Széchenyi Thermal Bath in City Park is one of the largest public baths in Europe. It was built in 1913 in Neo-Baroque style and has been extended and modified over the years. Today, there are 18 pools in the complex, 15 of which are spring-fed. In addition to these pools,... more »
The Basilica of St Stephen is Budapest's largest church. It is dedicated to St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary. Enshrined in one of the church's chapels is St Stephen's right hand, the country's most important relic. Although in architectural terms the Basilica is a cathedral, it was given... more »
Fisherman's Bastion is one of the best known landmarks of Budapest, offering a stunning panoramic view of the city from its neo-Roman terraces. The Bastion looks like it is straight out of a fairytale and has been one of the World Heritage-listed sites of Budapest since 1987.
Designed by architect Frigyes Schulek, the Fisherman's Bastion was built... more »
The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge to connect Buda and Pest, the two cities that merged to form what is Budapest today. Before the Chain Bridge existed, a temporary pontoon bridge allowed passage across the river from spring to autumn. However, it had to be disassembled for the... more »
Buda Castle is an imposing complex that overlooks the city of Budapest from an elevated position atop Castle Hill. Often referred to as the Royal Palace, Buda Castle has existed since the 13th Century and has been destroyed in battles and rebuilt several times.
Once inhabited by kings and ruling families,... more »
More than 2½ km (1½ mi) long and covering nearly 200 acres, this island was first mentioned almost 2,000 years ago as the summer residence of the commander of the Roman garrison at nearby Aquincum. Later known as Rabbit Island (Insula Leporum), it was a royal hunting ground during the... more »
Handsome and massive, this is one of the chief landmarks of Pest and the city's largest church—it can hold 8,500 people. Its very Holy Roman front porch greets you with a tympanum bustling with statuary. The basilica's dome and the dome of Parliament are by far the most visible in... more »
The wondrous porch overlooking the Danube and Pest is the neo-Romanesque Fishermen's Bastion, a merry cluster of white stone towers, arches, and columns above a modern bronze statue of St. Stephen, Hungary's first king. Although you must pay to wander over most of it during the day over much of... more »
The 1890s neoclassical temple formerly housed the Supreme Court. Now an impressive permanent exhibition, "The Folk Culture of the Hungarian People," explains all aspects of peasant life from the end of the 18th century until World War I; explanatory texts are provided in both English and Hungarian. Besides embroideries, pottery,... more »