What should you see In Budapest?

 

While planning a trip to Budapest, you can divide the most important and worth seeing places into attractions in Buda and those in Peszt. We will focus on attractions in Peszt.


While planning a trip to Budapest, you can divide the most important and worth seeing places into attractions in Buda and those in Peszt. We will focus on attractions in Peszt.

St. Malgorzata’s island
Let’s start with St. Malgorzata’s island, which you can get to by crossing St. Malgorzata’s bridge. This island is considered the most beautiful park in Budapest. It is located across the river Danube, between the Malgorzata bridge and Arpada. This island is 2.5 kilometers long and 500 meters wide. It is a favorite place for the citizens of Budapest for relaxing and taking trips.

The island was named after princess Malgorzata (1242-1271), who has spent 20 years in a local monastery built after the Mongol attack. Today the ruins, which are located nearby a water tower, are one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is forbidden to drive a private car in any part of the island, but you can rent a bike and get to the Palatinus swimming pool, the zoo and a thermal hotel. In the summer there are plenty outdoor events here.

The Hero Square
The Hero Square is one of the biggest and most important squares in the capital of Hungary. It is located at the end of Andrassy utca, by the City Park (Varosliget) and by the yellow
M1 line of the Hosok tere metro station.

In the middle, there is an easy to spot 36 meter tall column – the Millennium Monument, which was built by thye decision of the parliament in honor of the country 1000th anniversary. On the top of the tower you can see St. Gabriel, the Archangel who, according to legend, has shown himself in a dream to Stephan, the first king of Hungary. The statues of the column, which is located on the square, represent various heroes from the history of Hungary.

The City Wood (Varosliget)
The Hero Square is also the “entrance” to the City Wood (or the City Park). This park, located in the 14th district, is the most popular park in Budapest after the St. Malgorzata island. This park has not only parths with plenty trees, but also a zoo, an old fashioned amusement park and am artificial lake, on which you can ride a rented boat. You can also go ice skating in winter.

The park covers a surface of more than 100 hectares, 81 of which are available for the people of the city. (6 hectares are for the lake), and the remaining 19 hectares are for various types of social institutions. Here’s a fun fact: there are 6907 trees growing in the park.

The Vajdahunyad castle (Vajdahunyadvar)
After entering the park you can see the 19th century Vajdahunyad castle. The architectural design is a mix of gothic renaissance and baroque. It was named after the most characteristic copy of the castle in Vajdahunyad, Transylvania.

In one of the castle’s wings there is a Farm Museum. It’s worth visiting it for its interesting display units and stylish design of the rooms.

The swimming pool complex (Szechenyi Furdo)
While walking in the park, you can also get to some incredibly looking buildings, which at first look like a museum or government headquarters. But this is actually a swimming pool complex (Szechenyi Furdo), in fact, it’s the biggest swimming pool complex in Europe.

The oldest building was built in 1881 in the northern part of the City Park. It was so popular among the citizens that it had to be expanded before World War I. It was officially opened in 1913. You can get to the complex by the yellow M1 metro line – Szecheniy Furdo station.





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