With almost 700 rooms, the world’s third largest parliament building is also the largest building in Hungary and tallest building in Budapest.
The eclectic style of the Parliament is aesthetically pleasing. A blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles, the impressive building was completed in 1902.
You can visit on most days, but do book a guided tour in advance to really get a good look around. You’ll get to see many areas including the Domed Hall where the Crown of St Stephen is on display along with more of the Hungarian crown jewels.
Afterwards, do take a walk along the Danube Promenade to see the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial by sculptor Gyula Pauer. The 60 pairs of iron shoes commemorate the Jews shot here during WWII.
9. Great Synagogue
Learn more about Budapest’s Jewish community at the Great Synagogue on Dohány Street.
This is the largest Jewish house of worship in Europe and the second largest in the world, seating up to 3,000 people. Built between 1854 and 1859, the synagogue blends both Romantic and Moorish architecture styles.
Inside, the Hungarian Jewish Museum contains objects relating to both religious and everyday life, including a gravestone dating back to the time of the Roman Empire.
On the synagogue’s north side, the Holocaust Memorial stands over the mass grave of those killed by the Nazis. Designed in 1991 by Imre Varga, the ‘leaves’ of the tree, which resembles a weeping willow tree, are inscribed with the family names of some of the thousands of victims.
Nearby in Goldmark Hall you can also find an exhibition, documenting what life was like in the Jewish Quarter from the 18th century.
Tip: The synagogue is open daily from 10am, except on Saturdays. Closing times vary according to the season, so do check with your concierge for timings.
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