25 Things to do in Budapest, Hungary Travel Guide

25 Things to do in Budapest, Hungary Travel Guide


Today we’re taking you around a city we’ve
been wanting to visit for a while: Budapest! With beautiful architecture and stunning vistas
all around, it’s easy to see why it’s nicknamed the Pearl of the Danube, but Budapest
is more than just than just good looks. This is a city with youthful vibes, vibrant
street art, alternative nightlife, delicious food and so much more! In this travel guide we’re going to try
and highlight just that along with the main attractions, so let’s dive right in, and
let us show you a few things to do in Budapest on your next visit! So we are filming Buda Castle right in front
of us and next up we’re going to ride the funicular which is over there. Let’s kick things off in Buda on the west
side of the Danube River, where our first order of business was riding the funicular
(Budavári Sikló) up to the castle. In we go. We’re first in. Riding the tram. First in and we’re going to have the views
going up. Look at that. Yes. Sweet. Buda Castle is a massive complex complete
with royal apartments, ballrooms, chapels and anything a king could possibly desire. That being said, it was quite crowded when
we visited so we skipped the tour and stuck the courtyards and public places instead. Today, many of the buildings that make up
Buda Castle (Budavári Palota) also house museums and galleries, so while you’re here,
you can visit the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest History Museum, the House of Houdini,
and a few others. The one thing we did make time for was lunch,
because if you know us, you know we can’t resist a good food market, especially one
located in a castle. So fresh off of the funicular we arrived in
Buda Castle (Budavári Palota) and we need food. And we found food. Unlike typical Samuel and Audrey fashion we’re
digging into food before we do any sightseeing. So over here we’ve got some handmade pasta
and it almost looks a bit more like a spaetzle. Spaetzle. Like the German noodle. Yep. Except this is Hungarian. This is Hungarian. And then that comes in with chicken. With a chicken stew. Looks good. That looks good. And then down here. And down here we have sausage and like a huge
portion of mustard. Oh yeah. Let’s go for the chicken and the pasta first. That looks so good. It really does. Mmmm. Mmmm. How is that? It is really nice. The chicken is nice and tender and the pasta
is really thick and heavy. If you take a look at it here. You can tell that these are like. It looks a bit like gnocchi. Yes, it sort of in between gnocchi and spaetzle
I would describe it kind of like that. Yes. I’m going to try it out so and it is definitely
dense. And now the sausage is feeling lonely. Sausage time. Well you rave about the pasta. While I rave about the pasta. So let’s take that in for a huge dunk in the
mustard. Woah. Because I’m a mustard. I’m a fan of mustard. Woah. Pardon me. So in terms of the taste that is one juicy
sausage. It is greasy. Um, it is also tender but what really makes
it is that mustard sauce. That mustard sauce has got a nice kick to
it. It is a bit tangy. I wouldn’t call it spicy but it has got a
lot of flavor and a bit of a kick to it. Samuel approved. Samuel approved. For something a little unusual, we descended
into the Buda Castle Labyrinth which once functioned as a prison and torture chamber. In the 15th century, it imprisoned the one
and only Vlad Tepes, better known to us as “Dracula”. So we have entered the Labirintus and this
is a maze of tunnels here in the castle district underneath Buda Castle. And it looks spooky. And apparently it is associated with the Dracula. So this is a map of the cave network we have
entered. Apparently it is going to take us about 30
minutes to walk around here. Hopefully we don’t get too lost. I’m already getting disoriented. Ah. It is so foggy down here and we have now gone
down three dead ends. You’re officially starting to get spooked. I’m spooked. I don’t like it. It was my idea and I don’t like it. We are back in the safety of the daylight. Sunshine I love you. I absolutely loved that. No. You didn’t. But I think that is the whole point of it. If it wasn’t a bit spooky then you know what
kind of an attraction is that. It is supposed to be. It is supposed to be. I think I maybe lasted like 10 minutes down
there. But the thing is the deeper you go the rooms
are just filled with fog. And you can’t even see your hand in front
of you. And there is creepy music playing. Well I wanted to keep going but that is alright. Hey. I think you got spooked too. That is why we’re out here. Back in the safety of the streets and far
away from the grasp of Dracula’s ghost, we walked over to Matthias Church (Mátyás-Templom). Again, summer crowds were a bit crazy that
day, so while you can get tickets to visit the church and climb the tower, we opted to
just admire it from the exterior. We also walked along Fisherman’s Bastion
(Halászbástya), which is a beautiful terrace that offers views of the Danube River and
Pest over on the east bank. Another spot we hit up is the Chain Bridge
(Széchenyi lánchíd) which connects Buda and Pest. It’s a nice lookout point, and all along
the river you’ll also find a few different departures points for boat tours down the
Danube. I don’t know how we got this far into our
trip to Budapest without visiting the baths, but better late than never! Our first stop was the Széchenyi Thermal
Baths, which are the most-famed in the whole city. The bright yellow buildings and turquoise
pools are iconic and can be found on many a postcard. So we are at the basement level. We have men’s and women’s change rooms. And this little watch acts as our lock. As our key. We finally found our way out of the bath. That place is a maze. There are so many pools and showers and jacuzzis. I know. We didn’t know how to get out. I know. It took a while to actually get outside but
here we are and this is basically our first bath in Budapest. Warm. It is so nice. Is it warm? Oh yeah. I’m happy. I’m missing out. The complex has numerous indoors and outdoors
pools in varying temperatures, so there’s something for everyone. Also, Sam discovered that you can buy and
drink beer at the baths, so he was pretty happy about that! Well, well what have you found for yourself? Well, well I’ve got a Borsodi beer. Uh huh. It is perfect because it is starting to get
really warm out. So time to cool off with a beer. Who would have thought beers at the baths. This would so not be legal in North America. This is a great combination. What a brilliant idea. Not too far from the baths, we came across
Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad Vára), which despite it’s looks was built in 1896. The unique thing about this castle is that
it showcases Hungary’s architectural evolution, incorporating styles that span from the Middle
Ages through to the 18th century. And from the castle, it’s just a short walk
over to Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), a Budapest landmark that commemorates the 1000-year-old
history of the Magyars, also known as, the Hungarian tribes who settled in this area. FYI, I’ve just spent like 10 minutes looking
for Sam because he tends to wander. Off he goes. He is like completely unaware that I’m not
with him. He’s over there somewhere just wandering. Not even looking for wifey. So nightlife in Budapest is like absolutely
legendary. Yeah, so many stag parties and hen-do happening
here. There is something for every style. So first we’re going to take you into one
of the famous ruin bars just to show you how busy it is on a Saturday night. Budapest’s ruin bars are exactly what they
sound like: old, derelict buildings, that have been gutted out and turned into alternative
bars, complete with cheap drinks, maze like rooms, street art and eclectic items. You need to set foot in at least one while
you’re here! So we found an outdoor patio. Drinks on the patio. What are you having? And this is the best place to be drinking
right now because it is so stuffy inside of bars. Yeah. So we’re like we’ve got to be drinking outside. Fresh air. I’m having a Soproni. Mmmhmm. It is the local brew. The local brew. How does it taste? Cold. Nice ice cold. Refreshing. Yeah, this is a nice way to kickstart the
evening I have to say. And me I’m having a glass of prosecco. Will you toast me with beer. Toast. I will. Cheers. To that. And for something a little fancy, we went
to the famed New York Café. And this coffeehouse has been voted one of
the most beautiful in the whole world. It looks really luxurious online. So I’m really excited to get there. Yeah, it is a real institution and what it
dates back to the late 1800s. Yeah, it is old. It is very old so it should have some nice
charm and yeah let’s have a nice date. This place is so much fancier than I expected. Like this is up there with some of the fanciest
kinds of cafes we’ve visited in the world. And like afternoon tea we’ve done a few of
those. Yeah, it kind of reminds me a little bit of
the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and it also reminds me of Cafe Tortoni in Buenos Aires. poor Audrey, I was I’ve been waiting here
for like fifteen minutes. I was really going overboard with the food
b-roll here. My ice cream is melting. My gosh! There is just so much going on with the music. I know. With the desserts. Look at this. We decided to indulge our sweet tooth. Our sweet tooth. Oh, so they just finished playing. Yeah, so I ordered a sorbet and this is strawberry
sorbet and champagne sorbet with real chunks of strawberry. And some mint leaves on top and truffles. Mmmm. What do you think? Oh yeah. That is champagne alright. I probably went for the most bizarre drink
and food pairing that you could possibly have at a fancy cafe. I’m going for a beer and cheesecake. Borsodi. Yeah, Borsodi which is a local beer and this
looks like a classic kind of New York style cheesecake and I think that is a passion fruit
sauce. Apricot. Oh, apricot. Oh, nice. Oooh, I can tell that is really dense. Oh la lah. That tiny little piece is already heavy in
the fork. Take it for a swim as we like to say. It is a really big swim. Mmmm. Mmmm. So we are currently at Saint Stephen’s Basilica
(Szent István-Bazilika) and we just bought tickets to climb the panorama tower. Hooray for exercise. And it is 302 steps to reach the top of a
spiraling staircase. And I feel like I’ve been getting dizzy already. Oh my gosh dizzying and I’m out of breath. Ooh. We’ve only just begun. Alright, round two. We continue. More stairs. So we are now making our way down. We took the stairs up, elevator down. What did you think of the views? The views were incredible. I mean it was worth the climb up and it is
actually a really affordable attraction. Yeah. What was it 700 Forint? 600. Six hundred Forint. So even cheaper than I thought. So yeah, it was definitely worth it. And yeah, a little bit of exercise too so
can’t complain. Of course, no visit to Budapest would be complete
without glimpsing the Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház). You’ll be able to spot it from numerous
vantage points as you explore the city, but note that you can only visit the interior
as part of a guided tour, and you’ll need to book that in advance. And just a short walk south of the Parliament
Building, you can also see the Shoes on the Danube memorial. And after a bit of sightseeing we had to tuck
into the national dish: goulash. Our favourite restaurant for this was the
Blue Rose. That didn’t take long. The food is already here. The food is here. This is what we came for. The goulash (gulyás) and look at the size
of this bowl. This is amazing. We did order the large. The large bowl. Big hearty portions. Yeah, okay. So apparently the word Goulash it used to
mean herdsmen so this is a dish that used to be prepared by the herdsmen and now it
is kind of like the national dish. You find goulash (gulyás) at almost every
single restaurant. Yeah. So let’s dig right in. And this looks amazing. That looks so good. Give it a bit of a nice stir for us. Look at that. So we have potatoes, meat, we have carrots. Those are big hunks of meat. We have parsley. Yeah. Oh my. And paprika. Of course. There is always paprika so let’s just try
this. I hope I don’t burn myself. Mmmm. So what do you think? Mmmm. Oh my gosh. It is so tender. So tender. The meat is so tender. The meat is so tender. This is good. Going in for a second bite. Mmmm. Quality control. This is amazing. Is it? I’m loving it. So seriously loving it. Is it spicy at all or not? Mostly just savory? It is not spicy at all it is just like a nice
soup that you’d want to eat on a winter’s day. You just keep stirring that for us it is wonderful. Seriously. Look at it. Look at that. Yeah. Look at that. And you know I’ve had goulash in other countries
and obviously it varies but the one goulash I’ve had before in the past was always really
thick. It was almost like a stew or like a meat with
like a thick sauce. So this is my first time having goulash as
a soup and I quite like it. I could get used to this. Another thing we really enjoyed doing in Budapest
was wandering around the Jewish Quarter, where there’s a lot of cool street art, including
murals covering whole buildings. We also ventured into the Great Market Hall
(Nagyvásárcsarnok), the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. They had a mix of food stalls, fresh produce,
souvenirs, and of course, lots of paprika to take back home for your cooking. And you know what’s across the bridge from
the Central Market? The Gellert Baths (Gellért Fürdő)! Since it was our last day in Budapest, this
seemed like the perfect way to unwind and get ready for our next trip. How cold? It is a lot colder here. Okay we need to go find another one. This isn’t going to work. So right now we’re going to try the medicinal
pool because I believe that one is 36 degrees. I sure hope so. About as warm as it gets. Yeah and we don’t have much time we arrived
here super late. I know. They are closing. They are closing in a half hour. So we’ve got to make the most of this. So enjoying. Wash those feet. Is it warmer? Excellent. And just a short walk from the Gellert Baths,
we also visited the Gellert Hill which holds the Cave Church (Gellérthegyi-Barlang). From there we climbed to the Citadel (Citadella)
atop the hill, where we got some pretty cool views of the city. It’s really nice at sunset and there were
lots of people hanging out just watching the sun go down. Lastly, if you feel like you’ve covered
Budapest and you’re craving a slower pace, we would highly recommend a day trip to Szentendre. It’s a short half hour train ride and once
you arrive you’ll find yourself in a charming little town with cream-coloured walls, cobbled
streets and flower boxes overflowing with blooms. And now a final note on transportation: getting
around Budapest is super easy and they have a vast network of buses, trams and metro lines
to get you wherever you need to go. We used public transport a lot of the time,
but there were also days when the weather was beautiful and we did nothing but walk. And that’s a wrap for our time in Budapest! We hope you enjoyed this video guide and that
it gave you a few ideas of things to do around the city. As always, if you have any other suggestions
of things to do in Budapest that travellers should know about, feel free to share those
in the comments below. Wishing you happy travels and until next time!

59 thoughts on “25 Things to do in Budapest, Hungary Travel Guide

  1. Just finished visiting Budapest in June, our family enjoyed every minute. My only advice is book your Parliament tickets in advance if you want a tour in English.

  2. I’ve been traveling a lot this last years… And I was expecting a lot to visit Budapest… And I really didn't like it, I found a city OVERRATED. The Parliament building is amazing and I like the architecture of the city, “l’art-nouveau” is beautiful, but all is in decadence, there are not maintenance in the city, all is dirty.
    I didn’t find so interesting the museums, so compare Budapest to Paris makes not sense at all.
    I find that authorities and people from the city find easier to develop tourism of party and sex than the historical part of the city, which I would like to find.
    I’ve been 4 days, and in 2 days you almost see everything.
    And what to say about the SPAS… they are in the major part in summer overcrowded and dirty so is a tourism attraction not a spa anymore.
    And what more I can say about the strong Nationalism that has now impregnated the country…..
    I’m so confused because I see that people loves Budapest, but I need to understand why. I know that not everyone likes the same thing, and that we must respect this, but I hardly see a fantastic city in Budapest.

  3. I’m new to your channel and I loved this video. I’m currently at university and would love to visit Budapest soon. I absolutely love that you involve history in your videos also xx

  4. The guy should really start working out a little bit. He's got the makings of a nice body but he's like light years away. Do the gym dude.

  5. Budapest is a very beautiful city. Forget Paris! The only really negative point is the many drunk British tourists on the streets…. they are offensive and very disrespectful….

  6. Audrey and Samuel, love all of your travel videos!!! I am looking for a GPS controlled audio guidebook phone app. Handy for travelers who likes to learn about local culture and history.

    – PocketGuide Audio Travel Guide
    – TourPal
    – TripScout
    – VoiceMap

    Any recommendation? These Apps are free, but in App purchase for each location can add up very quickly. Therefore, it is of particular interests for vacationers to have a recommendation as trying out can become very expensive. Thanks!

  7. This vid is so helpful, I watched it before I went and now i've done my own lil budapest montage video! Glad you enjoyed, its gorgeous there and felt so safe even when walking through the streets late night, would recommend to anyone to go! x

  8. Dreher Gold is better Beer and this is alsó Hungarian 🙂 but Pálinka is The best, you forgot to taste it. You missed The largest tram of The world because It's running here. But this video was great and it was nice to show my city 🙂 I turned The subtitle on and it was wrong because it was writing pörkölt to Gulyás. It is not The same because Gulyás is a soup and pörkölt is a second dish

  9. I am an American in Budapest now. The city is lovely, the people are friendly, and I feel safer walking alone on the streets at night 100X more than I would in my home city.. I cannot think of one bad thing to say about Budapest. This may be my favorite city I have ever visited, and I have been to many across the world. I love you, Budapest!

  10. We visited Budapest this summer, a great city. When we did the Labyrinth it was pitch black and we only had a hand lantern and couldn't see more than 12 foot ahead. 3 metres / meters.

  11. Good review. We used your suggestions for our trip. You nailed all of the highlights. My favourite was the laborinto, which we would of missed had we not watched this. Bravo.

  12. Guys lived here and worked. but you gave zero prices of food beer accommodation. Somehow where to get a train or travel card. Try and show a map location each time you show a place. A lot of boring info And it's to much talking

  13. Wow, this tour is impressive!! Thank you so much for sharing many things to do in Budapest! 😀 Tunning in from Quebec, Canada. I was entertained!

  14. You did inspire us to revisit Budapest after 17 years, it did change a lot as we found from your video, but also confirmed form our recently 3 days visit.

  15. The pasta you're tasting is nokedli and youre right, its very similar to and even considered a type of spatzle. That dish youre tasting it with is most likely chicken paprikash….. Chicken chunks are a lot bigger than I would get from my grandma but maybe she was keeping the good stiff to herself!

  16. Lord Jesus Christ is the way the TRUTH and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him?❤️? catholic, muslim, buddhism, hinduism etc. they are all false! deception from satan the father of all lies. Holy Bible is the TRUTH? REPENT, believe in the Gospel

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