Top 9 places to visit in Budapest, Hungary!

Top 9 places to visit in Budapest, Hungary!

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

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Széchenyi Thermal Baths – Image by baklava from Pixabay

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 House

Hungarian Opera House in Budapest Image by Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]

The 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

Fisherman’s Bastion – Image by: By Greg Dunlap on Flickr

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

The Great Market Hall Image by Arvid Olson from Pixabay

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 Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle – Image by: Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

It 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

The Chain Bridge Image by David Aymond on Unsplash

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

St. Stephen’s Basilica Image by Anne & Saturnino Miranda from Pixabay

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

Hungarian Parliament Building Image by Andy Leung from Pixabay

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

Famous Matthias Church – Image by Florian van Duyn on Unsplash

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.

Author: Auralyn, April 15, 2019

Comments

Ashli Ferguson April 16, 2019

That castle is AMAZING!! I would love to go to a castle one day!

El Mundo del Nail Art April 16, 2019

Lovely photos I hope someday I can visit so many places!

Ritu Sharma April 16, 2019

I must say Budapest, images are breathtaking!! Specially the Matthias Church and the chain bridge.

The Nail Trip April 16, 2019

I would love to travel to Budapest. It has some beautiful sites to visit.
Good day!

Dee Dee April 16, 2019

Wow! What a beautiful place! The buildings are all beautiful. I love the natural hot spring waters.

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo April 17, 2019

Wow, these buildings are not just gorgeous, they also have a huge chunk of history with them.

Owen April 17, 2019

Another European city on the bucket list. It certainly looks pretty beautiful.

Kenneth Agudo April 17, 2019

This is a beautiful city and a majestic architectural design! Superb

Amirah Ab April 17, 2019

I have always heard about Hungary but now I have seen how beautiful it is and that I should start planning my visit as well.

Samar April 17, 2019

Fisherman’s Bastion is my favorite one in Budapest.

Loved this place.

Lydia Smith April 17, 2019

This is my next vacation destination and this list will help a lot. Now I have a list of where to visit when there.

Abu Zaid April 17, 2019

Is look like Budapest is such a great place to visit, thank you for share

brie April 17, 2019

I haven’t traveled very much but this place looks beautiful. I would love to go there and see some of the places you mentioned.

Dara Nicole Yuper April 17, 2019

Still waiting for the perfect time to visit.Hoping this year.Great blog.

Lyosha April 17, 2019

you tips sound so lovely! I would so travel there. Budapest is in my bucket list for ages but the fare there is so low I always keep it as option but tend to pick up something more expensive…

Alexandra Cook April 17, 2019

It is indeed a lovely place to explore, Such great captures I must say that and your description is lovely.

Mudpie Fridays April 17, 2019

It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful place it is! I’d love to visit someday in the future, perhaps when my children are a little older.

Nina Cochingco April 17, 2019

Wow, this is such a wonderful place, the photos are so beautiful. I would never want to miss Fisherman Bastion if ever I got the chance to visit this place.

Amy-Lynn Denham April 17, 2019

I really never knew that Budapest was so beautiful. Worth the trip just for those salt baths!

Angel Strunk – Next Level Blogging April 17, 2019

What a beautiful city and so full of history and rich culture.

Bree April 17, 2019

These all look like beautiful places not to be missed on vacation to Budapest! I can’t wait until I can travel there!

Lara | Grits in the City April 18, 2019

This was such a lovely walk down memory lane. My mom and I went to Budapest years ago. If I get to go back, I’d love to see the Baths since we didn’t go on our first visit.

April-Perez.com April 18, 2019

I’ve always wanted to visit this side of the world. The culture, food, and building architecture really excites me!!

Sue-Tanya Mchorgh April 18, 2019

Oh wow. Budapest looks like a really fun place to visit. . I definitely need to add it to my bucket list.

Woodeline Pierre April 28, 2019

This is just beautiful. I have never heard of Budapest before. And these architectures are breathtaking

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