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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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An exciting and enjoyable performance with stunning views at dinner.

Performance 5 stars Dinner offered 2 1/2 stars Views along the Danube 5 stars The performance was wonderful. The dancers and musicians alike offered strong renditions of Hungarian pieces; which turns out, are quite exciting, upbeat, and rhythmically stimulating. The food offered on the cruise was sub-par. I was disappointed at the lack of vegetables and the not-so-flavorful palate overall. The views of Parliament, Fishermans Bastion/Matthias Temple, the bridges, etc. along the river at night are so beautiful. Budapest does an excellent job with lighting.

Great experience to see Budapest and the sights at night.

It was a very organised event. We only booked the cruise with drinks as we preferred to stay the whole journey outside on the deck. The view was fantastic, we took lots of pictures and we even watched a thunderstorm from under the cover. Great experience.
1.5-Hour Budapest by Night Cruise with Dinner Option Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/04/2016

Best way to travel around the city and good value discounts.

72 hour pass excellent value. Ensure you sign and importantly date the back of the card. The inspectors WILL fine you if this is not completed.
Budapest Card: 24 hours, 48 hours, or 72 hours Reviewed by Nigel, 07/31/2016

It was peaceful, educational and breathtaking.

Very nice. Well done and professional. The sign at the entrance was not visible, so you can improve on that.
Budapest Parliament Tour Reviewed by Luis, 07/20/2016

A great way to see and learn about the city!

When we finally found the right stop and the right bus, we had a very nice ride. All of the guides were friendly and helpful. It was also great that there was free wifi on the bus, and coupons for food and drink (which we unfortunately didn't have time to use).

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