Things to Do in Budapest

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Things to Do in Budapest

This historic city is full of wonders. Visit the neo-Gothic parliament building, admire Pest's skyline at Fisherman's Bastion, or climb to the top of St. Stephen's Basilica.

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Top Attractions in Budapest

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  • Aleksandar K
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most impressive buildings in the city. Surprisingly bigger in real life. Gorgeous view around and the quay is nice as well.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • Sgruppetta
    Attard29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Budapest and really clean. Not sure why they have to charge you an entrance fee though as you can see the same views a bit further down.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • n2r49rs
    Palm Desert, CA696 contributions
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    This basilica is near or at the top of the best churches we have seen in Europe. The Vatican is the only one we can think of that surpasses it from both the exterior and interior. The Duomo in Florence is stunning on the outside but not so much on the inside. Can’t think of another in all our travels to Europe that beat it besides the Vatican. You can also take an elevator to near the top to experience wonderful views of the city. There also is a treasury component that is worth seeing as well. Highly recommend!
    Written May 24, 2024
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  • JONA A
    Shkoder, Albania1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GREAT Experience.I will come back again in Budapest 🇭🇺 #travel #vacation #explore ✈️🏰
    It was a wonderful experience. I will definitely visit Budapest again. #travel #vacation #explore
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Beth M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous river cruise! I have no complaints at all with transportation, food, ship and accommodations. Everything ran like clockwork. The cruise director and the activities director were so on top of everything. The way they do excursions was top notch. I will certainly travel again with Gate 1. This trip was a river cruise on the Danube. We read reviews that the Monarch Queen needed updating but I do not know where. It was great.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Nigel H
    Harrogate, UK83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved this church. The outside looks great with the tiled roof but the interior is also very grand, with lovely paintings and great stained glass windows including one of the lamb of God, as well as oldest stone carving in Budapest. You can see why it was chosen as place to annoint kings.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • SolihullRichard
    Dorridge, UK1,217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive bridge spanning the Danube at an iconic site with the Parliament on one side and Castle Hill the other. Take the time to get off any public transport and walk across for great views and photo opportunities
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Gustavo Woltmann
    London, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    my family and I embarked on a captivating adventure to Buda Castle in Budapest. Perched atop Castle Hill, this historic castle and palatial complex transported us back in time, revealing centuries of art, culture, and architectural marvels.

    Arrival and First Impressions:
    As we ascended the hill, the iconic Chain Bridge guided our way. The anticipation grew we were about to step into a fairy tale. The castle’s massive courtyards and imposing walls greeted us. The stone pathways whispered stories of kings, battles, and grandeur.

    Art and History Museums:
    Buda Castle houses several museums, each a treasure trove of knowledge. We wandered through the Hungarian National Gallery, where centuries of Hungarian art unfolded before our eyes. Paintings, sculptures, and artifacts told tales of love, struggle, and triumph. The intricate details left us in awe.

    Fisherman’s Bastion:
    The Fisherman’s Bastion, with its whimsical turrets and panoramic views, stole our hearts. We felt like characters in a medieval legend. The Danube River flowed below, and the city of Pest sprawled across the opposite bank. We snapped countless photos, capturing memories to cherish forever.

    Matthias Church:
    Adjacent to the castle, Matthias Church stood regal and timeless. Its colorful roof tiles danced in the sunlight. Inside, stained glass windows painted kaleidoscopic patterns on the stone floor. We lit candles, whispering wishes for our family’s well-being.

    Hidden Corners and Cafés:
    Buda Castle revealed secret nooks—quiet gardens, hidden staircases, and sun-kissed terraces. We explored them all. At a charming café, we sipped coffee and indulged in strudel, savoring the flavors and the view.

    Night Tour:
    Curiosity led us to the night tour. With lanterns in hand, we descended into the castle’s depths. Our guide shared tales of ghosts, lost treasures, and forgotten love stories. The castle walls seemed to whisper secrets.

    A Family Bonding Experience:
    Buda Castle wasn’t just about history; it was about family. We laughed, marveled, and created memories together. As the sun dipped behind the hills, we promised to return to explore more, learn more, and feel the magic once again.

    In the heart of Budapest, Buda Castle stands as a testament to human creativity, resilience, and the enduring spirit of exploration. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking enchantment, this castle will leave an indelible mark on your soul.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Edie
    West Orange, NJ64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a magnificent opera house. One of the grandest in all of Europe, with fantastic acoustics. The gold leaf decor glows all over and has very comfortable seats. If you’re an opera aficionado like me, go!!! Tickets available on line and very easy to obtain.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Helene J
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked to heroes square from our hotel in the Palace district and realised there was an event as we got closer and saw all the police and road closures. We were lucky enough to see the Tour de Hungary cyclists along with all the entourage right in heroes square. The monuments are stunning and you learn a lot about the history of Hungary when you look up who the statues are of.
    I had seen pictures of the pillars and columns before so I recognised them as we flew into Budapest Airport, really easy to spot so look out for them.
    The area around is lovely and just behind them across the road is a a long building with a central dome that has nice clean toilets, souvenir shop and icecream kiosk with very friendly staff.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Aleksandar K
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful and much bigger than expected. Loved the mix of different styles. Loved this part more than the actual fortress above.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • lyndacoombes80
    Merthyr Tydfil, UK50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Used red hop on hop off bus to get to Margaret Island huge gardens especially rose garden and Japanese garden fantastic lakes and small zoo plenty of children’s playground swings slides and roundabout. Picnic areas we spent three hours but didn’t see all of the Island highly recommend a visit. It’s free plenty of food and drink outlets to sit and relax. Plenty of music really worth a visit highly recommend.
    Written May 22, 2024
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