This 24 Hour travel pass is valid on the metro, tram, trolley bus, bus and boat in and around Budapest city centre.Daily Travel Pass
It is ideal for visiting residential areas as well as tourist areas.
This web page has been created primarily for those thinking of buying and renting out a property in Budapest whereby they first need to visit some of Budapest's main, free and pay-for, tourist sights and attractions in order to then highlight them to their future potential tenants in the hope of creating a better business and/or better income from them.
In some cases I have created separate web pages for certain tourist sights and attractions, that can be seen by clicking on their respective link below, while dedicating this web page to summarising the main attractions and sights within Budapest city; as well as highlight places I have visited and liked.
Budapest Wiki PageBudapest (pronounced: Buh-Doh-Pesht / Budoh-Peshed) is actually two places, Buda and Pest, situated on either side of the river Danube whereby Buda is on the hill (castle) side and Pest is on the tourist (parliament) side.
When you and your potential tenants first visit Budapest it will be the excitement of its unfamiliarity that attracts first. With Paris and Rome for example you know what to expect because they have been documented in travel shows, books, movies and so on. Budapest on the other hand, to many tourists, is still an unknown destination full of mystery, excitement and hidden gems to explore.
If there is one thing to put on your list of sights to see in Budapest it has to be the Hungarian Parliament Building. The building itself is impressive and sits nicely on the riverside. As you walk around it you begin to appreciates its size and magnificence, but its inside is the real gem.
The rear view and interior of the parliament building equally match the riverside view
Internal tours, which include the viewing of heavily guarded Changing Of The GuardsCrown Jewels, can either be Buy Tickets OnlineBooked Online or purchased directly from the Hungarian Parliament Visitor CentreHungarian Parliament Visitor Centre located at the end of Balassi Bálint Utca (Behind and opposite the parliament building). It doubles up as a ticket office and café. Tours are in English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
NOTE - Although tours start at certain times, such as 9:45am and 10am for the English tours, you will never get a ticket for those tours if you queue up at the booking office. Why? Because even if you get there by 9:30am, at the front of the queue, the booking office staff will be so slow at opening their booths (usually around 9:45am, if not 10am) that it will be virtually impossible to purchase a ticket and then join the tour. Hungarians are not known for their speed at a booth/counter, even with technology by their side. And they do not care about long queues, customer services or losing business.
Another place to put on your list of sights to see in Budapest is Buda Castle HungaryBuda Castle, which comprises of the Royal Palace BudapestRoyal Palace, National Gallery BudapestNational Gallery, Matthias Church BudapestMatthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion BudapestFishermen’s Bastion; which in turn comprise of historic monuments, museums, stunning views of Budapest and a town centre (shopping village). All of which will keep you entertained for many hours. Even with its huge size, there are plenty of places to sit down and take a rest. There is a very nice ice cream stand and souvenir shop just after the castle entrance.
Buda Castle, Fishermen's Bastion and the Royal Palace will keep you busy for the day
As well as tourism, Buda Castle also hosts Beer, Wine, Chocolate and other festivals throughout the year. Touring the castle is free, but going to a festival normally requires a small entry fee; depending on the festival/event being held.
One of the first things Tünde and I did after unpacking our bags was to take a 1 Hour evening cruise with Dunayacht whereby we saw Budapest in daylight and darkness, which I highly recommend you do. It just adds to the romance and unknown of Budapest from a first-time tourist's perspective.
With a summertime river cruise at 6pm, you can see Budapest in daylight and darkness
We got a discount for the cruise (tour) when we bumped into a sales person along the riverside, who was working for Dunayacht and promoting their tours, which worked out cheaper than buying directly from the onboard cruise boat sales staff. The tour was in English and German, which meant we enjoyed the tour even more.
The H.O.T Wiki PageHouse Of Terror is the former headquarters of the Nazi (Fascist) Party (1944-1945) and the Communist (AVH) secret police service (1949-1989). Under their separate occupations of Hungary they killed many of the Jewish population and tortured, made false accusations against and imprisoned those who opposed their leadership and dictatorship. The house of terror, which tells of these atrocities through audio/video, writings and exhibits, is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes; including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed inside the building.
A place to pay your respects and teach people about the atrocities of war and politics
The exhibitions are very well done, especially the basement cells and exhibits where you can see the various methods of torture and atrocities used to make the prisoners confess. Very moving and educational at the same time.
Before entering the exhibition you can hire English Audio Guides (1,500 HUF / around £3.50) and whilst walking through each exhibition room you can also read, and keep, its particular English A4 Brochures. Unfortunately the films/clips on show are in Hungarian, partly due to the fact that many contain actual footage of the times, but this should not put you off from viewing them.
Tünde and me spent two hours in the museum, at a leisurely pace, whereby I was able to read all of the English A4 brochures without the need to rush. Overall you will find the exhibition an emotional and educational experience above anything else. Allocate two to three hours, if not longer, in order to really explore and appreciate the exhibition and its exhibits.
Heroes’ Square Wiki PageHeroes’ Square is the monument square, situated in front of the city park, that commemorates the 'Unknown Soldier' and war heroes. The tomb of the unknown soldier is in the square.
A place to pay your respects and teach people about the atrocities of war and politics
Dominating the square is the 1896 Millenium Monument, which commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarians' arrival in the Carpathian Basin. The monument consists of two semi-circles that denote symbols of War and Peace, Work and Wellfare, Knowledge and Glory whereby in the middle stands a 36 metres high corinthian column with the statue of Archangel Gabriel on it. Statues of kings, governors and famous characters from Hungarian history can also be seen in the square.
To the left of the square (facing the monument) is the Museum of Fine ArtsMuseum of Fine Arts and to the right of the square is the Palace of Art (Hall of Art) BudapestPalace of Art (Hall of Art).
Budapest Opera House Wiki PageOpera House was built in the neo-Renaissance style, with elements of Baroque, by architect Miklós Ybl and was completed in 1884. Apart from the performing arts (opera and theatre) the building, which is considered an architectual masterpiece, is also visited by many tourists each year; to the point there are now Opera Guided ToursGuided Tours for it.
A small glimpse into the grandeur of the National Opera House in Budapest
NOTE WELL - In 2017 there is renovation work being carried out in the opera house whereby many performances will take place in the Erkel Színház Wiki PageErkel Theatre instead. GPS: N 47 29.828 E 19 04.6001087 Budapest, II János Pál Pápa Tér 30, Hungary - TEL: 06 1 332 6150. Ferenc Erkel was the Hungarian composer who composed the Hungarian National Athem. Hence the Erkel theatre was named after him.
The Great Synagogue Wiki PageGreat Synagogue was built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style by a Viennese architect named Ludwig Förster. It was purposely kept inline with Islamic decor and design whereby its exterior was not meant to be grand.
If you are looking for a synagogue with a different approach to its exterior, with a WOW factor too, you should visit the Szeged New SynagogueNew Synagogue in Szeged. With that said: The Budapest Great Synagogue is still worth a visit of course, especially if you like artitecture and beautiful buildings per se, even if you are not religious; or are, but of a different faith/belief.
The Great Synagogue in Budapest is one of the largest in the world
The Jewish Synagogue Guided TourOfficial Guided Tour of the Great Synagogue explains the history of Jewish people in Hungary and in the surrounding neighbourhood (District VII / 7), the Jewish Culture and their Hungarian Heritage. You will also be shown the Holocaust Memorial and Museum within the grounds of the great synagogue.
This excellent restaurant made my Hungarian Holiday and Budapest Trip with Tünde a very happy one - As I wanted Tünde to enjoy the holiday too I wanted her to pick a truly Hungarian restaurant that served "proper" Hungarian food and drink. After scouting around Budapest late evening whereby every restaurant we approached was either full or with "ripoff" prices, we was going back to our rented apartment near the parliament building when we came across this wonderful restaurant.
The food, drink and customer service was so good that we went back the next evening. It was affordable, the waiters were extremely friendly and polite (in a nice, natural, way. They were not faking it or sucking up. They genuinely made us feel wanted). The location was (and still is) fantastic too - the beautiful ornate bank building across the road is really pleasing on the eye. We sat outside on both occasions to soak up the warm evening atmosphere. The street was nice and quiet. We will be back again, I am sure. I can not recommend this place highly enough.
The Budapest apartment Tünde and I stayed in for 3 nights was very nice, clean and tidy; run by a very pleasant couple called Andy (English) and Renata (Hungarian). Although we were sightseeing most of the time, the apartment served as a nice relaxation point in the evenings and sometimes between sightseeing tours (i.e. a place to spend a nice evening nap) as well a place to unwind, eat food bought from the local shops and have a beer.....or two!
The apartment comes with a kitchen, separate toilet, shower/bath combination, fridge, microwave, washing machine, sofa-bed (for two people) in the lounge downstairs, an upstairs bedroom with two single beds side-by-side and a small office area with wi-fi connectivity.
The location of this apartment is just one of the things that makes it appealing
The location of the apartment is beautiful and quiet. Only three blocks (5 minutes) away from the Hungarian Parliament building, one block (less than 2 minutes) away from the riverside and a 10 minute walk to the tourist spots. Expect to pay around £45 per night, depending on the time of year and number of nights, which is cheap for an apartment with this location. I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough.
We were greeted by English Andy, who also understands and speaks a little Hungarian, after Tünde arranged things with Hungarian Renata prior to our visit. Andy was very helpful and asked us if we had any questions. He also left a mini 'tour and transport' guide and guestbook in the lounge whereby previous customers had left their recommendations and disappointments with regards to Budapest sights and restaurants. They also left compliments about the apartment. Well worth a read.