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What to see in Budapest

Budapest Attractions


Budapest's rich and diverse history makes for some exciting sightseeing opportunities and visitors enjoy exploring this magnificent city and generally find locals very hospitable. The attractions in Budapest are varied, including luxuries like spa treatments courtesy of the city's many thermal springs, fascinating historical sightseeing, foodie adventures to sample the delicious traditional cuisine, and leisurely river cruises down the beautiful Danube.

Those interested in the history of the city should stroll through Memento Park, one of Budapest's strangest attractions, which features the giant statues that once lined the city's streets during the Communist era, or marvel at the Royal Palace, which dates back to the 13th Century. Other popular cultural sites include the Parliament Buildings along the banks of the Danube River, and the iconic Chain Bridge. Admire the stunning views from the vantage point of Fisherman's Bastion or from Gellert Hill where you can also visit the Citadella and Liberation Monument.

Visitors would do well to purchase the Budapest Card, which allows them unlimited travel on public transport, free or discounted entry into a number of museums and cultural sites, reductions on sightseeing tours, discounts on restaurants, spas and car rentals. The cards are valid for either 48 or 72 hours and can be bought from main metro ticket offices, tourist offices, travel agencies, hotels or the airport.


Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge was the first stone bridge to be built over the Danube and is the most famous in the city, still featuring…

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Fisherman’s Bastion

Built in 1905 on the medieval castle walls, the neo-Romanesque ramparts were so named after the city's fishermen whose…

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Gellert Hill

Gellért Hill offers unrivalled panoramic views of the city, taking in both Buda and Pest and the meandering Danube.…

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Kecskemet

An easy 53-mile (86km) drive from Budapest, Kecskemét (pronounced ketch-keh-mate) isn't well-known to outsiders…

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Matthias Church

Situated in the centre of the Castle Quarter, the 700-year-old Church of Our Lady is popularly known as Matthias Church…

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Memento Park

One of the city's most popular but more bizarre attractions is Memento Park, containing the giant figures of the Communist…

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Parliament Buildings

On the bank of the Danube stands one of the world's most beautiful parliament buildings, an imposing sight and a prominent…

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Royal Palace

Located at the top of Castle Hill in the picturesque Castle District of Buda, the Royal Palace was first inhabited by…

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The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum

Situated within Erzsébet Town, the charming old Jewish quarter and former ghetto, the Great or Central Synagogue…

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