Sightseeing in Budapest – What is Left to See?
From Clark Adam Square at the Buda end of the Chain Bridge you can ride the Funicular, opened in 1870 when this tram lift was the only way up the hill to the Castle. The ride boasts beautiful views of the city while saving a long uphill walk to the Castle District.
Here you can easily spend the whole day wandering the cobbled streets and visiting the Royal Palace, which should be at the top of everyone’s sightseeing in Budapest list, the old houses and churches or enjoying refreshments at an outdoor cafe. In the summertime there are many festivals which will introduce you to the culture that is Hungary at its most charming. There are two hour walking tours that will guide you through the entire district and its rich history. Some of the best restaurants specialising in local cuisine can be found in this district.
The City Park Varosliget was completed in 1896 for Hungary’s millennium celebrations and is a favourite gathering place for both locals and tourists. This 302 acre park includes many attractions, sculptures, a large pond and historic sites for a full day of entertainment. The park’s main entrance is through Heroes’ Square, one of Hungary’s World Heritage Sites.
At the square you can find the Millennium Monument, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art, all worthy of a visit. Another centrepiece of Varosliget is the rather unusual Vajdahunyad Castle originally built of cardboard and wood in honour of the Millennium.
The structure was built in a wide variety of architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic, intended to represent each century since the arrival of the Magyars. Due to its immense popularity it was later rebuilt in brick and today it is a major attraction of City Park.
Shopping in Budapest has changed dramatically since the days of communism and now the city boasts a mixture of traditional Hungarian shops blended with today’s trendy boutiques and department stores. Antique stores abound and arts and crafts are a Hungarian tradition. The Central Market Hall is a place where anything and everything Hungarian can be found from foods to wines and liqueurs and local crafts.
There are also special samplings of Hungarian culinary specialties and wines to prepare you for your dining experiences during your holiday. This is the perfect introduction to all the Hungarian specialties which Budapest offers in abundance and some fun for those who like to spend time in the kitchen.
However many times you have visited in the city you will find plenty of sightseeing attractions left to see in Budapest, including quirky bars and restaurants serving excellent local cuisine, cultural sights and attractions and some of the most stunning local spas which date back thousands of years.
Budapest is an excellent choice if you are looking for a short break or a long weekend away. With Tourily you can start to plan your sightseeing in Budapest with a selection of tours available.