The Top Ten Must-see Locations in Budapest
It is almost impossible to list everything that is worth doing, seeing or tasting in Budapest, especially because a journey in and around the Hungarian capital will surely lead to personal discoveries as well for each visitor. However, there are a few places that should not be missed.
The Parliament building and Kossuth Square around it constitute an emblematic location in the city. Marvel at the building, enjoy the spectacle of the changing of the guards. If you time it right, you may even get to see the marching band play.
The Széchenyi Lánchíd or Chain Bridge is a marker for centuries of Hungarian history and a symbol of the unified city, just as all the local bridges connecting the Pest and Buda sides of the Danube. The lions at the bases of the bridge are a must-have selfie opportunity.
Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) is testament to Hungary’s storied past and forms a great expanse that is a constant favorite with visitors and local skateboarders. It is also a seat of culture, embraced by two internationally renowned museums.
Andrássy Avenue runs along a stretch of central Budapest from Heroes’ Square and showcases its many beauties. Go shopping at the boutiques of the many international fashion brands that have set up shop here, not to mention the showrooms for numerous talented young Hungarian designers. Go further to appreciate the elaborate architecture and visit a museum while you’re at it.
The National Theater and its sibling cultural institution Müpa (the Palace of Arts) are perfect examples of how modernity is integrated into Budapest’s rich history and riverside landscape. Relax in the park here or check out a concert by the many world-famous acts that are drawn by the near-perfect acoustics.
The Great Market Hall (Vásárcsarnok) is Budapest’s best-known market hall offering a wide array of fresh produce and meat, as well as local delicacies. This is an unmissable part of your journey and also the spot to pick up some souvenirs and a fine bottle of Hungarian wine.
The Duna Corso in the city-center area of the Danube riverside is a condensed experience of all that this great city has to offer. Fresh air from the river, magnificent buildings, great restaurants and memorable spots for those essential photos.
Pick up your ticket and hop on Tram number 2. Considered one of the best of its kind, it takes you on a scenic tour of the central, majestic section of the city, giving you glimpses of the castle, the bridges spanning the Danube and many other locations that you’ll surely want to check out in more detail later.