Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings in Budapest

Now these are the buildings one would not walk past without noting their grandeur, regardless of being unaware of their significance. Budapest is abundant in such historic buildings built in a large variety of architectural styles, mainly Neo Classicist and Secessionist, but traces of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque can also be found.

Our number one pick is the Parliament being Hungary's largest building and the symbol of Budapest. Its Neo-Gothic exterior is truly breathtaking, just as its interior comprising 691 rooms. The Royal Palace on Castle Hill is yet another representative building built by the Habsburgs in Hungary's golden era.

In third place is the Gresham Palace, the Secessionist masterpiece of the city. Secessionism has become the signature style of Budapest and the Gresham Palace its splendid example!

Science being a topic endeared by Hungarians, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is not only significant as an outstanding work or architecture, but a symbol of the country's scientific development.

The Opera House is renowned for having one of the best acoustics in the world, alongside being the settings for such films as Evita and Munich.

The Classicist, palace-like building of the Hungarian National Museum in sixth place is not only monumental with its huge Corinthian columns, but houses countless treasures of Hungarian history.

The Fishermen's Bastion with its Disney Land towers creates a magical atmosphere in the Castle District. It must be noted however, that it was Walt Disney who was inspired by the towers, not the other way around! Being built in the 20th century it doesn't fit the historical buildings category, but castles and palaces all the more!

The Neo-Classical building of the Károlyi Palace near Kálvin Square used to be the residence of a Hungarian nobleman in the 18th Century now housing the Museum of Literature.

Gellért Hotel is another monumental Secessionist masterpiece both interior and exterior wise, having more than just aesthetic value! Visit the Gellért Spa located in the same building for a revitalizing experience.

Last but not least is the Vigadó Concert Hall along the Duna Korzo: this imposing building of the former concert hall is now under renovation, soon to become a hotel!

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Parliament Building

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Kossuth Square 1–3

Inspired by Westminster... read more

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Royal Palace

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Castle Hill

Houses museums and art galleries... read more

Gresham Palace

Roosevelt Square 5

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Roosevelt Square 9

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Opera House

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Andrássy út 22

Beautiful neo-Renaissance building... read more

Károlyi Palace

V. Károlyi Mihály u. 16

Hungarian National Museum

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Muzeum korut, 14-16
(District VIII)

History of the nation... read more

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Fisherman's Bastion

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Szentháromság Square

Look out tower with stunning view... read more

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Gellért Hotel and Bath

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Kelenhegyi Street 4

Spa Hotel and Secessionist Masterpiece... read more

Vigado Concert Hall

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Vigado ter

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