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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

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 the Hungarian State Opera. 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

Brilliant experience. So glad I booked it.

Went with 7 others and we had a fantastic time. Can’t believe we were outside in the pool in December. The water was 38 degrees. Perfect. Then the evening cruise complete with live music and a meal was outstanding. Certainly a day to remember.

Great few hours but could have stayed all day

I went on a weekday at 10am and it didn't get that busy as some of the pictures suggest. We left around 1pm as we wanted to do more that day but if you fancy eating at the cafe or bringing a pack up you can easily spend the whole day there. I bought my ticket using get your guide and this was a lot easier than trying to work out the ticket We needed when you get to the baths.

Fantastic bike ride even in the heavy rain! Great informative guide

My partner and I had a really great time on our bike tour - despite the heavy rain, we were offered an alternative option for travel but wanted to bike and that was fine with our guide! The bikes were safe and comfortable, and it made the whole experience of biking in the busy city of Budapest much less intimidating and fun. We were surprised with how much we saw and think that the places that we visited we are interesting and Key places to return to in the city. Only issue was that we walked past the door to meet our guide as it wasn’t signposted that well, and the email had a different gps location to the app directions but we still arrived in time. Thank you again

Budapest: 3-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour Reviewed by Sophie, 28/11/2018

A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE CITY AT A REASONABLE PRICE

ALL ATTRACTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TICKET(EXCEPT ENTRANCE FEES) PLUS A CRUISE A NIGHT AND WALKING TOUR WITH THE 72H PASS WELL WORTH IT

We'll organized, plenty of staff doing their job and very good food.

It was well reviewed and it lived up to this. Promptly seated, drinks arrived quickly, follow on orders too due to good staff levels. We had 4 course meal and it was very good. Cruised back and forth the principal stretch of the Danube giving good night-time views. We were allocated a table on the small top deck, ok and quiet. If you want more people and the live music ask for the main deck, more of an atmosphere - perhaps. All in all, pleased we did it and think we chose the right outfit - a good event for Budapest.

Budapest Candlelit Dinner Cruise Reviewed by PAUL, 14/11/2018