Places to see:
For a minute walk from our hotel:
Basilica V. Szent István tér
The largest church of the capital is situated in the heart of Budapest, in Szent István Square, 50 metres from our hotel. The Basilica of St. Stephen had been under construction for fifty-four years and was finally devoted in 1905. The church is the unified creation of the three most prominent Hungarian architects and the most illustrious artists, which resulted in the fact that this monumental building has become the symbol of Budapest. The Hungarian Catholicism’s most revered relic, the mummified right hand of the founder of nation, St. Stephen is preserved here. The restoration programme of the stately edifice has taken more than 20 years and it was finally completed in 2003, resulting that the Basilica is reflecting again its original bright. At the same time, St. Stephen square was also renewed. The paving-stone of the square, the elegant and modern restaurants and cafés of the adjacent turn the Inner City into a place with Mediterranean ambience. From its 96 metres high cupola, one can have a picturesque and exceptional view around the entire city.Further information: www.basilica.hu
Erzsébet tér, having been renewed this year, is the most recent park of the City Centre. Playgrounds, sport facilities, fountains and resting places are waiting for the visitors. It gives ground to a cultural club of Budapest, the Gödör, where there is a vast variety of diverse musical and cultural programmes. The square will be the location of the Design Terminal as well, which aims at popularizing the Hungarian design.
For a 3 minute- walk from us:
The first permanent stone bridge connecting Pest and Buda was built in 1849 on the initiation of Count Széchenyi István, and with the construction overseen by the British engineer, Adam Clark. During the World War II the German army blow up the bridge. The rebuilding process of the Chain-Bridge was finished in 1949; exactly 100 years after the bridge had been originally built.
Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) V. Roosevelt tér 9.
In 1825, Count Széchenyi István offered the one year income of all his domains, i.e. 60 000 HUF to express his intention for the establishment of the Society of Hungarian Scientists, the today’s Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It was in 1865 that the construction of the neo-renaissance building of the Academy had reached completion. The paintings of Lotz Károly decorate the hall. The building is still the centre of the Hungarian scientific life.www.mta.hu
Deák téri evangélikus templom (Lutheran Church at Deák Square)V. Deák Ferenc tér 4.
The oldest Lutheran Church of the Capital City being built between 1799 – 1809 was constructed by Pollack Mihály by the plans of Krausz János. The main front of the classicist empire-style building is the work of Hild József. Kossuth Lajos’s sons were christened in the font of this church. Classical music concerts regularly take place in the Lutheran Church. www.lutheran.hu/templomok/bp_deakh.htm
Szabadság tér (Freedom Square)
Surrounded by several monumental buildings this square is the largest contiguous park of the City Centre. Here can one find the building of the then Exchange Palace, currently being the headquarters of the Hungarian Television, location of the American Embassy. The seat of the Hungarian National Bank is considered a significant architecture memorial. Also, the square is the scene of the Soviet War Memorial, which statue is still being disputed.
Batthyány-örökmécses (Batthyány Eternal Flame)V. Báthory utca
The Eternal Flame has been burning since 1926, from the time and on the spot of the execution of Count Batthyány Lajos, the first Prime Minister of Hungary. It commemorates of the bitter suppression and oppression of the 1848-1849 Revolution and War of Independence when the Habsburg Empire sentenced to death Batthyány and the 13 martyrs.
Andrássy út (Andrássy Avenue)
The elegant Avenue was constructed at the end of the last century, connecting the Erzsébet tér in the City Centre with Hősök tere, i.e. with Városliget. The Avenue is flanked with eclectic palaces, embassies, villas of international companies. Andrássy Avenue being inspired by the French boulevards has become the home of several world-wide-known trendy shops during the last few years.www.sugarut.com
For a 5-minute-walk from us:
Duna-korzó (Danube Embankment)
The promenade of the bank with its decorative candelabrums alongside reached its form at the turn of the century. It was a popular meeting place of the aristocracy and the middle-class of Pest. Today, it is part of the World Heritage, and this is where one can take delight in the sight of Buda panorama and the bridges across the Danube. During the past few years Lazlo Marton’s little bronze statute of a child, entitled “Little Princess” has become more and more popular among visitors. It can be found at the korzó, at the tramline at Pesti Vigadó and was inaugurated in 1989.
Pesti Vigadó (Vigadó)V. Vigadó tér 2.
The Vigadó was built in the middle of the 19th century designed by Frigyes Feszl. Momentary, the building is under renovation. www.vigado.hu
Vörösmarty tér (Vörösmarty Square)
The square is dominated by the marble statue of Vörösmarty Mihály, the author of the second Hungarian National Anthem, Szózat, and here is the Gerbeaud Café, one of the most famous confectioners’ of Budapest. It is a pleasant place before Christmas with its large-scale open market, and at the beginning of summer with its “Week of the Hungarian books” programme.
Váci utca (Váci Street)
The oldest pedestrian street of the capital connects Vörösmarty Square with the Szabadság Bridge. The South and North part of Váci Street are basically different in style and are separated by Kossuth Lajos utca. It is not only the shops that worth attention but also the various fronts of buildings.
Parlament (Houses of Parliament)V. Kossuth Lajos tér
Built at the turn of the century, the building is one of the most immense functioning houses of Parliament in the world. It is a typically eclectic building. The numerous turrets and stone-laces make it to be the most dominant building of the city.
Néprajzi Múzeum (Ethnographical Museum)V. Kossuth Lajos tér 12.
The impressive palace houses a fine permanent exhibition of the “special-museum” which is unique in Europe. www.neprajz.hu
Szervita templom (Szervita Church)V. Szervita tér 7.
The baroque church with its eclectic front was built at the beginning of the 18th century in honour of St. Anne
For a 10 minute-walk from us
Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum (Hungarian National Museum)V. Múzeum körút 14-16.
Built to the design of Mihály Pollack the Hungarian National Museum stands in Múzeum krt. The building is of historical importance: it was from the steps of this Museum on March 15, 1848 that the young intellectuals held a speech to the people of Pest. The huge national collection consists of more than a million works of art. In the impressive, classicist building permanent exhibitions include the entire Hungarian history from St. Stephen up to the present. www.hnm.hu
Contra AquincumV. Március 15. tér
The fortress originating from the Roman era was built in the 2nd-3rd century with the aim to defend the fortification on the Buda side, the Aquincum. Budapest memorials from the Roman era: www.aquincum.hu
Párisi udvar (Parish Garden)V. Ferenciek tere 10.
The Parish Garden was the so-called inner shopping-garden of the Brudern Dynasty, the only remaining century-turn remembrance. The elegant, eclectic-neo-gothic garden is still houses a number of shops.
Dohány utcai zsinagóga (Central Synagogue in Dohány Street)VII. Dohány utca 1.
The impressive “Moorish” styled building is the greatest functioning synagogue, by this taking the first place in Europe and the second place in the world. Capable of holding 3 thousand persons, the building has a garden, where one can find the Jewish Museum, which contains the richest collection of Jewish memories.http://synagogue.uw.hu/
Rumbach Sebestyén utcai zsinagóga (Synagogue in Rumbach Sebestény Street)VII. Rumbach Sebestyén utca
It is of secessionist style, with serious damages caused in the course of World War II, located in the “Jewish-quarter”. At the corner of the street a memorial table symbolizes the border of the then ghetto.
Nyugati pályaudvar (West Railway Station) VI. Nyugati tér
One of the most important railway stations in Budapest was designed by the Parish Eiffel Office. Right behind the iron-structured, exceptional hall a huge shopping centre takes place.
Operaház (Opera House)VI. Andrássy út 20.
One of the most magnificent buildings of Andrássy Avenue is the State Opera House, designed by Miklós Ybl in Italian Renaissance style. The decorations and frescos of the inner splendour of the house can be seen not only by the occasion of a performance but also of guided tours every afternoon. www.opera.hu
Pesti BroadwayVI. Nagymező utca
The today’s Nagymező utca and its adjacent were first mentioned as Pesti Broadway at the turn of the century. Here several famed and ill-famed night clubs and Orpheum took place. Now it is a tendency to call this area again their old name, which houses the five theatres: Budapesti Operett, Thália, Radnóti, Tivoli and Mikroszkóp. The more and more developing district is famous for its cafés and restaurants.
For a 15-minutes walk from us:
Nagyvásárcsarnok (Central Market Hall)V. Fővám tér
At the end of Váci utca, at the foot of Szabadság híd the popular building of the market hall is emerging, which is still a vivid market place of our days.
VígszínházXIII. Szent István körút
In the year of the Millennium, in 1896 it took altogether a year to build up Vigszínház, the symbolic theatre of the middle-class in Pest. It was in this beautiful building that the modern Hungarian playing was born. In these days, the theatre is mostly famous for the re-written plays of classical dramatists which and are of great success. www.vigszinhaz.hu
Gellérthegy (Gellért hill)
It is exceptional, that in the middle of a European city a hill is emerging. Walking through the Szabadság Bridge we arrive to the foot of Gellért hill. Walking up on a path to the Citadella, visitors can enjoy a particular view of the city.
Rudas fürdő (Rudas Baths)
Rudas Baths is situated close to the Buda abutment of Erzsébet Bridge. The authentic Turkish Baths was constructed in the 16th century, and it still preserves its original form. Since a press scandal in 2005, ladies have also been allowed to use the baths once a week.
Terror háza Múzeum (House of Terror)
A building on Andrássy Avenue, which is exceptionally sombre, is the House of Terror. Being once the headquarters of Arrow Cross Party, then that of the Communist Secret Police (ÁVH), the museum is aiming at illustrating the Nazis’ and the Communists’ reign of terror in frame of a permanent exhibition. www.terrorhaza.hu
For a 20-minute-walk from us
Walking along Andrássy Avenue, we can arrive at the Városliget.
Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square)Andrássy Avenue leads into the prominent Heroes’ Square. It was built in 1896 to celebrate the millennium, the one thousand anniversary of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin. The square is flanked on either side by the Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts) and the Műcsarnok (Palace of Art). The latest monument of this region has been displayed in commemoration of the 1956’s Revolution.
Városliget (City Park)Right behind Heroes’ Square one can find the largest park of Budapest, which is appropriate for having both a short walk or a whole day long outing. In the artificial lake here, one can go for a boat during the summer, and skate in the winter.
Vajdahunyad vára (Vajdahunyad castle)
One of the distinctiveness of Városliget is the reproduction of some well-known buildings of the historical Hungary, which were constructed to celebrate the millennium. Amongst them the most representative replica is the Transylvanian Vajdahunyad castle. Its Renaissance court of honour houses concerts during the summer.
Széchenyi fürdő (Széchenyi Baths)
Széchenyi Thermal Baths is one of the largest baths’ of Europe. Its convivial and cosy atmosphere with the decorative statues and fabulous glass mosaics make it more than a pleasure to use the several warm-water pools, sauna, and steam. Both in summer and winter the pools outside are open for the public. http://www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/furdo.php?idx=14
Állatkert (Budapest Zoo)
Budapest Zoo is considered to be one of the oldest zoos of the world celebrating its 135th anniversary this year. The monumental buildings in the area of the zoo are the great creations of the Hungarian Secession. www.zoobudapest.hu
Vidámpark (Fun Fair)The forerunners of Budapest Vidámpark built in 1950, are the Vurstli having been born at the beginning of the 1800’s, then the Victorian style English Park at the turn of the century. Vidámpark is as large as 6,5 hectares, and 40 different plays provide amusement for the visitors. www.vidampark.hu
Budapesti Nagycirkusz (Great Budapest Circus)
Beside Budapest Zoo, the Great Budapest Circus can be found, which is said to be the only stone circus in Central-Europe. The circus is open during the whole year and has a wide variety of performances with acrobats, clowns, comedians and trained animals.
Közlekedési Múzeum (Museum of Transport)
The Museum of Transport locates on the South-East part of the City Park and said to preserve one of the oldest historical collections of transport. Permanent and temporary exhibitions give ground to display the history of railway, flights, astronautics, sailing, city and public transport. http://www.km.iif.hu/
Margitsziget (Margaret Island)
You need not neglect a walk in the nature if you have started your tour in the direction of the Parliament. Going along on the river bank you soon arrive at the Margit-híd, in the middle of which you find the entrance of the Island. The Island is one of the most beautiful and largest open spaces of the capital city, where you will find thermal baths as well.