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10 essential places to visit in Budapest

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This list of the best places to visit in Budapest, will help you to know this pearl of the Danube formed by the union of two cities: Buda and Pest, which looks spectacular both day and night.
Go along Váci Utca street or Andrássy avenue, cross the Chain Bridge, see the Parliament and the whole city from the Fisherman's Bastion, relax in one of its spas or parks, have a drink in one of its historic cafés or enjoy of an opera or ballet, they are just some of the many things to do in Budapest.
Based on the experience of our trip to Budapest in 4 days, we have made this list of what we think are the 10 essential places to see in Budapest. We start!

1. Budapest Parliament

The Parliament located on the banks of the Danube is the most famous building in the city. The neo-Gothic building is spectacular outside and inside, with an interior decorated with marble and gold that is incredible. Its most important treasure is the crown of St. Stephen in the Hall of the Dome, although it also highlights its main staircase and the Old Upper Chamber. The guided tour lasts about 45 minutes and is essential to understand the history and many of the curiosities of the place.
The best views of Parliament are obtained from a cruise on the Danube, from the viewpoint of the Fisherman's Bastion or from the Buddha's shore, from where the views are really wonderful. Another of the unmissable moments is when night falls, at which point the city dresses up.
On the bank of the Danube and next to the Parliament is the moving monument Shoes on the Danube, another place to visit in Budapest, built in memory of the Jews killed during World War II.
It is advisable to buy tickets in advance on this website www.jegymester.hu or book this guided tour in Spanish. A good option is to take advantage of a city tour that includes a visit to Parliament with a guide in Spanish.
Visiting hours: every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays close at 4:00 p.m. Guided tours in Spanish every day at 10:15, 13:15, 14:15 and 16:00 hours.


2. Budapest Spas

The thermal water spas are one of the most essential places to visit in Budapest. In the city you can find up to 118 springs with a temperature between 28ºC and 80ºC. The first who enjoyed its waters were the Romans and later the Turks.
When entering one of them you have to make sure that the pools are mixed, so you don't get any surprises and if you have a towel, flip flops or a swimsuit. Otherwise you can always rent it on the premises.
On weekends and parties there are many more people among tourists and locals, so if you have a chance it is best to avoid these dates.
Of the many spas in Budapest, the 3 best known are:

  • He Széchenyi Spa, one of the largest medicinal thermal baths in Europe and the most popular in Budapest. It stands out for its 3 outdoor pools producing a curious combination of the cold outside air with the hot water, when it is not summer. Inside it has 15 other pools, so as you can see, here you can spend many hours relaxing.
    To avoid queues you can buy the ticket here or book this ticket that includes a relaxing massage.
    They open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • He Gellert spa It is located in the Gellert Hotel and is one of the most beautiful spas in the world, full of statues, columns and mosaics. Its spectacular main pool surrounded by columns came out in a famous advertisement for Danone.
    It has massage services, saunas, therapeutic pools, thermal, outdoor, bubble, foam, waves or for children.
    To avoid queues you can buy the ticket here or book this ticket that includes a relaxing massage.
    They open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Rudas Spa: This spa is Ottoman style as it was built during the Turkish occupation in the 16th century. These Turkish baths, another of the places to see in Budapest, have from therapeutic pools, saunas, steam pools ... although the one that stands out is its octagonal pool under a dome supported by eight pillars. It is mixed on weekends and from Monday to Friday only men can enter, and Tuesdays is Women's Day.
    They open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

If you want to go to a less touristy resort, a good option is the Lukács baths, known for their miraculous medicinal waters. If you want to try other Turkish baths besides Rudas, you can go to Király, which are the oldest and smallest Turkish baths in the city.

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