Parliament, Pastries and Art Nouveau: A Stroll of Aristocratic Budapest & Leopold Town


  • The Grand Hall inside the Ethnography Museum. Photo: Miroslav Petrasko.
  • The lion guards the Chain Bridge.  Photo: Poogla.
  • A view of Buda from the banks of the Danube.  Photo: Ariel Broitman.
  • Shoes on the shore of the Danube remain in tribute. Photo: Dennis Jarvis.
  • The Grand Staircase inside Parliament.  Photo: Tom Bartel.
  • The Holy Crown of Hungary capped with a lopsided cross.  Photo: snak3pit.
  • The front of the Ethnography Museum.  Photo: Ana Balica.
  • The exterior of Bedo Haz.
  • Art Nouveau ornamentation on a balcony of the Bedo Haz.  Photo: Ady.
  • The 40th President, Ronald Reagan with Parliament in the background.
  • The Soviet War Memorial.  Photo: Terry Hall.
  • A stroll inside the Belvarosi Piac Market Hall.
  • Gingerbread cookies with "I love you" piped on the front of them.
  • Freshly baked croissants and pastries at Artizan.
  • The nave and altar at St. Istvan's Basilica.
  • The Holy Right Hand of St. Istvan.  Photo: Budapest By Locals.
  • The Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel.  Photo: shadowhunter1975.
  • The main lobby of the Gresham Palace.  Photo: LuxuryDreamHotels.

2 hours and 30 minutes
1.9 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue


The financial, political and aristocratic center of Budapest, Leopold Town also boasts some of its most impressive buildings and monuments. Join us on a loop of the neighborhood to seek out tower-top vistas, architectural clashes and tributes to friends (and enemies) of the past. This is as much a walk of Budapest's heroes and kings as it is an exploration of its grand architecture, cafes and treats. Our stroll wanders through the best of Leopold Town.

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I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points

  1. Szechenyi Chain Bridge

    We start at the bridge that connects Buda's royal palace (towards the west) and Pest's financial and commerce center (towards the east).

  2. Danube River Walk

    We are strolling north along the Danube River towards the giant building north of us: Parliament.

  3. Parliament

    The Parliament building was built in 1896, a year of significance for Hungary (see below). At the time, the Austro-Hungarian Empire ruled …

  4. Museum of Ethnography

    The Museum of Ethnography triumphs before us. A branch of the Hungarian National Museum, the Ethnography Museum (1000 HUF) focuses exclusi…

  5. Bedo Haz & Art Nouveau

    The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau (A Magyar Szecesszio Haza) celebrates the Hungarian Art Nouveau movement. The museum's furniture, decor…

  6. Ronald Reagan & The Soviets

    In front of us stands the memorial to the Soviet soldiers who liberated Hungary from Nazi control during World War II. And to our right is…

  7. Belvarosi Piac Market Hall

    The Belvarosi Piac market hall was a state-of-the-art building when it was completed in 1897. The market had special rooms for refrigerati…

  8. Artizan Bakery

    In a city known for its baked goods, Artizan rises above the others. The pastry chefs spurn additives and preservatives to bake exclusively…

  9. St. Istvan's Basilica

    The 54-year construction process of St. Stephen's Basilica outlasted two of its three architects. No wonder that by the time the final sto…

  10. Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel

    From WWII to 2004, Gresham Place was a dilapidated eyesore, functioning as barracks for the Red Army and a Communist-era housing project. …

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