There is a lot of things to see in Budapest. We mean, really A LOT! In fact, "Budapest" is the combination of the names of Buda and Pest, which were united in 1873. Buda, on the West side of the river is hilly and semi-suburban, and has winding, narrow streets wending their way up into the hills. This is an old part of the city, where the majority of historic and cultural attractions are located. Comparing to Buda, Pest is more modern part of the city with a beautiful promenade, shopping streets, restaurants and lively environment. Both of them are absolutely beautiful, so make sure, you dedicate some time for the sightseeing! Are you ready for an adventure? Read our list of TOP 5 attractions of Budapest!
1. Hungarian Parliament Building
Hungarian Parliament Building is actually one of the most beautiful landmarks of Budapest. This is one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, the largest building in Hungary and still the highest building in Budapest. Its amazing Gothic Revival architecture, with a symmetrical facade and a central dome, will literally make you speechless. It stands on the banks of the Danube. We recommend you to visit it at least twice - during the day, so you will be able to see all of its beauty and details; and also during the night, when it is illuminated with lights and looks really outstanding!
2. Chain Bridge
The Danube is Europe's second-longest river that is dividing Budapest into two parts. Of course, being such a beautiful city, it is expected that it will have not less special bridges as well! And yes, bridges of Budapest is just something unbelievably beautiful. The most famous of them is, probably, The Chain Bridge, which is known for its gorgeous lions. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark, at the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders and became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West.
3. St. Stephen's Basilica
The Basilica is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary. This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary. It is beautiful from inside and outside, with a great atmosphere and rich decorations that make it one of the most famous attractions of Budapest. It is located in the lively area of Budapest. Walk along one of the most beautiful streets of the city - Zrínyi Street, that leads to St. Stephen's Basilica and see all the beauty and grandness this magnificent building! Moreover, it is regularly hosting concerts and music events. These concerts take place Thursday evenings and last a little over an hour. There are other performances available, such as the 15 minute "mini concerts" on Fridays.
4. Fisherman's Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. From here, you will see an absolutely wonderful view on Danube, Margaret Island and Pest, especially on the famous Hungarian Parliament Building that we have already mentioned before. Also, there is a nice cafe here, so you can have a break here, enjoying the terrific panoramic views of the city.
5. Shoes on the Danube Bank
Shoes on the Danube Bank is a famous memorial in Budapest that represents a very sad, but real story. During World War II, in January 1945, the Jews that lived in the city were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. this memorial represents their shoes left behind on the bank. This is a place that everyone who is visiting Budapest has to see and understand the tragic history of our common past.
As you see, there are many beautiful and important sites that you have to visit in Budapest, but of course, this list is not complete! We also recommend you to explore the city by night, its promenade, bridges and beautiful streets. When the night comes and the lights are turning on, they are unbelievably wonderful! Enjoy it!