The Parliament building, a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture (although displaying Renaissance and Baroque characters too), is just over 100 years old. The colossal building sitting on the banks of the Danube River at Kossuth Lajos Square is not only the home of the National Assembly of Hungary, but also a marvellous tourist attraction. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it’s the third-largest parliament building in the world, featuring no less than 691 rooms, all decorated with frescoes, golden details, stained-glass windows, and jaw-dropping ceilings. Tickets for a tour can be purchased in the visitors’ centre or online.
The hilly Buda and the flat Pest is connected by eight bridges – each with its own charm. The first to permanently link both sides of the city were the Chain Bridge. Built in the mid-19th century, the construction of a road suspended from two iron chains was very remarkable for its time.
Great Market Hall
Opened in 1897, Budapest’s Great Market Hall still emits the authentic feel of a traditional market, all the while being a popular tourist attraction. Wander through the aisles of numerous spice vendors adorned with the large strings of paprika and keep an eye on some tasty souvenirs to bring back home.
Rose-shaped ice cream
Just a stone-throw away from the majestic the St. Stephen’s basilica, at Gelarto Rosa scoops of ice cream are made in rose-shapes. The eye-catching morsel has already become an Instagram sensation, but the taste is equally pleasing. Grab a spot on the steps of the basilica and enjoy!
While the city has a profusion of baths, no other holds a candle to the iconic NeoGothic Széchenyi Baths. The outdoor bathing area is open all year round and is even more enjoyable during the colder months, when the warm water’s steam breaks the crisp air. And also the scene of the senior citizens gathering around chess tables while soaking in the waters is worth a dime.
Murals of the 7th district
What makes the 7th district, today’s main artery for nightlife ever more magic, are the large murals dotted all around its cobbled streets. Check out Kazinczy utca where the legendary first ruin bar Szimpla Kert resides. A colourful labyrinth infused by second-hand furniture and loads of green – the bar is also something worth seeing!
Take a stop at the High Note Skybar perched on top of the Aria Hotel Budapest. Staying open even during the winter months, this rooftop bar serves a vast range of drinks and light meals, but, above all, it boasts a great view of the marvellous St. Stephen’s Basilica.