Top 6 Amazing Tourist Attractions in BudapestPosted by Continental Tour Guide in Europe | 0 comments
Best Time to Visit In Budapest: Summer in Budapest gets all the love, but Budapest in the winter is especially beautiful (and less crowded). Here is a list of the top 6 things to do while on a trip to Budapest.
Budapest, the capital of Hungary, just might be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Attractions in Budapest are divided by the River Danube between the ‘Buda’ side with medieval heritage of Castle Hill and ‘Pest’ with wide 19th century boulevards and parks. Budapest is an easy city to fall in love with, there is everything from funky bars and local wine to gorgeous architecture and streets loaded with history. All major European roads and railway lines lead to Budapest, so it definitely should be on your itinerary when traveling to Europe. Budapest is a popular destination, from its sprawling parks and caves to its festivals and centuries-old structures. Here is a list of the top 6 things to do while on a trip to Budapest.
Spectacular Castle Hill
Towering over the Danube, Castle Hill contains many of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums. Undoubtedly the most spectacular of these impressive structures is the 18th-century Buda Castle, a massive 200-roomed palace that, like much of the city, is spectacularly illuminated at night. Another Castle Hill highlight is the late 19th-century Fisherman’s Bastion, built on the spot where in the Middle Ages the local fishermen had their defense installations. Built behind the lovely Matthias Church, its Neo-Romanesque towers, colonnades and embrasures have been completely restored. Castle Hill is also home to a number of excellent statues.
Parliament Buildings and Crown Jewels
A highlight of a walk around Budapest’s lovely pedestrian-friendly cobbled streets is the area around the country’s architecturally pleasing Parliament building, and its neighbors, the Museum of Ethnography and the Ministry of Agriculture. The world’s third largest parliament building, this Neo-Gothic building was inaugurated in 1886 to mark the country’s 1,000th anniversary. (Hungary was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.) It boasts 691 rooms as well as an impressive 19 kilometers of corridors and stairs. Guided tours (approximately 45 minutes) are available whenever the government is not sitting and include many of the building’s highlights, such as the main entrance hall, various lobbies, and the Hungarian Crown Jewels.
The Széchenyi Bath is one of the largest spa complexes in Europe and the most popular attraction in Budapest. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world famous symbol of Budapest. Szechenyi Bath was 100 years old in 2013, and throughout its history about 100 millions of bathers have enjoyed the warm medicinal waters and the fun pools.
Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Monument
The impressive Heroes’ Square (Hosök tere) was largely the work of architect Albert Schickedanz, who was also responsible for the huge Museum of Fine Arts that flanks this large open space. Highlights include the Millennium Monument, a 36-meter column crowned by a figure of the Archangel Gabriel and unveiled in the late 19th century. Around the plinth can be seen a group of bronze horsemen representing the conquering Magyar Prince Árpád and six of his fellow warriors. On either side of the column, colonnades extend in a semi-circle, and between the individual pillars stand statues of Hungarian rulers. Above the corner pillars are beautiful works in bronze by Zala. In front of the Millennium Monument stands a memorial to the Unknown Soldier.
A unique blending of many different architectural styles, the Vajdahunyad Castle is an early twentieth century Budapest castle which was originally built on the occasion of Hungary’s Millennium Celebrations.
The Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest is one of the best points to watch the city from above. Located in Castle District the white building was used for defense reasons and is one of Budapests biggest attractions nowadays. Unfortunately on the lower part where you always could go for free they built a Café which means that if you want to have a look you need to eat or drink something or, and that is why they built the Café there I believe, you pay and go to the upper part. Nevertheless, there are still some spots where you can have a look for free.