3 Days in Budapest, the perfect itinerary

Visiting Budapest in just a few days may sound challenging, but thanks to this 3-day itinerary you will make the most out of your experience.
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Our 3 day-itinerary around the capital city; the perfect solution for those who are spending a weekend in Budapest.

Day one: Buda

Take the Clark Adam Ter funicular to Szent Gyorgy Square, which is located on the Buda Castle Hill. Here you will find the most important medieval monuments of Budapest and you will enjoy a stunning view over the city and the Danube river.

From Szent Gyorgy square visit the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, the Matthias Fountain, the lion gate as well as the Hungarian National Gallery. In order to visit the old city of Buda, keep walking on Tarnok Utca until getting to Matthias Church and to the Fisherman’s Bastion.

Take Tansics Utca and get to the Tower of the Church of Mary Magdalene. Walk along Uri Utca and admire the stunning buildings of the ancient Hungarian aristocracy. Go back to Szent Gyorgy ter to take the funicular or just keep walking down the road until you get to Adam Clark ter.

From Adam Clark ter, take Fo Utca until the calvinist church located in Szilagyi Square. You will recognize it by its colorful roof.

Day two: Pest

After visiting the majestic Parliament in Kossuth ter, reach the Imre Nagy monument. Near you will find Roosvelt Square, the Hungarian Academy of Science and the entrance to the Chain Bridge, which is the most important bridge on the Danube river.

From Gresham Palace reach St. Stephen’s Basilica, a Greek cross ground plan dedicated to St.Istvan. Not too far you will find the Opera House, Vorosmarty Square as well as Vaci utca, which is one of the most famous streets of Budapest featuring various shops, cafes, and restaurants where you can taste some traditional Hungarian dishes.

From Vaci utca get to the Jewish district and visit the largest synagogue in Budapest as well as the Holocaust Memorial Center.

In the afternoon take a boat from Vigado ter to Pest – on the southern side on the Chain Bridge – and make a two-hour cruise along the Danube. Besides the audio guide, some companies offer drinks and appetizers aboard. While on the cruise, drop off on Margaret Island characterized by gardens, pools, and thermal baths. It is also possible to bike around the island.

Day Three

From Villany ut take a bus to Gellert hill to admire the stunning view over Budapest and its bridges: Petofi bridge, Liberty bridge, which is characterized by its art-nouveau architecture, Elizabeth bridge, the famous Chain bridge as well as Margaret bridge and Arpad bridge.

From the Liberty Statue take the stairs or the path that will take you down to the Gellert Hill Cave as well as to the Gellert Baths.

In the afternoon visit Varosliget: go from Heroe’s Square to the Millennium Underground Museum and to the Museum of Fine Arts. Stroll around Varosliget Park and visit Vajdahunyad Castle and the Szechenyi Baths (its pools open all year long).

Bus or tram tour

If you don’t have much time you can still travel by tram, which represents an alternative and a unique way to visit the city. Tram 1 passes through the boulevards surrounding the old city of Budapest, from Margaret bridge (Margit-hid) to Petőfi Bridge. By taking tram 2, besides seeing the Danube river, you will pass by the Parliament Building, the most important Neo-Gothic building in Pest.

If you want to travel by bus, you can purchase a Hop-on Hop-off 48 hours ticket by clicking on the box below.

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