Budapest Attractions – Pest

Budapest Attractions – Pest



Parliament House


This is one of the capital’s, in fact the nation’s, most imposing buildings. Built between 1884 and 1902, based on Imre Steindl’s design, the Neo-Gothic building is one of the symbols of the capital. Groups can only visit the Parliament Building with advanced booking. Parliament House


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. The best view of the Basilica can be obtained from Castle Hill (Várhegy) on the opposite side of the Danube Basilica

Andrássy Avenue


Andrássy Avenue provides one of Budapest’s most popular venues for strollers. This radial road, built between 1872 and 1885, indicates the strength of the desire at the time, to develop Budapest into a world-class city. Andrássy Avenue was placed on the World Heritage List in 2002. Andrássy Avenue

Széchenyi Baths


It was as a result of the drillings of geologist Vilmos Zsigmondy, over the period 1868-77, that this medicinal water source, with a temperature of 74˚ C, was brought to the surface. The medicinal waters are particularly effective for the treatment of  joint and muscle damage, arthritis and neuritis. Széchenyi Baths

Dohány Street Synagogue


The synagogue in Dohány Street is the largest one still functioning in Continental Europe. The use of two towers with onion-shaped domes, as an architectural feature in synagogues, was employed here for the first time in Hungary. The Holocaust Memorialcan be found in the garden at the back of the synagogue. Dohány Street Synagogue

State Opera House

One of the most prominent of the historic buildings along Andrássy Avenue, this Eclectic, Neo-Renaissance style building is, even on an international scale, an outstanding creation for its time. Its auditorium is one of the most attractive in Europe, and its acoustics are first-class. State Opera House

Museum of Applied Arts

The Museum is one of the most beautiful examples of Hungarian Secessionist style architecture. Characteristics of the Hungarian Secessionist style are most marked in the building’s ceramic decorations, in which, besides the national folk-motifs, Islamic and Hindu motifs are also evident. Museum of Applied Arts

Ethnographic Museum


This building was built between 1893 and 1896, based on the plans of Alajos Hauszmann; it housed the Supreme Court until 1945. It is one of the most beautiful examples of Late-Eclectic architecture in our country.  Ethnographic Museum

Vajdahunyad Castle


Vajdahunyad Castle is the best known of the group of historic buildings which were erected in 1896 to commemorate the one-thousand-year anniversary of the founding of Hungary.  Vajdahunyad Castle

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is considered to be in the front rank of European museums. It deservedly takes a prominent place amongst the museums serving a similar function, by virtue of the diversity, and historic continuity, of its exhibits, and the multitude of masterpieces in its possession. Museum of Fine Arts

Palace of Exhibitions

The Palace of Exhibitions was built in 1895 as part of the development of Heroes’ Square for the millennial celebration of the Hungarian Conquest.  A number of important fine-arts exhibitions can be found on display here. Palace of Exhibitions

Jewish Museum


The Jewish Museum is located in Dohány Street, in the building next to the synagogue. The house which originally stood on this site has historic associations – Tivadar Herzl, the founder of Zionism, was born here and lived here for the first 18 years of his life. Jewish Museum

Hungarian National Museum

In Hungary, as elsewhere, the concept of museums evolved from the ideas of the Enlightenment and the Reformation, in conjunction with the demand for the establishment of an independent nation-state. Hungarian National Museum

University Chapel, former Pauline Monastery


The eighteenth-century Pauline church is one of the most outstanding Baroque ecclesiastical buildings in Budapest. Its richly ornamented interior and especially the carved pulpit are the most prominent works of Hungarian Baroque Art.  University Chapel

Millennium Monument

Work on this monument was begun in 1896, the one-thousand-year anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest; however it was not finished until 1926. The monument consists of a two-part semi-circular colonnade, with statues of the historically most significant Hungarian kings and leaders standing between the columns. Millennium Monument



These are the remnants of a Roman fortification, dating from the 4th century BC, built to protect the crossing of the Danube, the Pannonian border, and the start of the road leading to the East. So far only the northern wall of the fortification has been excavated.  Contra Aquincum

Vigado Concert Hall

Built between 1859 and 1864 – after the original building was destroyed by fire during the 1848-9 Revolution – according to the design of Frigyes Feszl, the “Vigadó” is one of this country’s pre-eminent monuments in the Romantic style. The hall is open only for concerts. Vigado Concert Hall

Inner-City Parish Church


The church belongs among the capital’s most eminent historic monuments. The changes made to the building’s structure over the years mirror the periods of major architectural style changes in the city.The elements of the two predominant styles, the Gothic and the Baroque, are equally evident on both the interior and the exterior of the church.  Inner City Parish Church

Gresham Palace

The palace, erected in 1907 in the Secession style, was the headquarters of the London based Gresham Insurance Company. With is decorated façade and stone reliefs, it is one of the most beautiful examples of the style of this period in Budapest. Gresham Palace

New York Palace

This five-level, Secessionist and Neo-Renaissance style palace, on the Erzsébet Boulevard (körút), was built at the very end of the 19th century, based on the plans of Alajos Hauszmann, for a large American insurance  company  which wanted to use it to advertise its services. New York Palace

Franciscan Church, Pest


The monastery church of medieval origin that housed several important events of Hungarian history, stands as a memento of them in one of the most important central places of Budapest, called Ferenciek square.  Franciscan Church

Kazinczy Street Synagogue


The city’s Orthodox Jewish congregation decided to build its own independent synagogue in 1909. Based on the designs of Sándor and Béla Löffler, the Secessionist style synagogue was completed in 1913. The façade of the synagogue which fronts onto Kazinczy Street is considered to be one of the outstanding works of Hungarian Late-Secessionist architecture. Kazinczy Street Synagogue

Rumbach Street Synagogue


The “status-quo” synagogue in Rumbach Street was built in 1872, to the design of the Viennese architect, Otto Wagner; it is the only building in Hungary to be designed by him. Built in the Romantic style, the synagogue evidences a strong eastern influence; its two towers remind one of the minarets so characteristic of Islamic architecture. Rumbach Street Synagogue

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Neo-Renaissance style palace of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia) was built in the 1860’s. Count István Széchenyi, donated the equivalent of one year’s income from his estates, towards its establishment. Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Central Market-Hall


The Central Market-Hall, located near the Pest end of the Liberty Bridge, was erected at the end of the 19th century, based on the design of Samu Petz.  Central Market Hall

Paris Department Store


Of  Budapest’s early reinforced-concrete buildings, the Paris Department Store, erected in 1909, is  of special historic significance, as it was the first building in this country designed specifically as a department store. 

Ministry of Agriculture


This Eclectic style building, located in Kossuth Square, was erected in 1885-86 based on the plans of Gyula Bukovich, to house the Ministry of Agriculture.  Ministry of Agriculture

Church of Mary Ward’s Nuns


The Baroque style St.Mihály Church (in Váci Street) was erected in 1747 by the Dominicans to replace a destroyed medieval church on this site. A new cloister was built next to the church in 1749, on the site of its medieval predecessor.  Church of Mary Wards Nuns

New Town-Hall

  This Neo-Renaissance building was erected in the 1870’s, based on the plans of Imre Steindl. New Town Hall

School for Rabbis


The National Rabbi and Teacher Training Institution, established in 1877, can be found on the corner of Guttenberg Square. Built in the Eclectic style, it was based on the designs of Ferenc Kolbenheyer and Vilmos Freund. School for Rabbis

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