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Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It is divided into two areas by the Danube River: the Buda and Pest. The former is the hilly side of the city where many of its historic architectures can be found, some of them designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The latter is mostly flat and is the more modern area of the two. It’s known for its vibrant nightlife and ruin bars, but it also has its fair share of attractions. Whether you’re visiting to go sightseeing and soak in history, immerse yourself in its nighttime culture, or both, Budapest will surely have something for you.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle is a must-see in Budapest on the Buda side of the city and is one of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Inside, you’ll find the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Parliament Building, the Danube River, and the Pest area. It’s even better when you visit at night to see the city illuminated by colorful lights.
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Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of the top tourist attractions in Budapest on the Pest side along the banks of the Danube River. Not only is it the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s highly touted for its beautiful gothic revival architecture. You can enter this historic site through a guided tour. Inside, you’ll see its exquisite halls, rooms where politicians discuss political matters, and even view the Holy Crown of Hungary on display.
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Fisherman's Bastion

One of the most popular places to visit in Budapest is the Fisherman’s Bastion, which is part of the historic Buda Castle. It is an important landmark that was said to have been protected by a fisherman’s guild during the Middle Ages. Its fantastic architectural design gives it a fairytale-esque flair. It also offers visitors a fantastic view of the Parliament Building, the Danube River, and the Pest district, especially at night when everything is illuminated by vibrant nightlights.
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the largest medicinal bath in all of Europe. It is located in the Pest area and within the City Park. Inside are lots of thermal baths with varying temperatures. Taking a dip in these soothing baths is ideal after a long day of sightseeing or to unwind after nights enjoying the off-hours festivities of Pest. You can even bring your own flip flops, swim caps, and towels instead of renting on-site!
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