Top things to do for a city break in Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary has so many gems hidden between the backstreets of the famous city. We’ve put together our top things to do for a city break in Budapest.

Budapest, the streets are lined with boastful buildings, grand architecture and honey-coloured trams. There’s so much to see and do in this Hungarian city both in the daytime and at night. Enjoy our top things to do for a city break in Budapest. The city is divided by the River Danube, on the one side sits Buda and the other Pest. Once two separate cities now merged into one. Budapest has something for everyone from its historical culture, it’s relaxing baths to the outlandish ruin bars. We’ve put together some gems of things to do whilst on a long weekend/city break in the bewitching city that is Budapest.

Explore the traditional Market; Central Market Hall.

Vamhaz korut, 1-3, Budapest 1093, Hungary

Central Market Hall is the largest and most expansive indoor market, the hall boasts stalls of fresh vegetables, pastries, wine, meats and spices. As well as delicious foods, the hall hosts stalls of clothes, traditional garments and tourist trinkets. There are many trips on offer to explore the market, but from personal experience, it’s best to meander down the lanes and get lost in haggling for the best cuts of meat.

Free Walking Tour

How better to get to know the city than a local Hungarian showing you the sights and discussing the history of the city. The walking tour roughly lasts two and a half hours and is a pay as you feel fee. The walking tour will help you get your bearings around Budapest and you can ask for recommendations on where to eat and what to see.

Try local Hungarian foods, Goulash!!

Research where the locals eat, you’ll be sure to find cheap tasty food there. However, you may struggle if you’re a vegetarian. A good recommendation is Frici Papa Kifozdeje. Be sure to try the Hungarian wine!

Budapest, Király u. 55, 1077 Hungary


Explore the Matthias Church and slurp on cinnamon-scented mulled wine whilst capturing photos and taking in the views from the Romanesque terraces of the Fisherman’s bastion.

Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary

Enjoy the city by night

Cross the many bridges from Buda into Pest and enjoy the glow from the many buildings during the evening. The city looks truly magical at night.

Indulge in Street food and shop!

Enjoy Hungarian street food and explore the shopping districts, wander down the fashion lanes and the tourist shops. The shopping district starts at Vamhaz Korut and goes on till Vorosmarty Ter. The must-have streets foods include lángos (deep-fried savoury dough topped with grated cheese and sour cream).

New York Cafe

Divulge in Patisseries and Champayne at the New York Cafe. A little bit of luxury at an affordable price. Sit and sip on Cocktails and coffee whilst listening to the piano and gossiping with friends.

Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073 Hungary


Sightsee the many monuments, historical buildings, churches and memorial sites. One of my favourite sights is The shoes on the Danube Bank, a memorial to honour the Jews who were killed during WWII. The trail of iron footwear is such an iconic memorial and is a must-see.

Budapest, Id. Antall József rkp., 1054 Hungary

Visit the many Ruin Bars

Visit the many Ruin bars that are dotted over the city, a recommended one is the For Sale Bar. Its quirkiness is impressive with its legendary big bowls of peanuts (the shells are discarded to the floor) and the countless pieces of paper, plane tickets and love messages covering the walls and ceilings. The drinks are pricey and it can get busy to get a table for food, but the ambience is relaxed and fun.

Budapest, Vámház krt. 2, 1053 Hungary

Enjoy the many museums

Enjoy the many museums around Budapest, some of the top ones include; Museum of Fine Arts, Hungarian National Gallery, Ludwig Museum, House of Terror and Budapest History Museum. Another good museum is the Holocaust Memorial Museum, this museum pays respect to the Holocaust which is done in a respectful and informative way.

Budapest, Páva u., 1094 Hungary

Visit the thermal baths

Have a soak and a relax in the many outdoor baths. There are lots of indoor and outdoor baths located all around Budapest, for the best ones it’s best to ask a local Hungarian for recommendations. The most popular baths are the yellow Széchenyi Thermal Bath, this is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. However, be warned that it can get pricey. I would recommend bringing your own flip flops/sandals as this is compulsory and can get pricey when you have to purchase them there. The cost of the towels are also pricey, so I would recommend bringing your own. You can rent a locker or cabin (which can be shared between 2 people). That particular bath has 15 indoor and 3 outdoor pools with thermal water and a whirlpool.

Slippers: 4000HUFF (Purchase only)
Towels: 5000 HUFF (Deposit 2000HUFF, Recieve 300HUFF back)

Enjoy a river cruise on the River Danube in the evening

On the Silverline’s cruise, you can choose from just-drinks or a meal and drinks, you can also choose between a piano battle show or Folklore and Operetta show. We opted for the Folklore with just drinks and enjoy three alcoholic drinks and an enjoyable show. As well as a fun evening you can also enjoy the sights along the river.

There is so much to see and do in Budapest, it’s the perfect getaway for city explorers. Do you have any suggestions for any more top things to do for a city break in Budapest?

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