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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

Relaxing and soothing after a day's walking

Beautiful spa, very Romanesque. However the smell of eggs in the spa area (indoors) was quite pungent but I believe it to be sulphur (good for skin) and take your jewellery off (my Pandora rings went orange, but came back to normal colour later that night Phew).
Skip the Line: Széchenyi Spa Full-Day Entrance Pass Reviewed by Michelle, 05/24/2016

Very enjoyable way to get an introduction to Budapest.

This was my first experience of a segway and our guide, Dolma, was extremely patient, helpful and encouraging.
Budapest: Segway Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Sandra, 05/22/2016

An excellent day. full of sights and information at our own pace.

Our guide, Petra, was very knowledegable and friendly. She told the history of the rulers and the country in an interesting and entertaining way giving a real feel for the identity and cultural of the Hungarian people and their journey to the independent modern day state. Our driver Jole was excellent in negotiating the city and the traffic to keep us on schedule and able to see the views. The flight was fantastic and meal and cruise relaxing and enjoyable. A great package well delivered.

The guide was friendly and gave us an different view at Budapest.

First of all it was easy to find the place where we met for the tour. When went there to soon but our guide was already there and he was friendly from the beginning. He answered every question and was really motivated to give us information about the city. The tour itself was very interessting we have seen a lot of spoots and artworks we wouldn't have found ourselfs. If you are looking for an tour beside tourist attractions u have to book this tour :)
Alternative Budapest Walking Tours Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/17/2016

Great experience - a spa on a grand scale!

We hadn't heard about the Spa activities available in Budapest so it was a nice surprise to receive entry as a gift. A really good day with so many pools, saunas, steam rooms etc to choose from. Highly recommended especially if you feel the need to relax after a few days touring the city.

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