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Budapest is the capitol of Hungary with a vast amount of dramatic architecture. The city is divided by the River Danube (Duna) with the Buda Hills to the west and the Great Plain to the east.

Much of present day Budapest dates to the 19th century. The city is Hungary's main administrative centre, and one of the worlds top tourist attractions.

The currency of Hungary is the Forint, 1 British Pound = about 350 Hungarian Forint. Beer Prices . Currency Converter.

Flight times from UK Airports to Budapest are about 3 hours.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Budapest Ferihegy Airport and UK Airports such as Dublin . London/Stansted . Manchester .

British Airways . easyjet . Jet2.com and International Airlines also provide flights to Budapest Ferihegy Airport. To view the Airports they fly from, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest.

Budapest Ferihegy Airport is situated about 12 miles southeast of Budapest. Google Map.

Local trains and buses operate 7 days a week between Budapest Ferihegy Airport and Budapest centre. (Journey time is around 20 minutes). More Information.

Zona taxi offer low prices and high quality level of services between Budapest Ferihegy Airport and Budapest. Prices range from 19 - 30 Euros, depending on what zone of Budapest City.

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Buda Castle, Royal Palace (Kiralyi Palota), dominates the Budapest skyline. This historical castle has been home to the Hungarian royals in Budapest. In the past, it was also known as the Royal Palace.

Buda Castle was built on Castle Hill by the old Castle District, known for its medieval, Baroque and 19th century architecture. Buda Castle has been part of the Budapest World Heritage Site since 1987.

The castle is situated on the west side of the River Danube, close to the the Budapest Chain Bridge that leads to the east side of the city, where most of the tourist attractions are situated.

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Matthias Church, Matyas-templom, is situated about 0.7 miles northwest of Buda Castle.

Matthias Church was originally built in 1015 in a Romanesque style. The building that can be seen today, was constructed in the late Gothic style in the 1300s. This is the second largest church in medieval Budapest, and the sixth largest church in medieval Hungary.

Tombs in the church contain King Bela III and his wife, Anne of Chatillon. Also, three kings have been crowned in this church. The church has a number of stone monuments, relics, coronation robes, thrones, and gold artifacts.

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The Hungarian Parliament Building is situated about 1 mile northeast of Buda Castle, across the River Danube.

This building holds the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest parliaments.

The Hungarian Parliament is situated in Kossuth Lajos Square.

This is said to be the largest building in Hungary, and second largest Parliament building in Europe, with the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest /Romania being the largest.

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The Hungarian Crown Jewels, stored in the Hungarian Parliament Building, contain the Holy Crown of Hungary, also known as the Crown of Saint Stephen.

This is said to be the only crown known today with the "holy" attribute, crown of Hungarian kings since the 12th century.

It is unknown when the crown was made, or when.

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Vigado Concert Hall is located on the east side of the Danube, directly across the river, and a short distance south of Buda Castle.

This building, designed by Frigyes Feszl in 1859, was built to replace another concert hall on the same site. The original concert hall was destroyed by fire in the 1848 War of Independence.

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St Stephen's Basilica is situated about 0.9 miles east of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

This basilica is named in honour of St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary 975–1038. The kings mummified fist can be viewed in the shrine for a small entrance fee.

This is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres, only the the Hungarian Parliament Building matches its height. The basilica was completed in 1905, taking 54 years to build.

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The Hungarian State Opera House is situated about 1 mile northeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

This neo-Renaissance style opera house was designed by Miklos Ybl, one of Hungary's top architects in the 1800s. Construction was funded by the city of Budapest and Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary. Building began in 1875.

The Hungarian Royal Opera House, as it was known then, opened to the public on the 27th September 1884.

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Heroes Square is situated about 2.6 miles northeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

This is one of the main squares in Budapest, situated at the end of Andrassy Avenue, next to City Park.

The square is flanked by two other visitor attractions, the Museum of Fine Arts on the left, and the Palace of Art on the right.

The monument was built in 1896 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin. The monument pays tribute to the most important events in Hungary's history.

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The Museum of Fine Arts is situated about 2.6 miles northeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

The museum is situated by Heroes Square, opposite the Palace of Art. It was designed by Albert Schickedanz and Fulop Herzog in an eclectic-neoclassical style. Building took between 1900 and 1906.

The museum's collection is made up of international art containing over 100,000 pieces.

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Vajdahunyad Castle , or Vajdahunyad vara, is situated about 2.6 miles northeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube, in City Park, by Heroes Square.

This castle was built between 1896 and 1908 to designs of Ignac Alpar. The castle was built to look like a castle in Transylvania/ Romania, also named Vajdahunyad.

The building was originally built with cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896. With the building becoming a popular tourist attraction, it was rebuilt with brick and stone.

Vajdahunyad Castle now serves as an Agricultural Museum.

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The Szechenyi Medicinal Bath is situated about 2.6 miles northeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube, in City Park.

This is the largest medicinal bath in Europe with the water obtained from two thermal springs. The temperature is about 74°F/23°C.

The bath was completed in 1913 in Neo-baroque style and named after Count Istvan Szachenyi, 1791 - 1860, a famous Hungarian politician.

It also serves as a station of the yellow Millennium Underground line of the Budapest Metro.

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The Great Synagogue is situated about 1.5 miles east of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube, in Dohany Street, 7th district.

Also known as Dohany Street Synagogue, or Tabakgasse Synagogue, it is claimed to be the largest synagogue in Europe seating 3,000 people, second largest in the world, after the Temple Emanu-El in the city of New York.

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The Hungarian National Museum, Nemzeti Muzeum, is situated about 1.8 miles southeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

The museum is believed to have been founded in 1802 after Count Ferenc Szechenyi set up the National Szechenyi Library.

The library was soon used as a museum as well after Szechenyi’s wife donated a mineral collection. This led to the building becoming a library and natural history museum, named the Hungarian National Museum.

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The Museum of Applied Arts, Iparmuveszeti Muzeum, is situated about 2 miles southeast of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

This is an Art Nouveau building designed by Odon Lechner and Gyula Partos. Construction took between 1893 and 1896.

The museum is situated at the southern end of the Grand Boulevard, in the southeast of the city centre.

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The New York Palace is situated about 2.5 miles east of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube.

This is now a luxury hotel on the Grand Boulevard, in the 7th district named Boscolo Budapest.

The building was originally built for an insurance company as a company hall. The cafe on the ground floor, named New York Cafe, was frequented by famous writers and journalist from its opening on the 23rd October 1894, until it was converted to a luxury hotel in 2001.

The New York Cafe was reopened in the hotel on the 5th May 2006.


Saint Elizabeth Church, St. Erzsebet Church, is situated about 2.5 miles east of Buda Castle, on the east side of the River Danube, a short distance east of the New York Palace.

The Church was built in honour of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 7th July 1207 – 17th November 1231), a German Catholic saint.

It is claimed she was born in the castle of Sarospatak/ Hungary on the 7th July 1207. She was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Andechs-Merania. She was taken to the court of the rulers of Thuringia, a state in Central Germany when four years old. Elizabeth was to become a future bride of a Thuringia ruler in an attempt to reinforce political alliances between Thuringia and Hungary.

Elizabeth was married at the age of fourteen to Louis IV of Thuringia, widowed at twenty, relinquished her wealth to the poor, built hospitals, and became a symbol of Christian charity in Germany and elsewhere after her death at the age of twenty-four.

There is a statue of Saint Elizabeth in front of the church.

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