Are you looking for things to enjoy in Hungary?
Do you know the country or are you just getting to know it?
Read this article to find out
- where tourists go
- where to eat good food
- what to see in Hungary.
Hungary is a country of culture, architecture, historical and natural attractions and – last but not least – gastronomy.
The capital is Budapest, divided by the Danube, and Buda and Pest are linked by beautiful bridges such as the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge.
Sights in Budapest that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage:
- Buda Castle District and Castle Hill;
- Danube panorama: from here you can see the river, the bridges and the most beautiful parts of the city. You can walk along the Danube and enjoy a magnificent view of the Parliament, the Buda Castle District and Gellért Hill.
- Andrássy Avenue: the famous boulevard between the city centre and Heroes’ Square, with palaces, villas and shops. Here you can also admire the Opera House.
- Millennium Underground: the first underground railway in continental Europe, built in 1896, runs under Andrássy Avenue.
- Heroes Square: the iconic square of Budapest with the Millennium Monument.
Budapest boasts many world-famous spas. The Gellért Baths enchant visitors with their neo-Renaissance interiors. The Széchenyi Baths are a favourite outdoor venue for water chess players and sauna enthusiasts. The Rudas Baths offer a panoramic view of the Danube, and inside visitors can enjoy a classic Turkish bath. (Entrance fees are 7500 HUF -15 000 HUF) Baths are not only places of relaxation and recreation, but also centres of healing and rehabilitation.
In addition, a number of
- museums (e.g. Museum of Fine Arts, Hungarian National Gallery, Museum of Ethnography)
- Galleries (for information on exhibition halls and galleries in Budapest click here)
- cafés (Central Grand Cafe & Bar, Művész Kávéház)
Budapest Card – The Budapest Card is one of the most popular tourist products in the Hungarian capital. The card (HUF 11 900 – HUF 33 900) includes free public transport, 30+ free museums, free and discounted admission to Budapest’s spas, 70+ discounted services and programmes.
Sightseeing in Budapest – but how?
There are bus and boat tours, folklore dinners, night-time activities and excursions in the city. Find out more here.
You can try sightseeing by bus:
Boat trips are available at these locations:
- Mahart (from HUF 5000)
- Duna Cruises (from EUR 16,50)
- Dunai Legenda (from 13,50 EUR)
- Silver-line: dinner on the Danube with candlelight and music (from 4500 HUF.)
Tourist info points in Budapest:
Budapestinfo tourist information centre (1052 Budapest, Városháza Park/Deák Ferenc tér, 100E Repülőtéri Express downtown bus stop)
Opening hours: 09:00 – 19:00
- Sütő u. 2., 1052 Budapest, (Deák Ferenc tér) Open: 8-20
- Olof Palme promenade 5., 1146 Budapest, Open: 09-19
- Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Terminal 2A: 8-23, Terminal 2B: 8-23, Open: Mon 6-17, Mon-Fri 6-18, Sat 6-15
- Keleti Railway Station, Information Open: 7-19
- Budavár, Tárnok u. 15., 1014 Budapest, (Pavilion on Szentháromság Square) Open: 9-18
You can taste the classic Hungarian dishes, goulash soup, stuffed cabbage, fish soup, strudel, copper and lángos in restaurants such as Horgásztanya Restaurant, Csalánosi Csárda Óbuda, Kéhli Restaurant, Szeged Restaurant, Strudel House, Urban Betyár)
You can find a restaurant guide here: DiningCity.
Countryside in rural Hungary
The fabulous landscapes of rural Hungary are perfect for hikers and nature lovers. Lake Balaton, Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake, offers opportunities for swimming, sailing and other water sports. The small towns on the shores of Lake Balaton, such as Siófok, Balatonfüred and Keszthely, are excellent for relaxation and water sports.
Hévíz has the largest natural warm-water lake in the world, suitable for swimming all year round.
The Hortobágy National Park is a popular destination for tourists. Here you can go hiking, bird watching, horse-drawn carriage riding and fishing. Visitors can also taste the local specialities in traditional shepherd restaurants.
For more information on the country’s national parks, click here.
Hungary has seven famous wine regions, and Hungarian wines are well worth trying.