The Royal Palace is the most impressive building in the cityscape of Budapest and is part of the ancient Castle District, officially District I of the capital city. The palace hosts the Hungarian National Art Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum. You can get to the Royal Palace on foot, by bus or by the funicular which is the most interesting transportation you can use in Budapest starting from Clark Adam square from 7:30 until 22:00.
Buda Castle District
The beautiful Buda Castle District is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. When you walk down the little cobblesone streets, you feel like you've gone back in time. You can see many 17th and 18th century houses and monuments from the middle ages, and you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Pest side of the Danube.
The Neo-Romanesque Fishermen’s Bastion was built in 1905 mainly for decorative purposes and is the pearl of the panorama of the Buda castle. In recent years a small fee has been collected from the visitors for access to the upper part of the bastion, which provides an amazing view of Pest side with the Parliament and Roosevelt square. It is located next to Holy Trinity square and Matthias church.
City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle
The favorite leisure park of the locals, the City Park in Budapest was established for the Millennium of Hungary, in 1896. The City Park („Városliget”) is located close to the city center, 5 minutes from the Star City Hotel, and offers a wide range of things to do in your free time. You can simply enjoy nature from edge of a pretty pond, or you can visit a restaurant or one of the historical sites, such as the Vajdahunyad Castle, which was also built for the Millennium. Originally made of wood, it became so popular, that finally it was rebuilt with bricks. The beautiful castle is actually a combination of parts of the most important Hungarian buildings and various architectural styles of the past, it is a ‘must see’ for visitors who spend time in Budapest.
Heroes’ Square, the largest square of the capital was built for the 1000th anniversary of the formation of the Hungarian State. The amazing monument, the romantic Millennium memorial stands in the middle of the square, which was built in honor of the seven leaders of the Hungarian settlement, and around the monument you can see the sculptures of important Hungarian personalities, including kings, statesmen, governors and others. It is surrounded by two of the most interesting Hungarian museums: the Museum of Fine Art and the Hall of Arts.
Holy Trinity Square
Holy Trinity Square is located in the historical centre of Budapest, in the Castle District, near Mátyás Church. The square is named of the Baroque-style Holy Trinity column in the middle, which is a memorial for Hungary's two outbreaks of the plague. On the northern side of the square you can find the fascinating building of the Old Town Hall. There are several cafés and restaurants near Holy Trinity Square.
Hungarian State Opera House
The building completed in 1884 is one of the cultural centers of Hungary and is located on Andrássy Street. An English guide is available for a small fee and there are performances almost every day for lovers of classical music. You can see statues of great composers like Vivaldi, Beethoven and Mozart on the facade of the building. It’s very easy to reach the Opera with the M1 subway line, as the stairs to the "opera" stop are just in front of the building.
The Great Synagogue
The huge Synagogue is located in downtown Budapest and was built in the 19th century by the Jewish Community of Budapest. Its style is basically Moorish, but you can find also elements of Gothic, Romantic and Byzantine architecture. The organ of the Synagogue was made of 5000 tubes and the most important organ artists have played it. The National Jewish Museum is also located in the building. During World War II, the Synagogue was used for various purposes and was seriously damaged. The renovation began only after the changing of the political regime in Hungary, 1991. You can also find near the Synagogue a monument, which is the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, but also for the 240 non-Jewish heroes, who saved the lives of many Jewish people during Nazism.
Inner City Parish Church
It is considered the oldest building in Pest and is located next to the Ferenciek Square, which is easily accessible with the M3 Subway Line and the bus number 7 (red and black). The building was originally built in the 12th century and was last rebuilt in the 18th century. The baroque style building is open from 8 am until 9 pm.