Thank you to Mark from Outdoorily for this wonderful guest post on the top things to do in Budapest, Hungary – you have made us want to visit even sooner!
Budapest is the hills of Buda and the streets of Pest connected by the Danube river. Be it’s thermal baths or historical museums, neo-Gothic architecture or medieval sculptures, Budapest is a traveller’s paradise for its versatility. In this article, let us take a look at some of the best things to do in Budapest.
Explore art & history at Buda Castle
Buda Castle was where the Hungarian Kings once lived. It was built in the 13th century, and is situated on top of the Castle Hill. From the terrace of the castle, you get to see sweeping views of the Chain Bridge, the Pest city, and the Hungarian Parliament.
The castle is a must visit for history and art lovers; it is home to the Castle/History Museum, the National Gallery of Hungary, and the Széchenyi Library. The art in these museums range from all times, with ancient art from the Roman times.
Hang out at the Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge is 1250 feet long and is a favorite place for walking, biking and riding. It’s an iconic bridge which is a great place for photography, and is usually flocked by tourists.
The bridge is especially pretty at night, with the lighting that lits up the bridge and its surroundings. The lights also reflect on the banks of the river Danuke, which adds on to the beauty of the place. You also get views of the Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament from the Chain Bridge. The Chain Bridge is easily accessible through bus and tram, for the ease of tourists.
Explore the history of the Hungarian Parliament Building
A visit to Budapest would be incomplete without a visit to the Hungarian Parliament Building, where the Hungarian Assembly still meets and a building that played an important role in the revolution of Budapest. There are many endearing aspects of the building; be its architecture, the paintings and statues inside the parliament or the views of the Danube river, this place does not disappoint. If you wish to take an inside tour of the parliament, it is recommended to book the tickets in advance, as they fill up pretty fast.
The iconic building is also accompanied by many cafes and restaurants that you can treat yourself to, during your trip there.
Roam the streets of Budapest on a bike
In Budapest, you can see more people going around the city on two wheels rather than cars or public transportation. Biking has gained popularity over the past couple of years, thanks to its established cycling infrastructure. The streets of Budapest are particularly busy on the annual Earth Day where they are flooded with bikes.
There are plenty of options for bike rentals in the city, in every sightseeing route. Be it be a ride along the Danube river banks, or the busy streets of Pest or Buda, touring the city by bike is a great experience.
Enjoy a thermal bath
With Hungary having around 1,000 hot springs running beneath it, treating yourself to a thermal bath is one of the best experiences here. Besides the comfort of a thermal bath, they also have medicinal healing properties which are believed to heal ailments. Budapest is called the City of Spas’, being home to some of the best thermal baths.
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is situated at the Budapest’s City Park, and is a top medicinal spa which has both indoor and outdoor pools. While it is open all year round, going for it in the winters is an altogether magical experience.
Gellért Spa and Bath is another popular health spa in Budapest. Thermal baths here are a luxurious experience, with gorgeous intricate details in the sculptures of the building.
Get a touch of spirituality at St Stephen’s Basilica
The St Stephen’s Basilica is one of the holiest places in Hungary and the largest church in Budapest, where you get to see the right hand of Stephen, the first ever king of Hungary. Going all the way up to the dome can treat you with great views of the city. Music and Organ concerts are a common sight inside the Basilic, whereas the Organ concerts can be booked right at the spot.
Get a bird’s eye view of Budapest
The Fisherman’s Bastion is a neo-Gothic style monument, built on the hills of Buda Castle. It was built in the early 20th century marking the thousandth birthday of Hungary and is one of the most popular places to visit in Budapest. The monument was built upon the battlements that existed earlier on the hills of Buda Castle overlooking a small town where fisherman thrives, from where it got its name.
So, what is special about the Fisherman’s Bastion? The Views. It has a large viewing terrace which gives you some of the best panoramic views of the Castle Hill and the Danube. Despite the spectacular views that the monument was built for, it was also built keeping ease of accessibility as a primary factor. It has wide steps to easily get to the terrace and just the right angles for generous views all across.
Get to know about the terrors outlived by the Hungarian People
The House of Terror was erected as a reminder and tribute to the two fearful regimes that Hungary survived – the fascist and Stalinist regimes. The building is where many of the freedom fighters of Hungary were tortured and killed. It stands as a remembrance of all of their struggles that didn’t go in vain.
So, that is it for the article guys! I hope this article inspired you to plan your next trip to Budapest. Have you been to Budapest before, or are you planning a trip near soon? Let us know of your experiences and feedback in the comments section below 🙂