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Must see architecture in Budapest?

Heading to Budapest in the Fall with my mom who loves historic buildings. What are the best spots to check out beautiful architecture?

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top answer by
Babak from Brazil

Within the kiskorut (the inner ring), almost every street is worthwhile to visit. As are many of the buildings along Andrassy Ut. Note, though, that Budapest had its boom around the start of the 20th century, so all structures in these areas date from that time.

For a walking tour, you should consider starting at Deák Ferenc tér, then to move towards the Danube. Then, check out the St. Istvan Basilika (St. Stephen's Basilica), Parlament and a stroll towards Oktogon.

Don't forget the bridges over the Danube, the Gellért Thermal Bath and the buildings on top of Castle Hill.

And this is just to get you started :)

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  1. Deák Ferenc tér (attraction)
  2. St. Stephen's Basilica (attraction)
  3. Parlament (attraction)
  4. Oktogon (attraction)
  5. Gellért Thermal Bath (attraction)
  6. Castle Hill (attraction)
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answered by
Roger from San Marcos (Texas)

**in Budapest?**

I would check out (walk over & back) the Széchenyi Chain Bridge on the Danube, the history museum covers many periods & castle museum. Each floor covers one. (Ie 1 floor Soviet occupy period). The Castle museum & grounds are a nice walk.

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answered by
Brad from Ubud

Hi Aerin there's plenty of great architecture in Budapest. The most obvious ones are the ParlamentBudapest Operetta-theaterBasilicaHeroes' SquareChain Bridge. You can see all of these places up close and personal or get a great vantage point of the city from the Buda Castle or the Liberty Statue.

However there are some great hidden gems: the mansions behind the Hungarian National Museum are stunning (be careful walking around in this area though). I really like the Anker köz building and the Paris House on Andrassy (almost looks like a Gaudi).

Besides that just walk around and look up. At the height of the Austro-Hungarian empire, it was law that 20% of building budgets had to be spent on beautification. You'll find amazing statues and frescoes located halfway up buildings and an array of little details on almost every structure older than 100 years old.

Enjoy - Budapest is my favourite city in Europe. It's stunning.

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  1. Parlament (attraction)
  2. Budapest Operetta-theater (attraction)
  3. Basilica (hotel)
  4. Heroes' Square (attraction)
  5. Chain Bridge (attraction)
  6. Buda Castle (attraction)
  7. Liberty Statue (attraction)
  8. Hungarian National Museum (attraction)
  9. Anker köz (attraction)
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answered first by
Georgia from Long Island (New York)

I am not sure what type of trip you would like but I spent 5 days there with my 20 yr old daughter and 80 yr old aunt ( I am in the middle.)  Budapest is unique among "old" euro cities- has everything without being overly re-developed, but the best I can advise is to find a well situated hotel. we stayed at the Starlight Suiten Hotel- excellent value and right next to the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest- perfect location.  we took the hop-on/off bus a block away and it gave us bearings as well as took us to the "important" sites.  recommend: Buda Castle, Memorial Park, Parlament, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Gerbeaud'sfor breakfast, lunch, dinner or ice cream- the best.  we walked once-elegant boulevards with bullet holes still on the buildings and found cobblestone streets became strolling boulevards at night with excellent restaurants. our trip was last minute and we were so unprepared, but things to do pop up along the way, we caught a ballet and concert as well as watched Lipizzaner horses on tour perform at the Castle.  the only warning (as women travelers) is the train station was a bit sketchy, the money confusing and the airport was far away and not what we are used to. otherwise we all enjoyed our time there.

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  1. Starlight Suiten Hotel (restaurant)
  2. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest (hotel)
  3. Buda Castle (attraction)
  4. Parlament (attraction)
  5. Széchenyi Thermal Bath (attraction)
  6. Gerbeaud's (restaurant)
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answered by
Gyöngyi from Budapest

Hello Aerin,

I recommend you to visit St. Stephen's Basilicathe best if you take part a concert in the church.


The Dohány Street Synagogue is a must see in Budapest (second largest in the world), but my personal faovurite is Kazinczy Street Synagogue in Kazinczy St this is smaller but it has very beautiful architecture. Best if you visit them with a guided tour:

Gellért Thermal Bath is fabulous Art Nouveau building with Art Deco motifs, decors and exquisite mosaic details


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  1. St. Stephen's Basilica (attraction)
  2. Dohány Street Synagogue (attraction)
  3. Kazinczy St (attraction)
  4. Gellért Thermal Bath (attraction)
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answered by
Betsy from Savusavu

For an out of this world interior experience don't miss New York Kávéház & Étterem, which is located in the old NY Life Insurance building, now a hotel. See our post here: Grand Breakfast Budapest Style More at

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answered by
Ben from London

Night time walking along the Danube is stunning and all the bridges are amazingly beautiful all lit up. A bit out there, the Museum of Applied Arts is great architecturally with the classic Hungarian roof tiles.

In my opinion Matthias Church is better than St. Stephen's Basilica, so try see both!

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  2. Matthias Church (attraction)
  3. St. Stephen's Basilica (attraction)
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