Things to do in Budapest

The Best Things To Do in Budapest

Budapest is an exquisite city and is full of surprises and treasures, with its lively centre, pretty parks, majestic river, tall church spires and lavish spas. The best way to know the city is to explore it and indulge in some of the best things to do in Budapest, which include historic attractions recognized as World Heritage Sites, such as Castle District, with the Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, Chain Bridge, the Parliament and Andrássy Avenue. Budapest is home to a plethora of museums and galleries and activities, the most significant ones being the National Gallery, House of Terror, Ethnographic Museum, Memento Park, Natural History Museum and the The Music Museum. One can find beautiful cathedrals like St. Stephen Cathedral, Matthias Church, the Rock Church; monuments and landmark structures like Heroes' Square, Chain Bridge, the Shoes on the Danube memorial; and green spaces like Margaret Island and City Park dotted across the city. Budapest has much more to it than historical sights and monuments. There are several activities one can indulge into, such as walking and bicycle tours, boating at the City Park Lake, skating and open air Ping Pong. The ones who are looking for entertainment opportunities, Budapest has a thriving performing arts scene and hosts many shows, concerts and performances, most notably, Capital Circus of Budapest, Hungarian State Opera House, Theatre Madách, Budapest Operetta Theatre,Merlin International Theatre,National Dance Theatre and the MU Theatre. One of the top things to do when in Budapest is to attend the annual extravagant festivals that the city hosts, such as the Jewish Summer Festival, Sziget and Budapest Christmas Market. Walk down the narrow cobbled streets of Budapest, and you’d be surprised by the memorable experiences that the city would offer.

Things to do in Budapest in December

Budapest during the time of Winter gets carpeted in snow and the whole place looks totally beautiful, like a fairyland. Here are some of the things to do in Budapest in Winter. Go on Ice Skating at the City Park. The open-air artificial rink in place is one of the popular spots for locals as well as the tourists. For an amazing time with your family, head to the Normafa that will be brimming with several winter sports activities to keep you entertained.

While you can gulp down glasses of Mulled Wine anytime of the year, during the time of December with the wonderful climate in place, it becomes extra special. Taking about Mulled Wine and Winter, the auspicious festival of Christmas will be just around the corner and the whole place is totally lit in lights. Check out the array of Christmas Markets with its ornate decorations, especially the market at the Vörösmarty Square. Some of the other festivals that you should get an experience of includes, Mangalica Festival and Fish Festival.

To keep yourselves warm during the time of the Winter, take a dip in the Budapest famous thermal waters of Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Gellért, and Veli Bej. This is also featured under the list of what to do in Budapest in 2 days.

Things to do in Budapest in November

November in Budapest marks the end of Autumn and the magic of the Autumn leaves and the mix of the Winter is what November in Budapest is all about. Grab your tickets for the Hungarian Opera State House that features Otello, Carmen, Nutcracker Ballets, and Madama Butterfly. Meander through the Christmas markets for a traditional Christmas vibe and make the most of the central Xmas fair.

Head to the Danube Palace or the Budai Vigado Concert Hall to catch a Hungarian Folk Dance Show that conveys the traditional Hungarian culture. For the party lovers, November is the ideal time as there are several bath parties and Lukacs Baths is the magical place to be in. For music lovers, you have St Michael Church Concerts and for art lovers, there is the Art Market Budapest. And the main highlight in November is the Halloween Boat Party in Budapest at the Parliament, one of the cool things to do in Budapest.

Things to do in Budapest in March

Take a soothing dip at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath or the Lukacs Bath where it isn't just getting comforted but both the locations come alive with laser party and music during the time of March and one of the fun things to do in Budapest is to dance to the electronic music with cocktails and beers.

To have a romantic time with your loved one get on board a Budapest River Cruise that comes with dinner, live entertainment, and sight-seeing activities. Keep your Calendar open, as the month March is full with dozen of music concerts and in addition to that, you also have the Budapest Spring Festival. Catch the parade during the St.Patrick's day, soak in the cultural events at the Budapest Palace of Arts, and the Budapest Opera house. Taste the true Hungarian flavors at the Handmade Hungarian Flavors Fair that is a treat for the foodies.

Things to do in Budapest in May

The month of May in Budapest is brimming with a lot of festivals. Some of them that you should check out includes International Comic Book Festival, Szekler Festival, Judafest Festival, Foie Gras Festival Budapest, Obuda Day Festival, and Budapest Bread Festival.

When you have had enough of the festivals, go on a guided tour of the cultural gem of Buda Castle. The whole place is beautiful and offers amazing views of the city. The grandeur and the views on offer, makes it a must visit. Equally competing is the Fisherman's Bastion with its fabulous views. The stunning architecture and the photo ops, make it a romantic place to hang around.

Go on a visit to the absolutely gorgeous St. Stephen's Basilica ornately designed on the interior. If you appreciate cathedrals, then this is the right place to visit. Now that you have interacted with the divine, head to the House of Terror that comprises of the exhibits from the fascist and the communist regimes. The whole place is historical and moving.

Things to do in Budapest in April

Make the most of the Spring Fair at the Vörösmarty Square, chat with the local craftsmen, and get something unique to remember Budapest by. Soak in the Easter Festival atmosphere on full swing at the Buda Castle and the Vajdahunyad Castle. The whole place will be buzzing with activity and is adorned with a dozen shops to stop by.

Admire the cherry blossom blooming in their bright colors at the botanical garden of Fuveszkert. The whole experience is just mesmerizing and is romantic. Remember to grab your tickets for the dance performances held at the National Dance Theater and the Festival Theater. Get busy on the field by taking part in the Budapest Half Marathon.

Things to do in Budapest Stag

Looking for a place to host a bachelorette party? Then look no far because Budapest has got you covered. Overflowing with a varied range of Stag activities to choose from, your Bachelerotte party wouldn't be any better. Start your adventure by indulging in Bar Crawling tasting drinks on the go, be a man take that rifle and start shooting, go cruising on the Budapest river with unlimited drinks on dinner on offer, get into kart and have a race with your besties, take a stroll across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge which is one of the ideal things to do in Budapest at night, spend time at the Hősök tere, and play a game of Bubble football. To get an idea of the nightlife in Budapest, go clubbing and explore the city on a beer bike.

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    174 Tourist Attractions in Budapest

    Must see places in Budapest ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Budapest and point of interests to visit.

  • Fishermans Bastion

    #1 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Fishermans Bastion

    Tags: Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentharomsag ter 5, Hungary

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Buda Bank on the Danube is prettily dotted with a construction that looks somewhat like a terrace. This place is called the Fisherman’s Bastion. This structure is built close to the Matthias...Read more

  • St Stephens Basilica

    #2 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    St Stephens Basilica

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    St Stephen’s Basilica, also known as Szent Istvan Bazilika is locally considered to be the most important church in the city of Budapest. It has a very high historical value. The Basilica is nam...Read more

  • Shoes On The Danube Bank

    #3 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Shoes On The Danube Bank

    Tags: Historical Site, Memorial, War Memorial

    Address: Budapest, Id. Antall József rkp., 1052, Hungary

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Shoes on the Danube Bank is one of the most heart-breaking and touching memorials in Budapest. Danube as a delta is present in a lot of other cities, but in Budapest it has an even higher historic sig...Read more

  • Budapest Pinball Museum

    #4 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Budapest Pinball Museum

    Tags: Museum, Entertainment, Games

    Address: Budapest, Radnóti Miklós u. 18, 1137 Hungary

    Timings: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    Budapest Pinball Museum is one of the most frequented attractions in Budapest. The love for pinball machines is widespread in the world. Be it in local fairs or high end gaming zones or even simply on...Read more

  • Buda Castle

    #5 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Buda Castle

    Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Architecture , Fountain

    Address: 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2, Hungary

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Hungarian lords in Budapest were housed by the iconic Buda Castle. This beautiful building was built in 1265. The place initially was called Royal Palace or the Royal Castle. Constructed at the so...Read more

  • Hospital In The Rock

    #6 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Hospital In The Rock

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Budapest, Lovas út 4/C, 1012 Hungary

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Budapest keeps its glorious and painful past, both very close to its heart. Hospital in the Rock is an example of the ordeal that Budapest went through during the second World War. This Hospital was b...Read more

  • Gellert Hill

    #7 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Gellert Hill

    Tags: Garden, View Point, Walking Area, Historical Site

    Address: Gellert-hegy, Budapest, Buda, District 1

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Gellert Hill overlooks the city of Budapest. This hill is a wonderful place to spend a Sunday. If you climb to the top you will be able to see an amazing sight. The Danube in all its glory can be seen...Read more

  • Heroes Square

    #8 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Heroes Square

    Tags: Walking Area, Monument, Square

    Address: Budapest, Hungary

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Hosok Tere or Heroes’ square in Budapest is a beautiful monument that attracts a lot of tourists in Budapest. The square commemorates the arrival of the first people who formed the nation of Hun...Read more

  • Margaret Island

    #9 of 174 Things To Do in Budapest
    Margaret Island

    Tags: Island, Ancient Ruin, Monument, Statue

    Address: Budapest, 1138 Hungary

    Timings: 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm Details

    Margaret Island is a great place to spend an entire day. The island was an important place in the middle ages when it was a religious hub. Even today you can see some of the medieval ruins in this are...Read more

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  • Hősök tere (Heroes' Square)

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Budavári Palota

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Bécsi-kapu

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • St. Stephen's Basillica Treasury

    Szent Istvan ter, Budapest, Hungary 1051

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • 1956-os Emlékmű

    56-Osok Tere

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Budai Vár

    5 Országház u.

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  • Városligeti-tó

    Városligeti-tó, 1146 Ungheria

    Lakes
  • Park Horgász Egyesület

    Lakes
  • Lake Board Gyömrő

    Lakes
  • Csömöri Horgásztó

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  • Ráth György Museum

    Városligeti fasor 12

    Museums
  • Vasarely Múzeum

    Szentlélek tér 6

    Museums
  • Közlekedési Múzeum

    Városligeti krt. 11

    Museums
  • Kiscelli Múzeum - Fővárosi Képtár

    Kiscelli u. 108

    Museums
  • Kresz Géza Mentőmúzeum

    Markó u. 22

    Museums
  • Néprajzi Múzeum

    Kossuth Lajos tér 12

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  • MindQuest

    VII Klauzál u. 19

    Amusement Parks
  • Parapark

    VIII Vajdahunyad u. 4

    Amusement Parks
  • Palackozott Italok Boltja

    Amusement Parks
  • Ability Park Klub

    Ceglédi út 1-3

    Amusement Parks
  • KölyökPark - Pólus Center

    Szentmihályi út 131

    Amusement Parks
  • ExitPoint Games

    Amusement Parks Arcades
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  • NégyesHatos Wesselényi Söröző

    Erzsébet krt.. 28

    Bars
  • Magyar Söröző

    József krt. 75

    Bars Restaurants
  • Captain Cook Pub

    Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 19/a

    Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Restaurants
  • Yellow Zebra Bar

    Kazinczy u. 5

    Bars Restaurants
  • Caledonia Scottish Pub

    Mozsár u. 9

    Bars Restaurants
  • KIOSK Budapest

    Március 15. tér 4

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  • Grand Casino

    Deák Ferenc u. 13

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Belvárosi Kaszinó Szerencsejáték Szervező Kft

    Vigadó u. 2

    Casinos and Gaming
  • 6. Sz. Lottózó

    Károly krt. 1

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Szerencsejáték Zrt. 89. Sz. Lottózó

    Béke tér 12

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Szerencsejáték Zrt. 61. Sz. Lottózó

    Tétényi út 63

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Szerencsejáték Zrt. 3. Sz. Lottózó

    Szent István krt. 25

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  • Flórián tér

    Dog Parks
  • Gesztenyéskert

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • Mélygarázs Budapest Erzsébet tér

    Károlyi Mihály u. 11

    Dog Parks
  • Kutyafuttató (Sasad Liget)

    Dog Parks
  • Kutyafuttató

    Dog Parks
  • Geszebek

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  • Római-part

    Beaches
  • Szentendrei-sziget déli csücsök

    Beaches
  • Gödi Strand

    Beaches
  • Pool&Bear

    Beaches
  • Szigetcsépi Strand

    Beaches
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  • Álló - Rét

    Hiking
  • Sisakvirág Tanösvény 4 - Bükkös

    Hiking
  • Oszoly-pihenő

    Hiking
  • Pilis-nyereg

    Hiking
  • Sisakvirág tanösvény 7

    Hiking
  • Végvári (Szent Mihály) szikla

    Hiking
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  • Vadászati Kulturális Egyesület

    Pákász u. 7 I/2

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Magyar Tájékozódási Futó Szövetség

    Istvánmezei út 1-3. Iii. Emelet 310

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Lemezbörze - Memory International Kft

    Laborc u. 44

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Magyar Országos Horgász Szövetség

    Korompai u. 17

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Fővadászbolt

    József krt. 66

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Vadőr Kft

    Karvaly u. 10/D

    Hunting and Fishing
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