If you came specially for the national holiday but all programs are cancelled, visit one of these beautiful places instead.
If you have long planned to visit Budapest and watch our biggest state celebration, then now you are maybe disappointed that there won’t be any programs. However, there is no reason for this, as the city still has a lot of beautiful sights. We gathered where to go, where to enjoy August 20th and the beauty of the city.
Check out Buda Castle and the castle district. Castle Hill contains many of Budapest's most important medieval monuments and museums, like the impressive Buda Castle, a massive 200-roomed palace. Castle Hill is also home to a number of excellent statues and you can see the Fisherman’s Bastion here. The late 19th-century Fisherman's Bastion is built on the spot where in the Middle Ages the local fishermen had their defense installations.
Margaret Island is Budapest's main recreation and recuperative center for most locals. It has a beautiful Rose Garden, a musical fountain, ruins of the Dominican convent, once home to Princess Margaret, a water tower, a large open-air theater and Palatinus Bath, the biggest in Budapest. It is an isle on the Danube between Buda and Pest and offers beautiful parks, padded jogging path, a petting zoo, restaurants, so enjoy a walk, some active time or just a nice picnic here, it will be unforgettable!
Take a walk on Andrássy Avenue, the main boulevard of Budapest. The 2.4 km long Andrássy Avenue is the main boulevard of Budapest. It connects Erzsébet Square and Heroes’ Square and has splendid palaces, important cultural buildings, and expensive shop on the two sides. Admire the beautiful buildings, for example the Hungarian State Opera House (Andrássy Av. 22). If you don’t want to walk or you don’t have enough time for it, choose M1 metro line which runs under Andrássy Avenue, so you can visit these sights faster and without getting tired.
At the end of Andrássy Avenue, you’ll find Hősök tere, with the Millennium Monument at its centre, and the Museum of Fine Arts and Műcsarnok on either side. City Park (Városliget), the largest park in Budapest can be found beyond the square. Here you will find Széchenyi Thermal Baths, the Zoo, the Circus, the Museum of Agriculture and a pond that offers ice skating in the winter and row boating in the summer. City Park is the most popular recreational point of the city, so don’t miss it.
Várkert Bazár or Castle Garden Bazaar is one of the main works of Miklós Ybl. It has been fully renovated and saved from complete destruction a few years ago and now it’s one of the most beautiful places of the city. The monument is part of world heritage and it’s the best place to take a walk on the gloriett ramps and to enjoy the Renaissance garden.