Things to do in Budapest on a Rainy Day

Every time I go to Budapest it is raining and every time I am leaving the sun comes out. This is why I am sharing with you mine go to places and tips to do on unpleasant days in this beautiful city.

Visit some of Budapest’s museums

Hungarian national gallery

The building of the National Gallery is located in several wings of the Buda Castle. See the masters of Hungarian fine arts offering insights into the history of Hungary, every-day life and rural landscapes through beautiful paintings.
Opened every day 10 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays)
Entry 1800 HUF (6 EUR)

House of Terror

The symbol of political terror, where those persecuted by the Arrow Cross and communist regimes were held, tortured and killed. A meeting point for Hungarian fascists from the late 1930s; later became their party headquarters as “The House of Loyalty”. The communist-led political police claimed it in 1945; later it was the state secret police headquarters.
Opened every day 10 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays)
Entry 2000 HUF (6,5 EUR)


Ever since its establishment at the end of the 19th century, Kunsthalle has been the center of contemporary Hungarian fine art and a key institution in canon-formation. It is a national institution with the mission of exhibiting the most significant trends of both contemporary Hungarian and international fine art in Budapest.
Opened everyday 10am to 6pm (closed Mondays) / on Thursday opened 12pm to 8pm
Entry 400 HUF (1,5 EUR)

Explore local markets

budapest market

The Great Market Hall on Fővám tér is the oldest and grandest of the city’s food markets. The beautiful building is one of the main tourist attractions so if you wish to avoid the crowd, you can visit the recently restored Belvárosi market that is located just a few blocks away from parliament. Don’t forget to get the traditional Hungarian street food, a deep fried dough called lángos.

Visit the cool ruin bars

ruin pubs

Ruin bars (located in Budapest’s 7th district) are situated inside or next to an old building, and using its crumbly walls, paving and atmosphere as an interior. Ruin bars are decorated with many different types of objects, from handmade paper statues to foreign license plates, from unique lanterns to grandma’s old standard lamp – anything you can imagine.

Szimpla Kert is the best known and the largest of the ruin pubs. It is decorated with an old Trabant turned into a drinking table and cool mismatched furniture and decor. Another great ruin bars are Instant that has a cool interior decorated with rabbits and owls and Mazel Tov is very stylish and they sell 17 different palinkas to choose from.

Go for a Hungarian wine tasting

Explore one of the largest wine cave systems in the world in Buda castle and learn about wine culture and wine tasting. Try some of the famous Hungarian wines Tokaji and Bikavér (Bull’s Blood)

Relax in Budapest’s famous thermal baths

budapest bath

Budapest is a spa capital, with a huge range of different types of spas. From the historic Turkish and Roman baths to medical facilities and party spas.

Hungary is blessed with natural thermal springs, which emerge at a temperature of 30°C and are full of salts and minerals. The water can be used to ease off a lot of medical condition or simply to pamper your body. Many thermal baths facilities also offer massages, saunas, and treatments.

Take a tour on a tram no.2

budapest tram

Budapest’s tram no.2 is one of the most scenic tram journeys in Europe. The tram follows the Danube River and will offer you a view of the Buda Castle and the beautiful building of Parliament. It also goes around the Chain Bridge and Jewish Memorial (shoes along the Danube riverbank).

Things to do in Budapest on a Rainy Day

photo credit: my own, pixabay, istock

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