Budapest – also known as ‘Heart of Europe’ regularly features in top cities to be visited lists. With its rich history, exceptional architecture, valuable museums, and delectable cuisines, we are not surprised at its popularity amongst the tourists.
Geographically, Budapest has been divided into 2 parts, namely Buda and Pest by the mighty Danube. Both parts of the cities have a similar essence yet are distinct from each other. Budapest offers something for every kind of tourist. But today we are looking at the top 10 tourist destinations in Budapest.
10 Must-Visit Attractions in Budapest
A classic example of neo-gothic architecture, this parliament is the third largest Parliament in the World. This gorgeous building is located on the Danube. A walk on the Danube promenade gives a wonderful panoramic view of the Parliament. Time your visit to the Parliament when it is not in session so that you can enjoy a 40 – 45 minutes guided tour and view the oldest crown in the World.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge:
This iconic landmark of Budapest is the oldest permanent bridge between Buda and Pest. This Classicist-style bridge was completely devasted during the War except for the pillars and the lions at the entrance. The bridge was rebuilt in 1949. Take a walk on the bridge after the sun sets to view the glorious bridge lit in its splendor.
This royal castle sits along the river Danube on top of the Castle Hill in district number 1 of Budapest. The castle was first built in the 13th century and has undergone expansion and construction several times after that. The architecture has many influences ranging from medieval, baroque, baroque revival and modernist. This World Heritage Site today houses the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Make sure to wear your most comfortable footwear to walk the vast expanse of the castle and grab maximum photo opportunities.
If you are a fan of beautiful sunsets or sunrises, you should head to the Fisherman’s Bastion at the right time of the evening or morning. It offers the most breathtaking views of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament, and the Danube.
St. Stephan’s Basilica:
Built in Gothic style architecture, St. Stephan’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest. This beautiful church is adorned with Hungarian art and designs. This church is 96 meters high and so is the parliament, this is kept so because the state and church are considered equal in Budapest. To satisfy the adventurous soul in you, you can pay a small fee and climb to the top of the tower.
Located adjacent to Fisherman’s Bastion, this Roman Church is famous for its Gothic style architecture and colorful patterned tiles on the roof. The Church, originally built in the 13th century has been rebuilt in the 19th century and has impressive stained glass windows and an altar.
Hungarian State Opera House:
Hungarian State Opera House, originally known as Hungarian Royal Opera House is built in the neo-Renaissance style of architecture. Daily tours of the opera house conducted in several tours guarantee a delightful experience. Try to catch an opera performance while in Budapest and experience the extraordinary acoustics, the ones which are the third best in Europe.
This is another location apart from Fisherman’s Bastion that offers beautiful views of the city. Located majestically over the Danube, this hill provides you with magnificent views of Parliament, Chain Bridge, Stephens Basilica, the Castle, Matthias Church, Big Market Hall, and the Heroes Square.
The Heroes Square was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a location for two important museums – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art. Take the metro via metro line M1 and experience the world’s oldest metro that was built in 1896.
The trip to Budapest is incomplete without a visit to its famous thermal baths. This ‘Spa capital of the world’ has the largest bath complex in Europe. However, it is best to plan your trip to the thermal baths on weekdays to avoid the baths being full to their capacity.