19. Budapest  HUNGARY  |  Total Sights: 100+  |   Nicknames: Pearl of the Danube; The City of Spas

 

 

 

 

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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Budapest

Hungary  Modern Budapest is the result of a historic amalgamation of the separate cities of Buda and Pest (as well as the smaller and more distant Óbuda).

The Hungarian Capital is known as the city of spas offering an astounding array of baths.

As for the sights, especially worth visiting are the Hungarian Parliament (also very impressing from inside) and the National Opera House.

The famous New York Café (Hungarian: New York Kávéház) inside the Boscolo Budapest Hotel is often regarded as the most beautiful cafe in the world. 

Packed with elegant architecture and magnificent monuments Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, scoring very solid throughout all categories.

 Budapest in one of those rare cities with no real flaw, but the city is also not scoring very high (more than 7.5) in any category.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.80/10

7.5/10

5.75/10

6/10

6/10

6.25/10

6/10

6/10

5/10

7.25/10

7.5/10

6/10 [1.760 Mio]

193.65

B. Best things to do in Budapest (Detailed List with Photos and Information) 

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.80/10.

HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT  8

Completed in 1904 and still the tallest and largest building in Budapest the Hungarian Parliament Building features a striking neo-Gothic exterior and an extravagant interior.

Highlights include the elaborate staircase, the Assembly hall of the House of Magnates and the spectacular central hall with its marvellous vast cupola and the Holy Crown of Hungary.

Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1987)  Prebooking required

Best Things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | Budapest | HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT

National Opera House  7
Opened in 1884, this neo-Renaissance opera house is one of the most beautiful in Europe — inside and out.

Take a tour of the opulent interior to marvel at the white marble main stairway, the remarkable foyer, the royal staircase as well as the main hall with a beautiful fresco and a bronze chandelier weighing 3050 kg.

Opera House

Best things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | No. 19: Budapest | National Opera House

Basilica of Saint Stephen  6
Church

Best Things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | Budapest | Basilica of Saint Stephen

BUDA CASTLE with Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria)  6
Castle and Museum   (World Heritage Site since 1987)

Best Things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | No. 19: Budapest | BUDA CASTLE (Royal Palace with Hungarian National Gallery)

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Gellert Baths  6
Historical Baths

Best Things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | Budapest | Gellert Baths

by Roberto Ventre / CC BY-SA 2.0

Fisherman's Bastion  6
Terrace  (with 7 towers, completed 1902)

Best Things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | Budapest | Fisherman's Bastion

Cafe New York  6
Historic Cafe

Vaci Utca  5
Shopping Street

Best Things to do in Budapest | Best Cities | Budapest | Vaci Utca (street)

Mathias Church  5
Church

Margit-sziget (island)  5
Island with Park  (0.69 km2 [238 acres])

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Budapest

-Szechenyi Baths  5

-Szechenyi Chain Bridge 5

-Central Market 5

-Rudas Spa  5

-Central Synagogue 5

-Memento Park 5

-Museum of Fine Arts Budapest (closed for renovation until the autumn of 2018

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Budapest

OLD VILLAGE OF HOLLOKO (World Heritage Site since 1987, 66 km from Budapest)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Budapest (including close-by excursions)

 HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT  8
National Opera House  7
Basilica of Saint Stephen  7
 BUDA CASTLE with Hungarian National Gallery  6 
Gellert Baths  6 
 Fisherman's Bastion  6 
Cafe New York  6 
Vaci Utca 
Mathias Church 
 Margit-sziget  5



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