Hotspots, Hungary, Wanderlust

7 things to do in Budapest

In my last post I shared some pictures from our trip to Budapest and today I want to give you some advice on what to do and eat on a first visit to Hungary’s capital city.

Go to a thermal bath

Budapest is famous for its thermal baths. We visited Gellert Baths (see picture above). After walking around all day (often in the pouring rain), it felt nice to warm up and relax.

Visit to Fisherman’s Bastion

The Fisherman’s Bastion is a really, really beautiful place and one of Budapest’s main attractions. There are several lookout towers where you get some wonderful views over the city and the Danube. It can get very crowded so that’s something to keep in mind, try to visit the Bastion before the crowds arrive.

Eat Lángos

Lángos is a fried dough (mix of pizza and dough balls – in Dutch called ‘oliebollen’) topped with whatever topping you like. Most Hungarians eat their langos with sour cream, grated cheese, onion and sometimes bacon. It’s definitely not the healthiest food on earth, but you should definitely give it a try.

Evening walk and watch a magnificent sunset

You can make some beautiful walks in Budapest which don’t require a lot of physical effort. You can get to most attractions in Budapest by feet. We explored the Castle District where you get amazing views over Pest. Some nice places in the Castle District are the Habsburg Gate (entrance to the former royal palace), Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. End your day watching the always magnificent sunset over the Danube.


Cross one of the many bridges

Budapest has a lot of bridges so you can’t leave the city without crossing at least one of them. I would recommend the Chain Bridge, which is really beautiful and has an interesting history.


Eat or drink something in a ruin bar

Wait, a ruin bar? It’s very much as it sounds: an old, abandoned building that’s been transformed in a bar or club. We visited probably the most famous one, Szimpla. Expect a lot of art, (really) old televisions in an almost extra-terrestrial space… A lot of people only enter to take pictures, but I would recommend ordering a coffee and to allow all the little details sink in.

Central Market Hall

When you’re hungry (or when it’s raining cats and dogs outside) you have to go the Central Market Hall. It’s the perfect place to stroll around, eat local dishes or watch the locals do their everyday shopping.

Did you ever visit Budapest? Any recommendations?