Top attractions 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
- CurrencyHungarian forint (HUF)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+36
- Best time to visitSpring & Fall
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What people are saying about Budapest
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.
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!
Overall excellent experience - prompt and efficient hotel pick up; first part is the drive in the minivan listening to the guide - both our driver and guide were so engaging, funny and informative and made the experience really interesting and exciting for the whole group; then there are stops at gellert hill, heroes square and the castle district which were all good (I was with my mother who has trouble walking, but she managed everything OK). Definitely better to be in a smaller group in a minivan instead of those big tour coaches. Overall great introduction to Budapest and gave us good ideas on where to visit next
The tour was great. We were picked on time from were we stayed, the tour left almost on time (one couple were late). We spent the right amount of time in each local, no rush. And we arrived on time to our parliament tour, which was very impressive.
Smooth entrance. Nice lockers. Too bad the weather wasn’t a little nicer. Your exit machine didn’t seem to like the bracelets. It took 4 tries before I could get out!! Otherwise a very nice place....Robert & Linda Gibbs