Top Tours & Activities 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
Things to Do in Budapest
Top Attractions in Budapest
- 1Szechenyi Thermal Bath
- 2Hungarian Parliament Building
- 3Buda Castle
- 4Gellért Baths
- 5Margaret Bridge
- 6Chain Bridge
- 8Danube Palace
- 9Heroes' Square, Budapest
- 10Margaret Island
- 11St. Stephen's Basilica
- 12Gellert Hill
- 13Fisherman's Bastion
- 14Andrassy Avenue
- 15Central Market Hall
- 16Elizabeth Bridge, Hungary
- 17Vigadó Concert Hall
- 18Jewish Quarter, Budapest
- 19Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden
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What People Are Saying About Budapest
Departure location changed after booking which caused some disruptions to our schedule and made it more difficult to find. not many signs indicating which boat or where boat was located.
If you are interested in Budapest history then this is a really worthwhile tour. Fannie the tour guide was really well spoken and flawless with her narration of several extremely interesting stories. Yes there were some vampire references but for me the best parts were around the factual history. The tour also highlighted other activities and tours that are worth participating in such as a visit to the Labyrinth...many thanks Fannie.
I did not give 5 stars. 5 stats totally misleading. Question asked was did review was generated automatically after answering question did you like trip or dislike it. It was ok. This generated 5 star rating. Not special or memorable. Sailor on board was lazy and unhelpful. Trip was ok but not great. Worth the money? No. Definitely not. Would I recommend it? No. It was ok but uninspiring.
We enjoyed the Grand City tour and would especially like to commend Francis our tour guide on a very worthwhile trip
We were 35 minutes late being picked up from our hotel. We were not told what was happening and thought we had been forgotten. When we finally got to the minibus the only seats left were right at the back with very little view of the countryside. That wouldn't have been so bad but for the fact that we could not hear anything the guide was saying. We asked her if she could speak a little louder at the first stop but this did not happen. Apart from this it was a good trip to see a different part of Hungary.