Sights in Budapest

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One of the outside pools

One of the outside pools

Budapest is a beautiful city with more than enough to see to keep even the most demanding visitor happy. The thermal baths of Budapest are famous, and certainly worth a visit. Or you can climb the hill to the citadel for a good view over the city. The Castle District alone is enough to keep you occupied for at least a day. This UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Buda side of town encloses several palaces, museum, churches, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Budapest. A kilometer or so further along lies the citadel on top of another hill. At the statue of Liberty you have a great view over Buda, Pest and the elaborate green cast iron Szabadsag bridge.

On the Pest side of town is also much to be seen. There is the area around Hero Sqare (Hosok tere), with several museums, an architectural oddity (Vajdahunyad castle), the zoo, and the stately residential area where most of the embassies in Budapest are located. Don't forget to visit tha Parliament house, the St. Stephan basilica, and the large indoor food market at Fovam ter.

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Historical Museum of Budapest

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Charting the history of both the Royal Palace and Budapest, the Museum's permanent exhibitions give in insight into the medieval cities of Buda and Pest, along with displays of Gothic sculptures and remains from archeological excavations.

You can take a virtual tour of Buda castle here:
http://3dtour.eu/budapest/index_EN.php?panoid=120c9487-f0b4-4def-96f6-04243ce81db6

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openings:10am-6pm daily
address:Budavári Palota E Épület
admission: 250 HUF Adults, 100 HUF Children
url:www.budapest.3dtour.eu

Jewish Museum

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Housed in a wing of the Central Synagogue (the second largest in the world) Budapest's Jewish Museum was built on the site where Theodor Herzl, the famous Zionist leader and novelist was born. Containing mostly 18th and 19th century art treasures, exhibits are arranged in three main rooms according to their ritual significance i.e. Sabbath, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. A fourth room, which covers the Holocaust, gives a harrowing insight into the fate of an estimated 550,000 Hungarian Jews murdered by the Nazi's and Hungarian Arrow Cross fascists during the final years of more..

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address:Dohány utca 2
openings:10am-3pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sun, Closed Sat.

Gellért Thermal Bath

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Since its building in 1918, the Gellért Spa was one the most prestigious thermal bath on the Buda side of the city. Gellért spa is famous for its main hall with gallery and glass roof, built in the Art-Nouveau style, sparkling bath and open-air pool with artificial waves. The bath is decorated with numerous Art-Nouveau furnishings, artistic mosaics and sculptures.

The current bath complex and hotel was opened in 1918, and was expanded in 1927 and 1934 with artificial wave pool, and with bubble bath.

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address:Kelenhegyi út 4
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath

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One of the outside pools
One of the outside pools

The Széchenyi Bath is largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest, in but Europe as well.

It was built in 1913in neo-baroque style. At that time it had private baths, separate men and women steam-bath sections, and different men / women "public baths".

The complex was expanded in 1927, and it still have 3 outdoor, and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian well couldn't fullfill its purpose, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring was found in 1938. Its depth is 1256m ( 4 more..

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address:Állatkerti krt. 11.
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Rudas Thermal Bath

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Rudas Thermal Bath
Rudas Thermal Bath
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The centerpiece of the bath today, the Turkish bath, was built during the 16th century in the period of the Turkish occupation. Below the 10 m diameter dome, sustained by 8 pillars, there is an octagonal pool. The thermal bath has been visited from 1936 o­n exclusively by men. The swimming pool, operating as a therapeutic swimming facility and with a sauna, was built in 1896.

In its drinking hall, the water of the springs Hungária, Attila and Juventus can be consumed for the purposes of a drinking cure. In the bath, there is a daytime outpatient hospital operating more..

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tel:+36-1 356-1322
openingHours:Demarcus
url:www.spasbudapest.com
address:H-1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
openinghours:Elvis

Szt István (St. Stephen Basilica)

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St Stephens Bazilika
St Stephens Bazilika

The Saint Stephen basilica is the largest church in Hungary. It was designed by Jozsef Hild in 1845, although it was only finished in 1906, due to some serious construction errors: in 1851 the dome collapsed. The remainder of the church was then demolished and replaced by a neo-Renaissance design by Miklós Ybl. This one is still standing, even though it got heavily damaged during World War II.

The interior of the basilica is a tad dark, but still light enough to admire the many decorations. No amount of gold leaf has been spared. Among the most valued sights within the more..

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address:Szt István tér
admission:100 HUF Adults, 50 HUF Children

Central synagogue

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Budapest Central Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world after the Emanuel Synagogue in New York. Completed in 1859, it was built in a Moorish-Byzantine style by the Austrian architect Ludwig Förster. The building was partly destroyed by bombing campaigns during World War II, but has been the subject of much renovation to restore its two shining Moorish domes to their former brilliance. The Jewish Museum next door recounts the horrors of the Holocaust and displays exhibits dating as far back as the more..

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address:Dohány utca 2
openinghours:10am-6pm Sun-Thu, 10am-4.30pm Fri, closed Sat
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Imre Varga Sculpture Museum

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openings:10am-6pm
address:Laktanya utca 7
admission:200 HUF Adults, 100 HUF Children

St. Anna Church

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The Church of St. Anna is a fine example of a Baroque church. The construction of the church started in 1740, according to the plans of Kristóf Hamon, and was completed by Mátyás Nepauer in 1761. In the next 200 years the church suffered from wars, floods and earthquakes, even it was planned to be demolished, owing to the construction of the metro network. Fortunately this plan was not realised, and the church was reconstructed between 1970 and 1984. Its well-proportioned exterior is a good match with the interior, containing some good statues of the Virgin Mary, more..

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address:Battyhány tér 8
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Hungarian National Bank, Banknote and Coin Exhibition

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openings:9am-2pm daily
address:Szabadság tér 8
admission:Free

Ethnographical Museum

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This building was originally the Palace of Justice and the sculptures on the main facade still depict magistrates and legislators from past times. Alajos Hauszmann designed it between 1893-96 . Especially the entrance hall is frightening impressive. Karoly Lotz did the ceiling fresco depicting Justitia. It's one of the largest ethnographical museums in Europe. The main focus is of course the different nationalities in Hungary, but also the art, customs, national costumes and way of other peoples of Europe and outside Europe are on display.

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openings:10am-4pm Tue-Sun, (10am-6pm Mar 1-Sep 30)
address:Kossuth tér 12
admission:200 HUF Adults, 100 HUF Children
url:www.neprajz.hu

Budapest Zoo

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As a zoological garden, it may not be spectacular, but the Budapest zoo had other qualities. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world (compeleted in 1911), and some of the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings, including the entrance gate, are still intact. The cast iron fence surrounding the zoo alone is worth a stroll along that direction.

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address:Állakerti út 6-12
openinghours:daily 9.00-19.00 1 May-31 Aug, 9.00-17.00 1 Sept-30 April

Statue Park

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The gigantic monuments that used to ornament the parks and squares of Budapest but got obsolete after the recent political changes in Hungary were collected in this park. It’s an exhibition without parallel in the world.

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Vajdahunyad Castle

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The Vajdahunyad castle was first built out of cardboard and wood for the World Exhibition in 1896. It was a monument to 1000 years of Magyar inhabitation and was supposed to give insight in the architectural past of Hungary and combined several small reproductions of buildings representing different architectural periods in history. The building proved to be so popular that after the Exhibition, they rebuilt the castle in stone. PArt of it now houses the agricultural museum.

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Protestant church (at Szilágyi Dezső square)

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The first protestant church of Buda was built according to the plans of Samu Pecz between 1892 and 1896 in Gothic style. The layout of the church is pentagonal having the altar in its center. The interior walls are decorated with writings of evangelists and Paul. Furniture as also designed by Samu Pecz. The roof is covered with Zsolnay tiles, the tower is 62 meters high. The church was destroyed in WWII but it has mostly been restored since that time.

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Gizi Bajor Theatre Museum

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The museum with photos and objects from the world of theater and cinema is for most visitors but an excuse to visit the house of the famous actress Gizi Bajor.

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address:Stromfeld Aurél utca
admission:50 HUF Adults, 25 HUF Children

Aquincum

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Aquincum dates back to around 35BC, when the Romans colonized the area around Budapest. Back than it was a trading settlement as well as a garrison town protecting other stratigic places along the Danube. You can now visit the museum, see the amphitheatre and admire the water organ.

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address:Szentendrei út 139
openinghours:9am-5pm Apr 15-30 and Oct 1-31, 9am-6pm May 1 Sep 30, closed Nov 1-Apr 14

Tomb of Gül Buba

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Gül Buba was a Turkish dervish who was considered a wise and holy man. His name means Father of Roses and he was reputed to have brought the first roses into Budapest. He died in 1541 and his tomb - now a museum and well known place of pilgrimage for muslims - is the only surviving building from the Turkish reign in Budapest.

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address:Mecset utca 14
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Bartók Béla Memorial Museum

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openings:10am-5pm Tue-Fri (closed Monday)
address:Csalán út 29, Bus 5, 29
admission:200 HUF Adults, 100 HUF Children

Bible Museum

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address:Ráday u. 28
openings:10am-6pm daily (closed Mondays)
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