Things to do and places of interest in Budapest
Budapest has plenty of attractions, but if you have a limited itinerary, you must try to include the following first:
- Buda Castle District, where you will see the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, and a few museums.
- Chain Bridge runs across the Danube river and connects two city components.
- St. Stephen’s Basilica where you will see the third largest church in the country.
- Walk on Andrassy Avenue, which is a 2 kilometre-long Parisian-style boulevard.
- Stop in at the Opera House to catch a show or the House of Terror Museum.
- Book a personal walking tour for a full picture of the Hungarian culture, including food and sights.
- Stop by one of the famous spas, like Szechenyi Bath for a mineral spring experience.
- At the National Opera House, you can watch folk dancing or catch a Hungarian music concert.
- Visit Memento Park where you will see more than 40 statues, busts, and plaques of famous leaders like Marx, Lenin, and others.
- Visit the Parliament, which was created in 1902 and has 691 different rooms.
- Visit the Aquincum, a Roman town in Hungary built in 100 AD.
- Walk through the Kerepesi Cemetery, which has more than 3,000 graves and was built in 1847.
Tips and tricks for visiting Budapest
Avoid Taxi Scams
New taxi regulations are in effect as of 2013, but there are some taxi cabs trying to charge tariffs. Look for a licensed taxi only, which is yellow with a sign on the roof. Do not take unmarked taxi cabs.
Avoid the Tourist Hotspot Restaurants
Eat locally. Some of the tourist-specific restaurants have overpriced food.
Exchange your currency at an OTP bank or at a local exchange bureau in Budapest.Hungarian Forint converts at approximately 300 for every pound (as of 1st March, 2017). Be cautious when you pay, because you may accidentally mistake a 10,000 note for a 1,000 note.
The safest neighbourhoods to explore at night are Castle District, District V and VI, and some parts of District VII as well as Grand Boulevard.
Know the Local Phone Numbers
To call the police, you must dial 107. You can reach an English hotline for tourists on 438 8080.