What sights to see in Budapest by yourself?

What sights to see in Budapest by yourself?

Basilica of St. Istvan (Stephen) is the largest and most famous temple of Budapest. In addition to its interesting history (the chapel of the cathedral holds the relics of Hungary’s founder István), this temple has many attractions for tourists.

Hungarian National Gallery

The art collections of the Hungarian National Gallery occupy three wings of the Royal Palace, have more than 100,000 works of art and cover the period from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Gellert Mountain

The mountain was named after Gerard of Hungary, the Catholic saint and enlightener of Hungary. At its summit is the Citadel, a structure that was built in the mid-19th century to control the city.

Danube in Budapest

The main attraction of Budapest is, of course, the Danube, whose banks are lined with magnificent buildings, sculptures and monuments and spanned by graceful bridges.

Vajdahunyad Castle

In the heart of Budapest, in the expanse of the city park Varoshliget stands the incredibly beautiful and romantic Vajdahunyad Castle.

The building of the Hungarian Parliament

The largest and one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest, very reminiscent of its counterpart in London, the permanent seat of the State Assembly on the banks of the Danube.

Royal Palace in Budapest

In the center of Budapest, on a hill on the right bank of the Danube, rises the majestic Royal Palace. The historic part of the city, called Buda Castle, dates back to the 13th century. It was the residence of Hungarian kings, starting with Bela IV.

Fortress Hill or Fortress Quarter

This is probably the place to start exploring Budapest. Here, in the district of Buda, gathered a huge number of attractions: three churches, six museums, art gallery, monuments, square, theater, four hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Gellert Baths

Budapest is the city of baths. If your recreational route passes through the city be sure to allow 3 hours for therapeutic water procedures. The Gellert Spa in Budapest, one of the city’s 13 spa houses, is by far the most beautiful.

Varoshliget Park

This park in the Pest district is a popular holiday spot for Budapest residents and visitors, and a cultural center of Budapest. In summer you can go boating on an artificial lake, which in winter turns into an ice rink.

Heroes’ Square in Budapest

Those who come to Budapest for the first time should visit one of the most beautiful and iconic sites in the city – Heroes’ Square, laid out for the thousandth anniversary of the founding of the state in 1896. In its center there is a marble Corinthian column with a statue of the Archangel Gabriel.

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The Great Synagogue in Budapest

The Central Synagogue in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter is considered the largest in Europe, with its 1200 square meters of floor space accommodating up to 3,000 visitors at a time. This is no coincidence: there is a very large Jewish community in the city, almost 100,000 people.

Hungarian National Museum

The Hungarian National Museum was founded in 1802 and is located in a building designed by Mikhail Pollak. The museum’s collection is devoted to the history and art of Hungary and covers the period from the founding of the state until the 1990s.

Military History Museum in Budapest

You can learn about how and with whom Hungary fought over its centuries-long history by visiting the Museum of Military History in Budapest. It is housed under the roof of a former barracks, built in 1830, in the northeastern part of Buda Castle.

The palace of the Zici family

The noble Zici family, known since the 13th century and bearing the title of Count, owned one of the three ancient districts of Budapest, Obuda, in the 18th century. On the main square, Count Miklós Zici built a palace for his family in the popular Baroque style.

Sándor Palace

Sándor Palace on St. George’s Square is the official residence of the President of Hungary. It was built in the immediate vicinity of the Buda Fortress, the former seat of the Hungarian kings. Its second name is the Alexander Palace.

Brunswick Castle

The well known Brunswick Castle, a beautiful example of 18th-century architecture, is situated 30 km from Budapest. It was built in the Neo-Gothic style, and is surrounded by a beautiful English park, extending over 70 hectares and containing more than 300 rare species of trees.

Hraššalković Castle

Not far from Budapest in Gödöllő, the Hrászalkoviches Castle covers an area of 17,000 m2 and is surrounded by 30 hectares of beautiful parkland. Built in 1730 this baroque palace ensemble was donated to the Habsburgs and became the residence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Elisabeth during the summer months.

Budapest Zoo

One of the oldest in the world, the Budapest Zoo opened its doors back in 1866. Back then it was a very modest menagerie of exotic animals with only monkeys, kangaroos and camels.

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Cafe Gerbo

Café Gerbo is one of the most iconic establishments in Budapest; the famous coffee house with a gorgeous signboard on Veresmarti square dates back to the 19th century. The noble atmosphere, luxurious interior, impeccable service – it is always crowded here, even taking into account the high prices.

The capital of Hungary is situated on the banks of the famous river Danube. Once they were two separate cities, which then merged, but even today you can distinguish the two parts: hilly and green Buda on the west bank and the flat Pest on the east.

Every year in Budapest appears more and more hotels, and all of them are in high demand. The fact that the city is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, and the number of those wishing to see this beauty is constantly increasing. There are many sights in the capital of Hungary, and it is hardly possible to see them all in one visit. But there are those places without which the impression of Budapest would be incomplete.

20 Worthwhile Places to Visit in Budapest

The majestic and pompous Budapest knows how to please both those who want to see ancient Europe and learn more about history, and those who prefer to go beyond sightseeing in their travels. If you want to experience both sides of the city, we advise you to visit the top 20 interesting places of Budapest, selected by our editorial board.

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Hungarian Parliament Building - Budapest

1. Parliament

The most recognizable and certainly the most elegant building in Budapest . A true symbol of the city and of Hungary in general. Parliament is open to the public, and everyone has the opportunity to see its no less splendid interiors. About hours and schedule of Russian-speaking tours you can find on this site.

Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3

Ticket price: Ticket price for non-EU residents at the time of publication is 6,700 Hungarian forints (€18), from 6 to 24 years old is 1,900 forints (€5).

Buda Castle - Budapest

2. Buda Castle

An old part of the city where the Royal Palace, the Historical Museum, the Church of St. Matthias and many other attractions are located. You can get up to it on the old Siklo funicular, one-way ticket costs 1400 forints, round-trip ticket costs 2000 (€4 and €5.5 respectively). Note that from August 30, 2021 to January 15, 2022, the funicular is under reconstruction.

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Take note: you can get acquainted with all its attractions on a tour “Buda Fortress – City within a City”.

Address: Szent György tér 2

Fishermen's Bastion

3. Fishermen’s Bastion

One of the sights of the Buda Fortress that we want to highlight separately. If when you mention its name you imagine fishing nets and rugged fishermen, you’ll be very surprised. In fact, it is a beautiful white-stone fortress with seven towers, named so only because fish were once traded there. The most beautiful view of the Danube and the Pest opens up from the Fishermen’s Bastion, so do not be lazy to go up to it, especially since the entrance is free.

Address: Szentháromság tér

Chain Bridge - Budapest

4. Chain Bridge

Another symbol of the city is the suspension bridge that connected Buda and Pest at the end of the 18th century. You can admire it from the bridge itself as well as from the deck of a boat that takes you on warm season boat rides on the Danube. The price of such a trip starts at 3430 forints (€9.3). The bridge is currently (December 2021) undergoing renovation, which is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Streetcar No. 2 - Budapest

5. Streetcar No. 2

City transport, which has become a landmark of Budapest and a great alternative to sightseeing tours. It runs along the banks of the Danube from the Pest side, and you can very quickly and cheaply see all the iconic places of Buda.

Szechenyi Baths - Budapest

6. Szechenyi Baths

The largest bathing complex in Europe, the real pride of Hungarians. A magical place with 11 different pools and 3 saunas. The most popular of course are the open-air pools with thermal water (the temperature even in winter is +27°C and +38°C).

Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11

Opening hours: from 6:00 to 19:00.

Admission price from 7700 forints (€21).

Gellert Pool - Budapest

7. Gellert baths

If Széchenyi is considered the most famous and popular baths in Budapest, Gellert can rightly be called the most beautiful: surrounded by colored stained glass mosaics and marble statues, you start to think that you are swimming in some fairy-tale palace. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and towel and go for a swim. This swimming pool is open from 6:00 to 20:00. Admission price is from 5,600 forints (€15.3).

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Address: Kelenhegyi út 4

Opening hours: 6:00 to 20:00.

Entrance price – from 5,600 forints (€15.3).

Palatinus Bathing House - Budapest

8. Palatinus Lido

While the two previous bathers are well known, this one is mostly known only to locals. Therefore, there are fewer people and the entrance price is lower – 2,800 forints (€7.7). Nevertheless, the outdoor thermal pools here are just as good, and in addition they have water slides and a playground, which is good for traveling with the whole family.

Address: Palatinus Strandfürdő

Admission price: HUF 1900 (€5.2) on weekdays, HUF 5100 (€5.7) on weekends.

Margaret Island - Budapest

9. Margaret Island

The large, well-kept park, located on an island in the middle of the Danube, is a favorite place for walks by locals in the summer months. There is a bus number 26 to the island. There are thermal pools, a music fountain, a summer water park and a mini-zoo, so you can easily take your children along for a walk – they won’t be bored.

Saint Stefan Basilica - Budapest

10. San István Basilica

The biggest temple in Budapest with a beautiful view of the Buda River. You have to work hard to get to the observation deck, though – there is a steep spiral staircase going up.

Address: Szent István tér 1

Shoes on the Danube embankment - Budapest

11. the shoes on the Danube promenade

A memorial on the banks of the Danube that makes your heart ache. The 60 bronze pairs of shoes – women’s, men’s and even children’s – commemorate the shooting of Jewish families here during World War II. One of the most symbolic and moving monuments in the world.

Address: Id. Antall József rkp

Terror Museum - Budapest

12. Terror Museum

Another meaningful and soul stirring place in Budapest worth visiting. Here you can learn more about the history of Hungary and the tragic period of the totalitarian regime. The exhibition leaves a lasting impression. Entrance is free.

Address: Andrássy út 60

Palace of Arts - Budapest

13. Palace of Art

Opened in 2005, this palace has become a favourite hangout for young people in Budapest. In the evenings there are music concerts and theatrical performances, and during the day everyone can see a collection of modern artists’ works. There is also a special children’s center, where you can take your child while the parents are on a tour.

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Address: Komor Marcell u. 1

Opera House - Budapest

14. Opera House

The opera building is monumental and majestic not only from the outside. If you have a chance you should go to a performance or take a guided tour to see the famous opera house with its special acoustics.

Address: Andrássy út 22

Aquaworld Waterpark - Budapest

15. Aquaworld Waterpark

The largest and most unusual in Eastern Europe. You can not only go down the slides, but also practice surfing and diving. See here for opening hours and current entrance prices.

Address: Δves út 16

Pinball Museum - Budapest

16. Pinball Museum

A great place for geeks and families with children. Here you can find rare pinball and other arcade machines. The buzz is that visitors can not only view the exhibition, but also play any game.

Address: Radnóti Miklós u. 18

Tickets cost 3500 forints (€9.5)

Budapest Zoo - Budapest

17. Budapest Zoo

Zoo in Budapest is praised by everyone – locals and visitors alike. Such a collection of rare animals and insects is hard to find! There is also a theme park Holnemvolt Park with exotic birds and pets, as well as a variety of attractions for children.

Address: Állatkerti krt. 6-12

Entrance fee: for adults 3300 forints (€9) and for children 2200 (€6).

Flea Market - Budapest

18. Big flea market “Echeri Piats”

One of the biggest flea markets in all of Europe. Here you can find excellent antiques and war relics, as well as unusual porcelain souvenirs and paintings. However, it is better to come here early in the morning on weekends.

Address: Nagykőrösi út 156

Miniversum Museum - Budapest

Gellert Hill

For the best panoramic views of the Hungarian capital, go to Gellert Hill, named after St. Gellert, who was killed by pagans on this hill in the 11th century. Right on top of it is the Statue of Liberty, erected in 1947 to commemorate Hungary’s liberation from Nazi Germany, and the citadel, which was erected by the Habsburg dynasty in the 19th century. In the vicinity of the hill there is a hotel with the same name and the famous baths of Gellert. Also the hill is remarkable for a unique church, which is located in a cave. Entrance to it costs 600 forints (€1.6).

Address: Citadella stny. 350

Eventuell Gallery - Budapest

20. Eventuell Gallery

A store with unusual products of Hungarian designers and various handmade trinkets that you can buy as a souvenir. Many people come here as a museum just to look at all these unique items.

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