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The Great Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in the world (only the Temple Emanu-el jewish house of worship in New York is bigger) that features Moorish styled architecture with intricate brickwork, twin towers topped with onion domes and a large rose stained-glass window sitting above the main entrance. The Dohany street, the Great Synanogue and the Jewish Museum are located in the same building.
The complex also has The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, with the Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs made by Imre Varga. A silver sculpture that resembles a weeping willow, whose leaves bear the names of 400,000 Hungarian Jews who were victims of the Holocaust era.
I would highly recommend to visit the Dohány street Synagogue once you are in Budapest.
Lets see some interesting facts about the Great Synagogue:
1. The twin towers shine in their original glory after the restauration that took place in the late '90s.
2. The clocks on top of the Dohany Synagogue don't work.
3. The twin-toweredbuilding is more than 150 year old.
Opening hours of the Dohany Great Synagogue and Hungarian Jewish Museum:
from SUNDAY to THURSDAY
1 - 3 January 2019: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4 January 2019: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
6 January 2019: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
7 January - 28 February 2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1 March - 25 April 2019: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
28 April - 28 September 2019: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
2 October - 25 October 2019: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
27 October - 31 December 2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January - February 2019: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
March - October 2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
November - December 2019: 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
One of my favourite place in the world is our lake Balaton which is the biggest freshwater lake in Central Europe. Around the lake there unexceptional beautiful little cities/villages that you can easily discover with the opportunity to bike around Balaton. The whole route takes 210 kms but it is totally worth it. I suggest you to check out the official website for the bike routes but since I have also done the 210km round you can also ask me anything via forum.
I would highlight a few cities that I think is a must to see. Siófok city is the so called 'capital' of Balaton. You can find everything you are looking for on a holiday, sandy or green grass beaches, fashion street for shopping lovers, amazing foods and icecream places, nightclubs all over the city, a watertower, a mall with cinema, harbour and many more. Then my second favourite cities are Balatonfüred and Tihany. They are both located on the North side of the lake, meaning the water gets deep really quickly, while on the South part like in Siófok the water is quite shallow and it takes about 200m walk in the lake to reach deeper water height. Tihany is very special thanks to its lavender plantation, the Tihany Abbey and the beautiful sight from up on the lake.
Keszthely is also a ver famous city due to its location which is very close to our natural thermal lake Hévíz. I would also mention Badacsony and the closely situated Szigliget castle and Fonyód for sight of interest.
Balaton is huge and has so much to offer. Please do not hesitate to contact me for questions and help.
St. Stephen’s Basilica of Budapest is one of the most beautiful and significant churches and touristic attractions of the country. This is partly due to its historical heritage of being dedicated to the holy king St. Stephen who was also the founder of the Hungarian state in 896 and the height of the Basilica is 96 metres, and partly to the architectural and artistic value of the building itself. Visitors can see King Stephen’s right hand, known as the Holy Right. But there are regular masses and weddings hold here as well.
You can also go up to the top of St. Stephen's Basilica and enjoy the panoramic view. The lookout is open between Nov-March 10:00-16:30, Jun-Sept 10:00-18:30 and in April & May & October from 10:00-17:30.
Entrance fee is free to the church and costs 600 HUF for adults and 400 HUF for students and pensioners to the panoramic lookout.
In front of the church there are many bars and restaurants where you sit on the street with a very nice atmosphere and enjoy the view. Also there is thre famous clubs located in Zrínyi street and nearby
Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya) is only 100 years old (Built from 1895 to 1902) , and is a favorite lookout in the city located on the Buda Castle Hill in the I. district. The Danube and the Parliament building can perhaps be seen at their finest from the vantage point of the Fisherman's Bastion. In medieval times, the fish market was nearby and the bastion was built to commemorate the fishermen who protected this part of the city. The neo-Roman Halászbástya has seven tent-like turrets symbolizing the seven Hungarian tribes that arrived to the Carpathian Basin in 896.
Fisherman's Bastion, as part of the Buda Castle District, has been a World Heritage site since 1987.
You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the Panoramia Cafe & Bar or try a fine dining meal at the Halászbástya Restaurant located in one of the turrets open all year round.
Free lower level lookout everyday 0-24
The upper level lookout from 16th of March – 30th of April: 9 am-7 pm, from 01st of May-15th of October: 9 am-8 pm
Adults 1000 HUF
Students and EU pensioners 500 HUF
Entry is free between 8 pm-9 am, and between 16th of October – 15th of March, on public holidays and children under 6 years.
Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in front of the the Fisherman's Bastion. It was named after King Matthias in the 19th Century, who ordered the transformation of its original southern tower. The church was the scene of several coronations, including that of Charles IV in 1916 (the last Habsburg king) and a mosque for over 150 years by the Ottoman Turks. Today it is one of the most special churches in Europe with its beautiful interior colours inspired by orientalism and romantic historicism.
General Opening Hours
Mo-Fr: 9am-5pm, Sa: 9am-12pm, Su: 1pm-5pm
For specific events please check the website.
Adults: HUF 1,500
Students (with ID): HUF 1,000
Seniors (60+ with ID): HUF 1,000
Family (2 Adults + 1 Child): HUF 3,500
The building of Hungary's law-making body, the House of Parliament, is rightly considered among the most beautiful parliaments buildings in the world. Selected as a World Heritage site as a central element in the Danube panorama in 2011, the edifice is not only an invaluable treasure, but also the pride of the nation. It provides a home for the legislature, a place of safekeeping for Saint Steven's Holy Crown and the Royal Insignia , and a workplace both for the 199 Members of Parliament and for the nearly 600 people who assist them. Currently, the building also houses the offices of the Prime Minister and his support staff.
Some interesting facts about the Parliament:
1, It took nearly 20 years to complete it. The construction started in 1885 and finished in 1904.
2, This is the largest building in Hungary with its 268 metres lenght, 118 metres width and its 691 rooms.
5, The height of the cupola is 96 metres which is referring to Hungary's conquest and its millenium celebrations in 1896.
4, 40 kilograms of 24 carat gold was used for the interior decoration.
5, Hungary recieved 8 out of the 12 giant Swedish granite columns from the King of Sweden, that we used for the decoration of the great staircase. The other 4 is located in the Palace of Westminster.
1st April–31st October Monday–Sunday: 8.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
1st November–31st March Monday–Sunday: 8.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
EU citizens (adults)
EU citizens (students) (ages 6-24)
Non EU citizens (adults)
Non EU citizens (students) (ages 6-24)
Visitors under 6 years of age
Free of charge
The Citadel in Budapest is a 19th century fortification on top of Gellert Hill (part of the UNESCO World Heritage site) – the fortress was turned into a lookout tower / stronghold, which provides one of the most stunning views over the river Danube. It is popular amongst locals and tourists alike, and is one of the free Budapest attractions.
The Liberty Statue or Freedom Statue (Hungarian: Szabadság-szobor) is a monument on the Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary. It commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary.
Buda castle (Budavári Palota) is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265.The Castle District with its remarkable historical monuments and beautiful built environment has been deservedly acknowledged by the UNESCO among the World Heritage Sites. The Royal Palace was built on the well defendable spot on the steep Buda Hill in fear of another Mongol attack.
Visegrád is one of my favourite nearby town of Budapest. It is a 45 minutes drive from the city but it has a lot to offer.
Thanks to its special locations there are amazing beautiful hiking routes to do here. One is the Prédikálószék that you can read about longer if you search for the highlight.
You can also see the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval Castle.
There is a possibility to try 2 track of Bob the Alpine Coaster and the Summer bobsled. Find more infos on the webpage attached.
At winter it is also possible to do skiing on the hills.
If you would like to stay overnight and chill at pools with a view I suggest you to choose Hotel Silvanus Visegrád.