The Best Things to Do in Budapest
Collected by Kimberly Bradley , AFAR Local Expert
Whether strolling the grand residential neighborhoods and wide boulevards of the Pest side, or wandering the historic palace-studded hills of Buda on the other side of the Danube, each of Budapest’s districts offers its own charms and stories.
Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
Budapest, the city of the Danube, of ruin pubs, of goulasch and the most beautiful parliament house ever built, is also the city of baths. This is one of them, can stay the whole day, chill out and brush stress away.
Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary
When you walk across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, you can walk up a number of pedestrian walkways toward Buda Castle. If you turn around and look toward the Danube River, there are several great vantage points and views of Pest and the...
Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
How I love Budapest. Both sides of the river, the Buda and the Pest, equally. At night, there is something especially lovely about the Buda side and a visit to the enchanting interior of the Matthias Church is a requirement, as well as time to...
Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Built between 1875 and 1884, the neo-Renaissance Opera House is worth a visit for the architecture alone. Purchase a box seat in one of the gilded balconies for a closer view of the baroque chandeliers. For a more raucous experience, head three...
Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
So, what do you do with all of your statues when the political system crumbles? Build a park to display them, of course. After taking a public bus to the outskirts of Budapest, I spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring Szobor Park, walking among...
Budapest, Dohány u. 2, 1074 Hungary
It may not be the Castle, Váci Street or Heroes' Square, but if you really want to get to know the city, don't miss it. Established at the turn of the 19th century when the jewish community gathered in the 7th District. The center of this...
Budapest, Pesti alsó rkp., Hungary
It's a memorial to the Budapest Jews who fell victim to the Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest and depicts their shoes left behind on the bank when they fell into the river after having been shot during World War II.
Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9, 1013 Hungary
Nearly 500 years old, this small thermal bath complex will send visitors back in time ... as well as into a state of deep relaxation. In a jewel-like building established in the 16th Century during the Turkish occupation, a 33-foot dome tops the...
Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, 1118 Hungary
If you get the chance to go you must experience at least one Medicinal bath, we went to the Gellert Spa Baths which are the eldest ... We entered feeling a little uncomfortable as nudity is encouraged, but once you relax you really feel...
Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 8, 1061 Hungary
This university for music was established more than a century ago by, you guessed it, renowned Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. The building is of course primarily a school—but its lively in-house concert series, including chamber music,...
Budapest, Liliom u. 41, 1094 Hungary
This funky venue for experimental art of all kinds—theater, visual art, dance, performance, music, even circus arts—began as a transformer station, then later sat empty for 40 years until a group of artists began squatting there in the...
Budapest, Székács u. 29, 1122 Hungary
The Budapest Design Terminal, a Bauhaus-style building dating to 1948 on the Buda side of the Danube, was once a derelict bus terminal. These days the space, renovated in the early 2010s, is a hot spot for cow-orking, "incubation," networking,...
Budapest, Teréz krt. 30, 1066 Hungary
In an age of Hollywood blockbusters and cineplexes (even in Europe), true art-house cinemas are a dying breed; Művész on the Pest side of the city keeps the faith with a wide variety of international and vintage films shown on four screens....
Budapest, Klauzál tér 5, 1072 Hungary
This relatively new art gallery–founded in 2013 by curators Patrick Urwyler from Switzerland and Hungary native Boglárka Mittich—focuses on showing and promoting contemporary art from Central Europe, which, let’s be frank,...
Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095 Hungary
Ludwig museums crop up frequently throughout Europe—the Ludwigs were avid German art collectors who were also generous enough to make large donations and establish institutions in places like Cologne since the late 1980s—and Budapest...
Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095 Hungary
Known as the Palace of Arts until 2015, the modern, glassy cultural center Müpa opened in 2005 and is the premier venue in the Hungarian capital to take in cutting-edge jazz, dance, art, and more. The Bela Bartok National Concert Hall is...
Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Hungary
On a night walk around Budapest, I followed the sounds of music into City Park. It was my first night in Budapest and didn't realize that some sort of music festival was going on. After listening to a number of different musicians and musical...
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