Budapest is a city that catches the attention of most world travelers. As you travel to Budapest, you step into a world of the past. Various historic era’s of Europe are beautifully preserved within the Hungarian capital. There are so many magnificent sites to see and explore during your vacation in Budapest. It was hard for us here at Tripio to narrow down a list of the top destinations to see. After careful consideration, Tripio was able to find the best of the best attractions for travelers to add to their custom itinerary. Here are just a few bucket list items that you can cross off of your list during your tour of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. From centuries old landmarks to breathtaking city views, here is Tripio’s list of Best Sites to See in Budapest.
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The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of Europe’s most favored landmarks. The Parliament Building is the seat of the Hungarian government. From either side of the Danube river, the Hungarian Parliament Building is simply breathtaking. The unique neo-Gothic architecture of the Hungarian Parliament Buildings leaves travelers speechless. To get a better view of this landmark, there is a great riverside park located on the other side of the Danube adjacent to the parliament building. Catch the sun falling over the city as the Hungarian Parliament Building lights up the Danube river.
As you travel through the street of Pest, you will soon be greeted by the great towers of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The Basilica was named after the first King of Hungary, Stephen. There are two tours of the Basilica. One way to tour this gracious landmark is by climbing the many steps to the 360 degree view from the dome. This tour is a wild self-guided adventure. After climbing the narrow spiral staircase, the city opens up with a full panoramic view from the dome of the Basilica. The second tour consists of the interior of the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Colorful artworks decorate the walls with golden treasures to accompany them. Travelers never seem to hesitate on adding St. Stephen’s Basilica to their Custom Itinerary.
The Matthias Church is one of the most prominent landmarks in Budapest. This Roman Catholic Church is located at the center of Holy Trinity Square and overlooks the Danube and the other side of the city, Pest. The Matthias Church, originally established in a Romanesque-style in 1015 CE though it has seen many architectural changes since then. The current construction of the Matthias Church takes on after the florid late Gothic-style set in the 14th-century. Two Kings of Hungary were crowned within the walls of the Matthias Church. The church is a prominent building that dominates the side of the city known as Buda. Be sure to add the Matthias Church to your Tripio app Custom Itinerary.
Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most treasured landmarks in Central Europe. The fairytale-like atmosphere that surrounds Fisherman’s Bastion is undeniable. Adventure through the staircases and archways that embody this precious landmark. Catch stunning views of the Danube and the neighboring side of the city. This is a no-brainer to add to your Custom Itinerary as it is conveniently located along the border of the great Matthias Church. The seven high pitched stones represent the great chieftains of Hungary who founded the nation and began their conquest. Your fairytale vacation will be complete when you travel to this beloved historic landmark.
In relatively modern history, Hungary was occupied by fascist and communist regimes in the 20th-century. The House of Terror Museum houses exhibits displayed the atrocities that came from this era of Hungary. The museum is also a memorial for all of those men, women and children who suffered through this period in Hungary. Another famous landmark of this period of Hungary’s history is the Shoes on the Danube.
One of the most visited sites in Budapest is the famous city square known as Heroes’ Square. This city square, known for its iconic Millenium Monument that depicts the Seven Chieftains who founded the Hungarian nation in 895 CE. Also featured at Heroes’ Square is the Memorial Stone of Heroes’, otherwise known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This landmark scores pretty high on most travelers’ bucket list for Budapest. Visiting Heroes’ Square is a treasured walk through history. Be sure to check out this beloved destination when you travel to Budapest.
Also ranking high on most travelers’ bucket list is the famed Buda Castle. The Buda Castle was originally constructed in 1265 CE. However, the beautiful Baroque-style castle that tourists see today was constructed over the course of two decades in the 18th-century. For centuries, the Buda Castle housed the royal families of Hungary. It was commonly referred to as the ‘Royal Castle’ or the ‘Royal Palace’. Whether you are gazing upon the castle from Pest or peering through the castle’s windows there seems to be an incredible view of the city in every direction. Touring the enormous grounds of Buda Castle adds a slight sense of adventure to your vacation in Budapest.
The Dohany Synagogue is a wonderful site to see during your vacation in Budapest. This precious landmark happens to be the largest synagogue in all of Europe. The Dohany Synagogue is also commonly referred to as Tabakgasse Synagogue or simply the Great Synagogue. The Synagogue can seat more than 3,000 guests at a time. The design of the synagogue stems from a late period of art that was established in Europe during the mid 19th-century known as Moorish Revivalism. Dohany was built by Viennese architect Ludwig Forster between 1854-1859, while the interior pays its respects to architect and designer Frigyes Feszl.
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-Matthew Knotek, Tripio Guru