Budapest is the seventh largest and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with architectonic riches from a bygone era to rival Paris. For a first time visitor this is some tourist attractions you shouldn’t miss.
1. Walking tour at the historic Castle Hill.
Castle Hill contains Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Her you find:
- Royal Palace (Királyi palota).
- Mary Magdalene Tower (Mária Magdolna torony), on the corner of Országház utca and Kapisztrán tér is the part of a 13th-century Franciscan church used by Hungarian speakers.
- Vienna Gate (Bécsi Kapu) at the northern end of Castle Hill. This was the market for non-Jewish merchants in the Middle Ages, and is where all four streets that run the length of the hill converge.
- Matthias Church (Mátyás templom). The rococo spire of this church is one of the easily seen landmarks of the var.
- Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya). This is the large white tower and lookout terrace complex you see hanging over the side of Castle Hill beneath the Mátyás Church. It was built between 1890-1905, and is named after both the medieval fishmarket once nearby and the Guild of Fishermen who defended this section of the wall during past wars.
- The sculpture of a Turul bird just outside the cable car station is not, as you might think, an eagle, but the mythical turul bird. This bird is a part of the story of how the Magyars settled the Hungarian homeland.
- The National Gallery (Nemzeti Galéria, in palace wings B, C and D) houses an astounding collection of paintings. For those interested in Hungarian artists, this is the museum to visit. The exhibition of nineteenth-century Hungarian paintings is most notable.
2. Danube cruise for beautiful panoramic views of Buda and Pest.
There are 3 cruises every day. Each cruise includes a 4-course buffet meal with a glass of wine (or juice) + 1 bottle of water (0,33) . Each cruise lasts 1.5 hour.
3. A visit to the world famous Budapest Opera House.
The Opera Hosue is new-Renaissance style structure with stunning iteriors, completed in 1884 and modeled after the Vienna Opera House, is home to both the State Opera and the State Ballet. Here you can attend a 45 minute tour with English speaking guide including a 5 minute concert with some Opera singing.
For concerts please see: www.opera.hu
4. Shop traditional hand craft or try some traditional Hungarian food at Central Market
Here you’ll find whatever you’re looking while mingling with people from Budapest. On the ground floor you find food and local specialties on the first floor you can buy any kind of hand craft and souvenirs. Try Langos, a kind of fried pie at one of the bistros.
5. Relax in one of Budapest’s famous baths.
If you are in Budapest you should not miss to visit one of the many beautiful thermal baths. Many of the baths in Budapest are very old such as the Szechenyi bath or the Gellert bath which are not only interesting because of the water and pools but also architectural they are very beautiful and often used as a background for touristic pictures and are some of the main sights for every visitor.
6. Walk across the gigantic Chain Bridge, the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest.
Completed in 1849, this bridge was the first to be built across the Hungarian section of the Danube and is now considered to be one of the city’s major landmarks.
7. Hungary’s Parliament building, see the amazing architecture and the Hungarian Crown Jewels.
Few government buildings can be as beautiful as the Hungarian Parliament Building, modeled after the Parliament Buildings in London. The interiors are magnificent and here you find The Holy Crown of Hungary, also known as the Crown of Saint Stephen.
Please see blog.kenkaminesky.com for interior photos.
8. Take a stroll on Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square and you’ll understand why Budapest is often called the Paris of the East.
The iconic boulevard in Budapest, Hungary, dating back to 1872. It links Erzsébet Square with the Városliget. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002.
9. Try an authentic Hungarian dish paired with vintage Hungarian wine and traditional Gypsy music in historian architechture environments.
Mátyás Pince Restaurant
100 Éves Restaurant (100 Years Old Restaurant)
Vörös Postakocsi Restaurant
Halászbástya Fine Dining Restaurant
Múzeum Café and Restaurant
10. Window shop and people watch on Váci utca (grab a coffee but look elsewhere for restaurants).
Very touristy. Very kitschy. Overpriced souvenirs but Beautiful and a must.