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6 essential things to see in Budapest

In the capital of Hungary we can spend some really beautiful days among spas, bridges and majestic buildings. There is much to see in Budapest and much to enjoy. We give you some brushstrokes of what you will find in the city. Ready for the trip?

the best there is what to see in budapest

Depending on the number of days you can stay in the beautiful Hungarian capital, you will have the possibility to explore its attractions more or less thoroughly. A visit to this city is not complete if you do not know these places:

1. Szechenyi Baths

Széchenyi Baths – Zairon / commons.wikimedia.org

It is not for nothing that Budapest is considered the capital of spas.… There are many to choose from! But, of course, the most important is Széchenyi, with 3 outdoor pools and 15 indoor pools, steam baths, saunas, massage rooms and summer parties.

This spectacular spa was built in 1909opened its doors in 1913 and the thermal water comes from two sources, one of them founded in 1938.

2. Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion – Noppasin

It is a terrace of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic styles located on the banks of the Danube River (on the Buda side), near the Matthias Church and the hill leading to the Royal Castle. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 and has 7 towers, one for each Magyar tribe that settled from the year 896 in the Carpathian Basin.

It is called “of the fishermen” because a group of men with that profession was in charge of protecting that area, which had walls during the Middle Ages. One of the highlights is the bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary on horseback. From the bastion you get beautiful views of Pest.

3. Buddha Castle

Buda Castle–Yasonya

It is another of the things to see in Budapest to be able to say that we have been in the Hungarian capital. The residence of the kings was built in the 14th century to the south of a hill.

It was completely rebuilt in the 18th century during the Habsburg rule. Subsequently, it became one of the largest royal dwellings in Europe. Inside are the National Gallery and the History Museum.

4. Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge – waku

It is the oldest of the steps that allow to cross the Danube to go from Buda to Pest or vice versa. It is pendant and the rigid links of yesteryear were replaced by chains.

It is one of the longest bridges in the world (its central span is 202 meters). Undoubtedly, It is the great symbol of the city and you should not miss the opportunity to go through it.

5. Margaret Bridge and Island

Margaret Island – Balazs Toth

Another of the bridges to see in Budapest is that of Margarita. It connects both parts of the city and is the second oldest. It was built between 1872 and 1876 and leads to the Island of the same name. It has two sections: one north of the Grand Boulevard and another near the Kiraly and Lukács Baths.

Margaret Island is 2.5 km long and is located right in the middle of the Danube. It is an area surrounded by parks and has some outstanding monuments, including the Japanese garden, the Pozo de la Música, the Fuente de la Música and the 57-meter lookout tower.

6. Budapest Parliament

Budapest Parliament – ​​Mikhail Markovskiy

This building is one of the most famous in the city and houses the national legislature as well as the Library of Parliament. It is on the banks of the river and its main entrance is in Kossuth Square. It was built between 1884 and 1902 and its interior is decorated with gold and marblehas statues of lions on the sides of the external staircase and from the central room we can see the fabulous dome with statues of Hungarian kings.

 

“Traveling allows you to escape from the daily routine, from the fear of the future.”

-Graham Greene-

More things to see in Budapest? The Monument of Memory, known as the one with the shoes; the National Opera; Memento Park, with giant statues of communist leaders like Lenin, Marx, and Stalin; the basilica of San Esteban, which preserves the mummified arm of the saint; and the Plaza de los Héroes, in honor of those who lost their lives for the country.

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