Budapest: Hungary’s capital city and an exciting stop off on some of the best river cruises down the Danube. This vibrant European metropolis is brimming with cultural delights, including museums, important historical monuments, art galleries and more. |
Keep reading to learn about our favourite attractions to see in this stunning city.
This park celebrating former Soviet heroes is frequented by many tourists visiting Budapest, and for a good reason. The park is home to statues of around 40 significant Soviet figures, including Marx, Lenin and more, and today the park’s collection is a bit of a local oddity. Those interested in learning more about Communism’s rule in the area can visit the park’s museum and watch the documentary film about secret agents.
The Royal Palace is both a history lover’s and art enthusiast’s delight. Here you can find both the Budapest History Museum and the National Gallery, for centuries of Hungarian art and history. The three-storey history museum spans 2,000 years of history, while the four-floor National Gallery covers a wide range of Hungarian art, from baroque masterpieces to medieval masonry – dating back as far as the eleventh century!
The building itself also features some impressive construction and stonework, since many of Budapest’s former kings continuously rebuilt the palace over the years.
While the best river cruises offer stunning views of the Danube, the Citadel perched atop Gellért Hill offers views of Budapest that can’t be beat. This building was constructed back in 1854 under the Hapsburg Empire and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. See if you can spot iconic sites like Parliament, Pest and some of the Buda Hills from the top.
Basilica of St Stephen
This famed cathedral offers ornate views and a unique story all of its own. Perhaps best known for its Holy Right Chapel, this was the site of St Stephen’s mummified hand and crown before they were stolen during the Second World War. Luckily, these objects have since been returned to the chapel and remain of popular interest today.
Visitors to the basilica can explore the cathedral’s decorated (though shadowy) interior and a climb to the top of the dome for a jaw-dropping lookout over the city.
Get Ready to Go
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Whether you’re one for checking out historic museums, scaling hills to reach the scenic view at the top or observing ornate art, Budapest is a city for everyone.
Perry Mahoney is the Director of GN Holidays, a holiday company offering the best river cruises and other exciting weekend breaks for the over 40s. If you're looking to enjoy a much-needed getaway sailing along the Rhine, non-stop 60s and 70s sounds or a just an opportunity to bond with some like-minded travellers, GN Holidays will be sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
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