Budapest is a very beautiful city in the central part of Europe. And most old cities in Europe, it is segregated in districts. During my recent vacation in Budapest, Hungary, my friend and I decided to stay in District V due to the many attractions we could visit on foot.
District V or the Belváros & Lipótváros area (inner city). In this district, you can find the following places of interests that are sure magnets for visitors. And if the weather permits, most of them can be reached on foot coming from St. Stephen’s Basilica as your main focal point.
New Main Street – Új Fő Utca
This is a pedestrianised street in the inner city of Budapest. It has terraced cafes and restaurants that is free from motorists. So, visitors and locals can enjoy a lively break in one of the bistros or cafes or take a seat in the many installed benches along the stretch if the Main Street.
The Main Street stretches from Kalvin Ter all the way to Szabadsag Ter.
This imposing architecture with Gothic and Neo Classical design stretches between the Margaret and Chain Bridges. It is located in the Kossuth Ter, right in front of the Danube bank.
You can visit the interior of the Parliament but be ready for a long queue! Check with your travel operator for timings and ticket rates.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
I am blessed to be able to stay in District V of Budapest and have a good view of the St. Stephen’s Basilica right from my apartment room.
It is located right in front of the Szt. István Ter and is very near the Arany Janos Metro stop.
It is free to go inside and marvel at the very beautiful interior. You can go up the cupola and view Budapest from the top. You can also visit and check the mummified right hand of St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary.
Most of the things you can see inside are free but going to the cupola has a fee. Check with your local tour operator for the timings and ticket rates.
There is a specified timing for visitors to check the St. Stephen’s Basilica. Please, refer to the website of St. Stephen’s Basilica when it is open for tourists (http://en.bazilika.biz/)
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
This is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the whole of Hungary. It is located near the bank of the Danube River and few steps away from the Chain Bridge. The academy is used for the propagation of Science studies, spreading the scientific findings, representing Hungarian’s Science and supporting the research and development of Science and its associated fields of study.
Shoes in the Danube bank Memorial
I missed to see this place due to the lack of time and hot weather during our visit. I would love to visit this and will surely include in next time.
The shoes are made of bronze and have been installed as a memorial to the victims of the Arrow Cross Militiamen during WWII.
The opulent looking Gresham Palace is a classic example of an Art Nouveau kind of architectural design. It is grand and true to its form of opulence too. It houses the expensive and luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. It is located in front of the River Danube bank and close to the Széchenyi Square and the eastern end of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.
Cafe Gerbeaud is one of the greatest and traditional coffeehouses in Europe. It is located in Vörösmarty Ter. This is one of the famous coffee house and confectioner all over the world and has another branch in Tokyo, Japan.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
It is a walkable bridge with a walkway for pedestrians to cross.
József Eötvös monument
He is a Hungarian author and a statesman. He is a well known Hungarian novelist who penned The Village Notary. The monument is erected near the foot of the Chain Bridge near the Sofitel and Intercontinental Hotels in the Pest side.
Great Market Hall (or Central Market Hall)
It is located at the end of the Vaci Street.
This is one of the newest bridges installed in Budapest, at the narrowest part of the Danube River.
István Széchenyi monument
István Széchenyi was a Hungarian politician, historian and a writer. The monument erected in honour of István Széchenyi is located at István Széchenyi Ter near the traffic light.
Vigado Concert Hall
Monument to the victims of the German occupation
This is located in Freedom Square. It is erected to honour the victims of the German occupation during WWII. This is a controversial monument though.
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