With a fascinating history, friendly locals, beautiful architecture and delicious food, Budapest is the city that just keeps on giving. We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top Budapest tips. Here's what you told us...
Visit the markets
Renata Buarque says:
Go visit and eat at the Great Market Hall. Delicious typical Hungarian food and for a good price!
Josef Augustin says:
The Great Market Hall.
Julia Leeftink says:
Instead of going to the Big Market, try to look for the two other markets. Only locals go there and the food is a lot cheaper! (and because of that a lot tastier, of course)
Giselle Katics says:
Go to lunch at the Központi Vásárcsarnok (Great Market Hall). Has a beautiful building, páprika and delicious (and cheap) food!
Go on a free walking tour
Tiffany Perniciaro says:
The free walking tour in Budapest was, by far, the best walking tour I have ever done in any city. Do it the first day you get there. It was approximately three hours, a lot of walking, and the guide was insanely knowledgeable, fun, and entertaining. I learned more than I ever would have on my own and saw things I never would have seen on my own. The photo opportunities were fantastic. She gave us ideas for the rest of our stay. It really was a terrific way to get acclimated to the city and to see many of the things I would have wanted to find on my own anyway.
Raquel Loback says:
Free Budapest Walking Tours.
Steven Nagliati says:
Free communist tour!
Take a bath
Shaun Fitzpatrick says:
Visit the Széchenyi thermal baths.
Shannon Patrick O'Connor says:
If you go to Budapest and don't plan to spend at least a half day in one of the amazing baths... you wasted your trip to Budapest. Spending 6hrs in one of the baths was one of the most amazing and relaxing things of done after nine trips to Europe.
Anne Mone says:
Go to Szechenyi Bath (thermal bath).
Rachel Lulay says:
Visit different baths - some are sort of far from the main historic area but it's interesting to see how different they are.
Visit the synagogue
Daniel Ramírez says:
Dohány Street Synagogue!!
Alejandro Castro says:
Dohány utca zsinagóga: essential in your trip.
Have a drink in the ruin pubs
Melissa Markesteijn says:
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Natalia Sol says:
Go to Szimpla!
Cruise up the river
Rachel Sinclair Bickley says:
If you fancy a river trip but don't want to pay for one of the expensive cruises, look out for the public ferry. You can use your 24/72-hour travel card on it and some of the ferries have an open top-deck, so you still get to see everything!
Carlos Franco says:
There is a boat that goes all along the Danube Riviera, which costs a normal public transport ticket (320 forint). It is much cheaper than a tourist boat (indeed it is also touristic) and you have wonderful views of the city from the river!
László Pekár says:
A romantic boat trip on the Danube at night with a glass of wine.
Explore Castle Hill in Buda
Aqeel Maqbool says:
View of Parliament in downtown of Pest from castle hill in Buda....breathtaking....and free.
Susana Esteves says:
From the Citadel you can see the Danube and the Parliament, and I guarantee you it's one of the most beautiful views ever!
Renata M Gukovas says:
What most people don't even hear about is the Budavári Labirintus, a maze-like city under Castle Hill whose entrances are located in small regular houses. They even have a ballroom with a wine fountain!
Sample the local food
Ciara Fleming says:
Hot choccy in Azték Choxolat. Budapest's best-kept teeny-tiny secret!
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Maya Ladybird says:
You have to go to 'Castro bistro' and eat the chicken soup- its soooo good!
See the city by night
Hugues Lavergne says:
Take a walk at night to see the Parliament and the Chain Bridge.
Vitor Fernandes says:
Night-walk by the Danube; catch some beverages up in the castle at night.
Florian Georgescu says:
Gellert Hill in the evening.
Andy Sanders says:
A visit to the castle by night! The view over the city is magnificent then and it's very calm.
Giuliano Zanetti Patta says:
To see the river and Pest from the Fisherman's Bastion when the sun goes down...
Get around by bicycle...
Jason Waite says:
Hire a bike to see the city. Such a beautiful place.
Daniel Fernandes says:
Rent a bike!
Pham Phuong Mai says:
Take the bicycle tour in Budapest!
...or take the excellent metro
Gianluca De Feo says:
The oldest metro of continental Europe.
Meg Moodie says:
Always have smaller bills for metro tickets; anything below 5000 should be fine. Also helps to learn the Hungarian for 'please' and 'thank you'.
Don’t miss the Sziget Festival
Owen Price says:
Go during August for the Sziget Festival. Best festival in Europe by a long way.
Learn about the city's history
Andrew Casey says:
Get the coach to the Sculpture Park. After the end of communism, all these massive sculptures were taken down but saved-great visit.
Brenda Conybeare says:
The House of Terror is thought-provoking.
Natalia Deutsch says:
The House of Terror was breathtaking...