Your Unique 3-Day Itinerary for Budapest, Hungary

Day 1: Buda Castle & Citadella

If you’re staying in central Budapest, then you will want to do most of the stuff across the Danube river in one day. It’s easy enough to get across, but it makes sense to do it all together if you have limited time in your Budapest itinerary. Take the tram across the river to the Buda Castle during the day to explore the grounds. Make sure to check out Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion while you’re there. Although it’s difficult to find a place to eat in this area, go down closer to the river for a bite to eat. Then you will have the opportunity to check out the best view of the Parliament building (unless you’re on the water). Afterward, you can walk or take a tram down towards the Citadella entrance. Get up here in time for sunset for a beautiful view.

Day 2: Dohany Street Synagogue & Szechnyi Baths

In the morning, get up to see the Dohany Street Synagogue. Hopefully it’s within walking distance of your place, but if not, it’s easily accessible by tram. The Synagogue has lots to offer with its own museum and deep history. Then take the metro over to the Szechnyi baths, which are about a 25 minute ride away. You will most likely spend a couple of hours here before you get sick of the smell and the crowd. Take a walk around the castle and check out the museums in the area before returning to central Budapest.

Day 3: Saint Stephens Basilica & River Cruise

Take a river cruise at night after a relaxing day doing anything that you might have missed on your Budapest itinerary. I recommend the night cruise instead of daytime because the parliament building looks best when it’s lit up at night. There are many programs that offer these cruises, but I recommend the one through Budapest River Cruises. You will be on a relatively large boat, but there is a roof deck for viewing and many interior common rooms/bars. This company offers decent prices and also includes a choice of 2 complimentary cocktails or beers.

Remember if you would like to learn more about any of the places included in my 3-day itinerary for Budapest, Hungary, then you can visit my all-inclusive guide for free here!

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