When it comes to things to do in Budapest, there’s more than enough to keep you busy during your stay. Budapest is a city of two halves: ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’. And today, you can still distinguish between both sides. ‘Buda’ is hilly and brimming with magnificent residential areas and the breathtaking Buda Castle, while ‘Pest’ is bigger, flatter and home to popular ruin bars and a lively nightlife scene.
Places to go
If you’re travelling on a budget, taking a stroll along the river really is one of the best things to do in Budapest. It isn’t just a relaxing way to spend a day; when the sun goes down, it’s even more charming, when the buildings and bridges light up brightly. There are loads of brilliant restaurants with spectacular views to choose from, like Taverna Dionysos and Trattoria Toscana; just bear in mind that they can get really busy in the peak season, so be sure to book ahead to guarantee a prime spot. Also on the banks of the Danube, you can’t help but notice the incredible Hungarian National Parliament, one of Budapest’s attractions you don’t want to miss.
One of the top Budapest attractions are the thermal baths. ‘Buda’ is home to the Gellért and Kiraly Baths, which are lesser-known and not so busy. And over in ‘Pest’, you’ll find the popular Széchenyi Baths in Pest. Here, you can have a swim, admire the majestic entrance hall, and even have a game of chess. The Dagály Baths are also over in ‘Pest’, and you’ll find ten pools of varying temperatures here.
As you’re walking through the city, you’ll be amazed by some of the best examples of Gothic architecture there is. If you’re over in ‘Pest’, you’ll see Buda Castle in all its glory and don’t forget to seek out Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park, which was inspired by the Hunyad Castle in Romania.
Places to visit
A total of eight bridges span the River Danube in this city, joining Buda and Pest together. One of the most famous of Budapest’s attractions is Chain Bridge, which was the original bridge to link the two sides in 1849. Although, it was almost completely destroyed during World War II, apart from the guarding lions, which somehow managed to survive the bombing.
And if you’re looking for laid-back restaurants, you’ll find plenty to choose from. Százéves Étterem are said to be the oldest restaurant in Pest, and are a brilliant spot to grab a drink or bite to eat. You can’t leave Budapest without ordering the goulash, you’re in for an authentic Hungarian treat.