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Budapest Travel Guide: What To See & Do In Budapest

Budapest is one of Europe's most enchanting cities, renowned for its stunning architecture, thermal baths, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you're a photography enthusiast, a history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Budapest has something to offer everyone. Here's a guide to help you make the most of your time in the beautiful Hungarian capital.

What To See In Budapest

  • Fisherman's Bastion: This fairy-tale-like terrace offers mind blowing views of the Danube River, Buda Castle, and the city skyline. The neo-Gothic turrets and stairways make for a picturesque backdrop for your photos.

  • St. Stephen's Basilica: This impressive Neo-Classical church is the largest in Budapest and boasts a beautiful dome, intricate frescoes, and a stunning stained glass window.

  • Hungarian Parliament Building: This monumental building is one of the largest legislative buildings in the world and a true masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture.

  • Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library: An impressively decorated library in a former palace where you can see the grandiose and ornate palace halls that now serve as multiple reading rooms.

  • Chain Bridge: This suspension bridge spans the Danube River and connects Buda and Pest. It's a popular spot for photos, especially during sunset.

What To Do In Budapest

  • Relax in a Thermal Bath: Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, which are said to have therapeutic properties. The most famous ones include the Gellért Baths, Rudas Baths, and Széchenyi Baths.

  • Take a River Cruise: A river cruise along the Danube is a great way to see the city from a different perspective and take in the beauty of the riverfront.

  • Drink at Szimpla Kert: Spend the evening drinking and eating at this quirky compilation of bars within an abandoned building.

  • Explore the Buda Castle Quarter: This historic neighbourhood is home to Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, and many other historic buildings and monuments.

  • Go on a coffee crawl - Budapest is home to many excellent speciality coffee shops and cafes. Some of my favourites are Espresso Embassy, Madal Cafe, Double Shot, New York Cafe, Kontakt, Művész Kávéház and Flow.

  • Indulge in Hungarian cuisine: Enjoy Goulash, a hearty stew that's a staple of Hungarian cuisine made with meat, vegetables, and paprika, or Chicken Paprikash - similar to goulash but made with chicken instead of beef. Finish the meal off with Hungarian wine in particular, Tokaji, a sweet dessert wine made from late-harvest grapes.


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