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A detailed Budapest itinerary | Must-visit sights, hidden gems, & local experiences

Steeped in history and dotted with thermal baths, Budapest offers something for everyone. However, ticking off all your bucket list spots while navigating public transportation in a new city can be quite overwhelming. Here’s where our Budapest hop-on-hop-off bus tours come in handy. These buses follow a designated route and drop you off at your chosen destination. A majority of these stops are right in front of a landmark or museum. Explore at your own pace and hop back on the next hop-on-hop-off bus to continue your journey. For 24-hour itineraries, these buses are a blessing, for you can explore more museums and save time and money.

Budapest itineraries for those on the clock...

Ideally, you need to spend at least 3 to 4 days in Budapest to experience the most of what the city has to offer. However, fret not! If you do not have much time on hand, here is our curated list of the best things to do in Budapest. Customize your Budapest itinerary based on your interests and take advantage of the hop-on-hop-off routes for easy navigation.

  1. Budapest on a budget
  2. Budapest for history buffs
  3. Budapest for families
  4. Budapest for couples
  5. Budapest for art and culture enthusiasts
  6. Budapest for foodies

Budapest on a budget

Budapest is a haven for budget-conscious travelers. With plenty of delicious street food options, lush green parks, and free museums, you don’t have to always spend a pretty dime to enjoy your trip.

Budapest in one day

With only 24 hours in the city, you may think that you won’t get to experience anything. However, do not worry! Follow this guide to tour the infamous historic district, stop by one of the city’s thermal baths, and sample a few traditional savories.

Castle District in Budapest
Matthias Church in Budapest

Matthias Church

Whether you are religious or not, this church, located at the center of Castle District, is a must-visit for its sheer artistry. With a striking Gothic exterior, colorful tiled roof, and equally impressive frescoes inside, you can spend hours gazing at the artwork.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle (Big Bus) & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 30 to 45 minutes
Central Market Hall in Budapest

Central Market Hall

For a true taste of Budapest, head to the Great Market Hall! At around €1.35 to €10.80, you can find fresh produce, spices, and even Hungarian delicacies like langos and sausages. Just browsing the colorful stalls and soaking in the grand, airy interiors is completely free!

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Gellert thermal baths in Budapest

Budapest in two days

With 2 days in Budapest, you can explore a few other churches, memorials, and parks in the city-none of which will burn a hole in your pocket.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica

The St. Stephen's Basilica, named after Hungary’s first king, stands out with its grand neoclassical architecture and opulent interiors. It houses the mummified right hand of Hungary's first king, St. Stephen, and offers panoramic views from its dome.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Basilica (Big Bus) & St. Stephen’s Basilica (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Heroes’ Square in Budapest

Heroes’ Square

The Heroes’ Square offers a closer look at the city’s history at no cost. The real stars of this expansive plaza are the statues of the Seven Chieftains and other important national leaders. Look out for the Millennium Monument, with its towering column and archangel Gabriel.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Heroes’ Square (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Varosliget City Park in Budapest

Varosliget City Park

Step out for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic at the Varosliget Park. This vast, lush green space offers a respite from the hustle-bustle of city life. If you have a few extra hours on hand, head to the nearby Vajdahunyad Castle or take a dip in the Szechenyi thermal baths.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Heroes’ Square (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Danube promenade

Danube promenade

Budapest’s charm truly shines after sunset. Walk along the stretch between the Elisabeth and Chain Bridges and enjoy scenic views of the Danube River. You can spot many of the city’s landmarks like the Parliament Building and memorials like the Shoes on the Danube Bank.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Parliament (Big Bus) & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 2 hours

Budapest in three days

If you are extending your stay for one more day in Budapest, you can explore landmarks on both sides of the Danube, enjoy a picnic lunch, and visit a few budget-friendly ruin bars.

Gellert Hill

Gellert Hill

Start your morning with the best views in Budapest atop the Gellert Hill. Topped by the Citadella and the Liberty Statue, the hill offers a glimpse into the city’s strategic importance throughout history. The hike up may be more exhausting than your daily steps, however, it’s well worth it. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Margaret Island

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a serene escape in the middle of the Danube River, featuring lush gardens, a musical fountain, and sports facilities. It's a serene escape from the city buzz, where you can cycle among the trees and enjoy picnic lunches with picturesque views without spending a dime.  

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Margaret Bridge (Big Bus) & Buda Margaret Bridge (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 3 to 4 hours
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Szechenyi Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge does not just connect the two sides of the city, it is a symbol of the multicultural landscape in Budapest. As one of the first permanent bridges over the Danube, it represents a significant engineering achievement and offers stunning views, especially when illuminated at night.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Chain Bridge (Big Bus), Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing), & Siklo (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 30 to 45 minutes
Kisuzem

Kisuzem

After enjoying a gorgeous sunset at the Chain Bridge, head to Kisuzem, an eclectic bar in the lively Jewish Quarter. It is known for its easy-on-the-wallet drinks and cozy, artsy atmosphere. Experience the city's nightlife, enjoy local drinks, and socialize with both locals and other tourists.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Opera (Big Bus), Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing), & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 2 hours

Budapest for history buffs

The city is a paradise for history lovers. Over the centuries, it has been under the rule of Ottomans, Habsburgs, and Soviets, leaving behind a fascinating tapestry of cultures and architectural styles. A majority of these historic sites are situated on the Buda side of the Danube. Hop off the buses at the Castle or Parliament stop to explore most of them. 

Budapest in one day

If you have only a day in the city, consider traveling to the historic heart, the Castle District. Take the funicular to go up the hill and explore as many castles and museums as possible.

Hungarian Parliament
Shoes on the Danube

Shoes on the Danube

As you walk along the Danube promenade, you will spot a series of iron shoes. This simple yet powerful installation honors the Jews who were executed during World War II. The victims were forced to remove their shoes before being shot into the Danube.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle (Big Bus), Parliament (City Sightseeing), Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 30 minutes
Buda Castle
Hungarian National Museum

Hungarian National Museum

This museum is a cultural gem, chronicling the nation’s journey from ancient times to the present. Make sure to go through its Coronation Mantle and exhibits on Hungary’s struggle for independence. Take a stroll through its courtyards and admire the exterior facade. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours

Budapest in two days

With 48 hours in Budapest, you have more hours to cram in a few more historic sites. The Jewish community is a vibrant part of the city’s landscape. Make sure to stop by a synagogue and appreciate its beauty.

House of Terror

House of Terror

Grab some langos or a protein spread before you head out on a chilling adventure across the city. The House of Terror chronicles the dark periods of Hungary's 20th-century history under Nazi and Communist regimes. The museum’s exhibits are haunting and thought-provoking.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Opera (Big Bus) & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Hospital in the Rock

Hospital in the Rock

Hidden beneath Buda Castle, this museum once used to be a secret emergency hospital, then functioned as a nuclear bunker. Showcasing realistic wax figures and vintage equipment, this labyrinthine facility offers a closer look at the medical situation during World War II.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle (Big Bus) & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 2 hours
Dohany Street Synagogue
Memento Park

Budapest in three days

If you are planning a 3-day Budapest itinerary, you can drop by a few more museums, and understand the city’s history on a deeper level. The Holocaust impacted the Hungarian Jews severely. Stop by their memorials and pay your respects.

Budapest History Museum

Budapest History Museum

The Budapest History Museum is located in Buda Castle. Spread across four floors, its exhibitions provide a comprehensive overview of the city’s culture and all that went down over the years, from the Habsburg era to the 1848 revolution days, the World Wars, and the Communist era. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle Garden (Big Bus), Castle (Big Bus), Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours
Holocaust Memorial Center

Holocaust Memorial Center

A must-visit for those interested in the history of Hungarian Jews and the atrocities they endured, this Memorial Center is dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Its exhibits document the tragic events and personal stories of the Jewish community during World War II.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Acquincum Museum

Acquincum Museum

Another must-visit site for history buffs, especially those interested in ancient times, this museum preserves the remains of the ancient Roman city of Aquincum. The site includes a Roman amphitheater, baths, and houses, offering insights into their daily life and urban planning.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Heroes’ Square (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 2 hours
Kiscelli Museum

Kiscelli Museum

The Kiscelli Museum, housed in a former monastery, offers a diverse collection of artifacts related to Budapest's urban development. Whether you are interested in contemporary installations, Baroque art, or ancient relics, its eclectic displays provide a fascinating journey through the city's architectural history.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Batthyany Square (Big Bus), Parliament (Big Bus), & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Budapest for families

While Budapest is most famous for its eclectic nightlife, clubs, and thermal baths, it is also a popular travel destination for families. There are a variety of museums with engaging displays, which both adults and children would enjoy. Most baths have special areas for children, with kid-friendly pools, slides, and water features.

Budapest in one day

Forget dusty exhibits and long-winded descriptions. A majority of the museums in Budapest have child-friendly sections or interactive displays, which are sure to entertain both children and adults alike.

Hungarian Railway Museum

Hungarian Railway Museum

Start your day with a visit to the Railway Museum, a paradise for young visitors and train enthusiasts of all ages. Explore a wide selection of vintage locomotives, steam engines, and modern electric trains. Interactive exhibits and the opportunity to ride on heritage trains make it even more fun! 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Batthyany Square (Big Bus), Parliament (Big Bus), & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours
Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest zoos in the world, home to a wide variety of animals and plants. Its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, diverse habitats, and conservation efforts make it a favorite destination for families and nature lovers.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours
Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle

Situated in Varosliget City Park, this castle is a unique architectural gem that combines styles from various historical periods. Originally built for the 1896 Millennium Exhibition, it now houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture and is surrounded by lush green landscapes, perfect for mid-day picnic lunches. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Heroes’ Square (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Budapest Pinball Museum

Budapest Pinball Museum

This museum offers a nostalgic trip through gaming history with its extensive collection of over 130 pinball machines, some dating back to the 19th century. If you aren’t careful, you can easily spend a couple of hours here, playing the machines and competing for the winner’s title.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Margaret Bridge (Big Bus), Buda Margaret Bridge (City Sightseeing), Nyugati Railway Station (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Budapest in two days

If you are spending 2 days in the city, mix and match a number of experiences. Have a picnic at Margaret Island, visit obscure museums, and go on a relaxing Danube River boat tour.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the Danube River, known for its lush gardens, musical fountain, and recreational facilities. It’s a perfect escape for leisurely walks, cycling, and picnics, offering a serene retreat from the bustling city life.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Margaret Bridge (Big Bus) & Buda Margaret Bridge (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 3 hours
Danube sightseeing cruises
3D Gallery Budapest

3D Gallery Budapest

The 3D Gallery is an art museum, featuring trompe-l'œil paintings that come to life through a camera. Pose with a dinosaur or balance on a cliff edge – the possibilities are endless! It’s a fantastic spot for families and friends to unleash their inner child and capture some truly hilarious photos.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Basilica (Big Bus) & St. Stephen’s Basilica (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours

Tropicarium-Oceanarium

The Tropicarium-Oceanarium is an aquatic wonderland that features a variety of marine life, including sharks, rays, and tropical fishes. Walk through the shark tunnel and get a close-up view of the marine inhabitants, an educational and engaging experience for children.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Gellert Bath (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Budapest in three days

A 3-day Budapest itinerary for families will not be complete without a visit to the thermal baths. Do not fret, for there are shallow pools and caretakers to ensure you have a hassle-free visit.

Fairy Tale Museum

Fairy Tale Museum

Step into a world where fairytales come alive! Immerse yourself in the fantastical worlds of characters like Cinderella, Snow White, and the Frog Prince. From storytelling sessions, puppet shows, and elaborate costume displays, the museum is a wonderland for children. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle (Big Bus) & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 1.5 hours
Szechenyi thermal baths
Budapest Puppet Theater

Budapest Puppet Theater

The Budapest Puppet Theater is a cultural treasure that offers performances for children and adults alike. Its productions range from classic fairy tales to contemporary stories, showcasing the artistry and creativity of puppetry in a charming and intimate setting.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Opera (Big Bus) & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 hours
Hungarian Natural History Museum

Hungarian Natural History Museum

The museum has a dedicated dinosaur exhibit, where you can observe skeletons, reconstructions, and even holographic displays of pre-historic creatures. Beyond dinosaurs, there's something to intrigue every member of the family – from vibrant butterfly displays to elaborate rock and gem collections.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours

Budapest for couples

With cobblestone streets, rundown bars, and cozy cafes, there are a number of places you can explore in Budapest with your partner. Whether your date loves nature, is a photography enthusiast, or is a history buff, there’s something for everyone in the city.

Budapest in one day

With only 24 hours in Budapest, you must head to the Castle District and go on a sightseeing cruise. We also recommend heading to the hilly viewpoints and trying to spot as many historic landmarks as you can.

Elisabeth Lookout

Situated on Janos Hill, this historic tower offers breathtaking views of the whole city and provides a stunning vantage point for photographers and nature enthusiasts. Pack some sandwiches or pick up langos and have a breakfast date with your partner.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 30 to 40 minutes
Ferris Wheel of Budapest

Ferris Wheel of Budapest

The Budapest Ferris Wheel also offers scenic views. While the gondolas fit up to eight people, you may get one to yourselves on a lucky day. Point out landmarks and take pictures against the sky. After your ride, head down to Elizabeth Square. Stroll through the park or enjoy a picnic lunch. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Basilica (Big Bus) & St. Stephen’s Basilica (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 20 to 30 minutes

Castle Hill

Stumble upon hidden squares, roam around the cobblestone streets, and explore the Buda Castle. If you are feeling dramatic, consider traversing down Castle Hill on a horse-drawn carriage. As the sun sets, pick up a bottle of wine, and enjoy the golden cityscape below. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Chain Bridge (Big Bus), Castle (Big Bus), Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 2 to 3 hours
Danube evening cruises

Budapest in two days

With 2 days to spend in the city, you can go on a shopping and dining spree. The local markets offer scrumptious local delicacies, while the bustling streets are lined with boutiques and uptown shops, waiting to catch your fancy.

Robert Capa Photography Center

Robert Capa Photography Center

The museum hosts rotating exhibitions featuring the life and work of Robert Capa, famous for his war photography, and other influential photographers. It provides an intimate and artistic setting, perfect for couples, who are art enthusiasts and share a love for contemporary artwork. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Opera (Big Bus), Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing), & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1 to 2 hours
Hungarian State Opera

Hungarian State Opera

Enjoy a musical afternoon with world-class opera or ballet performances. The State Opera is a sight to behold, featuring marble columns, gilded decorations, and colorful frescoes. After the show ends, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautifully lit city center.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Opera (Big Bus), Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing), & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Vaci Street

Vaci Street

Lined with an array of boutiques and restaurants, this bustling street is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs, enjoy Hungarian pastries, or simply people-watch. The vibrant atmosphere is infectious, perfect for shopaholic couples, with street performers adding to the charm.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Vaci Street (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 2 hours
Sparty Budapest

Budapest in three days

If you have another day in Budapest, head out for some cave exploration, tick off other contemporary art museums, and explore a few ruin bars in the city.

Gellert Hill Cave

Gellert Hill Cave

If you love yourselves a good hike, head to the Gellert Hills. The hill has a network of caverns with a chapel run by Pauline monks. The cave’s interiors adorned with religious icons and carvings, offer a mystical atmosphere. The cave was also once used as a hospital during World War II. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 30 to 40 minutes
Mupa Budapest

Mupa Budapest

Also known as the Palace of Arts, this complex hosts a wide range of performances, from classical concerts to theater plays, and musicals. You can also enjoy exceptional acoustics at the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall within the same complex. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Lukacs thermal baths
High Note Sky Bar

High Note Sky Bar

The High Note Bar is a chic rooftop venue offering panoramic views of Budapest’s skyline, including a close-up look at St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is perfect for couples looking for cocktails and gourmet bites after a day’s end. The bar is located on top of the Aria Hotel. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Basilica (Big Bus) & St. Stephen’s Basilica (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Budapest for art and culture enthusiasts

Featuring world-class museums and a vibrant artistic scene, Budapest is a must-visit destination for art lovers. There’s hardly a topic for which the city has not curated a museum. Most of these museums offer either free entry or a small fee, so you can visit as many museums as you can fit into your itinerary without spending a fortune.

Budapest in one day

A 1-day Budapest itinerary features the most popular and renowned museums, with state-of-the-art amenities and an extensive range of Hungarian artwork.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts houses an impressive collection of European art, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to modern masterpieces, including works by Raphael, El Greco, and Rembrandt. The museum’s diverse collection makes it a must-visit for art lovers seeking to immerse themselves in a rich culture. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Heroes’ Square (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Hungarian National Gallery

Museum of Ethnography

Stop by the Hungarian Parliament and head straight to the Museum of Ethnography. With a vast collection of traditional costumes, crafts, and artifacts, this museum reflects the multi-cultural identity of the Hungarians. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Parliament (Big Bus) & Parliament (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 1.5 hours

Hungarian State Opera House

End your day with a musical evening at the Hungarian State Opera. Featuring marble columns and gold frescoes, the complex hosts a number of premium opera and ballet performances. You can also take a guided tour and learn more about its history and cultural relevance. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Opera (Big Bus), Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing), & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around an hour

Budapest in two days

If you have another day in Budapest, you can explore the cultural scene further. Head to a synagogue, visit hospitals-turned-museums, and sample their local beverages.

Gresham Palace

Gresham Palace

Originally an office building, the Gresham Palace is now a part of the Four Seasons luxury hotel. Start your day by admiring the sweeping staircases and stunning mosaics. The hotel is a brilliant example of modern decor, which has managed to retain the intricacies of its historical facade.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Chain Bridge (Big Bus), Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing), & Siklo (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours
Palinka Museum Budapest
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

While primarily a research institution, its grand Neoclassical building and public lectures, exhibitions, and events make it a popular destination for science enthusiasts. Make sure to enquire about its lectures to align your visit with the scientific talks. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Chain Bridge (Big Bus) & Jozsef Attila Street (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Budapest in three days

With 3 days in Budapest, you can explore many of the lesser-known, hidden museums, featuring unique exhibits. You can also make time for a food-guided tour and go for wine tastings.

Ludwig Museum

Ludwig Museum

Located inside the Mupa complex, the Ludwig Museum’s exhibits range from paintings and sculptures to multimedia installations. From American pop art like pieces by Andy Warhol to conceptual artwork by Yoko Ono, the museum is a must-visit for art enthusiasts looking for creative inspiration. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 1.5 to 2 hours

Zwack Unicum Museum

This museum is dedicated to the famous Hungarian herbal liqueur, Unicum. You can see the original distillery, learn about the Zwack family, and sample many flavorful spirits made from the Unicum. If you love trying new beverages, this museum is a must-visit. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Gellert Bath (Big Bus) & Parisi Udvar (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around 1.5 hours

Zelnik (Gold) Museum

This unique museum houses an extraordinary collection of Southeast Asian artifacts, with a particular focus on gold treasures. The exhibits, ranging from intricate jewelry to ancient ceremonial objects, provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Southeast Asia.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus), Opera (Big Bus) & Andrassy Avenue (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: around an hour

Kunsthalle

Also known as the Hall of Art, the Kunsthalle hosts dynamic and ever-evolving, temporary exhibitions, featuring Hungarian and international artists. Their wide range of media and styles, experimental art, and avant-garde productions offer a fresh perspective on modern art. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Heroes’ Square (Big Bus) & Heroes’ Square (City Sightseeing)
  • Duration of visit: 2.5 to 3 hours

Budapest for foodies

Though we won’t judge you for over-indulging in goulash, the city has much more to offer. Besides the latest fusion restaurants blending traditional recipes with an international twist, Budapest has thriving local markets and small kitchen restaurants.

Budapest in one day

Short on time? Do not fret, this 1-day Budapest itinerary for foodies features a combination of traditional savories with international dishes to satisfy all your cravings.

Freyja-the Croissant Story

Start your day at Freyja, known for its artisanal croissants. Their classic butter croissant and the pistachio raspberry croissant are two must-try specialties here. Try not to droll over the counters! The bakery has an open kitchen, where you can watch your sweet treats being baked fresh. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Astoria (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: House of Terror & St. Stephen’s Basilica

Savoyai Terasz

After the bustling Central Market stroll, relax for an evening feast. Enjoy grilled catfish with Dill sauce, a Hungarian specialty, and Chicken Paprikash, a traditional comfort food. The terrace seating offers stunning views of the Danube. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle (Big Bus) & Castle Garden (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Buda Castle & Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Budapest in two days

While we recommend you stick to the traditional spreads, if you are craving a fancy dinner, Budapest offers a thriving dining scene. From Italian trattorias and French bistros to Thai curries and Vietnamese pho, you will find every flavor from around the world in this city.

Jewish Quarter

Begin your day with a shakshuka, a flavorful dish of poached eggs in a spicy tomato and pepper sauce, and a fresh bagel with lox, featuring smoked salmon and cream cheese. Walk around the vibrant neighborhood. Spot local cafes and beautiful street art. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Dohany Synagogue (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Hungarian State Opera & Light Art Museum

Ildiko Konyhaja

For lunch, head to Ildiko Konyhaja, a cozy eatery offering homemade Hungarian dishes. Their must-try items are goulash and Hortobagyi pancakes, savory crepes filled with minced meat and topped with a rich paprika sauce. The warm atmosphere makes you feel like you’re dining in a family’s kitchen.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle/Funicular (Big Bus) & Siklo (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Buda Castle & Fisherman’s Bastion

Millennium Da Pippo

Head to Millennium Da Pippo for a taste of Italy. Sample their classics- the Margherita pizza, featuring a perfect blend of fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato sauce, and the spaghetti carbonara, a classic pasta dish with creamy egg sauce and pancetta.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Dohany Synagogue (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Hungarian State Opera & Light Art Museum

Harom Hollo

End your day at this unique bar, which also doubles as a performance hub. Enjoy Hungarian wines and spirits with charcuterie boards, filled with cured meats and a variety of cheese. The bohemian lighting, with live music and art exhibitions, creates a lively and engaging atmosphere.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Dohany Synagogue (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Hungarian National Museum & Central Market Hall

Budapest in three days

If you are extending your stay in Budapest, head to the local markets and discover cozy Hungarian eateries, also known as Etkezde, offering traditional fare at reasonable prices. You can also take a cooking class to deepen your understanding of Hungarian culture.

Hunyadi Square Market

The best breakfasts in Budapest are somewhere around a local market. Head to Hunyadi for your third day and start with a freshly baked Pogacsa, a traditional savory pastry, and a hearty slice of Kolbasz, Hungarian sausage, paired with fresh bread.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Dohany Synagogue (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Hungarian Parliament Building & St. Stephen’s Basilica

Getto Gulyas

Getto Gulyas’ warm, rustic atmosphere creates a homely dining experience. Try their signature gulyasleves (goulash soup), a rich and flavorful beef soup with paprika, and the Porkolt, a classic Hungarian beef stew served with nokedli (dumplings).

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Dohany Synagogue (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park & Szimpla Kert

Street Food Karavan

After exploring the Jewish Quarter, head to a lively, street food court to sample a variety of traditional and international dishes. For your third day, go back to the basics, and gorge on their langos and chimney cakes, a sweet, spiral pastry coated in sugar and cinnamon.

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Dohany Street Synagogue (Big Bus) & Dohany Synagogue (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Dohany Street Synagogue & House of Terror

Manyi-Kulturalis Muhely

End your day at this cultural hub. One day you might catch a local indie band, the next you could find yourself immersed in a thought-provoking theatre performance or a film screening. Sample the local craft beer and a bowl of Hungarian fish stew while enjoying the performances. 

  • Nearest hop-on-hop-off stop: Castle/Funicular (Big Bus) & Castle (City Sightseeing)
  • Nearest landmarks: Buda Castle & Shoes on the Danube



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