Eight Things You Have To Do In Budapest

Eight Things You Have To Do In Budapest

It feels like absolute forever since I came back from Budapest when in actual fact it’s only been about 5 weeks, although I already want to go back and explore more of the beautiful city. My first experience was a bit mixed and didn’t give me much time to explore so I tried to cram a lot in this time. If you’re heading the Hungarian capital here are eight things you need to experience:

Walk the chain bridge

The Chain Bridge is one of many which stretch over the Danube connecting Buda with Pest in the city but perhaps the most iconic. At night time it is beautifully lit up and is a beautiful walk over the river without being too strenuous. You’ll need to move from one side of the city to another anyway so why not walk over this beautiful bridge.

Gelato Rosa

Eat Gelato Rosa

Gelato Rosa is an ice cream shop in Budapest which creates beautiful rose shaped ice cream creations. Obviously to get the beautiful effect you need at least two flavors – although three of four work best. The ice cream itself is so yummy and the flavours are amazing, over my time I had a lovely mango and passionfruit ice cream and their basil and lemon was beautiful, of course, Nutella/ chocolate/ oreo were all amazing too but I spent more time wondering what the colours would look like together for photos.

budapest building

Visit the parliament building

Personally, I think the Parliament building is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever come across. It is also one of the largest parliament buildings in the world as it spans a large area on the Pest side of the city. You can get amazing views from walking around at ground level and also from the Buda side, but a river cruise is a great way to get some uninterrupted photos. You can do a tour of the building which is one thing I really wish I’d had time to do during my trip.

Try some traditional treats at The Great Market

There are loads of restaurants where you can try traditional Hungarian food but The Great Market allows you to experience small snacks and treats. Downstairs are loads of food stalls selling pastries and other hard to identify food. We just wandered around pointed to a few things and gave them all a try, fortunately, most of it was yummy. Upstairs is then a market for gifts and souvenirs so perfect for grabbing a few presents.

budapest thermal baths

Go to a thermal bath

Budapest is famous for it’s thermal baths and they are scattered all over the city with a mixture of beautiful outdoor pools at various temperatures, indoor pools from freezing plunge pools to ones which feel like you’re climbing into a kettle. There’s also steam rooms/ saunas/ jacuzzi’s and the chance to pay a bit extra for a massage (well worth it). Szechenyi is one of the largest ones and a truly beautiful space, although it does get a little busy whilst Rudas is a lot smaller but more relaxing.

Margaret Island

Go to Margaret Island

I didn’t even know Margaret Island existed until just before my second trip. The small island sits in the middle of the Danube and is accessible via a bridge or via boat and it is a beautiful green oasis and a great place to relax, take a picnic and just relax. The main attraction though is the musical fountain light show. At 9pm each evening crowds gather around the fountain to see the choreographed water and light show take place to the sound of a mixture of traditional Hungarian and English music, and of course George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’. It’s so pretty and well worth the walk up to see.

Go up to the Citadel

The Citadel is a small area located at the highest point in the city atop the Gellert Hill on the Buda side of the city and the views are incredible as you can see for miles. It can be really hard to reach this area as it’s a long steep walk but the hop on, hop off buses do head up there and it’s worth the trip. There’s a small fortress up there which used to be used for military purposes but now is much more of a tourist attraction.

budapest parliament

Take a Danube Cruise

Some of the best views of the city come from right down the centre and that’s the Danube River. If you get a hop on, hop off bus you get a free river cruise and usually I don’t think they’re worth it but this one certainly was. Not only was it a relaxing way to see most of the key buildings (Buda Castle/ Fisherman’s Bastion/ Parliament/ Margaret Island etc) it’s a great way to see things from different angles.

Have you been to Budapest? What are your recommendations?

Pin It

Eight Things You Have To Do In Budapest



  1. Sarahjane
    October 28, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    My friend is not long back from Budapest and his trip made me so jealous. This post is just adding to that! Next years holiday might have to be here!

  2. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    October 28, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    We did all of this apart from the thermal bath. I would love to go back though and will make sure to do that next time.

  3. Jodie Whitham
    October 28, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I’ve never been to Hungary, but want to 🙂 what a lovely list. I love reading travel posts! I love the look of the gelato rosa, but maybe that’s because I’m mostly motivated by food… x

  4. Galina V
    October 28, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Budapest is most beautiful. Such fascinating history. Those rose gelatos look amazing too.

  5. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    October 28, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Oh that Gelato looks amaze balls! So much yum! H x

  6. Teresa Bowen
    October 28, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    You make Budapest sound irresistible, it’s now on the bucket list.

  7. October 28, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    These sound like some absolutely amazing things to do and how pretty is the Gelato Rosa almost looks to nice to eat! x

  8. October 28, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Great recommendations. I’d love visit parliament and I’ve heard those
    thermal baths are impressive! Taking a dip in one would be nice!

  9. October 29, 2016 / 8:12 am

    I would absolutely LOVE to visit here one day. Your photos are inspiring!

  10. Beautyqueenuk
    October 29, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    The Thermal Bath sounds just amazing to me, what an amazing place Budapest sounds x

  11. Angela Milnes
    October 29, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    This looks fab. I love the sound of Budapest and would like to visit some time with my husband.

  12. Jo Wiggins
    October 29, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Your picture of the chain bridge is stunning! And I agree about the Gelato x

  13. October 29, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    i never had the chance to go on the cruise. i can definitely imagine it being amazing

  14. October 29, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    I’m gutted I had to miss my trip earlier this year, I had a list of the places and sights I wanted to see!

  15. October 29, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    I really want to visit Budapest next, thanks for this!

  16. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    October 30, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Those ice creams look incredible – I really want one!!

  17. October 30, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    My daddy works and travels in Budapest and always raves about those ice creams -they look delicious. Its such an amazing and scenic place to visit!

  18. October 30, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Not yet been to Budapest but it’s on my list of places to visit and would love to go.

  19. October 31, 2016 / 8:34 am

    I want to go to Budapest so bad – it’s on the list for next year for sure!

  20. Melanie Edjourian
    October 31, 2016 / 11:58 am

    You won me over with the ice cream and the pretty scenery. The light show looks great!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *