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The TOP 10 must-see monuments in Budapest in 2020


Hello dear traveler,


Budapest is a city full of things to see. Many of you find it difficult to decide when planning your trip to Budapest. To help you, here are, in my opinion, the 10 must-see monuments not to be missed during your trip to Budapest:


1) The Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is a landmark of the city of Budapest. It is the tallest building in Hungary, the largest parliament in Europe and the third tallest in the world. It is also one of the tallest buildings in Budapest. It was designed by Hungarian architect Irme Steindl in 1885 and completed after his death in 1902 after 17 years of construction. This building epitomized the economic power of Hungary at the time. It still houses the National Assembly there since 1902. Reservation is compulsory for the guided tour.


Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, Budapest 1055 Opening Hours:

  • Guided tours in French take place every day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Price*:

  • Ticket with reduction applied to EU citizens over 24: 3,200 forint (€ 9.80);

  • Ticket with reduction applied to EU citizens from 6 to 24 years old included: 1,600 forint (€ 4.90);

  • Ticket for non-EU citizens over the age of 24: 6,400 forint (€ 19.70);

  • Ticket for non-EU citizens between 6 and 24 years old included: 3,200 forint (€ 9.80).

Booking website: click here


2) St. Stephen Basilica

This neoclassical cathedral with a Greek cross plan is 55 meters wide by 87 meters long and 96 meters high.

It was built between 1851 to 1905 to pay homage to the first king of Hungary: Etienne I. It took half a century of work and 3 different architects to complete it.


Address: Szent István tér, Budapest 1051

Basilica Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Sunday: 7.45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Price *: The visit is free. An urn is located at the entrance for voluntary donations.


3) La Grande Synagogue

The Great Synagogue in Budapest is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world after that of New York. It was completed in 1859. It is 1200 square meters and can accommodate up to 3000 people.


Address: Dohány utca 2, Budapest 1074

Opening Hours:

  • In spring (from March 1 to April 26, 2020): The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • In summer (from April 27 to September 27, 2020): The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note, the guided tours take place every 30 minutes from 10:30 to 19:00 in summer and from 10:30 to 15:00 in spring.

Price*:

  • Adult ticket: 5,000 forint (15 €)

  • Student ticket (on presentation of the ISIC card): 3,800 forint (12 €)  

  • Child ticket (6 to 12 years old): 1,700 forint (5 €)

  • Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): 11,300 forint (34 €)

  • Admission is free for children under the age of 6.


4) Széchenyi Chain Bridge

It is the first permanent bridge in Budapest. It is 360 meters long and is supported by 2 towers, which was a technical feat for the time.

Two stone lions guard the head of the Chain Bridge on each side. Legend has it that their sculptor, János Marschalkó, committed suicide by throwing himself into the river because he had forgotten to speak to them. In fact, it turns out that lions have many languages, but they are not easily visible.


Address: Széchenyi Lánchíd, Budapest 1051


5) Fisherman's Bastion

The Fisherman's Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 in a neo-Romanesque style. It consists of 7 turrets representing the 7 tribes of the Arpad. Their conical shapes are reminiscent of the Magyar tents.

The Fisherman's Bastion fulfills a purely decorative function and has never played a defensive role. It owes its name to the fishermen who protected the area at the time and to the establishment of a fish market there.

Today it offers one of the best views of the city of Budapest.


Address: Szentháromság tér, Budapest 1014


6) St. Matthias Church

One of the main Catholic shrines in Budapest is St. Matthias Church. It was rebuilt many times (fire in 1526 during an Ottoman attack, destruction in 1686 during the reconquest of the Habsburgs) and even transformed into a mosque during the occupation of the Ottomans in 1541.

It was also used in numerous coronation ceremonies including that of François-Joseph 1er and Sissi in 1867.

Address: Szentháromság tér 2, Budapest 1014

Opening Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price * for a ticket with a visit to the Church:

  • Adult: 1,800 forint (6 €)

  • Student: 1,200 forint (4 €)

  • Child under 6: free

  • Senior over 60: 1,200 forint (4 €)

  • Family (2 adults and 1 child): 4,200 forint (€ 13)


7) Széchenyi Thermal Baths

These baths are one of the largest bathing centers in Europe. They are the biggest and most famous in Budapest but they are also the most visited, the most touristic and the most expensive in Budapest.

These baths were built between 1909 and 1913 by Gyozo Czigler in the neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance styles.

The water temperature in outdoor pools ranges from 26 ° to 40 ° C. You will find a dozen indoor, 3 outdoor thermal pools, several saunas and hammams.


Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11, Budapest 1146 Opening Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Price * (see website): click here


8) The Heroes' Square

The Heroes' Square is one of the most important squares in Budapest. It is the largest square in the city. It is classified as World Heritage by Unesco and hosts events on a recurring basis.  Address: Hősök tere, Budapest 1146


9) The House of Terror

The House of Terror traces the history of the fascist and communist regimes in Hungary from 1944 to 1956.

This former seat of the Communist political police has successively become a prison and a place of torture. It was not until 2002 that this place became a museum.

This museum is one of the must-see museums in the city. Emotions will be guaranteed.


Address: Andrássy út 60, Budapest 1062

Opening Hours:

  • Closed on Mondays

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (note that ticket offices close at 5:30 p.m.)

Price*:

  • Adult ticket: 3,000 forint (€ 8.9)

  • Ticket for European citizens between 6 and 25 years old and 62 and 70 years old as well as for European citizen families with at least two children under 18 and their close relatives: 1,500 forint (4.5 €)

  • Ticket for children under 6, pensioners over 70 and teachers: Free

  • Audio guide: 1,500 forint (4.5 €)


10) The shoes memorial on the banks of the Danube

This memorial was created by the sculptor Guyla Pauer and the director Can Togay in 2005. It is made up of 60 pairs of old style shoes and shoes, made of cast iron, thrown anyway on the shore. It represents the Hungarian Jews who had to take off their shoes before being shot and taken to the Danube by members of the Arrow Cross Party in 1944. Address: Id. Antall József rkp., Budapest 1054


For more information to organize your weekend in Budapest: - Your free practical guide on the different ways to reach the city center from the airport;

- Book your visit to the Budapest Parliament without a third party commissioner;

- Mobiljegy, the application needed to take transport to Budapest;

- Where to sleep during your weekend in Budapest; - What to put in your suitcase to go on a weekend to Budapest in summer.


See you soon.


*The prices mentioned are subject to change by the establishment and to vary depending on the exchange rate.


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