- 1 Budapest Guide
- 2 Things To Do In Budapest
- 3 How To Get Around Budapest
- 4 How To Get To Budapest
- 5 Where To Stay In Budapest
- 6 Things To Do In Budapest – Final Thoughts
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. I visited here for four days in July, and it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in Europe. What separates Budapest from the rest of Europe is its architecture. Every building looked historical, and I really enjoyed just walking through the streets and admiring all of them. With stunning architecture, unique natural thermal baths, delicious and cheap food, Budapest is definitely worth a visit. Here are a list of some things to do in Budapest.
Things To Do In Budapest
The largest building in Europe, right along the Danube river. It’s based on the Parliament building in England, but is supposed to be one meter wider and longer. It’s beautiful to see during the day and night.
The historical castle and palace of the Hungarian kings atop the hill on the western side of the Danube river. Has many beautiful views of Budapest and the Danube from numerous lookout spots.
A lookout terrace right next to Matthias church with beautiful views of Budapest and the Danube river. Composed of seven unique towers, and is named after a nearby medieval fishmarket and the Guild of Fisherman who defended the area during past wars.
Central Market Hall
One of the most popular tourist attractions located right in the city center, it’s a giant market with traditional foods and souvenirs.
One of the main tourist areas, a street with bars, cafes, and souvenir shops. It’s nice to walk through, but I don’t recommend eating here, it’s very touristy and expensive.
House of Terror
A museum about the horrors during the Nazi and communist eras. The Nazis and the communist Political Police and State Security Police used this building as their headquarters. If you’re curious and want to learn a bit about Budapest during this time period, I’d recommend checking out this museum. I spent about 4 hours there and learned a lot.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The highest church in Budapest, the same height as the Parliament building, symbolizing the balance between religion and politics. Great views of the city from the top of the tower. There are also numerous paintings located in the church. Lots of weddings taking place here as well!
Church right by the Fisherman’s Bastion, with an impressive rococo spire.
One of Budapest’s famous natural thermal spas, with multiple baths indoors and outdoors. It’s one of the largest and oldest baths in Budapest. The tickets for entry start from 4200 HUF. There are also weekly bath parties during the night, where they play a variety of club music, and offer drinks.
How To Get Around Budapest
Budapest’s public transportation is pretty easy to use, with many metro stations connecting the majority of the city. However, the system is older and more worn down than public transportation systems you’ll find in other European cities. Nonetheless, it was still easy to get around. A single trip ticket is 350 HUF, which is about 1.15 euros. If you’re staying in Budapest for a few days, I recommend getting 10 tickets, which are discounted for a total of HUF 3000. You can read more about the public transportation schedules and maps here.
You can also get to all the major tourist sites by walking, I basically walked to all the spots, and only took the metro back to my Airbnb in the evening.
How To Get To Budapest
Since it’s the capital of Hungary, you can get to Budapest using pretty much any mode of transportation. You can fly into Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport, or take a train into one of the main railway stations. The trains connect Budapest with nearly all the other European countries. Another option is by bus, which is what I did. This is usually the cheapest option. Finally, if you have a car or if you rent a car, you can drive there yourself. From most expensive to least expensive, it generally goes from plane, train, bus, then car (assuming you have your own car).
Where To Stay In Budapest
Since the majority of the places to see as a tourist are near the center of the city, I recommend staying near there. But as long as you’re not too far away, it’s okay, since the transportation in Budapest is inexpensive and fast. I recommend using Airbnb, as there are lots of offerings, and they are quite cheap as well. I stayed in an Airbnb, and it was reasonably priced, and near a metro station. As most of the buildings are older, they may not have air conditioning, and it can get quite hot in the summer.
Things To Do In Budapest – Final Thoughts
If you want to visit Hungary, Budapest is an excellent choice, and I’d highly recommend it. It has beautiful architecture, delicious and cheap food, and there are lots of things to do. The city has a very historical vibe to it, since all the buildings look very old with different architectural styles. The thermal baths are also very unique to Budapest.
I hope this guide helped, and gave you an idea of things to do in Budapest. For some more of my travel tips, check out these posts!