Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Parliament & Around

Basilica of St Stephen

Budapest’s neoclassical cathedral was built over half a century and completed in 1905. Much of the interruption during construction had to do with a fiasco in 1868 when the dome collapsed during a storm, and the str…
Top Choice Historic Building in Parliament & Around

Parliament

The Eclectic-style Parliament, designed by Imre Steindl and completed in 1902, has 691 sumptuously decorated rooms, but you’ll only get to see several of these and other features on a guided tour of the North Wing: …
Top Choice Notable Building in Parliament & Around

Hungarian State Opera House

The neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House was designed by Miklós Ybl in 1884 and is among the most beautiful buildings in Budapest. Its facade is decorated with statues of muses and opera greats such as Puccin…
Top Choice Notable Building in Parliament & Around

Royal Postal Savings Bank

East of Szabadság tér, the former Royal Postal Savings Bank is a Secessionist extravaganza of colourful tiles and folk motifs, built by Ödön Lechner in 1901. One of the most beautiful buildings in Pest, it is now pa…
Square in Parliament & Around

Szabadság tér

This square, one of the largest in Budapest, is a few minutes’ walk northeast of Széchenyi István tér. As you enter you’ll pass a delightful fountain that works on optical sensors and turns off and on as you approac…
Square in Parliament & Around

Kossuth Lajos tér

Northwest of Szabadság tér, this square is the site of Parliament, Budapest’s most photographed building, and the Ethnography Museum, the country’s best collection of traditional arts and crafts. The square reopened…
Monument in Parliament & Around

Shoes on the Danube

Along the banks of the river between Széchenyi István tér and Parliament is a monument to Hungarian Jews shot and thrown into the Danube by members of the fascist Arrow Cross Party in 1944. Entitled Shoes on the Dan…
Memorial in Parliament & Around

In Memoriam: 1956 Revolution

The poignant below-ground In Memoriam: 1956 Revolution examines the events of 25 October 1956 – 'Bloody Thursday' – when soldiers opened fire on a peaceful crowd on the square here, killing hundreds of people. Follo…
Gallery in Parliament & Around

House of Hungarian Photographers

An extraordinary venue in the city’s theatre district, the House of Hungarian Photographers has top-class photo exhibitions. It is in Mai Manó Ház, which was built in 1894 as a photo studio. Don't miss the extraordi…
Notable Building in Parliament & Around

National Bank of Hungary

Southeast of Szabadság tér are some of the most beautiful buildings in Pest, including the National Bank of Hungary. It has terracotta reliefs that illustrate trade and commerce through history: Arab camel traders, …