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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

Very professional driver and very clean cat

Driver was waiting on arrival with our name clearly displayed. Parked a very short distance from airport exit. Whilst taking us to our hotel he gave us a great commentary guide with lots of tips and orientation where to find what. A little more expensive than arranging your own when you get there but being the first time in Budapest definitely the safest option and easiest.

Budapest: Private Airport Transfer Reviewed by Peter, 07/09/2019

Relaxing - spent the whole day there easy!

Perfect day and so relaxing. ONLY WARNING: bring your own lunch in your bag!!!!! We paid £10 each for 5 chicken strips and fries that were cooked probably hours before we ate it. By Hungarian price standards COMPLETE rip off. The food was also disgusting either way.

This was the best tour of our entire 3-week European vacation!

Barika is a very welcoming source of history/information. She was an amazing tour guide and knows a lot about her country. I highly recommend her services and would definitely pass her name on to anyone visiting Budapest! The highlight of our trip!

Nice boat ride but watch out for spiders.

We had a nice trip...for the most part. Only problem was that there were so many spiders, and I am not talking about the harmless ones. Black widows people. We had to stand at the end because they were everywhere and got on my son’s seat.

Budapest 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Lynsey, 06/26/2019

Activity good watch out for the start pont.

The activity was great. The problems I had was with the get your guide booking. They said an electronic voucher was acceptable it isn't a paper copy is needed. Moreover the tour office is not at the location given but some distance away.