Top 25 Best Things to do in Budapest (Hungary)

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Are you going on holiday to Hungary soon? In this post, I’ve outlined some of the fun things to do in Budapest you must not miss.

Some may be epic tourist clichés, but most of what I listed in this guide are all the top Budapest attractions, which I believe you should give some time to see to get a strong grasp and understanding of this beautiful capital.

That said, a city this size, there’re plenty of things that would keep you busy, but before you dwell on that, please make sure to do either all or some of what is listed here because I tell you, you will not regret it.

In this list, you can check out all the things to do in Budapest when you visit and as well some other interesting activities, places to eat, and other awesome things that may be to your liking.

Also, don’t forget that Budapest sightseeing involves some of the world’s stunning architecture in Europe, always keep your head up to see some world-famous facades! Nevertheless, always remember that traveling is not always a race to see all the points of interest, but about the experience, you’ll bring home.

So, don’t pile your itinerary with things you should see; you must prioritize having fun and learning about the place! Besides, a city like Budapest, you don’t have to look for things to do and trust me when I say this, they will be present in front of you when you’re there because, for a buzzing city, you’ll never run out of things to do.

In a nutshell, this Budapest travel guide outlines all that awesome in this city with interesting points of attractions that amuse the majority of its visitors. Between so many European cities, Budapest is known as a major cultural center and home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which means that there is a lot to discover and admire in this very city.

To tell a little confession, I didn’t plan a single thing before my trip to Budapest. There are only a few things I have in mind what I want to do while in there, and that is to take a food tour with Taste Hungary and an informative walking tour with Insight Cities.

With that said, the time I was there, I managed to squeeze other interesting things, which are all unplanned and unexpected! Guess what? It was major fun.

So, one thing learned here is to leave a few things out and just go with the flow! After all, where’s the fun without little-unexpected detours.

But, with no further ado, please carry on reading about the top Budapest things to do and fun excursions you can do in this amazing city!

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Top 25 Best Things to do in Budapest (Hungary)

Go to a ruin pub in the Jewish Quarter

Go to a ruin pub in the Jewish Quarter

To start with, what is a ruin pub anyway and why it is in this Budapest to-do list?

It is a pub, bar, club (whatever you like to call it) where you can get alcoholic beverages and perhaps dance on the table – pretty standard international explanation, I suppose.

The big difference, however, is that ruin pubs are way cooler, by that I mean, hipster standard cool. Anyway, this awesome concept started about a decade ago when the locals decided to reuse the damaged old buildings because, well, they’re wrecked havoc – especially for the eyes, so I heard.

However, the creatives of the area decided to retain the spirit of the place, not forgetting the damage it got from the history’s disasters and ordered for the place to be reinvented into something that it is now a place where people can meet and have fun while enjoying the unique ambiance of the place.

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Do you know what made it even cooler? Well, imagine you at a local thrift store filled with awesome stuff a hoarder would go crazy about and then imagine there’s a bar there where you can order cocktails. Yeah, it is totally hipster.

But trust me, everyone is welcome in ruin pubs! I mean, there’s alcohol after all, what else do you need?

Also, you can join a Budapest pub crawl that hops around this area if you wish to see most of the bars around the Jewish Quarter within a night and decide for the next days where you’d like to hang out (granted you will remember after a night out!).

There’re tons of amazing ruin pubs in Budapest in general, and if you’re staying for only a few days, then boy, the choices for you will be endless.

Nevertheless, Szimpla Kert is the ruin pub I fancied during my stay, and it is huge, and I suppose it is one of the city’s famous ruin pub a lot of people go to.

In conclusion, experiencing a night out in a ruin pub is indeed one of those unique Budapest activities you should not miss!

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Visit and enjoy some of Budapest's thermal bath's

Visit and enjoy some of Budapest’s thermal bath’s

Every time you hear any Budapest must-see, I’m sure you think of Thermal Bath’s.

Well, I always think paprika and Gulyás, but that’s me. However, of course, like anyone else, I also know that Budapest is well known for its beautiful thermal baths that are situated in some of the city’s most beautiful buildings!

Thermal Baths in Budapest are not only well known amongst the tourists and visitors, but it is also popular amongst the locals for it is known to have medicinal properties and is a place to relax and go on an occasional sociable blabber.

You have to be wary though that some baths are only for males and females, plus few that welcomes both genders. Just check the bathhouses before going, in case you’re traveling with your partner or friends.

Skip the long line to get to Széchenyi Baths and get this full-day entrance pass.

Take a historical walking tour around Budapest points of interest

Take a historical walking tour around Budapest

You’ve probably realized how much I insist you should pay attention to history, right?

Well, I have reasons for it. First, as I’ve mentioned above, you get to know a lot about the place or a country by reading its history. Second, there’s so little we know about the past, and you never know how relevant it can affect your views. Third, it is interesting. That’s why I often take part in walking tours, visiting museums, and so on.

Because there’s so much to learn and so much to see but always ends up with a question, “why is it like that?” Our curiosity plays a big part in every journey we go through and sometimes knowing what has happened in the past answers a big part of our question.

Utilize your time in Budapest and do a 3-hour walking tour which will cover a lot of the places mentioned in this post.

However, should you just take any walking tours to go to the city sightseeing Budapest?

It is up to you! But I do recommend Insight Cities tours if ever you decide so, and mind you, I’ve been to many walking tours in my traveling life, and most of them are either free or paid – and Insight Cities topped it all of.

Learning is more fun if a real historian tours you around in a city full of history, and that is what Insight Cities is all about!

Their guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors – how great is that? You get to learn a lot from their guides, and the guide we had, Andras, is a professor at Budapest University, and he taught us a lot about Budapest and its history.

So, is it worth all the sweat to take part in a walking tour?

Yes, indeed, it is all worth it! The first walking tour I took part of in Budapest was for free and was arranged by the lovely hostel I was staying at, The Maverick Hostel, and it took us about three hours or so of walking, but we covered the iconic parts and had a good overview as to where to go in Budapest.

However, the tour I took with Insight Cities is more in-depth, and you’ll not only learn about the important parts of Hungary’s history but also the fun part of the many unanswered questions I had, like “Why they have that mummified hand inside St. Stephen’s Basilica?” Andras, our awesome guide, knew a lot and gladly shared his knowledge with us.

He even had a presentation folder filled with photos of relevant people that was mentioned a lot during the tour! Plus, you’ll always end the tour with more knowledge in your pocket than ever before. I think that was cool.

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Stroll around the Great Market Hall of Budapest
One of the top things to do in Budapest is to stroll around the Great Market Hall to check out what spices and produce they have.

Stroll around the Great Market Hall of Budapest

Budapest market hall is not necessarily about food, but obviously, I went there personally because of that, but if you’re not so interested in Hungarian cuisine, I would still recommend visiting.

Why? Because it is one of the places to see in Budapest with architecture, you can admire it!

The building itself is seriously a work of art. The building is designed by Hungarian architect, Samu Pecz who familiarized himself with gothic architecture, which you can see from this market hall’s exterior.

Also, in later years, after the market hall was renovated, they added these colorful tiles on the roof that added a little bit of bling to this beautiful old building. Great Market Hall also has three stories, and the top one is where you’ll find small kiosks where they sell typical Hungarian food and delicacies (you’ll find lángost there too!), traditional Hungarian clothing, and coffee bars.

On the ground floor, you’ll find different stalls that sell a variety of fresh meat, various sorts of Hungarian paprikas, sausages, and wines. The basement, however, is where you’ll find fish produce, pickles, and other preserves.

So, there’s obviously loads to see, and you’ll also be introduced to Hungarian cuisine rather well just by strolling around!

Apart from being one of Budapest tourist attractions, the Great Market Hall is not only an excellent start to learn about the local cuisine, but if you need a guided tour, Taste Hungary can arrange a fantastic guided tour for you if you’re interested in hearing and tasting about these sort of things.

I enjoyed our tour of the Great Market Hall and as well as other places in Budapest. Not only you’ll learn about food and wine, but you’ll also learn about the history of food in the city.

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Walk across the famous Chain Bridge

Walk across the famous Chain Bridge

It doesn’t make sense recommending it because truthfully, you’ll have to walk this bridge anyways if you want to see the Buda side and it is one of the main things to see in Budapest.

That said, by walking this beautiful bridge, you’ll get to see the Danube river from a different perspective and as well, of course, get to see both the Buda and the Pest side right in the middle.

This is one of those Budapest highlights you-must-not-miss kind of places as it is so famous for what it is – connecting two old cities as one.

Buda and Pest were two different cities back in the days with the river separating them, and in 1873 the two cities united and became one single city that we now know as Budapest.

So, really, why should you cross the river to the Buda side through this famous chain bridge?

Well, I’m going to say that I’ve initially written only fourteen best things to see in Budapest and I wanted it to be fifteen; thus, I came up with this. But honestly, after watching the clips and photos I took, this bridge is really damn beautiful to look at!

Plus, if you visit, you have to see the Buda side of the city, and I recommend a walk over there via the Chain Bridge as this is one of Budapest’s main attractions.

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See the beautiful Pest from the Buda side from the Gellért Hill

See the beautiful Pest from the Buda side from the Gellért Hill

One of the must things to do in Budapest, but what is Gellért Hill?

It is a hill located on the Buda side and one of the best places to see in Budapest. Here you’ll find several points where loads of tourists are flocking around. It is that famous. Also, Gellért Hill is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

So, you can add that to your growing list of visited UNESCO sites! You’re probably asking why you should go there, so here’s why… Not only you’ll see a beautiful view of Pest from the Buda side, but also you’ll get to see some of the many things Budapest is well known for, and these are:

  • The Liberty Statue (or Freedom Statue) – a monument that represents the lives of the people who sacrificed themselves for the independence of Hungary
  • Citadella – a fortress where you’ll see the Buda side, as well.
  • Gellért Hill and Statue – a Catholic Church

Plus, after you walked from Pest to Buda through the Chain Bridge, you can go back to Pest via the Freedom Bridge just beside the Gellért Hill, and it will take you to the famous Jewish quarter of Pest. By doing this, not only you’ll see Pest but also make use of your time well.

If you’re up for a walk, then I highly suggest powering up before your hike uphill and as well bring snacks with you! Plus, a water bottle – there are few points there where you can fill up your bottle, so don’t worry about that.

On the other hand, if you’re not feeling the walk, there’s always a way to get to the top without breaking a sweat, and that is to use public transport.

However, I highly suggest walking. You get to see the beautiful gardens along the way and as well burns calories in case you want to have your third lángos of the day. Just being nice here, guys, you know I only wish you the best experience.

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Admire the beauty of St. Stephen's Basilica

Admire the beauty of St. Stephen’s Basilica

Do you know that during the 18th century this beautiful basilica was a theater?

It was a weird fact, but it’s true! Plus, the building of this basilica is one of the tallest ones you’ll find in Budapest. Also, it is in the law that no other building can be taller than St. Stephen’s Basilica or the Hungarian Parliament building!

Not only this church is beautiful from the outside, but it is also stunning from the inside. You get to see such fine work of arts and as well as neo-classical architectural designs. Neat, I must say.

And the weirdest thing you’ll find is this: The Holy Right Hand of St. Stephen, the king of Hungary. By hand, I meant the hand. Like, the right hand of a person that used to be the king of Hungary.

So, why is it there!? Well, you see, when dear Stephen died centuries ago, his tomb was moved to a new place because the people at that time were afraid there would be disturbances of his grave. Which, quite frankly, ironic as they disturbed it themselves.

Anyway, during the move was the time they took the handoff the body as they believed it has some miraculous properties. Oh, people of the old age.

Nevertheless, if you do visit this church and want to see the mummified hand of St. Stephen, then make sure you have small change with you because you need to pay a small amount of money to see that creepy hand for few seconds.

However, what I suggest is stand beside the box the hand is in, and I am so sure there would be tourists who would pay for that and boom, you can see it – for free.

Odd as it may sound, the Holy Hand of St. Stephen is one of Budapest tourist attractions.

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Visit the House of Terror

Visit the House of Terror

No, the House of Terror is not a haunted house with zombies.

But, unfortunately, it has ghosts from the past. The House of Terror is a museum that exhibits photos, memorabilia, stories, and other things that commemorate the awful things that happened back in the 20th century during and after the wars.

In this Budapest guide, I also want you to understand the country’s history and culture; thus, it is absolutely important to come with respect.

Why should you visit it? It is an eye-opener. There are many factors in history that we know so little about, and I do believe that one of the many things to get to know a city is by knowing its history. Although the museum has a hefty entrance fee, still go for it even you’re not that interested in Hungarian history.

Personally, I think the art director, along with other artists who built this museum, did an amazing job representing each moment of the Hungarian history in such a dramatic manner – from an artistic point of view.

Few things to remember:

Be respectful when you’re in the museum; because remember, even though this museum is not the louver with famous artists in it, the House of Terror houses some of Hungary’s war memorabilia that represents some of the worse things that happened in the country.

So pay respect because the museum is not supposed to be fun, it is meant to educate. It is already bad enough that such a horrible thing contributes to Budapest tourism.

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Take a stroll at the Andrássy Avenue

Take a stroll at the Andrássy Avenue

Known as the Champs Élysées of the east, Andrássy Avenue is a boulevard where your shopping in Budapest should begin and end; the famous street also has some of Budapest’s lovely cafés, restaurants, and luxury boutiques. Notable for its neo-renaissance architectures, this street is recognized as World Heritage Site.

In general, in this street, you’ll find a lot of interesting must do in Budapest you should not miss, that’s why I listed down this street on its own. Some of the notable sites you’ll stumble upon in here are the following:

  • Hungarian State Opera
  • House of Terror
  • Zoltán Kodály Archive and Museum
  • Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts
  • Heroes’ Square

Of course, apart from these, you’ll also stumble upon many awesome restaurants to eat and as well cafés. Plus, if your shopping mode is on (I’m talking to you ladies), then you’re in for a good treat.

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The Shoes on the Danube Bank

The Shoes on the Danube Bank

The Shoes on the Danube Bank is an art installation created by a Hungarian sculptor called Gyula Pauer, and it is meant to be a memorial for those unfortunate people who got killed by the Danube Bank.

There are about sixty pairs of shoes by the bank, and each represents an unforgettable time in history.

Apart from it being one of the things to do in Budapest, this capital itself has a rich history – a mix of good, bad, and the ugly. From a personal perspective, I highly suggest reading about the city’s history before or during your stay to get a grasp of what has happened because not only it is interesting, it is also an eye-opener.

The art installation by the Danube bank is only one of the many things you’ll see in Budapest, but this site gave me such a strong impression even words can’t describe it.

But there is one thing I know: The Shoes on the Danube Bank is there in memory of the people who didn’t saw another sunrise and that this installation teaches you that war brings nothing but sorrow.

This may be one of the attractions in Budapest, but you must come with respect as it symbolizes one of the toughest times in Hungary’s history.

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Visit and walk around Margaret Island

Visit and walk around Margaret Island

What to see in Budapest? Walk around Margaret Island!

Go on a Budapest sightseeing as the city on its own has a lot of things going on as it is a capital city after all. If you’re interested in taking a quiet stroll closer to nature, then, of course, Margaret Island is a good place to take a little chill time away from all the hustle and buzz of the city.

Is there anything to see on this Island? You see, it is a small island. In fact, it takes only about a couple of hours, and you’ll possibly see everything already. However, it doesn’t mean you should spend a long time while there.

The idea of going to Margaret Island in the first place is to take a little break from the city. There are few things you can do in here aside from strolling, and these are:

  • Go for a picnic
  • Check out the medieval ruins
  • See the musical fountains
  • Open-air cinema and theater

So, why is this in Budapest top attractions to see? If you’re not interested in having a peaceful walk around nature, it would still only take up about a few hours of your day to see this place. Besides, it is interesting, and you can relax a little bit before heading back to the city to continue your Budapest escapade.

You could even just head over here with your lunch and sit down and enjoy the views; that’s all you need, and you can say you’ve been over at Margaret’s Island.

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Budapest Opera House

Another point of interest in Budapest is the Budapest Opera House. As one of the best Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe, the Hungarian Opera House was opened in 1884.

It is considered as one of the best opera houses in the world in terms of its acoustics, and come with 1200 seats.

You can tour the Opera House during the day and learn about its stunning architecture. As for the world-class performances, you can enjoy them in the evening. Guided tours are offered daily.

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The Hungarian National Museum

It is needless to say that the Hungarian National Museum, founded in 1802, is the oldest public museum in Hungary. It’s a typical building of Neo-Classicist architecture and remains a symbol of Hungary’s national identity.

Leaving alone the fact that the exhibitions organized inside the museum are unrepeatable, there is also a lovely garden surrounding it.

It is a nice green garden in the center of the city, where you can see several beautiful statues along with some nice townhouses. They are built by the aristocracy in the 19th century and overlook the garden.

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Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

One of Budapest landmarks and the formerly top-secret Military Hospital today is known as Nuclear Bunker Museum is a true piece of living history.

Thousands of people, soldiers, and civilians were treated here. During the cold war, the hospital was extended and upgraded to an atomic bunker. At that time, it was classified as “Top Secret” under the codename 0101/1.

Tours held at the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum are quite interesting and unique. They depart every hour on the hour during opening times.

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Fisherman’s Bastion

Another top tourist attraction in Budapest is the well-known Fisherman’s Bastion. Built-in the 19th century, this fantastic place serves as a lookout tower for the most beautiful and panoramic views in Budapest.

If you want to have incredible photos from Hungary, it goes without saying that real castle walls at the Fisherman’s Bastion are the best points for you to consider.

According to many travelers, it looks like the logo of Walt Disney films, only older and more interesting.

If you’re interested in castles and architecture in Budapest, we have a post about all the beautiful castles in Hungary you should check out (and explore, too, of course!).

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Budapest top sights: Parliament Buildings and Crown Jewels

A few countries come up with fantastic buildings of parliament, and among them, you can find the Hungarian parliament building accompanied by crown jewels. The building itself is very impressive and powerful and one of the many Budapest tourist places you must check out.

It is magical, especially at night. It is allowed to go for guided tours of the Parliament when the National Assembly is not in session.

The tour takes about 45 minutes, during which you’ll be shown the huge hall, one of the lobbies, the old House of Lords, and the Hungarian Crown Jewels. An interesting fact is that those Hungarian Crown Jewels were lost and stolen many times.

Get a guided tour inside the Parliament Building and learn more about Budapest’s history.

Try some amazing Hungarian wines

Try some amazing Hungarian wines

You’re probably surprised that Hungary even has wines, but be glad to know though that you’re not the only one! I’ve met heaps of people who are surprised by the fact that Hungary is a wine-producing country!

I was also a bit baffled by the idea and as well curious how their wines would taste like as Hungary isn’t exactly well known for this compared to the obvious big guns in Europe when it comes to wine-producing.

So, how were Hungarian wines? Well, their white wines are exquisite! Alright, a disclaimer here: I’m no wine expert – but I do love drinking wine, and I kinda can tell if my alcohol is good or not. Although I’d be honest, any wine gets better after the first bottle; I would still say try them, and you decide yourself if you like it or not.

Anyway, although I was not a big fan of their red wine, some were quite decent, and I’d still drink it if it were paired with cheese or dishes that would go well with it. However, on its own, I’ll probably pass unless I’m desperate.

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Hungary is famous for its iconic sweet white wine called Tokaji, named after a region in Hungary the wine is from, and it is delicious on its own or paired with cheeses or desserts. I enjoyed this wine but sad to know that it is usually really expensive outside Hungary because they don’t produce enough for mass export.

Plus, locals love their wines, so they only make enough for the community and a few for the rest of the world. Also, Tokaji is a unique wine not only because it is good but also because this wine is made from grapes affected by the noble rot – a process where the grapes develop a natural fungus around them and during drier seasons the water evaporates leaving a raisin with high sugar content.

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View from Castle Hill

Roam around Castle Hill

Located at the banks of Buda, the cobblestoned streets of Castle Hill will lead you to see some of the fantastic things to see around Buda. From its baroque houses and beautiful monuments, it will certainly leave you in awe.

Be wary that during peak season, it might be crowded here during the day so come as early as you can so you can enjoy some of the stunning architecture around this area of Buda.

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Take a cruise in Danube, Budapest

Go on a river cruise around the Danube

Looking for something romantic to do with your loved one while in Budapest? Or just wanting to unwind from the buzzing busy streets of the city?

Go on a cruise around the Danube and see Budapest from another perspective! There is always something calming if you’re near the water and all the cruise tours they do in the Danube won’t necessarily hurt the pocket as they are as affordable as they can be.

If you’re interested on going a cruise, check out this awesome tour that also includes dinner, live music, and drinks.

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Explore some of Budapest’s finest restaurants

Budapest is a world-known beautiful city in general; you’ll certainly have loads of fun visiting this city as much as I did. However, there’s more about this city a lot don’t realize, and that Budapest also has a lot of fantastic ways to tickle your appetite for flavor.

That said, this city has tons of fine dining restaurants that serve fusion Hungarian cuisine that certainly should be on your list.

Don’t be scared, eating out in a fine dining restaurant in Budapest as it will hardly damage your budget.

That’s because they’re all affordable! I wouldn’t say splurge every night of your stay dining out in every fancy restaurant around town; I’m just saying you should try at least one of them.

I spent 30€ on a two-course meal with wines in a high-end fancy pansy bistro, and I was certainly satisfied with my little splurge. Besides, you should treat yourself from time to time, and Budapest is a great place to do that because your choices are endless, and you’ll certainly find a place that is within your budget!

So, where should you go for a fancy pansy splurge in Budapest?

There’re tons of places! I went to Rézkakas bistro located just beside St. Stephens Basilica. I went there because the lovely front desk people over at Aria Hotel Budapest recommended it to me and my experience was excellent.

Otherwise, restaurants around St. Stephen’s Basilica all seem fancy and nice. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in a hipster-eque sort of scene, then check out the restaurants along Gozsdu Udvar in the Jewish quarter!

The restaurants you’ll find caters to the young, wild, and free type of kids. Plus, the food was superb! I went to eat at a bistro pub called Spíler and had one of the best burgers of my life. So, yes, splurge a tiny bit if you plan your trips to Budapest.

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Try traditional Hungarian cuisine

Hungarian food doesn’t get enough fame internationally than what it truly deserves! It is rich, tasty, and absolutely mouth-wateringly good. They do eat a lot of meat and usually seasoned heavily with rich flavors such as paprika, cream, and cheese curds but don’t be afraid – these are good and delicious.

Head over to our food in Budapest post and read about the top delicacies and dishes you must try if you visit Budapest. Be aware though, you might salivate at one point! I just warned you.

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Ride the famous funicular

Also known as Budavári Sikló, this funicular is indeed a Budapest attraction without a doubt and people line up to ride this very famous but unusual way to transport people from the ground of Castle hill to its top floor.

It is also the second funicular ever built and Europe and is one of the fun ways to see Budapest on a different view.

If you don’t want to fall in line for a long time to ride this famous ride, make sure to get there early in the morning before it gets too busy!

It is operating from Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 10 PM and it will cost about €3.50 for adults and €2 for children.

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Szentendre is only less than an hour from Budapest.

Take day trips outside of Budapest

Some of the fun things to do in Budapest is not in Budapest. Truly speaking, the rest of Hungary is a stunning place so make sure that you have at least a day to spare to see other cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are not more than two hours away from the city.

Check out our post about the top day trips outside of Budapest you can do on your own or by tour.

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Check out the Várkert Bazár

If you like architecture and beautiful gardens, then you must visit Várkert Bazár! It is a stunning area to walk around and explore.

Not only that, but you can also get a glimpse of some of Hungary’s history in culture from the overall vibe of the area. Its 19th-century Neo-Renaissance structure will leave you in awe.

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Explore the Palace Quarter

Also known as Palota Negyed, this hip area in Budapest is certainly a must-see neighborhood apart from the usual cool places such as the Jewish Quarter. You’ll find good restaurants, cafes, and awesome nightlife around this area and you’ll certainly enjoy this area if you enjoy a creative vibe.

Apart from these, you’ll also find gorgeous boutique hotels, art galleries, exhibitions, and cool museums to check out and explore.

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47 thoughts on “Top 25 Best Things to do in Budapest (Hungary)

  1. Anna Li says:

    Even though i live like 1 hour (20 EUR) flight from Budapest, i have visited it only as a kid. And the cafe i remember my parents took me to for afternoon tea and cake was the New York Cafe. And boy, was that a treat! Reading your blog i wanna go again, and take my kids to that cafe.

  2. Janine Thomas says:

    Budapest is such a beautiful city with an old world charm that you just can’t help but like. I really enjoyed exploring the ruin bars. They were wacky and kitsch at the same time, but I loved what had been done with the old buildings.

  3. Amaya Logs says:

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  4. Andy Boda says:

    Since I don’t drink anymore I missed out on a few, but I think if you leave without enjoying some music you’ll regret it. Whether at the Opera, the Liszt house or a cabaret you can enjoy some excellent performances for a modest price. If you go in the Fall, hot chestnuts from a street bendor

  5. Clare says:

    I love Budapest it’s such a great city. I first visited for 2 days and then a few years later went back for a week!! I have done a lot of the tourist things and even managed a day at one of the outdoor thermal pools, was a great thing to be able to do in a city 🙂

  6. Edwina says:

    You sound a bit like me… travel priority: food. Eastern Europe doesn’t get much buzz about its food, but it is actually really good! I grew up eating Langos at fairs in Germany, it was always one of my favourites, so loved trying it in Budapest as well! I reckon the thermal baths would be pretty nice after a foodie tour of the city, I have yet to try those!

  7. Gokul Raj says:

    Really informative post. I have only seen Budapest through pictures but it does look magical with all that magnificent architecture. And the food looks very tempting too.

  8. Lala says:

    So many great recommendations. I have briefly visited Budapest before and didn’t get to explore half these places. Looking forward to returning one day to see the rest 🙂

  9. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    What a comprehensive guide. There seems like SO MUCH to see and do! You had me at the Langos though, that looks amazing!

  10. Leah says:

    I love love LOVED Budapest, and reading your post makes me realize how little of it I actually took advantage of. It’s one of those cities I just know I will return to.

  11. Taís says:

    Budapest is one of my favourite cities in the world. I have been there twice and I think I will never get tired of this place. so many cool things to do, reading your post now just makes me want to go there again, I miss this city so much!

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