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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
  • Currency
    Hungarian forint (HUF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    Spring & Fall

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What People Are Saying About Budapest

A great way to see the sights of Budapest.

We enjoyed the experience and found the hop on , hop off bus a great way to get around the city.

A very entertaining evening enjoyed by all the family.

This was a good mixture of music and dance with very professional performers. We enjoyed every minute of it.
1.5 Hour Hungarian Folk Performance Reviewed by Anne, 10/25/2016

The talent was exceptional with amazing musicians and dancers.

I would recommend this as a must when in Budapest. The musicians and dancers are exceptional. The music superb. The hour and 1/2 flew by.
1.5 Hour Hungarian Folk Performance Reviewed by Diane, 10/21/2016

Goof way to expirence tourist location at Budapest.

We travel two people. Good location and good voice explanations. No so visible bus stops so pay attention. Nice coupons, exept of the obvious discount it's a good way to try new places.

Lovely place, excellent organist and flautist.

the basilica is not appropriate to singer solo, we couldn't appreciate the performance of the excellent tenor.
Organ Concert Tickets, St. Stephen's Basilica Reviewed by MICHEL, 10/14/2016

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