Budapest is a city full of iconic buildings, museums, baths, adventure, and fun. An entire lifetime would not be enough to see and do everything. Therefore each “must-visit list to Budapest” is unique and a little bit different.
These are the Culture Trip’s top picks for visiting Budapest.
The best thing anyone can do for free in Budapest is take a stroll along the River Danube. This gives you a chance to visit the iconic Chain Bridge, which (I believe) is the most beautiful at night with all the lights. The Culture Trip also recommends visiting Margaret Island and highlights its famous dancing musical fountain, which is one of the largest and most dramatic ones in Europe.
They also recommend seeing a Hungarian Folk Show at the Danube Palace and visiting the Great Market Hall for an interesting adventure of architecture, food, and wine. For an underground adventure, visit the Kőbánya caves, which is a “vast network of subterranean tunnels underneath Budapest’s tenth district.” From the city centre, you can use public transportation to reach Heroes’ Square easily with M1. Heroes’ Square is a sight to see on its own, but it is also the “gate” to the City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle.
Not a great many museums on this list, but three of them did make the cut. Interestingly, all of these are non-art-related museums. We have a whole list of cool non-art-related museums to visit in Budapest, you can check that out here. They recommend visiting the Pinball Museum, which is gaining more popularity every year. This is Europe’s largest interactive pinball exhibition with 130 machines, the oldest from the 19th century. They also suggest going to the Hospital in the rock, which used to be a secret military and hospital bunker during WWII. The Budapest Chocolate Museum is worth visiting if you are interested in the rich history of Hungarian chocolate and have a sweet tooth because you can try them all out.
It is not easy to narrow down the list of amazing baths in Budapest (it is called the City of Spas for a reason), but apparently, if The Culture Trip had to choose only two of them, they would recommend Gellért Bath and Széchenyi Bath (one from the Pest and one from the Buda side). Both of these historic baths are among the most popular ones in the capital. The article highlights Gellért Bath’s “spectacular Art Nouveau-style building” and Széchenyi Bath’s “opulent Neo-Baroque style.”
In terms of iconic buildings, The Culture Trip suggests quite a few. The list includes the Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the largest synagogue in Europe, the Parliament Building, Buda Castle, the Hungarian State Opera House, Fisherman’s Bastion, Vajdahunyad Castle, and St Stephen’s Basilica.
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