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3 Days in Budapest: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2016

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Explore the fascinating past and dynamic present of Hungary’s capital.

Day 1: Historic Buda

First, get your bearings. The Danube follows a roughly north-south route through the middle of the city, separating Buda from Pest. On the Buda (west) side of the Chain Bridge, ascend via funicular to Castle Hill. In the monumental Royal Palace, visit the Budapest History Museum to put the rest of your visit in context. Stroll Buda’s lovely winding streets to Matthias Church, where you can admire the lavishly frescoed interior and the Hungarian crown jewels. Outside you’ll find Fisherman’s Bastion with its whimsical turrets and sensational views of the city. Still got energy? Head back south to Gellert Hill, a charming landscaped hillside full of impressive monuments.

Day 2: Heroic Pest

Start at Heroes’ Square, where notable Hungarians are celebrated on an impressive scale. If you’re up for art you’re just next door to the Museum of Fine Arts, otherwise head through City Park (detouring via the whimsical Vajdahunyad Castle) to the grand Széchenyi Baths, where you can soak in warm therapeutic waters all year round. From the park, head back to the center via the showcase boulevard Andrassy Ut. Visit the museum dedicated to local boy Franz Liszt on a route which also takes you past the lavish Opera House, before arriving at the enormous dome of the Basilica of St. Stephen. From there head to the extraordinary Neo-Gothic Parliament, which occupies an imposing position on the Danube.

Day 3: Statues and Synagogues

Contemplate the mysterious workings of history at Statue Park; this graveyard of Soviet Communism is a bit of a trek, but it’s well worth seeking out. Once back in town, pick up a snack at the Great Market Hall, visit the enormous Central Synagogue (Europe’s largest) then head to the river to take in the scenic Danube Promenade. This will take you back to the Chain Bridge; relax after your journey with a fine Hungarian wine in the magnificently restored Gresham Palace, now a Four Seasons Hotel.

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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Budapest, null
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 234 Reviews

Experience 360-degree views of Budapest as you travel aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus with audio commentary. Valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours, hop on ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.04
Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise, Budapest, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 107 Reviews

Your best evening in Budapest will be spent on this combination folklore show and Danube dinner cruise tour! First experience an authentic piece of Hungarian ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.75
Private Entrance to Gellert Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage, Budapest, Dinner Cruises
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Private Entrance to Gellert Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage

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Purchase your ticket ahead of time to one of Budapest’s most elegant baths – Gellert Spa – and skip the entrance line with priority access! With access to your ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Flexible

From USD $26.29
Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise, Budapest, ... 
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Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

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Attend an organ concert at St Stephen’s Basilica, famous throughout Hungary for its remarkable musical performances. Inside the beautiful Neoclassical church ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.81
Budapest Hammer & Sickle Tour - Communist Times, 56 Revolution, WW I and WW II, Budapest, Night ... 
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Budapest Hammer & Sickle Tour - Communist Times, 56 Revolution, WW I and WW II

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Journey through Hungary’s fascinating communist history on this in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest. Over the course of three hours, your expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.85
Hungarian Cooking Course with Food Market Walk Through, Budapest, Walking Tours
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Hungarian Cooking Course with Food Market Walk Through

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Dive into the world of Hungarian cuisine with this 4-hour cooking class and market tour in Budapest. After walking through a local market with your guide, head ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.20
Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Budapest, Cooking Classes
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Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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With a half day to discover Budapest, the Grand City Sightseeing Tour makes the perfect introduction for the first time visitor. With hotel pickup included ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.21
Budapest Jewish Heritage Walking Tour, Budapest, Half-day Tours
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Budapest Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

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Dive into Budapest’s fascinating Jewish history, culture and heritage on a walking tour led by a local guide. With one of the largest Jewish communities in ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

From USD $31.30
Small-Group Budapest Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walking Tour, Budapest, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Budapest Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Budapest has one of central Europe’s largest Jewish communities and this 4-hour walking tour spotlights its rich Jewish cultural and culinary heritage. With a ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Budapest Tour with Optional Danube River Cruise, Budapest, Cultural Tours
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Budapest Tour with Optional Danube River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

See the best of Budapest with a knowledgeable guide on this 4-hour city tour. Begin at the centrally located Heroes’ Square (Hosök tere) and see the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.06

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