15 THINGS TO DO IN: Budapest

While Budapest was once probably one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe, nowadays more and more travelers choose to pay a visit to the city. And that’s no wonder if you know what a beautiful city Budapest actually is. Going to Budapest as well and want to experience everything the city has to offer? Well, then here’s a list of the best things to do in Budapest to make the most out of your city trip!

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- Enjoy the food at the Great Market Hall
The Great Market Hall is a very large indoor market where you can find almost everything. Downstairs you can buy things like fruit and vegetables; upstairs you can find souvenir shops and food stalls with the most delicious food!

- Go on a boat trip
For only 10-12 euros you can go on an almost 2-hour-long boat trip on the Danube and see many of the famous sights while enjoying a glass of champagne and a drink of choice!

- Visit the St. Stephen’s Basilica
This church is the largest in all of Budapest and is beautiful both inside and out. The building is located in the center of the city, so there’s no excuse to not pay a visit to the St. Stephen’s Basilica! 

- Walk across the famous bridges
Budapest is separated into two ‘sides’, “Buda” and “Pest”, thanks to the Danube River. There are many bridges connecting these two sides, of which the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge are probably the most famous ones. Definitely take a walk across both bridges to enjoy the beautiful views!

- See one of the largest synagogues in the world
The Dohány Street Synagogue, which is one of the largest synagogues in the whole world, is located in the Jewish part of the city. Once you’ve stepped inside, you definitely stare one’s eyes out of all the beauty there’s to see

- Eat Goulash
Once you’re in Budapest, you can’t leave the city without having tried traditional Hungarian Goulash (only if you’re vegetarian or vegan of course, since there’s meat involved). It’s probably the most popular local dish to try there!

- Eat one of those beautiful rose-shaped ice creams at Gelarto Rosa
When you search for “Budapest” on Instagram, you’ll surely find photos of cute rose-shaped ice creams. You probably expect to find these kinds of ice creams in cities like Paris, but Budapest has its own rose-shaped ice cream shop as well, called Gelarto Rosa. You can find it near the St. Stephen’s Basilica. For only 2 euros you can choose three flavors whereof they make one of those beautiful ice creams!

- Visit one of the thermal baths
Budapest is known for its thermal baths, of which the Széchenyi thermal bath is probably one of the best known in all of Budapest. This is also the largest medicinal bath in all of Europe. Next to Széchenyi, Rudas and Gellert are worth a visit as well.

- Go shopping on Andrássy Avenue
When you want to go on a little shopping trip, Andrássy Avenue is the place to go. Here you’ll find all kinds of amazing shops. When you get hungry, head over to the Bookcafe. This is a cafe inside a bookstore, so from the outside you won’t see it. The cafe is lavishly decorated and almost looks a bit like an old church. And the best thing about it: it’s not expensive at all!

- Marvel at the beautiful architecture in Buda
Budapest has some amazing architecture to offer, especially in Buda. Be sure to visit Buda Castle, which used to be the royal palace but nowadays houses many museums. Also visit the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, where it’ll feel like you’ve just stepped inside a Disney décor. Not to mention the beautiful views of the city you’ll have from the Fisherman’s Bastion, overlooking Pest.

- Visit the Heroes’ Square
The Heroes’ Square is a very large square at the end of the famous Andrássy Avenue. It’s an impressive monument that contains statues of all kinds of Hungarian heroes. Absolutely worth a visit!  

- Have a cake at Ruszwurm
Ruszwurm is the oldest patisserie in all of Budapest. The patisserie looks very cute and they have the most delicious cakes. Sometimes you’ll have to wait pretty long for a seat on the terrace (especially in high season) because it’s quite small, but in the end it’s well worth the wait!

- Relax on Margaret Island in the summer
Are you visiting Budapest in the warmer months? Then definitely don’t forget to visit Margaret Island, well known as the location of one of Europe’s biggest festivals, Sziget. In summer it’s a great place to spend a day relaxing and enjoying the sun!

- Take a walk around the Hungarian Parliament
The Hungarian Parliament is probably one of the most beautiful buildings you’ll ever see. Be sure to take a walk around it to marvel at the great architecture, to see the guards doing their ceremony, to get some refreshment in the little fountains at the Parliament (when the weather’s hot of course) and to see the shoes on the Danube River right behind the Parliament’s building.

- Marvel at the Museum of Applied Arts’ roof
To end this list with, be sure to pay a visit to the Museum of Applied Arts. Not to actually get inside the museum, but to just marvel at one of the most fascinating roofs you’ll ever see – trust me!

Have you been to Budapest? What are your favorite things to do there?

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1 comment

  1. Széchenyi thermal bath is absolutely a must-do! I combined my visit to the thermal bath with Heroes Square and Andrassy Avenue. I dare say it was the best day of our 6-day trip!


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