Conquering Budapest by the minute

An Eastern Europe gem.

by Rashmi Chugani

There’s so much to see in Budapest. This Eastern European sweetheart has some of the most incredible architecture you will ever see. Check out some of the best spots in the Hungarian capital.

St. Stephen's Basilica 96

Szent Istvan ter 1.

This enormous Roman Catholic basilica resides in the heart of Budapest, and will surely draw awes from anyone who cares to cross its threshold.

- Afar Magazine

Hungarian National Gallery 90

Szent Gyoergy ter 2

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

- Frommer's

Szechenyi Baths and Pool 90

Allatkerti korut 9-11.

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

Museum of Ethnography 90

Kossuth Lajos ter 12

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

House of Terror Museum 92

Andrassy ut 60

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

Parliament 93

Kossuth Lajos ter 1-3.

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

Great / Central Synagogue 90

Dohany utca 2-8

The jewel of the Jewish quarter in Budapest is the synagogue.

- Afar Magazine

Hungarian National Museum 94

Muzeum koerut 14-16

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

- Fodor's

Gellert Spa 86

Kelenhegyi ut 4

Thermal baths are integral to the city's culture.

- Afar Magazine

Fisherman's Bastion 94

Szentharomsag ter

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

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

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

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