There is a lot to say about this city so here are the top 10 things to do and see in Budapest.
For the 10th attraction scroll down under SE Avenue into hero square. Visit the old and new art museums which flank the sides of the square and see why Budapest is often referred to as the Paris of the east.
Scroll down the street of Vatsa and enjoy the lovely architecture towering over you. This street used to be where the rich and famous of Hungary went shopping but recently has been flooded with tourists. Shop at designer boutiques or if you prefer to have an espresso at a cafe and just people watch.
This impressive building is resting along the Danube and is a worthy example of European neo-gothic architecture. Opened in 1896, this huge building has 691 rooms and 20 kilometers of stairs. Make sure to see the crown jewels before you move on to your next attraction.
The Chain Bridge
This is the first permanent bridge to connect Buda and Pest and at the time of its construction was considered one of the wonders of the world. The original bridge was destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1945 and was reconstructed in 1949. It is guarded on either side by lion statues. The bridge will lead you to the castle hill funicular or to Clark Adams square. My tip is to make sure you see the bridge at night as the illuminated bridge is even more beautiful after dark.
Budapest Opera House
You can visit one of the most famous music houses in Europe – Budapest Opera House. It is considered being the third best acoustic opera in Europe. Take one of the tours that’s offered every day at 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. in several languages.
Shop and Eat at the Central Market Hall
This is a massive indoor market in the city’s heart. This is a great place to find fresh ingredients and famous Hungarian products like paprika. Ready-to-eat food is located on the market 2nd floor among other stalls selling clothing handcrafted chess boards and other souvenirs. If you fancy yourself a sausage aficionado, visit the market on a Friday or Saturday where you’ll celebrate international gastro day.
Budapest City Park
This park is not only the largest in the city but it was the first public park in the world. Here you will find trees, green grass, a lake, and a Transylvanian like castle. If you are visiting in the winter, the castles artificial moat is converted into a skating rink.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
This is the largest Cathedral in Hungary and it is named after the first Hungarian King. You can still see his mummified hand next to the altar. The church is a nice example of neoclassical and Neill Renaissance architecture. Its 93 meters of height is the same as Parliament’s, representing the balance between church and state. You can pay the tiny fee to climb the tower and see a panoramic view of the city.
If you are feeling tired, then it’s time for the second attraction. Budapest is packed with classic Turkish baths that date back to the 16th century. These thermal baths are a great way to warm up and recharge your batteries. I recommend Gellert Baths and Art Nouveau style baths with both swimming pools spas and curly baths.