Top 20 Things to Do in Budapest for First Timers- Part II

Top 20 Things to Do in Budapest for First Timers- Part II

Hi, friends! We’re picking up with Part II of my Budapest Top 20 list this week! Take a look at fun sights to visit on the Pest side!

Pest Side

#11 Central Hall Market

As always, we go where the food is.  Feast your eyes on stalls of fresh Hungarian dishes, produce, spices, and tasty treats.  It’s a hall full of food. Need I say more?

#12 Grab a Drink at a Ruin Pub

Dilapidated, abandoned buildings turned bars.  Seem like a strange concept?  It is, but you have to experience the atmosphere for yourself.  The walls are lined with graffiti and eclectic decor.  Every room has its own bar with people tucked away enjoying drinks and each other’s company.  Live music playing on the main floors will have you partying the night away. The one we went to was Szimpla Kert, but there are many around the city.

#13 Visit Hungarian Parliament

Located on the Pest side, you’ll want to be sure to get an up close and personal view of one of Budapest’s most beautiful structures.  If you want to learn more about the building and Hungarian Parliament you can take an educational tour here.

#14 Find Ronald Reagan

Thanks to my brother-in-law we were able to see a piece of the United States in Europe.  Located in Liberty Square the 40th President is credited for ending communist rule in this country. On the topic of statues, keep an eye out for others.  There were so many statues and memorials throughout this city.

#15 Tour the Opera House

We took the tour of the Opera House and came back for a 5 minute Opera show at the end.  My sister-in-law even had a star moment helping the actor out!  Quick note: you will be asked to pay extra to take pictures inside the opera house.

#16 Grab a drink at the outdoor cafes

Like with all European cities, you’ll have plenty of chances to grab a drink at an outdoor cafe and enjoy the views and people watching.

#17 Vajdahunyad Castle

Located on the Pest side is another castle that you’ll want to see.  Although the castle has a beautiful weathered look to its exterior, it is in fact not as old as one may assume. It was built just over 100 years ago for the 1000th birthday of the Hungarian State.  For more information on the history go here.

#18 Visit one of the Thermal Baths

Budapest is known as the “City of Baths” and you could probably plan an entire spa trip to explore each and every one.  From the elaborate indoor Gellert Thermal Bath to the outdoor/indoor pool, Széchenyi Thermal Bath you’re sure to find the perfect ‘bath’ experience here.

#19 Take Public Transportation

The public transportation in Budapest is the only way to get around the city  The trolleys are easy to hop on and hop off and the subways are a fun retro throwback and simple to navigate.

#20 Jewish Quarter

We stayed in the Jewish Quarter.  I recommend exploring this area if you find you have more time.  They also do walking tours of the Jewish Quarter here.

Alright, that’s it! My top 20 things to do as a first-timer in Budapest! As always, thanks for reading!  Until next time, friends.



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