The Hungarian capital city – Budapest is full of great things to see and do. The preserved historic monuments to the architectural wonders. The capital is filled with hidden gems to visit and you can book your stay in Budapest based on your interest. However, we have listed 9 must-see attractions to tick off your Budapest bucket list.
1. Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest
The most praised and the most visited attraction of Budapest is Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Szechenyi is fun to be, a relaxing and affordable spot in Budapest which is surrounded by marvelous medicinal natural hot spring waters in the 18 pools. These thermal baths comprise several cabins that offer massage therapies, facial treatments and much more. No wonder Budapest has earned the nickname “City of Spas”. This Hungarian capital has many great baths however the stunning architecture and open-air bathing concept of Széchenyi are famous among tourists.
2. Hungarian State Opera HouseThe Hungarian Opera House in Budapest is widely viewed as one of the world’s most beautiful in terms of its acoustics. It is a marvelous Neo-Renaissance building in Europe which has been a host to world-class operatic performances as well as ballet, concerts and more. Attending a concert is not mandatory if you wish to skip the concert and go on a guided tour of the building which takes place every day. You will notice a remarkable statue of Ferenc Erkel in front of the Opera House, who is the composer of the Hungarian national anthem and the Opera’s first music director.
3. Fisherman’s Bastion
The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the favorite attractions of both locals and tourists. This famous landmark is no less than a castle from the Disney world. It is like a fairytale Bastion which gives a perfect backdrop to take the best photos in Budapest. As the sun goes down the flood light around the Fisherman’s Bastion makes the sight even more dramatic and perfect. It is also known for being one of the best places to enjoy the sunset. If you wish to visit river Danube and marvel at the best views of Chain Bridge, The Hungarian Parliament, the Castle Hill, the Gresham Palace in a single panoramic view then the Fisherman’s Bastion is the ideal place.
4. The Great Market Hall
It is one of the most beautiful historical market halls in Budapest. It is a beautiful building adorned with Zsolnay tiles. The market is renowned for its great variety of fresh fruits, vegetables. Cheeses, baked goods, quality meat products, Hungarian delicacies, and wines. Along with the fresh products the market is known for a variety of handicrafts, souvenirs, and food stalls. Opened in the year 1897, the Great Market Hall is the oldest landmark in the city known for both its size and beautiful architecture.
5. Vajdahunyad CastleIt is a historical building that dates back to medieval times. The castle was built over 100 years ago which was intended to be part of the Millennial Exhibition held in Budapest in the year 1896. The main attraction of this popular site is that it features replicas made out of cardboard of the famous monuments of the Kingdom of Hungary. In the year 1900s, those monuments were converted into stone and now it hosts various cultural festivals and events. Moreover, it is also home to the famous Hungarian Agricultural Museum.
6. The Chain Bridge
It is one of the oldest bridge spanning over the river Danube. It is an iconic symbol of Budapest which is seen on many postcards. The bridge was built in the year 1849 which connected the two towns Buda and Pest and it became the first permanent stone-bridge that straddles the Danube between Széchenyi Square on the Pest side and Clark Ádám Square in Buda. People love walking across the bridge and take some wonderful clicks.
7. St. Stephen’s Basilica
The cathedral architecture of this famous monument was titled as the “Basilica minor”. St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest. The building was designed in the neo-classical style by Hild and was completed in a neo-renaissance style based on the plans of Ybl. Apart from the architecture, the main attraction is the mummifies right hand of St. Stephen, (the first king of Hungary) which is preserved in a glass case in the chapel. The chapel comprises of the beautiful interior which is adorned by famous artists of the era.
8. Hungarian Parliament Building
The Parliament building is a magnificent piece of architecture inspired by the Neo-Gothic style. This famous landmark is over 100 years old. When the National Assembly is not in session you can go for a guided tour of the Parliament. It takes approx. 45 minutes to tour this monument. The best view of the Parliament is from the Danube (through a Danube cruise). From a distance, this New-Gothic structure looks even more beautiful and harmonious.
9. Matthias Church
Matthias Church is over 700 years old. The history of the church is a great example of the city’s rich past. In the year 1867, the Matthias Church was part of the scene of a big coronation ceremony of the inception of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth were crowned. The building was restored with major reconstruction. The roof was covered with Zsolnay ceramic tiles which makes the building look even more beautiful. Today it is one of the most beautiful landmarks which was even visited by Pope John Paul II during his stay in Hungary in 1991.
It is a great challenge to compile the list of must-visit attractions in such a great destination where every other landmark has a history, a city which has dozens of churches, and a beautiful range of 19th-century buildings, historical cafés, and restaurants.