A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the construction of Buda Castle first began in the 13th century, and since then the building has undergone a number of architectural changes. Today, it’s a combination of the medieval, Baroque, Baroque Revival and modernist styles, and its grounds provide an impressive lookout point over Pest. It’s also home to the Hungarian National Gallery, an art museum showcasing local artists.
Today, it’s one of Budapest’s most popular sights; however, at the time of its construction, it was intended simply as part of the Millennial Exhibition held in the city in 1896. Built from cardboard and wood and designed by Ignác Alpár, the castle featured replicas of buildings throughout the Kingdom of Hungary. It was converted into stone during the early 1900s and now plays host to a number of festivals and events, as well as being home to the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.
For natural surroundings not far from the city centre, head to the peaceful oasis of Margaret Island. Located on the Danube and reachable thanks to the 4/6 tram, the park is a great place to go jogging thanks to the dedicated, 5-km-long running track. It’s also the perfect space in which to enjoy a picnic and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
This large square at the end of Andrássy Avenue is known for its commanding statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, and is also the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On either side of the square stand two of Budapest’s best art museums: the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mücsarnok.