Budapest is an ideal tourist destination that proffers numerous attractions and things to do. Visitors can enjoy each and every moment here from its decadent spa baths to its ruin bars, the city keeps you engage in so many things. Check out the best things you can do in Budapest.
1. Fill your Instagram with mesmerizing views at Fisherman’s Bastion: An impressive neo-Gothic, neo-Romanesque viewing terrace, built between 1895- 1902 in order to celebrate the thousandth birthday of Hungarian state. It is located on the Buda bank of the Danube River, on the Castle hill. Fisherman’s Bastion is famous for its bewitching views, gives you the feel that you’re in some fairy tale scene. Tourists can enjoy the boats bob lazily, down the river and don’t forget to taste the city’s eminent patisseries and the 200-year of Ruszwurm Confectionery.
2. Szimpla Kert: The standard setter for nightlife in Budapest, known as best and original. Budapest’s most buzzed ‘ruin’ bar, Szimpla Kert is set in decrepit building with tangle of rooms, open courtyard, decorated with eclectic furniture, mind-bending communist memorabilia and edgy artwork. Whilst you’re there, must try the shot of Unicum which is a traditional Hungarian herbal liqueur.
3. Pinball Playing: Pinball museum of Budapest situated in a windowless Budapest basement. The museum features the collection of 115 pinball machines along with 30 other old-school arcade games. It’s a fun place to explore as it is something that you cannot find everywhere. It is also the largest interactive pinball exhibition in Europe.
4. Szechenyi Spa Bath: Budapest is also known as ‘City of Spas’, so how is it possible when you’re there and doesn’t enjoy the spa baths? Szechenyi Spa Bath is one of the most famous spa offering saunas, lavish spa treatments and message treatments in the magnificence of a sprawling 20th century Turkish building. Both day and nights in this spa has unique experiences. During the day, you can feel pampered and preened and for the wet and wild night, wait for the Sparties. The nigh time sparties offer unlimited alcohol, live rocking music and many other things.
5. The Chain Bridge: Architectural wonder with great historic significance that connects the Buda (West) and Pest (East) sides of the city. It takes just 15 minutes to stroll down and you can enjoy the eye-pleasing views stretching for miles on both sides of the river. Don’t forget to take your camera as capturing amazing view is something you love after coming back from here. The Chain Bridge looks amazing at night too when all the lights up.
6. The Shoes on the Danube Bank: Originally it’s a heart breaking point where thousands of lives lost during the second World War but now it becomes one of the must visit tourist spot. The emotional sculpture is made of 60 pairs of cast iron shoes, on the bank of Danube memorializes the 3,500 people, among which 800 were Jewish. The people who were persecuted ordered to remove their shoes before being shot.
7. The Bank of Danube: Want some relaxing time, head to the bank of Danube to enjoy one-hour boat trip down to river at night. Enjoying the UNESCO World Heritage Site with cocktails under the dusky evening sky has no comparison. A perfect place to fall in love again with your significant other. The best for couple! Wait for the night, set the sail and enjoy all the amazing sights of Budapest.
8. St. Stephen’s Basilica: One of Hungary’s most iconic architectural structure. St. Stephen Basilica is the largest church in Budapest that can hold up to 8,500 people. The first King of Hungary Stephen and patron saint of church are mummified and kept in glass case at the church. The building has 96m high dome that is adorn with many ornate religious painting on inside. Tourists can also view the city from the cupola.
9. Buda Castle: Who doesn’t fascinate to great Castles we always watch in movies. Budapest endeavors you an opportunity to explore the stunning 13th century palace on the top of Castle Hill. The Castle is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can enjoy spending time at the Hungarian National Gallery, National Szechenyi Library and the Castle Museum within the Buda Castle. One of the best places to get amazed with Hungarian culture.
10. The Funicular: It’s a short cable car ride that connects the Adam Clark Square to the Szechenyi Chain Bridge at river level to above Buda Castle. An easy and fun way to reach to the amazing Buda Castle without climbing bunch of stairs. It takes you in just 10 minutes to above and cost 5.50 Euros.
11. Parliament House: Budapest Parliament House is most notorious landmarks in country. A 45 minute tour takes you to show the national Parliament building. The famous building has 691 rooms and best known for its Gothic Revival architecture, stunning paintings and ornate statues. A good chance to know about political history and anecdotes of Budapest from an expert.
12. Great Synagogue: The place that has been in operation since 1859. The Great Synagogue is largest place of Jewish worship in Europe and second largest in the world. What makes it worth watching is its mind-blowing architecture and stunningly decorated interior. Your trip here helps you to explore the history of Jewish people of Hungary. Hungarian Jewish Museum and Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial are also located inside the Great Synagogue.
13. Budapest Bike Tour: A refreshing thing you can do in city is taking guided bike tour around Budapest, covering the 16kms. Bike tours are amazing that let you soak up much of the city’s history and major landmarks along the way including St. Stephen Basilica, Vajadahunyad and Szechenyi Baths.