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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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Absolutely Amazing with the best tour guide ever!!!

What an amazing way to see Budapest. Or guide 'San' offered us The Buda or the Pest tour, we chose Pest as wasn't so challenging for first timers. Little wobbly at first but we managed and off we went San..was out of this world, filling us in with all the history along the way, taking stops to explain the sights and using our phones to take photos of us at the best angles to show the sights. Such an amazing man, exceptional English and so knowledgeable and the most friendiest guide you could ever wish to have. We were so impressed that we actually booked him for the following day to take us on the Buda tour, which was again fantastic. We loved every minte of both days. If ever going to Budapest , book this trip without fail. ALL of the staff at the meeting point were brilliant! San, we thank you for your amazing tour skills and making out trip so memorable.. 5 stars is not enough, make it 10 :)

Airwheel Segway Tours Budapest Reviewed by Gill, 12/07/2017

Definitely worth it and really energetic!

The dancing and music performance was amazing with both energetic and calm music. The dancers and musicians fill our evening with many emotions and I definitely recommend this for anyone visiting Budapest fro more than 2 days.

1.5 Hour Hungarian Folk Performance Reviewed by Konstantinos, 12/04/2017

A really good way to appreciate more the city!

The cruise was great, we had the chance of getting more deeply into the history of Budapest!

Budapest: 1-Hour Duna Corso Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Elisabetta, 12/02/2017

Amazing full of interesting information answered are questions.

Amazing morning cycling around Budapest are Guide was very informative, stopped at local places of interest and explained with good details. Felt safe on the roads riding with care so we were all together . Loved it a great way to see Budapest highly recommend it

Very nice cruise. Short and to the point !!

Nice and efficient cruise. You can see all the beautiful sights during this cruise. Value for money. You don’t need anything extra.