Here you have a full list of different things to do in Budapest.
Even better: At the end of this guide we added a Budapest map with all places mentioned. It will help you planning!
We cover what you can do in November in Budapest, in winter an even in May! Actually, you know what, it does not make a difference. You will have fun with this all year around. You will have just to adapt the activities to the time you are visiting the city and your preferences.
Full list of activities in Budapest:
Caving under the city
Contemporary Art and Great Museums
Cross the Danube on a floating Boat
Galleries for Photography
Escape to the nature
Ruin Bars and Clubs
Jazz and Live Music
Where to eat
Deák Ferenc tér – Square
Kopaszi Gát, Park and Harbor
We start our list with one of the main reasons why people visit Budapest…
1. Thermal Baths
Everyone knows about the thermal baths in Budapest.
Budapest may actually be the capital of thermal water. There are many baths in town.
This is one of the most crazy things to do in Budapest. Promise us, you will bring your brain with you.
13. Where to eat in Budapest (good food!)
Eat or eat a lot that is the question as for some reason Hungarians still prefer huge portions and many restaurants.
Go with the flow and you will probably get an enormous size of meal especially in the more traditional diners.
The typical dishes are really heavy too like stuffed cabbage, Beef stew, sausages or liverwurst.
There are many different meat plates which are recommended, usually made as a stew, but sometimes it can be a steak too.
The meat quality is pretty good as all game meat is local from the forests of Hungary where the wild animal population(dears, wild boars, roes, rabbits) is very numerous and they have a fairly nice life compare to industrial farming.
If you are looking for a fun night out in Budapest, this pub is your place to be.
The bar is a typical old-school bar/ pub with lots of students, and international atmosphere. Szimpla Ker is located near the city centre, right around the corner of our 5 Star Hostel Maverick City Lodge.
The Szimpla Kert is more than just a place to get a drink, it’s a Ruin Pub.
You will find here concerts, flea markets, workshops, art galleries, and more more more!
The design of the bar is kept in an eclectic mix of old cars and bikes, trees, old foosball tables, we can’t even name everything.
Find more information about Szimpla Kert and the events at their Facebook Page.
15. Chill: Deák Ferenc tér – Square
One of the best things to do in Budapest in summer: Dek Ference Ter!
This square is the place to be on a warm summer night.
Join the atmosphere, and bring your own drinks. You can also get some delicious cocktails and beer at the bars around. The square is located just a 10 minutes walk from the 5 Star Hostel Maverick City Lodge, and you can sit there in a small park.
This square hosts also a lot of events, so maybe there is even something special going on when you are in town!? Last but not least there is fountain to cool off.
16. Tasty Food: Mak Bistro
Not far away from the Dear Ference Ter Square you will find this bistro!
Experience art and creativity in the kitchen!
Be prepared for tasty flavors of modern gastronomy on highest quality. The waiters make this place a home and are always joking around and enjoying their work. This makes this place very friendly and welcoming.
The Mak received many awards, and its concept is unique.
You can find more details about the concept, the bistro, and the team at the official website Mak.hu. We recommend to make a reservation before coming here.
17. Relax: Kopaszi Gát, Park and Harbor
This park is one of the best green spots to chill on a sunny day.
You can get some food and drinks as well at the harbor or bring your own picnic with you.
Either way, this is a cozy local place.
Kopaszi Gát is located slightly outside the city center and you can come here via Public Transport or by renting a bike.
With its own small beach, the beautiful sunset behind the bay, and obviously the green trees surrounding it, this place is a locals favorite spot to get outside the city to relax.
When to travel to Budapest?
Budapest is located in the good old continental climate region with four seasons, cold winters and hot summers.
Although it cant escape from the global warming here either.
Lately Budapest experienced more and more monsoon type rain-showers during summer and spring and autumn are melting into the summer temperatures.
Still we think the best time to come to Budapest is… anytime!
You will find interesting activities and a nice historical city with loads of bars and restaurants.
Where to stay in Budapest
Budapest is dotted with great hotels, apartments and even cooler hostels.
We wrote a big guide to the best hostels in Budapest.
It includes luxury hostels, backpacker paces and budget, party hostels.
When traveling with your family or couple, try Airbnb. There are plenty of apartments in the city registered on this platform.
Summary of Cool Things to Do in Budapest
Still there? I guess you have enough inspiration now about what can you do in Budapest city. If you want more, then make sure you check out this bloggers guide to 5 days in Budapest. It even covers itinerary and a map.
Therefore, is time to start looking for the best deals to travel to Budapest.
We hope this big summary of activities around Budapest city is helpful.
Here you have a map with all the activities we mentioned.
Do you have another cool idea for Budapest? Then leave a comment below.
We are always keen to help our fellow traveler, to improve this article and add more activities!
And now, have fun!
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