They were called Buda and Pest. Over time, they united and became a single city. Yes, today it is Budapest – the capital of Hungary, the “pearl” on the Danube, one of the most beautiful and rich insights of European cities. Gathered in Budapest? Remember the required places to visit.
1. Hungarian Parliament
The parliament building on the bank of the Danube, built in neo-gothic style, is considered one of the most beautiful and majestic in the city. On the outer facade, you can see sculptures of Hungarian kings, warriors and military leaders. The interiors of the two side wings are decorated with marble, wood, various frescoes, and sculptures. Earlier, when the parliament was bicameral, they housed the meeting rooms. Now, one outbuilding is set aside for this purpose, the second take excursions. In total, the building has about 700 rooms, the largest and most beautiful of which is the domed hall. It houses the Holy Crown of Hungary, the mace, scepter, and sword.
2. The Basilica of St. Stephen (Stephen)
In the largest temple in Budapest, there is something to see and there is something to listen to. It is unique in its architecture and history of construction. The construction of the cathedral involved two architects, each of whom has contributed to his appearance. At first, it was Jozsef Hild, an adherent of a concise and strict classical style. After the death of the architect, Miklos I, who had a more democratic approach, took up the matter. Even the most sophisticated tourist will be impressed by the luxurious decoration of the temple – marble, mosaic, paintings, a statue of St. Ishtvana Here is kept the relics of St. Stephen – the first king and founder of Hungary. And in the basilica, there are concerts of organ and classical music. Upstairs there is an observation deck with a beautiful view of the city.
3. Vajdahunyad Castle
Kings never lived in this castle, but in its grandeur and luxury, it is not inferior to many royal residences. Vajdahunyad Castle appeared at the beginning of the last century. At first, it was a pavilion of wood and cardboard at the exhibition of national achievements, dedicated to the millennium of Hungary. After the exhibition, the pavilion was dismantled, but the locals liked it so much that it was soon decided to build it out of brick and stone. Now here is incredibly beautiful! The walls of the castle are surrounded by a moat, you can get inside by the bridge, bypassing the large Gothic gate. Its architecture combines Gothic and Romanesque styles, Renaissance and Baroque. On the territory of the castle is the famous statue of Anonymus, erected in honor of the unknown author of the chronicle “The Acts of the Hungarians.”
4. Buda Castle
Want to see where the Hungarian kings lived? Then you definitely need to visit the Buda Castle, a rich and complex history of which began in the distant XIII century. She survived a lot of wars, conquered and conquered it, transformed, destroyed and restored. Today it is a luxurious architectural complex that includes the Royal Residence (here is the National Gallery, Library and Museum of the History of Budapest), the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Church of the Virgin, Trinity Square, the ancient cathedrals, the former Carmelite convent and the current residence of the country’s president.
5. Shoes on the waterfront
This memorial is called by many the most emotional monument in Europe. Here, on the banks of the Danube, during the Second World War, the Nazis exterminated Jews. Previously, the victims were ordered to take off their shoes, which at that time were a valuable commodity on the black market. Among the accurately recreated bronze copies of shoes, you can see men’s shoes, women’s shoes, and even children’s shoes. This place stirs, causes tears and pain … But here, of course, you need to come.
6. Section Bath
Despite the fact that there are many baths in Budapest, the Szécheny swimming pool remains the most popular, and here’s why. First, it is Europe’s largest balneological complex with healing thermal springs. Secondly, the architecture is impressive – it is really very beautiful here. And, most importantly, the benefits to your health from visiting the bathhouse is invaluable. Baths, pools, saunas, drinking procedures – choose at your discretion.
7. Margit Island
Margit became a real picturesque oasis in the middle of a bustling city, located in its very heart. Here are a surprisingly pleasant microclimate, clean air, and a beautiful landscape. There are thermal springs, swimming pools, parks, tennis courts, a beach, an alpine slide, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, and even a summer theater. It is not surprising that people come to the island to improve their health – the atmosphere itself contributes to this.
8. Kazintsi Street
Kazintsi Street, which is located among the houses of the Jewish quarter, has become a favorite place for walks among both locals and tourists. This is an unusual street – it comes to life at night and becomes a great place for party-goers and fans to have fun. Here you will meet and kosher restaurants, and nightclubs, and bars under the open sky, and synagogues, and dilapidated ghettos, and much more. All this gets along beautifully in one place. Lovers of bar-hopping – the so-called drink marathon in bars – come to Kazintsi street.