* Free. Buda Castle 24/7; Hungarian National Gallery T-Su 10am-6pm; Budapest Historical Museum T-F 10am-4pm and Sa-Su 10am-6pm; Szechenyi Library Tu-Sa 9am-8pm.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
*In front of Matthias Church, walk toward the river. Daytime 300Ft, nighttime free.
*M1, M2, or M3: Deák tér. From the metro, take bus #16 across the Danube. Or, from 2: Moszkva tér, walk up to the hill on Várfok u. “Becsi kapu” marks the castle entrance.
*M1: Széchenyi Fürdő. Bring your own bathing suit and towel. Swimming pool 2500Ft per 2hr., 2800Ft per day. Thermal tub tickets 1500Ft per day. Massages from 2000Ft. Open daily 6am-10pm.
*M1: Hősök tere. You can’t miss it!
Magyar Állami Operaház
M1: Opera. 2800Ft, students 1400Ft. 1hr. tours daily in 6 languages 3 and 4pm.
*M 1-3: Nyugati pályaudvar. At the intersection of Teréz körút, Szent István körút, Váci út, and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út.
Saint Stephen's Basilica
*Metro to Deák Tér. Follow the signs. Church free. Entry to tower 500ft, students 400ft. Church open daily 7am-7pm, Chapel May-Oct M-Sa 9am-5pm, Su 1-5pm, Nov-Apr M-Sa 10am-4- pm. Mass M-Sa 8am and 6pm, Su 8, 9, 10am, noon, 6, 7:30pm. Tower open daily Apr-Oct. M-Sa 10am-6pm.
*M3: Arany János. Directly diagonal from the metro towards the river.
*M1-3: Deák Tér.
*M3: Ferenciek tere. From the metro head east on Kecskeméti utca and turn right on Papnövelde. Services M-F 7am and 6pm, Su 8am, 9am, 11am, 12:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm.
Grand Market Hall
*M3: Kálvin Tér. From the metro take Vámház toward the river. h Open M 6am-5pm, Tu-F 6am- 6pm, Sa 6am-2pm.
*Adults 1000 HUF; students and pensioners 700 HUF; children (up to 6 years of age) Free; family ticket (1-2 adults +children) 2500 HUF, 10% discount with Budapest Card. ~ M-Sa 9am -5pm; Sun 1pm – 5pm.
House of Terror
*Full price 2.000 HUF; Discount Price 1.000 HUF. ~ M-Sun 10am-6pm
Hungarian Parliament Building
*Full price 4000 HUF; Students (ages 6-24) 2000 HUF; EU adult citizens 2000 HUF; EU student citizens (ages 6-24) 1000 HUF; Free for Visitors under 6 years of age. ~ Apr-Oct M-F 8am-6pm, Sa-Su 8am-4pm; Nov-Mar M-Su 8am-4pm.
Palace of Arts
*Students 500 HUF. ~ Check the website calendar for dates and times of upcoming events.
Museum of Fine Arts
To the side of Hero’s Square lies a house of heroes in the arts: The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest. While no Hungarian art is featured, the museum, which houses over 100,000 pieces, is made up of the work of international artists. Its works trace back farther than the family tree your great aunt dedicated the past 20 years of her life to cultivating. This is because its six departments include: Egyptian, Antique, Old Sculpture Gallery, and Old Painter Gallery on top of its more contemporary Modern and Graphics collections. So unless that great aunt brought it all the way back to the BC, Museum of Fine Arts has her beat. And the museum has more than just your aunt beat. It holds the second largest collection of Egyptian art in all of Central Europe. Most of its claim to Egyptian fame was brought together by Hungarian Egyptologist Eduard Mahler in the 1930s. A favorite of the museum is its collection of painted mummy sarcophagi. If you have a thing for gold—which, who doesn’t?—the Ancient Gallery is for you. Objects mainly Greek and Roman sparkle throughout the exhibit. Further into the museum are the Sculpture and Painting Galleries in which you can spot a few da Vinci’s, and tens of thousands of prints representing more periods of European graphic art than you probably knew existed. The museum will transport you away from Hungary for hours with rooms full of paintings by Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, English, and Flemish artists. (Flemish people come from Dutch-speaking Belgium.) (You’re welcome.) However when you exit outside into the bright Hero Square and look back at the steps you’ve just descended, you’ll finally see some of Hungary’s finest art: the building of the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest.
*1800Ft. Children and seniors in European Union free. ~ Tu-Su 10am-6pm.
Hungarian National Gallery
*1400Ft. Special exhibits generally around 1400Ft. Children and seniors in European Union free. Audio guide 400Ft. ~ Tu-Su 10am-6pm.
Shoes on the Danube
*Free. ~ Open daily.
*Free. ~ Open 24/7.
*1500Ft. English tour 1200Ft. ~ Open daily 10am-6pm.
St. Paul's Cathedral
The upper levels of the cathedral are open to the hearty and hale. This means you’ll be climbing enough stairs to practically ascend to heaven yourself. Two hundred and fifty-one steps up is the acoustically marvelous Whispering Gallery, where you can hear someone whisper to you from 32m opposite. For 119 steps more you can visit the outdoor Stone Gallery, then another climb will take you to the pinnacle Golden Gallery, which provides exquisite views of the city (although smokers and otherwise respiratorily-challenged visitors can zoom through the same views on the free video tour).