What to see in Budapest

The rise of budget airlines has really opened up international travel in a big way. These days, you can get flights at great prices to pretty much anywhere within Europe, so if you live anywhere in Europe, there’s almost no excuse not to see many of the amazing sights that the continent has on offer first-hand.

backpacking in budapest

It’s so easy to book a weekend or few days’ break in an amazing city like Rome, Paris or Budapest. While most people will know what’s on offer in Rome or Paris, Budapest is a little less well-known, so here are a few suggestions of what to see in this amazing city.

  • Walk! There’s fantastic architecture in every direction in Budapest, so it’s a great city to take your walking shoes to. If you want to enjoy a panoramic view, climb up to the Fisherman’s Bastion in the Castle District. The ramparts date back from medieval times and used to house a fish market – hence the name.
  • Witness the horror. The House of Terror is a museum which focuses on the communist and fascist regimes that dominated twentieth century Hungary. You’ll find it at Andrássy út 60 and it is a memorial to all the victims of the regimes, many of whom were tortured to death in the same building that is now the museum. A visit to the museum is a moving and emotive experience.
  • De-stress at the spa. After visiting the House of Terror, it’s a good idea to unwind at one of the many spas in the city of Budapest. The oldest is Szechnenyi Bath and Spa, which has been in existence in various states since 1881. It was completely refurbished and modernised in 1999, although much of its original splendour was maintained. You can bathe indoors and outdoors, even in the mid-winter, with the thermal water piped in from St Stephan’s Well.

These are just a few of the things that you can do when you’ve booked cheap flights to Budapest. Your first trip to this fascinating city may well be the first of many.