District VIII, like most districts of inner Pest got its present appearance in the mid 19th after being wiped out by the great flood of 1838; most of the buildings were completed around the Millennium Year of 1896. The area was predominantly inhabited by handicrafts men, gipsy musicians and artists, but it soon became one of the slowest developing districts of Budapest resulting in lower class citizens moving in and making it one of the not so desirable areas of the city. Today regardless of having less attractive areas, it's a central district housing many of the city's attractions.
Our top pick is the National Museum, the largest museum of the city and the best place to learn about Hungarian History. In second place is another museum, the Natural History Museum.
The Festetics Palace, our third pick, is an architectural gem of the so-called "palace district" located in-between the National Museum and Kalvin Square.
In fourth place is Pal Utca, a legendary street since the Paul Street Boys, a classic Hungarian novel.
Our next two picks are the Keleti Railway Station with its beautiful facade and the Kerepesi Cemetery located behind it.
The district has many lovely hidden churches and side streets, and our next pick, the beautiful Baroque Joseph Town Parish Church is a great example.
The Corvin Aruhaz has been put on the list because looking at the building is like travelling back in time, back to the days of Communist Hungary - and of course the popular Corvin Teto, the underground club located on top this "beautiful" old-school shopping centre is a great place for a night out.
A Flag Collection and the Italian Institute of Culture can be found in District VIII as well.
Muzeum korut, 14-16
Ludovika tér 2-6
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Fiumei út 16 District VIII
near Eastern Railway Station
1 Blaha Lujza tér