Budapest Itineraries

Budapest is a very walkable city and can be enjoyed without your day being too action packed. Whilst every visitor will have their own views of Must Do activities, below are a few ideas to help you decide on which tourist attractions you are going to pick off. I loved the sights so much that I also repeated the itineraries at nighttime as once the sun sets, Budapest is arguable even more magical – a real photographers dream!


Suggested Day 1 Itinerary:

Day 1 Itinerary

10am – Walk across the Chain Bridge: 

  • Take in the magnificent views by walking across the Chain Bridge and the statuesque Parliament Building
  • Take the Funicular up to the Royal Palace which houses the Budapest History Museum and National Gallery with its extensive history of Hungarian Art

1pm – Wander across to Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion:

  • Matthias Church is one of the finest churches in Budapest, and the most unique churches in Europe
  • Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest is one of the top Budapest attractions. The present-day lovely lookout towers / decorative fortification of Fisherman’s Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest

3pm – Hop on the # 19 Tram to rest your feet:

  • Jump on the number 19 tram, which runs along the Buda embankment. To the right you will see the recently reopened Varkert Bazar
  • The tram then passes the Rudas Baths, with a panoramic rooftop pool, before reaching Budapest’s most famous hotel and baths Gellert

4pm – Delight your taste buds with a visit to Great Market Hall:

  • The Great Market Hall is both a tourist attraction and a one-stop shop for Hungarian souvenirs
  • Then drop by the Hungarian National Museum which collects, preserves and presents the historical relics of the Carpathian Basin and Hungary since 1802

Suggested Day 2 Itinerary:

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10am – Visit the grand Danubius Hotel: 

  • Visit the historic Danubius Hotel for a fabulous breakfast in splendid surroundings
  • Next visit the Great Synagogue which is a 5-minute stroll away. The synagogue on the Dohany street of Pest is not only the most impressive one in the country, but it’s the largest synagogue of Europe

1pm – Take a tour of the Parliament Building: 

  • Striking an imposing and impressive figure on the edge of the River Danube in the heart of Budapest, Hungary’s Parliament building is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival architecture in the world today
  • Ranked among TripAdvisor’s top 15 landmarks, this architectural marvel proved more popular than London’s Big Ben, Athens’ ancient Acropolis and Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral in its 2017 Traveler’s Choice Awards
  • Attracting nearly 700,000 visitors each year, Hungary’s Parliament building is one of the busiest and most intriguing tourist destinations in Europe, with more than a hundred years of history behind it

4pm – Take a stroll up Andrássy út towards Heroes’s Square: 

  • The long 2.5kms stretch of Andrássy út is the busiest boulevard in Budapest that traces its existence back in the eighteenth century
  • The plush strip of Andrássy út opens out from the Erzsébet Square leading its way to the Millennium Monument at the Városliget and is flanked by magnificent Neo-Renaissance townhouses and mansions that boast the finest interiors and facades, which is why this avenue has been crowned as one of the World Heritage Sites
  • Heroes’ Square is the largest and most symbolic square in Budapest. It is dominated by the Millenary Monument (Ezeréves emlékmű), a 36m-high pillar topped by a golden Archangel Gabriel, holding the Hungarian crown and a cross


Budapest By Night:

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Relax with Spa Time:

  • Every weekend, the renovated Rudas Baths open-up to men and women until 4am.  The Lukacs Baths host spa DJ party Magic Bath until 3am on Saturday nights.  Within the City Park (Pest), the Szechenyi baths operate until 10pm

Drink with a sunset view: 

  • Catch a sunset on the roof terrace of Vorvinteto or at 360 Bar at the top of the ornate Parisi Nagyaruhaz.  For Danube visits, the A38 boat is not only a gig venue but a restaurant too – you can enjoy a meal without having to pay admission for the night

Jump on a City Tour Hop-on-Hop-off:

  • A fantastic way to the city’s magnificent sights glowing in a gem-like fashion in the starry Budapest skyline
  • If you have bought a day ticket these are valid for 24 Hours and include a boat ride.   English commentary is available

Delight your taste buds with Budapest fine dining:

  • Budapest offers fine dining at affordable prices – try Costes Restaurant (Raday Street) – the first restaurant in Hungary to earn a Michelin star   
  • Other notable restaurants include Costes Downtown, Babel Budapest, Oynx and Stand Restaurant




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