Budapest is one of the most attractive destinations not only in Europe but in the whole world. The Hungarian capital offers an amazing experience with its beautiful sights and great food. Here’s your personalized Budapest free walking tour of what to do and see in Budapest.
Table of Contents
- How to get from Budapest Airport to the city center?
- What to do and see in Budapest
- Visit the Hungarian Parliament
- Go and see the shoes on the Danube bank
- Take a short walk trough Vaci Street
- If you are hungry, go to Raday street
- Try goulash
- Visit the Great Market Hall
- Take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue
- Make a stop at the Heroes’ Square
- Enjoy the view from Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion
- Enjoy the city lights
- Go hiking
How to get from Budapest Airport to the city center?
With public transport: You first need to take bus 200E from Terminal 2. This bus will drop you to the closest metro station – Kobanya-Kispest. From there take M3, (the blue line of the metro) and it will take you straight to the city center. In case your flight is late, there is also a night bus 900.
With a shuttle: There is a shuttle bus from Budapest Airport. For more info check the Budapest Airport website.
LittleBig Tip: Do not exchange money at the airport, because the rates are a complete rip-off.
What to do and see in Budapest
Visit the Hungarian Parliament
Once you drag yourself to the center it’s time to start your Budapest free walking tour and there’s plenty to do and see. Probably the most famous attraction in Budapest is the Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház) – one of the biggest parliament buildings in Europe. Are you curious to see the Parliament inside? There are guided tours almost every hour.
Go and see the shoes on the Danube bank
Within striking distance of the Parliament, you will find a very moving monument – pairs of shoes left on the bank of Danube. This place should be on the top of your Budapest free walking tour list. Men’s, women’s, even children’s, they represent the victims executed by firing squad during the World War II.
Take a short walk trough Vaci Street
Go ahead with your Budapest free walking tour and visit Vaci Street – the main pedestrian street in Budapest. It’s famous for the abundance of different cafes, bars, and restaurants. Because of that fact, it’s also an arena of pickpockets, not that glamorous restaurants and overpriced food. I wouldn’t recommend a meal on Vaci Street exactly because of our bad experience. The street is worth a short walk but don’t spend too much time there.
If you are hungry, go to Raday street
Raday street or the Budapest Soho is a lively street full of cafes, bars, and restaurants. It’s a perfect place to try some traditional Hungarian dishes or just to stretch your legs and review your day plan over a cup of coffee.
Wherever I go I try typical local dishes. And speaking about Hungarian cuisine, the goulash is the first thing popping into my mind. So many flavors in just one bowl, ready to warm your body and your soul.
Visit the Great Market Hall
I’m such a fan of local markets and the Great Market Hall is the biggest indoor market in Budapest. There you can find all kinds of fruits and vegetables, meat, spices, and souvenirs. This might be the best place to buy paprika powder, which is the Hungarian national spice. Can you possibly name a better souvenir?
Take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue
There’s actually a lot to see on Andrassy Avenue. Walking around, you will possibly have the feeling you are in Paris. A hundred years ago the richest people and aristocrats lived in this area. Public transport wasn’t allowed and therefore the idea of The Millennium Underground Railway was born. The M1 or the yellow line is the oldest metro line in continental Europe and is part of the World Heritage.
The Hungarian State Opera is one of the jewels on Andrassy Avenue. Some of the tenants on the boulevard are top brand boutiques, embassies, and luxurious hotels and restaurants. The House of Terror Museum is located at number 60.
Make a stop at the Heroes’ Square
Hősök tere or the Heroes’ Square is the main square in Budapest. Although some people find it not that attractive, you should add it to your Budapest free walking tour as it’s worth a visit. There’s a whole bunch of statues of leaders and great people, related to the Hungarian history. The Art Galery and the Museum of Fine arts are located on the square.
Enjoy the view from Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion
If you are in Budapest you should not miss visiting the Buda castle and the Castle Hill. There’s so much to do and see around – Royal Palace, Matthias Church, and Trinity Square are just a few of the attractions in this area. You can literally spend a day walking on the cobbled streets and exploring the beautiful Castle Hill district. Besides all that, the Fishermen’s Bastion offers an astonishing view over Budapest.
Enjoy the city lights
Another place with an amazing view is Gellért Hill. I believe this is the most romantic spot in Budapest, especially at night. After a short but steep walk up the hill, you’ll be rewarded with a jaw-dropping view. Worth every drop of sweat!
Just an hour away from Budapest you’ll find the best hiking trails leading you up in the mountains to some of the most beautiful places in Hungary.
Pin it for later
That’s just a small part of the things you can do and see in Budapest. In my next posts, I’ll show you how’s the nightlife in the capital. I visited one of the most famous ruin pubs in Budapest. During my stay there I also treated myself to a Spa day. Yep, you heard me, Budapest is a Spa capital.
Is Budapest on your list? Have you been there? Why don’t you add some tips in the comments?