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Best things to do in Budapest

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Capitol Building
“The Parliament building, a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture (although displaying Renaissance and Baroque characters too), is just over 100 years old.”
508 locals recommend
Pub
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“Ask pretty much anyone what they recommend you do in Budapest and they’ll likely suggest a night out at Szimpla Kert. The iconic party place is undoubtedly the city’s most famous nightspot, and has inspired wave after wave of “ruin pubs” that have popped up in the years since it opened. We sat down with one of the owners, Ábel Zsendovits, to talk about the role Szimpla has played in Budapest becoming one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, particularly among young people. While you might think he’s too busy running his Szimpla empire to have a lemonade with us, he was generous with his time. Location: H-1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14 ”
592 locals recommend
Spa
“A place u cannot miss on your visit to budapest. The Thermal bath experience is a very unique experience. You get more than 10 swimming pools of different temperatures and also saunas.”
504 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Super place to buy ingredients for your at-home cooking!! Highly suggested, historical landmark.”
474 locals recommend
Synagogue
“Within a few minutes walk you can reach the Jewish Quarter and take a tour of Europe's largest synagogue. The synagogue offers guided tours in several languages and can be studied with the history of the place. The place combines both beauty and power. At evening/night you can stroll the nearby streets and enjoy the beauty. warmly recommended.”
413 locals recommend
Island
“Long a religious center, Margaret Island now serves as a recreational park in the center of the Danube River. It's a great place to walk, swim a few laps, or go for a run. During summer months, bicycles are available for rent. Since vehicles are prohibited, the island is a fantastic escape from the city's traffic.”
564 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping Mall with over 400 shops next to Nyugati (Western Railw. Station) in the center. ”
301 locals recommend
Church
“A beautiful Basilica with a big square with restaurants and this is also the place of the Christmas market.”
376 locals recommend
Plaza
“●Heroes’ Square ○The city’s biggest square, and probably one of the most iconic landmarks of Budapest. ”
291 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“City Park provides a great escape from the bustle of the city. The 1896 Millennium Celebrations took place here, leaving many attractions behind. Vajdahunyad Castle was built to show the various architectural styles of Hungary, and has Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque parts. There is a boating lake next to the castle, which is turned into an ice skating rink in the winter.”
260 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“One of the famous spas in Budapest. Big and they have pool outside! Beautiful.”
327 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a place which I dont like actually because it servs the propaganda needs of the goverment, but it seems tourists like it. ”
260 locals recommend
Museum
“The Hungarian National Museum collects, preserves and presents the historical relics of the Carpathian Basin and Hungary since 1802.”
205 locals recommend
Opera House
“The opera house in Budapest stands as one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe.. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century, the Budapest Opera House quickly became one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. Many important artists performed here, including Gustav Mahler, who was also the director for three seasons. The Budapest Opera House is considered to be amongst the best opera houses in the world in terms of its acoustics, and has an auditorium that seats 1200 people. It is horseshoe-shaped and, according to measurements done by a group of international engineers, has the third best acoustics amongst similar European venues (after the Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera House). ”
303 locals recommend
Zoo
“Very nice zoo, worth it. Plan long hours because it is something...dont rush through.”
178 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Get the best sights on the city and visit another iconic place in the Castle District. See more under description Castle .”
203 locals recommend