One day in Budapest isn’t enough to do the city justice but it can be a great starting point.
The rushing Danube running through the city, the stunning views from the hillside, the traditional cuisine, the marvelous architecture and the vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere of Budapest will leave you craving more.
Fővám tér - Central Market Hall
Amazing market stuffed with local delicacies.
Start the day by experiencing one of Europe’s greatest food cities like a local: You’ll get a chance to eat and drink the very best Budapest has to offer.
Buy your veggies, fruits and quality pastries, fresh bread (maybe with dill-cream cheese) for breakfast.
Try the delicious juicy-sour Hungarian pickles – I recommend the classic “kovászos uborka”(pickled gerkhins) – buy them in the basement.
The strudels are also very delicious! 🙂
After breakfast head to Váci street, a shopping and pedestrian street of Budapest. This two kilometers long street runs from the Central Market Hall to Vörösmarty Square. The first part of the street you’ll be walking along is known for its gift shops and bistros, while the section between Szabad sajtó út and Vörösmarty Square is considered to be the center of downtown, and this area is packed with fashion shops.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary. It was built from 1842 to 1849. At the feet of the bridge stands the glorious Hotel Gresham Palace.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Take the street on the left of Gresham Palace and walk up to St. Stephen’s Basilica, the most significant Roman Catholic Church in Budapest that can host 3,500 people at the same time.
Rub the belly of the fat policeman statue on the way to the Basilica in Zrínyi street.
Have a look at the mummified right hand of our first king displayed in the Basilica.
The panorama from the lookout terrace is wonderful, it really worth the climb. If it is hot, have an ice cream at Gelato Rosa.
Szabadság tér - Freedom Square
Walk a bit back along Zrínyi street and turn right to October 6 street. A few minutes later you will arrive to Szabadság tér. Have a look at the huge, gorgeous buildings surrounding it. On your right you will see the US Embassy, in front of you stands the Soviet War Memorial and Ronald Reagan’s statue is here, too. Behind Mr. Reagan you will see the Parliament.
The richly decorated, Neo-Gothic styled Parliament is the third largest Parliament in the world. The national flag in front of it is ceremonially raised and lowered every day. Soldiers stand guard and the changing of the guards happens once every hour.