8 THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS IN BUDAPEST

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Budapest: A beautiful, enchanting city that is under-hyped if you ask me. There’s so much to do when you’re visiting that it can be easy to miss things out purely because you’ve already spent the whole trip exploring! Here’s what you can’t miss if you are only in Budapest for a short time.

Budapest: 8 things you can't miss. If you're only in Budapest for a short time, make sure you add these things to your list! Read more on theapresgal.com

TRY A TÚRÓ RUDI

Of course, I am a total greedy guts and I’m gonna start with a chocolate covered soft cheese bar. It’s a very subtle flavour so don’t expect a chocolate cheesecake but this dark choc bar is super interesting and unlike anything I’ve come across in the UK. Worth a try, you’ll find it in the fridge in the shops. Best eaten straight away so it doesn’t melt everywhere.

GET ON THE OLDEST SUBWAY

So it’s actually the second oldest subway EVER, with the London Underground being the oldest. Make sure you get on the yellow metro, serving the Pest side only. It is a rattly old wagon but it’s worth absorbing a little bit of history in between your sightseeing and actually travelling just to experience it. If you plan on visiting the Széchenyi Thermal Baths and you are further than a stone’s throw away, you will need to use the metro anyway! So hop on 🙂

VISIT THE THERMAL BATHS

I mean, who goes to Budapest and doesn’t visit the spas?! You’d have to be crazy not to bother and it’s totally earned the hype. I was lucky enough to visit both the Széchenyi Baths and the St Lukács Baths. It’s worth remembering that the Széchenyi baths get very busy and are the most popular. I would 100% recommend taking the trip to St Lukács Bath, it’s a little bit further out of the centre and although you get free access with the Budapest card, it doesn’t get half as busy and there’s more variety of pools and there’s also a steam room. Get your relaxation in after a long day of sightseeing. Just double check the last entry times before you set off 😉

SPEND AT LEAST 1 FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING

Budapest is without a doubt one of my favourite cities. There is so much to see and it is unbelievably beautiful. The architecture is absolutely breathtaking, the scenery is gorgeous and there is a ton of history buried in the cracks of this incredible city. To me, it’s the city that keeps on giving and there’s pretty good reason that suddenly everyone you know is instagramming Budapest! I think you actually need more than a day if you want to see a lot of places and go to the museums and galleries, but if you are limited with the amount of time I would suggest dedicating a full day to go exploring. There are sooooo many amazing sights to see, but here are my favourites:

  1. Matthias Church. I just can’t get over how pretty this is.
  2. Hungarian Parliament Building. No words necessary.
  3. Shoes on the Danube. This poignant memorial can be found along the Danube on the Pest side.
  4. The Chain Bridge. This was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary.
  5. Buda Castle. Huge and enchanting.
Hungarian Parliament Building, one of the sights you cannot afford to miss in Budapest. Read more on thepresgal.com

Hungarian Parliament Building

 

Shoes on the Danube, from 8 things you must do in Budapest. Read more on theapresgal.com

Shoes on the Danube

MINI HIKE UP GELLERT HILL

Okay, so to call it a hike is a slight exaggeration, but it’s well worth the little walk up here. We went at sunset. You get a great view over Budapest and the Danube, and while you’re up the hill you can see the Citadella and Szabadság Szobor, which is Budapest’s Statue of Liberty. Maybe take a bottle of wine up with you (while it’s supposedly illegal, you’ll only get in trouble if you are causing trouble) for a romantic evening watching the city lights as the sun dims.

The view from the top of Gellert Hill. You have to include this in your Budapest itinerary! Read more tips on theapresgal.com

The view from the top ain’t too shabby!

HAVE A LOOK AROUND CENTRAL MARKET HALL

I loved the market hall! It was one of my favourite places out of everywhere else we visited in Budapest. Such a vibrant, buzzy atmosphere filled with little treasures and delights. If you need to buy souvenirs, definitely take a gander at the stalls here – you could find something suitable for ANYONE. Apparently loved by locals and tourists alike, you can grab food here as well, whether it’s ingredients for lunch or unpretentious street food from the stalls.

Central Market Hall, Budapest. Make this an essential part of your trip. Read more on theapresgal.com

EAT LANGOS

Lángos is fried bread, normally served with cheese but you can have a variety of toppings. I got to try this delicious meal on the second floor of the Central Market, but be prepared cos it gets extremely busy! It was super cheap and bloody amazing. In fact I really am craving one after writing about it! Take a look at this bad boy:

Langos, Hungarian snack. A must try when in Budapest! Read more tips for your Budapest trip on theapresgal.com

I want one right now.

USE THE BUDAPEST CARD

I know a lot of places offer these tourist cards, and to be honest a lot of them seem to be great and then turn out to be a pretty sh*tty deal. But, this Budapest tourist card was well worth it. We got the 48 hour card, which gives you free transport, free entry to 12 museums, free entry to the St Lukács Thermal Baths, discount to Széchenyi Thermal Baths just to name a few bits. I think you get more if you buy a 72 hour card but the 48 hour was perfect for us and saved us money and time by having free transport. It was around 25 Euro for the 48 hour card.

EAT GOULASH

Yep, another food one but it’s basically rude not to have goulash in Hungary! Made with beef and paprika, you’ll be hard-pressed to find this dish missing from any menu in Budapest. We found a little pub-like restaurant on the way back from the baths and had a delicious beef goulash, washed down with a glass of Hungarian wine. What a perfect way to refuel after a long day.

Wow, writing this had made me remember just how much I loved Budapest and how insanely pretty everything is! I hope this gives you some tips if you’re looking to plan your trip.

Have you been to Budapest? What were your fave bits?

xo Becca

  • Tania Potter

    I so want to come and visit! I had no idea there were so many lovely things to do and see, and how is that Hungarian Parliament building? It is magnificent.

  • Fatima Ali

    Wow! Those were some great tips. I’ve been to Budapest but didn’t get a chance to explore the place much. Will definitely look for the Budapest card.

  • The chocolate covered soft cheese bar sounds so good. I would love to go to Budapest xx

  • Polished Inka

    I have never been to Budapest but your post has me really intrigued to go and visit. You have included something for everyone to enjoy there xx

  • Carrie Chady Rundhaug

    I love looking at the architecture like the above picture. It is so beautiful. Alot of people here in Norway actually travel to Budapest to see the dentist because it is much cheaper. I am considering that route just so I can see the beautiful city. I would love to go to the thermal baths to relax.

  • I have never been to Budapest, it’s such a lovely place and I always have a certain appreciation for places with a rich history! There’s just so much to see there!

  • I have been to Budapest several times and I got to discover this amazing city quite a bit. To disappoint you, I didn’t like the Turo Rudi, I found that the cheese didn’t go at all with the chocolate. 🙂 However, I loved the kurtos kalac and the visits to the central market. Did you go on a night meal cruise on the Danube?

  • bc21578

    I was only there for around 24 hours but I managed to get all the way out to statue park. The terror museum was my favorite. Unless I’ve used the subway, I don’t feel like I’ve visited a city!

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    Bookmarked this post incase I’m headed to Budapest!! I love that it’s packed full of sooo many usefule tips and things to do and see! Also very intrigued to taste a túró rudi!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

  • Holly Jean Benjamin

    This is such a great guide! It looks like you had an amazing time. Now I want to go!!

  • I’ve heard a little bit about the thermal baths and they sound pretty cool. I think exploring the market hall would be a highlight too.

  • For what I can see we have similar architecture here, that’s crazy! Budapest is well known, sadly I never went there but I am going to do it in the future no matter what.