Sightseeing in Budapest

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Budapest was called by several nicknames over the years. “Pearl of the Danube”, “Queen of the Danube”, “Heart of Europe” – indicating its splendid location. Built on the banks of the river of Danube, the capital of Hungary is one of a kind. The city of perfect contrasts, with the hills of Buda on left side, and the plain of Pest on the right.


Whether you want to relax or prefer to be active while on holiday, Budapest can offer you everything you wish for. Let us help you to discover the very best of it!


Budapest is the city of cherished historical memorials. However, if you have only a few days to travel around you will need a well-planned program to see the entire centuries-old architectural and cultural heritage.


Buda Side


The core of the ancient town, the Castle District is guarding some of the most important historical monuments. Visitors entering the area of restored Baroque buildings and neo-Classic mansions feel transported back in time. Passing through the charming, narrow streets one can discover dwelling houses. These have craved gothic door and window frames, frescoes or upper floors projecting on arches and niches with seats in the doorway.


The centre of the district is the Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér) with the Baroque Trinity Statue in the middle. In fact, it was erected by the citizens in 1709, as thanksgiving to God for saving them from the plague.

Next to it stands the most beautiful gothic temple of Hungary. Officially called as the Church of Our Lady (Hungary’s patron saint is the Virgin Mary), more commonly referred to as the Matthias Church (popularly named after the greatest Hungarian king, Matthias Corvinus). However, rulers considerably redesigned and built it over the centuries, adding new parts and destroying others. It served as a crowning church three times, and several royal weddings took place in it. Its magnificent features are evident inside and out. The most breathtaking part from the outside is undeniably the 80-meter (260 ft.) high stone-laced Gothic tower, while visitors entering the church are instantly impressed by the wide hall area and the arches of the side aisles.

Fishermen’s Bastion


The Bastion is situated on the Castle Hill in Budapest. It’s overlooking the Buda bank of the Danube, is a terrace designed in the neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style. This popular spot in the Castle District, known as the Fisherman’s Bastion. Moreover, it’s located above Watertown (Víziváros) and adjacent to Matthias Church. Built between 1895 and 1902 according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek, it offers visitors a magnificent panorama of almost the entire city. Despite its name, the bastion was never a site of actual battles. It is named after the fishermen who once defended this section of the city walls, although no fighting ever took place on the bastion itself.


In 1987 the UNESCO included the whole Castle District and the Danube embankment to their World Cultural Heritage Program as they incorporate many historic and cultural sights that depict important periods from the story of the whole area.

Pest Side



This eclectic neo-Gothic building is the permanent site of the national assembly, sitting on the right side of the Danube, giving a nice counterweight to the Buda Castle on the left. At the time of its construction, between 1885 and 1902, it was the largest parliamentary building in the world. However, the unique interior includes huge halls with 691 rooms, all in neo-gothic design, with a touch of Byzantine influence. In fact, the decorations needed about 40 kg of 22-23 karat gold!

Andrássy Avenue


Budapest’s most beautiful avenue is also part of the World Heritage. Lined by eclectic Neo-renaissance palaces and houses featuring fine facades, staircases and interiors, it is pure pleasure walking along this iconic street for the sight of architectural masterpieces. Below the surface runs the first underground of continental Europe. Moreover, the proposal for the Millennium Underground was put forth in 1870, and it commenced its operations in 1896.

Heroes’ Square



Lying at the end of the Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square (or Hősök tere in Hungarian) is surrounded by two beautiful buildings. The eclectic-neoclassical Museum of Fine Arts and the Hall of Art. The Millennium Memorial dominates Budapest’s most beautiful square. It’s a monument portraying the outstanding figures of the 1100 years since Settlement of the Magyars in Hungary in the 9th century.

Opera House


The building of the Hungarian State Opera House is a splendid example of neo-Renaissance architecture. It has the elements of the Baroque grandeur.

Szent István Basilica


The heart of the city of Pest houses the second most important church in Hungary. József Hild, Miklós Ybl, and József Kauser collaborated over a span of 50 years, from 1851 to 1905, to build it in a neo-Renaissance-Classicist style, following a Greek cross plan. The church showcases the artistic talents of renowned Hungarian painters and sculptors from the 19th century, including Bertalan Székely, Gyula Benczúr, Alajos Stróbl, János Fadrusz, and Pál Pátzay. Within the Chapel of the “Holy Right Hand,” visitors can find the mummified right hand of Hungary’s first canonized Christian King. Moreover, the south tower offers an extraordinary view of the city.

Dohány Street Great Synagogue


Europe’s biggest synagogue is located in the heart of Pest. The Dohány Street Synagogue complex consists of the Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard and the Holocaust memorial.

Chain Bridge



The Széchenyi Lánchíd (Chain Bridge) is Budapest’s oldest and most known permanent bridge over the Danube. Count István Széchenyi initiated the construction of the structure in 1839, while Adam Clark was responsible for its design. Also, the magnificent construction is about 375 meter (1230ft) long and 16 meter wide. Beautifully carved stone lions adorn the base of the bridge, adding to its ornamental charm.
Festooned with white lights the Chain Bridge at night is one of the most beautiful sights of the city.



More than 100 museums, exhibition halls, galleries and archeological excavations are waiting for the visitors. However, from ancient to contemporary arts, the museums of Budapest offer you several permanent and temporary exhibitions. Mustering masterpieces from the best Hungarian and international artists.

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