Updated: Jun 15
Hungary’s capital has to be one of the most impressive cities in Europe, a town composed of 2 cities, Obuda or Buda, on the west of the Danube river and Pest on the east. This city was granted the UNESCO World Heritage site status, which not many cities have. You can ask anyone that has had the pleasure of visiting this city, and they will all tell you that this is one of the most beautiful places they’ve ever been to. So come with me as I walk you through the most iconic sites for a quick weekend trip.
But first, a quick recommendation that I think is very important for you to know: book your tours in advance. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access them as quickly as in other cities.
The Chain Bridge
Inaugurated in 1849, this magnificent architectural landmark is a place you must walk by, and you probably will as it connects Buda and Pest, crossing the Danube river in the process. The bridge symbolizes the city and national pride, so take your time while walking across it and admire this historical city’s view. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cross the bridge (depending on how many photos you take), and it is a fantastic place to go both during the day and night.
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The shoes on the Danube river
This is a heartbreaking memorial to the people killed during fascism in Budapest. About 3,500 people died during this period of the Second World War; just at the riverbank, you will find this historical monument with over 60 pairs of iron-made shoes commemorating this terrible event. The memorial is made-up of shoes because when the victims were captured, they were ordered to take off their shoes before being killed. The bodies were thrown to the river, where the memorial is now located. When you go there, make sure to be respectful and mindful; this is not a recreational place, and sometimes, family members of the victims go there to pay homage.
The Buda Castle
This 13th-century spot is a must on your list. Located on the west side of the city, at the top of Castle Hill, you’ll find this spectacular architectural wonder where you’ll be able to see the most beautiful views. The UNESCO World Heritage site has a gallery and a museum for you to enjoy, but the views are what will take your breath away. This is definitely the perfect spot for your pictures.
The Heroes Square
This square marks Andrássy Avenue’s end and is home to a monument dedicated to the seven chieftains of the Magyars; it is believed that they were the ones that led the Hungarian people from Asia to Hungary. Surrounding this square, you will find several other museums and galleries; however, be careful when crossing the street; this area’s traffic can be crazy.
The Andrássy Avenue
While you go there, walk through the city’s most important avenue and admire its incredible architecture. This avenue boasts several international embassies, restaurants, galleries, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site worth visiting.
Budapest is undoubtedly perfect for tourists, as it has a lot of activities to offer. There is a wide range of things to do that you will want to come back a second time. With a mix of ancient history and the vibrancy of a big city, Budapest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you do not want to miss.
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