If you are hesitating to visit this Eastern European city, here are most certainly 3 places that will make you want to discover the capital of Hungary.
The Hungarian Parliament
On the Pest side, this building is undoubtedly one of the most impressive buildings you could see in Hungary! Its Baroque Gothic Revival style and its immensity with its 18,000 m2 will leave you speechless. Seeing it from the other side of the river, on the Buda side, will give you an idea of its scope.
Buda Castle, Notre Dame Church, Fishermen's Bastion
• This castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it can be admired from Pest. Located at the top of a small hill on the Buda side, as its name suggests, it can be reached by a paying funicular or by foot. You can walk around it for free.
• Located about 30 minutes walk from the castle, Notre Dame church and its very special roof are really worth a look! It is also an ideal viewpoint to see the parliament opposite.
• The fishermen's bastion, a neo-Gothic style promenade, is located next to the church on the banks of the Danube. It was built between 1895 and 1902 and owes its popularity to the spectacular view it offers of the city and the Hungarian parliament. Contrary to what most people think, the statues that make up this place do not represent fishermen. It was the seven tribal leaders who founded Hungary.
The baths of Széchenyi and Gellert
The activity to be done absolutely in Budapest is undoubtedly the thermal baths! There are several of them in the city but it is the one in Széchenyi which is undoubtedly the one with the most beautiful architecture. You will enjoy the view of the outdoor pools even more, especially in winter in water around 30 degrees when the outdoor temperature flirts with 0 degrees Celsius.
As for Gellert, the interior architecture dates from the beginning of the 20th century and is of Turkish inspiration. Smaller and more intimate, these baths are ideal for relaxing after a long walk on the Buda hill.