Budapest Capital of Hungary
Great European Capital

Budapest the Capital of Hungary is one of the cities I may go back and back again. We first discovered Budapest in the 1980’s when it was under the Communist regime. Even though it was sad and frightened, you could feel the spirit of its citizens for music, good restaurants and a joy de vivre.

We have traveled to Hungary and been back to Budapest several times and can attest that it is today a thriving European Capital compare easily to Paris, Prague and Berlin.

This city is home to closer to two million people, the largest city in Hungary and seventh largest of the cities in the European Union. Budapest is actually one city divided in two, the hilly Buda on one side of the Danube River and the flat Pest on the other side.

heroes square

Heroes Square in Budapest is the most important monument in Hungary

Capital of Hungary Attractions

  • Heroes Square

This impressive monument is flanked by the Palace of Art on one side and the Museum of Fine Arts on the others. It was built in memory of the great heroes of Hungarian History.

It is one of the most visited and photographed landmarks of Budapest and has been declared as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Buda Castle

Also called the Castle Hill is where Budapest was founded. The hill rises to 50 meters over the Danube and the Castle is built on it. It dates to the 13th Century after the Mongol tribes invaded Hungary. The small town of Buda started to grow around the castle. It was rebuilt several times to be today one of the largest European Castles.

Széchenyi Chain Bridge over the Danube River in the
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  • Chain Bridge

Any person that likes travel and cities even if they haven’t been to Budapest has seen pictures of the impressive bridge. It is called the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. It is a suspension bridge uniting Buda with Pest across the Danube River. Then in 1849 when finished it was the only permanent bridge uniting the city. Nowadays there are plenty of bridges.

I spans over the Danube from the Buda side from Adam Clark Square and the Pest side the Széchenyi Square. It became a symbol of national pride, the union between east and west.

  • Matthias Church

It is officially named the Church of Our Lady. This famous Budapest landmark is located in the Castle Distric. It was named after the 15th century Renaissance King. The last two Kings of Hungary were crowned here, Franz Joseph in 1867 and Charles IV in 1916.

  • Gellért Hill

This is a 145 meters high rock rising above the Danube River in Buda side. From the top of the Hill you have a fabulous view of the city.

It was named after Bishop Gellért who came to Hungary from Italy with the purpose of converting its people to Christianity. You may see a statue of the Bishop holding a cross on the northeastern side of the hill.

Váci Utca the fashionable pedestrian mall in Budapest

Váci Utca the fashionable pedestrian mall in Budapest

  • Váci Utca

This is my wife’s favorite spot. Váci Street is a pedestrian mall full of boutiques and cafes. It has a superb atmosphere of well being; it is clean and inviting to the tourists and the service at the shops have no comparison. At any moment it may be crowded with visitors and shoppers.

  • State Opera House

Hungary has been known for its great Opera performances. In the Opera House you’ll find it if you like opera. It is built on the standards of the greatest Opera Houses in Paris or Dresden Germany.

Today it is considered by Hungarians as one their pride and honor buildings. On the exterior you will see the statues of some of the greatest composers of the world, including Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and Monteverdi Liszt and Erkel.

Capital of Hungary

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The Parliament House of Budapest on the banks of the Danube River

  • Parliament House

The impressive Parliament Building sitting on the Pest Bank of the river reminds of the Palace of Westminster in London. It was built by prominent Hungarian architect Imre Steindl on a neo-gothic style of arches and turrets.

The outer walls are decorated by statues of Hungarian Monarchs. The interiors are huge halls, long corridors and a central dome. When Parliament is not in session it can be visited with tours in practically all languages.

  • National Theatre

After performing in several sites on the city, the National Theater opened its doors in this site in 2000. It is the largest theater in the country.

fishermans bastion

The Fishermns Bastion atop the hills in Buda with a view of Budapest

  • Fishermans Bastion

Located in the hilly part of Buda it offers an amazing panoramic view of the city on the other side of the Danube. It is located next to the Matthias Church in the Castle district with its stone streets and souvenirs stores and restaurants.

  • Vörösmarty Square

This popular square is located on the northern end of Vaci Utca. The statue of the Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty may be seen in the middle of the square. The main attraction here is Gerbaud Café a landmark dating since 1870. I am fortunate to have been there with my wife sipping my coffee and eating one of the most delicious pastries in the world.

For more information go to Budapest Tourism Board

The Danube River flowing through
Budapest the Capital of Hungary

  • St Stephen's Basilica

This is the largest church in the city of Budapest with a capacity of 8,500 people. It was dedicated to the First King of Hungary, St Stephen. His mummified right hand is displayed here among many more national treasures. I suggest when visiting this church to go up to the cupola for a breathtaking view of the city.

The Capital of Hungary, Budapest is one of the most picturesque of all European Capitals.

image credits for capital of hungary:

chain bridge by james g. howes
parliament by wt shared
heroes square by paul mannix
fishermans bastion by cezar suceveanu
budapest aerial by hunszabi

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