10 Things to Do in Budapest That You Shouldn't Miss

October 19, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Over 15 million gallons of water bubble daily into Budapest's 118 springs and boreholes. The city of spas offers an astounding array of baths, from the sparkling Gellert Baths to the vast 1913 neo-baroque Szechenyi Spa to Rudas Spa, a dramatic 16th-century Turkish pool with original Ottoman architecture. The "Queen of the Danube" is also steeped in history, culture and natural beauty. Get your camera ready for the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum, Heroes' Square and Statue Park, and the 300-foot dome of St. Stephen's Basilica.
Restaurants in Budapest

Kossuth Lajos ter 1-3., Budapest 1055, Hungary +36 1 441 4014
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Parliament

The domed neo-Gothic structre was inspired by the British House of Parliament and serves as both a vibrant government center and a proud city landmark on the banks of the Danube.

Reviewed By 503dr - Greece

The Hungarian Parliament was built to rival the architecture of Westminster, and it certainly does. It's a lovely building and absolutely wonderful lit up at night and viewed from the Danube.
We booked the official Hungarian Parliament guided tour in English, from their website which was very good. It was available in several languages and was much cheaper than the others, with discounts for students from 6 - 24. Our tour guide was a very nice lady and it was very informative and humorous at times.
When we arrived at the side entrance, there was a small, military ceremony for tourists I think and photo ops which lots of small children enjoyed. When exiting after the tour you pass through a very good quality gift shop which has something for all ages and budgets.

2. Fisherman's Bastion

Szentharomsag ter, Budapest 1014, Hungary +36 1 458 3000
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Fisherman's Bastion

Built during the 19th century for the Hungarian Millennium celebrations, this mock bastion features pointed towers and turrets, reminiscent of the fairytale Castles in Disney World.

Reviewed By Heather M - Colchester, Connecticut

Fisherman’s Bastion offers stunning views from the top of the castle area hill down to the Danube river & across. We took a guided tour, the bus dropped us off approximately a half mile away (no coach buses are allowed in the castle area). There is a small fee to climb up to the lookout point. We went on a Saturday & it was very crowded. The bus loading/unloading process is not very orderly, you must push yourself through crowds of people who are also waiting for their buses .

3. Danube River

Budapest, Hungary
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Danube River

Reviewed By Michelle W

We took a cheap commuter boat to St Margaret's Island, stood outside and enjoyed the same view the tourist boats take you to! The boat goes a long way up the Danube, past all the Bridges and Parlaiment and Fisherman's Bastion. A great way to travel and see sights along the way.

4. Shoes on the Danube Bank

Id. Antall Jozsef rakpart | right on the bank, between Roosevelt ter and Kossuth ter, Budapest 1054, Hungary
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Shoes on the Danube Bank

Reviewed By Snorkfroken - Helsinki, Finland

A very touching memorial. Unfortunately it seemed that many of those passing by didn't know what it was about...

5. St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Szent Istvan ter 1. | Pest, Budapest 1051, Hungary +36 1 317 2859
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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people and features a magnificent 300-foot, neo-Renaissance dome.

Reviewed By Jebediah_Solomon - Hong Kong, China

This is a new, but beautifully decorated church. Apparently it took over 50 years to build because the dome kept collapsing.
This is a must see. We also paid to climb up the stairs to dome for sweeping views of the city. I think this would be amazing at dusk. The dome itself is beautiful, built on metal and has a steam punk vibe to it.

6. Castle Hill

Szent Gyorgy Ter, Budapest 1014, Hungary +36 1 201 4927
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Castle Hill

Lovingly restored after being reduced to rubble during World War II, this picturesque area is located in the heart of medieval Budapest, which is characterized by cobblestone streets, narrow alleys and lovely squares surrounded by baroque and classical buildings.

Reviewed By Asia L - Salisbury, United Kingdom

The area around and including the castle makes for a beautiful walk, with the castle's gigantic structure looking over you. The castle vantage point also creates for a good view of the city. The castle also has a museum, which is somewhat interesting but arguably not enough information in English, with little guidance of the best way to view the museum (e.g. from top to bottom).

7. Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Over the Danube, between Clark Adam ter and Roosevelt ter, Budapest 1013, Hungary
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Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Completed in 1849, this bridge was the first to be built across the Hungarian section of the Danube and is now considered to be one of the city's major landmarks.

Reviewed By ArijLor

Maybe the biggest, longest and busiest bridge of them all in Budapest. You will not miss this bridge if you decide to go from one side to the other. Main activities are around this area. Preferred the liberty bridge (green one) as this looks more old and different. Also by night pretty because of the green color.
It's not worth it to see this big bridge, unless you are passing by or taking this bridge to cross.

8. Heroes' Square

Andrassy ut | Next to City Park in the VI. District, Budapest 1062, Hungary +36 1 322 4098
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Heroes' Square

A large square constructed in 1896 for the millennium of the Magyar Conquest of Hungary. The square's Millennial Monument is flanked by the Fine Arts Museum and the Mucsarnok Art Gallery.

Reviewed By Katrín Þ

It's a beautiful square with fascinating architecture and the big museums on each sides are just amazing. The historical background of the statues made the experience at the Hero's Square just suberb. Most recommended.

9. Budapest Pinball Museum

Radnoti Miklos utca 18, Budapest 1137, Hungary +36 30 900 6091
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Budapest Pinball Museum

Hungary's first and Europe's largest continuously operating interactive pinball exhibition with unlimited trial of more than 130 pinball machines.

Reviewed By Ciara B - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

I visited with my boyfriend on the last day of our holiday. It is a bit of a walk out of the center and as we were getting closer I was having my doubts because there wasn't another soul about. When we found the place however it was very busy and had a nice chill vibe. It was great value and the machines are all beautiful. This was a very memorable part of our holiday.

Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut 17. | at the corner of Lazar ucta, Budapest 1065, Hungary +36 30 211 8863
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3d Gallery Budapest

Create your unit composition based your own idea! The setting is given be a part of this miracle! For all age group, adults and for all! Here everyone will find their vision, because you are the inspiration and art it self. The gallery being interactive enables you to touch any paintings (freely), get active in composing your pictures. Don't forget to bring along your smartphone or camera and take pictures so that you would never forget this fantastic experience! Remember we are constantly changing the content of the Gallery, it is always worth dropping by. VERY FUNNY, AMAZING AND CRAZY!!!

Reviewed By Shay L

I had with my family, 3 kids (12, 9 and 8 years old). We had fun. We were spending there a couple of hours on Sunday late morning. It was not crowded.thankyou

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