What to Do in Budapest When It Rains

Budapest gets, on average, between 5 and 8 days of rain each month, with the rainiest months being, of course, during the shoulder season. We have traveled to Budapest at various times of the year and we did get rained or (and) even downright soaked.

Having learned our lesson to always have a back up plan for rainy days, here are some ideas for things to do in Budapest when the weather is not cooperating.

Visit Museums

There are a lot of amazing museums to visit in Budapest and they can easily keep you entertained for days. Our favorite is the Transport Museum , which we have visited twice. It can keep you busy for hours and is suitable for both (crazy) couples and families. It features pretty much anything travel related.

We also visited the Budapest History Museum (Castle Museum) and we loved it. It showcases Budapest’s history from the roman times until present day.

There are a lot of art museums, for those who like them, and you can also check out the House of Terror (some like it, we avoided it).

>>Check out this list of museums in Budapest

Visit the Parliament

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We finally managed to visit the Parliament on the last day of the last year when it was still free for European nationals. The tour takes less than hour and can be a good choice if you are interested in the architecture and history of the building.

Visit Churches

Main Altar

Main Altar

Budapest is filled with amazing churches to visit and we have visited two of them because of bad weather.

Our favorites are:

  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral which is imposing and amazing. You can walk up to the tower for great views of the city (not so great in bad weather, though)
  • Matthias Church, located on Castle Hill, has a superb interior and will keep you busy for a while.
  • Jak Chapel, located on the grounds of Vajdahunyad Castle, is tiny and very cute.
  • Inner City Parish Church is the oldest church in Budapest and is located at the foot of Elisabeth Bridge.

The Baths

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There are a lot of baths in Budapest and choosing one (or two) can be hard. Gellért Baths and Széchenyi Baths are two of the most popular.

Cafes and Restaurants

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There have been some days when we hid in cafes because of the weather. Our favorite is Gourmand Cafe where I spent quite a long time during our visit in December 2011 and thanks to their wi-fi I also managed to write on the blog. Bali Cafe is a great choice for lunch or dinner, especially if you are looking for something fancier but still affordable. And Hard Rock Cafe is for those moments when you crave hearing some English…and yes, they also have very good food, including salads.

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