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Fun Things to do in Budapest

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The capital of Hungary is situated along the Danube, in the heart of the Carpathian basin. Hilly Buda, which comprises one-third of the citys area of 525 km_ is located along the right bank of the Danube surrounded by low mountains. Jnos Hill, with its 529 metres is the highest summit of Buda. Across the river sprawls flat Pest. The geology of Budapest has played a determining role in the citys life over the course of history. Hot springs breaking through limestone mountains supplying water of 35-76 degrees centigrade gave rise to a flourishing culture of spas in the Roman Age and made Budapest one of the most popular spa cities of Europe.

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Best time to go

The best times to visit Budapest are from March to May and September through November. These shoulder seasons are when the weather is idyllic and the city isn't overcrowded with tourists. However, the climate is always relatively mild, with temperatures rarely exceeding bearable levels.

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    Beloved by travellers and tourists alike for its boundless enthusiasm and stacks of culture, Budapest marches to the beat of its own drum. This is a city famous for bars popping up in the middle of ruined buildings, so expecting anything other than a unique experience is downright naive. Budapest is where the intensity of a night on the tiles is tempered by a day in the outdoor spas, with world-class street food taking up the space in between. The best things to do in Budapest are very much of this place. Expect the unexpected in one of Europes most historically important cities.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Castle District
    Belvros & Parliament
    Jewish Quarter
    buda & Margaret Island
    Palace District
    City Park & Around
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Food Specialties

    Typical Hungarian food is heavy on dairy, cheese and meats, similar to that of neighboring Czech, and Slovak cuisines. Chicken, pork and beef are common, while turkey, duck, lamb, fish and game meats are mostly eaten on special occasions.
    Goulash is Hungary's most well-known national dish, but traditional Hungarian Goulash is quite different from the variations you'll find outside the country it's more of a soup than a stew.
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Budapest Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Explore the Urban Ruin Bars: Home to some of Budapests most unique nightlife, the citys ruin bars are a must. Located in the Jewish Quarter, these funky bars often occupy buildings that were abandoned during the era of communism and feature everything from vintage furniture to graffiti-covered walls and eclectic art.

2. Take a Cruise on the River Danube: A great way to explore Budapest is to take a boat cruise on the Danube River. Not only will you get to take in the stunning cityscape, but you can also learn about the history and culture of the city as you cruise along.

3. Visit the House of Terror: This museum is dedicated to the victims of political terror in Hungary during the Nazi and Soviet era. Located in a former secret police headquarters, the museum contains exhibits and artifacts that document the brutal history of the city.

4. Explore the Citadella: Located on top of Gell̩

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. BUDA CASTLE & THE FUNICULAR
Of course, the main attraction in the city is the Buda Castle. And if youre planning to explore Budapest with kids, we highly encourage you to start here. This is a palace complex at the top of the Buda Hills.

2. BUDAPEST ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN
Budapest Zoo is one of the earliest zoos on the globe and was opened back in the 1820s. And it is classified as one of the most beautiful zoological gardens in Europe.

3. MARGARET ISLAND
Margaret Island in Budapest, known locally as Margitsziget Park, is one of the most scenic outdoor areas in Budapest. It is also a wonderful place to enjoy fresh air and nature with your kids.

4. PALATINUS BATHS
Another thing you can do in Budapest with kids is spending your day at the Baths. As mentioned above, this is one of the few cities on the globe with thermal springs, so you shouldnt miss the opportunity to visit one.

5. CITY PARK
While visiting Budapest Zoo, you might as well stick around and enjoy some of the other fun family attractions in Budapest while youre there.

6. ERZSBET SQUARE
Another exciting thing we recommend for you when visiting Budapest with kids is to take the time to explore Erzs̩bet Square.

7. MINIVERSUM
And a visit to Budapest with kids isnt complete if you dont explore the Miniversum. This is a one-of-a-kind museum, packed with a series of miniature models depicting important landmarks from Budapest, Hungary, Austria, and Germany.

8. HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR
Sometimes it is the simple things that kids love best and our kids were thrilled about riding the hop on hop off buses around town. We booked with Big Bus Tours, just because it also included entry into a few attractions we were planning to visit.

9. HUNGARIAN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The Hungarian Natural History Museum houses the largest collection of Hungarys natural history artefacts. With some permanent displays and many new and unique limited-time exhibits, the museum offers a fun educational experience for all ages.

10. TAKE A RIVER CRUISE
Taking a cruise up the Danube River is an iconic must-do Budapest experience. Visiting with kids is no exception to this and most kids love the idea of travelling by boat.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Budapest worth visiting?
Budapest is a wonderful fall and spring destination in Europe. For great weather and a reasonable number of tourists, visit Budapest in late spring/early summer or fall. The city is also a popular winter destination in Europe, when it's decorated, illuminated, and full of Christmas markets.

What is Budapest famous for?
The star of the Danube (Budapest) is outrightly known for so many famous things. For instance, the rich culture, underground caves, Danube River, the drop-dead beautiful Parliament Building, local delicacies, and being the world's Spa capital.

Do you need a car in Budapest?
The best ways to get around Budapest are on foot and by public transit. The city's neighborhoods are walkable, and you'll be able to admire the historic architecture as you stroll. But when it comes to getting across town, rely on Budapest's extensive public transportation system.

Can you do Budapest in 2 days?
Budapest is one of the best European capitals to discover in two or three days. We have created a 2-day itinerary for those of you that land in Hungary's capital on Friday afternoon and leave on Sunday afternoon.

Can I use euros in Budapest?
Can I use Euros in Hungary? Euro is widely accepted in Hungary, especially in Budapest. However, the rate is terrible and sometimes you will pay almost the double price when paying with Euros in Hungary, so it's best to avoid if it's not an emergency. It's much better to pay in the local currency Hungarian Forint.

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