Budapest is a perfect city for a weekend getaway. It is a city with a lot of culture, history and architecture. Buda on one side and Pest on the other, divided by the Danube, is one of our favorite European cities.
Szimpla Kert, the emblematic ruin pub of the city with its characteristic decor.
Here we leave an example of a script to see the city in 3 days without losing the most interesting points.
THE 1st DAY
If you have a chance to fly on Friday morning, you can still enjoy the late afternoon to visit Matias Church, Buda Castle, its surroundings and the Fishermen’s Bastion.
With a medieval air, this part of the city has the best views to the Pest side.
After, just go down one of the many streets that will give to the Pest side.
After some time downhill, one of the most beautiful bridges of the city, Szechenyi Bridge. It was the first to be built in Budapest, rebuilt years later after being destroyed during World War II.
Crossing the Szechenyi bridge and you are already on the Pest side, you will find a spectacular view of the Buda side. You will see the castle and the Fishermen’s Bastion all illuminated at night, two majestic works of art on the top of the Buda.
You can take a boat trip on the Danube and enjoy a great view of the whole city illuminated from below, from the Danube.
Many of the boats that are on the pier on the Pest side do sightseeing with dinner and live music, the price is from €20.00 per person.
THE 2nd DAY
On the second day, you can enjoy the morning to explore the parliament area, one of the most beautiful and emblematic buildings of the city. Budapest’s parliament is one of the largest in the world, with 691 rooms. We did not have time to visit the interior due to lack of time but from outside we already had an idea of the size of this building.
Budapest’s parliament and Jorge being a model
A few meters from the parliament you can visit the Memorial of the Shoes of the Danube. The story of this memorial is very sad, there are 60 pairs of iron shoes for men, women and Jewish children. This memorial was created by two Hungarian artists who wanted to honor the people who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II.
Memorial of the Shoes of the Danube
The next stop is in the Square of Vorosmarty square, the center of the city. This square is just a few meters from the Danube and there is always something happening, street performers, pop up concerts, markets with local producers and is an area with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and lots of atmosphere.
Then we visit the Basilica Szent istvan, one of the largest religious buildings in Hungary at 96m high.
We follow the path and the next stop is the Budapest Opera which is located on one of the biggest avenues of the city, Andrassy Utca. It is well known for its palaces and emblematic buildings and for being a shopping / commercial area.
A 10-minute walk from the Opera, you can find the great Synagogue of Budapest and follow the central market of Budapest.
Here you can find all the regional products of Hungary, the famous sausages, cheeses, wines and the famous palinkas.
In the upper part there are several food stations where they can sting something to the next stop, Ciutadella.
The market is next to the Green Bridge that crosses the Danube and takes us to the base of the slope that we have to climb to the next spot, Ciutadella.
Ciutadella sits high on a hillside and has the best sunset in the city. We recommend climbing in the late afternoon, so you can take the time to see the city in the light of day, enjoy the sunset and see the city all lit up at night.
Views from Ciutadella in light day
Views from Ciutadella after sunset
Budapest is also known for its nightlife and bad pubs. If you want to go out for a drink at night, we recommend Szimpla Kert, the best known ruin pub in the city and an emblematic place in Budapest.
Szimpla Kert, famous ruin pub
THE 3rd DAY
On the third day, as it was a gray morning, we went to see the House of Terror museum. It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes in 20th-century Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. Remark note, they don’t let you take pictures or make videos. We recommend to include this museum in your itinerary, and go early in the morning to avoid large queues.
House of Terror museum
After a morning in the museum, we decided to walk along the wide avenue Andrassy Utca, where by chance there was a market with street food, and we arrived at Hősök tere, one of the major squares in Budapest, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven chieftains of the Magyars. On that day, a horseback riding festival was taking place, so we did not have the opportunity to see the square.
Following the direction of the square, you can find a park, and within that park is Vajdahunyad Castle. It is a small castle, so medieval, so romantic. Here you can enjoy the gardens to relax, date or even why not sunbathing?
To enjoy the rest of the afternoon, we recommend visiting one of the Budapest Thermal Baths, the best known for its exterior is the Széchenyi thermal bath, the entrance with locker is about € 20 per person. With the fresh air from the outside, just get into a pool of hot water and enjoy it.
Széchenyi thermal bath
After a relaxing afternoon heading to the hotel, pack up and the next day return to Barcelona.
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We just love Budapest! This a perfect city for a weekend getaway. If you need another tips about this city, and maybe we skip it in this post, just leave us a comment! 🙂