Budapest, the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It is also one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Europe. Budapest is also one of the largest cities in the Central Europe. The city is also considered as one of the best travel destinations in the region to spend your vacation as well as honeymoon. So, let’s see the top 10 best places to visit in Budapest.
Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Budapest
1. Buda Castle
Buda Castle is one of the most beautiful historical castles as well as palace complex, situated in the city of Budapest. Castle Hill has changed much since building began in the 13th century, its main streets still follow their medieval paths. In the past, the castle and its complex has been called Royal Palace and Royal Castle. These sites were designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
2. Budapest Opera House
Budapest Opera House is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. It is situated at Andrássy út 22, in Budapest. The construction of Opera House was completed in 1884 and it can accommodate 1300 people at a time. You can tour the Opera House during the day time and learn about its gorgeous and marvelous architecture as well as enjoy a world-class performance in the evening to feel the life of Budapest.
3. Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge of Budapest is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. The official name of this bridge is Széchenyi Lánchíd. The construction of this bridge was started in 1840 and completed in 1849. At the time of its construction, it was considered as one of the engineering wonders in the world. It was the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest. Crossing the bridge is just a short walk and no matter which direction you go, the view is beautiful.
4. Budapest Parliament
The Budapest Parliament Building or the Hungarian Parliament Building is the third largest parliament building in the world. The Parliament Building is just over 100 years old. Looking at the Parliament from a distance makes it easier to take in the beauty and harmony of the building. We are recommending you to buy tickets in advance to avoid long-lines and queue.
5. Matthias Church
Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church, built in 1015. It is considered as one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the European continent. It was also the venue for the great Hungarian King Matthias’ two weddings, hence its name. The church is situated at Szentháromság tér 2 in the city of Budapest. Please note that, you just need to pay a small fee to visit the church as well as museum.
6. Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Budapest is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in the world. The Royal Palace is a perfect place to see the history, beautiful architecture, and amazing historical museum. Exhibitions in the National Gallery (Building B,C,D) feature the history and development of Hungarian painting. Please buy your tickets in advance to get confirmed ticket as well as to avoid queue.
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7. Fishermen’s Bastion
The Fisherman’s Bastion or the The Halászbástya is a beautiful terrace, constructed in a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style. It is situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest. It is one of the best locations to get the best view of the city of Budapest. The construction of the Fisherman’s Bastion was completed in 1902 and it remain opens all the days.
8. Heroes’ Square
The Heroes’ Square or Hősök tere is the largest public square in the city of Budapest. In 1989 a crowd of 250,000 gathered at the square for the reburial of Imre Nagy, former Prime Minister of Hungary, who was executed in 1958. Do not forget to visit the Heroes Square at the day as well as at night to get the best view. It is also the most popular public square to celebrate the new year’s eve in Budapest.
9. Central Market Hall
The Central Market Hall or the Great Market Hall is the largest and the oldest indoor market in the city of Budapest. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Budapest. Most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, candies, spices, and spirits such as paprika, tokaji, túró rudi, and caviar. The Market remain open on all days except Sunday.
10. Gellért Hill
Gellért Hill is one of the largest hills in Hungary, which overlooks the Danube in Budapest. It is the perfect place to see the beautiful city Budapest. Starting your sightseeing here is not just a wonderful experience and a good first impression of the city, but it also makes orientation much easier. There is also a play area for children in an area of Gellért Hill.
Article first published on March 27, 2015.