Three Day Visit Itinerary for Budapest

This is an extended version of our two days visit post: Two Day Visit Itinerary for Budapest

Day 1

Take a walk along Váci street, this is the main pedestrian and shopping street in Budapest. It is one block away from Katona Apartments.

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Váci utca early morning, Photo: Virág

 

At the southern end of Váci street you will easily find the Great Market Hall. It is open from 6am Monday to Saturday but is closed on Sundays and bank holidays. It is definitely worth going there in the morning as you can have a Hungarian breakfast on the first floor.

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Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok) Photo: Virág

 

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Food stands on the first floor of the Great Market Hall, Photo: Virág

 

If you cross the Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd), either on foot or take tram 47 or 49 (one stop), you will reach the Buda side of the Danube. Here, at the foot of the Gellért Hill you will come accross the Cave Church.

 

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Liberty Bridge, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko, http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

If you are tired:

Opposite the Cave Church you will find the Art Nouveau style Gellért hotel, here you can relax in the lovely thermal baths.

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Gellért Bath, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

To get back to your apartment from the Gellért baths take Metro Line 4 from Gellért tér to Kálvin tér. Our apartments are a 5-10 minute walk away from Kálvin tér.

If you haven’t run out of energy…

…and the weather is nice, you can walk up Gellért hill to the Citadel where you will see the  Statue of Liberty and can admire the amazing views of the city.

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Statue of Liberty and the fortress, Photo: Virág

 

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Admiring the view, Photo: Virág

If you walk down the hill on the other side, to reach Elizabeth bridge, you will find the 500 year old Rudas Baths. Here you can take a dip and relax after all that walking.

To get back to your apartment from Rudas Baths cross the Elizabeth bridge and in 10 minutes you will be back in Katona Apartments.

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Elizabeth bridge at night, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

For the evening:

The Budapest Eye Ferris wheel is available in spring, summer and autumn and only a 5 minute walk from the apartment.

A 3 minute walk from the Ferris wheel is Saint Stephan’s Basilica. This is the most important church building in Hungary and also the third highest church in Hungary.

As seen from the tower of St Stephen’s Basilica Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

 

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Basilica, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

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Side door of St Stephen’s basilica. Door-handle with fish motifs, Photo: my cousin, Mészöly Nóra

From the Basilica, within 15 minutes, you can walk to the Parliament building, one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings with its Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube.

 

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Parliament, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

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Parliament, Photo: our guest, Daniela Tentis

Further onto the River bank you can find the Shoes on the Danube memorial honouring the Jews killed in WWII.

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Shoes on the Danube Memorial, Photo: Virag

 

Take a walk back to Katona Apartments along the bank of the Danube and admire the stunning view. (About 20 minutes from the memorial). You can also take tram No. 2 to Erzsébet Bridge.

 

Day 2

To start the day cross the Chain Bridge and walk up the Castle Hill (about 30 minute walk from the apartment). Alternatively, you can also take the Funicular Railway or if you prefer public transport look for the bus No. 16 on Erzsébet Square.

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Castle Hill, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

Once at the top of the hill you can visit the Royal Castle (from the outside), Matthias ChurchFisherman’s Bastion and take a rest in the charming Ruszwurm Café (7, Szentháromság Street).

View from Fisherman’s Bastion, Photo: my cousin, Mészöly Nóra

 

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Castle district area, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

 

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Admiring the view, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

 

Afterwards you can descend to the spooky cave system that stretches under the castle district area. I have two suggestions for you:

If you are interested in Budapest’s 20th century history, visit my favourite museum, Hospital in the Rock (Lovas út 4/C). Click here to read more about it: A natural formation transformed into a hospital

OR

An alternative program is a 1 km (about 0,6 miles) long walk in the Labyrinth (Úri utca 9). Be prepared for steep stairs and a temperature of 16-18 degrees Celsius (about 65 Fahrenheit) during the whole year. It might be a bit scarier than anticipated.

If you still feel like walking, take bus No. 16 back to Erzsébet Square and head north to Szabadság tér and take a look at the only communist statue left in the city, just next door to the US embassy.

In the evening

You can go for a stroll heading south from the apartments. If you follow Károlyi utca and then Kecskeméti utca you will reach Ráday utca. Here you can have a dinner in one of the many restaurants along this street.

Day 3

At Vörösmarty tér catch the Metro Line 1 to Hősök tere. Getting off here will bring you to Heroes Square where you can see its iconic statue complex.

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Heroes Square, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

Close to Heroes Square (5 minute walk) is Vajdahunyad Castle where you can take a romantic walk around the grounds and take in the various architecture.

 

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Vajdahunyad Castle, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

Round the corner from the castle is Széchenyi Baths, one of the largest spa complexes in Europe with a variety of indoor and outdoor pools.

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Széchenyi Bath, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

From Széchenyi Baths take 4 stops with Metro Line 1 until Vörösmarty utca stop (not Vörösmarty tér!) and visit the House of Terror (Andrássy út 60). It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in Hungary.

On the first floor of the building of Andrássy út 39 you can visit the former ball room, called Lotz Café. It operates as an impressive and elegant café with authentic 19th century atmoshere, decorated ceilings, chandeliers and numerous large guilded mirrors.

Another splendid 19th century building is the Hungarian State Opera House (Andrássy út 22). If you don’t plan to attend a performance, I highly recommend taking part in a short guided tour each day at 3 pm or 4 pm to have a look at the stunning interior.

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Hungarian State Opera House, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

To head back to the apartment from here take Metro Line 1 until Vörösmarty Square (terminal). From there, Katona Apartments can be reached within 5 minutes. We suggest you walk along Váci street.

If you prefer to walk from the Opera House, it takes about 20 minutes to reach the apartments.

For the Evening

You can take a nice walk in the Jewish Quarter (5 minute walk from Katona Apartments): Here you can view the Great Synagogue (from the outside) and explore this area to find the famous ruin pubs. You may also want to pay a visit to Gozsdu Court with its many cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops all within one complex.

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Ruin pub from outside, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

 

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Ruin pub from inside, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

These posts may also interest you:
Arriving at Budapest Airport -­ How to Exchange Money and Where to Buy Bus Tickets
Which Bath to Choose in Budapest?
Facts about the quality of Budapest’s tap water
Money Exchange and Budget in Budapest


About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1997 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/

Two Day Visit Itinerary for Budapest

As our apartments are located undoubtedly central, you can reach many of the main attractions very easily.

Day 1

Take a walk along Váci street, this is the main pedestrian and shopping street in Budapest. It is one block away from Katona Apartments.

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Great Market Hall, Photo: Virág

At the southern end of Váci street you will easily find the Great Market Hall. It is open from 6am Monday to Saturday but is closed on Sundays and bank holidays. It is definitely worth going there in the morning as you can have a Hungarian breakfast on the first floor.

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Fruits and vegetables in the Great Market Hall, Photo: Virág

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Craft Products on the first floor of the Great Market Hall, Photo: Virág

 

If you cross the Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd), either on foot or take tram 47 or 49 (one stop), you will reach the Buda side of the Danube. Here, at the foot of the Gellért Hill you will come accross the Cave Church.

 

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Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge) Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

 

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Entrance of the Cave Church, Photo: Virág

If you are tired:

Opposite the Cave Church you will find the Art Nouveau style Gellért hotel, here you can relax in the lovely thermal baths.

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Lobby of Gellért Bath, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

To get back to your apartment from the Gellért baths take Metro Line 4 from Gellért tér to Kálvin tér. Our apartments are a 5-10 minute walk away from Kálvin tér.

If you haven’t run out of energy

…and the weather is nice, you can walk up Gellért hill to the Citadel where you will see the Statue of Liberty and can admire the amazing views of the city.

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Admiring the view from Gellért hill, Photo: Virág

 

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On the top of Gellért hill, Photo: Virág

If you walk down the hill on the other side, to reach Elizabeth bridge Erzsébet-híd), you will find the 500 year old Rudas Baths. Here you can take a dip and relax after all that walking.

To get back to your apartment from Rudas Baths cross the Elizabeth bridge and in 10 minutes you will be back in Katona Apartments.

For the evening:

The Budapest Eye Ferris wheel is available in spring, summer and autumn and only a 5 minute walk from the apartment.

A 3 minute walk from the Ferris wheel is Saint Stephan’s Basilica. This is the most important church building in Hungary and also the third highest church in Hungary.

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Basilica in the background, photo: my cousin, Mészöly Nóra

 

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A gendarme close to Basilica, Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

From the Basilica, within 15 minutes, you can walk to the Parliament building, one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings with its Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube.

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Parliament, Photo: Miroslav Petrasko http://www.hdrshooter.com

 

Further onto the River bank you can find the Shoes on the Danube memorial honouring the Jews killed in WWII.

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Shoes on the Danube Memorial, Photo: Virag

Take a walk back to Katona Apartments along the bank of the Danube and admire the stunning view. (About 20 minutes from the memorial). You can also take tram No. 2 to Erzsébet Bridge.

Day 2

To start the day cross the Chain Bridge and walk up the Castle Hill (about 30 minute walk from the apartment). Alternatively, you can also take the Funicular Railway or if you prefer public transport look for the bus No. 16 on Erzsébet Square.

Chain Bridge and the Royal Castle Photo by my cousin, Mészöly Nóra

 

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View to the Danube, Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

Once at the top of the hill you can visit the Royal Castle (from the outside), Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and take a rest in the charming Ruszwurm Café (7, Szentháromság Street).

Fisherman’s Bastion Photo: Virag

If you take bus No.16 back to Erzsébet Square you can catch the Metro Line 1 to Hősök tere. Getting off here will bring you to Heroes Square where you can see its iconic statue complex.

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Heroes Square, Photo: Sergey Melkonov, Flickr

 

Close to Heroes Square (5 minute walk) is Vajdahunyad Castle where you can take a romantic walk around the grounds and take in the various architecture. Round the corner from the castle is Széchenyi Baths, one of the largest spa complexes in Europe with a variety of indoor and outdoor pools.

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Fresco on the ceiling of Széchenyi Baths, photo: Virág

To head back to the apartment from here take Metro Line 1 until Vörösmarty Square (terminal). From there, Katona Apartments can be reached within 5 minutes. We suggest you walk along Váci street.

For the Evening

You can take a nice walk in the Jewish Quarter (5 minute walk from Katona Apartments): Here you can view the Great Synagogue (from the outside) and explore this area to find the famous ruin pubs. You may also want to pay a visit to Gozsdu Court with its many cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops all within one complex.

During your check in we will be glad to show you all these sights on a map. We can also lend you a Lonely Planet Budapest guide to use during your stay.

Two days are not enough for Budapest, in this short time, you only just scratch the surface. You will definitely want to come back again one day. : )

info@katonaapartments.hu

http://www.katonaapartments.hu

About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1997 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/

18 Suggestions for What to Do in Budapest in Rainy Weather

Budapest offers a lot of programs even in bad weather. Here are some of our suggestions for what to do and see in case you visit our beautiful city on a rainy day.

Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

 

 

Activities

 

1. Caves under Budapest

 

There’s not just the Cave Church at the foot of Gellért Hill (on Buda side of the Szabadság híd / Liberty Bridge) and the Labyrinth under the Castle District (entrance: Úri utca 9). You can also visit Szemlő-hegyi Cave and Pálvölgyi-Cave.

To visit Pál-völgyi stalactite cave, walk to Astoria metro stop, take bus number 9 to Kolosy ter (10 stops) and change to bus no. 65 to Pál-völgyi cseppkőbarlang stop.

If you have small kids with strollers I recommend Szemlő-hegyi cave. To get there take metro 2 from Astoria to Batthyány tér stop and then change to bus number 11 and get off at Vend utca stop. Within a short walk you are at the cave.

Some parts of the cave systems can be visited without previous caving experience, as they have a concrete path and are lit by artificial light.

See also my previous post about the Hospital in the Rock museum that is located under the Castle District area in Lovas utca.

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Under the Castle district, Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

 

 

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Feet up, Photo: my friend Bús Mónika

 

2. Hungarian Folk Dance Houses

These events can be joined without any dance experience. Most of them are not organised with foreigners in mind, but you can take part without speaking our language.

They are held every Wednesday and Thursday at two different venues.

at Fonó Budai Zeneház Sztregova u. 3. . From Astoria, take 10 stops with tram no. 47 in the direction of Városház tér and get off at Kalotaszeg utca.

Every Thursday evening at Marczibányi Community Center Marczibányi tér 5/ A. From Ferenciek tere, take 9 stops with bus number 5 in the direction of Pasaréti tér and get off at Nyúl utca. From there, it’s a short walk to Marczibányi Community Centre.

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Folk dancers, Photo: my friend Bús Mónika

 

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Folk dancers, Photo: my friend Bús Mónika

 

3. Aquaworld Waterpark

The waterpark features 11 slides, adding up to a total length of almost 1 km, and lots of attractions including indoor and outdoor adventure pools, a wave pool, kids pool, Jacuzzi, plunge pool as well as a huge playhouse that offers slides, a climbing wall, a ball court and an obstacle course to entertain the youngsters.

It’s a bit outside of the city but a free shuttle bus runs between Heroes Square and Aquaworld 4 times a day: 9:30, 13:30, 17:30 and 19:30

Opening hours: every day from 6am to 10pm

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Aquaworld Waterpark, Photo: Aquaworld

 

4. Tropicarium

Tropicarium awaits visitors with animals from all around the world such as lazy alligators, exotic reptiles, small monkeys, free flying birds, sharks and thousands of colourful fish species. The stingray petting pool is one of the highlights as well as a shark feeding once a week.

To get to Tropicarium, take bus 133 from Ferenciek tere in the direction of Nagytétény, Erdélyi utca and get off at at 11th stop, Lépcsős utca.

Close to the Tropicarium you can also visit the Palace of Wonders.

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Under Water, Photo: Tropicarium

 

5. Palace of Wonders

An interactive scientific playhouse, where you can try out over hundred exhibits each showcasing physical phenomena. All exhibited games are interactive installations, so you are not only allowed, but also encouraged to touch, feel and try all of them. Live physics shows are held daily.

As it is located in the same place as Campona Entertainment and Shopping Centre, and Tropicarium. Take bus 133 from Ferenciek tere in the direction of Nagytétény, Erdélyi utca and get off at at 11th stop Lépcsős utca.

Close to the Palace of Wonders you can also visit the Tropicarium.

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Palace of Wonders, Photo: Tamás Péter

 

6. Shooting Club

7. Yoga classes

There is a yoga centrum (5 minute walk) that was tried out by our previous guests.

Address: Károly körút 1, near Astoria metro stop

Sightseeing with Public Transport

8. Take a ride with a public boat on the Danube.

Closest stop is Petőfi tér (Erzsébet híd) a 5 minute walk away from the apartments. Here is the timetable of the boats leaving from Petőfi tér (Erzsébet híd) stop on working days.

These boats take you quite far down the river and go pass all the nice buildings on the riverfront including the parliament building. You can sit inside or outside and there is also a small bar on board so you can have a few drinks during the journey.

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Boat ride on river Danube, Photo: my friend Bús Mónika

 

9. Take a ride on tramline number 2

It was voted the nicest tramline in Europe. The closest stop to our apartments is Március 15. tér (5 minute walk from the apartments). Take the tramline number 2 in the direction of Jászai Mari tér.

Try to get a seat on the left hand side so you can better see the river Danube, the Buda side including the Castle district area with the Royal Castle, the Matthias Church, the Fisherman Bastion, the Funicular railway and the bridges that connect Buda and Pest. Later on the tram will also pass along the Parliament building.

 

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Window of a tram, Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

 

Visiting Buildings

10. Parliament

Inside parliament you will be guided through the most beautiful rooms of this magnificent building. The tours take approximately 50 minutes.

I highly recommend that you buy your ticket online in advance, as the tickets, mainly the English language tours, are usually sold out weeks before. However, you can take a chance and buy tickets on the day and hope that there are some left. (10 minute ride with tram no. 2. or a 15-20 minute walk)

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Parliament, Photo: my friend, Bús Mónika

 

11. Opera House

This gorgeous neo-renaissance palace is one of Hungary’s most impressive 19th century buildings. There are guided tours organised each day at 15:00 and 16:00 in English, German, Spanish, Italian and French.

Address: Andrássy út 22. (15 minute walk or take the metro line 1)

As an introduction check out their virtual tour here.

Other sights close to Opera House: Lotz Café, Miniversum, Saint Stephen’s Basilica

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Hungarian State Opera, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

 

12. The House of Hungarian Art Nouveau

This stunning collection is a gem to any fanatic art lover. What you should expect: As the building is packed with furniture, statues, paintings and household like items, pottery and art nouveau style clothing, it’s more like a warehouse than an exhibition. Unfortunately there are no descriptions of the items in English, but if you are a fan of this style you’ll absolutely love the collection. Read also: Art Nouveau Buildings in Budapest

The building itself is great from the outside too.

Have a drink and a homemade cake in the cosy café downstairs. The café is accessible without paying the entrance fee to the collection.

Address: Honvéd utca 3. It’s 20-minute walk from the apartments or take metro no. 3 from Ferenciek tere in the direction of Újpest-Központ. Get off at Arany János utca stop and with a short walk across Liberty Square (Szabadság tér) you will reach the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau.

Other sights close to the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau: The Parliament Building and also you can look at the on Szabadság tér the only Socialist statue left from those times.

With Children

13. Playhouses

There are some huge, great ones not so far from the city center. I suggest you to visit Minipolisz, a unique interactive exhibition for children aged 3-12 where they get inside the heads of the adults in a city of their size. For a few hours they can try being merchants, cashiers, doctors, mechanics, stars, etc.

Address: Király utca 8, about 10 blocks away from Katona Apartments

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10-19

Other sights close to Minipolisz: Lotz Café, Opera House, Miniversum, Saint Stephen’s Basilica

14. Miniversum

An enormous, beautifully detailed and elaborately decorated model of the city including many sights and landscapes from Budapest and Hungary and even a bit of Austria and Germany.

For detailed information read my previous post about Miniversum.

To get there is just a 15 minute walk from the apartment or take metro no. 1  from Vörösmarty square and get off at Opera stop.

Other sights close to Miniversium: Lotz Café, Opera House, Minipolisz Play House, and Saint Stephen’s Basilica

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Miniversum model train exhibition, Photo: Virág

 

Chilling down

15. Classical music concerts

Concerts are held in many churches around the city. Eg. Saint Stephen’s Basilica (10 minute walk) / and Matthias Church (30 minute walk or take bus no. 16)

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Musicians, Photo: my cousin, Mészöly Nóra

 

16. Thermal bathes

Hungary is a land of thermal springs. In Budapest we have lots of baths where you can relax, take a dip, and enjoy a unique spa experience.

Our suggestions:

Rudas Bath is a traditional Turkish bath with some modern parts including the roof top terrace overlooking the river Danube (10 minute walk from Ferenciek tere or one bus stop with bus no. 7)

– Art Nouveau style Gellért Bath (20 minute walk or 2 bus stops from Ferenciek tere with bus no. 7.) Read more about Art Nouveau architecture in the city.

-neo-baroque Széchenyi Bath with inside and outside pools (15 minute ride with metro 1 from Vörösmarty tér to Széchenyi bath stop)

Here you can read more: Which Bath to Choose During Your Stay in Budapest

 

17. Café Houses

Most of the cafés were opened at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries so they are very unique and never-to- be-forgotten. Our suggestions:

New York Café The café is built in eclectic Italian Renaissance-style and was opened in 1894, its not the cheapest option in Budapest, but probably the most beautiful one. The dishes recall the multicultural cuisine of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

How to get there: 20 minute walk or from Ferenciek tere or take bus no. 5 to Blaha Lujza tér (3 stops) in the direction of Rákospalota, Kossuth utca or take bus no. 7 (3 stops) in the direction of Újpalota, Nyírpalota út.

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New York Café, Photo: my cousin, Mészöly Nóra

 

Gerbeaud (since 1858) The interior decoration of the café were completed in a few years after 1910 using fine woods, marble and bronze. The ceilings are decorated with rococo plasterwork in Louis XV style; the chandeliers and wall lamps were created in Maria Theresa Style.

Gerbeaud Café has greeted many famous people. A few impressive names are: Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Franz Liszt: King George of Great Britain; Edward, Prince of Wales; Josephine Baker, Princess Diana, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Elizabeth II, Madonna, Ralph Fiennes, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas and Brad Pitt http://www.gerbeaud.hu/

Suggestions from a friend of mine who used to work in Gerbeaud:

– The traditional Gerbeaud pastry is prepared according to the original recipe. Sweet-pastry is filled with apricot jam and a mixture of confectioner’s sugar and ground walnuts, topped with chocolate icing.

– Esterházy slice is a traditional walnut cake filled with vanilla cream and topped with fondant.

– Royal Chocolate is a crispy caramel wafer, hazelnut praline and white Valrhona chocolate on a chocolate sponge base, crowned with a topping of bitter chocolate mousse.

Address: Vörösmarty tér 7-8.

Lotz Café used to be a ballroom of a casino before WW2 (15 minute walk from the apartments or take metro line 1  from Vörösmarty tér to Opera stop)

Address: Andrássy út 39 Look for the Alexandra Bookstore and take the escalator up to the first floor.

– Additionally we recommend a confectionery called Ruszwurm in the Castle District. It’s a tiny place and it’s usually packed, but it is worth a visit. They have a nice selection of home made cakes in a 19th century interior. (30 minute walk from the apartments or take bus no. 16. from Erzsébet tér and get off at Szentháromság tér stop)

Address: Szentháromság utca 7.

What’s close: Hospital in the Rock, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Castle

18. Museums

Last but not least, there are more than 200 museums in Budapest.

A few smaller museums out of many:

Pharmacy Museum (30 minute walk, cross Erzsébet híd (Elisabeth Bridge and head north, direction of the Royal Castle)

Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts  (take the metro no. 1 until bajza utca stop)

Hungarian Jewish Museum (5 minute walk)

Lutheran Museum (5 minute walk to Deák tér 4.)

Underground Museum (5 minute walk)

Kossuth Museum Ship (10 minute walk to the Chain Bridge)

Ambulance Museum (20 minute walk or metro no. 3)

Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum (25 minute walk or metro no. 1 to Vörösmarty utca)

Police Historical Museum (take bus no.7)

Museum of Medical History (take bus no. 16 to the Castle district or walk)

Stamp Museum (take metro no. 2 from Astoria stop to Blaha Lujza tér or walk)

Visitor Center of the National Bank (10 minute walk direction north to Szabadság tér)

If there is a specific topic that interests you, let us know and we will try to find you a museum about it. Send us a message to info@katonaapartments.hu we will be more than happy to help.

 

About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1999 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/

How to see the stunning view of Budapest from the Fishermen’s Bastion for free

One of the most famous monuments in Budapest  is the Fisherman’s Bastion, which is located in the Buda Castle area. The unrivalled panorama that can be seen from the terraces of the Bastion is a must for tourists visiting our city.

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Sunset from Fisherman’s Bastion, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

The Fisherman’s Bastion with its 140 meter long main facade runs parallell to the Danube. The site was built at the old city walls of Buda between 1895 and 1902 in neo-Romanesque style. The stone towers symbolize the leaders of the seven Hungarian conquerors.  In my point of view and according to many, this particular monument looks older than it actually is.

Its name refers to the fact that during the Middle Ages this part of the town wall was protected by fishermen.

Since 1987 it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage sites as part of the Castle District of Buda.

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Fisherman's Bastion Photo: Virag

One of the Towers of Fisherman’s Bastion
Photo: Virag

If you would like to view the city from the upper part of this unique building, there is an entrance fee to pay. Full price is 700 HUF (around 2,3 EUR).  Students with a student ID card and senior citizens from European Union get a 50% discount.

If you have a Budapest Card you will get a small discount, so the full-price ticket will cost 630 HUF (around 2,1 EUR).

If you are on a tight budget, I suggest you take the stairs on the northern most point of the bastion. As there is a bar, they don’t ask for an entrance fee there and you can enjoy the  view and take your photos for free.

 

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About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1999 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

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Don’t Waste Time Queuing for Your Ticket While on Holiday in Budapest

I made the same mistake a couple of times and would like to warn you not to do it: Don’t try buying your international train ticket at Keleti train station. You usually wait there for hours. Today there were 103 (hundred and three) travellers in front of me in the line. Unbelievable.

If you are already at Keleti, take the trolley bus no. 76 till Ferdinánd híd (Izabella utca) (7th stops) then take a short walk to Nyugati train station.

At Nyugati there is usually hardly anyone waiting at the international ticket office.

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Detail of Nyugati Train Station, Photo: my cousin Mészöly Nóra

contact us:

http://katonaapartments.hu/

info@katonaapartments.hu

About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1997 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/