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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • Mátyás Templom

      Matthias Church
      Built 700 years ago, Matthias Church is not only a jewel of Late Gothic architecture, but is almost as old as the Castle itself. Inside, it tells of its long history when it was often the setting for many coronation ceremonies. During the Turkish occupation, it was used as a mosque. A sarcophagus serves as the last resting place of King Béla III and his wife. You can also admire here a collection of invaluable liturgical objects. Owing to its excellent acoustics, Matthias Church is often used for concerts.
      Szentháromság tér 2
      1014 Budapest
      +36 1 488 77 16
      matyas-templom.hu
    • Széchenyi Lánchíd

      Chain Bridge
      In the evenings, this landmark of the city is bathed in light. Completed in 1849, the Chain Bridge was the first bridge in Budapest. Until then, there were no bridges over the Danube, so crossing it often took days. On 20 August, the national holiday, the Chain Bridge is crammed with people wanting the best view of the happenings, including the Water Parade and the Water Concert.
      Széchenyi lánchíd
      1011 Budapest
    • St Stephen’s Basilica

      Neoclassicism
      The building of this impressive Neoclassical church took nearly forty years (from 1867 to 1906). The dome of St Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) is 96 metres high. From here you have a fabulous view of the city. You first go up in the lift, and then you take the stairs. The most important artwork you can admire at the Basilica are the statues by Alajos Stróbl and a painting by Gyula Benczúr of St Stephen offering his crown to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church also exhibits the mummified hand of King Stephen.
      Szent István tér 1
      1051 Budapest
      +36 1 311 08 39
      bazilika.biz
    • Castle District

      World Heritage Site
      A must on every itinerary and one of the main attractions in Budapest is the Castle District with its castle and palace. Buda Castle was built on the top of Castle Hill and is the highest building in the city. At 1.5 kilometres, it is the longest as well. This monumental landmark of the city was completely destroyed three times between the 13th and 20th centuries, and rebuilt each time in the prevailing style of the epoch. Its rebuilding after World War II was not completed until the 1980s. This uncovered valuable parts of the Medieval palace. Today, Buda Castle houses government buildings and museums. One particular sight worth seeing is the National Gallery that extends over four storeys and exhibits primarily Hungarian works.
      Szent György tér 2
      1014 Budapest
    • Szabadság Szobor

      Liberty Statue
      The Liberty Statue was erected on Gellért Hill in Buda. Here, it can be seen easily from almost anywhere in Budapest. The statue depicts the figure of a woman holding a palm leaf up to the sky. Together with its pedestal, the 14 metre high statue reaches a total height of about 40 metres.
      Gellérthegy
      1118 Budapest
    • On the Danube Promenade

      A deeply moving memorial of shoes
      Along the Danube Promenade you see shoes: large, small, intact, broken. They all stand for the innocent Hungarian Jews who were shot dead and fell into the Danube. An admonishing remembrance of the cruel mass executions during the Nazi era. A sad chapter of history that is remembered to such deeply disturbing, deeply moving effect.
      Roosevelt tér bis Kossuth tér
      1051 Budapest
    • Városliget

      City Park
      In the heart of the city you will find this green oasis: the Budapest City Park. A wonderful park popular with young and old. If you find picnics and relaxing too boring, you can go in search of the many interesting destinations in the Park, whether the listed buildings of the Zoological Garden, Vajdahunyad (fairytale) Castle or Széchenyi, the largest bath and spa in the city – there’s something to discover for everyone. In addition, there are good places to eat in Városliget, for instance at the Restaurant Robinson set in an idyllic location. Particularly popular is the lake where you can go canoeing in the summer. In the winter it transforms into an ice rink from November to March.
      Városliget
      1146 Budapest
      varosliget.info
    • Széchenyi

      The largest bath and spa in the city
      Budapest is famous for its bath and spa culture. A game of chess played in water – every visitor to Budapest must have seen and experienced this at least once. This you can do at the magnificent Baroque Széchenyi Bath and Spa at the centre of City Park. And once you’ve had your fill of looking, you can then treat yourself to total wellness fun, whether in the thermal and adventure section or in the wonderful outdoor pool. There are two other baths in the city: the Turkish-Ottoman Rudas Baths and the small, fine Gellért Baths and Spa.
      Kerület Állatkerti körút 9-11
      1146 Budapest
      + 36 1 363 32 10
      szechenyibath.hu
    • Heroes’ Square

      The largest square in the city
      At the end of the iconic boulevard Andrássy út there shines forth the largest square in the city: Hosök tere (Heroes’ Square). This unites national pride with aesthetics, and its 36-metre-high column at its centre, the Millennium Memorial, commemorates the 1000 year celebration of Hungary’s founding in 896. This column is topped by the archangel Gabriel, and the statues in the two colonnades represent heroes of Hungarian history.
      Hosök tere
      1146 Budapest
    • Margaret Island

      Popular
      No doubt the most beautiful park in the city lies between the Margaret and Árpád Bridge. About 2.5 kilometres long and 500 metres wide, it offers Budapestians the perfect place to relax in the heart of the city. The island owes its name to the daughter of King Béla IV. He also had a convent built on the island where his daughter Margaret lived for about twenty years in the 13th century. The ruins of this convent are one of the attractions on the island. Its Water Tower was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the summer, Margaret Island (Margit-sziget) is ideal for running, skating, and long walks. If you want, you can also hire a bicycle. Also open-air concerts and events are held in the outdoor theatre. You can also find a small zoo, a rose garden, and the Palatinus water park.
      Margitsziget
      1138 Budapest
    • Andrássy út

      Iconic boulevard
      When you’re visiting Budapest, you should take the time to stroll along the iconic boulevard Andrássy út, the Champs-Élysées of Budapest. Even though the businesses here like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Burberry demand a fat wallet, just watching the hustle and bustle can also be a lot of fun. Király utca, running parallel to Andrássy út, has everything design fans can wish for. With its furniture and deco shops, this street is evolving into a top address.
      Andrássy út
      1065 Budapest
    • Központi Vásárcsarnok

      Great Market Hall
      Designed in 1890, this 150-metre-long hall is still one of the most important places to shop today in the city. Of course, the Központi Vásárcsarnok is also an absolute crowd puller, with its two side aisles and the cross corridors on the upper floor where you have a beautiful view over the whole extent of the market hall. Here you can buy everything your heart desires: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and souvenirs. Incidentally, haggle over the prices!
      Vámház körút 1-3
      1093 Budapest
      +36 1 366 33 00
      piaconline.hu
    • Herend porcelain

      A classic
      Founded in the early 19th century, the manufactory quickly attained world fame for its porcelain. In 1896, Queen Victoria even chose the classical Herend porcelain for royal occasions. Besides the sales outlet on Andrássy út, Budapest also has other addresses that sell traditional Herend porcelain.



      Andrássy út 16
      1061 Budapest
      herend.com
    • Tisza Cipo

      Sneakers & Co.
      This label gives topmost priority to cool style and high quality standards. The young team is made up of graphic designers, shoemakers, and fashion freaks. They are constantly on the search for new ideas and have the quality of their sneakers tested by shoe experts all over the country. Sneakers for every situation in life – that is the mission of these young doers. Cool concept.
      Károly körút 1
      1075 Budapest
      +36 1 266 30 55
      tiszacipo.hu
    • Falk Miksa utca

      The Antique Row
      In former times, there was only the one single antique shop on Falk Miksa utca that, into the bargain, was state owned as well. Today, there are more than twenty smaller and larger businesses with bric-à-brac, antiques, and other old treasures on and around this street. A true paradise for treasure hunters.
      Falk Miksa utca
      1055 Budapest
    • Hungarian State Opera House

      Magnificent building
      This magnificent building was erected in the Renaissance style between 1875 and 1884. On the iconic Boulevard Andrássy út, the facade of the Hungarian State Opera House shines forth in its full beauty. Also inside, the Opera House’s furnishings and design present an unparalleled magnificence. If you don’t want to attend an opera, you should definitely go on the guided tour.
      Andrássy út 22
      1061 Budapest
      +36 1 332 79 14
      opera.hu
    • Trafó Gallery

      Modern and courageous
      Trafó Gallery is where theatre, music, dance, and other visual arts meet in an individual and authentic setting. Experimental presentations are directed to an open minded public and provide both national and international artists with a platform for their works and interpretations.
      Liliom u. 41
      1094 Budapest
      +36 1 215 16 00
      trafo.hu
    • Hungarian National Museum

      History of the country
      The permanent exhibitions present as good as everything that has gone into the history of Hungary. From the time the state was founded to 1990, works and inventions by significant Hungarian scientists, the most diverse archaeological exhibition in Hungary, and the famous Hungarian Coronation Mantle that symbolises the thousand year Hungarian statehood. After this interesting visit, you should definitely enjoy a drink at the beautiful Múzeum Cafe.
      Múzeum krt. 14-16
      1088 Budapest
      +36 1 338 21 22
      hnm.hu
    • Palace of Arts

      Excellent cultural building
      The Palace of Arts (Muvészetek Palotája) is a real eyecatcher, both architecturally and culturally. In 2005, an international jury even voted it the world’s best cultural building. The ultra modern concert hall provides 1700 seats. The Palace of Arts also houses the Festival Theatre, the Ludwig Museum, and the National Theatre.
      Komor Marcell u. 1
      1095 Budapest
      +36 1 555 30 01
      mupa.hu
    • Museum of Applied Arts

      Historical and contemporary
      The Museum of Applied Arts (Iparmuvészeti Múzeum) was founded in 1872, the third of its kind after London and Vienna. The permanent exhibitions present historical and contemporary collections from Hungary and abroad. Closed Mondays.
      Ülloi út 33-37
      1091 Budapest
      +36 1 456 51 07
      imm.hu
    • Ludwig Museum

      Contemporary Art
      Lovers of contemporary art will certainly not be disappointed in this museum. The permanent exhibition, which focuses on eastern and central European art, runs alongside temporary collections. Time flies here with so many artistic masterpieces to admire.
      Komor Marcell út 1.
      1095 Budapest
      +36 1 555 3444
      ludwigmuseum.hu
    • National Gallery

      Hungarian Art
      The famous Buda Castle is also home to the Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria). Here you can admire the most important collections of Hungarian art. The permanent exhibition includes, for instance, a Medieval and a Renaissance Lapidary, Gothic wooden figures, and panel paintings as well as Late Gothic winged altars and 19th century paintings and sculptures. Also displayed are the works of the Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy, the only one to have attained international acclaim. The National Gallery also dedicates its temporary exhibits to international artists. Closed Mondays.


      Buda Castle Wings A, B, C and D
      Szent György tér 2
      1014 Budapest
      +36 20 439 73 25
      mng.hu

    LOCAL TIP

    This card is the key to Budapest. It grants the holder free travel on public transport, allows free entry to museums and baths, and provides a whole host of other special offers for cultural attractions. The Budapest Card is available as a 24, 48 or 72-hour pass.

    Ágnes
    Budapest Card
    Sütő utca 2
    1052 Budapest

    +36 1 371 1248
    budapest-card.com

    There are three popular baths in Budapest. The largest is Széchenyi, the smaller the Gellért, and my absolute favourite: Rudas. This Turkish-Ottoman thermal bath and spa is the oldest in the city. It was founded and built by the Turks during their occupation far back in the 16th century. What always impresses me deeply here is the huge dome over the swimming pool. It is ten metres in diameter. Important information Men and women may jointly use the Rudas facilities only on the weekends. During the week, there are men’s and women’s days.

    Patrick
    Rudas Baths
    Döbrentei tér 9
    1013 Budapest
    +36 1 356 13 22
    rudasbaths.com