3 places you should definitely travel to!
First of all, The Buda Castle, the emblematic architectural masterpiece of our city centre which is located at Szent György Square. It had been home to the Hungarian kings since the 13th century; from this period the medieval walls and some buildings have survived, but in the 19th century they were significantly remodeled according to the plans of Miklós Ybl and Alajos Hauszmann. The rooms and halls have not been reconstructed yet, so the building today does function as a complex, modern cultural institution. Let’s admire the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Széchényi Library and the Budapest History Museum which are located here. Every year, the Budavár Wine Festival is held here, but many other gastronomic and cultural events are also organized in the Castle. Do not skip to try a Budapest River Cruise as an optional program to admire the wondrous sights of Budapest from the middle of the Danube.
Secondly, at the top of the Castle Hill in Buda we can find some more interesting places, mainly the Castle District, being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between its ancient walls, we could find many treasures such as the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Matthias Church with its colorful tiled roof, the Hungarian National Archives or the Sándor Palace, the residence of the President of the Republic. Do not miss that you have the possibility to see the whole landscape from the middle of the Danube, travelling by a Budapest River Cruise. It is also worth visiting the Hungarian National Gallery or the Museum of Military History, exhibiting the works of famous Hungarian painters and artists. Have an evening walk in the Castle Garden Bazaar, from where you can enjoy the amazing view of Pest!
You cannot just walk next to the Castle Garden Bazaar, since you can walk among flower beds, have dinner in cool restaurants, go to museums, events, and even yoga, cinema and concerts held many times every year.
Thirdly, the largest museum in Hungary, called the Hungarian National Museum (see here), awaits those who are interested in the Hungarian culture and history on almost 8,000 square meters. It is so magical with its huge amount of artefacts, archeological, historical and ethnographic products which have been collected and kept safe here. The Hungarian National Museum truly presents the whole Hungarian history, with all its sadness and happiness, showing its important and instructive landmark. A must-see for all locals and those who are arriving here from all over the world. The garden of the museum is the main venue for many important social events each year, for example the place of electoral meeting and commemorations of March 15 are held here. But the Museum Garden has always been not only a venue for great events, but also a popular holiday park for everyday life, giving the chance for locals to chill here. In addition, it has become a festival place for the last two decades.
Get a tip: The museum is free to visit on national holidays (March 15, August 20, October 23).