Budapest is a City where you can see a variety of architectural styles, including Baroque, Neo-Classical and Art Nouveau, and impressive bridges spanning the River Danube.
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Here are some of the places you could see during your visit to the City:
The Hungarian Parliament Building
This splendid building, constructed in the late 19th century in Gothic Revival style, is the base of the National Assembly of Hungary and situated next to the River Danube. You can have a guided tour around the building and enjoy the impressive features including the main floor with beautiful frescoes and statues, and the Upper House Hall with oak panelling and murals. You can also see the Dome Hall with the Hungarian Holy Crown, and Grand Stairway with ceiling frescoes along with impressive columns and stained glass windows.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
This superb Basilica, the building of which was completed in the early 20th century, is dedicated to Hungary’s first King, Stephen I, and is a major landmark in the City. The building is Neo-Classical with a large dome and two tall bell towers. Inside you can see the beautiful cupola, statues, paintings and ornamentation, and a relic of Stephen I, his Holy Right Hand.
The Fisherman’s Bastion
You can visit this beautiful viewing platform built between the late 19th and early 20th century by the River Danube. It has seven Neo-Gothic towers that symbolise the seven Magyar tribes and was named after the fishermen who used to defend this area of the wall of the City in medieval times. You can enjoy outstanding views across the river and surrounding areas from the Bastion.
The Hungarian National Gallery
Housed in the grand former Royal Palace, this National Gallery has a large range of Hungarian art and includes Gothic panel paintings, wood sculptures and altarpieces, art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, paintings and sculpture from the 1800’s, and early 20th century art.
The Castle Museum
A department of the Budapest History Museum, and also situated in the former Royal Palace, this Museum includes splendid displays relating to the history of the City and Buda Castle. Part of the Museum includes the restored Gothic Hall with its rib-vaulting, along with the Chapel. Exhibits include a recreation of a tapestry woven from silk in the 1300’s, sculptures, restored furniture and reconstructed oak panelling.
Szechenyi Chain Bridge
This impressive cast iron suspension bridge was opened in the mid 19th century, was built by Adam Clark and crosses the Danube River that flows between Buda and Pest. It was rebuilt after the Second War World War after it had been badly damaged. There are imposing stone lion statues by the abutments, and the Bridge looks particularly attractive at night when it is illuminated.
Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden
You can have a lovely family day out at this Zoo which opened around the mid 19th century, with a great range of different animals to see. There are various zones in the Park which include America Tropicana with creatures such as alligators and piranhas and a variety of tropical plants. There’s also a Savannah Zone which includes rhinos and giraffes, the Australia Zone with animals such as wombats and kangaroos, and the India Zone which has animals including dholes and Indian lions.
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