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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

Great choice for a wonderful relaxing dinner cruise!

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise with its relaxing atmosphere and great service. I booked this for my wife's birthday and she loved it. Would definitely recommend it but I would suggest they remove the "candlelit" from the title as there were no candles and the electric candle at our table didn't work. But that didn't spoil anything for us. This dinner cruise is far superior to the one we had in Amsterdam that's for sure.

Budapest Candlelit Dinner Cruise Reviewed by Terence, 06/13/2018

River cruise, sunset, cocktails & friends, what more can you ask for?

Very nice cruise and cocktails, shame we had no commentary as we were not sure what we were looking at. We were lucky enough to book it around sunset time so didn't matter what buildings we were seeing, as the sunset took over.

This cruise was excellent, everything from the meal to the service.

Great cruise. Well organised. Lovely meal, nice music, great table service. Just a lovely experience. Can recommend it.

Budapest: 2-Hour Danube Cruise with Live Music Reviewed by Bruce, 05/24/2018

Fabulous day. Favourite was hot outdoor pool.

Good value hot food. Take your own towel. You need a swimming hat for large outdoor pool (men and women). Shower cap will do. You can hire towels and hats but it saves hassle to bring them. Staff helpful.

Excellent value and a great way to see the city.

I bought a voucher in the UK to be exchanged for a ticket in Budapest. The morning I tried to do this, the bus driver said that I was on the wrong bus and wouldn't let me proceed. It was raining quite hard and my wife and I were cold and wet. I waited in the rain, sheltering as best I could under my wife's small umbrella for 20 minutes until the next bus arrived. Same company, just a different driver. The courier did not know how to convert my voucher to a bus ticket but let me stay on the bus until we got to the Big Bus office in the city centre. I was very angry by this time and said so to Adam in the office in town. Adam apologised profusely and then did what needed to be done to issue a ticket. At no time was Adam at all flustered, he calmly did his job and I was very happy with the outcome. He later suggested that I tell his Manager (Vivi?) what had happened and she, too, could not apologise enough. She actually extended the validity of my ticket for an extra day so thanks to all.