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Top 10 Things To Do In Budapest

By on January 18, 2016

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

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Fisherman’s Bastion

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Buda Castle

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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10. Explore Budapest by night, it is beautiful.

Need I say more?

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Hungarian Parliament view from PEST side

Have you ever been to Budapest? What was it that caused you to fall in love with this beautiful city??!!

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14 Comments
  1. Jesper, The Biveros Effect

    January 18, 2016

    Thank you for a nice list. Have been to Budapest multiple times and the city is really nice. 🙂

    • Bec

      January 18, 2016

      Your welcome! Glad you enjoyed reading it! 🙂 I just LOVED Budapest, it is one of the most picturesque cities I have ever seen in Europe! 🙂

      • Jesper

        January 18, 2016

        It sure is, I have also really enjoyed other towns in Hungary. Have you ever been to Eger, Esztergom, Györ or Sopron? They are a lot smaller than Budapest, but got a lot to see. 🙂

        • Bec

          January 18, 2016

          Unfortunately I only had time on my short trip just to visit Budapest! Would love to visit those towns on a return trip! 🙂

          • Jesper, The Biveros Effect

            January 18, 2016

            You really should 🙂

            I can also recommend a trip across the border to Slovakia for a visit of Bratislava 🙂

  2. Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

    January 18, 2016

    Ahh I’m DYING to visit Budapest. It looks like a perfect storm of beautiful + lots to see/do + cheap! Love the shots of the baths, how awesome! 😀

    • Bec

      January 19, 2016

      Budapest very quickly became one of my favourite European cities! SO gorgeous and SO picturesque! Budapest is definitely very affordable too! They are not on the Euro, and everything was a lot cheaper than other European cities I had been to. There is definitely plenty to see and do and at an affordable price! My friend and I spent 4 full days there and that was plenty for a first visit! 🙂

      • Tamas Cseh

        January 20, 2016

        Hello Bec,

        Just wanted to say that you did a great job putting everything together and really highlight the best things in Budapest. I am from Hungary but now am living in Texas and it was very nice to see that someone put together such a nice list. The only thing I missed was some pictures of Hungarian dishes 🙂

        • Bec

          January 20, 2016

          Hi, thanks so much for reading my post, I am so glad you liked it! I really loved visiting Budapest, I think it is just one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Europe and I would definitely visit all over again! YES! oh my goodness, I totally didn’t include the Hungarian dishes, I tried Langos when I was there which I just loved and was SO filling! 🙂

  3. shannonamills

    March 14, 2016

    I just got back from Budapest and just came across this post!! Glad I am not regretting anything after reading!! I was able to accomplish most of your list without knowing it and I totally agree, the city is perfect. Went straight to the top of my list of favourites, tied with Copenhagen though 🙂 xx

    • Bec

      March 26, 2016

      That’s so awesome! Thanks for reading my post! I’m glad it matched up with what you saw! It was such a picturesque city, especially beautiful at night too! I am sure I will be back to Budapest soon enough! I am yet to visit Copenhagen though! It looks amazing!

  4. Sher

    May 26, 2016

    I have always wanted to visit Budapest after watching The Grand Budapest Hotel haha but WOW it’s beautiful. Now it’s really on my must-go list of places :’)

  5. janm79

    December 11, 2016

    Awesome pictures of the Thermal Baths! Definitely one of my favourite locations in Budapest! I’ve actually posted a top 25 as well: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/25-best-things-budapest/ 🙂

    • Bec

      December 13, 2016

      Thanks so much! I checked out your post and love all of the suggestions of Budapest’s best things! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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Hi there! I'm Bec, creator of the travel blog The World As Bec Sees It. I'm a 26-year old Primary Teacher from Sydney, Australia with a severe case of wanderlust who believes it's possible to work in the job of your dreams and still find time to travel the world!

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