After the Mongolian conquest in the 13th century, King Béla IV. ordered fortresses from stone to be built. The building of the Matthias Church (aka Church of Our Lady) was started in 1255 in Gothic style. The north tower still preserves some parts of the original church. Under the reign of King Matthias it was enlarged and renewed. The king had both of his weddings here. His coat of arms with the black raven is still visible on the south tower. That’s why the commonly used name of the church is Matthias Church.
Ticket: 6 EUR / person
Saint Stephen’s Basilica
Saint Stephen’s Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in Budapest, it has the second highest ecclesiastical status in Hungary. The building was planned and built in 1851 by József Hild in classical style and continued by Miklós Ybl, who added a neo-renaissance taste to the original concepts. The inner layout and the completion of the building in 1905 is the work of József Krausz. Famous Hungarian painters and sculptors decorated the inner side, using 50 different types of marble. The square in front of the church became a beautiful pedestrian area with some cafés and benches to sit on.
Ticket: 2 EUR / person
Dohány Street Synagogue
Built in 1859 in the Moorish style, it is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. Its huge size demonstrates the significance and the high economic and cultural standards of the Budapest Jewry of the age. You can take a look at the interior of the synagogue, which is 1200 square metres, and the 44 metres high towers. The Synagogue is the temple of the Neolog Jewry. It was built in Budapest’s former Jewish quarter where many people of the Jewish faith still reside today. While the Synagogue is still predominantly a venue of worship, it also houses cultural programmes, such as concerts. Visits are possible on weekdays, as it is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
Ticket: 16,5 EUR / person
Would you like to know more about Jewish culture and heritage in Budapest? Take a look at our thematic tours here.
Kazinczy Street Synagogue
The synagogue was built by the Orthodox Jewish community from 1912 to 1913 and soon became their cultural and religious center. This art-nouveau style building is one of the largest operating orthodox synagogues in Europe.
Ticket: 4 EUR / person
Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma
One thousand years after it was founded, the Benedictine Abbey at Pannonhalma and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. “Ora et labora” (pray and work) the Benedictines were instructed and they created a center of intellectual excellence in Pannonhalma.
Ticket: 6,5 EUR / person
The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a remarkable building. After the glorious consecration ceremony of the church in 1891, attended by the country’s bishops and the Apostolic King József Ferenc I, the papers in Budapest wrote: “If you want to see heaven, come to Pécs.” Its current form came about from the 19th century reconstruction works; this considered transformation kept the magical atmosphere of the medieval Cathedral.
Ticket: 8 EUR / person
Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kassim
The Parish Church of Gyertyaszentelő Boldogasszony in the city centre of Pécs is an unequalled Ottoman monument of our country, the most important example of Turkish-Islamic architecture in Hungary. A pleasant, greenish-yellow light illuminates the church’s interior through the hive patterned, arched windows.
Ticket: 8 EUR / person
Cathedral of Esztergom
The modern period saw the erection of only one church on the Castle Hill. It is, however, one which not only surpasses all its predecessors in its dimensions, but embodies all of their spiritual heritage as well. This is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Adalbert. The Esztergom Cathedral is, in spite of the different ideas of its builders, a monumentally simple, beautiful, harmonious and integral work, in short a genuine Classicist masterpiece.
Ticket: 20 EUR / group
Benedictine Abbey of Tihany
Tihany is a peninsula of Balaton with its rich natural and historical values. King András I. built here the burial-place of his family in 1055, and a chapel where Benedictine monks had been settled by him. The Abbey was reconstructed in the 18th century by the Benedictine order. Two towers had been built and they have been the symbols of the peninsula since 1752.
Ticket: 7,5 EUR / person
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