For perfect days in Budapest, here is Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Budapest’s most important sights.
The beautifully renovated Matthias Church dominates the largest square on Buda’s Castle Hill, a focal point offering great views over the whole of Budapest.
No panoramic view of Budapest would be complete without the monumental Parliament building. (Image above.) It’s also worth a visit!
3. ANDRÁSSY ÚT & ÁLLAMI OPERAHÁZ
The boulevard and its surrounding area offer art nouveau architecture and buzzing nightlife. The highlight is the Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
4. SZENT ISTVÁN BAZILIKA
The mighty St Stephen’s Basilica is one of Europe’s top churches. It’s sacred to Hungarians thanks to the relic of King Stephen. At nearly 100m high, the dome boasts a stunning panoramic view.
The City Park was built in 1896 to celebrate Hungary’s 1,000th anniversary. You can soak your cares away next to the park at the magnificent Széchenyi Baths.
Margaret Island in the Danube is a tranquil recreational oasis at the heart of the city. Only the huge Sziget Festival in August disturbs the island’s peace.
7. ZSIDÓ NEGYED
With its restaurants, a cemetery, a museum and two large Synagogues, the city’s Jewish quarter will grant you a fascinating glimpse into the rich past of this once-great Budapest community.
8. VÖRÖSMARTY TÉR & VÁCI UTCA
The city’s hottest square and chicest street for shopping and strolling around. Some of the coffee houses are also fantastic spots to see and be seen.
Climb right to the top of Gellért Hill to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view. The hill boasts the Independence Monument at its summit and the famous Gellért Baths at its feet.
10. HŐSÖK TERE
Heroes’ Square and the Millenary Monument make up the ultimate symbol of Hungarian national pride. They’re flanked by the Palace of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Content taken from the Budapest Marco Polo Spiral Guide