MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
For decades the main concept for the Museum’s exhibits has been to display European and Egyptian pieces of art beside temporary exhibitions. There are masterpieces in their collection from every period of European fine arts including works from the most renowned artists of the world, such as Giotto, Leonardo, Raffaello, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Pieter Bruegel and Van Dyck.
This is a wonderful Europa Nostra Award-winning zoo in the very heart of Budapest! The capital’s zoo is one of the oldest in the world with a history of almost 150 years. The first inhabitant of the zoo was a giraffe from Vienna given as a present from the Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. Peaceful relaxation, historic structures for the animals – such as the Elephant House – and a unique interactive exhibition area, the Magic Hill (Varázshegy) await visitors. To see the amazing park and the Palm House in their entirety leave yourself at least half a day. The Gundel Restaurant right next door is equated with the history of Hungarian gastronomy and hospitality. Its founder, Károly Gundel, tamed Hungarian cuisine and blended it with influences arriving from the expanding world – and thus put Hungary on the world’s map of gastronomy.
This castle standing on the City Park Lake was originally constructed from wood and cardboard for the Millennium celebrations. The castle was built to present the thousand-year history of Hungarian architecture to the public: from the Romanesque through the Gothic and Renaissance up to the Baroque. When it was opened to the public the huge model was such a success that it was later reconstructed in stone. Today it is home to the Hungarian Museum of Agriculture. Its side facing the lake resembles the original Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania.
SZÉCHENYI THERMAL BATHS
This is one of the largest bath complexes in Europe, and the very first in Pest. The waters of the deepest and warmest spring in the capital are 74-75 °C. The hot-spring waters contain sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulphates and hydro-carbonates, and also have significant amounts of fluoride and metaboric acid. The water of the drinking fountain has medicinal properties, containing calcium, magnesium, chloride and sulphates, as well as alkalis and a substantial amount of fluoride.
CAPITAL CIRCUS OF BUDAPEST
The only circus in Europe that is made of stone and functions all year round. The Budapest City Park had a circus of its own as early as the 1800s, but its heyday began in 1936. The building has hosted amazing performances by world-famous artists ever since.