Getting out of your Budapest Airport Hotel is easy with so much great history and amazing attractions waiting for you to discover.
Castle HillDistance from Budapest Airport: 10.3mi / 16.6km
This central destination is easily visible from everywhere in Budapest. Unfortunately, the hill lacks any truly historical sights, since every structure was destroyed in the battle between the Soviets and Nazis. Nevertheless, the beautifully reconstructed buildings and streets can occupy an entire day. Reach the top via bus, funicular, or one of the numerous cobblestone paths winding through lush gardens. The central Trinity Square fills with tourists, who are anxious to visit the Romanesque and highly memorable Mátyás templom (Matthias Church).
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria
(Hungarian National Gallery)
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery)Distance from Budapest Airport: 10.3mi / 16.6km
Buda Castle, The Royal Palace, Buiding B,C,D
2 Szent György square
This terrific museum displays Medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wood sculptures, altars, and collections representing the past five hundred years of art. Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 150Ft, free on Saturdays.
Historical Museum of Budapest (Budapesti Történeti Múzeum)Distance from Budapest Airport: 10.3mi / 16.6km
Buda Castle, The Royal Palace, building E
2 Szent György square
(36-1) 757-533b (36-1) 558-894
Permanent exhibits include the development of the city of Budapest and archeological items uncovered in various local excavations. Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4/6 p.m. 150Ft, free on Saturdays.
Országház (Parliament Building) (Building)Distance from Budapest Airport: 10.6mi / 17km
V Kossuth Lajos Tér
This magnificent example of architecture is just over 100 years old, but thanks to the pollution attacking its porous limestone walls, continuously undergoes restoration. Tours are available when congress is not in session.
(National Museum of Fine Arts)
Szepmüveszeti Múzeum (National Museum of Fine Arts)Distance from Budapest Airport: 10.3mi / 16.5km
41 Dózsa György út
This museum houses extensive antique exhibits, including Greek, Roman, and Egyptian collections. The most significant exhibit introduces the development of painting in Europe to the visitor, making the museum one of the best of its kind in Europe. European sculpture includes Italian works dating back to the 4th century, and French, English, German, and Dutch sculpture from the 13th.
Margaret Island (Margitsziget)Distance from Budapest Airport: 12.5mi / 20.2km
Long a religious center, this island now serves as a recreational park in the center of the Danube River. Walking along the length of the island takes 20 minutes, but you will want to spend more time in the Hajós Alfréd pool complex. Visitors enjoy the outdoor pool, a diving pool, children’s pool, and thermal hot baths.
Thermal BathsDistance from Budapest Airport: 10.4mi / 16.8km
Budapest is the largest spa town in Europe, boasting over 120 springs. Locals and visitors alike have been using the spas for their reputed healing properties. Prehistoric people were the first to use them and later the Romans introduced the basis of the bathing customs. Magyars elaborated upon the tradition for roughly 800 years, but the spas reached their refinement under the Ottomans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Magyar Allami Operaház (Hungarian State Opera House)Distance from Budapest Airport: 9.7mi / 15.6km
VI Andrássy Ut 22
The opera house in Budapest stands as one of the most beautiful in Europe. Consider that when it was opened in 1884, the city shared the administrative duties of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Vienna. In fact, Emporer Franz Josef commissioned its design. Contruction includes the use of marble, gilding, and frescos by some of the best artisans of that period. World-class concerts and operas are still held, and thanks to relatively cheap ticket prices, shows quickly sell out.
Széchenyi Lánchid (Chain Bridge)Distance from Budapest Airport: 10.4mi / 16.8km
Spanning the Danube between I Clark Adám Tér and V Roosevelt Tér
This bridge was the first to permanently connect Buda and Pest. The engineer Adam Clark completed the span in 1849.
Monument MuseumDistance from Budapest Airport: 14.8mi / 23.9km
When Magyars chose to embrace a free market economy, the new government removed many of the statues and monuments so synonymous with the former Communist regime. Now these formerly glorious relicts of an unfulfilled dream stand together in an outdoor museum just outside the city. Look at a few of the monuments and you will realize why the locals were so eager to get rid of these generally horrendous sculptures.