Budapest, the largest city and capital of Hungary, is regarded as a cultural and architectural gem, with neoclassical, baroque and nouveau buildings, as well as a thriving nightlife to boot. Situated along the gentle banks of the River Danube, it is ranked as one of the most idyllic places to live in or visit in Europe. Discover all the great sightseeing opportunities in this marvelous city.
Sightseeing destinations in Budapest
There is definitely an abundance of architectural masterpieces to explore in Budapest. You can visit the Neo-Gothic Parliament building, which is one of the oldest legislative buildings and the largest parliament building in Europe. Other popular sites include the River Danube embankments, Castle Hill and the Andrassy, all of which have been officially listed as World Heritage Sites. The city is also home to Europe’s largest synagogue—the Dohany Street Synagogue, and for the best view, you can take a chairlift to John Hill, where you can even see out toward the Tatra Mountains on a clear day.
Top tour activities in Budapest
There is a lot of ways to discover Budapest, whether you are a first-time visitor or one who is looking for new things to do here. Here are some of the top activities you can have:
- Take a walking tour - This type of tour attempts to convey how Hungarians live in the city today, with lots of well-researched anecdotes. You will be provided with information on the day’s free events, parties and other tips on beating the crowd at famous bath houses.
- Bike to explore the city - You can cycle and visit the Heroes’ Square, Andrassy Avenue, the Szechenyi Thermal bath and the Castle District. Most cycle tours in the city end up with a nice complimentary Hungarian meal.
- Ride a segway - If you like to do some exploration without having to exert much of physical energy, then you can breeze your way on a segway, visiting the primary tourist spots of the city. Highlights would include the Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Szechenyi Chain Bridge and the Opera House.
Top tour attractions in Budapest
Budapest attracts millions of visitors from all over the world each year to its countless attractions, especially the following:
- Castle Hill - Towering over the Danube, this place contains many of the city’s most important medieval museums and monuments, with the most spectacular structure being the 18th-century Buda Castle. Another highlight here is the late 19th-century Fisherman’s Bastion.
- The Museum of Fine Arts - Not only that this museum is the most important art gallery in the city, but it also houses one of the biggest collections of works by the Old Masters in Europe. It showcases an extensive array of Dutch, Spanish and Italian in a spectacular and classically influenced 19th-century building.
- Heroes’ Square - This impressive site was mainly the work of architect Albert Schickedanz, who was also the designer of the Museum of Fine Arts. Highlights here include the Millennium Monument, which is a 36-meter column crowned by a figure of the Archangel Gabriel.
Budapest sightseeing tours and activities
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