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Top 10 things to do 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!

Szechenyi Thermal Bath

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.

Hungarian Parliament Building

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!

Chain Bridge

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.

Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)

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.

Hungarian State Opera House

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!

Matthias Church

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.

Fisherman's Bastion

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.

Buda Castle

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!

St. Stephen's Basilica

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!

House of Terror

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.

Planning Your Budapest Visit

When to go?

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!

How many days?

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!

How to get around?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Hungarian
  • Currency
    Hungarian forint (HUF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +36
  • Best time to visit
    Spring & Fall

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What people are saying about Budapest

E.T. Did a great job-thank you for the tip on the House of Houdini!

We covered so much of the city in a small amount of time. Margaret Island, too, was a beautiful place-guide even got us to the water dancing at a perfect time.

Budapest: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/11/2019

Lovely. Relaxing afternoon and evening in the Etyek Wine Region

Our host Margaret was amazing. She was friendly, relaxed, knowledgeable and kept our tour on track from one cellar to the next(we visited 3 including dinner). Perfect Saturday to get away from the city and see the countryside, small cellars and visit small wineries in the region. We highly recommend this tour, maybe add the chocolate tasting as well. Our Hungarian friend Sandor came along and was impressed with the Hungarian history and of course the quality of the wine. You can buy the wine as you tour(wine you can’t buy any where else). Unfortunately we were traveling light and couldn’t pack our suitcases with extra wine. However, Hungary does not import their wines so if you love the wine from this region bring an extra suitcase :) Good communication before the tour. We were a group of 7.

Beautiful building and incredibly moving

The building is beautiful and is very different to other synagogues globally. The tours go from inside the synagogue itself (just find the language flag and take a seat). It’s well worth doing the tour. There are also some very moving memorials to the holocaust victims, survivors and those who risked their lives helping. The museum is larger than expected. Well worth the visit.

Budapest: The Great Synagogue Ticket Reviewed by Mark, 06/09/2019

Great tour to see the highlights of Budapest!

We were a group of 14 people composed mostly of seniors and so our pace was a bit slow as could be expected. Our guide Mikhail was amazing and completely accommodating! We never felt rushed throughout the tour. He took us to the beautiful sites of Budapest and explained the history and stories behind the sites. He was very engaging and lively. Perfect tour if you only have a few short days in the city.

Budapest: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Karlene, 05/31/2019

Take this tour for contemporary Budapest!

Excellent tour for a contemporary view of Budapest. Our guide did an excellent job giving us a view of modern culture in Budapest citing historical insight to round out our understanding of the scene in the city now. Murals, street art and cafes and ruins bars.

Alternative Budapest Walking Tours Reviewed by Rachel, 05/29/2019