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Starting from the Royal Palace in World Heritage area of the mediaeval Buda Castle district including the landmarks of Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion, across the Danube and along Andrássy Avenue, the other UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 19th-century palaces and the Opera House, continuing to Heroes' Square and the Millennium Monument. Visit St. Stephen's Basilica, the 100-year-old Parliament and finally the Citadel on Gellért Hill with a full and splendid panaroma to the city.
Must see in Budapest
State Opera House:
The magnificent building was designed by Miklós Ybl to commemorate the Hungarian millennium celebrations, and was completed 1884. Regarded as one of the most important historical buildings in Hungary, its elegantly styled neo-Renaissance proportions fit in perfectly with neighbouring buildings on Andrássy Avenue. Take pleasure in a 40-minute guided tour around one the most stunning theatre building's of Europe.
A 40-minute guided-tour inside the majestic Neo-Gothic building of Hungary's 100-year-old Parliament, where the Hungarian Holy Crown and the Coronation Jewels are also on display.
The best museums
Budapest is the cultural centre of the country, and you can choose from a wide range of fascinating collections:
• The National Museum, the largest museum in Hungary with an exhibition on the 1100-year-old Hungarian History
• The Museum of Fine Arts has the largest international fine art collection; great Italian Renaissance art works and several El Greco and Goya masterpieces are on display here.
• The National Gallery in the Buda Royal palace houses the largest fine art collection of Hungarian artists. Browsing through the centuries-old artworks helps in understanding the Hungarian soul, shaped by history.
• The Museum of Applied Arts is worth a visit for the Art Nouveau building's unique interior itself. It has an interesting permanent collection of fashion and interior design objects of the past and usually offers fascinating temporary exhibitions as well.
• The superb Museum of Ethnography was originally built to house the Supreme Court. Go inside to admire the ceiling frescos and the splendid staircase of this very elegant neo Renaissance palace.
• House of Terror Museum
Having survived two terror regimes, it was felt that the time had come for Hungary to erect a fitting memorial to the victims, and at the same time to present a picture of what life was like for Hungarians in those times. In December 2000 ˝The Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society ˝ purchased the building with the aim of establishing a museum in order to present these two bloody periods of Hungarian history
A whole-day excursion to the three picturesque towns of the Danube Bend: Szentendre, the romantic town of brightly painted houses and artists' colony; mediaeval Visegrád, with a commanding view of the Danube Bend, and the 15 c. royal palace of the nation's great Renaissance King Matthias; Esztergom, Hungary's first capital and the nation's ecclesiastical centre, the country's largest cathedral, the Basilica and the richest collection of medieval ecclesiastical art and treasures.
Just 15 minutes North of Budapest visit the picturesque Baroque town with a lively artists' community, many small museums and galleries, Orthodox churches, built by Serb settlers from the 17th c. and Hungary's largest open-air folk museum. Have lunch in a friendly, local restaurant.
The Gödöllő Palace is the largest Baroque palace in Hungary and, after Versailles, the second largest in the world. It is famous for its unique history and architecture. From 1867 to 1916 Hungary's favourite Queen Elisabeth or Sissy spent much time at Grassalkovich Palace. In 1996, after half a century of misuse, the Palace followed by complete renovation, was reinstated to its original glory. Visit the baroque style palace, see the royals' private rooms and walk through the gardens to the royal stables with its marble columns and the beautiful riding park.
Lake Balaton and Herend
A whole-day excursion to the largest lake of Central Europe, Lake Balaton. Visit the Tihany Peninsula, walk around the thousand-year-old twin-towered Benedictine Abbey whose crypt contains the deed of foundation, the oldest written record of the Hungarian language.
The world-famous Hungarian Porcelain Manufactory in Herend was founded in the late 18th century. Visit the newly opened Museum and the Porcelanium that offers participation in porcelain making and hand-painting. Browse through a great selection of fine porcelains in the shop next door and sip coffee from Herend china in the splendid cafe.
The famous Hungarian Puszta (Plain).
Hungary's equestrian tradition is best preserved on the Great Plain or Puszta, famous for its boundless horizons and unspoiled grasslands. Ride a horse-carriage and watch the “csikós” (Hungarian cowboys) mastering the famous "Puszta Five" in an unforgettable horse-show. Wander around in a traditional farmyard and have a close look at the animals whose only habitat in Hungary is the Puszta.
A traditional Hungarian lunch brings flavours of Hungary's famed cuisine in a typical country inn, the so-called Csárda accompanied by live gipsy music.
This pristine medieval village in a picturesque valley of the northern mountains less than 60 miles from Budapest is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tiny museum village, guarded by a restored 13th century fort, has a wooden spired church and 65 original buildings, most with spotless white walls and traditional shingle roofs, and affords an intimate look at the pastoral life of Hungary in centuries past. Hollókő has retained it's unique ethnic traditions and folk art. Several buildings operate as private guesthouses for tourists fond of nature and country romance.
The charming city of Eger a real gem at the foot of the Bükk Hills is one of the earliest Catholic bishoprics in Hungary and a centre of Hungarian wine-production, home of the world-famous Egri Bikavér ('Bull's Blood'). Visit its hilltop castle which is well known for its people's heroic victory in 1552 against the Ottoman Empire. The richly ornamented Baroque Cathedral is the most beautiful of its kind.