Budapest travel blog: Best places to visit and top things to do

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Budapest has many places to visit and many things to experience, time for a trip to this city to be able to visit all the main tourist attractions in about 2-3 days (should be 3 days or more). My first feeling of the city was the bleakness of the old-fashioned Eastern European style, make me reminiscent of the stories, films about Russia and Eastern European countries from childhood with pointed domes, buildings in snow and the cold sounds of church bells.

The Danube at dawn
The Danube at dawn | budapest travel blog

If you have a short time you can buy city tour – “Hop on Hop off” – a form of sightseeing on a bus that runs around the city with ticket price from 4.500 HUF ($15.63)/tour, see details here. Admission tickets at tourist attractions:

  • Thermal Baths: 2.900-4.600 HUF ($11- $17)
  • Hungarian National Gallery: 1.200 HUF ($4.50)
  • Museum of Fine Arts: 1.800 HUF ($7)
  • House of Terror Museum: 2.000 HUF ($ 7.50)
  • Budapest Pinball Museum: 2.500 HUF ($9.50) includes you can play on all pinball machines

Danube river and boat tour

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Traveling in Budapest, the first thing to do and of course, you have to getting around to feel the vibrant life of the city on the Danube river, watching the twinkling lights at night, can not miss the beautiful views from the bridges cross the Danube such as Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge. Each of these bridges is iconic of Budapest and leads you to a sightseeing spot, the bridge of stone lions without the tongues of the iconic Chain Bridge near Buda Castle, the Elizabeth Bridge always glowing at night leading to Gellert Hill and Liberty Bridge leading to Central Market Hall.

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Hungarian Parliament Building
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Chain Bridge, the symbol of Budapest.
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Margaret bridge

Chain Bridge,budapest travel blog

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Romantic Budapest at night
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Elisabeth Bridge
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Liberty Bridge | budapest blog
Special summer picnics on Liberty Bridge
Special summer picnic on Liberty Bridge
Sparkling Liberty Bridge at night.
Sparkling Liberty Bridge at night.

For a relaxing time and to see the entire length of the Danube you can catch Tram No. 2, which will take you along the river and you will not miss any sights. This is also a simple way for you to get a better overview of Budapest and the Danube.

Tram No. 2 will take you along the Danube river
Tram No. 2 will take you along the Danube river

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Danube river seen from above
Danube river seen from above
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In the evening, remember to buy cruise tickets on the Danube river, watching the two banks of the river glow as it seems the surroundings areas of the river all turn on the lights to increase the fancifulness of the city. There are many cruises that running at different time frames for you to choose from, including the boat departing late in night at 11 pm and having a party on boat. On some special occasions like St. Stephen’s Day (August 20 every year), Christmas holidays will have very beautiful fireworks display. The boat ticket price start at 10 euros/person with free drinks, you can see at this website. If you have good financial condition, you should reserve dinner on the boat, it will be very romantic.

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Budapest river cruise on Danube river
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Dining on a cruise on Danube River
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A very romantic scene

If you want a cheaper price, you can refer to a tip from a backpacker on TripAdvisor, go to the ticket counter at Pier 5 (dock) on the river bank of Pest, buy round trip ticket to Margaret island for just 900 HUF ($3.12) instead of buying cruise ticket on the Danube River for 1 hour for 3000 HUF ($10.42). You can choose the departure time of the boat, every 2 hours there is 1 boat trip and there are 2 wharf for you to get off the boat and getting up the island.

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The pier next to Margaret Bridge.
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Diner on a cruise

Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion

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Buda Castle is one of the city’s most prominent buildings and you can see it from the river bank of Pest through the Danube river. This is the home of Hungarian kings from the 13th century, built and renovated in the 19th century. The annual Buda Castle Wine Festival is also held in this castle.

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Buda Castle at night.
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Buda Castle and Danube river
Buda Castle Wine Festival
Buda Castle Wine Festival

This complex includes the Royal Palace – the world cultural heritage – the Hungary National Library (National Széchényi Library) and the Budapest History Museum. From a distance, the castle like a giant fortress with jade color pointed domes towering between the city. A special thing is to getting from the Chain Bridge to the Castle or Castle Hill you can climb the stairs or use a funicular railway (a cable pulling a car up), very interesting and full of nostalgia.

Budapest History Museum
Budapest History Museum
Hungary National Library
Hungary National Library
Funicular to Buda Castle
Funicular to Buda Castle | budapest travel blog
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At the foot of the castle is a secret tunnel system built in medieval times by the ancient kings, sometimes used as a wine cellar, then torture room and then used to shelter in world war.

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Faust wine cellar at Buda Castle

From here you can walk to Fishermen’s Bastion fortress, admire the whole beautiful city from above. The second floor of Fishermen’s Bastion Fortress is known for the Matthias church but you will have to buy an entrance ticket. You can enjoy lunch with delicious cakes and sip coffee at the famous Ruszwurm Cafe.

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Fishermen’s Bastion,budapest at night (1)
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Magical at night
Tourists enjoy a panoramic view of Budapest from Ruszwurm cafe.
Fishermen’s Bastion at night.
Fishermen’s Bastion at night.

Gellért Hill

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Not far from Castle Hill is Gellért Hill – Budapest’s highest peak, the hill named after St. Gerard, who spread Christianity into Hungary. Getting here you will admire the Liberty statue – the symbol of the freedom of the Hungarian people and see the whole Danube river.

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Aerial photo of Budapest Citadell and Liberty statue at Gellert Hill

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If you have time you can visit some caves on Gellert hill, Monument to Saint Gellért, which marks the location of St. Gellert’s death and from here you can see the beautiful Elizabeth bridge.

View of Elizabeth Bridge and Budapest
View of beautiful Elizabeth Bridge and Budapest
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Tomb of St. Gellért

St. Stephen’s Basilica and Hungarian Parliament Building

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Congress House

These two locations are located in District V along with many other places to visit. The Parliament Building is too famous for its magnificence, supremacy and spectacular, especially when the building lights up in the evening, just like a grand palace but also as an impregnable fortress, admission is 5.200 HUF ($18.01).

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Hungarian Parliament Building,budapest travel blog (1)
Interior

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Hungarian Parliament Building,budapest travel blog (1)
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Hungarian Parliament Building,budapest travel blog (1)
Spectacular at night

Address: Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary
Height: 96 m
Hours: 8AM–6PM
Architect: Imre Steindl
Architectural styles: Gothic Revival architecture, Renaissance Revival architecture
Admission: 5.200 HUF

A short distance away is St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest’s largest church and famous for keeping the hand of Saint Stephen. You will spend a small fee if you want to go to the church’s dome balcony to see the city from above.

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St. Stephen's Basilica,budapest travel blog (1)
Interior
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Magnificent architecture
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The giant dome

Address: Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
Height: 96 m
Opened: 1905
Architectural style: Neoclassical architecture

Andrássy Avenue and Opera House

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Vibrant at night | budapest travel blog

Budapest has a lot of large squares and Andrassy is one of them, this UNESCO heritage recognized avenue is home to quite a number of luxury shops, embassies, and splendid villas. The main avenue of Andrassy is worth it for you to spend your time here, walking and feeling the history and culture of the once–emblem of the Austria – Hungary Empire. Right at your feet is the very old tunnel built – the Metro M1 line, which leads to the end of the avenue is Hero Square.

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Aerial view of Andrássy Avenue
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Andrássy Avenue,budapest travel blog (3)

Andrássy Avenue,budapest travel blog (3)
Bustling

Not to be missed the Hungarian National Opera, a masterpiece of Renaissance Revival architecture, which is still chosen to hold concerts, the city’s major annual festivals.

Hungarian State Opera
Hungarian State Opera
Hungarian State Opera
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Address: Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Capacity: 1,261
Founded: 1875
Architect: Miklós Ybl
Architectural styles: Baroque architecture, Renaissance Revival architecture
Url: https://www.opera.hu/

Heroes’ Square

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The Hero Square is located at the end of Andrássy Avenue, built in 1896 during the 1.000th anniversary of Hungary. There are huge statues of Hungarian leaders and seven chieftains from Middle Ages.

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Heroes’ Square,budapest travel blog (1)
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Heroes’ Square,budapest travel blog (1)

Behind the Hero Square is a city park where you can walk through the fields, take a break for a while by taking a nap at the lakeside lawn, and enjoy lunch at the Gundel restaurant or Robinson restaurant near there.

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Gundel restaurant | budapest travel blog

Margaret Island

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Aerial view

Margaret is like an oasis with lots of green trees that serves as a lung for the entire city of Budapest. You can take a boat on the Danube or walk through the Árpád Bridge to get to the island. The people of Budapest often take their families here to relax on the weekends because the island is full of the services you need, a peaceful space and away from the dusty, noisy city.

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Margaret Island,budapest travel blog (1)
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Margaret Island,budapest travel blog (1)
Fountain
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Margaret Island,budapest travel blog (1)

Thermal Bath

Széchenyi thermal bath

Budapest residents are always proud that they have hot springs everywhere in the city, and hot spring baths are an activity that can’t help but try when you come to Budapest. There are more than 100 such thermal baths in the city with water temperatures from 21-78 degrees Celsius. Hot spring baths not only help you relax but also very good for health, especially the accompanying services such as massage, physical therapy,..

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Széchenyi thermal bath | budapest travel blog

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Some of the famous hot spring baths you can choose from are Széchenyi Bath which is surrounded by a beautiful palace, Gellért Bath on Gellért hill and Király Bath where you feel like living in the palace of the Turkish royal. In the above 3 bath locations, Széchenyi is home to outdoor baths with a more airy feeling. Prices of bath services, massage range 15-20EUR, you see everything at Bathsbudapest.com.

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Gellert Bath Palace
Széchenyi thermal bath
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Some information about hot spring baths in Budapest:

  • Remember to bring clothes after bathing and towels, many places they will not have towels for you, should also remove jewelry to avoid corrosion by sulfur in the water.
  • Usually they will give you a bracelet when buying a ticket, use this to scan when entering the bathroom door.
  • Hot springs often have quite a number of different rooms and sometimes very crowded, wanting to have your private room will cost you more.

Budapest blog: Where to play?

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Anker’t bar

Budapest is also famous for its ancient bars and pubs built from seemingly dilapidated buildings from the World War II. These bars are quite unique because they can be underground tunnels, the outside like a huge blockhouse and very charming. The most famous bars like these in Budapest can be listed such as Szimpla Kert, Instant and Fogas Ház, you can see more information at RuinPubs.com. In addition to the old-style bars, there are many Budapest nightclubs such as Club Studio and Club Dokk, however the price is quite high.

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Szimpla kert interior from above | budapest travel blog
Inside Szimpla Kert a ruin bar in Budapest
Inside Szimpla Kert, a ruin bar in Budapest
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Ellato ruin bar

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Team Living Nomads,

    The information was indeed interesting. You guys had so much fun, also the pictures are clicked beautifully, especially the 2nd image about, “The Danube divides the city of Budapest into two areas, Buda and Pest”. The nature, beauty, culture, travel, occasions and food are extremely explained very well and the images are felt like i have been there through our imagination.
    Keep up the great work you guys.

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