Sightseeing in Budapest
There are so many beautiful and historic places to visit in Budapest that there is always something to do. The stunning Gothic Baroque style architecture of the 700 year old Royal Palace is well worth a visit to admire the residence of Hungarian Kings, as are the gleaming white cloisters of the Fisherman's Bastion. Beautifully floodlit at night, the Bastion glows across the city, plus you can enjoy stunning panoramic views from one of the 7 turrets.
The Parliament Buildings are one the world's most beautiful and are a prominent and imposing sight of Budapest. Its distinctive red dome, stone lace carvings, spires and an interior of marble and gold only add to the splendor of this magnificent building.
There are many beautiful religious buildings in the city all with their own character and attraction. Matthias Church is 700 years old and its multicoloured tiled roof and Gothic spire can be seen from some distance. With regular choir and organ concerts and a church museum including many religious treasures, this church is a must on anyone's itinerary. Other religious buildings you must see include St Stephen's Basilica, which also houses the 900 year old mummified fist of the first king of Hungary, and the beautiful Central Synagogue.
For spectacular views across the city head to Chain Bridge, the first and most famous in Budapest with it's solid arches and fabulous lion statues.
The Statue Park is an outdoor museum containing monuments from Hungary's communist past which were banished from the city. It is the only collection of its kind in the world and provides a fascinating insight into the history of the country. There are also dozens of other museums in Budapest including the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum.
For some beautiful natural sights there are over 200 caves in Budapest, of which 3 main ones are open to the public to admire the stunning stone formations caused by the hot springs.
Fun Seekers in Budapest
If you want sporting fun on your city break, you will find plenty of facilities to satisfy you including bowling, karting, tennis, horse riding and golf, all of which are popular pastimes. If you prefer being a spectator and love fast cars then plan your trip in time for the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix and see racing at its best.
The Budapest Spring Festival takes place every year and is a showcase of opera, theatre, fine arts, photography and traditional dance. Alternatively you can visit the Palace of Arts incorporating the Ludwig Múzeum where you can see popular Hungarian theatre, opera and ballet.
Shopping in Budapest is mainly focussed around Váci Street and the surrounding side streets. You will find many traditional Hungarian products for sale including embroidery, porcelain, books, paprika, salami, pâté, apricot brandy and Tokay wine. For beautiful Hungarian peasant embroidery and costume visit Castle Hill and Szentendre.
Budapest has a fabulous nightlife especially for café-bar culture. Visit the Crazy Café for a young and funky feel with good bottled beers or head to one of the many Romkocsma pubs set in abandoned buildings. There are also many Irish pubs, sports bars and wine bars where the wine is served on tap.
Visit Gundel for fantastic and luxurious traditional Hungarian food and live gypsy music, for lower budgets visit Remiz or Szt Jupát for Hungarian food at great prices. There are also many other restaurants to choose from serving not only Hungarian fare but Italian, Chinese, Mexican and even Russian.
Activities in Budapest
Top Tours in Budapest:
Hungarian Cultural Evening with Dinner
Enjoy typical Hungarian cuisine, gypsy music and a folklore programme...
The Best of Budapest
Appreciate the scenic view from Gellert Hill and see the major landmarks of Budapest...
Budapest - Dinner Cruise on the Danube
Get a taste of Hungarian culture and cuisine as you cruise down the Danube...
Budapest Gourmet Cooking Lesson and Lunch
See the largest indoor market of Budapest and learn to prepare some Hungarian dishes...
Pleasure Flight over the Danube Bend
The picturesque Danube Bend looks even more beautiful from the sky...
Family Fun in Budapest
A great place to start for family fun on a city break to Budapest is one of the two main puppet theatres. The shows are all in Hungarian but popular stories such as Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf to keep children of all nationalities entranced.
Budapest Zoo in City Park is home to over 2000 animals including endangered species such as white rhinos and over 200 playful monkeys. Both children and adults alike will be fascinated by the animal exhibits and you can take advantage of the other facilities on sight such as the café.
For thrill seeking families head to Vidámpark, a traditional amusement park with rides including a ferris wheel, merry go round and roller coasters. There is even a toddler amusement park for very young children.
The Great Circus is also great fun for people of all ages with clowns, animals, jugglers and acrobats you will be fascinated at the shows put on by this traditional Hungarian circus.
For some interactive fun The Palace of Wonders makes for a fantastic afternoon learning about science by playing with interactive exhibits, puzzles, mazes and lasers.
Romantic Breaks in Budapest
The city of Budapest is a great choice for a romantic city break. With stunning architecture and scenery to enjoy as well as a vast range to sights to visit you will find plenty to do together.
Visit the Géllert Baths, luxurious thermal baths that have been in use for over 2000 years with fabulous indoor and outdoor pools where you can take advantage of the relaxing and healing properties of the hot springs. You could even stay in or visit one of the many hotel spas in Budapest for pampering treatments to leave you looking and feeling gorgeous.
For a peaceful afternoon head to Margaret Island, an uninhabited island in the River Danube. It is purely used as a recreational area so you can take a romantic stroll through trees and past beautiful mountains and statues.
In the summer head to the boating lake in City Park and relax in a sun as you drift peacefully over rippling water. In the winter the lake becomes an ice rink where you can spend an evening skating under the stars with a perfect reason to hold hands.
Top Tips for Budapest
Head to Gerbeaud, Budapest's number 1 coffee house. Founded 150 years ago, it serves beautiful coffee as well as exquisite pastries, cakes, creams and sandwiches.
The Great Market Hall is a good place to pick up traditional Hungarian produce, including paprika, salami, meat, pastries, dairy products and wine.
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