Budapest Sightseeing

Along Andrássy Avenue

Andrássy Avenue is an iconic avenue in Budapest, Hungary, dating back to 1872. It links Elizabeth Square with the City Park. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of Budapest’s main shopping streets, with fine cafes, restaurants, theatres, and luxury boutiques.

Oktogon is the Grand Boulevard‘s (Nagykörút) junction with Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út) in Budapest, Hungary. The location derives its name from its shape, which is that of an octagon. (The word in Greek means something with eight sides). Oktogon is also a station on the yellow M1 (Millennium Underground) line of the Budapest Metro.

  1. Millennium Underground

    The Metro 1 (Officially: MillenniumUnderground Railway or M1) is the oldest line of the Budapest Metro system. Known in Budapest simply as “the underground” (“a földalatti”), it is the second oldest underground railways in the world, and the first on the European continent. It was listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.

  1. Franz Liszt square

    In Hungarian Liszt Ferenc tér is a square with the Academy of Music. The square is famous about its many restaurants and cafés with terraces. Also, in the winter it gives place for a Christmas fair. The oldest building of the square is the 2 floor corner building with the number 7 mark. It was built in 1860.

  1. House of Terror

    Terror Háza (in Hungarian) commemorating the two main oppressing regimes in Hungary, Fascism and Communism, and their victims.

  1. Hungarian State Opera House

    The Hungarian State Opera House (Hungarian: Magyar Állami Operaház) is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Pest (a part of Budapest), on Andrássy út. Designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture. There are guided tours in the building in six languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Hungarian) almost every day. Opera is also a station on the yellow M1 (Millennium Underground) line of the Budapest Metro located near the building.

  1. Heroes Square

    Hősök tere (meaning “Heroes’ Square” in Hungarian) is one of the major squares of Budapest, Hungary, rich with historic and political connotations. It lies at the end of Andrássy Avenue (with which it comprises part of an extensive World Heritage site), next to City Park.

City Park Budapest

City Park (Hungarian: Városliget) is a public park in Budapest close to the city centre. Its main entrance is Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere). It’s a perfect place for walking, having a picnic, resting and having fun with your family and friends.

You can also find these here:

  1. Gundel Restaurant: Károly Gundel an his son Janos Gundel created a dramatic and luxurious style that increased its popularity and created an international reputation.
  2. Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden: (in HungarianFővárosi Állat- és Növénykert) It is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world.
  3. Grand Circus: It is the only circus in Central Europe that has a fixed location. The building is opened for the crowd in the winter as well as in the sunmmer.
  4. Széchenyi Medicinal Baths: (in Hungarian Széchenyi-gyógyfürdő) It is the largest medicinal bath in Europe.
  5. Vajdahunyad Castle:
    Originally it was made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896 but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick. Today it houses the Agricultural Museum.
  6. Petőfi Hall: (in Hungarian Petőfi Csarnok, often called PeCsa) It is a famous concert spot for pop/rock music, serving as home for hundreds of cultural programs, exhibitions, and fan clubs.
  7. Transport Museum of Budapest: (in Hungarian Közlekedési Múzeum) It is one of Europe’s oldest transportation collections.
  8. Museum of Fine Arts: (Hungarian: Szépművészeti Múzeum) It is a museum in Heroes’ Square facing the Palace of Art.
  9. Palace of Art: As the greatest exhibition hall in Hungary, it exhibits representative works of art of Hungarian as well as other artists and it regularly organizes themed exhibitions.

Margaret Island

(Hungarian: Margit-sziget) It is an island in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest. The island is mostly covered by landscape parks, and is a popular recreational area. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge (south) and the Árpád Bridge (north).

You can also find the following here:

  1. Outdoor clubs, pubs and restaurants (Spring and Summer).
  2. The Centennial Memorial of 1973, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the city’s unification.
  3. A small Japanese Garden with a mildly thermal fish pond.
  4. A tiny zoo featuring a wide range of exotic waterfowl among other animals.
  5. The “Music Well” (Zenélő kút), a small pavilion, which was originally built for open-air concerts (it is close to Árpád bridge).
  6. The “Music Fountain” (Zenélő szökőkút), a fountain near which music is played and light shows are performed in summer (it is close to Margaret bridge). The water springs out according to music, so that the fountain seems to dance at the various classical themes reproduced. The last piece played is Con te partirò sung by Andrea Bocelli.The Music Fountain and the Water Tower are protected UNESCO sites.
  7. An octagonal Water Tower of 57 m (built in Art Nouveau style in 1911, today functioning as a lookout tower and an exhibition hall.

 

 

Parliament (Hungarian: Országház)

This Neo-Gothic building is the largest in the country. It is the permanent location of the national assembly, is situated on the bank of the Danube, and its entrance faces Kossuth Square.

 

 

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Hungarian: Szent István Bazilika)

It is the largest church in Budapest, its dome can be seen from all points of the city. The dome of the building offers a wonderful, 360° view of the city.

 

 

Dohány Street Synagogue or Great Synagogue (Hungarian: Dohány utcai zsinagóga)

It is the largest synagogue in Eurasia and the second largest in the world, after the Temple Emanu-El (in New York City). It seats 3,000 people and is a centre of Neolog Judaism.

 

 

Danube Promenade (Hungarian: Dunakorzó)

It is located on the Pest side of Budapest. On the bank of the Danube, this promenade extends from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Erzsébet Bridge. The view of the city is wonderful from here. It has a unique athmosphere. There are many cafés and restaurants there.

The capital’s first bridge monument, with decorative lights at night and the Buda Castle in the background, is a fascinating spectacle and has already attracted many tourists to Budapest.

 

 

Buda Castle (Hungarian: Budai Vár)

The World Heritage Site has many places of interest, museums, streets and squares with a special atmosphere, restaurants and shops. The Royal Palace, where many battles and wars took place, is one of the country’s symbols. Three churches, five museums, and many buildings, memorials, streets and squares of historical interest and a theatre can also be found here. Visitors can enjoy a marvellous view from the Fishermen’s Bastion (Hungarian: Halászbástya) and from the little path in front of the National Gallery on one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube.

Matthias Church (Hungarian: Mátyás-templom)

Matthias Church or the Main Coronation Church in the Buda Castle district, which stands on the Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square, is a monument with a long history. Religious tradition has it that the church was founded by St. Stephen in 1015.

Gellért Hill and the Citadell (Hungarian: Gellért-hegy; Citadella)

Gellért Hill is a 235 m (771 ft) high hill overlooking the Danube. Gellért Hill was named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to death from the hill. The famous Hotel Gellért and the Gellért Baths can be found in Gellért Square at the foot of the hill, next to Liberty Bridge (Hungarian: Szabadság-híd). The Gellért Hill Cave is located within the hill, facing toward Hotel Gellért and the Danube River. At the top of the hill is the Citadel, from which a view is available down both directions of the Danube.

Budapest Spas (Hungarian: budapesti fürdők)

Budapest is the city of spas.

The Széchenyi Baths, which have a very prestigious position on the list of Budapest sights that are not to be missed, are not only the largest bath complex in Europe with their 15 pools, but also the most pleasant baths in the capital. The most famous characteristic features of the baths are the groups playing chess, submerged in the steaming water up to their necks, as well as the outdoor pools embraced by the beautiful building.

Gellért baths is the most popular bath among tourists arriving in Budapest. The original equipment and furniture, in an Art Nouveau style, has been preserved in most of the baths: artistic mosaics, colourful stained-glass windows and statues decorate the buildings.

The Rudas Baths are not only superbly centrally placed – in the narrow strip of land between Gellért Hill and the River Danube – they are also an outstanding example of architecture dating from the Turkish period. The central feature is an octagonal pool over which light is thrown from a 30-foot diameter cupola, supported by eight pillars.

Along Váci Street (Hungarian: Váci utca)

Váci Street linking Vörösmarty Square with Fővám Square represents the main artery of the inner city. A stroll down “Váci utca” takes one past jewellers, perfumeries, brand name clothes shops, boutiques and bijouteries. Take time to wander the smaller streets that run off Váci Street; there are many interesting and off-beat things to find here.

Strolling through Váci Street, we finally reach the ever-buzzing Budapest Central Market Hall with its incredible variety of quality foods. Encompassed within a building more than 100 years old, the market with its paprika garlands, strings of garlic, the fruits and vegetables. Typical Hungarian merchandise, for instance the world famous Tokaj Aszú, is to be found in the market. Unicum is one of the top bitters spirits in the world. Its absolutely unique flavour derives from a secret blend of aromatic herbs and Herz and Pick salamis are similarly “Hungaricum” products!

Recommended Museums

Hungarian National Museum (Hungarian: Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum)

Now responsible for the safe keeping of over a million objects, the National Museum traces its own history back to 1802 when it was founded with the medal, book and manuscript collection belonging to Count Ferenc Széchenyi. In 1846 it moved into the fine neo-Classical building designed by Mihály Pollack where it has been ever since. Permanent exhibitions: Hungarian History from the Founding of the State until 1990, Lapidarium – Roman Stonework, and Coronation Jewels and Robes.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Ludwig Museum Budapest (Palace of Arts)

(Hungarian: Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum; Művészetek Palotája often called MÜPA)

Here are displayed the modern exhibits of the art-collecting husband and wife Peter and Irene Ludwig, originally from Cologne. The museum concentrates on the last fifty years of modern art in general, and the last ten years of modern Hungarian art in particular.

Ethnographical Museum

One of the largest museums dedicated to ethnography in the whole of Europe contains 139,000 items of Hungarian origin as well as a further 53,000 items of international interest. Housed in a building of interest in itself – formerly belonging to the Royal Court, opposite the Parliament, and displaying elements of Renaissance, baroque and Classical architecture. Permanent exhibition: The Traditional Culture of the Magyar People.

Holocaust Memorial Center (Hungarian: Holokauszt Emlékközpont)

Therefore the principal mission of the Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial Collection Public Foundation (founded in 2002 by the Hungarian government) and the Holocaust Memorial Center is to serve this objective.
Basic tasks of the Holocaust Memorial Center:to present the Holocaust, to collect and study materials related to the history of the Holocaust in Hungary, to integrate the Holocaust into the curriculum of Hungarian schools, to honor the victims of the Holocaust.