10 Best attractions in Budapest

Like many of Europe’s most photogenic capitals, Budapest’s beauty lies in its contrasts. The luscious River Danube splits the city down the middle into quiet, hilly, historic Buda, on one side, and Pest, all grand boulevards and first-rate art museums, on the other. There’s no shortage of brilliant things to see and do in both, but the Hungarian capital is much more than its magnificent monuments. After all, some of the best attractions in Budapest are its world-famous thermal baths, the thriving, oh-so alluring ‘ruin bars, and some very plush parks that must rank among Europe’s finest. Ready to get out there? These are the 10 experiences you simply must have in Budapest.

• Buda Castle

• Hungarian Parliament

• Széchenyi Baths

• St Stephen’s Basilica

• Children’s Railway

• Heroes’ Square

• Memento Park

• Central Market Hall

• Margaret Island

• Dohány Street Synagogue


-Local Delicacies-


Goulash

Chicken Paprikash

Jokai Bean Soup

Lecsó

Túrós Csusza

Palacsinta

Rakott Krumpli

Kolbász

Somlói Galuska

Lángos

Kürtőskalács


-Things to buy-


Hungarian traditional hand crafted porcelain

Ajka Crystal

Painted Eggs

Traditional Hungarian Dolls

Tokaji Wine

The Hungarian Secret Box

Traditional Hungarian Shirts

When to visit Budapest


The best times to visit Budapest are from March to May and September through November. These shoulder seasons are when the weather is idyllic and the city isn't overcrowded with tourists. However, the climate is always relatively mild, with temperatures rarely exceeding bearable levels.


Budapest may not be as renowned for its museums as nearby Vienna, but culture vultures shouldn’t despair: you’ll find plenty of excellent galleries and museums in the Hungarian capital. From the former secret police HQ to an array of world-beating art institutions, there’s no shortage of cultural mooching to be done here.


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