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Budapest: 10 Architectural Marvels You Need to See

Budapest is an architectural mosaic, stitching together everything from Baroque and Gothic to Art Nouveau and Neo-Classic. To give gay travellers a taste of the city’s sumptuous architecture, we compiled 10 of our favourite designs below. If you’d rather witness the grandeur of Budapest’s skyline in person, consider our gay tour of Central Europe.

Chain Bridge

According to legend, the engineer behind Budapest’s first permanent bridge was so proud of his Classicist design he dared someone to find a flaw. In a truly dramatic performance, the martyr committed suicide when it was pointed out the tigers guarding both entrances were tongueless.

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Designed by Adam Clark, this stunning bridge was the first permanent solution to connect Buda and Pest. Shutterstock.

Museum of Fine Arts

This architectural beauty is only rivalled by the masterpieces treasured inside. Of the many wonders, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Horse and Rider is easily the most prominent.

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The classic design of Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts is hard to ignore. Photo by Marc Ryckaert.

Central Market Hall

Indulge in the flavours of Hungary and the beauty of Budapest inside Gustave Eiffel’s Central Market Hall. Yes, the same Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame! Pay special attention to the intricate Zsolnay tiled roof he commissioned.

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Inside Budapest’s largest market. Wikipedia Commons.

Jewish Quarter

Art Nouveau and Neo-Classic reign supreme in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. Of special note is the world’s second largest synagog appropriately named The Great Synagog. And while you’re in the neighbourhood, take a moment of silence by the Weeping Willow, a sobering memorial to the Hungarian-Jewish victims of WWII.

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The Weeping Willow instillation in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter has the name of every Jewish-Hungarian victim of the Holocaust.

Király Baths

Not to be confused with the gay kind, these geothermal bathhouses are the product of the Ottoman empire. Király is one of the city’s most famous baths, constructed during Turkish occupation and maintaining many characteristics from the era such as an octagonal roof.

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Bath houses were an important part of Ottoman Culture.

Széchenyi Baths

To contrast your experience in Király’s historic Turkish design, slip into the calcium rich waters of Széchenyi. The Neo-Baroque bathhouse was completed in 1927 with all the flamboyant finishes you’d expect of the era.

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Szenchenyi Bathes has 18 pools on premise, 15 of which are spring fed. Wikipedia Commons.

Vajdahunyad Castle

Found in the heart of City Park is Vajdahunyad Castle, a Frankenstein of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque inspiration. It’s beauty is enjoyed in every season as children climb the nearby park monkey bars in summer and parents take to the famous skating rink in winter.

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Vajdahunyad Castle is actually a replica of a Transylvanian castle of the same name. Wikipedia Commons.

Opera House

Sink into the plush seats of the recently reopened Opera House. As you indulge in a private performance exclusive to Out Adventures, pay special attention to the delicate marble work.

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A grand staircase inside Budapest’s recently renovated Opera House. Photo courtesy of Magyar Állami Operaház.

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Peaking at 315ft/96m, this Cathedral is deliberately the same height of Parliament Building, a nod to the equal weight of Church and State in Hungary. Ascend her spiral staircase to the observation deck and the best panorama in Budapest.

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St. Stephen’s Basilica took 50 years to complete due to the dome collapsing halfway through construction. Shutterstock.

Parliament Building

An extraordinary example of Neo-Gothic architecture with hints of Renaissance and Baroque. The sheer size of Parliament demands a distant observation — perhaps from a Danube cruise or the shores of Batthyány Square. The building’s 45-minute tours grant visitors a glimpse of the 691 rooms and 20km/12.55mi of staircases. And best of all, the tour includes the opportunity to glimpse Hungary’s slippery Crown Jewels which have a fascinating history of being lost, stolen and borrowed time and again.

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Sunrise over Budapest with Parliament Building prominently on the left. Shutterstock.

Wallow in the the architecture of Budapest on a gay tour of Central Europe with Out Adventures.

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