Budapest will keep you busy in all weather. There are great parks, walks and outdoor baths for the good weather and a plethora of museums, lovely restaurants and outdoor baths, across a range of very different city quarters. There is no problem finding things to do in Budapest, on the contrary- you will struggle to find the time to do them all!
Budapest is famous for its baths, the hot water that flows from a hundred streams. The Széchenyi Bath is Budapest’s most famous outdoor swimming bath. This beautiful bath, in New Baroque style, is open all year round. The bathing chess players you have seen in pictures of Budapest spend their time here.
The Jewish quarter on the Pest side is one of the largest in Europe, the first Jewish settlers arrived in the 13th century in Budapest. This is where the Main Synagogue is located, the largest in the world outside of New York. There is a Jewish museum beside the synagogue, not t confused with the separate Holocaust Museum far away in Páva St.
The palace on Buda Hill contains several museums, including the Ludwig Museum, the National Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum. There are also narrow alleys and magnificent churches. The walled Castle Hill (Várhegy) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is actually a collection of different sights to see, but many people simply enjoy wandering the now-quiet streets of this once-bustling district, taking in the views and enjoying generously-priced refreshments, so do allow a good few hours.
Budapest, together with Vienna, is an international capital of opera. The beautiful State Opera, completed in 1884, is worth a visit even if you are not interested in listening to opera. If you do like opera, you must book in good time and be prepared for a festive occasion.
On a clear day you should take the tram or bus to Buda Hills, via the cog railway. Here you will find peace and calm high above the city, with a magnificent view from János-hegy.
At the same time make sure to visit some of the caves that are open to the public. In the Pálvölgy cave, among other things, you can see the unique dripstone figures ”The Elephant” and ”Crocodile”. The air in the caves is said to be good for respiratory infections.
Here you will find one of Budapest’s most remarkable attractions. When the proletarian dictatorship’s enormous monuments and statues were no longer politically correct – after 1989-90 – they were moved from their conspicuous locations in the centre to a suburb of Buda.
Here – in this “Communist theme park” – among other things, is the gigantic statue of Lenin and Cubist statues of Marx and Engels.
St. Stephen's Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and can hold up to 8,500 people inside. It is dedicated to Hungary's first king St Stephen and contains his mummified right hand, a much revered treasure.
Several impressive music concerts take place here throughout the year.
The Hungarian Parliament Building is a landmark and a popular tourist sight. It is the largest building in Hungary and displays statues, pictures, frescoes, mosaics, stained glass and sculptures in abundance.