The Matthias Church in Budapest

Matthias Church

The Matthias Church with its colorful roof of glazed tiles, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest. The construction of this Gothic-style church went on for two centuries. It is so great, that even when the Turks captured the city in the 16th century they did not destroy it, but only painted over the frescoes. According to the legend, one of the walls of the church collapsed during an artillery bombardment in an attempt to recapture Buda from the Turks. Consequently, praying Turks were confronted with a statue of the Holy Mary, whose appearance undermined their spirit so badly, that the city surrendered on that very day.


Please note that the entrance to the church is paid. Get directions.

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The Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle is one of the pearls of the capital. The first version of the castle, made of wood and cardboard, was built in 1896, as one of the pavilions for the exhibition in honor of the Millennial anniversary of Hungary. The building became so popular that the townspeople asked to build it from stone and brick.


Right in front of the castle stands the mysterious monument to Anonymous. The legend says that touching his pen can give wisdom to anyone, whilst students will receive a good mark on the exam.


The agricultural museum inside the castle is closed on Mondays – learn more on the official website of the castle. Get directions.

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The Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest

St Stephen's Basilica

The colossal St Stephen’s Basilica is the third largest church in Hungary. Its dome reaches 96 meters, and can be climbed via 304 stairs (or the elevator…) for a beautiful panoramic view over Budapest. The impressive church was dedicated to Saint Stephen, the first King of Hungary, who played a large role in the Christianization of Hungarians and the unification of the Magyar tribes.


Beloved by visitors are also the concerts here, which require a valid ticket. Otherwise, the church can be visited for free. Get directions.

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Gellert Hill in Budapest

Gellért Hill

Rising up 140 meters above the Danube, Gellért Hill is where to find the best views over Budapest. Once a notorious hill, connected with the death of Saint Gellért, witches and strongholds of invaders, the peace has returned with calm pathways leading to nice observation terraces equipped with benches.


All along the hill you can find monuments, like in the Garden of Philosophy, with statues of the world's greatest like Buddha, Jesus Christ and Laozi. The real treat is for children though, with a truly amazing playground with long slides and trampolines. Get directions.

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The Great Market Hall in Budapest

Great Market Hall

Your visit to the Great Market Hall is a three-in-one event. Here you can admire the beautiful architectural design of this grand hall, taste gastronomic Hungarian specialties like the spicy Kolbász salami, and look for cool souvenirs like Hungarian paprika – the spice which arrived in Budapest with the Turks, and nowadays is a must for preparing traditional Hungarian dishes. Get directions.

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The Szechenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest

Széchenyi Thermal Baths

The Széchenyi Baths make up the largest bathing complex of Europe. A staggering number of 21 baths are located in and around a monumental Neo-Baroque building that was erected early 20th century. Although most of the pools can be found outside, they offer even in the depths of winter a comfortable bathing experience due to the relatively hot thermal water here.


The baths are open every day. Get directions.

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The Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge was the first bridge of Hungary spanning the Danube. It connected Buda and Pest in 1849, at the initiative of Count István Széchenyi who invested considerable funds and energy in the project. The 380-metre bridge with two towers and massive metal chains supporting the roadway, was an impressive piece of engineering at that time. Get directions.

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The Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest

Great Synagogue / Dohány Street Synagogue

The Great Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in the world and the largest in Europe. The famous Viennese architect Ludwig Förster built it in 1859 in the Moorish style.


The synagogue is located in the famous Jewish quarter of Pest, where a large number of Orthodox Jews reside, carefully preserving their traditions for many centuries. The 'Tree of Life' in the courtyard of the synagogue was designed by Imre Varga – it commemorates the 600,000 Hungarian Jews killed in WWII. Get directions.

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Shopping around Vaci Street in Budapest

Shopping around Váci Street

The main pedestrian street of Budapest is filled with restaurants, and shops! Around Vörösmarty Square there's a number of popular mainstream clothes stores, like Bershka and H&M. Towards the main square of the city – Deák Ferenc Square – you will find 'Fashion Street', which is basically just a pedestrian street where all the shopping continues – though with better high-end shopping options. The other streets branching off from Váci Street, are good to search for specialty shops selling Hungarian wine, marzipan, antique or Hungarian porcelain. Get directions.

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The Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

Fisherman's Bastion

Despite its name, the Fisherman's Bastion you see here never carried the function of a defensive structure. The place used to be a square inside the walls of the fortress, where local fishermen were allowed to sell their catch. In exchange, the fisherman's guild pledged to protect these city walls in case of a military threat.


The main catch nowadays, is the magnificent view from the Fisherman's Bastion. The entire territory is free of charge, but in order to ascend to the upper balconies you need to buy a ticket of around € 4. Get directions.

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Margaret Island in Budapest

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is the green pearl of Budapest, with centenary trees, thermal waters, medieval ruins and a Japanese garden as well as a rose garden. Historians suggest that the Romans were the first to master this territory in the middle of the Danube. They even managed to build a bridge connecting the island with the Buda side, marking the borders of the Roman Empire. Nowadays it can be entered from the North and South, and from both riversides. Get directions.

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The Szimpla Farmers' Market in Budapest

Szimpla Farmers' Market

The cosy Szimpla ruin bar turns into an even cosier farmers market on Sundays. Amidst a hip and relaxed atmosphere you are invited to try local delicacies like fresh pastries, honey, homemade cheese, Goulash, all kinds of Hungarian sausages from the hairy Mangalica, or special local pesto - Budapesto.


Learn more about drinks, food and bicycles on their official website. Find the market on Sundays between 9h and 14h. Get directions.

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The Citadella in Budapest

Citadella / Liberty Statue

After the Habsburgs managed to suppress the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, they decided to build this Citadel on top of Gellért Hill. With 60 cannons pointed at the city, the main purpose of this stronghold was to scare the citizens of Budapest to prevent new uprisings.


The Liberty Statue was placed later on top of the Citadel. The woman with the palm leaf above her head commemorates the liberation of Budapest by Soviet troops in WWII.


But most importantly, climb this hill for the best views over Budapest! Get directions.

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Erzsebet Square in Budapest

Erzsébet Square

Erzsébet Square (Hu) is a green square in the centre of Budapest, named after Erzsébet, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. On hot summer days, the small artificial lake is a popular spot for refreshment. The square is culturally enriched with the Danube Fountain, designed in 1883 by Miklós Ybl. The figures around the fountain represent the Tisza, Drava and Sava rivers of Hungary, with on top the one representing the Danube. Thanks to the Budapest Eye, the square is recognizable from afar. Get directions.

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Shopping on Andrassy Avenue in Budapest

Andrássy Avenue

Andrássy Avenue impresses not only with its magnificent architecture and former noble family houses, but also with its high-class shopping. The most elegant stores of Budapest are located here, amongst which Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, YSL, Giorgio Armani and many other elite brands. Get directions.

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Feneketlen Lake in Budapest

Feneketlen Lake

The artificial Feneketlen Lake was created in the clay quarry that was left by a brick factory by the end of the 19th century. The name of the lake – which translates as 'bottomless' – was allegedly acquired in the 1910s, when workers flattened a nearby hill. They threw the earth directly into the water, and noticed that it did not go to the bottom, but instead floated on the surface. Then rumors came up that this lake has no bottom…


Around the lake you'll find a nicely designed park and a soft 530m running track. The beautiful baroque church of Saint Emeric of Hungary looks out over the water. Get directions.

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The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest

Hungarian Parliament Building

Seven years after the unification of Buda, Pest and Óbuda, the National Assembly decided to build the magnificent Parliament building, to emphasize the sovereign right of the Hungarian nation.


The building is not only valuable in architectural sense, but also of great historical importance. Head for the Domed Hall and find the more than a thousand-years-old Holy Crown of Hungary.


Despite its governmental function, the building is open to the public every day (for a fee of about 8 euros). On the official website, you can find detailed information about tours and tickets. Get directions.

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Kopaszi Dam in Budapest

Kopaszi Dam

Kopaszi Dam (Hu) is a comfortable modern recreation area around the Danube Spit in the Buda part of the city – it is located right behind the Rákóczi Bridge. Here you can take a walk, bring your kids to the playground, or relax in the large lounge area and dip your feet in the Danube in warm weather.


Unlike many other urban parks, there's a large number of restaurants and terraces here, which make this an excellent place to relax. Get directions.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Museum of Fine Arts

The main art museum of the Hungarian capital, the Szépművészeti Múzeum, was founded in 1896, when it primarily represented the collection of the Esterházy family. The Neoclassical building houses Egyptian, Greek and Roman collections, as well as European fine art with in particular the Italian school of painting, as represented by Raphael, Giotto, Tintoretto, Titian, Giorgione and others.


Learn more about current exhibitions and events on the official website. Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Shoes by the Danube in Budapest

Shoes by the Danube

Travelers visiting Budapest for the first time can be surprised to see a few dozen pairs of shoes on the Danube embankment. Men's and women's shoes and even children's shoes made from cast iron, are a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The shoes recall the event of Jews being shot here on the riverbank. Before the execution they were asked to take off their shoes. With their bodies falling into the Danube, the shoes represent all that's left... Get directions.

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The Castle Garden in Budapest

Castle Garden

The Castle Garden is a peaceful green area with benches, in between the Buda Castle and the Danube. It's a place decorated with fountains and flowers, from where you have nice views over Budapest. Walking up North, you will find more calm pathways along the hill. Those are more shaded and less refined, but still great for a little exercise in the centre of the city. Get directions.

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Inside the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest

Hungarian State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House is considered one of the most beautiful buildings of Budapest, as designed by the talented architect Miklós Ybl. The building is richly decorated with sculptures, bas-reliefs, stucco and paintings. The staircase inside is decorated with works of painters like Mór Than, Károly Lotz and Bertalan Székely.


The Opera Hall has the shape of a horseshoe, and is considered among the finest in the world in terms of acoustics. Check out the official website for the program and ticket info. Get directions.

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Shopping in Corvin Plaza in Budapest

Corvin Plaza (Mall)

Corvin Plaza is a large and modern mall, a bit hidden from the main streets. It represents one of the ongoing efforts to renovate the district of Józsefváros. Thanks to a bright design and plenty of light, it's a comfortable place for shopping. Here you will find many popular mainstream brands. On the topfloor there's a food court.


The mall is open every day. See the official website for more info about the stores. Get directions.

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The Danube Promenade in Budapest

Danube Promenade

On the side of the old town of Pest there's a pleasant shaded promenade known as Dunakorzó. One of the main attractions here is László Marton's small statue called the Little Princess. Find her sitting on the railings of the promenade near Vigadó Square.


The Danube Promenade contains many benches as well as plenty of nice restaurants and cafés. Get directions.

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The Main Square of Obuda

Main Square / Fő Tér

Fő Tér is the central square of Óbuda, one of the three towns that made up Budapest. A bit hidden behind flat buildings and flyovers, Fő Tér is typically not included in tourists' tours.


The calm and picturesque square is surrounded by 18th century baroque architecture. It is a place to find the atmosphere of a village, with some nice restaurants and terraces, and also a surprisingly rich history. Get directions.

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The Cave Church in Budapest

Gellért Hill Cave Church / Saint Ivan's Cave

According to the legend the monk Ivan settled in this cave, where he practiced healing with the help of local mud and thermal water – nowadays these waters are filling the Gellért Baths. Later, the monk was canonized and the cave was named in his honor. The extraordinary cave church that you can see here now officially opened in 1926, as a monastery of the Pauline Order.


Please note that the entrance is to be found on the slope of Gellért Hill. The entrance fee includes an audio guide. Get directions.

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The Gellert Thermal Baths in Budapest

Gellért Baths

Built early 20th century, the Gellért Thermal Baths looks more like a palace than a hydrotherapy center. The sources of Gellért Hill generously supply the baths with thermal water of temperatures up to 40 °C. According to the legend, the monk hermit Gellért was the first to feel the water's healing effects and offered the sick to bathe in it.


Nowadays you will find here in- and outdoor thermal baths, an outdoor wave pool, saunas and more. The baths work every day. Get directions.

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The Gozsdu Weekend Market in Budapest

Gozsdu Weekend Market

Gozsdu Udvar is a thoroughfare between Király and Dob Street, consisting of six courtyards that form a long passage. On Friday and Saturday, Gozsdu Udvar and its surroundings are one endless party, and on Sunday the peace returns between 10h and 19h, with this charming market offering handmade jewelry, lamps, posters, vintage cameras and many other nice gifts.


See the official webpage to learn more. Get directions.

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Heroes' Square in Budapest

Heroes' Square / Hősök tere

Heroes' Square is a spacious square laid out in 1896, for the thousandth anniversary of the state foundation of Hungary. The central element of the square is a 36-metre Corinthian column, with on top Archangel Gabriel holding St István's crown. On both sides of the column you can see curved colonnades, decorated with statues of prominent Hungarians, and crowned by four large statues symbolizing War, Peace, Labour and prosperity, and Knowledge and glory. Can you tell them apart? Get directions.

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Shopping in Falk Miksa Street in Budapest

Falk Miksa Street

Falk Miksa Street is a calm lane, located a stone's throw from the Hungarian Parliament. The street is perfect for lovers of art galleries and antique. If you are an expert, be sure to find out when auctions are held, as they are not uncommon here.


Please note that most shops have an early closing on Saturday and are closed entirely on Sundays. Get directions.

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The House of Terror in Budapest

House of Terror Museum

The House of Terror is located in the building where the State Protection Authority, the secret police of the People's Republic of Hungary, used to reside. The expositions here are devoted to opponents of the communist regime in Hungary and victims of repression. The prison inside the house, was the place where oppositionists were tortured and “re-educated”.


Check out the official website to learn more about current exhibitions. The house is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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Janos Hill near Budapest

János Hill

János Hill is the tallest urban hill with a height of 527 meters. It is not very well explored by tourists, and still has the charm of a wild wood. At the summit you can find the Neo-Romanesque Erzsébet Lookout Tower, which is open during the day and can be climbed for free.


Reach the lookout point with the Children's Railway, getting off at the station János-Hegy to climb the final bit of 30 minutes. Enjoy the highest point of Budapest! Get directions.

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The Lukacs Thermal Baths in Budapest

Lukács Thermal Baths

The Lukács Baths were opened in 1894 as a Neo-Classical bathing complex, built around the 16th century Császár thermal pool. Marble tablets on the walls illustrate St Luke being cured by the medicinal waters here. Two outdoor pools are heated all year round by natural hot springs. Inside you will find more options for healing, including five baths, saunas and massage rooms.


The baths work daily. Get directions.

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Metro Line 1 in Budapest

Metro Line M1

Not all the metro lines in Budapest are going to give you a similar experience. In sharp contrast with some of the brand-new stations, is Metro Line 1 which runs from Vörösmarty Square, the shopping heart of Budapest, to the City Park. Opened in 1896, this is the oldest metro line of continental Europe, and fortunately not much has changed here.


Have a ride in the charming carriages, and step off amidst classical wooden interior. Beware, that for our standards, everything goes pretty quick here. Before you even realize you've missed this little sprinter! Get directions.

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The Museum of Aquincum in Budapest

Museum of Aquincum

The Aquincum Park-Museum is the place from where the historical development of Budapest and Hungary began. The ancient Roman polis Aquincum existed here during the heyday and decline of the Roman Empire - from the 1st century BC until the 5th century AD. The site provides an opportunity to imagine what the ancient city really looked like. Most impressive are the ruins of the Civil and Military Amphitheaters, located at walking distance from the archeological area.


Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays. Visit the official website to learn more about the history and current exhibitions. Get directions.

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The Balna house in Budapest

Bálna

Bálna is Budapest's glass whale designed by Kas Oosterhuis and completed in 2013. It makes use of historical brick warehouses, integrated into a stylish glass shell. Inside the building you can find exhibition spaces, nice boutiques, as well as the New Budapest Gallery. The sunny terraces right on the Danube riverbank are a perfect choice on the warmer days.


Check out the official website to learn more about current events in Bálna. Get directions.

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The Roman Amphitheatre in Budapest

The Roman Amphitheatre

The Roman Amphitheatre (Hu) is one of the main remains of the ancient Roman city of Aquincum. This ellipse-shaped military amphitheatre was built in the middle of the 2nd century AD. It was used for gladiator fights and battles with wild animals, providing seating for around 12,000 spectators – making it one of the largest amphitheatres built by the Romans outside of Italy. Unfortunately the theatre got heavily damaged during the Mongol invasion of the 13th century, but the thickness of some remaining walls give an idea of its once great size. The place is free to enter. Get directions.

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The pedestrian Vaci Street in Budapest

Váci Street

Váci Street is the main pedestrian street of Budapest, running parallel to the Danube, only some 200 meters away from it. The northern side of this street is the hallmark of Budapest’s high life, with shops everywhere, interspersed with restaurants. Towards the south end of Váci Street, restaurants and cafés take over. All along the street there's nice historical architecture, with at places exceptional mansions. Get directions.

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The Arkad shopping mall in Budapest

Árkád (Mall)

A large mainstream mall offering around 140 clothes stores, amongst which the most famous international chain stores. Find here also a Mediamarkt and a large Eurospar hypermarket.


Visit the official website for more shopping information. The mall is open every day. Find the entrance on the side of the Örs Vezér Tere metro station, the final stop on the red line. Get directions.

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The Royal Palace in Budapest

Budavári Palota / Royal Palace

The historical district of the city, called Buda Castle, was formed in the 13th century as the residence of the Hungarian kings – starting with Béla IV. The baroque Royal Palace which you can see here now, dates from the 18th century. It houses the Budapest History Museum (closed on Mon), the Hungarian National Gallery (closed on Mon) and the National Széchenyi Library (closed on Mon). Alike the Chain Bridge, the palace looks particularly magical in the evening, with the lights on.


See the official website for further visitor info. Get directions.

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The church of Saint Anna in Budapest

Church of St Anna

The Church of St Anna (Hu) is known as one of the most beautiful baroque buildings of Budapest, easily identifiable by two magnificent green baroque spires which can be seen from afar.


The construction by Kristóf Hamon (Hu) began in 1740, but wasn't finished before 1805, well after the architect's death. The High Altar, already completed in 1773, is considered one of the most beautiful works of Károly Bebo. Get directions.

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The City Park in Budapest

City Park / Városliget

Városliget is an English style park, with huge shady trees and several artificial lakes, like around Vajdahunyad Castle. It has developed from a swampy area where King Matthias used to hunt foxes and hares, into one of Budapest's finest city parks with a great number of attractions.


In front of the Castle there's the mysterious statue of Gallus Anonymous, completed in 1903 and one of the most famous monuments of Budapest. Get directions.

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Andrassy Avenue in Budapest

Andrássy Avenue

Andrássy Avenue is the main ceremonial avenue of Budapest. The wide and tree-lined street which is flanked by some impressive mansions, is included as UNESCO World Heritage. For its elegance, it is even called the 'Champs-Élysées' of Budapest. Its real name comes from Gyula Andrássy, a former Prime Minister of Hungary, who proposed building this avenue. Get directions.

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The Children's Railway in Budapest

The Children's Railway

The Children's Railway runs from Hűvösvölgy to Széchenyi Hill and is an excellent way to move yourself on a relaxed pace through the green hills around Buda. As the name suggests, this railway is being operated by children, though supervised by adults.


The train departs next to station Hűvösvölgy, which can be reached by regular public transport, like the tram. The regular ticket price for a return trip is about € 5. For experiencing the charm of a real steam train, an extra euro is charged by the children. Check the official website (Hu) for timetables and further details. Get directions.

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The Kiraly Thermal Bath in Budapest

Király Thermal Bath

The Király Bath is one of the oldest Hungarian baths. It was built in the time of the Ottoman rule in the middle of the 16th century, on the orders of the Turkish pasha. It is designed as a classical Turkish bath with centrally a dome-topped octagonal basin, surrounded by four indoor baths with temperatures varying up to 40 °C.


This stunning bath is usually not overcrowded, especially if you come on weekdays during the day. The baths work every day. Get directions.

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Inside Lehel Market in Budapest

Lehel Market

Similar to the winning concept of the Great Market Hall, the market hall of Lehel Csarnok (Hu) offers fresh products on the ground floor and basic clothes and accessories on the first floor. Differences are that Lehel Market is a modern market hall with only a few tourists present.


Lehel Market is open all week, though it has early closings on weekends. Get directions.

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The Liberty Bridge in Budapest

Liberty Bridge

The Liberty Bridge was designed in the end of the 19th century by János Feketeházy, who created a structure with elegant metal spans that resembles the Eiffel Tower. The gothic turrets on the bridge are decorated with statues of the Turul bird – a common character in Hungarian myths who are considered to be heralds of gods.


With an impressive 333 meters in length, the Liberty Bridge is still the shortest bridge spanning the Danube in Budapest. Get directions.

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The green Liberty Square in Budapest

The green Liberty Square

Liberty Square is a large square with big sweeping trees, in the shade of which it is nice to sit on the benches. The square is surrounded with majestic architecture, and decorated with a large number of monuments.


Centrally you can find a monument erected to commemorate the liberation of Hungary by the Soviet forces, as designed by Károly Antal. Somewhat ironically, another statue here was dedicated to US President Ronald Reagan, who played a large role in the collapse of Soviet power in the country. Get directions.

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The Veli Bej Bath in Budapest

Veli Bej Bath

The Veli Bej Bath is the oldest Turkish bath of Budapest, built during the Ottoman occupation. You will find here four baths of varying temperatures that surround a dome-covered octagonal pool. The Veli Bej Bath is one of the calmer baths in Budapest, where you can enjoy the healing effects of thermal water in dimmed light – it uses a counter to make sure that not too many people get in at the same time.


The bath is open daily. Get directions.

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The Margaret Island Water Tower in Budapest

Margaret Island Water Tower

Margaret Island is a green oasis in the middle of the Danube. Above it rises the old Water Tower, which previously supplied the territory of the park with thermal water. Nowadays it is a monument of architecture, built in the magnificent Art Nouveau style and invariably attracting tourists and photographers.


The tower can be climbed daily, to enjoy nice panoramic views over the city. The entrance fee is about € 5. Get directions.

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The Buda Tower in Budapest

Church of St Mary Magdalene / Buda Tower

Above the colorful roofs of Buda Castle shines the tower of the Church of St Mary Magdalene (Hu). Only when you come closer, you realize that there is no actual church next to the tower – what remained, is low stonework outlining the contours of the disappeared church. The tower is the only thing left of the church that was built in 1274 in the Gothic style.


The good news is that the 170 steps to the top can still be climbed, every day! Tickets can be purchased at the Museum of Military History next to the tower. Get directions.

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The Nehru Bank along the Danube in Budapest

Nehru Bank

The Nehru Bank is a green promenade that leads you from Bálna (Hu) towards a skate park under the Petőfi Bridge. The promenade is excellent for cycling, roller-skating or simply walking.


Several play courts and a big playground give the opportunity to exercise with river view. Also along the promenade there's many benches to enjoy the views over the Danube. Get directions.

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The interior of the New York Palace in Budapest

New York Palace

The most impressive building on Erzsébet Boulevard, is the New York Palace. It was built in 1894 to become the office of an American insurance company. The building is richly decorated, on the outside with sculptures of Károly Senyei (Hu), and inside with a lavishly gilded Neo-Baroque interior.


Nowadays you can find a hotel, a restaurant and a spa here, but most notably, the New York Café – a unique place to have a coffee, but beware of the high prices here. Get directions.

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The tomb of Gul Baba in Budapest

Tomb of Gül Baba

The Tomb of Gül Baba is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Along with the Turkish soldiers who invaded Budapest in the 16th century, came the dervish Jafer, nicknamed Gül Baba ('Father of Roses'). He only spent a couple of weeks in the city before he died.


In 1543 this mausoleum was built over his grave, surrounded by a beautiful rose garden. Today, the mausoleum is integrated into a brand-new religious complex, atop a beautifully gardened hill. Get directions.

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The West End shopping mall in Budapest

West End (Mall)

This shopping center houses more than 400 stores, of which 200 fashion stores. In addition, West End offers a cinema with 14 rooms. From October till March, there is an ice rink on the roof of the garage of Hungary's largest shopping center, covering an area of 2,500 square meters.


Check out the official website for the latest news. The mall is open every day. Get directions.

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The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical garden was opened on 9 August 1866, which means that it belongs to the oldest zoo parks in the world. Through the long history, the zoo experienced quite some shocks but did not cease to exist, not even when it was nearly destroyed after WWII.


In addition to the 3,500 species of plants and 750 species of animals from all the continents, you can also admire Secession architecture here, like for instance the main entrance and the Elephant house.


The zoo is open every day! Get directions.

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Station Nyugati in Budapest

Nyugati Pályaudvar / Station Nyugati

Opened in 1877, Nyugati Station is Budapest's oldest station. The colossal terminal building was designed by August de Serres, famous from the Eiffel Company. A special Royal Waiting Room was constructed for Emperor Franz Joseph, who ruled over Hungary those days. Nowadays Nyugati is one of the three main railway stations in the city, serving trains heading West and North. Get directions.

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The Allee shopping mall in Budapest

Allee (Mall)

Next to the M4 metro station of Újbuda-Központ you can find a brand new mall of several floors, offering plenty of international mainstream stores and a nice large bookstore. The top floor contains a food court, with a wide choice of basic food and a cinema as well. In the basement there's an XL Interspar supermarket.


The mall is open every day. See the official website for more info about the stores. Get directions.

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Inside the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest

Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music

The Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music is the main conservatory of Hungary, founded on November 14, 1875. In the early days, it was located in Franz Liszt's own house. In the 20th century, it moved into this majestic three-story building with Liszt calmly sitting above the entrance.


Today, in addition to study, the academy offers guided tours and, of course, magnificent concerts. Check out the official website to see what's on. Get directions.

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The Central Market Hall in Budapest

Central Market Hall

The splendid Great Market Hall is what a market hall ideally should look like. Across three levels, the 180 stalls of Budapest's oldest market offer the freshest food, souvenirs and basic clothes at economic prices. The bright market hall, with its stylish high ceiling make buying a banana a real pleasure.


The market is open on weekdays, and Saturday till around 15h. Find the food stalls on the ground floor. Get directions.

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The Servite Church Saint Anna in Budapest

Servite Church St Anna

The Servite Church (Hu) was erected in 1732, in honor of Saint Anne. This beautiful small baroque church belongs to the Catholic Order of the Servites. Large parts of the church had to be rebuilt after damages suffered during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The facade of the church is enriched with statues of saints, whereas Saint Anne can be found on the main altar inside. Get directions.

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Shopping in Balna in Budapest

Shopping in Bálna

The architectural masterpiece Bálna (Hu) appears like a stranded whale on the riverbanks of the Danube. For its unusual appearance and abundance of light penetrating into the building, the structure is also known as the 'Glass whale of Hungary'. Bálna offers a number of fancy boutiques and designers selling clothes, accessories and souvenirs, together with some interior stores.


Learn more about the eccentric building and its shops on the official website (Hu). Get directions.

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The Elesztohaz Food Market in Budapest

Élesztöház Food Market

Élesztöház is a recently opened farmers market organized in the quirky atmosphere of a ruin pub. Find here locally produced bread, all sorts of Hungarian cheese and other delicacies, all fully organic.


Find the market on Sundays, from 10h till 14h. Get directions.

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Thermal bath of 40 degrees Celsius inside Gellert Baths in Budapest

Budapest Baths: what to bring and which bath to pick?

Budapest is a city of thermal springs, and its baths are famous all over Europe. The Celts and Romans, who lived here in ancient times, actively used them to maintain health.


The amazing thing about the thermal baths in Budapest, is that they are located all around the city centre, some in the most beautiful bathing houses! With all those nice baths, which one should you choose? And what should you bring to a bath...Read more

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The ELTE Botanical Gardens in Budapest

The ELTE Botanical Gardens

The ELTE is Hungary's oldest botanical garden, with over 7,000 plant species, including an arboretum and an extensive collection of cactus, bromelias and orchids. Several greenhouses grow tropical plants and palm trees. A modest but charming villa built in 1803 by the famous Hungarian architect Mihály Pollack, serves nowadays as the administrative building.


The garden works every day in summer season – learn more on the official website (Hu). Get directions.

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The Fiume Road Graveyard in Budapest

Fiume Road Graveyard / Kerepesi Cemetery

Kerepesi Cemetery is the main Hungarian necropolis and one of the most notorious sights of Budapest. It started as a small quiet churchyard, but after the ban on burying within the precincts, it grew rapidly to become the most prestigious place for eternal rest.


In addition to single graves and family crypts, the huge park of funerary art contains also some memorial complexes, commemorating for instance the Soviet liberators of Hungary or the victims of the anti-communist uprising of 1956. Get directions.

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The Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the most prestigious scientific institution in the country. It was founded on November 3, 1825, on the initiative of one of the greatest Hungarians, Count István Széchenyi. What strikes visitors of Budapest most, is its beautiful Neo-Renaissance building from 1864. The statues on top of the facade represent the traditional disciplines of knowledge: history, law, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy and sciences. Can you tell them apart?


See the official website for more background. Get directions.

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Inside the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest

Hungarian National Museum

Moving from one hall to another in the Hungarian National Museum, will turn over pages of Hungarian history, one by one, starting from Pannonia and ending with a new Hungary in the 1990s. A unique collection of several thousand manuscripts, maps, engravings, old coins and antiques of Count Ferenc Széchényi laid the basis for the museum. The majestic building itself was designed by architect Mihály Pollack in 1837-47 in the style of Neoclassicism.


Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Karolyi Garden in Budapest

Károlyi Garden

Károlyi Kert (Hu) is one of the most charming little gardens in the centre of Budapest. It is located next to the Neo-Classical Károlyi Palace, named after the first President of Hungary Mihály Károlyi, and currently housing the Museum of Literature and the Petőfi Exhibition.


Among the many flowerbeds and benches in the garden, you can also find unusual plant species, like the honey locust and wingnuts. The garden is very child friendly, with various playgrounds with slides and swings. Get directions.

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Railway Station Budapest-Keleti

Keleti Pályaudvar / Station Budapest-Keleti

Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar is the main international railway station of Budapest. The station is named after the eastern (Keleti) direction of Transylvania and the Balkans.


Constructed in Eclectic style in 1884, it was one of the most modern in Europe at the time – today the time has come for some renovation works on the outside. The facade of the building is decorated with sculptures of James Watt, the creator of the Watt steam engine, and George Stephenson, the inventor of the steam locomotive. Inside you can see frescoes of Károly Lotz, a famous Hungarian painter. Get directions.

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Shopping in Arena Plaza in Budapest

Aréna Plaza (Mall)

At Aréna Plaza you will find a large shopping center, offering the most famous international chain stores. The shopping mall, located at walking distance from the train station Keleti, offers a comfortable shopping experience thanks to the bright and modern design.


Check out the official website for more shopping information. The mall is open every day. Get directions.

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The Rudas Thermal Baths in Budapest

Rudas Thermal Baths

The Rudas Baths undoubtedly belong to the most beautiful baths of Budapest, founded in 1550 by the Turkish invaders. Smaller dome-topped baths with varying temperatures surround a stunning octagonal plunge pool.


Please note that only the weekends offer mixed bathing here, with bathing suits obligatory. On weekdays the baths are reserved for men only, except on Tuesdays, when it is women only. Learn more on the official website. Get directions.

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Liberty Square in Budapest

Liberty Square

Liberty Square is a spacious central square in a stately part of Budapest. It was the place where Hungary's first independent Prime Minister Batthyány was executed in 1849. Since 1926 an eternal flame burns here, to honour all those executed during the uprising.


Everywhere around the square you look, you will see majestic architecture. Two impressive pieces by Ignác Alpár can be found right opposite each other, the Exchange Palace and the Hungarian National Bank. Get directions.

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The entrance of the University Church in Budapest

Egyetemi Templom / University Church

In 1742 monks of the Pauline Order built one of the most picturesque baroque temples of Budapest, the University Church (Hu). On the tall facade which is decorated with columns, you can see sculptural images of Saints Paul and Anthony, and in between them, the Pauline Order emblem. Many items originally made by the Pauline monks have been preserved, like the pulpit on the right side of the church, the confession room and the balustrade of the organ loft. Get directions.

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The Mammut Shopping Center in Budapest

Mammut Shopping Center

Mammut is the largest shopping center of Buda, and with its wide offer it's a good bet for mainstream shopping as well as local Hungarian stores. The shopping center consists of two parts, with one old and basic, and the other one more modern.


See the official website to learn more about the 300 stores, coffee bars, the food court and the cinema. Mammut is open every day. Get directions.

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The National Theatre in Budapest

National Theatre

The National Theatre is the main drama theatre of Budapest, founded in 1837. Unlike the national theatres in many other countries, often centuries long located in beautiful old buildings, the Hungarian Theatre has experienced quite some relocations. This modern theatre building is covered in a maritime theme, with in front the bow of a ship, surrounded by an artificial pond.


Visit the official website for ticket info. Get directions.

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The Müpa Budapest

Müpa Budapest / Palace of Arts

Müpa Budapest is a unique cultural hub established in a modern building that opened in 2005. It houses the Bartók National Concert Hall, the Festival Theatre and, located on the first floor of the building, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art.


Learn more about current exhibitions in the Ludwig Museum on the official website – please note that the museum is closed on Mondays.


Check out the official website of Müpa for the agenda and ticket info. Get directions.

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The Palatinus Strand Baths in Budapest

Palatinus Strand Baths

The Palatinus Baths (Hu) were opened in 1919 on the magnificent Margaret Island. The bathing complex belongs to the larger and busier ones in Budapest, with a stronger focus on outside baths and pools. Naturally you will find mineral-rich hot springs and saunas here, but also true water entertainment with ten outdoor pools, water slides and wave machines.


The baths are open every day. Get directions.

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The Sandor Palace in Budapest

Sándor Palace / Alexander Palace

The Sándor Palace is the official residence of the President of Hungary. It was built in 1805 by the famous Hungarian architect Mihály Pollack. The richness of the palace is in its interior: tapestries and paintings on the walls, a staircase with wide gilded railings, and crystal chandeliers.


Please note that you can get inside only occasionally, on weekends during the summer months. Yet you can see the process of changing the guard every hour from 9-17h on any given day. Get directions.

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The Antik Placc flea market in Budapest

Antik Placc

Antik Placc is a small flea market organized inside a historical market hall. It offers a wide variety of goods, as long as they can be labelled as retro, antique or, more recently, design. The lion share of the products here are second-hand items, like tableware, lamps and vinyl. Recently designers have started participating, selling their handmade jewelry and other perfect souvenirs.


Find the market on Sundays from 10h till 17h. Learn more on the official website (Hu). Get directions.

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Park Mechwart Liget in Budapest

Mechwart Liget

Mechwart Liget (Hu) is a quiet green place located in a busy part of the city, though you will find no tourists here. The park was named after the Hungarian engineer András Mechwart, whose bust welcomes you at the main entrance.


One side of the park is sunny, with flowerbeds and a fountain surrounded by benches, two playgrounds and work-out equipment. The other side goes down the hill and is shaded and wilder – find a nice football court there. Get directions.

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The Tropicarium near Budapest

Tropicarium / Oceanarium

The Tropicarium mimics life in the tropics aside a rich underwater world. Birds of paradise, alligators resting on the banks of pools, monkeys jumping on the vines, beautiful tropical flowers, and parrots hiding among the lush green. These and many other inhabitants of the planet are waiting for you in the largest oceanarium of Eastern Europe every day.


See the official website for more visitor info. Get directions.

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The Vigado Concert Hall in Budapest

Vigadó Concert Hall

Vigadó is the second largest concert hall in Budapest, built in 1865 on the site of the Ballroom that burnt down during the anti-Habsburg uprising. The magnificent facade is decorated with statues and busts of dancers, monarchs and other prominent figures of Hungary. The central lobby is notable for frescoes by Mór Than and Károly Lotz. Vigadó has hosted stars like Ferenc Liszt, Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.


Check out the official website for ticket info. Get directions.

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The Vasarely Museum in Budapest

Vasarely Museum

The Vasarely Museum is part of the Zichy Palace, located in the Óbuda district. It is dedicated to the Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely, who created a new style in arts, called "op-art". Optical art can be mind blowing, as the artist works towards creating visual illusions in an artistic way.


Check out the official website to learn more about current exhibitions. The museum is closed on Mondays. Get directions.

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The Orczy Park in Budapest

Orczy Park

The Orczy Park (Hu) is a newly renovated park, which is equipped now with a new football field, a basketball court and a jogging track. The place has already got popular during warm weather, with many relaxing by the lake, or on the large central lawn. Another highlight here is the rope park 'Orczy Kalandpark', particularly great for children – learn more on the official website (Hu).


Please note that Orczy Park closes at night. Get directions.

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The Obuda Synagogue in Budapest

Óbuda Synagogue

The Óbuda Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the city, built in 1820, replacing an older one (1737). Óbuda was the place where Jews settled, after being denied to live in Buda at that time. It was Countess Zichy who invited them here, to live on their own lands. From here, Óbuda grew into the largest Jewish community of Hungary. The synagogue was built in the French Empire style, with Secession style ornaments added to the facade in the 20th century. Get directions.

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The Zwack Museum and Visitor Center in Budapest

Zwack Museum and Visitor Center

The bitter herbal liqueur Zwack Unicum is a drink that is over two hundred years old! Dr. Zwack, the court doctor of the family of Emperor Joseph II, created it in 1790. The Zwack Museum fills you in completely on this surprisingly good Hungarian spirit.


The museum is open every day, and offers tours and tastings as well. Learn more on the official website. Get directions.

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The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest

Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum of Applied Arts tells about European cultures of different eras since the 16th century. Explore here items of French interior, Italian majolica, jewels of the famous Esterházy family, ancient mirrors or unusual porcelain. The collection of clothes of noble people from the 17th century deserves special attention.


Please note that at this moment the museum is closed due to ongoing renovation works! Get directions.

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