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What to see in Budapest

Budapest Attractions

Budapest's rich and diverse history makes for some exciting sightseeing opportunities. The attractions are varied, including luxuries like spa treatments courtesy of the city's many thermal springs, culinary adventures sampling 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, allowing them unlimited travel on public transport, free or discounted entry into a number of museums and cultural sites, reductions on sightseeing tours, and 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 airport.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle is the royal complex of past Hungarian monarchs. Sitting atop Castle Hill in the picturesque Castle District of Buda, the royal palace was first inhabited by King Béla…

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Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge was the first stone construction built over the Danube and is the most famous in Budapest. Today, nine bridges link Buda to Pest but the Chain Bridge takes pride…

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Fisherman’s Bastion

Built in 1905 on the medieval castle walls, the ramparts of the Fisherman's Bastion were so named after those whose duty it was to defend this side of the hill during the Middle…

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Gellert Hill

Gellért Hill offers unrivalled panoramic views of the city, taking in Buda, Pest and the meandering Danube. A monument of a martyred bishop stands at the base of the hill…

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Hungarian Parliament

On the bank of the Danube stands the beautiful Hungarian Parliament, an imposing sight and a prominent feature of the city skyline. With its red dome, white stone lace ornamentation…

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A 53-mile (86km) drive from Budapest, Kecskemét makes for a wonderful excursion. While this garden city is quite large, the place has a uniquely small-town charm. Walking…

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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. Its architecture is a mixture of styles from various occupations…

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Memento Park

A popular yet bizarre attraction, Memento Park contains the giant figures of the communist era that once filled the streets of Budapest. Among them are the forms of Lenin, Marx…

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The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum

Situated within the charming old Jewish Quarter of Pest, the Great Synagogue is one of the largest in the world. Its style is Byzantine-Moorish, with patterned brickwork in the…

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