Hungary Things to Do

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Hungary Things to Do

  • Buda Castle - Royal Palace

    Budapest Things to Do

    The former Royal Castle is located on the Buda Hill overlooking the Danube, the bridges and the Pest side of Budapest. It was first completed in 1265 but destroyed or damaged several times, during the the Turkish siege of 1529, the Austrian siege of 1686, the siege during the 1848/49 revolution and World War II, all causing major damage. The castle...

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  • Bori-Var

    Szekesfehervar Things to Do

    Even if you are short of time, this place can be the reason to vizit Szekesfehervar. It is hard to believe that fairy-tale castle was finished in 1957. Young architect planned to take his young wife to this house earlier (he bought this land in 1912), but unfortunately his plans were destroyed by wars etc. But nowadays it's a very pleasant place to...

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  • Fisherman's Bastion - Halaszbastya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    It is one of the most beautiful places in Budapest on my opinion. If you are hesitating, don`t! Fisherman`s Bastion is definitely worth a visit and the view it offers is truly amazing! It is not historical, but it has quite old St. Matthias Church nearby.

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  • Parliament - Orszaghaz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    For me this is the most amazing building in Budapest, just edging out Buda Castle in magnificence. It's the center of all things political in Hungary, and this meant that when I was there the building had the added significance of being the stage of large political anti-government protests. A few days before I'd arrived in the city there...

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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    Set back from the Danube, the Basilica is still an imposing building on the waterfront due to its impressive height and distinctive features. Along with the Parliament it is the tallest building in the city. You can get great views of the city from its dome, or you can simply admire its fine neo-renaissance lines from many parts of the city. If...

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  • Heroes' Square - Hosok Tere

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    Hõsök tere (Heroes Square) is one of the major squares in Budapest. It is significant for its iconic statue complex which features the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders, plus the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It's an impressive sight to see (even under dull grey skies and rain which we experienced there).

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  • Mathias Church - Mátyás Templom

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    Next to St. Stephen`s Basilica, the Matthias Church - in the Buda part of the capital - is Budapests most famous church. The name was given in honour of King Matthias Corvinus, who was a famous defender of Hungary against Turkish invasions in the 15th century. His coat of arms-symbol - a raven - can be seen above a church gate. At least three...

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  • Chain Bridge -Szecheny Lanchid

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    The city’s bridges across the Duna (Danube) are a feature. My favourite is the Széchenyi, named after its “proposer” Count István Széchenyi, but more commonly known as the “Chain Bridge”. It took 10 years to build, finishing in 1849. It had the 2nd longest span of any suspension bridge at that time, and was also just the 2nd permanent bridge on...

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  • Great Synagogue - Central Synagogue

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    I visited this venerable synagogue in Budapest many years ago in the 1980s. Then, its grand interior was somewhat dilapidated. I can see from recent photographs (see attached picture) that this place has been restored to its former glory. Sadly most of its glorious congregation were murdered during WW2. Picture source:...

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  • Castle District - Castle Hill

    Budapest Things to Do

    Istvan was King of the Hungarians from 1000-1038. He established Christianity in Hungary and is generally recognized as the first king of Hungary. During his reign towns and cities were expected to build churches, foreign priests were invited to help with Christianizing. He further consolidated Hungarian (Magyar) rule over the Carpathian Basin. By...

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  • Gellert Hill - Gellert Hegy

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    Located in the vicinity of the Resevoir is this sculpture called the "Garden of Philosophy". Its a fountain encircled by 5 of the world's best known philosophers of all time. The circle starts with Abraham shown kneeling, then Ekhmaton, Szent Ferenc, Dharma and then Budha. On the right hand side of the fountain are square stone slabs with the...

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  • City Park - Varosliget

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Szechenyi Baths - Szechenyi Furdo

    Budapest Things to Do

    My visit to the baths limited itself to the architectural aspects of the buildings. The imposing neo-baroque design is from Győző Czigler. The construction started in 1909 under architect Eugene Schmitterer. It is a real architectural success with the five domes on the main building and the ocre yellow spa semi circular building. As...

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  • Margitsziget - Margaret Island

    Budapest Things to Do

    Margitsziget is an island in the middle of the river Danube in central Budapest. The fountain water dances to music being played. An entertaiing sight. The currency in Hungary is the Forint divided into a 100 filler.

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  • State Opera House

    Budapest Things to Do

    If you don't know that title, it's a song by the great musician George Ezra. I'm assuming his little ditty has inspired many people like me to venture to this beautiful part of the world that would usually be reserved to only showing up in bond films (which it did in Goldeneye if I remember correctly) Now I am just back from a weekend break in...

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  • Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad Vár

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    This castle is not a historic one - it was created for the Millenial Exhibition 1896 in Budapest and intended to show architectural styles from different epochs (romanic, renaissance, gothic, baroque). The original castle was made from cardboard and wood, but - as the site became very popular - it was rebuilt in stone from 1904 to 1908. In the...

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  • Gellert Baths

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    Budapest is famous for its hot springs, and many baths and spas were established here because of these geological phenomenon. The Gellert Baths are among the most famous. Once you pay your entrance fee, you get a wristband with which you can open and close a locker for personal items. It is advisable to bring a bathing cap (mandatory) and your own...

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  • National Gallery - Magyar Nemzeti...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    The National Gallery is located within Buda Castle and features mainly Hungarian painters from the 18th to the 20th century, some sculptures and a collection of medieval winged altar pieces. Many paintings deal with important historic events in Hungarian history - like the Turkish Wars, Habsburg rule, revolutionary wars of 1848/49 (so some basic...

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  • Andrassy Utca

    Budapest Things to Do

    Stroll Along Andrassy Avenue is must! In fact, it doesn't matter if you drive or walk it is essential part of every touristic tour at least from Balkan it is. This 2.5 kilometer long boulevard is very known. It connecting the main city park and the city center, precisely, it stretches from the heroes on the square to the basilica of St. Stefan....

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  • Fine Arts Museum - CLOSED UNTIL 2018

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    This museum has a great collection of masterpieces from throughout Europe with works by Da Vinci , El Greco and a collection of the leading names of impressionism. There is also a nice collection of antiquities.

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  • Central Market Hall - Nagy Vasarcsarnok

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Walking

    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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  • 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...

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  • Local Life

    Budapest Things to Do

    Budapest may look safe but it is not at all. From the very first minute in Hungary they try to rip us off. They do it successfully, they are very good on this. We visited thermal baths, they overcharged us and our towels also stolen!!! We parked our camper van just outside of thermal baths, opposite to a zoo garden - at 6 pm - busy with a lot of...

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  • Danube Cruise

    Budapest Things to Do

    Walk along the Danube River on the Pest side between the Chain and Liberty Bridges and you will see an enormous number of small to medium sized vessels offering short one to two hour cruises up and down the Danube. So which one to choose? What is best? There are literally countless options. Cruises with a free beer or champagne. With an included...

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  • Cave Chapel - Sziklakapolna

    Budapest Things to Do

    This church was built in a cave on the side of Gellert hill in 1926. Masses are held daily. The cave was first lived in by a hermit then later a family lived in here. finally a professor from Budapest university converted it into a chapel.

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  • Memento Park - Szoborpark

    Budapest Things to Do

    Memento Park - also known as Szobor Park - is an open air park with monumental statues from the time of communist rule, located in the south-western outskirts of Budapest. Post-1989 and the fall of the "Iron Curtain", many statues were dismantled or used as scrap metal, as they were a reminder of the communist dictatorship, but a few were saved as...

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  • Terror Haza - Terror Museum

    Budapest Things to Do

    An iron curtain. It sits outside Andrássy út 60. That building was the headquarters of the Arrow Cross Party (the Hungarian version of the Nazi Party) until Germany invaded in 1944. It then became the state's jail, torture chamber and execution chamber. When the USSR "liberated" the country in 1945, the ÀVH carried on where the Nazis left off....

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  • Thermal Baths

    Budapest Things to Do

    Budapest may look safe but it is not at all. From the very first minute in Hungary they try to rip us off. They do it successfully, they are very good on this. We visited thermal baths, they overcharged us and our towels also stolen!!! We parked our camper van just outside of thermal baths - at 6 pm - busy with a lot of people outside and a lot...

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  • Zoo - Budapest Zoological & Botanical...

    Budapest Things to Do

    We visited the zoo on a day when they weren't charging to enter, they were just asked for a donation. We probably paid more than the entry fee but it was worth it. One of the nicest zoo's I have visited. There were a few cages that seemed a bit small, as with most zoo's, but overall the animals were well cared for, everything was clean and much...

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  • Freedom Monument - Liberty Statue

    Budapest Things to Do

    On top of the Gellert hill is a real paradise for historical funs of traveling. It is a huge complex. It offers two specific "side" of Hungarian history. First is a wide fortress and second is a huge Socialistic monument - Statue of Liberty (Szabadsag szobor). It is a surprise to see all that in middle Europe even if you know Hungarian history....

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  • Citadella - Citadel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    I visit Citadella three times already. From the top of the Citadel, there is a best panoramic view over the city, over the Danube and its eight bridges. It is a huge complex. It offers two specific "side" of Hungarian history. First is a wide fortress and second is a huge Socialistic monument - Statue of Liberty (Szabadsag szobor). It is a...

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  • Danube River

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    There have been many favourable comments here on the bridges of Budapest and indeed the view from these bridges on the Buda castle or the Pest part of the town are beautiful especially at night when all monuments are under light. But there would be no monumental bridges if there was not the wide river Danube, Duna in Hungarian. At the "Chain...

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  • Budapest by Night

    Budapest Things to Do

    Have a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi0DxXq1ssc. Are they birds (starlings), or bats? Makes quite an impression, anyway. And they've redone the paving in the square outside the Parliament, it's very chic now.

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  • Architecture

    Budapest Things to Do

    The area around the Vienna gate is where many of the more wealthy and important people of Budapest lived. This why I found some nicely decorated homes old homes, some of them famous. The one in my photo, if famous house No. 7, built on the site of a medieval house. Who had it built - I don't know, I only know a priest and teacher who lived here,...

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  • Labyrinth - CLOSED

    Budapest Things to Do

    Now containing a series of imaginative exhibits the Labyrinth comprises of 1000 yards of complex caves, cellars, dungeouns and springs which run beneath Castle Hill. The network of caves was quite impression and the exhibits were a bit "cookey"... I wanted to see more of Budapest's history in the caves, yet some of the exhibits had copies of cave...

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  • Váci Utca

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    Nicest Budapest street and famous shopping zone. No matter what is your reason for strolling here - do it anyway. Váci Street in downtown Budapest is one of the world’s most attractive pedestrian shopping streets in world. It is nice all year long but I heard that real impression you will have at the end of the season (early spring and mid-autumn),...

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  • Museum of Applied Arts - Iparmuveszeti...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Bigot Pavilion contains a display of Art Nouveau and Architectural Ceramics from Paris I was lucky to see some of this collection, as it was the first time since the Paris World Fair of 1900, that it has been on display. Quite a coup for the Hungarian government who managed purchase it! The ensemble was awarded "Grand Prix" at the Paris...

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  • Buda

    Budapest Things to Do

    My next stop on my walk through old Buda town, was at András Hess Square to have a look at a religious statue. The statue was of Pope Innocent XI, which was erected in 1936, on the 250th anniversary of the liberation of Buda from Turkish rule. He was involved in organizing the re-capturing armies. This square is named after Andrew Hess, the first...

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  • Ethnographic Museum - Néprajzi Múzeum

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Museum of Ethnography was founded in 1872, making it one of the oldest institutions in Hungary. On display is a permanent exhibition - "Folk Culture of the Hungarians." This display is located in 13rooms, where exhibitions are of everyday life and festivals of the Hungarian peasantry, from the end of the 18th century and World War II. The...

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  • Erszébet Hid - Elizabeth Bridge

    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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  • Vorosmarty Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Aquincum Roman Town

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Roman stadium was a part of Acquincum town. The difference is that stadium is on another side of road coming to Szentendre town. It impressed me, as Lithuanian, to see so old buildings here, in Budapest, as we don’t have such places in Lithuania.

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  • National Museum - Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Budapest Things to Do

    I thought it was a rather small collection considering it is a national museum. Though it was fairly chronological it was a bit hard to follow since so little of the exhibition had any description in English. They could have done a bit better with the museum collection, especially considering that Hungarian history is so eventful. The one part of...

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  • Bridges

    Budapest Things to Do

    The Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lanchid in Hungarian language) unites the two old cities across the Danube. It is onew of the wonders that shelters Budapest. I loved it and crossed it several times, just for fun and to get lovely views over the river.

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