Ungerska vetenskapsakademin
Ungerska vetenskapsakademin

Ungerska vetenskapsakademin

Széchenyi István tér 9, Budapest, 1051

The basics

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences building was completed in 1865. Today, its Danube River views and District V location make it a worthwhile stop for visitors. The most convenient way to visit is on a Budapest walking tour or small-group sightseeing tour to the city's top attractions. Travelers who want to see more in less time typically prefer an amphibious coach tour or a private tour by tuk-tuk. Most tours pass the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and cross the nearby Chain Bridge.

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Things to know before you go

  • Architecture fans shouldn't miss this celebrated building, designed by influential Prussian architect Friedrich August Stüler.
  • The academy's fine art collection is a must-see for art enthusiasts.
  • Stop for a photo op at Széchenyi István tér, which provides unobstructed views of the Castle District across the Danube River.
  • If you visit in spring or fall, book a bike tour to see riverfront sights, including the academy, while enjoying Budapest's best weather.
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How to get there

Most travelers who want to avoid the hassle of navigating public transit visit the academy on a sightseeing tour. Tours typically pass the academy as it's on the Danube, at the foot of the Chain Bridge. Travelers who prefer a self-paced tour can take the metro. Hop on the M1 line to the Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Utca stop, or take the #2 tram to Széchenyi István tér.

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When to get there

To enjoy the building's 19th-century facade, and Széchenyi István tér, be sure to stop by during the day. You can relax in the square and take in fantastic views of Buda Castle. To visit the academy's art collection— known for its landscapes, portraits, and genre paintings—stop by the third-floor gallery on Monday or Friday between late morning and late afternoon.

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Visiting St. Stephen's Basilica

Just a short walk from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is St Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), one of the most celebrated sights in the city. This grand neoclassical cathedral contains a trove of religious art and reics, including the preserved hand of St Stephen, Hungary's first king. Whether you come for an organ recital or for city views from the basilica's top dome, St. Stephen's Basilica is a must-see Budapest sight.

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