Budapest is perfect travel destination during any time of the year. Given it’s cultural diversity & fairly low travel cost, it’s one of the must visit places for any kind of traveler. We traveled to Budapest in early March’16 – even though the weather was not perfect (in fact we were hit with rain & wind each day), the fun in exploring the city was never lost. Our travel experiences on each sides of city can be read here (for Buda) & here (for Pest).
Our travel had 4 full days in the city and we stayed on the Pest side. Below itinerary is based on how we visited the city and the things we did. It was a sort of relaxing trip for us, so we did everything at snail’s pace.
Day 1: After check in to hotel/BnB/hostel/apartment, head to Pest waterfront – take a walk admiring Budapest beautiful landscape, visiting Little Princess Statue & Lady with a Dog memorial on Vigadó tér, getting some glimpses of Chain Bridge, the Parliament & Shoe on the bank.
End the day with dinner at one of the many restaurants in the central Pest area.
Day 2: Explore Buda side – start with Buda Castle, Budapest History Museum, Fisherman Bastion & St Stephen’s Basilica. This would take almost the full day. In the evening, head back to Pest side, soak in night view of the city and incredible views of Buda castle & Fisherman Bastion from the Pest waterfront.
Day 3: Start your day with Heroes’ Square, visit Szechenyi Spa Baths & Vajdahunyad vára – one of the romantic castles with a Transylvanian look to it.
Visit the Margaret Island – a paradise for joggers and place to spend the quality time, away from city noise while being in the middle of the city.
Head to Cafe Gerbeaud, which is is one of the most traditional coffeehouses in Europe, for some traditional Hungarian desserts and coffee!
At night visit the Fisherman Bastion (yes!) to get beautiful views of Pest side, especially the parliament…
Day 4: Visit Central market (make sure that it’s not Sunday or any holiday) – try out Goulash!! if not tried before, see the liberty bridge and head to other side of Buda: Gellert Hill – visit the Citadel and Liberty Statue on top and check out how big the city is! Oh yes, one has the complete 360° view from here…..
Enjoy rest of the day roaming around the city to get the final glimpse before saying goodbye..
Anything we missed visiting?
Hell yeah, quite few of them 🙁 becuase of which there are few things which are not part of the above itinerary, like:
- Visiting the famous Gellert Baths.
- Trying out the river bus – this I miss a lot as it looked really cool and quite adventurous.
- Visiting the Parliament from Inside – a must do. We didn’t knew before hand about the pre-booking and ended up not visiting it!
- Sound & Light show in Margaret Island.
- Memento Park.
The above itinerary can be updated/changed as per one’s wish and many a things can be squeezed in as well to make the itinerary shorter than 4 days (or stretched out even longer). If you need help in planning your itinerary for Budapest, get in touch with us by commenting below or get in touch with us directly.
Until next time, keep tasting the travel! 🙂