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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Historical Site, Family And Kids, Tower, Architecture
1014 Budapest, Szentharomsag ter 5, Hungary
The neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style terrace of Fishermans Bastion on the Buda bank of the Danube River on top of the Castle Hillis is one of the top attractions to visit in Budapest. Don't be confused with the outlook of Fishermans Bastion that resembles the logo of the Walt Disney Films, just head in and look out from the tower for panoramic views of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest and the Gellért Hill.
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Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
For a glimpse into the excellent Craftmanship of the Hungarians, take a look into the St.Stephen's Basilica. Opulent with inspiring stained glass windows and an elaborate exterior, the tranquility of St.Stephen's Basilica is best experienced by staying still and let the beautiful basilica work its magic on you. For a memorable experience of St.Stephen's Basilica visit it in the evening when it is booming with enchanting music.
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Historical Site, Memorial, War Memorial, Family And Kids
Budapest, Id. Antall József rkp., 1052, Hungary
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Stop by at what is considered as one of the most moving memorials in Europe of Shoes On The Danube Bank. Highly historical and heartbreaking, be prepared to shed a few tears at this poignant site. As you walk along overlooking the shoes, you will come across shoes of small children which will make your heart bleed. The memorial is thought provoking and can be a little hard for the weak hearted.
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Museum, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Games
Budapest, Radnóti Miklós u. 18, 1137 Hungary
10:00 am - 11:59 pm
Remember the time when we used play pinball non-stop in our computers? Budapest Pinball Museum takes us back exactly to that era of unspoilt childhood. Hidden beneath the Újlipótváros, the arcade destination of Budapest Pinball Museum shimmers with light but nevertheless don't get distracted and get your hands one of the pinball machines and unleash your supremacy. Time just flies away at the Budapest Pinball Museum so do keep checking your watch.
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Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Fountain, Sculpture
1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2, Hungary
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Take a tour around the lavish Buda Castle to get a glimpse into the lives of the Kings. Magnificent in stature, Buda castle is one of the first stops to make at Budapest. Glance through the extensive art collection in place, gaze without blinking at the gorgeous views from the castle, walk on the pleasant grounds around the Buda Castle, and go riding in a funicular. Buda Castle is just beautiful!
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Museum, Family And Kids
Budapest, Lovas út 4/C, 1012 Hungary
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Steeped in history, Hospital in the Rock beneath the Buda Castle is one of the most impressive places in Budapest. Take a guided tour around the Hospital in the Rock which carries a totally undisturbed hospital setting as it was during the time of the world war. Complete with waxwork recreations of the medical treatments and the day-to-day scenarios handled, Hospital in the Rock will take you back in time.
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Garden, View Point, Walking Area, Historical Site, Monument, Statue, Family And ...
Gellert-hegy, Budapest, Buda, District 1
Take a break from the city and go hiking to the top of the Gellert Hill. While the climb is a bit on the hard side, you will be rewarded with unparalleled views from the top. The local treasure presents a wonderful first impression of the city of Budapest with a clear insight into the structure of the landscape. Take a deep breath of the fresh air on offer and lose yourselves to the view.
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Walking Area, Monument, Square, Family And Kids
Spend time at the largest and the most iconic landmark squares of Heroes Square set at the end of the Andrassy Avenue. Get to the centerpiece of the Heroes Square highlighted by the monumental statues of Archangel Gabriel, Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, and tombs of the soldiers. Carrying a wealth of historical significance, Heroes Square is the right place to soak in the true essence of Budapest. Photo Ops is also splendid.
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Island, Ancient Ruin, Monument, Statue, Family And Kids, Fountain, Picnic Spot
Budapest, 1138 Hungary
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Take a trip to the popular picnic spot of the Margaret Island covered by landscape parks and medieval ruins. Rent a cyclo-pousses/bringo carts and ride around the lush-green park grounds, climb to the top of the Margaret Island's water tower, go spotting a squirrel, take a dip in the thermal baths and visit the Rose & Japanese Gardens. Margaret Island is a refreshing escapade and is best visited during Spring.
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Entertainment, Performance, Theatre, Concert, Family And Kids
Budapest, Nagymező u. 17, 1065 Hungary
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Brimming with fantastic new surprises every season is the crown jewel musical destination of the Budapest Operetta Theatre. Learn the modern and the historical stories in a powerful yet entertaining way at the premises of the grand Budapest Operetta Theatre. The building in itself is dramatic and don't be worried about not understanding the language, the shows come with subtitles. Completely lit with a 100-year-old Chandelier, the theatre is impressive.
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Museum, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Budapest, Andrássy út 12, 1061 Hungary
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Be astonished to find a miniature version of the most famous attractions of Budapest, Hungary, and a bit of Austria and Germany. Resembling the attractions, the scaled down models offer a thorough look in to the places you are planning to visit helping you plan better. Control the traffic in the model, witness the original photographs from the interactive screen, and gain the knowledge of history and culture with fun.
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Zoo, Botanical Garden, Family And Kids
Budapest, Allatkerti krt. 6-12, 1146 Hungary
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
A must do for all the animal and nature lovers is to visit the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Catch a sight of the various animals like Giraffes, Koalas, and Monkeys in their natural habitat, glance through the intricately designed paintings, and unwind at the lush-green grounds of the garden. Housing a diverse range of animals, the educational and entertaining Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is for everyone, regardless of the age.
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Family And Kids, Exhibition
Budapest, Páva u., 1094 Hungary
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the must-visit attractions in Budapest. Divided into two prominent sections: Museum of European and the Jewish Heritage International Institute of the Righteous, Holocaust Memorial Center will educate you with the history and the brave acts of people. Listen intentively to the well-laid out timeline of events presented with the elements of horror. The horrific stories offered will move you and will send a chill down the spine.
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Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture
1146 Budapest, Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár, Hungary
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Situated in the City Park by the boating lake, Vajdahunyad Castle is one of the best places to be romantic at. Comprising of different architectural styles including Rennaissance, Gothic, Baroque, and Romanesque, the wonderful castle deserves at least a thousand pictures from your eye-camera. Bask in the presence of the artifacts that presents an insight into the architectural evolution, take a look at the statue of Béla Lugosi, and explore the agricultural musuem.
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Bridge, Family And Kids
Budapest, Szabadság híd, 1118 Hungary
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Stretching across the Danube River, the chain style Liberty Bridge is one of the picturesque locations to visit in Budapest. Glowing with light during the nights, the tranquility of the Liberty Bridge can be experienced to the fullest by going on a leisurely stroll overlooking the enchanting views of the bay. Also, try to visit the spot early in the morning or late in the evening to catch a sight of the mesmerizing sunrise/sunset.