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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

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

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

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)

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

Hungarian State Opera House

Perhaps the most impressive landmark on Andrássy Avenue is Budapest's ornate opera house. Inside it's equally divine, and the world-class performances aren't bad either!

Matthias Church

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

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

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

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
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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

A wonderful way to chill and join in on Hungarian culture!

I've been to two baths/spas now in Budapest: a small place with a lot of locals and the Széchenyi. I really enjoyed both and would recommend them heartily. Going for an evening of relaxation after sightseeing is great. I was pleased to meet and talk with some friendly locals here (I had feared tourists had taken over). Sometimes "quiet rooms" were not so quiet due to large groups of younger travellers, but we had a enjoyable time nonetheless. For me, the bath culture of Budapest is something not to miss out on!

Many kinds of food in less than four hours!

Lila was a great guide for my friends and I. She was friendly, knowledgeable and included a few non-food places. The architecture and culture, along with the samples, gave us a better understanding of Budapest. We appreciated her sense of humor and the fact that she adjusted her youth to our non-youth. We definitely recommend this tour and Lila!

Go Local Budapest: 4-Hour Private Tasting Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/19/2018

Beautiful evening trip on the Danube with my friend...

Lovely trip and fantastic views along the Danube and the beautiful city of Budapest, accompanied by commentary... Great way to spend an evening while visiting the city

Budapest Day and Night Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Neil, 10/19/2018

A quick but beautiful visit...well worth seeing

The town of Szentendre is a must see for any tourist visiting Hungary. It is mere miles from Budapest but one is transported to a different moment in time courtesy of this visit. Mike (our tour guide) was an exuberant and kind tour guide with a great personality. We appreciated being shown around the town by him. All in all, a lovely way to spend a few hours in Hungary.

From Budapest: Half-Day Tour to Szentendre Reviewed by Estelle, 10/13/2018

We had a fantastic time, and a delicious dinner!

We had a fantastic time, good wines, and a delicious dinner1 Our group was small, only 7 people, including our friendly guide, Susan. We had a blast, would definitely recommend this tour!

Half-Day Etyek Wine Tour from Budapest with Meal Reviewed by Hosanna, 10/05/2018