visitors can choose from a wide range of local thermal springs, where many different treatments and wellness services are available.
Rudas: The Rudas Thermal Bath was established as early as the 16th century, during the time of the Turkish occupation. Its central part includes an octagonal pool covered by a 10 meter diameter dome. At the end of the 19th century, a therapeutic swimming facility and a sauna was added. The bath also has a daytime outpatient hospital with a complex physiotherapeutic section.
Széchenyi: The stunning architecture of the Széchenyi Bath mean it’s like swimming in a beautiful palace (although it can get very crowded with fellow visitors). The hot thermal waters allow the outdoor pools to remain open in the winter months – swimming outside amid falling snow is a surreal experience.
Király: The Király Bath is dates back to the 1500s, during the time of Ottoman rule; here there’s a relaxed atmosphere, plus the feel of a traditional Turkish bath. For something that’s less about relaxing and more about partying in your bathing suit, Széchenyi Bath is the location for frequent Saturday-night pool parties.
Gellért: The Gellért Bath has old-world charm. It was built in the preceding decades, and opened its doors in 1918. Outdoor pools were added later on, and today it combines modern technical developments with rich historical heritage.
Long a religious center, Margaret Island now serves as a recreational park in the center of the Danube River. It’s a great place to walk, swim a few laps, or go for a run. During summer months, bicycles are available for rent. Since vehicles are prohibited, the island is a fantastic escape from the city’s traffic.
Experience the incredible acoustics inside the Budapest Opera House, considered to be among the best in the world. Built in the 1880s, the Budapest Opera House stands as one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. Catch a staged opera performance by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, or Wagner!