No matter who we ask, everyone loves Budapest: it is city love at first sight! Why is it that Budapest seems to amuse everyone who visits this Central-European city? Well, Budapest has survived hundreds of years and the history behind it is fascinating itself, not to mention the architecture that also reflects the classical western vibe and eastern post-soviet era too. Budapest has a beautiful river, the Danube, and it has high hills and lowlands as well. It is a hidden gem in Europe, where you can find everything in one place and the best things to do in Budapest while you are on holiday.
Why Budapest is a great choice if you want to have fun and get lifetime experiences?
We know that we already hyped you up with this great introduction above about why Budapest is special, but that is not even half of it. There are quite a lot of cities out there that are seasonal attractions. Well, Budapest is definitely not one of them! The list of things to do in Budapest is endless no matter the weather circumstances. Thanks to its geography, you can enjoy hot thermal baths in the winter as well, then go ice-skating right next to it at the City Park on a frozen lake. Budapest is magical in the fall, just like in spring or summer.
What are the most important, most famous attractions in Budapest?
If you are a first-timer in the city, it is hard to know what are the most important tourist attractions in the city. Well, we are trying to help in this matter: we brought a list of things to do in Budapest and some ideas, so you don’t have to plan your trip to the Hungarian capital alone.
1. The Parliament
The Hungarian Parliament is a must-visit, no objections! It is a unique building considering its architecture and its size: it is the third largest Parliament building in the whole world! It is 96 meters tall and has 691 rooms in it. Not just the outside, but the inside is just as stunning. At night the building is illuminated by lights from the ground. It is a magical and quite romantic site, as it is on the bank of the Danube.
2. Buda Castle
The Buda Castle is another speciality in the Hungarian capital. It was first completed in 1265 and ever since it was extended and renovated, but still, with the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and its crooked narrow streets it is a site you should not miss. Not to mention that in the evening it looks magical, and one of the most romantic things to do in Budapest is to go up there, enjoy the view of the Danube and the Parliament while having a nice drink with your significant other.
3. Széchenyi Bath
A few lines above we mentioned that you can try a thermal bath and then go ice-skating right next to it in wintertime. Well, the Széchenyi Bath is located in the City Park, and again, you can find everything in one place: a Disney-like castle (Vajdahunyad Castle), a frozen lake, a bath and a park right next to each other.
4. Gellért hill
We seem to be switching sides with the tourist attractions between the Pest and Buda side: The Parliament and the Széchenyi Bath is on the Pest side, while the Buda Castle and the Gellért Hill are the most visited places on the Buda side of the city. Right next to the Danube rises Gellért Hill with its 235 meters. The view of the city from the top of Gellért Hill is breathtaking, don’t miss it.
What are some other things to do in Budapest if you have time?
Besides the list above there are plenty of other things to do in the city. One of the best things to do in Budapest is to visit Margaret Island. This little island is located between the Pest and Buda side of the city and is a popular tourist attraction. The Island offers several activities and sites, like the Zoo and the Japanese Garden. However, if you seek more fun things to do in Budapest, visit the Museum of Illusions, the Ferris wheel or the children’s railway.
Which guided tour is the most helpful and most memorable?
When you visit a city, it is always important to know the best ways to get around. While the public transportation is extremely good in Budapest and has some historical pieces as well (metro line 1 and tram line 2), the most fun is to roll around these tourist attractions. The electric scooters offered by E-Magine Tours will give you an unforgettable experience. Visit the sights you’d like to see with tailored guided tours and get some advice about the local pubs. They know everything about the city! You can also use the bike paths with them, and one of the best things to do in Budapest is to see the city from the locals’ point of view. So hop on ane-scooter and let’s ride!
Visiting the old country and its different cities should be on everybody’s bucket list, with Budapest in the Top 10! Besides the unique sites and tourist attractions, you should also try the local food and traditional Hungarian meals, drinks, and sweets! Who doesn’t like a chimney cake? As you can see, the list of things to do in Budapest is endless. In this article, we tried to give you a helping hand in planning your trip to the capital. If you want to make sure you see everything, book a personalized tour at E-Magine Tours. We bet you’ll enjoy it!