Planning a trip to Budapest?
Well – you are definitely going to have a wonderful time ahead. Often referred to as ‘Paris of East’ Budapest is one city which is the home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is the amalgamation of three towns which are Pest, Buda and Old Buda. Every year the city is visited by hundreds of travelers for its many industrial, commercial and administrative center.
There are several attractions for tourists in the city. Some of the top attractions include centuries old architecture, the entertainment zone and the vibrant cultural scene of the region. Beautiful churches and classical concerts are an integral part of the city.
Here are some of the top tourist destinations of the city.
Buda Castle and Castle Hill –
Castle Hill is the place where you will find some of the most important museums and monuments. This 200 room palace was built as a shield and was meant to offer protection from the Tartar and Mongol attacks. The Hungarian National Gallery shouldn’t be missed when you choose to visit the Castle. The entire Castle complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Castle looks stunning at night when it is illuminated.
Margaret Island –
Visitors to the city, plan a trip to this beautiful 2.5 long island which has several recreational facilities and parkland. Tourists can explore the island in the golf carts, pedal carts and other self powered vehicles.
- The musical fountain is a popular feature of the island. The water dances magnificently to the beats of classical music.
- There are many medieval ruins in the island which are worth a visit.
St. Stephen’s Basilica –
Those who love religious buildings, sites or monuments shouldn’t miss the St. Stephens’s Basilica. This is a holy site, where visitors are known to get a glimpse of the right hand of Stephen, who was the 1st Hungarian King. Organ concerts and classical music concerts are quite popular in the Basilica. Tourists need to book their seat for the concert in advance.
Hungarian State Opera House –
If you love Opera, spend an evening in this magnificent 1200 seat auditorium. This is said to be one of the best places to visit for operatic performances.
There are many other places of interest in the city, which includes Fisherman’s Bastion. This resembles a medieval monument which was built in neo-Gothic style. There are seven towers in the Bastion which are a representation of the seven Magyar tribes. The best time to visit this place is during sunset. The art lovers must visit the Museum of Fine Arts, which has some of the largest and the best works by some of the most talented Old Masters. There are a wide variety of Dutch, Spanish and Italian paintings in the museum.
If you are planning to visit Budapest during the holidays, remember to complete all your bookings in advance. The city has several luxury and budget accommodations to cater to the tourists. There are many shopping destinations and restaurants offering some of the most sumptuous cuisines of the region.