Boasting more than its fair share of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the planet’s finest opera houses, and sublime hot springs, Hungary’s “city of a thousand faces,” Budapest, is the pearl of Eastern Europe.
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More than a million people call this city straddling the awesome Danube, home. From the quaint cobblestone streets of its Castle District to its expansive 900-foot Parliament fronting the river, Budapest offers myriad attractions waiting to be explored.
A 19th-century bridge connects two cities, the hilly Buda and flatter Pest, sitting on separate sides of the Danube. The region also hosts an array of parks and bubbling thermal pools, known as Turkish Baths, thought to hold curative powers.
The Gothic Mathias Church offers a stunning look into centuries past, while the renowned Fishermen’s Bastion provides a glorious view of Budapest today. The stunning Hungarian National Museum holds some of the region’s most important works of art and culture.
The city’s Dohány Synagogue is the largest in Europe and second largest synagogue in the entire world.
Vaci Street’s pedestrian walkway affords locals and vacationers some of the city’s finest shops, restaurants and outdoor café, ideal for soaking in Budapest’s ambiance.
What To Do
Take a boat trip down the stunning Danube separating the twin regions of Buda and Pest.
Discover some of the most impressive musical talents and more at the Müpa Budapest cultural center.
Explore an aquatic world and rainforest in the heart of the city at the unique Tropicarium.
Pay homage to Hungary’s Jewish citizens lost in WWII at the Holocaust Memorial Center, in this renovated 1920s synagogue.
Soothe body and soul in one of the city’s rejuvenating thermal baths, such as the Széchenyi Bath and Spa, one of Europe’s largest.
View a wide range of contemporary art at the palatial Budapest Hall of Art.
Visit the incredible Hungarian Parliament, the globe’s third largest parliament building.
Sample some zesty chicken paprikash or rich goulash, the country’s hearty national dish.