Best Things to do in Budapest

Budapest is one the most beautiful cities in Europe, offering so many things to do and see. It is definitely worth to spend a few days to discover it.
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Budapest is by far one of the most beautiful European capital city; an authentic gem where museums, monuments, and hidden treasures conquer its visitors and tourists since the very beginning.

These are some of the best things to see in Budapest for those who visit it for the very first time and do not want to miss a thing, as well as for those who know the city already but are willing to discover new things.

Hungary's Parliament

1Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary

Budapest Parliament is one of the landmarks of the city. It overlooks the Danube river and it is one of the first attractions to see in the city. Its Neo-Gothic architecture reminds of the Palace of Westminster in London. However, the Parliament is characterized by its dome and its size: it is 268 meters long and 96 meters high, just as much as St.Stephen’s Basilica.

It hosts the Parliament, the Hungarian Library, and the offices of the Head of Government as well of the President of the Republic. It is possible to attend guided tours; tickets can be purchased at ticket offices or online.

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Thermal Baths in Budapest

Rudas Thermal Baths

Budapest is the city of the thermal baths; it is one of the European capitals where thermal bath facilities represent a daily habit of its inhabitants. Most of its thermal baths are historical and are characterized by elegant structures offering all the best comforts.

Do not miss Szechenyi baths, located near Heroe’s Square, and Gellert baths, built in Liberty style and located right in the heart of Budapest; Lukacs baths date back to the 13th century and its waters have great benefits for belly disorders.

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Buda Castle

2Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Ungheria

The Buda Castle overlooks the city of Budapest from a hill. In 1987 it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Back in the past it was used as the residence of kings and emperors, while today it hosts the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.

It is possible to reach it by walking across the Chains Bridge or by the taking the funicular. The view of the city from the Castle Hill is just amazing; you can see the Parliament building on the opposite shore of the Danube river, the Cathedral and the whole district of Pest.

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Chains Bridge

3Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Ungheria

The Chain Bridge is the most famous bridge crossing the Danube river in Budapest. It is adorned by two lion statues and it represents by far one of the main landmarks of the city. It is a drivable bridge, but it is closed to traffic on public holidays. At night time it is lighted up giving to the city a magical touch.

The Chain Bridge is also known as the Szechenyi Bridge, named after the Hungarian count who ordered its construction. It was opened it 1849 and it was demolished by the Germans during Second World War. However, it was reconstructed in 1949.

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Heroe's Square

4Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Ungheria

Heroe’s Square, also known as Hosok Tere in the Hungarian language, is one of the main squares in Budapest. It is located on the north side of the city, near Varosliget park and facing the Museum of Fine Arts and the Mucsarnoc Art Gallery.

The Millennium Monument stands in the heart of Heroe’s Square; it is a column featuring at its base the statues of ancient heroes who wrote the history of Hungary, including Arpad, who is considered the founder of the country.

On the back side of the square, just in front of Varosliget park, there are two semicircular arcades with a colonnade with statues featuring Hungarian statesmen and leaders.

Margaret Island

5Budapest, Isola Margherita, 1138 Ungheria

Margaret Island, or Margit Sziget in Hungarian, is located on the Danube river, a little bit towards the north side from the old city of Budapest. It is a very popular city park characterized by a Japanese garden, a zoo, and some other installations such as fountains and pavilions.

During spring and summer time Margaret Island is a great option for those who wish to spend an entertaining and relaxing day; it is possibile to rent a bike or a rickshaw and ride around the park enjoying the beauty of nature.

Váci utca

6Budapest, Váci u, Hungary

Vaci Utca is a pedestrian street in Budapest and it is very much appreciated by tourists. It represents the shopping street of the city thanks to its several shops, bars, restaurants, and night clubs.

It connects Budapest Central Market to Vorosmary Square and it is crowded at any time of the day or night. All restaurants and bars on this street are mostly for tourists, so if you are looking for a more authentic and local experience you should choose somewhere else.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

7Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Ungheria

St. Stephen’s Cathedral was build in Neo-Classical style between the end of 1800 and the beginning of 1900. Located in Pest, it is the main cathedral of Budapest as well as one of the most beautiful churches of the city.

It has a Greek cross ground plan and its dome is as high as the Hungarian Parliament in order to underline the same importance of the laical and spiritual power within the city. The interior of the cathedral is adorned by marbles and woks of arts which are in contrast with its austere facade.

Fisherman's Bastion

8Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Ungheria

The Fisherman’s Bastion is located near Matthias Church, not too far from the Castle district. Its unique shape turned it into one of the main symbols of the city. It was built between 1895 and 1902 and it was restored just after the Second World War. It was named after the fishermen’s corporation, who was in charge of defending this side of Budapest.

From here it is possible to admire the beautiful view over the Hungarian capital city; the Budapest Parliament is located on the opposite shore of the Danube. The Fisherman’s Bastion is made of white marble and it is characterized by seven towers representing the ancient magyar tribes living in the area.

Matthias Church

9Budapest, Szentháromság tér 2, 1014 Ungheria

Matthias Church, named after the Hungarian King Matthias, in located on the Castle Hill, and its origins date back to 1255. It was converted into a mosque during the Turkish conquest, while towards the end of 1800 and it was restored once again.

The church features two majestic gates, while its interior is characterized by three aisles decorated by frescos and glass windows. The royal funereal chapel hosts the remains of king Bela III of Hungary, as well as Anne de Chatillon.

Map

In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

To do

Cruises on Danube in Budapest

Cruises on Danube in Budapest

Danube cruises offer the opportunity to admire the main monuments and attractions of the Hungarian capital city from a unusual perspective.
Buda Castle

Buda Castle

The Buda Castle is one of the main symbols of Budapest. It dominates the city from the top of Várhegy hill, giving the opportunity to enjoy an amazing view.
Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Baths, located into a magnificent historic building, are the most famous baths in the city and they are really worth a visit.
The Parliament of Budapest

The Parliament of Budapest

The Parliament of Budapest is one of the main symbols of the capital city of Hungary. It overlooks the Danube river and it is a real jewel of architecture.
Great Synagogue

Great Synagogue

The Great Synagogue of Budapest is the main place of worship of Hungary. The complex consists of various temples and very fascinating monuments.
St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen, located in the heart of the city, is one of the most important churches in Hungary as well as one of the main monuments of Budapest.
Belvaros district

Belvaros district

Budapest Funicular

Budapest Funicular

Budapest indoor market

Budapest indoor market

Budapest Opera House

Budapest Opera House

Budapest Zoo

Budapest Zoo

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen’s Bastion

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

Heroes’ Square

Heroes’ Square

Hungarian National Gallery

Hungarian National Gallery

Margaret Island

Margaret Island

Matthias Church

Matthias Church

Memento Park, Budapest’s statue park

Memento Park, Budapest’s statue park

New York Cafe

New York Cafe

Tours and itineraries

3 Days in Budapest, the perfect itinerary

3 Days in Budapest, the perfect itinerary

Visiting Budapest in just a few days may sound challenging, but thanks to this 3-day itinerary you will make the most out of your experience.
Budapest Guided Tours

Budapest Guided Tours

Attending a guided tour around Budapest is the best solution to discover all the hidden beauties of the Hungarian capital city.
Best Museums in Budapest

Best Museums in Budapest

Budapest is home to a number of museums and art galleries, preserving art works and treasures of great artistic value.

Around Budapest

Day trips from Budapest

Day trips from Budapest

Szentendre, Visegrad, Esztergom and Godollo are just some of the post popular destinations around Budapest which are definitely worth a visit.
Tourism in Hungary

Tourism in Hungary

Hungary is a very interesting tourist destination with its various World Heritage sites and its capital Budapest, one the European most beautiful cities.

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