5 great things to do in Budapest


We are ashamed to say that we were initially uninterested in visiting the Hungarian capital of Budapest.  We had heard little about it and we only traveled there because it was one stop on our Eastern European bus tour.  However, we have never been more pleasantly surprised by a city than we were with Budapest.  We absolutely fell in love with Budapest almost immediately.  This little gem is as beautiful as its more famous European counterparts.  We would return in a heartbeat if we could.  We wanted to give some tips on things for couples to do when they travel to Budapest. 

Visit the Parliament Buildings 

Budapest, Hungary - Parliament Buildings

The Parliament Buildings are the iconic focal point of the city.  Located right on the shore of the Danube, this Gothic Revival building was built in the late 1800’s.  The buildings contain many elaborate details on the outside of the building.  It is definitely worthwhile to take a tour through the inside of the building and see the intricate design throughout the entire structure.  Since only a small portion of the building is still used by the Hungarian government, you can get an extensive tour of the complex.  Also, it is the current location of the Hungarian crown jewels.  If parliament is currently in session, you can sit in and watch it in process.  It is an enjoyable visit, but get there early to avoid lines.

Szechenyi Baths and Pools

Unfortunately, we did not have time in our visit to Budapest to experience the Hungarian (Turkish style) baths.  However, we were informed by many of our travel mates that they were a good place to go.  The baths are naturally heated thermal baths in the city of Budapest.  The area has been turned into a spa.  You pay for the entire day and enjoy the whole complex (baths, pools, steam and sauna rooms and there is more spa services available).

Visit the Labyrinth of Caves under Buda

Budapest, Hungary - Labyrinth Entrance

Underneath the Castle District is a series of caves and tunnels that have been used over many centuries known as the Labyrinth.  The caves also contain some very fascinating paintings and carved artwork that have been added to the stone over many years.  It creates a very interesting and entertaining experience!  If you happen to be going in the summer when the temperature in Hungary can be quite high, the labyrinth can provide some great relief from the heat as it remains quite cool.  A definite must. 

Budapest, Hungary - Labyrinth Evan

Go to the outdoor Night Club “Rio” 

Budapest, Hungary - Rio Nightclub

The Rio nightclub is located right on the banks of the Danube River.  It is one of the few entirely outdoor nightclubs in Europe.  Due to the location, you can get some spectacular views of the city and river at night.  It is a very unique setting for a nightclub if you are interested in the nightlife.

Go on a dinner cruise up the Danube  

View of the Parliament Buildings from the Dinner Cruise  

Budapest, Hungary - Dinner Cruise

There are many options of cruises that begin on one side of the city and cruise along the Danube past the city and then turn around and return to the starting point.  It is best to try and take a dinner cruise (leaving later in the evening), as you can cruise in one direction past the city in the daylight and see all the wonderful buildings Budapest has to offer.  The benefit of the later return trip is that it will be done after sunset and the buildings will be lit up.  It is a very romantic setting to see the city illuminated at night under the stars.

We were so thrilled to visit Budapest and we recommend you get there as soon as you can.  It may not be at the top of your list of must see cities, but it should be!  Learn more to do in our Budapest travel guide page.

Did we miss anything that you must do in Budapest?  Please add it in the comments section!


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