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Things To Do In Budapest

Finding new countries to love is the plan for 2023 and we found another country to put on your list that we fell in love with. Hungary! We took a 4 day trip to explore Budapest and we felt in our heart we could stay longer.

We noticed quickly that we could do a foodie tour for weeks here easily. Along with food we explored the main attractions, bookstores, coffeeshops, street art, and more.

Now, here's a pro-tip: if you want to avoid crowds, get up early and start your day during sunrise. It's the perfect time to explore the city before the tourist crowds arrive. Especially if you want to take pictures at Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament and more.

Another tip: When it comes to money, make sure to exchange some cash into Hungarian forint, just in case you need it for those metro or bus tickets. Even though most places take cards. (Check Revolut blog for more information on a card)

Budapest's system is efficient, affordable, and a great way to get around the city. You can grab a one-way ticket for under $1, and many of the top attractions are within walking distance from the city center.

So, what exactly should you do while in Budapest? Well, we've got you covered!

You may be wondering what should I do in Budapest, well look no further!

Here are the following places and things to visit/see while in Budapest:

Buda Castle

(picture courtesy of @ihsanshoots)

Buda Castle is a historic complex located in the Castle District of Budapest. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times throughout history. Today, it houses several museums and art galleries, including the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.

Fisherman’s Bastion

(picture courtesy of @ihsanshoots)

Fisherman's Bastion is an impressive tower located in the Castle District of Budapest, built in the late 19th century. Offering some of the best panoramic views of the city, it's a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Budapest.

Heroes’ Square

Heroes' Square is a large public square located in the heart of Budapest. It's home to several important landmarks, including the Millennium Monument, which celebrates Hungary's 1000-year history.

Thermal Baths

Budapest is renowned for its thermal baths, with several to choose from. The most popular include Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Gellért Thermal Bath, and the Rudas Thermal Bath. During our visit, we went to Széchenyi Thermal Bath, which offers a range of spas, saunas, and more. It's best to go as EARLY as possible to avoid crowds, as they can get quite busy later in the day.

Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is an iconic building in Budapest and a must-visit for anyone touring the city. Its interior is adorned with stunning frescoes, stained glass windows, and intricate carvings, making it a masterpiece of architecture. The Parliament is also a significant symbol of Hungarian democracy and freedom, having played a key role in the country's struggle for independence from Austria in the late 19th century and hosting numerous historic events throughout Hungary's history.

St. Stephens Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica is a neo-classical church located in the heart of Budapest. Named after Hungary's first king, it boasts several impressive works of art and architecture.

Danube River & Shoe Memorial

Take a walk along the Danube River and pay your respects at the Shoe Memorial, a moving tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. The memorial is located along the riverbank and features a display of shoes left behind by those who were killed during the war.

Walk across Liberty Bridge

The Liberty Bridge is a beautiful pedestrian bridge that spans the Danube River. It's a great spot to take in views of the city and snap some photos.

Vintage Shopping

Vintage shopping is a popular activity in Budapest, with many antique and vintage shops to choose from, such as Retrock and Szputnyik Shop. Check out my blog on vintage shopping in Budapest.

Foodie Tour

Baby! Budapest is also a foodie's paradise, with several food places to tour and enjoy. Check out my blog for brunch places and coffee shops around Budapest to guide you to some amazing eateries.

Check out Ervin Szabó Library

The Ervin Szabó Library, located in a historic building in the Palace Quarter, is a must-visit destination. Its stunning architecture and interior design, including a beautiful stained glass ceiling, make it one of the most beautiful libraries to admire while on your tour.

Go to the Ruin Bars (Szimpla)

Ruin bars are a unique feature of Budapest's nightlife and are worth checking out for their bohemian, laid-back atmosphere. Szimpla Kert, the original ruin bar, is a popular spot and is located in the heart of the city's Jewish Quarter. The bar is housed in an abandoned building and features mismatched furniture, graffiti art, and live music. You can grab a drink and wander around the various rooms, including a garden, rooftop terrace, and even an old Trabant car that has been turned into a seating area.

Visit and Hangout at Massolit Books

Massolit Books is a cozy bookstore and café located in the heart of Budapest. The shop is known for its impressive collection of English-language books, as well as its selection of coffee and tea. Visitors can browse the shelves and find a book to read while sipping a cup of coffee or tea in the café area. This place is a must-visit, and while we were there, we saw groups of people enjoying each other's company and playing board games.

Admiring and finding murals

As you walk through Budapest, you can see so many beautiful murals around and on buildings. Some of the most famous murals can be found in the city's 7th district, where street artists have transformed drab buildings into colorful works of art.

Searching for the unique buildings throughout Budapest

Budapest has stunning architecture and many unique buildings to discover. As you walk around, you'll find different types of unique architecture that showcase the city's history and culture.

Escape Room (no picture for the activity/experience)

For a fun and unique group activity, consider trying an escape room. Budapest has a variety of options to choose from, and it's a great way to spend a relaxing evening before heading out for dinner.

Budapest truly is a one-of-a-kind destination that offers an abundance of unique experiences and attractions. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, there's something for everyone in this vibrant city.

So, don't hesitate any longer and add Budapest to your travel bucket list right away. Trust me, you won't regret it - get ready for an unforgettable trip!

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