Traveling through Hungary: Top attractions

Attractions in Hungary

We’re all homesick for travel. But luckily for us, Hungary is planning to open its borders. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of the most interesting things to do, so that at the first opportunity to go on new adventures with knowledge!

How to get to Hungary in 2021

The most convenient and fastest way to get to Hungary, of course, is by plane. We recommend you to travel by non-stop flights, so you can avoid extra tests and do not lose precious vacation days for quarantine in the intermediate points.

  • Aeroflot and low-cost airlines Wizz Air have regular direct flights from Moscow to Budapest (BUD).
  • Travel time: 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • The cost of a one-way ticket starts at 3 315 rubles*.
    • Low-cost airlines always offer attractive prices, but please note that the price of such flights usually doesn’t include luggage, meals and other services on board. You must pay extra for them.

    *That is the approximate price of flights at least one month from the current date.

    Visa and entry regulations for COVID-19

    According to the plan of the Hungarian authorities, after the opening of the borders to visit Hungary Russian citizens and citizens of CIS countries will need a Schengen visa.

    • To enter the country you will need to:
      • Undergo a medical examination at the border before entering Hungary.
      • If there is no suspicion of coronavirus, undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a place specified by the epidemiological authority.
      • You can avoid the quarantine if you have two negative tests for coronavirus made in the last 5 days before entry (48 hours apart). The certificates must be in Hungarian or English.
      • The plans of the authorities may change, so we recommend you to read the latest information on the website of the Hungarian Embassy in Russia, or on Trip.com safe travel map.

      What is the first thing to see in Hungary?

      Wherever you’re flying to Hungary, your route is likely to be through Budapest, Hungary’s capital and also its main tourist attraction.

      Budapest

      The city is famous for its unique architectural style and buildings. In 1934 Budapest was named a resort city. The city consists of two parts, Buda and Pest, which are separated by the waters of the Danube River, but connected by bridges – true works of architectural art. Walking through the streets of Budapest you can’t miss the most famous of them – Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

      Sharing with you the most interesting sights of Budapest.

      1. Hungarian Parliament Building

      The Hungarian Parliament Building

      The Hungarian Parliament Building

      It’s a true symbol of the city, majestically towering above the Danube bank. Parliament is interesting with its unusual architectural style, a mixture of neo-Gothic, Oriental motifs and Parisian Bozar. Inside, visitors are treated to gold, stucco, mosaics, and true medieval luxury. Parliament is open to the public and there are even guided tours. Find out hours, the schedule of Russian-speaking tours and ticket prices on the website of the parliament (in English).

      • Address: Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3
      • Opening hours: from 9:00 to 15:00.
      • Ticket price: For non-residents of the European Union at the time of publication is HUF 3,200.

      2. the Buda Fortress

      Buda Fortress

      Ancient residence of Hungarian kings from the UNESCO list. The most historic building on the territory of the Buda Fortress dates back to the 14th century. Originally, the fortress was built to protect against the Mongol-Tatars (there is something familiar about that), gradually completing and rebuilding. The fortress is a real city within a city. In addition to castles there are many restaurants and cafes, squares and museums, public buildings and houses. You can see the royal palace, the old Matyas Church, a fisherman’s bastion (no, they don’t sell fish here), the Shandor Palace, the historical museum and a whole string of other sights. For those who like to test their strength, we recommend not to pass by the labyrinth of Dracula.

      You can get to the fortress by the ancient funicular Schiklo from 07:30 to 22:00.

      • Address: Szent György tér 2
      • Ticket price: admission to the fortress is free. Museum and sightseeing visits: 500 to 3,200 forints. More information on prices can be found on the official website of the fortress.
      • Opening hours:
        • Buda Fortress – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
        • Labyrinth – daily from 10:00 to 19:00.
        • National Gallery – Tue – Sat from 10:00 to 18:00.
        • Fishermen’s Bastion – daily from 09:00 to 21:00.

        3. Baths

        There’s no sea in Hungary, but who cares when you can use the Hungarian baths? This is especially true during the hot summer months when you can enjoy thermal water in outdoor pools. The most popular bathhouses of Budapest:

        Baths

        The largest bathing complex in Europe. It is the real pride of the Hungarians. 11 pools (including outdoor), 3 spacious saunas and warm thermal water.

          • Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11.
          • Opening hours: 6 am to 7 pm.
          • Ticket price: from HUF 5,900. For more information on opening hours and prices, visit the official website.
          • Nearby hotels: Danubius Hotel Hungaria City Center.

          It is considered to be the most beautiful bathing place. Here you can swim surrounded by colorful stained glass windows, mosaics and marble statues.

            • Address: Kelenhegyi út 4.
            • Opening hours: from 6:00 to 20:00.
            • Ticket price: from HUF 5,900. For more information on opening hours and prices, visit the official website.
            • Nearby hotels: Eurostars Budapest Center.

            Let us tell you a secret that not many tourists know about this swimming pool, which means that you don’t have to swim standing up here. A nice bonus is also the lower ticket price, and there is also a water slide and playground.

            • Address: Palatinus Strandfürdő.
            • Opening hours: 08:00 to 20:00.
            • Ticket price: HUF 3,200 for the entire day on weekdays and HUF 3,600 on weekends. More information about opening hours and prices can be found on the baths’ official website.

            4. Saint Istvan Basilica

            One of the three most beautiful active churches in Hungary. In addition to the stunning architecture and interior decoration, the basilica is interesting because it hosts organ and choral concerts. In addition, there is a wonderful observation deck with a panoramic view of the Danube and the city stretching along its banks. Although the way to the observation deck is quite tricky, one has to climb a steep winding staircase. But the view is well worth it!

            San István Basilica

            Szent István Basilica

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