Visit Hungary

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Budapest

Budapest

Budapest is said to be the Paris of Central Europe. Well, it may well be. However, its atmosphere and buildings recall Vienna in many places. What is sure is that our historic sights and monuments provide an everlasting source of inspiration for enthusiastic sightseeing tourists, amateur or professional researchers of old times, as well as art historians.

Hungary's capital is a metropolis of two million inhabitants, situated on the two banks of the River Danube.

The cultural life of Budapest is extremely lively: at present there are 40 theatres, 7 concert halls and numerous cinemas operating in the city but each summer the open-air theatre events, concerts and other performances significantly increase these numbers.

Visitors are awaited by 200-250 museums and galleries and several scientific libraries of European quality and reputation.

There are 837 different historic buildings and monuments in Budapest, presenting the complete palette of European artistic styles. Our classicist and specially Hungarian Art Nouveau buildings are beautiful.

Budapest is a real bath town. If your doctor approves it, it is worth visiting the Gellért, Király, Széchenyi baths or Király Bath, which has a genuine Turkish atmosphere.

 

The Parliament

The Parliament

The House of Parliament is one of the best known public buildings in Budapest, as well as the venue of the Hungarian National Assembly. The plans of the building were made of Imre Steindl and the construction lasted from 1885 to 1904. The building is 268 metres long, 123 metres wide and 95 metres high, with a floor-space of 17,745 square metres; it has 27 gates, with 29 staircases and 13 personal and cargo lifts helping the movement of people and goods inside. There are a little more than 200 offices in the monumental building.
The main facade is that facing the Danube but the official main entrance opens from Kossuth Lajos Square. Inside and outside there are altogether 242 statues on the walls but frescoes and paintings also decorate the Parliament, which became a symbol of the Danube panorama soon after its construction was completed; furthermore, this is the largest building in the world that functions as a Parliament.
The Parliament also houses the Hungarian Holy Crown and the crown jewels.
The building can be visited and perhaps we can say without bias that this excursion would be a pity to miss.

 

Royal Palace of Buda

Royal Palace of Buda

The royal palace is situated on the Southern part of the Castle Hill. Originally constructed in the Middle Ages, the palace was almost completely destroyed during the Ottoman occupation. The Baroque style building gained its present form in the 17-19th centuries. Nowadays it houses cultural institutes, museums and prestigious events; this is where the National Széchenyi Library, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest Historical Museum operate and this is where the very popular Wine Festival is organized each year.

 

Mathias Church

Mathias Church

Mathias Church is almost as old as the Royal Palace of Buda. According to the religious tradition, the original church was founded by King Saint Stephen in 1015. Following the Mongol invasion, between 1255 and 1269 King Béla IV had a towered, three-aisled basilica built in the place of the older and smaller church. In 1541 the Turkish occupied Buda and transformed the Mathias Church into a mosque, whitewashing its frescoes. The building gained its present form in the 19th century when it was rebuilt in neo-gothic style. Its walls are decorated with Biblical scenes and the most important events from the history of Hungary. Its inner space has excellent acoustic features; therefore concerts are often held here.

 

Margaret Island

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is one of the islands on the Danube. Almost the complete area of the island is a large green park with attractive vegetation of great variety everywhere. Besides, you can see ruins of old monasteries, a water tower, an open-air stage and sports fields as well. With its relaxed environment, it is a popular place to unwind, take romantic walks, do sports or find entertainment. There is a scheduled bus line to and from the island.

 

Downtown

Downtown

The centre of downtown Budapest is Vörösmarty Square and Váci Street, where cafés, restaurants and shops await visitors. The Danube promenade is another popular place to take walks, running along the Pest side of the Danube from the Chain Bridge to the Elizabeth Bridge. A famous sight of the downtown area is the Vigadó, a concert hall, where in the past such artists performed as Franz Liszt, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Bartók or Kodály.

 

Saint Stephen Basilica

Saint Stephen Basilica

The larges church of the capital (it can house 8,500 people) was built in 60 years from the mid 1800s. The construction was influenced by two artistic eras, classicism and eclecticism. The namesake Saint Stephen, the king who founded the Hungarian state and Christian church, is commemorated by several unique works of art in the church. The dome of the basilica is unique in Budapest; it offers a 360-degree panorama for the visitors from a height of 65 metres. Most of the way up the dome is by lift.

 

Synagogue

Synagogue

With its capacity of 3,000, this is the largest operating synagogue in Europe and only the second in the world. It was built in the middle of the 19th century in romantic style for the Jewish community of Pest, who lived in this area of the town and counted about 30,000. Its enormous central hall is supported by cast iron columns and arches, which was a unique solution at the time. The Jewish Museum operates next to it.

 

Hungarian National Museum

Hungarian National Museum

This is the most important scientific collection in Hungary. The institute presents the history of the nation of Hungary until the Hungarian Conquest and from the Hungarian Conquest to 1990. The permanent exhibitions of the museum include the Mineral and Stone Collection, the Collection of Plants, Animals and Fossils, as well as the collection of Roman and medieval stone findings from various areas of the country. The building is related to important historic events: this was where the proclamation of the March Youth was read during the War of independence in 1848 and the famous poet, Petőfi recited his emblematic poem on the main stairs of the museum. The museum is still a central venue of the March 15 events commemorating the War of Independence.

 

Hungarian State Opera House

Hungarian State Opera House

Budapest can boast with one of the world's finest opera houses, where the opening performance was held in 1884, following nine years of construction. The staircase and audience hall of the neo-renaissance palace, created by Miklós Ylb, are ornamented with frescoes and statues by the greatest artists of the time: Bertalan Székely, Károly Lotz and Mór Thán. The first director of the institute was Ferenc Erkel, composer of the Hungarian national anthem, but for many years it was also directed by Gustav Mahler and Puccini held the premieres of two of his operas in the building. Its major guest conductors include Otto Klemperer, Sergio Failoni and Lamberto Gardelli. It is still among the leading European opera houses. The building is w real experience to view even for those who do not love the opera.

 

Heroes' Square

Heroes' Square

Evoking important events of the Hungarian history, this square is situated at the end of Andrássy Square. In the centre of the square, the statue of Archangel Gabriel stands on top of a 36-metre high stone column. The statues of the seven tribe leaders stand on the pedestal of the column, while the figures of the semicircular colonnade depict famous kings, monarchs and personalities of Hungarian history. The three main elements of the huge square are the Art Gallery, built in 1896, the Museum of Fine Arts, built in eclectic style and opened in December 1906, and the Millenary Monument connecting the two buildings, all three designed by Albert Schickendanz, in cooperation with Ferenc Fülöp Herzog in case of the museums. The bronze statues of the Millenary Monument are the works of György Zala.

 

Castle of Vajdahunyad

Castle of Vajdahunyad

The group of historic buildings of 21 units, situated in the Town Park (Városliget), were originally created for the exhibition held to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest, and were mainly made from wood and cardboard. Its elements are the miniature copies of various buildings found throughout the country, representing the different architectural styles. The architecture of a thousand years stands in front of us in one collection, which was such a success that they later had to be constructed from stone. The Castle of Vajdahunyad houses the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.

 

Metropolitan Zoological and Botanic Gardens

Metropolitan Zoological and Botanic Gardens

Those arriving with their families should not miss the Budapest Zoo, with its special turn-of-the-century atmosphere, which is one of the oldest zoo parks in the world and home to more than 500 animal and 4000 plant species.

 

Funfair

Funfair

Situated in the Town Park, the Funfair can be paradise for guests who arrive with children. Ferris wheel, roller-coaster, shooting galleries, merry-go-rounds, dodgem and many other interesting features await those who wish to relax and get amused.