Budapest is one of the most charming cities in the world. Believe it or not, It has more than 20 centuries of history from the Romans and the Turks to the Austro-Hungarians and Soviets. It is the capital city of Hungary and is situated along the banks of Danube. Actually, Budapest consists of two medieval towns- Buda and Pest, which merged in 1873 to form Budapest. Széchenyi Chain Bridge separates the Buda(Western) and Pest(Eastern) part of Hungary’s capital.
This city has the most astonishing architecture, fantastic river views and pubs of course! Some of the most Iconic buildings of the town are Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament. Budapest is a city you can’t miss to visit while in Europe.
3 Days Itinerary that You Can’t-Miss!
Confused about what to cover in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Don’t worry. We have made a perfect itinerary for you which includes the best of Budapest in 3 days. Check it out now!
Day 1: Exploring Buda side of the city
Start your trip by exploring the western, i.e. Buda side of the town. The major attractions include Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church.
Situated at the top of the Castle Hill, dominates the Buda Castle. Visit this castle and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Danube River and the Pest. With one of the most stunning architecture, this landmark deserves a visit. If you are an early morning person, then wake up early in the morning and visit this place to enjoy your views of the city. The Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery is also a part of this stunning Buda Castle complex. The museum provides the 2000 years of history while the latter provides some of the best art pieces for the art lovers. The entrance fees for the Budapest History National Museum is 2000 HUF(about 7 USD) while the fee for the National Gallery is 1800 HUF(about 6.5 USD). Don’t miss out the Sándor Palace where the President of the Republic of Hungary lives and where the guards change every hour.
If you want to enjoy the best views, visit Fisherman’s Bastion. This place looks like a fairy-tale. It was built at the end of the 19th century. The white stone structure has a terrace from where you can enjoy some of the best views of the city. Just sip coffee and click snaps. Moreover, you can have brunch here at the restaurant though it is a bit expensive. The entrance fee is 800 HUF (about 3 USD). Still not tired and feeling relaxed? Head on to the Matthias Church which is just a minute walk from the Fisherman’s Bastion.
Behind the Fisherman’s Bastion sits the stunning and one of the most iconic landmarks, i.e. Matthias Church. The beautiful exterior and interior, beyond-explanation architecture and shimmering coloured tiled roof is a must-see on the Buda side of the city. The entrance fees for the Matthias Church is 1500 HUF (about 5 USD).
Want to know the town deeper? Buda Castle has a couple of caves beneath it known as the ‘Castle Labyrinth’. It consists of two caves that are beautifully made. The rock formations stretches to around seven, so there is a lot to explore. The entrance fees for Castle Labyrinth is 2500 HUF (about 9 USD). After the whole day of exploring, head on to some good restaurant like the Kacsa Restaurant.
With a lot of delicious food items to offer, you can also enjoy the live gipsy music to mark your evening and end the first day on a better note.
Day 2: Exploring Pest side of the city
In the morning, head back to the Danube to start your day with a great tour by visiting the most iconic landmark of the eastern, i.e. Pest side of the city which is the Hungarian Parliament.
The Hungarian Parliament
The most stunning building is the Hungarian Parliament situated next to the Danube. Moreover, it is the largest building in the whole of Hungary. The neo-Gothic architecture, beautiful front surely need some clicks. The building consists of two big halls. The first one is for the governing of the country and the second one of course for the tour guidance. Tours are available in different languages like English, Spanish, French etc.
Watch shoes on the Danube Bank
When you leave the Parliament House, you will come across dozens of shoes made of bronze left on the ground facing the water. These represent a memorial to people who were murdered along the banks of the Danube river. Before being shot and thrown into the Danube river, more than 3,500 victims were forced to remove the shoes.
Stroll across the Chain Bridge
After watching the shoes, stroll the Chain Bridge which is just a short walk away. This bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Budapest. It was the first permanent construction that connected Buda and Pest. If you have not walked across the bridge, then your Budapest trip is not worth it!
St. Stephen’s Basilica
A short walk will take you to St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is the most famous church in the whole of Hungary and also the largest one. The church’s dome is equal to the height of the Hungarian Parliament Building and measures 96 metres. By taking an elevator or by climbing 365 stairs, you would reach the dome. The entrance fee to the church is free, but a small donation is must at the entrance.
The House of Terror
An 8-minute walk from the church will take you to the House of Terror. This museum was once a headquarter of the terrifying Arrow Cross Party that used to rule over the whole of Hungary during the end time of the Second World War. This landmark provides a memorial to the victims of that time. The entrance fees for the House of Terror is 2000 HUF( about 10 USD).
After this, visit Heroe’s Square which is just 15 minutes walk from the House of Terror. It is situated in a beautiful park. This place has gorgeous statues of various national leaders including the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars. The entrance to this monument is free. You will also find Széchenyi Medicinal Bath. If you are in Budapest, you should go for this. It is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The warm water in the spa relaxes your body. There are 21 pools available. For a peaceful bath go in the morning and if you want to see the nightlife, visit this place on Saturdays to enjoy the open pool party.
Cruise Ride on the Danube River
Just go and take a cruise ride on the Danube river preferably during the time of sunset. You would see the sun going down and the lights of the city switching on from below. It is one of the best experiences you would ever have!
At the end of the day, walk along the Danube to see the famous bridges and the iconic landmarks beautifully lit at night.
Day 3: Strolling across the streets
As this is your last day, this is the time to explore the streets and do some shopping and trying some of the best foods in the city.
Central Market Mall
If you love shopping, head on to the Central Market Hall. It is a three-storey building that provides the best of shopping from Hungarian foods to souvenirs etc. You would enjoy the local meals of the city here along with a lively atmosphere.
Want to see more stunning views of the city? Head on to Gellért Hill and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view of the town.
Don’t forget the Ruin Bars
You can’t leave Budapest without drinking at the Ruin Bars. Visit them at any time of the day and enjoy the drinks though the bars become more lively at night. The city’s first ruin bar is Szimpla Kert. It consists of old furniture, unique decorations and at the same time good drinks.
This is all to include in the 3-day itinerary of Budapest. Major iconic landmarks and other places have been included in this though if you have got some extra time, go to explore the Memento Park, the Zoo, Margaret Island etc. 3 days are enough for the first time in Budapest to explore the major attractions of the city but if you have got one or a two day more, explore accordingly.
How to Save Money on the Budapest Trip
The best option to explore the best of Budapest in 3 days along with saving money is to buy the Budapest City Card. The benefits of the card are:
- Travel from public transport unlimited times
- You get 13 free museum tours including the museums of Buda Castle
- Buda and Pest free guided walking tours
- Moreover, you get free entry to Lukács Medicinal Bath
- 10-50% discount are available across 100 places, major attractions and restaurants etc.