Sightseeing in Budapest

By Bus, Boat, or Walk, the Most Popular Sights, and Attractions

Browse our sightseeing tips to plan how to explore the city. A wide variety of tours are available, including bus tours, Danube excursions or thematic walking tours. Depending on the length of your visit pick the ones that best suits your interests, mood and budget.

Budapest has a wide range of important sights. To make the most of your sightseeing it’s best to prepare a list about the major attractions so as not to miss anything important.
Our city’s stirring and often tragic history left marks everywhere:

  • examples of extraordinary architecture,
  • bullet-scarred buildings from the 1956 uprising,
  • magnificent bridges spanning the Danube.

These influences made Budapest a unique city with real character in the heart of Europe. Luckily modernisation after the fall of the communist regime, failed to roll down the town and create faceless, squeaky-clean city.

view from Buda Castle HillThe UNESCO realized this and included the most important sights on its World Heritage programme. Use our Budapest World Heritage Sites. page to assemble a simple Budapest sightseeing program.

One reason I love Budapest is that it has just the right size: not too big, not too small. Most of the important sights are situated close to each other, and even the farthest attractions are easily accessible by public transport.

TIP: Even if it rains or you’re too tired to walk, get on tram 2, it runs along the Danube in Pest, passes Gellért Hill, Castle Hill, Parliament and its terminal is near Margaret Island.

It is “The second most beautiful public transport ride in Europe” according to Time Out Budapest, and the 7th most scenic tram route in the world on a top 10 list according to the National Geographic magazine. It’s just perfect for a Budapest sightseeing tour.

TIP: Tram 2 takes on a special Christmas decoration on weekends in December 2014. and on Xmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Budapest Sightseeing Guide

Explore the Sights By Bus, Walk or on a Cruise on the Danube

Red hop on hop off bus

Budapest Sightseeing Tours

You can choose from a wide variety of tours. Explore the city from the comfort of an air-conditioned sightseeing bus, admire the stunning vista from a boat trip on the Danube, or stroll in the city and absorb the rich cultural and architectural heritage.

TIP: You can even do running tours in Budapest lead by experienced local runners at various distances.
Walking Tour on the Chain Bridge

Walking Tours in Budapest

Budapest offers many thematic walking tours.

Apart from Jewish heritage tours or a walking tour of 1956 revolution’s monuments you can have unique, tailor-made walking tours.

Sighseeing Boats on the Danube

Boat Tours on the Danube

The sightseeing boat tours on the river Danube offer great value for your money: you can admire the city’s best views from an air-conditioned ship, enjoy good food and/or drinks and have a great time.

Buy Your Danube Cruise Ticket!

 

TIP: on a walk tour in downtown BudapestIf you want to discover the city on unique tours designed to your wishes, and pace of life, browse our top picks in alternative Budapest tours.

You can pick from various tours (you can reserve more than one): whether your interested in:

  • local gastronomy,
  • the city’s intriguing history and stunning architecture,
  • coffee house culture, or
  • you are visiting with kids you’ll find a tour that meets your needs.

More Sightseeing – Top Attractions, World Heritage Sites, Short City Break

the Parliament from Buda Castle

Best Budapest Attractions

See our favourite attractions; sights and landmarks that visitors to the city must see.

Includes the Buda Castle with Matthias Church, Chain Bridge and Danube promenade, Budapest’s Basilica, the Central Synagogue in Dohány Street, Andrássy Avenue and its sights, Váci utca, the New Main Street of Budapest, Gellért Hill and some more sights in Buda.

view of the Danube and the Pest side

World Heritage Sites in Budapest

Discover the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in Budapest.

Valuable historic monuments, stunning vistas that make our city a must-visit tourist destination.

Currently the Buda Castle, the Danube riverbanks, and Andrássy Avenue and its environs are included in the list.

Budapest illuminated at night

Budapest in 1 Day

Find out how you can see and experience Budapest in one day!

Tips and advice from locals on what sights to include in your city break program to enjoy your stay and see all the important attractions at the same time.

More Budapest Discovery Tips – Museums, Cultural Programs, Day Trips

the Museum of Fine Arts from outside

Museums

The city’s many museums offer something to everyone: history, science, art and a lot more.

Families with children will also find some interesting museums. Learn about addresses and ticket prices.

the National Theatre in Pest

Cultural Programs and Venues

Guide to main cultural venues in Budapest with program tips: theatres with English-language performances, Palace of Art, concert halls, galleries and other cultural hot spots in Budapest.

the picturesque Danube Bend

Day Trips from Budapest

Information on short day trips in the countryside: attractions nearby the city including the picturesque Danube bend, and historic cities like Visegrad, Szentendre and Esztergom.