Budapest is an amazing city. It’s one of the best cities in the world to experience culture, food, history and best of the best recreational activities. With so much on platter and limited time you have to choose your itinerary wisely. We have compiled a list of 15 amazing things to do in Budapest. Enjoy.
A visit to Margaret Island ensures you to enjoy medieval ruins and musical fountain. This 2.5 km long island is full of recreational facilities. You can also rent out pedal carts or golf carts to explore this scenic parkland properly.
Looking for a peaceful walk beside the river with picturesque urban landscape surrounding you? This is the place to be at in Budapest. You can also book yourself a dinner at boat cruise watching a gypsy folk show which will promise you a perfect well spent evening in Budapest.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
One of the most important and the holiest sites in Budapest, people flock to see here the right hand of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. If you don’t fear heights, you can climb up to the dome of the church and see the beautiful view of whole Budapest. People who have love for culture can enjoy classical music and organ concert which happens regularly at the church.
House of Terror
It is a former prison and headquarters of the fascist and communist regimes which governed Hungary in the 20th century. It now runs as an exhibition Centre which showcases the testimonials of victims as well as their atrocities. History buffs would love it.
It is comprised of seven medieval age towers which were used to watch the nearby areas of Danube, Margaret Island and pest. Visiting this place at the time of sunset ensures a panoramic view of the city’s landscape. It is totally worth going here if you have a passion for photography.
Ever wondered how the blind perceive the world. Well, this is your chance to experience the same. A tour guide would take you through artificially created environments simulating your everyday places such as shops, bakeries and stores. Just make sure all sources of light are off to experience an eye opening empathetic feeling.
Faust Wine Cellars
Wine lovers, rejoice! Located beneath Buda castle, the place offers wine samples from 22 regions of Hungary. Get lucky to taste the traditional Hungarian fruit Palinka. Book in advance as the place remains over crowded.
A historical park which has monuments and sculptors form the 20th century’s communist era. There is a small museum which holds exhibitions displaying artifacts depicting life under communist regime. A park of historical significance, a must visit place in Budapest.
Ecseri Flea Market
One of the best local markets in the region and you can test your bargaining skills over here. You can find almost everything in this market from historical artifacts from 20th century or retro clothing to electronic gadgets. Haggling is totally acceptable but being a foreigner it’s alright if you are charged high a bit.
Ruin pubs are the best place to enjoy the nightlife of Budapest. These shabby looking pubs are basically put up in old desolated buildings with comfortable worn out furniture. Typical eastern European trance music along with beer will make your night a good night to remember.
Central Market Hall
Located in central Budapest, the market is an ideal place for locals to shop for their daily household chores but is also popular among the tourists. Food stall upstairs of the market offer homemade delicacies such as goulash and langos which are just delicious. You can also buy souvenirs and memorabilia to take back home.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
The thermal baths present in Szechenyi complex are the largest one in the Europe. The waters are rich in many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, silica which help people with degenerative joint problems. It is an ideal place to visit if you are looking to just sit back in the pool and relax and rejuvenate yourself.
The city park offers many recreational and leisure facilities ranging from sports, boating and swimming facilities. It also boasts the municipal zoo and botanical gardens. All in all, it is the perfect well spent day in the city. During the winter months the boating lake is transformed into an ice rink and is used for ice skating.
The Buda Hills
This peaceful and serene place is the greenest part of the city and is widely visited by people who want to get away from the bustling city life. It has ample amount of small treks and picnic spots. There is a children’s railway which is entirely run by kids in the age group of 10-14. It is a fun place to visit for a day out of city.
The most extravagant and luxurious spa in the city, it offers plethora of features and services such as an open air pool, Finnish sauna, plunge pools and range of other sauna packages which promise you to feel like a new born version of yourself. This spa is open all over the week.
These are the 15 must do things in Budapest. Besides them, Budapest is full of historic building and places which have their own fascinating story to tell. It is therefore a must visit place for people who are looking to have a holistic experience of a lifetime.