Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by AIFS Abroad
When you visit Budapest, Hungary, you’ll discover why it’s arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. From Roman and Turkish ruins to Renaissance and Art Nouveau styled buildings, each corner of the city showcases a new treasure.
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Here are 10 beautiful attractions to visit in Budapest that make us “Hungary” to explore more.
1. Fisherman’s Bastion
Located in the Buda Castle District, the decorative Fisherman’s Bastion offers one of the best panoramic views of Budapest. The fort was one of several landmarks built in the late 1800s to celebrate the 1,000-year anniversary of the founding of Hungary.
2. House of the Nation
Fun Fact: Budapest’s House of the Nation is the 3rd largest parliament building in the world with nearly 700 rooms! Built in a Gothic Revival style, it is one of (if not the) most photographed buildings in Budapest and houses Hungarian Crown Jewels inside.
3. Széchenyi Bath & Spa
The Széchenyi Bath & Spa is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Budapest, known as the “City of Spas,” has more thermal baths than any city in the world. Széchenyi is arguably the most magnificent, with bright yellow baths that are recognized globally.
4. Vajdahunyad Castle
A visit to Vajdahunyad Castle may be the closest thing you’ll get to a real-life fairy tale. Located in Budapest’s City Park, entrance to the castle’s grounds is free. In the summer, various festivals are held here and in winter months visitors can skate on the surrounding lake.
5. Heroes’ Square
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Heroes Square is best known for its Millennium Memorial which commemorates the 1,000th anniversary of Hungary. Though beautiful during the day, it is especially alluring at night when it’s all lit up.
6. Parisian Arcade
The Parisian Arcade was an early 20th Century shopping center. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination because of its ornate and lavish interior and myriad of Gothic, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau styles.
7. Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
After 3 years of reconstruction, the historic Museum of Fine Arts Budapest will reopen its doors October 2018. Its gorgeous and extensive collection of over 100,000 pieces includes a world famous equestrian sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci.
8. New York Palace/New York Café
The lavish New York Palace’s greatest draw is its “New York Café,” a coffeehouse famous for muraled ceilings, gilded columns, and an upscale menu. Its roots go back to the forefront of Budapest’s café scene at the turn of the 19th century.
9. Margaret Island
Commonly known as Budapest’s best park, Margaret Island is a serene escape. Some of the most picturesque parts of the park include the Japanese Gardens, the Musical Fountain, and an Art Nouveau styled water tower.
10. River Danube
Take a boat cruise on the River Danube for a unique viewpoint of Budapest’s most spectacular landmarks. The second longest river in Europe, the Danube separates the two sides of the city – Buda on the West, and Pest on the East.
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