Budapest is filled with interesting things to do and see. To make your European rail adventure truly unique, don’t miss the jewels of Eastern Europe, which will show you an entirely different side of this rich and diverse continent. Budapest is an excellent city in which to begin an exploration of the east.
Laugh, Hungarian style
One of Budapest’s must-see attractions is the famous Memento Park. This outdoor museum is filled with banned street statues, busts and monuments from the Communist era: Lenin, Marx and Engels – they’re all here. Don’t miss the souvenir shop, where you can purchase items like Stalin and Lenin replica statues, Trabant car models, funny t-shirts and the 'last breath of Communism' in a can.
Find a thrill (or two)
Exciting sites (and sights) await you on Gellért Hill. First, there’s the famous Gellért Baths. Next, don’t miss the spectacular Gellért Caves. Some have been known about (and used) for decades, but others have just recently been discovered. On the hill itself, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Danube, plus historic statues, a fortress, a museum and much more.
See the town from a royal view
Home to King Béla in the 13th century, the Royal Palace and city fortress sits atop Castle Hill in Budapest and features everything from Baroque to Gothic architecture – and an array of other architectural styles. It’s home to many great museums and historical buildings, including the Budapest History Museum, the Ludwig Museum, the National Gallery and the National Library. It’s a great example of how contradictory – and how unique – Budapest can be.
Pay respect to Our Lady
The distinctive Matthias Church (known locally as the Church of Our Lady), in Budapest’s Castle Quarter is one of the city’s most famous structures. It features a colorfully tiled roof, Gothic spire, stunning medieval frescoes, ornate altars, historic statues, rose windows and much more. High Mass and other events are still held at the church. There’s also a fascinating museum inside.
Relax in century-old thermal baths
The Szechenyi thermal bath in Budapest is one of the most beautiful and largest you will ever see. Swim and relax in the variety of baths while admiring the yellow building complex in neo-baroque style. The City Park in which the baths are located is a site in itself, with the exciting Vajdahunyad Castle, impressive Heroes Square and several interesting museums.