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The 5 reasons to visit Budapest

  • By Mary L
  • Top Destinations

Learn more about the the main 5 reasons to visit Budapest, the largest city in Hungary.

Try the thermal baths
Your vacation to Budapest cannot end without a visit to the thermal baths. The city features over 100 springs you can choose from and then spend some relaxing hours. Budapest has won awards for its spas and thermal baths in the past, so you can cannot go wrong with any of these. Out of the many choices, consider Szechenyi Baths after a day of exploring the city.

The Christmas markets
There is nothing more beautiful than Budapest in winter, so check out the Christmas markets spread all over the city during the holiday season. Here you can buy artisanal pieces and souvenirs, find that perfect gift and get a taste of the traditional Hungarian treats. Food stalls are located everywhere in the markets, and the affordable prices draw many tourists each Christmas.

Visit the Ruin Pubs
The nightlife in Budapest is colorful, and the best places are located in the 7th district. This posh district has become more popular after a period of renovations, and now includes the city's best pubs and bars. Go to the funky Szimpla kert for a beer and lounge in the wooden chairs while listening to a live performance, or try the new Fogas ház.

Shopping trips
Just like any other major city in the world, Budapest offers reliable shopping opportunities. The city gives you the chance to purchase apparel and accessories designed by local designers, buy a souvenir and even shop for some designer goods. The shopping areas are extensive, so take a full day off to enjoy your favorite activity.

Go to The Caves
The Caves located below the city makes for the perfect weekend trip. You should consider a guided tour that will take you through Budapest's most well known caves, in order to experience them at their fullest.