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Things to do in Budapest

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Capitol Building
“The Hungarian Parliament Building, which was designed and built in the Gothic Revival style, is one of the largest buildings in Hungary, and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices. Although the impressive building looks fantastic from every angle, to see the whole building in its full glory, it is worth viewing it from the other side of the Danube. Tours of certain areas of the building are available daily, and run in different languages. You will need identification to get in, and your bag may be searched on entry.”
  • 519 locals recommend
Pub
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“One of the most notorious ruin pubs in Budapest: excellent drinks, great music, vintage and unique atmosphere. The place often gives place to art exhibitions and live concerts to enhance the convivial ambience. ”
  • 590 locals recommend
Island
“Margaret Island is a 2.5 km long island, 500 metres wide, in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest, Hungary. The island is mostly covered by landscape parks, and is a popular recreational area. Its medieval ruins are reminders of its importance in the Middle Ages as a religious centre. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge and the Árpád Bridge. Before the 14th century the island was called Insula leporum. Administratively Margaret Island used to belong to the 13th district, but now is directly under the control of the city. Its appearance today was developed through the connection of three separate islands, the Festő, the Fürdő and the Nyulak, during the end of the 19th century, to control the flow of the Danube. Originally, the island was 102.5 metres above sea level, but now has been built up to 104.85 metres above sea level to control flooding.”
  • 576 locals recommend
Synagogue
“Opened in 1859, Budapest’s Great Synagogue is Europe’s largest place of Jewish worship (and the second biggest in the world). The stunning architecture and interior décor is worth the trip alone, but a visit to the Great Synagogue (aka Tabakgasse Synagogue) also aims to guide visitors through the history of Jews in Hungary. Inside you’ll find the Hungarian Jewish Museum & Archives, as well as the Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial.”
  • 416 locals recommend
Spa
“The Széchenyi Baths complex is the largest “medicinal” bath centre in Europe. The waters are rich in sulphates, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and fluoride, which are believed to help patients with degenerative joint illnesses and other medical issues. For those who just want to enjoy the relaxing powers of the thermal pools, there are a variety of different thermal pools on site, as well as saunas and steam rooms. Massages and beauty treatments are also available at an additional fee. The two outdoor pools are fantastic places to visit on a cold, dark night, as the steam rising from the hot water makes the whole place seem wonderfully mysterious.”
  • 506 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The Great Market Hall in central Budapest is Budapest’s most famous marketplace. Whilst many locals still use the market hall as a place to buy their groceries, the market is incredibly popular with the tourists too. Locally grown fruits and veg, and locally sourced meats are found on the lower floors, and souvenirs including lace, chess sets and leather goods are available in the upper floors. As well as individual ingredients, it is possible to pick up homemade local delicacies like goulash and langos from the food stall upstairs.”
  • 486 locals recommend
Church
“The largest church in Budapest, which can hold up to 8,500 people and is one of Hungary’s most iconic structures. The mummified right hand of the patron saint of the church and first king of Hungary, St Stephen, is kept in a glass case to the left of the main altar. And if that doesn’t turn you on, just check out all that monumental neoclassical architecture. The Basilica’s star feature is the 96-metre-high dome, lined on the inside with ornate religious reliefs. Once you’ve had a little wander, why not take in the impressive views from the cupola?”
  • 393 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The shopping mall near by Nyugati Pályaudvar, it can provide luggage storage. Go to the ground floor to find it.”
  • 300 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“The City Park is a public park close to the centre of Budapest, Hungary. It is a 0.9-by-0.6-mile rectangle, with an area of 302 acres, located in District XIV of Budapest, between Hungária körút, Ajtósi Dürer sor, Vágány utca and Dózsa György út. Its main entrance is at Heroes' Square, one of Hungary's World Heritage sites. – Gundel Restaurant – Municipal Zoological and Botanical Garden – Municipal Grand Circus – Former Amusement Park – Széchenyi Medicinal Baths and Swimming Pool – Vajdahunyad Castle – Former Petőfi Hall – Former Transport Museum of Budapest – Heroes' Square – Museum of Fine Arts – Palace of Art”
  • 270 locals recommend
Opera House
“This Neo-Renaissance building was first opened in 1884, following a commission from Emperor Franz Joseph. Outside of the building, you can see statues to Ferenc Erkel (composer of the Hungarian National Anthem) and Ferenc Liszt (Hungarian composer). The 1200 seat auditorium is considered to be one of the best in the world for operatic performances, and it is well worth it to buy a ticket to a show.”
  • 305 locals recommend
History Museum
“Museum documenting the effect of the Nazi and Soviet regimes in Hungary, and memorial to victims.”
  • 256 locals recommend
Plaza
“●Heroes’ Square ○The city’s biggest square, and probably one of the most iconic landmarks of Budapest. ”
  • 285 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum offers a chronological walk through Hungarian history, archaeological, historical and ethnic relics. The temporary exhibitions recently featured the controversial Seuso Treasure of silverware from the late Roman era. ”
  • 205 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Budapest is a unique city in more than one ways. For those who love spa and wellness, it is unique for being the only large city in the world, which abounds in fountains of healing water. 70 million liters of 21-78 Celsius warm thermal water spring forth daily from its 118 natural thermal springs. No wonder, that as early as in 1934, Budapest was awarded the supreme title "Spa City". Three years later, the first International Balneological Congress was organised, and the seat of the International Balneological Association was established at the Gellért Thermal Bath in Budapest. The Congress reasoned with the following words: "...no city can put forward a stronger claim to this than Budapest. Endowed by nature with a wonderful generosity of excellent thermal waters and unrivalled natural beauty; additionally, its high medical professionalism, the excellent equipment of its healing institutions, the high level of scientific research, makes Budapest the optimum choice for international affairs of balneology to be handled from here..." The Gellert Bath and Hotel itself was built in the preceding decades, and opened its doors in 1918. Outdoor pools were added later on, and today it combines modern technical developments with rich historical heritage.”
  • 337 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in the world with its almost 150 years of history. The first idea of the foundation dates back to 1820-30s but the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence and the era of Opression did not favour the idea of founding a zoo in Hungary. Finally, the initiation of a group of patriots took form in 1866 and the first Hungarian Zoo opened its gates to the sound of the midday bell on August 9th. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2016.”
  • 183 locals recommend
Café
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“ Very long pedestrian shopping street, runs most of the way across central Pest, type of shops vary along the length, so if you don't find what you want keep walking :-)”
  • 282 locals recommend

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Top restaurants

Restaurant
“When having opened Menza, we wanted to create a place where you can enjoy a traditional Pest style dining experience with a grand café-restaurant quality service. With our name and interior we salute the beloved retro era. Come and enjoy a perfect coffee on our terrace and taste delicious Hungarian dishes.”
  • 199 locals recommend
Café
“I recommend this café for it's historical past and unique , beautiful design. Multiple famous hungarian authors wrote their best selling novels and poems like The Paul Street Boys. It's located between Erzsébet avenue and Dohány streer, It's about 100 m away from the Pretty Good Flat of Downtown.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Perfect place for a drink during the afternoon, or a concert in the evening. Nice and yound atmosphere.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Concert Hall Boat on the Danube. Winner of several prizes, such as Lonely Planet World’s 100 Greatest Bar, 2012. ”
  • 135 locals recommend
Jewish Restaurant
“Mazel Tov is stylish, spacious – and already a staple of Budapest’s burgeoning nightlife scene. It’s a giant courtyard-cum-cultural space, lined with lush trees and plants, draped in twinkling lights and topped with a glass roof. Tucked away in the lively Jewish District (known as the 7th District), this cavernous space is Insta-friendly and most definitely worth the hype. As well as being a great place for evening drinks (the cocktail and pálinka brandy list is impressive), Mazel Tov is also equal parts garden party and gastronomic destination. Head here for Mediterranean-Hungarian fusion plates and you won’t be disappointed (their shawarma sandwich is a winner). Booking – even on weekdays – is highly recommended.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Morrison's 2 is one of the coolest party places in Budapest. This lively pub/club has five dance floors playing 5 different genres, karaoke, an inner courtyard (open year-round), an English-style pub and several bars, offering a wide selection of drinks. Open every night, Morrison's 2 offers cocktail happy hours from 5 pm to 9 pm, for HUF 700. Location: H-1055 Budapest, Szent István krt. 11”
  • 73 locals recommend
Café
“A very elegant and traditional coffee house, since 1870 – traditional cakes in a new shape. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Toy / Game Store
“Mammut shopping mall would provide you with everything needed from a shopping mall.”
  • 88 locals recommend

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