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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

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

The inside is surprising through its ornamentation. — Michelin Guide

Fisherman's Bastion

District I & District XII 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The seven towers represent the seven Magyar chiefs who first settled Hungary in 896. The view of Parliament, St. Stephen, and downtown Pest is breathtaking, especially at sunset and at night. — Let's Go

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... calls to mind a castle right out of a fairytale. The seven turrets symbolise the seven Magyar tribes. — 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 →

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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 Eclectic-style Parliament, designed by Imre Steindl and completed in 1902, has about 690 sumptuously decorated rooms. — Lonely Planet

“The motherland does not have a house,” lamented Hungarian poet Milhaly Corosmarty in 1846. In response to the growing sense of Hungarian nationalism during the period, the palatial... — 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 →

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

On the 60th anniversary of the closing off of Budapest's Jewish ghetto, April 15, 2004, Hungary's first major center for Holocaust research and exhibits opened. — Fodor's

The Holocaust Memorial Centre is both a museum and an educational research centre. Its presentation of the Holocaust in Hungary is deeply moving. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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House of Terror Museum

District VI, District VII & the Jewish Quarter 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most controversial museum in post-communist Hungary was established at great cost, with the support of the center-right government in power from 1998 to 2002. — Fodor's

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

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

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 museum sets out to expose the ways and means of two 20th-century systems of oppression that held sway here—right here. — Concierge

Hungarian National Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Statues and a fountain adorn the Neo-Baroque exterior of the biggest and one of the most luxurious bath complexes in Europe. A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, you could... — Let's Go

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Museum of Fine Arts

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

A colossal Neo-classic building fronted by a portico with eight Corinthian columns with a Greek inspiration. — Michelin Guide

The Museum of Fine Arts, on the northern side of the square, houses the city’s outstanding collection of foreign artworks in a building dating from 1906. — Lonely Planet

It holds the second largest collection of Egyptian art in all of Central Europe. — Let's Go

The museum is Hungary's main repository of foreign art, and it is especially renowned for its collection of old master paintings. — 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

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

If more churches looked like Matthias Church on Castle Hill, every Sunday would be as celebratory as Christmas and Easter. With its colorful roof and palace-like steeples, the church is... — Let's Go

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

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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

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

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

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Chain Bridge

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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 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

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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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

City Park & Discrict XIV 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This zoo which opened up in 1866 is considered to be one of the oldest zoos in the world! It houses over 500 mammals, 700 birds and 1,500 reptiles and fish. — Michelin Guide

It isn't so much the 2,000 animals here that are the essential sight—though kids love the Animal Kindergarten, with its baby rhinos, lions, and monkeys. — Concierge

This huge zoo, which opened with 500 animals in 1866, considers itself a nature reserve and has an excellent collection of big cats, hippopotamuses, polar bears and giraffes. — Lonely Planet

This is the botanical garden of Eötvös Loránd University, containing a plethora of flora with more than 7,000 species including at least 800 varieties of cactus. — Frommer's

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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 →

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

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

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 →

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

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

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