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Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary

Budapest, situated in eastern Europe in the country of Hungary, represents the amalgamation of old and new, historic and hip, calm and exciting, and most importantly, hilly Buda and flat Pest. Situated on either bank of river Danube, Buda and Pest were two different cities and became one single entity in 1873. The 10th most populous city of Europe, Budapest is a union of extravagant history, art, and culture, which never fails to captivate you.

Because the city is the coalition of two different towns, there are a lot of places to visit and it might take you more than two days to fully appreciate and acknowledge what Budapest has to offer. Popular attractions in Budapest range from Thermal baths to neo-gothic castles and churches, with everything from ruin bars to the very beautiful Danube river.

Here are the top 15 must-visit places in Budapest.

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1. Hungarian Parliament

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Hungarian Parliament building, completed in 1902, is a neo-gothic style construction and a must visit for its extraordinary architecture and great political importance. This is the world's third largest parliament building and is home to many beautiful paintings, statues and Hungarian crown jewels. The parliament looks beautiful during the day and becomes even more phenomenal when it’s all lit up at night.

2. St. Stephen's Basilica

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-3 The construction of St. Stephen's Basilica began in 1851 and was completed in 1905. St. Stephens is a beautiful cathedral and a very popular tourist spot in Budapest. This neoclassical Basilica is an architectural marvel and the insides of the building are free to visit. The dome offers a beautiful view of the city and you will be charged a nominal fee which is totally worth it.

3. Shoes On The Danube Bank

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-4 Close to the Hungarian Parliament building is the installation of shoes on the Danube bank. This memorial showcases the atrocities committed by the Nazi during the second world war. The installation has 60 pairs of steel shoes representing the jews nazi killed on the bank of Danube. This place is a must visit and will definitely give you chills.

4. Buda Castle

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Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-5 This massive 13th-century castle encompasses 200 rooms, the Hungarian national gallery, and a very alluring art museum. This UNESCO Heritage site has seen many architectural changes over the time and has also been on the receiving end of the destruction caused by the second world war. We recommend taking tour guides to Buda castle to understand the history and architecture of this enchanting castle

5. The Jewish Quarter

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-6 The Jewish quarter was a very important Ghetto at the time of WWII and many Jews lived and died here. This is a very architecturally and historically rich area of Budapest and has the largest synagogue in entire Europe making it a must visit when traveling to this city.

6. Szechenyi Thermal Baths

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-7 Budapest is called the city of spas and rightly so. Szecheyi is one of the many thermal baths in Budapest but what makes it stand out is the fact that it is an open bath. The architecture of the thermal bath is stunning and not only will this experience be soothing to your body, but your eyes won't also be disappointed either.

7. State Opera House

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-8 The Hungarian state opera house is one of the most renowned and beautiful opera houses of Europe. Situated on Andrássy Avenue, this opera house has been home to many famous ballets, operas, and performances. One can easily find a guided tour to State opera house and the experience is totally worth it.

8. Fisherman’s Bastion

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Fisherman’s Bastion is a neo-gothic style castle build in the early 20th century and is sure to give you dreamy vibes. This beautiful castle on the Buda side of the city is famous for the magnificent paranormal view of the Danube, Margaret Island, and Pest. This place is great for taking pictures and is free to visit making it a favorite of every tourist.

9. The Central Market Hall

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-10 The central market hall is the biggest marketplace in Budapest. Mostly used by locals for groceries, this place is famous among tourists as well. The first floor has locally grown groceries, wine, spices, and wide varieties of meat whilst the second floor has traditional Hungarian dishes and Hungarian craft stores. The market is closed on Sundays so make sure you plan a visit on the weekday.

10. Vajdahunyad Castle

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-11 Originally built for a Millennial Exhibition in 1896, Vajdahunyad Castle is a very famous tourist spot. The castle has installations of replicas representing buildings in the kingdom of Hungary. Designed by Ignác Alpár, it was first built with cardboard and wood and was later reconstructed with stones. This castle serves as a compact trip to the country of Hungary.

11. The Chain Bridge

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-12 The chain bridge, completed in 1849, has been considered an architectural marvel from the day it was inaugurated. This bridge is the first installation which connected Buda with Pest. It is said that the architect was so proud of his creation that when it was noticed that the stone lions on either side of the bridge did not have tongues, he committed suicide. The footpath is great for walking across the suspension bridge and enjoying the view of the Danube.

12. New York Café

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-13 New York cafe is an Ornate restaurant since 1894 and had once been chosen as the most beautiful cafe in the world. With frescoes & chandeliers, this place has been a meeting place for artists, writers, and intellectuals. The restaurant is adorned with marble surfaces ornamented with wood and crystal. The restaurant is a bit pricey but a cup of coffee is totally worth experiencing its mystical setting.

13. Budapest’s Ruin Bars

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-14 Ruin bars are a comparatively new concept in Budapest and are using the forgotten and abandoned buildings to create places to eat and drink. There are many ruin bars in Budapest and every one of them has a different personality and esthetic. If you want to experience ruin bars, you can take a tour called pub crawl and visit some of these gems.

14. Matthias Church

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-15 Completed in 1269, Matthias church is a Roman Catholic church located at the heart of the castle hill. Also known as The Church of Our Lady, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, although no remains exist. One must visit the Matthias church when visiting the castle hill and sit for the free organ concerts here on Sunday evenings.

15. Margaret Island

Best Places To Visit In Budapest: The Romantic Capital Of Hungary-16 Margeret Island or Margitsziget is located on the river Danube and is one of the best parks in the city. One can enjoy a picnic on a sunny day or take a dip in the thermal medicinal baths. The rose and Japanese garden with ponds and artificial waterfalls are also a delight to visit.

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