Budapest

 

Budapest

 

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union. You can buy our complete Budapest City Guide on Apple Store or Google Play Store.

 

Most popular places to visit in Budapest are:

Buda Castle

Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265. In the past, it has been called Royal Palace and Royal Castle.

 

Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District. The castle is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site, which was declared a Heritage Site in 1987.

 

Address: Szent György tér 2, Budapest, 1014 Hungary

Reach: Tram: 19, 41 (Clark Ádám tér)

Bus: 16, 916 (Palota út, gyorslift)

Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge also known as Széchenyi Chain Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

The bridge is designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark and it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. It was opened in 1849. The lions at each of

the abutments were carved in stone by the sculptor, János Marschalkó.

 

At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the

linkage between East and West.

 

Address: Széchenyi Lánchíd, Budapest, Hungary

Reach: Tram: 19, 41 (Clark Ádám tér)

Entrance Fee: Free

Dohány Street Synagogue

The Dohány Street Synagogue also known as The Great Synagogue or Tabakgasse Synagogue, is a historical building in Erzsébetváros, was built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style, with the decoration based chiefly on Islamic models from North Africa and medieval Spain (the Alhambra). It is the largest synagogue in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

The synagogue's Viennese architect, Ludwig Förster, believed that no distinctively Jewish architecture could be identified, and thus chose "architectural forms that have been used by oriental ethnic groups that are related to the Israelite people, and in particular the Arabs". The interior design is partly by Frigyes Feszl.

The Dohány Street Synagogue complex consists of the Great Synagogue, the Heroes' Temple, the graveyard, the Memorial and the Jewish Museum, which was built on the site on which Theodore Herzl's house of birth stood.

 

Address: Dohány utca 2, Budapest, 1074 Hungary

Reach: Metro: M2 (Astoria)

Tram: 47, 48, 49 (Astoria M)

Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest.

It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest.

The Parliament Building is in the Gothic Revival style; it has a symmetrical façade and a central dome. The dome is Renaissance Revival architecture.

 

Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, Budapest, 1055 Hungary

 

Opening Hours:

1st Apr – 31st Oct:

Mon - Sun: 8:00 - 18:00

1st Nov – 31st Mar:

Mon - Sun: 8:00 - 16:00

 

Entrance Fee:

Non EU Citizens:

Adults: 5400 HUF

Students (6-24 years): 2800 HUF

Children (under 6 years): Free

 

EU Citizens:

Adults: 2200 HUF

Students (6-24 years): 1200 HUF

Children (under 6 years): Free

 

Reach: Metro: M2 (Kossuth Lajos tér)

Tram: 2 (Kossuth Lajos tér M)

Website: www.parlament.hu

Heroes' Square

Heroes' Square also known as Hősök tere, is one of the major squares in Budapest, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders, as well as the Tomb of the unknown Soldier.

The square has played an important part in contemporary Hungarian history and has been a host to many political events, such as the reburial of Imre Nagy in 1989.

 

The sculptures were made by sculptor Zala György from Lendava.

Address: Hősök tere, Budapest, 1146 Hungary

Reach: Metro: M1 (Hősök tere)

Bus: 75, 79, 979 (Hősök tere M)

Entrance Fee: Free

Fisherman's Bastion

The Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on th Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek.

From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill.

Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church.

 

Address: Szentháromság tér 5, Budapest, 1014 Hungary

Reach: Bus: 16, 916 (Donáti utca), 16, 16A, 116, 916 (Szentháromság tér)

 

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sun: Whole Day

 

Entrance Fee: Free

Note: Upper towers or turrets have a small entrance fee.

 

Website: www.fishermansbastion.com

Hungarian State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Budapest, on Andrássy út. Originally known as the Hungarian Royal Opera House, it was designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture.

Before the closure of the "Népszínház" in Budapest, it was the second largest opera building in the city; today it is the largest opera house in Budapest and in Hungary.

Today, the opera house is home to the Budapest Opera Ball, a society event dating back to 1886.

 

Address: Andrássy út 22, Budapest, 1061 Hungary

Reach: Metro: M1 (Oper)

 

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sun: 10:00 - 20:00 or or until the first intemission of the given performance

 

Website: www.opera.hu

Shoes on the Danube Promenade

The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial in Budapest. Conceived by film director Can Togay, it was created by him and the sculptor Gyula Pauer on the bank of the Danube River.

It honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.

 

Address: Idősebb Antall József rakpart, Budapest, 1054 Hungary

Reach: Metro: M2 (Kossuth Lajos tér)

Tram: 2 (Kossuth Lajos tér M)

Entrance Fee: Free

St. Stephens Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c 975–1038), whose right hand is housed in the reliquary.

It was the sixth largest church building in Hungary before 1920. Today, it is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.

Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Building, it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres (315 ft) - this equation symbolises that worldly and spiritual thinking have the same importance.

 

Address: Szent István tér 1, Budapest, 1051 Hungary

Reach: Metro: M1 (Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út)

Bus: 9, 914, 914A, 931, 950 (Szent István Bazilika)

Website: www.en.bazilika.biz

 

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