1.Take the funicular railway to the Buda Castle District
At top of the Buda hill, there are spectacular views to the Danube River and the Pest side of the city. There are also lots of great places to see in the Castle District. There are lots of interesting museums (for example the Hungarian National Gallery) to explore for all day in the Royal Palace area. You should also take a look inside the beautiful Mátyas Church and see the views to the famous house of Parliament from the Fisherman’s Bastion.
2. Take an outdoor bath in the famous Széchenyi Baths
Budapest is known for its grand and old spa baths. So why don’t you take a break from the city buzz and relax a few hours or all day in one of its finest baths? Széchenyi Baths is the largest and probably most outstanding complex of spa baths in Europe. Its hot springs bubble up from a depth of 930 m (3,180 ft) and are rich in minerals that are reputed to have healing properties.
3. Shop Hungarian products at the Central Market Hall
All the Hungarian products you can imagine are found in the stunning 19th-century Central Market Hall. In three levels, more than 180 stalls display huge ranges of food, handmade items, souvenirs etc. Even if you don’t do any shopping, it is nice just wander around the building and view its offerings. Want to do more shopping? Check out Váci Street, Budapest’s most elegant promenade and shopping street.
4. Take an evening cruise in the Danube River
The most serene and probably the best way to see the beautiful city is to take Danube cruise. And Budapest, in my opinion, is most beautiful and glorious-looking during its evening lighting. During the cruise you can see for example the majestic Parliament House, Buda Castle Hill, all the stunning bridges and the Danube shores of Budapest. Want to cruise some more? Take a day cruise from Budapest to the picturesque Danube Bend and its historic towns.
5. Visit the Városliget City Park and the sights around it
The beautiful City Park is surrounded by monuments one greater than another. Museum of Fine Arts, The Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroe’s Square Monument were constructed in 1896 for the Hungarian Millennium Celebrations. The Castle is composed of elements of the finest architectural works found throughout Hungary. The millennium monument in the Heroe’s Square features the statues of renowned Hungarian leaders and national heroes, and the highest column is crowned by the Archangel Gabriel.
3 Tips for Budapest
- Public transportation is cheap – so use it!
- Try out Hungarian dishes, like Goulash or Shashlik!
- Remember to bring your own flip-flops and swimming caps to the spa baths