A Day in Budapest
Known as the "Pearl of the Danube" and "City of Roses," Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's most romantic capitals. Bisected by the Blue Danube, the city is comprised of the historic “Buda” district on the right bank and the modern “Pest” district on the left. While Budapest is one the largest cities in the European Union, travelers have only recently begun to discover the exquisite beauty of the romantic city. Check out our idea of a perfect day in Budapest
9:00AM – Explore the Castle District
Take a stroll on Castle Hill, the oldest quarter of the city, whose narrow cobbled streets are lit by wrought-iron gas lamps and lined with old Baroque houses and picturesque taverns. Take some time to browse in the shops on Vaci Street, which sell the finest Hungarian handicrafts like ceramics, embroidered fabrics, and decorated wooden objects.
Some of the most famous sites of the area include Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and Buda Castle. Fisherman’s Bastion offers stunning views of the city, while the 14th century Matthias Church features not only beautiful Gothic architecture, but also an art museum!
12:00PM – Lunch and Dessert
At lunchtime, stop by one of the many traditional Hungarian inns that line the streets of Castle Hill for a traditional meal including goulash, stuffed peppers, and Hungarian sausages.
For a sweet treat, head over to Chez Dodo for arguably the best macarons in Budapest. In this new café, the traditional French pastries are created with interesting flavor combinations with a result that is said to rival the macarons in Paris!
2:00PM – Relax in the spa
After lunch, take a trip to the famous Széchenyi Thermal Baths. These ornate thermal baths were built in 1913 and feature outdoor pools, water jets, a rooftop spa, and more – all heated by the water of natural thermal springs.
5:00PM – Enjoy the Danuabe
For a different view of the city, enjoy a cruise up and down the Danube! Cruises are offered at various lengths and times throughout the day, but an evening cruise with the lights of the city illuminating the water is especially beautiful. Cruise past Buda Castle, under the famous Chain Bridge, and by the stunning Parliament building before heading back to shore.
7:00PM – Dinner and Drinks
For a casual meal, check out the family-run Bistro Zeller which serves traditional dishes with ingredients grown on their family’s farm. Or for a fine-dining experience, head to Onyx which offers set tasting menus featuring a unique and modern spin on Hungarian cuisine.
Before heading back to the hotel for the night, stop by a traditional beer hall for some Hungarian brew or grab a pint of craft beer from one of the many independent microbreweries popping up around the city!