Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is beautiful, rich in history, safe, offers great food, and a traveler’s favorite – budget-friendly! Most visitors in Europe consider the said city to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. As a city known to its fascinating history and art, there is a wide-range of must-visit places and different things to do. It can be a museum, an inspiring historical building, spa – you can always find one that will suit your interest.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Budapest:
PARLIAMENT BUILDING & CROWN JEWELS
This is one of the sites that Budapest is known for. Parliament Building is picturesque in all angles and is the world’s third-largest parliament building, inaugurated in 1886 to mark the country’s 1,000th anniversary. The structure includes 691 rooms, 19 km of corridors and stairs.
FISHERMAN’S BASTION (Halászbástya)
If you’re a fan of unforgettable views in a fairy-tale setting, then this is a good pick for your itinerary. Fisherman’s Bastion is a neo-Gothic building built between 1895 and 1902. It’s one of the best-known monuments in Budapest, located in the Buda Castle. The lower terraces and towers are free to visit and it offers lovely views. The entire Bastion is open 24/7.
BUDA CASTLE & CASTLE HILL
This contains many of the city’s most important medieval monuments and museums. This 18th-century castle, consists of 200 rooms, was built to protect the stronghold from Mongol and Tartar attacks. It was restored after being damaged in World War II and today, it houses some important museums that include the Hungarian National Gallery (main wing), and Budapest History Museum (south wing). This historical place is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The best way to explore the castle is on a guided tour that lasts for 2 hours.
CRUISE ALONG THE DANUBE RIVER
There are different cruises along the Danube river and some of which offer lunch-dinner, half-day cruises or a cruise from the Danube river to Germany. The cost will depend on the package chosen by the tourist. Sail to check out the major attractions as it gets dark.
SZÉCHENYI THERMAL BATHS
If you’re interested to relax after the long day, you can go and pick this place as a part of your itinerary. The waters are rich in sulfates, fluoride, bicarbonate, calcium, and magnesium that are believed to help those who have degenerative joint illnesses or even other medical issues. There are also saunas, steam rooms, and other thermal pools on site.
Széchenyi Baths are known to be the largest medicinal bath center in Europe.
THE BUDAPEST EYE FERRIS WHEEL
You’ve probably heard of the UK’s London Eye. Here in Budapest, there’s Budapest Eye Ferris wheel, one of the world’s largest traveling Ferris wheel with 42 cars and 200 feet tall. This enables the tourist to see the excellent view of the city. This Ferris wheel is open daily in Erzsébet Square.
NEONIS – 3D BLACKLIGHT MINIGOLF
Ever tried minigolf … with a twist? Then check out the 3D Backlight Minigolf at Neonis! This enables the player to play minigolf under ultraviolet lights – this includes the walls, grounds and the entire place colored with images and lights and will look livelier with the help of Chromadepth 3D glasses. You can see different themes like the history of Hungary, Space, and Aquarium. This is a unique experience whether it’s for you, your friends or with your family.
BUDAPEST’S MARGARET ISLAND PARK
Margaret Island used to have the name, “Rabbit Island” in the middle ages, and it was a royal hunting reserve. But presently, the island is a public park, connected to the city by Margaret bridge. More than being a park, seven cool activities can be done when you visit here – ride a funky vehicle, go squirrel spotting, go for a dip (yes, they have a thermal pool here, too, plus adventure pools, water slides, and wave pools), visit the Rose and Japanese gardens, see the musical fountain, Climb Margaret Island’s water tower, and see Margaret Island’s ruins.
HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA HOUSE (MAGYAR ÁLLAMI OPERAHÁZ)
Opened in 1884, the Hungarian State Opera House is the top spot on the city’s cultural events calendar. More than its fascinating features from the outside to the inside, it is filled with wonderful artwork and sculptures from the country’s most significant countries. The Opera House has 1,261 seats. Tickets can be purchased online, and daily guided English-language tours are available.
In World War II, 3,500 people were killed by fascists in Budapest, and this is considered as a memorial where people can commemorate the tragic event. It has 60 pairs of cast iron shoes designed by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay. During those days, the victims were ordered to remove their shoes and they were shot right at that very place, and their bodies fell into the river.
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