Budapest – Queen city on Danube River or the City of Spas | Hungary

Updated: August 24, 2020 | By | More

Budapest is the only capital in the world boasting nearly 100 thermal wells and 12 spas, where 19 million litres of thermal water breaks to the surface every day. If you also want to enjoy a night time bathing party in the Rudas or a romantic engagement on Margaret Island, then Budapest is the best place for you to visit. The whole city is packed with fortifications and buildings from Roman times, Turkish baths still in use today (built during the 16th century in the period of the Turkish occupation), the heritages of the Gothic and Baroque eras, and the incredibly rich architecture of the Art Nouveau.

Budapest is the owner of two World Heritage Sites, which, uniquely in the world, form a single, continuous road; taking tourists along the most beautiful parts of Budapest (Heroes’ Square, villa buildings, Kodály-körönd, Pesti Broadway, Buda Castle Quarter, House of the Hungarian National Ballet, Budapest Opera House, Danube-panorama, Jewish Quarter, Andrássy Road ).

Budapest is home to 1,72 million people (2.06 million in 1980). Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of right (west)-bank Buda and Óbuda with left (east)-bank Pest.

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest | Hungary
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Budapest is one of the sophisticated cities in Hungary. Budapest has become a rendezvous of political big brothers, business tycoons and celebrities.

Budapest also welcomes modern technology and you will find a number of IT sectors in this city. It is a vital commercial hub in Central Europe. For this reason, when you plan to go to Budapest on vacation, you must watch closely how the city life in Budapest runs smoothly on its rut. Numerous brick and mortar made skyscrapers, monuments, sophisticated market plazas, malls, storefronts, aerodromes, luxurious hotels, bars and cafes have changed the facelift of this city. At night, streets, lanes and by-lanes are illuminated in gorgeous fluorescent light.

Before visiting Budapest, you must choose some important attractions/sights/tourist spots which are located in different parts of this capital city in Hungary.

Fishermen’s Bastion is one of the major tourist attractions in Budapest, located in Castle Hill in Budapest. This terrace was constructed for better viewing. Fishermen’s Bastion was decorated by a famous architect named Schulek dating back to 1895. You can climb up Bastion terrace to extend your vision over Pest.

Matthias Church belongs to the top sights in Budapest as well. It is beautifully decorated. It is a religious shrine. Matthias was a brave Hungarian king who planned to build this historical building for celebrating his nuptial ceremony. This church came into existence during 13th century. However, eminent architects and designers have modified this heritage establishment several times to make it more attractive.

Before starting your journey to reach Budapest in Hungary, you can contact tourist agencies to take a backup for ensuring trouble free trip to this capital city of Hungary. Guides will escort you to visit exotic places in Budapest to update your mind regarding religion, culture, heritage, science, literature and trading in Budapest.

What to see in Budapest

Panoramic views

  • Naphegy panoramic view to Gellért Hill, best near view to south side of Buda Castle, historic district Krisztinaváros
  • The Fisherman’s Bastion panoramic view across the Danube to Pest, in the heart of the Castle District.
  • Tabán historic site, near panoramic view to Buda Castle, Danube Promenade, Erzsébet Bridge, park and 1956 Hungarian Revolution Memorial
  • Gellért Hill best far view to the Danube Bridges, Danube Promenade and Gellért Baths
  • Danube Promenade view to Buda Castle, Gellért Hill
  • Sashegy impressive, far view from the top of the Natural Reserve Park to: Gellérthegy, Naphegy, Buda Castle, Danube Promenade. End of the Tájék street.
  • Széchenyi-hegy, far view to: Gellérthegy, Naphegy, Sashegy, Buda Castle, Danube Promenade

Main sights

  • Andrássy Avenue with its several sights including the Hungarian State Opera House, the Pest Broadway and the House of Terror
  • Bauhaus in Budapest
  • Buda Castle with the Royal Palace, the Funicular, Hungarian National Gallery and National Széchényi Library, Matthias Church, Holy Trinity Column (a plague column) and Fisherman’s Bastion
  • City Park with Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, Vajdahunyad Castle, the Timewheel, the Zoo, the Municipal Grand Circus and the Amusement Park
  • Danube Promenade
  • Ferenciek tere with Paris Courtyard and Erzsébet Bridge with Inner City Parish Church nearby
  • Franz Liszt Academy of Music
  • Gellért Baths, Gellért Hill with Gellért Statue, Cave Church and Citadel with Liberty Statue
  • Geological Museum
  • Great Market Hall and Liberty Bridge
  • Heroes’ Square with the Millenary Monument, the Palace of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Margaret Island with the Centennial Memorial, a Japanese garden, a Musical Fountain, several recreation facilities and Franciscan, Dominican and Premonstratensian ruins from the Middle Ages
    Museum of Applied Arts
  • National Museum
  • Szabadság tér One of the most beautiful squares in downtown Budapest
  • Corvin tér Beautifully restored square at the foot of Castle Hill
  • Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe with the Holocaust Memorial (weeping willow statue)
  • New York Café
  • Óbuda
  • Palace of Arts and National Theatre
  • Parliament Building with the Holy Crown of Hungary and sceptre, Kossuth Memorial, Ethnographical Museum, Attila József statue, Imre Nagy statue
  • Saint Stephen’s Basilica
  • Sashegy – The largest Natural Reserve Park of Budapest
  • Shoes on the Danube Promenade Gyula Pauer – Holocaust Memorial
    Statue Park
  • Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Academy of Sciences and Gresham Palace
  • Tomb of Gül Baba
  • Váczi utca and Vörösmarty Square
  • Western Railway Station
  • Erzsébetváros District VII, the former Jewish quarter

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