As a city break destination, Budapest is a winning combo of incredible architecture, thermal baths, impressive art and scenic neighbourhoods. The world-famous thermal baths are a big enough reason to come here, but there’s plenty of other amazing attractions and hidden gems too.
THE ROYAL PALACE
Budapest’s Royal Palace – also known as Buda Castle – sits on the edge of Castle Hill and is a true highlight of the city. It’s home to the National Gallery, Budapest History Museum and the National Széchényi Library. The beautiful courtyard hosts festivals throughout the year too for everything from wine to chocolate festivals. The entire complex is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am till 6 pm.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY
The gallery showcases Hungarian works of arts from the beginning of the Hungarian state until the early 20th century. The collections include: 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and drawings, sculptures and medals, and a contemporary collection that has work from the present day.
BUDAPEST HISTORY MUSUEM
Discover how people worked, ate, danced and much more at this museum which offers a deep insight into how locals lived. There are four floors of ornate palace rooms and some of the oldest finds date back more than 40,000 years. Make sure you visit the chapel and Gothic hall which have the oldest history.
NATIONAL SZECHENYI LIBRARY
The library has a vast collection of illustrations, maps, books, journals, manuscripts, newspapers and magazines published in Hungary or in the Hungarian language. It was founded in 1802 and is named after the highly patriotic Hungarian aristocrat, Count Ferenc Széchényi.
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
The Hungarian Parliament building on Kossuth Square stretches on the Pest bank of the Danube. It was designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl and built in a time of dynamic economic growth in the country between 1885 – 1902. At 268 m long and 123 m wide, it’s bigger than the Houses of Parliament in London.
ST STEPHEN’S BASILICA
This stunning neoclassical cathedral is open daily to the public and is one of the most important buildings in the city. It was named after Hungary’s first king and has been restored over the years since 1851. The cathedral plays host to music events throughout the year and has an observation deck in the dome where you can see uninterrupted views over the city.