Discover the hungarian capital
The Danube runs like a lifeline through the Hungarian capital, and many sights lie on its banks. In Buda, on the west side, the rocky Gellért Hill is worth a walk. Visit the Liberty Statue and the Citadella. Towards the Danube, at the foot of the hill stands the Hotel Gellért with the famous Art Deco thermal bath, which is an attraction with a relaxing factor.
North of Gellért Hill rises the castle hill with the oldest part of the city, the Castle District, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These include the Buda Castle, the Fishermen’s Bastion and the Matthias Church. The decorative end of the castle complex facing the river is the Castle Garden Bazaar with walkways, gardens and exhibition areas. The Danube as an attraction that shapes the cityscape is spanned by nine bridges. The oldest and most famous is the Chain Bridge in front of the castle hill, which has become a landmark.
After the Hungarian reformer Count István Széchenyi allegedly had to wait a week to get to his father’s funeral on the other side of the Danube, he suggested building a bridge. In his honour, the suspension bridge designed by William Tierney Clark and built between 1839 and 1849 bears the name “Széchenyi Lánchíd” in Hungarian. At its inauguration it was the first fixed bridge downstream from Regensburg.
On the other hand, the Danube bank is characterised by the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Academy of Sciences, the Corvinus University of Economics, the National Theatre and the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art. From the H2 Hotel Budapest you can easily walk to explore this part of the city. It is only about 500 meters to the river. Stop for a moment at the "Shoes on the Danube Bank" monument and take a look at the empty shoes as a reminder of the Jewish pogroms of the Second World War.
Also very close to the H2 Hotel Budapest rises the imposing St. Stephen's Basilica from the 19th century – Budapest’s highest church. Nearby is also the 3D Gallery Budapest, a very special art museum, which includes the visitor in the works and thus offers funny photo motifs. The Great Synagogue in Dohány utca, the Hungarian National Museum and the neo-Gothic Great Market Hall, which regularly hosts a farmers’ market and sells souvenirs, are located close to each other on the so-called Little Ring. Parallel to the shore runs Váci street, the oldest trade route and today a low-traffic promenade of the city, in which all major fashion labels are represented.
The famous, dead straight boulevard between the city centre and “Hősök tere” is over 2.5 kilometres long. It was designed as a major urban development project between 1871 and 1885 and was built on with richly equipped apartment buildings. The Hungarian State Opera and the “House of Terror”, a museum and memorial for the politically persecuted, are also located along the World Heritage-listed street. At “Hősök tere” stands the Millennium Monument, inaugurated in 1896 to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the land seizure, flanked by the Hall of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.
A little south of “Hősök tere”, the square of 56 with its wedge-shaped memorial commemorates the popular uprising of 1956, which was crushed by the Soviet army; the town park joins to the east. The Vajdahunyad Castle, the Zoo and the famous Széchenyi thermal bath, built in 1896 for the Millennium Exhibition, await you here. A walk on Margaret Island between the two halves of Buda and Pest also offers peace and a little relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Those who have a little time should not miss Szoborpark, also called Memento Park, in the southwest of the city. Opened in 1993, it contains a collection of socialist monuments, slightly ironically redesigned by Ákos Eleőd.
In addition to the mountainous surroundings, the picturesque Baroque town and artists’ colony Szentendre and Empress Sissi’s favourite castle in Gödöllő are ideal for excursions into the surrounding area. A boat trip around the Danube bend to Esztergom also makes for a wonderful day trip.
Experience the diversity and beauty of the Hungarian capital and spend a budget-friendly night in the new H2 Hotel Budapest!