The 30 best sights of Budapest – description and photos

30 places to see in Budapest

Heroes Square Budapest

Heroes’ Square is one of the oldest squares in the world, built to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Hungary. The square is named after the memorial standing on it. In the center of the sculptural group is a 36-meter column of the Archangel Gabriel with an apostolic double cross and a Hungarian crown. The equestrian statues at the foot of the column depict 7 chieftains, the statues of 14 kings and statesmen are installed in the colonnades.

When the monument was originally built, Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so the last five seats for the statues to the left of the colonnade were reserved for members of the ruling Habsburg dynasty. After World War II, the Austrian emperors were replaced by Hungarian freedom fighters.

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Széchenyi Baths

The building consists of two parts: the first was built in one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, and the second eleven years later. The division of the baths lends itself to common sense. The older building serves the purpose of allowing those who wish to take a terminal bath. After the therapeutic procedures, one’s health improves, but not completely. The new bathing house is equipped with prophylactics and rest rooms. The owners of the baths have taken care of the comprehensive care of the citizens. There are also open-air pools with hot water. It comes from springs located one kilometer underground.

Next to the baths there are rooms with mud and mineral baths.

Playgrounds in Budapest

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There are plenty of playgrounds in Budapest’s pleasant parks and courtyards. Wherever you find your child, there is a playground with slides, huts, sandpits and other features. Tourists note that most playgrounds are behind a fence – cats or dogs will not run into them, and kids can not accidentally go out. In addition, soft coating of complex playgrounds provides additional safety and comfort. Each playground is dedicated to a specific theme – Hungarian folk tales or cartoons.

In the center of Budapest near the city park there is an original spacious playground Benczur-garden. You can see that order is being kept – the area is clean and neat, there are benches around the perimeter, in the center there is a large sandbox with swings in the form of a ship and a slide for the kids. Underfoot there is fine gray sand, on which children are happy to run barefoot in warm weather. Open to the public from 8:00 to 19:00.

On Freedom Square you will find two playgrounds with swings and slides. Near the Fishermen’s Bastion is the King Matyas playground, entered by a hoisting chain bridge, which looks like a medieval castle with towers and secret passages. The playground is free and is open from 8:30 to 19:30-20:30 hours.

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Vadashpark’s themed playground with rocking bugs and mushrooms with a web stretched between them will immediately catch the kids’ attention. The unusual Cerka-firka and Gellérthegyi playgrounds are on Mount Gellert.

There are indoor slides that are quite high, climbing slides with a support made of huge pencils, a running trainer-teacher, etc.

The “Pom Pom” playground on the Naphed hill looks strange at first sight – incomprehensible drawings on the clock pole, a girl with a talking wig, a bird-man, a pig-man…. all these are actually characters and decorations from the popular Hungarian cartoon “Pom Pom”. Local children love to play here, and tourists are no exception

Another playground is dedicated to a favorite of many children – the brave mouse Rumini (Rumini Játszótér). Here somewhere there is a rubberized surface covered with light sand, and here and there ground oak bark.

Children enjoy playing in the ship or the maze, sliding down the slides, or romping around in the sandpit. Both playgrounds start working at 8:00 and close by 21:00.

In Olympic Park there is a lot of fun for little fidgeters. Children are scurrying around the six-meter ship with suspended bridges, ropes and slides like ants. There is a sandpit and swings for kids, and a sports field for adults. Visiting hours are from 8 am to 6 pm.

Playground in the Anna Gorelova Zoo

On Margaret Island, there are also some excellent playgrounds open during daylight hours. One is located near the bridge of Arpada, the others are near the baths Palatinus. You will be pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and variety of play elements, as well as bright decorations. The Budapest Zoo grounds are never empty, nor are the playgrounds in the Millenarisch Park, which are definitely worth stopping by to let the children play to their heart’s content. You can stay in the play areas until the park closes.

One of the most interesting playgrounds in Budapest is the one on Hajodyari Island. The slides here are so high that it takes your breath away. Even adults do not mind to take a ride on the long tubes or open slopes. However, not many tourists come here because of the long road from the city center.

Royal Palace or Buda Castle

The building is made in the Baroque style. The structure was erected in the thirteenth century ago for the ruler Bela IV. For seven hundred years it served as the residence of the ruling elite. Each new king altered the palace to suit himself. At the end of the seventeenth century, during the war with the Turks, the fortress was badly damaged. Southern people practically destroyed the building. Fifteen years later, the Empress Maria Theresia allocated a large sum from the treasury, and the architects restored the structure.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, there were mass uprisings in Hungary. Rebellious residents attacked the fortress, badly damaging the building. World War II also did not leave the residence alone. Builders and restorers made great efforts so that now everyone can visit the landmark, made in the Baroque style. The Royal Palace is an entire complex. The museum part includes the national gallery, historical museum and state library.

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Andrássy Avenue

Gyula Andrássy is Minister of Foreign Affairs in Austria-Hungary. The locals adore the responsible politician. For his services to the people, the city administration named an entire avenue after him. The length of the avenue is two and a half kilometers. The street connects Ferenc Dak Square, Gerov Square and the city park. The street was designed by Miklos Ible. And the “construction” dates back to the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six. It was at that time that the Hungarians were celebrating a milestone date: the one thousandth anniversary of independence. The construction dragged on for forty years. But the result exceeded the expectations of the public of the nineteenth century: pseudo-historical houses nestled on the sides of the straight street. No one had ever done such a thing before Ible. The avenue is so huge that, in addition to small restaurants and bars, it housed a museum of terror, an opera house and a museum of oriental arts. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the commission of UNESCO included the city’s main street in the World Heritage Project.

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Monument of the Millennium of Hungary

The Millennium Monument is located in the center of the square. The structure is one hundred and eighteen feet tall. The monument is made in the Corinthian style. At the top of the statue is a sculpture of the archangel Gabriel. And on the sides are stone images of prominent representatives of the Hungarian nation. Near the memorial is a monument to the unknown soldier.

Monument of the Millennium of Hungary

The Millennium Memorial was designed by two architects, Albert Szikedants and Derdya Zala. It took thirty-three years for the two creators to build the monument. They began in 1961 and finished in 1929.

The sights of Budapest

Synagogue Vajdahunyad Castle Vajdahunyad Castle Hungarian Parliament Building Saint Istvan Basilica Saint Istvan Basilica Fishermen’s Bastion

This site contains Budapest attractions – photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Budapest, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of Budapest.

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Synagogue

Synagogue (photo)

The second largest synagogue in the world and the largest in Europe. It was built in 1859 in the Moorish style by the famous Viennese architect Ludwig Förster.

The synagogue is a monumental two-story structure with three large rooms (aisles) made of red and white brick and decorated with colored ceramic inserts. The building can hold up to 3,000 worshipers, its interior is 1200 square meters, and its towers are 44 meters high.

The synagogue is situated in the renowned Jewish quarter of Pest, home to a large number of orthodox Jews who have preserved their traditions for centuries.

Coordinates : 47.49583300,19.06083300

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle (photo)

Vaidahunyad Castle is a replica of the fortress of the Transylvanian rulers of Hunyadi, which was built in the thirteenth century.

This amazing castle is located in Varoshliget Park and is a true jewel that complements the natural beauty of this place.

In 1896 there were arranged large-scale celebrations on the occasion of the millennium of Hungary, then it was decided to build a castle in the park Varosliget, in the project which included details of other famous constructions of Hungary: Corvinov Castle, Szegesvara fortress and many other architectural sights of Hungary.

There are several statues on the territory of the castle. In particular, the statue of Anonim, a monument to the architect who built the castle – Ignaz Alpár, as well as the Agricultural Museum.

Coordinates: 47.51527800,19.08194400

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Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle (photo)

The name of the pavilion, Vaidahunyad Castle, comes from Hunyadi, a 13th-century fortress that once belonged to the rulers of Transylvania.

A model of the castle, which was made of papier-mache, was presented at the exhibition; after the millennium celebration, the composition was closed, and the cardboard fortress went with it.

In 1907, the opening ceremony of the renewed castle was held, it was made of stone, and a statue of the architect, cast in bronze, was placed in front of the entrance.

The Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph headed the castle.

To get inside, you have to walk across the bridge, passing a gate made in Gothic style, we get into the territory of the castle ensemble.

The most beautiful building in the complex is considered to be the chapel, it is used for much more solemn purposes.

When it gets dark the colorful lights illuminate the buildings and the complex looks like the setting for a play.

Coordinates : 47.30550000,19.04550000

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Hungarian Parliament Building

The building of Hungarian parliament in Budapest (photo)

The Hungarian Parliament building is the pride of the Hungarian people and the symbol of the country’s independence, moreover it is the largest in the whole of Hungary. It is also the most beautiful, especially in the evening when they turn on the night lights.

The Neo-Gothic Palace on the banks of the Danube is open, during the parliamentary vacations, to the many tourists who rush to see the sacred jewels of the Hungarian monarchy: the crown of the founder of the state St. Stephen, the golden mace, the silvered sword, as well as the lush paintings and frescoes decorating the walls of Parliament, 16 statues of kings and rulers of Hungary.

It is worth noting that the Parliament has more than 600 halls and the total area of all premises of the Parliament building, including the corridors, is 18 thousand square meters.

Coordinates: 47.50838900,19.04573100

Saint Istvan Basilica

Basilica of St. Istvan (photo)

The Basilica of St. Istvan is located in Pest, on St. Istvan Square.

The cathedral is 87.4 meters long, 55 meters wide and 96 meters high. The height of the basilica is the same as the height of the parliament building. These two buildings are the highest in Budapest.

The Cathedral was built for 54 years: from 1851 to 1905. The construction was carried out according to the project of architect Jozsef Hilda. Later he was replaced by Miklós Ible, and the construction was finished by Jozsef Kauser.

The architecture of the basilica is in the Neoclassical style. In the right bell tower is the largest bell in the country, weighing 9 tons. The cathedral is richly decorated with mosaics and stained glass windows. The relics of Saint Istvan are kept in the basilica.

Coordinates: 47.50088000,19.05301500

Saint Istvan Basilica

Basilica of St. Istvan (photo)

The dome of the basilica is about 96 m high and 22 m in diameter and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Construction of the church began in 1851, then in 1868, after the neoclassical dome collapsed, construction was taken over by Miklós Ible, the great builder of the time, who rebuilt the church in the Neo-Renaissance style.

Construction began in 1851, directed by Jozsef Hild, who died shortly thereafter, followed by Miklós Iblem, and the interior by Jozsef Kauser, all completed by 1905.

The temple has a huge space, it is decorated with black and white marble, there are many statues, paintings and mosaics.

It also houses the most important relic of the Hungarian statehood – the mummified right hand of St. Istvan.

One of the peculiarities of the temple is that architecturally it is not a basilica, as it is schematically shaped like a Greek cross, but has been called Basilica since its inception.

Despite its spiritual significance, the Basilica has only been in the possession of the church since 2001. Until then, it was the property of the state.

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The observation deck is located on the south side of the tower, you can go up it by elevator to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and it is worthy of note that it has the largest bell in the country, weighing just over 9 tons.

Coordinates: 47.30030000,19.03140000

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen's Bastion (photo)

The Fishermen’s Bastion is located on Fortress Hill in Buda, and is considered one of the main landmarks of the Hungarian capital.

The Bastion is a square surrounded by a 140 meters long and 8 meters wide gallery with seven tapered hipped towers. They symbolize the seven tribes that founded the Hungarian state. It is also surrounded by arcades and balustrades and has a beautiful view of the Danube and the Pest.

The bastion was built in 1905, designed by Friedes Szulek. Despite its name, it was never intended for defensive purposes. It used to be an active fishmonger’s market, and the Fishermen’s Bastion became a monument to the Fishermen’s Guild.

In one of the courtyards of the bastion stands a statue of King Istvan the Holy. Nowadays one can see souvenir vendors and musicians near the bastion.

Coordinates: 47.50172100,19.03520800

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Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen's Bastion (photo)

The Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most visited tourist spots in Budapest. In the bastion itself you can see many cozy stone niches with benches, and on the observation decks street musicians will play the famous Hungarian Czardas especially for you.

Bastion was built in 1895-1902, the architect was Friedschen Szczulek.

Also previously on this site was a fish market, so it was called the Fisherman’s Market, it was never used for military purposes, but served as a decorative element of the wall.

In the Middle Ages, Buddhist fishermen defended this section of the fortress wall in case of a military threat, and the Fishermen’s Bastion became a monument to the brave guild of fishermen.

Built in the Neo-Romantic style, the bastion features towers, balustrades, arcades, and observation decks that offer a magnificent view of Pest.

A monument to the Hungarian military and political figure, János Hunyadi, is located at the foot of the stairs that lead to a residential neighborhood in Buda Vizivaros.

The Fisherman’s Bastion is an expanse for the traveler with a camera. It has the Matyas Church, a string of bridges, the Parliament, Margit Island, St. Istvan Cathedral, and the Danube, and is the most saturated in terms of number of sights.

Coordinates : 47.30060000,19.02060000

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