Budapest, an extremely aesthetic, deeply historic, and a global city that is known for their strengths in the art, fashion, commerce, finance, technology, media departments and more. Budapest is one of those cities that has it all. Budapest is divided in half by the Danube River, running north to south, with several bridges crossing over but the Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the most iconic. Buda, the ancient capital of the west is sits upon hills as a way to strategically built their city’s defenses. The Pest portion of the city lies in the Great Plain area and is much more flat terrain than what is found in Buda.
Due to their deeply rooted Roman history, this is why there are Roman baths and spas all throughout Budapest. Some of the city’s most popular are: Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Gellert Thermal Bath, Rudas Baths, Kiraly Baths, Lukacs Baths and more. Another popular attraction is the Central Market Hall where you can stop by and see all of the local foods and souvenirs for your travels.
First we shall begin the journey around Budapest on the upper east end of the city with a large urban green space in the city: City Park. This park is known to be one of the world’s first established city parks and on these grounds you can find a plethora of attractions that are highly recognized: Heroes’ Square, Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Vajdahunyad Castle, Museum of Fine Arts and more. For instance, the Heroes’ Square is at the entrance of City Park where they honor all of the major Hungarian leaders in history and this square has been ruled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just like the Heroes’ Square, you will find yourself overwhelmed with amazing history, education and relaxation. There is a bit of everything for everyone here at City Park.
Hungarian Parliament Building
The Hungarian Parliament Building, the largest Gothic Revival structure in all of Budapest, lies in Lajos Kossuth Square on the bank of the Danube River. Visitors are able to visit the grand main hall of the building but the ornate exterior is enough to take in here. Along the Danube River bank near the Hungarian Parliament Building, you will come across the infamous Shoes on the Danube River monument created in memory of those who were killed on the river bank by the Arrow Cross fascist party during WWII.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
In honor of King Saint Stephen, the first Hungarian king, St. Stephen’s Basilica was established in 1905 and previous to the basilica, this was a theater named Hetz-Theater. St. Stephen’s Basilica is known as the second largest structure in Budapest and the third largest church in Hungary. You can stop by the St. Stephen’s Basilica when you are in between the City Park and the Hungarian Parliament Building because you can take a guided tour or a quick walk through for pictures.
House of Terror
The House of Terror is a museum dedicated to those whom have passed during the communist and facsist era of the 20th century and the country’s whereabouts in the midst of the chaos. The actual building that houses the museum was previously used by the Arrow Cross facsist party and the Soviet Union secret police forces in order to detain and mistreat those that were targeted. Here there are several exhibitions that are worth taking your time to study because this was an extremely influential time for every country in the world.
To lighten the mood, one place where you should check out is the Szimpla Kert, a pub that has been wildly decorated with antiques and interesting finds. Be sure to grab a drink and some lunch in between your attraction visits because this place will surprise anyone who dares to walk inside!
Citadella & Liberty Statue
The Citadella, the fortress that was constructed in 1851 on top of Gellert Hill, was created for military strategic purposes for Hungary. Once the Hungarians finished building the fortress, Austria’s troops took over the citadel creating conflict between the two countries. Later on, the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 called for the Citadella to be deconstructed so that Austria could stop occupying their structure. Also on the Gellert Hill, you will find the Liberty Statue that represents those who fought against the Soviet Regime and risked their lives for their country during WWII.
Fisherman’s Bastion & Matthias Church
The Fisherman’s Bastion is a medieval designed terrace with seven towers that is located in the Buda(Western) area of Budapest on Castle Hill and sits right next to the Matthias Church. The Seven Towers represent each of the seven Hungarian tribes that settled in the Pannonian Basin in 895, where there was once the Pannonian Sea. Today this terrace is extremely significant to the city because there has been so much history here, for instance during the Medieval Times, fishermen would use this as a lookout and defense mechanism for the ancient capital of Buda. The Matthias Church is located in the heart of the Buda area. This Roman Catholic gothic style church has been restored and redesigned since 1015 when King Saint Stephen of Hungary established it.
Last but not least we wish to cover the beautifully extravagant and historical Buda Castle, belonging to the Hungarian kings here in Budapest since 1295. The Buda Castle was established on Castle Hill to dedicate the Buda bank of Hungary as the nation’s ancient capital in the early 17th century. This castle has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 so we are certain that you need to take a day to carve some time for this attraction. Today, the Buda Castle grounds contain the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum so you can visit these two while you visit.
We hope you liked our suggestions!! Email us at Support@YourVitalVentures.com to see more blogs like these!