Welcome to Budapest
Budapest, one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe, is situated on the banks of the Danube. The city actually consists of three cities: Óbuda, the oldest section, with Celtic and Roman ruins, Buda in hills on the western bank, famous for its historic Castle Hill and beautiful residential area, and bustling Pest with its shopping, government and commercial districts on the flat plain of the east bank. United in 1873, Budapest is renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites.
The Buda Castle District
The Castle District in Buda is the ancient kernel of the capital's right-bank settlement. Everything that surrounds it was once only suburbs. From whatever direction you reach the Castle District, you cross the ramparts, which completely encircle Castle Hill.
The Fisherman Bastion
The Fishermen's Bastion is one of the most popular spots of the Castle District with visitors, as it offers a grand panorama of almost the entire city. It is situated ac the eastern side of Castle Hill, and can be reached from the centre of the district, Szentháromság tér (Trinity Square).
The Hungarian Parliament - www.parlament.hu
The largest building in the country, which is the permanent location of the national assembly, is situated on the bank of the Danube, and its entrance face Kossuth Square. The Neo-Gothic building complex was built between 1884 and 1904 according to the plans of Imre Steindl.
The capital’s most spectacular square can be found at the entrance to the City Park. Arriving from Andrássy Avenue the visitors can see the middle column of the Millennium Memorial, on the top of which Archangel Gabriel is holding the Holy Crown and the apostolic double cross.
In spite of its clearly separable units, Andrássy Avenue and its neighborhood are the results of the unique architectural style of the end of the 19th century. The most beautiful buildings in the eclectic style can be seen here, for example the outstandingly beautiful Opera House and many old flats with wonderful and intimate inner courts, statues and fountains.
St. Stephan’s Basilica
It is the largest church in Budapest, the dome of which can be seen from all points in the city. It was built between 1851 and 1905. The Classicist basilica houses Hungary’s most sacred relic: the Holy Right, which is the mummified right hand of St. Stephen, after whom the basilica was named.
Matthias Church or the Main Coronation Church in the Buda Castle district, which stands on the Szentháromság (Holy Trinity) Square, is a monument with a long history. Religious tradition has it that the church was founded by St. Stephen in 1015. The royal cathedral, which was officially named as the Church of Our Lady Wicha, was built in several stages. Its present Neo-Gothic form is the result of a large-scale reconstruction in 1896, led by Frigyes Schulek.
The Budapest Spa’s
Budapest is the city of spas. The Széchenyi Baths, which have a very prestigious position on the list of Budapest sights that are not to be missed, are not only the largest bath complex in Europe with their 15 pools, but also the most pleasant baths in the capital. Gellért bath is the most popular bath among tourists arriving in Budapest. The original equipment and furniture, in an Art Nouveau style, has been preserved in most of the baths: artistic mosaics, colourful stained-glass windows and statues decorate the buildings.
Visits & Excursions
Worth to do and visit:
… take the little train and visit The Margaret Island
… go with the children’s old train and take a tour of the green area of Budapest
… do the sightseeing tour along the Danube with the River Ride Amphibious bus
… book a traditional Danube River Cruise with live music entertainment in the evening
… book tickets for the Budapest State Opera House
… enjoy a typical Hungarian Gulyas dinner at Csardas with gipsy music and folklore show
… see the Danube Bend with Esztergom, Szentendre and Visegrad (with lunch or night show)
… take a day excursion to the Balaton Lake with wine cellar tour and wine tasting
… go in a day excursion to Sopron
… visit the Godollo Castle
… take a full day excursion to Eger
… enjoy a traditional full day excursion to the Hungarian Puszta with horse show and farm visit.
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