Main attractions in Budapest: the beauty in the capital city of Hungary

The capital city of Hungary, Budapest, is the "youngest" central city in the whole of Europe.

No matter which part of the year people visit Budapest, the historic city's main attractions are always impressive. In 1873 three parts of the town were united: Óbuda and Buda, on the left side of the Danube River, and Pest, on the right side.

Main attractions in Budapest: the beauty in the capital city of Hungary

No matter what time of year you visit Budapest, the city’s historical landmarks will always leave you impressed.

The capital city of Hungary, Budapest, is the “youngest” central city in the whole of Europe but has a thousand years of history. In 1873 three parts of the town were united: Óbuda and Buda, on the left side of the Danube River, and Pest, on the right side.

Many events formed the city throughout history, and now the old buildings still remember the past. Let’s see the most popular one’s worth visiting if you want to discover Budapest in 3 o 4 days!

Heroes Square

The Heroes’ Square is the end of the astonishing Andrassy Avenue. The attraction is located in the XIV. district, and it is part of the UNESCO heritage – including the Andrassy Avenue, which leads to the square. You can catch the M1 metro to visit that area or even go by bus number 105.

In 1895 the building operations started; the goal was to create a millennium monument. The two porticos were built at that time, and the royal statues of Hungarian kings were made and placed in them only between 1905 and 1911. Finally, in 1929, a Monument of Heroes was built in the middle of the square. It represents the greatness of Hungarians and their thousand-year statehood. That is the whole attraction, what the visitors can enjoy. Next is the Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park, which is also worth visiting.

Hungarian State Opera

The Hungarian State Opera is also a masterpiece, and it is gorgeous on the inside and outside. The building is one of Budapest’s most significant 19th-century monuments. It was built in Neo-Renaissance style based on the designs of Miklós Ybl, a great and well-known Hungarian architect. The facade is crowned by a balcony area with limestone statues of sixteen famous composers.

It lies on the 22. Andrassy Avenue, the one that was mentioned before. It is worth taking the time to check the opera house during a short trip inside Budapest. You can see it via M1 metro or bus number 105. If you are interested, it is a possibility to buy tickets to sneak peek inside the building

Saint Stephen’s Basilica

Saint Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most significant churches in Hungary. This neo-Renaissance style cathedral was named by the founding king of the Hungarian state, Stephen I. His right hand is guarded inside the building and exhibited for the believers and the curious visitors. On the 20th of August, there is a meaningful event in Hungary, when the celebration of the state’s founding is taking place. The church’s people take the saint’s right hand around the basilica area at that time.

You can visit the cathedral and even go inside if you want to check the interior area, but the opening hours may vary. It depends on the month, the time of day, and the parts of the cathedral you want to visit. It is worth going up to the dome, as you have a spectacular view of the whole city. But the 96-meter-tall building is an absolute masterpiece, and this is the resting peace area for Ferenc Puskás, the famous soccer player too – you should not miss this place.

Parliament

If you walk a little bit further, towards the Chain Bridge, you will find the magnificent building of the Parliament. This is among the most beautiful parliamentary buildings in the world. The Parliament House is the legislature’s home and the place where the Holy Crown is kept.

Imre Steindl, a contemporary architect, designed the vital building. The ground plan of the Parliament is baroque, the decoration of the facade is gothic-styled, and the ceiling bears a renaissance feature. The 96-meter-tall building’s facade is decorated with 90 stone sculptures.

On the inside, it’s also wonderful, and if you want to check it, you can go there between 08:00 – 16:00, but first of all, you have to get your ticket. Sometimes it is closed because of an official event.

Dohány Street Synagogue

Not so far from the Parliament, there is the Dohány Street Synagogue. This is officially the second biggest Synagogue in the world and the biggest in Europe. The magnificent building was built in 1859 in the Moorish design and stands on Dohány Street. In the Synagogue, there are a lot of things worth seeing.

Here you can find the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park and the Emmanuel Memorial Tree, created by the foundation of the world-famous actor Tony Curtis in memory of the Jewish victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. And the area gives space to an exceptional cemetery facing Wesselényi Street, which was created out of necessity during the Second World War. It is worth visiting the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives too in the museum wing next to the synagogue, which presents the history and memories of Hungarian Jews. It is good to know that Dohány Street bordered the Jewish ghetto during the Second World War – many things need to be remembered.

The Synagogue welcomes its visitors on weekdays and is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays. You can go there with underground M2, or tram 47, tram 49, bus number 9 – with public transport it is very reachable.

Great Market Hall

If you want to try out Hungarian specialities, visiting the Great Market Hall is a must. That is at the end of Váci street, the well-known shopping street. It connects the Deák Ferenc square with the Fővám square, where the Market place was built just next to the Liberty bridge. On the opposite side, there is Gellért-hill and Gellért bath, two areas that are also worth visiting.

The market hall was built in neo-gothic style and was also called Central Market Hall. Many culinary specialities can be found, like the Hungarian Lángos (kind of street food, but usually you can buy it on beaches) and the greaves, a fatty snack, but it is also perfect for cooking. It is a memorable program looking around inside this enormous building. There are butchers, groceries, milk shops, you name it – everything in one place.

The building has three floors, the dining area, the market, and the basement, where other shops occur. You can go there by 47, 49 or 2 tram, the entrance is free – but prepare your wallet, because it is hard to resist buying all the food!

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