What are the unusual things to do in Budapest?

Visit the Hospital in the Rock Museum

The Hospital in the Rock Museum is a former secret hospital and nuclear bunker which lies inside a 10km stretch of interconnected caves and cellars located beneath Buda Castle Hill. Visitors can witness waxwork recreations of various day-to-day scenarios from its past such as treatments by Hungarian physicians wearing gas masks.

 

Hospital in the rock museum
Hospital in the Rock Museum. Photo: budapestagent.hu

Explore Memento Park

If you are interested in checking out statues of old Communist icons, then Memento Park is the place to visit. Located on the outskirts of Budapest, this park features many Soviet-era sculptures that were taken down and moved here after Communism fell during a time when people wanted to forget those particular years.

 

Memento Park
Memento Park. Photo: tourinform.hu

Visit a farmers’ market at a ruin bar

Szimpla Kert is the most famous ruin bar in Budapest, on Sunday mornings from 9-14 head over to this iconic ruin pub for a weekly farmer’s market. There you can find gourmet cheeses and meat cuts as well as honey or even seasonal vegetables–all of which will help revive your senses.

 

Szimpla farmers' market
Szimpla farmers’ market. Photo: budapestflow.com

Drink and party in a former ship

Head over to the Buda side of the Danube and you’ll notice a ship moored down by the river. A38 used to be Ukraine stone-carrying ship that was built in Ukraine, but today it houses one of Budapest’s best concert venues. Even if there is no band on that night and its bar is open, it’s worth just having a drink there at least once because this spot has an amazing atmosphere.

 

A38 ship
A38 ship. Photo: mvm.hu

Chill out at a bar in an empty swimming pool

Pagony Kert is a bar set up in the empty basins that were once part of the Gellert Bath complex. Pagony kert is a great stopover for a drink or a snack and relax.

 

Pagony kert
Pagony kert

Explore one of the non-touristy neighborhood of Budapest

If you have already visited the well-known and touristy area of Budapest, it’s worth exploring a lesser-known part of Budapest in the VIII District. District VIII has very different faces: inside the Grand Boulevard, which is also known as the Palace District; you can find former palatial apartments and narrow streets with trendy coffee houses.

 

Outside of it lies flaking apartment blocks that mingle with alternative arts hubs and people who belong to diverse communities.

 

Tavaszemező street Budapest
Tavaszmező street in District VIII. Photo: budapestflow.com

Budapest Pinball Museum

The Budapest Pinball Museum is Europe’s largest ongoing interactive museum dedicated to pinball machines. Home to 130 of these quirky, old-school games and a shrine for the tribe that refuses extinction, this place just oozes nostalgia.

 

Even though visitors can play on the machines to their heart’s content—the rules are easy enough anyway—it still feels like you’re in an exhibition space rather than being at home with your friends playing pool or darts.

 

Budapest Pinball Museum
Pinball Museum. Photo: flippermuzeum.hu

The Children’s Railway

The Children’s Railway is not just a museum but also an attraction with the live railway, it’s operated by children (supervised by adults) It originated from the Soviet Union era when there were similar railways for children all over its territory. The railway spans 11 kilometers and travels through 7 stops.

 

Children's Railway
The Children’s Railway. Photo: sihuhu.hu