The Greatest Treasures of Budapest
Deputy Editor Stephanie Bagnall tells you the must-see attractions of Budapest
Budapest was created in 1873 by the merger of three cities: Buda, Óbuda and Pest and it’s the capital of Hungary. Its inspiring architecture, beautiful river views, and the world-famous 16th-century thermal baths make this city a popular attraction to many. Whether it’s a romantic escape or a squad adventure, Budapest is home to many incredibly beautiful treasures and landmarks that you cannot miss if you visit.
The historical palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest sits on the south tip of Castle Hill, on what is known as the Várnegyed (castle district). Built in 1247, Buda castle was one of the Largest gothic building in the middle ages. If you visit here you should set aside one whole day to do so as it is not only a magnificent building, but it is also home to the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum as well as hosting exciting exhibits when in season.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
This is a neoclassical church with an imposing dome and elegant turrets. With a height of 315 feet, it is the tallest building in the city and among the largest churches in the country. The beautiful church features majestic stained-glass windows and ancient works of art that should not be missed. The Basilica was dedicated to the holy king St Stephen who was the founding father of the Hungarian State. The church hosts tours where you can visit the chapel, the famous illuminated Holy Right Hand of St Stephen and the treasury of the church
The Hungarian Parliament Building
At just over 100 years old, it is a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest and the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary. The building itself is incredible but you can also get guided tours of the inside when the National Assembly is out of season. Tours take a mere 45 minutes but cover the main rooms in the building, its House Of Lords and the Hungarian Crown Jewels. The views from the parliament building can be found from the Danube (you can take a river cruise) or from across the river, particularly form Batthyany Square which is only a one-stop subway journey from Kossuth Square on the M2 line. Looking at the Parliament from a distance is the best way to take in the full beauty and harmony of the building
Great Market Hall
Situated at the Pest end of Szabadság Bridge, is not only great in size but also great for shopping! It is a large Restored neogothic hall which hosts an incredible market six days a week from 6am till 6pm. This market spans over two floors with groceries and food on the bottom and clothing, jewellery and everything else you could even think of on the second floor. It’s a wonderful place for exploring and people watching and is popular among locals. This is a particularly good place to visit if the weather isn’t so good.