4 days in Budapest
One of the things I’m most grateful for about my trip to Budapest was the amount of time we got to spend in the city. Top travel tip there – although be prepared to feel like hell when you’re back in the office the next day.
Sometimes it feels like I have so many places I want to visit that I try and cram as much in as possible – but this time around, we were able to take the city at our own pace and really explore in a bit more depth than we’d normally do. Simply wandering the streets was a wonderful pleasure, and along the way, we stumbled upon lots of fun things to do in Budapest…
Here are some of them!
1. GO INSIDE SAINT STEPHEN’S BASILICA
My awesome location had me close to all the good restaurants and only 10 minutes walk from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Hungarian Parliament. My neighbor was St. Stephens Basilica (also known as Szent István-bazilika), a Roman Catholic church and also the largest church in Budapest.
2. EXPLORE THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Even just checking out this awe-inspiring building is a sight to behold, and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful structures I’ve seen on my travels. Perched at the edge of the Danube, our first sighting was from the other side of the river at Fisherman’s Bastion – and it gets even better up close. To learn more about Hungary’s political side, or just to gawp at the also-impressive interior, take a guided tour.
3. WALK TO FISHERMAN’S BASTION
I stayed at the Pest side, where there’s a little more action, but first thing on my Budapest agenda was to visit the famous Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda side. Fisherman’s Bastion (aka The Halászbástya in Hungarian) is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on Castle hill.
If you’ve seen photos of Budapest, you’ve probably come across this image once or twice ↓
4. MATTHIAS CHURCH
The colorful Matthias church is conveniently located right next to Fisherman’s Bastion so getting lost was not an issue for me this time around
5. THE SZÉCHENYI CHAIN BRIDGE
Buda and Pest are separated by the mighty Danube river, and no less than eight bridges link the two city parts. The most well-known of these bridges is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge – high-five if you can pronounce that correctly! I got a really good view of Budapest from the bridge, including the Castle district and the Hungarian Parliament.
6. SOAK IN THE THERMAL BATHS
8. CITY PARK LUTHERAN
9. BUDAPEST HEROES SQUARE
10. BUDAPEST EYE
The Budapest Eye is a massive ferris wheel on the Elizebet Square that provides stunning glimpses of the city.It might be worth a visit when the sun has set, for the city lights up and the panorama is breathtakingly beautiful! Moreover, the park at the Elizébet Square where the Ferris Wheel is remains lively in the dead of the night. Chill by the park side and have fun.Alternatively, you can also sign-up for the pub crawling experience with Free Pub Crawl Budapest.
You won’t run out of things to see here – every street in this magical city is fascinating. I hope I’ve convinced you to visit soon!
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