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Budapest must see attractions
1. Szechenyi Thermal Bath
Széchenyi Thermal Bath is among the largest thermal spring spas in Europe. Its natural hot water is used for medicinal purposes to aid degenerative joint illnesses and inflammations. Admire the neo-Baroque style of the buildings and the pools that date back to the turn of the 20th century.
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the oldest bridge connecting the two sides of Budapest across the River Danube. Opened in 1849, it was considered a triumph of engineering and played a huge role in the growth of the city. Admire the elegant classicist design of this cast iron suspension bridge that has become an icon of Budapest.
St. Stephen’s Basilica is a neoclassical church with an imposing dome and elegant turrets. With a height of 315 feet (96 meters), it is the tallest building in the city and among the largest churches in the country. Admire the opulence of this majestic church that features stunning stained-glass windows and works of art.
The Buda Castle (Budai var) is part of Budapest’s internationally protected World Heritage Site for its cultural and historical significance. The beauty of the large castle, with the Chain Bridge in the foreground and both structures reflecting in the Danube River, is a sight that shouldn’t be missed, especially when city lights have come on after dark. Find these inspiring views from many spots on the Pest side of Budapest, particularly from the Parliament area, or observe them while on a river cruise on the Danube.
Fisherman’s Bastion is a unique viewpoint that is as spectacular as the view it provides. The white turreted fortress stands atop Castle Hill and looks over the River Danube and the eastern half of Budapest. Bring your camera to this impressive vantage point to take photographs of the city lights at sunset.
Heroes’ Square (Hősök Tere) is one of the most visited areas in Budapest and was a center for activities in Hungary’s millennial celebration in 1896. See the towering Millennium Monument, which is the showcase of the square. It was designed for the celebration by Albert Schickedanz in 1894, but not completed until 1929. Three years later the area was given the name of Heroes’ Square.
Hungarian officials wanted to create a grand celebration of the country’s Millennial in 1896 so they constructed the Parliament Building (Orszaghaz) using London’s Westminster Palace as inspiration. Hungarian architect, Imre Steindl, created plans for the impressive structure and built it in a prominent position along the Pest side of the Danube River. The site was selected on this flat central location as a symbol of the city’s new democratic government rather than the lofty hilltop castles of royalty.
Inner City Budapest is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. See more of Budapest City Centre by jumping on the metro at Vorosmarty Square Station or Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station.
Known for its fantastic nightlife and stunning river views, there's plenty to explore in Belváros - Lipótváros. Check out top attractions like St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and jump on the metro at Vorosmarty Square Station or Deak Ferenc ter Station to see more of the city.
Visitors to Erzsebetvaros love its luxurious spas, and you can check out Dohany Street Synagogue and Claustrophilia. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Astoria Station.
Travelers love Castle Hill for its stunning river views, and you can see more of Budapest City Centre by jumping on the metro at Batthyany Place Station or Szell Kalman Square Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Szechenyi Chain Bridge.
Spend some time visiting places like House of Terror while getting to know Terezvaros, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Vorosmarty Street Station or Kodaly Circus Station to see more of the area.
The ample dining options and luxurious spas are just a few popular features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Citadella or Liberty Statue while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Szent Gellert ter Station to get around town.