These are our top ten recommendations for must see tourist attractions in Budapest. If you are visiting Budapest and doing some sightseeing we recommend that these are some of the places that you visit.
If you would prefer to take a guided sightseeing experience take a look at some of the packages available.
- The Hungarian Parliament – one of most iconic buildings in Budapest the Hungarian Parliament (or Parlament) is a must visit tourist attraction in Budapest. Depending on the location of your accommodation in Budapest the Hungarian Parliament makes an excellent starting place or ending place for your tours of Budapest.
- Buda Castle – the key site to visit on the Buda side for many visitors to Budapest the Buda catle is unmissable. Located on the banks of the Danube the Buda Castle is visible from most riverside locations on the Pest side and is another iconic sight in Budapest.
- St Stephen’s Basilica – in the heart of the 5th district surrounded by upmarket restaurants, bars and other tourist attractions St Stephen’s Basilica is the most religiously significant building in Budapest. With an omnipotus presence and a rich history St Stephen’s Basilica is more than just a photo opportunity.
- Belgrad Rakpart & ‘The Girl with the Dog’ – The views that are most synonymous with Budapest are best enjoyed from Belgrad Rakport and the surrounding area. Running parallel to Vaci utca but contrastingly mellow it is one of the finest streets to walk down in Budapest. There are lots of great restaurants, ‘térs’ (or squares), statues (including the famous ‘girl with dog statues’ by Raffay Dávid) and a real mix of people depending on the time of year you are visiting Budapest. In the evening the views of the Danube and the famous bridges of Budapest will make anyone fall in love with the city.
- The National Opera House – another beautiful building in a great part of the city just off Andrássy út, the National Opera House is a great place to spend a few hours for culture and music buffs. Guided tours are conducted daily at 3pm and 4pm and tickets for some of the best opera performances in Europe are available from the box office. There are some good restaurants and bars in the vicinity for those that prefer their nightlife.
- The House of Terror Museum – Hungary is a mystery for some because of it’s communist history. If you want to learn more about the darker side of the history of Budapest then the House of Terror Museum is a must visit. Located in the heart of the city near Oktogon the House of Terror Museum is a place that leaves an impression.
- The Great Market Hall – the perfect place for really capturing the tastes and smells of Budapest when sightseeing. The Great Market hall is a huge market filled with all the freshest Hungarian produce. An excellent place to enjoy some genuine traditional Hungarian cuisine at relatively reasonable prices. The number one destination for picking up souvenirs when sightseeing in Budapest.
- The Hungarian National Museum – the most famous museum in Hungary and an iconic building much like the National Gallery in London. The perfect place to spend several hours enjoying the culture of the Magyar and exploring the nearby tourist attractions, bars and restaurants.
- Váci utca - if you are staying at one of the major central hotels in Budapest (for example the Marriot, Kempinski, Buddha Bar Hotel or the Intercontinental) you will no doubt find yourself on Váci Street (Váci utca) at some point. There are lots of shops, lots of Western style fast food restaurants but also a wealth of historic buildings and monuments. If you are familiar with London it is a little like the areas of Oxford Street and Leicester Square.
- Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) - if you are interested in learning more about the origins of Hungary and its history then Heroes’ Square - one of the major squares in Budapest lying at the end of Andrássy Avenue next to City Park – is a place to visit. The central site of the Heroes’ Square is the Millennium Monument which features statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century and other important figures from Hungarian history.
If you would like us to prepare tailor made recommendations for you let us know when you are visiting Budapest and some information about your interests and we will do our best to assist or take a look at our Squidoo lens on sightseeing in Budapest for more sightseeing ideas.