A Journey Through Budapest’s History

 

Often referred to as the Pearl of Danube, or The Heart of Europe, these warm and rich reputations sit at the core of Budapest. The land is rich in history and heritage, yet full of a youthful energy and vibrancy, with a diversity of activities that takes you from relaxing river cruises, thermal baths to a spectacular exploration of stunning architectures.

Chain Bridge

Budapest won’t be completed without Chain Bridge. Széchenyi (Say-chain-ee) Chain Bridge has been the landmark of Budapest since it was opened in 1849 because it connects Clark Ádám Square in Buda and Széchenyi Square in Pest on the opposite side of Danube River together. At the time of its completion, Chain Bridge is considered one of the modern world’s engineering wonders and went on the record as the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

The Museum of Fine Arts

Locally known as Szépművészeti Múzeum, The Museum of Fine Art holds extensive collections of European visual arts by master artists throughout the history. The museum itself is a piece of classic 19th century architectural artwork which houses Italian, French, English, German, and Dutch paintings and artworks dated back as far as the 4th century. Standing in the limelight are Leonardo da Vinci’s Equestrian Statuette and the Rape of Europa by Andrea Riccio.

Tip: The Museum of Fine Art is currently undergoing a major renovation with the plan to reopen in March 2018.

Parliament Building

Walking around the cobblestone streets in Budapest, you will be stunned by the magnificent Neo-Gothic architecture of the Parliament. Inaugurated in 1886 to celebrate Hungary’s 1000th anniversary and fully completed in 1902, Budapest Parliament has 691 rooms and an incredible 19 kilometers of stairs, making it the third largest parliament in the world. When the National Assembly is not in session, the parliament is opened for guided tours. Explore the fascinating architecture of the main hall, the old House of Lords, get a glimpse of the impressive Hungarian Crown Jewels, and learn the history of Hungary politic.

Tip: Parliament guided tour admission fee is HUF 4,000 for non-EU citizens.

Budapest’s Busiest Avenue – Andrássy út

Recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Andrássy út stretches 2.4 kilometers from the city center to the City Park. Andrássy út is easily Budapest’s busiest avenue with eclectic Neo-Renaissance palaces and houses of aristocrats, bankers, and noble families built by the most distinguished architects of the time. The avenue is the best spot for a stroll alongside the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings which are now turned into restaurants, cafés and upscale boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry and Gucci. It is also home to impressive cultural buildings like the State Opera and the Academy of Music, the Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Art, and the Zoltán Kodály Memorial Museum.