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Top-rated tourist attractions & things to do in Budapest, Hungary

Updated: Sep 14, 2023


Budapest, Hungary
Parliament House in Budapest
  • Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise

  • Budapest Pinball Museum

  • Calvinist Church

  • Cave Church

  • Budai Arboretum

  • Aeropark Budapest

  • Amazing Metal Art Gallery

  • Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)

  • Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

  • Aquincum Museum

  • The House of Houdini

  • Memento Park

  • Museum of Illusions Budapest

  • Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

  • Hungarian Railway Museum

  • Hungarian Agricultural Museum

  • Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum

  • Museum of Music History

  • Semmelweis Museum of Medical History

  • Postal Stamp Museum Budapest

  • Hungarian Technical and Transportation Museum

  • National Szechenyi Library

  • Memorial to the Victims of the German Invasion

  • Soviet Heroic Memorial

  • Matthias Church

  • Palinka Experience Budapest

  • Mikrocsodak Muzeuma - MicroArt Museum

  • Heroes' Square

  • Statue of St Stephen

  • Liberty Statue

  • Sculpture of the Boys of the Pál Street

  • Columbo Statue

  • Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park

  • Szent Gellért Monument

These are just some of the places to visit and things to do in Budapest, Hungary. Here are the others:


Buda Castle & Castle Hill

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Buda Castle & Castle Hill

Buda Castle is a must-see landmark when visiting Budapest. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic castle was first constructed in 1265. Later a royal palace was added, now housing the Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum, but there's just as much to see around the castle grounds, for free.


Hungarian Parliament Building & Crown Jewels

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Hungarian Parliament Building & Crown Jewels

Since 2000, the Holy Crown has been on display in the central Domed Hall of the Hungarian Parliament Building. Striking an imposing and impressive figure on the edge of the River Danube in the heart of Budapest, Hungary's Parliament building is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival architecture in the world today.


St. Stephen's Basilica

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St. Stephen's Basilica

Stephen's Basilica was given this name in memory of Stephen I of Hungary (975-1038), the country's first king. The temple houses the Holy Right Hand of St. Stephen, one of Hungary's most sacred relics. Stephen's Basilica is one of the two tallest buildings of Budapest. Taking the lift or the 364 steps staircase, visitors can easily reach the Basilica's dome offering a spectacular, 360° view over the city and over the river Danube to the Buda hills.


Fisherman's Bastion

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Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion is an open panorama terrace which you can just walk into without needing to pay. You do need to pay though if you want to enter the towers of the Bastion, from which you have a slightly better view than the other parts. Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest is one of the top Budapest attractions without a doubt. The present day lovely lookout towers / decorative fortification of Fisherman's Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest, Hungary.


The Danube Promenade

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The Danube Promenade

The finest introduction to the city is a walk along Budapest's iconic river, the Danube. Slicing between Buda and Pest, it skirts a selection of the city's best sites. Start this iconic Budapest walk at the Hungarian Parliament Building, and wander along the river towards Széchenyi Chain Bridge. 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.


Matthias Church

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Matthias Church

The church was used as a coronation church by Hungarian kings for centuries, also a mosque for over 150 years by the Ottoman Turks, once owned by Franciscans, Jesuits, now a thriving Catholic church with holy masses, concerts, plenty of weddings, thousands of tourists. Today the church has 7 bells. Six of them are located in the bell tower and the last damaged bell hangs in the cavalry tower. Three of the tower's bells are historic bells (from years 1723, 1724 and 1891).


Gellért Hill

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Gellért Hill

It's not a tough walk allthough some parts of it are quite steep. The path is made from asphalt and it takes you about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the top if you start to walk at the end of Elisabeth Bridge. Gellért Hill is a 235 metre high dolomite rock, looming over the Danube on the Buda side of Budapest. The hill was named after St. Gellért, Hungary's first missionary, who was killed there by pagans during a rebellion.


Central Market Hall

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Central Market Hall

Budapest's largest and most expansive indoor market, built in the neo-Gothic style, offers a variety of food stalls, from fresh vegetables, fowl and meat to wine and liquor shops. Budapest is one of the best shopping destinations in Europe, with its charming age-old streets overflowing with trendsetting boutiques and sprawling shopping malls. Whether you prefer to shop celebrated international labels or alluring vintage gems, the city has endless options to explore.


The Museum of Fine Arts

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The Museum of Fine Arts

Budapest's public museums are open Tuesday through Sunday, normally from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Mondays. Unless noted differently below, wall texts appear in both Hungarian and English. The museum's collection is made up of international art (other than Hungarian), including all periods of European art, and comprises more than 100,000 pieces. The collection is made up of older additions such as those from Buda Castle, the Esterházy and Zichy estates, as well as donations from individual collectors.


Heroes' Square and the Millennium Monument

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Heroes' Square and the Millennium Monument

Heroes' Square is one of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic Millennium Monument with statues featuring the Seven chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Memorial Stone of Heroes, often erroneously referred as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Heroes' Square is one of the main squares in Budapest. It houses one of the city's iconic symbols, the Millennium Memorial, which includes the seven chieftains of the Magyar tribes that founded Hungary and other important heads of state.


Széchenyi Thermal Bath

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Széchenyi Thermal Bath

The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Budapest. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C (165 °F) and 77 °C (171 °F). Components of the thermal water include sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of metaboric acid and fluoride. The bath, located in the City Park, was built in Neo-Baroque style to the design of Győző Czigler.


Hungarian State Opera House

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Hungarian State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Budapest, on Andrássy út. Originally known as the Hungarian Royal Opera House, it was designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th-century Hungarian architecture. Construction began in 1875, funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary, and the new house opened to the public on the 27 September 1884.


Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Budapest Zoo is a lovely zoo, definitely worth a visit, the entrance fee is reasonable, it is convenient to take public transportation, on the hottest day in Budapest, we went to the zoo, there were lots of animals and plants inside, If you take the children's advice, choose a day to play. The garden flaunting more than 7000 plant species has been a nature conservation area since 1960 nationwide, and part of the Cultural Heritage since 2006.


Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

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Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum

The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum is the name given to a hospital created in the caverns under Buda Castle in Budapest in the 1930s, in preparation for the Second World War. Construction began in 1939 and the emergency surgical centre was completed in 1944. Its primary role was to provide general emergency care for injured civilians, later on they treated soldiers as well.


The University Church

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The University Church

The Church of St Mary the Virgin commonly known as the University Church is a Catholic Church in the Papnövelde Street, Belváros-Lipótváros District (Inner City District) in Budapest, Hungary. From 1786 the church belongs to the former Theological Faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University, and to the Pázmány Péter Catholic University independent of it; before it was the central church of the Pauline Order. The Central Priestly Educational Institute operates in a block adjacent to the church, so that the liturgical services of the church are performed by the priestly students and the chiefs of the institute. The church has two towers and its towers are 56 meters high.


Hungarian National Museum

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Hungarian National Museum

The Hungarian National Museum was founded in 1802 and is the national museum for the history, art, and archaeology of Hungary, including areas not within Hungary's modern borders, such as Transylvania; it is not to be confused with the collection of international art in the Hungarian National Gallery. The museum is in Budapest VIII in a Neoclassical building, purpose-built during 1837–47 by the architect Mihály Pollack.


City Park (Városliget)

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City Park (Városliget)

The City Park is a public park close to the centre of Budapest, Hungary. It is a 0.9-by-0.6-mile (1,400 by 970 m) rectangle, with an area of 302 acres (1.2 km2). Its main entrance is at Heroes' Square, one of Hungary's World Heritage sites.


Margaret Island

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Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a fantastic green oasis in the heart of Budapest, an ideal place for true relaxation. However, there are also many attractions worth visiting. This huge, octagonal tower was built in 1911. Its original purpose was providing the island with an uninterrupted water supply. Try this 5.8-km circular trail near Budapest. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 19 min to complete.


Gellért Spa

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Gellért Spa

Try the open-air wave pool, and explore the labyrinth of the Art Nouveau palace revealing 8 artistic pools with naturally warm spring waters. Both Szechenyi Bath and Gellert Bath are a maze. We recommend getting your own Gellert Spa Map to aid your exploration. It's recommended to stay in a thermal bath for 20 minutes, then rest on a recliner.


Labyrinth of Buda Castle

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Labyrinth of Buda Castle

The buildings of the Buda Castle are currently occupied by 2 museums (the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum) and the National Library. All of these attractions can be visited, but there is an entry fee. There is no area in the Castle building, which is 'castle only', as all rooms, halls etc. Plan to spend at least half a day on the Buda Castle Hill if you want to visit major sites. The Royal Palace courtyard, as well as the Buda Castle district are open all day and night.


The Garden of Philosophers

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The Garden of Philosophers

The sculpture composition called Garden of Philosophy has been standing on Gellért Hill for twenty years now. The work, which depicts the world's leading thinkers and founders of world religions, was donated to Budapest by Nándor Wagner, a sculptor of Hungarian origin living in Japan.


House of Terror Museum

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House of Terror Museum

The House of Terror is definitely worth visiting when you are in Budapest. Many of the city's sights these days celebrate the vibrant capital that it has become – beer gardens, baths, street art. But it's important to also understand the modern history of Budapest, and honour the victims of its cruel regimes.


Holocaust Memorial Center

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Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center is a renovated synagogue that dates back to the 1920s and serves as a memorial and museum for and about Hungarian Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust. While largely focused on Jews, the museum also mentions the discrimination and killings of Romani, of homosexuals, and of the disabled. It is located in Budapest, Hungary. The Holocaust Memorial Center is a former synagogue. It is a national institution established by the Government in 1999 and renovated and opened as the memorial and museum in 2004.


Chocolate Museum

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Chocolate Museum

Awaiting visitors is a walk-through palm house, information on the natural history of cocoa, exhibits on the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, a major collection of baroque porcelain and silver and a multitude of historical machines from the period of industrialisation.

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