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Hungary Things to Do

  • Buda Castle - Budavar

    Budapest Things to Do

    When I walked further south, nearly to the end of the Danube Terrace, I found a wider terrace with flower beds and a impressive equestrian statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy. This Neo-Baroque statue was made by sculptor József Róna for the town of Zenta but the town could not afford its price, so the monument was bought in 1900 as a temporary...

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  • Fisherman Bastion - Halaszbastya

    Budapest Things to Do

    The term "bastion" made me first believe that I would see a military fortification. There is nothing like that "the Fisherman's Bastion - Halászbástya " looks like a fairytale castle. This may explain its success among tourists. Now if you fear to see here on the Buda hill something like the Castle of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland set your mind at...

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  • Szechenyi Bath - Szechenyi furdo

    Budapest Things to Do

    All the buildings of Szechenyi Baths are impressive! One group (Francsek-wing), is painted quite a deep yellow, where-as the main building of the Baths has been left unpainted. This is known as the Czigler-wing. The front façade with its three large domed pavilions made me first think it was Palace and not a bathhouse. The roof of the central hall...

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  • Market Hall - Grand Market Hall -...

    Budapest Things to Do

    Budapest's Central Market Hall is housed in a majestic building originally built in 1896 and completely restored in 1999. It's a great place to go if you're looking for souvenirs - the first floor is filled with booths that sell local produce (so how about bringing some paprika back home?), while booths on the second floor specialize in local arts...

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  • St. Stephen's Basilica - Szent Istvan...

    Budapest Things to Do

    St. Stephen's Basilica is visited by many to see the relic of St. Stephen. THE HOLY RIGHT.......... It all began with the death of King St Stephen. After his death, times were turbulent, so the marble sarcophagus containing the embalmed and mummified corpse in the Basilica, was taken out of the scarcophagus and hidden in the tomb under the...

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  • Heroes' Square - Hosok tere

    Budapest Things to Do

    Now we are having a look at the RH side colonnade. These statues are of # 1 John Hunyadi - Hajdú soldiers defeat the imperial forces # 2 Matthias Corvinus - Matthias with his scholars #3 István Bocskay - Hajdú soldiers defeat the imperial forces #4 Gabriel Bethlen - Bethlen concludes a treaty with Bohemia # 5 Imre Thököly - The battle of...

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  • Synagogue - Dohány Street Central...

    Budapest Things to Do

    We are still at the Great Synagogue, now making my way to the back where the Raoul Wallenberg Memory Park is located. Here, I found some interesting pieces, the stand-out being the "TREE OF LIFE." The Tree is a large metal sculpture, made from stainless steel and silver- It was really sparkling in the bright sunshine. It resembles a weeping...

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  • Mathias Church - Mátyás-templom

    Budapest Things to Do

    What I liked from this church were the colored tile roofs. They made me think of the Hotel Dieu in Beaune and the Stephansdom in Vienna. The location overlooking the Danube next to the Fisherman's Bastion is of course another asset of the St Matthias Church. Less nice are the fences, scaffolding and cranes from the renovation works. On my former...

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  • House of Terror Museum - Terror Haza...

    Budapest Things to Do

    A feeling of sadness has descended upon me as I think about writing on this museum. You see, I am thinking about what I saw and read about the people who were kept captive, beaten, starved, tortured and killed in this building by supporting members of two of Hungary's most frightening regimes - the Nazis in the early 1940's, and the Soviets, until...

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  • Gellert Hill - Gellert Hegy - Citadella

    Budapest Things to Do

    Gellert Hill, near the Elizabeth Bridge, is some-where I hoped to return to. Unfortunately, as in many big cities, there is too much to see in the allotted time, so I missed out. Gellért Hill is approx 140 metres high, and gets it name from Bishop Gellért Sagredo, known for spreading the word of Christianity throughout Hungary. There is a legend...

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  • Parliament - Orszaghaz

    Budapest Things to Do

    Probably one of the most talked about buildings in Budapest! As it is situated on Pest's riverbank, I had a very good view of the magnificent building from the Boat, another from land, although I couldn't see much because of scaffolding and covers. These were here as they were cleaning the building, and what a good job they were doing. Looking at...

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  • Chain Bridge -Szecheny Lanchid

    Budapest Things to Do

    Surprising to learn that before this bridge opened in 1849 there was no permanent bridge linking Buda and Pest. The passage was on pontoons which were removed before winter as the river carries ice in winter. There are a few bridges in Europe connecting two rivers banks and that are real works of art. I know three: the bridge of St. Angelo in...

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  • Cruise on the Danube

    Budapest Things to Do

    We happened to be by the Vigado Wharf and noticed Boat cruises - departing soon! Our mind was quickly made up, our tickets were bought and we were on the boat. As it happened, this boat cruise was operated by the Giraffe Hop on/off Bus tours that include a free cruise. We were not part of that package, so paid for the cruise separately. The boat...

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  • Opera - Hungarian State Opera House -...

    Budapest Things to Do

    I had hoped to see the interior of the Opera House, but on asking about times of tours, I found there were only two, and that was at 3 & 4pm - This didn't suit. Well, at least I could see the opulent foyer, with its marble columns, gilded vaulted ceiling, beautiful murals that depict the 9 Muses and the chandeliers. As going to the opera was a...

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  • Gellert Baths - Gellert Furdo

    Budapest Things to Do

    Ticket price on weekdays with small locker = 4,900huf(child=3,100). Weekends with locker=5,100huf .(20% discount with Budapest card) If you need private cabin plus 400huf. Private cabin means that you will have your own private changing room to get changed and keep your bath gear, and other items,otherwise we have to change among other people but...

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  • Váci Street - Váci utca

    Budapest Things to Do

    I guess at some time of your stay in Budapest, you will end up walking Váci street. I found this street one of the busiest, I guess because of all the souvenir shops, fashion shops, bars and cafes that line the street. Vaci street, which dates from the 18th century, starts from Vörösmarty Square, where it is pedestrianized and leads to the Great...

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  • Budapest by Night

    Budapest Things to Do

    Among the main touristic assets of Budapest are the illuminations all the year. It has been written here that Budapest is better at night than in daytime and it is true. The major illuminations are those on the Buda side of the Castle, the Fisherman Bastion and Matthias church, further to the north near the Batthyany Ter the St. Anna church. On the...

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  • Szentendre

    Budapest Things to Do

    Some people say it is too touristic and the handmade things aren´t made in here, but I don´t care. I like this place. It is great place to visit at summer and christmas season. I can´t tell if it is as nice at normal winter months as November and December. At last visit we also did find Christmas museum and shop. It looked like it is there whole...

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  • Thermal Baths

    Budapest Things to Do

    You have to go to one of the Turkish or thermal baths. There are many thermal baths in Budapest and there are even more outside of Budapest. The best ones are: Kiraly Furdo Rudas Furdo Gellert Furdo Szechenyi Furdo Lukacs Furdo Palatinusz Komjadi uszoda Order a body massage and pedicure for your feet. It's affordable and the thermal bath will do...

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  • Margharet Island - Margit-Sziget

    Budapest Things to Do

    Cast adrift in the Danube, the floating green lungs of Budapest is Margaret Island. It's the perfect summer get away when the temperatures soar, and a year round haven for joggers, walkers, and all kinds of athletes. In fact it's so popular with joggers, it can be considered jogger hell for those who are taking a more leisurely walk around the...

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  • Funicular - Siklo

    Budapest Things to Do

    To save your tired legs the Budapest transport company (BKV) runs a funicular service from Clark Adam Square on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge, to the top of Castle Hill, right next to the palace. It's probably the easiest and most obvious way to the Castle District if you are heading over to it from the Pest side, and that can be seen from the...

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  • Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad-vár

    Budapest Things to Do

    A very interesting part of City Park, is where Vajdahunyad Castle is situated. Vajdahunyad Castle was built in 1908, as a copy of a Transylvanian castle of the same name. The idea of building Vajdahunyad Castle, was to showcase the beautiful and long history of the Magyars through its architectural treasures. Some of the most outstanding...

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  • Labyrinth - Labirintus

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Budapest labyrinth is just a small part of all the cellars and caves under Castle Hill. The labyrinth has been used for many different purposes over the years including shelter and an underground military base. As you walk through the tunnels, you will see various historical exhibits. It’s possible to see artwork, fountains, artifacts, and even...

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  • The Little Princess

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Kiskiralylany Szobor (Little Princess Statue) has become a surprisingly popular tourist attraction, given it was only quite recently added to the Danube railing near the Vigado tram stop. The bronze androgyne, with her worn knees and oversized pixie crown, has become one of the most photographed sights in the city. Its location on the well...

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  • Cave Chapel

    Budapest Things to Do

    Cave church (Sziklatemplom) is a strange catholic church dedicated to St.Istvan that dates from 1926. The weird thing about it is the fact that it’s actually a cave on Gellert Hill that was turned into a church by the order of Pauline monks! The cave was the home of Saint Istvan a hermit monk that supposed to use the thermal waters near the cave...

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  • Andrássy Road - Andrássy út

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Neo Renaissance Foncière Palace, is recognized as a World Heritage site. It's said to be a gem of Hungarian architecture. It dates back to 1881, when the Fonciere Insurance Company, announced a tender for the site. It looked different to what I saw today, as it once had a dome, this was destroyed in WWII. It has some interesting statues right...

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  • Hungarian National Gallery

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) is located inside the Buda Castle (Budavari Palota) Buildings A / B / C / D. Entrance by the square with the equestrian statue of Eugène de Savoie. Not to confuse with the Historical Museum Budapesti Történeti Múzeum - Vármúzeum in the E building. This gallery with paintings and sculptures is...

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  • City Park - Varosliget

    Budapest Things to Do

    Another impressive statue, was of Alpar Ignatius. I passed by it on Hunedoara promenade on my way to the main entrance of Vajdahunyad Castle. The bronze sculpture of this Guild Master, is 2.8 metres high and sits a-top a 2.5metre high limestone pedestal. It was made in 1931. Alpar Ignatius was the designer of Vajdahunyad Castle and 150 historic...

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  • Vorosmarty Square

    Budapest Things to Do

    A popular meeting place in Vörösmarty Square; especially Tour Guides is the Lion Fountain (Oroszlános kút), also very popular with children who love to climb on the lion statues whilst their parents rest on the fountain's steps. The fountain was built in 1985 over a well and was created by László Wild and sculptor Ágnes Péter; the four stone lions...

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  • Statue Park - Szoborpark

    Budapest Things to Do

    Statue Park is a very interesting place that allows visitors to get a glimpse of what life was like in communist Hungary. All of these statues were at one time in downtown Budapest, but in the early 90s, everyone decided to move them to a park in the suburbs. This park is very popular with tourists. You can view statues of Lenin, Karl Marx, and...

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  • Holocaust Memorial

    Budapest Things to Do

    This is a very moving memorial to the Jewish adults and children who were massacred on this spot by the Fascist Arrow Cross Regime in Hungary during the second world war. The victims were taken to this spot and forced to remove their shoes and coats before being machine gunned and their bodies thrown into the Danube. Their coats and shoes were then...

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  • Liberty Bridge - Szabadsag Hid

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Liberty (or Freedom) Bridge crosses the River Danube and connects Buda with Pest; it is the third southernmost and shortest public road bridge in Budapest and is located to the south of the City Centre. The bridge was originally called the Franz Joseph Bridge when it was built between 1894 and 1896 to the plans of János Feketeházy. The bridge...

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  • Museum of Fine Arts - Szepmuveszeti...

    Budapest Things to Do

    Located across Heroes square from the Palace of Art, is the Museum of Fine Arts. This Museum has a large selection of European art. Its Old Gallery has 3000 paintings from the majority of Europe's greatest masters. A collection of sculptures as well as artifacts from the Middle Ages, the Antiquity and Egypt are on display. The Museum of Fine Arts...

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  • Zoo - Budapest Zoological & Botanical...

    Budapest Things to Do

    Didn't see the botanical gardens, and indeed many of the animals were indoors, or out of sight. But lots crammed into a small space. The seal show was great for the kids, and there were lots of unexpected treats like the rhinoceros iguanas, the manta ray aquariums and piranhas, the enormous crocodiles and the armadillos. Cost 6800 ft for two adults...

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  • Flea Market - Ecseri Secondhand Goods...

    Budapest Things to Do

    new openingtime is changed. monday - friday 0800 up till 1600 saterday 0600 up till 1500 sunday 0800-1300 (Based on the hungarian sign:) " A Piac Nyitva tartase: HEFTFO-PENTEK 08-16 SZOMBAT 06-15 VASARNAP 08-13

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  • Gul Baba turbeje - Gul Baba's shrine

    Budapest Things to Do

    Gul Baba was a Turkish poet who is rumored to have brought roses to Hungary. Some mystery shrouds his death, but we know he died in 1541. Gul Baba's tomb was constructed by the Ottomans and is found on "Mosque" street on the Buda side. At one time this was a place for Islamic pilgrimage and currently belongs to Turkey. Although this site is not...

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  • Danube River

    Budapest Things to Do

    The river Danube - Duna peaked at 891 cm in the capital on 9/06/2013, a record level. Fortunately the flood reached Hungary and Budapest later than neighbor countries so that the authorities had the time to raise and strengthen the dikes at the critical points in Budapest. The traffic arteries along the river (the "rakpart") had to be closed. Tram...

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  • Castle Hill District

    Budapest Things to Do

    Forming part of the massive Buda Castle palace complex, the Budapest City Museum shows off the long history of the city, from its early years as a Germanic-Hungarian trading town, through the Turkish occupation, to the tears of the 1956 uprising. The museum is deceptively large, containing not only four floors of exhibits, but also a maze like...

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  • Danube Palace - Duna-palota

    Budapest Things to Do

    If spending the holidays in Budapest it's well worth seeing this elegant and festive program held in the beautiful, neo-baroque Danube Palace, home theater of the Danube Symphony Orchestra. It's a lovely old building and a wonderful concert made unique by the orchestra's inclusion of the cimbalom, a Hungarian folk isntrument. It's a great way to...

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  • 1956 Memorial

    Budapest Things to Do

    It was actually a people's rebellion against the communist dictatorship and the Soviet occupation. It began in 23. October 1956 with a demonstration of the students of the Budapest University, demanding democratic changes. Government ordered shooting in the growing crowd. The Hungarian army was on the side of the rebelling. In few days, Hungary...

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  • New York Kavehaz - Cafe

    Budapest Things to Do

    This beautiful palace located on Budapest's Grand Boulevard (in the Erzsébet korut section) was completed in 1895 to house the offices of the New York Life Insurance Company. The offices were located on the upper floors, while the ground floor housed the New York Cafe, which immediately became a popular meeting spot for the city's artistic and...

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  • Aquincum

    Budapest Things to Do

    Aquincum lies north along the Danube only a short distance from downtown. Its real history began in 106 A.D., when Emperor Trajan declared this frontier military base the capital of Rome's Pannonia Inferior territory and some 40,000 soldiers and civilians settled here, creating a sophisticated archaic metropolis, but together with Rome - the...

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  • Inner City Parish Church - Belvarosi...

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Franciscan Church in Budapest is located in the city centre, just off the Vaci Utca shopping street. This is not the first church on the site, but one built in the 18th century. I thought the Church was closed, lucky I saw a gentleman go and try the door, and then disappear inside. Inside was a baroque High Altar which was preserved from the...

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  • Elizabeth Bridge - Erszébet Hid

    Budapest Things to Do

    Elizabeth Bridge (The Erzsébet híd). From Pest side,I walked across Elizabeth bridge to visit Gellert hill.At that moment (nov 2013) Elizabeth bridge was some part under restoration on the pest side.When I reached the bridge ,it looked like there’s no way to walk across the bridge because many barrier of constructions ,but I tried to walk carefully...

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  • Central Pest

    Budapest Things to Do

    This building stopped me in my tracks! It was a wow! ...look at the beautiful architecture! It turned out to be the luxurious Boscolo Budapest Hotel, formerly the New York Palace on the Grand Boulevard of Budapest's 7th district. The building dates back to 1892- 1894, when it was constructed as offices for the New York Life Insurance Company....

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