Budapest – Things to see

Recognised as the country’s principal political, industrial, cultural and commercial centre, Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. Voted as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Sites include the banks of the Danube, the Buda CastleQuarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the world’s second oldest. Budapest is certainly one of Europe`s most valuable cultural centres. The wide range of museums reflects its rich history and heritage which dates back to medieval times. You would be hard pressed to not find a museum to your liking in this amazing historical city!

Photos of Castle Hill (Varhegy), Budapest
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Castle Hill – Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Castle Hill is the undisputed must-see attraction in Budapest. With a rich history of over 700 years, it was the first settlement in the thirteenth century, after a Mongol attack on Hungary led Buda’s citizens to search for a site with better defence. The Royal Palace, which was previously the official residence of Hungarian royal family, is also located on the Castle Hill. Today, it is a treasure trove of amazing sights and attractions. The palace houses several large museums such as the Budapest History Museum and National Gallery which display the history of Budapest from its early medieval beginnings to the modern era. There are also a number of magnificent art works that date back hundreds of years located around the castle and its gardens. Visitors can check out the more prominent statues and sculptures such as the Matthias Fountain, Monument of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Statue of the Horseherd and the mythical Turul bird sculpture. Matthias Church is also another popular attraction on Castle Hill. The popular fifteenth century Hungarian King Matthias once held his two weddings here. Today the church has an eclectic mix of styles yet retaining some of its original Gothic elements. Stroll along the cobblestone streets between colourful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades and enjoy excellent views of the Budapest city. Located at the Szent Gyorgy Ter, Castle Hill is a mere 15 minutes drive from our luxurious Fraser Residence Budapest.

Pictures of Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum), Budapest
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Hungarian National Museum – Established in 1802, the Hungarian National Museum has a range of exhibitions introducing arts, science and history. The four levels Museum houses seven permanent exhibitions and one of the highlights is the History of Hungary from the state to 1990. The Medieval and Early Modern Lapidary, Coronation mantle, Modern and Contemporary History, History of the people of the Hungarian lands from 400,000 BC to 804 AD as well as Roman Lapidary are some major permanent exhibitions that should not be missed too. On top of the permanent exhibitions, the Museum also features special exhibitions and work arts to entertain regular visitors. The Building was laid in neo classical style and founded in early nineteenth century when Count Ferenc Széchényi donated his rich collection to the nation. In 1807, the nation parliament took ownership of the institute and called on the nation to donate to the new Museum. One of the most significant donations was the founder’s wife, Festetics Juliannának’s valuable mineral collection which eventually led to the foundation of the Museum. Situated at 1088 Budapest Múzeum körút 14-16, the Hungarian National Museum is about 5 minutes drive from our comfy and conveniently located Fraser Residence Budapest.
Note: The Roman Lapidary can be visited only by prior booking.
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm daily, closed on Mondays
Admission Prices: 1,100 HUF (Adult), 550 HUF (Student aged 6-26), 2,200 HUF (Family – 2 adults, 2 children), Free (Children under 6)

Photos of Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga), Budapest
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Great Synagogue – Known as the largest synagogue in Europe with a capacity of 3,000 seats, the Great Synagogue presents the rich history and architecture of the Jewish community of Budapest. The Great Synagogue, a Jewish quarter, was primarily established at the fringe of the old city boundary because the Jews were not allowed to live in the city in the 18th century. Constructed between 1854 and 1859, the Great Synagogue consists of the Jewish Museum, Heroes’ Temple, Jewish Cemetery and Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park – to commemorate 600,000 Hungarian Jews who were murdered by the Nazis. The stunning exterior and interior designs of the grand monumental building are bound to leave a lasting impression on visitors. The synagogue is designed with a brilliant mix of Byzantine, Romantic and Gothic styles. The two onion-shaped domes sitting on the tall twin towers at 43 metres is one of the most distinctive features of the building. It only takes a 10 minutes drive from  Fraser Residence Budapest to get to the Great Synagogue which is located along the Dohány Street.
Opening Hours: Closed on Jewish High Holidays and Saturdays
Admission Price: 2250 HUF (adult), 1100 HUF (student)

Photos of Museum of Ethnography (Neprajzi Muzeum), Budapest
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Ethnographic Museum – The name itself might not sound interesting but you would be surprised as you step into the Museum to find many fascinating displays of Hungarian origins and culture. One of the oldest cultural institutes in Hungary, the Ethnographic Museum was first set up as a department for the Hungarian National Museum in 1872. Since its beginnings, the museum focused on preserving the history of Hungary and safeguarding the disappearing value of nation’s culture. Covering an area of 13 rooms, the Traditional Hungarian Folk Culture is the only permanent exhibition providing visitors an insight to the Hungarian peasantry life through displays of artefacts from eighteenth century to First World War period. Visitors can learn more about the Hungarian peasants’ social divisions, folk traditions and their living conditions. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions which are well-received by visitors. Whether you are a visitor curious about Hungarian history and culture or an ethnographic enthusiast, the Ethnographic Museum offers interesting programs, workshops and guided tours to enhance your knowledge and interest. Located at Kossuth tér, the Ethnographic Museum is only 15 minutes drive from our Budapest serviced apartment, Fraser Residence Budapest.
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed on Mondays)

Admission Price: Free – Permanent exhibition only, 800 HUF (Adult), 1300 HUF (Family – 2 children & 2 adults), 350 HUF (Hungarian Tourist Card)

Fraser Residence Budapest is located in Pest, off lively Corvin Promenade, a wide avenue at the centre of one of Central Europe’s largest urban renewal programmes. Conveniently close to this hotel in Budapest’s city centre are dozens of businesses, restaurants, shops and cafés. Fittingly for a brand new hotel in Budapest, Fraser Residence Budapest boasts contemporary, light, airy design and state-of-the-art technology throughout its 51 guest suites. Choose from spacious studios, fully equipped one- or two-bedroom apartments, or magnificent three-bedroom penthouse suites with a private roof terrace and soaring views over the city. Whether you are in Budapest for business or pleasure, for a long stay or short city break, this luxury Budapest hotel and apartments will cater for your every need.

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