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The twin cities of Buda and Pest are stuffed with excellent attractions and places of historical interest to visit. From Buda Castle and the Matthias Church on the top of Castle Hill across the Danube to Heroes’ Square and the Széchenyi Baths in Pest, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Anneliese O'MalleyBy Anneliese O'Malley

The 10 Best Things to See in Budapest

We've collected ten of the top attractions in Budapest to help you plan your perfect city break. From museums to spas, you're sure to find several great places where you can discover the city.
Hungarian Parliament at night | Flickr: Naval S CC BY 2.0
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Hungarian Parliament Building

Head to the seat of the Hungarian government in a glorious building on the banks of the Danube. Learn all about the history of the nation and see the ancient crown of Hungary.
Buda Castle
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Buda Castle

Buda Castle sits proudly on top of Castle Hill, housing the National Art Gallery and other exhibitions on Hungarian history. Even if you don’t want to go inside, it’s well worth climbing the hill for the incredible view of the city below!
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Széchenyi Thermal Baths | Flickr: Wei-Te Wong CC BY-SA 2.0
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Széchenyi Thermal Bath

The Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of Budapest’s most popular spas, featuring heated indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, and wellness treatments, all in a beautiful building. Watch out for the late-night pool parties in summer for a special treat!
Dohány Street Synagogue
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Dohány Street Synagogue

The Great Synagogue managed to survive World War II and Communist Hungary, and today it’s an active place of worship, a museum, and a memorial to the members of the Jewish community who died in the Holocaust. Visit to learn all about the history of Jewish Budapest.
Matthias Church
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Matthias Church

The Matthias Church is also on top of Castle Hill and its brightly colored roof tiles make it a distinctive piece of architecture. It’s been the site of miracles and was the church where Kaiser Franz-Josef and Empress Elizabeth were crowned King and Queen of Hungary.
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Gödöllő Palace
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Gödöllő Palace

This palace on the outskirts of the city was a favorite destination for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi. She was popular with the local Hungarian people and spoke the language herself, and she enjoyed her time in the parks and gardens of the beautiful palace.
St. Stephen's Basilica
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St Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephen’s Basilica in the heart of Budapest was only finished in 1905, but it’s impressive architecture and religious artworks shouldn’t be missed. It also hosts concerts and organ recitals, so music-lovers should look out for the dates and times of performances.
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Margaret Island | Flickr: Wei-Te Wong CC BY-SA 2.0
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Margaret Island

This island is home to beaches where you can swim, a water park, hotels, tennis courts, and a musical fountain. It’s a popular destination with locals looking to exercise or escape from the heat of the city in the summer, and it’s the ideal place to rent a bike and explore.
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Gellért Baths
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Gellért Baths

The Gellért Baths are built into the Gellért Hill and are an exquisite example of Art Nouveau architecture. Relax in the different pools or head outside to experience a wave pool. You can also enjoy saunas, steam rooms, or massages and wellness treatments from the expert staff.
Memento Park
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Memento Park

This park showcases statues, sculptures, and plaques dedicated to Communist heroes that were taken down or partially destroyed during the fall of Communism in 1989. The park will give you an insight into life under the authoritarian regimes, and a guided tour is highly recommended if you want to learn more about the period.
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Fun with Kids in Budapest

Budapest has several attractions that will entertain your children and teens if they need a break from exploring the city.
Miniversum Experience
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Miniversum Experience

The Miniversum Experience is a large model railway exhibition with lots of tiny details to discover and interactive elements. You can also take a tour behind the scenes to learn about how the structures are built and looked after.
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Pinball Museum | Flickr: Mag Gilbert CC BY-SA 2.0
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Pinball Museum

The Flippermúzeum collects pinball machines from the end of the 19th century to the most modern tables. They have a collection of 130 machines, most of which can be used by visitors! You can spend hours bouncing between machines with different features at this interactive museum.
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3D-Galerie
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3D Gallery

This experience is something special for kids and those who love optical illusions. Here you can be part of the artwork, leading to some unique holiday photos.
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Anneliese O'Malley
Written byAnneliese O'MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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