Day 2 – things to do on Day 2 in ‘3 days Budapest’ – a weekend getaway in Budapest, Hungary
Route in Budapest: Heroes’ square – Andrassy Avenue – Oktogon – Vorosmarty square – Vaci utca – Ferenciek tere – Liberty Bridge – Gellert Baths and Gellert Hill – Elisabeth bridge
Do you have a pair of convenient shoes? Then let’s start your self-guided walking tour in Budapest.
1, Start with an early morning dip in Szechenyi spa bath (mixed hot water and cold water baths, massages. Take your towel and slippers, don’t take valuables). Here’s a tourist made video as an appetizer.
2, Take a 10-15 minute walk to Heroes’ square (Hosok tere) and marvel at the beautiful statues on the square – mustachioed riders on lifelike horses, bearded chieftains, serious looking rulers of the old Hungarian kingdom, allegoric figures of War and more
a, Visit the Museum of Fine Arts on Heroes’ square (exciting temp exhibitions, and huge permanent exhibitions from ancient Egypt to Goya ) – approx. 1-3 hours (depending on your culture-vulture scale)
b, or visit he City Park for a refreshing walk (also hosting the Museum of Transport and the Museum of Agriculture – the latter is in a beautiful eclectic building called the Vajdahunyad Castle, well worth a visit, even if you are not interested in anything agricultural)
c, Take the M1 underground (yellow line metro) until Vorosmarty utca stop (not Vorosmarty ter, which is on the same line). Or walk through Andrassy Avenue: part of the World Heritage, and most easily described as the Champs Élysées of Budapest). up to a piece of communist history: the House of Terror Museum on Andrassy (docs, tools of Nazi and Soviet dictatorship at the former HQ of the Hungarian Secret Police). This museum has been voted by most tourists as one of the top ten attractions in Budapest, Hungary. A must see.
3, Lunch time! (?) Take the underground up to Oktogon square (great lunch time restaurants on Liszt Ferenc square – there is a slew of them right next to each other). Or do not get off until Vorosmarty ter metro station to have lunch in a Michelin starred restaurant in Budapest: Onyx Restaurant.
4, Hop on the underground again, or keep walking up to Vorosmarty ter, have a coffee in Cafe Gerbeaud (many mouthwatering desserts too). After the yummy cakes and hopefully nice lunch,
it is time for a nap, walk through the pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca, full of high end shops, specialty shops, antique tidbits, valuable pieces, a couple of nice Art Nouveau buildings, etc. It takes about 15-25 minutes to walk through the whole street, and if you do not particularly like shopping streets, you may not enjoy it. In this case, a short taster walk may be just enough: get on the metro on Ferenciek tere (5 min walk from Vorosmarty ter on Vaci utca), and get off at Kalvin ter (1 stop).
5, Take a walk to the recently renovated Liberty Bridge. You will see the Central Market Hall on the left side, so you can take a look at the 19th century architecture or even shop for souvenirs, eat a typical Hungarian snack (Langos), etc. Or, you can walk over the bridge to the foot of the Gellert Hill (you can take the tram number 47 or 49 to save time and energy).
6, Take a look at the Gellert Spa Bath (or enjoy the hot water now, if you did not start your day early morning with the Szechenyi bath)
7, Walk on Gellert Hill, to the Citadel to take great photos of the Danube, the Hungarian Parliament on the Pest side, etc. walk down to the Elisabeth Bridge (you will see the Gellert Monument too)
8, Rest your feet on the terrace of the ‘Platan Pub’ just at the foot of the Elisabeth Bridge (officially known as the Elisabeth Bridge Pub, i.e. Erzsebet Hid Sorozo). Unfortunately, the catering is far less good than the view from the pub. The terrace of the pub is great to watch the world go by with a beer or lemonade and some snacks.
9, Have a nice dinner in either of the restaurant quarters of Budapest, or if you wish to splurge a bit, take a look at the list of the Best Restaurants in Budapest or the Budapest Michelin Guide:
- Liszt Ferenc ter: get on M1, the yellow metro line and get off at Oktogon
- Raday utca: the easiest way to get there is M3 metro (blue line), get off at Kalvin ter metro station
10, If you feel young and energetic, and want to try some of the nightlife of Budapest, there are some nice bars, pubs and clubs. Szimpla kert is pretty much enjoyed by tourists, or Corvinteto bar on Blaha Lujza square.
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