If the best-known attractions are too boring for you, check out this list about our favorite hidden treasures of the city.
Everyone knows Parliament and the Castle district. Yes, they are beautiful, but if you’re done with them, let us show what to check out in the second round.
- Cave Church is an actually church in the hill-side of Gellért Hill. It’s usually overlooked by visitors, but this strange church is definitely worth visiting. The Cave Church is in use, also used for marriages and it belongs to the Hungarian Pauline order.
- Veli Bej Bath is the perfect place if you want to experience the bath culture, but already have seen Széchenyi and Gellért Bath or you can’t stand the crowd. The recently restored Turkish bath is the least known amongst the thermal baths of the City of Spas, but one of the best: small, cozy, crisp new with a historical core from the 16th century.
- Buda Arboretum is at the southern slope of Gellért Hill and belongs to the Horticultural University. It’s open and free all year, and it’s definitely worth waiting, because it has beautiful slopes and ponds and of course many gorgeous and rare plants.
- Philosopher’s Garden consists of eight bronze statues of people from different times and cultures who influenced spiritual enlightenment. The composition shows the development of human kind and aims for a better mutual understanding.
- Grund is a really unique place behind Corvin negyed. It has a ruin pub, a cool playground and a big courtyard, and it was one main venue of the famous Hungarian novel „The Paul street boys”. And if you’re visiting the neighborhood, don’t forget about Füvészkert, the other venue of the book.
- Kazinczy street synagogue: Obviously the most famous synagogue of the city is the one at Dohány Street, but Kazinczy street synagogue also worth visiting. It’s an orthodox large synagogue built in Art Nouveau style, one of the most characteristic Hungarian synagogue built before the First World War.
- Kopaszi dam: Although Budapest is built in waterfront, but gives very little opportunity to enjoy the proximity of the Danube. One of these few opportunities is Kopaszi dam, which is located in the southern part of the Buda side, under the Rákóczi Bridge. It’s one of the most popular recreational venues and has everything what it takes to relax. Small restaurants, cafes, terraces and playgrounds were also placed in the ten-hectare green area in the beautiful waterside environment.
- Memento Park is a huge open-air museum in the city border that collects the monuments of the Communist era and the statues of several Hungarian Communist Leaders. The 42 statues, sculptures and memorials of the impressive collection were collected from the streets of Budapest after the collapse of socialism in 1989-90.
- The Mary Magdalene Church is one of the oldest churches in the Buda Castle. It was built in the 13th century in Gothic style and has a very sad history. At the time of the Turkish occupation it was the only Christian church, than it was transformed into a mosque in the 18th century. Later it was renovated as a church, but during the Communist era it was completely destroyed except the Gothic tower and some minor parts. Nowadays only the ruins can be seen.
- New York Palace is one of the most elegant buildings of the city. It was built in 1894 in majestic eclectic style, now it’s called Boscolo Hotel and has the New York Café on the ground floor. New York Café is called the "most beautiful café in the world", a masterwork restored to its original grace.
+1 Colorful firewalls: In 2013, one of Budapest's most interesting and most spectacular art projects started with the participation of Neopaint Works. They started to repaint the boring and grey firewalls of the city and since then, a number of bare walls have been painted, and now function as streetart.