Ten Top Things to Do in Budapest, Hungary!

Discover my 10 top things to do in Budapest, Hungary!

10) Explore St Stephen’s Basilica.

This neo-classical cathedral is named after the first King of Hungary and is now home to his mummified right hand! *FREE TO VISIT*

Inside St Stephen’s Basilica

9) Bathe in the city’s thermal waters.

With 123 thermal water springs resulting in 9 medicinal spa baths, Budapest is often regarded as the ‘Spa Capital’ of the world. However, it can be quite tricky to decide upon which of the 9 spas to visit. For those looking to experience a quiet and relaxing spa experience, I would recommend the art nouveau Gellért Baths. For first time visitors to the city, I would suggest the Szechenyi Baths. The Szechenyi Baths also host a night time party spa – the ‘Sparty’. *TOP TIP* Pack flip flops and a towel in your luggage when travelling to Budapest in order to avoid costly rental charges at the spas. Bathing caps are required in the Gellért Baths only if you intend on using the swimming pool.

8) Appreciate the statue complex at Heroes’ Square.

7) Sample Hungarian delicacies at the Great Market Hall.

You would be daft not to try Lángos (fried bread) at the Great Market Hall. Opt for the traditional Lángos – smothered in sour cream and topped with grated cheese!

6) Pay your respects at the ‘Shoes on the Danube Bank’.

This is a poignant memorial to the 3500 people who lost their lives in Budapest during the Second World War, which is made up of 60 pairs of cast iron shoes.

The Shoes on the Danube

5) Check out the ‘Ruin Bars’

‘Ruin bars’ are a number of drinking spots established in abandoned buildings across Budapest. The most famous Ruin Bar is Szimpla Kert. Those looking for a wild nightlife experience should head to Instant-Fogas – a Ruin Bar ‘complex’ with 7 different clubs.

4) Cross the River Danube via the Chain Bridge.

The city’s superb suspension bridge, which opened in 1849, is a must-see attraction by both day and night. The Bridge connects the West of the city (Buda) to the East (Pest).

3) Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion.

For the most spectacular views across Budapest, head to the fairytale-style lookout towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. *FREE TO VISIT*

2) Book a table at Mazel Tov.

Mazel Tov is an absolute revelation, situated in the Jewish Quarter of Budapest. The food on the Israeli-inspired menu is simple yet astonishingly delicious. I would recommend the special creamy hummus plate with chicken shawarma and a ‘bit of spicy on the side’.

1) Admire the national Parliament Building.

Completed in 1902, Parliament is Hungary’s largest building (with 700 rooms) and Budapest’s tallest, in standing at a height of 315ft. There is something very special about this neo-Gothic building set against the River Danube. Like the Chain Bridge, it is a must-see by both day and night.

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