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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

Nice trip. Poorly manage between this booking site & local company

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.

Budapest Day and Night Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Anonymous, 25/08/2019

A most enjoyable and informative way to learn about an historic city.

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.

Excellent visit and very touching museum and history

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.

Budapest: The Great Synagogue Ticket Reviewed by John, 27/08/2019

Lovely evening for cruise. Only downside was the location of our table

Lovely evening for a cruise. Staff were excellent and the food was good. Apart from having to return to pick up late arrivals the only downside was the location of our table which was located to the stairs and did not have open windows allowing us to enjoy the fresh breeze on a hot summer's evening.

Budapest Candlelit Dinner Cruise Reviewed by Fiona, 12/08/2019

A highly enjoyable & informative evening with our excellent guide

Even though (and in fact maybe because) my husband and I were the only people on the tour we had a fantastic evening with our amazing guide Andrea. Delicious food & wines, great venues , stimulating conversation and invaluable information . Would definitely recommend

Budapest: 4-Hour Dinner Walk Reviewed by Joanne, 12/08/2019