Budapest – a city on the Danube, which fascinates with its beauty and elegance. To get there from Ukraine every year becoming easier. Which places worth a visit in the capital of Hungary – read on.
The Hungarian Parliament
What is known? The Hungarian Parliament building is the business card of the city. It is located in the area of Lajos Kossuth on the banks of the Danube. Built in neo-Gothic style with elements of Oriental architecture, the author of the project was Imre Steindl.
The construction lasted from 1885 to 1904, the artist died in 1902-m, without seeing the final result. The Hungarian Parliament is the largest building in Hungary, its length is 268 meters. The Parliament has 365 towers and domes of different size – the same number as days in a year.
The Hungarian Parliament building
Most rooms and room in the building available to visitors. In addition, the Parliament opened an exhibition of jewelry of the Hungarian monarchs. Among them you can see the crown of St. Stephen, the founder of the state.
It looks like the crown of St. Stephen
Interestingly, the building Museum and the Ministry of agriculture, located nearby, were also projects of the Parliament, but did not win the tender.
When to visit and how much it costs? From 1 April to 31 October, the Hungarian Parliament opens doors to tourists from 8:00 to 18:00 and from 1 November to 31 March – from 8:00 to 16:00. Visits to house of Parliament are restricted during weeks when the national Assembly convenes plenary meetings. Prices range from 6 to 21 euros, children under 6 years free admission.
Buda castle or Buda Castle
The residence of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, which became the cultural center of the city. Included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. During its history the castle was several times destroyed it completely restored only in 1966.
Within the Royal Palace are the national gallery of Hungary. For tourists is open and a library of Ferenc széchenyi, which collected more than eight million publications.
The residence is located on a hill. Accessible both on foot and by bus. But you can also use the old funicular Siklo, which began its work in 1870. The difference in height from the bottom to the top station – 48 metres and the total path length is 100 meters.
When to visit and how much it costs? The entrance to the hill and in the Hungarian national gallery is free. Hungarian national gallery is open from 10:00 to 18:00 every day except Monday, and from 9:00 to 20:00 except Sunday and Monday.
The building of the Fisherman’s Bastion is located on one of the highest points in the city — the Fortress hill. Got its name from the local fishermen, who there worked, and if necessary, defended the area from attacks. Bastion was the addition of St. Matthias Church located nearby.
The Matthias Church
From the gallery of the Bastion, the length of which is 140 meters, offers a magnificent view of the Danube. And here is the Matthias Church is worth a look inside. It is worth mentioning that it is possible to watch a 3D movie about the history of Hungary. Duration – 15-20 minutes.
When to visit and how much it costs? The entrance to the Bastion free. A ticket is only required if you want to climb to the top of the building. The cost of climbing the tower as the entrance to the Matthias Church, tour cost 2 to 3 euros. For children under 6 years – free admission.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
It is the largest Church of the capital of Hungary, also among the three largest churches of the country. Interestingly, the construction of the Cathedral lasted already for 54 years. When the temple was practically finished, one of his domes collapsed, pulling down the whole building. So work had to start all over again.
St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest
During the festive services in the Cathedral can hold up to 8500 members. And yet the Church kept Catholic Shrine of the country – the hand of king Stephen.
When to visit and how much it costs? Visitors there take in weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00, Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00. The entrance is free. Paid is only the entrance to the observation deck. It will cost 1 to 2 euros.
Shoes on the Danube river
There are in Budapest and places that we are to be reminded of the terrible events of the past. Among them is a memorial in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, set on the shores of the Danube in Budapest in 2005.
Mass shootings of Jews in Budapest was held in the end of the Second world war. Not to bury, the Nazis shot the victims directly into the river. They are fettered with a chain 50-60 people and was only shot in the first as he fell, he dragged behind the others.
The Jews were brought to the Danube embankment, was ordered to take off his shoes and took them in an unknown direction. Note that all pairs of shoes – an authentic copy of models of the 1940-ies. The idea of the memorial belongs to the famous Director Ken Togay, and made it the sculptor Gyula Pauer.
The Chain Bridge
The chain bridge is the symbol of the city. He once joined the two cities that were divided by the river Danube – Buda and pest. It was built on the initiative of count széchenyi, so he wears his name.
The chain bridge in the Hungarian capital
The Union of the two cities contributed to the development of Budapest from a provincial city became a metropolis. During the Second World war, the Germans destroyed the bridge, had retreated. Large-scale restoration was completed in 1949.
The city is also famous for its many hot springs. Original baths in Budapest were built by Turkish power in the 16th century during their rule in Hungary. Some of them have survived and are still operating.
The Gellert baths in Budapest
A variety of thermal baths in the Hungarian capital allows you to choose the one that prefer. There are open and closed, male and female, medical and even round-the-clock with night bathing.
When to visit and how much it costs? Each of the baths has its own timetable, but most of them work from 6:00 to 22:00. Ticket price starts from 15 Euro and depend on time of stay and additional services.
Miniversum – the miniatures Museum, where you can see not only the sights of Budapest and Hungary, but also Austria and Germany. The Museum is interactive, so for his visit is to provide a few hours.
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On an area of 300 square meters has placed 14 towns and villages, 600 buildings, 5000 figures of people and animals, 100 trains and 1,000 cars.
When to visit and how much it costs? The Museum is open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. The cost of a visit is worth 5-20 euros, depending on the age and type of ticket.
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