Attractions near the hotel
The most interesting tramline of Budapest, tramline 2 passes many famous sites while travelling along the Danube bank: the National Theatre, the Palace of Arts, The Vigado and the Parliament are all significant attractions of the Hungarian capital.
Central Market Hall
One of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest is the Central Market Hall situated on the Pest side on Fővám tér approx. 3 minutes far from the hotel. According to its main architect, Samu Petz "a beautiful building must be both harmonious and useful" - and he came very close to perfection with this piece of work.
The ventilation caps and chimney pots of the roof are made of Zsolnay pyrogranite. Similarly to most of the markets in Budapest, it is constructed of wrought iron and glass. Upon stepping into the building, where selling started in February 1897, its sheer size and train station-like interior are amazing, but what really catches the eye is the number of people constantly moving around from stall to stall to buy fresh goods, directly from the producer.
The first floor of the market has mainly foodstuffs on offer, and the second floor has traditional Hungarian folk art items and other typical products of Hungarian origin on sale. In the basement a huge modern supermarket was opened in the 1990's.
Gellért Hill and the Citadel
The Gellért Hill, where the Citadel is also located, is a popular excursion place in Budapest. It used to be a fortress, which was erected in 1854 by the Habsburg emperors after overcoming the Hungarian army in the revolution of 1848-49. A unique Budapest panorama, which is part of the world heritage can be also enjoyed here. Other sights on the hill: the sculpture of the bishop St. Gellért (Gerard), the St. Gellért Cliff Church and the Liberty Statue.