10 Best Things To Do Alone In Budapest, Hungary - Updated 2022

things to do alone in budapest

Budapest is a lively city separated by the gorgeous River Danube. The Chain Bridge built in the 19th century divides Buda and Pest. Budapest has a rich historical value, remarkable architecture, healing waters, and blasting nightlife scene. Budapest History Museum exhibits Roman time treasures while the Matthias Church is the 13th-century holy shrine. Fishermen’s Bastion is the perfect place to get awestruck by the city views. Cruising on Danube River will enable you to marvel at Buda and Pest from the waters. Budapest Opera House conducts some of the world-class performances. Central Market Hall is the ideal destination to taste Hungarian cuisines. Whether you are traveling with your family or alone, Budapest will suit all types of travelers. Let’s explore the top 10 things to do alone in Budapest, Hungary.

1. Catch a dance show at Erkel Theater

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Erkel Opera Theatre is a historic concert venue opened in 1911. Over 1819 people can be accommodated in this large musical theater in Hungary. It operated independently until 1951 and then went under the supervision of the Hungarian State Opera House. The theater has dedicated boxes for disabled guests.

Erkel Theater

Address: Budapest, II. János Pál pápa tér 30, 1087 Hungary

Website: Erkel Theater

Opening hours: Depends on show (check website)

2. Relax in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Széchenyi Thermal Bath
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After a long day of sightseeing in Budapest, take a relaxing Széchenyi bath. More than 20 pools are heated in the range of 18°- 40°C (65°- 104°F) in the complex where the water is supplied by two thermal springs. Széchenyi bath is the largest thermal bath in Europe and quite a popular one. The thermal bath is said to have healing properties which can heal joint illnesses, orthopedic, and traumas.

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

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

Website: Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

3. Stroll through magnificent Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge was established in 1849 and officially named, “István Széchenyi.” If you are sightseeing, walk across the bridge in the morning. If you want to take the best photos, stroll across the bridge in the evening. During the evening, the bridge is beautifully lit up on either side which is a visual treat.

Chain Bridge

Address: Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Hungary

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

4. Sample the best wine at Faust Wine Cellar

When in Budapest, one should never miss tasting Hungarian wines. This is where the famous winery, Faust Wine Cellar, come into the scene. The wine cellar is conveniently located beneath the Hilton Hotel Budapest. You can also sample authentic fruit brandy called pálinka in this place. The owner of the cellar, Gábor and his wife Barbara, travel to over 22 wine locations in Europe to procure the best wine in their cellar. It is also a great place to spend a romantic evening with wine.

Faust Wine Cellar

Address: Budapest, (inside the Hilton at the Dominican Cloister), Hess András tér 1, 1014 Hungary

Website: Faust Wine Cellar

Opening hours: Thur - Mon: 2pm - 8pm

5. Marvel at the stunning Buda Castle

Buda Castle from the other side of the Danube (5985828602)
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The Buda Castle is located at the top of the Castle Hill. In 1265, the castle acted as the royal palace to the Hungarian kings. Guided tours are available in the castle, which enable you to learn its historical greatness. You can take part in several traditional festivals like the wine festival, beer festival, palinka festival chocolate festival, and many more that take place in the Buda Castle.

Buda Castle

Address: Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary

Website: Buda Castle

6. Admire the architecture of Fisherman’s Bastion

Hungary-0167 - Fisherman’s Bastion
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Fisherman’s Bastion is a neo-Gothic terrace situated on the Castle Hill. You will be blown away by their intricate architecture comprising of seven ornate turrets. The structure itself will give you a fairytale atmosphere. Fisherman’s Bastion is just a walkable distance from the famous Matthias Church. The city view from the top of the tower is undeniably breathtaking.

Fisherman’s Bastion

Address: Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary

Website: Fisherman’s Bastion

Opening hours: 9am - 11pm (daily)

7. Go on a shopping spree at Central Market Hall

Central Market Hall is the largest indoor market in Budapest, built in the 19th century. The market mainly sells Hungarian products. It is advisable to visit Central Market Hall on an empty stomach since there are plenty of food stalls and authentic restaurants on the first floor, which serve mouthwatering food items. Do not forget to buy Hungarian spices and wine in this amazing market place. Souvenirs and exclusive Hungarian embroidery can be found on the second floor of the hall.

Central Market Hall

Address: Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 6am - 6pm; Sat: 6am - 3pm; Mon: 6am - 5pm

8. Taste traditional Hungarian food at Pálinka Bistrot

Pálinka Bistrot is a warm eatery which serves the best Hungarian cuisine. The decor is completely refined and elegant with pleasant interiors. You can taste 60 varieties of pálinka in this eatery. They have their own garden from which they get their veggies for the salad. Beef is the star ingredient in their main course. Chocolate cake with a forest fruit pálinka sauce is the popular dessert here.

Pálinka Bistrot

Address: Budapest, Nádor u. 5, 1046 Hungary

Website: Pálinka Bistrot

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11.30am - 11pm; Sat: 11.30am - 6pm; Sun: Open 24 hours

9. Take a scenic hike up Gellért Hill

Gellért Hill overlooks the Danube River and offers Mesmerizing views of Budapest. It was named after Bishop Gellért, who was sentenced to death by throwing him from this hill. After hiking up the hill, you will be taken to the viewpoints which will enthrall you with its scenic views.

Gellért Hill

Address: Gellért Square, Budapest, Hungary

Price: free

10. Play mini golf at Neonis (from USD 11.0)

Enjoy the new experience of playing mini golf under ultraviolet lighting at Neonis. You can reach Neonis within just a 5 km (3.1 miles) drive from St. Stephen’s Basilica. It includes three zones namely, Aquarium, Space, and History of Hungary. You will be given special Chromdepth 3D glasses to play the game.

Neonis - 3D Blacklight Minigolf

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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Budapest - a wonderful destination for solo travelers

Budapest has an enriching past and enchanting attractions. Due to its uniqueness, you can explore the city alone with lots of fun. Check out our above recommendations and enjoy a wonderful vacation in this fascinating city.

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