Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a fascinating and exciting tourist destination that harmoniously blends rich history, impressive architecture and vibrant culture. The city is divided by the Danube River into two distinct parts - Buda and Pest - each offering unique experiences and attractions.
With its imposing castles, historic churches, elegant bridges and impressive buildings, Budapest is a veritable kingdom of architecture. The city is also famous for its thermal baths, which offer a relaxing and invigorating experience, parks and gardens, which provide an oasis of greenery and tranquillity amidst the urban hustle and bustle, and of course, the delicious and varied Hungarian cuisine, offering a wide range of traditional dishes and international dishes. From traditional goulash to delicious cakes and desserts, you're in for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Budapest sights not to be missed
And if you don't have the time to explore the whole city in a few days and to make sure you manage to enjoy all the city has to offer, below we've prepared a list of the main sights you shouldn't miss once in this fairytale city.
Parliament of Hungary
Located on the banks of the Danube River at 1-3 Kossuth Lajos Street, the Hungarian Parliament is one of the largest parliamentary buildings in the world and a symbol of Budapest. Its Gothic and neo-Gothic architecture is impressive and the interior is as beautiful as the exterior. Visitors can explore the ceremonial halls, meeting rooms and the holy crown hall. Access to the building is by organised tours only.
- 1 April - 31 October: Monday-Friday: 08:00-18:00, Saturday-Sunday: 08:00-16:00
- 1 November - 31 March: Monday-Sunday: 08:00-16:00
The price of a ticket for an adult starts at €15 and for students and pupils €6. Children under the age of 6 are free.
Located on the western bank of the Danube River, Buda Castle is one of Budapest's most famous landmarks. It is an impressive historical complex that includes the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion. From here, you can admire a magnificent view of the city. Of course, to discover these wonderful sights, we recommend you allocate at least 2-3 hours to fully enjoy them.
- Daily from 10:00-19:00
The price of a ticket for adults is €8.5 and children between 6 and 12 pay €2.8.
Basilica of Saint Stephen
Located at Szt. Istvan ter, V. District, the Basilica is one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings and one of the most important places of worship in Budapest, housing the relics of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Its interior is decorated with impressive frescoes and stained glass windows, and visitors can climb the observation tower for a panoramic view of the city. The cathedral square is also surrounded by terraces where you can relax with a lemonade and try traditional or international dishes.
- Summer program: daily, between 09:00-17:00
- Winter program: daily, from 10:00 to 16:00
The price of a ticket for adults starts at €7 and for students, pupils and pensioners from €3. The price may increase depending on the package chosen (partial tour or full tour).
Located at the end of Andrassy Boulevard, in front of the Central Park, Heroes' Square is one of the largest and most impressive squares in Budapest. Here you will find impressive statues of Hungarian leaders and the country's most important heroes. Heroes' Square is surrounded by impressive buildings, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Arts. Also, once in the park, you must try one of the famous langoustines you'll find at stalls all around the park.
Heroes' Square can be visited at any time of the day.
Café New York
Located on Erzsébet krt. 9-11, it is an architectural and historical gem, combining classical elegance with a bohemian atmosphere. It holds the title of "the most beautiful café in the world" and is housed in an impressive neo-baroque palace. Opened in 1894, the New York Café quickly became a meeting place for intellectuals, artists and writers.
Whether you're a coffee aficionado, an architecture lover, or just a traveler looking for unique experiences, the New York Café in Budapest is definitely a place you shouldn't miss. Here you will find a perfect combination of architectural beauty, sophistication and a bohemian atmosphere that will captivate you and transport you to another era.
- Monday-Sunday from 08:00-24:00.
To get a coffee here, you can make a reservation by phone or simply wait in line until your turn comes.
Cruise on the Danube
Danube cruises in Budapest offer a unique and scenic way to explore the beauty of the city and admire the most important sights. These cruises are available in a variety of different options, whether you want a few hours' ride or a short one-hour excursion, there are options for all preferences. Whichever option you choose, you'll be spoilt for choice with spectacular views of historic buildings, elegant bridges and breathtaking scenery.
In addition to stunning views, cruises also offer quality service, with local guides sharing interesting information about Budapest's history and culture.
A one-hour cruise with evening visit with drinks included starts from 21€ and can increase according to preference. Book here cruise for an hour with Get Your Guide.
Accommodation in Budapest. Where we stay
- Kozmo Hotel Suites & Spa - The Leading Hotels of the World - Located at 17 Horváth Mihály Street, the hotel is close to the main sights of the city, and welcomes its guests in a fairy-tale setting, an elegant combination of modern with history. It offers all the necessary facilities for a dream stay.
- Mystery Hotel Budapest - Located at 45 Podmaniczky utca, it is one of the best accommodation options in this beautiful city. It is a historic hotel where you will have a unique experience. From the décor that perfectly combines modern and history to the high quality facilities and services, the accommodation is sure to win you over.
- K46 Residence - Located at 46 Király utca Street, just 1 km from the city centre, it is a stylish and modern accommodation that captivates with its style. The accommodation unit offers all the necessary facilities for a memorable stay, and is among the top accommodation units chosen by tourists.
With a vibrant atmosphere, friendly people and a rich history, Budapest is definitely a tourist destination worth exploring. Whether you're looking for cultural adventures, relaxation or fun, this exciting city will win you over with its unique charm and special atmosphere.