Top attractions in Budapest
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!
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Hungarian State Opera House
Perhaps the most impressive landmark on Andrássy Avenue is the Hungarian State Opera. Inside it's equally divine, and the world-class performances aren't bad either!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. 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 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.
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What people are saying about Budapest
We read the good and bad reviews carefully before booking the tour. We also hesitated when seeing some really negative reviews but turned out it was an amazing boat ride more than we expected. The meeting point is easy to find, it departs on time and free 1 glass of champagne or juice is offered. This is the best time possible to see both sunset and after the city lited up. 1 hour is a perfect duration and not rush at all. One thing could have been better would having small table for 2 instead of 4 so you don't have to sit with others if you're a couple.
Our guide Adam was wonderfull, first class! Very kwowlegeable and kind, a bit sarcastic und full of humour. He took all the time to answer our different questions in a very serious and competent way and showed us many beautifull places. We were even invited for a coffe break with strudel... I was so happy to have this wonderfull interesting tour which helps to understand culture and people from hungary better. Once more a great thank you to Adam!
Great atmosphere provided by the live gipsy musicians! Phenomenal performance on the violins and chello as well as on the cimballom! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and I have asked for a serenade just for my wife! Amazing performance! Don’t forget to tip! The food was the the most amazing but tasty and good selection! Exceptional views from either side of the boat!
The cruise itself was very enjoyable and really worth it. However, some unpleasant points were the fact that the entrance line was not controlled and that is why some people who arrived after us managed to get in front of us. There should also be more chairs to sit on the outside of the boat - many people had nowhere to sit.
Impossible to have a bad trip on the Danube in Budapest. Night lighting is spectacular and the water smooth as glass. Couple of comments. Top open air deck didn’t have headphones so there was no audio available. We moved to bottom deck but missed the first part of audio. Beyond that excellent.