Nicknamed the “Paris of the East,” Budapest is Hungary’s thriving capital city known for its thermal baths and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are plenty of cultural attractions to keep your itinerary full, including Castle Hill and its medieval history to beautiful churches, classic concerts and quaint outdoor cafes. From soaking in the city’s famous baths to river cruises down the Danube, here are the best things to do in Budapest.
Marvel at Buda Castle
Start your exploration of Budapest at Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 11th century when protective walls were created to keep Mongolian attackers out. Towering over the Danube, the 18th century Buda Castle is a massive 200-room palace that houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Make sure to see the other iconic landmarks on Castle Hill, such as Matthias Church, to admire its beautiful architecture and learn about its historical symbolism.
Soak in the Széchenyi Baths Considered a quintessential Budapest experience, you can’t leave the city without soaking in its thermal baths.