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Budapest has managed to preserve its historical atmosphere and special eclectic cityscape, while allowing new places to open one after the other, and continues to be a vibrant metropolis. You will find interesting cultural events in abundance and many excellent entertainment venues in Budapest. Many hidden treasures, the secrets of past times, stories of fortunes rising and falling, and sultry gossip lie there on the street, just waiting to be discovered.

The first of the must-see sights has to be the Parliament building, designed by Imre Steindl in Gothic Revival style. It is the largest building in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) is a landmark in Budapest, and was built to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian state, in 1896. The square is surrounded by the statues of 14 prominent figures from Hungarian history, while the archangel Gabriel stands on top of the central column. This statue was awarded the grand prize at the 1900 Paris World's Fair.

 

The view from the lookout terraces of the Fisherman’s Bastion in the Buda Castle District is truly one of a kind.

 

Citadella at the top of Gellért Hill is another Budapest landmark. The view is amazing: you can see Buda Castle, the Parliament building, the bridges over the Danube, the Pest side and the Buda Hills, all from one place.

 

And of course, you cannot forget the Chain Bridge, which was the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest over the River Danube.

The Hungarian Parliament

What pops into your mind first when hearing the words iconic Hungarian building? We’ll bet you anything it’s the House of Parliament on the banks of the Danube. The building has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987 as part of the Banks of the Danube.

 

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge is one of the most beautiful and well-known landmarks in Budapest. Although the mere sight of Budapest’s first permanent bridge over the Danube speaks for itself, it is well worth taking a peek through the ‘keyhole of history’ for a better appreciation of it. So here goes.

Heroes' Square

Take a journey through Hungarian history. An outdoor World Heritage site, lined with monumental statues. What is it? Heroes' Square, of course. It’s worth getting to know a bit about Hungarian history virtually beforehand so that you can absorb it better at the site itself.

Fisherman’s Bastion

The 140 m facade of the Fisherman’s Bastion in the Buda Castle District offers splendid views of the city and is a great spot for photos of another key attraction, the Parliament.

Citadella

One of the special features of the Citadella is that the Statue of Liberty at its south-eastern bastion is visible from almost anywhere in Budapest. Together with its pedestal, the female figure, which rises 40 metres above Gellért Hill.

St. Stephen's Basilica

The basilica is one of the most frequently photographed Hungarian tourist attractions and hides thousands of secrets. It was built for 54 years; 3 famous architects left their mark on the building.

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