Basilica

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Erection of the St István Parish Church, generally known as The Basilica, was commenced in 1851, but was not completed until 1905. The Neo-Renaissance style church is the largest in the capital, with a length of 86m, breadth of 55m and a height of 96m.

Because of the narrow confines of Saint István Square, the best view of the Basilica can be obtained from Castle Hill (Várhegy) on the opposite side of the Danube. One’s main impression of the church is of its monumental size, rather than of the restrained, interior decoration.

 

Attraction: The Basilica (Szent István Bazilika)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, V. district

Transport: M3 Arany János utca or M1 Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca

Address: Budapest, Szent István tér

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E-mail:

Web: www.basilica.hu

Open: church Mon-Sat 9-19, Sun 13-17, chapel: 10-16, cupola: Apr-Oct 10-17

Price: church free, cupola 500 HUF, chapel 150 HUF

Guided tours: Mon-Fri: 11.00, 14.00, 15.30; Sat: 11.00; ticket (adult/children)1600/1200 HUF

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Castle Hill

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Castle Hill is a 1,5km long hill, overlooking the Danube, located in Budapest’s No1 District.

The Old Town occupies the larger part of Castle Hill – it is also referred to as the Buda Castle; the Royal Palace occupies the southern portion.

Because of its medieval origins, 17th and 18th centuries monuments, and its historical significance, the Old Town is Budapest’s primary tourist attraction. It has been on UNESCO’S World Heritage List since 1987.

 

The most important sights in the castle are the Mátyás Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace. Walking along the medieval streets of the Old Town one comes across numerous historic dwellings, public buildings as well as many museums. The Castle offers wonderful panoramas of the Danube, its bridges, and of the Pest side.

The Old Town can be comfortably approached on foot via a track under the Fishermen’s Bastion, via the funicular railway, or by bus.

 

Hungary Excursions

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Godollo – Royal Sightseeing Tour to the Summer Residence of Sissi: Royal Sightseeing Tour to the Summer Residence of Sissi explores the 18th Century Godollo, where the Queen of Hungary would stay during the summer months.

Full Day Danube Bend Tour: The Danube Bend signifies the 12 mile (20 kilometer) long bend of the Danube beginning at Visegrad. A visit to former Royal Residence and to Esztergom, the center of the Catholic Church are highlights of the day.

Full Day Herend Porcelain Factory and Lake Balaton Tour : Spend a day in Herend, where you can admire delicate masterpieces of the porcelain factory established over 150 years ago.

Wine Tasting Tour to the Etyek Region: Enjoy the Hungarian wine experience in the region of Etyek, located only 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Budapest.

Full Day Tour to the Puszta – The Southern Great Plain and Kecskemet: Spend a day in the sunniest and warmest part of Hungary – The Southern Great Plain.

Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Szentendre: Only 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the north of Budapest is the town of Szentendre. Home to a young community of artists, Szentendre is a town full of museums and galleries.

 

 

Wine Tasting Tour to the Etyek Region

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Enjoy the Hungarian wine experience in the region of Etyek, located only 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Budapest. Traditionally the grapes from this area are used for sparkling wine and champagne, however Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Pinot Gris are also becoming increasingly popular. You will have a wine tasting session with snacks.

This tour is seasonal and operates from March to November.

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Godollo – Royal Sightseeing Tour to the Summer Residence of Sissi

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Royal Sightseeing Tour to the Summer Residence of Sissi explores the 18th Century Godollo, where the Queen of Hungary would stay during the summer months. On your visit to the Summer Residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi), you can walk amongst the gardens and visit the Royal Stables and Riding School.

Sit back and relax on this leisurely four-hour excursion to the stately mansion of Godollo Castle. You'll take a tour of the castle, enjoy a walk around the park-like grounds and perhaps stop for coffee and cake at the Palace Cafe.

Godollo was the summer residence of Sissi, the beloved queen of the Hungarians, whose formal name was Elizabeth of Bavaria. Formerly the 18th-century central estate of the Grassalkovich counts, the castle is an outstanding example of Central European Baroque architecture. The estate was transferred to the ownership of the Hapsburg kings in 1867.

After your guided tour of the castle, you might like to take a stroll through the grounds to the Royal Stables and equestrian Riding School, or take a break and enjoy coffee and cake at the Palace Cafe.

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Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Szentendre

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Only 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the north of Budapest is the town of Szentendre. Home to a young community of artists, Szentendre is a town full of museums and galleries. You will visit Caprice Hungarian Jewelry Center to see the stunning jewelry on display, and have time to do some shopping in the town center.

Venture to Szentendre, town of museums on a half day sightseeing trip from Budapest. Located at the South Gate of Danube Bend, the tiny town squares, meandering streets, Serb temples and baroque bourgeois buildings contribute to a picturesque Mediterranean atmosphere.

Home to a young community of artists, many museums and galleries exhibit the works of locals who lived or currently live in the artists' quarter, established in the past century. You'll visit  the magnificent Caprice Hungarian Jewelry Center, and have a walk through the baroque center of town, with an opportunity to do some shopping.

Your tour returns to Budapest by boat on the Danube (May 1 to September 30 only, tide permitting) and will end at the Pier. During other times or at low tide you will return by bus to the city center.

Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Szentendre Reservation