5 Awesome Things to Do in Budapest

Travelling to famous tourist destinations can be challenging, especially if you only have a few days to spend. If you need some trip ideas, here are the top 5 things to do in Budapest, with some of the best attractions in one of Central Europe’s most historic tourist cities.

Top 5 Things to do in Budapest

1. Cruise on the Danube

While the Danube is one of Hungary’s most popular tourist attractions, it’s important to note that views from the river are much better than views of the river. A one hour trip down the Danube offers magnificent views of both Buda (on the western bank) and Pest (towards the east). In clear conditions, a daytime cruise offers the best possible way to catch all of Budapest’s top sights, while a nighttime river cruise will reveal one of Europe’s most spectacular illuminated shorelines.

Top 5 Things to do in Budapest: The Danube, Hungarian Parliament buildings
Hungarian Parliament buildings on the Danube: Photo Nicolas Vollmer / CC BY 2.0

2. Venture into Gozsdu Udvar

The Gozsdu Courtyard is a scenic passage at the heart of the Jewish quarter bursting full of bars, restaurants, shops, clubs and more. Made up of scenes of endless entertainment, luxury homes, and a decent smattering of tourist traps, this passage is a historical precinct in its own right as well as a popular nightlife spot. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the number of tourists and locals who can be found at Gozsdu Udvar—the city within the city of Budapest—at any time of day.

Top 5 Things to Do in Budapest: Nightlife Street scene in Gozsdu Udva
Budapest nightlife street scene in Gozsdu Udvar: Photo Vilmos Vincze / CC BY 2.0

3. Trap Yourself in an Escape Room

Since 2011, a new craze has been sneaking its way through the abandoned buildings of Budapest. Dozens of ‘escape rooms’ now operate within the city, challenging visitors to escape their confines by solving complex puzzles, locating secret panels, completing physical tasks, and more. Budapest’s escape rooms are wildly varied; scenarios include joining Alice down the rabbit hole, racing to defuse a suitcase bomb, and being trapped in a psychiatric ward.

Top 5 Things to Do in Budapest: Medieval escape room
Medieval escape room

4. Relax in Mandala Day Spa

This is widely regarded as one of the finest spas in Hungary. If you’re in need of somewhere to completely switch off, Mandala Day Spa is the place to go. Feel the serenity as soon as you enter the spa with music, soft lighting and a beautiful interior contributing to the ultra-relaxing atmosphere. Indulge in a jacuzzi or sauna before your treatment—which itself has been described as “the best massage” many visitors have ever had—and enjoy some after-treatment refreshments to finish it all off.

Top 5 Things to Do in Budapest: Mandala Day Spa Hungary
Mandala Day Spa

5. Enter the Miniverse

The Miniversum is a gigantic (miniature) model featuring most of Budapest and Hungary’s best sights and landmarks. At one hundredth the size of its real-life counterparts, the Miniversum is a beautiful and extraordinarily detailed replication of the Hungarian, German and Austrian landscapes. The Miniversum also has many interactive features, offering visitors the chance to control traffic and bring the miniscule world to life.

Top 5 Things to Do in Budapest: Detail from the Miniversum
Detail from the Miniversum: Photo Shadowgate / CC BY 2.0

Budapest is one of the top tourist destinations in Central Europe. Why not find a cheap flight to Hungary and try some of these awesome activities, and tell us about your top 5 things to do in Budapest?

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