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From the doorstep of Adina Apartment Hotel Budapest, you can take in all the rich history, romance and mystique of Hungary’s capital city.

Formed out of the unification of historic towns Buda, Pest and Obuda in 1873, Budapest boasts a rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage. Recognizing the unique value of its traditions, the Hungarian capital has managed to maintain its magic and charm and has recently emerged as one of Europe’s most romantic and cosmopolitan destinations.

Budapest, also known as the Queen of the Danube, is bisected by the mighty River Danube, giving the city geographical appeal as well as the country’s largest transportation hub. It has also been known as the City of Spas, with dozens of Turkish-era thermal baths scattered across the city.

Architecturally, Budapest is also delightful, with the industrial boom and the capital’s ‘golden age’ in the late 19th century leaving a wealth of magnificent baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings. In particular, The Nagykörút (Big Ring Road) and up broad Andrássy út to the sprawling Városliget (City Park), Budapest's adage 'the Paris of Central Europe' is well deserved.

Explore the eclectic collection of cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that surround the hotel, relax in one of the many Turkish-era thermal baths that are scattered throughout the city or feed your architectural fascination with the stunning baroque, neo-classical and art noveau buildings. Your Adina Budapest apartment is also ideally located just a short drive or a few stops away on public transport from many of Budapest’s iconic tourist attractions.

Adina Apartment Hotel Budapest is dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your visit to Budapest and the team is always willing to assist you with all the information you need to make your experience memorable.

Top Ten Tourist Spots in Budapest

1. Saint Stephen’s Basilica

Budapest’s largest church (96 m), whose landmark dome can be seen from all over the city, was built in Classical style between 1851 and 1905. The interior is ornamented with paintings, tapestries, sculptures and frescoes by major Hungarian artists: Mór Thán, Bertalan Székely, Gyula Benczúr, Károly Lotz, Alajos Stróbl, János Fadrusz and others. The grandiose cupola dominates the edifice offering visitors a good view of the city from its rim. From the unique 360-degree circular lookout you can admire Budapest from a height of 65 meters. A modern and secure elevator will take you most of the way up, from where you can climb to the circular lookout on a spiral staircase.
The Basilica itself was named after our Statefounder, King Stephan I., who converted the country into Christianity. The most revered relic of the Basilica is the Holy Right, the mummified right hand of Saint Stephen, which is preserved In a richly ornamented glass case in one of the chapels of the church, and which is carried in procession every St Stephen's Day (20th August).

2. Andrássy Avenue

Andrássy Avenue is an iconic boulevard in Budapest, dating back to 1872 when its construction began; while the avenue was inaugurated on 20th August 1876. It links Elizabeth Square with the City Park. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. Its palaces were built by the most distinguished architects (led by Miklós Ybl) of the time, financed by Hungarian and other banking houses. These were mostly finished by 1884 and mostly aristocrats, bankers, landowners and historical families moved in. It was named in 1885 after the main supporter of the plan, Count Gyula Andrássy. Andrássy út consists of four main parts, from inside to outside as follows:
  • from Erzsébet tér to Oktogon: an urban-like part mostly for commercial purposes;
  • from Oktogon to Kodály körönd: widened with an allée, including residential areas and universities;
  • from Kodály körönd to Bajza street: residential palaces fronted by small gardens;
  • from Bajza street to City Park: villas encompassed by gardens and a couple of embassies.

3. Hungarian State Opera House

The State Opera House, the architect of which was Miklós Ybl, was first opened in 1884. It attracted the biggest names in opera, even Gustav Mahler was its music director for a time. This beautifully decorated building was built in Italian-Reneissance style; on the stone cornice of the terrace statues of famous composers like Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Beethoven can be seen; while the niches by the main entrance are reserved for the great 19th -century Hungarian composers: Erkel and Liszt. In the vast auditorium; which is decorated with a fine fresco by Károly Lotz showing Greek gods with Apollo, the god of music in the centre; an elaborate three-tonne bronze chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

4. Heroes’ Square

The square forms a splendid unity of two architectually diverse building – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery – and a monument. The central feature of the square is the Millennium Monument, a 36m (118ft) high coloumn, on the top of which stands Gabriel, the Guardian Angel. The colonnades on either side display statues of Hungarian kings and leading figures of the Hungarian independence wars. On the left wing you can see the allegorical statues of War, Peace and Knowledge; while on the right the statues represent War, Peace and Glory. There is a picturesque group of statues in the middle of the square showing the figures of the conquering Magyars, the tribe leaders with Árpád in the middle.

5. Synagogue

At the intersection of Dohány utca and Károly körút, at the heart of the old Jewis quarter stands the Great Synagogue, which is the largest in Europe, and which was built in Romantic style between 1854 and 1859. Above the entrance the Hebrew line reads: 'Make me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.'. With its three naves and flat ceiling, the building holds 3,000 worshippers. The Holocaust Memorial in the back garden is directly over the mass graves, and on every leaf a name of a martyr can be read. The memorial is a grim reminder of the suffering ot the Hungarian Jews, and of their determination never to forget.

6. Parliament

The Eclectic Parliament building, stretching along the Danube Bank, was designed by Imre Steindl. The huge central dome is 96m (315ft) high, which is a conscious and deliberate reference to the Magyar conquest of Hungary in 896. Directly beneath the dome there is a 16-sided hall, where even the Hungarian coronation jewels can be seen, flanked to North and South by individual chambers for the two houses of the Hungarian parliament, although nowadays we have a single National Assembly/a one-chambered parliament. Statues of prominent Hungarians occupy the central hall, which is still used for state occasions. Further statues of rulers and military leaders adorn the outside of the building, reinforcing the impression of the strong national identity.

7. Buda Castle

Part of the World Heritage Site, the Castle, and within it the Royal Palace, stands to the west of the Danube on a hill of marl. A labyrinth lies inside the hill, while centuries of architectural and cultural heritage are visible at ground level.
Several buildings in the Castle District are important in their own right, for example, Matthias Church; the office of the president of the republic in the Sándor Palace, in front of which there is a change of guards each midday to the accompaniment of music; and, of course, the Royal Palace, home to national collections and museums.

8. Fishermen's Bastion & Matthias Church & Royal Palace

The Fishermen's Bastion was built In Gothic style at the end of the 19th century. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes who settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896 and whose leaders' statue can be seen at Heroes' Square. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. From this viewing terrace you can enjoy the spectacular view of the river Danube and the city, which is on the World Heritage List.
Between the Fishermen's Bastion and the Matthias Church you can see the bronze statue of our Statefounder, King Stephan I, mounted on a horse.

The Matthias Church was originally built in Romanesque style according to the church tradition. The current building was constructed in Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was officially named as the Church of Our Lady and it has been popularly named after the legendary King Matthias Corvinus who held both of his wedding here. His original coat of arms hangs by the main altar. In the past this church served as the scene for several coronation ceremonies, including that of the last Habsburg king, Charles IV in 1916. The church itself is home to the Ecclesiastical Art Museum; the gallery contains a number of sacred relics and medieval stone carvings, along with replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels; while the Trinity Chapel houses the tombs of the 12th-century king, Béla III and his wife.

This is the historical castle and was the palace complex of the Hungarian kings. It was built in the second half of the 13th century by King Béla IV, after the invasion of Mongols, centuries of war, invasion and revolution have left little of its original architecture. Razed to the ground during World War II it was later rebuilt in Baroque style. The Castle is a part of the World Heritage Site, declared in 1987.
The middle wing of the palace, including the dome, houses the National Galery, with its comprehensive collection of Hungarian painting and sculpture. The west wing houses the National Széchenyi Library, with its collection of about 2 million books, and even more manuscripts. At the south end of the courtyard is the entrance of the Budapest History Museum, where 2,000 years of history are presented, including the marvellous Renaissance stone collection, which illustrates the former lavishness of the Palace of King Matthias Corvinus.

9. Chain Bridge

This bridge is a symbol of Budapest. It was the second permanent bridge to be constructed over the entire length of the river Danube. The bridge was designed by an Englishman, William Tierney Clark, and built by his namesake, the Scot Adam Clark on the initiation of Count István Széchenyi, whose name was given to the bridge. At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the most modern world's engineering wonders. It has asserted an enormous significance in the country's economic, social and cultural life. Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, have elevated the Chain Bridge to a high stature in Europe. The lions at each of the abutments were smaller reproductions of the famous Trafalgar Square lions added in 1852. Soon the bridge became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West. Although the bridge was severely damaged in World War II during the Siege of Budapest, it was rebuilt and reopened on 20th November 1949, exactly 100 years after its original inauguration.

10. Citadel

The hill was named after Bishop Gellért (Gerard), whose statue can be seen above the waterfall facing the Buda end of Elizabeth Bridge. Bishop Gellért was given the unenviable task of converting the reluctant Magyars into Christianity. According to the legend, the bishop was cast into the river Danube by a bunch of stubborn heathens.
The Citadel can be found on the top of the Gellért Hill. It was built after the Revolution of 1848-49, and its principal military purpose was to control the Castle Hill. Although in the past it had several different functions, nowdays it is mainly a tourist attraction, a unique viewing point, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the capital.
At the eastern end of the Citadel can be seen the Liberation Monument, a striking figure of a woman holding a palm branch aloft. It was first raised in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet-led liberation of Hungary from the Germans in 1945. Originally it was incorporated with a Soviet soldier, but it was tactfully removed after the collapse of Communism.

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