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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

Most enjoyable 4 hrs. Bernina was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Our guide was Veromila. She was friendly and informative. She had taken the time to read the information we have provide to the company before hand and had taylor made our afternoon tour. She shared her knowledge of Hungry and Budapest with giving us an understanding of history and tradition. She explained to us about Culter and the history behind Hungarian cuisine. The 4 hrs was up before we could turnaround. I would recommend this tour to others. Throughly enjoyabe experience. Thank you

Go Local Budapest: 4-Hour Private Tasting Tour Reviewed by Barbara, 11/23/2016

the guide gawe got a love us a lot of information and was very helpful

We were a small group. We got a lot of historical information. The guide also helped me how to go back to my hotel. It was an excellent idea to take a guided visit of Budapest on the first day of my visit.

Budapest: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Pick-Up Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/17/2016

atmspheric, talented, non stop entrtainment

Liked location at Danube Palace, good local restaurant next door. Cosy theatre exuberant cast and brilliant music. Audience connected well with show

1.5 Hour Hungarian Folk Performance Reviewed by BRYAN, 11/13/2016

Get a great overview of Budapest to start your visit

I really enjoyed this bus trip as I was feeling very disoriented. It gave me a great idea of the city and where I might want to go and where things were.

So excited...Can see a lot in short time.

Every one can join this tour. Can explore a lot of interesting place in Budapest....Don't miss :)

From Budapest: Wheels and Meals Bicycle Tour Reviewed by Danny, 10/28/2016

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