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Budapest

Sightseeing, Attractions, Around Budapest

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City Tours in Budapest

BUDAPEST CITY-CIRCLE SIGHTSEEING (sightseeing by bus) - Hop on hop off

Tickets: 4500 HUF/adult, 3500 HUF/child

Hop on hop off + Cruise (only in summer): 7000 HUF/adult,

Schedule: November-December and March 10:00-16:00, January-February 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, April-October 10:00-18:00

Frequency: April-October 30 minutes, November-March hourly

Stops: József Nádor Square - Dohány Synagogue - Madách Square - Erzsébet Square - Andrássy Avenue - Liszt Ferenc Square / Oktogon - Heroes' Square/City Park - Keleti Railway Station - Astoria - Chain Bridge / Funicular - Castle Hill - Citadel - Váci Street - Parliament

Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Hungarian

 

BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING (sightseeing by bus) Hop on hop off

Tickets: 5000 HUF/person

Schedule: November-February 10:00-15:00, March-October 10:00-16:00

Frequency: 30 minutes

Stops: Erzsébet Square - Liszt Ferenc Square / Oktogon - Heroes' Square - Széchenyi Spa - Synagogue - Gellért Hill - Funicular/Clark Adam Square - Castle Hill - Parliament

Language: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

 

LEGENDA (sightseeing by boat)

Tickets:

Duna Bella (daytime): 2900 HUF/adult, 1950 HUF/child

Duna Legend (evening): 4900 HUF/adult, 2450 HUF/child

Schedule:

Duna Bella - November-February 14:30, March and October 13:30-16:30, April and September

11:00-17:30, May-August 11:00-18:30

Duna Legend - November-February 18:30, March and October 18:30-21:00, April and September 19:30-21:30, May-August 20:15-22:15

Frequency: 30-60 minutes

Duration: 1 hour

Language: 30 languages

 

RIVERRIDE (sightseeing by bus-boat)

Tickets: 7500 HUF/adult, 5000 HUF/child

Schedule: April-October 9:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00,

November-March 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00

Duration: 2 hours

Route: Roosevelt Square - Academy of Sciences - Parliament - St. Stephens Basilica - Opera House - Heroes's Square - Museum of Fine Arts - Splash Point - Chain Bridge - Royal Palace - Citadella/Gellert Hill

 

CITYTOUR BY BIKE or here

Price: 5000-6000 HUF/person

Schedule: April-October, Wednesday-Sunday 11:00

 

RENT A BIKE IN BUDAPEST

Rates: 1600 HUF/6 hours, 2400 HUF/1 day, 4400 HUF/2 days

 

RICKSHAW (sightseeing by rickshaw) Hop on hop off

Tickets: 5000 HUF/person/1 day

Schedule: April-October 10:00-18:00, every 5 minutes

 

SEGWAY TOURS

Tours: 10:00

Duration: 2,5-3 hours

Rates: 55 EUR/person

 

CITYTOUR BY WALK or here

Themes: World Heritage Tour, Archeology and Adventure Tour etc.

 

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Attractions in Budapest

MÁTYÁS TEMPLOM - MATTHIAS CHURCH

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturday 9:00-13:00, Sunday 13:00-17:00

Tickets: 700 HUF/adult, 480 HUF/child

Audio guide (Hungarian, English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish): 400 HUF

Getting there: Castle bus from Szell Kalman square

The Church of Our Lady, better known as Matthias Church was built in the mid-13th century and the last two Hungarian Habsburg kings were crowned here. The interior or the church is decorated with works by two outstanding 19th-century Hungarian painters, Károly Lotz and Bertalan Székely. The wall left of the entrance represents the Renaissance, while the wall across from the entrance has Eastern motifs to represent Ottoman rule. The religious highlight of the interior is the Loreto Chapel, with a statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ made in 1515.

 

HALÁSZBÁSTYA - FISHERMAN'S BASTION

Opening times: 16 March-April 9:00-19:00, May-15 September 9:00-23:00,

16 September-15 October 9:00-21:00

Tickets: 400 HUF/adult, 200 HUF/child

Getting there: Castle bus from Szell Kalman square

The Fisherman's Bastion was designed and built in the place of an old fortress between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. A statue of Stephen I of Hungary (St. Stephen) can be seen in the middle of the bastion courtyard. The Fisherman’s Bastion and the surrounding Buda Castle Quarter has been part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1987.

 

BUDAVÁRI LABIRINTUS - LABYRINTH OF BUDA CASTLE

Opening hours: 9:30-19:30

Tickets: 2000 HUF/adult, 1500 HUF/child

Getting there: Castle bus from Szell Kalman square

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is situated in the complex of caves and cellars underneath Buda Castle District. The unique calcareous tufa caves of Castle Hill were created as an effect of the hot water springs at the dawn of the history of the Earth. It is mysterious, unfathomable, and apart from the spirit it affects the five senses. Everyday at 6 pm the light goes out in the Labyrinth, so You wander 
with lanterns. Extremely romantic or awesome.

 

SZIKLAKÓRHÁZ - HOSPITAL IN THE ROCK

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-20:00

(last admission 1 hour before closing)

Tickets: 3600 HUF/adult, 1800 HUF/child

Getting there: Castle bus from Szell Kalman square

The former top secret Military Hospital and Nuclear Bunker – under the codename of LOSK 0101/1 – beneath the Buda Castle that is now open to the public. Much more than a mere museum or bunker, this exhibition illustrates in the original surroundings the ambiance of the tragic final days of World War II, and later, the chill and naïveté of the early days of the Cold War. 

 

MAGYAR NEMZETI GALLÉRIA - HUNGARIAN NATIONAL GALLERY

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00, Monday closed

Tickets:

Permanent exhibition: 900 HUF/adult, 450 HUF/child

Temporary exhibition: 1900 HUF/adult, 950 HUF/child

Getting there: Castle bus from Szell Kalman square

The Hungarian National Gallery has over 100,000 items reflecting Hungarian history from the Hungarian Conquest to the present day. Permanent exhibitions: Medieval and Renaissance Stonework, Gothic Wooden Statues and Panel Paintings, Late Gothic Winged Altarpieces, Renaissance and Baroque Art, the Habsburg Crypt, Nineteenth Century Hungarian Art and Sculpture, and Twentieth Century Hungarian Art and Sculpture. It is located in the Buda Castle on the Buda Hills. An architectural highlight of the gallery is the cupola rising in the centre of the building, from which you can have a 360-degree view of the whole city: the Danube, the sights on the Pest side and the Buda Hills.

 

KIRÁLYI BOROK HÁZA - HOUSE OF ROYAL WINES AND CELLAR MUSEUM

Opening hours: May-September 12:00-20:00, October-April Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-20:00,

Monday closed

Tickets: 900 HUF/adult, 500 HUF/child

Getting there: Castle bus from Szell Kalman square

The real thing to be admired in the House of Royal Wines and Cellar Museum, under the surface are the wine cellars which belonged to the Royal Castle as well as the citizens who lived in the territory of the Renaissance era of Buda. There are many cellar rooms (pálinka room, wine room, champagne room), wine tasting halls, casemates and corridors. Visitors can have a general information on the 6 wine regions, as well as 22 wine districts of Hungary.

 

MAGYAR OPERAHÁZ - HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA HOUSE

Guide tours: 15:00, 16:00

Tickets: 2800 HUF/adult, 1400 HUF/child

Duration: 45-50 minutes

Tour languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian

Getting there: Metro 1 - Opera

The Hungarian State Opera House is not only the sanctum of music and dance, but also a historical monument. The facade and interior decoration of the Opera House was built in Italian neo-Renaissance style; it can hold 1200 people. Back then, the Opera house had the most modern stage of the era; it was the first time to use an iron-made, water-hydraulic stage. The ceiling of the main entrance is decorated by the paintings of Bertalan Székely, portraying the 9 muses. The paintings of the main Buffet were made by Árpád Feszty.

 

SZENT ISTVÁN BAZILIKA - ST. STEPHEN'S BASILICA (panorama view)

Opening hours:

Basilica: Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturday 9:00-13:00, Sunday 13:00-17:00

Cupola: April-May 10;00-16:30, June-August 9:30-18:00, September-October 10:00-16:30

Treasury: April-October 10:00-17:00, November-March 10:00-16:00

Tickets:

Basilica: 400 HUF/person

Cupola: 500 HUF/person

Getting there: Metro 1, 2, 3 - Deak Ferenc Square

St. Stephen's Basilica is dedicated to Hungary's first king, St. Stephen. It is the largest church in Budapest with the capacity of 8500 visitors. It houses Hungary's most sacred treasure, St Stephen's mummified right hand, the Szent Jobb (Holy Right Hand).

 

DOHÁNY UTCAI ZSINAGÓGA - DOHANY STREET SYNAGOGUES

Opening hours: March-October Monday-Thursday 10:00-17:00, Friday 10:00-15:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00, October-February Sunday-Thursday 10:00-14:00, Saturday closed

Tickets: 1400 HUF/adult, 750 HUF/child

Getting there: Metro 2 - Astoria

The synagogue on Dohany street in Pest is not only the most impressive one in the country, but it's the largest synagogue of Europe, the second largest one in the world.The Great Synagogue is designed like a basilica and includes some striking Byzantine and Moorish elements. The interior is vast and ornate, with two balconies and, unusually, an organ. Its ark contains 25 torah scrolls taken from other synagogues destroyed during the Holocaust. Jewish Heroes' Mausoleum and Temple and the National Jewish Museum is also belong to the synagogue complex.

 

ORSZÁGHÁZ - HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-18:00, Saturday 8:00-16:00, Sunday 8:00-14:00

Free admission for EU citizens upon proof of nationality.

Tickets (foreign citizens): 3200 HUF/adult, 1600 HUF/child

Getting there: Metro 2 - Kossuth tér

The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube, in Budapest. It is currently the largest building in Hungary, and the second largest Parliament in Europe. When entering the Parliament, visitors can walk up great ornamental stairs, see frescoes on the ceiling and pass by the bust of the creator, Imre Steindl, in a wall niche. One of the famous parts of the building is the hexadecagonal (sixteen-sided) central hall, with huge chambers adjoining it: the Lower House and the Upper House.

 

TERROR HÁZA - HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00, Monday closed

(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 1800 HUF/adult, 900 HUF/child

Temporary exhibition: 800 HUF/person

Audio guide (Hungarian, German, English): 1300 HUF

Getting there: Metro 1 - Vörösmarty utca

The House of Terror Museum - the only one of its kind - is a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in this building. The Museum, while presenting the horrors in a tangible way, also intends to make people understand that the sacrifice for freedom was not in vain. Ultimately, the fight against the two cruellest systems of the 20th century ended with the victory of the forces of freedom and independence.

 

SZÉPMŰVÉSZETI MÚZEUM - MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:30, Monday closed

(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 1600 HUF/adult, 800 HUF/child

Temporary exhibition: 1600-3200 HUF/person

Audio guide (Hungarian, English): 1000 HUF

Getting there: Metro 1 - Hősök tere

Built in 1906, the museum’s core material derives from the Eszterházy’s art collection, donated to the state in the 1870-s. The permanent exhibitions boast Italian, Egyptian, Roman, Spanish and Greek exhibits, of which the Italian is said to be the most comprehensive (with a survey of the various schools from the 12th to the 18th centuries). The spanish collection is simply the second largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain, including no fewer than 7 masterpieces by El Greco. Recently having shown the works of Picasso, Van Gogh and Hundertwasser, the huge Neo-Classical building of the Museum of Fine Arts dominates not only Heroes’ Square, but Budapest’s cultural life.

 

THERMAL BATHS

One of the very special things about Budapest is the prevalence of thermal springs right in the centre of the city. There are 118 springs and boreholes altogether, supplying the city’s spas and baths with 15.4 million gallons of water daily ranging in temperature from 21°C to 78°C. 

Most popular baths:

Széchenyi Baths

Király Thermal Baths

Rudas Medicinal Baths

Gellért Baths

 

SZOBORPARK - STATUE PARK

Opening hours: 10:00 until dark

Tickets: 1500 HUF/adult, 1000 HUF/child

Getting there: Bus Nr. 150

Displayed in the Park are 42 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989, including allegorical monuments of "Hungarian-Soviet Friendship" and "Liberation", as well as statues of famous personalities from the labour movement, soldiers of the Red Army and other gigantic pieces: Lenin, Marx, Engels, Dimitrov, Captain Ostapenko, Béla Kun and other "heroes" of the communist world. A favourite with visitors is the Liberation Army Soldier. A hammer-and-sickle flag in its hand and a cartridge-disc machine pistol hanging in its neck make the statue complete. This 6-meter tall statue of the evil-eyed Soviet soldier once stood on the top of Gellért Hill in central Budapest, well-seen from every direction.

 

FÖLDALATTI VASÚTI MÚZEUM - UNDERGROUND MUSEUM

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 300 HUF/adult, 250 HUF/child

Getting there: Metro 1, 2, 3 - Deák tér

The Underground Museum occupies a tunnel dug in 1896 for the then first Underground railroad in continental Europe. Various exhibits, especially some early Art Nouveau-style carriages, illustrate the development of this mass transport undertaking which was to prove so important for the Hungarian capital.

 

VASÚTTÖRTÉNETI PARK - RAILWAY MUSEUM

Opening hours: 15-31 March and November-18 December Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-15:00, April-October Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 950 HUF/adult, 300 HUF/child

Activities:

Engine driving - 1000 HUF/person

Hand-powered cart - 300 HUF/alkalom/cart

Ride on the rail-cycle - 100 HUF/person

Ride on the horse tram - 100 HUF/person

Getting there: Bus Nr. 30 or 120

After many months of effort, Europe's first interactive railway museum opened on 2000, displaying over a hundred railway vehicles and equipment of varying ages on a site of over 70,000 square metres. The fleet is comprised of fifty engines, twelve operational and thirty-eight cosmetically restored, plus a wide range of rolling stock: railcars, self-powered rail cars and hand-carts, inspection cars, steam cranes, snow ploughs and other curiosities. The gem of the vintage fleet is the elegant teak dining car built for the Orient Express in 1912. From April to October (10:20, 11:20, 13:20), a vintage diesel shuttle train runs between Budapest's Nyugati Station and the museum , adding more fun to the visit and ensuring easy access.

 

SZEMLŐHEGYI BARLANG - SZEMLŐHEGY CAVE

Opening hours: Wednesday-Monday 10:00-16:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 850 HUF/adult, 625 HUF/child

Duration: 40 minutes

Getting there: Bus Nr. 29

The cave, currently explored in a length of 2200 ms, and placed under increased protection, is one of the most valuable natural treasures of Budapest. It contains several spacious passages.
It offers a variety of spectacular forms, and is richly ornamented with mineral precipitations.
Visitors can tour about the hiking route of about 250 meters on comfortable concrete sidewalks and stairs, and can get familiarised with the pisolite precipitations and gypsum crystals, counting almost unparalleled in Europe, abundantly covering the walls, by an effect illumination, which enhances and makes perceivable the beauty of the images and formations of the cave passages.

 

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AROUND BUDAPEST

SZENTENDRE

Getting there: HÉV suburban railway from Batthyány tér station to Szentendre - 20 km, 40 minutes - 640 HUF return

 

SZABADTÉRI NÉPRAJZI MÚZEUM (SKANZEN) - HUNGARIAN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY (SKANSEN)

Opening hours: April-October Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-16:00, Monday closed

Tickets: 1200 HUF/adult, 600 HUF/child

Getting there: Bus Nr. 7 from HÉV station

Hungary’s history comes alive at the Hungarian Open-Air Museum of Ethnography (commonly known as Skansen). Most of the outdoor museum’s land has been divided into nine different “landscape units” (the Upper Tisza Region, a Highland Market Town, Northern Hungary, the Central Tisza Region, the Great Hungarian Plain, Southern Transdanubia, the Balaton Uplands, Western Transdanubia and Kisalföld). Within each of these units, houses, farm buildings, stores, schools, churches and other structures are arranged in traditional patterns that follow the customs of the particular region.

 

SZAMOS MARCIPÁN MÚZEUM - SZAMOS MARZIPAN MUSEUM

Opening hours: April-October 9:00-19:00, November-March 10:00-18:00

Ticket: 300 HUF/person

The Szamos Marzipan Museum is Hungary's first marzipan museum. The exhibition displays the art of marzipan making, including some masterpieces of confectionery, such as the 160 centimetre-tall model of the Parliament building. The museum is also dedicated to the life work of two outstanding Hungarian confectioners, Mátyás Szamos and Károly Szabó. Among the marzipan figures on display there are figures of famous personalities, artistically decorated wedding cakes, cartoon figures, and other sweet celebrities.

ESZTERGOM

Getting there: Train from Nyugati Railway station to Esztergom - 55 km, 1 hour 20 perc -

2200 HUF return

 

ESZTERGOMI BAZILIKA - BASILICA OF ESZTERGOM

Opening hours:

Basilica: March 8:00-17:00, April-October 8:00-18:00, November-February 8:00-16:00

Cupola (panoramic view, only in good weather condition): April-October 8:00-16:30

Tickets:

Free admission to Cathedral.

Cupola: 250 HUF/person

Getting there: Vértes Volán bus (Nr. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7) from the train station

GÖDÖLLŐ

Getting there: HÉV suburban railway from Örs vezér tér station to Gödöllő - 30 km, 50 minutes -

1100 HUF return

 

GÖDÖLLŐI KIRÁLYI KASTÉLY - GÖDÖLLŐ ROYAL PALACE

Opening hours: April-October 10:00-18:00, November-March 10:00-17:00

(last admission 1 hour before closing)

Tickets: 1800 HUF/adult, 900 HUF/child

Getting there: walking from the train station

The Gödöllő Royal Palace has a double U shape, and is surrounded by an enormous park. The building underwent several enlargements and modifications during the 18th century, its present shape was established in the time of the third generation of the Grassalkovich family. By then the building had 8 wings, and - besides the residential part - it contained a church, a theatre, a riding-hall, a hothouse, a greenhouse for flowers and an orangery.

 

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