5: Hero Square/Parliament
I have a tie for 5th place, I could not choose one. Hero Square is just simply breath taking. Located at the end of one of the most Beautiful avenues in Europe Andrassy Ut. Surrounded by embassy and lush buildings. It is also the entrance to city park. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also where the tomb of the unknown soldier is located. The square makes you feel small and insignificant. You can feel the weight of Hungarian history as the statues of the seven leaders who found Hungary look down on you. Parliament is an amazing piece of architecture. It a massive building located next to the Danube. One thing that many travelers might miss, is the amazing court yard in front of the parliament. Where you can seat down and admire this amazing building, as the hustle and bustle of everyday life pass you by.
4: Castle Hill
Castle Hill, is one most centrally located tourist spots in all of Budapest. With Buda Castle at the top of the hill, and next to the president's house, and a short walk away from Fisherman's Bastion, and St Matthias. You can pack a lot of site seeing, in a couple of hours. Plus the view from the Castle, of the Pest side of the city is just amazing.
3: Spa Baths
Budapest is known for its Many thermal baths. The two most well know are Gellert Baths and Szechenyi Thermal Baths. But there are countless Thermal Baths in the city. Most of them offer a day in the baths, food, and sauna, and massages, for a really great price, around 15 USD. Its a great way to relax with withs, while surounded by great architecture, locals, and a relaxing atmosphere.
2: Walking along the Danube
What more can be said about walking along the Danube. It is a once in life time experience. It is great to walk around the river, and see hungarians interacting with the river. The Danube is still a part of everyday live in Hungary. You can see locals fishing or meeting each other for a date. Also some of the most important land marks are located next to the river, or close by. The parliament, Buda Hill, Margaret Island. Fisherman's Bastion, Chain Bridge, are all close to or next to the river.
1: Ruin Bars
Ruin Bars are bars that are located in run down or semi-destroyed buildings. The buildings were considered useless, and unable to house people. Most of the Ruin Bars are located in court yards, of those buildings. Ruin Bars are one of the best ways, to spend a night in Budapest. The drinks are cheap and atmosphere is great. They serve from fine scotch, to a local favorite Shrek. (three parts wine, two parts soda, one part kiwi liqueur) It just a fun way to spend the night, make new friends, meet locals, and forget about your problems.