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St. Stephen's Basilica

Margaret Island & Northern Pest 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The country's largest church, this basilica took more than 50 years to build (the 1868 collapse of the dome caused significant delay) and was finally completed in 1906. — Frommer's

Look for the mummified right hand of St Stephen in the chapel of the colossal basilica near Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út. — Lonely Planet

Completed in 1905 after 50 years of construction, this towering monument and its majestic cupola smile on Budapest’s Wall Street. — Let's Go

The inside is surprising through its ornamentation. — Michelin Guide

Handsome and massive, this is one of the chief landmarks of Pest and the city's largest church—it can hold 8,500 people. — Fodor's

Fisherman's Bastion

District I & District XII 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The neo-Romanesque Fisherman's Bastion, behind Matthias Church and the Hilton Hotel, has a spectacular panorama of the river and Pest beyond it. — Frommer's

The bastion is a neo-Gothic masquerade that most visitors (and many Hungarians) believe to be much older. But who cares? It looks medieval and offers among the best views in Budapest. — Lonely Planet

This set of ramparts and turrets (finished in 1906) calls to mind a fairy-tale castle — Michelin Guide

A visit to the enchanting interior of the Matthias Church is a requirement, as well as time to soak up the view from the beautiful Fisherman's Bastion. — Afar Magazine

Medieval fishwives once peddled their wares here, but now you see merchants selling souvenirs and crafts, musicians, and—less visible but always present—pickpockets. — Fodor's

Hungarian National Museum

Southern Pest & Disrtict VIII 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A visit to this museum is still worthwhile. All the history of the country will unfold there before your very eyes, from the arrival of the Magyar tribes till after communism. — Michelin Guide

The Hungarian National Museum was founded in 1802 thanks to the numismatic, book, and document collections of Count Ferenc Szénchényi. — Frommer's

The Hungarian National Museum contains the nation’s most important collection of historical relics in a large neoclassical building purpose-built in 1847. — Lonely Planet

The permanent collection here takes you a stimulating journey into the everyday Hungarian experience, from the recent to the more distant past. — Fodor's

As I wandered through the rest of the museum, it was just bad times for much of Hungary's history. — Afar Magazine

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Parliament

District V 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Budapest's great Parliament, the second largest in Europe after London, is an eclectic design mixing the predominant Gothic revival style with a neo-Renaissance dome. — Frommer's

Get a good glimpse of this ornate gothic building. — Afar Magazine

Along the sumptuous staircase of honour, you will reach the immense hall of the dome, the house of deputies... and the Meeting Hall, where gold inlay abounds. — Michelin Guide

The most visible symbol of Budapest's left bank is the huge neo-Gothic Parliament, mirrored in the Danube much the way Britain's Parliament is reflected in the Thames. — Fodor's

“The motherland does not have a house,” lamented Hungarian poet Milhaly Corosmarty in 1846 — Let's Go

Holocaust Memorial Center

Southern Pest & Disrtict VIII 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Focusing on Holocaust education and research, the center is in an architecturally striking and widely praised structure. — Frommer's

Opened in 2004, the Holocaust Memorial Centre is both a museum and an educational research centre — Michelin Guide

Dedicated to the Hungarian victims of the Holocaust, the Memorial Center focuses on the process of history’s biggest genocide with a permanent exhibition and temporary shows. — On the Grid

It is just right. This is a moving and dignified testament to genocide. — Fodor's

This centre, housed in a striking modern building in a working-class neighbourhood, opened in 2004 on the 60th anniversary of the start of the holocaust in Hungary. — Lonely Planet

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House of Terror Museum

District VI, District VII & the Jewish Quarter 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Museum dedicated to the terror regimes of Hungary.  — Atlas Obscura

You will have to brace yourself before going into this historical building. Also bring your reading glasses; all of the information in English is on copious sheets of paper in each room. — Frommer's

The cold, ominous exterior is only a warning of what lies inside the museum on fascism and communism in Hungary that once served as the headquarters of the Hungarian Nazis. — Let's Go

The headquarters of the dreaded secret police have now been turned into the Terror House, a museum focusing on the crimes and atrocities of Hungary's fascist and Stalinist regimes. — Lonely Planet

This building is not only a museum, but a vivid reminder of two tragic periods in Hungary's history. — Michelin Guide

Hungarian National Gallery

District I & District XII 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum is devoted to Hungarian painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the 20C. — Michelin Guide

This art collection is the raison d'être for several sections of the Royal Palace located at the top of Castle Hill. — Concierge

Living in the Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery is the king of Budapest, and unlike many before its time, its rule is just about perfect. — Let's Go

With a collection of more than 10,000 art objects, this museum is not for the cultural faint of heart. — Frommer's

The Hungarian National Gallery is an overwhelming collection spread across four floors that traces Hungarian art from the 11th century to the present. — Lonely Planet

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Budapest History Museum

District I & District XII 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Budapest History Museum looks at the 2000 years of the city, on three floors. — Lonely Planet

The city was so beautiful... the architecture is amazing. — Afar Magazine

If you are interested in the history of this great city as well as the whole Carpathian basin from medieval times, you will love this museum. — Frommer's

Do not miss the Gothic sculpture room... which brings together very beautiful limestone statues and statuettes, which are often very expressive and are at their best under special lighting. — Michelin Guide

Dedicated to the history of Budapest in all its manifestations, sounds like a boring slog, but it's actually interesting. — Concierge

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Hungarian State Opera House

District VI, District VII & the Jewish Quarter 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Miklós Ybl's crowning achievement is the neo-Renaissance Opera House... inside, the spectacle begins even before the performance does. — Fodor's

Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. — Afar Magazine

One of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. — Frommer's

One of the most prestigious opera houses in Europe. — Michelin Guide

The neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House... is among the city’s most beautiful buildings. — Lonely Planet

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Great / Central Synagogue

District VI, District VII & the Jewish Quarter 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1859, this is the second-largest working synagogue in the world (the largest is in New York City), and the second-oldest large building of those still standing. — Frommer's

Seating 3,000, Europe's largest synagogue was designed by Ludwig Förs and built between 1844 and 1859 in a Byzantine-Moorish style described as "consciously archaic Romantic-Eastern". — Fodor's

The jewel of the Jewish quarter in Budapest is the synagogue. — Afar Magazine

A beautiful building made of coloured brick, topped with two towers with onion-shaped domes. — Michelin Guide

The Great Synagogue is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City and can seat 3000 people. — Lonely Planet

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Museum of Ethnography

District V 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visitors are offered an easy introduction to traditional Hungarian life at this sprawling museum opposite Parliament with thousands of displays in 13 rooms on the 1st floor. — Lonely Planet

One of the largest specialist museums in Europe, it contains more than 139,000 Hungarian and 53,000 international art objects. — Frommer's

This wild neo-classical building stood practically as a counterpart to the Parliament building. — Afar Magazine

The central room of the building alone is worth the entrance fee: a majestic hall with ornate marble staircases and pillars, and towering stained-glass windows. — Fodor's

Provides a good insight into the rural world from the 18C to the start of the 20C, before the Treaty of Trianon. — Michelin Guide

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Museum of Applied Arts

Southern Pest & Disrtict VIII 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This building is another one that is inescapable. — Michelin Guide

The templelike structure is a shrine to Hungarian Art Nouveau, and in front of it, drawing pen in hand, sits a statue of its creator, Hungarian architect Ödön Lechner. — Fodor's

Built in 1896, the Museum of Applied Arts is the most wonderful example of Hungarian Art Nouveau. — On the Grid

You have to see this building and not just from the outside. Even if you are not interested in the collections, walk into the lobby and take a peak. — Frommer's

The Museum of Applied Arts, whose central hall of white marble was supposedly modelled on the Alhambra in southern Spain. — Lonely Planet

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Szechenyi Baths and Pool

City Park & Discrict XIV 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Extravagantly Rococo in style... truly nostalgic and unforgettable experience. — Michelin Guide

Statues and a fountain adorn the Neo-Baroque exterior of the biggest and one of the most luxurious bath complexes in Europe — Let's Go

Széchenyi Fürdő, the largest medicinal bathing complex in Europe, is housed in a beautiful neo-baroque building in the middle of City Park. — Fodor's

One of the largest spa complexes in Europe, it was also the first thermal on the Pest side first built in 1913 and expanded in 1927. — Frommer's

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Matthias Church

District I & District XII 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Parts of Matthias Church date back some 500 years, notably the carvings above the southern entrance. — Lonely Planet

Originally founded by King Béla IV in the 13th century, this church is officially named the Church of Our Lady and is a symbol of Buda's Castle District. — Frommer's

If more churches looked like Matthias Church on Castle Hill, every Sunday would be as celebratory as Christmas and Easter — Let's Go

The ornate white (er, sooty white) steeple of the Matthias Church is the highest point on Castle Hill. It was added in the 15th century, above a 13th-century Gothic chapel. — Fodor's

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Kerepesi Cemetery

Southern Pest & Disrtict VIII 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most impressive monument or rather the mausoleum is undoubtedly that of Lajos Kossuth which dominates the whole cemetery. — Michelin Guide

You may find visiting a cemetery a strange vacation attraction, but those interested in history, art, or nature will not be disappointed. — Frommer's

About 500m southeast of Keleti station is the entrance to Budapest’s equivalent of Highgate or Père Lachaise cemeteries. — Lonely Planet

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Chain Bridge

District V 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the oldest and most beautiful of the seven road bridges that span the Danube in Budapest. When lit up at night, it captures Budapest's radiance as do few other scenes. — Fodor's

Széchenyi Bridge, or the Chain Bridge, is the oldest in the city... and is magnificently lit at night. Two stone lions on pedestals keep proud watch over either end of the bridge. — Michelin Guide

This twin-towered span is the city’s oldest and arguably most beautiful bridge. It is named in honour of its initiator, István Széchenyi, but was built by a Scotsman named Adam Clark. — Lonely Planet

Prior to the building of this bridge, people relied on a structure on the water that had to be dismantled when ships passed and that was easily wrecked in stormy weather. — Frommer's

This city icon was designed by Englishman William Tierney Clark and Scottish engineer Adam Clark and funded by influential aristocrat Count István Széchenyi. — Concierge

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Gellert Spa

District XI 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Once one of Budapest's most spectacular bathhouses, the Gellért Baths are located in Buda's Hotel Gellért, the oldest Hungarian spa hotel and a secessionist-style hotel. — Frommer's

The baths feature a "bathing" and a spa section. — Michelin Guide

The quintessential city spa is fed by Gellért Hill's mineral hot springs, flush with calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkali, chloride, sulfate, and fluoride, and is good for what ails you. — Concierge

Thermal baths are integral to the city's culture. — Afar Magazine

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Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art

Southern Pest & Disrtict VIII 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum is located in the Palace of Arts (Mûvészetek Palotája), which opened in 2005, overlooking the Danube. — Frommer's

This museum is a real must if you are a lover of contemporary art! — Michelin Guide

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art collects and displays masterpieces of modern and contemporary art — On the Grid

Housed in the architecturally controversial Palace of Arts opposite the National Theatre, the Ludwig Museum is Hungary’s most important collection of international contemporary art. — Lonely Planet

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Gellert Hill and Statue

District I & District XII 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the most characteristic features of the right bank of the Danube. — Michelin Guide

Looking down on Elizabeth Bridge from Gellért Hill is a large and quite theatrical monument to St Gellért, an Italian missionary invited to Hungary by King Stephen to convert the natives. — Lonely Planet

You can find an amazing citadel perched on the southern most hill of Budapest. — Afar Magazine

Towering 235m (750 ft) above the Danube, Gellért Hegy offers the city's best panorama on a clear day (bus no. 27 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér to Búsuló Juhász-Citadella). — Frommer's

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Victor Vasarely Museum

Óbuda & Buda Hills 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum was opened in 1987 after the artist donated 400 pieces of his work to the country. — Frommer's

Victor Vasarely donated to his country of origin several hundred of his works exhibited in this part of the Zichy castle. — Michelin Guide

Sharing space in the imposing Zichy Mansion (Zichy kastély) built in 1757, this museum contains the works of Victor Vasarely... the late ‘father of op art’. — Lonely Planet

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