Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmuvészeti Múzeum)

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Budapest, Dózsa György út 41

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Located in City Park by Széchenyi Baths and the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts showcases Hungarian art dating back to the Middle Ages, plus Egyptian antiquities and 13th- to 19th-century European paintings. Exhibitions feature medals, prints, drawings, wooden sculptures, altarpieces and modern art – all of which contributed to Hungarian history and art development.

Previous museumgoers heap praise on the Museum of Fine Arts, adding that the renovation it underwent until October 2018 is beautiful. Some past visitors specifically raved about the informative displays, noting that they're so well-done that you don't need an audio guide.

You can visit the museum Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last admission at 5 p.m. Tickets cover entry to permanent exhibits, as well as a bistro, restrooms, a library and a gift shop. Standard admissions cost 1,600 forints (about $6). Temporary exhibits are occasionally available but cost extra to access, and audio guides can be borrowed for 800 forints (less than $3). If you have a Budapest Card, you receive free admission. You can get to the museum by taking the metro's M1 line to the Hosök tere or Széchenyi fürdo station. For more information, visit the Museum of Fine Arts website

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Located in the historic district of Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion is a neo-Gothic terrace that looks like a structure taken straight out of a fairy tale. Designed and built in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek – the same architect who built the adjacent Matthias Church – Fisherman's Bastion is named after the medieval guild of fishermen who protected Budapest from invasion.

Visitors say Fisherman's Bastion's gleaming white structure provides panoramic views of the city: From here, you can snap some breathtaking pictures of the Danube River, Margaret Island and Pest. Also save time for exploring the sight's seven ornate turrets, which symbolize the tents of the seven Magyar leaders who settled the Carpathian Basin, ultimately leading to the existence of modern-day Hungary. 

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