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Hungary Tourist Attractions

Attractions in Hungary are galore, as the Hungarian country is well known for its tourist destinations, thermal spas and wildlife sanctuaries. There are many attractions in Hungary, which uphold the rich tradition and culture of the Hungarian people. The list and information on some of the popular attractions of Hungary is as follows

Margaret Island : 
The Margaret Island, also known as Margitsziget, is located in the heart of the river Danube between Arpad Bridge and Margaret Bridge in Hungary. The island is 2.5 km long and 0.31 miles wide. It is the greenest spot in the entire Hungarian country and is therefore known as the 'Green Gem of Hungary'. The Margaret Island is well-known for its swimming pools, musical fountain, water tower, small zoo and relaxing walkways. The best time to visit Margaret Island is during spring months of April and May.
The Margaret Island was previously called the Island of Rabbits during the Middle Ages. The main function of the island was to act as a royal hunting reserve. King Bela IV had rebuilt this country, which was destroyed by the Mongols and sent his 11year old daughter, Margaret to the nunnery on this island. Consequently, this island was named Margaret Island.Till the year 1901, the island was easily accessible by boat or ship but now the fastest means to reach there is to catch the bus 26 from Nyugati ter, which passes through the island.

Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest : 
The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is the biggest museum of Hungary dedicated to fine arts. The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is one of the finest artistic institutions of Europe because of its permanent exhibitions and wide collection of artistic masterpieces. The museum also arranges many guided tours, excellent programs and even a jazz salon.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest was constructed under a commission by the millennium act of 1896. The Museum of Fine Arts was inaugurated on 1st December 1906 and was conducted by I. Franz Joseph. When the museum had initially opened it did not have any of the memorable treasures, which it boasts of today, but gradually over the years the collection was enhanced by public donations of personal works.

The most remarkable episode in the history of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest was the building of the National Gallery. In 1875, the fine arts collection of the National Museum was transferred to the National Gallery, which acted as a background for the Museum of Fine Arts.

St. Stephen's Basilica : 
Stephen's Basilica is named in the memory of Saint Stephen, the first King of Hungary and founder of the first Hungarian state in 1000 AD. The building is the second largest building of Hungary and its dome like structure provides an extensive view of river Danube and the Hungarian city.

The construction of the St. Stephen's Basilica started in the year 1851. The first architect who conceptualized the design was Jozsef Hild. After his death, the construction was looked after by Hungarian architect, Miklos Ybl, who added his own neo-renaissance touch to the building. After the collapse of a dome in the year 1868, the construction process was delayed and the death of Miklos Ybl further added to it. Finally the completion of the building was administered by a third architect, Jozsef Krausz.

Memento Park : 
Also known as the Statue Park or Szoborpark on the outskirts of Budapest is one of the most unique places in not only the Eastern Europe but also in the whole world, as it has all the statues of renowned communist leaders. These statues have been collected from the streets of Budapest and placed at the Statue Park after the change of political system in the year 1989-90.

The Budapest Assembly was faced with the question that what needs to be done with these statues and they asked for suggestions. The Statue Park was designed by architect, Akos Eleod, who had won the competition announced by the Budapest Assembly in the year 1991. Finally, in the autumn of 1993, the museum was opened for general public.

The Statue Park has the statues of Marx, Engels, Dimitrov, Lenin and Ostapenko. Apart from these, it also has memorials of Communist Martyrs, the Soviet Soldiers and Republic of Council members. At present, 42 large sized statues are displayed, which were collected from the streets, local museums and countryside of Budapest.

There is an antique shop near the Statue Park where one can find red star watches, original Soviet Union postcards, Trabant models, Soviet badges of honor, bottles with KGB emblem, cigarette lighters with hammer and sickle and a host of other things bearing the Communist emblem.

Hungarian National Museum : 
The Hungarian National Museum is one of the most remarkable and oldest buildings of Hungary. The Museum was the first museum of Hungary and it boasts of a brilliant artistic collection even till this date.

In the year 1802, Count Szechenyi had offered his monetary funds to set up the Hungarian National Museum. In the initial days, the collection comprised of 1156 manuscripts, 142 books, 11884 prints, maps and copperplates. The museum was designed and built by Mihaly Pollack, a renowned Hungarian architect from 1837 to 1847. The huge building comprising of the museum and national library was opened for public viewing in the year 1847 and it became the fourth largest museum in Europe.

The Hungarian National Museum played a major role during the revolution of 1848 and 1849. The garden of the museum was an important spot during the revolutions and till date, the commemoration day of 1848 is held in front of the museum.

In the second half of the 19th century, many prominent scholars, such as Jozsef Hampel, Floris Romer, Agoston Kubinyi and Ferenc Pulszky worked in this museum. In 1926 and 1927, the museum was completely renovated. During the 1960's, museums like King Mathias Museum in Visegrad, Kosuth Museum in Monok and Rakoczi Museum in Sarospatak came under the jurisdiction of the Hungarian National Museum.

The Museum Garden of the Hungarian National Museum is another remarkable spot. The National Museum is a must visit tourist destination of Hungary.

Castle District : 
The Castle District of Budapest is famous for its enchanting museums, historical attractions, winding streets and modern cafes. The major attractions in the Castle District include Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Royal Palace and Fishermen's Bastion.

Pannonhalma Archabbey : 
The Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma was the place where the first Benedictine Monks settled in Hungary in the year 996. This is very significant in Hungary for promoting the culture of Hungary, right from its inception till the present date.

The Benedictine monks of the Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma were responsible for converting the Hungarians to Christianity and for establishing the first school of the Hungarian country. These monks had written the first document in Hungarian in the year 1055. This monastery dates back to 1,000 years back and this history boasts of the different architectural styles, which are visible in the monastery buildings. The oldest building of Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma dates back to the year 1224 and still has a school and monastic community.

Aggtelek Karst Caves : 
The caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst in northeastern Hungary are unique, as they comprise 712 karst caves. The caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the complete area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Zone. The caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst-Hungary together combine a temperate-zone karstic system and enable geological and geographical experimentations.

City Park in Budapest : 
The City Park in Budapest or Varosliget is situated very close to the city center and is an ideal place for relaxation. The City Park in Budapest was the first park in the whole world, which was built for relaxation purposes of public.

The site of the present City Park in Budapest was actually a swamp where the election of Hungarian kings was held during the 13th to 16th centuries. This swamp was then restored into an English-style park in the 18th and 19th centuries. The park was completed in the year 1896, to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the Hungarian history.

The main entrance of the Budapest City Park is via the Heroes' Square. The Millennium Monument, Palace of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts are all located around the square.

Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden : 
The Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of the most interesting and entertaining places in Hungary where everyone finds something according to his mood and choice. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden has more than 2000 animals is open all throughout the year.

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden had opened in the year 1866 as a private organization and in the 19th and 20th centuries the park underwent major reconstruction. The most memorable buildings which were built during this period in the zoo are the artificial Small and Great Rocks and Elephant House.

The main entrance of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden has two elephants guarding the main gate. The main attractions in the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden include the Elephant House, Palm Tree House & Aquarium, Birdhouse, Majomvilag and the butterfly garden.

The Hungarian State Opera House : 
The Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest is an excellent example of neo-Renaissance architecture and is located on Andrassy Avenue, building number 22. Miklos Ybl, the renowned architect of Hungary had designed the building of Hungarian State Opera House in the 19th century. The building was designed in an Italian neo-Renaissance style.

The construction of the Hungarian State Opera House was started in the year 1875 and completed in 1884. The statues of world's greatest composers, Beethoven, Verdi and Mozart adorn the main entrance of the Hungarian State Opera House. Statues of Ferenc Erkel, the first director of the Opera House and Franz Liszt, are placed on the sides of the entrance gate.

  Tourist Attractions of Hungary  
Lake BalatonAndrássy Avenue
Buda CastleEthnographic Museum
Hungarian Parliament BuildingMuseum Of Applied Arts
House Of TerrorChristian Museum
St. Stephen'S BasilicaAquincum Museum
Vajdahunyad CastleTransport Museum Of Budapest
Budapest Zoo & Botanical GardenOttó Herman Museum
Memento Park