31 Quirky, Unusual & Cool Things to Do in Budapest (That are actually fun)

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As many as most of our guests lately like to get more and more tips on what to do on their visit to Budapest.

If you are planning trip to Budapest, and looking for some unique, off-the-beaten-path and money-saving things to do in Budapest, don’t fret, there are countless fun things to do, see, eat, admire or experience.

The good news is that we’ve come up with list of 30 Unusual Things you need to do in Budapest.

So whether you’re just planning your trip to Budapest or you’ve been already here for a while, these 31 unusual things that you can do in Budapest will help you get the most out of your time and energy.


Go Caving To Buda Hills

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Did you know that Buda Hills offer more than 200 caves on the Buda side, near the Buda Castle?


Recently opened to the public, this section of the labyrinth cave system has very deep man-made cellars.

During WWII, used as a battle station and a storage facility by the Germans, Caving under Budapest should definitely be on your list while visiting Budapest.

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Have a Drink and Party on A38!

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An Old Ship Converted into a club & concert-hall | © A38 Official

A38 is an old Ukrainian stone-carrier ship, built in 1968, moored just off the banks of the Danube.

Today, it’s a cultural and social hotspot that hosts concerts and events, and houses one of the city’s most interesting bars.

Have a drink on the deck and enjoy the view or stop by for some live music!

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Hike up to a Turkish tomb.

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The tomb of Gül Baba, in 1916, represented the farthest influence of Bektashism in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. © Wikipedia

Historically, Hungary was occupied by Ottoman empire for over a century and even nowadays people come across the Turkish relics,

For example the famous thermal Turkish baths. Up on the Buda side of the river, close to the Lukács Baths, lies the 16th-century tomb of Sufi poet Gül Baba. It’s a historical and distinctly Ottoman mausoleum offering amazing views over the city.

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📍 Budapest, Mecset utca 14, 1023

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Vintage Pinball Machines.

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Budapest hosts Europe’s largest interactive Pinball Museum.

With more than 130 machines, there is a plenty of fun for a whole family. And some of the pinball machines date back to the 1940s!

Thousands of locals and visitors attend this unusual place, and you should be one of them.

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📍 Budapest, Radnóti Miklós u. 18, 1137

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See Giant Communist Relics.

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Communist Statue at the Memento Park | © mementopark.hu

Even though Memento Park takes its place outside the city center, this is a original Communist relics that you might visit to snap some unusual pictures from Budapest!


It’s an open-air museum topped with monumental statues and placards from the time of communist period. Statues like Marx, Engels and Lenin are common sights along with Hungarian communist leaders.

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📍 Budapest, Balatoni út – Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223

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Hospital in the Rock

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The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum | © Facebook Sziklakórház, Hospital in the Rock

Sounds odd, right?

This subterranean hospital saw action in WWII and during the 1956 uprising, and now you have a chance to explore it!


Museum recreates the scenes of tough times when hospital was overcrowded with wounded infantry.


Moreover, part of Hospital in the Rock happens to be a secret bunker of the Cold War time and was actually a top secret-place until recent time.

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📍 Budapest, Lovas út 4, 1012 (Castle District)

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Dive under Budapest

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Diving In a Cave, Budapest, Hungary | © mjcave.hu

The “Buda” side of Budapest lies above an expansive labyrinth of caves.

These underground Budapest caves hide never-ending thermal hot springs – source of thermal baths – which is Budapest famous for.

 This underground world is a great area for exploration for those who are seeking to literally go beyond the surface.

Though, to embrace the beauty of these caves you have to be a qualified diver.

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📍 Budapest, Frankel Leó út 48, 1023, Hungary

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Watch a film in Europe’s smallest cinema.

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Budapest’s Smallest Cinema | © CirkoGejzir.hu

Budapest is home to a Europe’s smallest cinema.

 It screens international art films and documentaries, and hosts film festivals, exhibitions and events.

Check out the official website.

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📍 Budapest, Balassi Bálint u. 15-17, 1055, Hungary

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Red Ruin Communist 4Bar

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Budapest was once part of a Soviet Bloc – Red Ruin bar seems to have a humorous opinion about its political past | © RuinBarsBudapest Red Ruin Bar

Budapest’s only communism theme bar isn’t afraid to poke fun at its history.

More than most other Eastern European cities that were once part of the Soviet Bloc, Budapest seems to have a sense of humor about its political past.

The décor of Red Ruin, the city’s only communism theme bar, delightfully subverts communist propaganda with colorful pop art and puns.

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📍 Budapest, Irányi u. 25, 1056

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House of Terror

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Terror House of Budapest, Andrassy Avenue 60 | © House of Terror Museum Facebook Page

As Hungary was infamous for brutality during both the Nazi and Soviet regimes, it’s no surprise that Budapest is home to a museum dedicated to the memory of those tortured and killed in one particular building.

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📍 Budapest, Andrássy út 60, 1062, Hungary

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Thermal Spa – Baths Budapest.

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Szechenyi Baths and its outside pool with its temperature around 30°C/90°F and 34°C/98°F in winter | © baklava

Ever since the Romans settled here in the 1st century AD, locals have enjoyed the steaming, mineral rich thermal water that’s gushing from beneath Budapest’s surface

There’s no limit for bathing whether it’s a hot summer day, or grumpy winter, they’re open all year!

  • The temperature of water usually ranges between 30 to 40 degrees Celsius (86 to 104 Fahrenheit).

Enjoy Szechenyi Spa Baths’s Budapest outside pool anytime of the year.

Tip: There are open air and indoor baths, find out all you need to know here.

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📍 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146, Hungary

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Kids’ Train

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One of Children Railway’s trains waiting for a switch | © facebook / Children’s Railway

This quaint Hungarian railway system is operated exclusively by children between the ages of 10 and 14.

Stretching through a lovely patch of quiet Hungarian forest, the Gyermekvasút Rail Line would seem to be just another peaceful sightseeing rail line were it not for the captain and crew being exclusively underage.

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For Sale Pub

For sale pub interior. Feel free to throw peanuts on the floor or pin a note anywhere in the restaurant | © TripAdvisor

This Budapest Bistro and Bar allows consumers to leave their mark on the walls, floor, and even ceiling.

Just across the lane from an otherwise posh shopping center is Hungary’s For Sale Pub, and while the space is not actually available for purchase, guests can leave their personal (love) notes anywhere they like.

Tip: Perfect place to visit especially after shopping in Central Market Hall since For Sale Pub Is just one minute away.

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Get lost in the Great Market Hall

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Budapest Great Market Hall and its stands with fresh local foods, souvenirs, handmade clothes and other fancy stuff | © Fred Romero photo / Great Market Hall

If you love fresh goods, amazing local and traditional food and drinks, unusual shopping, or just sightseeing of amazing places, we trust you will love our beloved Great Market Hall.

No matter if it shines or rains, the Great Market Hall is a great option, and definitely one of the top Budapest attractions according to many Budapest guides.

It is relatively easy to get there, from center accessible by a tram number 2 or 47-49, to ‘’Fővám tér’’ stop.

You will come across a lot of souvenirs, unusual goods and tasty Hungarian traditional food!

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📍 Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093, Hungary

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Cat Café

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Cat Café Budapest | © Facebook Cat Café Budapest

This café is definitely out of the ordinary, especially animal lovers will appreciate it

During your time at this unusual, animal-packed café, you’ll get a chance to spend a quality time with some of 15 of the cats that call this café home – which is lovely experience and real fun (if the cats are in the mood, of course)

Centrally located, usually busy as this unusual experience brings attention of a lot to visitors and local thus reservation is recommended.

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📍 Budapest, Révay u. 3, 1065, Hungary

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Sparty!

Budapest Spa Party – Sparty. Great, unusual experience | © SzechenyiSpaBaths.com

If your question is “what?!”, keep reading.

The most popular thermal baths in Budapest, Szechenyi Spa and Baths are as well famous for its night Spa Parties.

Grab your swimsuit and have tons of fun!

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📍 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146, Hungary

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Alternative Museums

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Zwack Museum – House of the Hungarian liqueur Unicum made with secret formula since it has been first registered on 1790 | © ZwackUnicum.hu

We have enough history museums to inspire your mind for days – but if you want to visit some that are unique for Budapest then the Zwack Unicum Museum is a great place to start. 

Unicum is a herbal liqueur with which most people have a love or hate relationship.

Created by the Zwack family in 1840, today the museum gives you an insight into Unicum’s remarkable history and the chance to see the old distillery.

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📍 Budapest, Dandár u. 1, 1095, Hungary

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Quality Time in café New York

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Opened on October 23rd 1894, New York Café Budapest is built in Italian Renaissance-style | © Budapest Tour Hub

Dive into luxurious atmosphere of one of the best cafés in Budapest.
Café New York take its place next to the Jewish quarter in the 7th district of Budapest.

 Café is unique for its style and mouth-watering pastry, but most of the time it is crowded so reservation is must!

New York Café is considered the most beautiful Café Building in the world

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📍 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073, Hungary

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Visit the Szabo Ervin Library.

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Neo-baroque Szabo Ervin Library is the largest library network in Hungary and dates back to 19th-century | © wikipedia

The incredible Szabo Ervin Library in Budapest is a hidden treasure, left out of guidebooks, tucked into a busy section of the city.

From intricately carved walls to majestic chandeliers, the library will quickly stun you into silence.


The Szabo Ervin Library is cheap to tour (around $3.00 USD/ticket) and not overcrowded with tourists.

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📍 Budapest, Szabó Ervin tér 1, 1088, Hungary

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Semmelweis Medical Museum

Semmelweis Medical Museum was once home to Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis | ©

In 1965, this museum opened its doors to visitors interested in learning more about the history of medicine. Museum is named after Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis who famously contributed to reducing puerperal fever death rate by ordering other doctors by washing and disinfecting their hand properly, which resulted in lowering the death rate by puerperal fever by 3 times.

Located on the riverbank of Danube, the Semmelweis museum features an anatomical Venus by Clemente Susini, one of the first X-Ray machines, and of course the life and story of Dr. Semmelweis himself.

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📍 Budapest, Apród u. 1-3, 1013 Hungary

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🕑 March through October : Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm.

November through February: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm. Saturday – Sunday, public holidays: 10am – 6pm.

Mondays – closed.


Discover Szentendre!

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Szentendre, flowerpots, cobbled stairs, colourful houes, baroque architecture – and much more that Szentendre is famous for | ©

Szentendre is also known as Artists’ Village and you will be able to see why on your visit! This town is the ultimate escape for those who want to travel back in time, simply feel happy and be surrounded by the presence of the good old days

This is a perfect opportunity to explore this small magical city and it Is just 40 minutes outside of Budapest, here are options of getting there by public transport.

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📍 Szentendre, Hungary

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Europe’s Biggest Ice Rink!

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Europe’s biggest ice-skating rink takes place in winter months at the Heroes’s Square | © aboutbudapest

Budapest is home for Europe’s biggest ice rink.

Every winter, artificial pond of Vajdahunyad Castle gets frozen to enjoy the winter vibes and ice-skate through

You will also come across the beautiful Castle in the vicinity and tiny Christmas markets all the way.

The ticket cost is about 5€/person, a student ticket goes for ± 3€ and a family ticket is available for purchase from 10 – 13 €, depending how many members will you bring with you. You can also borrow skates and other equipment on arrival at a fair price.

Additional info can be found here.

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📍 2nd District, Budapest, Hungary

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Monday to Friday  09:00 am – 01:00 pm
05:00 pm – 09:00 pm 
  Saturday  10:00 am – 02:00 pm
04:00 am – 09:00 pm 
  Sunday  10:00 am – 02:00 pm
04:00 pm – 08:00 pm

ESCAPE FROM CREATIVELY CRAFTED CAPTIVITY

An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solves and accomplish tasks in order to progress and complete a specific goal in a limited amount of time.

Attain the key to the exit door of dimly lit rooms and dark cellars while racing the clock by visiting an Escape-Room Game, a relatively recent local invention that spread across the Hungarian capital and beyond.

Ranging from secret-agent scenes to horror themes, many different types of enclosed chambers challenge guests to figure out how to break free at many locales all around the city.

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📍 Budapest, Székely Mihály u. 4, 1061, Hungary

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GET DOWN IN A HIGH-SPIRITED RUIN PUB

Budapest’s renowned ruin pubs play a great part in elevating the city among the Europe , competing with number-one hipster hangouts like London and Berlin.

The first generation of ruin pubs embarked on their journey to fame more than a decade ago, with the now iconic  and  featuring surreal art and psychedelic settings amid crumbling brick walls of abandoned buildings.

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FEEL THE WORLD’S SECOND-OLDEST METRO UNDER YOUR FEET

Metro Line 1 in Budapest is the 2nd oldest metro system in the world | © revide

Budapest proudly boasts the second-oldest metro in the world, a part of Unesco.

 It’s been running continuously since 1896!

Of course, in those days, it hardly seemed necessary or feasible to busy a metro line deep underground, so you’ll find the tracks hiding just below the street.

The result is that beyond providing a unique historical experience (while London has the oldest metro in the world, it certainly doesn’t offer the antique experience this line does), it also provides for some interesting picnic opportunities.

Lay in the grass above the line somewhere in the City Park and you’ll feel the trains rumbling just below you. Try bringing along some friends without telling them about this phenomenon, just to see if they think there’s an earthquake.

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Enjoy a Beer with True Unique Working Class Budapest Bar

Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in downtown Budapest’s hipster world that you can forget there’s a whole other city farther out.

One odd example is – a mixture of slot machines, with interesting opening hours (approximately 05:00-23:00, when they’ll kick you out), and colorful crowd.

You may not share a language, but don’t be surprised if you end up sharing more than a few beers and shots of Unicum with whomever you discover here. It’s just another slice of the seemingly endless oddities Budapest nightlife has to offer.

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Grab a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air ballooning in Budapest is truly unique. Not only do you get to float over the Budapest’s soaring skyline at 4,000ft (1.3km), but you also get to witness the city from an completely different angle like you have never seen before. All hot air balloon baskets are equipped with cameras so that you can hold on to your memories for years to come.

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📍1137 Budapest, Szent István körút 28, Hungary

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Food Truck Courtyard

Walking by past opening hours while having no idea there are trucks full of food behind a closed gate, we bet you wouldn’t find this place. but this yard tucked off is home to a gastronomic quarter of food trucks serving up delicious snacks from fresh gnocchi to BBQ meat, and even a craft beer stand.

The whole set up of trucks takes pretty much all of the courtyard’s space, but even if you feel like sitting down and enjoying the unusual atmosphere of different foods all around you the Street Food Karavan’s indoor seating area will accommodate you comfortably.

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Street Food Courtyard in central Budapest | © KARAVÁN facebook site

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📍 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 18, 1075

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This article was updated on Wednesday, January 15th to keep your plans fresh and steady.


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