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  • 1. Halászbástya

    Castle District | Viewpoint

    The wondrous porch overlooking the Danube and Pest is the neo-Romanesque Fishermen's Bastion, a merry cluster of white stone towers, arches...Read More

  • 2. Holocaust Emlékközpont

    East Pest | Museum/Gallery

    On the 60th anniversary of the closing off of Budapest's Jewish ghetto, April 15, 2004, Hungary's first major center for Holocaust research...Read More

  • 3. Magyar Nemzeti Galéria

    Castle District | Museum/Gallery

    The Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, which comprises the immense center block of the Royal Palace (Wings B, C, and D), exhibits Hungarian fine art, from...Read More

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  • 4. Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum


    The permanent collection here takes you on a stimulating journey into the everyday Hungarian experience, from the recent to the more distant...Read More

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  • 5. Mátyás-templom

    Castle District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The ornate white steeple of the Matthias Church is the highest point on Castle Hill. It was added in the 15th century, above a 13th-century...Read More

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  • 6. Művészetek Palotája

    Arts/Performance Venue

    In southern Pest, at the foot of the Rákóczy Bridge, right beside the similarly grand National Theater (which opened five years earlier), this...Read More

  • 7. Néprajzi Múzeum

    Parliament | Museum/Gallery

    The 1890s neoclassical temple formerly housed the Supreme Court. Now an impressive permanent exhibition, "The Folk Culture of the Hungarian...Read More

  • 8. Széchenyi Fürdő

    Városliget | Pool

    Széchenyi Fürdő, the largest medicinal bathing complex in Europe, is housed in a beautiful neo-baroque building in the middle of City Park....Read More

  • 9. Szent István Bazilika

    St. Stephen's Basilica | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

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  • 10. Aquincum

    Óbuda | Museum/Gallery

    This complex comprises the reconstructed remains of a Roman settlement dating from the first century AD and the capital of the Roman province...Read More

  • 11. Budapesti Állat-és Növénykert

    Városliget | Garden

    The renovation of the once-depressing Budapesti Állat-és Növénykert began in the late 1990s and, believe it or not, is ongoing to this day....Read More

  • 12. Budavári Labirintus

    Castle District | Nature Sight

    Used as a wine cellar during the 16th and 17th centuries and then as an air-raid shelter during World War II, this 16-meter (52-foot) deep,...Read More

  • 13. Citadella

    Gellérthegy | Viewpoint

    The sweeping views of Budapest from this fortress atop the hill were once valued by the Austrian army, which used it as a lookout after the...Read More

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  • 14. Context Travel


    Context is a trusted international brand, and the company's Budapest tours are known to be well curated and well informed. Specializing in walking...Read More

  • 15. Gellért Szálloda és Termálfürdő

    Gellérthegy | Hotel

    At the foot of Gellért Hill the beautiful art nouveau Danubius Hotel Gellért is the oldest spa hotel in Hungary, with hot springs that have...Read More

  • 16. Gozsdu Udvar


    Hidden behind an inconspicuous entrance a few minutes from Deák Tér, this series of interconnected courtyards filled with lively restaurants...Read More

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  • 17. Gyermekvasút

    Buda Hills | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The 12-km (7-mile) Children's Railway—so called because it's operated primarily by children—runs from Széchenyi-hegy to Hűvösvölgy. The sweeping...Read More

  • 18. Hadtörténeti Múzeum

    Castle District | Museum/Gallery

    Fittingly, this museum is lodged in a former barracks on the northwestern corner of Kapisztrán tér, cannonballs from the 1849 siege still lodged...Read More

  • 19. Hősök tere

    Andrássy út | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Andrássy út ends in grandeur at Heroes' Square, with Budapest's answer to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Cleaned and refurbished in 1996 for the...Read More

  • 20. Jánoshegy

    Buda Hills | Forest

    A libegő (chairlift) will take you to János Hill—at 1,729 feet the highest point in Budapest—where you can climb a lookout tower for the best...Read More

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