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Budapest’s main landmarks

Budapest’s main landmarks can be found in the Castle District, downtown Pest, around Andrássy út and in City Park (Városliget). Castle Hill is a great place to start your sightseeing tour. From here you get a breathtaking view of the whole city and this, together with all the history that surrounds you in Buda, makes for an unforgettable and enriching experience. The Danube Bank and Castle Hill have been UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1987.

Fisherman’s Bastion
Fisherman’s Bastion

1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér

An iconic, Romanesque Revival building on Castle Hill, its name refers to the fact that the part of the original, mediaeval castle wall that once stood here was under the protection of the Guild of Fishermen. It offers a historical atmosphere and stunning views over the city, so get your camera out!

Buda Castle
Buda Castle

1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2.

The home of Hungarian kings from the 13th century on, after being reconstructed several times, it is today one of Budapest’s most important centres of tourism and culture. Start your exploration of the city here!

Matthias Church
Matthias Church

1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér

This jewel in the crown of Buda Castle was built in the 13th century, and after being reconstructed several times it has been restored to its former beauty. The roof is decorated with Zsolnay tiles, and its interior with frescoes by Károly Lotz.

Parliament Building
Parliament Building

1055 Budapest, Kossuth tér 1-3.

The stunning, Gothic Revival-style Parliament Building took almost 20 years to build. The National Assembly was convened here for the first time on the thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin, in 1896. This is also where the Crown of St Stephen is kept.

Heroes’ Square
Heroes’ Square

1146 Budapest, Hősök tere

This iconic square of Budapest, and the largest in the city, was completed in time for the 1896 Millennium Celebrations marking a thousand years since the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin. The 14 statues in the semi-circular monument commemorate emblematic figures from Hungarian history.

Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge

1051 Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd

The first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest was built more than 160 years ago. It is a captivating sight, both by day with its majestic form and beautiful details, and by night with its ornamental illumination.

Gellért Hill and the Citadel
Gellért Hill and the Citadel

1118 Budapest

The 235 metre high hill overlooking the Danube on the Buda side commands beautiful views of the city. This is the location of the Liberty Statue, the statue of Saint Gellért and the Citadel, which was originally built as a fortress.

St. Stephen’s Basilica
St. Stephen’s Basilica

1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1.

The building, richly adorned with lavish frescos, stucco and marble, has room for up to 8,000 people at a time. It’s here that the mummified right hand of Saint Stephen, known as the “Holy Right”, is kept.

Vajdahunyad Castle
Vajdahunyad Castle

1146 Budapest, Vajdahúnyad vár

The castle is a copy of a Transylvanian castle. It was built in City Park (Városliget), with the intention of showcasing the main style features of a thousand years of Hungarian architecture, from Gothic to Baroque, in a single building.

Buda Castle District
Buda Castle District

1014 Budapest, I. Kerület

The iconic Buda Castle District, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, with its abundance of mediaeval remains, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gellért Hill Cave
Gellért Hill Cave

This amazing structure, carved into the side of Gellért Hill, is a shrine of the Paulist order of monks. It consists of two parts: an ancient cave and a man-made cavity in the cliff wall. Mass is held there every day.

Baths and spas

 
Széchenyi Baths
Széchenyi Baths

1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11.

Széchenyi Baths is the largest bathing complex in Budapest, and indeed in the whole of Europe. Its thermal waters offer relief from numerous ailments. To this day, the locals play chess matches in the pool.

Gellért Baths
Gellért Baths

1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4.

The spa is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture, and the recent renovation works have restored it to its former glory. Besides the medicinal thermal waters, its special atmosphere makes it a firm favourite of locals and tourists alike.

Rudas Baths
Rudas Baths

1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.

These baths were built during the Turkish occupation, in 1572, and have served those seeking to restore their health – with a few brief interludes – ever since then. The Rudas Baths also stay open at night on Friday and Saturday.

Király Baths
Király Baths

1027 Budapest, Fő u. 84.

This authentic Turkish spa was built in 1565, and has survived in virtually its original state. The baths contain 3 medicinal pools, a plunge pool, steam room, sauna and bathtubs.

Museums

 
Hungarian National Gallery
Hungarian National Gallery

1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2.

The museum, located in the Buda Castle, houses the largest collection of Hungarian visual art anywhere. Its permanent collections span the full range of Hungarian art from relics dating back to the settlement of the Carpathian basin, to works by contemporary Hungarian artists.

Hungarian National Museum
Hungarian National Museum

1088 Budapest Múzeum krt. 14–16.

The first Hungarian museum was founded by Ferenc Széchényi in 1802. The museum displays relics from Hungarian history. It was on the steps of this museum that the poet Sándor Petőfi recited his poem “National Song” at the start of the 1848 revolution.

Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts

1091 Budapest, Üllői út 33-37.

This masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture was built to the designs of Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. The stunning interior space of the building, which is covered in Zsolnay tiles, is home to many rich exhibitions.

Memento Park
Memento Park

1223 Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok

This open air museum preserves 42 statues removed from Budapest’s public spaces during the change of political regime – mementoes of the socialist era from Lenin’s statue to the Hungarian Soviet Republic Memorial.

The Great Synagogue and Hungarian Jewish Museum
The Great Synagogue and Hungarian Jewish Museum

The second largest synagogue in the world, with a capacity for 3,000 persons, the special building of the beautifully restored Great Synagogue functions as both a place of worship and as a museum.

Aquincum Museum and Roman Ruins
Aquincum Museum and Roman Ruins

1031 Budapest, Szentendrei út 135.

The museum displays the relics of the Roman settlement of Aquincum that once stood on the site of today’s Óbuda district. The collection comprises a rich selection of parts of buildings, jewellery, statues and everyday objects.

House of Terror Museum
House of Terror Museum

1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60.

Housed on several floors of the once infamous former secret police headquarters building, with its thematic exhibitions this museum – the only one of its kind – is intended to stand as a memorial to the victims of 20th-century dictatorships.

Opera, theatres

 
Hungarian State Opera House
Hungarian State Opera House

1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 22.

You don’t have to go to a performance to see the fresco-adorned interior of the Opera House, a Renaissance Revival masterpiece of the renowned Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl, as guided tours of the building are given twice a day.

Palace of Arts
Palace of Arts

1095 Budapest Komor Marcell u. 1.

The Palace of Arts (often referred to by its Hungarian acronym MÜPA) is a venue for musical, visual and theatrical performances and exhibitions that meets all the requirements of the 21st century.
It is known for its unique spaces, and the acoustics in its concert halls are excellent.

Budapest Operetta Theatre
Budapest Operetta Theatre

1065 Budapest Nagymező utca 17.

In recent years this institution has evolved into a modern, two-section theatre: in addition to the ever-popular operettas, it now also delights audiences with literary and historically-based musicals.

National Theatre
National Theatre

1095 Budapest, Bajor Gizi park 1.

This theatre, which has a 180-year history and was originally founded on the initiative of Count István Széchenyi, has awaited audiences in its new location, next to the Palace of Arts, since 2002.

Recreation opportunities and family activities

 
Margaret Island
Margaret Island

Budapest, Margitsziget

With its huge parks and ancient trees, the island is a popular place to relax and unwind. For exercise-lovers there’s a swimming pool, bathing complex and running track. The musical fountain and the wildlife park are also worth a look.

Budapest Zoo and Botanic Gardens
Budapest Zoo and Botanic Gardens

1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6-12.

Hungary’s largest zoo, where the huge range of animal species offers a whole day of enjoyment for young and old alike. Its newest star attractions are the Koalas that arrived in 2015.

Budapest Circus
Budapest Circus

1146 Budapest Állatkerti krt. 12/a.

The only stone-built circus in Central Europe has entertained audiences in its City Park (Városliget) premises since 1889. The performances, enriched with spectacular displays of showmanship and other attractions make for a truly enjoyable experience.

Deák Ferenc tér
Deák Ferenc tér

One of Budapest’s most important transport nodes in the city centre: several bus routes and tram lines depart from here for various destinations in the city, and this is also the meeting point of 3 Metro lines.

Millenáris Park
Millenáris Park

1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u.

This popular park in Central Buda is a cultural centre and a place to unwind, with a fishpond, playground, playhouse, theatre and exhibition rooms and cafés, as well as festivals and other programmes for visitors to enjoy.

Shopping

 
Váci utca
Váci utca

This elegant pedestrianised street, which stretches from Vörösmarty tér to Fővám tér, is one of the city’s most famous shopping streets, with an abundance of fashion and jewellery shops, perfumeries and cafés with a special ambience.

Fashion Street
Fashion Street

The pedestrianised street leading from Deák tér to Vörösmarty tér, bordered with beautiful buildings, is home to the boutiques of international fashion brands (Benetton, Max Mara, Lloyd, Mexx, Byblos, etc.).

Andrássy út
Andrássy út

Known as the “Champs-Élysées of Hungary”, this is Budapest’s widest street. The section from Erzsébet tér to Oktogon has many famous landmarks, and it is also here that you’ll find the shops of world-famous luxury brands.

Great Market Hall
Great Market Hall

1093 Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3.

Budapest’s largest and most beautiful covered market, the Great Market Hall offers a wide selection of food, spices, honey and even souvenirs on three floors. The building itself is a listed monument.

Arena Plaza
Arena Plaza

1087 Budapest, Kerepesi út 9.

This massive shopping centre, built on the site of the former horse racing track, houses an IMAX cinema, art gallery, cafés and a hypermarket in addition to masses of shops and boutiques.

West End City Center
West End City Center

1062 Budapest, Váci út 3.

The largest shopping centre in Central and Eastern Europe, complete with its own indoor waterfall and fountains, offers shoppers a plethora of shops and restaurants, a 14-screen multiplex cinema and an atmospheric roof terrace.

 

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