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.
- Hungarian forint (HUF)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Spring & Fall
Things to Do in Budapest
Top Attractions in Budapest
Cities in Hungary
Other Sightseeing Options in Budapest
Want to discover all there is to do in Budapest? Click here for a full list.
What people are saying about Budapest
We got there around 20 minutes before hour slot (email states boarding opens 30min before). We were told we couldn't travel, the boat was full. The local company who provides the service doesn't know what GetYourG sells. So they sell themselves locally as much as they can and this causes overbooking. Be careful with this. We did the boat trip at 21.00 mid August and it's really nice to see the city and its light at night. Totally recommended. There is an audio guide playing via speakers. If you are outside you can't understand it due to the noise of the boat motor. I think it's OK if you are inside.
We really enjoyed seeing the beautiful city of Budapest as part of the Small Group Bike Tour. Lily, our tour guide, provided our group with a comprehensive explanation of the development of Hungary and sensitively explained the, at time, traumatic history of the country. We came away from the tour much better informed about the city and Hungary and their place in European history. Highly recommended.
Me and my friend really enjoyed the experience of the chocolate museum! Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, and allowed us opportunity to explore and take pictures. The chocolates were also amazing and very worth it, we had a lot of chocolate haha :D A very lovely experience and they gave me a special touch as it was going to my birthday which was sweet. Would deffo recommend!! x
We were really surprised by this visit; we learned some history of the Nazi occupation of Budapest that we didn't know. We arrived early at 0930 and were the first people allowed in at 1000. We did the tour on our own as we were on a time crunch to see other things in Budapest. But we highly recommend going to this Synagogue.
Welcome Drink was a vodka slush and was really nice. Seating inside was dark so when get on need to make sure get a seat outside at the front or back. Staff very friendly. Sun had set so was great to see all the buildings lit up so check when the sun sets as to when you book.