Where to visit in Budapest? What should be written on the list of places to visit in Budapest? Under the rule of the Roman and Ottoman empires in the past, Budapest is an elegant city with rich historical accumulation and eye-catching architecture.
The capital of Hungary, also known as the “City of Baths” due to its thermal resources, is the capital of II. Although it remained under the influence of the Nazis in the World War in the post-war period, it succeeded not to compromise its cultural accumulation and ethnic diversity.
After I traveled with these features, I have listed the points of interest of the historical city for you in the list of places to visit in Budapest. I will share very important information throughout the guide but pay attention to these beforehand;
Places to visit in Budapest:
St. Stefan’s Basilica
Andrássy út Caddesi
Vaci Utca Street
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Terror House Museum
Dohany Street Synagogue
Memento Park (Open Air Museum)
New York Cafe
Shoes on the Danube Coast
Buda Castle (Budin Castle)
Buda Castle, where travelers are on the top of the list of places to visit in Budapest due to its historical texture and scenery, was first built in 1265.
However, it has gained the shape of today’s Baroque architecture predominantly as a result of the reconstruction works between 1749 and 1769.
The castle, which was used as a royal palace in the past, is home to important museums of the city today. Hungarian Military History with its large collection of 28.000 pieces and the Music Museums in the immediate vicinity attract the most attention among the cultural facilities.
The cave named Labyrinth and Trinity Square deserve to be seen with its rich contents, from the bus tours to walking or using the segway, where guests are offered many options to get to know the environment.
The Parliament Building, located on the banks of the Danube River in Pest, was built between 1885-1902.
The magnificent structure, which hosts the sessions of the Hungarian National Assembly, was designed at the same height as St. Stefan’s Basilica to symbolize the balance between religion and state affairs.
233 sculptures adorn 691 rooms, which cover most of the 18 thousand square meter area of the Neo-Gothic building, where 40 kilograms of gold are used in its decorations.
The most remarkable parts of the building, which you can visit by taking part in guided tours, are the Corinthian columns, gilded ornaments, ceiling paintings, the royal treasure and the cross sent by the Pope after the Hungarian acceptance of Christianity.
The bridge, whose design was undertaken by the Englishman William Clark and the construction process by Scottish Man Clark, II. When it was heavily damaged in World War II, it entered the reconstruction process that lasted until 1949.
Impressive lion sculptures adorn the entrances on both sides of the building, which is similar to the Marlow Bridge on the River Thames in terms of its architectural features.
Apart from these sculptures that cause stories about the engineer who undertook the construction over time, the city view offered by the bridge is also worth seeing.
The Heroes Square, whose name is Hösök Tere in the local language, was built in 1895 in memory of the 1000th anniversary of Hungarians’ arrival in Europe.
With the completion of the Millennium Monument, which is located in the middle of its current name in 1932, the square has become an important point for city life since all its official celebrations have been held since its opening in 1896.
Even the funeral of Imre Nagy, the leader of the rebellion movement against the Soviets, was held here with the participation of about 250 thousand Budapesters.
The square, decorated with sculptures representing the Hungarian kings on both sides, has a different beauty day and night. For this reason, I recommend that you take your camera with you to the historical area, which gives its guests valuable tips about city life, and visit it in two different time periods.
Margaret Island, which has a large park area and many historical buildings. It covers an area of 2.5 kilometers on the Danube River.
The island was used as a place of retreat for a long time by the clergy since transportation was only provided from the waterway in the past. At the beginning of the 19th century, the royal family adopted the land piece and turned it into a summer residence for them.
The island, which was opened to the public in 1869 when the hot springs were built, became a frequently preferred place for both local people and travelers with the completion of the bridges.
As you proceed along the walking paths that divide the island’s rich vegetation, you can first visit the 100th Anniversary Monument erected in 1972 in memory of the merger of Buddha and Pest, then turn your route towards the elegant Margitsziget Fountain.
I am sure that when you see the Franciscan and Dominican Ruins, the Flower Garden, the hotels, the Japanese Garden, the Music Fountain, why the land piece is indispensable for travelers to Budapest.
Memento Park (Open Air Museum)
Memento Park, which contains valuable details for those who are curious about the history of the city, was opened after the country adopted the free market economy in 1989.
In the communism-themed open-air museum, more than 40 sculptures, busts and plates were once exhibited by the regime in various parts of the city.
The works representing the power of the Iron Curtain management were placed in the part of the museum called Sculpture Park. While you are walking around the area, you can also see one-to-one replicas of the army barracks with the grand podium where Communist leaders greeted the people and the army at official ceremonies.
Photographs of the 1956 Revolution are displayed in the Northern Barracks replica, which is organized as an exhibition hall. The park also has a movie theater where the movie “The Life of an Agent” is played with English subtitles all day, and a shop selling communist themed gifts.