Travel with A Photographer: Budapest Highlights
Hi, I am Toto Kuo, a photographer from Taiwan. I’m currently living in Budapest and would like to share some of the top spots that not to be missed when traveling to this amazing city!
#1 Fisherman's Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style. It is on the Castle hill, Buda side of the city, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 by Frigyes Schulek. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen who were defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.
Take a comprehensive walking tour on the Buda side and see the iconic sites with your own eyes!
#2 St. Stephen's Basilica
St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It is named in honor of Stephen, the first King of Hungary. It was the sixth largest church in Hungary before 1920. Today, it is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.
Every Thursday, you can enjoy an organ concert in the basilica. Or even better, enjoy a cozy organ concert in the St. Stephen's Basilica. Afterwards, complete your evening in the most amazing way possible, with a Dinner & Danube Cruise! Taste the real essence of Budapest in a tour that has it all.
#3 Szabadság híd (in English: Liberty Bridge or Freedom Bridge)
The Liberty Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, connects Buda and Pest across the River Danube. It is the third southernmost public road bridge in Budapest, located at the southern end of the City Centre. At its two ends are two public squares, Gellért tér (at the foot of Gellért Hill, with the Gellért Spa and Hotel Gellért) and Fővám tér (with the Great Market Hall).
#4 The Hungarian Parliament Building
The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest. The Budapest Grand City Tour will take you to an interior visit of the Parliament building, where you will have a better knowledge of the impressive neo-gothic building.
#5 The Széchenyi Chain Bridge
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, or Chain Bridge is another, yet probably the most famous suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest. Designed by the English Engineer William Tierney Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary, and was opened in 1849.
#6 The Hungarian State Opera House
The Hungarian State Opera House is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Budapest. It was designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture. It is the second largest opera house in Budapest and in Hungary.
#7 The City Park
The City Park is a public park close to the center of Budapest, Hungary. It is a 0.9-by-0.6-mile rectangle, with an area of 302 acres. Its main entrance is at Heroes' Square, one of Hungary's World Heritage sites.
City Park includes the following sights:
Vajdahunyad Castle, opened in 1896
Budapest Zoo, including the Elephant House
Municipal Circus, opened in 1891
Budapest Circus Building
The Ideal City Tour of Budapest will take you to the City Park where you can enjoy an amazing walk!
#8 Memento Park
The Memento Park is an open-air museum in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to monumental statues and sculpted plaques from Hungary's Communist period (1949–1989). There are statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, as well as several Hungarian Communist leaders. The park was designed by Hungarian architect Ákos Eleőd, who won the competition announced by the Budapest General Assembly (Fővárosi Közgyűlés) in 1991.
#9 PÁLVÖLGYI CAVE
The dripstone-rich cave, the longest one in the Buda Hills and the third longest in the country, is a highly protected natural preservation area since 1944. Its length exceeds 7,200 meters; the vertical dimension is 104 m. The temperature is a constant 11 Celsius.
#10 The Museum of Applied Arts
The Museum of Applied Arts is the third oldest applied arts museum in the world. The architecture is Art Nouveau and was built between 1893 and 1896. It has a green roof and the interior is designed using Hindu, Mogul, and Islamic designs.
What is more:
Tram #2 on the Pest side of Budapest follows the Danube River
This is one of the most scenic tram journey in Europe and among the top 10 trolley rides selected by National Geographic!
Danube River Cruises
No matter what you are into, a daylight Cruise with Cocktail & Beer, A Cruise with Hungarian Wine, A Sunset Cocktail Cruise, A Moonlight Cocktail Cruise, or A Dinner Cruise with Live Music, we’ve got you covered!
Photos by Toto Kuo