Budapest save a lot of fascinating tourist attractions to visit. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, one of the cities in Europe that has most beautiful scenery. Amazingly, the city is connected to all major roads and railway lines in Europe. Among the countries in Eastern Europe, Budapest is arguably one of the best city. The town became the center of Renaissance culture in the 15th century, has a wealth of history and art that incredibly beautiful, so it’s no wonder that Budapest was dubbed as the jewel of Europe.
If you visit to Budapest’s most significant sights are centered around the river Danube. You can cross the Danube River through the Chain Bridge and around the city using a segway. After that you can deceive yourself into the charm and beauty of the Hungarian Parliament Building, Castle Hill, Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Here are top tourist attractions in Budapest:
1. Buda Castle
This historic spot is one of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site established since 1987 ago. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, this place is the first palace built in Gothic style, with architecture influenced by the Baroque ornamentation. Buda Castle is impressive.
2. Szechenyi Chain Bridge
Bridge that divides the river Danube, connects the Buda and Pest, the western and eastern Hungary. This bridge is the first permanent bridge which built in Hungary and officially opened in 1849. His own name was adopted from the Istvan Szechenyi, one of the main sponsors and funders of this bridge construction project. At the time the suspension bridge was the longest in Europe and a marvel of engineering with just two towers supporting the spans with giant iron chains. The beautiful bridge towers are decorated with the Hungarian coat of arms. Imposing stone lions, the work of sculptor János Marschalkó, guard the bridge on either side.
3. St. Stephen’s Basilica
The basilica was built to commemorate Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first king of Hungary which famous. Just like the Hungarian parliament building, the basilica was also built with the right 96 meters high. Style of the building itself adopted Neo-Rennaissance style with a touch of Greek at the bottom. While on the inside of the room, the tourists can see the majesty and beauty of the graphic arts painted in wall and roof, as well as a variety of sculptures carved on the walls. Ornaments on it are made with incredible detail and accuracy, no wonder the renovation spend up to 54 years. If you want to see the sights of Budapest as a whole and 360 degrees, you can climb 136 stairs or take an elevator to reach the dome of the basilica St. Stephen’s.
4. Hungarian Parliament Building
The parliament building is the largest building that still standing in Hungary and even largest parliament building in Europe. Hungarian landmarks and major tourist magnet of Budapest. The location is in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the banks of the river Danube. Built since 1885, Many tourists flock to visit the parliament building to see the splendor of its central hall shaped heksadekagonal and see The Holy Crown of Hungary since 2000 officially display here. The building is spending 40 million bricks, almost half a million grains of precious stones, and 40 kilograms of gold. Gothic Revival-style building has a length of almost 268 m and has 10 parks, 13 elevators, 27 gates, 29 steps, and 691 rooms and 200 offices in it.
5. Heroes’ Square
One of the largest square in Hungary, very rich in history and Hungarian politics. Located at the end of Andrassy Avenue and adjacent to the city park and is surrounded by two important buildings, the Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Palace of Art (Hall of Art) in right. In the middle of the square stands the monument Millennium Memorial (or also known as Millennium Monument or Millenary Monument) which also one of the important landmarks of Budapest. Here stands statue of the seven tribal leader founder of Hungary in the 9th century, as well as several other figures which have a significant role in the development of the Hungarian state.
6. Andrassy Avenue
Andrassy Avenue is one of the most iconic road in Budapest since 1872. The road connects between Elizabeth Square and City Park, decorated by mansion and the Neo-renaissance style townhouse and since 2002 has been set as one of the world heritage site by UNESCO. Andrassy Avenue is also one of the most expensive street in the world, the location of the establishment of embassies, College of Fine Arts, premium shops, cafes and famous restaurants, theaters, and luxury boutiques such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton , Armani, and Gucci.
7. Fisherman’s Bastion
Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. It is composed by seven towers that are symbolizing the seven magyar clans’ leaders that came in the Carpathian Basin at the end of the IX century. The structure looks straight out of some fairy-tale and conjures up thoughts of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. A monumental double stairway, decorated with reliefs of coats-of-arms and various motifs, connects the bastion with the streets below.
8. Matthias Church
officially it is named the Church of Our Lady (Nagyboldogasszony templom). Located in the Castle district of Buda, next to the Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church was built around the 13th century and seen many changes over the centuries. It was used as a mosque in 1541, following the Turkish occupation. After the Turkish expulsion in 1686, attempts were made to restore the church, but it is the restoration between 1874 and 1896 by architect Frigyes Schulek, in the Neo-Gothic style, that the church regained much of its former splendour. The church praises a wonderful and unusual roof made of coloured shingles and elegant pinnacles. The interior worth a visit because of the frescoes and the artistic glass walls.
9. Margaret Island
Margaret Island is a very nice place to relax and wander. Perfect for a sunny afternoon. The island can be reach by both side (Buda and Pest) by the Margaret Bridge that has a curious shape because it is connecting with the island with a 30° angle. The island is famous for its recreational attractions but there are also several historical sights on Margaret Island.
10. Gellert Hill
Gellert Hill is a 235 m (771 ft) high hill overlooking the Danube in Budapest. In Gellert Hill can be found three important sights: The Gellért Statue, The Liberation Monument & The Citadel as well as some splendid views. Atop Gellért Hill sits the Citadel, a structure built by the Austrian Habsburgs between 1850 and 1854 in order to better control the city after the suppression of the Hungarian War of Independence. This fortress, which sits at the top of the hill, was originally about 200 meters (220 yards) long with walls about 6 meters (20 ft) high and up to 3 meters (10 ft) thick. The Gellert Monument is a Budapest landmark, most impressive at night when it is floodlit. It is situated near the top of Gellert Hill, overlooking the Elizabeth Bridge.
Best time to visit Budapest is May, June, July, August and September for the nice weather and outdoor summer events. But, it can get very hot in July.