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May 4, 2007updated Dec 07, 2015

What to Do in Budapest During the Day

By Chris Boyle


There is a wealth of things to do during your visit to the capital city of Budapest.

We have picked some of our favorites, so whether it be a cultural visit to one of the many galleries or museums, a dramatic slice of history at the House of Terror or a helicopter ride, there is something for everyone in this impressive and diverse city.


Viator is a private tour guide company that introduces visitors to Budapest through unique customized tours from expert local guides.

VIP travelers can even select their guide and ask them questions before arriving in the city. Especially for elite traveler, Viator has selected the most exclusive tours that include sightseeing, photography and a boat trip on the Danube.



This eight-hour tour is the best way for to see Budapest if you have little time to waste.

This tour will take you to Heroes’ Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Szechenyi bath house, St Stephen’s Basilica, the Danube Promenade, Budapest Castle District, the House of Parliament, the Royal Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion.


This tour is fantastic for those wanting to learn photography while seeing Budapest as it includes instruction on composition, lighting and exposure.

Starting at the Danube, the tour ascends down Castle Hill, through the tight streets and stone steps, all the way to the walls of the castle.You will see the residence of the President of the Republic of Hungary, the National Gallery and the famous Sikló. Following this guests are lead to the Tabán in the Citadel to see the incredible skyline of Budapest from a much higher perspective.


Take an excursion into Hungary’s history on this popular full-day trip. You’ll visit Visegrad, with its medieval citadel and then go on to Esztergom for an interior visit of the town’s famous cathedral.

After enjoying a luxury lunch, you can then continue on to the Baroque artists’ village of Szentendre. Here you can take a guided walk through the town and visit the Caprice Hungarian Jewelry Center. The tour returns to Budapest by an exclusive boat trip up the River Danube.



Tropicarium opened in 2000 and is home to an impressive 32,000 square feet of nature.

This is an unforgettable experience where you can see rare and exciting species, including exotic birds, silk monkeys and turtles – so it is fantastic for those traveling with children. For a truly unique adventure VIP guests are given the opportunity to scuba dive with the sharks.

Anikó Mátrai / Nóra Györgyei

+36 1 424 3052

Nagytétényi utca 37-43, 1222 Budapest


The Aquincum Museum and archaeological park was opened in 1894 to display the incredible range of Roman items that have been discovered in Budapest.

The Rome in Aquincum, a permanent exhibition in the new museum building, displays valuable and never-before-exhibited findings from the rich collections of the museum – the most unique aspect of which is the world famous Aquincum organ.

+36 1 250 1650

Szentendrei út 135, 1031 Budapest


Dr Mária Schmidt invites you to the fascinating House of Terror Museum.

This horrifying house has been open almost a decade and a visit there comes highly recommended. The building was reconstructed and turned into a monument, which stands out from the other buildings on the street, and inside it presents the two cruelest systems Hungary has seen: the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes. It shows how life was for the Hungarians in these two bloody periods and is also a memorial to the victims that were tortured and killed in the house. Exhibitions can be visited all year round and recent visitors have included Robert Pattinson, Lucy Liu as well as The Prince of Denmark.

Renáta Velencei

+36 1 374 2601

Andrássy utca 60, 1062 Budapest


Elite Traveler loves the Rockhoppers tours because of the enthusiasm and knowledge of the expert guides.

They are not only conscious of their whole culture, from history and linguistics to gastronomy, but they are also professors in their field. Budapest has always been a multicultural city; besides the Hungarians there have been Germans, Jews, Italians, Slovaks, Serbians, Romanians, Greeks, Poles and Armenians, to name a few! The present Hungarian culture is a sum of all these cultures, which the guides help you to appreciate on a new level. The cultural heritage program of Rockhoppers offers all kinds of historical, musical, architectural, culinary and adventure activities in and around Budapest.

Zoltan Nagy

+36 3 0403 5522

Hid utca 1, Pilisborosjeno, 2097 Budapest

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