- Terror Háza Múzeum1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60, Magyarországrecommended Terror Háza MúzeumIf you have any interest in the history of World War II and the Cold War, you have to see the Terror House. First of all the museum is set in an impressive building on Andrassy Avenue, which is one of ... read morethe loveliest tree-lined streets in Budapest. During World War II the Nazi-allied Arrow Cross Party used the house as a place of secret imprisonment, interrogation and execution. When the Soviet liberated Budapest, they discovered the Terror House and decided to use it for the same thing. Inside the museum you can see various instruments of oppression, including jail cells and torture implements.Rich Carriero
The dark side of the Hungarian experience.
- Heroes' SquareBudapest, Hősök tere, Hungaryrecommended Heroes' SquareHero Square is one of the more prominent landmarks in Pest. The monument in the center depicts the original Magyar chieftains who conquered the Danubian plain and founded Hungary. The statues along ... read morethe surrounding arcade are images of Hungaria kings and other notable historic figures. In front of the monument is Andrassy Avenue while behind the square is one of Budapest's main parks. During the communist era May Day parades were held in Hero Square.Rich Carriero
A Hungarian history lesson in one monument.
- Trófea Grill Étterem1145 Budapest, Erzsébet királyné útja 5, Hungaryrecommended Trófea Grill ÉtteremIn 2005, at the end of a long backpacking trip, friends of my then-girlfriend (who is Hungarian) brought us here for dinner. Trofea pushes all the right buttons for Hungarian cuisine. They have ... read morefantastic grilled meats of every variety and the most varied buffet salad bar that I've ever seen. The interior is tricked out like a hunting lodge with deer head trophies (hence the name).Rich Carriero
A great mix of game and Hungarian treats.
recommended VisegradVisegrad is, without a doubt, one of the most dramatic sites that I have seen in central Europe. This fortress and castle, set on a curve of the Danube that throughout ancient and medieval times held ... read moremilitary significance, is both beautiful and fascinating. Dracula was actually held here for over ten years as a prisoner of the Hungarian King. You can get here by taking a Danube river boat from Pest. You then walk up a steep hill to the castle at the top. There are also a number of great restaurants overlooking the river.Rich Carriero
If you fancy a cruise up the Danube, you cannot go wrong with Visegrad.
- Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 11, Hungaryrecommended Széchenyi GyógyfürdőThe Szechenyi Baths are one of Budapest's most worthwhile experiences. Budapest has a handful of thermal springs that were converted into baths by the Romans and have served that purpose ever since. ... read moreSzechenyi is located in City Park. The building itself is a handsome Fin de Siecle palace leftover from the Habsburg era. You can rent a locker or a cabana and towels. Outside there are two large pools, one of which contains a whirlpool. Inside, however, you are treated to a succession of hot tubs and baths of various temperatures. The interior is wonderfully ornate with columns, stained glass and iron fixtures everywhere. An afternoon at Szechenyi is as good as a massage and highy recommended.Rich Carriero
Definitely go to one of the baths!
- Central Market HallVamhaz korut 1-3recommended Central Market HallThis market has a little bit of everything. The food selections (prepared and fruit/veg) are good - keep an eye out for quality. The upstairs section has lots of small items and souvenirs to purchase. ... read moreThe vendors are generally very friendly and willing to work with you despite the language barrier. Leave yourself lots of time - market goes on forever!
- Parliament Building1 Kossuth Lajos ter, Budapest, BU 1055 Hungaryrecommended Parliament BuildingBeautiful, Beautiful building! must see in Budapest.
- Kerepesi CemeteryBudapest, Fiumei Way 16, Hungaryrecommended Kerepesi CemeteryI'm not one to call cemeteries romantic but this one is. To be savoured on a cloudy day.
- Gellért Baths1118 Budapest, Budapest, Kelenhegyi ut 4, Hungaryrecommended Gellért BathsBetter and cheaper than Baden Baden if you're into this kind of thing. Great massages too.
- Buda CastlePalota Utca, PALOTáS 1014 Hungaryrecommended Buda CastleVery impressed when I first saw this in 1989. Hungary was the frontier for much of the past 500 years.
recommended Margaret IslandMargit Island is wonderful place to spend time on during the summer. There's a water park, a small zoo, and you can rent bikes and ride around the tree-lined streets for a couple hours. There are also ... read morebig park spaces, so pack a lunch and set up under a tree. Some people sunbathe on the island's stone banks, but the Danube isn't the cleanest river to cool down in, so I'd stick to the water park. You can get to the island from the middle of the Margit bridge, where steps lead you down to a small crossover.
- Danubius Hotel GellertSzent Gellert Ter 1, Budapest 1111, Hungaryrecommended Danubius Hotel GellertThis review is more for the Gellert pools, which can be accessed even if you're not staying at the Gellert. The outdoor public pools are located behind the hotel; one serves as an occasional wave pool ... read morewhile the other is more for kids or families who like calm water. There is a good amount of grass space and tables/chairs around both pools to lounge, and there's a cafe attached to the hotel in case you get hungry. Since Budapest in the summer can be unbearably hot at times, this is a great, affordable beach-alternative.Erin K
The Gellert Hotel has some fantastic baths, and in the summer their outdoor pool is really fun as well.
- Gerbeaud CafeVörösmarty tér, 1055 Budapest, Hungaryrecommended Gerbeaud CafeThe Gerbeaud Cafe is worth visiting just for the gorgeous interior design. Gold, marble, brocade, wood, and more gold covers this coffee and tea house, and you can nurse a cappuccino here for hours ... read morejust to look at it all. I've had coffee, hot chocolate, pastries, and cakes (try the traditional Esterhazy torte) here, and it has all been delicious. Perfect for a coffee date, a cup of tea with your mom, meeting up with your girlfriends or even sitting by yourself with a book and a cookie.
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I've just been to Budapest in the beginning of April. Also for two days :) I think you should definitely go to one of these great thermal baths like Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő (perhaps in the evening for 2 hours)! And when you visit Matthias Church you can eat some cake at Ruszwurm Cukrászda, it was delicious. And don't forget to try some Lángos, it's a Hungarian food speciality :)