Another post about Hungary.. Are you surprised? This is basically a recap of every other post, but combined. In no particular order, here is a list of absolutely everything I can think of doing in Budapest and other areas of Hungary.
Thermal baths- Hungary is famous for these. I went in the winter, and don’t think I would enjoy going in the summer. The Szechenyi Thermal Baths are pictured here. It’s the largest one and I’d recommend it for your first time. You can make a day out of it and get a massage or other spa treatments.
Fisherman’s Bastion- Exploring around here is a must! You’ll get a gorgeous view of the city, and there are some nice cafes and restaurants up here. You can go up the funicular, but I prefer just walking up the stairs.
St. Stephens Basilica- You can go inside for a small price, I don’t remember how much but it wasn’t a lot. Then you can go to the top and get a beautiful view of the city.
Walk around fashion street- This is where to go if you want to shop. It’s also good to find souvenir shops and people watch.
Eat a chimney cake– The walnut covered ones are the best. Hungarians love walnuts. (They are really cheap at the subway stations.)
Eat goulash (at Balvaros Lugas)- This restaurant has such good traditional Hungarian food, and it’s fairly cheap.
Go to the ruin bars (Szimpla Kert)- Go to all of them, but Szimpla is my favourite.
Walk around the Jewish District
Visit the Dohány Street Synagogue- The largest Synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world. There’s a museum attached to it.
Go to the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the House of Terror Museum
Run around Margaret Island– There is running track around the island. There’s also the water polo stadium, a small zoo, a hotel, and a couple bars on the island.
Go to a hockey game (MAC)
Go to the Great Market Hall- Many locals grocery shop here, it’s busy and a great places to take in the culture.
Eat lángos- fried dough, garlic, sour cream. Buy this at the Great Market Hall.
Go to all the bridges
Go to the Citadella Sétány at night (or during the day I guess)
Hummus bar, Parasz Thai, Iguana– For more about restaurants, see my favourite restaurants in Budapest post.
Cake and pastry at Gerbaud or/and Ruzzwurm– These cafes are the best in the city. (Try Kremes, Dobostorta, the and cheese danish).
Cheap wine spritzers from Froccskocsma– This place is the best. They usually speak English here, just ask for a wine spritzer and it will be about 60 cents Canadian.
Have a beer at the High Note Sky Bar– It’s a bit fancy but they don’t care if you’re underdressed.
Ride the Budapest Eye
Go to Lake Balaton– It’s not a far train ride from Budapest and a really nice place to spend a day in the summer.
Go to some thrift stores
Have rose shaped gelato (Gelarto Rosa)
Go to the zoo– I’m not a huge fan of zoos, but you can play with goats at this zoo, and it seems really nice.
Go to Boldogkőváralja– This isn’t close to Budapest, but if you have rented a car then why not?
Explore the Buda side– There isn’t as much going on as the Pest side, but it’s worth walking around.
Go to Hero’s Square
Go to Vajdahunyad Castle in the city park
Go skating or rent peddle boats right next to the city park– Depending on the season, it will be ice or a lake.
Get bagels at Budapest Bagel- The area this little bagel store is in is really nice, so make sure you explore.
Go to Szentendre and walk around and have a picnic– Such a cute little town, the streets were magical.
Visit Esztergom Basillica (the largest church in Hungary)
Get a chocolate bar filled with cheese (Turo Rudi)– A Hungarian thing- surprisingly good.
Eat chicken paprikash and stock up on paprika and erős pista.
Gundel Crepes (at Gundels)– Or any other restaurant. They light them on fire.
Get burgers at street bistro
Eat túrós táska for breakfast– My favourite pastry- a cheese filled danish.
Coffee at the New York Café– Or be like me, and just go in to take a photo.
See the shoes on the Danube- A memorial along the river for the Jewish people killed in 1944.
Walk around the Hungarian Parliament building– The number 2 tram on the Pest side is a gorgeous tram ride that will take you along the Danube. You’ll see the castle on the other side of the river, the chain bridge, and the parliament.
Go on either a dinner cruise, or a party cruise down the Danube- Some party cruises are all you can drink for about fifty dollars Canadian.
That’s everything I can think of, and what’s bothering me is that I know I’m missing some things. I hope when you visit this country you can take in everything it has to offer. If you can think of anything I’m missing in this post- let me know! For more specific details of some things listed here, there are more detailed posts in my “Hungary” category.
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