7 fantastic Budapest hotspots
When it comes to cities in Europe, Budapest is fast becoming a hotspot for travellers from all around the world. Not only does Hungary's capital city offer incredible architecture, which is guaranteed to send you into a photo frenzy but there are countless ways to embrace the rich culture the city has to offer. Here are a few of our favourite places to visit.
Perhaps one of the more unique destinations to visit in Budapest is one of the many thermal spas that are built all around the city. If you are a fan of beautiful architecture then visit the Gellert Baths, which were originally constructed in the early 20th Century and are decorated with intricate mosaic walls and stained glass windows. Alternatively, you can head to the Széchenyi baths and enjoy one of the many pools, which are particularly popular with younger travellers.
The Hungarian Parliament is easily one of the most picturesque buildings in Budapest. Heavily inspired by Gothic architecture, the Parliament building sits besides the River Danube in the heart of the city. If you want to catch it at its best, head to see it at night when it is illuminated.
3. Liberty Statue
There is much debate as to whether Buda or Pest is the more beautiful side of the city and climbing the Liberty Statue is a great way to decide. Standing at just over 300ft tall, the statue was originally built to commemorate Hungary's liberation from the Nazis in World War II, so is rich in historical value. The walk to see it may be a bit of a trek but the views at the top are sensational- an absolute must see!
4. Shoes on the Danube
Hungary may be a democratic country today but this has not always been the case, particularly during the years of the Second World War. The memorial 'Shoes on the Danube' is a moving display which remembers those who were persecuted by the Nazis during WWII and shows a collection of metal shoes fixed to the edge of the river bank. Well worth a visit for those with an interest in Hungary's past.
5. Chain Bridge
One of the first permanent bridges connecting the two cities of Buda and Pest is the famous Chain Bridge, which was originally opened in 1849. The bridge is a symbol of independence in Budapest and it has also been a popular destination for protests and demonstrations to occur. This is a great place to capture some amazing snaps of the city with the Danube flowing directly beneath you.
6. Buda Castle
A short walk from the Chain Bridge sits the famous Buda Castle, which is a fantastic place to visit in Budapest. Not only can you catch some spectacular views from the top but it is also an opportunity to further explore the exciting history of Budapest and Hungary. Tours are available throughout the day, where you can learn more about the importance of the castle as well as appreciate the amazing architecture.
7. St. Stephen's Basilica
As one of the top ten most photographed buildings in the world, St. Stephen's Basilica stands as one of the most important religious buildings in the city and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Church has a beautiful interior where one can enjoy the elaborate stained glass windows and exquisite architecture, as well as the stunning exterior, which fits in perfectly with the surrounding area.