Budapest: what to see in Hungary’s capital

What to see in Budapest, historical monuments, palaces and major attractions, itinerary including all the places to visit.

Travel Guide Budapest

The name comes from the unification of the city of Buda, Pest and Óbuda, which took place in 1873. Budapest is a city rich in history, fully considered as the pearl of the Danube for its immense artistic treasures and landscapes of unquestionable beauty visible from various points of view.

In the architecture of Budapest is highlighting the best integration between styles and cultures of different ages, Pest is the modern part on the east bank of the river, abounding shops, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs, while Buda is the old city, dating the first Roman settlement, where the citadel medieval towers high, there are also the Royal Palace and the Matthias Church.

Budapest route two days

Parliament: built between 1885 and 1902 in neo-Gothic style, this palace is located along the Danube, in the plain of Pest, there are group tours with a guide, is one of the landmarks of the Hungarian capital.

St. Stephen’s Basilica, built from 1851 to 1905 in the classical style, is the largest church in the city and is an important relic of St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary, to which the Church is dedicated. High as the building of the Parliament symbolized equality between church and state. Inside you can ammiarare marble, mosaics and precious art works of Hungarian artists of the time.

Heroes’ Square, with statues depicting characters of Hungarian history.

Buda is located on the hill on the other partre Danube, including the citadel and the royal palace. And ‘the most’ interesting from the point of view of tourism.

Citadel is a fortress on top of the Buda hill, from where you can enjoy an excellent view of the city, including the 8 bridges over the Danube.

Royal Palace: former residence of the Hungarian monarchs, the interior contains the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, the National Szechenyi Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Of medieval origin, reached its peak during the reign of Matthias Corvinus, was completely destroyed by the Turks in the sixteenth century. Rebuilt by the Habsburgs, was again devastated during the Second World War. Today rappresente the cultural center of the country, where live testimonies of different eras and styles.

Fishermen’s Bastion, built in the years 1901-1903, consists of seven towers, the same number of Magyar tribes who entered the Carpathian Basin in the ninth century .. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and is located near the church of Matthias.

Matthias Church is the most beautiful and famous of Budapest, built between the XIII-XV.

Chain Bridge, which was built in 1842. It took seven years to complete it but it is still considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. It was the first permanent bridge to allow communication between Buda and Pest characterized by two large lions placed its ends and decorative elements in cast iron, placed along its length as an ornament. Destroyed in 1945 during World War II, was rebuilt identical to the original.

Walking shoes: this stretch of the Danube, in Pest near the Parliament, recalls the tragic moment when the Nazis during the Second World War, ordered the Jews to remove their shoes before being brutally shot and thrown in the river .

Széchenyi Baths: thermal baths dating from the end of 1800, restored at the beginning of 2000. The tanks for invigorating baths are open, one of them always gives off vapors and is also known as bath of chess players, as used by some to play checkered immersed in warm water at a temperature of about 38 °.

National Opera: is one of the most important monuments of Budapest where there are performances of operas, classical music concerts and ballets. Dating back to 1800, is considered one of the best expressions of the neo-Renaissance style, expertly decorated with statues and frescoes of its baroque Hungarian.

Nagyvásárcsarnok is the covered market on two floors: the ground floor there are the lack of food, fruits and vegetables, Mentra the first floor there are restaurants and bars as well as small shops to buy souvenirs. The structure of the building is in Art Nouveau style, with a particular and distinctive ceramic roof.

Margaret Island: in the middle of the Danube, is an ideal place for walking outdoors, try their hand at some sport or try to relax in the thermal baths present.