11 Of The Best Things To Do In Budapest At Night! - Updated 2024

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Heading to Budapest for a weekend and don’t know where to start? Many visitors are just now catching on to the architectural and historical wonder that is Budapest! We can help you in indulging their spa culture, history, architecture, ruin pubs or taking in a traditional Hungarian opera! Look no further - we have compiled the best ways to spend some time in the stunning Hungarian capitol at night!

1. Dinner cruise on the Danube with operetta & folklore show (from USD 23.0)

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Bask in a luxurious three-hour dinner cruise along Danube river filled with nothing short of excitement, fun, and truly Hungarian culture! The cruise will take you on some of the most spectacular architecture in Budapest, evident of its Italian Renaissance influences. While sightseeing, be prepared to indulge in a sumptuous four-course dinner with the option of unlimited drinks. No worries since there is also a vegetarian and non-alcoholic drinks menu available. While enjoying your dinner, be entertained with the highlight of the cruise – the opportunity to show off your dancing skills! But if you’re not up for the game, simply enjoy the Hungarian folklore and dancing against the vibrant atmosphere!

Dinner cruise on the Danube with operetta & folklore show

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 61 USD

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Budapest Danube River Evening Cruise with Audio Guide

Duration: 1 hour

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2. Cruise down the Danube (31 USD)

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Witness some of Hungary’s most iconic sights while sampling its top local brews. In this craft beer cruise, you will get to experience tasting up to 5 different types of Hungarian beer. During which you’ll be provided with more descriptive introductions about each type and you’ll also have a chance to ask questions about your drinks. This will help you decide which brew you’d like to have a full pint of. Take your pick upstairs to the open-air top deck and marvel at the Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture that line along Danube river including the House of Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle. For the night cruise, be sure to catch the live band at 7pm for added excitement that makes this tour truly a must-do activity in Budapest.

Craft beer cruise

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Price: 31 USD

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Photos of the surrounding views while cruising down the River Danube, shared by Budapest tour guide, Tiberiu.

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3. Hősök Tere

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A famous landmark in Budapest, this square remains a local and tourist favorite. If you love history, monuments and statues this is a great area to explore and take some pictures. The tomb of the unknown soldier is held here as well as two of Hungry’s biggest art museums for art and culture lovers!

Hősök Tere

Address: Hősök Tere, 1146 Hungary

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4. Hungarian State Opera House

Hungarian State Opera House(PDXdj)
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Looking to pop some culture and arts into your visit? Head to the famous State Opera House to get your theater fix. Here you can sample an array of productions from recitals or ballets, to festivals and live music productions. Head to their website to check out the newest local plays as well as traveling stage productions.

Hungarian State Opera House

Address: Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary

Website: Hungarian State Opera House

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Looking for a visual treat in Budapest? Look no further than the Hungarian State Opera. Designed by the renowned architect Miklós Ybl, this 19th-century structure stands as one of the most balanced and chic buildings in the city. It was built to entertain the growing and wealthy population of the city. After a several years-long renovation completed last year, it looks even more beautiful. It's a must-see for architectural enthusiasts and history buffs alike! 

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5. Ruin Pubs

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What better way to spend an evening than walking through Hungry’s oldest and most treasured area of Budapest? The Ruin Pub area is as you guessed, full of ‘Pubs in Ruins’, however it is so much more than meets the eye! The buildings have been preserved and are older, but still, maintain their character and uniqueness.

Now known as the party area of Budapest, travelers and young people alike flock to this area to drink and party, but also to check out the latest vintage clothes, trendy boutique hotels and farmers markets on the weekends. The main party area is very small and composed of some famous locals bars, but feel encouraged to explore further than the small area - you may easily find the next hidden Budapest hot spot!

Ruin Pubs

Address: Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary

Website: Ruin Pubs

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Photos of ruin pubs Extra Budapest and Élesztőház shared by Budapest tour guide, Tiberiu.

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6. Dabble in the coffee culture

Cortado at Espresso Embassy, Budapest
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An up and coming scene is Budapest is its growing snob coffee culture. Hit up one of their speciality coffee shops, one of our favorites being, Espresso Embassy. Pretend you’re a tight pants wearing hipster - or actually being one yourself, will earn you a gold star at this coffee shop! Expect high-quality coffee, a friendly staff, a cool atmosphere and place to hangout - but don’t worry about the price tag. Budapest stills ranks as one of the most affordable coffee cities in Europe. This spot is no exception. Stop in to grab some quality caffeine for the road!

Espresso Embassy

Address: Arany János u. 15, 1051 Hungary

Website: Espresso Embassy

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7. Walk along the Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge
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A great place to spend an early morning, afternoon or evening is walking along one of Hungry’s most beloved bridges, the Chain Bridge. From here you get an amazing view of the parliament buildings, the water below, and castle hill. Perfect for photo taking, an early morning walk with no one around, or just a simple and easy connection driving or walking from West Budapest to East Budapest.

Chain Bridge

Address: Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Hungary

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8. Fisherman's Bastion

Budapest (Hungary)
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Fisherman’s Bastion is a beautiful fairy tale-like architectural gem in Budapest. Many tourists flock here for picture taking, and really just to see the spectacle of the view. You can have a stroll around the area, or even enjoy a coffee along the bridge up top for the best view of Budapest below!

Fisherman's Bastion

Address: Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary

Website: Fisherman’s Bastion

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9. Szechenyi Spa Bath

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Looking for a relaxing way to spend an evening in Budapest? Take part in this traditional Hungarian past time of going to a famous spa bath. Think huge tubs to choose from, lots of people resting and relaxing in hot tubs, and snack bars to hang out at, all while making some new Hungarian friends!

Speaking of making new friends, this spa offers occasional (and popular) pool parties here as well, if you are willing to pay the 55 USD price ticket, just check their website beforehand for the available dates on offer and to book online. You can also enter the spa for the day (no pool party but still relaxing!) for around 20 USD. Don’t forget to take some pictures of this building while you visit, it’s a famous historical gem and easy on the eyes!

Szechenyi Spa Bath

Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary, Budapest

Website: Szechenyi Spa Bath

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10. St. Stephen's Basilica (from USD 32.0)

St. Stephen’s Basilica is the most famous Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It is named after Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose right hand is supposedly housed inside the building for safe keeping! The outside is a well known architectural gem, the inside is a very famous and beautifully decorated Catholic church as well as a coveted concert hall. Multiple famous Hungarian musicians have played here since the early 1900s and the tradition continues today!

St. Stephen's Basilica

Address: Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary

Website: St. Stephen’s Basilica

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Photos of the Christmas market in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica shared by Budapest tour guide, Tiberiu.

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Budapest St. Stepen's Organ Concert with Dinner Cruise Option

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

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11. Buda Castle (from USD 26.0)

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Everyone has heard of this famous building, set on the river, and very picturesque. You can head here in the early morning hours, or at sunset for breathtaking photo ops, or come during open hours for a guided historical tour. The castle holds different types of festivals year round (check their calendar to plan your trip accordingly), as well as restaurants, museums, and a church! For budget lovers, taking a walk around the castle grounds is free and really something to see. A family, friends or a couple who love history, art and exploring can easily spend a whole day here!

Buda Castle

Address: Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary

Website: Buda Castle

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Duration: 2 hours

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12. Explore the vibrant Gozsdu Court (Gozsdu-udvar)

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Gozsdu Court (Gozsdu-udvar) is the most vibrant spot in the Jewish District, ideal for those who want to go pub hopping or try some delicious cuisines. The passage is home to numerous restaurants, pubs, cafes, karaoke bars, and even an arcade gaming alley! To make the most of this place, visit it after sunset when it’s all lit up.

13. Stroll along the elegant Margaret Bridge

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Margaret Bridge exemplifies French elegance across the Danube River. Dating back to 1876, this bridge was the second of the historical bridges built in Budapest. The best time to visit it is at night when it’s beautifully lit up.

Budapest is filled with fun and excitement!

We hope you had as great a time in the unique capitol of Budapest as we did! There is so much to see and do, the list is really endless. Our journey above is just a glimpse into the Hungarian traditions and wonder that capture more and more visitors every year to Budapest.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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