Hungary’s capital city is full of great things to see and do. From historic monuments to architectural wonders. While there are plenty of hidden gems and places to visit off the beaten path in Budapest. Must Go In Budapest!
Must Go In Budapest
Hungary’s capital city Budapest is actually made up of 3 unified cities. With Buda and Óbuda on the west bank of the Danube and Pest on the east bank. Much of the city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status. And many visitors consider the city to be almost the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Thanks to its abundance of thermal baths. Budapest has earned the nickname ‘City of Spas’. There are many great baths in the Hungarian capital. But Széchenyi gets our vote for its stunning architecture and open-air bathing. Visitors can relax in two outdoor thermal pools, surrounded by neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance architecture.
Heroes’ Square (Hosök tere), which marks the end of Andrássy Avenue is home to an iconic monument which features depictions of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars. Who are believed to have led the Hungarian people from central Asia to the Carpathian basin.
Atop the central pillar is the Archangel Gabriel, who is holding the Hungarian crown. At either side of the central column are two matching colonnades. Which depict a variety of other historical Hungarian figures. The impressive buildings at either side of the square are art galleries. Take care when crossing to the statue, because traffic around the monument can be erratic.
The Danube Promenade
The Danube (or “Duna” in Hungarian) flows through Budapest from north to south. And in places within city boundaries, it is as much as 640 meters wide. The Danube Promenade, a pleasant century-old riverside walk extends from the Elisabeth and Széchenyi Chain Bridges.
Although there are many places from which to enjoy views of this magnificent, majestic river as you stroll its banks (either the Buda or Pest sides, they’re both good), the Danube Promenade is one of the best vantage points to take in the city’s stunning architecture.
Central Market Hall
Budapest’s central market is a massive local food market in a large building by the river. Although it’s mainly aimed a locals seeking produce, the first floor is packed with food stands and it is the perfect great place to enjoy a tasty snack.
Be sure to try the Lángos, a deep fried Hungarian flat bread that looks a little like home made pizza. Trust us, you won’t regret it!
Back when it was built in the late 1800s, the Chain Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in Europe. It connects Buda with Pest and is certainly the most charming of the cities’ bridges.
So be sure to make the crossing at some point throughout your stay.
Walk by Vaci Utca
After visiting the Basilica go for a walk towards the Great Market Hall. It will be 30 minutes walking via the Vaci Utca. A pedestrian street full of local and international shops. The best place for a retail therapy or to buy some souvenirs to take home. On the way, you will find many restaurants and cafes but hold on your craving for our next stop.
Visit the Ghetto
Probably your walking tour will end close to the Jewish Quarter. So stay longer and get to know a bit more about this historical site in Budapest. The Jewish Quarter was a booming area, full of bar and artistic shops, but during the WWII it turned in a Jewish Ghetto. Where over 60,000 people were trying to survive.
After the war, it took years to rebuild the neighborhood and bring life back. Nowadays it’s the address of trendy restaurants, bars, and the famous Synagogues. Walk around the Jewish Quarter is a must for any traveler that visit Budapest. Not only for the history but also to experience a new side of the city with amazing streets arts and interesting people.
Well, it wasn’t the first thing I thought to do when looking for things to do in Budapest, I mean, who would have thought there’d be a statue of an American President.
But Ronald Reagan played an intricate part in the fall of Communism and Budapest is communist no longer. So, while you are visiting the Russian monument, check out the statue of Ronald Reagan while you are there. It’s an odd site but a fun photo spot.