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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 Budapest's ornate opera house. 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!

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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

Lovely Danube cruise and good value including the complimentary drin

Very well organised and the best way to view the beautiful city of Budapest. A hot beverage to welcome you on board and on the return leg a complimentary glass of Champagne. What is there not to like about that!! Good value and look forward to a return visit.

Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Robert, 02/09/2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour with my husband.

I really enjoyed this Segway Tour. A great way to see the beautiful sights of Budapest. Knowledgeable, very friendly guides. I would definitely recommend this to friends of mine. We were really taken care of and got to see everything we wanted to see. Airwheels were very easy to use.

Airwheel Segway Tours Budapest Reviewed by Carol, 01/11/2018

An intimate dinner in a private apartment with best local Jewish food!

We've decided to join Marti at her apartment as we do not enjoy the commercial Tommy the Tourist things. Might I add that although it is in an apartment, it is not where she lives as by law, you are not allowed in Hungary to offer cooking classes or offer these services from your apartment. (So it's stylish and quiet and in the middle of the Jewish community) Marti was such a vibrant girl, with a very good education and background who has a passion for cooking. She cooks recipes from her husband's Grandmother's books and the Granny is still alive to teach her! She tells you many stories of the history of Hungary and the Jewish people, but what we've enjoyed is that it didn't feel like a text book version. She lives the life of a Jewish's wife every day, so it comes from her heart.The cool drinks were home made! We were suprised about the quality of Hungary's wines and Marti knows her wine as she grew up in the wine region. The food was EXCELLENT and TASTY. Marti was a real joy!

Jewish Private Dining Experience in Budapest Reviewed by Marinda, 01/11/2018

Professional, friendly, relax guide who shows you Budapest in style

We've decided to book the tour the evening before (at 11pm!) and the next morning our guide arrived on time. He was very professional but a pleasure to be with. You basically drive from one place to the next so walking is absolutely limited, which we enjoyed as it was cold outside. We really enjoyed the fact that we didn't have to walk or travel with a huge tour in a tour bus. You will see and hear so much more about Budapest as the tour is a one-on-one tour, in a luxury car and a tourguide who speaks fluently English. A wonderful experience!

Discover Budapest: Private 3- or 4-Hour Tour Reviewed by Marinda, 01/11/2018

Rashad was unbelievably knowledgeable, personable and interesting!

Our 4 hour tour was filled with interesting history regarding the Jewish heritage in Budapest. Rashad was very sensitive to the issues of the times and held our interest. Rashad was knowledgeable, educated, impressive and personable with a sense of humor. His English was articulate and excellent. Rashad covered all the highlights of the Jewish quarter including historic sights along the way to our final destination. He answered questions, was accommodating and we highly recommend him and would hire him in a New York minute! Bravo Rashad!

Jewish Heritage Tour of Budapest Reviewed by Loretta, 01/05/2018