Top attractions in Budapest
Coveted by both the East and the West for millenia, Budapest's rich blend of culture, art, and architecture will leave you thoroughly charmed. Here are 10 of best things to do in the united cities of Buda and Pest!
With indoor and outdoor pools served by two different thermal springs, the Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest's City Park forms the largest medicinal bath in Europe.
Not to be outdone by its Neo-Gothic façade, the interior of Hungary's parliament boasts stunning frescoes, statues, and stained glass mosaics, as well as the Holy Crown of Hungary!
Considered a wonder of the modern world upon its completion in 1849, Chain Bridge was the first to span the city's Danube river, eventually uniting Buda and Pest as one city.
Flanked by Neo-Renaissance mansions, Andrássy Avenue, the city's main shopping district, is a World Heritage Site lined with cafés, restaurants, museums, and theaters, as well as luxury boutiques.
Perhaps the most impressive landmark on Andrássy Avenue is the Hungarian State Opera. Inside it's equally divine, and the world-class performances aren't bad either!
A turbulent history has seen the Matthias Church undergo several incarnations, yet with its magestic dimensions and ornate style, it remains a star of Buda's Castle District.
Named for the guild of fishermen that once defended Buda's Medieval riverbank, Fisherman's Bastion's dramatic views have made it one of Budapest's most visited attractions.
The Buda Castle complex dates back to 1265 and housed the Kings of Hungary right up until 1918. Budapest's largest and most famous sight cannot be missed. Literally!
Named in honor of Hungary's first king, St. Stephen's Basilica's outstanding beauty stands in stark contrast to the right hand of St. Stephen kept among its relics!
The House of Terror is not simply a museum but a memorial to the victims of the fascist and communist regimes analyzed within its exhibits.
Budapest attracts a lot of visitors at the height of summer. However, with its sights spread all over the place, the city absorbs large influxes of tourists better than most. Still, the best time to visit is probably early or late summer when the weather's not too hot to enjoy the thermal baths!
Even just seeing the sights could fill a long weekend in the city quite effortlessly. If you want to experience Budapest's best baths, museums, and nightlife then start thinking about at least a week!
Budapest is served by an extensive public transportation network. The Millennium Underground is the second oldest underground railway in the world (after London's Metropolitan Line)! Tickets must be bought before boarding, and are available at metro stops and newsstands. But be warned: a standard single ticket doesn't allow you to change between lines, so ask about special tickets if your journey requires them.
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What people are saying about Budapest
Gellert thermal bath was a great experience. Entrance was quick. Had to buy a swimming cap as a requirement for the swimming pool but other guests had no caps actually so I think Gellert is not strict with the rules. There is only one thermal bath pool. There are so many guests so there is a quick turn over of people using the bath. Staff were kind. Cabin is big enough. Unfortunately, the cabin I got was just below a CCTV camera which was not good at all. Had to cover myself whilst dressing up.
The facilities were excellent, whereas when we arrived with our skip the line passes we were told some useless information. When we asked where we could use the passes we were told to go outside and go to the left, if we followed these instructions we would’ve ended up in the middle of nowhere when it was really around the back of the building, staff members also quite rude when approached.
Daniel was very knowledgable and gave us loads of information and took us to some really interesting places in the castle district. We really enjoyed our 3 hour tour and the coffee break at the little cafe. Very good value for money. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Gabriel was very knowledgeable and fun! We told him that we were adventurous and wanted something off the "beaten" path a bit, and that is what he arranged. Had an awesome picnic lunch at a roadside market/restaurant. It made it a true Hungarian experience!!
Had an excellent tour with an excellent tour guide named Daniel Draskoczy. He was whitty and extremely knowledgable of Budapest and Hungary as well. Would highly recommend this tour and hopefully you too will experience Budapest with Daniel!