Budapest is an exquisite city and is full of surprises and treasures, with its lively centre, pretty parks, majestic river, tall church spires and lavish spas. The best way to know the city is to explore it and indulge in some of the best things to do in Budapest, which include historic attractions recognized as World Heritage Sites, such as Castle District, with the Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, Chain Bridge, the Parliament and Andrássy Avenue. Budapest is home to a plethora of museums and galleries and activities, the most significant ones being the National Gallery, House of Terror, Ethnographic Museum, Memento Park, Natural History Museum and the The Music Museum. One can find beautiful cathedrals like St. Stephen Cathedral, Matthias Church, the Rock Church; monuments and landmark structures like Heroes' Square, Chain Bridge, the Shoes on the Danube memorial; and green spaces like Margaret Island and City Park dotted across the city. Budapest has much more to it than historical sights and monuments. There are several activities one can indulge into, such as walking and bicycle tours, boating at the City Park Lake, skating and open air Ping Pong. The ones who are looking for entertainment opportunities, Budapest has a thriving performing arts scene and hosts many shows, concerts and performances, most notably, Capital Circus of Budapest, Hungarian State Opera House, Theatre Madách, Budapest Operetta Theatre,Merlin International Theatre,National Dance Theatre and the MU Theatre. One of the top things to do when in Budapest is to attend the annual extravagant festivals that the city hosts, such as the Jewish Summer Festival, Sziget and Budapest Christmas Market. Walk down the narrow cobbled streets of Budapest, and you’d be surprised by the memorable experiences that the city would offer.
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1014 Budapest, Szentharomsag ter 5, Hungary
The Buda Bank on the Danube is prettily dotted with a construction that looks somewhat like a terrace. This place is called the Fisherman’s Bastion. This structure is built close to the Matthias church.
Built and designed between the years 1895 and 1902 by Frigyes Schulek, this Gothic structure is something out of a fairytale. However it was damaged in the Second World War and reconstructed by János Schulek who also happens to be the original architect’s son.
There are seven towers built in white which look like they’ve been built with the imagination of a fantasy writer. The pretty towers are a reminder of the seven tribes that made the area their home that led to the formation of what we know today as Hungary. This place is not just a great photo opportunity or a great place to view the city. It has several stories associated with it. It makes this space both stunning as well as historic. A definite must visit for any traveler to Budapest.
One of the most enchantingly beautiful structures of Budapest, the Fisherman’s Bastion is a majestically built building decked with 7 separate towers. Because of its famed beauty expect a number of people when you go to buy tickets for Fisherman’s Bastion. It is best to get tickets for Fisherman’s Bastion in advance if you want to skip all the lines. Our ticketing portal lets you view Fisherman’s Bastion ticket prices and combine the Fisherman’s Bastion tickets with other attractive things to do in Budapest as well.
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Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
St Stephen’s Basilica, also known as Szent Istvan Bazilika is locally considered to be the most important church in the city of Budapest. It has a very high historical value. The Basilica is named after Stephen I, the first King of Hungary. His hand is said to be housed inside the reliquary. This church started as the sixth largest church in Hungary and this was recorded before the year 1920. Today, it is the third highest church in Hungary and is considered to be one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. The most striking fact about this building is that it stands almost at an equal height to the Parliament Building, making it one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest. Ever since its inception, the musical community has owed a lot to the St Stephen Basilica for encouraging the particular art form. It also houses the great St Stephen Bell and is a complete delight for any music lover to visit and witness the best of Hungarian Organ players enrich the musical history of the Basilica.
The St. Stephens Basilica of Budapest is one of the most astonishing architectural attractions in Hungary. Being a church, there are no tickets for St. Stephens Basilica. However, if you wish to understand the architectural importance of this place, you can book tickets for St. Stephens Basilica tours with us and have an enlightening session. St. Stephens Basilica ticket prices come along in all range. As you book St. Stephens Basilica Tickets with us, you get an entry into the world of history and wonder.
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1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2, Hungary
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Hungarian lords in Budapest were housed by the iconic Buda Castle. This beautiful building was built in 1265. The place initially was called Royal Palace or the Royal Castle. Constructed at the southern tip of Castle Hill, and flanked in the north by Castle District or Várnegyed, the medieval castle is sure to be an interesting pit stop in Budapest. The castles, crypts and other historic site also make it a great tourist spot that will surely keep you enthralled for hours.
The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but it has a rather tragic and violent history. It has been destroyed, damaged and rebuilt many times. At one point of time parts of the castle had to be excavated to find whatever vestiges of the site that could be salvaged from the ruins.
Today, the castle which has considerably lost its past glory still stands tall. The premises include a Historical Museum as well as a Gallery. The stories about the castle are extremely intriguing and to see it is certain to be an engaging experience. Do put it on your list if you love history and culture.
Don’t forget to see Matthias Fountain that is located inside the premise. The striking feature of the fountain is the sculptures. The fountain includes the sculpture of King Matthias standing in front of a slain deer. At his feet, three large hunting dogs, his gamekeeper and his shield bearer. History says that the sculpture was built in 1904 by a renowned sculptor Alajos Stróbl.
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Budapest, Lovas út 4/C, 1012 Hungary
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Budapest keeps its glorious and painful past, both very close to its heart. Hospital in the Rock is an example of the ordeal that Budapest went through during the second World War. This Hospital was built in a cave system for air raid emergencies and acted as that from the year 1939-1945. Apart from this, the cave system was also used as refuges in the aforementioned years. It’s location is right below the castle hill and it is a part of the Castle district. Which is why, it was under the government ever since the beginning. After serving as a hospital for the longest time, with about 3 patients lying on the same bed sometimes, this place later functioned as a vaccine producing institute. Later it became a revolutionary spot and after expanding during the cold war, it eventually became a storage place for Nuclear Bunker and Civil Defence Forces. After that it was renovated by various organizations and in the year 2007 was finally opened as a museum to the visitors and today is a great insight into a chunk of history that is very close to Budapest.
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Gellert-hegy, Budapest, Buda, District 1
Gellert Hill overlooks the city of Budapest. This hill is a wonderful place to spend a Sunday. If you climb to the top you will be able to see an amazing sight. The Danube in all its glory can be seen expanding on both sides of the Hill.
The place has become an affluent residential place with some of Budapest’s most important people having set up house here. It is also a part of the World Heritage site which spans over the borders of the Danube. The verdant surroundings and the pristine buildings are sure to enchant one and all. The liberty monument, the Gellert Monument and the Cave church are must see places on this hill. With its current political importance, historic importance from the Middle Ages onwards and indubitable beauty, Gellert hill is a beautiful and calming place that should be added to any history or nature lover’s intinerary.
As you move towards the hidden areas of the Hill, you will come across and enchanting garden named Garden of Philosophy. Wander around the garden and walk up to the viewpoint from where you can get the most stunning panoramic view of Budapest. And this view is definitely not going to be same as you have seen from other observation decks of the city. Another unique feature of this garden is the group of statue, where among other Buddha and Jesus Christ are seen. The legend says, that Buddha and Jesus Christ met for the better understanding of each other.
Another important attraction of Gellert Hill is the Liberty Statue. According to the history, this statue was erected in 1947 in memory of the commemorates who sacrificed their lives for the independence and freedom of Hungary. This statue remarks the Soviet Liberty of Hungary during Second World War.
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Hosok Tere or Heroes’ square in Budapest is a beautiful monument that attracts a lot of tourists in Budapest. The square commemorates the arrival of the first people who formed the nation of Hungary to the capital. In this sense, it is the most powerful symbol of Hungary in itself. Since it was built to commemorate 1000 years of the settlement of people in Hungary it is also called the Millennium monument. This square right next to City Park has become quite iconic.
There are two arches with Corinthian columns and a 38 meters tall column in the centre. The arches or rather colonnades are adorned with bronze statues of the Nation’s heroes. Each personality depicted here has made a significant contribution to the history of Hungary. Moreover, there is tremendous symbolism in all the statues. The statue of the arch angel Gabriel stands on top of the central column.
This monument is extremely important to the country and hence a must visit. The Museum of Fine arts and the Palace of arts flank the square on either side making it all the more popular with tourists.
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Budapest, 1138 Hungary
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Margaret Island is a great place to spend an entire day. The island was an important place in the middle ages when it was a religious hub. Even today you can see some of the medieval ruins in this area. In those days, the Margaret Island was only accessible by water but now you can reach it through Margaret Bridge.
This island in the river Danube has become a popular recreational centre. There are beautiful walkways and areas to just hang out here. The Centennial monument which was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the joining together of Buda and Pest is the first thing you will probably see here. You can also see the beautiful Margarets island fountain or several statues around the place. The whole area is very picturesque. Besides, there is also a zoo and a Japanese Garden making this place a great place for a picnic. It will be a great spot for a family or a large group to explore.
People say in Budapest the statues and memorial speaks. And the fact is quite true when you come across just brilliantly concept memorial named Centennial Memorial. This memorial was built to celebrate 100 years of union of Buda and Pest. Its extra-ordinary design will definitely stop you and influence you to admire its beauty.
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Budapest, Andrássy út 12, 1061 Hungary
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
The second thing that somebody wants to do after planning a visit to Budapest is fit in Vienna in the plan. Unfortunately, more often than not that does not end up happening. But with Miniversum, you can have a little of Vienna, infact a little of Austria and even Germany experience. It is one of the most gigantic sets of models laid out for you to get an experience of the best of places in Budapest, Austria and Germany. The ratio of these models is about 1:100 and it is a great tour to see the best of creations. There is also a cafe for people to relax after doing a tour and a small playhouse for little kids that is inclusive of the price. It is sure to blow your mind as the models seem like perfect miniatures of all the attractions that are re created here.
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Budapest, Allatkerti krt. 6-12, 1146 Hungary
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
Budapest is the best city to learn the art of resource management. This zoo that opened up in the year 1866 is still as well maintained and much to our delight has expanded beautifully over the years. It is the oldest zoo in the whole of Hungary and is also one of the oldest in the whole world. With about 1072 species, these Botanical Gardens are sure to make you squeal like a child. Out of the 1072 species, you also find the rare ones such as the Komodo Dragon and the Wombat here. In the initial years, most Hungarian species were housed here but over the years there have been additions of various rare kinds of camels, monkeys, kangaroos and parrots. Ages ago, a giraffe was donated to this zoo by Queen Elizabeth. If you have a kid with you, you should definitely visit this attraction.
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1146 Budapest, Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár, Hungary
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Vajdahunyad Castle situated inside City Park in Budapest. Constructed for the millennium Exhibition which put Budapest on the world map, the castle was initially made of cardboard. It was only concretized later. Today it is a grand and majestic tourist attraction. This building was a part of the Millennium Celebrations of Budapest which marked the 1000 year anniversary of settlement in Hungary.
Castle looks almost fairytale like with its Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. This mix of styles is a tribute to the several iconic buildings of Hungary thought of by the architect, Ignac Alpar. Presently it is also home to the Agricultural Museum of Hungary, the greatest agrarian display center in Europe. This castle and the park around it are a definite must visit for a visitor to Budapest who wants to see the diverse architecture of the place all rolled into one beautiful mélange of colors textures and styles.
Another striking feature that will definitely grab your attention in the castle’s garden is Anonymus Szobor–the statue of anonymous. While the minute craftwork of this dark statue will put you in awe of it, the beautiful story will thrill you to know more about the statue. According to the story, this beautiful sculpture was created by sculptor Miklós Ligeti to pay a tribute to the nameless storysteller.
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Budapest, Szabadság híd, 1118 Hungary
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Originally built for the Millennium exhibition in the year 1896, the liberty bridge is supposed to be the connect between the Buda and the Pest of Budapest. It was originally named Francis Joseph and today is the third shortest bridge of Budapest. With a mind blowing architecture, this bridge has people going using it at almost all times of the day. Named after the emperor, soon after its creation it was opened to the public traffic. Today it boasts of an intricate architecture of the Art Nouveau style and is about 336 meters in height. It also offers you some amazing views of the Danube and is one of the most mystical bridges of Budapest.
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1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062 Hungary
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The house of terror museum is a member of the platform of European Memory and Conscience and is looked after by Dr Mária Schmidt today. It was opened in the year 2000 and is dedicated to the victims of fascism and communism. The site of the building is very important as many were killed, tortured, interrogated during this time in the past building of the House of terror museum. It also consists of various artefacts and documents related to the fateful period and is sure to give you an insight into the horrid past of Budapest.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
Citadella in Budapest is basically a fortress on top of the Gellert Hill. Citadella is the hungarian term for the word Citadel which actually means a kind of a fortress. It does not only hold a very important scenic value, but also a very important place in the military history of Budapest. Lot of wars have been fought with the support of this fortress. The need to build this fortress was felt in the year 1851 post the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. It also has an amazing collection of Red Weaponry by it that you should definitely have a look at. Citadella is also a representation of the Austrian-Hungarian compromise. After being built by forced labourers, it was home to various Austrian soldiers. After the need for recognizing the association between the two countries subsided, the city took control of the Citadella and today it is a part of their heritage. About 220 meters in diameter, it almost covers the entire 235 meters of the plateau. The panoramic view of the Citadella is as breathtaking as is the view of Budapest from here.
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Budapest, Dohány u. 2, 1074 Hungary
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Great Central Synagogue and the National Jewish Museum are both housed in the same building. Initially the Synagogue was housed here and later in 1931, the museum was added. The building is in the shape of twin towers and after the restoration that took place in 1930, it has become all the more glorious. Jews have had a very painful past in Budapest, specially after the German invasion. The National Museum is a dedication to the ordeal that they went through and a representation of their existence in the past times. Central Synagogue as mentioned earlier has flourished as one of the top Budapest attractions and also as the main worship place for Jews since time immemorial. In the rear courtyard, you will also come across a holocaust memorial called Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park that gives an insight into the unfortunate events that the Jews had to go through.
It is said to be the hidden gem of Dohany Street. According to the history, the memorial was built in honor of the 400,000 Jews who were killed by Nazi. As you observe the memorial minutely, you will notice that it is constructed in the form of weeping willow. Such marvelous concept was created by Imre Varga.
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Budapest, 1075, Hungary
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Like every main city, there is a center in Budapest too which is a great place to connect to the locals. It does not only mingle people from different walks of life but gets history, entertainment, culture and gastronomy under one roof. With a very glorious past and a strong association to the Budapest history until the 20th century, Gozsdu Udvar has become one of the most frequented places for tourists and locals alike in downtown Budapest. The entertainment center is always bustling with people because it keeps hosting a variety of events for you to attend. It gives the quaint and quiet Budapest the lively edge in many ways. There are more than 10 lakh visitors that frequent this place every year and it is a great place to go and unwind.