Standing impressively on the banks of Buda Hill, overlooking the
Danube, is Buda Castle. The historic castle and palace complex,
which was completed in 1265, has UNESCO World Heritage status and
was home to the Kings of Hungary. The complex contains some
fascinating museums including Budapest Historical Museum, the
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery.
Budapest rivals Vienna as an international Opera capital.
The city's fantastic neo-Renaissance opera house, the Hungarian
State Opera House, was built in 1884 and is worth visiting even if
you don't enjoy opera.
One of Budapest's most remarkable (and controversial)
attractions is the Statue Park (Szoborpark), located in a quiet
suburb of Buda. Described as a "Communist Theme Park", it contains
(among others) a gigantic statue of Lenin and Cubist statues of
Marx and Engels.