Top sights in Budapest

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Budapest is famed for its nighlife.There are hundreds of amazing venues, bars, cafés open around the clock. The historical downtown area offers plenty of ideas for a fun night ou, ranging from some of the trendiest dining options and galleries to the hottest pop/rock/electro events. The beautiful historic setting, spas and theatres mixed with a youthful vibe give you a truly unforgettable study abroad experience.

Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) is probably the most famous sight of Budapest. It was opened in 1849 and was then the first permanent bridge across the Danube. It was rebuilt during the first and after the Second World War. At night countless bulbs illuminate the bridge. Children are told that in cold weather the bridge is pulled into the Buda-side tunnel.

The Parliament

The Parliament building on the Pest side was designed by the Hungarian architect Imre Steidl. It was constructed between 1884 and 1902 and was then the largest Parliament building in the world.

Buda Hills - Széchenyi-hegy

Make a trip by the cog-wheel railway, whose first line was put to operation in 1874, to Széchenyi Hill (439 m). The TV Tower is located on top of the hill with the Children's Railway running all along the Buda Hills. Normafa offers a splendid walk with a wonderful panorama of Budapest.

Budapest Parks

Budapest has two large central parks: Margaret Island is a 1.8 km long green island on the Danube and City Park (Városliget). City Park is Budapest's largest park and offers some interesting sights like Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle and Széchenyi Bath and Spa. City Park is located north-east of central Pest.

Bridges of Budapest

Budapest is famous for its bridges which connect Buda on the western bank with Pest on the eastern bank, over the river Danube. The main bridges in the city centre from north to south are: Árpád híd and Margit híd (Margaret Bridge) at either end of Margaret Island, the famous stone Lánchíd (Chain Bridge), built by the famous Hungarian statesman, István Széchenyi, the white Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge), the forest-green Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge) and the brand new Megyeri Híd.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle was the residence of the Hungarian kings for about 700 years. Nowadays the baroque building houses some important art collections and museums. It has been destroyed and reconstructed many times over the centuries.

St. Stephen's Basilica

The Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) was completed in 1905 and is the largest church in Budapest. The dome is 96 m high and has a viewing platform around the cupola which offers great views of Budapest.

Fishermen's Bastion

The neo-Romanesque style Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya) offers panoramic views of Pest – especially of the Parliament. It was built between 1890 and 1905 and includes seven turrets and a labyrinth of tunnels and cellars.


The Budapest Synagogue (Zsinagóga) is the world's second largest Synagogue. It was built between 1854 - 1859 and has seats for 3000 worshippers.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is the perfect area for relaxing walks among gardens and ancient trees. There are also some historical monuments, such as the ruins of two 13th century churches, as well as the famous water tower and Japanese Garden. Last but not least, the island offers pleasant views across the Danube to Pest and Buda.

Gellért Hill

Gellért Hill, topped by the 46 metre high Statue of Liberty, is 236 m above see level and offers a beautiful panorama of the city and the Danube. In 1854 the Austrians built a fortress, Citadella, on the top. On its side the statue of Bishop Gellért looks down on the city centre from above a magnificient water fall.

Gellért Hotel and Spa

The Art Nouveau building was constructed between 1916 and 1918 and is shared by the 4-star hotel and the famous Spa. It houses an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and Turkish thermal baths.

Western (Nyugati) Railway Station

The amazing building of the Western Railway Station (Nyugati Pályaudvar) was built between 1874 and 1877 by the Eiffel Paris Company. It is a typical example of the complex ironwork of Eiffel. The beautiful old restaurant on the right side of the main entrance now houses a McDonalds- it is said to be the finest setting of any fast food restaurant.

Buda Castle Funicular

The Buda Castle on Castle Hill can be reached in less than 1 minute by the quiet Funicular (Sikló). The lower terminus is at Clark Ádám tér near the Chain Bridge. It was originally opened in 1870, wrecked in the Second World War and completely rebuilt in 1986.