Budapest, the Pearl of River Danube

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Budapest has a history which goes back to the Celtic tribes. Now it is the capital city of Hungary with a population of 2 million in habitants. The city is a historical merge of separate two cities "Buda" and "Pest". Hungarians are proud of their capital city which has a great history and living standart.

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What to see in Budapest

  • Parliament House of Budapest

The Parliament is directly situated along the River Danube and it is one of the first seigth-seeings of the city. It hosts the parliament, the offices of the head of government, the President of Republic and the Hungarian Library. It was built at the end of the 19th century in Neo-Gothic style. It is a must see palace, you will be fascinated after seeing the 500.000 ornamental stones, 242 statues, the 96 meter high central dome and the painted glasses.

  • Buda Castle

Buda Catle, Buapest

On one of the highest hills is in Budapest is situated this World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It overlooks the city at a glance so that everything is under control. Back in the past it was used as the residence of kings and emperors, while today it hosts the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.

The first castle was built in 1265 whereas the Barock style complex was built during 1749-1769.

The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular, is the transportation from Buda end of the Chains Bridge up to the Palace. It takes only a few minute to reach the palace but during the short voyage you will enjoy the amazing view. While moving up experience the picturesque view to the River Danube and Fisherman's Bastion.

  • Chains Bridge

Chains Bridge, Budapest

Looking back into history, one of two connections between Pest and Buda was a permanent stone-bridgeand only the second crossing on the whole length of the river Danube. The construction was proposed by Count István Széchenyi, one of the leading figures in Hungary in the18th century. It is one of the symbolic buildings of Budapest, the most widely known bridge of the Hungarian capital.

  • Fisherman's Bastion

The Bastion which was designed by architect Frigyes Schulek was built between 1899-1905. The white-stoned architecture is a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style. The Fisherman's Bastion was built at a rampart which was defended during the Middle Ages by the guild of fishermen, who lived nearby in Vízívaros the watertown. Thus the name Fisherman's Bastion.

It is the favourite attraction in Budapest of locals and tourists when it comes to seeing the Budapest panorama, or to feel the romance of the city.

  • Heroes Square

The most visited square is the largest and most symbolic square in Budapest, and contains the Millenary Monument which is 36 meters high. The top is styled with a golden Archangel Gabriel.

At the column's base are Prince Árpád and other chieftains. Behind the pillar feature there are various illustrious leaders of Hungary. It was designed in 1896 to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian Basin.

  • St.Stephen's Cathedral

Saint Stephen's Basilica is Budapest's largest church which was built in Classical style between 1851-1905. Inside you will see Hungarians' most revered relic - the mummified right hand of Hungary's first monarch, King Saint Stephen.

Among many famous works of art there are also the statues of Alajos Stróbl, a Hungarian sculptor and artist. His sculptural style has integrated elements of realism and academism style.

Since its consecration the church has played an important role in Budapest's musical community. Today classical concerts as well as contemporary music performances are played here.

  • Thermal Baths

Budapest is famous for his thermal baths and many of the thermal baths in Budapest are century old, most importantly the Turkish baths.

The most popular bath complex in Budapest is the "Szechenyi Baths and Pool". It was only opened at the end of the 19th century. Another Budapest bath, which is architecturally stunning, is the Art Nouveau spa baths complex and the Gellert Baths. The Turkish baths are unique with their original octagonal Turkish pools covered with mysterious domes with colorful glasses.

  • Matthias Church

Located at top of the Buda Castle hill, Matthias Church has been serving the citizens of the Buda since 1015.

The church was used as a coronation church by Hungarian kings for centuries, also as a mosque for over 150 years for the Ottomans. The church served as for many believes during centuries like Franciscans, Jesuits, now it is a Catholic Church.

After the Ottoman Reign, in the early 19th century the church was restored in Neo-Gothic style by Frigyes Schulek between 1873-1896.

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