Budapest invites all those who are interested to join a journey towards a self-aware, smart, sustainable and inclusive city.
’Paris of the East’. Budapest is the hub of culture and innovation of Central-Europe, a festival and thermal bath champion. It serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center.
Straddling the romantic Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and the start of the Great Plain to the east, Budapest is one of the most beautiful city in central Europe. It’s truly a city where East meets West, and where people are historically familiar with both cultures, while their own culture and language remains unique. Visitors from all over the World feel home here.
Budapest's charm lies in the many cultural influences that affected the city during its long history. The city is featured by vivid cultural life: theatre, concerts and exhibitions are part of the daily life, while tourist attractions are tailored for foreign visitors taste. Visitors can choose from wide scale of amusement programs and bars. Budapest has an evocative, cobbled Castle District, a Westminster inspired Parliament building and an impressive, looming Basilica. You can stroll along a boulevard fashioned on the Champs Elysées or through wonderful parkland and hills.
The Hungarian capital is a delight both by day and by night. The food and wine are excellent, cheap and in abundance, the well-known Hungarian gastronomy can be experienced in numerous restaurants of different categories.
The diverse geographical and cultural districts of the city and its surrounding provide excellent and varied chance for half and one day excursions, or even only a few hour saunters.
Buda Royal Palace
Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District, which is famous for its Medieval, Baroque, and 19th-century houses, churches, and public buildings. At the end of World War II, the palace was badly damaged. It was rebuilt once again, in Neo-Baroque style, using many original parts. Today, Buda Castle is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library.
Well-known for the wonderful panoramic views it provides of the city of Budapest, the castle-like Fisherman's Bastion was built in 1905, mainly for decorative purposes. The bastion is located right behind the Matthias Church in the Castle District. It is one of the city's biggest tourist draws and functions as some sort of ornate viewing platform. Designed by architect Frigyes Schulek and built between 1899 and 1905, the white-stoned Fisherman's Bastion is a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture and consists of turrets, projections, parapets, and climbing stairways.
The Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge was the first permanent stone-bridge connecting Pest and Buda, and only the second permanent crossing on the whole length of the river Danube. It is one of the symbolic buildings of Budapest, the most widely known bridge of the Hungarian capital. Its construction was proposed by Count István Széchenyi, one of the leading figures in 18th century Hungary. Its official name is Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark.
As the millennial celebrations of 1896 approached, the nation's demand for representation channelled the conception of a unique Parliament building. The Palace of Westminster in part inspired the design, but a well-known Hungarian architect, Imre Steindl, laid out the plans in their entirety. Ornamented with white neo-gothic turrets and arches, it forms the most outstanding landmark of the Pest side horizon. Statues of Hungarian monarchs and military commanders decorate the outer walls.
St Stephen's Basilica
St. Stephen's Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and can hold up to 8,500 people. Although in architectural terms it's a cathedral, it was given the title of 'basilica minor' by Pope Pius XI in 1931. It took more than 50 years to build the Basilica. Architect Jozsef Hild who drafted the original plans and supervised the construction died in 1867. Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century, who also designed the Opera House, took over. When the dome collapsed in 1868, Ybl had to draft new plans. Unfortunately Ybl didn't live to see the completion of the Basilica as he passed away in 1891, however work was finished according to his plans.
The opera house in Budapest stands as one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. When it was opened in 1884, the city shared the administrative duties of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Vienna. In fact, Emperor Franz Joseph commissioned its design. Construction included the use of marble and frescos by some of the best artisans of that era. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century, the Budapest Opera House quickly became one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. Many important artists performed here, including Gustav Mahler, who was also the director for three seasons.
Andrássy Avenue, recognized as a World Heritage Site, was built to connect the city center with City Park. Construction began in 1872, and the avenue was inaugurated in 1885. Its Eclectic Neo-Renaissance palaces and houses were built by the most distinguished architects of the time. Aristocrats, bankers, landowners and noble families moved in. The iconic avenue was named after Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy, a key advocate of the project. In recent years, Andrássy Avenue has become increasingly chic, attracting some of the world's leading designers. Not to mention, the many restaurants and cafés located along the avenue.
Laid out in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary, Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) is the largest and most impressive square of the city. Located at the end ofAndrássy Avenue and next to City Park, Heroes' Square is one of the most visited sights in Budapest. Surrounded by two important buildings, Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Kunsthalle (Hall of Art) on the right, Heroes' Square is also a station of the Millennium Underground. The Millennium Monument in the middle of the square was erected to commemorate the 1000-year-old history of the Magyars. Archangel Gabriel stands on top of the center pillar, holding the holy crown and the double cross of Christianity. The seven chieftains who led the Magyar tribes to Hungary can be seen on the stand below. Statues of kings and other important historical figures stand on top of the colonnades on either side of the center pillar