The Top 10 Best Tourist Attractions in Budapest
From the beautiful city of Budapest – to its quaint villages and fantastic scenery outside the capital; Hungary conjures up a rich sense of history and culture. Here are the top ten attractions – all waiting to be explored!
This splendid historic castle is now a UNESCO World Heritage. It was built on the site of a palace that got destroyed amidst the Siege of 1686. Its amazing highlight is the 61-metre-high central dome opposite the Danube, from which you can enjoy breath-taking views of the city.
This fascinating river travels through Hungary from north to south, and as it flows through Budapest it splits into two (Buda and Pest). To see one of the best sunset views either Buda or Pest is from the fantastic Freedom Bridge. Another great spot is where the river flows through the Visegrád Mountains. There are also plenty of excellent river cruises to enjoy.
Historic Spa Towns
There are numerous historic spa towns throughout the country offering many things from bathing in rejuvenated waters to weekend stays in lovely spa resorts. Hungary’s hot spring baths date back to the Roman times. In Budapest itself, you can book amazing spa packages at the lovely Szechenyi Bath and Spa and other locations throughout the city.
Benedictine Abbey in Tihany
Tihany is situated on Lake Balaton. The south western area is closed to traffic, making it a delightful place to explore on foot along the well-marked trail. A must-see – is the stunning 17th-century Benedictine Abbey with its amazing views of the lake and area. You can also walk from the abbey to the old Inner Harbour.
The Caves of Lillafüred
Lillafüred is situated in the Bükk Mountains and is famous for its amazing caves, all within an easy stroll from town. The highlight is the István Cave with its fabulous stalactite formations, and also the Petofi Cave, famous for the impressions of extinct plant species that have been left in the limestone walls.
Sopron is 64 kilometres south of Vienna and eight kilometres from the Austrian border close to the foothills of the Alps. The town houses 115 officially-listed monuments and 240 protected buildings. All the buildings in the Old Town are contained within the medieval Roman walls.
One of the best known castles in Hungary is the Eger Castle. It is situated in the cute spa town of Eger on the southern side of the Bükk Mountains. This magnificent castle protected the gateway into northern Hungary, and it was extended in the 16th century. Today you can explore the high towers and the various ruins.
Cathedral of St. Peter
This beautiful Cathedral lies in the Old Town of Pecs. I t was built on the site of an ancient Roman burial chapel and was founded in 1009; the original church was re-built in the 12th century, but was badly damaged during the Mongol attacks. The church was completely rebuilt in 1891 and today, houses many unique and religious artefacts.
Visegrád Royal Palace
Sitting just above the old town of Visegrád in the Danube Bend, is the ruins of this beautiful Palace. Today it is mostly in ruins but still is a very impressive structure – with its unique dimensions and breath-taking views over the Danube and the surrounding area.
The Buda Hills
The Buda Hills are on the outskirts of Budapest. They are 518 metres high and have a criss-cross system of trails, making it perfect for walking or biking. There are numerous caves to explore and afterwards you could take a delightful ride back into town on the classic Cog-wheel Railway.