Landmarks and Monuments

Explore the Rich Historical Heritage of Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city steeped in history and adorned with iconic landmarks and monuments. These landmarks are more than just architectural marvels; they’re time capsules capturing various periods of the city’s vibrant history. Here are some of the must-visit landmarks and monuments in Budapest:

1. Buda Castle

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Buda Castle, once the residence of Hungarian kings, offers a panoramic view of the city from its location on Castle Hill. Today, it houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary

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2. Fisherman’s Bastion

Named after the fishermen who defended this part of the city in the Middle Ages, Fisherman’s Bastion is a stunning neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style terrace that offers some of the best views over the city and the Danube.

Fisherman's Bastion

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3. Parliament Building

Inspired by the British Houses of Parliament, this impressive neo-Gothic structure is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings. It’s home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels and stands as a symbol of Hungary’s political life. Learn more here: Parliament.

Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest

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4. St. Stephen’s Basilica

Named after Stephen, the first King of Hungary, this neoclassical cathedral is the largest church in Budapest. Visitors can climb to the dome for an awe-inspiring view of the city.

St. Stephen's Basilica

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5. Heroes’ Square

This grand square, one of the largest in Budapest, features statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, other national leaders, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Heroes' Square 2

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6. Matthias Church

With its colorful tiled roof and beautiful interiors, the Matthias Church is a unique piece of Budapest’s architectural and cultural heritage. It has witnessed numerous coronations and weddings throughout history.

Matthias Church

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7. Liberty Statue

Perched on Gellért Hill, the Liberty Statue commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for Hungary’s independence, freedom, and prosperity.

Liberty Statue, Gellért Hill, Budapest, Hungary, July 2018

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8. Citadella

The Citadella is a fortification located atop Gellért Hill. Offering stunning views of Budapest, it now serves as a tourist attraction and houses a museum.

Budapest Panorama

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Exploring these landmarks and monuments allows visitors to dive deep into Budapest’s rich historical and cultural heritage, making their visit an unforgettable journey through time.