Hungary, and in particular the city of Budapest very quickly became one of my favourite European cities. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but it has a rich history, good food and admittedly one of the most weird but totally awesome languages I have ever heard.
Here are my Top 10 things to do in Budapest that are guaranteed to make Budapest a pin on your world map of places to go next or to remind you how in love you are with this city and that you are dying to go back!
1. Take in the sights
There are so many beautiful sights to see in Budapest, and no doubt there are plenty that I have not yet seen, but just to name a few:
St Stephan’s Basilica
2. Demolish a rose-shaped ice-cream
One of the most unique experiences I had in Budapest was eating a rose-shaped ice-cream. My friend and I demolished ours at a cute little place by St Stephan’s Basilica called Gelarto Rosa.
3. Watch the sunset by the Danube River
My travel companion Emma and myself decided it would be totally amazing to head to the local shops and purchase some snacks for a sunset picnic by the Danube river, and as you can see with this photo in particular, the views didn’t disappoint.
4. Visit the Budapest Parliament building more than once
The favourite attraction for many visitors in Budapest is the stunningly beautiful Budapest Parliament building. You haven’t experienced Budapest until you have laid eyes on this beauty! (and trust me, after you see it I can guarantee you will find yourself making frequent return trips just to stand in awe of this beautiful architectural masterpiece just like I did).
5. Walk along the Danube promenade
Walking along the Danube promenade any time of day is a guarantee for spectacular views, and an insight into history. Eventually you will walk past the ‘Shoes on the Danube bank’, which is a memorial built to honour the Jews that lost their lives during World War II; the Jews were ordered to take off their shoes and were then shot on the edge of the river. This memorial is worth the visit in Budapest and it is a very surreal experience.
6. Turn into a prune and relax at the Thermal Baths
Budapest is renowned around the world as the ‘City of Baths’ and rightly so; the thermal baths are amazing! We visited the Széchenyi Thermal Baths just off City Park.
TIP: Hire a locker to and drop off your belongings, take some epic photos by the thermal baths, return them to your locker and enjoy the thermal baths experience!
7. On Sunday, visit the local markets and have some much needed retail therapy.
Visiting the local markets in Budapest was the absolute best way to enjoy some retail therapy, and to also buy some hand-made Budapest keepsakes. I purchased some hand-drawn artworks of Budapest by artist Béla Magyar and they are beautiful.
8. Walk along Chain Bridge
We were very lucky in Budapest where Chain Bridge was closed to all vehicles so we were able to walk right through the middle! Otherwise, walking along the sides of chain bridge is just as good for spectacular views of both sides of Budapest.
Did you know Budapest is separated by the river into two sides? One side is BUDA and the other side is PEST! How cool is that?!
9. Take a stroll through City Park and admire Vajdahunyad Castle.
Strolling through City Park in Budapest is a great way to relax and take in your surroundings! The Széchenyi Thermal Baths is within the park and also the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle. The castle holds parts of buildings from various time periods inclusive of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
10. Explore Budapest by night, it is beautiful.
Need I say more?
Have you ever been to Budapest? What was it that caused you to fall in love with this beautiful city??!!
- Buda Castle
- Budapest Parliament
- chain bridge
- city park
- Danube Promenade
- Danube River
- Fisherman's Bastion
- Gelarto Rosa
- retail therapy
- rose-shaped ice-cream
- Shoes on the Danube Bank
- St Stephan's Basilica
- thermal baths
- top 10
- Vajdahunyad Castle
- World War II