What to see in Budapest: the 18 best attractions and things to do

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Budapest, the Hungarian capital, definitely is one of the most fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. Crossed by the Danube, it is divided into two parts: Buda, the upper city, the oldest part where the castle is located, and Pest, the lower city. These two parts unified into a single city only in 1873. The main attractions and things to see are distributed in both districts and both deserve to be visited and discovered. The historic center is not too large then you can move mainly on foot, except for some cases!

So let's find out together what to see in Budapest: the best attractions and things to do to make your trip unforgettable!



Index

  1. Buda district
  2. Pest neighborhood
  3. Budapest Parliament
  4. Buda Castle
  5. Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church
  6. Citadel
  7. St. Stephen's Basilica
  8. Chain Bridge
  9. Margaret Island
  10. Heroes' Square and Museum of Fine Arts
  11. Hungarian National Museum
  12. Opera House
  13. Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter
  14. Széchenyi baths
  15. Városliget city park
  16. Budapest zoo and Botanical Garden
  17. Nagy Vásárcsarnok Central Market
  18. Váci utca and Andrassy Boulevard
  19. Other attractions to visit
  20. 5 things to do in Budapest
  21. User questions and comments

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1 - Buda district

Budapest is mainly divided into two large districts: Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube. Buda is the oldest part of the city. To reach it, the most suggestive way is through the funicular known as "siklò".

In this neighborhood not to be missed are the Royal Palace, located on top of the hill, and the Matthias Church. Behind the latter, the Fishermen's Bastion is extraordinary, from which you can enjoy a crazy view of the Danube and the whole city. The district then also develops in the nearby hill, known as Gellért Hill, a panoramic point on the top of which stands the citadel and the statue of the martyr bishop San Gerardo.

Finally, the Buda District is it can also be visited underground, where a maze of caves and tunnels rich in thermal springs develops, called the Budapest Labyrinth. It is possible to do this starting from the Buda Castle and, walking through the various underground corridors, you can discover rock paintings, ancient fountains, columns, statues and much more. To better enjoy the experience, we recommend the walking tour of the Buda Castle caves.



See the sunset in Buda: from the panoramic terraces of the Buda district, such as that of the Castle or the Fishermen's Bastion, you can admire beautiful sunsets.

  • district that develops on the eastern bank of the Danube, joined to Pest by several bridges, including the Chain Bridge. Served by bus, tram and metro - Get directions
  • always accessible / Siklò funicular every day 7: 30-22: 00 / Budapest labyrinth every day 10: 00-19: 00
  • free / Siklò funicular one way 1.200 HUF (€ 3,40) / Full Budapest Labyrinth 3.000 HUF (€ 8,40), reduced 2.500 HUF (€ 7,00)

2 - Pest district

Pest is the newest part of the city, therefore less ancient and classic but more modern and singular. Life here goes fast and Pest shows off his creative side thanks to shops of young artists and innovative stylists.

Here you will find the Great Synagogue, the iconic Parliament Building, the Ethnographic Museum and the Cathedral of Santo Stefano. In the Jewish quarter area there are the famous ruin pubs, including the more famous Szimpla Kert. These are places open until late at night that have been set up inside old abandoned buildings, creating a unique atmosphere of its kind. For this reason, Pest is also the center of nightlife, an ideal neighborhood to stay for the youngest and for those looking for fun!

Finally, if you are a shopper, stroll along Váci Utca and Avenue Andrassy, the most important streets of Budapest, full of shops and restaurants!

On the western bank of the Danube, it is easily accessible from anywhere in the city, served by bus, metro and tram - Get directions



A leap into Budapest at the end of the 800th century: In the Vörösmarty tér square, in the historic center of Pest, is the Café Gerbeaud, an old restaurant that will allow you to take a leap into the Budapest of the end of the 800th century, thanks to its interiors and furnishings. Higher than average prices, but the experience is worth it

3 - Parliament of Budapest

The Budapest Parliament has become the symbol of the city! This Gothic-style masterpiece, with neo-baroque and neo-romantic influences, is 268 meters long and lights up every night giving a unique spectacle. It's surely one of the main attractions from the city and seat of the Hungarian National Assembly.

Wonderful from the outside, we recommend that you also visit it inside. This can only be done by taking part in a guided tour lasting about 45 minutes which we recommend you book in advance. The interiors are spectacular, you can visit the Staircase of Honor with the gold-plated stairs, the Chamber of the Nobles which today hosts conventions and conferences, and the Sala della Cupola. In the latter you can admire the Holy Crowns of Hungary, among the most important in Europe!

  • in Pest, in Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3. On the Danube bank, easily reachable on foot from St. Stephen's Basilica (1 km, 13 min) and the Chain Bridge (1,2 km, 15 min). Nearest tram stop Kossuth Lajos tér M (line 2), nearest metro stop Kossuth Lajos tér (red line M2) - Get directions
  • from April to October every day 8: 00-18: 00, from November to March every day 8: 00-16: 00
  • full 5.900 HUF (€ 16,40), reduced 3.000 HUF (€ 8,50). Only with guided tour

4 - Buda Castle

Buda Castle, also known as the Royal Palace, is one of the most beautiful attractions in the city. Situated on a hill, overlooking the Danube and from its gardens you can enjoy a beautiful view of Budapest. To reach the top you can follow the paths on foot among the trees or get on the funicular which connects Adam Clark Square with the castle.

In the past, the Buda Castle it was the residence of the kings of Hungary. Today it houses the National Library, containing over 15.000 books and manuscripts, the Hungarian National Gallery, developed over 4 floors and with numerous works, and the Budapest History Museum, which traces the fundamental stages of the city. You can decide whether to visit a single museum or the whole castle, based on your interests. But we advise you at least to climb up to here to admire the view and stroll through its gardens!



Organize the visit: to go up to the Castle we recommend taking the funicular, but on the way back, stroll through the woods to the square. On the way you can admire beautiful views of the city

  • in Buda, in Szent György tér 2. Accessible on foot or by the funicular to the top. Closest bus stop Clark Ádám tér (lines 16, 105, 916) - Get directions
  • gardens and courtyards 24 h / National Gallery and Museum Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, in winter until 16: 00 / Funicular every day 7: 30-22: 00
  • free gardens / National Gallery HUF 3.200 (€ 8,90) / History Museum HUF 2.000 (€ 5,60) / Funicular one way 1.200 HUF (€ 3,40)

5 - Fishermen's Bastion and St. Matthias Church

One of the most popular places for tourists it is certainly the Fishermen's Bastion, also in the Buda district, not very far from the Castle. It is about a lookout that seems straight out of a fairytale because of its atmosphere and its particular architecture. Here you will always find many tourists, so to enjoy it to the fullest we recommend that you arrive early in the morning or when evening falls and comes fully illuminated.

In the Bastion you can also visit the Matthias Church, whose full name is Our Lady of the Assumption of Castle Hill. It is about one of the oldest buildings in all of Budapest. In Gothic style, it has more than 700 years of history behind it and inside it houses the Museum of Sacred Art, with sacred relics and replicas of the royal crown. Here in July and August every Friday evening organ concerts are organized, starting at 20:00.

  • in Buda, in Szentháromság tér. Easily accessible on foot from Buda Castle (900 m, 12 min). From Pest by bus to Donáti utca stop (line 16, 916) - Get directions
  • Fisherman's Bastion always accessible / Church of San Matthias Mon-Fri 9: 00-17: 00, Sat 9: 00-12: 00, Sun 13: 00-17: 00. Times may vary according to the season and religious holidays or anniversaries, consult the official website
  • Free Fishermen's Bastion / Church of San Matthias full 1.800 HUF (€ 5,00), reduced 1.200 HUF (€ 3,40), full Tower 1.800 HUF (€ 5,00), reduced 1.200 HUF (€ 3,40)

6 - Citadel

The Citadel of Budapest, also located in the Buda side, is the highest point in the whole city and offers a wonderful view, even better than the one you can admire from the Castle or the Bastion! One of the best times to visit is the sunset, when the sky turns red and the colors are reflected on the Danube, while the city slowly begins to light up.

Our advice is to climb to the top via one of the trails of the Gellért-hegy Reserve, as along the way you will come across statues and wonderful views of the city. Here you will find the ancient fortress and the Statue of Liberty, in memory of all the soldiers who lost their lives defending their country. At the foot of the hill are the wonderful bathrooms Gellért Baths, ideal for relaxing after a day walking around the capital!

Visit without effort: if you don't want to walk the many steps, you can reach the top of the Citadel via the comfortable tourist bus which includes a wonderful panoramic tour of the city

  • in Buda, in the Gellért-hegy Reserve. Ascent on foot via various routes on Mount Gellert. By bus stop Búsuló Juhász (line 27). Alternatively by tourist bus to the top - Get directions
  • always accessible / Gellert Baths every day 9: 00-19: 00
  • free / Gellert Baths from 3.900 HUF (€ 10,80)

7 - Basilica of Santo Stefano

St. Stephen's Basilica, located in the heart of the historic center of Budapest, is one of the most important religious buildings in all of Hungary! It is also one of the main monuments of the city. It was dedicated to Stephen, the first King of Hungary and his presumed right hand is kept inside the reliquary.

St. Stephen's Basilica is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest, sharing with the Parliament. This is no coincidence: the two heights were equal at the time they symbolized the equality between secular power and spiritual power. The church, with a Greek cross plan, was built in neoclassical style and on the facade you can see two bell towers, in the south one is the largest bell in the country. In addition, the Basilica has always played an important role in the musical scenario of the capital and his choir performs throughout Europe! If you get the chance, we advise you to attend a concert inside (all events on the official website).

Night charm: don't forget to go to the square in the evening, when you can admire the illuminated Basilica

  • in Pest, at Szent István tér 1. Easily accessible on foot from the Parliament (1 km, 12 min) or the Chain Bridge (900 m, 10 min). Nearest bus stop Szent István Bazilika (lines 9, 914, 914A, 931, 950). Nearest metro stop Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (M1 yellow line) - Get directions
  • Mon-Sat 9: 00-19: 00, Sun 7: 45-19: 00. Possible closures in case of anniversaries or religious celebrations, consult the official website
  • Basilica free, donation free / Dome 500,00 HUF (€ 1,40) / Treasure 400 HUF (€ 1,10)

8 - Chain Bridge

Another symbol of the city is certainly the Chain Bridge, in Hungarian Széchenyi Lánchíd. It is the most famous and oldest bridge in Budapest and connects the part of Pest to the steps of the Buda Castle. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark, it was inaugurated in 1849.

375 m long and supported by two large cast iron pillars and wrought iron tie rods, the bridge is pedestrian and you can then cross it on foot! At the beginning you will find two statues of two large lions, represented however without language. Unfortunately, the bridge was destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War, but at the end of the war it was faithfully rebuilt.

Easily accessible on foot from both Buda and Pest districts, St. Stephen's Basilica (900m, 10min) and the funicular to Buda Castle (200m, 3min) - Get directions

9 - Margaret Island

Margaret Island rises in the center of the Danube, easily accessible by crossing the bridge of the same name. It is a large green area, also called the green lung of Budapest, which extends for only 2,5 square kilometers, so it can be easily visited in a few hours.

This island is the result of the union of three islets: the Seaside Island, the Painters' Island and the Hare Island. At the end of 1800 they were artificially united and to the new island was given the name of the daughter of King Béla IV, retired to a monastery on the island itself.

Here too you can find wonderful spas, i Palatinus Strand Baths, a large complex that includes indoor and outdoor thermal baths, swimming pools and a water slide.

  • on the Danube River. Bordered by the Margaret Bridge to the south, the closest to the center, and the Árpád Bridge to the north. 1,3 km walk from the Parliament (17 min). Margitsziget Island Bus Stop (Lines 26, 226) - Get Directions
  • always accessible / Palatinus Strand Baths every day 8: 00-20: 00
  • free / Palatinus Strand Baths day from 2.600 HUF (€ 7,20)

10 - Heroes' Square and Museum of Fine Arts

Heroes' Square definitely is the most famous and iconic square in Budapest. It is located in the northern part of the city, outside the historic center, and is the gateway to the large city park, the Városliget. The statues present represent the founders of the country, or the leaders of the seven founding tribes.

Several buildings overlook the square, including the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most important and most visited museums in the city! Housed in a majestic neoclassical building, it was inaugurated directly by the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria in 1906. Inside you can find several collections with works by the greats of painting, such as Raphael, Picasso, Tiepolo, Cézanne or El Greco.

Visit in any season: it is an essential stop at any time of the year, if you go in autumn you can witness the foliage, in summer instead there are numerous events. In winter, the lake freezes and therefore it will be possible to skate on it

  • in Pest, on Andrassy U and precedes the large city park, the Városliget. Nearest metro stop Hősök tere (M1 yellow line passing through the old town) - Get directions
  • Heroes' Square always accessible / Museum of Fine Arts Thu-Fri 11: 00-16: 00, Sat-Sun 10: 00-18: 00
  • Heroes' Square free / Museum of Fine Arts permanent exhibitions 3.200 HUF (€ 8,90), temporary exhibitions variable, consult the official website

11 - Hungarian National Museum

To learn more about the history of Hungary, we recommend that you visit the Hungarian National Museum in the heart of Budapest. Founded in 1802, it was inaugurated in 1846 and was born thanks to Count Ferenc Széchenyi, who decided to donate his entire collection, consisting of various documents, coins and important books!

Here you can then discover the whole history of the country from the moment of its birth until 1990. Inside you will have to follow a path where you can admire important relics and works, the oldest dating back to the prehistoric age. Among the things not to be missed, the coronation cloak of the Kings of Hungary! It is about one of the most interesting museums in the city and is housed in one of the most beautiful and impressive historic buildings, with a classic style.

  • in Pest, in Múzeum krt. 14-16. Easily reachable on foot from the Great Synagogue (700 m, 9 min) or from the Central Market (500 m, 8 min). Nearest metro stop Kálvin tér (blue line M3 and green line M4). Nearest bus stop Kálvin tér M (lines 9, 909, 914, 950) - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00
  • full 2.600 HUF (€ 7,30), reduced 1.300 HUF (€ 3,60)

12 - Opera House

The Budapest Opera House, full name Magyar Állami Operaház, is one of the most elegant and wonderful buildings in the whole city! The palace is in a neo-Renaissance style with a Gothic influence and was inaugurated in September 1884. The entire building is filled with columns, ornaments, decorations, frescoes and sculptures by local artists.

You will be pleased to know it is It is possible to visit the interior of the theater, but only through a guided tour, with an average duration of about 45 min. Alternatively, you can attend one of the many concerts or theater reviews that are staged here: it is a truly incredible experience. Also in this case, you can consult all the events and the program on the official website.

  • in Pest, in Andrássy út 22. Easily reachable on foot from St. Stephen's Basilica (900 m, 11 min) or from the Parliament (1,3 km, 17 min). Nearest metro stop Opera (M1 yellow line). Nearest bus stop Opera M (line 105, 979) - Get directions
  • Mon-Sat 11: 00-17: 00. Times may vary based on scheduled shows
  • full visit 2.900 HUF (€ 8,10), reduced HUF 1.900 (€ 5,30) / shows variable cost, consult the official website

13 - Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter

One of the neighborhoods not to be missed in Budapest it is the Jewish quarter, in the eastern part of the historic center. This neighborhood it hosts the third largest Jewish community in Europe and in the past it has endured many difficult times, especially during the Nazi occupation.

A visit to the Great Synagogue in the neighborhood is not to be missed, the second largest in the world, after that of Jerusalem. It was built between 1854 and 1859 and the predominant style is Moorish, with Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic details. It is possible to visit it inside and it is a visit that we advise you not to miss! Inside is also the Tree of Life, in memory of the Jews killed during the Holocaust.

Place of the Movida: we recommend that you visit the Jewish quarter also in the evening. In fact, here there are many Ruin pubs, including the most famous, namely the Szimpla Kert

  • in Pest, in Dohány u. 2, Jewish quarter. Easily accessible on foot from St. Stephen's Basilica (1,1 km, 13 min) or the Elisabeth Bridge (1,1 km, 13 min). Astoria nearest metro stop (red line M2). Nearest Tram Stop Astoria M (Line 74) - Get Directions
  • Jewish quarter always accessible / Great Synagogue spring hours Sun-Thu 10: 00-18: 00, summer Sun-Thu 10: 00-20: 00, autumn Sun-Thu 10: 00-18: 00, winter Sun-Thu 10: 00 16-00: 10. Fri 00: 16-00: , closed Sat. Closed for Jewish celebrations and holidays, consult the official website
  • free Jewish quarter / Great Synagogue full HUF 5.000 (€ 13,90), reduced HUF 1.700 (€ 4,70)

14 - Széchenyi Baths

Budapest definitely is one of the most beautiful spa towns in Europe! The spas in the Hungarian capital are so many and offer a very wide choice to their visitors, including spas that are more romantic, more touristy or with more specific treatments.

Surely, the most famous spas in Budapest are the Széchenyi Baths, located in the city park complex, not far from Heroes' Square. These spas are housed within a wonderful neo-baroque style building and they can be used all year round also outside, thanks to the large swimming pool with warm water. There is nothing more relaxing than a dip in the warm waters after a day spent walking the streets of Budapest. obviously there is no lack of many wellness treatments, from massages to the sauna, including all body treatments.

  • in Pest, in Állatkerti krt. 9-11, in the city park. Easily reachable on foot from Heroes' Square (600 m, 8 min). Closest metro stop Széchenyi fürdő (yellow line M1). Nearest bus stop Széchenyi fürdő M (line 72) - Get directions
  • lun-gio 6:00-19:00, ven-dom 6:00-20:00
  • daily with locker from 3.500,00 HUF (€ 9,70), paid treatments, consult the official website

15 - Városliget city park

Along the whole Andrassy Boulevard you arrive at Heroes' Square, from which opens the large city park Városliget. This is the most important green area in Budapest, as well as being one of the first public city parks in the world. Once a hunting lodge for Hungarian noble families, today it is a place of recreation for citizens and tourists.

There are several activities that can be carried out here! The park is home to the aforementioned Széchenyi Baths and the Museum of Fine Arts. One of the main attractions is Lake Városliget, where you can rent boats and take a romantic ride! Also, near the lake, it is open in winter a large skating rink, 150 years old!

Finally, here you can visit the Vajdahunyad Castle, an ancient residence built in 1896 with different architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque. Today it houses the Royal Museum of Agriculture.

  • in Pest, in Kós Károly stny. Easily reachable on foot from Heroes' Square (600 m, 8 min). Nearest metro stop Hősök tere (yellow line M1). Nearest bus stop Hősök tere M (line 979) - Get directions
  • always accessible / Lake Városliget boat rental times vary according to season and weather conditions / Vajdahunyad Castle Tue-Sat 10 am-00pm
  • free / Lake Városliget boat rental 30 min 2.000 HUF (€ 5,60) / Castle Vajdahunyad full 1.600 HUF (€ 4,50), reduced 800 HUF (€ 2,20)

16 - Budapest zoo and botanical garden

The Városliget city park is also home to the Budapest Zoo and the Botanical Garden, which are located near the thermal baths. It is about one of the oldest zoos in the world, opened in 1866. It is also considered by many to be the most beautiful zoo in Europe and is an unmissable stop if you are traveling with children, as there is also an amusement park here, Holnemvolt Park.

Inside the park are located more than 700 animal species and about 3.500 varieties of plants. The habitats have been recreated in great detail and there are tons of experiences to take part in every day, such as 3D movies and Time Machine Simulators. Will find various thematic areas, such as that of reptiles, birds or marine animals.

Tips for visiting: the Zoo is very extensive, we recommend that you take a map at the entrance and dedicate the whole day to it. Also, pay attention to the timetables, in the colder months the closure is early. Before your visit, we advise you to consult the official website

  • in Pest, in Állatkerti krt. 6-12, in the city park. Easily reachable on foot from Heroes' Square (400 m, 5 min). Closest metro stop Széchenyi fürdő (yellow line M1). Nearest bus stop Széchenyi fürdő M (line 72) - Get directions
  • every day from 9:00, closing times vary according to the season, from 13:00 to 19:00. Consult the official website
  • full 3.300 HUF (€ 9,30), reduced 2.200 HUF (€ 6,20). Several passes and combined tickets available, please consult the official website

17 - Nagy Vásárcsarnok Central Market

If you want to discover the local specialties and buy some local handicrafts, then we absolutely recommend a visit to the Nagy Vásárcsarnok, the central market of Budapest! It is very easy to reach, from the center just walk the pedestrian street Váci utca among a thousand shops and restaurants, until you find the market in front of your eyes!

The Nagy Vásárcsarnok is the largest covered market in Budapest and one of the largest in Europe! Inaugurated at the end of the th century, it is divided into three floors: the underground one where you will find mainly fish; the one on the ground floor, where the entrance is located, with food stalls and typical products; the top floor with souvenirs, local handicrafts, clothing and restaurants where you can taste typical dishes.

When to visit: we advise you to go in the afternoon during the week, or for a quick lunch. The busiest time is on Saturday mornings, as it closes at 15pm.

  • in Pest, in Vámház krt. 1-3. Easily reachable on foot along the Váci utca street. Nearest metro stop Fővám tér (green line M4). Nearest tram stop Fővám tér M (lines 2, 47, 48, 49) - Get directions
  • Mon 6: 00-17: 00, Tue-Fri 6: 00-18: 00, Sat 6: 00-15: 00, Sun closed
  • free

18 - Váci utca and Andrassy Boulevard

Váci utca and Andrassy Boulevard are the most important streets of the city! Both are located in a nice neighborhood of Pest and are full of shops, clubs and restaurants. In spring and summer it is really pleasant to stroll through these two boulevards and admire the life of Budapest!

Váci utca is a completely pedestrian street in the heart of Budapest. It leads from the central square of Vörösmarty tér, where wonderful Christmas markets are held, to the Fővám tér square, where the Central Market is located. Ideal to visit, as well as during the day, even in the evening, thanks to the many typical restaurants and clubs open until late!

Andrassy Boulevard, on the other hand, is the most important avenue of the city and in 2002 it was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The street leads from Erzsébet ter to the famous and beautiful Heroes' Square in the city park. Due to its beauty and the presence of many Renaissance and historical buildings, it is called the Champs-Élysées of Budapest!

To reach Váci utca, the closest metro station is Vörösmarty tér (yellow line M1) - Get directions / On Andrassy Boulevardulla there are 7 metro stations (yellow line M1) - Get directions

Try a Kurtos: between a walk and the other, stop at one of the stalls you will meet to eat a Kurtos, the typical Hungarian dessert with a cylindrical shape, generally based on cinnamon but also sold in other variations. You can't leave Budapest without having eaten at least one

Other attractions to visit

Budapest is a perfect city to visit in a weekend and, by planning your itinerary in advance, you will be able to include all the attractions mentioned above. If you have more time, there are so many other things to do in the city!

We advise you, first of all, to go to the discovery of the statues sown throughout the city, like the Little Princess statue on the riverside. Near the Parliament you will find the work Shoes on the banks of the Danube, in memory of the Jews killed during the Second World War. Outside the center there is also the Memento Park, with numerous statues dating back to the communist period (1.500 HUF / € 4,20). There are also numerous museums, which you can visit according to your interests! Absolutely worth mentioning is the Museum of the History of Music (2.000 HUF / € 5,60).

Finally, the Széchenyi Baths are alone one of the many spas in Budapest. There are other establishments in town and you can choose your favorite according to your needs! The most beautiful are the Gellert Baths (from 3.900 HUF / € 10,80), the Palatinus Strand Baths (from 2.600 HUF / € 7,20), the Baths of Lukacs (from 2.900 HUF / € 8,10), the Rudas (from 4.900 HUF / € 13,70) and many others.

5 things to do in Budapest

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  1. Cruise on the Danube: Budapest is divided into two parts, Buda and Pest, by the Danube. The panoramic cruise is one of those experiences to do absolutely, to admire the city from another perspective
  2. Tasting of local products: Hungarian cuisine is full of excellent products and tasty and nutritious dishes. Then take part in a tasting of typical products to experience a journey within a journey
  3. Hungarian nightlife: Budapest is a well-known destination for its nightlife. Only here you will find the ruin pubs, or places housed in old abandoned buildings. Discover the best with an evening pub crawl
  4. Experience the magic of Christmas: Budapest is one of the best Christmas destinations, thanks to the atmosphere that the city offers in December! Decorations, markets, events and much more - find out more
  5. Hot air balloon ride: there is nothing more beautiful than admiring a city from above! In Budapest you can take part in a wonderful balloon ride over Nograd County, choosing whether to admire the sunrise or sunset

Plan your stay in Budapest: flights and hotels

The Hungarian capital is served since Budapest-Ferenc Liszt Airport, connected to Italy by numerous direct flights (starting from € 30,00) and located 20 km from the center.

Budapest is an economic destination. you can find excellent accommodations in the center without spending too much (Hotels and b & b from € 40,00 per room), and this will allow you to move mainly on foot, the best way to explore and experience the city!

If you are looking for nightlife, this is mainly concentrated in the Pest neighborhood, an ideal place for young people to stay! If you are traveling with children instead, we advise you to look for accommodation on the banks of the Danube or near the Parliament, certainly more peaceful places. There are many activities to do with the children, such as a visit to the zoo and the city park, or a panoramic cruise on the Danube!

Among the free activities you can do in Budapest: admire the view from the Fishermen's Bastion and the Castle, visit Heroes' Square and the nearby city park, visit the Central Market, stroll around Margaret Island and many more!


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