- 25 Jan 2019 9:35 AM
In fact, the city centre has everything to offer this time of the year. Packed with stunning buildings, offering a fine selection of the best restaurants and cafés, the heart of Budapest is easy to reach, no matter where your accommodation is located.
One of the most striking buildings in the downtown area is St. Stephen’s Basilica, which has catered to the needs of the faithful and delighted those who would like to marvel at the richly decorated interior since it was built in 1906.
Entry to the church is free of charge, but it’s well worth exploring the treasury as well. A quick trip in the elevator, some stairs to climb, and the breathtaking view is yours to take in: step out of the dome and walk high above the capital in the Panorama Observatory.
A quick stroll from St Steven’s Square through Erzsébet and Vörösmarty Squares leads straight to the Danube embankment. Here, after a one-hour guided tour inside the Pesti Vigadó, the chances are that this venue, more than 150 years old, will be your new favourite building in the capital.
Guided visits in this extraordinarily beautiful palace are available in 7 languages, either as a group or as a private tour.
After lunch, return to the heart of the city, and head to the Underground Railway Museum at Deák Ferenc Square. The collection on display in an original section of the Budapest underground railway pays tribute to the European continent’s first underground, opened in 1896.
The museum’s permanent exhibition guides you through the history of the Millennium Underground Railway, from the time of its construction through today. Whether you are a railway fan or just looking for somewhere nice to warm up, this exhibition is guaranteed to provide a special experience. But then, the same can be said of many other sights in the heart of Budapest, worthy of exploring over a good few days.