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11 Interesting Things to Do in Budapest

Priya Johnson May 29, 2019
Budapest, the capital of Hungary has been created by the merger of three cities – Buda, Pest and Obuda. This historic city is known for its unique monuments, churches, synagogues, natural caves and so much more.

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Hungarian Parliament

Most recognizable monument in Budapest and Hungary’s largest building (691 rooms), the Hungarian Parliament happens to be the third largest parliament building in the world. Guided tours around the Parliament are available.

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Unwind at the Thermal Spas

Budapest, the city of baths is covered in hot springs, attracting a million tourists each year. These thermal baths are architectural beauties, offering a variety of spa services like massages, pedicures, aqua therapy, etc.

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A Stroll on Chain Bridge

One of Budapest’s iconic symbols, this suspension bridge was opened in 1849. 375 m in length, it was considered one of the largest suspension bridges in the world and an engineering wonder of its kind. The chain bridge has also been depicted on Hungarian coins.

Ride the Children’s Railway

Take a 40 minute trip on this retro train run by children under the supervision of adult railway workers, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the land. Children in navy blue uniforms and red caps are responsible for all the railway duties except driving the train.

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View the city from Budapest Eye

Budapest Eye is 65m high, making it the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. A trip on this wheel, seated in one of its 41 cabins is a fun way to get a panoramic view of the city. Various iconic highlights of the city can be spotted from the top of the wheel.

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Eat and Shop at Great Market Hall

Built in 1897, this iconic market is the largest and oldest market in Budapest.

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Treat yourself to all kinds of fresh produce and take home unique edible souvenirs like Hungarian paprika, pickles, Tokaji wines, delicious Hungarian snacks, etc.

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Enjoy Concerts at Matthias Church

One of Budapest’s most unique churches, this 13th-century Neo-Gothic style church is admired for its stunning architecture. Its colorful majolica roof sets it apart from the other churches.

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Orchestra concerts are held twice in a month here and indulging in the most heart-rending music can be a stirring experience.

Funicular Ride to Buda Castle

A fun way to get up the Buda Hill and Buda Castle is by taking a tour on the historic funicular railway. Guided walking tours and cruises are also available here.

Cave Church

Budapest is known for its large number of natural caves, and one such cave on the side of Gellert Hill has been converted into a church. This Budapest attraction dates back to 1926, and is a natural rock cave church with a simple altar.

Chill at Ruin Bars

Budapest is famous for its unique, funky ruin bars, which are the cornerstone of Budapest’s nightlife.

These makeshift bars are located in old, abandoned buildings and are filled with old, quirky furniture. Every ruin bar has its own sense of style and quirkiness depending on the unusual accessories used for its decor.

Pin a Note at the ‘For Sale Pub’

Budapest is full of pubs, but this one is unique because customers are allowed to put up personal notes or business cards on the walls of the pub. When you visit this place, you’ll find the pub’s walls covered with thousands of notes.