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[Travel Itinerary] 3 days in Budapest

[Travel Itinerary] 3 days in Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary is definitely worth a visit.

Here is my 3 full days itinerary in Budapest.

DAY 1

After checking in our wonderful hotel (will cover this later), we went to have lunch at the most charming cafe in Hungary 😍.

New York Cafe

Verdict: Beautiful interior, food was good but not amazing. Selling point was mainly the ambience of the place. Service and staff friendliness could be improve though.

We then took a stroll in the city and went to St. Stephen’s Basilica. After seeing the interior, we headed up to the top floor of the basilica for a panoramic view of Budapest. The most rewarding view would be the Budapest Parliament view from far.

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Budapest Parliament

Later in the afternoon, we had a Parliament tour visit and we managed to arrive at the Parliament earlier, having some extra time to explore the surroundings.

Tips: Make sure you pre-book the Parliament tour in advance as the tour tends to sold out fast. You may book the tour at https://www.jegymester.hu/eng/Production/480000/Parliament-visit.

By the time we were out of the Parliament, the sky was already dark. We then took a stroll by the Danube and saw the "Shoes on the Danube bank”, which is a memorial in Budapest to honour the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II.

Shoes on the Danube bank

Later in the evening, we went back to St. Stephen’s Basilica for the evening Christmas market in front of the basilica and also tried the popular rose gelato at Gelarto Rosa.

Verdict: It’s good but I guess not good enough to leave an impression, ha!

DAY 2

Vajdahunyad Castle

Today we were travelling to the North-East side to Vajdahunyad Castle, where the famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath is located.

It was drizzling in the morning when we arrived at Hosok Tere (Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, with statues of the leaders of 7 tribes who founded Hungary) hence causing the photos to look a little dull.

We then strolled towards the castle. We quite enjoyed the atmosphere that was rather quiet yet peaceful, probably due to less tourist crowd in winter season. Upon arriving at the castle gate, we walked pass the city park which has now transformed to an ice rink during winter (a boating lake during summer).

The Great Synagogue (Dohany St. Synagogue)

Interesting exterior design, however entrance fee was expensive and we did not think it’s worthy for what we saw inside and the space was rather small too. Only seeing the facade can be sufficient.

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest

More info: https://www.greatsynagogue.hu/gallery_syn.html

Karavan Street Food

A place not to be missed by foodies!

Conveniently located next to the popular ruin bar - Szimpla Kert, Karavan offers a variety of food trucks and booths serving mouth-watering delicacies. We loved the deep fried cheese so much!

Open daily from 11am - 11pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 11am-1am (Thursday and Friday), 11am-12am (Saturday).

Szimpla Kert

Definitely a happening place for the gram!

The legendary Szimpla Kert is the most complex and best known ruin pub in Budapest. A must see! This is a popular, homey place for friendly get-togethers, and it sports peculiar interior-design solutions, a mix of styles, and the eclectic vibe of urban life. Every corner boasts different vibes and atmospheres.

Open daily from 12pm - 4am (Monday to Saturday) ; 9am - 5am (Sunday).

Szabo Ervin Library

Hands down one of the most beautiful library I have seen!

A 19th century artistocrat's mansion, turned into a library, hidden in a modern library. We simply couldn’t keep out jaws closed by the majestic interior. A good place to visit if you have run out of places to visit for the day 😜.

DAY 3

Fisherman Bastion

Love, love, love this place! Every corner is great for photos and offers sweeping views.

A trip to Budapest is incomplete without a visit to Fisherman Bastion. With its spectacular panoramic views of Budapest and the Danube and beautiful, ornate design, it’s easy to see why Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most popular and most recommended tourist destinations in the city.

Having said that, the crowd was crazy, probably due to the December holiday season. I would highly urge you to go early in the morning if you wish to capture “insta-worthy” photos without the crowd.

Check out my IG for more photos!

Matthias Church

A Roman Catholic church located in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of the Buda Castle’s district.

One of the finest churches in Budapest, and the most unique churches in Europe. Full of surprises, mysteries and treasures, the church has a breathtaking interior with colours inspired by orientalism and romantic historicism. Its mystically exotic atmosphere paired with its Neo-Gothic features differentiates it from any other church.

We particularly loved this church as it was something different from all other churches that we have visited.

Castle Hill

Historic and romantic!

Feel free to take the best panoramic shots in Budapest from here. Amazing isn’t it?

Hospital in the Rock

The Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum is the name given to a hospital created in the caverns under Buda Castle in Budapest in the 1930s, in preparation for the Second World War.

This place is filled with historical moments and heart-touching stories of the sacrifices during the second world war.

One-hour guided tours, available in Hungarian and English, depart every hour.

Bonus Tips

Where to change money in Budapest:

Budapest, 1b Király utca, 1075 Hungary | Near “Budapest Eye” | Reasonable rate

  • Luxurious touch

  • Clean and beautiful room

  • Strategically located near to public transportation

  • Infra-sauna available all day - Free of Charge

  • Staff were friendly and helpful


Till next time~

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