Vajdahunyad Castle is a sight to behold, and radiates history, although it is not as old as you might think. It was built in 1896 for the millennium of Hungary becoming a state as a fantasy pastiche showcasing fortified architectural evolution through the centuries in the country. Even if you’ve never been to Budapest before, you may well find it familiar, as it is regularly used as the setting for movies. Besides the rich exhibits at the agriculture museum on the site, Vajdahunyad castle is also the location for weekend fairs, with handcrafted products and treats on sale, while the kids can go on a pony ride or even learn archery, a very historical Hungarian pastime.
Városliget doesn’t only attract crowds in the summer, it is also home to Europe’s biggest outdoor skating rink. Spend a day with friends and family on a sporty winter day, all the while enjoying the beauty of the historic architecture that surrounds you on all sides. In the summer, the skating ring becomes a lake for leisurely boat rides.
Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) is a must-see for even the briefest of visits to Budapest. The site marks the end of the capital’s truly magnificent Andrássy Avenue, dedicated to the seven tribes who conquered Hungary and some of the outstanding kings from the country’s history. The collection of statuary, complete with horses and chariots and even an archangel, gives visitors a chance to marvel, and locals to show off their skateboarding tricks. Believe it or not, it is also the location for an annually held horse-racing event right in the middle of the city.