20 Places you Must See in Budapest

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There’s no denying it, Budapest is one of Europe’s most underrated cities. In fact, it might just be THE most underrated city in all of Europe! But if you’re still not convinced, here’s a selection of my 20 favourite places you must see in Budapest – the photos will be sure to convince you to visit!


Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion was built in the late 1800’s and despite attracting thousands of visitors a day, is still in great condition. The design features 7 towers to represent the 7 Magyar tribes that founded the nation, and the site is free to visit. This is also where you will arguably find the best views over Budapest.

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Chain Bridge

Back when it was built in the late 1800s, the Chain Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in Europe. It connects Buda with Pest and is certainly the most charming of the cities’ bridges, so be sure to make the crossing at some point throughout your stay.

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Hősök Tere (Heroes Square)

Located at the far end of Andrassy Street is Heroes Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site that pays tribute to the 1000-year anniversary of the founding of Hungary.


Four Seasons Gresham Palace

Pictured is the view from the Presidential Suite inside the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, one of the most opulent and impressive hotels in the city of Budapest. If you can’t afford to stay a night in one of the rooms, consider dropping by for a meal or a visit to the spa to try one of the many medicinal treatments on offer.

Gellert Baths

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Gellért Baths

These are said to be the most photographed public baths in Budapest – one look at the above photograph soon explains why!

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The Danube

The river Danube is what separates “Buda” from “Pest” and offers great nightly dinner cruises as a more slow, relaxed way to appreciate the lights of Budapest in the evenings.

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Houses of Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament (also known as the House of the Nation) is like something out of a Harry Potter filmset. It is also the third largest parliament building in the entire world, and most impressive from the outside, particularly on the opposite side of the Danube river to see the building in full.


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Museum of Applied Arts

There are man impressive architectural displays in Budapest, but one that should not be missed is a little more of a surprise. The museum of Applied Arts is home to an impressive collection, as well as a stunning roof tiled from Zsonay tiles (the same as the Matthias Church).


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Mátyás-templom (Matthius Church)

This is one of Budapest’s most beautiful architectural displays and indeed one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. The roof tiles are made of Zsonay tiles and are what makes this church so unique.

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Margaret Island

Margaret Island is one of the most popular places to be throughout the summer months. Be sure to take the time to wander around the impressive gardens or enjoy lunch al fresco at one of the many pop up summer restaurants or bars.

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The Corinthia Hotel

Another one of Budapest’s most impressive hotels is The Corinthia Hotel (pictured above). Non-hotel guests can choose to eat lunch or dinner in the above enclosed courtyard.


St Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephen’s Basilica is another of Budapest’s churches worth visiting. The inside of the dom is quite impressive.

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Buda Castle

Located on Castle Hill is Buda castle – once home to royal affairs and now a collection of museums open to the public.


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Széchenyi Baths

Széchenyi baths are some of the largest public baths in Europe and cost around $12 to visit for the day. Most of the baths feature spring water, said to have medicinal benefits.


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Boscolo Hotel Budapest

Another of Budapest’s highly celebrated hotels is the Boscolo Hotel, which is home to one of the most glorious locations to find yourself for a slice of cake and coffee.

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Andrassy Street

Andrassy Street leads you all the way to Heroe’s Square and has many points of interest along the way. If you’re interested in the history of Nazi occupation in Budapest, be sure to stop by the House of Terror Museum.


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Hungarian State Opera House

This is one of Europe’s most spectacular opera houses that has been preserved with great care. If you can’t afford a ticket to a show in the evening, consider touring the inside of the opera house throughout the day.


Shoes on the Danube

The shoes on the Danube is a sculpture by Hungarian Gyula Pauer, paying tribute to the jews who were killed by the river in the 1940s. The sculpture is also modelled after shoes of the time.

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House of Terror Museum

The House of Terror Museum provides an insightful look into communism and its devastating impact in Budapest. It is a very unique experience, particularly if you are interested in Budapest’s darker past.

Cynagogue-Budapest 2

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Dohány Street Synagogue

This is the largest synagogue in Europe and the seconds largest in the world, making for an impressive insight into the Jewish religion.

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    September 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I visited Budepest last year and it’s AMAZING! I’ve been to the top 2 on the list and I highly recommend them. Thanks for this article. It took me on a little trip down memory lane :-).

    Eleanor Morrissey
    September 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Budapest is amazing! And The House of Terror is a really moving place to visit.

    September 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    “The House of Terror Museum provides an insightful look into Nazi occupation in Budapest.”

    This is not entirely correct. The museum actually places a much bigger focus on the Communist occupation and the detrimental effects that it had on the country. Maybe reword to include the Communist focus as well?

    Laura Mareno
    September 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Budapest looks so beautiful!! I’ll visit it one day!! kisses!

    September 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I don’t think Budapest is that underrated anymore. Most people I know have visited it and there are so many beautiful photos of Budapest in the world that you possibly can’t think it isn’t a fun destination to visit. However, I love the ‘hotspots’ you have used in this post – I couldn’t agree more with them (except for the hotels maybe;-)).

    September 15, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    So many people I know have been to the Széchenyi Baths and said it was amazing. It’s definitely on my places to go list

    September 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Oh, I actually had no idea that there were Buda and Pest, so funny to learn about it!
    I’m actually thinking about a Christmas destination this year, and I’m being torn between Vienna and Budapest… Don’t know what to choose!

    September 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    HI! I’ve visited Budapest a couple of times and I like it best in the winter with all the advent stalls brimming with delicacies!:)

    September 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    budapest is really close to my hometown vienna but i was there in august for the first time. i totally fell for this city, it has so many wonderful places and buildings and such a welcoming spirit. it’s certainly not been my last visit!

    September 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    That’s so cool! 🙂

    September 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I can slap myself for not having been there yet. It’s so close to Germany but I never made it there when I was still living in Germany. Hopefully that will change some day when I’m back in Europe.

    September 15, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    You’re right, Budapest is totally underrated. I was there last week and I loved it a lot!

    Didn’t see all the places mentioned above though – so I guess I have to go back some day. 🙂

    September 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    There are several things that I think of in relation to Budapest: the Gabor Sisters, the Danube, and the movie Shop Around the Corner. Budapest is already on my radar for future travel plans. 🙂

    September 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve been to Budapest long time ago. I remember how beautiful it was, Széchenyi Baths were my favourite, so much fun!

    September 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    And you must drink Palinka, and visit the ruin bars! MUST! 🙂

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    September 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Great post! I was in Budapest for a week a few years ago in the summer and I went to all of these except for Széchenyi Baths. Another reason to go back, right? 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

    September 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I’ve always dreamed of going to Buda! Great inspiration for when I finally go some day!

    September 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

    These look great, thanks for sharing! I’ll be visiting Budapest later this year and will definitely refer back to this! So excited!

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