Places to see in Budapest

Attractions

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen's Bastion is one of the most fascinating sights on Castle Hill. Although fishermen from Watertown (Víziváros) reputedly defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages, Fishermen’s Bastion was built in the 1890s and it’s purely decorative. Today, it's a favorite lookout.

Heroes’ Square

Heroes’ Square is the largest and most impressive square of the city. The Millennium Monument standing in the middle of the square was erected in 1896 to commemorate the 1000-year-old history of Magyars.

Central Market Hall

The spectacular Central Market Hall is a good source of Hungarian products. You can also make it a pit-stop for a quick bite of traditional Hungarian food when touring the city. Shop with the locals for sausages, meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and pastries. Fancy bottles of Tokaji, a variety of paprika and handicrafts are also available.

Margaret Island

Long a religious center, Margaret Island now serves as a recreational park in the center of the Danube River. It's a great place to walk, swim a few laps, or go for a run. During summer months, bicycles are available for rent. Since vehicles are prohibited, the island is a fantastic escape from the city's traffic.

Roman City of Aquincum

From the first century BC to the 5th century AD, western Hungary was part of the Roman Empire. The largest town was Aquincum, the ancestor of Budapest. Remains of an amphitheatre, mosaic floors, tombstones, statues and a reconstructed water-organ are the main attractions.