Things to do in Budapest Hungary

The city of Budapest, split in two by the Danube River, is one of the most beautiful European cities and one of the best places to visit Europe if you are looking learn more about European heritage.

Things to do in Budapest Hungary
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Budapest Hungary is home beautiful historical landmarks and rich history that includes Austrian, Soviet and Turkish influences. Apart from the many tourist attractions in Budapest Hungary, the city is also an ideal base for exploring fun things to do in Vienna Austria, and Bratislava Slovakia.

Things to do in Budapest Hungary: Fun Activities

Danube River Tour

One of the most popular things to do in Budapest Hungary is to enjoy a cruise along the Danube River, and explore the city’s landmarks from a different perspective.

If you are looking for romantic things to do in Budapest Hungary, at night the city’s landmarks are all lit up, and taking a dinner cruise is a great way to spend a romantic weekend break abroad.

Water-Sport Activities

The man-made island of Shipyard, located in the third district, is a popular place among water sport enthusiast and offers wake-boarding and jet-skiing opportunities.

Turkish Baths

If you are visiting Budapest Hungary for the first time, the city is also famed for its Turkish Baths where you can enjoy a nice relaxing time while admiring at their beautiful construction and architecture.

Thermal Springs

If you are looking for some relaxing pampering time, a visit to a thermal bath in one of the natural hot springs is one of the popular fun things to do in Budapest Hungary.

For instance, the spa resorts at Lake Balaton offer all sorts of pampering and therapeutic services.

Wine Tasting Tour

Hungarian wine is renowned for being one of the finest in Europe and taking a wine tasting tour is one of the most popular fun things to do in Budapest Hungary, especially for wine enthusiasts.

One of the most popular places for a wine tasting tour is at the House of Hungarian Wines. This wine cellar is located in the Old Castle district and visitors can sample over five hundred types of Hungarian wines.

Outdoor Activities

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, the Balaton region in the summer months provide an ideal setting for enjoying fun activities such as swimming, fishing and hiking along the nature trails near Lake Balaton.

Things to do in Budapest Hungary: Places of Interest

Zuglo District

If you are interested in Hungarian architectural landmarks, a stroll along the Zuglo district (District XIV of Budapest) is a great way to explore and soak in the Old Hungary.

In the Zuglo district you will also find the following places of Interest:

Heroes Square

Heroes Square is one of the most important squares in Hungary as it is home to the Millennium Memorial of statues of the founding fathers of Hungary in the 9th century.

City Park

A visit to City Park is another popular thing to do in Budapest Hungary as the park is home to wide esplanades, playgrounds for the kids, as well as an amusement park and a zoo.

Apart from offering great recreational opportunities, the park is also home to historical landmarks and statues such as the Vajdahunyad Castle and the statues of George Washington and Winston Churchill.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is one of the biggest island parks in the world and it is a popular recreational area home to a pavilion where you can enjoy open-air concerts in the summer. On the island, you will also find a small zoo and a small Japanese Garden, as well as the Centennial Memorial.

Small Boulevard

Small Boulevard, located between Deak Square and Fovam Square, is another popular interesting place to visit. Here, you will find the Dohany Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum and the Grand Market Hall.

Things to do in Budapest Hungary: Shopping

Vaci Utca district is one of the trendiest places in the capital, and if you are looking for high-end shopping, the street is home to many popular designer boutiques.

If you are looking to enjoy retail shopping, the Grand Boulevard district is home to many stores, as well as shopping malls such as the Skala Metro and the WestEnd City Center.

For souvenir shopping and local produce, head to the Grand Market Hall which is a massive indoor market home to hundreds of vendors. Here, you can find many Hungarian crafts such as glassware and clothing goods.

Things to do in Budapest Hungary: Nightlife & Entertainment

Budapest has a vibrant nightlife which is mostly focused in the capital’s city center, and it mainly ranges from charming bars, live music venues and lively nightclubs.

Summer time is, undoubtedly, one of the best times to enjoy Budapest’s nightlife as you can find the popular open-air terraces along the streets of the city center.

Apart from bars and nightclubs, Budapest is home to casinos and venues for classical music such as the Opera House located in historical Andrassy Avenue.

Things to do in Budapest Hungary: Events & Festivals

The Sziget Festival

The Sziget (island) festival, held in August in the Shipyard Island, is a week long music festival that attracts rock fans from all across Europe.

International Wine and Champagne Festival

The International Wine and Champagne Festival, held in September in Buda Castle, is one of the biggest wine festivals in Europe where visitors can sample hundreds of local and international wines. Apart from wines, visitors can also enjoy a great range of cuisines as well as live music performances.

Danube Carnival

The Danube Carnival, held in June, is a fun music event that aims to promote Hungarian traditional heritage through musical performances that range from folk dance to classical music.

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