BUDAPEST : Pearl Of The DANUBE

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Anyone who travels frequently should take any and all opportunities available to them and travel to Budapest. The city is known for its architecture, bath houses, food, markets, and museums.

There are places that every traveler visiting Budapest should see and they are as follows:

1- Az Orszaghaz (House of the Nation)

Az Orszaghaz - House of the Nation - Budapest

 

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Az Orszaghaz is the Hungarian Parliament building and it is the third largest parliament building in the world. It was completed in 1902 after being under construction for over 20 years. The 691 rooms were made from using Hungarian materials and is currently home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels.

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2- A Cipok a Duna-Parton (Shoes on the Danube)

Budapest - A Cipok a Duna-Parton (Shoes on the Danube)

This work of art was created by Gyula Pauer, who is a Hungarian sculptor, and his friend Can Togay. It was finished in 2005 and is a tribute to the Hungarian Jews. The Hungarian Jews were killed down by the river by the Arrow Cross Party. This party was one of the most famous fascist organizations back in the 1940s. All of the victims had to remove their shoes before being executed because shoes were very valuable back then. All of the shoes in this work of art represent the shoes that were removed by the Hungarian Jews.

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3- Parizsi Udvar (Parisian Arcade)

 

Parizsi Udvar - Parisian Arcade - Budapest

The Parisian Arcade was built in the early 20th century and used to be an extravagant shopping center. The Parisian Arcade was created using the Passage des Panoramas from Paris as a model. The Arcade has many styles throughout the building, including Gothic, Renaissance and Art Nouveau. The Arcade is still considered a beautiful work of art, even though nothing is located inside anymore. The movies Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, and Spy were filmed here at this location.

5- Szechenyi Furdo (Szechenyi Bath & Spa)

Budapest-Szechenyi Furdo - Szechenyi Bath & Spa

The Szechenyi Bath and Spa is one of the largest public baths in all of Europe. 15 out of their 18 pools contain spring water and it is known for being the most medicinal bath in the area.

6- Szepmuveszeti Muzeum (Museum of Fine Arts)

Budapest-Szepmuveszeti Muzeum - Museum of Fine Arts

The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts helps visitors explore the visual and historical history of Europe. They have an elaborate collection of European and Egyptian works of art. Leonardo Da Vinci’s equestrian sculpture is located here. This is also where you can find the most Spanish art work, without having to travel to Spain.

7- Dohany Utcai Zsinagoga (Dohany Street Synagogue)

Budapest- Dohany Utcai Zsinagoga - Dohany Street Synagogue

The Dohany Synagogue is the largest one in all of Europe and the second largest in the world. The synagogue was finished in the 1850s and has influenced the building of other synagogues around the world. New York City’s Central Synagogue was built using the Dohany Synagogue as a model.

 8- Fovam Ter Piac (Great Market Hall)

Budapest- Dohany Utcai Zsinagoga - Dohany Street Synagogue

The largest indoor market in all of Budapest is the Central Hall Market, which is also known as the Great Hall Market.

9- Budavari Palota (Buda Castle)

Budapest- Budavari Palota - Buda Castle

The Buda castle is also known as the Royal Palace and it is located on top of Castle Hill. It has been the site of many lavish ceremonies back in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It now houses the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, and the National Szechenyi Library.

10- Vajdahunyad vara (Vajdahunyad Castle)

Budapest- Vajdahunyad vara - Vajdahunyad Castle

The Vajdahunyad Castle is inside Budapest’s City Park and is the location of many festivals and events throughout the year. The Hungarian Agricultural Museum also hosts exhibitions here. A lake is a place where everyone can go boating during the warmer months while during the winter the same lake is used as an ice skating rink.

11- Halaszbastya (Fisherman’s Bastion)

Budapest - Halaszbastya - Fishermans Bastion

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This is one of the many landmarks that were built in the later part of the 1800’s to celebrate the 1,000 year anniversary of Hungary. It is made up of 7 different towers, all of which represent the 7 Magyar tribes that founded the nation. The Bastion sits on top of Castle Hill and provides beautiful views of the Danube and the city.

12- Szent Istvan Bazilika (St. Stephen’s Basilica)

Szent Istvan Bazilika - St. Stephen’s Basilica - Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and was built in the 1800’s. It took over 50 years to finish the construction, which was overseen by Miklos Ybl, one of the leading architects of that time period. Ybl also designed the Budapest Opera House. The Basilica is 96 meters high and the center dome is as tall as the Hungarian Parliament.

13- Gellert Furdo (Gellert Spa and Bath)

Gellert Furdo - Gellert Spa and Bath - Budapest

The Gellert Spa and Bath feature pools, spas and steam baths. It is said to be the spa photographed the most in Budapest. The spa’s design is done in the Art Noveau style.

 

14- Memento Park

Memento Park - Budapest

Memento Park is an outdoor museum that explores the communist era, especially the grand and symbolic sculptures. The Grandstand and Stalin’s boots are the most popular attraction of the park. These are a 1:1 replica of the stand where Communists leaders made appearances and the boots of the Stalin monument that was torn down during the 1956 October Revolution in Hungary.

15- Iparmuveszeti Muzeum (Museum of Applied Arts)

Iparmuveszeti Muzeum - Museum of Applied Arts - Budapest

The Museum of Applied Arts was established in 1872 and it is one of three of the same type of museum in all of Europe. The collections include pieces from the Hungarian National Museum and also purchases made from world fairs. It also has quite a few treasures from the Esterhazy’s who were the wealthiest aristocratic family. The roof of the museum is made of Zsolnay tiles.

16- Hosok Tere (Heroes Square)

Hosok Tere - Heroes Square - Budapest

Heroes Square is located at the end of Andrassy Avenue, which is Budapest’s main shopping area. The square is a Unesco World Heritage site. The square is home to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art. The most prominent feature of the square is the Millenium Memorial, which was built in 1900 to commemorate the 1,000 year anniversary of the Magyar tribes arriving in Hungary.

17- Szabadsag Szobor (Liberty Statue)

Szabadsag Szobor - Liberty Statue - Budapest

The Liberty Statue is one of the few relics that remain from the communist era. It sits on top of Gellert Hill and is a symbol of the city.

18- Villamos (Tram)

Villamos - Tram - Budapest

The Budapest Tram has over 96 miles of tracks and is one of the largest in the world. It is the most popular source of transportation throughout the city. The #2 Tram follows the curve of the Danube River and has beautiful views of the Buda side of the city.

19- Matyas-Templom (Matthias Church)

Matyas-templom - Matthias Church - Budapest

 

The Matyas-templon is over 700 years old and is located at the site of the coronation of Franz Joseph I and his wife Elizabeth of Austria. This marked the establishment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867. The roof is tiled in ceramics from the Zsolnay factory in Hungary.

20- Boscolo Budapest Hotel

Boscolo Budapest Hotel - Budapest

The Boscolo Budapest Hotel was formerly known as the New York Palace. It has the New York Café, which is a traditional coffeehouse and has ceilings with murals and gilded columns. The café was part of the huge café scene at the turn of the 19th century.

21- Gerbaud Cukraszda (Café Gerbeaud)

Gerbaud Cukraszda - Café Gerbeaud in Budapest

The Café Gerbaud is one of the biggest in Hungary. The café has lavish rooms filled with marble and dark grain wood. They serve coffee, chocolate, and other delicious treats.

22- A Duna (The Danube)

A Duna - The Danube in Budapest

The Danube River is the longest river in EU, but the second longest river on the European continent. The river winds through Budapest and separates the cities of Buda and Pest.

23- Nagytetenyi Kastely (Nagytetenyi Castle)

 

Nagytetenyi Kastely - Nagytetenyi Castle Budapest

The Nagtetenyi Castle has beautiful Hungarian baroque architecture. The castle is part of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest. You will be able to find furniture from years of European history.

24- Szechenyi Lanchid (Szechenyi Chain Bridge)

Szechenyi Lanchid - Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest

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The Szechenyi Chain Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in all of Europe. This bridge was built in the mid-1800s and was the first bridge that connected the cities of Buda and Pest. Today it is known as the most beautiful bridge in all of the city. There has always been a rumor that the two guardian lions on the bridge have no tongues, but this is not true. You just cannot see the tongues from the ground.

 

25- Budavari Siklo (Budapest Castle Hill Funicular)

Budavari Siklo - Budapest Castle Hill Funicular in Budapest

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The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular was constructed in the late 19th century so the workers could get to and from work. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city from this spot.

 

                                        26- Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace was divided into small apartments under the People’s Republic of Hungary. The Palace was returned to the city back in 1990 and is known for the beautiful stained glass, mosaics and wrought iron.

27- Danubius Szokokut (Danubius Fountain)

Danubius Szokokut - Danubius Fountain in Budapest

The Danubius Fountain is located in Elizabeth Square (Erzsebet Ter). It is a popular meeting place.

28- Margitsziget (Margaret Island)

Margitsziget Margaret Island in Budapest

Margaret Island is located in the middle of the Danube River and has been home to various churches cloisters and a resort for royal dignitaries in the past. In 1908, it was declared a public park and has several swimming pools, a Japanese garden, and an art nouveau water tower.

29- Magyar Allami Operahaz (Hungarian State Opera House)

Magyar Allami Operahaz - Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest

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The Hungarian State Opera House opened in 1884. It was so popular that people would run over the security guards, just so they could get a view of the architecture.

30- Zrinyi Street

Zrinyi Street in Budapest

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Zrinyi Street is considered the most beautiful street in all of Budapest. There are many old buildings that have old styles of architecture, to see as you walk down the street.

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