The history of Gellért Hill, and the Citadella atop it, on the West bank of the mighty Danube in Budapest, goes back thousands of years. According to archeological findings, a watchtower stood there in Roman times and it later became famous as the venue of Saint Gellért’s martyrdom.
Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Budapest, situated in the the heart of Buda’s Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in 1015. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century.
The Fisherman’s Bastion is a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style terrace and rampart situated in Buda, on the Castle hill, by the Matthias Church. It has a fairytale look, with many turrets, projections, parapets, and climbing stairways. From the towers and the terrace there is a beautiful, panoramic view of the Danube, Margaret Island, the Hungarian Parliament and Gellért Hill.
The Great Market Hall (Nagycsarnok), or to give its official name the Central Market Hall (Központi Vásárcsarnok), is located on Fővám Square (Fővám Tér) in the 9th district of Budapest, in the downtown area of Pest. It is the largest indoor market in Budapest and was designed and built by Samu Pecz.
To sample some of Hungary’s fine wines, visit the Hungarian House of Wines (Magyar Borok Háza) in the Castle District (Budai Vár) on the Buda side of the Danube (Duna). This is the perfect place to stop by after sightseeing and lunch in the Castle District.
The Museum of Applied Arts is housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau building that is worth seeing, even if you do not go inside. There are two permanent exhibitions, Art Nouveau furniture and an exhibition on Ottoman Carpets. There are also temporary exhibitions, like the recent Hadyn exhibition.
he Hungarian National Museum is well worth a visit and could enlighten you to the history of the region of Hungary before it was Hungary as well as more recent historical and political events, like the 1848 revolution which started on the steps of the museum.
Memento Park (Szobor Park), also known as Statue Park, is a museum and exhibition in Budapest, including 42 statues, busts and sculptures from Hungary’s Communist period after the Second World War. The park was designed by Hungarian architect, Ákos Eleőd.
The Great Synagogue, also known as Dohány Street Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga or Dohány utcai Zsinagóga) or Tabakgasse Synagogue, is located in downtown Budapest. It is the largest synagogue in Eurasia and the second largest in the world, after the Temple Emanu-El.
The Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház or Parlament) is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. It is situated in Kossuth Lajos Square (Kossuth Lajos tér), on the Pest bank of the Danube.