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Exciting things to do in Budapest

Discover what the Hungarian capital has to offer, day or night in every season. There are always plenty of things to do in Budapest. From sightseeing and spas to statues and shopping, start exploring this eclectic city.

Stroll up Castle Hill, gaze in wonder at the glorious Buda Castle and Matthias Church, before heading back down the hill to the impressive Gellert Spa. Go for a ride on the cog-wheel railway funicular, or get the chairlift up to the Children’s Railway. Kids will love it. Learn about Hungary’s rich history at Heroes’ Square. Then, visit the defunct statues of socialist leaders in Memento Park, an eerie graveyard for unwanted sculptures. Shop ‘til you drop on the grandiose Andrassy Avenue before stopping for coffee and beautiful cakes in the famous Viennese-style cafés. Then head out in the evening for some world-class cuisine, followed by drinks in an upbeat ruin bar.



Budapest’s shopping is as diverse as its population. Big, bustling markets sit alongside tiny craft shops selling traditional Magyar clothing and even weaponry. Those not looking for a bow and arrow should head over to the fashion boutiques of Váci Utca, a long pedestrianised street full of chic shoppers. Don’t miss the Great Market Hall to embrace Budapest’s vibrant market scene, plus you could pick up some fresh paprika or Kolbász (sausage).



The heart of medieval Budapest, Castle Hill, is full of atmospheric plazas, tiny cobbled streets and elegant architecture. Here you will find the Royal Palaces and the Hungarian National Gallery. See the Gellért Baths, a traditional bath complex where the natural springs soothe and relax. Spend a day in the City Park, where you can ice skate in winter. Or enjoy a picnic at Margaret Island, sat in the middle of the Danube.



Budapest, and Hungary, is well-known for its delicious cuisine. Highly spiced with paprika and garlic, food is mouth-wateringly good. Lángos is deep-fried dough with cream, cheese and garlic – perfect for dipping into goulash. Kosher food in Budapest has made a huge comeback, with many places serving salted beef and latkes. You can even eat aboard a river boat, and gaze at the wonderful architecture as you float down the Danube.



Rooftop bars are all the rage in Budapest, with great views over the city it’s easy to see why – Corvintető is a cool place to start. A must-see is the Szimpla Kert ruin bar, a vast space with a theatre, grill, bakery and a cycle hire. For those looking for a cheap but fun night out, then grab a bottle of wine and join the hundreds of locals who meet up on Elizabeth Square.

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For children

Budapest is great for kids, with many parks, cycle paths and fun rickety old tram rides. Hire bikes and make your way to Margaret Island where there is a zoo, lots of open space and a musical fountain. Make sure to go on the Children’s Railway and the chairlift – just outside the city in the suburbs. Memento Park provides an important awareness into Hungary’s communist past. Or go to Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens to see the splendid elephant house.

Budapest experiences

Book your Budapest sightseeing before you go.

Budapest river cruise.

Take a boat trip down the Danube on this scenic river cruise, before tucking into a delicious Hungarian buffet dinner. Float past significant landmarks whilst being entertained by live music in this UNECSO World Heritage-listed city. Highlights include the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Mt. Gellért and the Gellért Baths. The dinner includes Hungarian delicacies, such as stuffed cabbage, paprika-laced chicken and spicy pork ribs. Be ready for the awe-inspiring architecture and sparkling lights of Budapest.

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Gellért Spa in Budapest.

Recognised as one of the most elegant in the world, the Gellért Spa sits underneath Buda’s Gellért Hill. Purchase a ticket before you arrive and enjoy the benefits of skip the line priority access and a private cabin. Designed in an Art Nouveau style, the complex boasts 13 baths alongside steam rooms, saunas and a Roman-style pool. Upgrade your spa day with a 30-minute aromatherapy massage or 60-minute Swedish-style massage in a VIP room.

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Budapest half-day sightseeing tour.

There is a lot to see in Budapest, and this half day sightseeing tour provides the ideal introduction to this wonderful city. Get picked up and dropped back at the hotel, either in the morning or afternoon, and see the sights of Budapest from the comfort of your coach. The tour traverses the Danube across the Margaret Bridge (with a chance to see the charming Margaret Island), and along the Hungarian Parliament. See the Royal Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion, and much more in the Castle District.

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Budapest card.

The Budapest Card allows visitors to explore this fantastic city at your own pace, see the sights you want to see and gain discounts at the same time. You can use it for free public transport all over the city allowing further scope to your adventure. With discounts at restaurants and walking tours also included. Choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour cards – each include a guidebook with all the information you will need. Get into Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery for free, as well the Lukács Thermal Bath. All delivered right to your hotel door.

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Budapest pub crawl.

By the time you have finished this fantastic small-group pub crawl, you should know the word ‘egeszsegedre’, which is Hungarian for cheers. With your private, knowledgeable guide you will visit a minimum of three local pubs, with a complimentary drink at the first. Numbers are limited to 20 people, so it is great way of getting to know a few new friends on holiday, and ensures you get personalised attention from your guide.

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Budapest weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • 10°Mar
  • 17°Apr
  • 22°May
  • 26°Jun
  • 28°Jul
  • 27°Aug
  • 23°Sep
  • 16°Oct
  • Nov
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 37
  • 44
  • 38
  • 45
  • 72
  • 69
  • 56
  • 47
  • 33
  • 57
  • 70
  • 46
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 2
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  • 5
  • 7
  • 8
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  • 5
  • 2
  • 1

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