20 places worth visiting in Budapest

The magnificent and grand Budapest knows how to please both those who want to see old Europe and learn more about history, and those who prefer to go beyond the limits of guided tours in their travels. If you want to explore both sides of the city, we recommend visiting the TOP 20 interesting places in Budapest selected by our editorial team.
14 december 2021

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1. Parliament

The most recognizable and undoubtedly the most elegant building in Budapest. A true symbol of the city, and Hungary as a whole. The Parliament is open to the public, and everyone has the opportunity to see its equally magnificent interiors. You can find out about the working hours and schedule of Russian-language tours on this website.

Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3

Ticket price: The ticket price for non-EU residents at the time of publication is 6700 Hungarian forints (€18), for ages 6 to 24 - 1900 forints (€5).


2. Buda Castle

The historic part of the city, home to the Royal Palace, the Historical Museum, the Church of St. Matthias, and many other attractions. You can ascend to it on the historic Siklo funicular, with a one-way ticket costing 1400 forints, and a round trip costing 2000 forints (€4 and €5.5 respectively). It's worth noting that from August 30, 2021, to January 15, 2022, the funicular is undergoing reconstruction.

Take note: you can explore all its attractions on the tour "Buda Castle - a city within a city".

Address: Szent György tér 2

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3. Fisherman's Bastion

One of the attractions of Buda Castle that deserves special mention. If the mention of its name conjures up images of fishing nets and rugged fishermen, you'll be pleasantly surprised. In reality, it's a beautiful white-stone fortress with seven towers, named only because fish used to be traded here. The most beautiful view of the Danube and Pest is seen from Fisherman's Bastion, so don't hesitate to climb up to it, especially since admission is free.

Address: Szentháromság tér


4. Цепной мост

Еще один символ города — подвесной мост, соединивший в конце XVIII века Буду и Пешт. Полюбоваться им можно как с берегов, так и с палубы теплохода, на котором совершаются прогулки по Дунаю в теплое время года. Цена такой прогулки стартует от 3430 форинтов (€9,3). В настоящее время (декабрь 2021) мост находится на реконструкции, которую планируют завершить к 2023 году.


5. Tram No. 2

This urban transport has become a landmark of Budapest and an excellent alternative to sightseeing tours. It runs along the Danube on the Pest side, allowing you to quickly and inexpensively see all the iconic places of Buda.


6. Széchenyi Thermal Bath

The largest thermal bath complex in Europe, a real source of pride for Hungarians. It's a magical place with 11 different pools and 3 saunas. The most popular ones are, of course, the outdoor pools with thermal water (maintaining temperatures between +27°C and +38°C even in winter).

Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11

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

Admission price starts from 7700 forints (€21).


7. Gellért Baths

If Széchenyi is considered the most famous and popular bath in Budapest, then Gellért can rightfully be called the most beautiful: surrounded by colorful stained glass mosaics and marble statues, you start to feel like you're swimming in a fairy-tale palace. Be sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, and go for a swim. This bath operates from 6:00 to 20:00. The admission price starts from 5600 forints (€15.3).

Address: Kelenhegyi út 4

Opening hours: from 6:00 to 20:00.

Admission price starts from 5600 forints (€15.3).


8. Palatinus Baths

If the two previous baths are well-known, this one is mostly known to locals. That's why there are fewer people here, and the entrance fee is lower - 2800 forints (€7.7). Nevertheless, the open thermal pools here are just as good, and besides them, there are also water slides and a children's playground, which is great for families traveling together.

Address: Palatinus Strandfürdő

Entrance fee: weekdays - 1900 forints (€5.2), weekends - 5100 forints (€5.7).


9. Margit-sziget

A large well-maintained park located on an island in the middle of the Danube is a favorite spot for locals to take walks during the summer months. Bus number 26 goes to the island. Here you can find thermal pools, a musical fountain, a summer water park, and a mini zoo, so feel free to bring children along for a walk - they definitely won't be bored here.


10. St. Stephen's Basilica

The largest church in Budapest, deserving attention for its unparalleled architecture and dome, from which opens a wonderful view of Buda. However, to climb to the observation deck, you need to make an effort - there is a steep spiral staircase leading up.

Address: Szent István tér 1


11. Shoes on the Danube Bank

A memorial on the banks of the Danube that grips the heart. 60 pairs of bronze shoes - women's, men's, and even children's - remind us of how Jewish families were shot here during World War II. One of the most symbolic and touching monuments in the world.

Address: Id. Antall József rkp


12. Terror Museum

Another significant and soul-stirring place in Budapest that is worth visiting. Here you can learn more about Hungary's history and the tragic period of the totalitarian regime. The exhibition leaves an indelible impression. Admission is free.

Address: Andrássy út 60


13. Palace of Arts

Opened in 2005, this palace has become a favorite leisure spot for the youth of Budapest. In the evenings, musical concerts and theatrical performances take place here, while during the day, everyone can explore the collection of works by contemporary artists. There is also a special children's center where parents can leave their child while they go on a tour.

Address: Komor Marcell u. 1


14. Opera theatre

The opera house building is monumental and majestic not only on the outside. Whenever possible, be sure to attend a performance or take a tour to see the famous opera hall with its unique acoustics.

Address: Andrássy út 22


15. Aquaworld Waterpark

The largest and most unique in Eastern Europe. Here you can not only ride down slides but also try surfing and diving. You can find the operating hours and current entrance fees on this page.

Address: Íves út 16


16. Pinball Museum

An excellent place for geeks and families with children. It features vintage pinball machines and other arcade games. The cool thing is that visitors can not only view the exhibits but also play any game.

Address: Radnóti Miklós u. 18

Ticket price - 3500 forints (€9.5)


17. Budapest Zoo

Budapest Zoo is praised by everyone - both locals and visitors. Such a collection of rare animal species and insects is hard to find elsewhere! Also, within the park, there is the Holnemvolt Park theme park, where exotic bird and domestic animal species are gathered, as well as various attractions for children.

Address: Állatkerti krt. 6-12

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


18. Swap meet

One of the largest flea markets in all of Europe. Here you can find excellent antiques and military relics, as well as unusual porcelain souvenirs and paintings. However, it's best to come here early in the morning on weekends.

Address: Nagykőrösi út 156


19. Gellért Hill

For the best panoramic views of the Hungarian capital, head to Gellért Hill, named after Saint Gellért, who was killed by pagans on this hill in the 11th century. Right on it stands the Liberty Statue, erected in 1947 in honor of Hungary's liberation from fascist Germany, as well as the Citadel, built by the Habsburg dynasty in the 19th century. In the vicinity of the hill, there is a hotel of the same name and the famous Gellért Baths. The hill is also notable for its unique cave church. Entrance to it will cost you 600 forints (€1.6).

Address: Citadella stny. 350


20. Eventuell Gallery

A shop with unusual items from Hungarian designers and various handmade knick-knacks that can be purchased as souvenirs. Many come here as if to a museum just to look at all these unique things.

Address: Nyáry Pál u. 7

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