Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, was formed by the merger of Buda and Pest cities, which were established on both banks of the Danube River, Europe’s second-largest river basin. Budapest is one of the most photogenic cities in Europe. The dramatic skyline for which Budapest is most famous is filled with 19th-century architectural wonders alongside the Danube.
Budapest has something for everyone, from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters and unrivaled nightlife in Eastern and Central Europe, ranging from bustling markets in the city center to one of the most unique nightlife scenes in the world.
Promising a romantic, peaceful, culturally, and historically good holiday experience, the city is in a highly developed position in terms of health tourism in its thermal springs with its rich underground water resources.
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1. Budin Castle
This medieval part of the city smells of history with its cobbled streets. The vicinity of Budin Castle, which is one of the must-see places in Budapest, is a touristic area in itself. When you spend a whole day and get tired in this region, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, you can take a breather and have a drink in one of the pleasant cafes around.
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2. Matthias Church
St. Matthias Church is a historical church located in the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary. The church, which was first built by the Hungarian King St. Stephen in 1015, was destroyed in 1241 as a result of intense Mongolian attacks on the city. In the late 13th and early 14th centuries, it was rebuilt by King Matthias, who ruled the country and made the Kingdom of Hungary live its golden age.
The Matthias Church, known as the “Church of the Virgin” until the 19th century, was severely damaged by the fires and the Hungarians who rebelled against the Habsburg dynasty that held the city at that time. In the name of the church, which was rebuilt in the 19th century, it was named after the person who gave the most important here, King Matthias, for a period.
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3. Fisherman’s Bastion
Another important building in the Budin Castle area, near Matthias Church, is the Fisherman’s Bastion. The bastion, which was built in the late 19th century to dominate the city and the Danube River, is one of the best spots where you can see Budapest. The 7 towers of the bastion symbolized the 7 Hungarian tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.
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4. Parliament Building
Among the places to see in Budapest, the Parliament Building also has an important place. You can visit the magnificent building, which represents Hungary’s independence and power, on days when there are no meetings or important meetings. The building on the Danube, which is illuminated from outside at night, adds beauty to the beauty of the city.
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5. Heroes’ Square
Noteworthy for its iconic sculpture complex featuring Hsök there, the Seven chiefs of the Hungarians, and other important Hungarian national leaders, Budapest is one of Hungary’s largest squares.
In the square, which is of great value to the Hungarian people, there are statues of the most important leaders and war heroes of Hungarian history. Archangel Gabriel stands on a tall column in the middle of Heroes’ Square, which is one of the must-see places in Budapest.
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6. Hungarian National Museum
Another place to visit within the borders of Budin Castle is the Hungarian National Museum. In the museum, where you can see the pianos of the world-famous German classical music composer Beethoven and Hungarian Liszt, numerous collections are exhibited in many areas. It can take you quite a bit of time to visit the entire museum, so we recommend that you plan your visit before or when you go.
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7. Chain Bridge
Built-in 1849 and connecting Buda and Pest, the bridge was Budapest’s first fixed bridge. Until then, the pontoon was crossed by bridges, or the Danube was expected to freeze in the winter months. The bridge was designed by a British architect, and the parts were produced in England and brought to Budapest separately.
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8. Hungarian State Opera
Although it is a world-renowned opera house, it has very good acoustics and the decorations in this place are also wonderful. Built between 1875 and 1884, the building has a capacity of 1261 people and was designed with very advanced engineering for that time. Watching a theater, opera, or ballet at the State Opera House should be on your list of things to do in Budapest; Don’t forget to reserve your place well in advance.
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9. Margaret Island
This dreamy island on the Danube River, in the middle of both sides of the city, is a place where adults, as well as children, wander excitedly. While touring the island, you will come across many churches and monasteries from the Middle Ages. Margaret Island and its buildings were used as a harem during the Ottoman period. This is one of the must-see places in Budapest.
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10. St. Stephen’s Basilica
For the basilica with the largest bell in Hungary, it can be called the city’s most important place of worship. You can visit the basilica, which is open to tourists, for a small fee and watch the city from its tower. Whatever you say to eat in Budapest, you can taste local dishes at the restaurants around the basilica.
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