Crowning the capital atop Castle Hill, Buda Castle presents an architectural melting pot, with Renaissance ruins around the foundations, a grand Habsburg-era neoclassical façade, and a stark communist-style interior. The palace is divided into three museums: The Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Széchényi Library. You could easily spend the whole day just mooching around these three. But make sure to bring a camera – the views over the river and cobbled courtyards are quite something.
Budapest has long been beloved as one of Europe’s most photogenic capitals. Tourists and travellers have been heading here for centuries, eager to experience the energy of its iconic nightlife before rejuvenating in the thermal baths and spas. Speaking of iconic, the Danube splits the city down the middle, the border between historic Buda and thrilling Pest, shimmering all the while. It is a tremendously grand place.
There’s no shortage of brilliant things to do here, and the best attractions in Budapest read like a best-of list for the continent as a whole. It can be hard to know where to begin, but since when has that been a problem? This is your Budapest bucket list, from ruin bars to market halls.
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