Top Attractions of Budapest
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This is the largest public collection of Hungarian fine arts. The museum is housed within the Royal Palace of Buda's buildings A, B, C and D and presents Hungarian art work from the medieval era and up to the 20th century.
The Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge is a 19th century suspension bridge which spans the Danube River connecting the Pest and Buda sides of the city. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge crossing the Danube in Budapest. Before that people had to use a ferry or go as far as Vienna for the nearest bridge...
The governing powers of Hungary are housed in the third largest parliament building in the world. A competition was held to find a suitable design for the building and it was won by Imre Steindl who completed the building in 1904.
National Opera House
Magyar Állami Operaház
The ornate Opera House is designed in the Neo-Renaissance style and is located on elegant Andrassy Avenue. The building was designed by Miklos Ybl for the Millennium celebrations of 1900. It took 9 years to build and was completed in 1884. The sumptuous design includes 7kg of gold used in the decoration and hundreds of statues.
Budapest's largest public square was created in 1896 to mark the 1,000 anniversary of the country's birth. The impressive square is located at the end of Andrassy Avenue and next to City Park. The neo-classical buildings of the Museum of Fine Art and the Kunsthalle (Hall of Art) can be seen on the edges of the square.
Dohány utcai Zsinagóga
The Dohany Street Synagogue, Central Synagogue, or the Budapest Great Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. The synagogue was designed by Ludwig Forster and completed in 1859 to service the 30,000 Jewish residence of Pest.
The Buda Castle is a complex of palaces and castles belonging to the Austro-Hungarian kings of the days gone by and was built first in 1265. It is located on the southern tip of Castle Hill and has the Castle District to its north. The first of these royal buildings was constructed by order from Hungary’s King Bela IV between 1247 and 1265.
This museum highlights the history, art and archaeology of Hungary and is housed in a distinctive Neo-Classical building. This is the country's oldest museum, founded in 1802. The museum building dates back to 1847 and was designed by Mihaly Pollack. The impressive façade has eight tall columns supporting a pediment adorned with a carved scene.
St Stephens Basilica
Szent István Bazilika
One of Budapest's greatest landmarks is this beautiful church which stands on the Pest side of the city. The church construction was completed in 1906 having taken 50 years to build. The long construction period accounts for the eclectic style of the architecture.
The Central or Great Market Hall in Budapest was originally constructed in 1897. It is located on the bank of the Danube in Fovam Square near the Liberty Bridge. The market building was designed by Samu Pecz and is the largest indoor market in the city.
As a bastion this site should be more defensive than decorated but that is not the case. The ornate terraces were part of constructions made between 1895 and 1902 in celebration of the state's 1000th anniversary. At the time the terraces were intended as observation points for looking out across the magnificent views, just as tourists do today.
This was the first 19th century thermal bath in Budapest, it was opened temporarily in 1881 and once its popularity was established the structure was made permanent. The medicinal bath was built in 1913 and the northern wing was added in 1927.
Shoes on the Danube
Cipők a Duna-parton
Shoes on the Danube is one of the most moving memorials in Budapest. It is located on the Pest side of the Danube Promenade and close to the Hungarian Parliament, about 300 meters away. It was conceived by film director Can Togay and built by Gyula Pauer, a sculptor, in 2005 to commemorate the brutal slaughter of Jews by Arrow Cross militiamen between 1944 and 1945 during World War II.
House of Terror
Having survived two terror regimes, the Nazis and the Soviets Hungary fittingly opened a museum dedicated to those who died, suffered and survived those horrendous periods of Hungarian history. The museum is fittingly housed within the building where victims of the Soviet regime were captivated, tortured and killed. The museum strives to paint a picture of these bloody periods of history.
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