Budapest is a BIG place with plenty to see and do. The good news is that it doesn't have to cost you a fortune, there are plenty of things to see and do in Budapest for FREE! Buda and Pest, the two main areas of Hungary’s capital city, are separated by the mighty Danube River. Although they've been populated for centuries, before 1873 Pest and Buda developed relatively independently of each other, giving them each distinct atmospheres. Today, this adds to the charm of Budapest as a whole. This guide includes both sides of Budapest, but if you're looking for what to do on each side of the city separately, take a look at our Ultimate BUDAPEST What To See And Do Guide.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge - The Chain Bridge is famous Budapest’s landmark and its most important bridge as it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary that connected Buda and Pest. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge was built in 1849 and at the time, its centre span of 202m was the second largest in the world. Make sure that you cross the bridge both in daylight to admire it's unique chain link construction and also at night when it is lit up.
Fisherman’s Bastion - This neo-gothic terrace was built in 1905 and gets its name from the fishermen who defended this part of the city in the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most visited spots in Budapest where you can appreciate the architecture, the statue of King Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary, and most impressively, enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the whole city. It's also a great spot to sit and people watch while taking in the historic atmosphere and the architecture.
Matthias Church - Also known as The Church of the Assumption of the Buda Castle, this seven-hundred-year-old Matthias Church is one of the jewels of Budapest, unmistakeably neo-Gothic in style and decorate