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BUDAPEST SIGHTS


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BUDAPEST SIGHTS

City Park

One of the first public parks of the world, Városliget (also referred to as City Park) was the central venue of the millennial celebrations of 1896. Contrary to beliefs, it is not the largest park in Budapest (the title goes to Népliget), but it is certainly the most lovable one, because it is family-, sports-, and pet friendly. Now there is also a bird-watching educational path and garden found here, where we can occasionally even spot the little residents of Városliget near their nests and feeders. The renaissance theater-like building of Széchenyi Bath is the perfect destination if we want to spend the day in thermal water, while the Zoo and the Circus both await children with various exciting programs. During the summer, we can take a boat and row on the Városliget Lake, and then have a burger at Pántlika. The pond is turned into an ice-rink in the winter, and after skating, we can have a warm drink at Városliget Café. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle on the opposite sides of Heroes’s Square provide entertainment for the lovers of arts.

Update: Due to renovation works, some venues, such as the Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport, the Museum of Fine Arts, Holnemvolt Park, as well as other small locations are temporarily closed until about 2018.

Városliget, Budapest, Kós Károly stny. 1146
http://varosliget.info/ 

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Vajdahunyad Castle
(Vajdahunyad vára)

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára) was built in Városliget in 1908. Based on a Transylvanian gothic castle, the building was designed by Ignác Alpár for the millennial celebrations of 1896 with the goal of embodying the first 1000 years of Hungarian architecture. Thus, Vajdahunyad Castle blends a a variety of styles from Roman, through gothic and renaissance to baroque. Originally, it was a temporary construction of wood, but it was so popular that it was rebuilt of stone and brick by 1908. The castle today is home to the Museum of Agriculture. This is perhaps the most eminent piece of romantic historicism in Hungary and it was placed under protection in 1991. The building stands on an artificial island in Városligeti-tó and is accessible through four bridges. The statue of Anonymus sits in its interior courtyard.

Vajdahunyad vára, Budapest, Vajdahunyad vár, 1146
http://www.vajdahunyadcastle.com/
Tel: +36 (1) 422 0765

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Heroes' Square

One of the landmarks of Budapest and the "foyer" of Városliget, the Heroes' Square is located at the end of Andrássy út. The square was built for the millennial celebrations of 1896, to commeorate the first 1000 years of the Hungarian state. The two colonnades displaying 14 emblematic historical figures of Hungary form a semi-circle around a column, which is surrounded by the seven Magyar chieftains and topped by archangel Gabriel. The Heroes' Square is the most distinctive and most spacious square of Budapest. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Kunsthalle stand on its opposite sides. The square often gives place to large-scale public events and celebrations, while it is also an important tourist attraction. The Nemzeti Vágta (National Gallop) has also been held here since 2008.

Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146
Tel: +36 1 322 4098

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Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. Its outdoor pool with the steam rising from its surface on winter nights and the complacent elderly men playing chess in the water is a world famous symbol of Budapest. The bath in Városliget was built in neo-Baroque style at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Széchenyi is the most popular bath among locals thanks it its size and wide range of services. Numerous indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal and a wellness department (steam room, sauna etc.), medical care,  therapies. fitness and miscellaneous services guarantee the perfect visit. The outdoor pool is open in the winter as well, so you can enjoy its hot water even if its -10°C outside. 

Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146
Tel: +36 1 363-3210, +36 20 455-4181

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Andrássy Avenue

Andrássy Avenue is the Hungarian Champs-Élysées. It was built for the millennial celebrations in 1896 and connects Városliget and Heroes’ Square width the downtown area. Underneath the widest and most elegant street in Budapest runs the Millennium Underground line. The whole area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Andrássy Avenue is divided into four parts. The section between Erzsébet Square and Oktogon is dominated by world-famous luxury brands. In addition to haute-couture parlours, you'll also find the Opera, the “Broadway of Pest”, Liszt Ferenc Square, and the Paris Department Store here. From Oktogon to Kodály Körönd, the avenue is expanded by a service road and a tree-lined walkway on each side. Here, you'll find the House of Terror and residential buildings. The street view slightly changes between Kodály Körönd and Bajza Street, as here the palaces have front yards. From Bajza Street to Heroes' Square there are individual villas surrounded by gardens. There are several embassies here, but you will also bump into art galleries and cafés on the way.

Budapest, Andrássy út, 1061

 

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Deák Ferenc Square

The Deák Ferenc Square is one of the central squares of downtown Budapest and a major traffic junction at the same time. This is where Metro lines M1, M2 and M3 meet underground, and Károly Avenue, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street, Király Street, Deák Ferenc Street (Fashion Street) and Harmincad Street come together above the ground. The nearby Erzsébet Square and its Akvárium draw innumerable young people here every night.so the square is always buzzing. It is an excellent spot for making friends, and an important scene of outdoor nightlife.

Deák Ferenc tér, Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér 2, 1052

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Vörösmarty Square

Vörösmarty Square is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. It lies at the northern end of Váci Street and above the western end of the Millennium Underground. Its architecture is quite varied. On the north side of the square stands the eclectic Gerbeaud House, home to the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. On the east side, a grandiose Art-Nouveau building stands, facing a masterpiece of modern architecture, a glass bubble with luxury apartments and stores. In the south corner of the square stands Váci1, the former Budapest Stock Exchange building transformed into a high-end department store, where you'll find the Hard Rock Café Budapest and the Szamos Gourmet Ház.From the middle of the square, the statue of the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty surveys its surroundings. Similarly to Váci Street, he square today is used mostly for commercial functions. In December every year, you can find the Budapest Christmas Fair here with the delicious specialities of the winter season and artisanal goods.

Vörösmarty tér, Budapest, 1051

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St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica  is the largest church of Budapest. The building was finished in Neo-classicist style in 1905, following 54 years of planning. Similarly to the Parliament, it is 96 meters high, which makes it the highest building of Budapest. Its capacity is 8,000 persons.  This place of Catholic worship was named after St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft. His intactly preserved right hand, the Holy Dexter, is kept as a relic in the Basilica's chapel. The Basilica is also a significant musical venue, where various concerts are held. 
Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051
http://www.bazilika.biz/ 
+36 1 311 0839

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Váci Street

Váci Street is the most renowned pedestrian shopping street of Budapest. It stretches to a little more than a mile between Vörösmarty Square and the Great Market Hall.  The northern half of the street is lined with fashion stores, while the southern half is better known for its gift shops and its bistros. The pedestrian street is brimming with street artists all year long, and is ornamented with sparkling Christmas lights in the winter.

Budapest, Váci utca, 1056
http://www.vaciutcanegyed.hu/ 

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Parliament

This architectural masterpiece in Kossuth Square was designed by Imre Steindl in splendid neo-Gothic style. Today, it is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament building in Europe. The idea of a new parliament building popped up after the unification of Óbuda, Buda and Pest in 1873; it was finished and inaugurated in 1896, on the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary. Thanks to the use of the finest materials, the entire building is a piece of art. The Parliament is home to the Holy Crown, the royal sceptre, and the globus cruciger of the first kings of Hungary.  The Parliament is open to visits, for which tickets must be purchased at the on-site Visitor Centre.

Tel: +36 1 441 4415 
Budapest, Kossuth tér 1–3. 1055
http://latogatokozpont.parlament.hu/

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Margaret Island

Margaret Island  is the green heart of Budapest. It lies in the middle of the Danube between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. Apart from a couple of hotels and sport facilities, there are no buildings on the island - it is a huge green park with promenades and benches, great for a date or a picnic. Everyone can find their own cup of tea here: there is the Hajós Alfréd National Sports Swimming Pool, the Palatinus water park and the running track for the sporty, the petting zoo, the music fountain, and the Water Tower for families, and we'd recommend the Japanese Garden or a ride on a four-wheel bike for couples. If you're hungry for culture, check out the open-air stages and the medieval ruins of the island.

Budapest Margit-sziget, 1138

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Funicular

Connecting the banks of River Danube and the Castle Hill, the Buda Castle Hill Funicular has been in service since 1870. Its construction was initiated by Ödön Széchenyi, son of the statesman Count István Széchenyi. Back then, this was the second of its kind in Europe. It was admitted to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1987 as a distinctive element of the Danube bank of Budapest. It runs on a 95-meter route of 50 meters elevation between Clark Ádám Square and the Sándor Palace. Although the Funicular is operated by the Budapest. Corporation, the ordinary public-transport single tickets and passes are not valid for riding. The two cars (Margit and Gellért) are connected like counterbalancing pendulums.
1013 Budapest, I. kerület, Clark Ádám tér - Szent György tér
http://www.bkv.hu/hu/jarmuveink/siklo_menetrend/ 
Tel: +36 1 201 9128


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Buda Castle

The Royal Palace in Szent György tér is one of the most emblematic architectural masterpieces of the cityscape, and the building easiest to recognize from the Pest side of the Danube. The Castle was home to the kings of Hungary from the 13th century. Medieval walls and a few buildings have survived from that period, but the district underwent a major transformation according to deisgns by Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann in the 19th century. The rooms and halls of the Royal Palace were not reconstructed, and the building today functions as a complex, modern cultural institution. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum.The annual Buda Castle Wine Festival is also held here, in addition to several other events of culture and gastronomy.

Budapest, Szent György tér 3, 1014

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The Citadel

The Citadel is a fortress atop Gellért Hill. It was constructed by the Habsburg Empire in 1854, following the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The Citadel offers a beautiful view of the city, including the Buda Castle, the Parliament, the bridges over the Danube, all of Pest, and the Buda Hills. No wonder in 1987, the UNESCO named Gellért Hill a World Heritage site, together with Castle Hill and the panorama of both banks of the Danube. The Citadel and its Liberation Monument have become icons of Budapest.

Budapest, Citadella stny. 1118

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Gellért Hill

Gellért Hill, a gemstone of Budapest, rises above the skyline of Buda with its 235 metres. This marking sight of the cityscape of Budapest has been part of the World Heritage since 1987. Its most famous cave, Saint Ivan's Cave hides the Szent Gellért rock chapel. Gellért Hill is one of the top tourist attractions of the city thanks to the magnificent panorama from the top of its cliffs facing the Danube. You can climb the hill from two sides: take the stairs by the waterfall at Elizabeth Bridge, or take the gradual, but somewhat longer pathway by the Gellért Bath. 

Budapest, Gellért-hegy, 1016

 

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Várkert Bazár

Várkert Bazaar is a newly restored Neo-Renaissance building complex on the side of the hill that goes from the Buda riverfront up to the Royal Palace. It was built between 1875 and 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl. It has a magnificent flower garden with fountains, grottoes, and guard houses. The former Youth Park used to operate on the site between 1961 and 1984, but after this period, the area became neglected and was later marked for demolition.  In fact, until 2014, Várkert Bazaar was considered one of the most endangered monuments of the world. Now, after recent renovations, this series of promenades houses a new cultural space with exhibition areas, a Neo-Renaissance flower garden, a park, and catering facilities. In addition, an escalator helps to connect it to the Royal Palace grounds.

Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 4, 1013
http://www.varkertbazar.hu/
Tel: +36 1 225 0554 Ext.:292

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Kopaszi Dam

Formerly a neglected piece of land, the Kopaszi Dam in South Buda was recently transformed into a neat public park thanks to a innovative development project. The ten-acre green area at the Buda side of Rákóczi Bridge provides a magnificent riverside setting for smaller restaurants, cafés, terraces and playhouses as well. It is an ideal place for romantic strolls, playing, sports activities, and relaxation. 

Kopaszi-gát, Budapest, 1117

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The Római Part

The Római Part (Roman Riverbank in English) is a legendary spot. It's a site of pilgrimage for those, who'd spend all their days on the riverbank, eating fried fish or lángos with a good cold pint of beer in the sunshine. The Római is also popular with cyclists and runners, and a lot of locals choose to walk their dogs here as well. You shouldn't miss it, especially in good weather.

Római part, Budapest, 1031

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6 Budapest baths with unexpected amenities

Budapest has many muscle-melting hot springs that have been used for centuries to rejuvenate the body and mind, and the city is strewn with historic thermal baths that offer mineral-rich pools for those who want to plunge into steamy pleasures. However, in addition to the balmy waters, many of the city’s baths provide pampering treatments for guests who fancy trying additional wellness services, and some of the offers might come as a surprise – from hop-scented soaks to pampering pálinka massages, here we present some of the most unusual amenities available at the city's traditional baths.

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Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget

Located amid Margaret Island’s picturesque settings, this four-star resort has a wide range of facilities that we need for an invigorating getaway, including thermal-heated pools filled with natural hot-spring water, swimming pools, saunas, and steam chambers. Naturally, the hotel offers varied wellness packages, including such stimulating sensations as the “body scrub with salt and pálinka”, a 40-minute skin-renewal therapy (13,500 HUF per person) that is based on a traditional Hungarian folk recipe – local fruit-based brandy is mixed with sea salt and a special massage oil, thus this blend of ingredients creates a distinct body scrub. Besides this alcohol-soaked skin-cleansing treatment, guests can indulge in a beer-infused bath; a 20-minute session costs 6,200 forints per person.

Budapest-Margitsziget , 1007 Budapest
http://www.danubiushotels.hu/szallodak-budapest/danubius-health-spa-resort-margitsziget
Phone: +36 1 889 4700

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Gellért Bath

Shut out the world for 90 minutes and immerse in a royal ritual at the architecturally attractive Gellért Bath, which provides extra wellness services to guests besides their indoor pools containing steamy thermal water, and a summertime wave pool outside. In a secluded area within the bath, guests can lounge in an ornate tub that’s filled with curing grape-based substances, like red wine, pomace, and grapeseed oil – submerging in the crimson libation helps hydrate and regenerate the skin, while it reduces signs of aging. This special red-wine bath inside Gellért’s sumptuous marble tub is ideal for couples, as two people can delve into this intoxicating experience at the same time. On top of it all, a bottle of red wine is served for soakers during the bath; this spirited treatment costs 14,500 forints for two people.

1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4.
http://www.gellertfurdo.hu/
Phone: +36 1 466 6166

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Király Bath

Dating back to the mid-16th century, this venerable haven of health is now a peacefully temperate place to find tranquility at any time of year, and while bathers relish the beneficial effects of Király’s hot spring waters amid its shared pools, those who wish to unwind amid pacifying settings can retreat to the bath’s secluded area offering a private tub for four people, ideal for relishing family moments or enjoying curative pastime with friends. Here, a spacious tub is filled with hot-spring water that’s used in the treatment of rheumatic or certain gynecological problems, while the adjacent sauna completes the revitalizing experience – this private space with the sauna and the thermal tub is available to book for two-hour slots, and costs 6,400 forints for four people.

1027 Budapest, Fő u. 84.
http://www.kiralyfurdo.hu/
Phone: +36 1 202 3688

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Lukács Bath

In addition to several heated pools that are filled with steaming waters, a complete spectrum of wellness facilities are available at this centuries-old medical mecca, including muscle-melting Turkish massages that provide an otherworldly experience to guests. These deluxe rubs are done atop a heated marble bed, and during the treatment the masseur uses products made of a variety of natural extracts, like olive, palm, or rose oil. All of the different massages bear names deriving from the tales of 1,001 Nights: the Scheherazade’s Dream is a 60-minute program that costs 9,200 forints per person, while the Sultan’s Desire is a 70-minute massage session that costs 11,200 forints per person.

1023 Budapest, Frankel Leó utca 25-29.
http://www.lukacsfurdo.hu/
Phone: +36 1 326 1695

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Rudas Bath

Standing as a historic landmark at Buda’s Danube bank at the Elizabeth Bridge since the mid-1500s, this traditional edifice has much more in store for soakers than healing thermal waters. After a thorough renovation program, contemporary design elements now mingle with the bath’s centuries-old features, making it the perfect spot for modern-day wellness treatments, like prime massages – those who are after palatial pampering can book Rudas’s 70-minute VIP massage, a candlelit treatment applied amid mellow music (available from 17,000 forints per person). Guests who would like to benefit from the spring waters’ internal healing effects can fill their bottles at Rudas’s drinking hall, located under Elizabeth Bridge. Here, three different fountains (from the Juventus, Attila, and Hungária springs) provide mineral-rich liquids that are used to treat various health problems, like respiratory disease or stomach disorders, and a liter of the magical aqua sets you back just 70 forints – the drinking hall is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Tuesday and Thursday from 7am to 2pm.

Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9, 1013
http://www.rudasfurdo.hu/
Phone: +36 1 1 356 1010

Rudas

Budapest by Night

Kazinczy Street

The Jewish Quarter's busiest and rather narrow lane bears the name Kazinczy Street since 1897, and connects Király Street and Rákóczi Street. Here, we find the Art Nouveau-style Kazinczy Street Synagogue and the Museum of Electrical Engineering, and the recent years' ruin-pub craze started off here as well in 2004 with the opening of Szimpla Kert. Since then, the street is home to street food places like El Rapido Taqueira and Soul Food, but traditional Jewish cuisine also makes its appearance in a classic restaurant environment, like in Macesz Bistro. There is also a swarm of small taverns, ruin pubs, and clubs along Kazinczy Street: Kocka, Ellátó Kert, Mika Tivadar Mulató, and of course, Szimpla Kert. Special events and street parties are also common here.

Budapest Kazinczy u. 1, 1072

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Szimpla Kert

The legendary Szimpla Kert is the most complex and best-known ruin pub in Budapest. The sprawling club located at 14 Kazinczy Street offers a variety of programs every day of the week: concerts, parties, activities for the elderly, exhibitions, a farmers' market, and numerous cultural events are all held in the same spot. The place is mostly occupied by foreigners, but there is no lack of Hungarian guests either, thanks to the concerts. This is a popular, homey place for friendly get-togethers. It sports peculiar interior-design solutions, a mix of styles, and the eclectic vibe of urban life. A must-see!

Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075
http://www.szimpla.hu/ 
+36-20-261-8669

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Fellini Római Kultúrbisztró

Római shore is justly famous for its ice cream shops, lángos buffets, and nightlife; its surroundings are pleasant and tranquil. Fellini Római Kultúrbisztró is an ideal spot for sunbathing, lazing around with your beloved one, slumbering, and basically just having a good time. Concerts, cultural gatherings, deck chairs, and a bike-repair shop all await pedestrians, bikers, and those arriving by bus, canoe, or aboard one of BKV's boats. Our favorite summer spot is all about la dolce vita: from the Belgian beers (Floris Kriek) on tap, through live music (acoustic concerts) to grilled food - all spiced up with sunshine. After you order, you only have to keep an eye on the small flags, and once your number arrives, you can grab your panini or bruschetta at the counter. In favor of world peace, the menu also includes kids' specials and Italian artisanal ice cream.

 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos üdülőpart 5, 1039
http://www.felliniromai.hu/
(30) 853 2600

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Nagymező Street

The capital has a truly cosmopolitan street known as "Budapest's Boradway": Nagymező Street. The street perpendicular to Andrássy Avenue is trimmed by theatres, clubs, and restaurants, and frequented by a colourful crowd. The Operetta Thetare, the Thália Theare and Radnóti are the scenes of varied theatrical performances, while the spectacular Moulin Rouge, and the "ruin pub" Instant are where you dance through the night. For a photo exhibition, head to Mai Manó Ház, and enjoy an elegant bistro lunch at Pesti Disznó. Prefer to eat on the street? Go for the sandwiches of Meat and Sauce or the thin-crust pizza slices of Pizzica.

Budapest, Nagymező utca, 1065

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