About Jennifer W
Lives in Budapest, Hungary
Since Jun 2007
25-34 year old female
I'm a serial expat, I love to travel slow and really get to know a city. I grew up in Budapest, but moved back a couple of years ago. Returning to the city as an adult has made me fall in love with Budapest once again and I love exploring and discovering new secrets about the city. I work as a travel writer specialising in Budapest, both at home and abroad. I'm a staff writer at We Love Budapest (www.welovebudapest.com) and I'm a restaurant critic and culture writer for the Budapest Times. I'm passionate about architecture, local life, quirky stories about the city, and this is often reflected in my writing. I've written about the story of Budapest's Yellow Star Houses (BBC Travel), its subterranean world of caves, underground churches and nuclear bunkers (CNN Travel), a Transylvanian-style garden city inside the city limits (Huffington Post), an abandoned art deco powerstation (Atlas Obscura/Slate), behind Bauhaus doors (Untapped Cities) and Budapest's ruin pubs (Viator Travel).
Historic Sites, History Museums
Game & Entertainment Centres
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Speciality Museums, Art Museums
Located close to Deak Square on the Museum Boulevard, the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Museum) is the largest museum in the country. If you're interested in learning more about local culture and history, or you're simply a history or archaeology buff, then it's worth a visit. You'll find relics from the Carpathian Basin here, as well as excellent temporary exhibitions.
If you're interested in Hungarian art, this is the place to be. Located up in the famous Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery will take you on a journey through Hungarian art history from early Gothic wooden sculptures and panel painting to the 20th century avant-garde.
Intense and poignant, the House of Terror chronicles the atrocities committed by the fascist and communist regimes in the 20th century. Once the former headquarters of the communist secret police, the museum tells the story of its victims and prisoners who were detained, tortured or killed in the building. This is not a museum for the fainthearted, but the shocking exhibition that will help you to understand an important part of Hungarian history.
Ever wanted to know what the world feels like for a blind person? The Invisible Exhibition is one of Budapest's hottest programs and not to be missed. This avant-garde permanent exhibition offers an immersive experience on what it's like to live life with your other senses. If the exhibition leaves you wanting more, then you can also take part in additional programs, such as blind dining or wine tasting.
Hungary has an amazing pedigree of photographers, so while you're in the capital it's worth paying a quick visit to the Mai Mano House, the former home of one of the city's most famous portrait photographers. This house is a combination of a museum dedicated to the photographer and the techniques he used in the early 20th century, and a contemporary exhibition showcasing modern Hungarian photography.
Worth visiting just for the building itself, the Museum of Applied Arts is one of the finest examples of Hungarian art nouveau architecture designed by the 'Hungarian Gaudi' Ödön Lechner. You'll find a collection of Hungarian arts and crafts, as well as temporary modern exhibitions.
For the best in contemporary art, head over to Heroes' Square to the Palace of Exhibitions (Mucsarnok). Located on the opposite side of the square from the (currently closed) Museum of Fine Arts, this neo-Renaissance building was constructed in 1896 as a symbol of the 20th century and the avant-garde, and ever since has been showcasing the best in contemporary Hungarian art, often featuring work from some of the most groundbreaking artists in the region.
This interactive permanent exhibition will take you through the history of the Holocaust. A great place for history buffs, here you'll find original documents and objects as well as historical accounts. The eight-meter-high black wall in the courtyard is a poignant memorial to Hungary's Holocaust victims.