11 Things to Do in Budapest

If you are planning a trip to Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary… first, you should know what the must-sees are!

Keep reading and discover all the cool places you have to visit in Budapest, especially if it’s your first time in Budapest! 

Budapest

1 – The Hungarian Parliament

Of course! The Parliament of Hungary should be on everyone’s must-see list. It is the iconic symbol of Budapest that lies on the banks of the Danube! Apart from the amazing exterior architecture, I have good news for you, you can visit the interiors of the Hungarian Parliament. Check the official ticket selling website here. 

2 – Buda Castle

The Buda Castle is a historic building that served as residence for the Hungarian Kings. You can easily see it from the river bank! Cross the river to the Buda part of the city and discover it. Nowadays, you can find the Hungarian National Gallery and The Budapest History Museum within the Buda Castle.

3 – Fisherman’s Bastion

Are you wondering where you can get the best views of Budapest? Ok, no more wondering, just come to the Fisherman’s Bastion and discover it by yourself. 

4 – The Citadella

Located above Gellert Hill, this fortification is worth a visit. It is the highest point in Budapest. You can choose between reaching the Citadella through a beautiful ascendant way or via public transport. My personal advice, go at nightfall and enjoy a unique view of all Budapest.

5 – St. Margaret’s Island

Just between Buda and Pest. A piece of nature within the city, in the middle of the Danube! Take a bike and discover this beautiful place.

6 – Synagogue

If you come to Budapest you will discover the second biggest synagogue in the world, just behind NYC’s one. Amazing, right?

Moreover, you can visit the Jewish Quarter once you are here!

7 – Central Market

The perfect place to taste Hungarian cuisine and to admire its beautiful architecture, which was awarded in 1999. Note that it is open every day except on Sundays.

8 – Thermal baths

Gellért Baths

One of Budapest’s highlights. You can’t leave the city without relaxing in their famous therms. The most popular ones are Széchenyi Baths and Gellért Baths, but there are many others!

9 – St. Stephen’s Basilica

It is the biggest and the most important church in Hungary, with a capacity of 8,500 people. You can find it in the middle of the city center, which is great for wandering the surroundings.

10 – Ruin pubs

After a whole day exploring the city everyone deserves to chill and have fun, for which the ruin pubs are perfect. Szimpla is the most famous and I recommend you to come early, otherwise, you will have to wait in the line, as it gets crowded on the weekends. Another good ruin pub is Instant-Fogas, which will definitely surprise you as you will enter and pass through different areas to end up in a club. 

11 – Heroes’ Square

Go all over Andrassy Avenue and discover this amazing square at the end of it. There, you will find a monument in which the 7 tribes that founded Hungary are represented.