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Goal spree and discovery: what Budapest offers football lovers

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Football’s popularity attracts many fans to matches, and it’s worth combining this sporting experience with sightseeing. The capital has countless places to discover for those who want to explore the world-famous sights beyond the stadiums. 

The Hungarian Cup is the second most famous competition in Hungarian football after the Hungarian championship. The cup winners qualify for the Europa Conference League. The competition was known as the MOL Hungarian Cup for the first time in the 2020-2021 season, and this season fans were able to hear the cup anthem for the first time.  

In the final on 11 May, the most successful team in Hungarian Cup history, Ferencváros, which has won the trophy 23 times, clashed with Paks at the Puskás Arena. However, for the fans visiting Budapest, it wasn’t only the final that was exciting, so were the gorgeous sights of the city. 

The city from a bird's eye view

The centre of Budapest, which is easily accessible by public transport from the Puskás Arena, welcomes visitors with many exciting sights. From the 65-metre-high circular terrace of the St. Stephen’s Basilica you can admire the city from a bird’s eye view. Fitter visitors can climb the 364 steps, but there is also a lift to the dome to admire the geometry of the city’s rooftops, boulevards and avenues, the church towers, the Parliament, Gellért Hill, the Castle as well as the contours of Széchenyi Hill and János Hill. Don’t miss the Basilica treasury, the Holy Right Hand - which is a relic of King Stephen - as well as the tomb of Ferenc Puskás. 

World heritage panorama

Furthermore, the view of Budapest is not only breathtaking from above. No wonder that the Danube Bank panorama is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and he best place to admire this view is the Danube Promenade between the Chain bridge and the Erzsébet bridge. Decorated with ornate lamps, the promenade has been attracting residents and visitors since 2000. Across the Danube, you can enjoy the view of the Castle, the Citadella, Gellért Hill and the bridges, while the Danube Promenade is lined with five-star hotels, restaurants, bars, terraces and impressive architectural monuments such as the City Centre Parish Church, the Pest Vigadó concert hall and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The bronze statue of the Little Princess, made by László Marton, is seated on the rail of the tram stop in front of Vigadó. The statue has been there since 1990. Few people know that Prince Charles loved it so much when he visited that he obtained a copy of it and invited its creator to London, where he held an exhibition.  

Another section of the Danube bank in Pest should not be missed either: the green plain between Petőfi bridge and Szabadság bridge and the Nehru bank are great for sports and also make a nice venue for evening cocktails. In addition, Dávid Sigér, a Ferencváros footballer, is    happy to recommend it to those who love the sight of the river.  

DÁVID SIGÉR ON THE NEHRU BANKThis year Ferencváros and Paksi FC played at the MOL Hungarian Cup final, which is one of the biggest events of Hungarian football. On 11 May the crowd at the Puskás Arena roared in unison.
Dávid Sigér on the Nehru bank
Bence Demeter on Margit-sziget
Zsófia Szabó on Gellért Hill
Krisztián Lovassy on Etyek

Sightseeing on the Danube

An even more special way to enjoy the panorama of the Danube is to see the magnificent buildings of the bank right from the river. Choose an organised sightseeing tour and get to know another side of Budapest. Take an hour-long cruise or a boat trip with wine tasting, have a romantic lunch, dinner or cocktail, or rent a luxurious motor boat.  

Visit the Castle District

Buda Castle is the city’s most famous attraction and is one of the most emblematic buildings of Budapest and Hungary. When in Budapest, don’t miss its narrow streets and magical sights. According to Ádám Bogdán, a Ferencváros player, the Árpád Tóth promenade is captivating all year round.  

ÁDÁM BOGDÁN ON THE BUDA CASTLE DISTRICTOne of the biggest dates in the football calendar, the Hungarian Cup final, was held on 11 May at the Puskás Arena. Ferencváros, which holds the record for most Hungarian cup wins, came face to face with the Paks team.
Ádám Bogdán on the Buda Castle District
Ádám Karl on the Vajdahunyad Castle
Zsófia Szabó on Gellért Hill
Lajos Vereczkey on Erzsébet Square