- Airport – Budapest International Airport (BUD)
- Currency – Hungarian Forint (HUF), Euros (accepted in some places)
- Language – Hungarian
- Population – 1.7 million
- GDP (Hungary) – $120.6 billion (58th Overall)
As both the capital and largest city in Hungary, traveling to Budapest offers many great activities and places to explore! The city is famous for its historical buildings and monuments, as well as a variety of museums, restaurants, and architectures. We’ve pulled together a list of our activities to do on your trip there, so be sure to check them out!
Check Out the Great Market Hall!
Built in the late 1800s, The Great Market Hall is the biggest and oldest market in Budapest. The three-story market is filled with little shops and vendors selling souvenir trinkets, meats, spices, produce, and more. Additionally, there are often events that take place in the hall where you can learn about different countries during cultural weekends. For example, there are Polish Days, Greek Days, and more where the vendors sell Polish or Greek items in addition to the traditional Hungarian items. The Hall is definitely worth a visit!
Climb the Saint Stephen’s Basilica
Saint Stephen’s Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the city. Completed in 1905, the grand tower was always an important place to visit in the city. Don’t miss out on the chance to climb the tower! Steps wind up the dome, and the views are absolutely wonderful. There are elevators for those who don’t wish to climb the stairs. The view is one of the most beautiful in all of Budapest. Although the church itself is beautiful on the inside, it is worth the climb to the top.
Go for a Swim at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Looking for an affordable place to relax and have fun? The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the best place to do just that! Built in 1913, the bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. It is home to 18 pools, 10 saunas, facial treatment and massage therapy services and more! Visit for clean, beautiful scenery and for the relaxing spa treatment. Prices start from 4400 HUF, or around $15 USD.
Visit the Shoes on the Danube Memorial
The Shoes on the Danube Memorial is a memorial that was created to honor the Jews killed in Budapest during World War II. The lovely memorial sits along the waterfront, around 300 meters away from the Hungarian parliament building. The shoes placed along the water serve to honor the Jews who had, centuries earlier, taken off their shoes in the same place. The memorial is the perfect place to pay respects and reflect upon the past.
Indulge in a Hungarian Indoor Spa
Hungary is well-known for its indoor spas! They are the ideal spot to relax, catch up with friends, and get some treatment that you deserve. The thermal, natural waters help you reinvigorate your skin and allow you to destress. One of the best indoor spas in Budapest is Rudas Baths, which has a nice, rustic look. The spa contains pools which are set at different temperatures, so give all of them a try!
Hungarians take a lot of pride in their food (and for good reason!) The Hungarian cuisine specializes in mixing and choosing meats, wines, and bread—specifically Lángos, a delicious deep-fried flatbread. We’ve listed a few of the restaurants we hope you try out during your Budapest travel!
Rated one of the top restaurants in Budapest, Zeller Bistro is an excellent spot to find delicious home-style Hungarian meals. The restaurant is candle-lit, making for a perfect ambiance for a fun but classy night. Be sure to try traditional Hungarian dishes such as beef cheeks and gray beef. Making a reservation beforehand is recommended, as this restaurant is very popular,
Comme Chez Soi
Looking for the best French food in the city? Visit Comme Chez Soi for a meal that you won’t forget! The restaurant specializes in traditional French cuisine served in a nice environment. The escargot and goulash are must-haves when visiting. With a wonderful ambiance and fantastic service, there is a good reason why Comme Chez Soi is rated one of the best restaurants in Hungary.
Tip: the restaurant is cash-only, and reservations are highly recommended
Eat & Meet
Rated the best restaurant in the entire city of Budapest according to TripAdvisor, Eat & Meet is your go-to restaurant to visit in order to try out the authentic Hungarian cuisine. The restaurant is located at the chef’s house, which leads to a unique experience. Throughout the meal, the chef, Suzie, and her family will personally serve you your meals, and tell stories about the history of the food. The environment makes it easy and fun to meet new people, all while enjoying the best Hungarian food in the city.
Tip: try out the Hungarian Langos here!
Check Out a Ruin Pub
Ruin Pubs are an essential part of your visit to Budapest! These run-down, antique pubs are characterized by their mismatched furniture, unique artwork, and undeniable personality! These pubs usually are built in old homes, therefore giving it an “underground” look, and are a perfect spot to meet new travelers and socialize! They are great nightlife spots in Hungary—definitely check them out. We’d recommend Szimpla Kent and Instant as two Ruin Pubs in Budapest.