Budapest is one of the most photogenic cities in Europe. The dramatic skyline that Budapest is most famous for is peppered with 19th-century architectural wonders alongside the Danube River. Notable landmarks include the majestic riverside Parliament Building and a collection of stunning basilicas. Many medieval bridges connect the 2 sides of the city that make up its name: Buda and Pest.
The Hungarian capital combines the old and new, enabling you to find hip and lively experiences behind its façade of classical splendour. These range from bustling marketplaces in the city center to one of the world’s most unique nightlife scenes. Ruin bars throughout the old Jewish Quarter offer fun evenings out. Let this nifty guide help point you to some of the coolest spots and unmissable things to do in Budapest.
Budapest has many grand city squares, but Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square) stands out for its iconic, towering pillar and Millenium Monument complex that dates back to 1896. The complex honors Hungary’s 7 founding figures, together with a few other important national leaders. The square serves as a convenient central point for exploring the city. You have the Museum of Fine Art and the Kunsthalle art museum right next door, while the vast City Park is right behind the square. There are plenty of dining spots around that let you enjoy coffee or snacks with the great heritage site in view.
Cruising along the Danube is a great way to see Budapest in all its glory. Some daytime cruises take you past riverside landmarks, as you learn more about the city with the help of audio guides. Evening cruises are more romantic, serving dinner on board, and with a different view of the city’s most magnificent landmarks. Sights include the dramatically lit Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle hilltop complex, and the stately Hungarian Parliament Building. Most dinner cruises feature local and international buffets, with live bands aboard to liven up your evening on the water.