- Royal Palace
- Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church
- Castle Garden Bazaar
- Citadel at Gellért Hill
- Kopaszi Dam
You just can’t miss to see Royal Palace as it’s visible from everywhere in Budapest. The Palace was built in the 13th century, and it is home now of the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library. You can get to the Castle Hill by using the Funicular.
Citadel at Gellért Hill
At the top of Gellért Hill you can find the Citadel, which is a fortress built by the Habsburgs after defeating Hungary’s War of Independence in 1849. During the World War II and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, it was a strategic military position – the Soviet tanks bombarded the city from here. The Gellért Bath can be found at the foot of the hill.
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Heroe’s Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, City Park
- Great Market Hall
- Vörösmarty square
The Hungarian Parliament Building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest after its location, is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. It is a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture and it is just over 100 years old. The Budapest Parliament building is the third largest Parliament building in the world. It has 691 rooms, 12,5 miles of stairs and it's 315 feet tall, the same height as the St. Stephen's Basilica.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Hungary and can hold up to 8,500 people. Although in architectural terms it’s a cathedral, it was given the title of ‘basilica minor’ by Pope Pius XI in 1931. It took more than 50 years to build the Basilica. Originally designed in neo-classical style by Hild, the Basilica was finished in neo-renaissance style based on the plans of Ybl. The dome is 96 meters high, the exact same height as the Budapest Parliament Building. It’sclose to Deák square and to Chain Bridge.
Heroe’s Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, City Park
Walking down on Andrássy Avenue from Oktogon towards City Park, at the end of the Millenium Underground Railway (Metro line 1), Heroe’s Square is represented as the largest square right at the entrance of the beautiful City Park. The spacious square has got a nearly 40 m high column with a statue. Here lies the spectacular Transylvanian fortress styled Vajdahunyad Castle and the Széchenyi Bath, too.
Great Market Hall
It is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest, Hungary. This market is not only great in its size, but also great in other aspects. The area size of the building is 10,000 square meters, which is covered by steel structure. The entrance gate has a neogothic touch. A distinctive architectural feature is the roof which was restored to have colourful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs. The market offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors. You can buy fresh goods, souveniers, also you can try local dishes. It is next to the Liberty Bridge and close to the bars of Balna (after the big university building), where you can enjoy the sunset next to a nice glass of fröccs (wine with sparkling water).
At the first stop of the Millennium Underground (Metro line 1) there is a huge square, which is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. The city’s yearly spring and Christmas festivals are organized here. If you’re out of these seasons, you can still enjoy Gerbeaud House, the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. The square today is used mostly for commercial functions. Its architecture is quite varied, as well. It is very close to Váci street, the famous shopping street and through Deák square, Andrássy Avenue is easy to access.
- Széchenyi Bath
- Gellért Bath
- Rudas Bath
- Veli Bej Bath
- Lukács Bath
The Széchenyi Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C and 77 °C. It is also one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe too. Széchenyi Bath is more than 100 years old. The 18 pools are open every day throughout the year, including national holidays, when its an especially popular place to visit. Besides the outdoor and indoor geothermal pools, you can get massage treatments, enjoy the saunas, the gym, relax by the pools or even taste the natural waters that supply the pools from over 1000 meters below the surface. Also, there are Saturday 'sparty' here, in spring, summer and autumn seasons.
Gellért Bath is the most famous Art Nouveau thermal bath in Hungary as well as in Europe. Gellért Spa was founded exactly 100 years ago, so visiting the bath is indeed a beautiful and historical experience. You can visit the main hall free of charge, or spend a whole day of relaxation in the “Palace of Baths” as Gellért Bath is often referred to. There are 10 pools of various sizes and temperatures. Besides the outdoor wave pool, which is a big hit in summer months, there are several geothermal pools open to both men and women.
It is probably the most popular medieval Turkish bath in Budapest. What makes it stands out is definitely its 16th century core with a 21st century twist, and the fact that the bath has special, very late night opening hours every Friday and Saturday. Also, Rudas is the only thermal bath in Budapest, which has men only and women only days on weekdays, when aprons are worn by many guests instead of traditional swimwear. Turkish baths in Budapest are amazing oriental monuments with modern day facilities.
Veli Bej Bath
Császár Baths (Veli Bej) is in the same building as Hotel Császár Budapest. It’s one of the oldest Turkish baths in Budapest and it was fully renovated recently. Throughout the years several extensions were added to the core building. The Classicist-style building, still in use today, was designed in the 19th century by architect József Hild. Today, this building houses a hospital and the hotel that faces the Komjádi Sport Swimming Pool, another one of the additions to the original complex. The historic Turkish bathhouse, which was closed to the general public for decades, regained its original splendor with the recent renovations.
It is one of the historical thermal baths in Budapest. The thermal pools of Lukács Baths are utilizing the underground healing waters of one of the oldest hot springs in Hungary, dating back to the Roman and medieval Turkish times. Its water is believed the most effective of any baths in Budapest. The bath has some thermal, swimming and leisure pools, saunas and wellness programmes. The hammam massage is unique in Budapest. At the end of the 20th century, the thermal bath was thoroughly renovated and all facilities were modernised.
- Goulash soup
- Chicken or beef pörkölt (stew) with nokedli (noodles)
- Lángos (fried dough)
- Somlói trifle
- Lecsó (vegetable stew)
Lecsó (vegetable stew)
An easy-beasy stew from which if you leave out kolbász (Hungarian sausage), you get a delicious vegetarian dish. The main ingredients are pepper, tomato, onion and they are cooked in a pot. Optionally at the end - just as half of the Hungarian nation - add some eggs and stir it together, until the eggs are cooked as well.