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There is no place like Hungary and you are guaranteed to gain a truly exceptional experience by visiting it. To give you a taster of the various attractions and must-see sights in and around Budapest, we put together a TOP 10 list of places of interest. Please feel free to contact us if you need any further guidance or advice on how to make the most of your dental holiday in Hungary.

 

1. Rejuvenating Thermal Spas

Hungary renowned the world over for its abundance of thermal spa baths. It’s no surprise that Budapest is known as the ‘City of Spas’. A must for seekers of relaxation for both body and soul, Budapest abounds in the wellbeing fountains of these unique healing waters hosting several amazing thermal spa baths, including the Szechenyi Spa Bath, Gellert Spa Bath and Rudas Spa Bath.

The historic buildings and environment of these spa baths are fascinating, some built several centuries ago, so you will be soaking up culture as you will soak in a spa in Budapest. Generally, at the baths there are several different pools of varying temperature both inside and outside. There are pampering health and beauty treatments available on site, including sauna, massage, mud mask and other rejuvenating spa services. Budapest also hosts one of the biggest indoor water theme parks in Europe, called Aquaworld, offering unforgettable entertainment to visitors of every age throughout the year. 

 

2. The Hungarian Parliament Building, the River Danube, Central Budapest

 Johann Strauss put the ‘Blue Danube’ firmly on Europe’s map in his famous Waltz composition. The Hungarian Parliament, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, stands proudly by the banks of this wonderful river. Stroll along the Danube, impressive both in day and night, and marvel at the achievements of both man and nature in one city! The Parliament is the gem of the capital, and if you are curious to have a glimpse of the inside as well, visit the official website for information on admissions.

 

 3. Budapest Castle District

Assuming your holiday requirements include historical sightseeing, Budapest will not let you down. This jewel of the city is absolutely steeped in Hungary’s rich historic heritage and spectacular vistas. Overlooking the city is the ancient Castle District, and as its title suggests, provides the visitors with the Hungarian capital’s most historic sites and architecture. The Castle District is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Buda Castle, the Fishermen’s Bastion and the Matthias Church. The most spectacular route up to the Castle District is with the historic funicular railway (Siklo), which is an experience in itself.

Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings. It was first established in the 14th century, but was destroyed and rebuilt many times during the centuries. Today the Palace houses the National Szechenyi Library and three museums: the Budapest History Museum, Hungarian National Gallery and Contemporary Art Museum.

In order to enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the capital, visit the Fishermen’s Bastion, which is open 24 hours a day.

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is an exceptional underground cellar network offering its visitors a thrilling experience with its mysterious programs day and night. 

 

 4. Gellért Hill

 

There is nothing like a bird’s eye view of any place to take the breath away and Budapest provides it in spectacular fashion. Check out Gellert Hill which rises high above the city centre of Budapest and is indeed one of the highest points in the city. Again, it is a UNESCO World heritage site. Large proportion of the hill is a green area, perfect to give those city feet a well-deserved rest!

Walking down from Gellért Hill towards Elizabeth Bridge, we come to the statue of Bishop St. Gerard (Gellért) standing on the hillside, after whom the hill was named commemorating his martyr death there. Other points of interests on the Gellert Hill are the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty. The Fortress of the Citadel was built by the Habsburgs in the 19th century demonstrating their control over Hungarians. The location is strategically important, as it gave a good view of both the Buda and the Pest side of the city. The Statue of Liberty was first erected in 1947 after the Second World War, in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces. At that time, it was considered liberation, however, after the fall of Communism in Hungary in 1989 few modifications took place including changing of the inscription.

 

5. Heroes’ Square and Andrássy Avenue

There is one common denominator in many of the world’s cities: each of them features squares as an important focal point – London’s Trafalgar Square, Moscow’s Red Square, Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and New York’s Times Square. Budapest is no exception and provides the tourist with Hero’s Square, probably the city’s most visited historic sight. You will discover Hero’s Square in front of the City Park at the end of the elegant Andrassy Avenue. Built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin, Hero’s Square is impressive in both size and power.

 The statues on the Square commemorate leaders and outstanding figures of the Hungarian history. Two museums: the Museum of Fine Arts and Art Gallery are situated at the two sides of Hero’s Square awaiting visitors with exhibitions of high standards. The Andrassy Avenue is one of the most important and imposing streets of Budapest, and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the main attractions for both locals and tourists is the unique House of Terror Museum showing the real dark pits of communism and the Nazi regime. Apart from this, several cafés and restaurants, neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses, museums and luxury boutiques lay along this iconic boulevard.

 

6. The beautiful parks and greens of Budapest 

The romantic Margaret Island, surrounded by the Danube, is a real must – see and the perfect place to escape to the tranquil settings of nature. Whilst on your green safari, why not roam further and discover Budapest’s other great park areas which include the charming Buda Hills where you can stroll the highest point of Budapest or enjoy a picnic beside the lake of the city park and its vast green area.

Margaret Island is a popular recreational area in the embrace of the Danube. Its attractions include romantic walkways, relaxing atmosphere, medieval ruins, swimming pools, lido, the Music Fountain and the Water Tower. These two latter ones are protected UNESCO sites.

Taking a stroll in the charming Buda hills is another excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. On the top of Janos Hill, at the highest point of Budapest, stands the Elizabeth Lookout offering stunning views in all directions. You have a selection of unusual means of transport to the lookout including the Cogwheel Railway, the Children’s Railway operated by children and the Chairlift.

City Park is a vast public park, close to the city centre. Its main entrance is the Hero’s Square. During the winter months, the largest outdoor skating rink in Central Europe opens here. The Vajdahunyad Castle is located here presenting the major art styles. Budapest Zoo, The Budapest Circus, The Budapest Amusement Park are all in close proximity to the City Park.

 

 7. Music in Budapest

Definitely for fans of music and culture, check out and enjoy the regular operas within Budapest’s impressive Opera House – where else! Or unwind, relax and immense yourselves in classical concerts at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music or indeed within the magnificent St Stephen Basilica.

If not for the concert, the basilica, which is named after the first Hungarian king, is surely worth a visit to marvel its impressive exterior and glorious interior.

To find out more and to see timetable of concerts please visit their official website.

 

8. Cuisine in Budapest

As soldiers don’t march on empty stomach, visitors to Budapest are no exceptions! Boasting cuisine and confectionary is second to none throughout all Europe -  Hungarian food is truly fantastic and unique. You are guaranteed to enter cuisine heaven and the enjoyment of sumptuous Hungarian culinary creations will become the high points of your holiday voyage with superb Hungarian wine. Make sure you leave enough room for delicious Hungarian pastry as desserts!

There are numerous delightful eating venues, restaurants, traditional café houses lacing the streets of Budapest. Here is a short and not at all extensive list of some of the best places to eat out:

  • The Gundel Restaurant close to the City Park, renowned for gastronomic excellence 
  • Café Gerbaut indulges your sweet tooth,
  • Mátyás Pince entertains guests with live gypsy music,
  • Sir Lancelot Medieval Restaurant,
  • Café New York, serving irresistible pastry creations
  • Ruszwurm the oldest café house in Budapest.

 

 9. Shopping

Budapest knows no bounds in its amazing variety of flashy shopping centres, traditional market stall, trend-setting boutiques and the weird and wonderful in fashion and antique shops. In a word, Budapest has it all.

10. River Cruise on the Danube

Ever cruised on the Thames or the Rhine Rivers? Try the Danube for size and spectacle – impressive is an understatement! North of Budapest, many of Hungary’s most historic towns can be reached by the serene cruise upon the waters of the River Danube. The most popular among them are Szentendre, Visegrad and Esztergom, considered to be some of the oldest settlements in the great nation of Hungary. Due to their proximity, the towns can be toured together and can be reached either by the river cruise or train.

All of these towns offer a lot to see. Szentendre is a picturesque town, only 25kms north of Budapest. Enjoy a nice stroll in the town centre, pick up handmade arts and crafts, relax in one of the many open air cafes and restaurants. Interesting and unique museum are located there, including the Marzipan Museum and the Skanzen, which is an open air museum presenting folk architecture, interior decoration, farming and way of life in the Hungarian language area from the 2nd half of the 18th century to the 1st half of the 20th century.

A bit further north from Szentendre up on the Danube, a wonderful scenic landscape lies, the Danube Bend at Visegrad. A boat tour guarantees the best panoramic views of the river and the surrounding hills. Mahart Passnave operates regular boat tours to the area, and you can check their timetable here

Visegrad and the surroundings are nature lovers’ paradise, with plenty of walking routes with stunning views. Visegrad is also famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel. For the more adventurous, go for a ride on the toboggan track open all year round.

Esztergom is another delightful town on the River Danube, It is often called the 'City of St. Stephen' and the 'Hungarian Rome' and played an important role in the history of the country. It was the capital of Hungary and also the first king, Stephen I. was crowned there. The main attraction is the Basilica of Esztergom, which is a masterpiece of Classicism. Enjoy the marvellous views from the cupola of the basilica. 

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