Going to visit Budapest? Discover this complete travel guide!
Tucked away on the eastern side of Europe is a European capital that many claim as being love at first sight for those who visit it. We are talking about Budapest, capital of Hungary, a city full of history, culture, and the ideal destination for a weekend getaway! Find out what to see in Budapest with our guide and plan a 4-day trip that will include all the main points of the city.
From Buda to Pest, let’s visit Budapest!
Visiting Budapest in 4 days: what not to miss!
This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest. Every day, you can visit the building through 3 tours in English, or if you want, book a ticket and watch a show at the Opera, an experience that we also recommend.
St. Stephen's Basilica
The largest religious building in Hungary, managing to house more than 8,500 people inside, honors the first king of Hungary, Esteban I. You can visit its interior and even climb to one of the towers, where you will have an incredible view of the city.
Memorial of the Victims of the German Occupation
Located in Liberty Square, this monument honors the Hungarian victims killed during World War II.
One of the most iconic monuments in Budapest, it is also the 3rd largest parliament in the world, after Romania and Argentina. Its construction demonstrated the economic power of Hungary at the beginning of the 20th century.
Danube Bank tour
The river that separates Buda and Pest deserves a part of your day just enjoying the beauty of its banks. We advise you to visit at the end of the day, to be able to enjoy the lights on the other side of the city.
Shoes on the Danube
As you stroll along the banks of the Danube, you will come across a historic memorial, made up of shoes that belonged to victims of Nazi occupation during World War II. The shoes mark the spot where several people were shot dead by Iron Cross militias.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this district is home to some of Budapest's main sights and is therefore worth a visit.
The Royal Palace, or Buda Castle, is the most visited place in Budapest. It was the official residence of the royal family for several years, now housing the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library.
In the official residence of the President of Hungary, the Palace of Sándor, you can watch daily, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, the surrender of the guard, one of the main attractions of the city.
Near the Palace, you can also visit the Church of Matias and the Fishermen's Bastion, with one of the best panoramic views of the city.
Finally, one of the most iconic places in Budapest. The city was built on over 120 hot springs, thus, your visit to the city will not be complete without visiting the Széchenyi Baths, a complex with 15 indoor pools, three outdoor pools and several saunas, Turkish baths and massage parlors. The temperature is different in each of the pools, and in some it can reach 40º. A mandatory stopover that will help you to rest from your trip in Budapest.
One of Budapest's main attractions are the ruin bars. As the name implies, these bars are built in dilapidated buildings, usually abandoned, and decorated with alternative elements, becoming cultural venues by day and vibrant bars by night. The best known is Szimpla Kert, the first ruin bar in Budapest and one of the most famous ones.
One of Budapest's most vibrant and interesting districts, the Jewish Quarter was once a place of segregation, where Jews were forced to remain during World War II.
Today it is a place of cultural interest, full of nightlife, trendy restaurants and street art. In the Jewish Quarter you can also visit the Great Synagogue, the second largest Jewish cathedral in the world.
Considered the “Champs Elysees” of Budapest, Andrássy Avenue is one of the most beautiful and elegant avenues in the city. It is also, alongside Buda Castle and the banks of the Danube, one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Hungarian capital.
One of the most beautiful places in Budapest, on Heroes' Square you will find the Millennium Monument, built to commemorate the thousand years of the foundation of Hungary.
Heroes' Square is also the main gateway to the City Park, a pleasant green area with a lake, a castle and the famous Széchenyi Baths.
How to visit Budapest?
Being divided into two parts (Buda and Pest), separated by a bridge, one of the easiest ways to travel in Budapest is undoubtedly with a car rental.
With a car rental you will be able to travel in Budapest with all the peace and flexibility, without having to worry about public transportation.
Discover your rent-a-car options with Enterprise in Budapest and start planning your visit to the Hungarian capital.