10 Best things to do in Budapest

Monumental buildings, stunning architecture, gorgeous spas can all be found in the gorgeous city Budapest located on the Danube River. The 10 Best things to do in Budapest article includes everything you need to know to fall in love with the Instagrammable Budapest. Make sure to pin this list and scroll down to read where to stay, where to eat and what you should know before visiting this city.

10 Best things to do in Budapest

  1. Visit Vajdahunyad Castle
  2. Take a guided tour at the Hungarian Parlement
  3. Spa time at Szechenyi Thermal bath
  4. Look at the nine bridges
  5. Cruise along the Danube river
  6. Must see: Castle Hill
  7. Heroes square
  8. Visit the ruin pubs
  9. Go to Matthias Church
  10. Lookout over Budapest at Fisherman’s Bastion

Vajdahunyad Castle

Located in the City Park close to the ice skating you find one of the romantic castles of Budapest. Several festivals, concerts and exhibitions are held there, and I’m definitely returning for one of those this summer. I travelled to Budapest for one of my favorite brands when it comes to bags and travel accessories. MyWalit always delivers when it comes to fashionable bags that suit my style but also being super handy and useful while traveling. As you already know I’m a sucker for versatile items, that suit my style effortlessly and below you see my new favorite bag!

Hungarian Parlement

The most iconic building in Budapest, also the third largest assembly building in the world. Constructed in the Gothic Revival style, this building is impressive even from far far away. It’s also possible taking guided tours inside the building and see one of the 691 rooms. For me, the outside was already breathtaking enough so me and my photographer decided to take a picture on the other side of the river to include the whole building.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath

It’s always spa time, and if you follow this blog for a longer time you know we’ve had our fair shares of the best ones in the world. But, nevertheless the Szechenyi Thermal Bath definitely deserves a spot in this 10 Best things to do in Budapest article. Make sure to book your tickets and massages in advance.

Nine Bridges

Quiet and peaceful Buda and lively Pest are separated by the Danube River but linked through nine magnificent bridges. Each bridge gives you a whole different view and vibe. The chain bridge is one of the most famous bridges and is by far one of our favorites really early in the morning or by night.

10 Best things to do in Budapest

Danube River

Enjoy the beautiful sights of Budapest from the Danube River with a 2 hour cruise along. From here you can see the famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle, Mattias Church and ofcourse the Hungarian Parlement. Go exploring during the day or go see one of the most beautiful cities by night on a romantic cruise.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill, easily visible from everywhere in Budapest. It’s recognized a World Heritage Site and is an absolute must-see if you’re in Budapest. It is important to take a lot of time here, because getting lost there is the best thing to do because there is so much to see. From here you can see the Danube river and across the Pest area. This place tops every must-see list and I can definitely understand why.

Heroes Square

In the middle of this large square, you find the monuments which features the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, believed to have led the Hungarian people from Central Asia to the Carpathain basin. In the middle, you see the central pillar the Archangel Gabriel, who is holding the Hungarian crown. The impressive buildings at each sides of it are art galleries.

This place is stunning visiting during the day, as we did here on our Instagram here. Or at night, when the whole city is beautifully illuminated.

10 Best things to do in Budapest

Ruin Pubs

Budapest is famous for it’s Ruin pubs, who are filled with vintage furniture and can be find in deserted and sprawling buildings. In the beginning of the 21st century these deserted buildings were taken over by artists and turned into bars. Nowadays this jewish district counts over more than 400 bars.

Although every pub has it’s own unique style, we do have a couple of recommendations including Instant, Fogas Ház, Kuplung and Szimpla.

Matthias Church

This gorgeous building caught my eye even from the Chain Bridge. This multicolored tiled roof and eclectic design the Matthias Church is the centerpiece of the square. Built by St. King Stephen, this church dates back to the 1300s. You can go visit the church inside for a small fee as well.

Bored with churches? Not this time!

10 Best things to do in Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion

The seven towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve you the best lookout over the city. They definitely succeeded because from here you have the most panoramic views in Budapest. Needless to say, the sunset here is amazing and a must visit.

Below you can find my bag from MyWalit again, I wore it throughout my whole trip and it isn’t it a perfect match with my jacket?

Where to Stay in Budapest

There are plenty places to stay in Budapest. There is a wide range of luxurious hotels, mid-range and also budget hotels. Below you’ll find my recommendations on the ad of Booking.com.


10 Best things to do in Budapest

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  1. March 11, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Prachtige foto’s. Ik ga mogelijk aan het einde van het jaar naar Boedapest en zal je tips dan zeker meenemen

  2. Frederique
    March 10, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    It looks gorgeous. I did go to Hungary but not to Budapest yet. It’s on the wishlist though 🙂

  3. March 10, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Wat een mooie foto’s! Ik ben er nog nooit geweest, maar als ik dit zo zie, dan komt het wel op mijn reis verlang lijstje.

  4. March 8, 2019 / 9:59 am

    ahh super , staat zeker nog op mijn lijstje. Wil ik absoluut nog eens heen, fijne tips!

  5. March 8, 2019 / 7:59 am

    wauw wat een prachtige foto’ s en wat is het er toch mooi. Ik ben nog nooit in Budapest geweest, maar wil het echt nog een keer bezoeken.

  6. March 7, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    Dat eerste kasteel vind ik echt geweldig! Zo leuk om te zien dat je over de brug kunt lopen onder het valhek door. Ben je ook binnen geweest?

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