As with most famous historical cities, choosing the best tourist attractions, when so many are available, is no easy task and Budapest is no exception. You of course have an abundance of historic buildings, castles and palaces, also museums, amusement park and a zoo. Here though I will show perhaps the top 5 Budapest attractions that make this city unique.
1. Szenchenyi Bath and Spa Budapest.
Budapest is famous for its thermal baths and Szenchenyi baths were first established 1881, receiving extensive renovations in 1913, 1927 and 1960. Finally in 1999 they were completely refurbished, fitting high standard filters and circulation equipment. The swimming pool entrance ticket also permits the use of the fitness room and gym. This can provide an enjoyable day for all the family, whilst experiencing history.
2. Castle Hill District.
This is perhaps one of the most popular of the Budapest tourist attractions and is a World Heritage Site. Although the buildings have had extensive renovations on the inside, the streets and exteriors of the buildings have remained unaltered. Passing shops, museums and other landmarks on these cobbled streets you arrive at possibly the best place to take those panoramic photos of Budapest. There is even a Funicular Railway to take you back down.
3. Váci Utca.
If you love shopping then this is a must. In the 20th century, this was an exclusive shopping area for the rich. Today though, although the top names of Europe’s fashion designers can still be found in this pedestrian only street, they have now been interspersed with shops orientated to the tourist. In the courtyards off of the street you can find perhaps the best food that Budapest has to offer.
4. Chairlift Rides.
Perhaps among the most unique tourist attractions in Budapest is the chairlift ride to the top of Janos Hill. This 15 minute ride will afford you fantastic views of Budapest for the whole time. On arrival at the top you can visit Lookout Tower for still more spectacular views.
5. River Cruises.
The famous Danube River is responsible for most of Budapest’s rich history and today provides perhaps one of the best ways to see many of the Budapest attractions. Winding its way through and dividing Budapest, the Danube River is responsible for much of the city’s wealth. It is therefore no surprise that many of the tourist attractions of Budapest are situated alongside the river and from the deck of a cruise ship provides one of the best ways to see them. There are a large variety of cruises or boat trips to choose from, so you will easily be able to fit one of them in to your schedule.
As you can see, there are a wide and varied amount of Budapest attractions and so you may want to consider purchasing a “Budapest Card” (Kártya). This card Will give you access to many of the Budapest attractions, including museums. It will also allow you discount on sightseeing tours and public transport. Some restaurants may also give discounts if shown the card.