Are you planning a trip to Budapest? Well, you’re in for a treat! This vibrant city is filled with history, culture, and stunning architecture. To make the most of your visit, here are the top 7 must-visit locations in Budapest, along with some fun facts about each of them. So, let’s begin our tour…

7. Great Market Hall

Begin your Budapest adventure at the Great Market Hall. This vibrant market is one of the largest indoor markets in Budapest and a food lover’s paradise, with fresh produce, spices, and tasty Hungarian dishes. Locals come here for their groceries and lunch so it’s best to visit in the late morning or early afternoon to avoid big crowds. Be sure to sample lángos, a delicious deep-fried dough with garlic, sour cream, and cheese toppings.

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6. Heroes’ Square

Next on our list is Heroes’ Square, a magnificent square that pays tribute to Hungary’s national heroes. In the center of the square is the Millennium Monument with carved statues of the heads of the Magyar tribes who contributed to the foundation of Hungary in the 9th century. Fun-fact: in front of the monument, there’s “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” which is guarded by the Hungarian Army’s Honor Guard.

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5. St. Stephen’s Basilica

Dedicated to Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen’s Basilica is a magnificent Roman Catholic cathedral in Budapest. The cathedral itself is stunning on the outside as much as on the inside. When you add the panoramic views from its observation deck, it is most definitely a must-visit. Did you know that the mummified right hand of St. Stephen is kept inside the basilica?

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4. Hungarian Parliament Building

No visit to Budapest is complete without seeing the Hungarian Parliament Building. It is an iconic landmark of Budapest and one of the largest parliamentary buildings in the world. Did you know that the building’s design was inspired by the Palace of Westminster in London? It includes 691 rooms and 20 kilometers of stairs, and it is open for guided tours.

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3. Széchenyi Thermal Bath

After touring the city, it’s time to relax at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. It is the largest and one of the most popular thermal baths in Budapest. This grand bathhouse includes multiple indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, and steam rooms. The thermal water comes from a natural hot spring and is believed to have healing properties.

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2. Fisherman’s Bastion

Located next to Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion feels like stepping into a fairytale fortress, offering stunning views of the city. Built in the late 19th century, the Bastion is named after the fishermen who defended the city in medieval times. Each of its seven towers represents one of the seven Hungarian tribes that originally settled in the Pannonian Basin.

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1. Buda Castle

First on the list is Buda Castle and Castle Hill. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Budapest. This castle dates back to the 13th century and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. It has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times throughout history. The gardens, the main courtyard and the surroundings of the Buda Castle are free, so you can explore as long as you like. However, the three wings of the main building require an entrance fee.

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So, there you have it, the top 7 must-visit locations in Budapest. From its majestic castles to its thermal baths and vibrant markets, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy your trip!

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