Welcome to Budapest, Budapest, as the capital of Hungary, offers a lot of unique experiences. The city in a beautiful natural environment with a rich architectural and historical heritage, offering a combination of culture, delicious cuisine and thermal baths …We prepared for you the list of top things to do in our amazing city.
1. Fisherman Bastion and the Area of the Buda Castle
3. Elisabeth Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Freedom Bridge
4. Saint Stephen Basilica
6. Budapest’s thermal baths
7. Budapest zoo and botanical garden
8. Tropicarium and oceanarium
9. A38 Disco Boat
10. Ecseri Flea Market
11. Ruin Pubs
Fisherman Bastion and the Area of the Buda Castle
I believe this must be the number one destination if you visit Budapest. Not just because of the insane panoramic view, which can be enjoyed from Fisherman Bastion, but because this place immediately brings you to a fairy tale – thanks to the magical towers and surroundings, and you can easily feel like a princess (or a prince ? ). Never miss to go into the Mathias Church or to take a walk at Toth Arpad setany and watch either a sunset or a sunrise from there.
Buda Castle sits on the top of the Castle district, which is famous for its medieval and baroque houses and churches. The castle itself is a pretty attractive building, but you will love the most picturesque view, which you can have to Pest side. The Hungarian National Gallery is moved to Buda Castle in 1975, so you can visit many great exhibitions too. There are more ways to reach the castle, you can take a gentle walk or use the funny Buda Castle Funicular.
The Castle Garden
It was built between 1875 and 1883. After several years of blooming it was shut down in 1984 and it needed to wait till 2011 for its full reconstruction. Today it is shining again in its original beauty. It holds several classical music events, but during summertime, it is working as an open-air cinema too.
Citadella is located upon the Gellert hill and was a fortress a long ago. This place holds strategic importance in Budapest’s military history. Another great place to visit for a panoramic view.
Elisabeth Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Freedom Bridge
You should visit all of them. We can not even decide which one is our favorite. But the good thing is, that they are all very close to each other, so you can visit all of them. ?
Saint Stephen Basilica
The street and its square in front of the basilica are our favorite in the city. It has an amazing vibe with its monumental size and view to the church. Do not miss to go in and then to go up and take as many pictures as you want? It is simply stunning.
I guess no explanation is needed why you should see the house of Parliament. However, if you are there, do not forget to visit the shoes on the Danube Promenade. Approximately 20,000 Jews were brutally shot along the banks of the Danube River. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy. These shoes are a haunting tribute to this horrific time in history, created by the film director Can Togay and the sculptor, Gyula Pauer.
Budapest’s thermal baths
Budapest is often called “the city of spas”. Indeed this city has several natural amazing and healing warm spas. The two most famous ones are Szechenyi thermal bath and Gellert thermal bath. In case you want to visit a less touristic one I suggest you check Lukacs Baths, Veli Bej, Paskál bath.
Széchenyi thermal bath and swimming pool
They are one of Europe’s largest hot springs complexes and 21 pools altogether. The water in each pool has a different temperature, the warmest ones have 38 ° C. The waters are rich in sulfates, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and fluoride, which are believed to help patients with degenerative joint illnesses and other medical issues. The two outdoor pools are fantastic places to visit on a cold, dark night, as the steam rising from the hot water makes the whole place seem wonderfully mysterious. The admission price varies depending on whether you only want a cabinet (5,200 HUF) or a whole changeover cabin (5700 HUF), where you can leave your belongings. A 4-member family is an ideal cabin. In addition to the classical entrance, you can also pay for various treatments such as massages, a beer spa…
Gellert Bath and Spa Center
The first mention of miraculous water dates from the 15th century. These baths were popular with the Turks because the strand was worse and more profitable than the springs on the Buda side. One of the most beautiful spas in the city is the Gellert Bath and Spa Center, which includes an outdoor pool (swimming pool), a Finnish sauna and a range of other saunas and submersible pools. The beneficial effects of the Gellért springs have been used for many years. There are also some pools separated by gender. Clients can enjoy the room and relax in the seating, swimming or outdoor swimming pool. A beauty center with a wide range of wellness services is part of the complex.
Budapest zoo and botanical garden
The Budapest Zoological and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the world with nearly 150 years of history. The main attractions include a small rock garden with a restaurant just a few kilometers from the penguins and seals and a large rock with a tearoom and animal expositions, an elephant pavilion. There is also barrier-free access, a restaurant, a tea house, refreshments, an amphitheater and a 3D cinema. This zoo is just a short walk from Heroes Square and Széchenyi Spa, so you can join a visit together with a spa. Although this zoo is tiny, there are over 10,000 animals here and is exceptional for example by having personal contact with animals. For example, you can feed giraffes, kangaroos and ostriches or trunks in the aquarium.
Tropicarium and oceanarium
The main attraction of the Tropicaria is an aquarium with an 11-meter long tunnel. Visitors can admire two-meter tiger or brown sharks. In the tropics section, you will see tropical and oceanic animals, exotic birds, the smallest monkeys in the world, alligators, sharks, snakes, lizards, spiders.
A38 Disco Boat
A38 Disco Boat is the place where young people spend their leisure time with their friends. In the evening you can visit a disco boat where you can have fun with friends. Guests of the evening used to be famous international singers. For example Peter Bjorn, James Heather,..
Ecseri Flea Market
This fantastic flea market is a great place to find treasure. You can pick up various things there and you will be spoiled in the stalls full of things.
Proffering a wide selection of antiquities, porcelains, coins, old posters, and magazines….When we visited, we spotted a pair of limited-edition Converse, old Lego toys, and many more eye-catching goods. Those who arrive towards the end of the market can expect greater discounts.
You can find everything from retro clothing, monuments to the present goods.
Budapest is known for its “ruin pubs” The best ruin pubs are filled with comfortable but slightly worn furniture. Each tavern has its own unique style. We recommend visiting these popular ruin pubs: Instant ,Fogas Ház ,Kuplung and Szimpla.
Instant- Here nightlife begins. This place is enjoyed by young people. It is a place of dancing and entertainment from evening to morning. There is the atmosphere as the jungle environment is decorated with animal motifs. You can taste beer, various alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Fogas ház- House of Teeth. Fogas Ház also has a stylish interior and budget-friendly prices, plus dance floors. This pub has long been a catchment basin for arts and artists. The best parties.
Kuplung- Functioning as a concert venue, an exhibition space, and a creative workshop. The symbol is a whale. The interior is furnished in an underwater world.
Szimpla- Offers various programs every day a week: concerts, parties, seniors’ activities, exhibitions, agricultural markets and numerous cultural events are held under one roof.
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