Budapest is truly one of the world's most attractive cities, rich in both natural and architectural beauty.
It is no wonder that the Castle District, the River Danube embankments and the whole of Andrássy út have been officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Buda castle
The Buda castle is one of the most famous and most visited sights of Budapest. It is a Unesco World Heritage location, offering many interesting attractions, museums, evocative streets, squares, restaurants and shops.
The Royal Palace is one of the symbols of the country. It has seen many battles and wars since the 13 th century. In its buildings there are three museums and it also gives home to the Széchenyi Library. The nearby, beautifully renovated Sándor Palace is the residence and workplace of the Head of the State. The 700-year-old Matthias Church is the jewel of the Hungarian capital. The Fisherman's Bastion is not only a special and characteristic building but also an excellent point from where the view of the city is spectacular. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to it.
One of the very special things about Budapest is the prevalence of thermal springs right in the centre of the city. There are 118 springs and boreholes altogether, supplying the city's spas and baths with 15.4 million gallons of water daily ranging in temperature from 70 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit (21-78°C).
One of the oldest transport collections in Europe, this boasts a model railway system that is famed the world over. Current exhibitions: A Hundred Years Ago and Today, A Century of Hungarian Motoring, Centenary of Hungarian State Shipping, History of Hungarian Public Highways, History of Hungarian Steam Engines, and Budapest Transport History.
Museum of Fine Arts
Hungary's premier gallery of non-Hungarian works of art from early times right up to the present day is on display in a stately neo-Classical gallery at Heroes Square. The gallery began with a collection donated by Archbishop Pyrker of Eger and an extensive art collection purchased by the State in the 1870's from the Esterházy family. Today, as well as Egyptian, Roman and Greek exhibits there is a particularly fine collection of Italian art, affording a comprehensive survey of the various schools of painting from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. The Spanish collection includes no fewer than seven masterpieces by El Greco.
Museum of Fine Arts