In my last post I told you about a few mishaps that took place while I was in Budapest a little while ago and I promised a follow-up post on my favourite things. Well here it is. Even though I was only there for a few days, Budapest is one of the most beautiful citiesI’ve visited and I can’t wait to go back one day and stay a little longer. So I wanted to share with you the best places that I visited during my stay. Like I said I wasn’t there for long, so comment and let me know your favourite places in Budapest.
1. Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge connects Buda with Pest and gives you panoramic views of the two cities.
2. Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló)
Don’t want to walk up the hill? Budapest’s got you covered, plus you get great views on the way up.
Cost one way (Adult): HUF 1100 (3,50€, £3.10, $5.30AUD, $4USD)
Cost return (Adult): HUF 1700 (5,50€, £4.80, $8.20AUD, $6.25USD)
3. Matthias Church (Mátyás Templon)
This was the nicest church I saw in Budapest – and there are some really beautiful ones. But this one is located in the most beautiful spot right on the Fisherman’s Bastion.
Entry Cost (Adult): HUF 1500 (4,85€, £4.25, $7.25AUD, $5.50USD)
4. Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya)
The Fisherman’s Bastion is essentially very instagram-able terrace overlooking the Danube. The place is like something from a fairy tale and I promise you’ll be taking photos there for a while.
5. Hungarian Parliament (Országház)
The Hungarian Parliament certainly has the most impressive architecture of any parliament I’ve ever seen. It dwarfs everything else along the Danube River in Budapest. Head to the opposite side of the river to get the best views of this imposing building.
6. House of Terror (Terror Háza)
The House of Terror is a museum dedicated to the victims of the fascist and communist regimes in Hungary during the 20th century. It’s a sombre place to visit but it tells an important story and I would recommend a visit.
Entry Cost (Adult): HUF 2000 (6,50€, £5.70, $9.65AUD, $7.35USD)
7. Vajdahunyad vára
Vajdahunyad vára is a charming castle built in the 19th century to celebrate 1,000 years since the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin. The garden surrounding it is a good place for a stroll and there were ponies wandering around a market when we visited.
8. Széchenyi Thermal Bath ((Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda)
The Széchenyi Thermal Baths are probably the most famous of Hungarian baths and the architecture is incredible. They’re supposed to be warm but honestly I was freezing the whole time and after about fifteen minutes I’d reached my limit and moved indoors to the warmer baths. – And yes you wear swimwear.
(Full day bath ticket with locker usage on a weekday) Cost: HUF 4900 (€15,90 £13.90, $23.70AUD, $18USD)
9. Hungarian Food
When I was in Budapest there were markets serving delicious, traditional food everywhere you looked. Paprika, Purple cabbage and stewed meats feature heavily in Hungarian cuisine and it’s all delicious.
10. Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház)
We walked past the Opera House during the day and were instantly taken with the beautiful building. We returned later that night for some classical music and it was divine.
11. Hungarian National Gallery (Budavári Palota)
The Hungarian National Gallery is located in the Buda Castle (Budavári Palota) and has an impressive collection featuring works by Hungarian artists including Imre Ámos, Robert, Berény and Sándor Bortnyik to name a few. Personally I found their modern art collection to be the most impressive part but the gallery also has extensive holdings from the medieval period onwards.
Note: Information such as cost prices were accurate at time of publishing but double check official websites to verify and comment below if something needs updating.