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Budapest’s Most Iconic Buildings

Budapest is home to many modernistic architectural buildings. Most of these landmark buildings give you a feel of the city and make you truly appreciate the history and culture of Budapest. You can visit any of all these sites preferably through a walking tour, so you can enjoy the whole essence of the buildings. When in Budapest these buildings are a must-visit;

  1. Hungarian Parliament Building

This iconic Parliament building took 17 years to build and it was completed in 1902. This neo-gothic building drew its inspiration from the Palace of Westminster in the UK. If you love historic buildings, this should be the first on your list. The best views of the parliament are from the Kossuth Lajos Square (directly in front of the building), from the river, or from opposite the Buda banks.

  1. St. Stephen’s Basilica

This took 50 years to complete and was the biggest church in Budapest when it opened in 1906. It’s free to enter but you’d have to pay 500 forints ($2.30) to climb up to the observation deck surrounding the dome which is 96 feet high.

Szechenyi chain bridge Budapest
  1. Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Budapest is a city of bridges but this bridge beats all the others hands down. It was constructed in 1849 as the first permanent bridge connecting Buda to Pest. This 375-meter-long suspension bridge was designed by an English man. However, during World War II, the bridge was blown up and a replacement had to be built. This was open to traffic in 1947. The best time to go visiting is at night as it is well illuminated giving a truly spectacular view.

Other iconic buildings in Budapest include Fisherman’s Bastion, Dohany Street Synagogue, Museum of Applied Arts, and several others. If you’re a lover of fine architectural buildings, ensure you visit these and more. 

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