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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.
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Relish the remarkable experience of a bath party and relax in one of the 18 pools of Budapest’s famous hot spring water.

2. Szechenyi Chain Bridge

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.
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Learn about the intriguing history and construction of the city’s most famous bridge, which offers interesting views along the River Danube.

3. St. Stephen's Basilica

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.
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Ride an elevator to the dome of this large church to admire the panoramic views across Budapest and the Danube.

4. Buda Castle

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.
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One of the highlights of the Budapest skyline, this palatial structure also offers interesting galleries and museums.

5. Fisherman's Bastion

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.
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Enjoy magnificent views of the Danube River and the eastern half of Budapest from this fascinating neo-Gothic balcony at the top of Castle Hill.

6. Heroes' Square

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.
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Hungary expresses its pride in its thousand years as a national entity in this large public square with monuments to past heroes.

7. Great Market Hall

With a visit to Great Market Hall, a favorite shopping spot in Budapest City Centre, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the area's entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene.
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With a visit to Great Market Hall, a favorite shopping spot in Budapest City Centre, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the area's entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene.

8. Parliament Building

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.
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Gaze at the grand building of the democratic government of the people of Hungary and enjoy its reflection in the Danube River.

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