7 Things to See in Budapest

(Last Updated On: October 2, 2018)

No one can deny the old world charm Budapest has to offer. This epic European city is full with stunning views and beautiful architecture. It is a perfect place to escape your daily routine and enjoy some relaxing time sipping coffee and exploring the city.

There are plenty of things you can do in Budapest, no matter how long you are staying, you just need to plan carefully your trip and make sure you do not miss anything.

I am proud to say that I always plan every detail possible before I travel to a certain place. I print all the places that I want to see and all the things that I want to do. But, for some reason, Budapest is not on that list. The first time I went there I stayed for 4 days and managed to see all the major sites, and once again I am proud to say that we walked most of the time. After I got back home and I was going through my extensive list I realized that I missed the Ruin Bars. Then on my next trip I planned to see the Ruin bars and I remember saving some nice places on Pinterest. But when we got there I was once again s overwhelmed with the city so I just threw the map and went with the flow. So, hopefully on my third visit to the city I will manage to drink a cocktail or two in one of those very popular bars. Here are some images that I liked but unfortunately I did not took them.

Budapest is not a city you can visit in a day. It is colossal and it takes time to explore it in more depth. You have no idea how wonderful it is to wander the streets and stumble upon places of interest.

If you are anything like me you will try to visit as much as possible, so after looking at my pictures for the millionth time and remembering of the place I manage to put together a list of places that are really worth your attention.

1 | Saint Stephen`s Basilica

The second time around we were staying in a hotel that was very close to Sain Stephen`s Basilica, so it seemed like everything was revolving around this cathedral. It is an impressive monument both from the outside and from the inside.

2 | The Fat Man Statue

The Fat Man Statue is located opposite Saint Stephen`s Basilica and for some reason you need to rub its belly for good luck. We learned this thanks to the free City Guide Tour.

3 | Fisherman`s Bastion

Fisherman`s Bastion is probably my favourite sight when it comes to Budapest. For some reason, the building reminds me of Disney castles, and the best part is, it is free of charge to visit it. It is an easy walk up the hill but if you are feeling lazy or tired from all the walking you can take the Buda castle Furnicular. The views are stunning and you have to wait in a row to take a good picture with no ‘photo bombs’ here.

4 | The House of Parliament

The House of Parliament is probably one of the most beautiful buildings that I have seen on my travels. There is an awe-inspiring view from the Fisherman`s bastion and it gets even better up close. If you want to learn something more about Hungary and its political views you can take a guided tour.  

5 | Chain Bridge

Almost every bridge that connects Buda and pest is worth your time, but at this point I will single out the Chain Bridge. Its official name is Szechenyi Chain Bridge in honor of  Count Szechenyi Istvan who had the idea to build the first bridge and shorten the road between Buda and Pest.

6 | Gellert Hill

If you are chasing panoramic views of Budapest then gellert Hill should be on your itinerary as well. The best time to visit the place is during the sunset, but if timing is not your best suit then even during the day you can enjoy it as well.

7 | Thermal Baths

There are more than 125 springs that provide therapeutic waters for the many thermal baths in Budapest. Your stay will not be complete without visiting the most famous thermal bath, Szechenyl. There are 15 baths and 3 swimming pools and you can also enjoy some extra treatments they have to offer like massage and pedicures, just to name some.

Where to stay in Budapest

The first time I went to Budapest I was still a student traveling on a budget, so me and my friend found the cheapest hostel which was so far away that we spend a lot of money on transportation. From that experience I have learned that finding an affordable accommodation in the center of the city is priceless. You can visit this website and find the hotel that is in your price range. That is what we did and for the first time I have no regrets when it comes to finding a place to stay.

Read more about 10 Cheapest Cities in Europe

The first time I came across this website I thought that there is a some kind of a mistake because the prices were so affordable, so I had to double check to make sure that I am not wrong. But it turns out that Budapest is more in the price range than any other European city I have visited. I just hope it will stay like that because I would love to go and visit the city at least one more time.

So if you are looking for where to stay look no further, book your stay here and start planning your trip.

Have you been to Budapest before? What are your favorite sights? Where did you stay and did you like your accommodation?

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Author: Elena

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    Helena R

    October 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I have a friend who lives in Budapest, Hungary. He always talks about how beautiful it is, but I’ve never been. This post is motivating me to go haha.

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    October 2, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I have never been there, but looks lots of fun! I love all the pictures!

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    October 2, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Wow, I sure want to go now. You took beautiful pictures. Very nice

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    Ali Rost

    October 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Awww .. I couldn’t help but smile at the fat man’s belly! I don’t care who you are, but there’s nothing better than a belly rub. Also, the thermal baths remind me a bit of the community baths in Iceland that I’ve read about. They look so romantic and dreamy and I’ve sworn to myself that one day I’m going to visit one. xx

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    Monidipa Dutta

    October 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Budapest yokes together two formerly separate cities: Buda and Pest, on opposite sides of the Danube. Buda, on the West side of the river, is hilly and semi-suburban and has winding, narrow streets winding their way up into the hills. That’s why I love that place.

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    Laura Dove

    October 2, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Budapest looks amazing! I so want to visit and see all of these beautiful places, what gorgeous photos you have taken!

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    Lexa Fish

    October 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Budapest looks like a very beautiful city, architecturally. I’ve never even considered visiting it specifically but you might’ve made me change my mind lol.

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    sabrina barbante

    October 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I fond the fishermen’s bastion one of the most instagrammable places in Europe and the Ruin pubs something that can’t miss in an European traveller’s personal general knowledge

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    October 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Budapest is an amazing place to visit and I also need to go there again to write about it too. Cool that you liked it!

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    October 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Budapest!! And now after reading this and seeing the pictures, I REALLY want to go!!

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    Karen Monica

    October 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I have never been to Budapest. I didn’t know its a lovely place to visit. Will add it to my travel wish list. Thanks for sharing.

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    October 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I traveled to Budapest two summer ago. I would definitely agree with this list. The thermal bath was such a cool experience. I also went to a ruin bar.

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    Nayna Kanabar

    October 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Budapest sounds like it has a lot of interesting places to visit . I agree making a plan of the key places to visit is always helpful as it’s not always possible to it everything into the itenary.

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    Adam Brock

    October 4, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Budapest looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing your inspiring post.

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    David Elliott

    October 5, 2018 at 1:17 am

    I have never been there but I have heard that the food is great there. I will add it in my bucket list.

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    Dr. K. Lee Banks

    October 5, 2018 at 2:42 am

    I always enjoy going on these virtual trips to places I have never been to, and may never have the opportunity to visit. The photos are beautiful! I have heard of the basilica before and I’m sure it’s stunning to see in real life. The House of Parliament and Chain Bridge also look beautiful.

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    Christina Pilat

    October 6, 2018 at 5:09 am

    I’ve never been to Budapest but it looks amazing! I think if we ever decided to visit this area Budapest will definitely be on The list!

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