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Culture of Budapest. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Budapest Buda Castle is one of the most striking sights of the city. This is a unique historical monument, which was built in the 15th century. The castle is located on a fortifying hill. There are some other notable buildings on its territory, such as Fishermen's Bastion and Royal Palace. The bastion is a unique architectural complex that consists of beautiful snow-white towers and buildings made in the Romanesque style.
A walk to secret places of Budapest promises to be very interesting as this ancient European city has much to offer. Gellért-hegy Mount remains one of the most visited landmarks of … Open
A statue of St. Stefan is located on its territory. This statue is devoted to the first ruler of the country. In addition to interesting architectural attractions this district is famous for numerous interesting souvenir and handicraft shops. The famous Chain Bridge can be surely called a masterpiece of architecture. The bridge, which was built in 1849, connects two banks of Danube. You will see a subtle pattern on the railing of the bridge. It is also decorated with beautiful statues of lions. The bridge underwent a massive reconstruction in 2003. Once the restoration is complete, the bridge will become pedestrians only.
The Parliament building is a prominent architectural monument of the later period. Built in 1902, the building represents a unique combination of neo-Renaissance and Gothic styles. Near the building are installed 90 statues of prominent figures of the country. The interior of the building is also quite interesting - 700 rooms, 29 long staircases and luxurious design of rooms - you will need more than one day in order to inspect this building. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Even though Bohem Art Hotel is located in the historic center of the city, that’s a new artistic hotel where modern Hungarian artists decorated all rooms and public zones. Their … Open
Nature lovers should definitely take a walk in Városliget Park. On its territory you will find a zoo, a botanical garden, and Museum of Fine Arts. Lots of interesting monuments can be seen on Heroes' Square, the main decoration of which is the statue of Archangel Gabriel. The square was founded in 1896. Besides the statues of famous Hungarian leaders here is located Museum of Fine Arts, which exhibits a rich collection of paintings belonging to 17 - 19 centuries.
Parliament Building and Cruise Boat along Danube River at Sunset - From Buda Side Among the religious monuments of the city we should definitely distinguish Matthias Church, which is located next to Buda castle. This church was built in 1247. Every weekend the church becomes the venue of concerts, where guests can enjoy music and make a walk through a beautiful park.
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Plan your own excursion through Budapest: churches, museums and castles

Buda Castle, Budapest

» The Buda Castle is the historical castle of Hungarian kings in Budapest.
» The fortress has been rebuilt and restored for several times.
» The oldest part of the present castle was built in the 14th century.
» Gradually, the castle became a cultural center with museums of Budapest (the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum) and the National Library.
» The Buda Castle is decorated with the equestrian statue of Saint Stephen, who was canonized for Christianization of the Hungarians.

Matthias Church, Budapest

» The Matthias Church is the Catholic Church within the Buda Castle, built in the second half of the 14th century in a magnificent late Gothic style.
» The bell tower of the Matthias Church is 80 meters high, so that’s the tallest building of Buda Castle.
» Almost the entire interior of the church was created in the late 19th century, when the church has undergone a massive rehabilitation and reconstruction.
» One of the interesting interior solutions is using beautiful stained-glass windows.
» The gallery of the church, which leads to the underground crypt, houses the museum of religious art.

St. Stephen Basilica, Budapest

» The St. Stephen Basilica is the Roman Catholic cathedral, which is the largest temple of the Hungarian capital.
» The height of the cathedral is 96 meters. The building of the St. Stephen Basilica, along with the parliament building, is the tallest building in Budapest.
» The St. Stephen Basilica is one of three largest and most beautiful churches in the country.
» Interior of the church is richly decorated with mosaics made by the best Hungarian artists.
» The altar space houses the statue of St. Stephen. Around the statue of the saint there are five bronze bas-reliefs depicting scenes from his life.

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

» Vajdahunyad is the castle in City Park in Budapest.
» The castle has being built in the period from 1896 to 1908 by architect Ignatz Alpari. The castle has been originally built of wood, and was later rebuilt in stone.
» The Vajdahunyad Сastle was built during celebrations of the millennium of Hungary to showcase the elements of the 21 famous buildings of the country.
» Since the castle gathered the parts of buildings from different eras, it reflects various architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
» Currently, Vajdahunyad Agricultural Museum is situated in the castle.

Gresham Palace, Budapest

» The Gresham Palace is the architectural monument built in 1907 in Art Nouveau style specifically for Gresham insurance company.
» Facade of the castle is decorated with numerous rounded elements, smooth crossings and floral ornaments.
» World War II and post-war Communist government of Hungary have brought Gresham Palace to ruins. Only in 1989, the palace was passed into the hands of a private owner of the professional management company, Roi, which raised $85 million for restoration of the monument and its conversion into a luxury hotel.
» Since 2004, the Palace Gresham houses the most expensive five-star hotel in Budapest, Seasons.

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

» The Museum of Applied Arts can be easily recognized due to its conspicuous roof tiles of emerald color. The museum opened in 1896, the year of the millennium of Hungary.
» The museum is located in a building constructed in style of Art Nouveau in the 1893-1896.
» Its exhibition features unique works by Hungarian and European art from the 16th century to the present day. The main exhibition of the museum consists of glass, ceramics of the Hungarian factory Zsolnay, textiles, clothing, china, musical instruments, jewelry, tableware, clocks, and family treasures of aristocratic Esterházy family.
» Terraces and balconies located around the perimeter of the huge museum under a glass dome and leading directly to the halls of the exhibition are of particular interest.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Budapest

The Scéchenyi Baths
Where: Állatkerti körút. 11, Budapest; Telephone: +36 1 363 32 10;
The Main Synagogue / Nagy Zsinagóga
Where: Dohány u. 2-8, Budapest;
Castle Of Buda
Hungarian State Opera
Where: Andrássy út 22, Budapest; Telephone: +36 1 331 25 50;
Buda Hills
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Culture guide to Budapest. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Budapest: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Budapest. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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