5 Places You Must See in Budapest

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These are the places you can’t avoid even if you wanted. They are the landmarks of Budapest and the reasons why we fell in love with this city in the first place.

1. The Hungarian Parliament

This is the landmark no one can escape and it is the first thing one should see in Budapest. You can see it from any panoramic point and it can provide an enjoyable walk in the evening. If you have the time to visit its interior you can see the the Royal Crown and the fantastic design.

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2. St. Stephen’s Basilica

I know I already touched the subject of the St. Stephen’s Basilica and the great panorama you can see from the cupola, but you must know that the Parliament and the Basilica were built in the same time, though the church was finished much later. The two buildings have the same height in order to symbolize that the Government and the chuch have the same importance in the Hungarian state.

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3. Chain Bridge

This is the bridge which connects the center of Pesta with the Buda Castle Hill. It was the first permanent bridge of the city and it is a smaller replica of the bridge over Tamisa in London.

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4. Castle Hill in Buda

In this part of the city you can see Matthias Church, built in the 13th Century and, by now, has been influenced by all sorts of architectural styles.

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Moreover, you can see the Fisherman’s Bastion which offers a great panorama of the Pesta part of the city.

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The next place you must see in the Castle Hill is the Royal Palace. Built in the Baroque style for the royal family, this palace was never inhabited by them. Today it hosts the Hungarian National Gallery.

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5. Heroes’ Square

Although it is far away from the previously mentioned landmarks, Heroes’ Square is a monument built for the people who fought for the freedom and independence of Hungary.

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Extra: If you are at Heroes’ Square you must see Vajdahunyad Castle, built at the end of the 19th Century in order to replicate Hunyad Castle in Hunedoara Romania. The building combines many architecural styles, like Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque and it is definetly worth seeing.

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More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/florinamocanu/sets/72157643422302243/

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