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Gordon
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What are the 5 things you HAVE to do when you are visiting Budapest?

I'll be traveling with a group of friends throughout Europe in November and we will be spending 3 days in Budapest. Since time is limited and there is a lot to do in almost any city, what are the 5 things you HAVE to do when you are visiting Budapest? It can be anything from eating at a specific restaurant, to seeing a show, to an adventure that is unique to the area. 


7 Answers

top answer by
Ben from London

Hi Gordon,

You will all love it.  It's one of the best cities in the world! I will try to list 5 things:

1 - Ruin bars, or 'Kert' bars. Check out my previous answer on this here

2 - Thermal baths. My personal favourite is Rudas Baths but Gellért Thermal Bath is also great as arr the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Check out if there is a Cinetrip event before going to and you may be able to rave in the baths!3 - Eat Hungarian. Try cold cherry soup (meggyleves) that is super tasty and refreshing and Tarhonya Porkolt which is a stew in traditional fat cous cous type pasta.  If you're there during the weekday, eat at the workers cafe up castle hill called Fortuna.  You can read how to get there here.

4 - Go see Matthias Church. I love it but you do have to pay to go inside. I think it is better than St. Stephen's Basilica but both are really good. St Stephen's is free

5 - Visit Central Market Hall and buy paprika!

6 - Sorry, but I had to add this. Go along the waterfront at night to see the most beautiful city in the world. The parliament and the bridges all lit up will change your life and will make you fall in love with Budapest. A few places do cruises along the Danube which could be an idea to see the night time.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rudas Baths (attraction)
  2. Gellért Thermal Bath (attraction)
  3. Széchenyi Thermal Bath (attraction)
  4. Matthias Church (attraction)
  5. St. Stephen's Basilica (attraction)
  6. Central Market Hall (attraction)
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answered by
Ana from Vedado, La Habana, Cuba

First of all, buy a 3-day metro/bus pass. Public transportation in Budapest is amazing. As for recommendations, I am heavily slanted for Buda (grew up there).

Visit a museum (minimum). For history, my favorite is the Budapest History Museum in the Buda castle, others include the Hungarian National Museum. For art, you can go to the Hungarian National Gallery or the Museum of Fine Arts. There are many others btw.

Take a stroll across one of the bridges of Budapest. I recommend either the Elisabeth Bridge or the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, just because they are very central. You can combine it with a walk by the Danube, so you can see views of the Parlament or the Budavár.

The whole District I., which is around the Buda castle, will provide you with views and culture. Do note that this is a heavily touristy place. There are great views from Halászbástya and surroundings.

If it is your cup of tea, you may want to visit a place of worship (great architecture, culture, etc). Some of the most known are the St. Stephen's Basilica, the Dohány Street Synagogue, and again in the Castle district the Matthias Church.

For some people, going to the Turkish baths is a must. People recommend the  Gellért Thermal Bath

To get a snapshot of food, it is really fun to go to the Central Market Hall or any other market. They open really early and offer all kinds of foods. 

Eat Hungarian food. Try to avoid the very touristy places, as they will be expensive and not that authentic. 

If you have one day take the green train (HEV) from Batthyány tér to Szentendre. It is a cute village, with plenty of museums, shops, art, quaint streets, anf cute restaurants to choose from. 

Enjoy the energy of a bustling city at night. Go to Pest and walk on any of the big streets around Deák Ferenc tér. It will be November, so it will be probably dark and cold outside, but people will be moving in and out restaurants, bars, cafes, theaters, shops, until very late. 

Have fun! I will be actually in Budapest at the end of November.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Budapest History Museum (attraction)
  2. Hungarian National Museum (attraction)
  3. Hungarian National Gallery (attraction)
  4. Museum of Fine Arts (attraction)
  5. Elisabeth Bridge (attraction)
  6. Széchenyi Chain Bridge (attraction)
  7. Parlament (attraction)
  8. Budavár (attraction)
  9. District I. (attraction)
  10. Halászbástya (attraction)
  11. St. Stephen's Basilica (attraction)
  12. Dohány Street Synagogue (attraction)
  13. Matthias Church (attraction)
  14. Gellért Thermal Bath (attraction)
  15. Central Market Hall (attraction)
  16. Batthyány tér (attraction)
  17. Szentendre (city)
  18. Deák Ferenc tér (attraction)
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answered by
Babak from Brazil

Subjective, much? ;)

1. Memento Park Budapest.

2. Spend a long evening in a ruin pub. Or in several. The most famous one is probably Szimpla Kert.

3. Visit a bath house. Perhaps the Gellért Thermal Bath or Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

4. Take in city, the views from Gellért Hill or the architecture around downtown Pest, specifically on Andrássy út.

5. Relax. Perhaps in City ParkÓbuda or Szentendre.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Memento Park Budapest (attraction)
  2. Szimpla Kert (attraction)
  3. Gellért Thermal Bath (attraction)
  4. Széchenyi Thermal Bath (attraction)
  5. Gellért Hill (attraction)
  6. Andrássy út (attraction)
  7. City Park (neighborhood)
  8. Óbuda (neighborhood)
  9. Szentendre (city)
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answered by
Emily from Los Angeles

I have had amazing times in Budapest.  In no particular order...

  • Go to the baths (Széchenyi Thermal Bath)
  • Cross the bridge and climb Castle Hill  on the Buda side - be sure to check out the Parliament building and grounds as well as the Shoes on the Danube memorial along the way.
  • Try Unicum or at least Palinka and say cheers in Hungarian "Egészségedre" (egg-is-shae-ged-re)
  • Take a walk through Margaret Islandand eat one of those rolled bread/cinnamon things (YUM!)
  • Go nuts at the ruin bars and see if you can find the awesome tex-mex place open late afterward.


There are so many museums and sites to see, so do some of those too.  Have a blast.  If you meet my friend Olga, say hi.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Széchenyi Thermal Bath (attraction)
  2. Castle Hill (neighborhood)
  3. Margaret Island (attraction)
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answered by
Gyöngyi from Budapest

Hello!

Must see the renewed Rudas Baths or even the biggest spa in central Europe the Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Budapest has a perfect location the river Danube divided into two parts so i really recommend to take a danube cruise. from Duna Palota 

You must Go to the Gellérthegy Stto see the picturesque scienery 

Of course you can go the new ruin pub area to feel the budapest nightlife. for example the oldest one Szimpla Kert or the trendiest one 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rudas Baths (attraction)
  2. Széchenyi Thermal Bath (attraction)
  3. Duna Palota (restaurant)
  4. Gellérthegy St (attraction)
  5. Szimpla Kert (attraction)
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answered by
aastha from Jaipur

Hey... Budapest has got a great vibe.. 

1) pls visit Halászbástya.. The architecture is beautiful 

2) also there is this gun shooting place which is one of the biggest in world  

3) near Heroes' Square there is a river flow ... Which is absolutely beautiful, u could take a self boat ride or just soak in evening music there 

4) just stroll in the area of ruin bars... 

5) if u r into creepy stuff then don't forget underground caves.. We lost our way inside and got scared... Was fun once we found the way...ha ha 

 

Enjoy!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Halászbástya (attraction)
  2. Heroes' Square (attraction)
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answered by
Betsy from Savusavu

Budapest is my favorite city in Europe. The best meal we had in all of Europe was Fülemüle Étterem in the Jewish district. Traditional Jewish Hungarian food.


Have breakfast at the New York Kávéház & Étterem for a glimpse into the atmosphere of arts and letters during La Belle Epoch. (Michael Korda and Bela Lugosi were regulars here in the day). The former New York Life building has wedding cake architecture and has been converted into a magnificent luxury hotel.

 A stroll along the boulevard in either direction from the New York Cafe will give you a glimpse at the absolute grandeur during this era.Halászbástyawill give you the iconic view of the the river across to the Pest side. Be sure to check out the labyrinths which early tribal defenders used against invaders in this area. A walk in the residential streets in the Castle Hill district will have you wanting to live in the neighborhood. Here are our blog posts.

http://passingthru.com/2014/07/traditional-hungarian-jewish-food-budapest/

http://passingthru.com/2014/07/grand-breakfast-budapest/

http://passingthru.com/2014/04/budapest-fishermans-bastion-matthias-church/


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fülemüle Étterem (restaurant)
  2. New York Kávéház & Étterem (restaurant)
  3. Halászbástya (attraction)
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