TOURISM

Budapest is ranked among the most attractive cities of the world. It successfully combines a centuries-old architectural and cultural heritage with the latest features of modern life.

In 1873 ‘Buda’ and ‘Obuda’ situated on the right, hilly bank of the Danube were united with ‘Pest’, situated on the flat left side of the river, and became the city of Budapest. UNESCO designated the Buda skyline, including the Castle District with the Royal Palace and the Matthias Church, as well as the Gellert Hill and the Citadel, as part of the World Heritage. Among the nine bridges in the city, the ‘Chain Bridge’ is the oldest built between 1839-1849; did not escape the destruction of the Second World War and was rebuilt in 1949, on its 100th anniversary.

If you are in the mood for sightseeing, do not miss the Buda Castle, Danube Embankment and Andrassy Avenue, all World Heritage Sights.

The Castle district is filled with museums such as The Castle Museum, Museum of Military History and the Hungarian National Gallery. The view from the Royal Palace across the Danube is breathtaking.

The largest building in the country, the permanent site of the national assembly, Parliament sits on the Danube embankment on the Pest side. The neo-Gothic building was constructed between 1884-1904 and its most important work of art is the painting, ‘The Conquest’.

Despite being rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style, Matthias Church has managed to preserve its interior layout first shaped 700 years ago. Once the church where royalty was crowned, today its excellent acourstics make it an ideal venue for organ concerts.

Budapest is the world’s only metropolitan city and capital with more than 80 active thermal springs and wells. Natural spas or drilled thermal wells supply nearly fifty thermal baths around the city, including Turkish baths preserved in their original state, open-air baths and elegant whirlpool baths. Among the better known is the Gellért Hotel and Spa Baths, at the foot of Liberty Bridge on the Buda side.